1. August 2- 141st birth anniversary of freedom fighter and designer (architect) of Indian National Flag Pingali Venkayya was observed on August 2, 2018.
1. Kadaknath chicken meat from Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh has received Geographical Indication (GI) tag from Chennai based Geographical Indication Registry and Intellectual Property India. GI tag will ensure that no one else can use name Kadaknath Chicken while selling any other black chicken. It will also enhances its commercial value that will translate into higher prices for producers mainly tribal districts of Jhabua. Kadaknath chicken was awarded GI tag in “Meat Product, Poultry & Poultry Meat” category. This breed of chicken is popular for its adaptability and flavourful good-tasting black meat, which is believed to have medicinal properties. The application for GI was made by Gramin Vikas Trust of Krishak Bharati Cooperative (KRIBHCO) on behalf of tribals of Jhabua district who breed the variety.
2. The 123rd Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2017 has unanimously passed by two-third of majority of Lok Sabha. The constitutional amendment bill seeks to grant National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC) constitutional status at par with National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) and National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCSTs).
3. A slew of directions to revamp judicial infrastructure and the quality of justice administration in courts across the country was issued by the Supreme Court on August 2, 2018. The apex court directed that professionally qualified court managers, preferably with an MBA degree, shall be appointed in judicial districts to assist in court administration. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud ruled that the strengthening of court infrastructure requires the immediate attention in the form of planning, enhanced budgeting and structured implementation.
4. A study involved 376 people, with and without malaria, from Papua, Indonesia and Sabah, Malaysia revealed that the platelets found in the blood can kill up to 60 per cent of the malaria parasites circulating in the bloodstream. The major malaria parasite species which infect and kill humans are Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae and P. knowlesi.
5. The State Energy Efficiency Index prepared by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) categorises states as ‘Frontrunner’, ‘Achiever’, Contender’ and ‘Aspirant’. The index examines states’ policies and regulations, financing mechanisms and institutional capacity. As per the index Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan have emerged as the ‘front-runner’ states.
1. Emmerson Mnangagwa won presidential election of Zimbabwe.
Science & Technology:
1. WOW (Wellness of Women) mobile application aimed at creating awareness on preventive healthcare for women across the country has launched by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), the women’s wing of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). It provides easy to use platform that allows users to talk to doctors through video conferencing or connect with them via voice or email. WOW app is backed by Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals Group that offers access to renowned doctors and provides health tips.
2. Move Hack –a global mobility hackathon to crowdsource solutions aimed at future of mobility in India has launched by NITI Aayog. MoveHack aims to bring about innovative, dynamic and scalable solutions to problems pertaining to mobility. It is organized in partnership with Government of Singapore and is powered by Hacker Earth. PwC is knowledge partner and NASSCOM is strategic partner. It is first platform in the world that has enmeshed public transport, private transport, road safety, multimodal connectivity and new age transport technologies such as zero emission vehicles and intra city aerial transport spearheaded by Government.
First in State/National/ International:
1. The dragonfly festival is being organised from August 3 to September 1, 2018 at World Wide Fund (WWF) auditorium, New Delhi. The aim is to spread awareness about the role of Dragonflies in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.Festival includes special events like ‘Be a scientist for a day’, ‘Date with a dragonfly’, etc. by WWF India and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
1. Integrate to Innovate Programme (i2i programme) for startups in energy sector has launched by Invest India under Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in partnership with energy companies. i2i programme will provide opportunity for startups for collaboration and conversation around valuable energy transitions by bringing their ideas to life with guidance and support from corporates. The selected startups will receive cash prize grant of up to Rs 5 lakh along with opportunity to pilot their product with corporates.
2. Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestam -an unemployment allowance scheme to provide Rs 1000 per month unemployed youth in state has approved by Andhra Pradesh Government. The allowance will directly credited in bank accounts of selected beneficiary through biometric authentication in transparent manner. It will not be applicable to those paying provident fund.
3. Ujjwala Yojana achieved its target of providing 5 crore free LPG connections to poor families. It is pet project of PM Modi. The scheme was launched by the Prime Minister on May 1, 2016, in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh with a target to provide free LPG connections to five crore poor households by March 31, 2019, with a budgetary allocation of 8000 crore rupees. Ujjwala aims at bringing clean cooking fuel to poor households, identified according to the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC). More than 44 percent of Ujjwala beneficiaries are currently from SC/ST communities. The government achieved this target nearly eight months ahead of schedule.
1. A new policy for promotion of railway sportspersons has approved by the Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal. Under the new policy, the railway sportspersons who have won a position or medal in the Olympics and all those sportspersons and coaches who have been awarded the Padma Shri will be promoted as officers. The railway sportspersons, who are winners of any of the awards like Arjuna/Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, would also be entitled to the promotion.