13 August Current Affairs

1. Supreme court verdict on Hindu Women’s inheritance Rights.

Supreme Court has expanded the Hindu Women's Right
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The Supreme court has expanded the Hindu women’s rights to be a coparcener (joint legal heir) and inherit ancestral property on terms equal to male heirs.

  • Rule implemented was that the Hindu women’s right to be a joint heir to the ancestral property is by birth and does not depend on the whether the father is alive or not.
  • Applied to everyone Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, followers of Arya Samaj, Brahmo Samaj are considered as Hindu for this law. But Muslim, Christian, Parsi or Jew by religion are not Hindus and this rule is not for them.
  • Rule comes under the Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005.
  • This Act removed the Hindu Succession Act of 1956, Mitakshara school of Hindu law. It’s highlight is to considered male as the legal heirs.

2. Clause 6 of Assam Record.

Assam Record:The govrenment had made the Assam record public.
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The government made the report public on the government-appointed Committee had submitted its recommendations for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Record.

  • The committee that provided the report was set by the Home Ministry¬† in 2019 which is headed¬† by Biplab Kumar Sharma.
  • This Committee defines “Assamese People”.
  • Signed in 1985 after the Assam agitation of 1979-85.
  • This Accord meant to give Assamese people with certain safeguards, which would not be available to migrants between 1951 and 1971.
  • Assam Accord is basically a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed between the representatives between the government of India and leaders of Assam movement in New Delhi on 15 August 1985.

3. New Tick-borne Virus

New virus Tick discovered by the china.
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  • This new virus is spreading in the china.
  • This causes the disease SFTS (Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome).
  • The disease is transmitted through humans and Tick bites. An Asian Tick called Haemaphysalis is the primary vector of the virus.
  • Severe Fever with Thromocytopenia Syndrome is listed as the top 10 disease blue print by the World health Organization (WHO).
  • This virus is identified by the team of the researchers in China over a decade ago.

4. Soma Mondal has been selected as the chairman of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL).

Soma Mondal to be the first woman chairman of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL). She has been selected by the Public Enterprises Election Board (PESB). She will be taking charge when the present chairman retires.

5. Kamala Harris to be a Biden’s Running Mate.

 New US Senator
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US Senator Kamala Harris from California has been named running mate of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

  • She is the first woman of Indian Descent and black woman to be on the presidential ticket of the major political party in the US.
  • In 2010 Kamala Harris was the California’s Attorney General- the first black woman to hold the position.
  • In 2016 she elected to the US Senate.

6. “Mega Labs” to boost COVID-19 testing.

The Council of Scientific and Industry Research (CSIR) is working on developing on “Mega Labs” to ramp up the testing for COVID-19 as well as to improve the accuracy rate.

  • These labs uses new machines which is the Next Generation Sequencing Machines. It will sequence 1,500 to 3,000 viral genomes to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • CSIR has collaborated with the US based Illumina, a company that specializes in the manufacture of the NGS machines.
  • CSIR was setup in the year 1942 and Director General, Shekhar C. Mande.
  • Five sequencers, costing Rupee 5 crore each.

7. New Parliament: 3 firms told to sign secrecy affidavits

The central Public works Department on Wednesday asked the three firms it has shortlisted for the new parliament project to sign affidavits, saying they would keep the drawings secret before submitting financial bids by September 16. If they fail to complete all formalities, they would face action under the official secrets act.

  • Three firms are the Larsen and Turbo Limited (L&T), Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. Ltd and Tata Projects Ltd. The cost of the project is revised from the Rupee 889 crore to Rupee 940.94 crore.
  • Official Secret Act- It provides the framework for dealing with the espionage, sedition, and other potential threats to the integrity of the nation.
  • If person is guilty they may get up to 14 years imprisonment, a fine or both.
  • The secrecy law deals with two aspects- spying and espionage, which comes under the section 3 of the Act, and the disclosure of the other secret information of the government which comes under the section 5.
  • The secret information can be any official code, password, sketch, plan, modal, article, note, document or information.

8. Govt. has okay the Speed boat Ambulance between Mandwa and Gateway.

Speed boat ambulance between Mnadwa and the Gateway of India
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The Maharashtra government has cleared a speed boat ambulance service between the Mandwa Jetty in Raigad District and Gateway of India in Mumbai.

9. Jagan launches YSR Cheyutha Scheme.

Andra pradesh gov. launches the YSR scheme
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy launches the “YSR Cheyutha Scheme”.

  • This Scheme provide each woman of SC, ST, BC and minority communities in the age group of 45-60 years, will get an annual financial assistance of rupee 18,750, which amounts to rupee 75,000 in four years.
  • Overall there are 23 lakh woman beneficiaries of this scheme.
  • Andhra Pradesh government has signed the agreement with the Amul, ITC, HUL, P&G and Reliance.

10. Punjab begins distribution of the Smartphones.

Punjab government launches the Smartphones for students of class 12th
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The Punjab Government launched the “Smart Connect Scheme” which is at the amount of rupee 92 crore, to distribute smartphones to the students of class 12th in the government schools across the state.

In First phase it provides around 1.75 lakh smartphones would be given to students. This scheme was launched on the International Youth Day on 12th August.

11. The forest loss threatens hornbills

A study from the satellite data has flagged the high rate of 76% deforestation in the revere forest of major hornbill habitat in Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Reserves name is the Papum Reserve Forest adjoining the Pakke Reserve Forest.
  • The study has been done by the Chintan Sheth of the Bengaluru– based National Centre for Biological Sciences and Aparijita Datta and Devathi Parushuram of the Mysore– based Nature Conservation Foundation.
  • Papum Forest has a nesting habitat of the three species of large, colorful fruit-eating hornbills: Great. Wreathed and Oriental Pied.
  • Pakke Forest has the four species of hornbill, the Rufus-Necked hornbill.

12. 1 lakh loans sanctioned for street vendors.

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry (Hardeep Singh) said that over 5 lakh applications has received under the PM street vendor’s AtamaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme for street vendors since it started on July 2 and 1 lakh loans had been sanctioned already.

  • This scheme provide loan up to rupee 10,000 to more than 50 lakh street vendors who had their business operational before 24 march and valid upto March 2022.The loan has to be return back in one year and on timely or the early payment of the loan, then you will get an interest subsidy of 7% per annum will be credited to the bank accounts.
  • The technical partner for this implementation of the scheme is the SIDBI ( Small Industries Development Bank of India).
  • SIDBI finances MSME. It is headquartered in the Lucknow and the Mohammad Mustafa is the chairman.

13. Pune factory builds grenade launcher.

Under Bareel Grenade Launcher: Pune
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  • Ammunition factory at Khadki has produced an indigenous 40 mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) for the Border Security Force (BSF).
  • It is fitted under the 5.56 INSAS Rifle (Indian Small Arms System)
  • The advantage is that it is the light weight, with the range of 400 meters as compared to the 30 meters range of the hand grenade.

14. Krishi Meg

Krishi Meg by UnionAgriculture Minister
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The Union Agriculture Ministry launches Krishi Meg.

  • Krishi Meg is the Data recovery centre ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research).
  • This data is made by the National Academy of Agricultural research Management (NAARM), Hyderabad.
  • Benefits of Krishi Meg includes mitigate the risk, enhance the quality, availability and accessibility of e-governance, research, extension and education in the field of agriculture in India. ¬†

15. Swachh Bharat Mission Academy

Union Jal Shakti Minister launches the Swachh Bharat Mission Academy.









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