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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

Left-handers Day-13 August:

  • Every year on August 13, the world celebrates International Left-Handers Day to recognize the distinctiveness and distinctions of left-handers and to spread awareness of the benefits and drawbacks of having a left hand in a world that is largely right-handed.
  • According to a 2019 Oxford University study, left-handers are likely to have stronger linguistic abilities than their right-handed counterparts.

HISTORY:

  • The founder of Lefthanders International Inc., Dean R. Campbell, commemorated the day for the first time in 1976.
  • Additionally, the Lefthanders International Club was established in 1990 to promote left-handedness and communicate with businesses about the creation of products for left-handed people.
  • The Club established International Lefthanders Day in 1992 to raise awareness of the “benefits and drawbacks of being left-handed.”

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

“UMEED Market Place” launched by Mr. Manoj Sinha as part of the AVSAR Program:

  • At the Srinagar International Airport in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Mr. Manoj Sinha unveiled the UMEED Market Place as a component of the Airport Authority of India’s AVSAR Scheme.
  • UMEED Market Place, which is now available at both the Jammu Airport and the Jammu City Center, will sell commodities from all 20 districts.
  • At Srinagar’s airport, the Lt. Governor earlier presented a 20×20-foot LED video wall.
  • The stalls and counters that will be provided to them for 15 days on a rotating basis will help more than five lakh women each year.
  • It would be a venue where travelers could place large orders and make special requests for business gifts.
  • By providing them with a venue to market their products directly to customers, the UMEED Market Place initiative will support the J&K Rural Livelihood Mission Self Help Groups’ local artisans and craftspeople.
  • that there would be ample chances for product promotion in the UMEED Market Place, that the products made by self-help organizations would be exposed to the national market, and that they would benefit the neighborhood’s artisan community.

Center has shortlisted six merchant bankers:

  • The Center has shortlisted six merchant bankers to assist the government in offloading its 5 percent residual stake in Hindustan Zinc in tranches.
  • The merchant banks, which include ICICI Securities, SBI Capital Markets, HDFC Bank, IIFL Securities, Axis Capital, and Citigroup Global Markets, will make presentations before an inter-ministerial group.
  • Post the presentations, the selected merchant bank would be notified.
  • The selected investment bank would have to assist the government on the timing and modalities of the divestment, conduct market surveys, hold domestic and international road shows to generate interest among prospective investors, and seek regulatory approvals, among others.
  • They will have to prepare a list of domestic and international investors to be approached by them within seven days.
  • The Center is looking to sell its stake through the offer for sale mechanism.
  • The offer will have to be structured, keeping into consideration the provisions of the shareholders’ agreement between the government and Vedanta group, signed in 2002, which had led to prolonged litigation.

Cabinet has approved the continuation of PMAY-U – Housing for All Mission up to 31st December 2024:

  • Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) – Housing for All Mission up to 31st December 2024.
  • Under the scheme, financial assistance will be provided for the completion of already sanctioned 122.69 lakh houses till March 31, 2022.
  • The scheme is one of the major flagship programs being implemented by the Central Government to provide all-weather pucca houses to all eligible beneficiaries in the urban areas of the country through States, Union Territories, and Central Nodal Agencies.
  • The continuation of the scheme based on the request of States and UTs up to 31st December 2024 will help in the completion of already sanctioned houses under Beneficiary Led Construction, Affordable Housing in Partnership, and In-situ Slum Redevelopment verticals.
  • Central Assistance approved since 2015 is two lakh three thousand crore rupees against 20 thousand crore rupees in 2004-2014.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban):

  • It was launched on 25th June 2015.
  • It is implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • The scheme is implemented through four verticals: Beneficiary Led Construction/Enhancement (BLC), Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP), In-situ Slum Redevelopment (ISSR), and Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS).

Election Commission will host a virtual Asian Regional Forum meeting:

  • Election Commission will host a virtual Asian Regional Forum meeting in August.
  • This Regional Forum meeting will be held on the theme of ‘Making our Elections Inclusive, Accessible, and Participative’.
  • It is the precursor of the Global Summit for Democracy, which will be hosted by the National Electoral Institute of Mexico.
  • Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey will chair the Asian Regional Forum meeting.
  • Representatives from the election management bodies of Mexico, Mauritius, Philippines, Nepal, Uzbekistan, and the Maldives will participate in the meeting.
  • The first session of the meeting will be on ‘Inclusive Elections: Enhancing Participation of Youth, Gender and Citizens in Remote Areas.
  • The Global Summit and Regional Forum meetings encourage intellectual and institutional mobilization to strengthen global electoral democracy.
  • As part of this ‘Global Summit for Democracy’, five Regional Forums namely Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and countries of the Arab States have been created. India is hosting the Asian Regional Forum meeting of the EMBs.

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched the indigenous vaccine Lumpi-ProVacInd:

  • Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched the indigenous vaccine Lumpi-ProVacInd to protect livestock from Lumpy Skin disease.
  • The vaccine has been developed by the National Equine Research Center, Hisar (Haryana) in collaboration with the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izzatnagar (Bareilly).
  • Describing this vaccine as a milestone for eradicating the Lumpy disease, Shri Tomar said that livestock, along with human resources, is the biggest asset of our country, which we have a big responsibility to preserve and prosper.
  • He congratulated the scientists of the Equine Research Center and the Veterinary Research Institute for developing the Lumpi disease vaccine. Ever since the disease came to India in 2019, research institutes have been engaged in developing the vaccine.

The government has implemented comprehensive rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of begging under “SMILE”

  • In the spirit of AzadikaAmritMahotsav, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, has identified 75 Municipal Corporations to implement comprehensive rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of begging under “SMILE: Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise” named as “SMILE-75 Initiative”.
  • Under the SMILE-75 initiative, seventy-five (75) Municipal Corporations in collaboration with NGOs and other stakeholders will cover several comprehensive welfare measures for persons who are engaged in the act of begging with a focus extensively on rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counseling, awareness, education, skill development, economic linkages and convergence with other Government welfare programs, etc.
  • The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has allocated a total budget of Rs.100 crore for the SMILE project for the coming years till 2025-26.
  • Through this project, the Ministry envisions developing a support mechanism for holistic rehabilitation of those engaged in the act of begging and building an India where no person is forced to beg to survive and fulfill their basic need.
  • The objective of SMILE- 75 is to make our cities/towns and municipal areas begging-free and make a strategy for comprehensive rehabilitation of the persons engaged in the act of begging through the coordinated action of various stakeholders.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

International Solar Alliance floats tender for 1150 MW solar project in Cuba

  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) in partnership with the government of Cuba has floated a tender for setting up an 1150 MW solar project in
  • State-owned NTPC is the project management consultant for ISA for setting up the project.

About the Project :

  • The project is part of Cuba’s plan to implement 2100 MW of solar projects, reducing the reliance on expensive and polluting diesel generators and increasing its green energy portfolio.
  • It also includes the building of 150 MW/150 MWh of storage to support grid reliability.
  • It is the first in ISA’s broader solar park program, which seeks to support developing markets in structuring bankable, economic solar parks through technical support, transparent and competitive tendering, and formulating effective project agreements like PPAs, and implementation agreements.
  • It is expected to follow the success of previous international projects, such as Solar Park and Natural Gas IPPs.
  • Request for qualification (RFQ) has been floated on behalf of UNE by NTPC for the selection of an eligible list of participants.
  • The selected participants will be called for the final stage of the tender, i.e., Request for Proposal (RFP), where they will need to provide price bids and quantum of power capacity in MW.

About ISA :

  • Established: 30 November 2015
  • Headquarters: Gurugram, Haryana, India
  • Director General: Ajay Mathur
  • Membership: 87 members of the UN

Objective : 

  • To work for efficient consumption of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
  • This initiative was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in a speech in November 2015 at Wembley Stadium.

About Cuba :

  • Prime Minister : Manuel Marrero Cruz
  • Capital : Havana
  • Currency : Cuban peso

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

J&K: LG Manoj Sinha inaugurates “UMEED Market Place” under AVSAR Scheme of AAI

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha inaugurated “UMEED Market Place” under the AVSAR (Airport as Venue for Skilled Artisans of the Region) Scheme of the Airport Authority of India at Srinagar International airport.
  • A similar Marketplace was also opened at Jammu Airport and both the outlets will exhibit products of all 20 districts.

About AVSAR Scheme :

  • The initiative will support local art and artisans of Self Help Groups of J&K Rural Livelihood Mission, providing a platform to market local products directly to the customers.
  • The products of Self Help Groups will get exposed to the national market, strengthen the local artisan community and provide sufficient promotional avenues for their products.
  • The marketplace at both the Airports will provide huge visibility to the members of SHGs and promote their products to a wider spectrum, reaching out to the larger population.
  • It will make rural handicraft products available at reasonable prices to the passengers.
  • More than 5 lakh women will benefit every year from stalls & counters offered to them for 15 days on a rotational basis.
  • It will also serve as a point for passengers to place bulk orders and request customized demands for corporate gifts.
  • Earlier, the Lt Governor unveiled a 20X20 ft LED Video wall at Srinagar Airport.
  • The inauguration ceremony commenced with the display of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ theme on the LED Video Wall commemorating 75 years of Independence.

About J&K :

  • Lieutenant Governor: Manoj Sinha
  • Capital: Srinagar, Jammu

Kerala govt to launch a mobile app to curb GST evasion

  • The Kerala government will launch a mobile app named Lucky Bill App to curb Goods and Services Tax (GST) evasion.
  • The app will be launched by Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan on August 16, 2022.
  • The app expects to help in increasing tax collections as people will be encouraged to ask for bills while purchasing goods and availing services.
  • It will enable the state GST department to examine return filings with the help of bills uploaded by people.
  • It will also enable the state GST Department to examine the status of the tax return filings.
  • The move also comes when the compensation from the Center to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has ceased with effect from July 1.

About Kerala :

  • Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan
  • Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Capital : Thiruvananthapuram

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING & FINANCE

Kotak Mahindra Bank launches lifestyle-focused corporate salary account

  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited launched Kotak Crème, a lifestyle-focused corporate salary account, offering an upgraded banking experience to new-age professionals working with eminent corporations.
  • Kotak Crème is being launched in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Its account will come with a host of privileges and rewards across lifestyle, travel, healthcare, dining, skilling, and learning experiences.

Key Highlights :

  • For a long time, the corporate salary account benefits used to include no minimum balance commitments, zero transaction charges, and some access to other banking products with a sustained relationship.
  • Each salary account comes with preferential banking services, including a complimentary Zen Credit Card. 
  • The account holder can avail of complimentary airport lounge access and also gift Privy League privileges to their family members.
  • It also offers subscriptions to top lifestyle brands offering Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Knowledge/Learning & Fitness experiences.

About Kotak Mahindra Bank :

  • Founded: February 2003
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Chairnan, MD & CEO : Uday Kotak

Yes Bank & IBSFINtech tie up to provide enhanced digital services 

  • Yes Bank and IBSFINtech, the leading TreasuryTech Solution provider, have partnered to explore untapped opportunities emerging out of the digitization of corporate finance.
  • The partnership will empower the corporate treasury ecosystem with a robust decision-making tool and automated workflows backed by seamless bank connectivity.

About the Partnership :

  • The partnership provides next-gen technology solutions across Cash, Liquidity, Treasury, Risk, Trade Finance, and Supply Chain Finance functions of corporations. 
  • It will provide connectivity between a corporate’s ERP and a bank’s solutions.
  • IBSFINtech’s TreasuryTech platform connects with YES BANK through APIs and provides real-time cash visibility.
  • It will yield paperless communication between the Bank and corporates across the function of treasury and trade finance. From issuing fund transfers to forex transactions to completing trade documentation, the entire process will be digitized and powered by the robust platform offered by IBSFINtech.
  • It is focused on co-creating and delivering deeply integrated treasury solutions via IBSFINtech’s platform, to achieve complete digitization between corporates and banks.”

About Yes Bank :

  • Founded: 2004
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • MD & CEO: Prashant Kumar
  • Tagline: Experience Our Expertise

About IBSFINtech :

  • Founded: 2006
  • Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Chairman: Shailesh V Haribhakti
  • MD & CEO: Chandra Mohan Grover

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

Airtel Africa has signed a $125 million revolving credit facility with Citi:

  • Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, has signed a $125 million revolving credit facility with Citi through its branch offices/subsidiaries in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • This is contained in a disclosure signed by Simon O’Hara, Group Company Secretary titled, ‘Airtel Africa’s First Sustainability-Linked Loan Facility.
  • It stated that the facility is in line with the company’s strategy to raise debt in its local operating companies and will include both local currency and US dollar-denominated debt.
  • The telecoms firm operates in 14 countries in Africa, primarily in East, Central, and West Africa.
  • Airtel Africa is majorly owned by the Indian communication services company, Bharti Airtel.
  • The facility has a tenor up to September 2024 and will be used to support Airtel Africa’s operations and investments in four of its subsidiaries.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOUS AND AGREEMENT

Microsoft has partnered with MSDE and CBC to enhance the functional computer literacy of civil servants:

  • Microsoft has partnered with the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), and Capacity Building Commission (CBC) to enhance the functional computer literacy of nearly 2.5 million civil servants of the Central government.
  • The project — Capacity Building by MSDE in Microsoft Digital Productivity Skills — will digitally empower them to provide efficient and effective citizen-centric services to the vulnerable and underprivileged sections of society.
  • This initiative will not only drive more productivity but will also enable ease of doing business with more digital solutions.
  • As part of the collaboration, Microsoft will develop an online, self-paced learning course on Microsoft Office 365 digital productivity suite offerings for MSDE, enabling MSDE to provide digital skills training to the officials in central government ministries and departments.
  • The courses will be created under two categories — Beginners and Advanced courses of 12 hours duration each — and the learners would be enabled with access to the Advanced course after receiving the certificate of completion in the Beginners course.

NLCIL has signed an MoU with APDCL to develop solar power projects:

  • Public sector power generator NLC India (NLCIL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Assam Power Distribution Company (APDCL) to develop solar power projects.
  • The MoU between Tamil Nadu-based NLCIL and APDCL, wholly owned by the Assam government, is for setting up a joint venture company with equity participation of 51% by NLCIL and 49% by APDCL to develop 1,000 MW solar projects in Assam.
  • NLCIL operationalizes mining along with a power generation capacity of 6,061 MW, including a renewable energy capacity of 1421.06 MW with 1,370.06 MW of solar and 51 MW of wind-based power generation.
  • NLCIL is the first CPSE to cross 1 GW capacity in solar power generation and is also a member.
  • The establishment of this solar project will act as a stepping stone for NLCIL to achieve its ambitious plans of having a capacity of around 17,171 MW, including 6,031 MW of renewable energy, by 2030.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

LIC offloads a 2% stake in Mahindra & Mahindra for 2,222.49 crore

  • Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has sold 2 percent of its shareholding in automaker Mahindra & Mahindra for about Rs 2,222.49 crorez
  • The shares were sold through open market transactions during the period from December 21, 2020, to August 8, 2022.
  • After the sale, the LIC holding in the passenger cars and utility vehicles company decreased from 8.430 percent to 6.421 percent.
  • The average cost of 2,49,73,233 shares sold, was Rs 889.95 crore.
  • Under Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) norms, listed companies are required to intimate the stock exchanges when their shareholding in an entity changes by 2 percent or more.

About LIC :

  • Founded: 1 September 1956
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Chairperson : Mangalam Ramasubramanian Kumar
  • Managing Directors: B C Patnaik, Smt. Ipe Mini, Siddharth Mohanty, Rajkumar

About Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd :

  • Founded: 2 October 1945
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Chairman: Anand Mahindra
  • MD & CEO: Dr. Anish Shah

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

ISRO successfully tests Gaganyaan Low Altitude Escape Motor

  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully carried out the test-firing of the Low Altitude Escape Motor (LEM) of the Crew Escape System, from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Objective :

  • To evaluate the motor ballistic parameters, validation of motor subsystem performance and confirm the design margins, and evaluate the thermal performance of nozzle liners; especially to confirm the erosion / ablative characteristics.
  • Validation of integrity of all interfaces, evaluation of the head-end mounted safe arm (HMSA) based ignition system performance and evaluation of the side thrust due to misalignment and variation in flow were among the other primary reasons.

About LEM :

  • The LEM is a distinctive special purpose solid rocket motor with four reverse flow nozzles and generates a maximum sea level thrust of 842 kN (nominal) with a burn time of 5.98 seconds (nominal).
  • The nozzle end of LEM is mounted at the fore end of the launch vehicle unlike at the aft end in conventional rocket motors to avoid exhaust plume impingement on the crew module.

About ISRO :

  • Established: 15 August 1969
  • Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Chairman: Sreedhara Panicker Somanath
  • ISRO is the national space agency of India.
  • It operates under the Department of Space (DOS).

China Launches 16 New Satellites Into Orbit 

  • China launched 16 new satellites into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Shanxi province.
  • This is the 432nd mission of China’s Long March carrier rocket series.
  • These satellites include Jilin 1 Gaofen 03D09 satellite and Yunyao 1 04-08 and were launched by a Long March 6 carrier rocket.
  • The new batch of satellites is mainly used in the fields such as commercial remote sensing and atmospheric imaging.
  • It will function both as a backup of the core module and as a powerful scientific experiment platform.
  • China also launched Wentian, the first lab module of its space station.
  • China successfully landed an exploratory rover on the moon in December 2020 and one on Mars in May 2021.

Recent News :

  • Earlier on July 16, 2022, China launched a Long March-2C carrier rocket to place two satellites in space, including Siwei 03 and 04, which were lifted from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi.

About China :

  • President: Xi Jinping
  • Capital: Beijing
  • Currency: Renminbi

ISRO Unveils Virtual Space Park ‘SPARK’ 

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman S Somanath has launched India’s First 3D virtual space tech park called SPARK: The Space Tech Park as part of the celebrations of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commemorating India’s 75th year of Independence

About SPARK :

  • The beta version of the virtual space museum through the ISRO website, or visit https://spacepark.isro.gov.in/.
  • The platform provides a virtual tour of SPARK.
  • The three-dimensional virtual space tech park is a fun-filled park that includes a museum, a theater, an observatory, a garden with life-sized rockets, a lakeside cafe area, a children’s play area, and several other attractions.
  • The application provides the facility to enter or exit the facilities using dedicated arrows along with options to zoom in and zoom out for a 360° immersive experience.
  • In the virtual tour, one can also see the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III.
  • In April 2022, ISRO shared a documentary titled “Space on Wheels“, which portrays an exhibition of 75 Indian satellites as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.
  • The documentary also highlights ISRO’s upcoming missions including the Gaganyaan Programme and Chandrayaan-3 mission. 

First-Ever ‘Made In India’ Surgical Robot SSI-Mantra Gets Installed In Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute

  • Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center, New Delhi (RGCIRC) have installed the first-ever Made-in-India Surgical Robotic System, SSI-Mantra devised by the new-age Indian medical technology start-up SS Innovations.
  • The system has been set up at the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center (RGCI), a visionary project of the Indraprastha Cancer Society and Research Center aimed at providing the best oncological care.

About SSI-Mantra :

  • SSI MANTRA is an acronym for multi-arm novel tele robotic assistance and the company making it is, SS Innovations.
  • The ingenious SSI Mantra, “a brainchild of robotic cardiac surgeon Sudhir P Srivastava, will be signifying the beginning of a new era of surgical procedures in India, making robotic surgery accessible and affordable for the people in India.
  • After two pilot projects where Dr. Sudhir Rawal and his team from RGCI successfully performed a total of 26 surgeries with the SSI Mantra.

About SS Innovations :

  • Founded: 2015
  • Headquarters: Gurgaon, Haryana
  • Founder, Chairman & CEO: Dr. Sudhir P Srivastava

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS AND AUTHOR

Deepak Singh authored a new book titled “Bravo”:

  • Deepak Singh, an established content creator with more than 15 years of experience in content creation recently penned a book ‘Bravo Yadav’.
  • The newly launched book is a biography of Kargil’s hero and Param Vir Chakra recipient Subedar Yogendra Singh Yadav.
  • The biography of Kargil Hero Yogendra Singh Yadav honors the brave and indomitable spirit of the soldiers who refused to surrender before adversities in the Kargil War, in 1999.
  • The book rightly narrates Yogendra Singh Yadav’s courage as a patriot and warrior, surviving the battle of Tiger Hill and being a key stoke towards India’s victory against Pakistan.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury released a book ‘Freedom Struggle and Beyond’:

  • Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury with others release a book ‘Freedom Struggle and Beyond’ written by Praveen Davar, in New Delhi.
  • Authored by Congress leader Praveen Davar, the book published by Aakar Books is a collection of newspaper articles that Davar has written over some time.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS NEWS

Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt to win the 2022 UEFA Super Cup:

  • In the finals, Real Madrid defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to win the 2022 UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki, Finland, setting a new record.
  • The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League champions compete in the annual football tournament known as the UEFA Super Cup, which is put on by UEFA.
  • Real Madrid overcame Eintracht Frankfurt, the Europa League champions, to win the championship for the seventh time.
  • Real Madrid defeated Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and David Alaba in each half.
  • Casemiro wins player of the game.
  • Team Barcelona and Team Milan each won the prize five times before this.
  • Real, rival Barcelona, and AC Milan have all won the Super Cup five times (2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2022), while Real manager Carlo Ancelotti is the competition’s most successful manager with four trophies (2003, 2007, 2014, 2022).

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARIES

Indian American Journalist And Emmy Award Winner, Uma Pemmaraju Passes away

  • Indian American Journalist And Emmy Award Winner, Uma Pemmaraju Passed away at the age of 64.

About Uma Pemmaraju :

  • Pemmaraju was born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India, and grew up in San Antonio, Texas, United States.
  • She was a part of various shows such as The Fox Report, Fox News Live, Fox News Now, and Fox On Trends.
  • She served as a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and taught journalism at Emerson College and Harvard University.

Awards & Honors :

  • Pemmaraju was named “Boston’s Best Anchor” in 1996 and 1997 by Boston Magazine.
  • She was named one of Spotlight Magazine’s “20 Intriguing Women of 1998.”
  • Pemmaraju also won the Texas AP award for reporting in 2002, the Woman of Achievement award from the Big Sisters Organization of America, and the Matrix Award from Women in Communications.
  • She was also awarded The Woman of Achievement Award by the Big Sisters Organization of America.

Additional Info :

  • CEO of Fox news Media: Suzanne Scott

Daily CA on August 13:

  • Every year on August 13, the world celebrates International Left-Handers Day to recognize the distinctiveness and distinctions of left-handers and to spread awareness of the benefits and drawbacks of having a left hand in a world that is largely right-handed.
  • At the Srinagar International Airport in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Mr. Manoj Sinha unveiled the UMEED Market Place as a component of the Airport Authority of India’s AVSAR Scheme.
  • The Center has shortlisted six merchant bankers to assist the government in offloading its 5 percent residual stake in Hindustan Zinc in tranches.
  • Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) – Housing for All Mission up to 31st December 2024.
  • Election Commission will host a virtual Asian Regional Forum meeting in August.
  • Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched the indigenous vaccine Lumpi-ProVacInd to protect livestock from Lumpy Skin disease.
  • Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, has identified 75 Municipal Corporations to implement comprehensive rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of begging under “SMILE: Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise” named as “SMILE-75 Initiative”.
  • Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, has signed a $125 million revolving credit facility with Citi through its branch offices/subsidiaries in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Microsoft has partnered with the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), and Capacity Building Commission (CBC) to enhance the functional computer literacy of nearly 2.5 million civil servants of the Central government.
  • Public sector power generator NLC India (NLCIL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Assam Power Distribution Company (APDCL) to develop solar power projects.
  • Deepak Singh, an established content creator with more than 15 years of experience in content creation recently penned a book ‘Bravo Yadav’.
  • Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury with others release a book ‘Freedom Struggle and Beyond’ written by Praveen Davar, in New Delhi.
  • In the finals, Real Madrid defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to win the 2022 UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki, Finland, setting a new record.
  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) in partnership with the government of Cuba has floated a tender for setting up an 1150 MW solar project in
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha inaugurated “UMEED Market Place” under the AVSAR (Airport as Venue for Skilled Artisans of the Region) Scheme of the Airport Authority of India at Srinagar International airport.
  • The Kerala government will launch a mobile app named Lucky Bill App to curb Goods and Services Tax (GST) evasion.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited launched Kotak Crème, a lifestyle-focused corporate salary account, offering an upgraded banking experience to new-age professionals working with eminent corporations.
  • Yes Bank and IBSFINtech, the leading TreasuryTech Solution provider, have partnered to explore untapped opportunities emerging out of the digitization of corporate finance.
  • Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has sold 2 percent of its shareholding in automaker Mahindra & Mahindra for about Rs 2,222.49 crore
  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully carried out the test-firing of the Low Altitude Escape Motor (LEM) of the Crew Escape System, from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  • China launched 16 new satellites into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Shanxi province.
  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman S Somanath has launched India’s First 3D virtual space tech park called SPARK: The Space Tech Park as part of the celebrations of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commemorating India’s 75th year of Independence
  • Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center, New Delhi (RGCIRC) have installed the first-ever Made-in-India Surgical Robotic System, SSI-Mantra devised by the new-age Indian medical technology start-up SS Innovations.
  • Indian American Journalist And Emmy Award Winner, Uma Pemmaraju Passed away at the age of 64.

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