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Prime Minister launches Fit India Movement

On the occasion of National Sports Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Fit India Movement at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi. During the event, PM appealed to the nation to join this fitness movement and make a ‘Fitter & Better India’.

The nation-wide Fit India Movement aims to motivate every Indian to incorporate simple, easy ways of staying fit in their everyday life.

12th India Security Summit held in New Delhi

The 12th India Security Summit was held in New Delhi. The theme of the summit was “Towards New National Cyber Security Strategy”.

Protection of critical national infrastructure, emerging cyber threats: incidents, challenges and response, are some of the issues which were discussed during the conference.

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Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Delhi government to launch “10 Hafte, 10 Baje 10 minute Har Ravivar, Dengue Par War”

Delhi government will launch mega 10-week campaign against dengue and chikungunya. The campaign has been titled as “10 Hafte, 10 Baje 10 minute Har Ravivar, Dengue Par War”.

As per the campaign, people of Delhi are requested to give 10 minutes every Sunday at 10 a.m. to check all sources of stagnant water at their homes as the dengue mosquitoes breed only in clean water.

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Chief Minister of Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal;

Lt. Governor: Anil Baijal.

India Launches World’s First Ever Facial BSID

India has become the first country in the world to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID), capturing the facial biometric data of seafarers.

The new facial biometric technology is a marked improvement over the two-finger or iris-based bio-metric data, with modern security features. It will make the identification of the SID holder more reliable and efficient while protecting their dignity and privacy. BSID project has been taken up in collaboration with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).

 

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Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping: Mansukh L. Mandaviya.

GoI extends tenure of CBDT Chairman P C Mody

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister has approved the extension of the tenure of CBDT Chairman Pramod Chander Mody. The tenure of the CBDT chairman has been extended by one year.

Pramod Chander Mody was appointed as the chairman of CBDT in Feb 2019, when Sushil Chandra, the then CBDT chief, was appointed as an Election Commissioner.

National Sports Day: Nation pays tribute to Major Dhyan Chand

Major Dhyan Chand was a greatest Indian hockey player. He was chosen for the Indian Army team which was to tour New Zealand. In India, his birthday on August 29, is celebrated as National Sports Day every year since 2012. On this day, President of India honours eminent sports personalities with major awards including Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards, Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Award.

 

He was born on 29 August 1905, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh in a Rajput family. His real name was Dhyan Singh. Under the captaincy of Major Dhyan Chand, the Indian hockey team won three Olympic gold medals in the year 1928 at Amsterdam, in 1932 at Los Angeles, and in 1936 at Berlin. In Berlin Olympics, he did not wear shoes in the final match to increase his speed. India won in the match 8-1. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan award. He took the position of Chief Hockey Coach at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala. The Government of India renamed The National Stadium in Delhi to Dhyan Chand National Stadium in 2002 in his honour.

MoU between Indian Navy and IMD

India Meteorological Department (IMD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Navy to hand over Cyclone Detection Radar (CDR) building to naval forces for meteorological purposes.

The building is set to be utilised by Indian Naval Meteorological Analysis Centre (INMAC). It is an operational unit set up in 2013 with the mandate to provide daily meteorological information/ forecasts to users across the Navy such as IN ships and establishments. The CDR building was constructed during the period 1983-86 inside the Naval Base, having an S-band Cyclone Detection Radar installed by M/s Bharat Electronics Limited.

 

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Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.

Abhishek Verma and Elavenil Valarivan won the gold medal in shooting world cup

Abhishek Verma and Elavenil Valarivan won the gold medal, While Saurabh Chaudhary wins bronze, in a dominant display by Indian shooters in the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol event of the World Cup at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Book on former US President titled “Obama: The Call of History” released

A new book titled “Obama: The Call of History” has been released. The book has been written by Peter Baker, the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times. This book will give an in-depth account of the former US President’s Barack Obama years in office.

Ajantha Mendis announces retirement from Cricket

Ajantha Mendis, the mystery spinner from Sri Lanka, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Mendis played 19 Tests, 87 One-Day Internationals and 39 T20Is for Sri Lanka, taking 70 Test wickets, 152 ODI wickets and 66 T20I wickets.

Mendis was renowned in the cricketing world for his ‘carrom ball’ and various other variations. He last played for Sri Lanka in 2015. He is best remembered for his 6/13 in the Asia Cup Final in 2008.


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