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26th August, 2023 Current Affairs

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26th August, 2023 Current Affairs

Chandrayaan-3 landing spot to be known as ‘Shivshakti’; crash-landed site named 'Tiranga Point'

  • The spot where Chandrayaan-3’s moon lander landed, that point will be known as ‘Shivshakti’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on 26 August at ISRO Telemetry Tracking & Command Network Mission Control Complex in Bengaluru.
  • While addressing the team ISRO at ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), he also announed the place where Chandrayaan-2 left its footprint on the Lunar surface in 2019. He said that the crash-landed site will be known as ‘Tiranga Point’.

National Action for Mechanised Sanitation Ecosystem (NAMASTE)” announced

  • Although, with the efforts under Self Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS) and other efforts of the Government, the menace of manual scavenging has been almost eliminated, a number of sewer/septic tank related deaths due to hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks, are reported in the press from time to time. Such cases are taken up with the concerned State Government for payment of compensation of Rs.10 lakh as per Supreme Court orders. Thus, the main problem these days is hazardous cleaning of Sewer and Septic tanks and non observance of safety precautions due to which precious human life is lost.
  • To eliminate hazardous cleaning, stop deaths of sewer and septic tank workers and ensure their safety and dignity, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) have jointly formulated a Scheme namely National Action for Mechanised Sanitation Ecosystem (NAMASTE).
  • The existing components of SRMS have been kept as components of NAMASTE Scheme. The scheme is to be implemented in all 4800+ Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of the country, during the three years upto 2025-26 with an outlay of Rs. 349.70 crore.

INS Sunayna visit to port of Durban, South Africa

  • INS Sunayna visited port of Durban, South Africa from 21-25 Aug 23 reinforcing India's ties with the maritime partners towards and in accordance with Prime Minister’s vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR). During the visit, personnel from Indian Navy and South African Navy engaged in a wide range of professional and training interactions, deck visits and sports fixture. Joint training sessions were conducted on various aspects of navigation, firefighting, damage control and Visit Board Search & Seize. Spreading the message of VasudhaivaKutumbakam’, a joint Yoga session was conducted onboard INS Sunayna with the South African Navy personnel.
  • The ship was open for visitors on 23 Aug 23. The Consul General of India in Durban Dr. Thelma John David visited the ship and was familiarised with ship's role and capabilities.
  • The ship undertook Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX) with South African Navy Ship SAS King Sekhukhune I off Durban, on leaving harbour, furthering jointness and interoperability.
  • The successful culmination of the visit is testament to shared commitment of both the Navies towards fostering maritime cooperation and partnership.

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PM Modi honoured with Greece’s Grand Cross of the Order of Honour

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour by Greek President Katerina N. Sakellaropoulou in Athens. The award is the highest civilian honour that can be bestowed by Greece to a foreign head of government. The citation for the award said that it was being given to PM Modi “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the promotion of bilateral relations between Greece and India”.
  • It also praised his “commitment to strengthening the ties between the two countries in the political, economic, cultural and people-to-people spheres”. PM Modi is the first Indian prime minister to be conferred with the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour. He is also the first foreign head of government to be awarded the honour since 2017.
  • The award is a significant recognition of PM Modi’s efforts to strengthen ties between India and Greece. The two countries have a long history of friendship and cooperation, and the award is a testament to the growing importance of this relationship.

Niger’s military leadership expells French ambassador as bilateral ties continue to deteriorate

  • Niger’s military leadership expelled the French ambassador Sylvain Itte and asked him to leave the country within 48 hours as bilateral ties continue to deteriorate rapidly. The junta of an  African country said Sylvain Itte had refused to respond to an invitation to resolve the crisis.
  • Niger is currently in the midst of a political upheaval as a military coup has taken control, ousting the democratically elected President. Mohammed Bazoum. Unlike the US, the presence of France in Niger is predicated on more concrete reasons. Safely accessing Niger's uranium resources for its own energy needs is one of France's economic interests in the country.

Indian Women's blind team scripts history by entering maiden final of World Games in Birmingham

  • The Indian women's visually challenged cricket team created history by becoming the first team to reach the final of the International Blind Sports Federation World Games 2023 held at Birmingham, United Kingdom. The Indian women’s blind cricket team has qualified for the finals that will be played tomorrow.
  • The Indian team will meet Australia in the finals at Birmingham.
Published date : 28 Aug 2023 05:25PM

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