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29th August, 2022 Current Affairs

29th August, 2022 Current Affairs
29th August, 2022 Current Affairs

PM Modi to inaugurate pedestrian-only ‘Atal Bridge’ on Sabarmati river

  • In Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city, Prime Minister NarendraModi will officially open the pedestrian-only “Atal Bridge” over the Sabarmati River. PM Modi is at his home state for a two-day visit.
  • Later, PM Modi made a spur-of-the-moment trip to the bridge.
  • The Atal Bridge connects the upcoming arts and culture centre on the eastern end of the riverfront with the flower garden on the western end. Atal Bridge is nearly 300 metres long and 14 metres wide in the middle.

NITI Aayog declared Haridwar as the best aspirational district in India

  • The NITI Aayog has declared the holy city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand as the best aspirational district on five parameters. The letter by NITI Aayog’s Aspirational Districts Programme director Rakesh Ranjan to Uttarakhand chief secretary SS Sandhu and the district collector of Haridwar underlines that the district has secured the first rank in basic infrastructure theme and has become entitled to receive an additional allocation of Rs 3 crore.
  • The Aspirational District Programme launched by NITI Aayog evaluates the performance of districts on the basis of five key parameters. These parameters measure the socio-economic development of the block.
  • Health & Nutrition (30%)
  • Education (30%)
  • Agriculture & Water Resources (20%)
  • Financial Inclusion & Skill Development (10%)
  • Infrastructure (10%)

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Venezuela, Colombia start to rebuild relations; may reopen border between countries

  • Venezuela and Colombia has dispatched ambassadors to each other's capitals yesterday to rebuild relations between the two countries that have been broken for more than three years. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appointed former Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia as his country's next ambassador to Colombia two weeks ago.
  • On other hand, the new Colombian ambassador, Armando Benedetti, was welcomed in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas by Deputy Foreign Minister Rander Pena Ramirez, as media reported. According to reports, the normalization process will also include the full reopening of the border. The borders have remained closed to vehicles. The relationship between the two South American neighbors soured during the 2015 migrant crisis.
  • In 2019, Colombia's former President Ivan Duque cut off ties with Caracas altogether after refusing to recognize Maduro's election. Embassies and consulates in both countries were closed, while flights between the two countries were also grounded.

US Navy announces its two warships passing through Taiwan Strait

  • US Navy has announced that its two warships are passing through the Taiwan Strait.
  • The US 7th Fleet in Japan said, the guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville are making the voyage through waters where high seas freedoms of navigation and overflight apply in accordance with international law. It said the transit is ongoing and there has been no interference from foreign military forces so far.
  • The two US Navy warships transiting the Taiwan Strait sent a very clear and very consistent message that US military will sail, fly and operate wherever international law permits them to do so. It is the first such operation to take place since tensions between Taiwan and China increased following a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan earlier this month.
  • The Chinese military's Eastern Theater Command said it is monitoring the two ships, maintaining a high alert and is ready to thwart any provocation. Meanwhile, Taiwan's defence ministry said, it detected 23 Chinese aircraft and eight Chinese ships operating around Taiwan.

Russia blocks adoption of joint declaration on nuclear disarmament at UN

  • Russia blocked the adoption of a joint declaration by a United Nations conference on nuclear disarmament.
  • The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which is reviewed by its 191 signatories every five years, aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
  • Russia objected to a draft text citing grave concern over military activities around Ukraine's nuclear plants, in particular Zaporizhzhia. Participants in the last review in 2015 also failed to reach an agreement.
  • The 2022 meeting, which had been due in 2020, was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The failure to agree on a joint declaration followed a four-week conference in New York.
  • Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said she was deeply disappointed at the lack of agreement.

California announces to ban sale of new petrol vehicles by 2035

  • In USA, the California state announced that it will ban the sale of new petrol vehicles by 2035. Under the rules, issued by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), 35 per cent of new vehicles sold in the state must be electric, hybrid and hydrogen powered by 2026. The regulations would apply to 68 per cent of vehicle sales by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2035, as the media reported.
  • The new rules are aimed to force car makers to accelerate the introduction to the market of cleaner vehicles. The move is important as California is the most populous state in the US and one of the world's biggest economies. The announcement is the latest move by California as it continues to move faster than the US federal government to tighten emission rules.

India votes in favour of proposal seeking to allow Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to address UNSC virtually

  • India was among the 13 countries who voted in favour of a proposal seeking to allow Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to address the United Nations Security Council virtually.
  • As the UNSC meeting began, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily ANebenzia requested a procedural vote concerning the Ukrainian president's participation in the meeting through video conference.
  • Russia voted against while China abstained from voting. The result of the voting was 13 was in favour, one vote against, and one abstention. The proposal to invite Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine to participate in today's meeting via VTC, has been adopted, Chinese Ambassador to the UN and UNSC President Zhang Jun said on Wednesday.
  • India announced that it is ready to dispatch its 12th consignment of humanitarian aid to Ukraine consisting of twenty-six types of medicines on a special request from the Ukrainian side.

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NASA Moon Rocket Set For Launch

  • NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket, formerly known as Exploration Mission-1, returned to the launch pad on Tuesday night, to take a step closer to a historic lunar mission.
  • On August 29, NASA intends to launch its brand-new Space Launch System (SLS), with the Orion spacecraft that is designed to host astronauts sitting atop the rocket. It would be a significant milestone in the space agency’s initiatives to bring humans back to the Moon’s surface for the first time since 1972.
  •  The SLS massive rocket will carry the crew capsule around the Moon further than any spacecraft made for humans has ever done, before returning to Earth for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

Adille Sumariwalla takes over as Interm President of Indian Olympic Association

  • The Indian Olympic Association has co-opted AdilleSumariwalla as the President of the association till fresh elections are held. The erstwhile President of the IOA, Dr NarinderDhruvBatra, resigned from the post of President, IOA on July 18 due to personal reasons. Thereafter, 18 executive members out of 31 in accordance with clause 11.1.5 of the IOA Constitution co-opted the undersigned to fill the vacancy.
  • AdilleSumariwalla (born 1 January 1958) is an Indian athlete and entrepreneur, popular for representing India at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Sumariwalla competed as a 100m runner in several international competitions and at the Olympics.

Satwiksairaj-Chirag Claims First Medal for India in Badminton World Championship

  • SatwiksairajRankireddy and ChiragShetty became the first Indian pair to win a medal in the men’s doubles competition at the World Championships.
  • SatwiksairajRankireddy and ChiragShetty are the world’s number 7 combination, and the duo also bagged a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022. It is India’s second World Championship medal in any doubles event, the first medal in World Championship by India was bagged by JwalaGutta and AshwiniPonnappa who claimed bronze in the 2011 women’s doubles.
Published date : 29 Aug 2022 06:30PM

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