27th August 2020 | Current Affairs Today

India Plans BRICS Games During Khelo India Next Year

Rijiju’s announcement came after he attended a meeting of Sports Ministers of the BRICS nations
(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) on Tuesday
India will get the chairmanship of the five-nation independent international group in 2021.


Pravin Tambe Makes Debut At 48, Becomes First Indian To Play In Caribbean Premier League

Pravin Tambe on Wednesday became the first-ever Indian to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL),
turning for Trinbago Knight Riders — the sister franchise of Kolkata Knight Riders


Sri Lanka Will Adopt ‘India First Approach’, Says Top Diplomat

Sri Lanka will adopt an “India first approach” as its new foreign policy plank and protect New Delhi’s
strategic security interests, the country’s Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage has said as he sought
to allay concerns amid China’s growing presence in the island nation.
Colombage said Sri Lanka is to adopt an ‘India first approach’ as its new regional foreign policy plank.

“That means Sri Lanka will not do anything harmful to India’s strategic security interests,”
said Colombage, who was the chief of the Sri Lanka Navy between 2012-14 and later became a foreign policy
analyst mostly on the Chinese initiatives in Sri Lanka and the immediate region.

Commenting on the Chinese investment in the southern port of Hambantota, Colombage says that
Sri Lanka had offered India Hambantota first.
Now we have given 85 per cent stake of Hambantota port to China Merchant Holding Company. That should be limited to commercial activities. It is zero for military purposes,” he said.
Sri Lankan in 2017 handed over the Hambantota port to China on a 99-year lease.


CPL 2020: Dwayne Bravo Becomes First Bowler To Take 500 T20 Wickets


BCCI has recruited VPS Healthcare as the official Covid-19 testing agency for upcoming IPL TNIE

As per a press release sent by the company, the 20,000 tests will include “all players, support staff of the franchisees, BCCI officials and IPL stakeholders.”


M&M, Israel’s REE Automotive sign MoU on electric CVs TH

This collaboration will leverage REE’s electric vehicle corner module and platform technology of integrating powertrain, suspension and steering components in the arch of a vehicle wheel, both the companies said.

A study titled ‘Fraud & Risk Management in Digital Payments’ released by Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and PayPal India. TH

The report attempts to discuss the sophisticated online payment fraud mechanisms,
threats in the payment ecosystem and incorporation of better fraud prevention strategies, the role of upcoming technologies, and recommendations for various stakeholders involved in the payment ecosystem among others.
Digital Payments have been growing in India at a much faster pace than global markets and thus, safeguarding payments for consumers, MSMEs, businesses is now the utmost priority.

“The e-commerce market in India is expected to grow to $200 billion by 2026 from $50 billion in 2018.


India risks decade of stagnation in income, quality of life if GDP doesn’t grow over 8% annually: MGI report  DC

India’s GDP would have to grow by 8 to 8.5 per cent annually and the country would have to create jobs for 90 million workers by 2030. Else, it will risk a decade of economic stagnation, a report by the McKinsey Global Institute warns.

Over the decade to 2030, 60 million new workers are likely to enter the workforce as per current demographic trends, and an additional 30 million workers could move from farm work to more productive non-farm sectors.

For that to happen, India’s GDP needs to grow by 8 to 8.5 per cent annually over the next decade. That is double the 4.2 per cent rate of growth seen in the fiscal year 2020.


Which states celebrate Onam festival? What is Pulikkali? TH

Every year Onam Festival celebrated in Kerala.
And Pulikkali, The human tigers, painted their bodies with bright yellow and black paints, will prance around the city with the accompaniment of rustic beats of drums and roaring fans.
The tiger faces painted on their pot bellies faces will vibrate rhythmically giving vivid expressions when they dance.
The folk art form is native to Kerala and is performed on the fourth day of Onam.
Shakthan Tampuran was who introduced Pulikkali, more than two centuries ago as a street art form.

“ASTROSAT” has detected an extreme ultraviolet (UV) light from a galaxy which is 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth, IUCAA TH

ASTROSAT, Indias first multi-wavelength satellite observatory, has detected an extreme ultraviolet (UV) light from a galaxy which is 9.3 billion light-years away from Earth, the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA)

This team comprised scientists from India, France, Switzerland, the USA, Japan and The Netherlands.


Centre sets up panel to modify the charter of DRDO labs

To review the charter of its laboratories and minimise the overlap of technologies they are working on at a time when self-reliance in the defence sector is a top priority for the government.

A five-member committee under the chairmanship of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi director V Ramagopal Rao


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