1st August 2020 – Current Affairs
Staff Reporter | 20-08-02

? Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on July 31, 2020 said that August 1 will be celebrated as “Muslim Women Rights Day” as it was the day from which the social evil of Triple Talaq was made a criminal offence.

? Walmart-owned Flipkart on July 31, 2020 said it supports over six lakh artisans, weavers and craftsmen across the country through its Samarth programme under which it has partnered with NGOs to help artisans use the online marketplace to sell their products.

? Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the refurbished upstream carriageway of Mahatma Gandhi bridge over river Ganga through video conference in Bihar on July 31, 2020.

? 2010-batch IAS officer, Hardik Satishchandra Shah has been appointed the Private Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on co-terminus basis.

? The High-Level Group (HLEG) on Agricultural Exports set up by the Fifteenth Finance Commission to recommend measurable performance incentives for States to encourage agricultural exports and to promote crops to enable high import substitution, submitted its report to the Commission on July 31, 2020.

? International Day of Friendship is observed globally on 30th July.

? Retail inflation for industrial workers, measured in terms of CPI-IW (Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers), eased to 5.06% in June 2020 from 8.59% in the same month of 2019, mainly due to lower prices of certain food items and kerosene oil. It was recorded at 5.10% in May 2020.

? Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has developed ‘Aashray’, a medical bed isolation system to combat COVID-19 by preventing or minimising the spread of the virus.

? The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on July 31, 2020 signed a $200 million financing deal with the Reliance Bangladesh LNG and Power Limited (RBLPL) to build and operate 718 megawatt combined-cycle gas-fired power plant in Bangladesh.

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