Daily Current Affairs – August 7 2018

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Daily Current Affairs – August 7 2018

NATIONAL

Andhra Pradesh

Chinese component maker setting up unit in Tirupati

  • Leading Chinese company Holitech Technology which supplies key components to smart-phone maker Xiaomi signed an MoU with the State government for the establishment of its first unit in India at Tirupati with an investment of Rs.1,400 crore.

Kerala

Kerala start-ups bag seed funding

  • Three start-ups mentored by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) have bagged a seed funding of up to Rs.25 lakh each in the India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2.0 held in New Delhi.

Tamilnadu

Wildlife census begins at Sathyamangalam reserve

  • The biannual six-day wildlife monitoring exercise, using the Android-based mobile application, began at Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR)

Northeastern States

Three northeastern States emerge as new HIV hotspots

  • Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura have emerged as the new hotspots for HIV, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Telangana

Farmers to get life insurance bonds

  • Agriculture Minister P. Srinivas Reddy has said that a total of 27 lakh farmers in the State would be given life insurance bonds between August 6 and 13. This innovative scheme would come into effect from August 14 midnight.

INTERNATIONAL       

China’s piglet stamps unveiled

  • China Post unveiled the design of a stamp due for release in 2019 – the Year of Pig. The design features a family of two smiling pigs and their three cheerful piglets.

Brazil closes border to Venezuelans after mass crossings

  • Brazil closed its northern border to Venezuelans on Monday to slow mass migration from the South American country saddled with a crippling political and economic crisis.

Hurricane Hector approaches Hawaii

  • Hawaii’s Big Island readies as Hurricane Hector approaches

SCIENCE

NASA’s Curiosity rover completes six years on Mars

  • NASA’s Curiosity rover a mission that has spotted evidence of liquid water as well as potential signs life and habitability on Mars has completed six years on the red planet.

ISRO’S Heaviest Satellite GSAT-11 set for launch from French Guiana

  • Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest satellite so far the GSAT-11 which the space agency had cleared for launch in June, will take off a spaceport in French Guiana on 30 November

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Ola to launch services in U.K.

  • Indian ride-hailing firm Ola plans to launch services in the United Kingdom this year, months after it expanded its operations in Australia, in an ongoing turf war with rival Uber Technologies.

RANKINGS & INDEXES

ATP Rankings

  1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 3. Alexander Zverev (Germany)

APPOINTMENTS

  • Aditya Vikram & Pramod Chandra Mody – Members to Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)

DEFENCE

Joint cycling cum Trekking expedition

  • A joint Cycling cum Trekking Expedition of Indian Army and Royal Bhutan Army was conducted to commemorate “Fifty years of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Bhutan” in Bhutan

APP & WEBPORTAL

India Science, an Internet-based science channel

  • Vigyan Prasar, under the guidance of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has launched India Science (indiascience.in), an Internet-based science channel, to showcase the developments in science and technology, particularly from research institutions and laboratories based in India.

TRAI Mobile Apps on UMANG platform

  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India TRAI integrates its Mobile App DND 2.0 & MyCall with UMANG Platform with the objective of reaching out to consumers and safeguarding their interests.

“GoaMiles”

  • Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar flagged off the Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s app-based taxi service in Panaji.

SPORTS

India U-20 football team stun Argentina U20 team

  • India beat Argentina 2-1 in the U20 COTIF Cup

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