1.Miscellaneous

Guwahati gets manhole cleaning robot ‘BANDICOOT’

The manhole cleaning robot Bandicoot would help minimise human intervention in cleaning of manholes

It is the first city in the entire Northeast region to get a manhole cleaning robot.

It is also the third city after Gurugram and Coimbatore to adopt this technology in India

2.Person in News

Paytm Money appoints Varun Sridhar as CEO

Paytm Money is the investment & wealth management subsidiary of Paytm

It has appointed Varun Sridhar as its new Chief Executive Officer

He will be succeeding Pravin Jadhav in this position at Paytm Money.

Quick Fact: Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the founder of Paytm

3.Person in News

Sunil ydv SS honoured with Karamveer Chakra Award from UN and ICONGO

Sunil ydv SS is the founder of SS Motivation

He has been honoured with the Karamveer Chakra Award by Global Fellowship Award instituted by United Nations and International Confederation of NGO (iCONGO)

The award honours his relentless contribution to society through his Telegram channel “SS Motivation through which he addresses social issues and motivates people every day.

4.Person in News

Archana Soreng selected by UN chief for Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

UN Secretary-General has selected Indian climate activist Archana Soreng for a new advisory group of young leaders to advice on climate protection measures in the post-COVID world

She will be joining six other young climate leaders from around the world in this group.

Quick Fact: Antonio Guterres is the current UN Secretary-General.

5.National News

MoES announces National Awards for Excellence in Earth Sciences

Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has announced National Awards for excellence in

Earth Science in various categories. The awardees are:

  1. Lifetime Excellence Award: Ashok Sahni
  2. Ocean S&T: V. V. S. S. Sarma and M. Ravichandran
  3. Atmospheric S&T: S. Suresh Babu
  4. Geoscience & Technology: N. V. Chalapathi Rao
  5. Ocean Tech: M. A. Atmanand
  6. Anna Mani award for woman scientist: Lidita D. S. Khandeparker
  7. Young Researcher Awards: Indra Sekhar Sen

6.Science and Technology

Final mission of Mars Perseverance Rover launched 

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on 30th July 2020

It aims to search for signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for study

It is carrying a helicopter called Ingenuity, which if flown successfully on Mars, would perform the first powered flight on another planet.