1.Person in News

India’s Freya Thakral wins Diana Award 2020

Diana award is an accolade a young person aged 9-25 receives for their social action or humanitarian work.

Freya Thakral, a 13 year old student, has won it for her Recycler App

The app connect users with waste-handlers as a measure to help the ragpickers of Delhi and improve their lives

2.Environment

Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to be upgraded into a National Park

Dehing Patkai was declared as an Elephant Reserve in 1992 as part of Project Elephant

In 2004, it was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary

This decision comes in the backdrop of a controversial decision made by the National Board for Wild Life’s (NBWL) to give mining rights in the nearby Eco-sensitive zone Saleki Proposed Reserved Forest, which have now been suspended

Quick Fact: The safety bestowed upon a National Park is stricter and larger in scope as compared to a Wildlife Sanctuary

3.Person in News

Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver: Book written by Urjit Patel

Urjit Patel has written a book titled ‘Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver’.

The book focuses on the non-performing assets (NPAs) issue that the Indian banking sector has been facing lately

Quick Fact: Urjit Patel was 24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from September 2016 to December 2018.

4.Sports

Akash becomes India’s 66th Grandmaster

Tamil Nadu’s G Akash became India’s 66th chess Grandmaster

His title was confirmed at second council meet of International Chess Federation (FIDE)

The electronics and communications engineer is trained by K Visweswaran

5.International Affairs

Jean Castex: New French prime minister

Public servant Jean Castex has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of France

He is known as Mr Deconnement of French Media

He has worked as an advisor to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and has years of experience in the French Health Ministry

Quick Fact: Emmanuel Macron is the president of France

6.Person in News

Former IAS officer Injeti Srinivas appointed as the first Chairman of IFSCA

Injeti Srinivas has been appointed as the first Chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) for a period of three years

IFSCA is a unified authority that will be regulating the financial activities across all the International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) in India

IFSCA will consist of:

  1. One chairperson
  2. One member each nominated by regulators like RBI, SEBI,etc.
  3. Two members of the Central Government

Quick Fact: IFSCA will be headquartered in Gandhinagar, home of India’s first IFSC GIFT City

7.Sports

New Branding and Visual Identity for IOA on 100th anniversary of Indian participation at Olympic Games

India sent its first Olympic team at the 1920 Summer Olympics at Belgium’s Antwerp

The new logos will:

  1. Celebrate the tricolor 
  2. Signify the value of unity, friendship, and merit
  3. Celebrate contributions of Indian sportspeople at Olympics over the last 100 years

Quick Fact: The new institutional and commercial logo has been approved by the International Olympic Committee

8.Science and Technology

Israel launches its Intelligence Satellite Ofek-16 into LEO

Israel has successfully launched its intelligence satellite ‘Ofek-16’ into the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) from Central Israel’s Palmachim Airbase

This is the 12th Ofek family satellite launched by Israel

Ofek-16 is an optoelectronic reconnaissance (intelligence) satellite and serves the purpose of monitoring the developments by Iran’s Armed Forces and its nuclear program