28-31 August 2020 Current Affairs

DRDO Panel | First Women's Trade Centre | Largest Solar Tree | International Booker prize | HAL Disinvestment |

Posted on Sep 13, 2020 07:05 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The Government of India on 26 August 2020 established an expert panel to redefine the roles and responsibilities of Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO). Who is heading this important panel? – V. Ramgopal Rao (V. Ramgopal Rao, the Director of IIT Delhi was appointed the Chairman of the expert panel that was set up to redefine the roles and responsibilities of the DRDO. The panel will study and review the duties of the DRDO labs. It will redefine the duties based on the current and futuristic battlefield needs. It will also focus on minimizing overlap of technologies between the labs)

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2) Which state will establish India's first international women's trade centre (WTC) in keeping in mind the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs), as was announced during August 2020? – Kerala (Kerala will set up India's first international women's trade centre (WTC) at Angamaly. This WTC will be established in consonance with the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs). WTC aims to accelerate women entrepreneurship and secure gender parity while providing women with a safe place away from home to start new businesses, set up or expand, and get their products marketed globally)

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3) The world’s largest solar tree that has been established in India by the CSIR and CMERI, is situated in which place? – Durgapur (The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) have developed the world’s largest solar tree in India. This tree has been established at the CSIR-CMERI Residential Colony, Durgapur in West Bengal. A solar tree is a structure where solar modules are planted on a single pillar, which looks like a tree trunk. It serves the dual purpose of being an artwork and an energy generator)

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4) During August 2020 who became the youngest author to win the International Booker prize? – Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld on 26 August 2020 won the 2020 International Booker prize for debut novel “The Discomfort of Evening”, a story of childhood grief. Rijneveld, who identifies both as a male and a female, shared the prize of 50,000 pounds, about $66,000, with Michele Hutchison, who translated it from Dutch. At 29 years Rijneveld became the youngest-ever to win this prestigious prize)

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5) Union Government will disinvest how much of its share in public sector undertaking HAL as was announced during August 2020? – Up to 15% (The Union Government will sell up to 15% stake in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) via offer for sale (OFS). The floor price for the offer has been fixed at Rs 1,001 per equity share of the company. Currently, the government holds an 89.97% stake in HAL)

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