The Daily Brief – 10th August 2017


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  • The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has announced partnership with three states each to radically transform their Health and Education sectors under its Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH) initiative. The shortlisted states for transforming their health sector are Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka. Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha were selected for transforming their education sector.
  • The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has started the process of shutting down Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D). The directorate has two professional service cadres — Indian Supply Service (ISS) and Indian Inspection Service (IIS).

    Quit India Movement in 1942
  • The 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement was observed across the country. This year’s theme was “Sankalp se Siddhi- the attainment through resolve”. Prime Minister Modi also had termed the month of August as a month of revolution as the non-cooperation movement was launched on August 1, 1920, Quit-India movement on 9th August, 1942 and on August 15, 1947 India gained independence.
  • The first phase of National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) has become operational according to the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). It has been set up to scan the country’s web traffic to detect cyber security threats. It scans the cyberspace in the country for cyber security threats at metadata level to generate situational awareness.
  • ISRO plans to launch the Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite – a full fledged niche Earth Observation(EO) Satellite. The HySIS satellite has critical chip called an “optical imaging detector array’” indigenously developed by ISRO. Its launch will allow ISRO to enter the domain of operational hyperspectral imaging from earth orbit.
  • The Uttar Pradesh Government has launched Namami Gange Jagriti Yatra, an awareness drive along banks of Ganga River to maintain cleanliness. The campaign was flagged off by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from the state capital in Lucknow.
  • A web portal for supply of textbooks to schools and individuals was launched by the National Council for Educational Research and Training(NCERT). The web portal of NCERT will enable schools to place orders for their books online. It will also enable individual buyers to place their orders by logging onto the portal and books will be delivered at their doorstep.

    Today’s Quiz

    1. Which State will NOT be taking part in NITI Ayog’s SATH initiative to transform its health sector?

    2. What is the theme for this year’s Anniversary of the Quit India movement?

    3. What is MEITY’s cyber secruty threat scanning centre called?

    4. What is the speciality of ISRO’s Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite?

    5. What is UP state government’s clean ganga campaign called?


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