🔘 Centenary year celebrations of Dr Vikram Sarabhai,father of Indian space programme, ISRO institutes two categories of awards in journalism. ISRO has announced its “Vikram Sarabhai Journalism Award in Space Science, Technology and Research” to recognize and reward journalists who have actively contributed towards the field of space science, applications, and research.
🔘 United Nations observes 9th August every year as International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
🔘 Japan commemorates the 9th August every year as the Nagasaki day. On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
🔘 India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up a Joint Technical committee for optimum use of Ganges water. The river Ganga’s water is being received by Bangladesh under the Ganga Water Sharing Treaty 1996.
🔘 Manipur CM N Biren Singh has appointed a nine-year-old schoolgirl, Elangbam Valentina Devi, as the ‘Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission’ ambassador.
🔘 Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 200 million loan for improving road infrastructure in 34 districts of Maharashtra.
🔘 Pakistan announced permanent stoppage of Samjhauta Express train service. Pakistan has done this after the cancellation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by India.
🔘 Due to degradation in domestic and global demand, Reserve Bank of India (ABI) has released an estimate of 6.9 percent of the country’s economic growth in the financial year 2019-20. The central bank on Wednesday cut the country’s GDP (GDP) growth rate estimate.
🔘 South African batsman Hashim Amla has retired from all formats of international cricket. Amla played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is between his 15-year-long cricketing career. Scoring more than 18,000 runs, including 55 centuries and 88 other scores in excess of 50.