01-08-2020 Current Affairs

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Muslim Women’s Rights Day is observed on 1 August

Muslim Women’s Rights Day is observed in India on 1 August 2020. The Day is observed to mark the first anniversary of the law against instant triple talaq. Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addressed the Muslim women through the virtual conference on this occasion.

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Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019:
♦ With the passage of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, the declaration of triple talaq will be punishable and police can arrest an accused without a warrant.
♦ The Bill provides a jail term to a Muslim man for the crime that prohibits divorce by pronouncing talaq thrice in one go.
♦ The Bill also states that if a woman misuses the law, the man should have the right to appeal.
♦ The aim is to prohibit the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men.

AIM launched ‘AIM-iCREST’, in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation
i.On July 30, 2020, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), has launched AIM iCREST – an Incubator Capabilities enhancement program for a Robust Ecosystem focused on creating high performing Startups in collaboration with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation, which will provide global expertise.
ii.This is a first of its kind initiative for advancing innovation at scale in India.
About Wadhwani Foundation:
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Ajay Kela
Chairman– Dr. Romesh Wadhwani
About NITI Aayog:
Establishment– 2015
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Amitabh Kant
Headquarters– New Delhi


Prakash Javadekar represents India in 6th BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meeting

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) participated in the 6th BRICS Environment Ministers’ Meeting under the presidency of Russia along with the Environment minister of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa over a virtual platform from New Delhi.
ii.The BRICS nations called the initiative to improve the environment and promote the circular economy in national plans for economic recovery after COVID-19.
About BRICS:
Presidency– Russia (India will assume the Presidency of BRICS in 2021)
Members– Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
Theme for 2020- “BRICS Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth”.


SIDBI, TransUnion CIBIL launched financial knowledge platform ”MSMESaksham” for MSMEs

i.The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in association with TransUnion CIBIL has launched a comprehensive financial education and one-stop knowledge platform for micro, small and medium enterprises “MSMESaksham”, which will guide MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) seeking quick access to finance and will also support them in managing their credit obligations.
ii.The portal will have a consolidated list of all the schemes launched by the Centre and state governments for MSMEs.
About SIDBI:
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)– Mohammad Mustafa
Headquarter– Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP)
About TransUnion CIBIL:
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra



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