Current Affairs : 6 August 2018

Festival of Democracy :- 

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the ‘Festival of Democracy’ in Thiruvananthapuram on August 6, 2018 to mark the conclusion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala legislative assembly.
  • Being organised as part of the diamond jubilee commemoration of the Kerala legislative assembly.

Government e- Marketplace :- 

  • As an initiative to improve transparency in procurement, Government has set up Government e- Marketplace as a 100% Government owned company registered under the Companies Act, 2013 for providing online platform for procurement of common use goods and services by government organizations.
  • Government e- Marketplace (GeM) is an online platform for government users which was launched on 9th August, 2016.
  •  It leverages technology to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement. It provides the tools of e-bidding, reverse e-auction and demand aggregation to facilitate the government users, achieve the best value of their money. It is paperless, cashless and contactless platform giving end to end solution.
  • In addition, 22 States namely, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Maharashtra, Meghalaya and West Bengal have signed Memorandum of Understanding for making procurement through GeM portal mandatory in their state.

 Startup Academia Alliance programme :- 

  • To fulfill the Governmentof India’s mission to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship in the country, Startup India launched the Startup Academia Alliance programme, a unique mentorship opportunity between academic scholars and startups working in similar domains.
  • The Startup Academia Alliance aims to reduce the gap between scientific research and its industrial applications in order to increase the efficacy of these technologies and to widen their impact.
  • The first phase of Startup Academia Alliance was kickstarted through partnering with Regional Centre for Biotechnology, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Council on Energy, Environment and Water, and TERI School of Advanced Studies.

Inter-state river water disputes tribunals:- 

  • There are currently five existing inter-state river water disputes tribunals constituted under Inter-State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956 viz. Ravi and Beas Water Tribunal, Vansadhara Water Disputes Tribunal, Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal, Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal and Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal.


  • गोवा माहिती व प्रसिद्धी खात्यातर्फे पणजीतील आयनॉक्‍समध्ये एकदिवशीय इंटरनॅशनल ब्लॉकचेन काँग्रेस परिषदेचे आयोजन करण्यात आले होते.

राष्ट्रसंघाच्या शांतिसेनेत भारताची 70 वर्षे पूर्ण:-

  • नागरिकांच्या रक्षणापासून देशांमधील संघर्षात शांतता प्रस्थापित करण्यामध्ये मदत करण्यासाठी भारतीय पुरुष आणि महिला संयुक्त राष्ट्रसंघाच्या शांतिसेनेच्या माध्यमातून गेली 70 वर्षे सेवा बजावत असून, त्यांनी अनेक महत्त्वपूर्ण मोहिमा यशस्वी करण्याची कामगिरी नोंदविली आहे.
  • भारताने सर्वप्रथम 1950मध्ये कोरियातील मोहिमेद्वारे शांतिसेनेतील आपल्या प्रवासाला सुरवात केली होती आणि गेली 70 वर्षे भारतीय जवान यामध्ये मोठे योगदान देत आहेत. आतापर्यंतच्या मोहिमांमध्ये भारताचे सुमारे 163 जवान हुतात्मा झाले आहेत.



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