30th Aug, 2020


Asia (TIA) India Component

NITI Aayog virtually launched the India Component of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)–Transport Initiative for Asia (TIA) on 27 August 2020.

The NDC–TIA is a joint programme supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature

Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) to promote a comprehensive approach to decarbonize transport in India, Vietnam, and China.

  • The programme has a duration of 4 years and is implemented by a consortium of seven organizations.

The India Component will be implemented by the six of the seven consortium organisations of NDC–TIA programme and NITI Aayog will be the implementing partner on behalf of the GoI.


Assam Government to set up Skill University worth Rs 900 Crore at Darrang district

The Assam Cabinet has approved the Assam Skill Development University Bill which allows for setting up a state-of-the-art skill University at Mangaldoi in Darrang district of Assam.

The University at Mangaldoi will be the Centre of Excellence and first ever Skill University in north eastern states of the country.

The total cost of setting up the University is estimated at Rs 900 crore with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

It will be spread over 100-bigha plot.

Assam government has also inked a memorandum of understanding recently with the  ITE Education Service, Singapore, for training resource persons of the university.


Government enhances prize money of Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand Awards

On the occasion of the National Sports Day on 29 August 2020, the Ministry of Sports has announced a hike in the award money for four of the seven categories of the National Sports and Adventure Awards.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju offically announced the new massive hike in the prize money.


Old Prize Money

Enhanced Prize Money

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Rs 7.5 lakh

Rs 25 lakh

Arjuna Award

Rs 5 lakh

Rs 15 lakh

Dhronacharya (Lifetime)

Rs 5 lakh

Rs 15 lakh

Dhronacharya (Regular)

Rs 5 lakh

Rs 10 lakh

Dhyanchand Award

Rs 5 lakh

Rs 10 lakh


The prize money for the Sports Awards was last reviewed in 2008.


Punjab University wins prestigious Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy for second consecutive year

The Panjab University has been conferred with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad(MAKA) Trophy for the year 2019.

This is the second consecutive year in a row that Panjab University has won this coveted trophy, which is given to overall top performing University in Inter-University Tournaments.

The award was presented virtually by the President Ram Nath Kovind along with Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju on the occasion of National Sports Day on 29 August 2020.


Sri Lankan Test Cricketer Tharanga Paranavitana announces retirement from international cricket

Sri Lankan Test cricketer Tharanga Paranavitana has announced his retirement from international cricket.

He played as an opening batsman and an off-break bowler.

The 38-year-old batsman made his international debut in a Test match for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in February 2009 and made his last international appearance against New Zealand in Colombo in November 2012.

He appeared in a total of 32 matches for Sri Lanka in the longest format of the game, with 1,793 runs at an average of 41.94.


Japan’s Olympic badminton gold medalist Ayaka Takahashi announces retirement

Japanese badminton player, Ayaka Takahashi, who is a doubles specialist has announced her retirement with effect from 31 August 2020.

The 30-year-old player is known as the partner of Misaki Matsutomo.

The pair, commonly known as “Taka-Matsu,” claimed Japan’s first ever Olympic badminton gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women’s doubles event.

Takahashi also captained Japan to its first women’s World Team Championships, (Uber Cup), in 2018.


Veteran Athletics coach Purshottam Rai passes away at 79

The veteran athletics coach Purshottam Rai has passed away due to a cardiac arrest on 28 August 2020. He was 79.

Rai was to be conferred the prestigious Dronacharya Award in the lifetime category on 29 August 2020, on the ocassion of the National Sports Day.

Rai is known for providing coaching top athletes such as Olympian quartermiler Vandana Rao, heptathlete Pramila Aiyappa, Ashwini Nachappa, Murali Kuttan, MK Asha, EB Shyla, Rosa Kutty and GG Pramila.


Former Supreme Court Judge Justice AR Lakshmanan passes away at 78

Former judge of the Supreme Court Justice AR Lakshmanan has passed away age-related ailments. He was 78.

Justice Lakshmanan served as the Supreme Court Judge from December 20, 2002 to March 21, 2007.

Post-retirement, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Eighteenth Law Commission of India.

Prior to being appointed as Supreme Court judge, Lakshmanan was a judge at the Madras High Court and the Kerala High Court.

He had also served as Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan High Courts.


Veteran Assamese Folk Singer Archana Mahanta passes away at 72

Renowned Assamese folk singer Archana Mahanta has passed away after suffering from stroke.

She was 72.

Archana Mahanta was the widow of renowned Assamese singer Khagen Mahanta (popularly referred to as ‘King of Bihu’) and the mother of popular singer Angaraag ‘Papon’ Mahanta.


Congress MP Harikrishnan Vasanthakumar passes away at 70 due to COVID-19

Congress MP Harikrishnan Vasantha Kumar from Tamil Nadu has passed away due to COVID-19. He was 70.

He was elected as the Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha from Kanyakumari constituency in the 2019.

Vasantha Kumar was the founder and chairman of Vasanth & Co, one of the largest retail home appliance chains in Tamil Nadu.

He was also the founder and MD of the Tamil satellite TV channel Vasanth TV.


‘Scooby Doo’ Co-Creator Joe Ruby Passes Away at 87

Joe Ruby, the co-creator of the cartoon series Scooby-Doo, has passed away due to natural cause. He was 87.

Ruby, an American animator, television editor, writer, and producer, created the much-loved characters of beloved kids show Scooby-Doo, along with his creative partner Ken Spears.

Together, the pair started their own production company Hanna-Barbera Productions and created other memorable cartoons as well.


International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: 30 August

The International Day of the Disappeared is held on August 30 each year to draw attention towards increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances

of individuals in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention and abduction unknown to their relatives and/or legal representatives.

The day was adopted by UN General Assembly on 21 December 2010 and was first observed in 2011.