Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 8 September, 2020

Daily news will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

1. DRDO SUCCESSFULLY TESTS HYPERSONIC TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATOR VEHICLE

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for successful flight of the Hypersonic Test Demonstration Vehicle. He also said that the scramjet engine developed by our scientists helped the flight achieve a speed 6 times the speed of sound!

– As per DRDO, this successful testing puts India in a select club of nations that have demonstrated this technology.

– It is a hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology that was successfully demonstrated by DRDO on 7 September, 2020. The flight test of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), will lead to the development of hypersonic cruise missiles and vehicles in future.

– In June 2019, the test of the technology demonstrator was conducted.

– The HSTDV took off at 11.03 a.m on 7 September, 2020 from the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam launch complex at Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast.

– According to the DRDO statement “The hypersonic cruise vehicle was launched using a proven solid rocket motor, which took it to an altitude of 30 km, where the aerodynamic heat shields were separated at hypersonic speed.”

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 7 September, 2020

2. FIT INDIA FREEDOM RUN

– Online interaction with Table Tennis player Madhurika Patkar was organised by the Sports Authority of India regional center in Mumbai on 7 September, 2020.

– At the virtual National Sports Awards that were awarded last month, the paddler, who won the Arjuna Awards in 2020 spoke on the importance of the ongoing Fit India Freedom Run.

– Fit India Freedom Run was organised by the Sports Ministry and it is the largest country-wide Run that was launched on 14 August by the Union Minister Sports & Youth Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju.

– Till 2 October, the run, to go on and has been lapped up by the sportspersons and non-sportspersons from all spheres and seen major reception.

3. ROLE OF NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY 2020 IN TRANSFORMING HIGHER EDUCATION

– On 7 September, 2020, President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated a virtual Conference of Governors on ‘Role of National Education Policy 2020 in Transforming Higher Education’ in New Delhi.

– The inaugural session was addressed by the PM Narendra Modi and was also attended by the Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, MoS for Education Shri Sanjay Dhotre, Governors, Lieutenant Governors/ Administrators of states and also some State Chief Ministers and Education Ministers.

– President Kovind said that education is the most effective way for social justice and hence the National Education Policy calls for an investment of about 6 per cent of GDP jointly by the Centre and the States.

– He also appreciated Dr. Kasturirangan and Ministers and also the officials of the Education Ministry for giving shape to the National Education Policy through an elaborate process. It took into consideration more than two lakh suggestions received from 2.5 lakh gram panchayats, more than 12,500 local bodies and about 675 districts.

– PM Narendra Modi said the National Education Policy focuses on ‘Learning’ rather than ‘Studying’ and goes beyond ‘Curriculum’ to emphasizes ‘Critical Thinking’. He said there is more emphasis is given on ‘Passion’, ‘Practicality’ and ‘Performance’ than on ‘Process’.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 5 September, 2020

5. PRIME MINISTER TO INAUGURATE PATRIKA GATE IN JAIPUR

– The Patrika Gate in Jaipur will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conference on 8 September, 2020.

– The Iconic Gate is built by the Patrika Group of Newspapers on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg in Jaipur.

– Prime Minister Shri Modi shall also release two books written by the Group Chairman on the occasion.

5. TENSIONS BETWEEN RUSSIA-GERMANY

– Tensions between Russia and Germany have deepened recently. It is over the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

– Against Russia, Germany has threatened sanctions which in turn has accused Germany of delaying the investigation on the matter.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 4 September, 2020

6. ‘MOPLAH RIOTERS’ NOT FREEDOM FIGHTER: REPORT

– ICHR member Issac seeks removal of Malabar Rebellion leaders from martyrs list.

– In 2016, a report was submitted to the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). It recommended the de-listing of Wagon Tragedy victims and Malabar Rebellion leaders Ali Musliyar, Variamkunnath Ahmad Haji, and therefore the latter’s two brothers from a book on martyrs of India’s freedom struggle.

– In all, the report had sought the removal of names of 387 ‘Moplah rioters’ from the list.

– In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the book, Dictionary of Martyrs: India’s Freedom Struggle 1857-1947.

– The dictionary had left the Sangh Parivar leaders red-faced when the Moplah leaders, whom they believe killed several Hindus and converted many to Islam, found a place on the list of freedom fighters.

– The report describes Haji as the “notorious Moplah Riot leader” and a “hardcore criminal,” who “killed innumerable innocent Hindu men, women, and children during the 1921 Moplah Riot, and in a well deposited their bodies which is locally known as Thoovoor Kinar”.

– Army arrested the Haji and tried in the army court. He was shot dead on 20 January, 1922.

– The review report becomes relevant since the ICHR recently constituted a three-member committee, including Mr. Issac, to review the entries within the dictionary, including those of Haji and Ali Musliyar.

– The review report also noted that “almost all the Moplah outrages were communal. They were against the Hindu society and done out of sheer intolerance. Thus the following names should be deleted from the yet-to-be-published project.”

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