Current Affairs daily August 26, 2021

Gangayaan Mission- Four test pilots with Indian Air Force(IAF), underwent basic astronaut training in Russia. After this, they will sent to some other cities of India also for training.

First-time Private companies in the line with PSLV contract-Three(03) private companies are in the race for a PSLV contract to build 5 launch vehicles. This is the first time when ISRO is inviting bids from private companies for building launch vehicles. These private companies are An HAL- L&T consortium, Adani-Alpha Design and BHEL, which is bidding as a single firm

Mumbai, Delhi are on the Global 60 Safelist- The Global safe list on the safe city index issued by the economist intelligence unit, the Research and analysis division of The Economist Group. The reports ranked Mumbai on 50 and Delhi ranked at 48. The Safe city index 2021 report ranks 60 cities across 76 indicators covering digital, health, infrastructure, personal and environmental security.

PM Modi chairs 37th `PRAGATI’ meeting-PRAGATI(Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation), is an interactive platform aimed at addressing the common man’s grievances and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Central government, as well as projects flagged by State governments.PM Narendra Modi reviewed eight projects worth ₹1,26,000 crore and the ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ scheme through his ICT-based multi-purpose and multi-modal platform – PRAGATI.

100 days ‘SUJALAM’ Campaign begins- The Ministry of Jal Shakti began ‘SUJALAM’, a ‘100 days campaign’ as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations to create more and more ODF(Open Defecation Free ) Plus villages by undertaking wastewater management at village level particularly through the creation of 1 million Soak-pits and also other Greywater management activities.

India-Kazakhstan joint training exercise ‘Kazind-21’ to begin As part of military diplomacy and to strengthen the growing strategic relationship with Kazakhstan, the fifth edition of the Indo-Kazakhstan joint training exercise, ‘Kazind-21’ will be conducted at the training node in Aisha Bibi, Kazakhstan, from August 30 to September 11.

India makes E-Visa mandatory for all Afghan citizens- India makes E-Visa mandatory for all Afghan citizens, all previous visas stand invalidated. The government announced that all Afghans must enter India now only on special e-visas applied online.“Keeping in view some reports that certain passports of Afghan nationals have been misplaced, previously issued visas to all Afghan nationals, who are presently not in India, stand invalidated with immediate effect. Afghan nationals wishing to travel to India may apply for e-Visa at,” said a statement issued simultaneously by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

India’s first mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine The Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) gave a nod for Phase-2 and Phase-3 trials of India’s first mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine, called HGCO19, is being developed by a Pune-based biotechnology company, Genova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd.

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