News For 29th-Aug (Monday)
1. India is in an "advanced stage" of negotiations with the U.S. to procure 30 MQ-9B Predator armed drones for over $3 billion.
2. Govt has launched India's first indigenously developed Hydrogen fuel cell bus developed by KPIT-CSIR in Pune. This possibly makes the hydrogen fuel cell bus the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
3. India, for the first time voted against Russia during a "procedural vote" at the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine. The 15-member powerful UN body invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address a meeting through a video tele-conference. Russia voted against it, while China abstained.
4. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit was sworn in as the 49th Chief Justice of India (CJI).
5. India's Chirag Shetty & Satwiksairaj Rankireddy settled for a historic bronze medal after losing 22-20 18-21 16-21 against Aaron Chia & Soh Wooi Yik in the Men's Doubles Badminton Semi-Finals of the ongoing BWF World Championships in Tokyo. The duo became the first Indian pair to win a men's doubles medal at the BWF C'ships and became the first Indian duo to reach the men's doubles semi-finals.
6. FIFA has lifted the suspension of Indian football federation. Lifting of the suspension also means that the Under-17 women's World Cup, which was scheduled to take place in India from Oct. 11-30, will be held in the country as planned.
7. External affairs minister S Jaishankar acknowledged Argentina's interest in the India-made Tejas fighter aircraft for induction in the Argentine Air Force. Meanwhile the Colombian Air Force have also expressed their interest in Tejas MK1A.
8. India successfully test-fired Vertical Launch Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (VL-SRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the Odisha coast.
9. Asia's largest Compressed Biogas (CBG) plant has begun its commercial operations in Sangrur, Punjab.
10. Union Minister Rajnath Singh is on a three-day visit to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. During this, he will also take part in the meeting of defense ministers of the countries involved in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
11. Former Chief Economic Adviser of India K Subramaniam was recently appointed as the Executive Director of India at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He will replace Surjit S Bhalla.
12. India defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets to win their opening match of the ongoing Asia Cup.
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