Current Affairs: August 5

Current Affairs August 5  (rajras)                                                              

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), US approves lunar mission by Moon Express, a private company.
    • First time, a private company has been given approval for moon project.
    • Moon Express – Founder and CEO – Naveen Jain
    • Investor – Khosla Ventures – created by Vinod Khosla founder Sun Microsystems.
    • Motivation: Discovery of water which was accomplished by the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft with ISRO’s Moon Impact Probe (MIP) and NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3).
  • Google has released a new application, Verne: The Himalayas, specially designed for children to let them explore the Himalayas using maps, 3D imagery and gameplay
  • In September, India will launch ScatSat-1 satellite that will have weather forecasting abilities.
    • Primary payload – Scatterometer – will monitor sea surface winds and help predict the genesis of cyclones
    • It will replace Oceansat-2, whose service life is coming to an end.
  • India to run short of high-tech mineralsRare earth
    • Hi-tech minerals: They are necessary for clean-energy applications and for manufacturing high-end products.
    • Used in: Aerospace, automobiles, cameras, defence, laptops, medical imaging, nuclear energy, and smartphones and entertainment systems.
    • 12 out of 49 minerals have been identified as ‘most critical’ for India’s manufacturing.
    • China is leading global supplier for 6 out of 12 minerals.
    • Further, China controls 94% of global supply of rare-earth minerals.
    • India, needs to develop diplomatic trade channels and long-term supply contracts to sustain its manufacturing.


  • Union Cabinet has approved the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2016
    • Bill seeks to amend Motor Vehicles Act (MVA), 1988 and as a deterrent measure proposes to impose hefty penalties against violations of road safety rules.
    • In India, every year 5 lakh road accidents are reported in the country in which 1.5 lakh people lose their lives. Government of India has committed to reduce the accidents and fatalities by 50% in five years(2020).
  • Key Features:
    • Increases compensation for Hit & Run cases from present Rs. 25000 to Rs. 2 lakh.
    • Adds provision for payment of compensation in road accidents fatalities upto Rs. 10 lakh.
  • Vahan & Sarathi platforms: The bill proposes to create common uniform National Register for Vehicle registration and National Register for Driving Licence.
  • Increases e-governance:
    • Online learning licenses
    • Increases period of driving licenses validity,
    • Do away with the requirements of educational qualifications for transport licenses
  • For offences done by Juveniles, the owner or guardian will be deemed guilty.
  • Allows State Government to regulate the activities in a public place of pedestrians and such means of transport.
  • Permits states to grant exemptions in Stage carriage and contract carriage permits for promoting rural transport, last mile connectivity, public transport and for road safety and passenger convenience.

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