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1-India’s UPI Astounds German Minister; Volker Wissing Purchases Veggies First-Hand and Is Astounded | Watch
Volker Wissing, Germany’s Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, was ‘fascinated’ after utilising UPI to execute a transaction in Bengaluru on August 19. The German embassy in India released videos and photographs showing Wissing purchasing groceries and making payments via UPI. The German embassy in India praised India’s digital infrastructure, calling it one of the country’s success stories. Keep an eye on India’s game-changing digital payment revolution.
2-Russia’s Luna-25 Crashes On The Moon As Chandrayaan-3 Prepares To Land | Video
Russia’s Luna-25 failed to enter the moon’s planned pre-landing orbit. The spacecraft encountered unspecified difficulties while attempting to enter orbit. It was supposed to reach pre-landing orbit around the same time as the Chandrayaan-3 Lander Module, however the manoeuvre failed. India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft is now orbiting the moon and will most likely attempt a landing near the pole this week.
3-‘Gratitude’: Tharoor, Pilot Get Seats In Top Congress Ahead Of 2024 Elections; Keep An Eye On Their Reactions
The working committee of Congress has been restructured. Among the new CWC members are Sachin Pilot, Shashi Tharoor, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The decision by Congress comes ahead of the general elections in 2024. Other officials on the Congress Working Committee include former Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Anand Sharma, Naseer Hussain, Alka Lamba, Supriya Srinate, Praniti Shinde, Pawan Khera, Ganesh Godiyal, and Yashomati Thakur. The complete list may be seen here.
4-Is Europe to Blame for Russia’s Luna-25 Crash? Memes abound on Twitter while all eyes are on Chandrayaan-3.
After Russia’s lunar ambitions were shattered, the internet was swamped with memes. Russia’s Luna-25 crashed onto the moon, ending the country’s first such mission in 47 years. Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, detailed how the disaster occurred and announced the launch of an investigation. However, popular speculation says that Europe was to blame for the sad catastrophe.
5-Watch: A Glimpse Of India’s First 8-Lane Elevated Road, Dwarka Motorway
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, unveiled the freshly built Dwarka Motorway, India’s first 8-lane elevated motorway, in a video posted today on X, formerly Twitter. “Engineering marvel: The Dwarka Motorway!” “A Cutting-Edge Journey into the Future,” the minister wrote.
6-Australian Diplomat Proudly Displays His Hindi: “Virat Mera Pasandeeda Khiladi Hai”
In a recent interview with NDTV, Australian High Commission official Tom Overton-Clarke confessed his affinity for Hindi. Overton-Clarke discussed a variety of issues, including the impending One-Day International World Cup in India. He also demonstrated his Hindi language skills and disclosed his favourite Indian team player.
7-Rajinikanth, Offers Prayers At Ayodhya’s Hanuman Garhi Temple
Today, Rajinikanth paid a visit to the Hanuman Garhi shrine in Ayodhya. The ‘Thalaivar,’ accompanied by his wife, prayed to Lord Hanuman in the midst of intense security. On Friday, Rajinikanth, who is visiting Uttar Pradesh, gave a special screening of his film ‘Jailer’ in Lucknow. During his visit, the actor also met with president Minister Yogi Adityanath and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav.
8-An Akhilesh Yadav-Rajinikanth Hug Following the Actor’s Touching of Yogi Adityanath’s Feet
A day after Rajinikanth was photographed caressing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s feet at his Lucknow home, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today posted a photo of himself hugging the south Indian megastar. He captioned the photo “when hearts meet” in what appears to be a dig at the saffron-clad Chief Minister.
9-On Rajiv Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary, Sonia and Priyanka Gandhi Pay Tributes
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi paid floral homage to former PM Rajiv Gandhi on his birth day at ‘Veer Bhumi’ on Aug 20. Priyanka Gandhi, Congress General Secretary, too paid tribute to the late Congress veteran. On the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary, Congress National President Mallikarjun Kharge paid tribute to him. Rajiv Gandhi was an Indian politician who was the country’s sixth Prime Minister from 1984 until 1989.
10- Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala makes his first Vande Bharat journey.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took his first Vande Bharat Express train journey on Saturday, travelling from Kannur to Ernakulam. The Chief Minister boarded the train in the executive carriage, which left Kannur at 3:40 p.m.
11-Rahul Gandhi takes his bike to Pangong Lake to commemorate the birthday of Father Rajiv Gandhi.
On Saturday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi rode his bike to Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh, where he planned to spend the night at a tourist camp. Rahul Gandhi will commemorate his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birthday on August 20 at Pangong Lake, according to party sources. Gandhi addressed an interactive session with around 500 teenagers in Leh on his first visit to Ladakh on Friday.
12-Ravi Jayaram, an Indian-origin doctor, saves neonates and assists in the capture of UK nurse Lucy Letby.
An Indian-origin paediatrician in England who assisted in the capture of a nurse convicted of murdering seven newborns in her care has stated that the babies could have been rescued if the hospital had responded more quickly. Dr. Ravi Jayaram assisted in the conviction of a nurse found guilty of the murder of seven newborns by a UK court on August 18.
13-Hurricane Hilary, a Category 4 hurricane, is bearing down on Mexico and California.
As Hurricane Hilary makes her way north, Southern California and Mexico are ready for a rare and powerful storm that could bring severe flash flooding and sustained winds not seen in decades. Residents are rushing to fill sandbags and refuel generators before the storm hits, while emergency officials are warning that roads may be flooded and establishing evacuation centres. Because of the extraordinary nature of this Category 4 hurricane, the National Hurricane Centre has issued a tropical storm watch for California for the first time in its history. Hurricane Hilary is expected to make landfall in Baja California on Sunday before moving north as a tropical storm near San Diego and through the deserts and mountains east of Los Angeles.
14-Chandrayaan-3: The final countdown has begun, with all eyes on the Moon’s peaceful landing on August 23.
The Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-3 has approached the Moon and is on track to soft-land on the lunar surface on August 23. On Sunday, the ISRO announced that it successfully decreased the orbit of the Chandrayaan-3 mission’s Lander Module (LM). The lander module of Chandrayaan-3, which was launched on July 14, successfully detached from the Propulsion Module on Thursday, 35 days after the mission was launched. India’s third lunar mission will investigate the lunar surface’s unexplored south pole.
15- FIFA Women’s World Cup | Spain Wins First Title, Beats England 1-0 In Final
Spain won the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time on Sunday, with Olga Carmona’s first-half goal handing La Roja a 1-0 triumph over England. For the first time, both teams were in the final. The victory earned the Spanish ladies their first major international prize, avenging a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion England in last year’s UEFA European Championship.