1. Putin orders an increase in the size of Russian armed forces amid the Ukraine war
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday ordering an increase in the overall size of the country’s armed forces to over 2 million amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The increase includes a boost of 1,37,000 troops and is set to take effect on January 1, 2023. Putin has reportedly instructed the government to assign the corresponding budget
2. After Estonia, Poland dismantles the Soviet-era structure amid the Ukraine war
Poland on Wednesday began dismantling a Soviet-era memorial to Red Army soldiers in Brzeg. The removal of the monument coincided with Ukraine’s Independence Day, August 24, which also marked the sixth-month anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Notably, the action also came days after Estonia removed a Soviet-era monument with a tank on top outside the town of Narva.
3. A 100 feet wide asteroid heading towards Earth: NASA
A 100-foot-wide asteroid is expected to pass past the Earth on August 28, NASA said. There’s, however, a chance that the asteroid might deviate from its path and move toward the Earth due to its gravitational pull. In case, it strikes the planet, it would not only flatten tens of kilometers of the land but would also cause earthquakes and tsunamis.
4. NASA finds water World Exoplanet 100 light years away from Earth
NASA’s TESS space telescope has discovered a ‘Water World’ exoplanet nearly 100 light-years away from Earth. Named TOI-1452b, the exoplanet that orbits a star four times smaller than Sun was discovered two years ago and is covered in deep oceans. “We’ve to see if that much water can survive for…long time on planets in…habitable zone,” a researcher said.
5. Be kind to People: Indian President Droupadi Murmu to new IAS officers
President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday addressed 175 IAS officers of the 2020 batch at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Murmu said civil servants should try to reach underprivileged people, adding that they should be sensitive to the people they are duty-bound to serve. “Bharatamev Kutumbakam” (all India is my family) should be integral to the ethos of civil servants, the President said
6. India rejects China’s objection
India on Thursday rejected China’s objection to an Indo-US military exercise in Uttarakhand in October. India’s reaction came after China’s defense ministry, referring to the planned exercise, said it was firmly opposed to any third party “meddling” in the border issue.
7. Baby becomes the youngest organ donor
A 16-month-old toddler named Rishant from Delhi has served a noble cause far beyond his age. He has become the youngest organ donor, offering a fresh lease of life to two patients.
8. Amit Shah chairs the review meeting
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
9. Screening camp for citizens
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday inaugurated free equipment and material distribution program to senior citizens and differently-abled people in South Nagpur today under the Central Government’s National Vayoshree and ADIP (Assistance to Disabled Persons) scheme.
10. Kho Kho: Odisha beat Rajasthan
Riding on Nilesh Jadhav’s remarkable all-round performance, Odisha Juggernauts clinched a sensational come-from-behind win against Rajasthan Warriors by six points on Thursday (August 25). Jadhav recorded 3.22 minutes in the defense and also scored 16 points in the attack including six dismissals.
11. Hong kong qualifies for Asia cup 2022, to meet India and Pakistan in Group A
Hong Kong has qualified for Asia Cup 2022 after winning all three matches in the Qualifiers. Hong Kong will meet India and Pakistan in Group A of the main tournament. India will face Hong Kong on August 31, while Pakistan will face Hong Kong on September 2. The Asia Cup 2022 will begin on August 27.