Current Affairs in Short: 2 July 2020

PM Modi’s account on Weibo went blank on July 1st after his profile photo, posts and comments were removed from the handle.

Jul 2, 2020 17:15 IST
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PM Narendra Modi quits Chinese microblogging website Weibo

•  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to delete his account on Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo, which he had joined a few years ago. The move comes after the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps including Tik Tok and Cam Scanner.
•  PM Modi’s account on Weibo went blank on July 1st after his profile photo, posts and comments were removed from the handle.
•  Weibo is the largest Chinese microblogging site, similar to twitter. The site has a more complex procedure to quit for VIP accounts.
•  The official process was initiated to delete PM Modi’s account on the microblogging site and after much delay, basic permission was granted. 

Health Minister launches Drug Discovery Hackathon

•  Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched Drug Discovery Hackathon on July 2, 2020 through video conferencing. The Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also joined the launch ceremony.
•  The Drug Discovery Hackathon has been launched to identify a drug to cure the coronavirus. The hackathon was visualised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
•  India's COVID-19 tally has breached the 6 lakh cases mark with 19,148 new coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours.

Padma Awards-2021 nominations open till Sep 15

•  The nominations for Padma Awards-2021 will be open till September 2020, as per the latest Home Ministry announcement, The Ministry stated that online nominations and recommendations for the Padma Awards had begun from May 1st onwards. They will be announced on the occasion of Republic Day next year.
•  The nominations for Padma Awards will be received online only on the Padma Awards portal
•  The Padma Awards- Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, are the highest civilian awards of the country. The awards were set up in 1954.
•  The civilian awards recognize outstanding work and exceptional achievements in all fields and disciplines including Literature, Art, Sports, Education, Medicine, Science and Engineering, Social Work, Civil Service, Trade and Industry and Public Affairs.

India one of five bidders for 2027 Asian Cup

•  India has placed its bid for the hosting rights of the 2027 Asian Cup. India will be competing with four other nations for the hosting rights, announced the Asian Football Federation (AFC).
•  The four other bidders for Asia's premier football tournament include Iran, Uzbekistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
•  The AFC will work with each Bidding Member Association to ensure delivery of all required documentation in accordance with the bidding process. The final winner of the bid and the host nation of the 19th edition of the AFC Asian Cup will be announced in 2021. 

ICC condoles death of legendary WI cricketer Everton Weekes

•  The International Cricket Council (ICC) on July 2, 2020 extended its condolences following the passing of legendary West Indies' batsman Everton Weekes.
•  Weekes, who was a part of the famous West Indies trio- the three Ws, passed away at the age of 95 years on July 1. He is also a part of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
•  Everton Weekes was a top batsman of his era, whose performances have been iconic. 
•  The Three Ws comprising Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott and Everton Weekes had dominated the world cricket in the post-war era. Weekes was considered the best batsman among the three and was an integral member of one of the best test sides ever. Weekes had played a total of 48 tests from 1947 to 1958 and amassed a total of 4,455 runs. 

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