1. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had tweeted confirming early on August 2nd that he had tested positive for coronavirus. The 55-year-old has been hospitalised on the advice of the doctors.
2. Uttarakhand has decided to set up a snow leopard conservation centre to promote winter tourism in the state. The centre would be set up in the Uttarkashi forest division area.
3. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the first gulf nation to produce nuclear energy. Unit 1 of the Abu Dhabi-based Barakah nuclear power plant has become operational.
4. Spain’s former king Juan Carlos has decided to leave the country amid serious corruption allegations. The once-popular king, who is now scandal-ridden, has left the nation with no indication on where he may have gone. The 82-year-old king’s sudden exit has stunned the Spaniards.
5. Taiwan has provisionally approved the use of dexamethasone to treat COVID-19 infection. The approval comes as the nation faces a shortfall of the antiviral drug remdesivir after the United States bought nearly all global supplies. Dexamethasone is a cheap and widely-used steroid.
6. A UN-backed tribunal will pronounce its verdict on the assassination of Rafik al-Hariri in 2005. Hariri served as the Prime Minister of Lebanon five times after the 1975-90 Civil War. He had led the efforts to rebuild the nation’s capital Beirut.
7. US President Donald Trump said on August 3, 2020 that TikTok will be “out of business” in the United States if it is not sold to a US firm by September 15.
8. The United States President Donald Trump on August 3, 2020 signed an executive order to restrict H1B Visa use. The order will restrict the federal agencies from contracting or subcontracting the foreign workers, affecting Indian IT professionals who have been working in the US on H1B Visa.