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Current Affairs August 2019
Top Current Affairs for August 30, 2019
International Day Against Nuclear Tests observed
- The International Day against Nuclear Tests was observed on August 29.
- The aim of the day is to create awareness about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions and achieve the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.
- It was established in 2009
Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile Ghaznavi
- Neighboring nation, Pakistan has successfully test-fired Ghaznavi missile recently.
- It has the nuclear capacity and is a surface-to-surface ballistic missile.
- It can deliver different types of nuclear and conventional warheads up to a range of 290 km.
Mary Kom adjudged Best Female Athlete
- Padma Bhushan awardee Mary Kom has become the best female athlete in the world. Asian Sportswriters Union had organized the ‘Awards for Asia’ for the first time.
- She has received this on the basis of her exceptional performance in the Asian women boxing.
- Mary Kom is the only woman boxer who has proudly won medals in seven world championships.
The merger of 10 big banks announced
- Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the merger of 10 big banks under the Bank Consolidation plan. This will result in reducing the number of Public Sector Banks to 12.
- Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, Allahabad Bank , Oriental Bank of Commerce, United Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Indian Bank, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India and Andhra Bank are the 10 big giants.
- To enhance the credit growth and regulatory compliance, the Government would infuse Rs 55,250 Crore of capital into these.
Special Tiger Force for Corbett Reserve
- The state government of Uttarakhand will form a Special Tiger Force for Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve.
- This will act as a second layer of protection and this force will keep a check on illegal human intrusion through villages.
- The beat level of forest guards is the first layer of protection.
- Defence Institute of High Altitude Research wing aka DIHAR of DRDO had organised Ladakhi-Kisan-Jawan-Vigyan Mela in leh.
- DIHAR was established in 1960 to arrange the fresh food requirement of the soldiers deployed in Ladakh’s harsh terrain.
- This institute has successfully translated science to alleviate real-life problems faced by the soldiers.
Top Current Affairs for August 29, 2019
12th India Security Summit held in New Delhi
- Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India had organized the 12th India Security Summit in New Delhi recently.
- This summit is in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications & IT.
- The theme of this edition of the summit was “Towards New National Cyber Security Strategy
World’s first Biometric Seafarer Identity Document
- India has become the first country in the world to start the use of Biometric Seafarer Identity Document.
- This technology will help in getting the correct information of the sailors and their whereabouts.
- There are approx 208799 seafarers employed in the shipping sector.
National Sports Day observed
- To mark the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand, the National Sports Day is observed every year on 29 August.
- This day stresses on need to stay fit and healthy. On this day, President of India honors eminent sports personalities with major awards including Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards, Dronacharya Awards, and Dhyan Chand Award.
- Wrestler Bajrang Punia and Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik has been nominated for the Khel Ratna award.
Rs 1.82 cr distributed to Para-Badminton World Championship medallists
- Sports minister Kiren Rijiju in a bid to encourage and honor the winners of Para-Badminton World Championship has distributed 1.82 crore rupees
- This felicitation was decided by the government, according to which all the medal winners in world championships and world events would be given cash awards.
- All the Gold medal winners got 20 lakh rupees, 14 lakhs were given to the silver medallists and bronze winners received 8 lakhs each.
Judge Sunil Gaur; the new Chairperson of Prevention of Money Laundering Act Appellate Tribunal
- The outgoing Delhi High Court judge Sunil Gaur has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
- He is the one who had rejected P Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail in the INX Media case.
- He was designated as a permanent judge in April 2012.
Cabinet approves 26% foreign direct investment to digital media
- Considered as an extension to Digital India campaign the GOI has approved 26% foreign direct investment to digital media.
- With this, the digital platforms will be able to raise their own investments.
- Say for example Voot, Zee5 etc will now create consumption and employment across digital payments in entertainment, education and healthcare sectors too. This was restricted to print media initially.
Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure gets a nod from the cabinet
- The union cabinet has approved the International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.
- This will be launched at the UN during the Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23, 2019.
- This unit will act as a common platform to generate and exchange knowledge and different aspects of disaster and climate resilience.
Cabinet approves the establishment of 75 new medical colleges
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved to establish 75 new medical colleges in the country. This will create 15,700 new MBBS seats.
- These medical colleges will be attached to existing hospitals under phase 3 of the Centrally sponsored scheme.
- The under-served regions with no medical college or ones with at least 200 beds will be given first priority.
Indian Navy to use IMD Kochi CDR building
- Indian Navy and India Meteorological Department have signed an MoU to use Cyclone Detection Radar building for meteorological purposes.
- The building will be used by Navy permanently.
- Indian Naval Meteorological Analysis Center will use the building to provide forecast and information of IN ships and establishments.
Government approves sugar export subsidy policy
- The Economic Affairs Committee has approved to give a lump sum export subsidy to sugar mills at Rs 10,448 per metric tonne during the sugar season.
- The total estimated cost will be Rs 6,268 crore as around 60 lakh tons of sugar is exported this year.
- The farmers will get the subsidy directly in their accounts and any dues or balance will be credited to mill’s account if any.
Top Current Affairs for August 28, 2019
Community Radio Sammelan
- The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has organized the 7th edition of the Community Radio Sammelan in New Delhi.
- The event started on 27th August and will be on till 29th August 2019.
- ‘Community Radio for SDGs’ is the theme for this year.
Telangana launched DEET app
- The state government of Telangana government has launched a platform for skilled, non-skilled, unemployed and freshers.
- The application is called DEET that is, Digital Employment Exchange of Telangana and will improve the employment ecosystem in the State.
- The app presently holds 40000 vacancies in various departments of the state and is available on play store.
National Eye Donation Fortnight
- The National health portal organizes the event of the National Eye Donation Fortnight from August 25- September 8, 2019, every year.
- This event is to generate mass public awareness about the importance of eye donation.
- The myths and queries are answered and people are being motivated.
HDFC Bank launches cards for millennials
- To cater to the aspirations and lifestyle of 34% Millennials in the country, the largest private sector institution, HDFC Bank in collaboration with the MasterCard has launched Millennia Cards.
- These cards will come in credit, debit, prepaid and EMI variants.
Janaushadhi Sugam app launched by GOI
- To enable the general public to search for generic medicines and the stores, the government has inaugurated “Janaushadhi Sugam”.
- This is a user-friendly app to guide citizens to locate Janaushadhi Kendra through Google Map.
- The mobile application is available free of cost on both Android & iOS platforms.
Shalija Dhami becomes a first female flight commander
- Shalija Dhami, Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander has become the first female officer appointed as a flight commander.
- She took over Chetak helicopter unit at Hindon airbase.
- She is the second Flight Commander of the unit.
Maitri app wins tech prize in the US
- Five scholars of Amity International School, have jointly developed an app, called Maitri which is aimed to bring needy individuals together i.e.childless people and orphan kids.
- This app allows users to volunteer and donates to old-age homes and orphanages.
- The developers of class 12, Ananya Grover, Vanshika Yadav, Vasudha Sudhinder, Anushka Sharma and Arefa went to the US to participate in the Technovation Challenge and have won the tech prize.
Shashi Shanker honored with Distinguished Fellowship of IOD
- The Chairman and Managing Director of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Shashi Shanker has been honored with the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Directors.
- He has given a distinguished contribution to business and society.
- ‘Future Boards: Leading Strategy to Embrace Sustainability’ was the theme chosen for this year.
Indian Institute of Petroleum to turn plastic waste into diesel
- The Indian Institute of Petroleum has set up a plant which can turn plastic waste into diesel which will aid economic growth.
- It was inaugurated by the Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan.
- This plant will produce800 liters of diesel from one tonne of plastic waste.
HRD Ministry launches National Digital Library of India
- National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology, has launched the National Digital Library of India. It is a branch under the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
- This is a virtual repository of more than 3 crore learning resources and has about 20 lakh, active users.
- This library is integrated with UMANG App and also available on www.ndl.gov.in
Pakistan, China engage in a joint aerial exercise
- Not so friendly neighboring nations of India, Pakistan and China are having ‘Shaheen-VIII’, joint air force exercise in the Chinese city of Holton.
- This had started in 2001 and aims to improve training standards through mutual learning.
- Fighter aircraft JF-17, J-10, and J-11 are being used.
Manasi Joshi clinched her First Gold at BWF Para-Badminton Championships
- Indian players seem to be in a winning spree this year. The para badminton champion, Manasi Joshi has recently won her first gold medal in the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships.
- She defeated Parul Parmer in the women’s singles.
- Total 12 Indian athletes had won medals during the competition.
Top Current Affairs for August 27, 2019
Feroz Shah Kotla stadium to be renamed in the name of Arun Jaitley
- Delhi and District Cricket Association has decided to rename Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the name of former minister Arun Jaitley.
- He was the former DDCA President. The ceremony will be held on 12th September.
- Arun Jaitley is known for his support and encouragement to Indian players.
RBI approves Rs. 1.76 lakh crore for Govt
- As per the recommendations of the Bimal Jalan committee, the Reserve Bank of India has made a decision to transfer Rs. 1,76,051 crore to the Government of India.
- This surplus money will cushion the government for higher PSU’s.
- Bimal Jalan committee reviews the extent of RBI’s economic capital framework.
“Janaushadhi Sugam” app launched by the government
- To enable the general public to search for generic medicines and the stores, the government has inaugurated “Janaushadhi Sugam”.
- This is a user-friendly app to guide citizens to locate Janaushadhi Kendra through Google Map.
- The mobile application is available free of cost on both Android & iOS platforms.
Paytm appoints Amit Nayyar as President
- Amit Nayyar, the former Goldman Sachs Executive Director has been appointed as the President of Paytm.
- He will be responsible for the financial services business.
- He is an IIM-Bangalore alumnus who will be reporting to Vijay Shekhar Sharma.
CVC forms Advisory board to examine bank frauds
- An Advisory Board to check banking frauds has been constituted by the Central Vigilance Commission.
- The team will be headed by former Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin.
- This team will examine bank fraud over Rs 50 crore and would take actions in accordance.
Defence conference held in Bangkok
- This year’s Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence conference was held in Bangkok with the theme “Collaboration in a free and Open Indo – Pacific”.
- The Defence heads of more than 33 countries had attended the conference.
- The aim of this conference was to provide perspectives and solutions to common challenges faced.
World Archery Youth Championship
- Indian Archer, Komalika Bari becomes the third player of the country to win a Gold Medal in 2019 World Archery Youth Championships.
- She defeated Japan’s Waka Sonoda in the finals. She is seventeen years old.
- She is India’s second world champion archer in the under 18 category.
Amazon to acquire a 49% stake in Future Coupons Ltd
- American e-commerce giant Amazon.com has decided to acquire a 49% stake in Kishore Biyani-led Future Coupons Ltd.
- Amazon will make equity investments with this company.
- Future had recorded a revenue of ₹5,149 crore last year.
Kathmandu-Siliguri Bus Service
- To enhance India-Nepal connectivity, a bus service between Kathmandu and Siliguri in West Bengal has started.
- This air-conditioned daily bus will start at 3 pm and will complete 650 KM journey between Kathmandu and Siliguri in approximately 18 hours.
- The bus is wifi enabled and the fare is 2,000 Nepali Rupees.
Top Current Affairs for August 26, 2019
World’s first floating nuclear reactor to be launched by Russia
- Despite the warnings of environmentalists, Russia has decided to launch the world’s first floating nuclear reactor across the Arctic region.
- The reactor named, Akademik Lomonosov, will be loaded with nuclear fuel will begin its 5000 kilometer Arctic journey from the port of Murmansk to northeastern Siberia.
- This is developed by Nuclear agency Rosatom which calls this as a simpler alternative to a conventional reactor on the ground that is frozen all year round.
7 new species of semi-aquatic insects discovered
- The Zoological Survey of India has discovered seven species of semi-aquatic insects capable of walking and running on the surface of the water.
- These species belong to the genus Mesovelia. They are equipped with hydrophobic bristles on their legs and are 1.5 mm to 4.5 mm in size. These are pale green with silver-white wings and have black veins.
- They have been originated from Andaman Islands, Meghalaya, and Tamil Nadu
PM Narendra Modi receives Bahrain’s First Class Order of the Renaissance
- During the recent visit to Bahrain, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred the King Hamad Order of the Renaissance by country’s King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. This has been bestowed to him for his efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with Bahrain.
- Following this recognition, the two countries have agreed to add new areas of cooperation and further strengthen the bilateral ties in all possible areas.
- The Prime Minister Narendra Modi also launched $4.2 million redevelopment project of 200-year-old Shreenathji or Lord Sri Krishna temple in the country’s capital Manama.
Women’s Equality Day
- August 26th has been observed globally as the Women’s Equality Day.
- The US Congress had passed the 19th Amendment providing voting rights to women in 1971.
- Many debates, competitions, get-together are being organized in India to celebrate this day.
Mother Teresa’s 109th birth anniversary today
- This year marks the 109th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa’s. She was born on 26th August 1910.
- She came to India in 1929 and worked for the welfare of the poor, homeless, orphans and people ailing with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis.
- In 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata which grew from 12 to thousands across 450 centers in the world.
Top Current Affairs for August 23, 2019
Iran unveils Bavar-373
- Iran unveiled its new home-grown air defense system which is its first domestically produced long-range missile defense system.
- The range of this missile is more than 200 kilometers. These missiles can compete with S-300 and Patriot systems of Russia and the USA.
MoU between the Indian Army and Tata Realty & Housing
- The Indian Army has signed an MOU with Tata Realty and Housing.
- Under this agreement, the army personnel can take over 13 projects of Tata realty, which are ready to move in.
- These projects are spread in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, and Gurugram and are available at a discount from 11% to 27%.
Book on Manu Gandhi launched
- Prahlad Singh Patel, Culture and Tourism Minister has launched a book based on Manu Gandhi who was a grand niece of Mahatma Gandhi.
- The title of the book is the Diary of Manu Gandhi which has been brought out by the National Archives of India in collaboration with Oxford University Press.
- This year marks the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and this book portrays the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Indian Railways to ban single-use plastic
- From the 2nd October, Indian Railways will ban single-use plastic material in its premises and trains.
- Recently, the parliament has decided and banned single-use plastic in its premises.
- The railway authorities are installing 1,853 plastic bottle crushing machines across 360 major stations.
Paytm to be BCCI sponsor for five more years
- BCCI has decided to extend the sponsorship to Paytm for another five years for the amount of Rs 326.8 crore.
- Paytm will be the title sponsor for all international and domestic matches.
- Micromax was the previous sponsor till 2015 and lost to Paytm on a bid of ₹2.42 crore per match.
FATF Asia Pacific Group puts Pakistan in enhanced blacklist
- The intergovernmental organization founded by G7 countries, Financial Action Task Force Group has put Pakistan in an enhanced blacklist. This group makes policies to prevent terrorism and money laundering.
- It has charged Pakistan upon failing in meeting the global standards. On the scale of 40, Pakistan could not meet 32 parameters.
- The country though claims that it had stopped terror funding to all terrorist groups. The list will be reviewed in October.
Top Current Affairs for August 22, 2019
‘World Police and Fire Games 2019’
- The Olympic style competition, ‘World Police and Fire Games’ was recently held in China’s southwestern Sichuan province.
- CISF sports personnel represented India in different sporting events and have won five gold, three silver and two bronze totaling it to 10 medals
- Around 10,000 athletes from 70 countries had participated in more than 60 sports.
Power Minister launches State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index
- The State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index aka SARAL was recently launched by the power ministry. This index evaluates the states, based on their rooftop development.
- Karnataka state held the first rank followed by Telangana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh receiving 2nd, 3rd and 4th rank respectively.
- This index is a joint collaboration of New and Renewable Energy Ministry, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, Ernst & Young and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.
Ajay Kumar appointed new Defence Secretary
- IAS officer Ajay Kumar has been appointed as the new Defence Secretary. He is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre who will be replacing Sanjay Mitra.
- Subhash Chandra, another IAS officer will be the new Secretary of Defence Production.
- 1985-batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre, Brij Kumar Agarwal, will be the Secretary to the Lokpal.
Rajiv Gauba is the new cabinet secretary
- The ministry of home affairs has appointed Rajiv Gauba as India’s new cabinet secretary which is said to be the most powerful position in the country’s civil service.
- He is a 1982 batch IAS from Jharkhand batch. He will take over from Pradeep Kumar Sinha.
- He had many achievements in his credit mainly the labor reforms and bringing down the violence in Left Wing Extremism in the state.
Defense ministry approves the reform of Army headquarters
- The reformation in Army has been decided and approved by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. 206 officers have been relocated in the first batch to set up a separate vigilance cell to focus on issues of human rights.
- The list includes three major generals, eight brigadiers, nine colonels, and 186 Lt Colonel/Major.
- The roadmap of reforming and enhancing the combat capabilities of 1.3 million force was made last year.
Amazon Rainforest fire
- Planet’s lungs, the Amazon rainforest has been facing a huge crisis. The forest has been burning from past 16 days causing a major loss of trees and biodiversity.
- This is the world’s largest rainforest and contributes 20 percent of the earth’s oxygen.
- This fire could give a major blow to the global fight against climate change by releasing excess CO2 into the atmosphere.
Top Current Affairs for August 21, 2019
US test-fires Medium-Range Cruise Missile after exiting INF treaty
- Soon after tearing up the treaty pact with Russia, the United States escalated military tensions by testing a medium-range cruise missile from Washington. Although the missiles were not nuclear-equipped.
- As per the INF treaty, land, conventional and nuclear missiles are banned to abolish nuclear arms race between these two countries.
Birth anniversary of late Rajiv Gandhi celebrated
- Also referred as Sadbhavna Diwas, the 75th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister of India, late Rajiv Gandhi’s was observed on August 20, 2019.
- The day is observed every year to commemorate the youngest prime minister’s working process, techniques and philosophy.
- The theme of the event was communal harmony and national integration.
President of Paytm
- The senior vice-president Madhur Deora has been elevated as the president of Paytm.
- He will be the only senior executive if the business to hold this title. This digital wallet company Paytm is owned by One97 Communications.
- He was the MD of Citibank’s investment banking arm for over 17 years.
Direct Tax Code task force
- To overhaul the 58 years old Income tax act, the Direct Tax Code task force has been created.
- This team has recommended slashing the corporate tax for both domestic and foreign companies to 25 percent. The earlier tax was 30 percent for large companies and 40 percent for foreign companies.
- Payers earning up to 55 lakhs in a year will have major relief once the recommendations are accepted.
Dr. K Thangaraj receives the JC Bose Fellowship
- The chief scientist of CSIR, Dr. K Thangaraj, has been awarded the JC Bose Fellowship for 2019.
- This recognition is given for his outstanding contributions in the field of population and medical genomics.
- This award is a joint collaboration of the department of science and technology, science and engineering research board and the government of India. He is deputed at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology unit.
Wipro inked pact for research in autonomous systems, robotics, and 5G
- Global IT giant, Wipro Limited has made an association with the Indian Institute of Science. It is to conduct advanced applied research in autonomous systems, robotics, and 5G space.
- These two organizations have jointly set up an industry-academia collaboration unit called WIRIN aka the Wipro IISc Research and Innovation Network.
- IISC is India’s premier public company for research and higher education in science and engineering.
Ravinder Takkar becomes the MD and CEO of Vodafone Idea
- After the stepping down of Balesh Sharma, the old hand of Vodafone, Ravinder Takkar has been appointed as the MD and CEO of Vodafone Idea.
- He will be resuming the post with immediate effect.
- He has been working with Vodafone for 25 years and has held many senior positions in the company across the globe.
World Mosquito Day observed
- To commemorate, Sir Ronald Ross’, a British doctor’s 1897 discovery that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans, this day is observed across the globe on 20 August.
- Considered as one of the deadliest animals on earth, the mosquito has the ability to carry and spread the disease which can kill million people in a year.
- To control it biologically, one can put larvivorous fishes like Guppy in ornamental water tanks and ponds.
DRDO hands over mobile metallic ramp design to Indian Army
- Defense Research and Development Organisation has developed and handed over an indigenous Mobile Metallic Ramp to the Indian Army.
- This Mobile Metallic Ramp can bear the load of 70 metric ton.
- This ramp has been developed for reducing mobility time of armored vehicles. Its portable design makes it easy to assemble & disassemble.
Punjab Launches Health Insurance Scheme
- Tributing the late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, the Punjab government has launched its flagship universal health insurance scheme called Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana.
- This insurance scheme is combined with the central government’s Ayushman Bharat and will provide annual cashless treatment up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year. The policy also includes pre-existing diseases.
- By introducing this scheme, the Punjab state has become India’s first to offer medical insurance cover to its citizens.
India to offer e-tourist visa fee
- To attract more foreign travelers, the Tourism Ministry has proposed to introduce an e-visa.
- It is proposed to cost $25 with the option of a short-term as well as a long-term journey.
- It will come with one-month validity. The fees during the lean period would be as low as $10
Top Current Affairs for August 20, 2019
India biggest emitter of sulfur dioxide
- In the recent data released by the environmental NGO, Greenpeace, it is said that India is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic sulfur dioxide which is produced by burning the coal.
- As per the NASA data also, there are over 15% SO2 hotspots across the country.
- This was detected by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument satellite.
India gets its first national essential diagnostics list
- To bridge the current regulatory system gap, the Indian Council of Medical Research has finalized India’s first National Essential Diagnostics List.
- This covers all medical equipment along with in-vitro diagnostic devices. This list will help the government to decide the type of test required by healthcare agencies working in remote areas.
- This list will ensure improvement in overall health and medical scenario.
Unique robot named GraspMan developed by IIT Madras researchers
- To provide aid in search and rescue operations, the researchers of IIT Madras have developed ‘GraspMan’, which is a multi-modal robot.
- This comes with good grasping, locomotion and manipulation abilities much like a human hand. It will aid in Industrial areas also.
Indian oil beats ArmyXI in Bangalore cup hockey
- In the Bangalore Cup All India Hockey Tournament held recently, the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd won over Army XI by 5-0.
- IOCL’s has won its second title in a fortnight, earlier it had won the Bangalore Super Division.
- The winners received a cash prize of Rs 4,00,000 and Army XI were awarded Rs 2,00,000.
Iceland holds a funeral for Okjokull ice sheet
- Nordic Island region, Iceland had recently held a funeral for losing its first glaciers due to climate change.
- The government officials along with scientists, activists and the general public bid their goodbyes to the Okjokull ice sheet which was located in west-central Iceland.
- This glacier was spanned in 38 square kilometers as per a geological map from 1901, but the recent images from NASA show only small dashes of ice remains now.
All CAPF personnel to retire at 60 years
- The government has passed the order to revise the retirement age of all Central Armed Police Forces.
- Now, the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Sashastra Seema Bal personnel will retire at the age of 60 instead of 57 years.
- These forces guard the national border, counter the terrorism along with anti-Naxal operations and maintenance of law and order.
RuPay JCB Global Cards launched
- To connect the global network of ATMs and merchant’s, Japan Credit Bureau and National Payments Corporation of India had established the partnership in 2015.
- They have launched a new credit card called RuPay JCB Global Cards.
- They have tied up with eight banks who will issue them.
Punjab and Haryana High Court started its first virtual court
- To deal with traffic challan cases across the state, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has started its first virtual court in Faridabad.
- It is launched under the guidance of e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India.
- Automatic fines will be computed on the computer screen of the judge.
Top Current Affairs for August 19, 2019
World Humanitarian Day 2019
- With the theme ‘Women Humanitarians’, the world humanitarian day is being celebrated today.
- This annual event is observed to pay tribute to the humanitarian aid workers. They risk their lives in social service to the crisis-affected people across the world.
- The theme for World humanitarian day 2019 is ‘Women Humanitarians’. This theme aims to celebrate the unsung women humanitarians who have been working on the front lines for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises in their own communities in some of the most difficult regions including Afghanistan, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen and hundreds of those who lost their lives while serving humanity.
Hima Das, Mohammad Anas win gold at Athleticky Mitink Reiter event
- Hima Das and Mohammad Anas clinched gold medals in 300m race. The Athleticky Mitink Reiter event was held in the Czech Republic.
- This was her sixth consecutive win in European races. won the gold clocking 32.41 seconds.
- National record holder Mohammad Anas has already qualified for the 400m event for the World Championships to be held in Doha later this year.
BASIC Ministerial Meeting held in Brazil
- 28th BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, and China) ministerial meeting was held in Brazil from 14th to 16th August.
- The meeting was to discuss concerns about Climate change and its adverse effects.
- Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar represented India in this meeting.
Country’s first chemical engineering & technology institute to come up in Gujarat
- To boost the chemical industry, India’s first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology will be set up in Gujarat.
- At the cost of 54 crores, the institute will come up either at Ahmedabad or Surat to benefit the tribal students and the plastic industry.
- A Plastic Waste Management Centre will also come up in Ahmedabad to address the need for systematic segregation and recycling of plastic waste.
International Conference on Teacher Education
- An International Conference on Teacher education titled “Journey of Teacher Education: Local to Global” was inaugurated at New Delhi.
- This two-day event is being organized by the National Council of Teacher Education as a part of the silver jubilee celebration of its establishment in 1995.
- On this occasion, the HRD ministry has launched the world’s biggest project for teacher training named NISHTHA aka National Initiative on School Teachers Head Holistic Advancement.
Top Current Affairs for August 17 & 18, 2019
New catfish species found
- Two new freshwater fish species have been discovered by the Zoological Survey of India in the north-eastern and northern parts of the country.
- A new species of catfish, Glyptothorax Gopii, was found in Mizoram’s Kaladan river. Another one, Garra Simbalbaraensis was found in Himachal Pradesh’s Simbalbara river.
- These fishes measure less than seven centimeters and bear special morphological features to suit rapid water flow.
Ravi Shastri remains India’s head coach
- Ravi Shastri has been retained by the Board of Control for Cricket in India as Team India’s head coach.
- He is an all-rounder and was Team India director between 2014 and 2016. He was appointed after Anil Kumble’s resignation.
- Under his coaching, India had won its first-ever Test series in Australia in 2019.
‘Know India Programme’
- 40 participants of Indian Origin youth have come to visit India under the 54th Edition of “Know India Programme” from 1st August to 25th August. This programme helps them learn about the culture and heritage of India.
- This is the Government of India initiative to engage and make young professionals to get connected with their motherland, learning about the transformation of the country.
- This 25-day orientation programme is being organized by the Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with some states since 2004.
FDA approves a new drug for treatment-resistant Tuberculosis
- The agency of the US Department of Health and Services, FDA has approved Pretomanid Tablets for the treatment of a specific type of highly treatment-resistant tuberculosis.
- Multidrug-resistant TB is a dangerous public health threat and has limited treatment options.
- Pretomanid in combination with Bedaquiline and Linezolid was tested on a specific population of adult patients before approval.
India suspends Thar Link Express
- Indian Railways have decided to cancel the operations of Thar Link Express that connects Jodhpur to Karachi.
- This was followed after the suspension of Samjhauta Express by Pakistan.
- This Thar Express has been running since February 18, 2006, after a 41-year suspension.
India’s forex reserves reach $430.57 bn
- The RBI has released a data of India’s foreign exchange reserves which shows a surge by $1.620 billion to $430.572 billion in the week to 9 August.
- The previous reporting week which ended on 2 August had shown a decline in reserves by $697.2 million to $428.952 billion.
- These foreign assets are the assets in dollars and include the effect of high and low of other units like the euro, pound and yen reserves.
Geographical Indication tags for 3 new products
- Tawlhlohpuan and Mizo Puanchei from Mizoram and Tirur Betel leaf from Kerala have got their GI tags recently.
- Mizo Puanchei and Tawlhlohpuan, are a fine quality woven colorful fabrics mostly used to make shawls.
- Kerela’s, Tirur betel vine is cultivated in Malappuram and valued for its medicinal and cultural usages.
Aadi Mahotsav begins in Ladakh
- A nine-day National Tribal Festival begins in Leh-Ladakh on August 17, 2019, with the theme – A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce.
- About 160 Tribal artists from more than 20 states are showcasing their masterpieces in Tribal Textiles, Tribal Jewellery, and Tribal Paintings.
- This Mahotsav provides an opportunity to increase tribal commerce and take them to the next level of digital and electronic transactions.
Historic win for Indian cyclists World Junior Track Championship
- The World Junior Track Cycling Championships was held in Frankfurt, Germany recently and Indian men’s cyclist team has won a gold medal.
- This 1st ever gold has won by a four-member team Esow Alben, Ronaldo Singh, James Singh, and Rohit Singh.
- In this global cycling competition, Indian team defeated Australia in 44.681 seconds.
Deepa Malik, Bajrang Punia to get Khel Ratna
- The para-athlete Deepa Malik becomes the second para-athlete to be honored with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
- Indian ace wrestler in 65 kg and World No. 1, Bajrang Punia has also been nominated for the prestigious award.
Ravindra Jadeja and 19 others to get Arjuna award
- The selection committee has picked up 19 sportspersons for this year’s Arjuna Award.
- The list includes players from cricket, football, hockey, and shooting. Ravindra Jadeja, Poonam Yadav, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas, Swapna Barman, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and Anjum Moudgil are among the list.
- The player should be consistent with good performance internationally and must bear leadership with a high sense of discipline to be eligible for these awards.
Top Current Affairs for August 15 & 16, 2019
Palani Panchamirtham received Geographical Identity tag
- The famous Palani Panchamirtham which is given a Prasadam at the Murugan Temple has got the Geographical Identity tag.
- This is the first time a GI tag has been given to a prasad. Palani temple is located in Tamil Nadu.
- This is a Panchamrut including plantains, jaggery, grapes, forest honey, and ghee. The quality of the offering is monitored by Mysore based Central Research Institute of Food Technology.
Rajdeep Sardesai receives Prem Bhatia Award for Outstanding Political Reporting
- India TV’s consulting editor, Rajdeep Sardesai has been recently awarded the Prem Bhatia Award for Outstanding Political Reporting this year.
- The award has been presented by the Prem Bhatia Memorial Trust and has two categories. One is Political reporting and other is Environmental reporting.
- He has received Rs 2 lakhs along with this award.
Jyske Bank -World’s first bank to offer negative interest rate home loan
- Denmark has created history. The third-largest (market share )Jyske Bank in the country has launched the negative interest rate home loan.
- This is the first bank in the whole wide world to adopt this scheme.
- The bank will be charging -0.5% from its customers who have taken 10 year home loan.
India contributes $1 million to UN fund
- The government of India has contributed $1 million to the UN Special Purpose Trust Fund.
- This fund is for the Resident Coordinator System to receive, consolidate, manage and account for all contributions and financial transactions.
Naval Tata Hockey Academy inaugurated in Odisha
- To groom hockey players of the state, the Naval Tata Hockey Academy has been inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Odisha.
- This academy is a joint initiative of Tata Steel, Tata Trusts and Government of Odisha to nurture sports talent in the state.
- It will operate from the existing infrastructure developed for hosting the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2018 in Bhubaneswar.
Commandos For Railway Security
- Railway ministry has launched Commando for Railway Security aka CORAS
- This is to curb the threat from disruptive forces.
- The CORAS team will be provided with the best modern equipment and training at the state of the art commando training center which will be established in Haryana
Harshad Pandurang Thakur appointed NIHFW Director
- The National Institute of Health and Family Welfare has appointed Harshad Pandurang Thakur as the Director for a period of five years.
- He is currently a Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
- This is an autonomous organization working under the Health and Family Welfare Ministry for the promotion of health and family welfare programmes in the country.
Process to get bone implant material from eggshells developed
- Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, have jointly developed a process of synthesizing eggshells to make bone implant materials.
- By this, bone substitute materials such as tricalcium phosphate can be produced by eggshells which are 95.1% minerals along with small amounts of proteins and water.
- Currently, damaged bones are replaced by taking bone from either the patient or a donor or by artificial materials containing calcium, such as Plaster of Paris.
Textiles Ministry signs MoU for skills training
- To offer skill training programmes under the Samarth scheme, the Textiles Ministry has signed an MoU with 16 States.
- This scheme is for building the capacity in the textiles sector. The state governments will train 4 lakh people.
- The states are Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Haryana, Meghalaya, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand.
Jal Jeevan Mission scheme for households
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech on Independence day has announced the launch to bring piped water to households.
- The scheme is called Jal Jeevan Mission and will cost more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore.
- This movement towards water conservation will be at the grassroots level with quadrupled efforts.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan gets A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award
- The leader of Chandrayaan 2 mission, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K. Sivan has been awarded Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award by the Tamil Nadu government.
- Chief Minister also handed over the Kalpana Chawla Award to P. Ramyalakshmi, Assistant Director of Fisheries (Marine) for Courage and Daring Enterprise.
- She took brave action against the use of destructive banned purse seine nets in the area.
Andhra Pradesh launches village volunteer system
- Jaganmohan Reddy, Andhra Pradesh on the Independence Day has launched the flagship programme of appointing village volunteers, who will ensure better delivery of benefits to the public under various welfare schemes.
- Volunteers will be paid Rs 5,000 per month with a target to reach 50 households in a month.
- They should be a local person and 12 passed aged between 18 to 35. The state government will be spending around Rs 1,200 crore per annum on the scheme.
Palaniswami announces trifurcation of Vellore district
- The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K Palaniswami recently announced trifurcation of Vellore district into three.
- Ranipet and Tirupattur are the two new districts from Vellore and K V Kuppam will be upgraded into a new taluk
- With this, the state of Tamil Nadu is set to have a total of 37 districts.
Top Current Affairs for August 14, 2019
Govt launches Swachh Survekshan 2020 and Swachh Nagar app
- During the fifth edition of Swachh Survekshan 2020 meeting, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched an AI-enabled integrated waste management Swachh Nagar App.
- This allows the user to track the waste collection by urban local bodies along with vehicle monitoring, fee collection details, and grievance redressal mechanism.
- The Swachh Survekshan theme song ‘Swachhata Adhikar Hai’ by Kailash Kher and Monali Thakur featuring Kangna Ranaut was also released.
World Sanskrit Divas 2019
- According to the Hindu calendar, World Sanskrit Divas is being celebrated on Shravan Purnima will is falling on 15 August this year.
- Started in 1969, many seminars and events are being organized on this day to talk and discuss the importance of Sanskrit.
- It is known as the first Indian language which is the origin of Tamil, Hindi and many other languages.
Organ donation day
- To spread awareness and motivate people to donate organs after death, the Organ Donation day is observed on 13 August every year.
- National Health Portal claims that approx 500,000 deaths have occurred due to non-availability of organs.
- With the aim to bust the myths and fears about organ donation many events and seminars are being organized.
Mika Singh banned by Indian film industry body
- Popular singer Mika Singh has been banned by the All Indian Cine Workers Association for performing at an event in Pakistan.
- The association has taken a tough stand of boycotting his association with all production houses and music companies.
- Recently, he had performed along with a 14-member troupe at the pre-wedding ceremony in Karachi. This step is taken by the association due to the rift in both the countries
International Lefthanders Day
- Celebrating the uniqueness of being left-handed, the International Left-Handers Day is observed globally on August 13.
- Left-handers comprise about 10% of the world’s population.
- The day spread the awareness of issues faced and special needs of left-handers.
The US to deny green cards to immigrants using public benefits
- The United States has announced that its US citizenship and Immigration service will start to deny the extension of Visa to people using public benefits.
- Application for students F1, H-1B and application for green cards will be restricted from October.
- This is to curb immigrants entering and staying in the US.
Indian chef wins French ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricoleto’ award
- Known for giving traditional dishes from West Bengal, a french twist, chef Priyam Chatterjee has received the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricoleto’ award by the French Government.
- He is the first Indian ever to have received this award. He contributed to reinventing the gastronomic scene in our country.
- Instituted in 1883, this award is bestowed for outstanding contributions in agriculture, agro-food industry, and gastronomy.
World’s First Museum on Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
- Renowned saint and social reformer Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s museum has been inaugurated in Kolkata.
- It is the first-ever museum in the World.
- This was a dream project of Ghaudia Mission which is a philanthropic spiritual organization.
India’s First Clinical Ecotoxicology Facility begins at AIIMS
- The first-of-its-kind initiative, this interdisciplinary study of the effects of toxic chemicals or biological organisms at the ecosystem level has been inaugurated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.
- This is named as clinical ecotoxicology facility.
- This facility will help to investigate numerous diseases due to ecotoxicity.
Anurag Adlakha appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer of YES Bank
- Head of financial management and strategy, Anurag Adlakha has been appointed as the new Group Chief Financial Officer of YES Bank.
- He succeeds Raj Ahuja. His appointment is in compliance with the RBI.
- He was a former CFO of Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC.
Top Current Affairs for August 13, 2019
Chandrima Shaha becomes the first woman President of Indian National Science Academy
- Indian National Science Academy has appointed its first-ever woman president.
- 66 years old Chandrima Shaha will head INSA from January 2020 to combat pseudoscience.
- She is the former Director of the National Institute of Immunology.
Aishwarya Pissay wins the world title in motorsports
- Aishwarya Pissay becomes the first-ever Indian to have won the FIM World Cup. She finished second in the FIM Junior category.
- She finished all the rounds with an overall tally of 65 points.
- This World Cup is Baja-style rally racing organized since 2012, by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme.
Bar Council of India imposes a 3-year ban on starting new law colleges
- The Bar Council is India’s statutory body that regulates the legal education and practice in the country.
- This council has imposed a three-year ban on opening of any new institution sans law universities.
- This action would stress on improving the standard and infrastructure of existing institutions over the next three years.
Bajrang Punia wins gold in 2019 Tbilisi Grand Prix
- Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has registered his win in 2019 Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia.
- He defeated Peiman Bibyani of Iran 2-0 in the 65kg final of the men’s freestyle competition.
- The event was organized by Georgian Wrestling Federation.
Chhattisgarh registered its name in the Champions Book of World Records
- Chattisgarh had witnessed the longest tricolor human chain ahead of Independence day.
- 15 km long national flag was unfurled by thousands of people, including students and members of 35 social organizations.
- This event was organized by Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam foundation and has made it to champions book of the world record for a longest flag.
Flexmotiv develops the world’s first self-standing axillary crutch
- Alumni of IIT Delhi has developed the World’s first automotive crutches that can stand on its own.
- Flexmotiv crutches will be priced at Rs 3000 and shall be available for purchase on e-commerce websites soon.
- The makers Arvind S.A, Adepu Srinivas and Girish Yadav says these are helpful for patients who have had a spinal cord, hip, and joint surgeries.
Ghotu Ram Meena is the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Congo
- The current councilor of Indian Embassy in Kyiv, Chotu Ram Meena has been appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Congo.
- He will succeed Nina Tshering La.
- Both the countries share a good friendly relation and support each other’s candidature in International Forums.
Top Current Affairs for August 12, 2019
Saudi Aramco set to acquire a 20 percent stake in Reliance oil
- Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Limited has announced that the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Saudi Aramco would be acquiring a 20 percent stake in its oil refinery and chemical business.
- The value of the deal is $75 billion which makes this as one of India’s largest foreign direct investment deals till date.
- Aramco has taken a stake in two refineries and a petrochemical complex.
‘Madadgaar’ helpline launched in Kashmir
- The CRPF has launched the ‘Madadgaar’ helpline for residents of Kashmir.
- People can call on 9469793260 for any sort of assistance and updates.
- This helpline will also share the active contact numbers of local police stations.
National Youth Awards conferred
- The National Youth Awards have been conferred by the Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju.
- These are given to the individuals and organizations for their work and contribution to the development and social service.
- These awards will motivate youth to achieve excellence in various fields. A photo exhibition on “China through the Eyes of Indian Youth – 2019” displaying the images of the youth exchange program to China was also inaugurated.
Top Current Affairs for August 10 & 11, 2019
BCCI comes under NADA
- The BCCI has agreed to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency and would adhere to its policies.
- All the cricketers will now be tested before every tournament by NADA.
- The Sports Ministry would be providing all the facilities required with minimal charge.
100th Birthday of Vikram Sarabhai celebrated today
- 12th August is the birth anniversary of the founder of ISRO, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.
- Marking the 100th birthday, Google has dedicated a doodle to award-winning Indian physicist, industrialist, and innovator.
- Known as the father of Indian space program, he had established the Indian National Committee for Space Research which was later renamed as ISRO.
Exhibition of Department of Atomic Energy
- The Department of Atomic Energy had organized a two-day exhibition on its spin-off technologies for non-power applications at New Delhi.
- The exhibition had showcased the technologies developed by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology and other Units of Department of Atomic Energy.
- These technologies are useful in the field of health, water, agriculture, security, food, and environment.
Child Care Leave approved for Male Service Personnel in Defence Forces
- The Defence Ministry has approved the extension of childcare leave to single male service personnel.
- This decision is in sync with an order by the Department of Personnel and Training
- Presently, the CCL benefits are granted only to female officers. The minimum period of CCL for single male government personnel in each spell is five days.
Government of India Signs Memorandum of Settlement with NLFT- SD
- The government of India has signed a Memorandum of Settlement with the government of Tripura and National Liberation Front of Twipra which is led by Sabir Kumar Debbarma.
- The NLFT has been banned since 1997 because of involvement in violence by operating from their camps across the international border undertaking 317 insurgency incidents killing 28 security forces and 62 civilians during the period 2005-2015.
- The NLFT (SD) has now agreed to follow the path of non-violence and abide by the Constitution of India surrendering its 88 cadres with their weapons. These cadres will be helped in making their living, housing, recruitment, education, etc.
Virasat-e-Khalsa enters Asia Book of Records
- Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib town’s, Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum has been registered in the Asia Book of Records for becoming the most visited museum in the Indian subcontinent on a single day.
- On March 20, the museum had witnessed a record footfall of 20,569 visitors. So far over 10 million visitors have visited in a short span of eight years of its opening.
- This museum built to commemorate the rich history and culture of Punjab and Sikhism would witness its third entry in the record books.
Rotavirus Vaccine to be available in the entire country
- The ambitious 100 days agenda of the Health Ministry has been decided to provide Rotavirus vaccine to every child across the country by September 2019.
- This step of the Government is to curb morbidity and mortality in children due to diarrhea by 2022 as it is one of the biggest reasons of children death. Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea in children under 2 years of age.
- Three doses of rotavirus vaccine will be provided to children free of cost along with other vaccines under Universal Immunization Programme at one and a half months, two and a half months, and three and a half months.
Huawei launches ‘HarmonyOS’
- Smartphone giant, Huawei has officially launched its own operating system. Named “HarmonyOS” this is aimed to reduce the company’s dependence on Google developed Android OS.
- This OS would work across all smart devices namely smartphones, smart speakers, automobiles, computers, and tablets, etc.
- This cross portal software will be known as HongmengOS in China.
The fourth edition of National Entrepreneurship Awards announced
- In a bid to recognize and encourage outstanding Indian Entrepreneurs, the fourth edition of the National Entrepreneurship Awards has been announced.
- Having the nominations open, the National Entrepreneurship Awards aim to reward outstanding young and first-generation entrepreneurs and builders for their exceptional contribution in entrepreneurship development.
- Scheduled for November, 39 Enterprise Awards and 6 Awards for Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders will be given. The eligibility criteria is that the nominee must be first-generation entrepreneurs under the age of 40 years and must hold 51% or more equity and ownership of the business. The women entrants should own 75% or more ownership of the enterprise.
The Fourth Edition of Women Transforming India Awards launched by NITI Aayog
- The NITI Aayog has launched the Fourth Edition of Women Transforming India in collaboration with the United Nations to recognize women entrepreneurs in the country.
- The theme of this year ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’, is in continuation of last years awards for which the nominations has begun. WhatsApp has collaborated with the awards and will provide the US $100,000 to the award winners.
- More than 5,000 women entrepreneurs have registered on the Women Entrepreneurship Platform which is a Government of India initiative by NITI Aayog to promote and support women.
World Biofuel Day observed on 10th August
- On 10th August, World Biofuel Day is observed every year to create awareness and importance of non-fossil fuels.
- Organized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, this day highlighted various efforts of Government in the biofuel sector with the theme “Production of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil.
- Biofuels reduces import dependence and helps in providing a cleaner environment. It also adds additional income to farmers and employment generation.
National Film Awards 2019
- This year’s National Film Awards has been announced.
- The 66th year witnessed a competition of 419 films in 31 categories
- Uri: The Surgical Strike has received 2 awards that are the best director to Aditya Dhar and best actor to Vicky Kaushal. Ayushmann Khuranna for also received the best actor for Andhadhun.
A book chronicling VP Naidu’s 2 years in office released
- A book on Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu’s two years in office titled ‘Listening, Learning, and Leading’ has been released. .
- During the last two years, he had made 330 public engagements across the country.
- He had delivered 61 convocation addresses and interacted with students on 35 occasions. He visited 97 scientific and technological research institutions and delivered 25 special lectures.
Top Current Affairs for August 9, 2019
Pranab Mukherjee conferred with Bharat Ratna
- India’s highest civilian honor, Bharat Ratna has been conferred to former President Pranab Mukherjee.
- The awards have also been given (posthumously) to singer Bhupen Hazarika and Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh.
- This has been given after a gap of four years.
World Archery suspends Archery Association of India
- The world archery has suspended the Archery Association of India.
- The Indian participants can participate in 2019 World Archery Youth Championships scheduled to happen in Madrid, Spain between 19-25 August for the last time.
- Indian archers will have to compete in World Archery events as independents under the World Archery flag till the suspension on AAI is lifted.
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People observed
- Aiming to promote and protect the rights of the Indigenous population, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on August 9th every year.
- This year the theme is Indigenous Languages, as the year 2019 is being marked as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
- This draws attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages which must be preserved and revitalized urgently at both national and international levels.
Manipur tops in Breastfeeding, Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices
- As per the recent report by the health ministry, the northeastern state Manipur has topped the Breastfeeding Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices ranking in India.
- Rajasthan, UP and Bihar states ranked the last.
- The factors namely, early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and complementary feeding of infants from 6 to 8 months are considered.
NISE-UNIDO to Partner for Skill Development
- National Institute of Solar Energy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation have signed a joint agreement to harness the Skill sets required to excel in the desired field so that things can be made easier for the citizens.
- Stakeholders working in the solar thermal energy sector will be benefitted by this program and many national and international experts will be engaged.
- This agreement is a part of the Ministry of New and Renewable EnergyMinistry of New and Renewable Energy, Global Environment Facility and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation project to support capacity building and skill development of technical manpower in the Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy Technologies used to replace conventional fossil fuels.
I&B ministry launches e-version of ‘Rozgar Samachar’
- In a bid to make young aspirants aware of job opportunities in the government sector, including public sector enterprises, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has launched the e-version of ‘Rozgar Samachar’.
- Rozgar Samachar is the corresponding version of Employment News (English) and is the flagship weekly job journal.
- This journal will provide information and guidance about admission and career opportunities in various streams through career-oriented articles by experts.
‘Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha’ drive
- To create awareness about Water Conservation among all school students in the country ‘Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha’ drive has been launched.
- This is a mission mode approach time-bound campaign to make students aware of the importance of water conservation thereby enabling them to participate in water conservation activities in their day to day lives.
- This campaign will make them competent, conscious and committed water citizens of the country.
DAC approves the acquisition of two BrahMos missile batteries
- The Defence Acquisition Council has recently approved the procurement of a Software Defined Radio and the Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries for the Navy.
- Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Bharat Electronics Limited and the Navy’s Weapons Electronic Systems Engineering Establishment, these will facilitate high-speed data and secure voice communication with anti-jamming capability.
- The worth of these two batteries is Rs 1247 crores which will be equipped with BrahMos supersonic missiles.
Top Current Affairs for August 8, 2019
Pakistani doctors sacked in Saudi Arabia
- The government of Saudi Arabia has decided to cancel the work permit of all the doctors from Pakistan, impacting hundreds of highly qualified doctors.
- The Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia started Pakistan’s MS/MD program lacks structured training procedure.
- The other Middle East countries such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain is following the suit.
Quit India movement observed today
- Today, India observed the 77th anniversary of Quit India movement which is also called as August Kranti Diwas.
- On this day in 1942, the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi gave Quit India speech calling upon Indians to “do or die” to push the British away.
- He launched this movement at Bombay asking all the citizens to take part in the same.
Abhinandan Varthaman and team to get top military honors
- The government has decided to announce military decorations for Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman along with all pilots involved in Balakot mission.
- They will be awarded a Vir Chakra for their gallantry service. This is the third-highest wartime award.
- Abhinandan is recovering from ejection related injuries and shall undergo a series of tests at Bangalore based aerospace hospital for final clearance before flying again.
Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express services and Bilateral Trade with India
- Following the scrapping of article 370 by the Indian government, Pakistan has stopped the Samjhauta Express train services with immediate effect.
- This train linked India and Pakistan’s people to travel between the two countries.
- Pakistan has also decided to stop all the trade with India.
UNRWA receives $5million aid from India
- India has recently increased its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
- As against USD 1.25 million, the contribution has been increased by four folds and will now be USD 5 million.
- This aid is to extend fiscal support to the organization for providing health, food, shelter and other social services across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza strip. India is also funding a super specialty hospital project of 215 beds worth $59 million in Bethlehem.
Forbes releases highest-paid women players list
- This is the fourth year of US tennis superstar Serena Williams topping the Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid women in sports.
- The 23 times winner of grand slam singles made a $29.2 million. Forbes calculates prize money, endorsements, salaries, appearances, and bonus while making the list.
- Naomi Osaka is the second in the list with $24.3 million. The only Indian player that has made to the list is badminton star PV Sindhu with total earnings of $5.5 million.
Rajesh Kumar Srivastava is the new director of ONGC
- Rajesh Kumar Srivastava has been appointed as Director of the exploration by the Indian multinational Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.
- He succeeds A K Dwivedi who retired recently.
- Srivastava had joined the company in 1984 as a geologist. He is an expert in upstream hydrocarbon exploration.
Kandikuppa Sreekant appointed as CMD of Power Grid Corporation of India
- The Power Grid Corporation of India has appointed Kandikuppa Sreekant as the new chairman and managing director.
- His deputation is for four years, that is till December 2023.
- He is the former finance director of the company.
Top Current Affairs for August 7, 2019
RBI reduces Repo Rate by 35 basis points
- In its third bi-monthly monetary policy statement, the RBI has reduced the Repo Rate to 5.40 percent from 5.75 percent.
- The current Reverse Repo Rate is at 5.15 percent.
- This is RBI’s fourth rate cut in a row.
ISRO announces Journalism Award in Space Science, Technology and Research
- In a bid to recognize and reward the journalists who have contributed effectively in space science, research, and applications, the ISRO has announced its Vikram Sarabhai Journalism Award.
- All the articles which are published from 2019 to 2020 will be considered for these two category awards.
- Two journalists will be chosen for the First category that holds a cash price of Rs 5,00,000 along with a medal and citation. And in the second category, three journalists will be given cash prizes of Rs 3,00,000, 2,00,000 and 1,00,000 along with a citation each.
National Handloom Day observed
- National handloom day was being observed today in various NIFT campuses and weaver’s service centers across India.
- This year marks the 5th anniversary of this day which focuses on its contribution to the social and economic development of the country.
- Many workshops, Handloom Mela, panel discussion and exhibition were put up to celebrate the day.
Rajasthan Launches Higher Education Model “RACE”
- To facilitate the shortage of faculties and infrastructure, the government of Rajasthan has launched of a new higher education model named Resource Assistance for Colleges with Excellence.
- This model will distribute the faculties and movable assets among all the district level government colleges.
- To avail this facility, the needy colleges will have to submit their requirements to the nodal college in the district. The teachers will be deputed and infrastructure such as projectors, digital libraries, equipment, and technicians will also be provided according to the need.
Bangladesh inks deal with Russia for uranium supply
- Bangladesh and Russia have signed a deal for the supply of uranium for 2,400 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant for its entire life cycle.
- The deal for nuclear fuel was signed between the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Russian Nuclear Fuel Supply Company in Dhaka.
- These two units producing 1200 MW of electricity each will be completed in 2022 and 2024 respectively.
Mohali gets first 3-D traffic signal
- Designed by Chitkara University the country’s first smart 3 D traffic signal called Intelights has been launched in Mohali.
- This is a first-of-its-kind pilot project to curb the rising problem of traffic congestion will regulate traffic signals with a smart bird’s eye view wireless sensor system.
- The live video feed of existing CCTV cameras will be accumulated in the system which will use Artificial Intelligence to evaluate the traffic density.
Top Current Affairs for August 6, 2019
Cricket Association of Bengal presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Arun Lal
- The right-hander former Indian cricketer Arun Lal has been conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award by the Cricket Association of Bengal.
- He was coaching Bengal cricket team and recently won a battle against jaw cancer.
- He played 16 Test matches and 13 ODI’s between 1982 and 1989 and has aggregated 10,000 runs in 156 matches.
74th anniversary of World War II atomic bombing
- Today is the 74th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing during World War II in 1945.
- Japan held a memorial ceremony which was attended by about 50,000 audiences to pay their respect.
- On this day a uranium core atomic bomb named “Little Boy” was dropped by the US above Hiroshima that had killed an estimated 140,000 people. The second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9 after which Japan had surrendered.
Mission Shakti sports initiative
- The state government of Maharashtra has launched Mission Shakti.
- This is an initiative to train athletes from Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts for international events.
- Film actor Aamir Khan attended the event. He also felicitated tribal mountaineers who had recently scaled Mount Everest as part of ‘Mission Shaurya’.
Rajasthan Assembly passes Bills against honor killing and mob lynching
- Rajasthan Assembly has recently passed bills to curb honor killing and mob lynching incidents.
- Punishment of death penalty or life imprisonment for murdering the couple in the name of prestige/honor killing has been decided. A fine of Rs 5 lakh will also be imposed. In case the couple or either is physically hurt then the punishment would be 10 years rigorous imprisonment to life sentence along with Rs 3 lakh fine.
- In a mob lynching bill, a group of two or more individuals will be considered mob. Punishment of life imprisonment and a fine of up to ₹5 lakh will be applied to convicts. Any sort of attack in the name of caste, religion, gender, language which leads to grievous hurt or death is considered a crime.
Lok Sabha Passes Commercial Surrogacy Ban Bill
- Lok Sabha has passed commercial surrogacy bill by a voice vote recently. This bill provides the constitution of national and state levels surrogacy boards.
- It says that the intending couples should not abandon a surrogate child under any condition and close relatives can act as surrogates to infertile couples. Indian resident couples who are legally married for at least five years will only be allowed to opt for surrogacy.
- Many countries except California, Russia, and Ukraine have banned commercial surrogacy and made it illegal.
Handmade Pattamadai Silk Mat gets GI Tag
- Pattu paai, a handmade silk mat of Tamil Nadu has got its Geographical Indication tag.
- Known as Pattamadai these mats are especially hand-weaved for weddings. It carries the names of both Bride and groom.
- Inclusion of electric power looms is helping the weavers to increase production along with income.
Top Current Affairs for August 5, 2019
Vinesh Phogat bags third gold in Warsaw
- Country’s star woman wrestler, Vinesh Phogat has bagged gold in Poland Open wrestling tournament in Warsaw.
- This is her third consecutive victory in the 53 kg category.
- She won over local wrestler Roksana in the finals.
Article 370 scrapped
- The country has witnessed a historic event today. The Home Minister has revoked Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir.
- J&K is now bifurcated into two Union Territories, Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh. The former is with and the latter is without a legislature.
- This amendment has been approved by the President.
Bihar gets Centre’s nod for Kosi-Mechi river interlinking
- The central government has approved the project of interlinking Kosi and Mechi rivers in Bihar. Amounting to Rs 4,900 crore this will be the second major river interlinking project in the country. The earlier one was the Ken-Betwa project in Madhya Pradesh.
- 76.20 km canals will be constructed on the eastern bank of Kosi for irrigation purpose and will be termed as a “green project”. This will neither displace people nor require the acquisition of forest land.
- The total required land for the project is about 1,396.81 hectares. All important measures will be taken to avoid national parks, wildlife sanctuaries or eco-sensitive zones within 10 km area of the project.
President Ram Nath Kovind receives the National Order of Merit
- Indian President Ram Nath Kovind was bestowed with the highest award of the Republic of Guinea aka the National Order of Merit by the President of Guinea.
- The African government honored him for his exceptional contribution to the advancement of overall relations and development of mutual cooperation between India and Guinea.
- During this visit 3 MoUs between India and Africa in the Field of Traditional System of Medicine, e Vidya Bharati e Arogya Bharati Network Project and Renewal Energy were signed along with the new line of credit of US$ 170 million.
RBI tightens norms for appointing the board of Directors
- The RBi has decided to appoint the board of directors of Public Sector Banks according to ‘fit and proper’ criteria only.
- As per the new directions, all the banks will have to constitute Nomination and Remuneration Committee with a minimum of three non-executive directors from the board of directors.
- Now, a person with any political connection will be refrain from the election process. The candidate for elected director must be a graduate with some professional experience in the area of Banking.
Top Current Affairs for August 3 & 4, 2019
Space Situational Awareness Control Centre launched by ISRO
- The Indian Space Research Organisation has decided to come up with the Space Situational Awareness Control Centre in Bengaluru to protect its space assets.
- This control center would protect its assets from inactive satellites, pieces of orbiting objects, near-earth asteroids and adverse space weather conditions. It will collect tracking data to analyze and generate useful information.
- As there is a rise of manmade debris in space, it increases the collision threat hence Space Situational Awareness & Management is required.
Franky Zapata crosses the English Channel on a hoverboard
- Franky Zapata, a French inventor has achieved his long-awaited dream of crossing the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard in his second attempt.
- This 40-year-old started off on his Flyboard from Sangatte in the Pas de Calais region for the 35km journey to St Margaret’s Bay escorted by three helicopters.
- He took 22 minutes to complete the crossing. He too speeds of 177km/hr and flew around 60 ft above the water.
NHB to infuse Rs 10,000 crore for liquidity
- In a bid to improve the liquidity in the housing finance sector, the National Housing Bank has decided to infuse an additional Rs 10,000 crore.
- This will aid the companies to provide affordable home loans.
- This facility will be over and above the already existing refinance schemes of NHB.
Pashmina testing center to come up in Leh
- In the partnership with the lab of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, the Bureau of Indian Standards will be setting up a Pashmina testing center in Leh.
- This decision was made in the recent motorbike expedition ‘Drive for Pashmina’ held to spread awareness and promote the fabric.
- The BIS would set up the lab in two months time and will appoint scientists to check the quality. Local people will also be hired and trained to work in Ladakh, parts of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir as these regions produce world-class pashmina.
World Breastfeeding Week 2019
- Started in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, with the aim of improving the health of babies, every year World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated across the world from August 1 to 7.This year the theme is – Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding
- As per WHO, 60% of babies are deprived of being breastfed which is a very important source of energy and nutrients in children aged between 6–23 months.
- It reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer along with type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the mother and prevents early-stage diarrhea and acute respiratory infections in infants.
India to try two new vaccines for TB
- India’s first large scale trial of two new TB vaccines has been launched by the Indian Council of Medical Research involving around 12,000 healthy household contacts of newly diagnosed TB patients.
- These trials will be conducted in Delhi, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, and Karnataka and two thousand participants from each state will be enrolled over the next seven to eight months.
- This will be the first of its kind roll out in which the candidates will be at high risk of contracting the disease, hence they will be vaccinated with either of the two new vaccines and compared with placebo to assess its efficacy.
Indian army launches e-cars in Delhi to curb air pollution
- The Indian Army has launched e-cars for its officials in partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.
- This initiative is in line with government policies on environmental protection.
- This pilot project will have 10 e-cars to ensure minimal emissions with maximum efficiency.
Saudi Arabian women to travel with equal rights as male
- Saudi women can now travel abroad without the approval of any male consent. As per the new rule by the government, women can obtain passports and travel freely.
- Ending an age-old restriction now passport will be granted to any Saudi national who applies and male approval to obtain a passport and travel is no longer required.
- The Saudi Government has now granted the same rights to men and women aged above 21 years giving them travel permit for custody of minors and those whose guardians are not alive.
DRDO successfully test-fires QRSAM
- Defense Research Development Organisation has successfully test-fired Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile against live aerial targets from Chandipur Integrated Test Range.
- QRSAM are equipped with indigenously developed technology to help the Indian Navy in Inertial Navigation System, Data Link, and RF seeker.
- Developed by DRDO, this 25 Km strike range missile is all-weather all-terrain equipment which can be rotated 360 degrees while on the way to its target.
Top Current Affairs for August 2, 2019
One Nation-one Ration Card Scheme
- With the aim of providing national food security, the government has started a pilot project called One nation one ration card scheme.
- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are the first four states to start the scheme.
- The government plans to roll out the scheme across the country by August 2020.
AMBIS for Maharashtra Police
- Using the biometric data of undertrials, a system has been developed for Maharashtra Police.
- Named as Automated Multi-modal Biometric Identification System, this is a special digitized policing tool which will identify and track down criminals.
- Till now 85 cases have been solved within a few days of the launch.
Government to set up Khanij Bidesh India Ltd
- Khanij Bidesh India Ltd aka KABIL is a joint venture company which will ensure a consistent supply of critical and strategic minerals to the Indian domestic market.
- It is a joint partnership between Central Public Sector Enterprises including National Aluminium Company Ltd., Hindustan Copper Ltd., and Mineral Exploration Company Ltd.
- Twelve strategic minerals having a small resource base has been identified including Lithium and Cobalt.
IIT Kharagpur develops technology for solid waste management
- A new technology to generate energy from solid waste with high moisture content has been developed by a research team at IIT Kharagpur.
- Named as Hydro Thermal Carbonization, it can convert solid waste to biofuel and soil absorbents.
- In this industrial reactor once the organic waste is entered then all the outputs generated are usable entirely.
Girraj Prasad Gupta takes as the new Controller General of Accounts
- A 1983 batch Indian Civil Accounts Service officer, Girraj Prasad Gupta has been appointed as the Controller General of Accounts.
- He has vast and rich experience in handling higher positions in the Central Board of Direct Taxes, Ministry of Rural Development, and the Ministry of Finance.
- He also worked as Director of Finance on the joint venture mega hydel power project in Bhutan.
India to conduct 1st National Time Release Study
- India’s first national Time Release Study is being conducted by the Department of Revenue and Ministry of Finance.
- This will be an annual exercise, to improve global trade. This tool is advocated by the World Customs Organization to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of international trade flows.
- By this study, the country will be able to maintain the upward path easing the cross border trading and businesses. Last year India’s ranking was 80th on the indicator as compared to 146 of 2017.
Ravish Kumar wins 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award
- NDTV India’s senior executive editor, Ravish Kumar has been bestowed with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for this year.
- This is Asia’s highest honor which was established in 1957 and is also referred to as the Indian version of the Nobel Prize. Kumar
- Named after the third Philippine president this award is given every year to individuals or organizations who manifest selfless service and transformative influence.
Maharashtra to have India’s first Hyperloop
- The state government has approved the Virgin Hyperloop track between Mumbai and Pune. Maharashtra will create first hyperloop transportation system in the world projecting it to be a global supplier.
- Virgin Hyperloop and DP world have collaborated together for the project. Hyperloop is a low-pressure tunnel with a specially designed pod around it which travel not on wheels but air.
- Expected to take a time span of seven years, the Virgin will begin its work by this year-end. The project will be financed by DP world with the initial investment of 500 million dollars.
Top Current Affairs for August 1, 2019
RBI liberalizes ECB norms
- The RBI has recently relaxed the norms for the use of external commercial borrowings.
- The borrowers can use their ECBs with a minimum average maturity period of 10 years. Now ECB’s with a minimum average maturity period of 7years can also be taken for repayment of domestic rupee loans.
- ECB is the loans given by NRI lenders in foreign currency.
India and UK launch Innovating for Clean Air initiative
- The two year initiative of India and UK called Innovating for Clean Air has been launched in Bangalore.
- This provides a unique air quality measurement system by integrating sensor and satellite data which in turn will help India’s transition to Electric Vehicles usage.
- This programme is lead by UK Research and Innovation department.
22nd National Conference on e-Governance 2019
- The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology in collaboration with the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances will be organizing the 22nd National Conference on e-Governance 2019 at Shillong.
- This 2-day conference scheduled on 8th and 9th August will provide a platform to share and discuss various effective methods of e-governance.
- The theme of the event is “Digital India: Success to Excellence”.
IAF launches 3D mobile video game for Android and iOS
- Three Interactive, an Indian developer in collaboration with IAF has launched its flight battle simulator mobile game for Android and iOS platforms.
- Named ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’, this game presents the thrills and responsibilities of the Indian Air Force.
- It is a single-player game in which player can use various fighter jets and take up numerous missions. It also will soon feature IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman along with the Balakot surgical strike mission.
ISRO Technical Liaison Unit to be set up in Moscow
- To enable and facilitate effective technical coordination and timely intervention on diversified matters, the government of India has approved the setting up of ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow, Russia.
- Space corporations have always been one of the major links between the two countries.
- The average annual expenditure will be about Rs. 1.50 crore per annum. ISRO will depute dedicated engineers and scientists as space counselors
Atal Community Innovation Centre launched
- NITI Aayog under its flagship initiative Atal Innovation Mission has launched the Atal Community Innovation Centre in New Delhi.
- This is to encourage the spirit of innovation through a solution driven design model to serve society.
- These centers will serve as a bridge between the existing knowledge base and technology to address the needs of society.
Triple Talaq bill gets President’s nod
- The long-awaited bill on the Triple Talaq for the protection of Muslim women’s right on marriage has finally been passed and has received the President’s assent to become a law.
- The bill was passed despite protests after ballot voting in the Rajya sabha.
- The law states that a Muslim man can not pronounce talaq upon his wife by words either by speaking, writing, emailing or messaging form. Usage of any electronic or digital medium shall now be considered void and illegal.
Rajiv Kumar appointed as Finance Secretary
- A 1986 batch, IAS officer and current Power secretary Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the new Finance Secretary.
- He will replace Subhash Chandra Garg who has taken voluntary retirement recently.
- Finance ministry is one of the key economic policymaking divisions of the government.
Atanu Chakraborty; the new Director of the Central Board of Directors of RBI
- In the recent bureaucratic reshuffle, the government has nominated Atanu Chakraborty as a Director on the Central Board of Directors of RBI.
- Currently, he is holding the post of Secretary in the Finance Ministry.
- He has been nominated in place of Shri Subhash Chandra Garg.
Reliance Jio becomes India’s largest Telecom company
- Just within three years of existence, Reliance Jio has surpassed all the contenders and has become India’s largest telecom company.
- It has 331.3 million subscribers as compared to Vodafone which has a base of 320 million.
- Reliance Jio works on LTE technology.
Ramesh Bais becomes the Governor of Tripura
- Chattisgarh MP Ramesh Bais is the new Governor of Tripura. He will the 18th Governor of state and succeeds Kaptan Singh Solanki.
- He was the former Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government in 1999.
- He is a senior politician of BJP and had served Steel, Mines, Chemicals, Fertilizers, Information and Broadcasting portfolios.
QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019
- In the latest rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds for best student cities, garden city Bangalore has been ranked as the best city for students in India.
- On a global view, London tops the chart followed by Tokyo and Melbourne.
- London has held the position for the second consecutive year
M S Velpari takes over as Director (Operations) at HAL
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has appointed M S Velpari as the Director of Operations.
- This mechanical engineer from Chennai had joined this company in 1985 and previously held the post of LCA-Tejas project chief.
- He will succeed Sunil Kumar who superannuated recently.
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