Current Affairs for August 10 And August 11, 2019

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BANKING AND ECONOMY

IMPORTANT DAYS

AWARDS

SPORTS

NATIONAL NEWS

  1. A 12-member committee, headed by Justice Mukundakam Sharma, has been formed to select the awardees of: –
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award, Dronacharya Award (award for sports coaches), Dhyan Chand Award (lifetime achievement), Rashtriya Khel Protsahan, & National Sports Awards.

 

  1. Ministry of Human Resource and Development has launched the Samagra Siksha – Jal Suraksha drive to create awareness among school students about water conservation.
  • Target: – To save 3,650 litres of water in 10 years (1 ltr. in 1 day) with the help of school students.

 

  1. University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to use Swedish software- ‘Urkund’ (free of cost) for detecting plagiarism in the thesis of Ph.D. students.
  • It will be used by 900 universities (public and private). Earlier, Turnitin software was used by UGC.

 

  1. India’s 1st underwater train (16-km long) will be launched under Hooghly river in Kolkata, West Bengal.

  1. ‘Odisha Small Savings Incentive Scheme’, under the notation AQ series, has been launched, for the year 2019, to discourage people from investing/transacting with ‘suspicious’ NBFCs.
  • Under the scheme, an incentive (cash prize) will be given to encourage the habit of savings in people.

 

  1. ‘Shillong Declaration on e-Governance’ has been adopted at the 22nd edition of the National Conference on e-Governance held in Shillong, Meghalaya.
  • Total 10 points were mentioned in the declaration which focused on to making e-Governance facilities available to each and every citizens of India.
  • Central and State Governments would collaborate to improve the implementation of India Enterprise Architecture (IndEA) to enhance citizens’ experience in govt. services.

[Details of the conference are covered in August 1 doc]

 

  1. Odisha has released the Agriculture Policy 2019 draft to strengthen farmers with a special focus on landless labourers in the state.
  • Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, launched in 2018-19, aims to provide financial aid of ₹25,000 per farm family over 5 seasons to small and marginal farmers for purchase of inputs.

 

  1. Uttar Pradesh has made the world record by planting over 22 crore saplings in 1 day on 77th anniversary of the Quit India Movement (started on 8 August 1942).
  • UP has entered into the Guinness World Records’ for simultaneously distributing 76,823 saplings in just 6 hours across the state.

 

  1. Digi Vyapari- Safal Vyapari initiative has been launched by Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) along with HDFC Bank, Mastercard, Common Service Centres and Global Linkers.
  • Purpose: – To promote digital payments among merchants by integrating the traders on the e-commerce platform by creating a digital showroom for each of them.

 

  1. Jharkhand has launched the Mukhyamantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana (a direct benefit transfer scheme) to provide financial assistance of Rs 5,000-25,000 to farmers having less that 1 acre to 5 acres of land.
  • It aims to benefit approx. 35 lakh farmers and Rs 3000 crore will be deposited into beneficiaries’ account by September-October.

1 acre

Rs 5,000

2 acre

Rs 10,000

3 acre

Rs 15,000 and so on

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. All SCO members will jointly participate in the military exercise “Tsentr (centre) 2019” under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Orenburg, Russia (in Sept).
  • The exercise was decided in the 34th SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure council held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan earlier this year.
  • Iran, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, and Belarus are the special invitees in the exercise.
  • SCO members: –
China  India  Kazakhstan  Kyrgyzstan
 Pakistan  Russia  Tajikistan  Uzbekistan

 

2. A communication satellite of IsraelAMOS-17 (built by Boeing) has been launched on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as a replacement Amos-5 satellite.

BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. Huawei has launched its own operating system- HarmonyOS or HongMeng in Chinese.

 

  1. DBS Bank India has tied up with Social Alpha (non-profit start-up incubator) to support startup enterprises that focus on sectors such as inclusion, healthcare, and environment.
  • Under the partnership, 3 start-ups – Even Cargo, Trust Circle and Incredible Devices– will be supported over the next 18 months.

 

  1. RBL Bank and Practo (digital healthcare platform) have launched a health focussed credit card called “RBL Bank Practo Plus” powered by Mastercard.
  • The card aims to encourage prudent expenditure on health.

 

  1. India’s first corporate card- ‘Freedom Card’– has been launched by EnKash (a business-to-business payments startup) for SMEs.
  • Function: – It allows SMEs and startups to avail credit facility for immediate needs and to manage liquidity.

  1. Indian Bank and Cholamandalam MS (General Insurance Company) have signed a corporate agency agreement to provide insurance to the bank’s customers across the 2,872 branches of the bank.

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 by UN.
  • Theme: – Indigenous Peoples’ Languages
  • According to UN’s data, approximately 370 million indigenous people live across 90 countries in the world.
  • According to UN Human Rights Experts, 4 in 10 indigenous languages are at risk of disappearing. Total 7,000 indigenous languages are spoken in the world.

  1. World Biofuel Day is observed on August 10.
  • Theme 2019: – ‘Production of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil (UCO)’.
  • Rajasthan has become the first state to implement the biofuel rules 2019 to promote the use of biofuels instead of fossil fuels.

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AWARDS

  1. 66th edition of the National Film Awards 2019 (given in 31 categories) has been announced.
  • Best Film on Social Issues: – Padman (director: – R. Balki)
  • Best Film on Environment Conservation: – Paani (Marathi) directed by Adinath Kothare.
  • Best Feature Film: – Hellaro (Gujarati) directed by Abhishek Shah
  • Best Director: – Aditya Dhar for Uri: The Surgical Strike
  • Best Actor: – Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun), Vicky Kaushal (Uri: the Surgical Strike)
  • Best Actress: – Keerthy Suresh (Mahanati)

 

  1. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has announced the 4th edition of National Entrepreneurship Awards 2019 to honour the entrepreneurs.

 

  1. NITI Aayog has launched the 4th edition of Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards under the theme of ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’.
  • WTI are provided under the Women Entrepreneurship Platform of NITI Aayog.

 

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SPORTS

  1. BCCI has agreed to come under the jurisdiction of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

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