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Current Affairs Today – 27th to 31st August 2019


Govt announces mega merger of public sector banks

  • The government has announced the merger of ten public sector banks into four banks.
  • It announced the merger of Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank with Punjab National Bank as well as the merger of Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank.
  • The merger of Union Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank and the consolidation of Indian Bank with Allahabad Bank was also announced.
  • After the merger of banks, the country will now have 12 public sector banks instead of 27.
  • the government is trying to build next-generation banks and eight PSBs have launched repo-linked loans in last one week.
  • Ms Sitharaman said, there will be no interference in the bank’s commercial decisions. She said, loans above 250 crore rupees are being closely monitored.

Canara Bank introduced OTP facility for ATM withdrawals

  • Canara Bank has launched India’s first one-time password (OTP) facility for ATM withdrawals.
  • The OTP will be activated for cash withdrawals over Rs.10,000 per day at its ATMs to protect its cardholders from unauthorized withdrawal.

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Canara Bank: Canara Bank is one of the largest public sector banks owned by the Government of India.

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Founder: Ammembal Subba Rao Pai
  • Chief: Sankara Narayanan
  • Tagline: Together we can

RBI issues guidelines on Interest Subvention Scheme for Kisan Credit Card (KCC)

  • The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) issued guidelines on Interest Subvention Scheme (ISS)for Kisan Credit Card (KCC) to Fisheries and Animal Husbandry farmers during the year 2018-19 and 2019-20.
  • RBI directed the Central Government to operate the interest subvention guidelines.

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Kisan Credit Card (KCC)

  • KCC is a credit scheme introduced in August 1998 by Indian banks.
  • This model scheme was prepared by the National Bank for Agriculture and Development (NABARD) on the recommendations of R.V. Gupta committee to provide term loans and meet agricultural needs.

RBI: The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central banking institution, which controls the issuance and supply of the Indian rupee.

  • Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das

SIDBI partners with Incuspaze for coworking space for MSMEs

  • The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) partnered with Incuspaze Solutions Private Limited (Incuspaze) to open a coworking space, designed for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs) and startups.
  • This coworking space called @Workspaze is located in Connaught Place, New Delhi.

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SIDBI: Small industrial Development Bank of India is a development financial institution in India.

  • Headquarters location: Lucknow
  • Founded: 2 April 1990
  • CMD: Mohammad Mustafa

India and Nepal organize training programme on EXIM Bank’s guidelines

  • The Embassy of India in Nepal and National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) of Nepal organized a two-day training programme in Kathmandu on the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India’s Line of Credit guidelines and procedures.
  • The EXIM Bank of India conducted the training programme attended by 27 officials from Government of Nepal.
  • A total of 28 Indian contractors attended this training session.

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EXIM Bank: Export–Import Bank of India is a finance institution in India, established in 1982 under Export-Import Bank of India Act 1981.

  • Founded: 1 January 1982
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: David Rasquinha

Nepal (Capital/Currency):Kathmandu/ Nepalese rupee

  • Prime Minister: KP Sharma Oli
  • President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari

Banking license of Rupee Cooperative Bank extended by RBI till Nov 30, 2019

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) extended the banking license of Rupee Cooperative Bank Ltd till November 30, 2019.
  • The Bank paid Rs.338.20 crores to 85,462 needy depositors under the hardship scheme of RBI.
  • It has deposits of Rs.1291.00 crores.
  • The Rupee Co-op Bank & MSC (Maharashtra State Cooperative) Bank are going to submit joint proposal for merger to RBI.

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RBI: The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central banking institution, which controls the issuance and supply of the Indian rupee.

  • Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das


Air India to be privatized in shortest possible time: Hardeep Puri

  • Civil Aviation Minister Mr Hardeep Singh Puri announced that government is determined for the privatization of Air India and people are interested in buying it.
  • Total privatization will be done in the shortest possible time and with the best deal.
  • Puri launched an aviation job portal. Aviationjobs is a unique web-based portal which brings together job seekers and prospective employers in the Indian civil aviation sector.
  • It is a common platform for enabling candidates to register their job interests across various sub-sectors.

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Air India is the flag carrier airline of India, headquartered at New Delhi. It is owned by Air India Limited, a government-owned enterprise, and operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving 94 domestic and international destinations.

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • CEO: Pradeep Singh Kharola

Air India bans single use plastic in flights from Oct 2

  • Air India will completely ban use of plastic in Alliance Air and Air India Express from 2nd October.
  • Plastic tea cups will be replaced with sturdy paper cups and plastic tumblers will be replaced with paper tumblers.

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Air India is the flag carrier airline of India, headquartered at New Delhi. It is owned by Air India Limited, a government-owned enterprise, and operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving 94 domestic and international destinations.

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • CEO: Pradeep Singh Kharola

CBDT constitutes special cell to address grievances of start-ups

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes -CBDT has constituted a five-member special cell to address grievances of start-ups with relation to angel tax and other tax-related issues.
  • The cell will work towards redressal of grievances and mitigate tax-related issues in case of start-up entities with respect to the administration of Income-tax Act,1961. Start-up entities can approach the cell for the speedy resolution of their grievances.

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CBDT: The Chairperson, Central Board of Direct Taxes is the senior-most IRS civil servant in the Government of India. The Chairperson of CBDT is the ex officio Special Secretary to the Government of India and also cadre controlling authority of the Indian Revenue Service.

  • Chairperson: Pramod Chandra Mody

Intel launched its first artificial intelligence chip Spring Hill

  • Intel Corporation launched its latest processor, its first using artificial intelligence (AI), designed for large computing centers.
  • The chip, developed at its development facility in Haifa, Israel, is known as Nervana NNP-I or Springhill is based on a 10 nanometre Ice Lake processor will allow it to cope with high workloads using minimal amounts of energy.
  • Facebook already started using the product.

Jio GigaFiber that offers 1000Mbps at Rs.700 per month to be unveiled on 5 September

  • Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd Jio has announced that it is to GigaFiber.
  • It is expected to offer high-quality services at lower-than-average industry prices.
  • The rate will start from Rs.700 per month and offer minimum 100Mbps speeds as standard.
  • It will be officially unveiled on 5 September 2019.
  • The subscription will offer a lot of new-age smart services to its subscribers, including a TV service with a feature-rich Set Top Box and fixed-line landline connection.

Fintech startup based in Bangalore MoneyTap provides lifetime credit of up to Rs.5 lakh instantly

  • MoneyTap, India’s first company to provide an app-based personal credit line to customers has announced to provide its customers with a lifetime credit limit of up to Rs 5 lakh instantly starting from Rs 3,000.
  • The personal loans and credit cards, customers pay interest only on the amount borrowed and at lower rates.

Angikaar campaign launched by HAL to bring PMAY(U) beneficiaries into Ujjawala Ayushman Bharat fold

  • The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry launched the Angikaar campaign a move aimed at bringing beneficiaries of PMAY (urban) into the fold of other central schemes such as Ujjawala and Ayushman Bharat.


India First Sky Cycling Park At a Height of 9000 Feet In Manali to Open Soon

  • Forest Department and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports joined hands and developed sky cycling park in Gulaba area near Manali.
  • The main aim is to boost tourism and give and an all-new experience to visitors.
  • The eco-friendly park, which is 350-meter long, is the first sky cycling park in the country.
  • The sky cycling path is at a height of 9,000 feet above sea level, news agency ANI quoted Neeraj Chadha, Division Forest Officer, Kullu.

Home Minister Amit Shah flags off battery operated electric buses in Ahmedabad

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off the first fleet of eco-friendly electric buses in the city.
  • These electric buses will be operated on major junctions on regular intervals from today onwards.
  • The Home Minister also inaugurated the country’s first automated battery charging and swapping station for e-buses.
  • The Home Minister also attended an event organised by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation at the Science City to mark the culmination of the civic body’s tree plantation drive.
  • As many as 10 lakh trees were planted across Ahmedabad.
  • Under the Faster Adaption and Manufacture of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme, Gujarat will get 550 electric buses with Ahmedabad alone getting 300 buses.

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Gujarat: Capital City (Gandhinagar) CM (Vijay Rupani) Governor (Acharya Dev Vrat)

Govt notifies 63 provisions of Motor Vehicles Act;implementation from Sep 1

  • Government has notified 63 provisions of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 including the ones dealing with enhanced penalties for various traffic offences.
  • The new clauses will come into effect from 1st of next month.
  • The 63 clauses deal with penalties, licences, registration and National Transport Policy among others.

Govt to set up 75 new medical colleges in next three years

  • The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of 75 new Medical Colleges by 2021-22.
  • The move will add 15,700 more MBBS seats in the country.
  • These medical colleges will be established in under-served areas having no such colleges with at least 200 bedded district hospitals.
  • Preference will be given to Aspirational districts and district hospitals having 300 beds.

DoT allocates two additional frequencies for Community Radio

  • The Department of Telecommunications has allocated two additional dedicated frequencies for running Community Radio – 89.6 and 90.0 MHz.
  • Information and Broadcasting Secretary, Amit Khare said this while delivering the Valedictory Address of 7th National Community Radio Sammelan in New Delhi.

100 % FDI in coal mining will create a competitive coal market

  • Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi has announced that the decision of 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) under automatic route for coal mining activities is the biggest reform by Modi Government.
  • This will help provide power to all 24×7.

ADB President meets PM Modi

  • Asian Development Bank, ADB, President Takehiko Nakao met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pledged to support the government’s new flagship initiatives.
  • Mr Nakao commended the government’s vision to make India a five trillion dollar economy.
  • The Prime Minister and ADB President discussed how to further enhance the partnership in areas such as the promotion of new technologies and innovation, renewable energy, solar-pump irrigation, electric vehicle and battery, sustainable tourism, and the recycling of plastic.
  • ADB stands ready to commit more than 12 billion dollar lending in the next three years.
  • ADB President said, India is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia and the Pacific, maintaining a growth rate of about 7.5 per cent on average in the last 5 years.
  • ADB expects the country’s growth in 2019 at 7.0 per cent and in 2020 at 7.2 per cent, despite downside risks in the global economy.

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ADB: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank aimed to promote social and economic development in Asia.

  • Founded: 19 December 1966
  • Membership: 68 countries
  • Purpose: Economic development
  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Takehiko Nakao

Total horticulture production estimated to be over 313 million tones

  • The total horticulture production of the country is estimated to be over 313 million tonnes which is 0.69 per cent higher than the production in 2017-18.
  • Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare today released the Third Advanced Estimate (2018-19) of area and production of various Horticulture Crops.
  • Onion Production is estimated to be around 23.48 Million Tonnes, which is 0.95 per cent higher than the production last year.
  • Tomato production is estimated to be around 19.39 Million Tonnes, which is 1.8 per cent, lower than the production last year.

Unique tribal eco tourism programme to restart from Sep 2

  • The unique tribal eco tourism programme, being conducted in various parts of the Western Ghats in Tamilnadu, will be restarted from 2nd
  • The eco tourism programme is being conducted jointly by the tourism and SC/ST Welfare departments.

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Tamilnadu: Capital City (Chennai) CM (Edappadi K.Palanisamy) Governor (Banwarilal Purohit)

BJP to soon touch seven crore members mark

  • Bharatiya Janata Party will soon touch the seven crore members mark through the membership drive that began on 6th of July and concluded on 20th of this month.
  • Over 5 crore 81 lakh people have taken up membership through on-line mode and counting for off-line and other modes is in process.
  • Before the drive, membership was of 11 crore and this time membership through on-line mode is more than fifty percent of the previous members strength.

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BJP: The Bharatiya Janata Party is one of the two major political parties in India, along with the Indian National Congress. As of 2018, it is the country’s largest political party in terms of representation in the national parliament and state assemblies, and it is the world’s largest party in terms of primary membership.

  • Founded: 6 April 1980
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founders: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
  • President: Amit Shah

Centre releases over Rs 47,000 cr to increase green cover in states

  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has handed over forty seven thousand crore rupees from Compensatory Afforestation Fund to various states.
  • The funds will be utilized as per the provisions of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act and rules.
  • Monitoring of the implementation of the efforts pertaining to afforestation will be done with the help of the technology like geo- tagging and video shooting.

HRD directs UGC to set up panel to inquire into allegations of universities selling fake degrees

  • Human Resource Development Ministry has directed the University Grants Commission to immediately constitute a high-level committee to inquire into  allegations of sale of fake degrees by certain universities
  • The committee will complete its enquiry within three weeks and identify institutions and individuals that have resorted to such illegal practices so that strict action can be taken.

‘Ek Bharat-Vijayee Bharat’ from Sep 2 to commemorate 50th year of Vivekanand rock memorial

  • Vivekanand rock memorial has been an iconic landmark at the Tri-junction of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian sea in Kanyakumari.
  • In order to commemorate 50th year of Vivekanand rock memorial, a major contact programme, “EK BHARAT-VIJAYEE BHARAT’ has been planned from 2nd September across the country.
  • This was announced at press conference by B. Bhanu Das from the Vivekanand Kendra Kanyakumari at a function in New Delhi.

Govt to set up 12,500 AYUSH centres across the country

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that government has set a target of setting up 12,500 AYUSH centres across India.
  • Giving away Yoga Awards to the winners for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion and Development of Yoga in New Delhi.
  • 5 lakh health and wellness centres are being opened across the country.
  • The Prime Minister said AYUSH and Yoga are strong pillars of ‘Fit India’ movement.

Centre plans to provide WiFi to all villages

  • Centre plans to provide Wi-Fi to all villages with connectivity between 10Mbps to 100 Mbps speed under the GramNet initiative.
  • The announcement was made by Minister of State for Communications Shamrao Dhotre at the 36th Foundation Day celebrations of Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), Delhi on 26 August.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launches the commencement of work for 10th City Gas Distribution

  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan launched the commencement of work for 10th City Gas Distribution (CGD) .
  • They cover 50 Geographical Areas (GAs) in 124 districts.
  • After the completion of the 10th round, over 70% of the country’s population and 52.73% of the area will be covered under the CGD.

Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Tejas Express and the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express to be run by IRCTC

  • Indian Railways’ ticketing and catering arm IRCTC come up with a new scheme for passengers.
  • Tejas Express – IRCTC bagged the rights to run the train is late by more than an hour then passengers eligible for compensation.
  • IRCTC is planning to start the first of the two trains from Delhi to Lucknow.
  • The company is even targeting senior citizens by planning a 40 percent discount on their ticket fares.

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Gujarat: Capital City (Gandhinagar) CM (Vijay Rupani) Governor (Acharya Dev Vrat)

Mobile application Janaushadhi Sugam launched for locating outlets and searching Generic medicine

  • Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda launched a mobile application “Janaushadhi Sugam”.
  • Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin” available at only One Rupee per pad.
  • Minister of State for Shipping (IC) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya participated in the launch event.

MHRD launched National Digital Library of India

  • National Digital Library integrated with Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) App.
  • Users can register through or through the mobile app.

India Launches Worlds First Ever Facial Biometric Data Based Seafarer Identity Document

  • India became the first country in the world to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID).
  • It can capture the facial biometric data of seafarers.
  • Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS (I/C) Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers launched the project in New Delhi.

Maitri: A mobile app to connect kids at orphanages with old age homes

  • Five Indian women have developed a mobile app named Maitri.
  • The app connects kids at orphanages with old-age homes.
  • The app was developed for the people affected by loneliness, depression.
  • The app permits users to volunteer and present to old-age homes and orphanages.

Cabinet approved the launch of international CDRI

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister approved the international Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) together with its supporting Secretariat office in Delhi.
  • The CDRI is expected to be launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, the USA on 23 September 2019.
  • Cabinet has approved for the establishment of the International CDRI together with its supporting Secretariat workplace in New Delhi.
  • Also, it also approved the establishment of the Secretariat of the CDRI as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • Cabinet approved for the government of India’s support of Rs.480 crore to CDRI to fund research projects.
  • It approved the formation of a charter document. It will act as the founding document of the CDRI.


J&K Governor announces 50,000 govt jobs for youths

  • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik announced that in coming two to three months, about 50 thousand government jobs will be provided to the youths of the State.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that the cultural, linguistic and religious identity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be protected, secured and preserved in a befitting manner.

Smriti Irani lays foundation stone of Integrated Textiles Tourism Complex in Meghalaya

  • In Meghalaya, the Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani laid the foundation stone of the Integrated Textiles Tourism Complex at Nongpoh, Ri Bhoi district in the presence of Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.
  • OBJECTIVE: to ensure that those who currently undertake crafts in wood, bamboo, stone carving, embroidering, pottery, dry flower and jewellery get benefitted and aided from the Government of India.
  • The ‘Samarth’ scheme which erstwhile plans to skill 7,200 youth in apparel and garments, textiles and handloom sectors has now been extended.
  • The ‘Samarth’ scheme which erstwhile plans to skill 7,200 youth in apparel and garments, textiles and handloom sectors has now been extended.

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Meghalaya: Capital City (Shillong) CM (Conrad Kongkal Sangma) Governor (Tathagata Roy)

A waste plastics to diesel plant inaugurated in Dehradun

  • Union Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated a waste plastics to diesel plant in Dehradun.
  • The plant has been set up in Indian Institute of Petroleum whose scientists will process waste plastics into fuel. It has the capacity to produce 800-litre diesel from one tonne of plastic.

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Uttarakhand : Capital City (Dehradun) CM (Trivendra Singh Rawat) Governor (Baby Rani Maurya)

Indore takes steps to become number one in Jal Shakti Abhiyan

  • In Madhya Pradesh, after holding the top position in Swachhata Abhiyan continuously since the last three years,the citizens of Indore have taken a rapid step to become number one in Jal Shakti Abhiyan too.
  • A record has been set by installing one thousand five hundred water harvesting system in a day in Indore Municipal Corporation area.
  • On August 25, a record has been created by installing 1500 water harvesting systems in a day.
  • An App has also been launched by the Municipal Corporation.
  • The water harvesting system capsules are being given free of cost under CSR on first come first serve basis.

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Madhya Pradesh: Capital City (Bhopal) CM (Kamal Nath) Governor (Lalji Tandon)

Gujarat retains first position in Composite Water Management Index

  • Gujarat has retained its first position in the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) 2.0 announced by the NITI Aayog.
  • This is the 3rd consecutive year that the state has retained its position in water management sector.
  • The report was released by Union Jal Shakti Minister Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Dr. Rajiv Kumar in New Delhi.
  • NITI Aayog had also initiated the Composite Water Management Index for the states and union territories on the basis of study of their water management, water security and various usages and experiments of water cycles.

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Gujarat: Capital City (Gandhinagar) CM (Vijay Rupani) Governor (Acharya Dev Vrat)

Sachin Kumar Vaishya launches Rotavirus vaccine in Leh district

  • Leh District Deputy Commissioner, Sachin Kumar Vaishya, launched Rotavirus vaccine in the district.
  • Rotavirus is the one of the cause of Diarrhoea in infants.

Amit Shah to attend concluding rally of Maharashtra CM’s ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’ on Sep 1

  • Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah will attend the concluding rally of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’ in Solapur on September 1st.
  • Shah will attend the rally and also hold a meeting with the state BJP leaders.
  • Mr Fadnavis started his mass contact programme from Amravati district in Vidarbha region on the 1st of this month.

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Maharashtra : Capital City (Mumbai) CM (Devendra Fadnavis) Governor (C. Vidyasagar Rao)

Bollywood film ‘Mission Mangal’ gets GST exemption in Maharashtra

  • Maharashtra government has decided to grant exemption from the state Goods and Services Tax to Bollywood film Mission Mangal, which is about the ISRO’s successful Mangalyaan mission.
  • The film conveys a positive message about science and to take the message further to common people.

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Maharashtra : Capital City (Mumbai) CM (Devendra Fadnavis) Governor (C. Vidyasagar Rao)

India’s first garbage cafe to be opened in Ambikapur

  • In a unique initiative, the Ambikapur municipal corporation of Chhattisgarh, will open a first-of-its-kind ‘Garbage Cafe’ within a few days.
  • This initiative is a step towards making the city plastic-free.
  • In this unique Cafe’ poor people and rag pickers will get free food in exchange for one kilogram of plastic, while breakfast will be provided if half a kilogram of plastic is brought to the cafe.
  • The collected garbage will be sold at Solid Liquid Resources Management Centre.
  • Ambikapur is Chhattisgarh’s first dustbin-free city.
  • The city has an efficient solid waste management system.
  • The self help groups of women are involved in door to door collection of waste.
  • The city has been hailed as the second cleanest city in the country in Swachhata rankings.
  • The opening of this garbage cafe is another step towards the city’s aim to become free from plastic waste.

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Chhattisgarh: Capital City (Atal Nagar) CM (Bhupesh Baghel) Governor (Anusuiya Uikey)

Banjari village of Katni district in MP to become an integral part of the digital map of the country

  • Prime Minister’s initiative among the of Digital India is the Banjari village of Katni district becomes the 1st village in Madhya Pradesh(MP) to become an integral part of the digital map of the country.
  • The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEiTY) won the Digital Village Project.
  • It has planned to build 1000 digital villages across India in this phase starting from Banjari Gram Panchayat of MP.
  • The MEiTY planned to create one lakh digital villages of this kind in the next 5 years.

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Madhya Pradesh: Capital City (Bhopal) CM (Kamal Nath) Governor (Lalji Tandon)

MP celebrates Major Dhyanchand’s birthday as Sports Day

  • In Madhya Pradesh, all-time greatest player of Hockey ‘The Wizard’ Major Dhyanchand’s birthday was celebrated in the whole state as Sports Day.
  • On this occasion, various sports activities were organized at the district and development block levels.
  • The winners and runner-ups were awarded after the events.
  • The birthday of the legend was celebrated joyfully at the TT Nagar Stadium Complex at capital city Bhopal.
  • To mark this day, a friendly match was played between SAI Bhopal and Hockey Academy teams this morning, in which SAI Bhopal won with the final score of 5-3.

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Madhya Pradesh: Capital City (Bhopal) CM (Kamal Nath) Governor (Lalji Tandon)

‘Fit India Campaign’: Meghalaya CM launches ‘walk to work’ campaign in state

  • Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today took the lead to launch the campaign of Fit India Movement which has been launched in the country by the Prime Minister.
  • The Chief Minister took a two-kilometer walk from his residential quarters to his office chamber at Main Secretariat, Shillong launching the #WalktoWorkMeghalaya which is a part of the ‘Fit India Campaign’.
  • The campaign ‘walk to work’ is a part of the Fit India Movement of the Prime Minister.
  • The idea of ‘walk to work’ will have multiple benefits, cuts the cost of fuel including reduction of CO2 emission; reduce congestion in the city and more importantly for health and fitness.

Maharashtra: Lifeline Express inaugurated at CSMT, Mumbai

  • The Lifeline Express, also known as “Hospital on Wheels” inaugurated at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus by the Central Railway (CR) for its latest project, which involves providing medical treatment to poor patients.
  • The train will now move to Sahibganj in Jharkhand from Mumbai for its next project.
  • The Indian Railways, in partnership with Impact India Foundation, had launched the Lifeline Express – the worlds first hospital on wheels – on July 16, 1991 from CSMT to provide free of cost medical care to the poor living in remote corners of the country.
  • The seven coaches of the Lifeline Express have advanced operation theatres, a pathology lab, a mammography unit, a gynaecology examination room, a dental unit, a pharmacy, consultation cubicles and X-Ray unit, among others.
  • Till now, The Lifeline Express has travelled across 19 states, covering 201 rural locations in 138 districts.

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Maharashtra : Capital City (Mumbai) CM (Devendra Fadnavis) Governor (C. Vidyasagar Rao)

Fit India’ Movement: Several functions organized across J&K’s Jammu division

  • As part of nation-wide ‘Fit India’ Movement several functions were organized across the Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • People of the Jammu region expressed their readiness to go with the call of Prime Minister for fit and healthy nation and New India.

Ban on polythene bags comes into force in UP from Sept 1

  • A complete ban on the use of polythene bags will come into force in Uttar Pradesh from Sept 1st.
  • Local police station and its in-charge will be held responsible for non-compliance of the government order in this regard.
  • Allahabad High Court had also banned the use of polythene in the state.

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Uttar Pradesh: Capital City (Lucknow) CM (Yogi Adityanath) Governor (Anandiben Patel)

Health Ministry sign MoU with Ministry of Social Justice to enhance an outreach on HIV AIDS prevention

  • Health Ministry has signed a MoU with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to enhance an outreach on HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • This MoU is the 18th such kind where MoU signed between Government departments/Ministries.
  • The MoU was signed by Special Secretary & Director General (NACO & RNTCP) Shri Sanjeeva Kumar and Additional Secretary of DoSJE Smt. Upma Srivastava.

Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers launched Janaushadhi Sugam was launched

  • The Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers launched a mobile application Janaushadhi Sugam.
  • It was launched by the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda.
  • The Ministry has also announced that Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin will now be available at only One Rupee per pad.
  • The Ministry has also announced that Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin will now be available at only One Rupee per pad.

Tamil Nadu 150-year-old Dindigul locks and Kandangi sarees secure GI tag

  • The Geographical Indication Registry of India finally gave Geographical Indication (GI) tag to the state of Tamil Nadu for Dindigul lock and Karaikudi Kandangi sarees.
  • The handmade Dindigul locks are known for their traditional design, superior quality.
  • They are manufactured in more than 3,125 units in Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu.

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Tamilnadu: Capital City (Chennai) CM (Edappadi K.Palanisamy) Governor (Banwarilal Purohit)

Gorewada International Zoo to be set up at Nagpur

  • The Government planned to establish an International Standard Zoo and Biopark on the forest land at Gorewada, Nagpur.
  • The main aim is to protect forests.
  • The Zoo will have attractions like Bio Park, Indian Safari, African Safari, Night Safari, Research, Education and Training, facilities for tourists.

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Maharashtra : Capital City (Mumbai) CM (Devendra Fadnavis) Governor (C. Vidyasagar Rao)

Delhi Cabinet approves free rides for women in DTC from 29 October

  • The Delhi Cabinet has approved free rides for women on Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses as well as its cluster buses from October 29.
  • The proposal was approved by the cabinet at the Delhi Secretariat.
  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia presented a sum of Rs.290 crore in the Legislative Assembly for the free ride scheme for women in metro and DTC buses.


Dharmendra Pradhan embarks on 2-day visit to Russia

  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan embarked on a two-day visit to Moscow seeking stake in more oil and fields in Russia and inviting Russian investment in refining and petrochemical business.
  • Mr Pradhan met Russian oil firm Rosneft officials to discuss collaboration between the two countries.
  • Mr Pradhan deliberated on further strengthening our relations in this sector in areas of coking coal sourcing, technology transfer and skill development.
  • He also held discussions with Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to Far Eastern Federal Districts of Russia, Yury P Trutnev.

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Russia (Capital/Currency): Moscow/Ruble

  • Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev
  • President: Vladimir Putin

China and Pakistan began joint exercise Shaheen-VIII near Ladakh

  • China and Pakistan began joint exercise Labelled  ‘Shaheen-VIII’ in the Chinese city of Holton, close to the Indian border of around 300 km north of  Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir(J&K).
  • This is the 8th such exercise undertaken by two countries with the participation of Chinese J10 & J-11 and Pakistani JF-17s.
  • In 2018, ‘Shaheen-VII’ was held in Pakistan.

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China (Capital/Currency): Beijing/Renminbi

  • President: Xi Jinping

Pakistan test fired ballistic missile Ghaznavi

  • Pakistan has successfully test-fired nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi from Sonmiani test range near Karachi located in Balochistan.
  • Its range is 290 km.
  • During the test, Ghaznavi was tracked by the National Development Complex (NDC) ground control station.
  • It is located at a 220 km distance from the test range.

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Pakistan (Capital/Currency): Islamabad/Pakistani Rupees

  • Prime Minister: Imran Khan
  • President: Arif Alvi


Seventh Community Radio Sammelan to be held in Delhi from 27 to 29 August

  • Seventh Community Radio Sammelan will be held at Dr. BR Ambedkar Bhawan, New Delhi from 27th to 29th August 2019.
  • It is organized by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will witness the participation of all operational Community Radio Stations across the country.
  • THEME: ‘Community Radio for SDGs’

Fourth edition of Internet of Things India Congress 2019 held in Bengaluru

  • The 4th edition of India’s largest confluence of digital technology, the Internet of Things (IoT) India Congress 2019 held in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • The theme of Edition is ‘Mainstreaming the Internet of Things’.
  • It was inaugurated by Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India (GoI).
  • The IoT India Congress 2019 will include tracks on segments such as healthcare, manufacturing, telecom, smart cities, energy, retail, cybersecurity, skills and development, IoT Standards, legal and regulatory, and agriculture.

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Karnataka: Capital City (Bengaluru) CM (B. S. Yediyurappa) Governor (Vajubhai Vala)

Power Minister Shri RK Singh holds meeting with North-Eastern States, reviews power sector in the region

  • Development of North-Eastern India is on high priority of the Union Government and a well-developed power sector is a prerequisite to the economic development in these States.
  • Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
  • The meeting was also attended by the senior officers of Power Ministry and the representatives of the DISCOMS.

RDSO organizes Mega trafficker Meet in Lucknow

  • The Research arm of Indian Railways analysis styles and Standards Organization (RDSO) is organizing a special Mega trafficker Meet in Lucknow on 30th August.
  • Industries across the country invited for this trafficker meet to encourage their participation in Indian Railways to offer chain development.
  • AIM: The aim of the meet is to show-case larger business opportunities in the Railway sector in Lucknow.

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Uttar Pradesh: Capital City (Lucknow) CM (Yogi Adityanath) Governor (Anandiben Patel)

Union HRD Minister launches Integrated Online junction for School Education Shagun

  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched one of the world’s largest Integrated Online Junction for School Education ‘Shagun’ in New Delhi.
  • Shagun is an overarching initiative to improve school education system creating a junction for all online portals and websites relating to various activities in the Government of India and all States and Union Territories.

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New Delhi: CM (Arvind Kejriwal) Lt Governor (Anil Baijal)

The twelfth India Security Summit was held in New Delhi

  • The 12th India Security Summit was held in New Delhi on 29 August.
  • The theme of the summit is the New National Cyber Security Strategy.
  • The summit focused on several problems including the protection of important national infrastructure, rising cyber threats like incidents, challenges, and responsibilities.
  • The summit was organized by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). It is officially supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

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New Delhi: CM (Arvind Kejriwal) Lt Governor (Anil Baijal)

Rajnath Singh inaugurated 26th Ladakhi Kisan Jawan Vigyan Mela in Leh

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 26th Ladakhi Kisan Jawan Vigyan Mela in Leh on 29 August.
  • The Mela was organized by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR).
  • DIHAR:
  • The Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) is a constituent laboratory of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). DIHAR was set up in 1962 in Leh.
  • It is located at an altitude of 3,500 m above the Mean Sea Level (MSL). The institute has core competence in cold arid agro-animal technology.


World Vision India and IFMR LEAD released India child well being index

  • World Vision India and IFMR LEAD released a report on the India child well-being index 2019 on 27 August.
  • In the Index states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, and Puducherry topped the charts.
  • States like Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh ranked bottom in the index.
  • The centre is fully committed to secure the rights and well-being of children.

Forbes ranks singer Taylor Swift as the highest paid woman in music for the year 2019

  • Taylor Swift won Forbes magazine’s highest-paid woman in the music category for the year 2019 with earnings of $185 million (Rs 1,300 crore).
  • Taylor is followed by pop singer Beyonce with earnings $81 million (Rs 579 crore) and singer Rihanna with $62 million at second and third place respectively.
  • The ranking is based on pre-tax income from June 2018 to June 2019.

Mumbai ranks 45th and Delhi 52nd in 2019 Worlds Safe Cities Index

  • Mumbai ranked as the 45th safest city on the Safe Cities Index (SCI).
  • Delhi got at the 52nd position.
  • The report was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Tokyo topped the list.
  • Singapore and Osaka got second and third while Sydney and Melbourne made it to the top-10 cities list.

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Maharashtra : Capital City (Mumbai) CM (Devendra Fadnavis) Governor (C. Vidyasagar Rao)


Microsoft and Indian School of Business (ISB) signs MoU to set up AI Digital Lab

  • Microsoft and Indian School of Business (ISB) have signed an MoU to set up an AI Digital Lab powered by PlatiFi technologies(a Microsoft partner).
  • OBJECTIVE: to study issues that are relevant for business and public policy.
  • It will also offer an executive 3-day nontechnical program titled “Leading Business Transformation in the Age of AI”, which will kick start in October 2019.

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Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

  • Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, United States
  • Founders: Bill Gates, Paul Allen
  • CEO: Satya Nadella

Indian Bank and Tata AIG General Insurance signed an MoU

  • The public sector Indian Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata AIG General Insurance to offer a variety of general insurance products to its customers.
  • The MoU was signed in the presence of Ms Padmaja Chunduru MD and CEO of Indian Bank and Mr Saurabh Maini, Senior Vice President and Business Head.

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Indian Bank is an Indian state-owned financial services company.

  • Established: 1907
  • Headquartered: Chennai

IIT Guwahati signs MoU with RD Grow Green India for safer drinking water

  • Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RD Grow Green India Pvt. Ltd.
  • The initiative made by the team from IIT Guwahati resulted in one of the successful incubation of a company within IIT Guwahati (RD Grow Green India Pvt Ltd) taken the challenge to supply contaminant-free drinking water in the Assam state presently using the technology.

Indian Navy signs MoU with IMD

  • Indian Navy (IN) signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India Meteorological Department (IMD) at naval Base in Kochi, Kerala. The MoU aims to handle the Cyclone Detection radar (CDR) building by IMD to the IN.
  • The MoU was signed by the flag officer RJ Nadkarni, AVSM, VSM, Chief of employees, Southern naval service Command (SNC) and Dr. D Pradhan, further Director General of Meteorology.

GeM signs MoU with SIDBI to enable the growth of MSMEs

  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM), Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and trade has signed an MoU with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
  • It aims to benefit Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), ladies entrepreneurs, Self facilitate teams (SHGs), ladies Self facilitate teams and varied loan beneficiaries under MUDRA and Stand-up schemes.
  • The MoU was signed in Delhi.

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SIDBI: Small industrial Development Bank of India is a development financial institution in India.

  • Founded: 2 April 1990
  • Headquarters: Lucknow
  • Chairman and Managing Director: Mohammad Mustafa


Rajiv Gauba takes over as new Cabinet Secretary

  • Senior IAS officer Rajiv Gauba today took over as the new Cabinet Secretary after the superannuation of PK Sinha.
  • Mr Gauba, a 1982 batch officer belonging to Jharkhand Cadre of Indian Administration Service, has held important assignments including Union Home Secretary, Secretary of Ministry of Urban Development and Chief Secretary of

PM Modi’s principal secretary Nripendra Misra to step down

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the request of his Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra to be relieved of his post.
  • Mr Misra is among the most outstanding officers, who has a great grasp of public policy and administration.
  • Former Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha, a 1977 batch Uttar Pradesh Cadre IAS officer, has been appointed the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Prime Minister’s Office.


V K Vismaya won gold in womens 400m held at MJS athletics Czech Republic

  • Indian sprinter V K Vismaya won a best timing of 52.12s and won the gold medal in the women’s 400m run at the International Athletic Meeting Josef Seckr Memorial (MJS) in Brno, Czech Republic.

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International Athletic Meeting

  • Headquarters : Monaco
  • Membership: 215 member federations
  • President: Sebastian Coe


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Japan, S Korea

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will embark on a two-nation tour of Japan and South Korea on the 2nd of September.
  • As part of his visit to Japan, the Minister will co-chair the Annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue with his Japanese counterpart Takeshi Iwaya.
  • the Ministerial Dialogue will aim to further strengthen India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership and include wide-ranging discussions to enhance the bilateral defence and security engagements between the two countries.
  • In the second leg of his tour, Mr Singh will visit South Korea on the 5th of September. He will have a bilateral dialogue with Minister of National Defence Jeong Kyeong Doo. He will also call on South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak – Yon

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Japan (Capital/Currency): Tokyo/Yen

  • Prime Minister: Shinzō Abe

South Korea (Capital/Currency): Seoul/Won

  • Prime Minister: Lee Nak-yeon

ISRO to launch Cartosat 3 in October or November

  • India plans to launch Cartosat-3, its advanced satellite in the month of October-November.
  • ISRO plans to launch the Cartosat-3 using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket.
  • ISRO was supposed to launch CartoSat-3 in May 2019. ISRO has launched 8 Cartosats so far.
  • Cartosat-3 is the third series of earth observational or remote sensing satellite.
  • It is an advanced version with better spatial with a range of view, and resolution of up to 0.25m or 25cm as compared to the Cartosat-2 series satellites.
  • Cartosat-3 has been developed to produce high-resolution pictures for strategic applications.

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ISRO: The Indian Space Research Organisation is the space agency of the Government of India.

  • Founded: 15 August 1969
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
  • Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan
  • Subsidiary: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

IAF wing Commander S Dhami became the first Flight Commander of a flying unit

  • Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Wing Commander S Dhami the Flight Commander of a flying unit. She became the first female officer in the country to become the Flight Commander of a flying unit. She has taken incharge as Flight Commander of a Chetak helicopter unit at Hindon airbase.

Lieu Governor launches QR Code Scheme on Himmat Plus app

  • Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal launched a QR Code Scheme on the Himmat Plus app which can be used by cab or auto-rickshaw passengers to verify the identity of the driver and raise an alarm.
  • A user can scan the QR code using the Himmat Plus app. The ‘Report Journey’ button, the app sends the location with driver’s unique ID to the Himmat dashboard working at Himmat stations of the Police HeadQuarters (PHQ).


Obama The Call of History written by Peter Baker reveals Barack Obama years in office

  • A new book on Barack Obama give an in-depth account of the former US President years in office while examining his legacy publishers Penguin India.Obama: The Call of History.
  • The book is written by Peter Baker, the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, chronicles a period of great hope, tumult, accomplishments.


Deepa Malik honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

  • On the occasion of National Sports Day, President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the National Sports and National Adventure Awards at a special function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • Para-athlete Deepa Malik was conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Fourteen sports persons were conferred with Arjuna Awards for the year 2019.
  • They include cricketer Poonam Yadav, athlete Swapna Barman, wrestler Pooja Dhanda, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, bodybuilder S. Bhaskaran, boxer Sonia Lather, kabaddi player Ajay Thakur, table tennis player Harmeet Rajul Desai and badminton player Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth.
  • Dronacharya Awards in the regular category were given to Sandeep Gupta in Table tennis and Vimal Kumar in badminton. Dronacharya Awards in lifetime category were given to Sanjay Bhardwaj in Cricket, Rambir Singh Khokar in Kabaddi and Merzban Patel in Hockey.
  • Dhyan Chand Awards were given to Manoj Kumar in Wrestling, C Lalremsanga in Archery, Arup Basak in Table Tennis, Nitten Kirrtane in Tennis and Manuel Fredricks in Hockey. President also conferred Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards, 2018 to six persons.

Cantona to be honoured with UEFA President Award

  • Former Manchester United and France legend Eric Cantona to receive the UEFA President’s Award at the Champions League draw in Monaco.

Prestigious award to Sattriya danseuse

  • Noted Sattriya danseuse and scholar Dr Anwesa Mahanta chosen for the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman for her contributions to the Sattriya tradition.
  • Sayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora, a Sangeet Natak Akademi and Padma Shri awardee, Anwesha extensively in India also overseas, including the USA, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, France, England, Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.

Aswatha Narayana won gold in the World Skills competition

  • Aswatha Narayana bagged a gold medal in the World Skills competition 2019 in Kazan, Russia. The event was held from 23-27 August.
  • He won by beating 9 other competitors in the event.
  • He set a record by winning the title as this is the first time that an Indian contingent was participating in the tournament.
  • Narayana participated in the world skills tournament in the skill water technology.


National sports day was celebrated on 29 August

  • The National Sports Day is celebrated nation-wide on 29 August 2019.
  • The Day is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. 2019 National Sports Day marked the 114th birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand.
  • The Day aims to raise awareness about staying fit and healthy.
  • The Day spreads awareness on the importance of sports and daily activities in every individual’s life.

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is observed on 30 August

  • The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is observed on 30 August every year.
  • The Day was established by the international organization General Assembly resolution.
  • The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances aims to lift awareness on enforced or involuntary disappearances that occur with arrest, detention, abduction or deprivation of the State with support by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate.

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United Nations: It is an International Organization. Its Objective of UN is to not only maintain International Peace and Security but also to develop Friendly relations among nations.

  • Founded – 24th October, 1945
  • Headquarter- New York,United States
  • Secretary General- Antonio Guterres (9th SG OF UN)
  • He is from PORTUGAL
  • Portugal (Capital/Currency) – Lisbon/ Euro
  • United States (Capital/Currency) – Washington, D.C/ US Dollar


Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya passed away

  • Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, a Director General of Police in Uttarakhand, passed away on 27th August in Mumbai.
  • She died due to prolonged illness.
  • Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya was a 1973 batch IPS officer. She created history when she became the Director-General of Police (DGP) of Uttarakhand in the year 2004.

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