August 2019 Current Affairs PDF
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August 2019 Current Affairs
Group of Transport Ministers (GoM) Bill
- Rajya Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles Bill, 2019
- Dated: July 31, 2019.
- The Motor Vehicles Bill, 2019 is based on the recommendations of the Group of Transport Ministers.
- Head: Shri. Yoonus Khan
Bankruptcy Code (IBC) Bill 2019
- The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) Bill, 2019 passed in Parliament on August 1, 2019.
- It provides a 330 days timeline for insolvency resolution process and specifies minimum payouts to operational creditors in any resolution plan. Earlier it 270 days.
- It gives the clarity on the right of duties of authorised representatives of voters.
- It gives committee of creditors of a loan defaulting company an explicit authority over the distribution of proceeds in the resolution process.
Senior Junior Fellowships to Outstanding Artistes Awards
- Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism Shri Prahlad Singh Patel informed that two languages – Nepali and Santhali from the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution
- Included in the Sub-Field of Field “Literature” in the Scheme.
- ‘Award of Senior/Junior Fellowships to Outstanding Artistes in the Fields of Culture’.
- The Ministry of Culture regulates a scheme component namely Award of Senior/Junior Fellowships to Outstanding Artistes in the Fields of Culture.
Clean air initiative launched
- British Deputy High Commissioner DominicMcAllister has inaugurated “Innovation for Clean Air” (IFCA).
- Launched in Bangalore.
- How: The Air Quality level measured by Satellite System, the program led by the Innovative UK.
- Key Partner by Indian Institute of Science(IISc) & Enzen, project lithium, C40 (Bangalore & London)
- Partners: Shakthi foundation, India smart grid forum, IIIT Bangalore,
- Other names: Garden city of India, Silicon Valley of India, Science city of India
Water Stress Index 2019
- London-based risk analytics firm Verisk Maplecroft has released a Water stress report on August 1st, 2019.
- Stating: India is the 46thhighest risk country in the world.
- Indian cities have extremely high water risk in future; those lists are: Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Nashik, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Indore
- It could happen due to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI).
No Visa Fee for Indian tourists
- The Sri Lankan government has exempted from visa fees which range from $20 to $40 with effect from August 1, 2019.
- Total 48 countries exempted from visa fees by SriLankan government.
- Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo, Currency: Sri Lankan rupee, Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe.
India Post Payments Bank converts to SFB
- India Post Payments Bank IPPBConverts to small finance bank SFB.
- Announced by Indian Postal Department.
- IPPB founded on 1 September 2018, New Delhi, India.
PRAGATI Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
- PRAGATI: Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation
- Grievances under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and it has been directed by Prime Minister.
- Target Year: ‘housing for all by 2022.’
- Under the scheme: 35 lakh beneficiaries and 16000 hospitals have joined the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
PM Pension Scheme
- Name of the Scheme: Pradhan Mantri shram Yogi Maan-Dhan (PM-SYM)
- Number of Workers Registered: 150 millionworkers
- More than 50-60million workers will be from the construction sector
- The scheme will serve above 60-years.
- People who work in the unorganised sector with monthly income less than or equal to 15000 and age limit between the18-40years.
WorldBank Report 2019 FY
- World Bank has released 2018 report on economy with global GDP.
- India has secured 7th position with $2.73 trillion economies.
- US $20.5 trillion, China $13.6 trillion, Japan $5.0 trillion, Germany $4.0 trillion, UK $2.8 trillion, France $2.8 trillion, and India $2.7 trillion.
- India’s GDP rose from $2.65 trillion in 2017 to $2.7 trillion in 2018.
Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2019
- Ravish Kumarwas selected for the Ramon Magsaysay award 2019
- He is the NDTV senior executive editor
- Work: “Harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless.”
Other Selected Candidates for Award.
|Ko Swe Win||Myanmar|
|Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab||Philippines|
|Kim Jong-Ki||South Korea|
POCSO (Amendment) Bill, 2019
- POCSO: Protection of Children from Sexual Offences
- POCSO bill passed and it a provision of the death penalty.
|Offence||Punishment as per 2019 Bill|
|Use of a child for pornographic purposes||Minimum: 5 years|
|Unsuitable content in terms of videos & images.||Minimum: 10 years (in case of the child below 16 years: 20 years)|
|Maximum: life imprisonment|
|Use of child for pornographic purposes resulting in aggravated penetrative sexual assault||Minimum: 20 years|
|Maximum: life imprisonment or death.|
|Unsuitable content in terms of videos & images.||Minimum: 3 years|
|Maximum: 5 years|
|Use of child for pornographic purposes resulting in aggravated sexual assault||Minimum: 5 years|
|Maximum: 7 years|
Economic Valuation of Tiger Reserves in India: A Value+ Approach
- NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority ) released a phase 2
- Aim to promote tiger conservation.
- Centre for Ecological Services Management (CESM) published for theIndian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM).
- Located atBhopal, Madhya Pradesh in collaboration with NTCA.
KBL Mobile Plus’ Android App
- Karnataka Bankhas tied up with Fintech Finwizard Technology Pvt Ltd.
- It offers wealth management products and services and mutual funds (MFs).
- Karnataka bank is an “A Class Scheduled Commercial Bank”.
Bharat Gaurav Award 2019
- Kapil DevFormer Indian Cricketer conferred with Bharat Gaurav Award 2019.
- Presentation at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Kolkata.
- Founded by East Bengal Club, Kolkata soccer giants
- Presentation Day: 99th foundation day.
Article 370 and 35A
- The government announced to repeal Article 370and Article 35A.
- Special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
- JK bifurcates into 2 Union Territories– Jammu and Kashmir.
- Legislature like Delhi, Puducherry, and Ladakh.
BS-VI Vehicles Report
- BS-VI: Bharat Stage emission standard from 1st April 2020, onwards.
- Ministry of road transport and highways.
- BS-IV norms until December 31, 2019.
- Reason: BS-IV vehicles travel mostly in remote areas only in most challenging operations and environments too.
World Richest Person List
- Jeffrey Preston Bezos remains 1st place in world richest person.
- 2nd richest person: Bill Gates
- Indian Mukesh Ambani stands 18th place by holding $47.2billion margin index and also grabs Asia’s richest person
- The list was released on August 4, 2019.
Power Grid New Chairman
- Dated: August 16, 2019.
- Kandikuppa Sreekant appointed as a Chairman and Managing Director MD of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.
- Previously Ravi P Singh (director (personnel)
“Yasin”, “Balaban” & “Ghaem” Iran Missile
- “Yasin”, “Balaban”, and “Ghaem” in Tehran has launched by Iran.
- The missile was developed by Ministry of Defence of Iran and Sa Iran.
- Which also called as Iran Electronics Industries.
4th edition of National Entrepreneurship Awards
- MSDE: Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
- NEA: National Entrepreneurship Awards.
- MSDE announced 4th edition of NEA for the 2019 year.
- Total of 45 awards is to be announced with 39 enterprise awards and 6 Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders awards.
- Winners will be presented with a Trophy, Certificate, and a Cash Prize of Rs.5 lakhs and Rs.10 lakhs.
- Eligibility: nominee should be under 40 years, holding 51% or more equity and ownership of the business.
- Women should have an individual or collectively 75% or more enterprise.
EnKash B2B Payment Startups
- Dated: 08.08.2019 (August 8th, 2019).
- RBL bank and practo (digital health care) jointly launched “RBL – Practo Plus” Mastercard.
- Benefits: Unlimited online consultants and doctors help in 24*7 time.
“Digi Vyapari- Safal Vyapari” by CAIT
- CAIT: Confederation of All India Traders
- CAIT is partnership with HDFC bank, Mastercard, and Common Service Centers (CSCs) of Ministry of Electronics and Technology (Meity), and global linkers have launched “Digi Vyapari- Safal Vyapari”.
- Benefits: It accepts all digital payments linking with all e-commerce websites.
Pakistan suspends bilateral trade with India
- After revoke on article 370 and 35 (a) Pakistan National Security Council(NSC) chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan decided to downgrade diplomatic ties with India.
- Pakistan also suspended Samjhauta Express Train Service.
Golden Butterfly tea Makes Big Sale
- The Dikom Tea Estate named “Golden Butterfly tea” created a record of being sold at Rs.75,000 per kg at GTAC Assam.
- These tender tea leaves and buds available only on June – July 2019 month.
- It has colossal demand those 2 months in Assam.
South Asian Spelling Bee competition
- An Indian-American teenager has won the 2019 South Asian Spelling Bee contest.
- A grand prize of $3,000 dollars.
- Outstand performer other competitors in the finals by spelling the word
- “Flipe” means “to strip off by or as if by peeling”.
OneLiner Current Affairs
- Ravinder Takkr has a new CEO & MD of Vodafone and Idea board.
- Karnataka Government categorised Nicotine as “class A poison.”
- Astronomers discovered a 2ndplanet called ‘B Pictoris c ‘ for Beta Pictoris star
- Virat Kohli retains top spot in the latest ICC Test batsmen’s rankings
- Indian Oil Corp Ltd IOCL clinched Dolo-650 Bangalore Cup All India Hockey Tournament 2019 by beating Army XI
- King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, launches heritage postal stamp of Bandra station
- 2019 Pushkin Medal conferred to JNU professor Meeta Narain
- Likee platform creates Guinness World Record for I-Day campaign. Where Likee is a short video creation platform.
- ADB President Mr Takehiko Nakao pledges over $12 Billion to India in support of New Flagship Initiatives
- Home Minister Amit Shah flags off the first fleet of eco-friendly e- buses in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
- 26th Ladakhi-Kisan-Jawan-VigyanMela inaugurated by Rajnath in Leh
- ‘Angikaar campaign’ launched by HUA to bring PMAY(U) beneficiaries into Ujjawala, Ayushman Bharat fold
- Mumbai ranks 45th & Delhi 52nd in 2019 world’s Safe Cities Index
- Kerala all-rounder Jalaj Saxena has become the 1st Indian cricketer to set a rare record in Indian first-class cricket history
- Ex-South American Football Boss Nicolas Leoz passed away in Asuncion, Paraguay
- Indian Institute of Petroleum IIP sets up plant that turns plastic waste into diesel
- Fintech startup based in Bangalore ‘MoneyTap’ provides lifetime credit of up to Rs.5 lakh Instantly
- Microsoft launches first of it’s kind “Digital Governance Tech Tour” programme to skill government IT officials in new-age technologies
- Software Technology Parks of India STPI sets up India’s 1stFinTech centre of excellence-“Fin Blue” in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- Shalija Dhami of IAF becomes a first female flight commander
- Shashi Shanker, ONGC CMD honoured with Distinguished Fellowship of 29thInstitute of Directors IOD, 2019.
- Chemicals and Fertilizers ministry launched “Janaushadhi Sugam” mobile app
- Virat Kohli tops & Jasprit Bumrah enters top 10 in latest ICC test rankings
- Odisha’s Kalinga Stadium gets provisional clearance to be the 1st venue for 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
- Former Palghar MLA of Maharashtra Navnitbhai Shah passed away at 96