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CURRENT AFFAIRS: DAYS

International Lefthanders Day

  • International Left Handers Day is observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. The day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

Aadhaar for cows and buffaloes: India is developing world’s largest livestock database

  • A numerical database just like Aadhaar cards, which carry a 12-digit number that establishes the unique identity of every citizen of India, will now be available for cows and buffaloes.
  • This unique identification number that is currently being developed will track the population of livestock. The Information Network for Animal Productivity and Health (INAPH) is being developed by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
  • Just like Aadhaar cards, INAPH will also assign a unique identification number to each animal, alongside a host of other related data that will help in managing the country’s vast livestock resources. The INAPH is being touted as the world’s largest existing database of animals. During the process, every animal will be provided with an ear tag that would contain their own 12-digit UID. The INAPH will contain data on the bovines’ species, breed, pedigree, and information related to calving, milk production, vaccination, and the like.
  • INAPH, which will be known as PashuAadhaar, is being introduced with the aim of enhancing traceability of our livestock and their products, such as milk or meat. This will also help farmers and animal husbandry officials devise better strategies to manage livestock in the country. In fact, one of the major causes behind zoonotic diseases is the difficulty faced in identifying and tracing affected animals.
  • As of now, about 22.3 million buffaloes and cows have got their UIDs and their data have been uploaded on the INAPH database. Once this step is complete, officials will have to leverage this data for better management of bovines that would ensure improved productivity and livestock product quality.

Environment minister PrakashJavadekar launches website for COP14

  • Union Environment minister PrakashJavadekar launched a website ‘unccdcop14india.gov.in
  • The website contains all the information related to COP14.
  • The 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14), will take place on 2-13 September 2019 at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR
  • The main aim of the conference includes Reversing land degradation and its outcomes while accelerating positive achievements for people and for ecosystems with a view to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals.
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Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change  

PrakashJavadekar

Constituency RajyaSabha (Madhya Pradesh)

Bar Council of India imposes 3-year moratorium on opening new law colleges

  • Bar Council of India has imposed a three-year moratorium on opening of new institutions barring national law universities, if proposed by a state.
  • The council has also requested state governments and universities to stop unfair means and to fill up vacancies of law teachers in all colleges and universities within a period of four months.

PrakashJavadekarreleasedDoordarshan’s patriotic song Watanin New Delhi

  • Union Minister ShriPrakashJavadekar released patriotic song “Watan” produced by Doordarshan to mark the occasion of Independence Day, 2019 in New Delhi
  • The song is sung by famous Bollywood singer ShriJaved Ali, penned by lyricist ShriAlokShrivastav and musically composed by ShriDushyant
  • The song pays tribute to New India. It highlights several path breaking initiatives of the government including the determination and vision behind the recent successful launch of “Chandrayaan 2”. The song also pays tribute to the bravery and valour of our armed forces and the martyrs of the country.

KVIC launched a new programme “Leather Mission” on World Tribal Day

  • Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC)launched a new programme “Leather Mission” under which the commission will give leather kits to the leather artisans across the nation.
  • KVIC distributed 50 leather kits and 350 bee-boxes in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district on the World Tribal Day.
  • So far KVIC has distributed over 1.15 lakh bee-boxes among the marginalised community across the country which has provided jobs to over 11,500 people.
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Khadi and Village Industry Commission (KVIC)
KVIC Headquarters Mumbai
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list

  • South Korea has decided to remove Japan from a list of nations receiving preferential trade list
  • South Korean Trade Minister Sung Yun-mo stated that the government was removing Japan from the country’s 29-country “white list”because it has failed to uphold international principles while managing its export controls on sensitive materials.
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South Korea Capital Seoul
South Korea Currency South Korean won
South Korea President Moon Jae-in
JapanCapital Tokyo
JapanCurrency Japanese yen
JapanPM Shinzo Abe

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

Aadhaar-enabled payment system crosses 200 million transactions in July

  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) stated that transactions through the Aadhaar-enabled payment system (AePS) have crossed 200 million in July.
  • Aadhaar-enabled payment system (AePS) is a bank-led model which allows basic interoperable banking transactions at point of sale terminals (PoS) through the business correspondent of any bank by using Aadhaar authentication
  • The transaction count of AePS stood at 220.18 million with transaction value Rs. 9,685.35 crore compared with a transaction count of 194.33 million and a transaction value of Rs. 8,867.33 crore in June
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National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
Headquarters Mumbai
MD & CEO DilipAsbe

ADB to provide $200 million for all-weather rural road project in Maharashtra

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $200 million to upgrade rural roads to all-weather standards in 34 districts of Maharashtra to better connect rural areas with markets and services.
  • Roads in rural areas would be upgraded to all-weather standards which will boost links between local residents and economic centres across the state
  • The total cost of the project is $296 million, of which the government will provide $96 million. It is due for completion at the end of September 2024.
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Asian Development Bank (ADB)
President TakehikoNakao
Headquarters Mandaluyong, Philippines

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

Reliance Jio and Microsoft partner to accelerate digital transformation in India

  • Reliance JioInfocomm Limited (Jio), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, and Microsoft Corp. are embarking on a unique, comprehensive, long-term strategic relationship aimed at accelerating the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society.
  • In combining efforts, Jio and Microsoft aim to enhance the adoption of leading technologies like data analytics, AI, cognitive services, blockchain, Internet of Things, and edge computing among small and medium enterprises to make them ready to compete and grow, while helping accelerate technology-led GDP growth in India and driving adoption of next-gen technology solutions at scale.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE

Gogabeel is Bihar’s first community reserve

  • Gogabeel, an ox-bow lake in Bihar’s Katihar district, has been declared as the state’s first ‘Community Reserve’.
  • Gogabeel is formed from the flow of the rivers Mahananda and Kankhar in the north and the Ganga in the south and east. It is the fifteenth Protected Area (PA) in Bihar.
  • The water body was notified as a 57 hectare Community Reserve and a 30-hectare ‘Conservation Reserve’.
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Bihar Capital Patna
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
Bihar Governor FaguChauhan

India’s first clinical ecotoxicology facility inaugurated at AIIMS, Delhi

  • India’s first-of-its-kind clinical ecotoxicology facility was inaugurated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.
  • It will investigate the increasing number of diseases resulting from exposure to environmental toxins contaminating water, food and air.
  • It will provide diagnostic and research services to all the clinical departments dealing with diseases due to ecotoxicity.
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All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
AIIMSHeadquarters New Delhi
AIIMSDirector RandeepGuleria

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION

ChandrimaShaha elected INSA’s first woman president

  • Former director of the National Institute of Immunology ChandrimaShaha has been elected as the first woman president of the reputed Indian National Science Academy (INSA).
  • Shaha is currently Professor of Eminence at the National Institute of Immunology, an institute under the Department of Biotechnology.
  • INSA established in January 1935 in New Delhi is the apex body of Indian scientists representing all branches of science and technology to promote science in India and harness scientific knowledge for the cause of humanity and national welfare.
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Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
INSAHeadquarters New Delhi
INSAPresident ChandrimaShaha

Guatemala Elects Alejandro Giammattei as President

  • Alejandro Giammattei, a center-right businessman and former prisons director making his fourth bid for the presidency, was elected as Guatemala’s president in a runoff election where corruption and a migration crisis were the two top issues.
  • Giammattei, 63 years old, defeated former first lady Sandra Torres, a social-democrat.
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Guatemala Capital Guatemala City
Guatemala Currency Guatemalan quetzal
Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei

Ghotu Ram Meena appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Congo

  • ShriGhotu Ram Meena has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Congo.
  • At present Meena is serving as a counsellor, Embassy of India in Kyiv
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Republic of CongoCapital Brazzaville
Republic of CongoCurrency cfa franc, central africancfa franc
Republic of Congo President Denis SassouNguesso

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Melbourne’s University honours Shahrukh Khan with a doctorate degree

  • Shahrukh Khan has been conferred with an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters by the La Trobe University of Melbourne, Australia during his visit to University as the chief guest of the 10th edition Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2019 (IFFM).
  • He received this honour in recognition of his humanitarian efforts towards underprivileged children, empowering women through MEER foundation, and his achievements in Bollywood.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

IIT Delhi alumni launches the world’s first automated crutch

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi alumni rolled out the world’s first automotive crutches. And, they have the potential to stand on their own.
  • The product was developed by a startup called Flexmotiv which was started by IIT Delhi students Arvind S.A, AdepuSrinivas and GirishYadav. They were assisted from AIIMS, New Delhi.
  • It is the world’s first self-standing axillary crutch. At an initial stage of using the crutch, there is always a requirement of support, but Flexmotiv is designed in a way that can be used without taking any support.
  • The product intends to help the elderly and the handicapped, by presenting an easy-to-use solution for walking disabilities. It is also useful for patients with spinal cord injuries, fractures and arthroplasty of knee and hip joints.

Huawei launches its own operating system Harmony OS

  • Chinese tech giantHuawei Technologies Co unveiled its own operating system Harmony OS
  • Harmony is the next-generation system based on microkernel, and it can be distributed to all scenarios, including smart TVs, automobiles, and wearables, and other hardware.
  • In China, The software will be known as Hongmeng
  • The operating system will be released as an open-source platform worldwide to encourage adoption.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS

‘Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar’ Penguin announces new book on the life of Sridevi

  • “Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar”,book will be launched on 56th birth anniversary of actor Sridevi
  • The book is written by author-screenwriter SatyarthNayak and approved by the actor’s producer husband Boney Kapoor.
  • The book will be published under the Ebury Press imprint of Penguin Random House in October 2019

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

AishwaryaPissay becomes 1stIndian to claim a world title in motorsports

  • AishwaryaPissay (Bangalore) became the first Indian to claim a world title in motorsports, winning the FIM World Cup in the women’s category after thes final round of the championship in Hungary.
  • The 23-year old from Bengaluru also finished second in the FIM Junior category
  • She won the first round in Dubai and was placed third (Portugal), fifth (Spain) and fourth (Hungary) in the subsequent outings, finished with a tally of 65 points

Vinesh settles for silver, Sakshi bronze

  • Top Indian woman wrestler VineshPhogat lost to N Malisheva of Russia in the 53kg final of the Medved event in Minsk, Belarus.
  • The 24-year-old Vinesh was contesting her fourth consecutive final event of the season winning all the earlier three events.
  • Before this, Vinesh won gold at 2019 Poland Open wrestling tournament, Grand Prix of Spain and YasarDogu International at Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Rio Olympics bronze medallistSakshi Malik settled for bronze in the 62kg category.
  • The Indian women wrestling team bagged four silver and three bronze medals in the tournament.
  • In the men’s freestyle, Ravi Dahiya was the lone medallist with a bronze in the 57kg category.

Rogers Cup/Canadian Open 2019

  • 2019 Rogers Cup/ Canadian Open presented by National Bank was held from August 5-11, 2019. The Men’s tournament was held at IGA Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Women’s tournament was held at Aviva Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
CATEGORY WINNER RUNNER
 

Men’s Singles

 

Rafael Nadal (Spain)

DaniilSergeyevich Medvedev (Russia)
 

Women’s Singles

Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Canada) Serena Williams (America)
 

Men’s Doubles

Marcel Granollers (Spain) &HoracioZeballos (Argentina) Robin Haase& Wesley Koolhof (Netherlands)
Women’s Doubles BarboraKrejčíková&KateřinaSiniaková (Czech Republic) Anna-Lena Groenefel (Germany) & Demi Schuurs (Netherlands)

Hyderabad Open Badminton 2019

  • The Hyderabad Open (Badminton) 2019, officially known as IDBI Federal Life Insurance Hyderabad Open 2019, was held at G.M.C. Balayogi SATS Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India.
CATEGORY WINNER RUNNER
Men’s Singles SourabhVerma (India) Loh Kean Yew (Singapore)
Women’s Singles Yeo Jia Min (Singapore) An Se-young (South Korea)
Men’s Doubles MuhamamdShohibulFikri&BagasMaulana (Indonesia) Na Sung-seung& Wang Chan (South Korea)
Women’s Doubles Baek Ha-na& Jung Kyung-eun(South Korea) AshwiniPonnappa& N Sikki Reddy (India)
 

Mixed Doubles

Cheah Yee See &Hoo Pang Ron (Malaysia) MychelleCrhystineBandaso& Adnan Maulana (Indonesia)

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARY

Ivory Coast music star DJ Arafat passed away

  • Ivory Coast singer Ange Didier Huon (DJ Arafat) has passed away
  • He issued 11 albums, mainly of “coupé-décalé” — a dance music form combining rapid percussion, choppy rhythms with hip hop-style vocals.
  • DJ Arafat was named “Best Artist of the Year” at the Ivorian “Coupé-décalé” Awards in 2016 and 2017

Senior Advocate and former ASG AmarendraSharan passed away

  • Senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General AmarendraSharan passed away
  • AmarendraSharan had served as the Additional Solicitor General of India for a five year term between August 2004 and June 2009
  • He was also appointed as an amicus curiae by the apex court which was hearing a petition seeking fresh investigation in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

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