- BCCI agrees to come under the ambit of NADA
- The BCCI has agreed to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
- India cricketers will now undergo anti-doping tests by the National Anti-Doping Agency after latest controversy over Prithvi Shaw.
- Earlier, the BCCI had been opposed to signing up with NADA. BCCI claimed that it is an autonomous body, not a National Sports Federation
- Delhi plans 11,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots offering 15 GB data per month
- The Delhi government will appoint wireless internet service providers to install 11,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots, offering 15GB data per month to every citizen
- Tenders will soon be floated to appoint the service providers.
- According to state government estimates, the annual cost of the project will be ₹100 crore, and the services could start within the next three to four months.
- Government sanctions over 5,000 electric buses under second phase of FAME India scheme
- Government has sanctioned five thousand 595 electric buses in 64 cities for intracity and intercity operations under the second phase of FAME India scheme.
- The objective of the scheme is to encourage faster adoption of electric and hybrid vehicle by way of offering upfront incentives on purchase of electric vehicles.
- Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in a release said, this will give a further push to clean mobility in public transportation.
- Samagra Siksha -Jal Suraksha drive launched by MHRD
- The drive Samagra Siksha – Jal Suraksha which aims to create awareness among school children about water conservation was launched by Union Minister of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Dept. of School Education & Literacy, to make them conscientious and committed water citizens of the nation.
♦Launch: The drive was launched at Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Auditorium, Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2 in Delhi.
♦The Government of India has launched Jal Shakthi Abhiyan (JSA) inspired from Prime Minister’s Jal Sanchay. The campaign for JSA was launched on 1st July 2019 as phase 1. The phase 2 of this campaign will be run from 1st October 2019
♦JSA: It is a time bound campaign with the mission to conserve water especially by children that can help them understand the importance of water and the impact it creates in day to day life.
- Manipur tops in Breastfeeding, Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices
- Manipur has topped the rankings in Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in the country.
- Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan released a report on Breastfeeding in New Delhi.
- Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar are at the bottom positions in the report card.
- National capital Delhi is also among the worst-performing States.
- The Breastfeeding report card has been developed by devising a composite score based on three indicators namely early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for six months and complimentary feeding at 6-8 months of child’s age.
- Government employees in J&K told to resume duties with immediate effect
- All government employees at the divisional and district levels and those serving in civil secretariat Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, were \asked to report back to their duties with immediate effect.
- The order was issued by Chief Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir.
- The administration was asked to make necessary arrangements regarding the smooth and secure working environment for the employees.
- Government of Odisha launched Small Savings Incentive Scheme
- Odisha government unveiled the ‘Odisha Small Savings Incentive Scheme‘ for the calendar year 2019 under the notation “AQ” series. The aim of the scheme is to stop people from transacting with ‘suspicious’ non-banking private financial institutions.
♦Any eligible person who deposits a minimum amount of Rs 2,000 in any Small Savings Schemes during the calendar year 2019 in any Post office or bank situated within Odisha can obtain a free web-based coupon from the office of the collectors, sub-collectors and block development officers.
♦A state-level lucky draw of the scheme will be held on April 26, 2020, in which the people can win cash award as an incentive for their habit of thrift.
♦There are 2428 number of prizes in 7 categories, amounting to Rs.74 lakhs. The first prize will be Rs 5 lakh.
- After Samjhauta, Pakistan suspends Thar Express
- Pakistan’s Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad announced that Thar Express services (Jodhpur-Karachi) will be suspended. Earlier, Pakistan had suspended Samjhauta Express.
- This comes in reaction to the Narendra Modi government’s decision to scrap special status to Jammu and Kashmir by making Article 370 inoperative in the state.
- Pakistan has since suspended bilateral trade, banned screening of Indian films in Pakistan and downgraded diplomatic relations.
- India, Bangladesh to set up committee for optimum utilization of water resources
- India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up a Joint Technical committee for optimum utilisation of Ganges water as being received by Bangladesh under the Ganga Water Sharing Treaty 1996.
- After the Secretary-level meeting in Dhaka yesterday, both the countries also agreed to prepare a framework for interim water-sharing agreement for eight rivers including Feni, Gumti and Teesta.
- Both the countries also discussed issues related to pollution of trans boundary rivers.
- The Secretary-level meeting was held after a gap of more than 8 years.
- It is an important step in enhancing bilateral cooperation in the water resources sector between India and Bangladesh.
- Over 5 lakh Rohingya refugees get identity cards in Bangladesh
- More than 5 lakh Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh have been issued identity documents by the UNHCR.
- The UNHCR stated that the bio-metric, fraud-proof cards are being issued jointly by Bangladeshi authorities and UNHCR to all verified refugees over the age of 12. These cards will help in establishing and safeguarding the right of Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Myanmar.
- The current registration exercise began in June 2018 and it is scheduled to be completed during the last quarter of the current year.
- UNHCR’s Bio-metric Identity Management System (BIMS) captures bio-metric data, including fingerprints and iris scans, which secure each refugee’s unique identity as well as other important information such as family links.
- SCO exercise ‘Tsentr (centre) to be participated by India with Pakistan, China
- India and Pakistan will be participating in the upcoming major exercise ‘Tsentr (centre) under the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to be held from tentatively scheduled period of September 10-21 at Orenburg, Russia.
- All the members of SCO will be participating in the exercise.
- The decision to hold the exercise was announced at the 34th SCO Regional Anti- Terrorist Structure council held earlier this year in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan.
Work of the exercise:
- Demonstrating employment of forces in the coalition states in countering International terrorism
- Providing military security in the Central Asian region
- The exercise will stimulate conventional and counter terrorist operations carried out by the group of troops of coalition states against “ A rogue state responsible for spreading state sponsored terrorism in the region”.
- Program on cybersecurity will be conducted for the contingent. The Indian army has tasked a cybersecurity commander to ensure that no security breach occurs during the exercise.
Final planning conference:
♦The final planning conference defining the modalities of conducting the exercise will be held at Orenburg, Russia from August 20-22.About 140 troops from the Indian army unit are to participate in the exercise.
♦Special invites: Russia has specially sent invites to Iran, Mongolia, Turkmenistan and Belarus to participate in the exercise.
Banking & Finance
- Scheduled bank status given to Jana Small Finance Bank
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave the status to Jana Small Finance Bank to operate as a Scheduled Bank.
♦Establishment and branches: The bank was established in the year 2009. Currently it operates 260 branches and 338 asset centres with over 5.5million customers.
♦Bank’s aim: To provide financial inclusion to underserved sections of society, like small business units, small and marginal farmers, micro and small industries.
♦Plans: The erstwhile (former) Janalakshmi Financial services plans to convert 98 asset centres and 103 Unbanked Rural Centres (URC) into full fledged bank branches by the end of the current fiscal year.
- Belt and Road China Hunan International tournament won by Surya Shekar Ganguly of India
- 36 year old ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) staff from Kolkata, Surya ShekarGanguly, won the Belt and Road China Hunan International tournament chess competition held at Hunan province,China.
♦Started as a fifteenth seed, he finished with 7 points from 9 round to win the game.
♦He collected 27.5 Elo points and was also awarded $50,000.
♦The runner up was Yu Yangyi from China as Ganguly was half a point more than Yangyi.
♦Ganguly needed only a draw in the final round against Fransisco Vellejo of Spain which he obtained after 36 moves.
♦He finished his campaign unbeaten with five wins and four draws.
- South African cricketer Hashim Amla retires from international cricket
- South African batsman Hashim Amla, aged 36, announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. He will pay for domestic cricket and the Mzansi Super League in South Africa.
- In his 15-year career, he appeared in 349 matches across three formats and scored 18,762 runs. He hit 55 international centuries.
- He is the only South Africa batsman to score a triple century — 311 not out against England at The Oval in 2012.
- In World Cup 2019, against a match with New Zealand, he became the second fastest player to score 8,000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs).
Award & Honors
- Abhinandan Varthaman, Balakot pilots to get top military honours
- The government will, as it was expected to announce military decorations for Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 during a dogfight over the Line of Control on February 27 and the Mirage-2000 pilots involved in the operation a day before that to precision bomb a terror base in Pakistan’s Balakot, two officials familiar with the development.
- Varthaman is likely to be awarded a Vir Chakra for his exploits, and the five Mirage-2000 fighter aces who dropped bombs on the terror facility of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, the Vayu Sena Medal for gallantry.
- Overview of National Film Awards 2019
- The annual National Film Awards 2019 were announced by by jury heads Rahul Rawail, AS Kanal and Utpal Bhorpujari. It was the 66th Edition.
- Film friendly state: Uttarakhand bagged an award for the film friendly state. This new award was instituted in 2019.
List of Winners:
|1||Best Feature Film||Hellaro, Gujarati directed by Abhishek Shah|
|2||Best Direction||Aditya Dhar, Uri: The Surgical Strike|
|3||Best Actor (Male)||Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun), Vicky Kaushal (Uri: the Surgical Strike)|
|4||Best Actor (Female)||Keerthy Suresh (Mahanati)|
|5||Best Supporting Actor (Male)||Swanand Kirkire (Chumbak)|
|6||Best Supporting Actor (Female)||Surekha Sikri (Badhaai Ho)|
|7||Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment||Badhaai Ho|
|8||Best Hindi Film||Andhadhun|
|9||Best Original Screenplay||Chi La Sow|
|10||Best Adapted Screenplay||Andhadhun|
|12||Best Film on Social Issues||Padman|
|13||Best Music Direction||Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Padmaavat)|
|14||Best Background Score||Shashwat Sachdev (Uri: The Surgical Strike)|
|15||Best Female Playback Singer||Bindu Malini (Maayavi Manave – Nathicharami, Kannada)|
|16||Best Male Playback Singer||Arjit Singh (Binte Dil – Padmaavat)|
|17||Best Lyrics||Nathicharami (Kannada)|
|18||Best Cinematography||MJ Radhakrishnan for Olu (Malayalam)|
|19||Special Mention Awards||Sruthi Hariharan, Chandrachoor Rai, Jojo George for Joseph and Savithri for Sudani From Nigeria|
|20||Best Action Direction||KGFChapter 1|
|21||Best Choreography||Ghoomar (Padmaavat)|
|22||Best Costume Design||Mahanati|
|23||Best Special Effects||Awe and KGF|
|24||Best Makeup artist||Awe|
|26||Best Production Design||Kammara Sambhavam (Malayalam)|
|27||Best Sound Design||Uri: The Surgical Strike|
|28||Nargis Dutt Award for Best Film on National Integration||Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada)|
|29||Best Child Artist||PV Rohit (Kannada), Sahib Singh (Punjabi), Talha Arshad Reshi (Urdu) and Shrinivas Pokale (Marathi)|
|30||Best Debut Film of a Director||Naal (Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti)|
|31||Best Film on Environment Conservation||Paani|
|32||Best Children’s Film||Sarkari Area Prathamika Shaale Kasaragod (Kannada)|
Science, Space & Technology
- DAC chaired by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh approves acquisition of two Brahmos missile batteries for Indian Navy
- The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singhapproved for procurement of indigenous Software Defined Radio (SDR Tactical) worth Rs 1,100 crore and Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCB, Long Range) for the Indian Navy worth Rs 1,247 crore.
♦The SDR is a complex and state of the art communication system. It enables information sharing, collaboration and situational awareness through high-speed data and secure voice communication with anti-jamming capability.
♦SDR is designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Weapons Electronics System Engineering Establishment (WESEE).
♦NGMMCB, LongRange will be fitted with supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface cruise missiles and will be deployed along the coast. It is developed and manufactured in India by Indo-Russia Joint Venture Company, M/s BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.
♦The DAC also approved amendments to the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016. It’s amendments are designed to simplify processes under the ‘Make’ category and ‘Offsets’.
- International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
- The UN’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (IDWIP) is observed on August 9 every year. It aims to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
- The theme of 2019 is Indigenous Languages. This year’s observance is dedicated to Indigenous Peoples’ Languages in view of 2019 being marked as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
- The goal behind this theme is to draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote them at both national and international levels.
- Nagasaki Day 2019 observed on August 9
- Nagasaki Day was observed on August 9, 2019. On this day, the United States had dropped an atomic bomb known as “Fat Man” on Nagasaki city of Japan in 1945 during World War II.
- The first bomb nicknamed ‘Little Boy’ was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August 1945. 2019 marks the 74th anniversary of the disastrous event.