August 30, 2019

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National

  1. Metro train passengers can carry 25 kg weight in India
  • Now, passengers in Metro train in the country can carry a heavier bag as the weight limit has been increased to 25 kg from 15 kg.
  • Metro Railways (Carriage and Ticket) Rules, 2014 was amended to pass new regulation. Baggage containing personal belongings should not exceeding 80 cm x 50 cm x 30 cm in size and 25 kilograms in gross weight.
  • Passengers of dedicated metro line for airport connection can carry baggage of 32 kg. It should not exceeding 90 cm x 75 cm x 45 cm in size.
  1. Horticulture production estimated to be over 313 million tones
  • Department of Agriculture estimated that 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 released third Advanced Estimate (2018-19) that indicates 23.48 Million Tonnes of production, which is 0.95 per cent higher than the production last year.
  • Overall rise is observed in the production of fruits, vegetables, spices, flowers and honey whereas decrease is observed in the production of plantation and aromatics and medicinal crops as compared to last year.
  1. Cabinet approves 100 pc FDI in coal mining,contract manufacturing,26 pc in digital media
  • In major decisions to liberalise Foreign Domestic Investment (FDI) norms to boost investment, the Union Cabinet on approved 100 per cent FDI in coal mining and contract manufacturing through automatic route.
  • The Cabinet also liberalised sourcing norms concerning single-brand retail and allowed 26 per cent FDI in the digital media. It also decided that single-brand retail trading entities can do retail online trade prior to the opening of brick and mortar stores.
  • Hundred per cent FDI under automatic route is also permitted for setting up coal processing plants like washeries subject to some conditions.
  • The changes in FDI norms in coal mining activities are expected to attract international players to create an efficient and competitive coal market.
  • Cabinet has expanded the definition of mandatory 30% domestic sourcing norm for single-brand retailing.
  • Removal of condition of setting up a mandatory brick-and-mortar store for single-brand retailers and hence now they can start online sales without the need of any brick-and-mortar store.
  1. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal launches integrated web portal for school education ‘Shagun’
  • Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh PokhriyalNishank launched a web portal ‘Shagun’ to provide all-inclusive information on school education including the results of students through a single platform.
  • Shagun is a comprehensive initiative to improve the school education system by creating a junction for all online portals and websites relating to various activities of the Department of School Education and Literacy in the government of India and all States and Union Territories.
  • The word Shagun is coined from two different words- ‘Shala’ meaning Schools and ‘Gunvatta’ meaning quality and this online junction of different websites and portals into a single platform will enhance the accessibility of information relating to schools and will ensure a holistic approach to transform education sector.
  1. ShriPrahlad Singh Patel launches integrated NOAPS single window clearing system
  • Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge),ShriPrahlad Singh Patel launched an integrated NOC online Application Processing System for National Monuments Authority (NMA) for 517 local bodies of six states in New Delhi.
  • This will help in online processing of applications requesting NOC for construction related work in prohibited and regulated area of ASI protected monuments.
  • The States and Urban Local Bodies which are part of NOAPS are: Madhya Pradesh (378), Andhra Pradesh (110), Haryana (15), Punjab (10), Jharkhand (3),Telangana (1)
  • In order to automate the process of grant of NO Objection Certificate(NOC) for construction related work in the prohibited and regulated area, NMA had decided to Design, Develop and Implement a web enabled Software (S/w) application named NOC online Application Processing System (NOAPS) and launched it in the public domain over theURL: http://nmanoc.nic.in/ .
  1. Home Minister Amit Shah to flag off first fleet of eco-friendly electric buses in Ahmedabad
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah will flag off the first fleet of eco-friendly electric buses in Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • He will also inaugurate the country’s first automated battery charging and swapping station for e-buses in Ahmedabad.

State

  1. Odisha’s Mamata scheme for PVTG women given an extension for 5 years
  • The Department of Women and Child Development of the government of Odisha extended the benefits of the Direct Cash Benefit “Mamata” scheme to the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) meant for women for another 5 years till 2024. This provision for PVTG women was in place since 2014.

Key Points:

♦The conditional cash transfer maternity benefit scheme is only up to two live births for the pregnant women of other communities. But, the PVTG women are barred from the limit.

♦The scheme was extended to all pregnant PVTG women irrespective of whether they were residing in micro-project areas or not in the year 2018.

♦Except government employees, all adult pregnant women receive Rs 5,000 in two installments, upon fulfilling certain conditions.

Mamata scheme

♦Mamata was launched by the state government in September, 2011 with an aim to reduce maternal and infant mortality by improving the health and nutrition of pregnant and lactating women.

Sports

  1. Sports Minister distributes Rs 1.82 cr to medallists of Para-Badminton World Championship
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju has handed over 1.82 crore rupees to the medallists of the Para-Badminton World Championship.
  • As per the new guidelines, medal winners in world championships and world events will be eligible for cash awards from the government.
  • Gold medal winners took home 20 lakh rupees, the silver medallists were given 14 lakhs and bronze winners 8 lakhs each.
  1. Pune Man Becomes First Indian To Complete ”La Ultra The High” Marathon
  • AshishKasodekar has become the first Indian to complete the 555 kms long ”La Ultra The High” marathon in Ladakh.
  • This marathon is also known as the cruellest marathon of the world. This event is organised every year in Ladakh and for the latest edition, the distance of the marathon was extended to 555 kms from 333 kms.
  • Five people participated in the marathon and among five, two were Indians. The total journey of the marathon had to be completed in five and a half days.
  • The participants had to pass five mountains with almost 17,500 feet height.
  1. India’s ElavenilValarivanclaims maiden World Cup gold medal
  • ElavenilValarivan (Gujarat) claimed her maiden senior World Cup gold medal, finishing on top in the women’s 10m air rifle competition in Rio de Janerio
  • It was her debut year at the senior level, the 20-year-old Elavenil shot 251.7 in the finals leaving behind SeonaidMcintosh of Britain, who won silver with an effort of 250.6
  • India has now won three out of the four World Cup gold medals in the women’s 10m air this year. Elavenil is a junior World Cup gold-medallist besides being an Asian champion.
  1. 25th Senior Women’s National Football Championship to be held in Arunachal Pradesh
  • The 25th Senior Women’s National Football Championship will be held in Arunachal Pradesh for the first time from September 10 to 24
  • The tournament will be held in the oldest town of the state Pasighat in East Siang District.
  • A total of 30 teams from across the country, representing various States, Union Territories and Indian Railways will participate in the tournament
  • The inaugural match will be played between Railways and Mizoram.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Lakshmi Vilas Bank MD&CEO Parthasarathi Mukherjee resigns
  • Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer Parthasarathi Mukherjee announced resignation from his post
  • Mukherjee will be relieved from his services at the closing hours on Saturday, 31st August 2019

Books

  1. “Obama: The Call of History” written by Peter Baker reveals Barack Obama’s years in office
  • A book on Barack Obama, former United States (US) President, titled “Obama: The Call of History” has been written by Peter Baker, the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times.
  • It gives an in-depth account of Obama’s years in office. It has been published by Penguin India.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. NASA invites students to name rover
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has invited students to name its next rover that is scheduled to land on Mars in February 2021.
  • It has given ‘Name the Rover’ challenge and winners of this competition will be announced on February 18.
  • The challenge is open to K-12 students in the US who will need to submit the name of the rover along with an original, short essay of a maximum of 150 words.

Environment

  1. Rare Peacock Parachute Spider spotted in Pakkamalai Reserve in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu
  • A team of researchers at the Puducherry-based Indigenous Biodiversity Foundation (IBF) have discovered Peacock Parachute Spider, a deeply endangered species of tarantula for the 1st time beyond its natural habitat in the Eastern Ghats. It was found resting in a cave in Pakkamalai Reserve Forests near Gingee in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu(TN).

Key points:

♦About Peacock Parachute Spider: It belongs to the genus Poecilotheria & is commonly known as Peacock Parachute Spider or Gooty Tarantula (Poecilotheria metallica). The species of Indian origin was found at various places in reserve forests. In the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN)red list, it is classified as Critically Endangered species. Tarantula is a biological insect controller& and there is a huge demand for them by collectors in the pet trade.

♦This species of spider spotted 1899 by Reginald Innes Pocock on the basis of a single female specimen in Gooty. After 102 years, it was seen at a degraded forest between Nandyal and Giddalur in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh.

♦IUCN believes that it can also be occur naturally in Gooty, but it may come from the Eastern Ghats at least 100 km away. Its known habitat is Andhra Pradesh & is not seen anywhere in India or Sri Lanka.

Important Days

  1. National Sports Day
  • National Sports Day is celebrated on 29 August every year to honour the birthday of Dhyan Chand a field hockey player.
  • National Sports Day is also known as RashtriyaKhel Divas.
  1. International Day against Nuclear Tests
  • The International Day against Nuclear Tests is observed on August 29.
  • The day was established at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly by the resolution 64/35on December 2, 2009
  • The day was established to spread awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.

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