15th August 2018 Current Affairs

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Bharti Axa Life Insurance and Airtel Payments Bank entered into an alliance

  • Bharti Axa Life Insurance and Airtel Payments Bank entered into an alliance to offer the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana’ (PMJJBY), a government-backed life insurance scheme.
  • The alliance will leverage Airtel Payments Bank’s vast network to reach deep rural pockets and serve the under-insured.

Government will launch the ambitious Jan Arogya Abhiyaan on 25th September 2018

  • Government will launch the ambitious Jan Arogya Abhiyaan (Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme) on 25th September 2018, the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya.
  • The scheme aims at benefiting 50 crore Indians.

The trade deficit increased to $18.02 billion in July 2018,

  • A sharp rise in the crude oil bill led to India’s trade deficit widening to a 62-month high in July 2018, despite exports growing by 14.32%.
  • The trade deficit increased to $18.02 billion in July 2018, up from $16.61 billion in June 2018.

 

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has proposed a new financial model for building greenfield airports

  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation has proposed a new financial model for building greenfield airports.
  • Under new model, the concession fee given by the airport operator to the concessioning authority will be based on a ‘per passenger aeronautical model’.

The journey of rupee's 2,000% fall against dollar

  • The journey of rupee’s 2,000% fall against dollar since Independence
  • Given the record low of 70.08 per dollar that the rupee slipped to today, it’s hard to imagine a time when it could hold its own against the US dollar.

• Rifleman Aurangzeb and Major Aditya Kumar of Indian Army will be conferred the Shaurya Chakra

  • Rifleman Aurangzeb and Major Aditya Kumar of Indian Army will be conferred the Shaurya Chakra along with 18 others Armed Forces Personnel and members of Paramilitary Forces.
  • Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh was selected for Kirti Chakra posthumously.

 

President of India has awarded one President’s Tatrakshak Medal

  • President of India has awarded one President’s Tatrakshak Medal for Distinguished Service, five Tatrakshak Medal for Gallantry and two Tatrakshak Medal for Meritorious Service on the  to Indian Coast Guard personnel.
  • The President’s Tatrakshak Medal for Distinguished Service has been awarded to IG Rakesh Pal.

BCCI appointed Ramesh Powar as the Head Coach of Indian Women’s Cricket Team

  • The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed Ramesh Powar as the Head Coach of Indian Women’s Cricket Team.
  • Powar’s term will include a tour to Sri Lanka, a bilateral series in the West Indies in October 2018 followed by the ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies in November 2018.

 

Nitin Gadkari launched three short films for generating public awareness towards road safety.

  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari launched three short films for generating public awareness towards road safety.
  • Film actor Shri Akshay Kumar has featured in these films, which are directed by Shri R.Balki. Mr Gadkari announced the appointment of Shri Akshay Kumar as Road Safety Brand Ambassador.

 

Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar passed Away

  • Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who led the team to path-breaking Test wins in England and the West Indies, passed away after prolonged illness.
  • He was 77.

The West Bengal government has widened the reach of its "kanyashree" Scheme .

  • The West Bengal government has widened the reach of its flagship women welfare scheme ‘Kanyashree’ by lifting the ceiling on annual family income.
  • As per the scheme, unmarried girls above 13 years are offered cash incentive for remaining unmarried till 18.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the start of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the start of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), an universal health coverage scheme in the state on 15th August 2018.
  • The scheme would benefit 70 lakh families.

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