13th August 2019 Current Affairs

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Rotavirus vaccination extended across all states and UTs by September 2019

  • The Centre plans to expand the coverage of Rotavirus vaccine which protects children from rotavirus infections, the leading cause of severe diarrhoea, to all states.
  • The vaccine is currently available only in 28 states and union territories in India.

Conservative Giammattei elected Guatemala president

  • Conservative Alejandro Giammattei was elected as Guatemala’s president.
  • He defeated the former first lady Sandra Torres.
  • He will succeed corruption-tainted outgoing President Jimmy Morales.
  • He had polled almost 58.5 percent with a lead of 550,000 votes.

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About Guatemala

President: Jimmy Morales

Capital: Guatemala City

Flipkart partners NSDC to train supply chain workforce of 20,000

  • Flipkart has partnered with National Skill Development Corporation’s Logistics Sector Skill Council to train 20000 of its delivery executives.
  • The trained supply chain workforce will be certified in all aspects of product delivery & customer experience.

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About Flipkart

CEO: Kalyan Krishnamurthy

Founded: October 2007

Djokovic remains at top of ATP rankings

  • Novak Djokovic has retained the top spot in the ATP Rankings.
  • Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer are No. 2 & No. 3 positions respectively.
  • Dominic Thiem retains the 4th place. Naomi Osaka regained No.1 spot by dethroning Ashleigh Barty in the latest WTA rankings.

Thailand women’s cricket team rewrites world record for most consecutive wins in T20I

  • The Women’s Cricket team of Thailand rewrote a world record by winning 17th successive T20 international match and surpassed the record held by Australian Women (16 victories).
  • They won the match against the Netherlands in the fifth match of an ongoing Women’s T20I Quadrangular Series 2019 in the Netherlands.
  • The other 2 teams of the quadrangular series are Ireland and Scotland.

Note:

About Thailand

Capital: Bangkok

Currency: Thai baht

Badshah of Bollywood, “Shah Rukh Khan” felicitated with an honorary doctorate degree by Melbourne’s La Trobe University

  • The Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, has added yet another feather in his cap.
  • The actor was conferred with an honorary doctorate on Friday by the La Trobe University in Melbourne for his work supporting women’s empowerment and his achievement in the Indian entertainment industry.
  • Named after his mother, Khan’s Meer Foundation is best known for its work helping acid attack survivors who are victims of usually jealous or scorned men.

Chandrima Shaha elected INSA's first woman president

  • Former director of the National Institute of Immunology Chandrima Shaha has been elected as the first woman president of the reputed Indian National Science Academy.
  • She will head INSA from 2020. She would focus on popularising science among the masses.

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About INSA

President: Ajay K. Sood

Founder: Lewis Leigh Fermor

Founded: 7 January 1935

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

  • On August 9, 2019, 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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About Delhi

Capital formation: 1911       

Capital: New Delhi

Former Additional Solicitor General Amarendra Sharan dies at 70

  • Former Additional Solicitor General Amarendra Sharan has died at the age of 70.
  • He represented the Centre as the additional solicitor general from 2004 to 2009.
  • He won the award for outstanding contribution to the development of scientific jurisprudence.

Karnataka government launches programme for student entrepreneurs

  • Karnataka government has launched a programme called ‘E-Step’ to empower student start-ups towards entrepreneurship.
  • The programme focuses on boot camps, mentoring & training programs which cover various aspects of entrepreneurship.

Note:

About Karnataka

Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa

Capital: Bengaluru

Governor: Vajubhai Vala

Reliance Jio, Microsoft announce alliance to accelerate digital transformation in India

  • Reliance Jio & Microsoft announced long-term strategic relationship to accelerate digital transformation of the Indian economy & society.
  • This 10-year commitment combines the world-class capabilities of both companies to offer a detailed set of solutions.

Note:

About Microsoft

CEO: Satya Nadella

Founded: 4 April 1975

Founders: Bill Gates, Paul Allen

Try out the quiz ?

1. Alejandro Giammattei has elected as president of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei was elected as Guatemala's president.

2. Flipkart has partnered with which of the following to train 20000 of its delivery executives?

Correct! Wrong!

Flipkart has partnered with National Skill Development Corporation's Logistics Sector Skill Council to train 20000 of its delivery executives.

3. Who has retained the top position in the ATP Rankings?

Correct! Wrong!

Novak Djokovic has retained the top spot in the ATP Rankings.

4. Who has been elected as the first woman president of the reputed Indian National Science Academy?

Correct! Wrong!

Former director of the National Institute of Immunology Chandrima Shaha has been elected as the first woman president of the reputed Indian National Science Academy.

5. Amarendra Sharan has died. He was a former............

Correct! Wrong!

Former Additional Solicitor General Amarendra Sharan has died at the age of 70.

6. Which state government has launched a programme called ‘E-Step’ to empower student start-ups towards entrepreneurship?

Correct! Wrong!

Karnataka government has launched a programme called ‘E-Step’ to empower student start-ups towards entrepreneurship.

7. Reliance Jio & Microsoft announced long-term strategic relationship to accelerate ...............

Correct! Wrong!

Reliance Jio & Microsoft announced long-term strategic relationship to accelerate digital transformation of the Indian economy & society.

8. Rotavirus vaccination will extend across all states and UTs by September 2019. This vaccine is for.....

Correct! Wrong!

The Centre plans to expand the coverage of Rotavirus vaccine which protects children from rotavirus infections, the leading cause of severe diarrhoea, to all states.

9. The Women Cricket team of Thailand rewrote a world record by winning how many successive T20 international match?

Correct! Wrong!

The Women’s Cricket team of Thailand rewrote a world record by winning 17th successive T20 international match and surpassed the record held by Australian Women (16 victories).

10. Which of the following Indian actor has felicitated with an honorary doctorate degree by Melbourne’s La Trobe University?

Correct! Wrong!

Badshah of Bollywood, “Shah Rukh Khan” felicitated with an honorary doctorate degree by Melbourne’s La Trobe University. The Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, has added yet another feather in his cap.

11. India’s first-of-its-kind clinical ecotoxicology facility has inaugurated in which of the following medical Institute?

Correct! Wrong!

India’s first-of-its-kind clinical ecotoxicology facility was inaugurated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.

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