15th August 2019 Current Affairs

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Inter-State Council reconstituted with PM Modi as chairman

  • Government has reconstituted Inter-State Council & Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council.
  • Modi is the Chairman of the Council. CMs of all States & 6 Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah & Nirmala Sitharaman are the members of the Council.

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About Prime Minister

Appointer: President of India

Formation: 15 August 1947

Denmark’s Jyske Bank unveiled world’s first negative interest rate home loan

  • Denmark’s third-largest bank, Jyske Bank has launched the world’s first negative interest rate mortgage – handing out loans to homeowners where the charge is minus 0.5% a year.
  • It has begun offering borrowers a 10-year deal at -0.5%.

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About Denmark

Capital: Copenhagen

Currency: Danish krone

Reserve Bank asks banks not to count failed transactions, balance enquiry as “free ATM transactions”

  • Reserve Bank of India has asked banks not to count failed transactions at ATMs due to technical reasons as part of “free ATM transactions” permitted every month.
  • Use of ATMs for balance enquiry and fund transfers too should not be part of the free transactions facility given to a customer.

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About RBI

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

Rare snapshots of Simla Conference, 1945 is now part of the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) collection

  • The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has acquired an 8 mm film of vital historical import, pertaining to the 1945 Simla Conference of British administrators, Indian leaders and diplomats.
  • The film was sent to the NFAI by the daughter of an officer who had served in the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) and who surreptitiously filmed the arrival of leaders and diplomats at the historic conference with his personal 8 mm camera.

P. T. Usha appointed member of AAA’s Athletes Commission

  • T. Usha has been appointed as a member of the Asian Athletics Association’s Athletes Commission.
  • She will be one of the 6 members of the AAA Athletes Commission, to be headed by Andrey Abduvaliyev of Uzbekistan.

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About Uzbekistan

Capital: Tashkent

Currency: Uzbekistani soʻm

Actor Steve Coogan to be honoured with 2019 Charlie Chaplin award constituted by BAFTA LA

  • BAF TA LA ( British Academy of Film and Television Arts- Los Angeles branch) is to honour 53-year-old English actor Steve Coogan with the prestigious “2019 Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy”.
  • He will be honoured during the 2019 Britannia awards to be held on 25th October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, California, America.

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About America

Capital: Washington, D.C.

President: Donald Trump

ISRO chairman K.Sivan conferred with A.P.J. Abdul Kalam award

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan awarded the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award by the Tamil Nadu government.
  • Kailasavadivoo Sivan, who led ISRO’s successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 mission receive the award in person receive it from Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

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About ISRO

Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan

Headquarters: Bengaluru

Founder: Vikram Sarabhai

Founded: 15 August 1969

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman be conferred with the Vir Chakra

  • Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who had shot down a Pakistani F-16 near the Line of Control (LoC) in February resulting in his capture and subsequent release by Islamabad, will be conferred with the Vir Chakra.
  • Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was caught by Pakistan after his MiG-21 Bison fighter jet went down across the Line of Control (LoC) on February 27 and was returned three days later.

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About Pakistan

Capital: Islamabad

Prime minister: Imran Khan

President: Arif Alvi

VG Somani appointed as new DCGI of CDSCO

  • On August 14, 2019, The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appointed VG Somani as Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in Level 14 of the Pay Matrix as per the 7th Central Pay Commision (CPC), on deputation basis, for a period of 3 years.
  • He is currently Joint Drugs Controller of India. He succeeds Dr. S. Eswara Reddy, who was on ad-hoc position for the post of DCGI.

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About CDSCO

Headquarters: New Delhi

Minister responsible: Harsh Vardhan

First ever space museum of India inaugurated at Hyderabad

  • On July 26 2019, the first space museum of India opening new attraction to space enthusiasts, was set up at Hyderabad in association with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • The museum is housed in the Birla Science Museum.

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About ISRO

Headquarters: Bengaluru

Founder: Vikram Sarabhai

Founded: 15 August 1969

Veteran actress Vidya Sinha passed away at the age of 71

  • Veteran Bollywood actor Vidya Sinha, aged 71 years passed away at Criticare Hospital in Mumbai, due to lung and heart disorders.
  • The actor was admitted to the hospital a few days back after she complained of breathlessness.

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About Maharashtra

Capital: Mumbai

Chief minister: Devendra Fadnavis

Argentina World Cup winner José Luis Brown dies at 62

Argentina World Cup winner José Luis Brown dies at 62

  • Football player José Luis Brown has died at 62.
  • He scored Argentina’s opening goal in their win against West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final.
  • He played 36 times for Argentina’s football team.

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About Argentina

Currency: Argentine peso

Capital: Buenos Aires

Odisha CM Naveen patnaik inaugurates new hockey academy in Bhubaneswar

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA), a high-performance centre that will groom the best hockey talents in the state into future national and international players.
  • The academy has been opened at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to nurture sports talent in the state.

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About Odisha

Capital: Bhubaneswar

Governor: Ganeshi Lal

Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

Try out the quiz ?

1. What is the full name of NFAI?

Correct! Wrong!

The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has acquired an 8 mm film of vital historical import, pertaining to the 1945 Simla Conference of British administrators, Indian leaders and diplomats.

2. Who has been appointed as a member of the Asian Athletics Association’s Athletes Commission?

Correct! Wrong!

P.T. Usha has been appointed as a member of the Asian Athletics Association’s Athletes Commission.

3. Jyske Bank has unveiled world’s first negative interest rate home loan. This is the bank of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Denmark’s third-largest bank, Jyske Bank has launched the world’s first negative interest rate mortgage – handing out loans to homeowners where the charge is minus 0.5% a year.

4. Reserve Bank has asked banks not to count failed transactions and balance enquiry as “free ATM transactions”. Where is the headquarters of RBI?

Correct! Wrong!

Reserve Bank of India has asked banks not to count failed transactions at ATMs due to technical reasons as part of "free ATM transactions" permitted every month. Headquarters: Mumbai.

5. Who has to be honoured with “2019 Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy”?

Correct! Wrong!

BAF TA LA ( British Academy of Film and Television Arts- Los Angeles branch) is to honour 53-year-old English actor Steve Coogan with the prestigious “2019 Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy”.

6. Which state govt. has given the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award to K.Sivan?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan awarded the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award by the Tamil Nadu government.

7. Who has been appointed as Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation?

Correct! Wrong!

The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appointed VG Somani as Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in Level 14 of the Pay Matrix as per the 7th Central Pay Commision (CPC), on deputation basis, for a period of 3 years.

8. First ever space museum of India has inaugurated in which place?

Correct! Wrong!

The first space museum of India opening new attraction to space enthusiasts, was set up at Hyderabad in association with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

9. Vidya Sinha has passed away. She was a famous.........

Correct! Wrong!

Veteran Bollywood actor Vidya Sinha, aged 71 years passed away at Criticare Hospital in Mumbai, due to lung and heart disorders.

10. In which city Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated new hockey academy?

Correct! Wrong!

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA), a high-performance centre that will groom the best hockey talents in the state into future national and international players.

11. Who is the chairman of Inter-State Council & Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council?

Correct! Wrong!

Inter-State Council reconstituted with PM Modi as chairman. Government has reconstituted Inter-State Council & Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council.

12. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to be conferred with.....

Correct! Wrong!

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who had shot down a Pakistani F-16 near the Line of Control (LoC) in February resulting in his capture and subsequent release by Islamabad, will be conferred with the Vir Chakra.

13. Football player Jose Luis Brown has passed away. He was the player of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Argentina World Cup winner José Luis Brown dies at 62 Football player José Luis Brown has died at 62. He scored Argentina's opening goal in their win against West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final.

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