17th August 2019 Current Affairs

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The Indian Navy is to host naval exercise MILAN in March 2020 in Vizag

  • The Indian Navy is to host the multilateral naval exercise named ‘MILAN‘ at Visakhapatnam for the year 2020 in the month of March.
  • The announcement for this exercise was made by Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) at the INS(Indian Navy Ship) Circars Parade Ground in the ENC on the occasion of 73rd Independence day.

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About Indian Navy

Founded: 5 September 1612

Headquarters location: New Delhi

5th Meeting of BRICS Minister of Environment held in Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • On August 16, 2019, 5th BRICS Minister of Environment Meeting held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which was preceded by the 2-day meeting of BRICS Joint Working Group on Environment.
  • The Indian delegation was led by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar.

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About Brazil

Capital: Brasilia

Currency: Brazilian real

Liverpool crunches Chelsea to win UEFA Super Cup 2019

  • On August 15, 2019, Football club, Liverpool produced their best to win the 44th UEFA Super Cup 2019 by beating Chelsea with 5–4 on penalties at the Vodafone Park, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, following goals from Giroud and Mane, but there could’ve been a few more if it wasn’t for some excellent saves by Kepa and Adrian.

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About Turkey

Currency: Turkish lira

Capital: Ankara

Bajrang Punia to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

  • Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia got nominated for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
  • His name was finalised panel comprising likes of Bhaichung Bhutia & M C Mary Kom among others.

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About Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Reward(s): ₹7.5 lakh (US$11,000)

First awarded: 1991–92

Most recent winner: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Virat Kohli

Ravi Shastri reappointed head coach of Indian team

  • Incumbent Ravi Shastri re-appointed head coach of the Indian men’s team by the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee, a decision that was expected.
  • He has been reappointed for a two-year period, ending with the 2021 T20 World Cup in India.

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About Ravi Shastri

Last Test: 26 December 1992 v South Africa         

Role: Batsman

Batting: Right-handed    

Bowling: Slow left-arm orthodox

Harshad Pandurang Thakur designated as the Director of NIHFW

  • On August 14, 2019, The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Government of India(GoI) has made Harshad Pandurang Thakur as the Director of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare(NIHFW) for a period of 5 years.
  • He replaces Shri. Sudhansh Pant.

EPFO likely to appoint SBI MF, HSBC AMC, UTI AMC as fund managers

  • At its trustees’ meet EPFO is likely to appoint next week asset management firms HSBC AMC, UTI AMC & SBI Mutual Fund as its fund managers for a 3-year term.
  • Before, 2008 SBI was the sole fund manager for the retirement fund body since its inception in 1952.

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About EPFO

Founded: 4 March 1952, New Delhi

Headquarters: New Delhi

Bajaj Hindusthan's independent director Madhav Laxman Apte resigns

  • Leading sugar firm Bajaj Hindusthan’s independent director Madhav Laxman Apte has resigned on health ground.
  • Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar has 14 mills in Uttar Pradesh with cane crushing capacity of 1.36 lakh tonne per day.

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About Bajaj Hindusthan

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founder: Jamnalal Bajaj

Dutch Princess Christina, sister of former queen of Netherlands Beatrix, passed away at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague

  • Dutch Princess Christina, the youngest sister of former Queen Beatrix, died Friday after a battle with bone cancer.
  • She was 72.
  • Christina, the youngest of four daughters of the late Queen Juliana and her German-born husband Prince Bernhard, died at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, according to the Dutch Royal House.

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About Netherland

Capital: Amsterdam

Currency: Euro

Veteran actor Vidya Sinha passes away at 71

  • Veteran Bollywood actress Vidya Sinha, known for her role in Basu Chatterjee’s film “Rajnigandha” (1974), passed away after a brief lung-cum-heart ailment.
  • She was born in Mumbai on November 15, 1947, to film producer Rana Pratap Singh.

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About Maharashtra

Capital: Mumbai

Chief minister: Devendra Fadnavis

World’s 1st museum dedicated to the life of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu opened in Kolkata

  • The world’s first museum dedicated to the life and teachings of 16th-century saint and social reformer, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is ready to be inaugurated at the city’s Baghbazar Gaudiya Math on August 13
  • Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the technically-enabled ‘Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Museum’ built to preserve information related to the great saint.

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About West Bengal

Capital: Kolkata

Chief minister: Mamata Banerjee

TamilNadu trifurcates Vellore district to form new districts

  • After taking a consensus from the ministers, MLAs (Member of the Legislative Assembly) and the general public, the chief minister of TamilNadu Shri Edappadi K Palaniswami made announcement on trifurcation of Vellore district.
  • Ranipet and Tirupattur will be the new districts carved out of Vellore.
  • After the trifurcation, TamilNadu now has 37 districts.

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About TamilNadu

Chief minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Capital: Chennai

National tribal festival 'Aadi Mahotsav' begins in Leh-Ladakh

  • Aadi Mahotsav, the national tribal festival, started at Polo Ground in Leh-Ladakh.
  • The 9-day event was inaugurated by the J & K Governor, Satya Pal Malik.
  • The theme of the festival is – A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce.

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About Ladakh

Districts: 2

Largest city: Leh

Nagaland State Police Dept gets first Laboratory-cum-Training Centre

  • Nagaland State Police Department got its first Laboratory-cum-Training Centre for Prevention of Cyber Crime against Women and Children.
  • Police personnel will be trained in specific topics relating to cybercrimes.

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About Nagaland

Capital: Kohima

Chief minister: Neiphiu Rio

Governor: RN Ravi

Book on the History of Jammu & Kashmir from 1889 to 2019 titled ‘Kashmir’s untold story: Declassified’ to be released

  • Book titled ‘Kashmir’s untold story: Declassification’ by Bloomsbury publishers was announced on August 14, 2019.
  • The book portrays the time of political and geographical consolidations of Jammu & Kashmir(J&K), beginning from the era of Maharaja Gulab Singh till the present day.

Note:

About Jammu & Kashmir

Governor: Satya Pal Malik

Official languages: Urdu

Try out the quiz ?

1. What is 'MILAN'?

Correct! Wrong!

The Indian Navy is to host the multilateral naval exercise named ‘MILAN‘ at Visakhapatnam for the year 2020 in the month of March.

2. 5th Meeting of BRICS Minister of Environment was held in..........

Correct! Wrong!

5th BRICS Minister of Environment Meeting held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which was preceded by the 2-day meeting of BRICS Joint Working Group on Environment.

3. Which club has won UEFA Super Cup 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Football club, Liverpool produced their best to win the 44th UEFA Super Cup 2019 by beating Chelsea with 5–4 on penalties at the Vodafone Park, Istanbul, Turkey.

4. Who has been appointed as the Director of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare?

Correct! Wrong!

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Government of India(GoI) has made Harshad Pandurang Thakur as the Director of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare(NIHFW) for a period of 5 years.

5. Princess Christina has passed away. She was a......

Correct! Wrong!

Dutch Princess Christina, sister of former queen of Netherlands Beatrix, passed away at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague.

6. World’s 1st museum dedicated to the life of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has opened in which city?

Correct! Wrong!

World’s 1st museum dedicated to the life of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu opened in Kolkata. The world's first museum dedicated to the life and teachings of 16th-century saint and social reformer, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is ready to be inaugurated at the city's Baghbazar Gaudiya Math on August 13

7. Country's highest sports honour ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award’ has given to.......

Correct! Wrong!

Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia got nominated for the country's highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

8. Where is the headquarters of EPFO?

Correct! Wrong!

Headquarters: New Delhi. At its trustees' meet EPFO is likely to appoint next week asset management firms HSBC AMC, UTI AMC & SBI Mutual Fund as its fund managers for a 3-year term.

9. Who has regined as independent director of Bajaj Hindusthan?

Correct! Wrong!

Leading sugar firm Bajaj Hindusthan’s independent director Madhav Laxman Apte has resigned on health ground.

10. Ranipet and Tirupattur will be the two new districts of which state?

Correct! Wrong!

After taking a consensus from the ministers, MLAs (Member of the Legislative Assembly) and the general public, the chief minister of TamilNadu Shri Edappadi K Palaniswami made announcement on trifurcation of Vellore district. Ranipet and Tirupattur will be the new districts carved out of Vellore. After the trifurcation, TamilNadu now has 37 districts.

11. National tribal festival 'Aadi Mahotsav' begins in which state?

Correct! Wrong!

Aadi Mahotsav, the national tribal festival, started at Polo Ground in Leh-Ladakh. The 9-day event was inaugurated by the J & K Governor, Satya Pal Malik.

12. Which State Police Department has got its first Laboratory-cum-Training Centre for Prevention of Cyber Crime against Women and Children?

Correct! Wrong!

Nagaland State Police Department got its first Laboratory-cum-Training Centre for Prevention of Cyber Crime against Women and Children.

13. A book on the history of Jammu & Kashmir titled ‘Kashmir’s untold story: Declassified’ to be released. Who is the governor of Jammu & Kashmir?

Correct! Wrong!

Book titled ‘Kashmir’s untold story: Declassification’ by Bloomsbury publishers was announced on August 14, 2019. Governor: Satya Pal Malik

14. Who has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian men's cricket team?

Correct! Wrong!

Incumbent Ravi Shastri re-appointed head coach of the Indian men's team by the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee, a decision that was expected.

15. Vidya Sinha has died of heart disease. She was a famous …….

Correct! Wrong!

Actress Vidya Sinha has died of heart disease. She was a famous …….

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