20th August 2019 Current Affairs

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President Ram Nath Govind inaugurates Bunker Museum at Raj Bhavan

  • President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated an underground Bunker Museum at Raj Bhavan Mumbai.
  • On the occasion, the president also laid the foundation stone of reconstruction of Governor’s Office-cum-Residence.

Note:

About President

Appointer: Electoral College of India

Salary: ₹500,000 (US$7,200) (per month)

Term length: Five years 

Status: Head of state

Government removes Debenture Reserve norm for housing finance companies, NBFCs

  • Corporate affairs ministry said that the requirement for a DRR of 25% of the value of outstanding debentures issued by listed companies, NBFCs & HFCs has been removed.
  • In the case of unlisted companies, the DRR requirement has been reduced to 10%.

PM Modi to launch Rupay cards in UAE, Bahrain

  • Rupay cards will be launched in UAE & Bahrain with the signing of MoUs during PM Modi’s visit to the two Gulf countries.
  • He recently launched the card in Bhutan to strengthen India’s relationship in digital payments, trade & tourism with its neighbours.

Note:

About UAE

Capital: Abu Dhabi

Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham

Former Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole retires from football

  • On August 18, 2019, Former Chelsea, Arsenal, and England football player Ashley Cole aged 38, announced his retirement from football, ending his 20-year playing career.
  • It is expected that he would be pursuing a career in coaching.

Note:

About England

Capital: London

Currency: Pound sterling

Chief scientist K Thangaraj of CCMB wins JC Bose Fellowship for the year 2019

  • K Thangaraj, chief scientist at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology(CCMB), Hyderabad, Telangana, won this year’s J C Bose Fellowship.
  • The award is given for his outstanding contribution in the field of population and medical genomics on August 17, 2019.

Note:

About Telangana

Founded: 2 June 2014

Capital: Hyderabad

Chief minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao

Paytm promoted CFO Madhur Deora as its President

  • On August 19, 2019, Indian largest digital wallet company, Paytm has promoted its CFO (chief financial officer) Madhu Deora as President of the company.
  • Prior to joining Paytm in October 2016, Deora served as Managing Director in Citigroup’s investment banking business.

Note:

About Paytm

Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Founded: 2010

Jaishankar R. Padmanabhan selected for appointment as NHB Executive Director

  • National Housing Bank has selected Jaishankar R. Padmanabhan for appointment to the post of Executive Director.
  • He is currently Chief General Manager at India Infrastructure Finance Co Ltd (IIFCL).

Note:

About NHB

Founded: 9 July 1988

Headquarters: New Delhi

Ravinder Takkar appointed Vodafone Idea CEO; Balesh Sharma steps down

  • Vodafone Idea CEO Balesh Sharma has stepped down.
  • He was the representative of Vodafone in the JV b/w Vodafone & Idea.
  • Ravinder Takkar has been appointed as his successor with immediate effect.

India is the top emitter of sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the world: Greenpeace

  • India is the largest emitter of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the world, contributing more than 15 per cent of global anthropogenic emissions, according to a new report by Greenpeace released on August 19, 2019.
  • The primary reason for India’s high emission output is the expansion of coal-based electricity generation over the past decade.

Note:

About Greenpeace

Headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Founded: 1971, Vancouver, Canada

Former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra passes away at 82

  • Jagannath Mishra, former Bihar chief minister and JD(U) i.e., Janata Dal (United) leader passed away after battling cancer on August 19, 2019.
  • He was undergoing treatment in New Delhi and breathed his last there. He hailed from Balua Bazar in Supaul district, Bihar.

Note:

About Bihar

Chief minister: Nitish Kumar Trending

Governor: Fagu Chauhan

Veteran Odisha based journalist and columnist Ranjit Guru passed away

  • Senior journalist & editor of Odia daily Sambad, Ranjit Guru passed away following a brief illness in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • He was 61.

Note:

About Odisha

Capital: Bhubaneswar

Governor: Ganeshi Lal

Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

Veteran music director-composer Khayyam passes away

  • Veteran music director-composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, best known for his music in classic films such as ‘Umrao Jaan’ & ‘Kabhi Kabhi’, passed away in Mumbai.
  • He was 92.
  • He won Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007, 3 Filmfare Awards for Best Music.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Where President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated an underground Bunker Museum?

Correct! Wrong!

President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated an underground Bunker Museum at Raj Bhavan Mumbai.

2. Corporate affairs ministry has said DRR requirement has been reduced to 10% for unlisted company. What is the full name of DRR?

Correct! Wrong!

Corporate affairs ministry said that the requirement for a DRR(Debenture Redemption Reserve) of 25% of the value of outstanding debentures issued by listed companies, NBFCs & HFCs has been removed. In the case of unlisted companies, the DRR requirement has been reduced to 10%.

3. Rupay cards will be launched in which of the following Gulf countries?

Correct! Wrong!

Rupay cards will be launched in UAE & Bahrain with the signing of MoUs during PM Modi’s visit to the two Gulf countries.

4. Ashley Cole has announced his retirement. He plays which of the following game?

Correct! Wrong!

Former Chelsea, Arsenal, and England football player Ashley Cole aged 38, announced his retirement from football, ending his 20-year playing career.

5. Who has won JC Bose Fellowship for the year 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

K Thangaraj, chief scientist at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology(CCMB), Hyderabad, Telangana, won this year’s J C Bose Fellowship.

6. Who has been promoted as President of Paytm?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian largest digital wallet company, Paytm has promoted its CFO (chief financial officer) Madhu Deora as President of the company.

7. Jaishankar R. Padmanabhan has been selected for Executive Director of the.......

Correct! Wrong!

National Housing Bank has selected Jaishankar R. Padmanabhan for appointment to the post of Executive Director.

8. Which country is the largest emitter of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the world?

Correct! Wrong!

India is the largest emitter of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the world, contributing more than 15 per cent of global anthropogenic emissions, according to a new report by Greenpeace released on August 19, 2019.

9. Jagannath Mishra has passed away. He was the former......

Correct! Wrong!

Jagannath Mishra, former Bihar chief minister and JD(U) i.e., Janata Dal (United) leader passed away after battling cancer on August 19, 2019.

10. Ranjit Guru has passed away. He was a famous.....

Correct! Wrong!

Senior journalist & editor of Odia daily Sambad, Ranjit Guru passed away following a brief illness in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

11. Veteran music director and composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi has passed away. He was the winner of how many Filmfare Awards for Best Music?

Correct! Wrong!

Veteran music director-composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi, best known for his music in classic films such as 'Umrao Jaan' & 'Kabhi Kabhi', passed away in Mumbai. He was 92. He won Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007, 3 Filmfare Awards for Best Music.

12. Ravinder Takkar has been appointed as the CEO of........

Correct! Wrong!

Ravinder Takkar appointed Vodafone Idea CEO; Balesh Sharma steps down Vodafone Idea CEO Balesh Sharma has stepped down.

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