23rd August 2019 Current Affairs

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Tourism ministry announces new 5 year visa and other e-visa relaxations in the works

  • A reduction in the e-visa(electronic visa) fee was proposed by the tourism ministry with the aim of attracting more foreign travellers to the country.
  • As of the proposed plan, a new 5-year visa plan was announced, and also the e-visa fee will be offered with the option of short-term as well as long-term tourist e-visa plan.

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About Tourism ministry

Founded: 1967

Headquarters: New Delhi

HRD Ministry launches NISHTHA to train teachers across the country

  • The HRD Ministry launched the National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancements (NISHTHA) here aimed at training over 42 lakh teachers across the country.
  • The basic objective of the massive training programme is to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking in students, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said at the launch.

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About HRD Ministry

Founded: 26 September 1985

Headquarters: New Delhi

Ocean energy declared as green energy: Power Ministry

  • The power ministry has approved a proposal to declare ocean energy as renewable energy.
  • Energy produced using tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion will be considered as Renewable Energy.

Giuseppe Conte Italian PM steps down from post

  • The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, an independent, announced his resignation on August 20 to the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella.
  • The resignation was done after the Deputy PM (Prime Minister) Luigi Di Maioand the leader of the far-right League and Matteo Salvini (also Deputy PM), announced a motion of no confidence against Conte.

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About Italy

Capital: Rome

Currency: Euro

UAE to be first middle east country to launch RuPay Card

  • The UAE will be the first Middle East country to launch the RuPay Card.
  • The card is a first Indian domestic Debit and Credit Card payment network, with acceptance at ATMs, POS devices and e-commerce websites. It was launched in 2012.

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About UAE

Capital: Abu Dhabi

Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham

Amazon inaugurates its world’s largest campus in Hyderabad

  • On August 21, 2019, e-commerce company Amazon, inaugurated its single-largest campus in the world in terms of area (9 acres) in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • The campus was inaugurated by Mohammed Mahmood Ali, MLC (Member of Legislative Council), Minister of Home, Prisons, Fire Services, government of Telangana.

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About Amazon

CEO: Jeff Bezos

Founded: 5 July 1994

India’s Hockey team wins Olympic test event 2020 in Tokyo, Japan

  • Indian Hockey teams (Men & Women) has won the Olympic test event for hockey held from 17-21 Aug 2019 held at Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo, Japan, during Tokyo 2020 Games test events.
  • “READY STEADY TOKYO” is the official brand name and logo for the test events Tokyo 2020.

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About Japan

Prime minister: Shinzō Abe

Capital: Tokyo

Vikram Rathour to replace Sanjay Bangar as India's new batting coach

  • Former opener Vikram Rathour will replace Sanjay Bangar as India’s new batting coach while Bharath Arun and R. Sridhar were retained as bowling and fielding coaches.
  • The senior national selection committee headed by MSK Prasad recommended three names each for all the support staff positions and the top names in each category will be appointed after the formalities with regard to Conflict of Interest declaration is complete.

HDFC Bank appoints Srinivasan Vaidyanathan as CFO

  • HDFC Bank has promoted Srinivasan Vaidyanathan as Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect.
  • He earlier held the position of Group Head (Finance) in the bank.
  • He would replace Sashidhar Jagdishan who would continue to head the Finance function.

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About HDFC Bank

CEO: Aditya Puri

Founded: August 1994

NASA confirms Europa Clipper Mission

  • NASA has confirmed the next phase of development of the Europa Clipper mission – an interplanetary mission to Jupiter’s smallest moon Europa.
  • The US space agency has cleared the mission to progress through its final design phase, followed by the construction and testing of the entire spacecraft.

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About NASA

Founder: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Founded: 29 July 1958

Karnataka tops in State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index (SARAL) 2019

  • According to central government estimates, Karnataka has emerged as the best state in India for rooftop solar projects.
  • Minister of Power R.K. Singh recently released a survey report titled ‘The State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index’ (SARAL) which reveals that after Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, have taken the second, third and fourth positions respectively.

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About Karnataka

Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa

Capital: Bengaluru

Haryana CM increases family income limit for BPL beneficiary

  • On August 21, 2019, the Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, increased the family income limit of households from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month to qualify as Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiary.
  • It was announced at a BPL ration card distribution function in Panchkula, Haryana.

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About Haryana

Capital: Chandigarh

Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya

Bharti AXA Life ties up with Akshaya Patra to support mid-day meal programme

  • Bharti AXA Life Insurance has partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation to support and contribute to the mid-day meal programme for government school children.
  • Akshaya Patra is running a mid-day meal programme to mark its 13th foundation day.

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About Akshaya Patra

Founded: 2000

Founder: Madhu Pandit Dasa

Try out the quiz ?

1. What is NISHTHA?

Correct! Wrong!

The HRD Ministry launched the National Initiative for School Heads' and Teachers' Holistic Advancements (NISHTHA) here aimed at training over 42 lakh teachers across the country.

2. A reduction in the electronic visa fee has proposed by the tourism ministry. What is the aim of this relaxation?

Correct! Wrong!

A reduction in the e-visa(electronic visa) fee was proposed by the tourism ministry with the aim of attracting more foreign travellers to the country.

3. The power ministry has approved Ocean energy as........

Correct! Wrong!

Ocean energy declared as green energy: Power Ministry. The power ministry has approved a proposal to declare ocean energy as renewable energy.

4. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced his resignation. He was the Prime Minister of.....

Correct! Wrong!

The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, an independent, announced his resignation on August 20 to the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella.

5. Which of the following country has become first Middle East country to launch the RuPay Card in his country?

Correct! Wrong!

The UAE will be the first Middle East country to launch the RuPay Card.

6. In which city e-commerce company Amazon has inaugurated its single-largest campus in the world in terms of area?

Correct! Wrong!

e-commerce company Amazon, inaugurated its single-largest campus in the world in terms of area (9 acres) in Hyderabad, Telangana.

7. Which hockey team has won Olympic test event 2020 in Tokyo?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian Hockey teams (Men & Women) has won the Olympic test event for hockey held from 17-21 Aug 2019 held at Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo, Japan, during Tokyo 2020 Games test events.

8. Srinivasan Vaidyanathan has promoted as Chief Financial Officer of which bank?

Correct! Wrong!

HDFC Bank has promoted Srinivasan Vaidyanathan as Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect.

9. What is Europa?

Correct! Wrong!

NASA has confirmed the next phase of development of the Europa Clipper mission – an interplanetary mission to Jupiter’s smallest moon Europa.

10. What is SARAL 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Karnataka tops in State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index (SARAL) 2019. According to central government estimates, Karnataka has emerged as the best state in India for rooftop solar projects.

11. Who is the new batting coach of Indian cricket team?

Correct! Wrong!

Former opener Vikram Rathour will replace Sanjay Bangar as India's new batting coach while Bharath Arun and R. Sridhar were retained as bowling and fielding coaches.

12. Shri Manohar Lal Khattar has increased the family income limit of BPL family from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month. What is the full name of BPL?

Correct! Wrong!

The Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, increased the family income limit of households from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month to qualify as Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiary.

13. Bharti AXA Life Insurance has partnered with which Foundation to support and contribute in the mid-day meal programme?

Correct! Wrong!

Bharti AXA Life Insurance has partnered with Akshaya Patra Foundation to support and contribute to the mid-day meal programme for government school children.

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