29th August 2019 Current Affairs

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Rajnath Singh inaugurated Vigyan Mela in Ladakh

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Vigyan Mela science fair being organised at the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR).
  • It showcased agricultural products developed by the Defence Research Development Organization.

PM Modi launches 'Fit India Movement' on National Sports Day

  • PM Narendra Modi on Thursday launched ‘Fit India Movement’ on the occasion of National Sports Day.
  • “On this day a great sportsperson was born, Major Dhyan Chand.

Pavan Kapoor got appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the United Arab Emirates(UAE)

  • Senior diplomat Pavan Kapoor has been appointed as India’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
  • Kapoor, a 1990-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, will replace Navdeep Suri as India’s Ambassador to the UAE.

7 oil and natural gas blocks for bidding offered by the government under OALP-IV

  • On August 26, 2019, Government offered 7 oil and natural gas blocks for bidding under Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP)-IV.
  • Five blocks offered are in little-explored Vindhyan sedimentary basin, 1 block is in Bengal Purnea basin and 1 block is the proven basin of Rajasthan.

Cabinet eases FDI rules in retail sector

  • The government relaxed FDI rule for foreign single brand retailers and also permitted foreign investment in contract manufacturing and coal mining.
  • To boost domestic manufacturing, 100 per cent FDI in contract manufacturing under automatic route has been allowed.

Virat Kohli tops & Jasprit Bumrah enters top 10 in latest ICC test rankings

  • India captain Virat Kohli maintained his slender six-point lead over Steve Smith while speedster Jasprit Bumrah made his maiden entry into the top-10 of the latest ICC Test rankings.
  • The biggest gainer, however, was all-rounder Ben Stokes following his stupendous effort in the third Test against Australia at Headingley.

Ajantha Mendis retires from all forms of cricket

  • Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis announced his retirement from all forms of the game.
  • The 34-year old, last played in international cricket in 2015, took 288 wickets for his country across the three formats.

Jessi Combs, fastest woman on four wheels, dies in crash aged 36

  • US race car driver Jessi Combs was killed in a high-speed crash while attempting to set a new land-speed record.
  • Dubbed as the ‘fastest woman on four wheels’, the 36-year-old was trying to break Women’s Land-Speed Record of 823 kmph.

Former human rights lawyer Lionel Aingimea becomes the new President of Nauru

  • On August 27, 2019, former human rights lawyer Lionel Aingimea won the presidential election of the pacific nation Nauru by defeating his rival David Adeang by 12-6 votes.
  • Aingimea is now the 15th President of Nauru succeeding the outgoing President Baron Waqa.

Amit Nayyar- ex-Goldman Sachs executive appointed as new Paytm president

  • Indian e-commerce payment system Paytm has appointed Amit Nayyar as its new president.
  • His appointment comes a week after Madhur Deora, the Chief Financial Officer(CFO) was also elected as the President of Paytm.

Note:

About Paytm

Founded: 2010

Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma

National Sports Day 2019: 29 August

  • PM Modi launched a nation-wide Fit India Movement on the occasion of National Sports Day.
  • To commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, National Sports Day is celebrated across the country.

Shalija Dhami of IAF becomes first female flight commander

  • Wing Commander Shalija Dhami of the Indian Air Force (IAF), became the first-ever female officer to be appointed as flight commander (second in command) of a flying unit.
  • She took over as flight commander of a Chetak helicopter unit at Hindon airbase, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Note:

About IAF

Founded: 8 October 1932

Headquarters: New Delhi

Try out the quiz ?

1. Who has inaugurated Vigyan Mela in Ladakh?

Correct! Wrong!

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated Vigyan Mela science fair being organised at the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR).

2. Who has become the first-ever female officer to be appointed as flight commander?

Correct! Wrong!

Wing Commander Shalija Dhami of the Indian Air Force (IAF), became the first-ever female officer to be appointed as flight commander(second in command) of a flying unit.

3. Pavan Kapoor has been appointed as India's Ambassador to..............

Correct! Wrong!

Senior diplomat Pavan Kapoor has been appointed as India's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

4. Government has offered how many oil and natural gas blocks for bidding under Open Acreage Licensing Policy?

Correct! Wrong!

Government offered 7 oil and natural gas blocks for bidding under Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP)-IV.

5. What is new limit of FDI in contract manufacturing under automatic route?

Correct! Wrong!

The government relaxed FDI rule for foreign single brand retailers and also permitted foreign investment in contract manufacturing and coal mining. To boost domestic manufacturing, 100 per cent FDI in contract manufacturing under automatic route has been allowed.

6. Who has maintained his top position in latest ICC test rankings?

Correct! Wrong!

India captain Virat Kohli maintained his slender six-point lead over Steve Smith while speedster Jasprit Bumrah made his maiden entry into the top-10 of the latest ICC Test rankings.

7. Spinner Ajantha Mendis has announced his retirement from all forms of the cricket. He is from which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

8. Racing car driver Jessi Combs has died. She was from which country?

Correct! Wrong!

US race car driver Jessi Combs was killed in a high-speed crash while attempting to set a new land-speed record.

9. Former human rights lawyer Lionel Aingimea has won the presidential election of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Former human rights lawyer Lionel Aingimea won the presidential election of the pacific nation Nauru by defeating his rival David Adeang by 12-6 votes.

10. Who is the new president of Paytm?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian e-commerce payment system Paytm has appointed Amit Nayyar as its new president.

11. National Sports Day is being celebrated on.......

Correct! Wrong!

National Sports Day 2019: 29 August. PM Modi launched a nation-wide Fit India Movement on the occasion of National Sports Day. To commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, National Sports Day is celebrated across the country.

12. Who has inaugurated 'Fit India Movement'?

Correct! Wrong!

PM Narendra Modi on Thursday launched 'Fit India Movement' on the occasion of National Sports Day.

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