21st August 2019 Current Affairs

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Govt panel recommends corporate tax cut to 25% for all companies

  • A government panel has recommended cutting the corporate tax rate to 25% from 30% for all companies & scrapping surcharges on tax payments.
  • India has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world with annual sales of up to Rs 400 crore.


About India

President: Ram Nath Kovind

Prime minister: Narendra Modi

Defence talks between India and China held in Beijing

  • The 9th Annual Defence and Security Dialogue between India and China held in Beijing.
  • It held between the two defence delegations headed by defence secretary Sanjay Mitra and China’s deputy chief of Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission.


About China

Currency: Renminbi

President: Xi Jinping

Para Swimmer Satendra Singh Crosses Catalina Channel

  • An Indian para-swimming team comprising Gwalior resident Satendra Singh scripted history by crossing the Catalina Channel in the US.
  • Satendra Singh, who has already crossed the English Channel in the past, has become the first Asian swimmer to have crossed both English and Catalina channel successfully.


About  U.S

Speaker: Nancy Pelosi

Capital: Washington, D.C.

Wipro, IISc to jointly innovate in robotics, 5G

  • Wipro tied-up with the IISc for advanced research & innovation in autonomous systems, robotics & 5G.
  • It will focus on R & D in artificial intelligence, machine learning, visual computing, human-computer interaction and vehicle-to-everything communication.


About Wipro

CEO: Abidali Neemuchwala

Founder: M.H. Hasham Premji

Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been made an honorary life member of MCC

  • Former Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has been elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodians of the game’s laws.
  • The club made the announcement on Sunday, at Lord’s, during the second Ashes Test between Australia and England which ended in a draw.


About Australia

Capital: Canberra

Currency: Australian dollar

Prasar Bharati will introduce 2 awards namely ‘Neelum Sharma Tejaswini award’ & ‘Achyutananda Sahoo Award’ in honor of Neelum Sharma

  • India’s largest public broadcasting agency, Prasar Bharti’s Chairman A Suryaprakash introduces 2 awards namely ‘Neelum Sharma Tejaswini award’ & ‘Achyutananda Sahoo Award’.


About Prasar Bharati

CEO: Shashi Shekhar Vempati

Headquarters: New Delhi

Sadbhavana Divas or Harmony Day observed on 20th August celebrating the 75th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi

  • Every year on August 20, Sadbhavana Diwas(harmony day) is celebrated commemorating the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister(PM) Rajiv Gandhi.
  • This day is observed to encourage the national integration, peace, affection and communal harmony among the Indian people of all religions.

Astronomers discovered a 2nd planet called ‘B Pictoris c ‘ for Beta Pictoris star

  • Astronomers at the Institute for Planetary sciences and Astrophysics, Grenoble, France (IPAG) have discovered a 2nd planet called ‘B Pictoris c’.
  • It is roughly around 3,000 times more massive than Earth.
  • It orbits Beta Pictoris star, which is about nearly twice the mass of Sun and lies about 63 light years away from Earth.


About Sun

Surface temperature: 5,778 K

Distance to Earth: 149.6 million km

IIT Hyderabad researchers develop sensor device to detect heart diseases

  • Researchers at IIT Hyderabad are collaborating with research institutions across the world to develop a device to detect heart diseases with high speed, sensitivity and reliability.
  • The device can also be extended to the detection of other diseases.


About Hyderabad

State: Telangana

Established: 1591

Former Madhya Pradesh CM Babulal Gaur passes away

  • Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior BJP leader, Babulal Gaur passed away in Bhopal.
  • He was 89.
  • He served as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister between 2004 and 2005 and represented Govindpura Assembly seat for 10 times.


About Madhya Pradesh

Capital: Bhopal

Districts: 52

Governor: Lalji Tandon

The second Uday Express between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada to be launched

  • In order to cater to the busy route in the East Coast Railway zone, The Indian Railways’ second luxury double-decker Uday(Utkrisht Double-decker Air-conditioned Yatri) Express is to be run between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.
  • This was announced on August 19, 2019.


About Andhra Pradesh

Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan

Karnataka Government categorised Nicotine as “class A poison”

  • The Government of Karnataka amended the Karnataka Poisons (Possession and Sale) Rules 2015 and notified Nicotine as “Class A poison” in order to strengthen the enforcement of the ban on production and sale of electronic cigarettes.
  • The new rules are called the Karnataka Poisons (Possession and Sale) Rules, 2019.


About Karnataka

Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa

Capital: Bengaluru

Discovery, WWF tie up to preserve Sundarbans

  • Discovery & WWF India have partnered with Govt of West Bengal to help save the world’s only mangrove tiger habitat.
  • Project CAT will solve several issues faced in the region.


About West Bengal

Capital: Kolkata

Chief minister: Mamata Banerjee

Coast Guards of India & Sri Lanka agree to strengthen co-operation in addressing maritime issues

  • Indian & Sri Lankan Coast Guards agreed to strengthen co-operation in addressing a spectrum of maritime issues concerning safety & security.
  • They agreed to continue the capacity building of Sri Lankan Coast Guard &mutual co-operation in multilateral forums.


About Sri Lanka

Capitals: Colombo

Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

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