17 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

17 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. President Awards Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman and the Certificate of Honour for 2019

The President Ramnath Kovind awarded the Certificate of Honour to the following scholars of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu, Classical Malayalam and Classical Odiya for the year 2019.

List of winner of Certificate of Honour

  1. Sanskrit:  (1) ShriSripadaSatyanarayanamurthy; (2) Shri Rajendra Nath Sarma; (3) Prof. Ramji Thakur; (4) Prof. Chand Kiran Saluja;  (5) Dr. Shri Krishan Sharma; (6) Dr. V. Ramakrishna Bhatt; (7) Vidwan Janardana Hegde; ( 8) Dr. Kala Acharya; (9) Prof. (Dr.) Harekrishna Satapathy (10) Pandit Satya Dev Sharma; (11) Shri Banwari Lal Gaur;  (12) Dr. V.S. Karunakaran; (13) Prof. Yugal Kishor Mishra; (14) Pandit Manudev Bhattacharya; (15) Shri Subuddhi Charan Goswami   
  2. Pali: Dr. Uma Shankar Vyas 
  3. Prakrit: Prof. Kamal Chand Sogani 
  4. Arabic: Prof. Faizanullah Farooqi;  (2) Mohammad Iqbal Husain; (3) Dr. Mohd. Samiullah Khan 
  5. Persian: (1) Prof. Dr. Iraq Raza Zaidi; (2) Prof. Chander Shekhar; (3) Mohammad Sidiq Niazmand 
  6. Classical Kannada: Shri Hampa Nagarajaiah
  7. Classical Telugu: Prof. RavvaSrihari 
  8. Classical Malayalam: Dr.C.P. Achuthan Unny 
  9. Classical Odia: Pandit Dr. Antaryami Mishra 
  10. Certificate of Honour: It is awarded to scholars aged 60 years and above. It carries a cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000.

Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman

In addition, the President also awarded the Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman to the following scholars of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu, Classical Malayalam and Classical Odiya for the year 2019:-
List of Winer

  1. Sanskrit: (1) Dr. Ashok Thapliyal;  (2) Prof. SujataTripathi; (3) Dr.Sanju Mishra; (4) Dr. Abhijit Hanmant Joshi; (5) Dr. Shara chchandra Dwivedi
  2. Pali: Ms. AnomaShriramSakhare 
  3. Prakrit: Shri Ashish Kumar Jain 
  4. Arabic:  Dr. Fauzan Ahmad 
  5. Persian:  ER.M. ShahbazAlam 
  6. Classical Kannada: (1) Shri G.B. Harisha; (2) Shri S. Karthik; (3) Dr. M. Byrappa 
  7. Classical Telugu: (1) Dr. Addanki Srinivas (2) Dr. V. Triveni; (3) Dr. D.K. Prabhakar 
  8. Classical Malayalam: (1) Dr. Rajeev R.R.; (2) Shri Santhosh Thottingal 

Classical Odia: Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty

Economy and Banking

2. RBI clarifies on free ATM transactions

  • The Reserve Bank of India has told banks not to treat failed transactions at ATMs or non-cash transactions such as balance enquiries or chequebook requests as part of five free transactions available to customers every month.
  • These transactions are to be considered as failed transactions and no charges are to be levied for them.
  • Furthermore, non-cash withdrawal transactions such as balance enquiry, cheque book request, payment of taxes, funds transfer shall also not be part of the of free ATM transactions given to customers.
Source: The Economic Times

3. India's foreign exchange reserves at new life-time high of $430.57 bn

  • As per the latest data of Reserve Bank of India, country’s foreign exchange reserves surged by $1.620 billion to reach all time high at $430.572 billion.
  • Expressed in dollar terms, foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation/depreciation of non-US units like the euro, pound and yen held in the reserves.
  • The country's gold reserves surged by $1.591 billion to $26.754 billion.
  • Special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund were up by $6.7 million to $1.441 billion.
  • The country's reserve position with the fund rose by $7 million to $3.636 billion.


4. Ravi Shastri Appointment as India cricket coach for another two year

  • Former India cricketer and allrounder Ravi Shastri has been appointed as the coach of the Indian cricket team for second successive term.
  • Three-member Cricket Advisory Committee- Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy- made the announcement.
  • Shastri's new tenure has been extended till T20 World Cup, to be held in 2021 in India.
  • There were a total six candidates in the competition for the post and those were Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput, Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Phil Simmons, and Ravi Shastri.
Source: Business Standard

5. Harshad Pandurang Thakur appointed NIHFW Director

  • Harshad Pandurang Thakur has been appointed as the Director of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headebvbnd by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appointed him for a period of five years.
  • Harshad Pandurang Thakur is a Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
  • The NIHFW, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, acts as an apex technical institute as well as a think tank for the promotion of health and family welfare programmes in the country.
Source: Business Standard

6. National Tribal Festival “Aadi Mahotsav” begins in Leh- Ladakh

  • National Tribal Festival ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ begins in Leh-Ladakh.
  • Tribal Affairs Ministry and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) are jointly organizing a 9 - Day Aadi Mahotsav.
  • The theme of this celebration is “A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce”.
  • 9 day Adi mahotsav will showcase traditional art and handicrafts and cultural heritage of the country.
Source : AIR

State News

7. Andhra Pradesh Launched ‘Village Volunteer System’

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy has launched the state’s flagship program “Village Volunteers System”.
  • The aim of this program is to provide government services at doorsteps of people.
  • This was announced by the chief minister on the eve of independence day celebration in Vijayawada.
  • Each volunteer will be paid Rs 5,000 per month and the person has to ensure that benefits reach the people in the 50 households in the village.


8. Former cricketer VB Chandrasekhar passes away

  • Former India and Tamil Nadu opener V.B. Chandrasekhar (57) passed away. Chandrasekhar, popularly called VB, is survived by wife and two daughters.
  • A hard-hitting opener, he represented India in seven ODIs, with an innings of 53 being his highest score. In 81 First Class matches, Chandrasekhar notched up 4999 runs at 43.09 with 10 centuries.
  • He was the cricket manager of Chennai Super Kings in the franchise’s first three years and was instrumental in getting the iconic M.S. Dhoni to CSK.
  • He was a National selector from 2004 to 2006. He was also an exceptional talent spotter.
Source: The Hindu

9. Veteran actor Vidya Sinha passes away at 71

  • Veteran Bollywood actress Vidya Sinha (71) passed away after a brief lung-cum-heart ailment.
  • She was known for her role in Basu Chatterjee's film 'Rajnigandha' (1974). This film catapulted Sinha to instant fame.
  • Among her other notable films were: 'Hawas' (1974), 'Chhoti Si Baat' (1975), 'Mera Jeevana' (1976), the crime-thriller 'Inkaar', 'Kitaab' (both 1977), 'Pati, Patni aur Woh' and Basu Chatterjee's 'Safed Jhooth' (both 1978), a horror flick 'Saboot' (1980), 'Love Story' and as a gangster in 'Josh' (both 1981) and Salman Khan's mega-hit 'Bodyguard' (2011).
Source: Economic Times

10. Renowned Bangladeshi novelist Rizia Rahman passes away

  • Renowned Bangladeshi novelist and the Ekushey Padak winning author Rizia Rahman (79) passed away in Dhaka.
  • She wrote in all genres of creative work including short stories, poems, essays and children's fiction but she was renowned for her novels.
  • Bong Theke Bangla, Rokter Okshor and Ghar-Bhanga-Ghar are among some of her more well-known novels.
  • She was born in Kolkata in 1939 and migrated to East Bengal after the partition.
  • She received the Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1978 and was awarded Ekushey Padak this year.
Source: AIR


11. Deepak Punia becomes 1st Indian junior world champion in 18 years

  • Deepak Punia on Wednesday won gold at the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Talinn, Estonia.
  • Deepak beat Russia's Alik Shebzukov to win the 86kg junior freestyle title which follows the silver he won in the category in 2018.
  • Vicky Chahar, on the other hand, won bronze in the 92 kg category by beating Mongolia's Batmagnai Enkhtuvshin.
  • Both Deepak and Chahar had won gold and bronze respectively in the 2016 Cadet World Championships that was held in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Source: India Today

12. Liverpool won UEFA Super Cup 2019 by Defeating Chelsea

  • Champions League winners Liverpool won the UEFA Super Cup by defeating Chelsea by 5-4 in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • The Match ended in draw at 2-2 following extra-time. In Penalty shootout Liverpool won by 5-4 beating Chelsea.
  • This was Liverpool’s fourth victory in this competition.
  • The UEFA Super Cup is an annual super cup football match organised by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
Source: Indian Express

13. Indian cyclists win historic gold at World Junior Track

  • Indian men's team comprising of Esow Alben, Ronaldo Singh and Rojit Singh created history by wining the Team Sprint gold medal at the World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • This is India’s first-ever gold in a global cycling competition.
  • The Indian team defeated Australia in the final, clocking 44.681 seconds to claim the top honours.
  • Great Britain took home the bronze.
  • The Indian men’s junior team is currently ranked No. 2, behind Malaysia.
Source: Times of India
16 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

16 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. PM Modi's I-Day speech: India can be a $5 trillion economy in 5 years

  • In his sixth consecutive Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from Red Fort.
  • PM Modi spoke about issues like Article 370, Article 35A, criminalising triple talaq, welfare schemes for the farmers and announced the launch of a new ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ to provide potable water.
  • On the economic front, PM Modi expressed confidence that India will become a $5 trillion economy in the next five years.
  • He also stood up in support of industrialists, saying that wealth creators should not be eyed with suspicion and that they are country's wealth and should be respected.

Appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff

  • In a major decision for higher level military reforms and tri-service integration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on I-day announced the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) who will be above the three Service Chiefs.
  • The CDS will be a single-point military adviser to the government and synergise long term planning, procurements, training and logistics of the three Services.
  • The creation of a CDS to act as a single point military adviser to the Prime Minister on strategic issues was one of the key recommendations of the Kargil review committee on higher military reforms after the 1999 conflict.
  • The CDS is also one of the 99 recommendations made by the Lt. General D.B. Shekatkar (retd.) Committee which submitted its report in December 2016
  • In the absence of a CDS, presently the senior most of the three Chiefs functions as the Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC). Currently Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa is the chairman of COSC.

 2. Inter-State Council reconstituted with Prime Minister as chairman

  • The Inter-State Council, which is mandated to investigate and advise on disputes between states, has been reconstituted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its chairman and six Union ministers and all chief ministers as members.
  • Union ministers who will be members of the reconstituted council are Amit Shah (Home), Nirmala Sitharaman (Finance), Rajnath Singh (Defence), Narendra Singh Tomar (Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj).
  • The Article 263 of the Constitution provides for the establishment of an Inter-State Council.
  • Inter-State Council is to inquire into and advise upon disputes which may arise between states, investigate and discuss subjects in which some or all of the states, or the Union and one or more of the states, have a common interest.
  • It is also tasked with giving recommendations on any such dispute and recommendations for the better coordination of policy and action.

3. Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-18 says 33% of India’s skilled youth jobless

The ‘Skill India’ initiative launched by Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi seem to be mere a buzzword as recent survey ‘Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017-18’, conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), found that 33% of India’s skilled youth are jobless. Nearly a third of trained young men and more than a third of trained young women were unemployed.
Some of the key findings of the survey are as follows:
  • Nationally, only 1.8% of the population reported receiving formal vocational/technical training in 2017-18.
  • 6% reported receiving informal vocational training (such as hereditary, self-learning, and on the job training).
  • This means 93% of the population did not receive any vocational/technical training from either formal or informal sources.
  • About 42% of the youth (15-29 years) who received formal technical training were not part of the labour force.
  • Among youth who did not receive such training, 62.3% were out of the labour force.
  • Across age groups, substantial shares of the women who received such training were out of the labour force.
  • Around 33% of the formally trained youth was unemployed in 2017-18. Nearly a third of trained young men and more than a third of trained young women were unemployed.
  • The unemployment rate among freshly trained youth, who completed training during the previous year, was even higher at 40%.
  • The PLFS collected data on fields of training, which are categorised under 22 heads. The bulk of the trainees were in the fields of electronics, IT/ ITeS sector, apparels, and mechanical engineering.
  • More than 80% of the trainees in the fields of agriculture & food processing, telecom, media & mass communication were men.
  • The fields of beauty & wellness, apparel, handicrafts, hospitality and healthcare were dominated by women.
Source: The Hindu Livemint

4. IIT-Madras researchers develop industrial and field robot ‘GraspMan’

  • IIT Madras researchers have develop a multi-modal robot with Industrial and field applications called ‘GraspMan’.
  • This robot has various industrial applications and can be used in search-and-rescue operations.
  • GraspMan consists a pair of graspers, which provide morphological adaptation, enabling it to conform to the geometry of the object being grasped.
  • This allows the grasper to hold objects securely and manipulate it much like the human hand.
Source: The Hindu Business line


5. SEBI to relax norms to allow smart cities issue funds through 'Muni Bonds'

  • Capital market regulator SEBI is planning to ease its norms for 'Muni Bonds' to help smart cities and other registered entities working in areas of city planning and urban development work, like municipalities, raise funds through issuance and listing of their debt securities.
  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had issued its Issue and Listing of Debt Securities by Municipalites (ILDM) Regulations nearly five years ago.
  • Since then seven municipalities have raised nearly ₹1,400 crore by issuing their debt securities, which are commonly known as 'Muni Bonds'.
  • The regulator is now proposing to allow this route for a larger number of entities including special purpose vehicles set up under the central government's ambitious 'Smart Cities Mission'.
Source: Livemint

6. WTO likely to set up panel to decide on India’s sugar sops

  • Brazil, Australia and Guatemala have requested the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to set up dispute panels to rule on India’s sugar subsidies the second time round after India rejected the request at the last meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) last month.
  • The request for dispute settlement panels put in by the three countries will be taken up at the DSB meeting. Since the second request made to the DSB cannot be rejected, panels are now likely to be formed at the WTO which will decide whether India’s sugar subsidies are valid or not.
  • According to Australia, the amount of support to sugarcane producers in India exceeds the country’s product-specific de minimis level of 10 per cent for the product
  • India has consistently argued that its subsidies to sugar producers were in the form of production subsidies that were permissible under the WTO.
  • Once the DSB considers the second time requests and sets up three separate panels, all sides will put forward their arguments.
Source: The Hindu Busienessline

7. New mobile app launched to assist farmers

  • The Ministries of Earth Sciences and Agriculture have launched a mobile application that will provide location, and crop and livestock-specific weather-based agro advisories to farmers in local languages.
  • Initially the service would be available for 150 districts in different parts of the country.
  • The Ministries will provide forecast to farmers relating to temperature, rainfall, humidity, and wind speed and direction.
  • The app has been named Meghdoot and can be downloaded from Google Play Store and App Store.
  • It has been developed by experts from the India Meteorological Department and Indian Institute of Tropical meteorology and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Source: The Hindu Business line

8. ICMR launches India Hypertension Control Initiative

  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in collaboration with World Health Organization and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has decided to expand its India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI) across the country.
  • This initiative was launched in November 2017, in which more than three lakh patients with high blood pressure enrolled in government health facilities in 25 selected districts in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, and Maharashtra.
  • It will now be expanded to cover 100 districts across all states. The expansion is expected to accelerate the implementation of quality hypertension treatment for over 15 crore population over the next four years.
Source: The Hindu Business line


9. Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Organisers firm on shooting exclusion

  • Commonwealth Games Federation has decided to exclude shooting from 2022 Commonwealth Game to be held in Birmingham.
  • It is being decided despite a threat by India to boycott the entire event in protest.
  • Regarding this Commonwealth Games chief Louise Martin has said that shooting will not be part of the 2022 edition in Birmingham.
  • Shooting has been a high-yielding discipline for India, with shooters accounting for 16 of the country’s 66 medals, including seven golds, at last year’s Gold Coast Games.
  • Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra suggested that India boycott the Birmingham Games in protest at the decision.
Source: The Hindu Business line

 10. Naomi Osaka returns to top spot in WTA rankings

  • US and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka returned to the world number one spot in the WTA rankings
  • The 21-year-old lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of last week’s Rogers Cup but benefitted from the second round defeat of former number one Ashleigh Barty and the failure of Karolina Pliskova to reach the semis in Toronto.

WTA rankings as of August 12

  1. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6,417 pts (+1)
  2. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6,256 (-1)
  3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6,185
  4. Simona Halep (ROU) 5,223
  5. Kiki Bertens (NED) 5,120
Source: The Hindu Business line

International Affairs

11. ADB signs USD 500 million loan agreement with Pakistan

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a USD 500-million loan agreement with cash-strapped Pakistan to support the country’s trade competitiveness and exports.
  • The Manila-based ADB also approved a USD 750,000 technical assistance package to support the preparation and implementation of the programme in the country.
  • The agreement was signed by Economic Affairs Division Secretary Noor Ahmed and the ADB’s Country Director Xiaohong Yang in the presence of Minister for Economic Affairs Muhammad Hammad Azhar
Source: The Hindu Business line


12. I-Day awards: Kirti Chakra for soldier Prakash Jadhav

  • The Kirti Chakra will be conferred on soldier Prakash Jadhav posthumously, who died in a gunfight with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018. It is third highest military honour awarded during peacetime.
  • Jadhav, a sapper with the Indian Army who succumbed to bullet injuries sustained in Kulgam district.
  • Two militants were also killed in the gunfight. Jadhav, who was 29, belonged to Karnataka.
  • Pilots of the five Mirage-2000 fighter jets who bombed a terror launch pad in Balakot in Pakistan in response to the Pulwama terrorist attack will be honoured with Vayu Sena medals.
Source: Economic Times

13. ISRO Chairman Sivan gets A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award

  • Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K. Sivan, awarded Tamil Nadu government’s Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award.
  • under his leadership, the ISRO launched its Chandrayaan-2 mission.
  • A native of Kanniyakumari district, Mr. Sivan is known popularly known as the ‘Rocket Man’.
  • Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami handed over the State government’s Kalpana Chawla Award for Courage and Daring Enterprise to P. Ramyalakshmi, Assistant Director of Fisheries (Marine) posted in Cuddalore.
14 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

14 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to be honoured with Vir Chakra

  • Indian Air Force's (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (36-years) to be conferred with Vir Chakra on Independence Day.
  • The Vir Chakra is the third highest wartime gallantry award after the Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra
  • Wg Cdr Abhinandan had sustained injuries while ejecting from his MiG-21 Bison during the aerial combat between Indian and Pakistani air forces on February 27.
  • IAF Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal will also be honoured with Yudh Seva Medal for her role as a fighter controller during the 27th February aerial conflict between India and Pakistan.
  • Indian Army’s Sapper Prakash Jadhav of 1 Rashtriya Rifles (Mahar) will also be conferred Kirti Chakra (posthumously), for the role he played in an operation in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Besides, eight Army personnel will also be conferred Shaurya Chakra, five of them posthumously.

2. Priyam Chatterjee becomes first Indian chef to receive French honour

  • Priyam Chatterjee has become the first Indian chef to be awarded the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mrite Agricoleto’ by the French Government.
  • The Order of Agricultural Merit is an order of merit bestowed by the French Republic for outstanding contributions to agriculture.
  • He has been awarded for his contribution towards reinventing the gastronomic scene in India.
  • Priyam is known for revisiting the traditional dishes from his native state of West Bengal and giving it a French twist.

Science & Defence

3. India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 leaves earth's orbit

  • India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 left the earth's orbit early this morning (at 2:21 AM) and is moving towards the moon following the successful completion of a crucial manoeuvre by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • It has carried out the manoeuvre called 'Trans Lunar Insertion', following which the spacecraft successfully entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory.
  • After 13 days of Moon-bound orbit phase, the lander 'Vikram' carrying rover 'Pragyan' will separate and after another few days of orbiting will soft-land on September 7 in the South Pole region of the Moon, where no country has gone so far.
  • If successful, the mission will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the Moon.
  • The objective of the mission Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the key technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface.
  • Chandrayaan-2 is expected to reach the moon's orbit on 20th August and land on the lunar surface on 7th September.
Source: AIR News

Banking & Finance

4. AePS crosses 20 crore transactions in July: NPCI

  • According to National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), Aadhaar enabled Payment System (AePS) has crossed the milestone of over 220 million (22 crores) transactions during July 2019. (transaction value Rs 9,685 crore).
  • Top five services provided by AePS model are cash withdrawal, cash deposit, Aadhaar to Aadhaar funds transfer, balance enquiry, gateway authentication service.
  • AePS is a bank-led model which allows basic banking transactions at point of sale.
  • AePS empowers a bank customer to use Aadhaar as identity to access respective Aadhaar enabled bank account and perform basic banking transactions like cash withdrawal, intrabank or interbank fund transfer and balance enquiry.
  • AADHAAR Enabled Payment System (AEPS) allows online interoperable financial inclusion transaction at PoS (MicroATM) through the Business correspondent of any bank using the AADHAAR authentication.fairs

National Affairs

5. PM Modi inaugurates new lighting system in Parliament House

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Dynamic Facade Lighting of the Parliament House Estate.
  • As many as 875 energy-efficient LED lights have been installed in the Parliament Complex.
  • These are power efficient and uses only one-fifth of the electricity compared to other types of lights.
  • These excellent intensities LED bulbs are capable of creating 16 million colour combinations and the LED lighting is programmable and electronically controlled through computers.
  • The dynamic lighting system through intermittent multi-colour lights creates an aura and enhances the grandeur of Parliament House.
  • These beautiful lights will illuminate the beautiful Parliament building all-round the year.
 Source: DD News

 6. Indian Army launches ‘Mission Reach Out’ in Jammu

  • The Indian Army has launched ‘Mission Reach Out’ in Jammu to ensure necessities and essential services are available in the region.
  • A high-level Mission Reach Out conference to review the prevalent situation in the region was held in the Nagrota Military Station was chaired by White Knight Corps Commander Lt Gen Paramjit Singh.
  • The Corps commander lauded the absolute synergy between the Army, civil administration and other security establishments in maintaining peace, harmony and a conducive environment.

7. Two new UTs, in J&K, will come into effect on 31st October

  • Two newly created Union Territories (Jammu &Kashmir and Ladakh) will officially come into existence on 31st October 2019 (birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel).
  • On 31st October, the President's assent to the newly passed Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Act comes into effect.
  • According to the new Act, UT J&K will have Assembly while Ladakh will be UT without a Legislature.
  • The Ladakh UT will have three districts that are Leh, Kargil and Ladakh while the rest 12 districts will remain with J&K UT.
  • Country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was instrumental in the merger of about 565 princely states into the Union of India following Independence.
  • On 6th August, the Parliament has given its nod to the J&K Re-organisation Bill turned the militancy-hit state in two separate administrative units as Union Territories.
  • Each UT will be governed by a separate Lieutenant Governor.

8. J&K govt to host Global Investors Summit 2019 in Srinagar

  • Jammu and Kashmir government will host a three-day Global Investors Summit 2019 in Srinagar (from 12th October 2019).
  • The first-ever summit in the state will provide J&K with an opportunity to showcase its strengths, strategies and potential.
  • The summit will provide an opportunity to allay fears and apprehensions in the minds of outside trade and the business community.
Source: AIR News

9. Karnataka launches “E-Step” initiative to empower student start-ups

  • Karnataka Government has launched “E-Step” initiative to empower student start-ups.
  • The “E-Step” initiative has been launched by The Department of IT, BT and S&T in Karnataka, through Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS).
  • Under the E-step initiative boot camps, mentoring and training programmes will be organised which will cover various aspects of entrepreneurship.
  • The programme is specially crafted for students/start-ups/entrepreneurs to understand the basics of entrepreneurship from experienced trainers.
  • In the first phase, a day-long boot camp across New Age Incubation Networks (NAIN) will be organised at 30 colleges in the state.
Source: Hindu business line

10. Mamata Banerjee inaugurates world's 1st museum on Sri Chaitanya

  • West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has inaugurated the world’s first museum on Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu at Baghbazare in Kolkata.
  • The museum has been constructed by Baghbazar Gaudiya Mission.
  • The Chaitanya museum has paintings on one of the aspects of Lord Krishna's life known as ‘Vrindavan Leela’.
  • The museum will also showcase the lineage of six Goswamis who were great Vaishnava scholars.
  • Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the 16th-century Bengali Hindu mystic and saint and the chief proponent of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism.

International Affairs

11. India, Russia to boost ties to achieve USD 30 billion bilateral trade by 2025

  • Piyush Goyal (Commerce and Industry Minister) led a high-power delegation of Chief Ministers of Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Goa and about 140 Indian companies to Vladivostok, Russia (11-13 August 2019).
  • Goyal underlined the need to diversify and deepen trade links in priority sectors, in order to meet the trade target of USD 30 billion by 2025.
  • The 5th Eastern Economic Forum will be held in September in Vladivostok, Russia.

12. India contributes 1 million to UN Special Purpose Trust Fund

  • India has contributed one million US Dollars to the United Nations Special Purpose Trust Fund for the Resident Coordinator System.
  • According to the UN information, Special Purpose Trust Fund (SPTF) is a specific fund housed within the UN Secretariat, established to receive, consolidate, manage all contributions and financial transactions of the new Resident Coordinator system in a transparent and effective way.
  • SPTF web portal, displays in real-time all commitments, contributions and expenditures recorded for the fund.
Source: AIR News


13. Former Additional Solicitor General Amarendra Sharan passes away

  • Senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General Amarendra Sharan (70-years) passed away after suffering a heart attack.
  • Sharan was the Additional Solicitor General in the Supreme Court from 2004 to 2009.
  • In 2008, Sharan won the award for “outstanding contribution for the development of scientific jurisprudence” on National Law Day.
  • The senior advocate was amicus curiae in the Supreme Court in the case related to the SC/ST Act last year and another related to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.
Source: The Hindu

14. Former Argentina defender Brown passes away

  • Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning defender Jose Luis Brown (62-years) passed away following a long battle with Alzheimer.
  • Brown made 36 appearances for his country, the most famous of which came in the 1986 World Cup final in Mexico.
  • Jose Luis Brown knew by his nickname "Tata", dislocated his shoulder in the match but refused to be substituted.
Source: BBC


15. Women’s T20 cricket included in 2022 Commonwealth Game

  • Women’s Twenty20 cricket, beach volleyball and Para-table tennis have been included in the 2022 Commonwealth Game (27th July to 7th August 2022).
  • Commonwealth Game 2022 scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England.
  • This time shooting and archery events will not take place in the 2022 Commonwealth Game.
  • The last time cricket (50 overs) was played in 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   
13 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

13 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Alejandro Giammattei elected as Guatemala’s new president

  • Right-wing candidate Alejandro Giammattei (63-years) has been elected as the new President of Guatemala.
  • He defeated former First Lady Sandra Torres from the centrist National Unity of Hope party.
  • Giammattei will succeed corruption-tainted outgoing President Jimmy Morales.
  • Alejandro Giammattei will assume office on 14th January 2020.
  • The President of Guatemala is the head of state and head of government of Guatemala, elected to a single four-year term.
National Affairs

2. PM Modi to visit Bhutan on 17th August

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bhutan on 17th of this month.
  • During the two-day visit, Prime Minister Mr Modi will hold talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering.
  • According to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, MoUs (Memorandum of understanding) in various fields will be signed between the two countries.
  • Besides, the Prime Minister will also inaugurate a hydropower project and will roll out RuPay Cards.
Source: AIR News

3. Punjab govt to provide 28000 agro-machines to farmers to prevent stubble burning

  • With a view to making Punjab a ‘zero stubble burning state’, the Punjab Agriculture Department has initiated a massive drive to provide more than 28000 agro-machines/farm equipment to farmers.
  • Subsidy component of 278 crore rupees will be provided for the scheme during the current fiscal year under the first phase for in-situ management of paddy residue.
  • Subsidy ranging from 50 per cent to 80 per cent is being provided to the farmers under the scheme with 80 per cent subsidy to cooperative societies and farmers groups while 50 per cent for individuals.
  • The Agriculture Department has fully geared up to complete the task of distribution of this equipment before 15th September this year.
Source: AIR News

4. Doordarshan produced a patriotic song 'Watan'

  • Ahead of Independence Day, The Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar released a nearly five-minute-long patriotic music video "Watan".
  • The song is sung by singer Javed Ali, penned by lyricist Alok Shrivastav and musically composed by Dushyant.
  • The patriotic song is produced by Doordarshan.
  • The song highlights several paths breaking initiatives of the government including the determination and vision behind the recent successful launch of “Chandrayaan 2”.
  • The song also pays tribute to the bravery and valour of our armed forces and the martyrs of the country.
  • It also shows PM Modi flagged off India's fastest train - the Vande Bharat Express as well as Yoga Day celebrations.
Source: ND TV

5. India cancels Samjhauta Express train after Pakistan suspends operations on its side

  • Indian Railways has cancelled ‘Samjhauta Express’ train after Pakistan suspended operations on its side.
  • According to Northern Railway, Pakistan has cancelled the Samjhauta Express running between Lahore and Attari.
  • The railways run the train on Sundays from Delhi to Attari and back, while Pakistan used to run the train between Lahore and Attari.
  • The train (Samjhauta Express) was started on 22 July 1976 following the Shimla Agreement and ran between Amritsar and Lahore, a distance of about 52 km.
  • Following disturbances in Punjab in the late eighties, due to security reasons, Indian Railways decided to terminate the service at Attari, where customs and immigration clearances take place.
  • On 14 April 2000, in an agreement between Indian Railways and Pakistan Railways (PR), the distance was revised to cover just under three km.
Source: AIR News
Banking & Finance

6. RBL Bank launches India's first health-focused credit card

  • RBL Bank and digital healthcare platform ‘Practo’ have partnered to launch an industry-first co-branded health credit card.
  • This credit card is powered by Mastercard and is available on both Practo & RBL mobile apps and websites.
  • It offers benefits like unlimited and round-the-clock online consultations with experienced and qualified doctors, one free full body health check-up, while users can use the card to earn points that can be redeemed for availing Practo services like ordering medicine, tests and online consultations.
  • Currently, Practo is the only platform in the country that lets patients manage their healthcare needs end-to-end.
Source: Live Mint.

7. Freedom fighter Dayanidhi Nayak passes away

  • Noted freedom fighter ‘Dayanidhi Nayak’ (95-years), who struggled against the British Government during the Quit India movement passed away.
  • One of the 32 freedom fighters from Panimora, he joined the Quit India movement against the British government and was a devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • During the Quit India movement, he was jailed for nine months.
  • He was a pure Gandhian and he even used to weave his own clothes like him.
Source: Economic Times

8. Music star DJ Arafat passes away

  • Ivorian musician Houon Ange Didier (popularly known DJ Arafat) passed away after getting involved in an ugly road accident.
  • DJ Arafat(33-year) issued 11 albums, mainly of “coupe-decale”, a dance music form combining rapid percussion, choppy rhythms with hip hop-style vocals.
  • He was also named “Best Artist of the Year” at the Ivorian “Coupe-decale” Awards in 2016 and 2017.
Books & Author

9. ‘Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar’ a book on the life of Sridevi

  • The book, titled ‘Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar’ will be launched on cinema legend Sridevi’s 56th birth anniversary (13th August).
  • The book is written by author-screenwriter Satyarth Nayak and approved by the actor's producer husband Boney Kapoor.
  • The book recounts the life and times of the iconic actor who changed how women stars were perceived in the male-dominated film industry.
  • The book will be published under the Ebury Press imprint of Penguin Random House in October 2019.
  • Sridevi passed away at the age of 54 in February 2018 in Dubai.

10. Aishwarya Pissay becomes first Indian to claim a world title in motorsports

  • Aishwarya Pissay became the first Indian to claim a world title in motorsports, annexing the FIM World Cup in the women's category after the final round of the championship at Varpalota in Hungary.
  • Earlier, Aishwarya has won the first round in Dubai.
  • Aishwarya, who won the first round in Dubai and was placed third (Portugal), fifth (Spain) and fourth (Hungary) in the subsequent outings, finished with a tally of 65 points, just four ahead of Portugal’s Rita Vieira in the final overall standings for women.
Source: Indian Express

11. Chennai Lions beat Dabang Delhi to lift Ultimate Table Tennis league 2019

  • Chennai Lions beat Dabang Delhi 8-1 to claim the 2019 Ultimate Table Tennis league title at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
  • The Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) is a professional level table tennis league in India launched in 2017.
Winners List:
 Titles  Winner /Runner
Men’s SinglesTiago Apolonia bt Sathiyan G.
Women’s SinglesPetrissa Solja bt Bernadette Szocs
Mixed DoublesSharath Kamal & Petrissa Solja bt Sathiyan G. & Bernadette Szocs

12. Virat Kohli becomes second-highest run-getter for India in ODIs

  • India’s Skipper Virat Kohli (30-years) has become the second-highest run-getter for India in ODIs as he played a knock of 120 runs against Windies in the second ODI at the Queen's Park Oval.
  • Kohli surpassed Ganguly's record in his 238th game while Ganguly took 311 ODIs to score 11,363 runs
  • Tendulkar has 18,426 runs, most in the ODI cricket by any batsman in the world.
  • Kohli also became the highest run-scorer against West Indies in the ODIs.
List of top five Indian run-scorers in ODIs:
  1. Sachin Tendulkar - 18,426 runs
  2. Virat Kohli - 11,406 runs
  3. Sourav Ganguly - 11,363 runs
  4. Rahul Dravid 10,889 runs
  5. MS Dhoni - 10,773 runs

13. Rafael Nadal, Bianca Andreescu wins Rogers Open

  • Spanish professional tennis player Rafael Nadal has won the Men’s single Rogers Open
  • Canadian Bianca Andreescu (19-years) has won the Women’s Singles title at the Canadian Open (Tennis) 2019.
  • The 2019 Rogers Cup (Canadian Open) presented by National Bank is a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts.
  • It is the 139th edition (for the men) and the 128th (for the women) of the Canadian Open.
  • The women's event is taking place at the Aviva Centre in Toronto and the men's event is being held at the IGA Stadium in Montreal.
Complete winners list:
Men’s SingleRafael Nadal
Women’s SingleBianca Andreescu
Men’s doublesMarcel Granollers & Horacio Zeballos
Women’s doublesBarbora Krejcikova & Kateřina Siniakova

PSPCL Recruitment 2019 - Apply Online for 1798 LDC & JE & Other Posts

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Last Date to Apply Online 09-09-2019
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Post Name Vacancy
Junior Engineer/Electrical 500
Junior Engineer/Civil 110
Clerk LDC 1000
Revenue Accountant 54
Electrical Grade-II 45
Divisional Superintendent Accounts 26
Steno Typist 50
Account Officer 04
Internal Auditor 09
Total 1798

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11-12 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

11-12 August 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. President approves Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment), Act 2019.
  • The Parliament (LS & RS) had also passed the bill in the recently concluded session.
  • The bill amends the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 to provide road safety.
  • The act aims to make Indian roads safer, reduce corruption and use technology to overhaul the country’s transportation system.
Some important features:
  • The Bill proposes a scheme to allow cashless treatment of victims in a road accident during the golden hour.
  • The ‘golden hour’ is defined as the time period of up to one hour following a traumatic injury, during which the likelihood of preventing death through prompt medical care is the highest.
  • The Bill proposes to increase the minimum compensation for hit and run cases.
  • In case of death, the compensation has been raised from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 2,00,000, and in case of grievous injury it will be from Rs. 12500 to Rs. 50,000.
  • The new law also allows the centre to ask manufacturers to recall vehicles in case of defects that cause harm to the environment.
  • The law has proposed stiffer penalties for traffic rule violations such as over-speeding, dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and other offences such as not wearing a helmet or driving without a licence.

2. Valentina Elangbam named as Green Ambassador of Manipur

  • Valentina Elangbam (9-year) has been appointed as the brand ambassador for the Chief Minister's Green Manipur Mission.
  • The young child (from Manipur) was seen weeping profusely in a viral video after two trees that she had planted were cut down.
  • Kakching district's Valentina is a class 5 student of Amutombi Divine Life School in Hiyanglam Wabagai.
  • She had planted two Gulmohar trees when she was in class 1 near the bank of a river in her locality.
  • Valentina was inconsolably upset after the trees she had planted were cut down while the river- bank was being cleaned.

3. Chhattisgarh: 15-km long national flag unfurled in Raipur

  • Thousands of students and members of several social organisations unfurled a 15-km long national flag by forming a human chain in Raipur. Chhattisgarh.
  • The event, organised by Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam Foundation, entered the Champions Book of World Records (for the longest tricolour).
  • Thousands of people and students from various schools created a human chain while holding the 15-km long tricolour from Amapara Chowk to Pt Ravishankar Shukla University.
  • According to the Flag code of India, the Indian flag has a ratio of two by three (where the length of the flag is 1.5 times that of the width).
  • All three stripes of the flag (saffron, white and green) are to be equal in width and length.
  • The size of the Ashoka Chakra is not specified in the Flag code, but it has twenty-four spokes that are evenly spaced.
Source: AIR News

4. Drive launched to promote water conservation activities among school students

  • Union ministers Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat have launched the Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha drive to promote water conservation activities among school students.
  • They have launched the drive at Kendriya Vidyalaya Number 2 at Delhi Cantonment.
  • The Department of School Education and Literacy under the HRD Ministry has started the drive to promote water conservation activities among school students so that they can become competent, conscientious and committed citizens of the nation.
  • The department has prepared a detailed outline to implement the programme in all the schools of the country.
Source: AIR News

5. CBSE hikes exam fees for SC/ST by 24 times, general to pay double

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has increased the fees of Class 10 and 12 board examinations for SC and ST students from Rs 50 to Rs 1,200,
  • According to the revised norms, the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students will have to pay Rs 1,200 for five subjects, while earlier they were supposed to pay Rs 50 for the same, a hike of 24 times.
  • The general category students who were paying Rs 750 earlier, will now pay Rs 1,500 for five subjects.
  • The students enrolled in CBSE schools abroad will have to pay Rs 10,000 for five subjects for both Class 10 and 12. Earlier it was Rs 5000.
  • For them, the fees for an additional subject in Class 12 has been fixed at Rs 2,000, as against Rs 1,000 earlier.
  • The students appearing for the Class 10 board exams are registered for it when in Class 9, and those appearing for Class 12 are registered when in Class 11.
Source: The Hindu

6. PM Modi to feature in Discovery channel's show 'Man Vs Wild'

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will feature in a special episode of the iconic survival television series 'Man Vs Wild' on Discovery channel at 9:00 PM, hosted by renowned adventurer Bear Grylls.
  • Shot in a Jim Corbett National Park, the show will create awareness about environmental changes and wildlife conservation.
  • The episode will be showcased in over 180 countries across the world on Discovery network of channels.
  • The show presents a great opportunity to showcase to the world, India's rich environmental heritage and stress on the importance of environment conservation and living in harmony with nature.
  • Man vs. Wild is a survival television series hosted by Bear Grylls on the Discovery Channel.
  • On 10 Apr. 2019 Netflix brought Bear Grylls back to the wilderness by You vs. Wild which contains 8 episodes.

7. Home Minister Amit Shah releases a book on Venkaiah Naidu's two years in office

  • Home Minister Amit Shah has released a book titled “Listening, Learning & Leading” chronicling the two years in office by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu (Chairman of the Rajya Sabha).
  • The book was released in Chennai at a function organised by Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
  • The book also showcases the Vice President’s feat as the Rajya Sabha Chairman in enhancing its effectiveness and promoting its efficiency.
  • The book captures the glimpses of the Vice President’s 330 public engagements across the country in the last two years.
  • The Vice-President and the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar were present on the occasion.
 Source: Business Standard

8. Mukhya Mantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana’ in Jharkhand

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has launched the Jharkhand government’s ‘Mukhya Mantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana’.
  • The objective of the ‘Chief Minister Krishi Aashirwad Yojana’ is to provide financial assistance to the farmers of Jharkhand and to help the farmers facing problems in agriculture due to loans.
  • The target of providing financial assistance of Rs. 3 thousand crores to 35 lakh farmers of the state are set.
  • In the first phase of this scheme, 15 lakh farmers of the state will be given the benefit of the scheme.
Agricultural landRupees
1 acre or less agricultural landRs 5,000
2 acres of agricultural land.Rs 10,000
3 acres of agricultural land.Rs 15,000
4 acres of agricultural land.Rs 20,000
5 acres of agricultural land.Rs 25,000
Important Days

9. 12 August: International Youth Day

  • The International Youth Day (IYD) is observed every year on 12th August (first in 2000) to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
  • The theme for International Youth Day 2019 is “Transforming education”.
  • International Youth Day 2019 will examine how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organizations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education and how these efforts are contributing to the achievement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • On 17 December 1999, the International Youth Day (IYD) was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by passing resolution 54/120.

10. 12 August: World Elephant Day

  • The World Elephant Day (WED) is celebrated on 12th August every year to raise awareness about the Elephant.
  • The goal of International Elephant Day is to create awareness of the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants and to share knowledge and management of captive & wild elephants.
  • On 12 August 2012, the first international Elephant Day was celebrated.
  • As per the census conducted in 2017, the Elephant population in India is estimated at 29,964.

11. Eid-ul-Azha being celebrated with religious fervour & gaiety

  • Today, the festival of sacrifice ‘Eid-ul-Azha’ is being celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across the country.
  • The faithful will offer Eid prayers in Eidgahs and mosques.
  • The festival is an ode to the virtues of devotion, faith and sacrifice and inspires feelings of brotherhood, compassion and unity.
  • In the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for three days.
  • In the international (Gregorian) calendar, the dates vary from year to year shifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.
  • Eid al-Adha also called the "Festival of the Sacrifice", is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year (the other being Eid al-Fitr) and considered the holier of the two.
  • It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God's command.
  • But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead.
  • In commemoration of this intervention, an animal is sacrificed ritually and divided into three parts.
  • One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and the third is given to relatives.

12. Singer-songwriter David Berman passes away

  • Singer-songwriter David Berman (52-years) who formed the indie group 'Silver Jews' in the 1990s passed away.
  • Berman had suffered from drug addiction for years and had survived several overdoses and one suicide attempt.
  • The 'Silver Jews' that recorded six studio albums between 1994 and 2008 rarely performed live.
  • Berman also authored two books of poetry, 'Actual Air,' and 'The Portable February.

13. BCCI agrees to come under the ambit of NADA

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
  • This landmark decision makes Indian Cricket's governing body a sports federation as per government norms despite being financially autonomous.
  • As a result, all cricketers will now be tested by NADA.
  • The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is the national organisation responsible for promoting, coordinating, and monitoring the doping control program in sports in all its forms in India.

14. Bajrang Punia wins gold at Tbilisi Grand Prix

  • India’s top wrestler Bajrang Punia has won the gold medal at Tbilisi Grand Prix in Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • He defeated Iran’s Peiman Bibyani by 2-0 in the 65 kg final of the men’s freestyle competition.
  • It is fourth gold of the season for Bajrang after standing atop the podium at Dan Kolov, Asian Championship and Ali Aliev tournament.
  • Tbilisi Grand Prix of V. Balavadze and G. Kartozia is organised by the Georgian Wrestling Federation at the New Sports Palace, Georgia.

15. Sourabh Verma wins Hyderabad Open title

  • National champion Sourabh Verma (26-year) clinched the Men's Singles title in the Hyderabad Open Badminton title.
  • He beat Singapore's Loh Kean Yew 21-13, 14-21, 21-16 in a 52-minute final clash.
  • Earlier, Sourabh had won two Super 100 titles last year at the Dutch Open and Russian Open.
  • Top seeds Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, however, finished runners up in women's doubles.
  • They lost 17-21, 17-21 to Korean combination of Baek Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun in the summit clash.
  • The 2019 Hyderabad Open was a badminton tournament which took place at G. M. C. Balayogi SATS Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India.
  • The total prize money for this tournament was USD 75,000.
Source: India Today

16. Indian junior shuttlers win 6 medals at Bulgarian Open

  • Indian junior shuttlers have won six medals (gold-3, silver-1 and bronze-2) at the Bulgarian Junior International Championships which concluded in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria.
  • The gold medals were won by Samiya Imad Faruqui in women's singles, the duo of Edvin Joy and Shruti Mishra in Mixed Doubles and pair of Tanisha Crasto and Aditi Bhatt in women's doubles.
  • Men's doubles combination of Ishan Bhatnagar and Vishnuvardhan settled for the silver medal.
  • Malvika Bansod and Meiraba Luwang won a bronze each in other singles events.
Source: AIR News