Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (20 August - 26 August) 2018: Download Now

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (20 August - 26 August) 2018: Download Now

The One Liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (13 August - 19 August) 2018: Download Now

BANKING & ECONOMY
  • According to the recent report by Moody's Investors Service, the Indian economy is expected to grow around 7.5% in 2018 and 2019.
  • The World Bank has launched ‘bond-i', the world’s first bond to be created, allocated, transferred and managed by using distributed ledger technology.
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd, launched an overdraft (OD) facility for micro and small enterprise (MSE) customers across its branches nationally.
  • The apex insurance body, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has asked insurers to cover mental illness under medical insurance policy from immediate effect, treating it at par with physical illness.
  • Indiabulls Housing Finance (IBHFL), the country’s second-largest housing finance company, appointed S.S. Mundra, former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, as an independent director on the board of the company.

NATIONAL NEWS
  • Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) announced new measure to make facial recognition mandatory for every authentication that requires Aadhaar.
  • Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) launched 'Fabless Chip Design Incubator (FabCI)', an exclusive incubator to boost chip design.
  • Former President Pranab Mukherjee has launched National Electoral Transformation (NETA) mobile application that allows voters to rate and review their political representatives.
  • The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revoked security clearance of Qatar govt’s state-funded English news broadcaster Al Jazeera.
  • The Union Govt has unveiled a draft scheme for extending the affordable air travel programme UDAN to international circuits, with state governments identifying the routes for operation.
  • The 5G steering committee chaired by Stanford University’s Professor Emeritus AJ Paulraj has submitted its recommendations to the Department of Telecommunication.
  • The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry is developing National Logistics Portal to ensure ease of trading in international and domestic markets.
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has appointed former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice S J Vazifdar as head of a three-member committee to decide mining company Vedanta's plea challenging closure of its Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin.
  • The International Buddhist Conclave (IBC), 2018 has been inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi with the theme "Buddha Path – The Living Heritage".
  • India Banking Conclave (IBC) 2018 has been organised by Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) along with its knowledge partner and government Think Tank, NITI Aayog held in New Delhi.
  • The global monument conservation body, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has launched Kerala Heritage Rescue Initiative to assess damage to rich cultural and built heritage sites in flood-devastated Kerala.
  • Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) notified food safety standards for honey and its products in bid to curb adulteration.
  • According to recent report by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), maximum number of cyber-attacks on official Indian websites are from China, US and Russia.
  • Reliance Industries has become the first company to cross Rs 8 trillion in terms of market capitalisation (market-cap), becoming the country's most valued firm.
  • The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) designated National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) as nodal authority to curb online child pornography, sexual violence and rape videos.
  • The Supreme Court has scrapped the use of ‘None Of The Above’ (NOTA) option in the coming Rajya Sabha elections.
  • Paytm parent One97 Communications has partnered with Alibaba to launch its artificial intelligence (AI) cloud computing platform Paytm AI Cloud for developers, start-ups, and enterprise.
  • The Union Home Ministry issued new Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) for cash refilling of automated teller machines (ATMs) after certain time period.
  • The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development announced to observe Sept 2018 as the National Nutrition Month to mark the country’s fight against malnutrition. The campaign will be undertaken with an aim of reaching every household with message of nutrition — 'har ghar poshan tyohar' (every house a celebration of nutrition).
  • The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notified new sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs.
  • Panini language laboratory has been inaugurated by External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at Mahatma Gandhi institute in Mauritius to promote reading and writing Hindi amongst young and its further development.
  • IIT Kharagpur decided to set up a Re-Water Research Center to replenish and rejuvenate water resources.
  • The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under Ministry of Commerce and Industry banned import of petcoke for use as fuel.
  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) constituted three-member committee, headed by B Sesikeran, to look into draft food labelling and display regulations-Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018.

STATE NEWS
  • Madhya Pradesh forest department has written to National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to revive its Cheetah Reintroduction Project to reintroduce Cheetahs in Nauradehi sanctuary located in Sagar district of state.
  • The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), one of India’s premier avian research institutes, will start operating its first regional centre or avi-fauna observatory on the campus of Wetland Research and Training Centre near Chilika Lake (Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon), Odisha.
  • The 126 MW wind power capacity, part of India’s first inter-state transmission system (ISTS) auction, has been commissioned in Bhuj, Gujarat.
  • India’s first flight using biofuel will fly from Dehradun (capital of Uttarakhand) to Delhi
  • The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences announced to set up Cyclone Warning Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  • Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has announced to rename Naya Raipur smart city to 'Atal Nagar' in honour of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Aug 16 in New Delhi.
  • Five northern states, viz, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Union territories of Delhi and Chandigarh have decided to set up centralised secretariat at Panchkula (Haryana) to tackle the drug menace.
  • Telangana Govt for the first time launched Disaster Response Force (DRF) vehicles in the capital city of Hyderabad.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • The G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting has been held in Salta, Argentina with the theme 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development'.
  • The third edition of Indian Ocean Conference has been held in Hanoi, capital city of Vietnam with the theme 'Building Regional Architectures'.
  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Peace Mission 2018 has been held in Chebarkul, Russia.
  • Iran unveiled first domestically manufactured fighter jet nicknamed Kowsar.
  • The first-ever International Day of Remembrance and tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is observed by United Nations on Aug 21, 2018 to honour the innocent victims of terror attacks around the world, who will forever remain in our hearts.
  • The Amnesty International India (AII) launched a new campaign 'Our Safety, Our Rights' to create awareness among children to help them understand and identify sexual abuse.
  • The historic Esala Maha Perehera has been started in Kandy, Sri Lanka on Aug 17 with a grand procession.

SCIENCE & DEFENCE
  • Indian Airforce formally launched The Stores, Proactive, Efficient and Expeditious Despatch of Extra Size/ Wt Consignment (SPEEDEX) contract.
  • India’s only aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya for the first time will be fitted with marine hydraulic system to boost the air operations of the ship.
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched Trans-Himalayan Mountain Terrain Biking Expedition (THE MTB) as part of its celebration of 86th Anniversary on Oct 08, 2018.
  • Airport Authority of India (AAI) allotted space to Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) for opening of Tribes India outlets at Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Kolkata (West Bengal) airports.
  • NASA’s asteroid sampling spacecraft OSIRIS-REx captured first images of its target asteroid Bennu and began its final approach towards it after almost two-year journey.
  • European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched wind-sensing satellite named Aeolus into orbit on board of Vega rocket from French Guyana.
  • The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed distinguished missile scientist Dr. G Satheesh Reddy was appointed as Secretary of Department of Defence R&D (DDR&D) and Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • A new European satellite named 'Aeolus' using advanced laser technology to track global winds and improve weather forecasts has been successfully put into orbit on a Vega rocket from French Guyana.
  • NASA Scientists have confirmed the presence of frozen water deposits in the darkest and coldest parts of the Moon’s polar regions using data from the Chandrayaan-I spacecraft, that was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 2008.
  • State-owned aerospace and defence manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has become the first public sector enterprise to make transaction on RXIL TReDS platform.
  • The first-ever joint air exercise involving the Indian Air Force and the the Royal Malaysian Air Force commenced at Subang Air Base in Malaysia.
  • Pitch Black – 18 (PB-18), biennial multinational air exercise hosted by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has been concluded in Darwin, Australia.
  • Joint platoon level military exercise Maitree 2018 between India and Thailand has been conducted in Thailand.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested indigenously developed light weight glide bomb Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) dropped from an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft.

APPROVALS & MOUS
  • India and Singapore have signed Second Protocol amending Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) in New Delhi.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, approved procurement of 111 utility helicopters for Indian Navy at cost of over Rs 21,000 crore.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of 150 indigenously designed and developed 155 mm Advanced Towed Artillery Gun Systems for Indian Army at approximate cost of Rs 3,364.78 crores.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of 14 Vertically Launched Short (VLS) Range Missile Systems.
  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement 24 anti-submarine capable multi role helicopters to enhance capability of Indian Navy at sea.

APPOINTMENTS
  • Prime Minister of Australia : Treasurer Scott Morrison
  • back as Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister : Arun Jaitley
  • Brand ambassador of Sanjay Gandhi National Park : Raveena Tandon
  • Governor of Haryana : Dr. S N Arya
  • Governor of Jammu and Kashmir : Satya Pal Malik
  • Governor of Sikkim : Ganga Prasad
  • Governor of Tripura : Kaptan Singh Solanki
  • Governor of Bihar : Lalji Tandon
  • Governor of Uttarakhand : Baby Rani Maurya
  • Governor of Meghalya : Tathagata Roy

RESIGNATIONS
  • Chief financial officer at Infosys : Mavinakere Dwarakanath Ranganath
  • Australian cricketer : Mitchell Johnson       
  • New Zealand cricketer : Grant Elliott

BOOKS
  • Veteran cricketer VVS Laxman, known for the suppleness of his wrists, will now bring his expertise into play as he picks up the pen to write his tell-all book with the title '281 And Beyond'.
AWARDS
  • David Beckham will become the third Englishman to receive the UEFA President's Award.
  • United States Govt has awarded Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) to General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retired) of Indian Army.
  • Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has been conferred with 2018 Rajiv GandhiNNational Sadbhavana Award.

SPORTS
  • Shot-putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor won Gold medal in men’s shot put final at 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games Asian Games held in Indonesia.
  • Indian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold medal in Men’s Doubles tennis at 2018 Asian Games.
  • Indian rowers Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh won the men's Quadruple Sculls to win India's fifth gold medal at the Asian Games 2018.
  • Indian Shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinched a Silver in the men’s 50-metres Rifle 3 Positions event at the 18th Asian Games in Palembang on August 21, 2018.
  • Indian Wrestler Divya Kakran clinched bronze in the 68 Kg Freestyle wrestling event at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.
  • Wrester Vinesh Phogat has become the first Indian women athlete to win gold medal at the Asian Games 2018 held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Saurabh Chaudhary, all of 16, became only the fifth Indian shooter to claim a gold in the Asian Games history, beating a field of multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals.
  • Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win gold at the Asian Games.
  • Shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar clinched the first medal for India at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.
  • Wrestler Bajrang Punia won India’s first gold medal at the 18th edition of the Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Rishabh Pant has become fourth Indian wicket-keeper to take five catches on Test debut during the second day of the third Test against England.

IMPORTANT DAYS
  • Aug 21 - World Senior Citizens Day
  • Aug 20 - World Mosquito Day
  • Aug 19 - World Photography Day

OBITUARY
  • India’s first captive-born Humboldt Penguin named - Freedom Baby
  • Senior Congress leader and former Union minister - Gurudas Kamat
  • Eminent writer and journalist - Kuldip Nayar
  • Israeli journalist & peace activist - Uri Avnery
  • Legendary US singer and pianist - Aretha Franklin


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