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August 13, 2018

13th August 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (13th August 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 13th August 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (13th August) is International Lefthanders Day.
    • This day was first observed on the 13th of August, in the year 1976.
    • People observe this day to promote awareness of the inconveniences faced by left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world.
  • The North and South Koreas  today agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit in North's capital Pyongyang in September 2018. 
    • The leaders of the two countries had first met in April and agreed to sign a peace treaty to end the 65-year-long Korean War.
  • A special meeting of Senior Officials of the Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-Sectoral, Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was held in Kathmandu (Nepal) today.
    • The meeting was organised as part of preparations for the 4th BIMSTEC Summit, which is going to be held in Kathmandu during 30th & 31st August 2018.
    • Senior officers from all member states and Secretary General of BIMSTEC attended the meeting.
    • A wide range of issues including BIMSTEC structure, mechanisms and procedures, enhancing visibility of BIMSTEC, collaboration with other regional and international organisations with similar aims and purposes and establishment of a BIMSTEC Development Fund were discussed in the meeting.  
    • About BIMSTEC :
    • BIMSTEC is a regional economic bloc comprising 7 member states lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal constituting a contiguous regional unity.
    • The group was formed in 1997 and it brings together Bangladesh, Bhutan India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand
    • Nepal is the current chair of BIMSTEC.
  • India has handed over 404 houses built for Indian-origin people in Sri Lanka’s tea plantation areas at Dunsinane Estate in Nuwara Eliya city. 
    • This is first lot of houses built under Indian Housing Project in Plantation Areas in Sri Lanka.
    • Note : With grant of over US $350 million, it is India’s largest assistance project in any country. 
National Current Affairs
  • Pune (Maharashtra) has emerged as the number one city in the Ease of Living Index 2018 released by the government of India today. 
    • The Index was launched by Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri
    • The Ease of Living Index help cities assess their liveability in relation to global and national benchmarks.
    • Top 10 Cities in Ease of Living Index 2018
      1. Pune
      2. Navi Mumbai
      3. Greater Mumbai
      4. Tirupati
      5. Chandigarh
      6. Thane
      7. Raipur
      8. Indore
      9. Vijaywada
      10. Bhopal
  • The Muslim festival of Bakrid (Id-Ul-Zuha), will be celebrated in India on August 23, the Jama Masjid in New Delhi has announced today. 
    • The festival includes the sacrifice of an animal which is feasted upon along with friends and family. 
    • It is celebrated in different countries on varying dates.
  • The Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal today announced a 50% reservation for women in the upcoming recruitment of up to 10,000 Railway Police Force jawans
    • He also announced that 13,000 jobs are also coming up in Railways for which a Computer-Based Test will be conducted and no interviews will be taken.
  • Union Civil Aviation Ministry has given in-principle approval to set up Water Aerodromes (a small airport or airfield for sea planes) in India. 
    • It has identified five states for development of water aerodromes. They are : 
      • Odisha, 
      • Gujarat, 
      • Maharashtra,
      • Andhra Pradesh 
      • Assam
Science & Technology
  • The Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan today inaugurated the National Wildlife Genetic Resource Bank in Hyderabad (Telanagana)
    • It is India’s first genetic resource bank where genetic material will be stored for posterity which will further the cause of conservation of endangered and protected animals.
  • The lander of India's second lunar exploration mission 'Chandrayaan-2', scheduled for next year, will be named 'Vikram' in honour of ISRO Founder Vikram Sarabhai.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is announced it plans to launch ISRO TV, a TV channel to promote scientific temper among people and conduct training camps for school students.
  • Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee (89) passed away.
    • Chatterjee, who has served for over four decades in active politics, had served as the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Rrupee hit an all-time low of 69.62 against the US dollar today.
    • The ongoing financial crisis in Turkey and weakness in other emerging market currencies are the reasons for this decline. 
New Appointments
  • Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani today sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.
    • With this, she became the third woman appointed to the position.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Argentine professional footballer Lionel Messi today became the most decorated player in Barcelona's history, by winning his 33rd trophy for the club as defending La Liga champions beat Sevilla to win their 13th Spanish Super Cup today. 
    • Note : This match was also Messi's first as club's first captain. 
  • The 2018 Vietnam Open badminton tournament recently held at Nguyen Du Cultrual Sports Club in Vietnam. 
    • Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram finished as runner-up in the men's singles event by losing the final to Indonesian shuttler Shesar Hiren Rhustavito. 
    • 2018 Vietnam Open Winners List
      • Men's Singles : Shesar Hiren Rhustavito (Indonesia)
      • Women's Singles : Yeo Jia Min (Singapore)
      • Men's Doubles :
        • Ko Sung-hyun (South Korea)
        • Shin Baek-cheol (South Korea)
      • Women's Doubles :
        • Misato Aratama (Japan)
        • Akane Watanabe (Japan)
      • Mixed Doubles :
        • Nipitphon Phuangphuapet (Thailand)
        • Savitree Amitrapai (Thailand)

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