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August 19, 2018

19th August 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (19th 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 19th August 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (19th August 2018) is World Photography Day.
    • This day aims to inspire photographers across the planet to share single photo with world.
  • Today is World Humanitarian Day (WHD).
    • This day is observed every year on 19 August to recognize work of humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping is going to visit North Korea next month at the invitation of leader Kim Jong-un to attend the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of the nation's founding.
    • Note : It will be Xi's first visit to North Korea since he assumed office. 
  • United States (US) State Department has announced creation of Iran Action Group (IAG) to execute President Donald Trump administration’s Iran strategy and pressure country to change its behaviors. 
    • Note : The creation of IAG comes in wake of US withdrawal (unilaterally) from the Nuclear Deal signed between Iran and P5+1 countries (P5: China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States and +1: Germany,) and European Union in Vienna (Austria) in July 2015.
  • The Union Ministry of Agriculture has written to United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) proposing declaration of year 2019 as “International Year of Millets
    • It has requested inclusion of this proposal in agenda of 26th Committee on Agriculture (COAG) meeting, scheduled to be held in October 2018 in Rome (Italy)
    • Important Note : India is celebrating 2018 as National Year of Millets to promote cultivation of millets.
National Current Affairs
  • Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI (Unique Identity Authority of India) has announced phased roll-out of face recognition for carrying out Aadhaar authentication from September 15, 2018 as additional security layer. 
    • It also has announced new feature ‘live face photo,’ which is live feed of person facial features whose 12-digit unique number Aadhaar is submitted.
  • The International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) is being held at Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT), Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. 
    • Theme of iCRAFPT 2018 : “Doubling farmers’ income through food processing”.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Home Ministry has issued a directive stating that no ATM will be refilled with cash after 9 pm in cities, 6 pm in rural areas and 4 pm in Naxal-affected areas from 8th February 2019. 
    • The Ministry has also issued a directive stating every cash van will carry not more than ₹5 crore per trip, to reduce attacks on cash vans.
  • Venezuelan President Nicol├ís Maduro has devalued the Bolivar (Venezuelan currency) by 95% ahead of the roll-out of a new bolivar tomorrow. 
    • The new currency will be called the 'Sovereign bolivar' and will be based on the country’s Petro cryptocurrency, now valued around $60 or 3,600 sovereign bolivars. 
  • American retail chain Walmart today announced it has completed the $16 billion deal to buy a 77% stake in e-commerce startup Flipkart
  • According to National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development’s (NABARD) All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey 2016-17, Agriculture (farming) generates only 23% of rural income i.e. not even quarter of rural household incomes in India. 
  • The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under Ministry of Commerce and Industry has banned import of Petroleum coke (petcoke) for use as fuel. 
    • It has allowed its import of only for use as feedstock in some select industries such as cement, lime kiln, calcium carbide and gasification industries
    • Important Points to Note :
      • India is the world’s biggest consumer of petcoke
      • It gets over half its annual petcoke imports of around 27 million tonnes from United States. Local producers include Indian Oil Corp, Reliance Industries and Bharat Petroleum Corp.  
  • The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) has appointed two firms Egon Zehnder International Pvt. Ltd and Hay Consultants Pvt. Ltd to assist in developing strategies for top bank management.
    • Egon Zehnder was appointed as knowledge partner to design, implement and institutionalise a flagship leadership development strategy for state-run banks in India. 
    • Hay Consultants was appointed to assess leadership competencies and potential capabilities of people appearing for post of whole time directors in state-run banks. 
Recent Committees in News
  • The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has proposed to set up 5-member committee to suggest changes to JEE (Advanced) in the wake of an inadequate number of candidates qualifying entrance test this year. 
    • This committee will develop robust and scientifically designed entrance exam system to test potential of candidates as well as to reduce their dependence on coaching institutes.
    • Head of This Committee : Bhaskar Ramamurthy (Director of IIT-Madras)
  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has constituted a 3-member committee to look into the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018. 
    • Head of this Committee : B Sesikeran (Former director of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN))
Sports Current Affairs
  • India's first Commonwealth Games gold-winner in the javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra, led the 572-athlete-strong Indian contingent at the Asian Games' opening ceremony
    • The contingent will represent India across 36 sports in the event, which is scheduled to finish on September 2. 
  • Shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar opened India's medal tally at the 2018 Asian Games by winning Bronze in the final of the 10m Air Rifle mixed team event
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