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August 28, 2019

28th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Daily Current Affairs of 28th August 2019

International Current Affairs
  • A bus service between Nepal's capital Kathmandu and India's Siliguri in West Bengal has started. 
    • Nepal's Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation Raghubir Mahaseth and Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri flagged off the bus from Kathmandu last evening. 
    • The 44-seater air conditioned deluxe bus will complete 650 Kilometre-journey between Kathmandu and Siliguri in 18 hours. 
  • Pakistan and China are conducting joint bilateral aerial exercise Shaheen VIII (Eagle VIII) in Chinese city of Holton, close to the Indian border near Ladakh.
    • It was 8th edition of this aerial exercise, which is conducted annually by India’s two neighbours since 2011.
National Current Affairs
  • Tamil Nadu Government launched its exclusive education TV channel named Kalvi Tholaikkatchi (Education TV)
    • It is an initiative of the School Education Department aimed at benefiting students of classes I to XII.
  • Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that India has set target to restore 50 lakh hectare of its degraded land by 2030
    • He made this announcement at curtain raiser event for 14th meeting of Conference of Parties to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP14) to be held in India for first time from September 2-13, 2019. 
    • Note : India will take President of COP14 for two years from China. 
Science & Technology
  • The Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) has set up a waste plastic to diesel plant in Dehradun (Uttarakhand) as a step towards ensuring freedom from plastic. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio has become India's largest telecom operator by revenue market share in the April-June quarter.
    • Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel came second with 30% market share and Vodafone Idea was third with a 28.1% share.
  • Amazon India has launched a Military Veterans Employment programme in country. 
    • This initiative of e-commerce giant will create employment opportunities for military veterans as well as their spouses across company’s sort centres, delivery centres and fulfilment centres in India.
New Appointments
  • Paytm has appointed former Goldman Sachs Executive Director and Co-COO for Investment Banking Amit Nayyar as President.
    • In his new role, Amit will be responsible for the financial services business. 
  • Tractor manufacturing company TAFE has appointed the former managing director of Cummins India, Sandeep Sinha, as their new CEO.
  • Former Indian cricketer Ramesh Powar has been appointed the India A team's bowling coach for the upcoming five-match one-day series and two four-day games against South Africa A, starting August 29. 
    • Powar had earlier held the post of Indian women's team head coach. His stint came to an end following the Women's T20 World Cup in West Indies.
  • Volkswagen's former Chairman and CEO Ferdinand Piech (82), who built the company into a 12-brand empire, passed away.
    • The grandson of Beetle designer Ferdinand Porsche, Piech resigned as Volkswagen Chairman in April 2015, months before the diesel scandal was exposed.
People in News
  • Indian Air Force's Wing Commander S Dhami became India's 1st woman officer to assume charge as the Flight Commander of a flying unit
    • She took charge of a Chetak helicopter unit at Hindon Airbase in Uttar Pradesh. 
Awards & Honors
  • Indian documentary titled 'I'm Jeeja' has won the top award in the 'Under 30 minute' category at the We Care Film Festival on Disability Issues
    • The film tells the story of specially-abled activist Jeeja Ghosh who suffers from cerebral palsy. 
    • A total of 36 films were selected for the finals out of which 10 films were awarded in different categories.
  • Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona is set to be given the UEFA President's Award at the Champions League group stage draw event in Monaco today.  
  • A mobile application called 'Maitri' which connects children at orphanages with senior citizens in old-age homes, developed by five 12th class girl students from Noida, Uttar Pradesh has won the bronze medal at global tech competition called ‘Technovation Challenge’ held in San Francisco, United States.
    • The girls Arefa, Vanshika Yadav, Ananya Grover, Vasudha Sudhinder and Anushka Sharma are from Amity International School in Noida, Uttar Pradesh 
  • Shashi Shanker, the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) was honoured with Distinguished Fellowship of Institute of Directors (IOD), 2019 during 29th Institute of Directors (IOD) Annual Day Ceremony held in New Delhi.
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has decided to rename Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium as Arun Jaitley Stadium in memory of the former DDCA President, who recently passed away on August 24.  

Friends, the Admin is going to attend a seminar on Econometrics at Stanford University, USA during 29th August to 1st September 2019. So there will be no current affairs updates till 1st September 2019. Will meet you again on 2nd September 2019. Have a happy weekend :)
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August 27, 2019

27th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Daily Current Affairs of 27th August 2019

International Current Affairs
  • India is going to host the Conference Of Parties (COP) 14, of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification from 2nd to 13th September 2019. 
    • Last time, the meeting was hosted by China. India will take over from China this year as host and President for 2 years. 
    • The event will see participation of over 3000 representatives from over 200 countries which will include Ministers from around 100 countries.
    • The Conference will focus on desertification and degradation of land.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the mega event. 
  • The United States today claimed helping reduce India-Pakistan tension is one of the five big takeaways from the just-concluded G7 Summit
    • Promoting the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement and developing stronger trade with Europe were also among the 'takeaways'.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to India after completing his 3 nation visit to France, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain
    • His visit projected India's role in the global arena as well as in the Asian Region. 
    • India's prominent stand on protecting environment, climate and digital technology was lauded at the G-7 Summit.
  • In Nepal, for the 1st time, a cabinet meeting was held through video conferencing.
    • Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli took part in the meeting from Singapore through video conferencing today.
  • The 2019 Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference will be held in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. 
    • India will be represented by Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff- Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa.
    • Theme of conference Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference 2019 : “Collaboration in a free and Open Indo – Pacific”.
National Current Affairs
  • The govt today announced that over 3 crore 70 lakh people have joined the nationwide Jal Shakti Abhiyan.
    • The government had launched the ambitious initiative on 1st of July to enhance water security, especially in water stressed districts. 
    • During the past two months, the initiative has delivered over 5 lakh local water conservation infrastructures in 256 districts.
    • Jal Shakti Minister : Gajendra Singh Shekhawat 
  • The government today announced that there has been more than 80 per cent decline in new HIV infection cases in the country since its peak in 1995. 
    • The global average of decline in new infection is estimated at 47 per cent.
    • Health Minister : Dr Harsh Vardhan
MOUs & Agreements
  • The National Aids Control Organization (NACO)  today signed an MoU with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for prevention and control of HIV related diseases
    • The MoU intends to create awareness and educate people about the ill-effects of drugs abuse on the individual, family, workplace and society at large.
    • It aims to reduce stigmatization of and discrimination against, groups and individuals dependent on drugs in order to integrate them back into society.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • State-run Canara Bank has launched India's 1st One-Time Password (OTP) facility for ATM withdrawals
    • The facility, which is activated for cash withdrawals over ₹10,000 per day at its ATMs, will protect the card-holders from unauthorised withdrawals.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that the Central Board has accepted Bimal Jalan Committee recommendations and decided to transfer a sum of ₹1,76,051 crore to the government. 
    • The sum comprises ₹1,23,414 crore of surplus for the year 2018-19 and ₹52,637 crore of excess provisions identified as per the revised Economic Capital Framework (ECF).
Recent Committees in News
  • To examine bank fraud over Rs 50 crore and recommend action, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has constituted Advisory Board for Banking Frauds (ABBF)
    • The 4 member body is reconstituted and rejigged version of erstwhile Advisory Board on Bank, Commercial and Financial Frauds.
    • Chairman : T M Bhasin (Former Vigilance Commissioner)
    • Members :
      • Madhusudan Prasad (former Urban Development Secretary)
      • D K Pathak (former Director General of Border Security Force) 
      • Suresh N Patel (former MD and CEO of Andhra Bank) 
Science & Technology
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today shared a lunar surface image taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 (TMC-2) of Chandrayaan-2
    • The image showed craters such as Jackson, Mach, Korolev and Mitra
    • Note : The Mitra crater on Moon is named after Padma Bhushan awardee late Indian Professor Sisir Kumar Mitra, known for his work in the field of radiophysics among others.
  • India's 1st woman Director General of Police (DGP), Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya passed away.
    • She was also the 2nd lady IPS officer of India. 
    • The 1973 batch IPS officer, made history when she was appointed the DGP of Uttarakhand in the year 2004. 
    • She retired on October 31, 2007. 
New Appointments
  • Karnataka will have 3 Deputy Chief Ministers for the first time after the newly formed BJP government appointed Govind Makthappa Karajol (Public Works), CN Ashwath Narayan (Higher Education) and Laxman Sangappa Savadi (Transport) to the post. 
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    August 26, 2019

    26th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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    Daily Current Affairs of 26th August 2019

    International Current Affairs

    • Today (26th August) is the Women's Equality Day.
      • This day commemorates the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.
      • This day was first celebrated in 1973 and is proclaimed each year by the United States President.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the President of Senegal Macky Sall and held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit at Biarritz, France. 
      • Modi also participated in the Session on Climate, Bio-diversity and Oceans raising India's concerns on the emerging issues. 
      • Modi will also participate during another Session on Digital Technology later.
      • The Prime Minister will then meet the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and United States President Donald Trump to discuss bilateral and a gamut of issues of mutual interest.
      • Important Points to Note
        • This is the 45th edition of the G7 summit.
        • This summit is being held during 24th to 26th August 2019.
        • Despite not being a member of the G7, India is part of this year's G7 Summit in France's Biarritz as a "Special Partner". 
        • World leaders in the Summit aim to provide a common platform for various issues including climate change, terrorism, inequalities and trade amidst changing scenario in world trade and blocs.
        • The highlight of the summit is that newly invited countries will have a definite determination to work for furthering peace and stability in the region and also in boosting world economy.
    • Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will embark on a 3-day visit to Thailand beginning today. 
      • During his visit, he will attend the Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference in Bangkok.
      • The conference will provide perspectives on common challenges faced by attending nations and elicit open discussions on the same. 
      • The Chiefs of Defence of over 33 countries are scheduled to attend the Conference.
    National Current Affairs
    • Tmil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy today flagged off the 1st electric bus in Chennai
      • It is being operated on a trial basis between the Central Railway Station and Tiruvanmiyur, four trips a day.
      • The fully air-conditioned bus in-built features like GPS and fire detection and suppression system.
    • The 10-day annual festival of the famous Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple, in Tamil Nadu, began with a formal flag hoisting ceremony in the sprawling temple premises today.
      • The main ceremony of the crowning of Lord Sundareswara will be held on 7th of September, after which Lord Sundareswar will accept the reign of Madurai for six months.  
      • One of the interesting aspects of the festival is the enactment of various incidents in the lives of Lord Sundareswara and Goddess Meenakshi.
    Awards & Honors
    • Prabhakar Singh, Director General, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has been chosen for elite and prestigious Eminent Engineer Award for Year 2019 by Institution of Engineers (India). 
      • He is going to be honored with this prestigious award for his distinguished and exemplary Service in field of Engineering and Technology. 
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred 'The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance' by the King of Bahrain.  Here is the list of Global Awards conferred on PM Modi from the day he assumed office (2014). 
      • Amir Amanullah Khan Award : highest civilian award of Afghanistan
      • Order of King Abdulaziz Sash :  highest civilian honour of Saudi Arabia
      • Grand Collar of the State of Palestine : highest honour of Palestine, given to foreign dignitaries
      • Seoul Peace Prize : Prestegious honor given by Seoul Peace Prize Foundation of South Korea.
      • Champions of the Earth award : United Nations’s highest environmental honour, awarded by UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)
      • Order of Zayed : highest civil honour of UAE.
      • King Hamad Order of the Renaissance : Highest honor of Bahrain
    Science & Technology
    • All traffic signals across Hyderabad (Telangana) will be made dynamic and will change with real-time traffic data from Google Maps
      • This comes after the officials noticed that commuters spent less time in traffic after a two-month trial at two signals in Gachibowli. 
      • Data from Google Maps will be used to decide the timings of signals.
    • Russia launched world’s 1st floating nuclear reactor called Akademik Lomonosov, sending it on epic journey across the Arctic. 
      • It was launched and loaded with nuclear fuel from Arctic port of Murmansk for its 5,000 kilometre voyage to Pevek in northeastern Siberia. 
      • On arriving in Pevek, it will replace local nuclear plant and closed coal plant. 
    Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
    • The Indian Rupee fell sharply against the US dollar to its day's low of 72.25.
      • This is the lowest intraday level recorded this year against USD. 
      • So far this year, the rupee is down about 3.5% against USD. 
    Sports Current Affairs
    • The US Open 2019 tennis tournament, the final Grand Slam event of the season, will begin in New York this evening. 
      • This is the 139th edition of the tournament. 
      • It will be held from 26th August to 8th September 2019.
      • World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and 5-time champion Roger Federer will open their campaigns in Flushing Meadows.
      • India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran will face Daniil Medvedev of Russia in Men's singles while three Indians Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan are featured in the Men's Doubles category.
    • BWF World Championship Winners List
      • Women's Singles : P. V. Sindhu (1st Indian)
      • Men’s Singles: Japan’s Kento Momota
      • Men’s Doubles: Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan,
      • Women’s Doubles: Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto & Wakana Nagahara
      • Mixed Doubles : China’s Zheng Siwei & Huang Yaqiong
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      August 25, 2019

      25th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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      Daily Current Affairs of 25th August 2019

      International Current Affairs
      • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the 1st Indian Prime Minister to visit Bahrain
        • During this visit, Modi launched the $4.2 million (₹30 crore) redevelopment project of the 200-year-old Lord Krishna temple in Bahrain.
        • The government of Bahrain pardoned 250 Indians serving sentences in the country during Modi's visit. 
          • Note : As per official data, 8,189 Indians are lodged in prisons in foreign countries, with Saudi Arabia having the highest at 1,811.
      • Modi is on the way to France from Bahrain to attend G7 meeting in Biarritz
        • During the visit, the Prime Minister will have bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit in which India has been invited as a partner country.
        • The annual meet is being attended by the leaders of seven member states -- France, Italy, Canada, United States, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom
        • US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are in Biarritz to discuss various issues during the G7 meeting. 
        • Theme of G7 Summit : 'Fighting Inequality'
      MOUs & Agreements
      • During the visit of PM Modi, India and Bahrain signed 4 agreements in the fields of Culture, Space, Solar alliance and an MOU on the roll-out of RuPay card.
      National Current Affairs
      • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced to celebrate September as a month of Nutrition.
      • Gujarat topped in 2017-18 in the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0) report  released by NITI Aayog.  
        • Top 5 States in the Index :
          • Gujarat
          • Andhra Pradesh
          • Madhya Pradesh
          • Goa
          • Karnataka
      • On the occasion of 13th anniversary of enactment of Food Safety and Standards Act, (FSSA) 2006, the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated regulator Food Safety and Standard Authority of India’s (FSSAI) National Food Laboratory (NFL) in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
      • Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani launched Project SURE, a move towards sustainable fashion at Lakmé Fashion Winter/Festive 2019 held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. 
        • SURE stands for ‘Sustainable Resolution’.
        • The project aims to move towards sustainable fashion that contributes to a clean environment.
      • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the 1st World Youth Conference for Kindness in New Delhi.
        • This conference was held in commemoration of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.
        • It was aimed at providing youth with creative, effective methods of engaging and realising UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
      Awards & Honors
      • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred 'The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance' by the King of Bahrain. 
        • Important Note : Earlier, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also conferred its highest civilian award 'Order of Zayed' on PM Modi.
      Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
      • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is going to launch Bharatcraft portal, a desi version e-commerce marketing platform. 
        • It will be based on the lines of e-commerce behemoths such as Alibaba and Amazon.
        • It will provide platform for MSMEs to market and sell their products and in turn boost the overall sector.
        • It has potential to achieve revenues of around Rs 10 lakh crore in the 2-3 years.
      • Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved proposal to declare Ocean Energy as Renewable Energy
        • It has clarified to all stakeholders that energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) will be considered as Renewable Energy. 
        • The decision will give boost to ocean energy in the country. 
        • It will make ocean energy eligible for meeting the non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO).
      Science & Technology
      • Russia launched life-size humanoid robot named Fedor to International Space Station (ISS)
        • It is the 1st ever life-size humanoid robot sent into space by Russia
      • Indian professional badminton player P V Sindhu today became the 1st ever Indian badminton player to win Gold medal at the BWF World Championships
        • The world number 5 has defeated world number four Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)
      • In football, Gokulam Kerala FC won the 129th Durand Cup, defeating heavyweights Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata today.
        • Golden Ball & Golden Boot Awards won by Gokulam Kerala FC forward Marcus Joseph.
        • Golden Glove Award won by Gokulam Kerala FC’s goalkeeper CK Ubaid
      • India's Komalika Bari became recurve cadet world champion at the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid, Spain, today. 
        • She defeated higher-ranked Sonoda Waka of Japan in the  final  and earn India's second gold on the final day of the  Championships. 
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        August 24, 2019

        24th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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        Daily Current Affairs of 24th August 2019

        International Current Affairs
        • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a memorial in the honour of the victims of two Air India crashes at the foothills of Mont Blanc in France. 
          • Several Indians, including Homi J Bhabha, regarded as the father of India's nuclear programme, were killed in the crashes. 
        • Modi today met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
          • Both leaders discussed the full spectrum of the strong India-UAE partnership
          • To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a commemorative stamp was jointly released by Mr Modi and the Crown Prince at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.
          • Later Modi has left for Bahrain on a 2-day state visit. 
            • This will be the 1st ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Bahrain.   
        Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
        • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched RuPay in UAE.
          • With this, UAE became the 1st Middle Eastern country with the Indian card network
          • 3 banks in UAE will soon start issuing RuPay card and 15 business groups have pledged to accept them as a mode of payment.
        • US President Donald Trump has announced to raise the tariffs on Chinese imports amid the escalating trade war. 
          • US tariffs on Chinese goods worth $250 billion will increase from 25% to 30%, while the tariffs on $300-billion Chinese products will be raised from 10% to 15%. 
          • This comes after China announced tariffs on US products worth $75 billion.
        • Recent announcements of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman :
          • Additional ₹20,000-crore liquidity support for Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) by National Housing Bank (NHB), taking the overall support in recent weeks to ₹30,000 crore. 
          • The government will release ₹70,000 crore recapitalisation for state-run banks immediately as announced in the Budget.
            • Sitharaman further said the government will make all pending GST refunds to MSMEs within 30 days.
          • Enhanced surcharge on foreign portfolio investors registered as trusts, introduced in the Budget, will be rolled back following a backlash. 
            • The Budget announced triggered a market selloff with FPIs pulling out about ₹12,418 crore from the equity market in July. 
            • The surcharge on domestic equity investors has also been rolled back.
        • Moody's today cut India's GDP growth forecast to 6.2% for 2019 calendar year, from the previous estimation of 6.8%.
          • It reduced the 2020 GDP growth forecast to 6.7%.
        Awards & Honors
        • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) today conferred its highest civilian award 'Order of Zayed' on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
        • Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (66) passed away.  
          • One of the prominent leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), Arun Jaitley became the Finance Minister & Minister of Corporate Affairs in the Narendra Modi government in 2014. 
          • He also served as a member to the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank (ADB)
        • US industrialist David Koch (79), who ran Koch Industries with his brother Charles Koch, died today. 
          • Koch, whose wealth Bloomberg estimates at $59 billion, was a philanthropist and a major financier of conservative causes and political candidates.
        Sports Current Affairs
        • B Sai Praneeth has become the 1st Indian male shuttler in 36 years to secure a medal in the BWF World Championships
          • He achieved the feat by reaching the semi-finals by defeating Jonatan Christie of Indonesia. 
          • Important Note : Prakash Padukone was the 1st Indian to win a men’s singles World Championships medal, a bronze, in the 1983 edition.
        • World number five P V Sindhu has become the 1st ever Indian to reach 3 straight Badminton World Championships finals
          • She achieved the feat by defeating world number three Chen Yu Fei  in the semi-final today. 
          • Note : Sindhu had lost the finals in 2017 and 2018 to Nozomi Okuhara and Carolina Marin, respectively.
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          Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley passes away

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          Former finance minister and a stalwart of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arun Jaitley (66) passed away. Jaitley was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi earlier this month after he complained of palpitations and restlessness.

          One of the prominent leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP), Arun Jaitley became the Finance Minister & Minister of Corporate Affairs in the Narendra Modi government in 2014. He also served as a member to the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank (ADB)

          The veteran BJP leader has worked as the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Government of India from 2014 to 2019. He stepped down as finance minister in January due to ill health, just months before elections that returned BJP to power. 

          Jaitley has been a senior advocate in the Supreme Court and a former Additional Solicitor General of India. He previously held the cabinet portfolios of Finance, Defence, Corporate Affairs, Commerce and Industry and Law and Justice in the Vajpayee government and Narendra Modi government.

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          SBI PO 2019 Main Exam Results out

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          Friends, the State Bank of India (SBI) has released the Results of SBI PO 2019 Main (Phase II) Online Exam. As you know, the bank has conducted Online Main Examination for the recruitment of Probationary Officers on 20th July 2019. Now it has came out with the list of Roll Numbers of Candidates Shortlisted for Phase - III (Group Exercise & Interview). You can check your SBI PO Mains 2019 result from below link or from the official website of the State Bank of India Further details (Group Exercise & Interview etc.) will be advised to the selected candidates by SMS seperately. All the Best :)

          Check your SBI PO 2019 Main Online Exam Result from here

          Thanks to Biswaraj Bandhu Bhattacharyaa for the update

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          August 23, 2019

          23rd August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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          Daily Current Affairs of 23rd August 2019

          International Current Affairs
          • 23rd August was observed as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
            • The day designated by UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade.
          • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in France as the 1st leg of his a 3-nation visit  (France, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain).
            • He held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron
            • The two leaders held one-on-one meeting which was followed by the delegation-level talks at Chateau de Chantilly, about 50 kms north of Paris.
            • They reviewed the entire gamut of the dynamic and multi-faceted bilateral relations during their more than 90-minute long one-on-one meeting.
            • The two leaders also agreed to enhance their cooperation and launch fresh efforts to prevent and fight radicalisation, especially online radicalisation. 
            • Note : From France, Mr. Modi will travel to the United Arab Emirates where he will receive the 'Order of Zayed', the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE Government.

          August 22, 2019

          21st & 22nd August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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          Dear Great Ambitionists, here are the Important Current Affairs of 21st & 22nd th August 2019. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

          Daily Current Affairs of 21st & 22nd August 2019

          International Current Affairs
          • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave on a 3-nation visit  to France, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain today. 
            • In the first leg of his visit, Mr Modi will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and hold bilateral talks on trade, security, energy security, counter terrorism and maritime cooperation in Indo-Pacific. 
            • He will also meet French Prime Minister Eduard Charles Philippe.
          • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa are set to travel to Paris next month to receive the 1st of the 36 Rafale jets
          • Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte today announced that he will submit his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella after his coalition partner Deputy PM Matteo Salvini moved a no-confidence vote against him. 
            • The coalition government was formed in March 2018 by Conte's Five Star Movement party and Salvini's League party.
          • Nepal has banned single-use plastic below 30 microns as well as plastic bottles at Mount Everest. 
            • The ban will be effective from January 2020.
          • India is going to introduce a flexible e-tourist visa regime for more than 160 countries based on tourist footfall. 
            • As per this the e-tourist visa fee would be higher for peak season of July to March and a considerably lower fee during lean period of April to June. 
            • The objective behind the move is to encourage foreign tourists to visit India.
          • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) held a High-Level Meeting (HLM) with Sri Lanka Coast Guard at Coast Guard Headquarters in New Delhi to discuss issues of mutual safety and security. 
            • The Indian side was led by K Natarajan, Director General, Coast Guard while Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge
          • The 5th Meeting of India-Nepal Joint Commission was held in Kathmandu today. 
            • External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali co-chaired the meeting. 
            • The Joint Commission reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations.
            • An MoU was signed between the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Nepal’s Department of Food Technology and Quality Control on food safety and standards.
          National Current Affairs
          • In a first, the Kerala government has decided to appoint women as drivers in government departments and public sector undertakings
            • Chief Minister of Kerala : Pinarayi Vijayan 
          • The Ministry of Railways has directed all railway units to ban single-use plastic materials with less than 50 microns thickness from October 2. 
            • Railway Board has asked IRCTC to ensure that pantry staff collect empty drinking water bottles for their safe disposal. 
            • The board also asked the authorities to install plastic water bottle crushing machines at major stations.
          • The Lok Sabha Secretariat has also banned the use of non-reusable plastic water bottles and other plastic items within the Parliament complex. 
          • Punjab govt has launched a mega health insurance scheme titled ‘Mahatma Gandhi Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana’ (MGSSBY) for poor by clubbing Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) plan with its own.
            • The scheme was launched by Punjab’s Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to mark 75th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. 
            • With launch of this scheme, Punjab has become 1st state to offer medical insurance for such a large proportion of its population.
          • Centre has notified new sets of health warnings for all tobacco products by making an amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Rules, 2008 
            • The new warnings will come into effect from 1st of next month. 
            • The text messages that will be printed on the packs are - tobacco causes painful death. 
            • A national toll-free number - 1800-11-2356 will also be printed on packs to assist the users to quit.
          • Union Home Minister Amit Shah today chaired the 24th meeting of Western Zonal Council in Goa.
            • It is a forum for the Centre and States to exchange ideas on issues like health, security and social welfare.
            • Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and representatives from the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli attended the meeting.
          • Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik has inaugurated the 2-day National Conference on Varmam Science, a part of the Siddha system of medicine in Chennai today.
            • 'Varmam' is a constituent of the Siddha system of medicine, that also doubles up as a martial art. 
            • The national conference is being organized by the National Institute of Siddha in Chennai.
          • Maharashtra Transport Minister Diwakar Raote launched a tracking system for Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation  (MSRTC) buses which will allow people to have real-time information about their commute.
            • GPS machines are being installed in all the buses.
            • The cost of the project, including deployment of GPS machines, tracking software, and putting up screens to display information at bus stops, is 32 crore rupees.
          Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
          • Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has been formally arrested by CBI in the INX Media case.
            • This comes after CBI took him in custody from his residence in Delhi's Jor Bagh.
          • American Actor Dwayne Johnson (Rock) topped Forbes' list of world's highest-paid male actors, with earnings for last 12 months estimated at $89.4 million (nearly ₹640 crore). 
            • He's followed by Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr.
            • Note : Bollywood Actor Akshay Kumar has secured the 4th spot in the list with an earning of $65 million (over ₹450 crore).
          • Germany sold the world's 1st 30-year bond that doesn't offer any interest payment, meaning investors would receive nothing for lending their money. 
            • Investors who hold the bonds until they mature in 2050 will actually lose money as the bonds will offer a yield of -0.11%. 
          • American multinational technology company Amazon opened its largest-ever campus in Hyderabad that can accommodate 15,000 employees. 
            • The company's largest buildings in Seattle can house about 5,000 employees.
            • Completed in three years, the Hyderabad campus has 1.8 million square feet of office space with interfaith prayer rooms, mothers' room, quiet rooms, showers, helipad and an all-day open cafeteria.
          • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has announced that the individuals providing "credible and original information" on insider trading would be rewarded. 
            • The reward will be 10% of the disgorgement amount, up to ₹1 crore
            • The information provided by the informant will be exempt from disclosure under the Right to Information Act.
          Science & Technology
          • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has confirmed that it is going to send a spacecraft to Europa, one of the 79 known moons orbiting gas giant Jupiter
            • The organization is targeting to make the spacecraft launch-ready by as early as 2023, with baseline commitment supporting a launch readiness date by 2025. 
          • Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur (89) passed away.
            • A veteran BJP leader, Gaur had represented Bhopal in the state Assembly for 10 terms. 
          New Appointments
          • 1985 IAS Officer of Kerala cadre, Ajay Kumar hgas been appointed as the new Defence Secretary.
            • He is currently serving as Secretary, Department of Defence Production, Union Ministry of Defence.
          • Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba was appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of 2 years. 
            • Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, will initially join as the Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat, before he takes over the charge of the country's top bureaucracy from the incumbent Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha.
          Sports Current Affairs
          • Team India players are going to wear jerseys with their names and numbers on them for the 1st time in Test cricket starting with the first Test against West Indies. 
            • The match will also mark India's first match in the World Test Championship.
          • Madhya Pradesh para swimmer Satendra Singh Lohia has become the 1st Asian swimmer to cross the Catalina Channel of America. 
            • Satendra holds the Asian record of crossing both the English and Catalina channels. 
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            August 21, 2019

            National Sports Awards 2019 Winners List (Khel Ratna, Dronacharya, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand Awards)

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            The Indian government has released the list of prestegious National Sports Awardees for the year 2019.  These awards (Khel Ratna, Dronacharya, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand Awards) are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. A large number of nominations were received for these awards this year (2019), which were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of former Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Sport Journalists/Experts/Commentators and Sports Administrators.

            The Selection Committee for the Sports Awards 2019 was headed by Justice Mukundakam Sharma, Retired Judge, Supreme Court. Here is the complete winners list of National Sports Awards 2019.

            National Sports Awards 2019 List

            Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2019

            • Deepa Malik (para-athletics)
            • Bajrang Punia (wrestling)

            Arjuna Award 2019

            • Ravindra Jadeja (cricket)
            • Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics)
            • Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football)
            • Sonia Lather (boxing)
            • Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey)
            • S Bhaskaran (bodybuilding)
            • Ajay Thakur (kabaddi)
            • Anjum Moudgil (shooting)
            • Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton)
            • Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics)
            • Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton)
            • Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis)
            • Pooja Dhanda (wrestling)
            • Fouaad Mirza (equestrian)
            • Simran Singh Shergill (polo)
            • Poonam Yadav (cricket)
            • Swapna Burman (athletics)
            • Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics) 
            • Gaurav Singh Gill (motorsports)

            Dronacharya Award 2019 (regular category)

            • Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics)
            • Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) 
            • Vimal Kumar (badminton)

            Dronacharya Award 2019 (lifetime category)

            • Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket)
            • Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) 
            • Mezban Patel (hockey)

            Dhyan Chand Award 2019

            • Manoj Kumar (wrestling)
            • C Lalremsanga (archery)
            • Arup Basak (table tennis)
            • Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) 
            • Manuel Fredricks (hockey)
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            20th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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            Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (20th August 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

            Daily Current Affairs of 20th August 2019

            International Current Affairs
            • Today (20th August) is World Mosquito Day
              • This day was first established in 1897, when the link between mosquitos and malaria transmission was discovered by Sir Ronald Ross.
            • President of Zambia  Edgar Chagwa Lungu today arrived in New Delhi on a 3-day visit to India.
              • During this visit, he will meet President Ram Nath Kovind and will hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
              • The bilateral talks are expected to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and expected to cover issues of bilateral, regional and international interest. 
              • The discussion is likely to focus on cooperation in defence, security, geology and mineral resources, energy, health, education, infrastructure, culture, trade and investment-related issues. 
            • Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today. 
              • During the meeting, the Prime Minister reiterated India's continued support for peace, security and stability of an inclusive, united, truly independent and democratic Afghanistan.
              • Modi also conveyed his greetings to the people of Afghanistan on behalf of the people of India on its 100 years of Independence.
              • Karzai thanked India for strong all-round support and expressed happiness at the extra-ordinary goodwill between people of the two countries.
            • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued an ultimatum to the European Union (EU) to scrap unviable and anti-democratic Irish border backstop, to negotiate a new deal before the October 31 Brexit deadline.
            • Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has announced that the country will take the issue of Kashmir to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
              • This comes in the wake of India's decision to abrogate Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir.

            General Insurance Corporation Recruitment of Scale I Officers (Assistant Managers) 2019

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            Friends, the General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC),  a state owned enterprise in India, which is a 5 billion USD Dollar Re-insurer and 10th largest Reinsurance Company in the world with the network in India and abroad, is inviting online applications from Young, Energetic Graduates / Post Graduates with Brilliant Academic record for filling up the posts of Assistant Manager (Scale-I) for the year 2019. There are 25 Posts in total. You can apply online from 21st August 2019 to 11th September 2019. Complete details will be available at GIC's official website ( soon. All the Best :)

            Name of the Organization : General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC)

            Name of the Posts : Assistant Managers (Scale I)

            Important Dates :
            • Starting Date of Online Registration : 21st August 2019
            • Last Date of Online Registration : 11th September 2019
            Age (as on 8th May 2018)
            • Minimum : 21 Years
            • Maximum : 30 Years 
            Minimum Qualification : Graduates in Engineering / Finance / Commerce / Law / IT, etc., with at least 60% marks in degree examination for General & OBC candidates and at least 55% marks for SC / ST candidates.

            Age (as on 21st August 2019) :
            • Minimum : 21 Years
            • Maximum : 30 Years 
            Check Official Notification of GIC Recruitment 2019 from HERE
            Apply Online from HERE

            Thanks to Biswaraj Bandhu Bhattacharyaa‎ for the update

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            August 20, 2019

            SSC CGL 2018 Tier I Exam Result out (

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            Friends, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released the results of SSC Combined Graduate Level (Tier-I) Exam 2018. As you know, the The Staff Selection Commission conducted the Combined Graduate Level Examination (Tier-I), 2018 during 4th to 13th June 2019 in the Computer Based Mode. Now it has came out with the results of the same. You can check the list of qualified candidates in SSC CGL Tier I Exam 2018 from the official website of the Staff Selection Commission ( or from below links. All the Best :)

            Check the Result Write of of SSC CGL 2018 Tier I Exam from HERE

            Check your SSC CGL Tier I Exam 2018 Result from below links :

            Check complete details from the official website of SSC from HERE

            Additional Details about SSC CGL Tier I 2018 Result Declaration :

            • List-I : Candidates qualified in Tier-I for appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-IV (General Studies (Finance & Accounts) and Tier-III
            • List-II : Candidates qualified in Tier-I for appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-III (Statistics)) and Tier-III 
            • List – III : Candidates qualified in Tier-I for appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I and Paper-II) and Tier-III

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            August 19, 2019

            19th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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            Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (19th August 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

            Daily Current Affairs of 19th August 2019

            International Current Affairs
            • Today (19th August 2019) 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.
              • World Humanitarian Day 2019 is set to celebrate 'Women Humanitarians' and their undying contribution in making the world a better place.
            • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a 3-day visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain beginning 23rd of this month. 
              • Modi will first travel to UAE where he will meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.
              • He will receive the Order of Zayed (the highest civil decoration of the UAE) which was conferred earlier in April 2019 in recognition of the distinguished leadership of Prime Minister Modi for giving a big boost to bilateral relations between the two countries.  
              • From UAE, the Prime Minister will leave for Bahrain on August 24 on a 2-day visit.
                • It will  be the 1st ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to that country.
              • During his visit, Mr  Modi will hold talks with his counterpart Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations as well as on regional and international issues of mutual interest.
              • Mr Modi will also launch the renovation of Shreenathji temple in Manama. 

            Latest General Awareness Quiz (MCQs) 2019

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            On 15th August, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of Indian Air Force was conferred with which award ?
            1. Ashok Chakra
            2. Kirti Chakra
            3. Shaurya Chakra
            4. Vir Chakra
            5. Maha Vir Chakra
            Name the IAF Squadron Leader who became the first woman to receive Yudh Seva Medal ?
            1. Minty Agarwal
            2. Divya Ajith Kumar
            3. Neha Bhatnagar
            4. Mitali Madhumita
            5. Priya Semwal
            Prime Minister Modi, in the Independence Speech said that government will invest _______________ for the development of modern infrastructure. (In lakh crore).
            1. Rs. 100
            2. Rs. 200
            3. Rs. 300
            4. Rs. 400
            5. Rs. 500
            Union Government will launch a Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water to households by spending ______________ (In lakh crore).
            1. Rs. 3.5
            2. Rs. 4.5
            3. Rs. 5
            4. Rs. 5.5
            5. Rs. 6

            August 18, 2019

            18th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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            Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (18th August 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

            Daily Current Affairs of 18th August 2019

            International Current Affairs
            • Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has embarked on a 3-Nation visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
              • This visit will be Vice President’s 1st ever high level visit (from India) to 3 Baltic countries.
              • Main aim of this visit : To advance India’s outreach to important countries in region.
              • This visit takes place in context of increasing political engagement, as well as intensified trade and commercial ties.
            • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has returned home after a successful 2-day visit to Bhutan
              • During the visit, Prime Minister and the Bhutanese leadership resolved to take the bilateral cooperation beyond hydroelectric power sector. 
              • The two countries signed various MoUs to diversify the friendship. 
                • The sectors include, space, education, science, technology and legal education. 
            • In Sudan, main opposition coalition and the ruling military council have formally signed a final power-sharing deal, paving the way for a transition to a civilian-led government. 
              • This deal came after a long period of negotiations following the overthrow of longtime leader President Omar al-Bashir in the wake of mass protests.
            • India suspended weekly Jodhpur-Munabao Thar Link Express amid the ongoing tension with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue. 
              • This move comes days after India cancelled Samjhauta Express from its side after Pakistan had announced suspension of all train services to India.
            National Current Affairs
            • The Uttar Pradesh government renamed Lucknow's Hazratganj Chauraha to 'Atal Chowk' on the occasion of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 1ast death anniversary. 
            • President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated an underground Bunker Museum at Raj Bhavan Mumbai
              • The Bunker Museum has Virtual Reality Booths in which visitors can time-travel to the 19th century when the bunker was constructed to fire cannons at approaching enemy ships. 
              • The history of Raj Bhavan has also been depicted in another section.
            • Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated an international conference on teacher education in New Delhi.
              • The 2-day event is being organized by the National Council of Teacher Education as part of silver jubilee celebration of its establishment in 1995.
            • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the state's 1st-ever CNG fuelling station in Dibrugarh.
              • The state government is preparing a roadmap for setting up CNG fuelling station in all districts to make the state free from air pollution and to promote the use of clean and green fuel.
            Science & Technology
            • The researchers of the Rajiv Gandhi University (Arunachal Pradesh) have discovered 5 new fish species in various districts of the state.
              • The scientific names of the newly-discovered fish species are :
                • Mystus prabini, found in Sinkin and Dibang rivers in Lower Dibang Valley district.
                • Exostoma kottelati, found in Ranga river in Lower Subansiri district.
                • Creteuchiloglanis tawangensis, found in the Tawangchu river in Tawang district.
                • Garra ranganensis, found in Ranga river.
                • Physoschistura harkishorei, found in Dibang and Lohit rivers in Lower Dibang Valley district.
            Awards & Honors
            • Russian President Vladimir Putin today awarded the Hero of Russia (Russia's highest medal) to pilots Damir Yusupov and Georgy Murzin who landed a passenger plane in a field after its engines failed. 
              • All the 233 passengers on board the plane survived the emergency landing.
            Sports Current Affairs
            • India have won Gold at the Under 12 Asian Tennis Team championship held in Kazakhstan by defeating Chinese Taipei.
            • Australia's South Africa-born all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne has become the 1st-ever concussion substitute in international cricket.
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