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August 23, 2019

23rd August 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (23rd 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 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.
  • The Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering has put Pakistan on its 'enhanced blacklist' over terror financing. 
    • Pakistan now faces being placed on FATF's overall blacklist
  • US President Donald Trump is going to discuss Kashmir, the Indo-US partnership, defence, human rights, counterterrorism and trade with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G7 summit in France's Biarritz. 
  • Donald Trump has announced that he is planning to end birthright citizenship of US-born children of non-citizens and people immigrating to US illegally.
    • Note : The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution grants citizenship to all persons born or naturalised in the US.
  • In a landmark reform, Saudi Arabia has allowed women above 21 years of age to receive passports (issue or renew) and travel abroad without permission from a male guardian. 
    • Note : Saudi Arabian Women have for long required permission from their male guardians (which includes husband, father and other male relatives) for these tasks. 
National Current Affairs
  • Maharashtra government will conduct door-to-door screening to detect leprosy and tuberculosis cases in the state. 
    • The screening, which is to start from September 13, will reportedly be conducted for a fortnight. 
    • Important Note : India was declared leprosy free in 2005, which means that less than one case per 10,000 people was found.
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a special package of ₹500 crore to develop Puri as a World Heritage City
    • The amount will be spent on a range of modernisation plans including infrastructure development, the revival of Musa river, among others. Patnaik also approved the redevelopment project of Jagannath Ballav Matha as an attractive pilgrim centre.
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved a proposal to provide 70 litres of free water per person in the 13 desert districts.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it will allow processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring payments of less than ₹2,000 from September 1. 
    • Customers need not go through the two-factor authentication process every time for a similar transaction.
    • The move was made keeping in view the changing payment needs and balancing safety of transactions with customer convenience.
  • The Department of Defence Production has set a target of producing equipment worth ₹90,000 crore for the financial year 2019-2020 and it also includes estimated exports worth ₹15,000 crore. 
    • The department said the focus will be placed on modernisation and indigenisation of domestic manufacturing in order to boost production.
    • In 2018-19, the department had produced equipment worth ₹80,502 crore.
  • Union Finance Ministry has notified Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2019, a dispute resolution and amnesty scheme to reduce legacy service tax and central excise cases
    • It will become operational from September 1, 2019 four months till December 31, 2019. 
    • It can be availed by taxpayers for closing their pending disputes relating to legacy Service Tax and Central Excise cases that are now subsumed under Goods and Services Tax (GST) so they can focus on GST.
Science & Technology
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has shared the 1st picture of Moon captured by Chandrayaan-2.
    • The picture was taken at a height of about 2,650 km from the lunar surface.
  • American multinational technology company Google has revealed the official name of the upcoming Android version as 'Android 10', breaking a 10-year tradition of naming the versions after sweets and desserts. 
    • Google had begun the tradition with the Android 1.5 update, which was codenamed 'Cupcake'. 
MOUs & Agreements
  • In order to provide quality housing to army personnel, a historic milestone was reached with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Indian Army and Tata Realty & Housing.
    • This mou enables Indian Army’s personnel to immediately take over dwelling units in 13 ‘Ready to Move in’ projects of Tata Realty pan India spread in more than 10 cities such as Pune, Chennai, Bengaluru, Gurugram among others. 
    • These housing units are available at a discount ranging from 11% to 27%. 
New Appointments
  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took oath as a Rajya Sabha member at the Parliament House today. 
    • He was elected unopposed to the Upper House from Rajasthan on Monday after the BJP did not field any candidate. 
  • Former opener Vikram Rathour will replace Sanjay Bangar as India's new batting coach while Bharath Arun and R. Sridhar were retained as bowling and fielding coaches.
Books & Authors
  • Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel launched the book titled 'The Diary of Manu Gandhi’ at a function in New Delhi. 
    • The book has been brought out by National Archives of India, on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in collaboration with Oxford University Press.
    • Manu Gandhi was a grand niece of Mahatma Gandhi.
    • This book has been originally written in Gujarati language has been edited and translated by a well known scholar Dr. Tridip Suhrud
    • The first volume of the book covers the period of 1943-1944.
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) sports personnel won 10 medals, at recently-concluded World Police and Fire Games 2019 (WPFG-2019) held at Chengdu, China’s southwestern Sichuan province.
    • Constable Monali Jadhav from Maharashtra won 3 medals, including two golds at the championships. 
  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended accreditation of India's National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) for 6 months due to "non-conformities with International Standard for Laboratories." 
    • This suspension prohibits NDTL from carrying out anti-doping activities, including blood sample analysis. India will have to send samples to another WADA-accredited laboratory outside the country.
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has extended Paytm’s association as title sponsor for Indian Cricket Team for all cricket matches, domestic and international, played in India for 5 more years. 
    • Paytm bagged the title sponsorship rights by signing the deal for Rs.326.80 crores which it will pay to BCCI over a period ranging between 2019 and 2023, starting October 2019.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to launch "Fit India Movement" next week. 
    • The nation-wide campaign aims to encourage people to inculcate physical activity and sports in their everyday lives.
    • A 28 member committee headed by Sports Minister, Kiren Rijiju has been formed to advise the government on the movement.
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