Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – August 06, 2018
‘Swachha Meva Jayate’: cleanliness campaign launched by Karnataka government
Recently, Karnataka government has launched ‘Swachha Meva Jayate’ campaign. It was launched by Dr. G Parameshwara, deputy chief minister of Karnataka. The Department of Rural Development also released the logo of the campaign: a little boy and a little girl standing in front of the map of Karnataka. The campaign coincides with the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 (SSG 2018) survey, being undertaken by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen).
Shaur nahin’ mobile app launched in Shimla, Manali to curb noise pollution
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched ‘horn not ok’ awareness campaign and ‘shaur nahin’ (no noise) mobile application recently. As part of the first phase, the campaign has been launched in Shimla and Manali, Thakur said, adding that blowing horn creates unnecessary noise pollution and is harmful to health.
Defence Minister launches Defence India Startup Challenge in Bangalore
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman calls on the startups to come up with potential solutions for technological needs of defence establishments while launching the Defence India Startup Challenge in Bengaluru; Urges them to play an active role in achieving self-reliance in defence production. The 11 challenges thrown open to the prospective startups include individual protection system with built-in sensors, see-through armour, carbon fiber winding, active protection system, secure hardware-based offline encryptor device for graded security and development of 4G/LTE based tactical local area network, among others.
Mughalsarai junction of Uttar Pradesh renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya railway station
In Uttar Pradesh, Mughalsarai junction has been renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya railway station. BJP President Amit Shah on 5 August inaugurated the new railway station in presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha. They also flagged off a goods train with an all-women crew and a passenger train. Railway official said this was the first time an all-women crew ran a goods train.
Govt approves 122 new research projects under ‘IMPRINT-2’ scheme
The government has approved 122 new research projects of 112 crore rupees under its Impacting Research Innovation and Technology ‘IMPRINT-2’ scheme. The initiative aims to advance research in energy, security and healthcare domains in the high education institutions. IMPRINT is the first of its kind government supported an initiative to address the major science and engineering challenges that India must address and champion to enable, empower and embolden the nation for inclusive growth and self-reliance.
Banks collect Rs 5,000 crore as minimum balance penalty in FY 2017-18
As many as 21 public sector banks (PSBs) and three major private sector lenders have collected a whopping Rs 5,000 crore from customers for non-maintenance of minimum balance in their accounts in 2017-18. Among the PSBs, the State Bank of India emerged the highest earner with Rs 2433 crore penalty – nearly half of the total collection. The SBI’s minimum average balance requirement for its customers in metro cities is Rs 3,000. If the average balance falls between Rs 2,999 and Rs 1,500, then the bank charges Rs 30 as a penalty. And if it goes down further from Rs 1,499 to Rs 750, then the SBI charges Rs 40, and Rs 50 if the MAB is below Rs 750. In the private sector, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, and ICICI Bank are the highest collectors. With Rs 590 crore collection, HDFC is at the top followed by Axis Bank which earned Rs 530 crore. ICICI Bank collected Rs 317 crore as penalty for the financial year 2017-18.
GST Council announces cashback for Digital transactions
GST council approves cash incentives to promote Digital transactions. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announces 20% Cashback up to Rs 100 for the Digital Transactions done via BHIM, Rupay or USSD mode. The GST Council meeting was held in the national capital on 4 August. The meeting, chaired by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, was focused on the concerns and suggestions of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Briefing media after the 29th council meeting, the finance minister said efforts made continuously to take steps to benefit MSME sector.
Revenue from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) touched Rs. 7.19 lakh crore between August 2017 and March 2018
The revenue from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) touched Rs. 7.19 lakh crore between August 2017 and March 2018. The Monthly Revenue Average from GST was at Rs. 89,885 crores for the period.
Govt notifies appointments of 3 judges to SC, 6 chief justices for HCs
The Union law ministry notified appointments of three judges for the Supreme Court and 6 chief justices for High Court, including the elevation of Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph to the apex court. The other two elevations to the SC include Chief Justice of Orissa High Court Vineet Saran and Madras HC Chief Justice Indira Banerjee. With Justice Banerjee’s elevation, the apex court will for the first time have 3 women judges in its 68-year-old history.
Six new appointments for various courts are:
- Justice Gita Mittal, the acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the J&K High Court, becoming the first woman chief justice to head the HC.
- Justice Aniruddha Bose, a judge of the Calcutta HC, has been elevated as the chief justice of the Jharkhand HC.
- Justice Rajendra Menon, the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court, has been posted as the new Chief Justice of the Delhi HC.
- Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri, a judge of the Rajasthan HC, has been elevated as the Chief Justice of the Orissa HC in place of Justice Vineet Saran who has been elevated to the Supreme Court.
- Justice Vijaya K Tahilramani, a judge of the Bombay HC, has been elevated as the Chief Justice of the Madras HC. She succeeds Justice Indira Banerjee, who has been elevated to the top court.
- Justice M R Shah of the Gujarat HC has been elevated as Chief Justice of the Patna HC as the incumbent, Justice Menon, will now head the Delhi HC. Justice Hrishikesh Roy of the Kerala HC has been elevated as its Chief Justice.
Anurag Sachan appointed MD, DFCCIL
Anurag Sachan was today appointed as Managing Director of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL), according to an official order. Sachan, a 1981-batch officer of Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), is at present Chief Administrative Officer of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project.
Indian-origin prison guard Sashi Cheliah wins MasterChef Australia 2018
Sashi Cheliah, a prison guard from Adelaide has won MasterChef Australia 2018. The 39-year-old earned 93 out of 100 points to beat fellow contestant Ben Borsht, who scored 77 out of 100. Cheliah was off to a good start as his sambal prawns starter got him a perfect 30 while the fish curry that he made to honor his aunt earned him 27 points while Borsht had a not-so-good round one with just 41 points in his kitty.
Kerala IT administrator Anvar Sadath gets global recognition
K. Anvar Sadath, vice chairman and executive director of Kerala Infrastructure and Technology For Education (KITE), has become the first Indian to receive The International Contributions Award. Sadath heads the implementation of Kerala Hi-tech School project which has almost converted 45,000 classrooms of Classes 8 to 12 to hi-tech ones, besides empowering all teachers to handle the pedagogy-based classroom transactions that connect 15,000 schools. The award is constituted by The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) headquartered at Bloomington, the USA which is the premier professional association for instructional design and educational technology.
Edelweiss Tokio Life partners with Fincare Small Finance Bank; to offer savings, protection plans
Private life insurer Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance has tied up with Fincare Small Finance Bank to offer specialized product offerings to the bank customers. In the initial stage, two products will be offered; one being the Point of Sale (POS) product (endowment plan) and another a protection product.
BWF World Championship: PV Sindhu settles for Silver
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu settles for silver in the BWF world championship, after losing to Marin of Spain in the final with 19-21 10-21 in Nanjing, China on 5 August. The 23-year-old Sindhu, who had lost an epic final to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara at Glasgow last year, didn’t have answers to Marin’s blistering pace in the 45 minutes that the match lasted.
Virat Kohli tops ICC Rankings for Test Batsmen
AIRIn Cricket, Indian skipper Virat Kohli today topped the ICC Rankings for Test Batsmen, riding on his brilliant century against England in the opening Test at Birmingham. Kohli thus became the seventh Indian batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011 to be ranked the number one Test batsman. Kohli scored 149 and 51 in India’s 31-run defeat at Edgbaston yesterday and went up by 31 points, which helped him end Steve Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman.
Gaganjeet Bhullar grabbed his maiden European Tour title
India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar recently grabbed his maiden European Tour title. At the Fiji International in Natadola Bay, Bhullar soared high with a brilliant chip-in eagle on the 17th hole for a one-stroke win over a charging Anthony Quayle of Australia.
EAM Sushma Swaraj meets Uzbek Prime Minister
On the final leg of her three-nation Central Asian visit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj calls on Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov; holds bilateral talks with her counterpart; also interacts with the Indian community in Tashkent.
World’s First Intertidal Art Gallery opened in the Maldives
Now, the Maldives—a true pioneer in underwater entertainment—has its own semi-submerged art gallery, according to My Modern Met. Dubbed the Coralarium, the new art installation has found a home at the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, a luxury resort located in the Shaviyani Atoll. The sculptures, designed by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, double as a habitat for marine life. Each atoll in the Maldives is unique for the types of creatures you’ll see there, whether it’s whale sharks or sea turtles.
Hiroshima Day – 6th August
On August 6, 1945, during WWII, an American B-29 bomber piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets deployed the world’s first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The massive explosion killed an estimated 80,000 people immediately upon contact and tens of thousands more civilians died slow, painful deaths from radiation exposure in the months and years to follow. Three days later, on August 9, 1945, a second atomic bomb was dropped over Nagasaki, killing some 40,000 more civilians.
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Ashtamudi lake: Kerala
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