Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – August 29, 2018
National Sports Day: 29 August
The Day is celebrated on 29th August every year to mark the birthday of legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand. PM Narendra Modi has greeted all sports enthusiasts on this occasion. In a tweet, Mr. Modi also paid tributes to the phenomenal hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary. Minister of Information and Broadcasting, as well as Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore, has paid tributes to Major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary.
Piyush Goyal inaugurated Smart Railway Conclave organized by FICCI, in New Delhi
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Coal, inaugurated Smart Railway Conclave organized by FICCI, in New Delhi on 28 August In his opening remarks, he reiterated Government’s commitment to ensuring a smart Railway and a smart nation so that every citizen of India gets a better future. He also emphasized on smart planning, smart project implementation being put into effect holistically in Railways.
YES Bank, Rajasthan Govt. partner to launch payments wallet ‘Bhamashah’
YES Bank, India’s fourth largest private sector bank has announced its partnership with the Government of Rajasthan to launch Bhamashah Wallet, a simple instant payment digital wallet solution for the state of Rajasthan.
Nitin Gadkari signs MoU with CMs of 6 States/UTs for construction of the Lakhwar Multipurpose project on the Yamuna near Dehradun
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping and Road Transport & Highways on 28 August signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh – Shri Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan – Smt Vasundhara Raje , Uttarakhand -Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, Haryana- Shri Manohar Lal, Delhi – Shri Arvind Kejriwal, and Himachal Pradesh – Shri Jai Ram Thakur in New Delhi for the construction of Rs. 3966.51 crore Lakhwar Multi-Purpose project in the Upper Yamuna Basin.
GoI, Govt. of Rajasthan and World Bank sign a $250 Million Agreement to Support Electricity Distribution Sector Reforms in Rajasthan
The Government of India, the Government of Rajasthan and the World Bank signed here on 28 August a $250 million Development Policy Loan (DPL) to support the Government of Rajasthan in improving the performance of its Electricity Distribution Sector under the State’s 24×7 Power for All program.
GoI and the World Bank sign $300 Million Agreement to help scale-up India’s Energy Efficiency Program
The Government of India and the World Bank signed here on 28 August a $220 million Loan Agreement and an $80 million Guarantee Agreement for the India Energy Efficiency Scale-Up Program. The Program, to be implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), will help scale-up the deployment of energy saving measures in residential and public sectors, strengthen EESL’s institutional capacity, and enhance its access to commercial financing.
India and EU join hands to develop next-generation Influenza Vaccine
India and the European Union (EU) have joined hands to develop a next-generation Influenza vaccine which is better and affordable, ANI has reported. The Rs 240 crore program named “Horizon 2020” would be used in developing the vacation to provide comprehensive protection against the disease. Both India and the EU have each pledged $15 million for the research.
Nagaland govt signs MoU with US-India Business Council
The Department of Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship representing the State Government of Nagaland signed a MoU with US-India Business Council (USIBC) in New Delhi. USIBC is a premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic & commercial relationship between the United States and India and the largest bilateral advocacy group in the US-India investment space and has its office at Washington, DC.
Ruchi Ghanshyam to be next Indian envoy to the UK
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on 28 August announced Ruchi Ghanshyam as the next Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Ghanshyam, who is a 1982-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving the role of Secretary (West) in the MEA.
ISRO unveils a plan of Gaganyaan programme to put Indian in space before 2022
The Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, on 28 August unveiled India’s Gaganyaan programme for manned space flight before 2022 as announced by the Prime Minister on the Independence Day. Giving details at a press conference in New Delhi today, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said the manned mission to space having 3 crew members will be in space for 5-7 days. The ISRO chief said after the take-off, the manned flight will reach the orbit in 16 minutes.
International Day Against Nuclear Tests: 29 August
The human and environmental tragedies that are the result of nuclear testing are compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests – a day in which educational events, activities, and messages aim to capture the world’s attention and underscore the need for unified efforts to prevent further nuclear weapons testing. The international instrument to put an end to all forms of nuclear testing is the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), unfortunately, this has yet to enter into force.
First SAARC Agri Cooperative Business Forum begins in Kathmandu
The First South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Agri Cooperative Business Forum began in Kathmandu on 28 August. The theme of 3-day Forum is the ‘Organizing and Strengthening Family Farmers’ Cooperatives to attain the Sustainable-Development-Goals-1 and 2 in South Asia’. It is being co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Asian Farmers’ Association with the support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
India at 2018 Asian Games: All Day 10 Results
India witnessed the best day at the 18th edition of the Asian Games so far by winning nine medals including 1 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze on 28 August. Unheralded Manjit Singh surprised one and all as he pipped Jinson Johnson to claim the gold medal in the men’s 800m event.
Here’s the list of full India results on Day 10:
- Athletics (Men’s 800m) – Manjit Singh – Gold, Jinson Johnson – Silver
- Athletics (Mixed 4x400m Relay – Final) – India – Silver
- Archery (Compound Women’s Team Final) – India – Silver
- Archery (Compound Men’s Team Final) – India – Silver
- Badminton (Women’s Singles Final) – PV Sindhu – Silver
- Kurash (Women -52 kg) – Pincky Balhara – Silver, Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav – Bronze
- Table Tennis (Men’s Team Semifinals) – India – Bronze
Learn Two a Day:
Bansagar Dam: across Son river in Madhya Pradesh
Ukai Dam: across Tapti river in Gujarat