CURRENT AFFAIRS 14TH & 15TH AUGUST

Doordarshan produced a patriotic song “Watan”

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister has released a patriotic song “Watan” to mark the occasion of Independence Day, 2019. The song is sung by singer Javed Ali, penned by lyricist Alok Shrivastav and musically composed by Dushyant. The patriotic song is produced by Doordarshan.

The song highlights several path breaking initiatives of the government including the determination and vision behind the recent successful launch of “Chandrayaan 2”. The song also pays tribute to the bravery and valour of our armed forces and the martyrs of the country.

Notes :

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister : Prakash Javadekar.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu wins Rogers Cup 2019

As soon as Bianca Andreescu heard that Serena Williams was retiring from their Rogers Cup final, she went to her opponent’s bench, took a knee, and started consoling the veteran tennis player.

Lost in that moment of empathy was the fact that Andreescu had just become the first Canadian to win the tournament in 50 years.

National Youth Awards conferred for development and social service work

The Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports (I/C) conferred the National Youth Awards. The awards were conferred to 20 individuals (aged between 15-29 years) and 3 organizations for excellent work and contribution in different fields of development and social service.

The individual award comprises of a medal, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-. The award to a youth organisation includes a medal, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 2,00,000/-.

Notes :

Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports (I/C): Kiren Rijiju.

Alejandro Giammattei elected as Guatemala’s new president

Alejandro Giammattei has been elected as new president of Guatemala. He defeated former first lady Sandra Torres for the president’s seat. Giammattei will succeed corruption tainted outgoing President Jimmy Morales. Alejandro Giammattei, who looks to have secured nearly 60% of the vote in Sunday’s poll, has been outspoken in his opposition to a migration deal that his predecessor, Jimmy Morales, signed with the United States last month.

For Guatemalans, the result will probably be more of the same: another president who promises to combat corruption and bring an economic revival, but struggles or fails to alter the status quo on either, like Morales.

IIT Kharagpur researchers develop low-cost blood test device

In a recent development, the researchers at IIT Kharagpur have made us proud as they have successfully developed a low-cost device that will be used in testing blood. It is interesting that the newly built device can perform in an efficient manner all the tests. Also, the amount of blood that the device needs is low and it can operate even with the blood that it can get with a simple finger prick. The device is so good that it needs a small kit to operate. The operational thing that is required for the device is a kit connected to a smart phone.

With its smart set-up, the device will analyse the functions. The LED light of the smart phone is used for the purpose of imaging. The device is not only efficient , but of low cost also. The cost effectiveness of this device makes it awesome. If we talk about the operation of this device, then it needs a single drop of blood of the patient and the chemical used to perform the test. The efficiency and the function of the device will be harnessed commercially and it will prove to be the best in the business, believes the team of the researchers.

“Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar” a book on the life of Sridevi

On cinema legend Sridevi’s 56th birth anniversary, Penguin Random House India have announced a book on the life of the actor.

The book, titled ‘Sridevi: Girl Woman Superstar”, is written by author-screenwriter Satyarth Nayak and approved by the actor’s producer husband Boney Kapoor.

According to a press release issued by the publication house, the book recounts the life and times of the iconic actor who changed how women stars were perceived in the male-dominated film industry.

The book will be published under the Ebury Press imprint of Penguin Random House in October 2019 and is available for pre-order on e-commerce websites.

AePS crosses 200 million transactions in July: NPCI

National Payments Corporation of India has announced that Aadhaar enabled Payment System has crossed the milestone of over 200 million transactions during July 2019. The transaction count of AePS stood at 220 million in july 2019.

AePS is a bank led model which allows basic banking transactions at point of sale. AePS empowers a bank customer to use Aadhaar as identity to access respective Aadhaar enabled bank account and perform basic banking transactions like cash withdrawal, intrabank or interbank fund transfer and balance enquiry.

Notes :

  • MD & CEO of NPCI: Dilip Asbe.

Ghotu Ram Meena named India’s next Ambassador to Republic of Congo

Ghotu Ram Meena has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Congo.

Currently, Meena is serving as a counsellor, Embassy of India in Kyiv, Ukraine Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on Thursday.

He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.

India and the Republic of Congo enjoy warm and friendly relations. The African country has supported India’s candidature at various international forums.

In 2014, the Indian government approved a Line of Credit of USD 89.9 million for the Development of Transportation System in capital Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. In the same year, New Delhi approved another Line of Credit for USD 55 million for a greenfield 600 tpd rotary kiln-based cement plant project in the Republic of Congo.

India had donated medicines worth USD 2,00,000 in 2010 to the Republic of Congo.

Air India first flight over North Pole from Delhi to San Francisco

Air India will soon become the first Indian airline to fly over the North Pole while connecting New Delhi and North America.

The inaugural flight over the Polar region will take flight on the nation’s Independence Day, August 15, 2019 and will fly from New Delhi to San Francisco.

The flight, according to the airline, will be piloted by Capt Rajneesh Sharma and Capt Digvijay.

This will be one big achievement for the civil aviation in India as none of the Indian airlines has ever done this.

According to the airline, passengers will benefit from the reduced flight times, the airline by conserving fuel, reduce travel times, improve aircraft utility and reduce carbon emission.

The fuel savings are expected be in the region of 2000 kgs to 7000 kgs on these routes with the resultant decrease in carbon emission of 6000 kg to 21000 kg, per flight.

The flight path over the North Pole though comes with unique opportunities, it also presents unique challenges. Area of Magnetic Unreliability, limited choice for diversion alternate airports, solar radiation, fuel freezing and passenger and aircraft retrieval in case of diversion are some of those factors.

Currently, the route that the New Delhi to San Francisco flight takes goes over Bangladesh, Myanmar, China and Japan before crossing the Pacific Ocean to enter the United States of America.

However, the new route would save around 90 minutes, making the travel time around 15.5 hours. This route would include flying over Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, the Arctic Ocean, Canada and then entering the US.

Two new UTs, J&K and Ladakh will come into existence on Oct 31

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave assent to a legislation for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, and two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — will come into existence on October 31.

The Parliament had earlier this week given its nod to the legislation for bifurcating the state, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement.


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