CURRENT AFFAIRS 8th AUGUST

Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away

Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away. She was the 1st full time woman external affairs minister of India. She was also the youngest cabinet minister at 25 when she joined the Haryana government in 1977 and the first woman chief minister of Delhi.

Nick Kyrgios beats Daniil Medvedev to win 6th ATP title

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios kept his composure and captured the ATP Washington Open title, defeating Russia’s 10th-ranked Daniil Medvedev. The 24-year-old Aussie, who struggled through the opening set, claimed the $365,390 top prize and his 6th career ATP crown at the US Open tune-up event.

Rajya Sabha passes Consumer Protection Bill

The Rajya Sabha has passed the Consumer Protection Bill, 2019. The bill will lead to setting up of a Central Consumer Protection Authority to promote, protect and enforce the rights of consumers as a class.

The Bill seeks to strengthen the rights of consumers and provides a mechanism for redressal of complaints regarding defects in goods and deficiency in services. The bill will replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

NOTES :

  • Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution: Ram Vilas Paswan.

IIT-Guwahati develops hand-held device to detect bacteria

A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati has developed a portable device to detect bacteria without cell culture or microbiological assays.

The hand-held device, with the bio-compatible sensor, can also diagnose time-critical illnesses such as meningitis. This research has enabled rapid detection of bacteria,which is not just important in healthcare, but also in anti- bioterrorism measures and environmental monitoring.

SEBI approves SSE and NSE to operate jointly in GIFT City

Securities and Exchange Board of India has approved Singapore Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India Ltd to operate jointly in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, Gandhinagar. The two entities will create a new platform for trading called NSE International Financial Service Centre (IFSC)-SGX Connect.

The new platform will allow trading in Nifty index derivatives, as well as single-stock derivatives of Nifty’s 50 constituent.

NOTES :

  • Managing Director and CEO of NSE: Vikram Limaye.
  • Managing Director & CEO of GIFT City: Tapan Ray.

National Handloom Day: 7th August

India celebrates National Handloom Day every year on 7th August. The day is celebrated to honour the handloom weavers in the country and also highlight India’s handloom industry. Bhubaneswar has been chosen as the venue for the celebrationsof the day for its rich tradition of Handlooms. The prime objective of holding the National Handloom Day in Bhubaneswar is to empower women and girls.

National Handloom Day seeks to focus on the contribution of handloom to the socio economic development of the country and also increase the income of weavers.

India contributes USD 5 million to UN Palestine refugee agency

India contributed 5 million USD to the UN Palestine refugee agency and called for ensuring sustained financial support for the organisation’s work. The amount was hand over to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees.

UNRWA has been providing health, education, relief and social services, as well as emergency humanitarian assistance, across its five areas of operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, and the Gaza Strip since 1950.

NOTES :

UNRWA of Headquarters: Amman, Jordan;

UNRWA Established: 8 December 1949.

Former Padma Shri award winner Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy passes away

Former Padma Shri award winner and educationist Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy passed away. She received the Padma Shri award in 2010 for her contribution to the field of education. She was the founder of the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan (PSBB) Group of Schools.

 

Bangladesh signs uranium supply deal with Russia

Bangladesh signed a deal with Russia for the supply of uranium for its 2400 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP).

The deal was signed in Dhaka between the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Russian Nuclear Fuel Supply Company (TVEL). Under this deal, Russia will supply the nuclear fuel needed for the plant during its entire life cycle.

NOTES :

President of Russia: Vladimir Putin;

Capital city of Russia: Moscow.

Currency of Russia: Russian ruble.

5th edition of ‘IASMC’ kicks off in Jaisalmer

The 5th edition of International Army Scout Masters Competition with teams from 8 countries including India, China and Russia as participants was inaugurated at the Jaisalmer Military Station under the aegis of the Southern Command.

Lt Gen DS Ahuja, Chief of Staff of the Indian Army’s Southern Command, and Deputy Defence Minister of Russia Yunus Bek Evkurov unveiled the trophy of the competition and unfolded the event’s flag at the inaugural ceremony. Army Scout Master Teams from Armenia, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sudan, Uzbekistan and India are participating in the 9-day event from August 6 to 14.

Notes :

  • Chief of Indian Army: General Bipin Rawat.


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