Daily Current Affairs 18 August 2019 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
More than Rs 1 lakh crore in PMJDY accounts
More than Rs 1 lakh crore have been deposited in over 36 crore bank accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).
- In a reply to a RTI application revealed that till July 17, 2019, around 36.25 crore accounts were opened under the scheme in which Rs 1,00,831 crore have been deposited.
- The RTI also revealed that five years after the launch of the scheme, there were 4.99 crore or 14 per cent accounts which still have zero balance in them.
World’s first museum on Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu inaugurated
The world’s first museum dedicated to the life and times of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the 16th-century mystic and saint, and the chief proponent of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition, has been inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.
Lucknow’s iconic Hazratganj Chauraha becomes Atal Chowk
Lucknow’s famous ‘Hazratganj Chauraha’ has been renamed as ‘Atal Chowk’ in memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- Also, the UP government has prepared a draft for developing a memorial for Atal Bihari Vajpayee — Atal Smriti Upvan.
Four products, including Kerela’s Tirur betel and Mizoram’s Puanchei, get GI tag
Four new products – Palani Panchamirtham from Palani Town in Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu State, Tawlhlohpuan and Mizo Puancheifrom the state of Mizoram and Tirur Betel leaf from Kerala – received Geographical Indication (GI) under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.
- GI is an indication used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to its origin in that defined geographical locality.
Navy to host multi-lateral exercise in Vizag
The Indian Navy would be hosting MILAN, a multi-lateral naval exercise, in Vizag (Andhra Pradesh) in March 2020. The MILAN series of biennial exercises, which commenced in 1995 was conducted at Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) until last year.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
India’s forex reserves at new life-time high of $430.57 bn: RBI data
India’s foreign exchange reserves surged by $1.620 billion to $430.572 billion in the week to 9 August on rise in foreign currency assets, according to the latest RBI data released.
Rookie Gauri Karhade claims maiden title on Hero WPGT
Rookie Gauri Karhade showed great nerves as she carded a one-over 73 in the final round to land her maiden title at the 12th Leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour in Hyderabad.
Ex-diplomat Dogra pens story of friendship, love and loss
Former diplomat Rajiv Dogra, who has penned two books on Indo-Pak relations and the Durand Line, has just come out with his third novel.
- His latest novel “Second Night” is a story of friendship, love and loss; and, in his words, a “Thousand and One Nights” compressed into one night.
Noted Odia journalist Ranjit Guru passes away
Senior journalist and Editor of language daily Sambad’s editorial page Ranjit Guru passed away following illness. He was 61.
Renowned Bangladeshi novelist Rizia Rahman passes away
Renowned Bangladeshi novelist and the Ekushey Padak winning author Rizia Rahman has passed away at the age of 79.
- She wrote in all genres of creative work including short stories, poems, essays and children’s fiction but she was renowned for her novels.