Daily Current Affairs 20th August, 2019

Daily Current Affairs 20 August 2019 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

MHA: Retirement age for all Central Forces personnel fixed at 60 years

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has fixed the retirement age for all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), irrespective of rank, at 60 years.

  • According to an order by the MHA, the retirement age will be applicable to personnel of Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and regular cadre of the Paramilitary component of the Assam Rifles (AR).

First Central Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology to be set up in Gujarat

Union Minister of State for Chemical & Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya has announced that the first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (CICET) will be set up in Gujarat.

  • He said that the state will get the country’s first CICET either in Vatva or Surat.

Odisha approves conservation plan of lakes “Chilika and Ansupa”

The Odisha Wetland Authority has approved implementation of an integrated management plan of lakes “Chilika and Ansupa“. The Chilika lake is India’s largest brackish water lagoon and Ansupa is the Odisha’s largest freshwater lake. The 5-year management plan of lakes is intended at strengthening livelihood of thousands of fishermen relying on the two water-bodies at an estimated investment of Rs 180 crore.

SERB announces a scheme called Supra

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has announced a new scheme with the sole objective of funding exploration of new scientific and engineering breakthroughs with global impact. Called Supra, the initiative is one of PM Modi’s 100-day transformative ideas.

  • The idea is to fund disruptive ideas that can lead to new areas of study, new scientific concepts, new products and technologies. The focus is not incremental or short-term advances in the understanding, but new science or truly disruptive technologies

Celebration to mark record of 100 Years of Chrysostum

A function will be held in Kerela to celebrate the Guinness Book of World Records entry of 100 Years of Chrysostum, a biographical documentary on Metropolitan Emeritus of the Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church of Malabar, Philipose Mar Chrysostum.

  • The documentary on the 102-year-old Metropolitan was scripted and directed by filmmaker Blessy.
  • The documentary has found an entry in the Guinness Book as the longest documentary film.

Five new fish species discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

In Arunachal Pradesh, researchers of the Rajiv Gandhi University have discovered five new fish species in various districts of the state.

  • The scientific names of the newly-discovered fish species are Mystus prabini, found in Sinkin and Dibang rivers in Lower Dibang Valley district and Exostoma kottelati, found in Ranga river in Lower Subansiri district.
  • Other discovered species are Creteuchiloglanis tawangensis, found in the Tawangchu river in Tawang district, Garra ranganensis, found in Ranga river and Physoschistura harkishorei, found in Dibang and Lohit rivers in Lower Dibang Valley district.

India becoming world’s biggest sulphur dioxide emitter as it has maximum hotspots: Greenpeace

According to an analysis of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) data released by environmental NGO Greenpeace, India has more than 15 percent of all anthropogenic sulphur dioxide (SO2) hotspots in the world detected by the OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) satellite.

  • Thus, the study claims that India is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide, which is produced from coal burning, and greatly contributes to air pollution.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change

Iceland unveiled a plaque to its Okjokull ice sheet, the first of the country’s hundreds of glaciers to melt away due to climate change.

  • Scientists see the shrinking of glaciers as one of many warning signs that the earth’s climate is lurching toward dangerous tipping points.

Scientist discover new pain sensing organ in skin

Researchers at Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered a new sensory organ in the skin that is able to detect painful mechanical damage, such as pricks and impacts, an advance that may help develop novel painkillers.

  • It is comprised of glia cells with multiple long protrusions and which collectively go to make up a mesh-like organ within the skin.

World’s Forest Animal Population Drops 53% Since 1970: WWF Report

The global population of forest-dwelling vertebrates has plummeted in the period between 1970 and 2014, according to a study published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Berlin.

  • The study, titled Below The Canopy tracked the development of 268 vertebrate species and 455 populations in forests around the world. It found that the numbers of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have dropped by an average of 53 percent since 1970.


SPORTS

India clinches 12 medals in 3rd Nation’s Cup including 4 gold

India’s junior women boxers  ended the campaign with a rich haul of four gold, four silver and four bronze medals at the 3rd Nation’s Cup which took place in Vrbas, Serbia.

  • Tamanna, who bagged a gold medal in the 48 kg category, won the ‘Best Foreign Boxer’ award.
  • Ambeshori Devi in 57 kg, Preeti Dahiya in 60 kg and Priyanka in 66 kg were the other three boxers who all clinched a gold medal in the tournament.

India win gold at Under- 12 Asian Tennis Team championship in Kazakhstan

India have won gold at the Under 12 Asian Tennis Team championship held in Kazakhstan. India defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1 in the summit clash to win the title.

Mumbai to host World Youth chess meet

The prestigious World Youth Chess Championship will be held in Mumbai in October 2019. India’s latest chess sensation and the world’s second youngest Grand Master Praggnanandhaa R from Chennai will be the star attraction at the Championship.

Labuschagne becomes first ‘concussion substitute’ in Test history

Australia’s top order batsman Marnus Labuschagne became the first like-for-like substitute in the 142-year history of Test cricket after Steve Smith was ruled out of the remainder of the second Ashes Test in Lord’s. Smith was diagnosed with concussion caused by a blow to his neck from England seamer Jofra Archer.

Chennai City FC ties up with German company for developing grassroots football

Defending I-League champions, Chennai City FC have announced a strategic tie-up with German sports goods supplier uhlsport, which would help develop grassroots football in Tamil Nadu and across India. uhlsport is the official supplier and official ball sponsor of top French top tier Ligue 1.



APPOINTMENTS

Paytm promotes CFO Madhur Deora as President

Gearing up for the next phase of growth in consumer Internet and financial services, digital payments player Paytm has announced the promotion of its Chief Financial Officer Madhur Deora as the company’s President.

Vodafone Idea CEO Balesh Sharma steps down; Ravinder Takkar appointed as his successor

Vodafone Idea announced that Balesh Sharma has stepped down from the position of chief executive officer (CEO) citing personal reasons. Ravinder Takkar, currently Vodafone Group’s representative in India, will be appointed as the new MD and CEO with immediate effect.



AWARDS

CCMB scientist K Thangaraj awarded JC Bose Fellowship in Hyderabad

Dr K Thangaraj, Chief Scientist at CSIR- Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has been awarded JC Bose Fellowship.

  • He was given the fellowship for his outstanding contributions in the field of population and medical genomics.


OBITUARIES

Veteran music composer Khayyam passes away

Legendary music director-composer Mohammed Zahur Khayyam famed for his compositions in films like ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ and ‘Umrao Jaan’ has passed away.

Umesh Bhat Bhavikeri, former MLA, passes away

Umesh Bhat Bhavikeri, 72, Congress leader and former MLA for Ankola, died of a heart attack.



IMPORTANT DAYS

World Photography Day

World Photography Day is celebrated each year on 19th August. It is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography. Since the early 19th century, photography has become an ever-increasing medium of personal expression and appreciation for countless people around the world.

Sadbhavana Diwas

Sadbhavana Diwas is celebrated on 20 August every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. This year will be the 75th Birth Anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. He was born on August 20, 1944.

  • On this day national integration, peace, love, affection and communal harmony among all Indians are encouraged.


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