Daily Current Affairs 31st August, 2019

Daily Current Affairs 31 August 2019 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.


HUA launches ‘Angikaar campaign’, to bring PMAY(U) beneficiaries into Ujjawala, Ayushman Bharat fold

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry launched the ‘Angikaar campaign’, a move aimed at bringing beneficiaries of PMAY (urban) into the fold of other central schemes such as Ujjawala and Ayushman Bharat.

  • At an event, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the convergence would especially focus on Ujjwala for gas connection and Ayushman Bharat for health insurance to the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(U).

HM Amit Shah flags off battery operated electric buses in Ahmedabad, first only India operated

Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off battery operated 8 electric buses for Janmarg Bus Rapid Transit System -BRTS route in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

  • He said that electric buses have been introduced in some other cities also but in case of Ahmedabad, it is for the first time that completely India-made electric buses have been put on roads.
  • He said that battery charging facilities for electric vehicles will come up in future like petrol pumps. This would not just reduce pollution but also bring qualitative change in the life of people.

Maharashtra: Lifeline Express inaugurated at CSMT, Mumbai

The Lifeline Express, also known as “Hospital on Wheels”, has been inaugurated at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus by the Central Railway (CR) for its latest project, which involves providing medical treatment to poor patients.

  • The Indian Railways, in partnership with Impact India Foundation, had launched the Lifeline Express – the world’s first hospital on wheels – on July 16, 1991 from CSMT to provide free of cost medical care to the poor living in remote corners of the country. The seven coaches of the Lifeline Express have advanced operation theatres, a pathology lab, a mammography unit, a gynaecology examination room, a dental unit, a pharmacy, consultation cubicles and X-Ray unit, among others.

Bihar govt bans pan masala containing magnesium carbonate

Bihar government banned Pan Masala containing magnesium carbonate in the state, said commissioner of food safety.

  • 20 samples of different Pan Masala brands were collected and it was found that all of them consisted of magnesium carbonate.
  • “Manufacture, storage, distribution, transportation or sale of Pan Masala containing magnesium carbonate is completely banned in the state,” he added.

Assam govt. releases National Register of Citizens (NRC)

The Assam government has finally released the final version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The final NRC has left out over 19 lakh people in Assam who now face the danger of being declared illegal migrants if they don’t contest their exclusion.

  • Announcing the final NRC list, the government said a total of 3.29 crore people had applied for the NRC, of which 3.11 were found to be eligible to be included in the final list.

CBDT notifies creation of five-member special cell for startups

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) notified the creation of a five-member special cell to address grievances of startups with relation to angel tax and other tax-related issues.

  • An order issued by the CBDT said the ‘startup cell’ will be headed by the member (Income Tax and Computerisation) of the board.

Mega Vendor Meet 2019 held at Lucknow

The research arm of Indian Railways, Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) organized a special Mega Vendor Meet at RDSO in a significant move to show-case greater business opportunities in Railway sector in Lucknow. Industries from across the country were invited for this vendor meet to encourage their participation in Indian Railways supply chain development.


RBI extends banking license of Rupee Cooperative Bank till Nov 30, 2019

Rupee Co-op. Bank Ltd., Pune has been granted extension for its banking license by the RBI till November 30, 2019.


ADB President Nakao pledges USD 12 billion support to govt’s initiatives

Asian Development Bank, ADB, President Takehiko Nakao met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to India and pledged to support the government’s new flagship initiatives.

  • The ADB committed USD 12 billion to the government’s new flagship initiatives like piped water for all (Jal Jeevan Mission) and road safety over the next three years.
  • Nakao said, ADB expects the country’s growth in 2019 at 7.0 per cent and in 2020 at 7.2 per cent, despite downside risks in the global economy.

Economy slumps to 7-year low, GDP growth slows to 5 pc in Q1 FY20

The economic growth slowed to a seven-year low of 5 per cent in April to June quarter from 8 per cent a year ago, government data showed.

  • The slowdown was largely due to a sharp dip in the manufacturing sector and agriculture output, said the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in a statement.

GDP growth expected to be between 6.5 % and 7% in current fiscal: Debroy

Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), Bibek Debroy said that the country’s real GDP growth is expected to be between 6.5 and 7.0 in 2019-20 and several reform measures introduced by the government were meant to boost growth.

Mumbai ranked 45th, Delhi 52nd on world’s safe cities list; Tokyo safest: Study

Mumbai has been ranked as the 45th safest city on the Safe Cities Index (SCI), while Delhi stood at the 52nd position, according to a report by Economist Intelligence Unit.

  • Cities in the Asia-Pacific (Apac) region made up six of the top-10 safest cities with Tokyo taking the top spot.
  • Along with Tokyo, Apac cities dominated the SCI 2019. Singapore and Osaka came second and third.

Government-e-Marketplace signs MoU with SIDBI

Government e Marketplace has signed an MoU with Small Industries Development Bank of India. The MoU aims to benefit MSMEs, women entrepreneurs, Self Help Groups, Women Self Help Groups and various loan beneficiaries under MUDRA and Stand-up India scheme.

  • GeM and SIDBI will take steps to ensure payments within a guaranteed timeframe to sellers, enhance working capital availability through bill discounting.


Mizoram’s Saidan Secondary School wins U-14 Subroto Cup title

Saidan Secondary School of Mizoram was crowned Under-14 boys champions of Subroto Cup International Football tournament after defeating Unique Model Academy of Manipur 2-0 in the summit clashin New Delhi.

  • It was the Mizoram school’s maiden title win in the tournament.

Jalaj Saxena sets rare record in Indian first-class cricket history

Kerala all-rounder Jalaj Saxena has become the first Indian cricketer to score over 6,000 runs and take over 300 wickets in first-class cricket and still not have played for Team India. Overall, he is the 19th Indian to score 6,000 runs and take 300 wickets in first-class cricket. The 32-year-old achieved the feat during a Duleep Trophy match.

Lucy Bronze wins UEFA Award

England footballer Lucy Bronze won the Women’s Player of the Year award  for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League campaign.


PK Sinha appointed OSD in PMO, Nripendra Misra to retire

Former Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha has been appointed as OSD (Officer on Special Duty) in the PMO after Nripendra Misra’s request to be relieved as Principal Secretary was accepted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Lakshmi Vilas Bank MD & CEO Parthasarathi Mukherjee announces resignation

Lakshmi Vilas Bank, the mid-sized private sector lender announced the resignation of its chief executive officer Parthasarathi Mukherjee.

  • Mukherjee has quit citing personal reasons. Mukherjee, who had served the larger rival Axis Bank before joining the Tamil Nadu based bank in 2015, was given a two-year extension this January.


UP: Man sets world record for reading continuously for 27 hrs in Kanpur

Alauddin, a student of Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University has created a new history by reading continuously for 27 hours and five minutes while making his way to the Golden Book of World Records.

  • He broke the world record of longest reading aloud marathon held from August 25 to August 26.

DAY-NULM conferred the prestigious SKOCH Governance Gold Award

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), has been conferred the prestigious SKOCH Governance Gold Award. It has been conferred the award for its initiative “Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access (PAiSA)”. DAY-NULM is a flagship mission under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

  • PAiSA is a centralized IT platform which simplifies and streamlines release of interest subvention under the Mission. It offers end to end online solution for processing, payment, monitoring and tracking of interest subvention claims from banks on a monthly basis.

Noida girls’ Maitri mobile app win tech prize in US

Five girls in Noida have developed a mobile App that connects children at orphanages with senior citizens in old-age homes, with their innovation fetching them a bronze medal at a global tech competition in the US.

  • The App, called Maitri, aims at bringing together individuals suffering from loneliness and depression and those lacking the nurturing love of elderly role models, said the all-girl team ‘Tech Witches’.
  • ‘Maitri’ clinched the bronze medal at the Technovation Challenge, the world’s largest technology and entrepreneurship programme for girls, held in San Francisco.


‘Obama: The Call of History’: New book gives in-depth account of Barack Obama’s years in office

‘Obama: The Call of History’, written by Peter Baker, the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, chronicles a period of “great hope, tumult, accomplishments, and, yes, failure”. It will give an in-depth account of the former US President’s years in office, while examining his legacy as it stands today.

  • The book tells the story of a young president who “took on the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression, forged a controversial health care program, watched anxiously in the Situation Room after approving the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and endured mid-term election defeats”.

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