1. Cabinet approves 100% FDI in coal mining and contract manufacturing
  2. Hurricane Dorian likely to hit US mainland
  3. The United States officially withdraws from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty established with Russia in 1987
  4. India revokes the part of its constitution that gives Indian-administered Kashmir special status in an unprecedented move
  5. A fuel tanker truck explodes in MorogoroTanzania, killing at least 89 people and injuring dozens more
  6. A number of forest fires break out in the Canary Islands of Gran CanariaTenerife and Lanzarote. The fires on the island of Gran Canaria were the most severe, resulting in the loss of large areas of the island’s forests and leading to the evacuation of thousands of residents from a number of towns and villages
  7. At least 114 people, including 57 in Kerala, 30 in Karnataka and 27 in Maharashtra, are reported to have died in monsoon-related floods in India
  8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi starred in Discovery Channel’s famous Man vs. Wild show
  9. Former Finance minister P Chidambaram is arrested by CBI under INX media scam charges after 27 hours long drama.
  10. More than 3.11 crore people have been included in the final National Register of Citizens, however, over 19 lakh people have been left out
  11. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces the merger of ten big public sector banks (PSBs) into four. The banks which are being merged are Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, United Bank of India, Indian Bank, Allahabad Bank, Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank. India will now have 12 Public Sector Banks from 27 in 2017. The merger of banks was announced under the Bank Consolidation plan among other major initiatives and steps to accelerate the economic growth of India. 
  12. The Central Government has recently commissioned an Rs. 9.3 Cr study to review microbial diversity along with the entire length of the Ganga. Researchers believe that the stretch of 2,500 km long river contains microbes that may promote ‘antibiotic resistance’. The project will be undertaken by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), (Nagpur), Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology (Allahabad), and Sardar Patel Institute of Science & Technology (Gorakhpur).
  13. Pakistan has successfully test-fired nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Ghaznavi from Sonmiani test range near Karachi
  14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Fit India Movement on the occasion of National Sports day at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
  15. IPS Officer Aparna Kumar will be honoured with the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2018 in the ‘Land adventure’ category
  16. Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi will be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium in the memory of former DDCA President.
  17. India’s ace player Abhishek Verma won the gold while teen sensation Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the bronze as Indian shooters dominated the podium in the men’s 10-metre air pistol event of the ongoing ISSF World Cup In Rio De Janeiro.
  18. India has become the first country in the world to start the use of Biometric Seafarer Identity Document. This technology will help in getting the correct information of the sailors and their whereabouts.
  19. The outgoing Delhi High Court judge Sunil Gaur has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
  20. Considered as an extension to Digital India campaign the GOI has approved 26% foreign direct investment to digital media.
  21. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has organized the 7th edition of the Community Radio Sammelan in New Delhi.
  22. To enable the general public to search for generic medicines and the stores, the government has inaugurated “Janaushadhi Sugam”.
  23. Shalija Dhami, Indian Air Force’s Wing Commander has become the first female officer appointed as a flight commander. 
  24. Five scholars of Amity International School, have jointly developed an app, called Maitri which is aimed to bring needy individuals together i.e.childless people and orphan kids.
  25. Not so friendly neighboring nations of India, Pakistan and China are having ‘Shaheen-VIII’, joint air force exercise in the Chinese city of Holton.
  26. 100 activists, officials, and other concerned citizens in Iceland hold a funeral for Okjökull glacier, which has completely melted after once covering six square miles 
  27. Indian players seem to be in a winning spree this year. The para badminton champion, Manasi Joshi has recently won her first gold medal in the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships
  28. Amit Nayyar, the former Goldman Sachs Executive Director has been appointed as the President of Paytm.
  29.  Nyonoksa radiation accident: Reports indicate that there may have been a nuclear explosion at the Nyonoksa weapons-testing site in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. At least five people were killed and three others injured in the blast, with radiation levels in Severodvinsk, 29 miles (47 km) away from the site, being 20 times above normal levels temporarily
  30. This year’s Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence conference was held in Bangkok with the theme “Collaboration in a free and Open Indo – Pacific”
  31. Despite the warnings of environmentalists, Russia has decided to launch the world’s first floating nuclear reactor across the Arctic region
  32. IAS officer Ajay Kumar has been appointed as the new Defence Secretary.
  33.  The ministry of home affairs has appointed Rajiv Gauba as India’s new cabinet secretary which is said to be the most powerful position in the country’s civil service.
  34. A mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, United States, leaves 22 people dead and 24 others injured. Ten people, including the perpetrator, are killed and 27 others injured in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, United States, just 13 hours after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas
  35. After the stepping down of Balesh Sharma, the old hand of Vodafone, Ravinder Takkar has been appointed as the MD and CEO of Vodafone Idea.
  36. To commemorate, Sir Ronald Ross’, a British doctor’s 1897 discovery that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans, this day is observed across the globe on 20 August. 
  37. 28th BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, and China) ministerial meeting was held in Brazil from 14th to 16th August. 
  38. To boost the chemical industry, India’s first Central Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology will be set up in Gujarat.
  39. The RBI has released a data of India’s foreign exchange reserves which shows a  surge by $1.620 billion to $430.572 billion in the week to 9 August.
  40. Tawlhlohpuan and Mizo Puanchei from Mizoram and Tirur Betel leaf from Kerala have got their GI tags recently.  
  41. The para-athlete Deepa Malik becomes the second para-athlete to be honored with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Indian ace wrestler in 65 kg and World No. 1, Bajrang Punia has also been nominated for the prestigious award.
  42. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reports fires burning in the Amazon rainforest at a record rate, with more than 36,000 in the year to date, while smoke reaches São Paulo more than 1,700 miles (2,700 km) away.
  43. The selection committee has picked up 19 sportspersons for this year’s Arjuna Award.The list includes players from cricket, football, hockey, and shooting. Ravindra Jadeja, Poonam Yadav, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas, Swapna Barman, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu,  Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and Anjum Moudgil are among the list.
  44. The famous Palani Panchamirtham which is given a Prasadam at the Murugan Temple has got the Geographical Identity tag. 
  45. Denmark has created history. The third-largest (market share )Jyske Bank in the country has launched the negative interest rate home loan. 
  46. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech on Independence day has announced the launch to bring piped water to households. The scheme is called Jal Jeevan Mission and will cost more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore.This movement towards water conservation will be at the grassroots level with quadrupled efforts.
  47. The leader of Chandrayaan 2 mission, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K. Sivan has been awarded Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award by the Tamil Nadu government.
  48. Indian National Science Academy has appointed its first-ever woman president. 66 years old  Chandrima Shaha will head INSA from January 2020 to combat pseudoscience.
  49. The CRPF has launched the ‘Madadgaar’ helpline for residents of Kashmir.
News Reporter

4 thoughts on “Current Affairs- August 2019- Part 1

  1. Good collection of events..if pictures or charts are included it will be easy to memories..otherwise a welcome move..thank you.

  2. Sir eta vebe lojja Lagche j apni ato busy schedule r moddhe amader jnno ato Kichu koren r Ami nijer jnno etuku na kore shortcut khujchi…. Thank youuuuuu sir.

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