DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS : August 9, 2019
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22nd National Conference on E-Governance inaugurated in Meghalaya
- In Meghalaya, the two-day-long 22nd National Conference on E-Governance was inaugurated by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.
- In the presence of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region Dr Jitendra Singh today at State Convention Centre, Shillong.
- The Union Minster congratulated Meghalaya State Government for organizing an elaborate and successful National Conference on e-Governance.
- Altogether 28 states and all Union Territories participated in the conference, which itself is a testimony of the commitment shown by state Governments across the country towards e-Governance.
- The two-day-long Conference is being jointly organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India; Government of Meghalaya; NASSCOM and Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology, Government of India.
Delhi Assembly Speaker disqualifies rebel AAP MLAs Devinder Sehrawat, Anil Bajpai
- Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel disqualified rebel AAP MLAs Devinder Sehrawat and Anil Bajpai under the anti-defection law.
- Bajpai and Sehrawat had shared the stage with BJP leaders during the Lok Sabha polls.
- Sehrawat is a legislator from Bijwasan while Bajpai represents the Gandhi Nagar constituency.
- The decision comes nearly a week after Mr Goel disqualified rebel AAP MLA and former Delhi minister Kapil Mishra for campaigning for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party.
Centre approves final Eco Sensitive Zone notification
- Centre has approved final Eco-Sensitive Zone notifications of the 11 sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu and one in Chhattisgarh to help scientific conservation of ecosystems and to give relief to the people in the area.
- The sanctuaries include Vaduvoor Bird Sanctuary, Kanjirankulam Bird Sanctuary, Megamalai Wildlife sanctuary, Vettangudi Birds sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and Achanakmar Tiger Reserve in Chhattisgarh.
- Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said, this scientific demarcation of final Eco-Sensitive Zones and 10 kilometres from the Protected Areas will help farmers, artisans, rural people and small businesses.
- Ministry has also approved final Eco-Sensitive Zone notification in respect of Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra.
India, Bangladesh to set up committee for optimum utilisation of water resources
- India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up a Joint Technical committee for optimum utilisation of Ganges water as being received by Bangladesh under the Ganga Water Sharing Treaty 1996.
- After the Secretary-level meeting in Dhaka, both the countries also agreed to prepare a framework for interim water-sharing agreement for eight rivers including Feni, Gumti and Teesta.
- Both the countries also discussed issues related to pollution of Trans Boundary Rivers. The Secretary-level meeting was held after a gap of more than 8 years.
- It is an important step in enhancing bilateral cooperation in the water resources sector between India and Bangladesh.
- Water Resources Secretary Upendra Prasad Singh led the Indian delegation in the talks while the Bangladesh side was led by his counterpart Kabir Bin Anwar.
- The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna mega-basin is the second largest hydraulic region in the world.
- Within this basin, fifty-four rivers cross the border between upstream India and downstream Bangladesh.
Maryam Nawaz arrested in a money laundering case
- Maryam Nawaz, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, was arrested from the Kot Lakhpat jail, in a money laundering case, while she was on her way back from visiting her father, who is lodged in the same prison.
- National Accountability Bureau (NAB) informed her cousin Yousuf Abbas has also been arrested in connection to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case.
- According to the NAB officials, Maryam had excused herself from appearing before the accountability bureau on today and had gone to meet Sharif in the jail.
- Her arrest came the day after she accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of “fall of Kashmir” and demanded registration of a treason case against him.
- On July 31, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam was questioned by the anti-corruption agency officials in connection with the alleged money laundering and income beyond means charges against her and her family.
Over 5 lakh Rohingya refugees get identity cards in Bangladesh
- More than 5 lakh Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh have been issued identity documents by the UNHCR.
- The bio-metric, fraud-proof cards are being issued jointly by Bangladeshi authorities and UNHCR to all verified refugees over the age of 12.
- These cards will help in establishing and safeguarding the right of Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Myanmar.
- The current registration exercise began in June 2018 and it is scheduled to be completed during the last quarter of the current year.
- UNHCR’s Bio-metric Identity Management System (BIMS) captures bio-metric data, including fingerprints and iris scans, which secure each refugee’s unique identity as well as other important information such as family links.
- According to UNHCR, Bangladesh has more than 9 lakh Rohingya refugees out of which close to 7 lakh 50 thousand refugees arrived after August 2017 fleeing Rakhine province of Myanmar amid violence and military crackdown.
- Bangladesh claims to have 11 lakh Rohingya refugees in the country.
IAF Sukhoi fighter jet crashes in Assam’s Tezpur
- A Sukhoi fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed near Tezpur in Assam on Aug 08th evening.
- The Su-30 aircraft was on a routine training mission when it crashed in the local flying area in Sonitpur district.
- Both pilots ejected safely from the aircraft and have been rescued. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.
DAC accords approval for procurement of indigenous SDR, Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries for Indian Navy
- Defence Acquisition Council, DAC has accorded approval for procurement of indigenous Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries for the Indian Navy.
- The council was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
- The SDR is a complex and state of art communication system which will enable information sharing, collaboration and situational awareness through high-speed data and secure voice communication with anti-jamming capability.
- Next-Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries will be fitted with supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface cruise missiles and would be deployed along the coast.
- It has been developed and manufactured in India by Indo-Russia Joint Venture Company, BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.
- Both these indigenously developed equipment are of the latest generation and will give a fillip to the Make-in-India initiatives of the Government.
RANKING & INDEX
Manipur tops in Breastfeeding, Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices
- Manipur has topped the rankings in Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in the country.
- Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan released a report on Breastfeeding in New Delhi.
- Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar are at the bottom positions in the report card. National capital Delhi is also among the worst-performing States.
- The Breastfeeding report card has been developed by devising a composite score based on three indicators namely early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for six months and complimentary feeding at 6-8 months of child’s age.
- Mr Harsh vardhan also appealed influential personality on social media to spread the message of benefits of breastfeeding to the masses.
Govt sanctions over 5,000 electric buses under second phase of FAME India scheme
- Government has sanctioned five thousand 595 electric buses in 64 cities for intracity and intercity operations under the second phase of FAME India scheme.
- The objective of the scheme is to encourage faster adoption of electric and hybrid vehicle by way of offering upfront incentives on purchase of electric vehicles.
- Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises informed, this will give a further push to clean mobility in public transportation.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
President confers Bharat Ratna on Pranab Mukherjee
- President Ram Nath Kovind conferred country’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna on former President Pranab Mukherjee and posthumously on social activist Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika.
- Pranab Mukherjee received the award from the President, at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan.
- Bhupen Hazarika’s son Tej Hazarika received the award on his behalf. While a relative of Nanaji Deshmukh, Virender Jeet Singh received the award for him.
- Vice President M Venkaikah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and several Union Ministers were present at the function.
Amla retires from international cricket
- South African batsman Hashim Amla has retired from all international cricket with immediate effect.
- Amla played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is between in his 15-year-long cricketing career.
- His more than nine thousand runs in Test cricket are the second-most by a Proteas cricketer, after the veteran Jacques Kallis.
- He also collected the country’s third-most runs in ODI cricket after former skipper AB de Villiers and Kallis.
- He went on to make 18,000 runs including 55 centuries and 88 fifty-plus scores across all formats of the game.
- He is the only South African to have scored a triple century in the Test format.
World Archery suspends AAI for defying guidelines
- The World Archery (WA) today suspended the Archery Association of India (AAI) for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies, asking the federation to put its house in order by the end of this month.
- The decision is effective from Monday and the last event in which the archers can participate under the Indian flag is the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid from 19th to 25th of this month.
- World Archery Secretary General Tom Dielen informed, it is implementing the decision taken in June by suspending the Archery Association of India.
- The AAI had to find a solution by the end of last month as per the deadline given by WA’s executive board and since no progress has been made, the world governing body implemented the suspension order.
- Olympic quota places will be up for grabs at the Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships, to be held in Bangkok in November.
- India so far has three men’s places secured for the next Olympics but has yet to win a women’s spot.
Nagasaki Day: August 09th
- On 9 August every year, Nagasaki Day is observed because on this day US dropped atomic bomb on the Nagasaki city of Japan in 1945 during World War II.
- The first bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima and the second was dropped on Nagasaki on 9 August which killed around 74,000 people or more.
- On this day in 1945, a second atom bomb is dropped on Japan by the United States, at Nagasaki, resulting finally in Japan’s unconditional surrender.
- After six days of Nagasaki bombing, the Japanese Emperor Gyokuon-hoso speech was broadcast to the nation, addressing about the surrender.
- The devastation caused due to the bombing led Japan surrender in World War II.
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: August 09th
- 9th August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples worldwide.
- This date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
- This year, the celebration of the international day will be dedicated to the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.
- On this special day dedicated to indigenous peoples, their human rights, languages, ancient histories, and rich cultures, several activities are taking place worldwide.
Nobel laureate and ‘Beloved’ author Toni Morrison dies at 88
- Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved, Song of Solomon.”
- And other works transformed American letters by dramatising the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race has died at age 88.
- She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993.
- The Swedish academy hailed her use of language and her “visionary force.”DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS : August 7&8, 2019
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