August 31 2019 current affiars

August 31 2019 current affiars

31st August 2019

Appointment

Lionel Aingimea becomes the new President of Nauru

  • Former human rights lawyer Lionel Aingimea won the Presidential election of the pacific nation Nauru by defeating his rival David Adeang by 12-6 votes.
  • Mr. Aingimea is succeeding the outgoing President ‘Baron Waqa’.

International Affairs

India, Nepal organize training programme on EXIM Bank s guidelines

 

The Embassy of India in Nepal and National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) of Nepal organized a two-day training programme in Kathmandu on the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India’s Line of Credit guidelines and procedures.

Senior experts from the EXIM Bank of India conducted the training programme which was attended by 27 officials from Government of Nepal.

The first day of the training covered a general introduction to the EXIM Bank of India’s Line of Credit (LOC) modality including project identification, pre-qualification and tendering process, evaluation of tender documents, empanelment process, project implementation and monitoring.

The second-day training included a session by Nepal Government officials on Import/Export and domestic tax for Indian contractors involved in LoC projects in Nepal.

A total of 28 Indian contractors attended this training session.

The two sides also agreed to collaborate on future capacity building efforts of the Government of Nepal officials who would be working on the Government of India’s Line of Credit supported projects.

India will host the Conference Of Parties (COP 14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification from 2nd to 13th September 2019.

The event will be held at the India Mart and Expo, in the Greater Noida area of New Delhi.

The event will see the participation of over 3000 representatives from over 200 countries which will include Ministers from around 100 countries.

The Conference Of Parties will focus on desertification and degradation of land.

National Affairs

The much-awaited d Final National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been released in Assam.

Names of 3.11 crore applicants have been included in final NRC, while 19.07 lakh have been excluded.

The status of both inclusion and exclusion can be checked online in the NRC website www.nrcassam.nic.in

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has launched one of world’s largest Integrated Online Junction for School Education ‘Shagun’ in New Delhi.

The app will provide all the details about the education system in the country as well as detailed information about schools with a feedback procedure structured for the parents.

The portal seeks to connect approximately 92 lakh teachers and 26 crores, students.

According to Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Ashwani Lohani, Air India will completely ban the use of plastic in Alliance Air and Air India Express from 2nd October.

Plastic Tea cups will be replaced with sturdy paper cups and plastic tumblers will be replaced with paper tumblers.

The Lifeline Express (known as ‘Hospital on Wheels’) has been inaugurated at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus by the Central Railway (CR) for its latest project.

Now, The Lifeline Express train (world first hospital on wheels) will move to Sahibganj in Jharkhand from Mumbai for its next project.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma took the lead to launch the campaign of Fit India Movement which has been launched in the country by the Prime Minister.

The Chief Minister took a two-kilometre walk from his residential quarters to his office chamber at Main Secretariat, Shillong launching the #WalktoWorkMeghalaya which is a part of the ‘Fit India Campaign’.

Honour &Awards

Maitri application won a bronze medal at global tech competition in the US.

Maitri application connects children at orphanages with senior citizens in old-age homes.

The app, called Maitri, is aimed at bringing together individuals suffering from loneliness and depression and those lacking the nurturing love of elderly role models.

The app also allows users to volunteer and donate to old-age homes and orphanages through it.

An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia’s first humanoid robot Fedor be sent into orbit successfully docked at the International Space Station.

Fedor can be operated manually by ISS astronauts wearing robotic exoskeleton suits.

Fedor stands 180 cm tall and weighs 160 kg.

Public sector lender Canara Bank has launched India’s first OTP facility for ATM withdrawals.

According to Canara Bank, the OTP facility will get activated on ATM cash withdrawals of RS. 10,000 in a day.

Sports

The 25th Senior Women’s National Football Championship will be held in Arunachal Pradesh (first time) from 10th to 24th September 2019.

The tournament will be held in the oldest town of the state Pasighat in East Siang District.

This will be the first major Women’s National Championship to be hosted by the state in the history of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) since its inception in 1992.

Indian sprinter VK Vismaya (22-years) clinch the gold medal in the 400m run at the International Athletic Meeting – Josef Seckar Memorial (MJS) in Brno, Czech Republic.

VK Vismaya produced her personal best timing of 52.12s to clinch the gold medal.