Daily Current Affairs : 4th Aug 2019

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Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurates TechEx – a technology exhibition organized to demonstrate products and prototypes developed under IMPRINT and UAY

Union Human Resource Development Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated theTechEx – technology exhibition at IIT Delhi today. TechEx was organized to demonstrate products and prototypes developed under the two flagship schemes of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) namely IMPacting Research, INnovation and Technology (IMPRINT) and UchhatarAvishkar Yojana (UAY). The Minister also released TechEx Volume containing abstracts of all the IMPRINT and UAY projects.

DRDO successfully flight-tests state-of-the-art Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles against live aerial targets from ITR, Chandipur

Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully flight-tested its state-of-the-art Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles (QRSAM) against live aerial targets from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur.

Two missiles, developed by DRDO, were tested against two live targets meeting complete mission objectives of engaging the targets. QRSAM, with many state of the art technologies, engaged the targets at different ranges and altitudes.

A report Grain by Grain 2019 on GRP on Indian fertilizer industry conducted by the CSE released

Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar released a report titled “Grain by Grain” for the year 2019 in New Delhi. It is a Green Rating Project (GRP) on the Indian fertilizer industry conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). GRP is a unique programme that rates Indian industry for its environmental performance. It is regarded as India’s only independent, rigorous and credible programme of its kind.

Court infrastructure facilities topped by Delhi and Kerala, based on the report by independent legal think tank Vidhi Centre

According to a recent survey conducted by Vidhi centre for for Legal Policy in its report titled “Building Better Courts (Surveying the Infrastructure of India’s District Courts)”, Delhi (90%) and Kerala (84%) became the top-performing states in court infrastructure facility whereas Bihar (26%) and Manipur (29%) have the poorest infrastructure in lower judiciary.

RBI granted Bank of China to offer regular banking services in India

On August 1, 2019, India’s central banking institution, RBI(Reserve Bank of India) has allowed Bank of China (BoC) to provide regular bank services in India. BoC will be included in the Second Schedule of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

RBI’s Money Museum in central Kolkata boost people’s knowledge of banking system

India’s central bank, RBI’s (Reserve Bank of India) Money Museum, which was opened on March 11, 2019, aims at improving people’s knowledge of the banking system with the help of interactive displays at Council House Street in Central Kolkata, West Bengal has been drawing a lot of attention for its special initiative.

India is the 7th largest economy in the world in 2018: World Bank

The World Bank data for 2018 showed that India is the 7th largest economy in the world in global GDP rankings at $2.73 trillion.

2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award won by Ravish Kumar for journalism

India’s senior executive editor of NDTV was awarded 2019 Raman Magsaysay Award which is regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize. He was awarded for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless”. Four other individuals were declared winners of this award along with Ravish Kumar.

Atish Dabholkar, a theoretical physicist from India appointed as new Director of ICTP, Italy

Atish Dabholkar(56), an Indian theoretical physicist from Kolhapur, Maharashtra has been appointed as the new director of Italy based International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) for a five year term starting in November 2019 with the rank of Assistant Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He succeeds Fernando Quevedo, who has led the centre since 2009.


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