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Weekly Current Affairs 8th To 14th August 2019

Published on Friday, August 16, 2019
Weekly Current Affairs 8th To 14th August 2019

National News

Indian Contributed $5 Million to UNRWA

  • India gave the amount for Palestinian Refugees to the UN Palestine refugee agency for the organisation's work.
  • India has increased its annual contribution from $1.25 million in 2016 to $5 million in 2018 & 2019.

National Medical Commission Bill 2019 got President’s assent

  • The bill contains the provision of setting up of a National Medical Commission (NMC) in place of the Medical Council of India for regulating medical education, professionals and institutions in India.
  • The bill seeks to establish a National Exit Test (NEXT), a common MBBS exam for admission to PG courses and obtaining a license.

Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha

  • ‘Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha’ was launched by the Union HRD Minister Sh. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Union Minister for Jal Shakti Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on 9th August 2019.
  • The Department of School Education & Literacy, MHRD has prepared a detailed outline to implement this programme in all the schools across the country.

'L3' Category Disaster Status

  • ‘L3'-level is an indication of a very large-scale disaster, as per the guidelines of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
  • The L3 status would mandate the Centre to assist the disaster affected people in Maharashtra.

Indian Railways Cancels Samjhauta Express

  • Samjhauta means “agreement” is named for the bi-weekly train between India and Pakistan as Samjhauta Express.
  • The Friendship Express is it’s another name and runs between Delhi and Attari in India and is connected to Lahore in Pakistan.

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019

  • President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the UAPA Act, 2019 that deals with conditions of declaring individuals as terrorists and seizing their property.
  • The bill ensures a provision of declaring a person terrorists as per the global practices and aimed at effectively preventing unlawful terrorist activities in the country.

Textiles Gallery at National Crafts Museum in New Delhi

  • The craft museum has a rich collection on display to exhibit the fine Indian Craftsmanship to the public.
  • The Gallery is divided into categories of over more than 30 traditions and consists of more than 230 different types of textiles collections.

RPF Launched “Operation Number Plate”

  • Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Indian Railways launched “Operation Number Plate”, a Special Drive to identify and verify all vehicles parked in Railway premises.
  • The unidentified vehicles on the railway premises are considered a serious threat to the security and safety of passengers and other stakeholders of railways.

Swachh Survekshan 2020

  • The new edition of SS 2020 indicators has a major focus on both the quarterly and annual assessments – on complete faecal sludge management and wastewater treatment.
  • A special Swachh Survekhan theme song featuring Kangana Ranaut, singers Kailash Kher and Monali Thakur were also launched at the event.


RBI’s Monetary Policy Review

  • RBI said in its ‘Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies’ to cover all repetitive bill payments under the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) that includes 5 segments- electricity, telecom, gas, direct-to-home, and water bills.
  • RBI has extended the working hour of retail payment system National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT), which is used for fund transfer up to Rs 2 lakh, from 8 am to 7 pm to 24x7 round-the-clock fund transfers to promote digital transactions.

RBI made Jana Small Finance Bank a Scheduled Bank

  • RBI gave the Bengaluru-headquartered Jana Small Finance Bank Ltd, the status of a scheduled bank on 8th August 2019.
  • The government has put the bank on the list of banks included in the second schedule of RBI Act 1934.


Report of the High-Level Committee on CSR presented to FM

  • Injeti Srinivas, Secretary (Corporate Affairs) presented the Report of the High-Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the Finance Minister on 13th August 2019.
  • The High-Level Committee on CSR was chaired by the Secretary (Corporate Affairs) Injeti Srinivas and was constituted in October 2018 to review the existing CSR framework and make recommendations on strengthening the CSR ecosystem.

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