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Current Affairs of 22nd August

Jithin lal, Published On:22-Aug-2019

 

           CURRENT AFFAIRS 

1.A fisheries and aquatic ecology research team from the zoology department of Rajiv Gandhi. University (RGU) discovered 5 species of fish from districts of Arunachal Pradesh. 

The majority of water bodies in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh are still not easily accessible to researchers due to the difficult terrain. Researchers are however optimistic that meticulous exploration may result in more discoveries of new fish species from the state in the future.

Newly-Discovered Fish Species

  • Mystus prabini– found in Sinkin and Dibang rivers in Lower Dibang Valley district.
  • Exostoma kottelati. -found in the Ranga river in Lower Subansiri district.
  • Creteuchiloglanis tawangensis– found in the Tawangchu river in Tawang district.
  • Garra ranganensis– found in Ranga river.
  • Physoschistura harkishorei -found in Dibang and Lohit rivers... 

2.P Chidambaram, who was arguably the most powerful minister during the 10 years of UPA rule, has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in a money laundering case. The man who once held the portfolios of home and finance ministry will spend the night at the CBI lockup after he evaded arrest for 24 hours.

  • P Chidambaram is accused of helping INX Media founders evade justice after they violated foreign investment laws. In 2007, the INX media allegedly received foreign funding of Rs 305 crore even as they had permission to source only Rs 4.62 crore in the form of shares.

The CBI alleges that instead of ordering an investigation into the case, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board - under P Chidambaram issued INX Media a fresh approval for the foreign funds already received.

3.The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointment of Rajiv Gauba, as India’s new Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years. His term will start from 30 August 2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

  • Rajiv Gauba will initially join the Cabinet Secretariat as Officer on Special Duty from the date of his assumption of charge till he takes over as Cabinet Secretary the most powerful position in the country’s civil service.

 

4.State­owned NTPC plans to become India’s second-largest coal producer after Coal India to ensure long term fuel security for its power plants.

 

  • Targeting  to produce over 100 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of coal from the 11 coal blocks Last year, Coal India had produced 606 million tonnes of coal and had targeted a milestone of one billion tonnes by 2025.

5. A leading Indian biscuit maker Parle Products Pvt. Ltd., might lay off up to 10,000 workers due to falling economic growth and falling demand in the rural areas which cause forces companies to undergo production cuts.

  • A downturn in Asia’s third largest economy is facing a crisis in sales of everything from cars to clothing.
  • The situation is so bad, that if the government doesn’t intervene immediately many companies may get shut down.

6.Union Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh has approved certain decisions regarding re-organisation of Army Headquarters. This approval for restructuring of Army headquarters was part of four studies conducted by Army for a leaner and more efficient force.

  • Defence Minister approved setting up separate bodies to probe allegations of wrongdoings against officials with an aim to enhance transparency and put   in place a more stringent mechanism to look into the corruption and human rights violations in armed forces
  • These Two Special Vigilance Cells approved by Defence Minister were part of the military reforms. 

7.The Madras High Court made it clear that it was absolutely not interesting, at any point in time, in addressing a plea made by two public interest litigation (PIL) petitioners to link Aadhaar or any other government authorized identity proof with social media accounts held by individuals.

 

  • Justices S. Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad clarified that they had expanded the scope of the two PIL petitions long back and had issued notices to Facebook, YouTube, Google, WhatsApp, Twitter, and a few others only to make them share information with the police in cases involving cyber crimes.

 

8.With no sign of funds coming in from the Railway Ministry despite an SOS, Southern Railway has decided to suspend onboard housekeeping services (OBHS) on 86 long-distance trains, mostly originating from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, with effect from September 1.

  • The step, which comes amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat mission, follows acute paucity of funds to pay dues to OBHS contractors.
  • Southern Railway is planning to withdraw contracts for linen supply, pest control and bio-toilet maintenance on these trains.

9.Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri planned to achieve its target of providing ‘Housing for all’ under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) The deadline for this in two years before the deadline by 2020. 

  • He made this announcement during the 15th National Real Estate Development Council’s (NAREDCO) convention in New Delhi.A total of  48 lakh houses are currently constructed, Around 24 lakh houses have been sanctioned over to beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) till date & it will be increased to 50 lakh.The central government decided to build 1.12 crore houses by 2022

10.India holds 9th Session of India-Kenya Joint Trade Committee in New Delhi

  • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways Shri PiyushGoyal led the Indian delegation. The delegation which is led by Peter Munya, Minister of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Government of the Republic of Kenya.

  • The bilateral trade since the last session of the India-Kenya JTC held in August 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya .
  • The main aim is to co operate in the power sector, renewable energy, petroleum and natural gas, civil aviation and agricultural research.

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website

 






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