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Current Affairs 23rd August

JYOTI RANI, Published On:23-Aug-2019


CURRENT AFFAIRS                   




1.Union Minister for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charges) Prahlad Singh launched  “the Diary of Manu Gandhi”


  • Prahlad Singh Patel has launched the book titled as- “the Diary of Manu Gandhi” at a function in New Delhi. The book has been brought out on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by the National Archives of India, with the help of Oxford University Press.
  • The book was originally written in Gujarati language and translated  and edited by Dr. Tridip Suhrud.
  • The first volume of the book depicts the period of (1943-1944) and the life of Manu Gandhi niece of Mahatma Gandhi. 


2.  24th meeting of Western Zonal Council was chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah 

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah has chaired the 24th meeting of Western Zonal Council at the capital city of Goa,Panaji. It is a platform for the Central and state government  to discuss the ideas related to issues like, security, health and social welfare.
  • The meeting was attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani
  • Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
  • Representatives from the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu were also attended the council.

3. Chandrayaan-2 sends first picture taken by Vikram lander

From the Moon's surface

  • Chandrayaan-2,India’s second lunar craft has sent a picture of the moon’s surface to earth.after reaching the lunar-bound orbit the Chandrayan-2 has sent this first picture. According to ISRO the picture has been taken on-board the lander of Chandrayaan-2, from the height of 2650 kilometres above the lunar surface.


4. Memorandum of Understanding signed between Tata Realty and AWHO

  • An MoU has been signed between Indian Army and Tata Realty & Housing. Army Welfare Housing Organization (AWHO), which has always provided quality housing for Army personnel who are located in remote areas across the country will now be facilitated with the acquisition of homes from private builders at a discounted rate.
  • The MoU enables the soldiers with the housing units in 13 “Ready to Move in”projects of Tata Realty it covers 10 cities including Chennai,Gurugram, Pune,  Bengaluru and others at a discount rate which is ranging from 11% to 27%.


   5.“San-Sadhan” Hackathon is being organized to ease lives of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) 

  • The Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, in collaboration with NITI Aayog and  Atal Innovation Mission has organised the “San-Sandhan” Hackathon under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • It is an initiative to ease lives of (Divyangjan) Persons with Disabilities by making toilets smarter, easier to use and more accessible.



6. Ajay Kumar Bhalla has been appointed as new Home Secretary

  • The government has appointed Ajay Kumar Bhalla as new Home Secretary. He served as an (IAS) Indian Administrative Service officer of 1984 batch of Assam Meghalaya cadre of  India and currently he is an Officer on Special Duty in the Home Ministry. 
  • Rajiv Gauba was succeeded by him, who is appointed as the new Cabinet Secretary..


7. Ajay Kumar appointed as new Defence Secretary


  • The  Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,has been approved the appointment of Ajay Kumar as new Defence Secretary. Ajay Kumar, who has served as a 1985 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre and currently holding the position of Secretary, in the Department of Defence Production. 
  • He will take over the position of Sanjay Mitra.


                              INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS 


8. India, Nepal reviewed bilateral relations of the nations in 5th Joint Commission.

  • External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar is on two-day visit to Nepal. Dr. Jaishankar met with President Bidya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • In this Joint Commission meeting both nations identified areas for cooperation reviewed bilateral relations.
  • India-Nepal Joint Commission is a foreign minister-level bilateral commission between the two countries it was established in 1987.
  • The commission consists of reviewing the entire areas of bilateral matters and the meetings of this commission are held in Nepal and India alternately.
  • The last meeting was held in New Delhi, India in October 2016.


9. Saudi Arabia set a landmark reform by allowing women to travel abroad without permission from male guardian

  • Women over the age of 21 can receive passports and travel abroad without permission from a male guardian announced by Crown Prince “Mohammed bin Salman.” with this new change Saudi Women also granted the right to register childbirth, marriage or divorce  officially.
  • And the women can also recognized as a guardian to children who are minors in the same age as men.


                           SPORTS NEWS



10. PM Modi to launch "Fit India Movement" 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to launch a campaign "Fit India Movement" the nation-wide campaign aims to encourage people to involve sports and physical activities in their everyday lives.
  • A committee is established to advise the government on the move, which is headed by Sports Minister, Kiren Rijiju and joined by 28 other members. 


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




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