Current Affairs 11 August 2018 English

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Current Affairs 11 August 2018 English

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Important Current Affairs 11 August 2018

  • Modi launched the digital platform Parivesh
    • Modi launched the digital platform the “Pro Active and Responsive facilitation by interactive and Virtuous Environment Single window Hub” (Parivesh).
    • It is an initiative of the Environment Ministry.
    • Through this portal, environmental clearances for forest and climate-related issues will be done easily. He also gave clearance to the first project which is being built in Odisha via Parivesh.
  • Exhibition inaugurated by Ministry of Culture
    • An exhibition entitled ‘Prathibandhit Sahitya mein Swatantrata Sangram’ (Freedom Movement through Proscribed Literature) was inaugurated on 10th August in the premises of National Archives of India, in New Delhi.
    • The Exhibition was based on the unique collection of proscribed literature.
    • It is being organised by Ministry of Culture.
  • SCO Peace Mission 2018: Russia
    • As part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization initiatives, SCO Peace Mission Exercise is conducted biennially for SCO member states.
    • The joint exercise for the year 2018 will be conducted from 22 August to 29 August 2018 at Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
    • This will be a historic occasion due to the maiden participation of India post becoming a full member of the SCO in June 2017.
  • World’s 1st Hindi-Speaking Robot ‘Rashmi’
    • Ranchi-based software developer Ranjit Srivastava is developing the world’s first Hindi-speaking humanoid robot, claimed to cost just Rs 50,000 so far.
    • Named Rashmi, the AI-powered robot can also speak Bhojpuri, Marathi, and English, and is equipped with facial expressions and recognition systems.
    • He was inspired to create Rashmi after seeing Hong Kong-made humanoid ‘Sophia’ in 2016.
  • MoHFW And MoTA Sign MoU
    • A MoU has been signed between the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA).
    • The MoU is for cooperation between the two Ministries for sensitizing the principals and training to teachers in the country using the existing infrastructure of MoTA in the states.
    • The MoU covers various activities including extending all aspects of the School Health Program.
  • Rajendra Menon sworn in as CJ of Delhi HC
    • Justice Rajendra Menon was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court by Lt Governor Anil Baijal at a ceremony held at the Raj Niwas in New Delhi.
    • Justice Menon was earlier the Chief Justice of Patna High Court.
    • He succeeded Justice Gita Mittal, who was elevated to head the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
  • 12 modern biofuel refineries to come up
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that 12 modern biofuel refineries worth ten thousand crore rupees will be established across the country.
    • This will provide employment to 1.5 lakh youth.
    • He was addressing an event on the occasion of World Biofuel Day 2018 in New Delhi.
    • The Prime Minister said the government is targeting ten percent ethanol blending in petrol by 2022 and 20 percent by 2030.
  • Army Commander heads for China to visit Delhi
    • India and China will be engaged in a series of military related confidence building measures over the next 2 weeks.
    • It includes visit by Chinese Defence Minister to Delhi in the backdrop of the Wuhan Summit.
    • A four-member Indian Army delegation headed by Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Abhay Krishna will be going on a “goodwill visit” to China from August 13 to 19.
  • Industrial output hits 4-month high of 7%
    • Industrial output recorded a four-month high growth rate of 7% in June on account of higher output in mining, manufacturing and power generation segments.
    • The cumulative growth for the period April-June 2018 stands at 5.2% over the corresponding period of the previous year.
    • The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63% of the index, grew by 6.9 per cent in June.
  • US to create Space Force by 2020
    • The US Defence Department will create a Space Force as the sixth branch of the military by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence announced.
    • Advancements in space technology made it clear that space is the new battlefield for the 21st Century, Pence said.
    • Pence also announced plans to establish the US Space Command and the Space Development Agency.
  • Lionel Messi named Barcelona’s captain
    • Lionel Messi will replace Andrés Iniesta as Barcelona’s captain for the new season, after the latter ended his 22-year stint at the Spanish club.
    • Messi, who already wears the armband for Argentina, has previously led Barça in Iniesta’s absence.
    • Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentine national team.
  • Kohli became 2018’s highest int run-scorer
    • During his 23-run knock against England at Lord’s, Team India captain Virat Kohli overtook England’s Jonny Bairstow to become this year’s highest run-scorer in international cricket.
    • Kohli has scored 1,404 runs in 25 innings this year, 15 more than the English wicketkeeper-batsman.
    • Shikhar Dhawan, who has scored 1,055 runs, is the second highest run-scorer among Indians in 2018.
  • Carrying hard copy of DL not compulsory now
    • Carrying a physical copy of the driving licence and the vehicle’s Registration Certificate (RC) is not compulsory now as the government has validated digital copies.
    • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said that states have been issued an advisory to accept the documents in digital format.
    • Documents are present on the government’s DigiLocker or mParivahan platform.
  • Santali to get own Wiki edition
    • Santali has become the first Indian tribal language to get a Wikipedia edition in its own script after the Santali Wikipedia went live earlier this month.
    • Wikipedia contributors from India, Bangladesh and Nepal generated the content for the page, officials said.
    • Santhali is written in Ol Chiki script and spoken by 6.4 million people, according to the 2001 census.
  • Marie Curie tops BBC poll
    • Polish-born scientist Marie Curie, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, has topped a BBC History magazine poll, which listed “100 women who changed the world”.
    • Albanian-Indian Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa was placed 20th on the list while former PM Indira Gandhi was ranked 49th.
    • Other notable names included former UK PM Margaret Thatcher and Indian poet Sarojini Naidu.
  • Monsoon session in LS most productive in 18yrs
    • The recently concluded monsoon session in Lok Sabha saw 110% productivity, the highest in 18 years, according to think tank PRS Legislative Research.
    • The Lok Sabha spent 50% of its time on legislative business and had the highest number of private members’ bill introduced since 2000, at 999 bills.
    • Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha saw 68% productivity this monsoon session.
  • HP Gov shed British-era ‘His Excellency’ tag
    • In a departure from the British-era practice, Himachal Governor Acharya Devvrat has directed the state government to discontinue prefixing the words “His Excellency” or “Mahamhim” as a greeting while addressing him.
    • Further, Devvrat said “honourable” should be prefixed to his name.
    • In 2012, then President Pranab Mukherjee had introduced a new protocol for greeting the constitutional head.
  • Over 12,800 trees cut in Delhi in 3 years
    • Over 12,800 trees have been cut in Delhi in the last three years for various government projects.
    • Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh informed the Rajya Sabha.
    • However, he added, “It has been decided to plant more than 10 lakh trees in different parts of Delhi.”
  • Free sex change operations: Kerala
    • The Kerala government will foot the bill for transgenders willing to undergo sex change operations, CM Pinarayi Vijayan has announced.
    • An amount of ₹2 lakh will be reimbursed as hospital expenses, while those who have already undergone such surgeries can also apply for reimbursement.
    • Earlier, Tamil Nadu had announced free sex change surgeries in government hospitals for transgenders.
  • Triple Talaq bill deferred to next session
    • The government has decided not to table the Triple Talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha, deferring it to the next Parliament session.
    • The Lok Sabha cleared the bill last year but needs to pass it again due to amendments made by the Cabinet.
    • The Cabinet approved a provision to grant bail to those found guilty of giving instant Triple Talaq

 

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