Current Affairs 13 August 2018 in English

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Current Affairs 13 August 2018 in English

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Important Current Affairs 13 August 2018

  • Crude steel output up 6% to 8.73 MT in July
    • India’s crude steel output grew 6% to 8.73 million tonne (MT) during July 2018.
    • The country had produced 8.22 MT crude steel during July 2017, Joint Plant Committee (JPC) said in its latest report.
    • JPC, under Ministry of Steel, is the only institution in the country that collects and maintains data on the domestic iron and steel sector.
  • Centre unlocks 66000 crore green fund
    • The Centre has unlocked more than 66,000 crore rupees to increase the country’s forest cover.
    • The fund is an accumulated amount of money which user agencies have been depositing as compensation for diverting forest land for non-forest purposes.
    • As per the rules about 80% of the total money will be used by the states for plantation and other green projects.
  • RBI net sells USD 6.184 bn of US currency
    • RBI continued to remain a net seller of the U.S. dollar in June 2018, after it sold $6.184 billion of the U.S. dollar in the spot market, RBI data showed.
    • In June 2018, the RBI bought $4.020 billion of U.S. dollar, while it sold $10.204 billion in the spot market.
    • In May 2018 and April 2018, RBI had net sold Rs. 5.767 billion and $2.483 billion of the U.S. currency, respectively.
  • Anderson 1st to took 100 wickets at Lord’s
    • England fast bowler James Anderson became the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at the  Lord’s Cricket Ground.
    • Anderson achieved the feat on day four of the second Test in the ongoing five-match Test series against India.
    • It was India’s opening batsman Murali Vijay who became his 100th Test wicket.
  • Rafael Nadal wins fourth Rogers Cup
    • Rafael Nadal won his 80th Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour title on August 12, 2018.
    • Nadal beat Stefanos Tsitsipas for his fourth Rogers Cup crown and fifth victory of the year.
    • Nadal also won the Rogers Cup in Toronto in 2008 and in Montreal in 2005 and 2013.
  • Axis Bank introduces iris authentication
    • Axis Bank has become the first bank in the country to introduce Iris Scan Authentication feature for Aadhaar-based transactions through its micro ATM tablets.
    • This service will boost the bank’s financial inclusion.
    • Micro ATMs completely eliminate the requirement of debit cards, passwords, PINs, and user IDs, and empower consumers to avail banking services using only their Aadhaar numbers.
  • CSIR develops new Clot buster
    • A new Clot buster, ‘PEGylated Streptokinase’ has been developed at CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh and is all set to revolutionize the treatment of ischemic strokes.
    • Ischemic stroke is a condition caused by a dysfunction in the supply of blood to the brain.
    • CSIR and Epygen Biotech Pvt. Ltd. have entered into an agreement to develop the PEGylated Streptokinase.
  • India hands 1st lot of houses in Sri Lanka
    • India handed over the first lot of houses built for Indian-origin people in Sri Lanka’s tea plantation areas on 12th August, 2018.
    • India had committed 60,000 houses under the ‘innovative Indian housing project’.
    • It is the largest Indian assistance project in any country with a grant of over USD 350 million.
  • Former LS Somnath Chatterjee passes away
    • Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away on August 13, 2018.
    • Born on July 25, 1929, Chatterjee was a ten-time Lok Sabha MP.
    • He was one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in India.
    • He served as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009.
    • Chatterjee won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 1996.
  • Nat Wildlife Genetic Resource Bank inagurated
    • The ‘National Wildlife Genetic Resource Bank’ was inaugurated by Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan in Hyderabad
    • This facility would facilitate the exchange of genetic material between Indian zoos for maintaining genetic diversity.
    • Wildlife Genetic Resource Banking is the systematic collection and preservation of tissues, sperm, eggs and embryos, genetic material.
  • Justice Jhaveri takes oath as CJ of Odisha HC
    • Justice Kalpesh Satyendra Jhaveri was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court.
    • Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal administered the oath of office to the new Chief Justice.
    • Justice Jhaveri, who was elevated to Gujarat HC Judge on March 7, 2004, was confirmed as a permanent Judge in June 2005. He was then transferred to Rajasthan HC in August 2016.
  • Chandrayaan-2 to be launched in January-March
    • India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 will now be launched in the January-March window in 2019.
    • Chandrayaan-2, which will be launched onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-3.
    • The lander has been named “Vikram” as a tribute to the pioneer of India’s space programme and former ISRO chairman (1963-71), Vikram Sarabhai, Sivan said.
  • Farmer can avail Rs 1.50 lakh loan waiver
    • The Maharashtra government has expanded the scope of the loan waiver scheme.
    • The government has now extended the benefits to every member of the farmer’s family in case of a separate loan account.
    • Earlier, the state government had considered the farmer’s family as one unit and considered it eligible to claim waiver of Rs 1.50 lakh agricultural debt.
  • CJI changes subject-wise roster in SC
    • The Chief Justice of India has changed the subject-wise roster for judges in the Supreme Court to categorise cases for Justice R. Banumathi, who now heads a Bench.
    • The Bench headed by Justice Banumathi would hear cases on family law issues, labour, civil cases, public premises eviction, land law, etc.
    • The subject-wise roster was first implemented from February 5, 2018.
  • 5 Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention
    • The leaders of the five countries bordering the Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal on the legal status of the sea.
    • The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan signed the agreement on the status of the inland sea.
    • The agreement was made to settle a long-lasting dispute on whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake.
  • ISRO plans to launch TV channel
    • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch a TV channel to promote scientific temper among people and conduct training camps for school students.
    • ISRO will select students and organise training camps for 25 to 30 days and the students will be allowed to visit laboratory and make their small satellite.
    • ISRO was planning to set up an incubation centre for startups
  • Justice M R Shah sworn in as CJ of Patna HC
    • Justice Mukesh R Shah was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court.
    • Justice Shah was a judge of the Gujarat High Court before his appointment as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court.
    • Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik administered the oath of office to Justice Shah.
    • He became a judge of the Gujarat High Court on March 7, 2004 and was confirmed as permanent judge on June 22, 2005.
  • RCEP trade ministers to meet in Singapore
    • Trade ministers of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries, including India and China, will hold a crucial meeting in Singapore on August 30-31, 2018.
    • RCEP mega trade pact aims to cover goods, services, investments, economic and technical cooperation, competition and intellectual property rights.
    • RCEP bloc comprises 10 Asean members and their six FTA partners.
  • Nepal-India Literature Festival 2018 begins
    • Nepal-India Literature Festival 2018 has begun in Birgunj, Nepal on August 12, 2018.
    • On this occasion eminent writers from both the countries were also felicitated.
    • Around 250 participants from India and Nepal are attending the two day festival.
    • The event has been organised by Nepal India Co-operation Forum.
  • Messi is Barcelona’s most decorated player
    • Lionel Messi won his 33rd title to become the most successful player of Barcelona on August 12, 2018.
    • Messi is the Barcelona’s new captain.
    • Barcelona beat Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left for the Japanese league.


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