Current Affairs 14 August 2018 in English

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Current Affairs 14 August 2018 in English

Current Affairs 14 August 2018 in English

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Important Current Affairs 14 August 2018

  • Vienna is world’s most liveable city
    • Vienna has replaced Melbourne for the first time at the top of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index.
    • Damascus retained the last place, followed by the Dhaka, and Lagos in Nigeria.
    • The survey does not include several of the world’s most dangerous capitals, such as Baghdad and Kabul.
  • Rajnath inaugurates NDMC Smart City projects
    • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated various initiatives as part of smart city project of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on 13th August, 2018.
    • The facilities inaugurated includes smart poles with free wi-fi, 360 degree cameras and environmental sensors, solar tree with the LED lights, mobile charging points, ideation centre for promoting smart city entrepreneurs.
  • IRDA constitutes working group
    • Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) constituted a working group to the norms for insurance surveyors.
    • The 7-member working group has been formed to address areas pertaining to licensing, renewal and others in the context of the existing regulatory framework for Surveyors and Loss Assessors.
    • The working group will submit its report within 2 months.
  • Govt dismisses Usha Ananthasubramanian
    • The government has dismissed Usha Ananthasubramanian, former managing director of scam-hit Punjab National Bank and Allahabad Bank, from service.
    • Usha, who completed her one year as the CEO & MD of Allahabad Bank on May 6 2018.
    • She also served as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Punjab National Bank from August 2015 to May 2017.
  • Uttarakhand HC appoints itself as guardian
    • The Uttarakhand high court said it would act as the legal guardian of cows in the state.
    • The court did this by invoking the ‘parens patriae’ doctrine and is a doctrine that grants the court inherent power and authority to act as guardian for those who are unable to take care for themselves.
    • The court banned slaughter of cows, bulls, bullocks, heifers or calves in the state.
  • Smitha tops list of India’s wealthiest women
    • Smitha V. Crishna was ranked first in the ‘Kotak Wealth Hurun-Leading Wealthy Women 2018 list’.
    • Roshni Nadar, the CEO and executive director at HCL, ranks second in the list.
    • The chairperson of the Times Group, Indu Jain, ranks third in the list.
    • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder and MD of Biocon, ranks fourth in the list.
  • Hry to launch Ayushman Bharat in 22 districts
    • Haryana will launch its pilot health project Ayushman Bharat Haryana from August 15, 2018 in 22 district hospitals, one ESI and one medical college.
    • Under this scheme medical facility upto Rs 5 lakh will be provided for free to 15.50 lakh families.
    • Initially this facility will be provided in government hospitals, which would later be started in empanelled private hospitals.
  • Mazgon Dock Shipbuilders gets SEBI’s nod
    • Mazgon Dock Shipbuilders has received markets regulator SEBI’s go ahead to float an initial public offering.
    • The company had filed draft papers with the SEBI in April, 2018 and obtained its “observations” on August 10, 2018.
    • SEBI’s “observations” are necessary for any company to launch public issues like initial public offer (IPO) and follow-on public offer (FPO) and rights issue.
  • JCOs are gazetted officers, says Defence Min
    • Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) in the Indian military are gazetted officers, the Defence Ministry has clarified in an order issued on August 1, 2018.
    • The Ministry has instructed the three services to issue suitable identity cards to the JCOs immediately in the order.
    • JCOs and equivalent officer having been accorded gazetted officer status by an Act of Parliament.
  • India rejects U.K. proposal on DNA tests
    • India rejected a proposal by the U.K. to use DNA sampling to establish the nationality of illegal migrants living there citing “privacy issues”.
    • As per the proposal, security agencies in India were to verify the antecedents of illegal migrants without documents in the U.K. within 72 days and those with documents within 15 days.
    • India refused to sign the final pact in April 2018.
  • Jodhpur, Marwar cleanliest railway stations
    • Rajasthan’s Jodhpur and Marwar railway stations have emerged the cleanliest among the major stations in the country.
    • While Jodhpur secured the first position in A1 category stations for 2018, Marwar took the pole position in A category, according to the study report released by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
    • the North Western Railway (NWR) topped the list as the cleanest zone.
  • Ashish appointed CEO of PM crop insurance
    •  Ashish Kumar Bhutani has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).
    • Bhutani, a 1992 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, has been appointed to the post till May 9, 2020.
    • PMFBY is the new crop insurance scheme launched by Central Government in 2016.
  • First project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme
    • The first project under the central government’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme, ‘North East Circuit: Imphal and Khongjom’, will be inaugurated by Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on 14th August, 2018.
    • The project covers 2 sites – Kangla Fort and Khongjom.
    • ‘Swadesh Darshan’ is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Tourism for the development of thematic circuits in the country.
  • Terms of two PSU banks’ chairmen extended
    • The government gave two-years extension to non-executive chairman of two public sector banks.
    • Canara Bank Chairman T N Manoharan and Bank of India Chairman G Padmanabhan were given two-years extension each.
    • They were appointed chairmen in August 2014 for a term of three years.
  • SC approves colour coding of vehicles
    • The Supreme Court approved a proposal submitted by the Union of India (UOI) to colour-code vehicles according to the fuel they run on, in an effort to help counter air pollution.
    • The apex court ruling allows for blue stickers to be used for vehicles running on petrol and CNG, and orange stickers for diesel vehicles.
    • However, it clarified that this would only be applicable in Delhi and NCR.
  • DAC approves procurement of 6 patrol vessels
    • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of six indigenously designed and manufactured Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (NGOPVs) for the Indian Navy.
    • The DAC is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
    • The vessels will be built in indigenous shipyards and will be fitted with state-of-the-art sensor suite with increased endurance.
  • Pune tops Ease of Living Index 2018
    • Pune has topped the Ease of Living Index 2018, followed by Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai.
    • This was announced at the launch of the Index as well as Swachh Survekshan 2019 in New Delhi on 13th August 2018.
    • The Ease of Living Index will help cities assess their liveability in relation to global and national benchmarks.
  • Manjula appointed as new chairperson of APTEL
    • Justice Manjula Chellur took oath as the Chairperson of the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) under the Ministry of Power in New Delhi on 13th August 2018.
    • Prior to this, Justice Chellur was the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
    • She was the first woman Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.
    • She was the first female judge of the Karnataka High Court.
  • Inflation slows to 9-month low at 4.17%
    • Retail inflation eased to a nine-month low of 4.17% in July 2018 as food inflation cooled to its lowest level since July 2017.
    • Inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) slowed from the 4.92% pace set in June 2018.
    • Among all the Indian states and Union Territories, West Bengal recorded the highest annual inflation rate of 7.37%.
  • Egon to help BBB in PSB leadership programmes
    • The Indian Banks’ Association has appointed Egon Zehnder International as a ‘Knowledge Partner’ to the Banks Board Bureau.
    • It will design, implement and institutionalise a flagship leadership development strategy for public sector banks in India.
    • In addition, Hay Consultants Private Limited will assist the bureau in assessing leadership competencies of candidates.

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