Latest Current Affairs 18th August 2019

BASIC countries to speak in one voice on issue of climate change: Prakash Javadekar: Union Minister for Environment and Forests  Prakash Javadekar has said that coming together of  BASIC countries- Brazil, South Africa, India and China and putting views together is an important aspect of United Nations negotiations.

Former Haryana CM Hooda backs revocation of Article 370: Former Haryana Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said that he supports Centre’s decision to revoke provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu holds talks with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday held talks with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and discussed important aspects of bilateral relationship as well as global and regional issues of common interest.

President inaugurates bunker museum at Maha Raj Bhavan:President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday inaugurated the underground ‘Bunker Museum’ at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

Situation remains peaceful in J&K: In Jammu and Kashmir, the situation remained peaceful on Sunday. Restrictions have been relaxed in 35 police station areas of Kashmir while 17 telephone exchanges out of 96 have been made functional.

PM Modi addresses Students at Royal University of Bhutan: Continuing the long tradition of exchange of knowledge between India and Bhutan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed young minds at the Royal University of Bhutan. His book ‘Exam warriors’ was deeply appreciated by students at the University. Prime Minister urged the students to do extra-ordinary things which will impact generations to come.

PM Modi returns home after successful Bhutan visit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to New Delhi after his successful two-day state visit to Bhutan. External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar received the Prime Minister at the Delhi Airport.

India is one of the fastest-growing major economies of the world: Vice President: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu met with the Mayor of Kanaus  Visvbaldas Matijosaitis. Addressing a gathering at Kanaus, Vice President Naidu said that diplomatic relations between Lithuania and India in 1992, bilateral trade and commercial relations between two countries have grown, but it is much below potential.

Defence Minister: New Delhi will talk to Islamabad only about Pakistan occupied Kashmir: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says that whenever talks with Pakistan take place, India will talk only about the areas of Jammu and Kashmir occupied by it.

PM Modi: Bhutan’s message to humanity is happiness: Bhutan has understood the essence of happiness and it is not a surprise that the Himalayan nation has become synonymous in the world for its concept of Gross National Happiness, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

India, Bhutan are ‘natural partners’: PM Modi tell Bhutan’s new generation: No two countries in the world understand each other so well or share so much as India and Bhutan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday as he emphasized that New Delhi and Thimphu are such “natural partners” in bringing prosperity to their peoples.

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates bunker museum at Maharashtra Raj Bhavan: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday inaugurated the underground ‘Bunker Museum’ at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

Assam CM inaugurates state’s first-ever CNG fuelling station in Dibrugarh: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the state’s first-ever CNG fuelling station in Dibrugarh on Saturday.

MP govt revokes Indore hospital licence after 11 lose sight post cataract surgery: Madhya Pradesh government has revoked the licence of a private hospital in Indore, where 11 elderly persons suffered significant impairment of vision due to infection.

7 die in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh: In Himachal Pradesh, 7 people were killed and several others injured in rain-related incidents due to continuous heavy rainfall for the past 48 hours.

Govt to clarify on applicability of FDI policy on digital media: Sources: The government is likely to come out with a clarification on applicability of the foreign direct investment policy on the digital media sector, official sources said.

PM Modi: Bhutanese students have power and potential to do extraordinary things: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the students in Bhutan have the power and potential to do extraordinary things, which will impact future generations, as he proposed extensive cooperation between the two countries in new areas such as space and digital payments.

Karnataka cabinet expansion to take place on August 20: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has said that the Cabinet expansion will take place on Tuesday.

Heavy rain lashes several parts of the country disrupting normal life: Heavy rain lashed several parts of the country, affecting normal life. Met Department has warned of heavy rain in low and middle hills of the state especially in Shimla, Solan, Mandi and Kangra districts.

Abrogation of Article 370 aimed at reducing regional disparity and improving administrative efficiency: Vice President: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that Article 370 of the Constitution has been abrogated to ensure all-round development and extend benefits to the people of the newly-created Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Restrictions further eased in J&K; Landline phones in valley partially restored, Primary schools to re-open from Monday: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have further eased restrictions on the movement of people. They have also restored landline phone services in some areas of the Kashmir Valley on Saturday.

New Delhi and Thimpu to take bilateral co-operation beyond hydro power sector: India and Bhutan have agreed to take the bilateral ties to new heights and take the cooperation beyond the hydro-power sector. The resolve came during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meetings with the Bhutanese leadership.

BASIC countries putting views together is an important aspect of UN negotiations, says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar: Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar has said that coming together of BASIC countries- Brazil, South Africa, India and China and putting views together is an important aspect of United Nations negotiations.

HRD ministry to launch programme to train over 42 lakh teachers across India on Aug 22: The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is going to launch the “world’s biggest project” for teacher training on August 22 to train over 42 lakh teachers across the country, an official said on Saturday.

Patients scramble for treatment as fire breaks out in AIIMS: Several patients who visited the AIIMS on Saturday had to scramble for treatment after a major fire disrupted services at the premiere hospital here.

PM Modi and Bhutanese PM jointly inaugurated 720 Megawatt Mangdechu hydroelectric plant in Thimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Lotay Tshering today jointly inaugurated the 720 Megawatt Mangdechu hydroelectric plant in Thimphu. This is the fourth plant built by India in Bhutan.

Sudan: Army and civilians seal power-sharing deal: Sudan’s ruling military council and civilian opposition alliance have signed a landmark power-sharing deal.

Bangladesh SC extends stay granted to photographer Shahidul Alam under ICT Act: The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Sunday extended till December 18 the stay on investigations into the case against acclaimed photographer,  social activist and writer Shahidul Alam.

Bangladesh govt. convenes meeting to resolve crisis in raw-hide sector: Commerce Ministry of Bangladesh is holding a meeting on Sunday afternoon to resolve the tussle between the rawhide merchants and tanners on the issue of low prices for animal hide and government decision to allow exports.

Fresh Dengue cases Decline in Bangladesh: The number of fresh dengue patients admitted to hospitals in Bangladesh is showing a declining trend over the last few days.

Afghanistan: 63 killed, 182 wounded in Kabul wedding blast: A suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan’s capital, killing 63 people and wounding 182 others, a government official said.

Argentina Treasury minister resigns amid deepening economic crisis: Argentina’s Economy Minister Nicolas Dujovne resigned on Saturday after a week of economic tumult caused by President Mauricio Macri’s defeat in a primary poll ahead of a general election.

British MPs press Johnson to recall parliament over Brexit: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under pressure on Sunday to immediately recall lawmakers from their summer holiday so parliament can debate Brexit.

HK activists, Beijing supporters demonstrate in London: Demonstrators backing the democracy activists in Hong Kong marched in London on Saturday, as counter-protesters staged a rival rally.

Banks Board Bureau invites applications for top posts in PNB, BOI: The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) has invited applications for the post of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD and CEO) in two major public sector banks, Punjab National Bank and Bank of India.

India win gold at U-12 Asian Tennis Team championship in Kazakhstan: India have won gold at the Under 12 Asian Tennis Team championship held in Kazakhstan. India defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1 in the summit clash to win the title.

India should use Israeli model of drip irrigation system; suggests Indian expert: India should adopt Israel’s model of drip irrigation system as it is based on farmers’ requirements and is not industry-designed like the one used in the country, a noted Indian water conservationist has suggested.

Mussels to be ‘super-filters’ that can help beat water pollution: Seafood lovers who prize the mussel for its earthy taste and succulent flesh may be unaware of its growing potential in the fight against water pollution.

Govt to clarify on applicability of FDI policy on digital media: Sources: The government is likely to come out with a clarification on applicability of the foreign direct investment policy on the digital media sector, official sources said.

Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change: Iceland on Sunday honours the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.

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