Latest Current Affairs 21st August 2019

Situation remains peaceful across J&K: In Jammu and Kashmir, situation remained peaceful across the State especially Kashmir Valley where restrictions have been eased in some more areas. Middle schools in the Kashmir valley reopened today. earlier the primary school in the valley reopened on Monday. Telephone services have been restored to great extent. Meanwhile, the security forces are keeping a close tab on the security situation in the valley. Here’s more…

PM Modi to visit France, UAE, and Bahrain: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land in France on Thursday for his first bilateral visit in his second term as PM. In the first term too, France was the first European nation that Prime Minister visited. Within hours of landing, President Emmanuel Macron and PM Modi will hold a one on one meeting followed by delegation level talks and the signing of agreements.

Zambian President Lungu meets President Kovind, PM Modi; India-Zambia exchange 6 MoUs: Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is on a two-day state visit to India on the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind. A bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the Zambian President was held at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Discussions were held on array of issues including trade & investment, defence, renewable energy, development cooperation, capacity building, and several others.

Union Home Secy Rajiv Gauba appointed Cabinet Secretary: Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has been appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years. Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, will initially join as the Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat, before he takes over the charge of the country’s top bureaucratic post from the incumbent P K Sinha.

CBI arrests former Union Minister P Chidambaram in INX Media case: High drama unfolded on Wednesday as CBI arrested former Union Minister P. Chidambaram in connection with INX media case.  Chidambaram has been taken to CBI office where he will be questioned in connection to the probe.

Delhi on flood alert; Yamuna nears warning level: The Yamuna continued to flow well above the danger mark on Wednesday but Delhi government officials said the water level was constant at 206.60 metres for several hours and was likely to recede. The river breached the danger mark of 205.33 metres on Monday.

CBI books NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy for FDI norms violation: The CBI has booked NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy, and others in connection with alleged violation of foreign direct investment rules.

SC gives no reprieve to Chidambaram: The noose appears to be tightening around former Home Minister P Chidambaram’s neck. After the Delhi High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail application in the INX Media case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that Chidambaram’s plea will be put before the CJI to consider for urgent listing.

India, Zambia sign 6 MoUs following delegation level talks between PM Modi & Zambian President: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the visit of Zambia President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s visit to India will further enhance the age-old relationship between the two countries.

ED issues look out notice against P Chidambaram in INX Media Case: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a fresh look out circular against former finance minister P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media money laundering case, officials said Wednesday.

Middle schools to be reopened in Kashmir valley today: In Jammu and Kashmir, situation remained peaceful across the State especially Kashmir Valley where restrictions were eased in some more areas

5th Meeting of India-Nepal Joint Commission held in Kathmandu: 5th Meeting of India-Nepal Joint Commission was held in Kathmandu on Wednesday. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali co chaired the meeting. The Joint Commission reviewed entire gamut of bilateral relations.

EAM S Jaishankar arrives in Kathmandu on a two day visit to Nepal: External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar has arrived in Kathmandu on a two day visit to Nepal. He was received at the airport by Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Shanker Das Bairagi, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri and Nepal”s Ambassador to India Neelambar Acharya.

‘India Day’ organised to promote different aspects of Indian Cultural Diversity in Saudi: ‘India Day’ was part of the series of events organized by the Embassy to promote different aspects of Indian Cultural Diversity and to impress upon the ‘Soft Power’ of India among the Saudi Nationals.

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