Latest Current Affairs 30th August 2019

NRC: Assam CM asks people not to panic; govt to provide legal aid to poor: Ahead of the publication of final NRC, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday asked people not to panic and said the state government will take all possible steps to help genuine Indians prove their citizenship and provide legal assistance.

Vice President calls for expansion of aquaculture sector: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday called for expansion of India’s aquaculture sector through diversification, value addition, and penetration in the hinterland and non-coastal states.

CBI remand of Chidambaram extended till September 2: NO relief to P. Chidambaram. Court extends CBI custody of the senior Congress leader till Monday in the INX Media case…//

Sikh girl’s forced conversion to Islam: MEA asks Pak govt to take remedial action: India on Friday said it has raised with Pakistan the issue of a Sikh girl being abducted and forced to convert to Islam in that country and asked for “immediate remedial action”.

Prasar Bharati team meets J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik: Ira Joshi, Principal Director General News Service Division All India Radio and Mayank Aggarwal, Director General (news) Doordarshan News met J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar on Friday.

EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday called on President of the European Parliament David Maria Sassoli and discussed the India-EU strategic partnership on regional, global and multilateral issues.

Principal Secretary to PM Modi, Nripendra Misra to leave PMO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Principal Secretary, Nripendra Misra, has expressed his intention to be relieved of his duties, the government said on Friday.

India, Pakistan holds technical meet on Kartarpur Corridor: India and Pakistan hold a technical meeting at the Zero Point on the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor; The meeting comprised a group of 15 officials from each side; The Kartarpur Zero point is the point at which the Indian side of the corridor and the Pakistani side of the corridor will be converging.

Media should act as a bridge to bring different language speaking people together, says PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said constructive criticism is something he looks forward to.

AYUSH and Yoga are strong pillars of ‘Fit India’ movement: PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said government has set a target of setting up 12,500 AYUSH centres across India. He said government is trying to set up 4000 such centres this year itself. Giving away Yoga Awards to the winners for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion and Development of Yoga in New Delhi, PM Modi said 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres are being opened across the country.

PM Modi presents Yoga Awards; launches ten AYUSH Centres in Haryana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said AYUSH and Yoga are strong pillars of ‘Fit India’ movement.

ADB President meets PM Modi: Asian Development Bank, ADB, President Takehiko Nakao today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pledged to support the government’s new flagship initiatives.

Centre releases over Rs 47,000 cr to increase green cover in states: In a major step towards increasing afforestation in the country, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has handed over forty seven thousand crore rupees from Compensatory Afforestation Fund to various states.

PM Modi addresses Manorama News Conclave through video conferencing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Manorama News Conclave through video conferencing

Govt to set up Model Mosque in each district & Upzila of Bangladesh: Bangladesh government will set up 560 model mosques and Islamic cultural centres in districts and upzilas across the country; Speaking after laying the foundation stone of District Model Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre at Meherpur Court Road on Friday,  State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said that these centres will have a library and arrangement for Quran recitation in them.

India’s National Defence College delegation visits Nepal: A delegation from the 59th course of National Defence College (NDC) India comprising 15 senior officers from civil services and defence forces of India, UK, Japan, Mongolia and Bangladesh visited Nepal.

Hong Kong democracy activists get bail, protest march banned: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and another core member of a pro-democracy group were granted bail on Friday after being charged with inciting people to join a protest in June, while authorities denied permission for a major march as they took what appears to be a harder line on this summer’s protests.

Bringing nuclear test ban treaty into force central pillar of global disarmament push: UN chief: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said the legacy of nuclear testing is “nothing but destruction,” and in a world of rising tensions, ?our collective security depends? on bringing a global treaty into force that bans nuclear explosions.

UN renews peacekeeping mission amid Israel-Lebanon tensions: The UN Security Council on Thursday voted to renew its long-running peacekeeping mission in Lebanon for a year, warning of a “new conflict” with neighboring Israel.

Trump cancels Poland trip as hurricane Dorian barrels down to Florida: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is cancelling his weekend trip to Poland so that he can spend time in the country as hurricane Dorian barrels down to Florida.

Govt announces mega merger of PSBs, bringing down their number to 12: In the biggest consolidation exercise in the banking space, the government on Friday announced four major mergers of public sector banks, bringing down their total number to 12 from 27 in 2017, a move aimed at making state-owned lenders global sized banks.

IDBI Bank launches repo-linked home, auto loans: LIC-owned IDBI Bank on Friday said it has launched home and auto loan product linked to the repo rate. It has also introduced bulk deposits linked to the repo rate in select buckets.

Gross NPA ratio of banks declined following early resolution of stressed assets: RBI: Reserve Bank says early recognition and resolution of stressed assets have helped banks contain their Gross Non-Performing Loans ratio at 9.1 percent down from 11.2 percent a year before.

India nudges Russia to get OPEC to price oil at reasonable rates: India has nudged Russia to use its influence on oil suppliers cartel OPEC to balance the global oil market, ensuring adequate supply with responsible and reasonable price.

Rupee gains 12 paise against dollar in early trade: The rupee appreciated by 12 paise to 71.67 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday following positive developments in the US-China trade talks.

Holder, Cornwall reduce India to 72/2 at Lunch on Day 1: Offspinning all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall picked up his first Test wicket on debut while skipper Jason Holder snared another in a brilliant spell of fast bowling as India laboured to 72/2 at lunch on Day 1 of the second Test in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday.

India vs SA T20: M S Dhoni not included, Hardik back in squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not figure in the Indian team for the upcoming three-match T20 Cricket series against South Africa while a fit-again Hardik Pandya returned as the only change in the 15-member squad announced last night.

ISSF World Cup: Abhishek Verma wins gold, bronze for Saurabh Choudhary in 10m Air Pistol in Rio: Asian Games medallist Abhishek Verma won the gold while teen sensation Saurabh Chaudhary claimed the bronze as Indian shooters dominated the podium in the men’s 10m air pistol event of the ongoing ISSF World Cup.

Fourth Lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 performed successfully: Fourth Lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft performed successfully; Next Lunar bound orbit maneuver planned on September 1, 2019; Spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon’s South Pole on September 7.

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