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INDIAN AFFAIRS

6th session of India-Turkmenistan Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) held in New Delhi

6th session of India-Turkmenistan Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) held in New Delhi

  1. India and Turkmenistan has been going to the make the relationship for the development of each other and they have decided for the make of the many things like the energy, trade and security, it is said by the Ministry of External Affairs.
  2. The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov has been did the meeting of the assessment of the senior officials of the Government of Turkmenistan to New Delhi from August 13-15.
  3. “EAM Sushma Swaraj and DPM Meredov comprehensively reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and took stock of the progress achieved in the areas of energy, trade and economic cooperation, transport and connectivity, security cooperation, civil aviation, information technology, science and technology, cultural and educational matters,” it is said on the statement.
  4. In the 6th of the meeting there is the present of the India-Turkmenistan Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation held on August 14, it is told by the statement of the MEA.

KEYS:

  1. Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by the Caspian Sea and largely covered by the Karakum Desert
  2. It’s known for archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, major stops along the ancient trade route the Silk Road
  3. Ashgabat, the capital, was rebuilt in Soviet style in the mid-20th century and is filled with grand monuments honoring former president Saparmurat Niyazov
  4. Capital: Ashgabat
  5. Currency: Turkmenistan manat
  6. Inter-ethnic languages: Russian

 

India opens first Partition museum at Amritsar

India opens first Partition museum at Amritsar

  1. There is the museum in the Amritsar, which has been created on the basis of the India and Pakistan partition at the time of the freedom that has been decided to open in this week, it is told in the report by the media on Tuesday. In this Museum there will be the photographs of the people who give his sacrifice in the freedom of the country and some of the cuttings of the newspaper.
  2. “If you look at any other country in the world, they have all memorialised the experiences that have defined and shaped them,” said Mallika Ahluwalia, chief executive officer of the Partition museum. “Yet this event that has so deeply shaped not only our subcontinent, but millions of individuals who were impacted, has had no museum or memorial 70 years later.”
  3. “You end up feeling so grateful to that generation who, I think, helped rebuild the nation, despite having suffered such trauma,” Ahluwalia said.
  4. “What must it have felt like for her, to one day come from, you know, a relatively affluent family, have a normal background, and the next day all you have left of your things is a small suitcase,” Ahluwalia said. The personal experience led her to believe it was important to set up the museum, “especially as we saw that generation leaving us.”

KEYS:

  1. Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, is the heart of India’s Sikh community
  2. The city of Amritsar, founded in the 1570s by Sikh Guru Ram Das, is the site of Harmandir Sahib, the holiest gurdwara (Sikh place of worship)
  3. Known in English as the Golden Temple, and surrounded by the Pool of Nectar, it’s a major pilgrimage site
  4. Also in Amritsar is Durgiana Temple, a Hindu shrine famed for its engraved silver doors
  5. Capital: Chandigarh
  6. Districts: 22
  7. Points of interest: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, ChattBir Zoo,

 

GeM and CII sign MoU to establish GeMSamvad

GeM and CII sign MoU to establish GeMSamvad

  1. Government eMarketplace (GeM) SPV and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), has been signed the Memorandum of understanding on Monday with head of Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce & Industry Minister at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi, Smt S Radha Chauhan, CEO GeM and Sh Chandrajit Banerjee, DG, CII singed the MoU on behalf of GeM SPV and CII respectively.
  2. The main aim of this MoU which has been signed between both the Union that has been for the development of the GeM Samvaad- that will develop the industries in the India which is going on the base of the Indian interpretinior. In this there is the roll of the both the countries:
  3. “Create GeM related awareness and onboard industry members from across the country. “
  4. “Create a GeM-Industry Forum for collaboration with the Indian Industry for, seeking inputs on the technical specifications of products and SLAs of services to be procured by the Government agencies, improving the quality of products/services procured especially from the MSMEs, organize annual Public Procurement Convention of all stakeholders and set up GeM Resource Centers at CII Regional Offices”

 

Karnataka Launches ‘Indira Canteen’ in Bengaluru

  1. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has inaugurates the one of the Karnataka government’s subsidised food canteens named, ‘Indira Canteen’ here on Tuesday at where the cost of the breakfast at Rs five and lunch and dinner at a cost of Rs 10.
  2. “We started Anna Bhagya scheme by giving 7 kg of rice free to over 4 crore people the very day we came to power. To its credit, the scheme is stemming mass migration from our villages despite severe drought in the last three years. Not a single hunger related death has been reported in the State despite severe drought. Indira Canteens is only a continuation of that programme,” he said.
  3. In the term of the named the canteen that is the Indira Gandhi, he said, that the conteen has been named after the person that has been raise his voice for the nation in 1971 to eradicate poverty: “garibi hathao.” That was her response to her opponents calling for “Indira hathao.” ”Our response to our opponents is also similar.”
  4. Gandhi, did the first breakfast at the canteen in Jayanagar, and said ‘Indira Canteens’ and this will help the migrants the person who will some in the Bengaluru with the dream of to do something. “No person in Bengaluru should ever go hungry and the canteens are a great means towards it,” he said, asking the government to give much attention to cleanliness and taste.

KEYS:

  1. Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines
  2. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife
  3. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, former seat of the region’s maharajas
  4. Hampi, once the medieval Vijayanagara empire’s capital, contains ruins of Hindu temples, elephant stables and a stone chariot
  5. Capital: Bengaluru (Executive Branch)
  6. Population: 64.06 million (2014)
  7. Colleges and Universities: Visvesvaraya Technological University

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Nepal, China sign three pacts to boost energy, economic ties

Nepal, China sign three pacts to boost energy, economic ties

  1. Nepal and China has signed the agreement on the some of three ties for the power and energy sectors and also the conservation of the some of the study in the natural gas and petroleum in the Himalayan country, including in the southern Terai plains.
  2. “The Chinese side is positive over the matter, but extensive talks and discussions are essential as a single round of talks is not enough to finalise all issues. They are positive towards our priorities of national development,” said Subedi.
  3. Finance Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi told to the agency that recognition of the countries has been put their contributions in Nepal’s socio- economic transformation.
  4. Shanta Raj Subedi said, “China has responded positively on Nepal government’s appeal to immediately reopen the 114-kilometre Araniko highway – an old route connecting the two countries. The highway damaged and subsequently closed after the massive earthquake in Nepal in 2015.”

KEYS:

  1. Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia
  2. Capital: Kathmandu
  3. Currency: Nepalese rupee
  4. Prime minister: Sher Bahadur Deuba
  5. President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari

 

Colombia declares FARC war over as last guns roll away

Colombia declares FARC war over as last guns roll away

  1. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has been announced that for the conflict of the 50 years that has been started with the FARC guerrillas “truly over” on Tuesday, by the last truck that has been loaded that has been melted at the somewhere which was full with weapon.
  2. “With the laying down of arms … the conflict is truly over and a new phase begins in the life of our nation. This is truly a historic moment for the country,” Santos said at a ceremony in Pondores, a remote area in the northern Guajira department.
  3. “Our mission has, up to today, gathered 8,112 arms in these containers and destroyed almost 1.3 million cartridges. This puts the country on the path to a new future” UN mission chief for Colombia Jean Arnault said at an event to mark the shipment.
  4. Al Jazeera’s Alessandro Rampietti, reporting from Bogota, said, “This will be used to compensate the victims of the conflict. And it remains a contentious issue here since many Colombians fear they will not reveal all they have. But leaders of the FARC insist that they will indeed completely fulfil all their obligations.”

KEYS:

  1. Colombia is a country at the northern tip of South America
  2. It’s landscape is marked by rainforests, Andes mountains and numerous coffee plantations. In the high-altitude capital, Bogotá, the Zona Rosa district is known for its restaurants and shops
  3. Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast, has a walled colonial Old Town, a 16th-century castle and nearby coral reefs
  4. Capital: Bogotá
  5. Currency: Colombian peso
  6. Official language: Spanish

Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for seventh-straight year

Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for seventh-straight year

  1. Melbourne once more has been listed its name in the world’s most liveable city by The Economist, by clearing the some of the better healthcare, education and infrastructure.
  2. “This world record is an amazing feat that all Melburnians should be extremely proud of today. This accolade is an important selling point for Melbourne internationally: for businesses to invest or move here, for the best and brightest people to make Melbourne their home and for tourists to visit us.” Cr Doyle said.
  3. Cr Doyle said, “There will always be naysayers and whingers, and of course we are not perfect. No great world city is, but we should be very proud of the work we all do together to make Melbourne the best city in the world.”
  4. Victorian Council of Social Service chief executive Emma King said, “These blunt measures gloss over the realities of life in Melbourne for many people. Did The Economist survey anybody who’s living under a bridge or skipping meals to pay their power bill?. Melbourne is a great city. But, for many, it provides anything but an easy life.”

KEYS:

  1. Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria
  2. At the city’s centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River
  3. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art.
  4. State electorate(s): 54 electoral districts and regions

 

BANKING & FINANCE

City Union Bank offers instant credit cards

City Union Bank offers instant credit cards

  1. The Kumbakonam-headquartered has been announced for the new and facilitated “instant credit card” for free for its Net banking customers. This project that has been launched on Saturday but has come in impact on the Tuesday, that has been in the term of the some of being the fancy. It told by the report by the source of the Bank that some of around 80 customers had generated a credit card on Day 1.
  2. “The use of the card for instant transactions will, however, be allowed only from Wednesday,” said N Kamakodi, Chief Executive and Managing Director of CUB.
  3. “We will mark a lien on the FD. The customer will be allowed a credit limit of up to 80 per cent of the deposit or a maximum of ₹3 lakh,” he said.
  4. “The image will reflect the card number, card-holder’s name and expiry date. The physical delivery of the card will take a day or two… In the meantime, the card-holder can use it for online purchases.”

KEYS:

  1. City Union Bank is an Indian bank. The Kumbakonam Bank Limited, as it was at first called, was incorporated as a limited company on 31 October 1904
  2. The bank initially preferred the role of a regional bank in the Thanjavur District Tamil Nadu
  3. Headquarters: Tamil Nadu
  4. CEO: Dr. N. Kamakodi (1 May 2011–)
  5. Founded: 1904
  6. Number of employees: 4,517 (2016)

India to host steering committee meeting of TAPI gas pipeline

India to host steering committee meeting of TAPI gas pipeline

  1. India has been going to host the some of next committee that has been of the 1,814 kilometre-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, it is said by the senior officials on both sides.
  2. “I strongly believe in this project, and this is the position of Turkmenistan. It is not just a commercial project, but one which will be a good foundation for providing peace and security in the region,” Mr. Merodov said at a small interaction.
  3. This meeting that has been some of the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.
  4. Meredov said Turkmenistan was “open to all economic cooperation, which is how all such projects should be seen. India is and will be one of the most important countries for Turkmenistan. We must be practical in the implementation of strategic economic projects. China has the BRI, we have similar ideas, India has similar ideas”

KEYS:

  1. The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline, also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank
  2. Partner: Türkmengaz
  3. Runs alongside: Kandahar–Herat Highway
  4. General direction: north–south
  5. Length: 1,814 km (1,127 mi)
  6. Passes throughs: Herat, Kandahar, Quetta, Multan

Karur Vysya bank opens its first Aadhaar enrollment centre

  1. Karur VysyaBSE 3.65 % Bank has been installed the new Aadhaar Enrollment Centre at its Nelson Manickam Road Branch in Chennai on Wednesday. This system of the new portal has been steped by the D M Gajare, assistant director general, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Regional Office, Bengaluru. KVB is the first sector which has been first bank service in India.
  2. The Unique Identification Authority of India has been told to the private sector bank for the Aadhaar enrolment and updation facility at various branches in its July 13 notification.
  3. Karur Vysya Bank has been check its place as the branch and started.

KEYS:

  1. Karur Vysya Bank கருர் வைஸ்யா வங்கி is an Indian private-sector bank, headquartered in Karur in Tamil Nadu
  2. It was set up in 1916 by M. A. Venkatarama Chettiar and Athi Krishna Chettiar
  3. Headquarters: Karur
  4. Founded: 1916
  5. Number of employees: 7,211 (2016)
  6. Capital ratio: 11.79%
  7. Founders: M. A. Venkatarama Chettiar, Athi Krishna Chettiar

 

Science and Technology

IIT Guwahati develops silk patch to repair damaged heart tissue

IIT Guwahati develops silk patch to repair damaged heart tissue

  1. Scientists of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has been developed the 3D cardiac tissue patch by using silk protein membranes seeded with heart muscle cells. This patch will help the regeneration of the damage tissue of the heart.
  2. “The 3D patch that we fabricated can be implanted at the site of damage to help the heart regain normal function. It can also be used for sealing holes in the heart,” says Biman Mandal from the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Guwahati, who led the research.
  3. “We focused on developing a silk-based tissue engineered membrane which will allow the cardiac cells to grow while maintaining the structural anisotropy,” says Prof. Mandal.
  4. “The muga silk exhibited good elasticity and mechanical strength comparable to native heart tissue as we used only 2% silk proteins to make the membrane,” says Shreya Mehrotra, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering and first author of the paper. “When tested on mice, we found the muga silk was immunologically compatible and hence not rejected by the immune system,” she adds.
  5. Mandal says, “Stacking the membranes to form a 3D patch overcomes the drawbacks of current scaffolds used for cardiac tissue engineering in terms of creating a high cell dense anisotropic patch, a foremost requirement for this tissue.”
  6. “This method is better than the conventional direct delivery of cardiac cells to repair the damaged portion of the heart as the cells get washed out from the injected site,” says Ms. Mehrotra.

KEYS:

  1. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati is a public institution established by the Government of India, located in Guwahati, in the state of Assam in India
  2. It is the sixth Indian Institute of Technology established in India
  3. Address: Near Doul Gobinda Road, Amingaon, North Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam 781039
  4. Campus size: 2.849 km²
  5. Founded: 1994
  6. Director: Gautam Biswas

SPORTS

Nadal to return to no. 1 rank for first time after 3 years

Nadal to return to no. 1 rank for first time after 3 years

  1. Rafa Nadal has put his name at the world’s number one place once again after 3 years after the Roger Federer withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters with a back injury.
  2. “It’s just coincidence,” he said. “We’re not 20 years old any more. We’re not playing all the weeks. It’s part of our sport. I’ve been in their position lots of times. I’ve missed more events than the other players. It’s part of the game. I wish them all a speedy recovery. We need them in the game. I hope they get back soon.”
  3. Rafa Nadal said, “It’s been tough to get back to No. 1. I’m happy to have the chance to be in that position. For me to be in that position is something very special. I have the passion and love for the game. That’s why I’m able to be back in that position again.”
  4. 19-time the best champion, Federer has been turn his back to the Rogers Cup in Montreal, at their he get lost Sunday’s final to Alexander Zverev.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Art Directors Guild Adds Animated Feature Category to Its Awards

Art Directors Guild Adds Animated Feature Category to Its Awards

  1. The Art Directors Guild has been added the new categories in its nomination of the awards that is the animated feature category to its Excellence in Production Design Awards, slated for Jan. 27 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
  2. There is the awards that has been some of the featured at the nomination of the animated round that is the, “Production Design in Animation: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination.”
  3. “It is our intention to honor and celebrate great Production Design achievements in the remarkable and evolving art form of animation through this new award. By separating feature animation into its own constituent category, we wish to pay tribute to these creative works in a manner equivalent to all our other feature design categories,” said Thomas A. Walsh, an ADG Event producer along with Thomas Wilkins.

KEYS:

  1. The Art Directors Guild is an American labor union and local of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees representing 2,500 motion picture and television professionals
  2. Founded: 1937
  3. Head union: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  4. Key person: Nelson Coates
  5. Members: c. 2,500 (2016)
  6. Office locations: Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States, Studio City, California, United States

OBITUARY

Former Lakers Player Tommy Hawkins Dies at Age 80

Former Lakers Player Tommy Hawkins Dies at Age 80

  1. Former NBA player, Tommy Hawkins, who has played 10 seasons for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers and Cincinnati Royals, has been died on Wednesday at the age of 80.
  2. “We are saddened to hear the news regarding Tommy Hawkins,” Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “He was and will always be part of the Lakers family. He was a member of the Lakers when the team moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles and he made LA his home.
  3. “Tommy not only contributed as a player but also as a sports executive and broadcaster. His baritone voice and easy demeanor made him a favorite of the fans and media as well as everyone who had the honor of calling him a friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hawkins family.”

KEYS:

  1. The National Basketball Association is the major men’s professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world
  2. Number of teams: 30
  3. Commissioner: Adam Silver
  4. Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States
  5. Subsidiaries: WNBA, Western Conference, Eastern Conference
  6. Tallest player: Gheorghe Mureșan

IMPORTANT DAYS

18th August 1945: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is Reported seriously Injured in a Plane Crash in Taiwan and is Believed to have Passed Away in a Local Hospital

18th August 1945: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is Reported seriously Injured in a Plane Crash in Taiwan and is Believed to have Passed Away in a Local Hospital

  1. On the 18th August in the year 1945 it was get the news that the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been injured in the plane crash and has burn himself totally in the plane crash in Taihoku airport, Taiwan and it is said that he has been died in the nearly Japanese military hospital.
  2. Subhas Chandra Bose, also known as the Netaji, and he was the great Indian Nationalist leader who did fight for the Indian Independence from the British at the time of World War II.
  3. There is the many of the myths has been seen in the term of the death of Subhas Chandra Bose. It is said that the Bose has been died in a plane crash in Tiapei in Taiwan on 18th August 1945 while on his way to Tokyo and then the Soviet Union.

 

 

 

 

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