Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 11 2019
1. BAFTA LA to honour Steve Coogan with Charlie Chaplin Award
Actor Steve Coogan won with the Charlie Chaplin Award by the British Academy’s Los Angeles branch. He will receive the honor during the 2019 Britannia Awards.
The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy recognizes the talents whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy.
2. Virasat e Khalsa Museum in Punjab sets record
Virasat-e-Khalsa Museum in Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib town is to find a place in the Asia Book of Records. It is the most visited museum in the Indian sub-continent in a single day.
The museum witnessed a record footfall of 20,569 visitors on a single day on March 20. Virasat-e-Khalsa is a museum of Sikhism, located in the holy town, Anandpur Sahib Chandigarh.
3. Bajrang Punia wins gold at Tbilisi, Vinesh Phogat in final at Medved
India’s top wrestlers continued their impressive run this season with Bajrang Punia defending his title at Tbilisi Grand Prix and Vinesh Phogat reaching her fourth final at Medved event.
Bajrang, who had won a gold at the same event last year as well, prevailed 2-0 over Iran’s Peiman Bibyani in the 65kg final of the men’s freestyle competition in the capital city of Georgia.
4. Arjun Ram Meghwal Addresses 3rd International Electric Vehicle Conclave
The Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Arjun Ram Meghwal, inaugurated the 3rd International Electric Vehicle (EV) Conclave at the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in Manesar, Gurugram. The Conclave was held to create a knowledge-sharing platform to ensure flow of information at all levels in the automotive sector.
5. India, Bangladesh to set up committee for optimum utilisation of water resources
India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up a Joint Technical committee for optimum utilisation of Ganges water as being received by Bangladesh under the Ganga Water Sharing Treaty 1996.
After the Secretary-level meeting in Dhaka, both the countries also agreed to prepare a framework for interim water-sharing agreement for eight rivers including Feni, Gumti and Teesta. Both the countries also discussed issues related to pollution of trans boundary rivers.
6. Manipur tops in Breastfeeding, Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices
Manipur has topped the rankings in Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in the country. Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan released a report on Breastfeeding on 8th August in New Delhi. Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bihar are at the bottom positions in the report card.
7. Haryana govt to roll out Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojana from Aug 21
Haryana Government announced the roll-out of ‘Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samridhi Yojna’ which will provide social security to families. Under the scheme, Rs 6000 per year will be given to each eligible family.
The scheme, which will be launched on August 21, will provide social security to people in the form of life insurance, accidental insurance and pensionary benefits.
8. Quit India movement freedom fighter Dayanidhi Nayak passes away at 95
Noted freedom fighter Dayanidhi Nayak, who struggled against the British Government during the Quit India movement, breathed his last at his native village, Panimora at the age of 95.
One of the 32 freedom fighters from Panimora, he joined the Quit India movement against the British government and was a devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi.
9. 39-year-old Gayle becomes first West Indies cricketer to play 300 ODIs
Opener Chris Gayle became the first West Indies cricketer to feature in 300 ODIs, achieving the feat in the second ODI against India. The 39-year-old overtook ex-West Indies captain Brian Lara, who played 299 ODIs. Ex-West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul follows Lara with 268 ODIs. Gayle has scored 10,397 runs and taken 167 wickets in ODIs so far.
10. Sonia Gandhi named Interim Congress President
Sonia Gandhi was named as the Interim Congress President, after Rahul Gandhi refused to reconsider his decision to step down. The decision was taken by the Congress Working Committee on August 10 after a 12-hour meeting. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were not a part of the selection process, as they had excused themselves from the Congress group meetings.