Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 13 2019
1. Bianca Andreescu won the Rogers Cup
Bianca Andreescu won the 2019 Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada. She defeated Serena Williams. In the Rogers Cup men’s final, Spanish player Rafael Nadal won the title. It is his fifth Rogers Cup title. He secured 6-3 and 6-0 won Daniil Medvedev. It is his 35th Masters 1,000 tournament win.
2. Alejandro Giammattei was elected as the President of Guatemala
Alejandro Giammattei was elected as the President of Guatemala in a run-off in the country’s Supreme Electoral Council court. He will assume office on 14 January, 2020. He defeated the former first lady Sandra Torres from the centrist National Unity of Hope party.
He won on his fourth try. He won 58.26% of the votes after 98% of voting centres had been counted. Former first lady Sandra Torres won 40% of votes.
3. Kajin Sara lake has set a new record of being the worlds highest lake
Mountaineers discovered the Kajin Sara lake in Manang district of Nepal few months ago. This lake in Nepal has set a new record of being the world’s highest lake and replaced Tilicho Lake of Nepal.
Kajin Sara lake:
Kajin Sara lake is situated at an altitude of 4,919 metres in the Himalayan nation. It is located at Singarkharka area of Chame rural municipality. The measurement of the lake which is located at an altitude of 5,200 metres, is estimated to be 1,500 metre (1.5 km) long and 600 metre wide. The water of the Kajin’s lake is formed out mainly by melting waters from Himalaya.
4. Aishwarya Pissay: 1st Indian to claim a World Title in Motorsports
Aishwarya Pissay became first Indian to claim a world title in motorsports by winning FIM World Cup ( Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) in women’s category after the final round of the championship at Varpalota in Hungary. She also finished 2nd in FIM Junior category.
5. Chandrima Shaha: 1st woman President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
Renowned biologist Chandrima Shaha became first woman to get elected as President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA). She will head INSA from 2020 to 2022 after taking over as president from incumbent Ajay K. Sood. She was formerly Director of the National Institute of Immunology, Delhi.
6. Djokovic remains at top of ATP rankings
London, Aug 12 Novak Djokovic remains top at the latest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings released, though Rafael Nadal secured his 35th Masters title after beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in Montreal.
The top three remains unchanged. Serbia”s Djokovic has collected 12,325 points atop the rankings, keeping a huge lead over the second placed Nadal on 7,945 and third placed Roger Federer of Switzerland on 7,460, reported Xinhua news agency.
7. India, China agree to further strengthen people-to-people ties
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing. They discussed the full gamut of issues relating to the international situation, regional aspects and the bilateral relations including the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India for the 2nd Informal Summit later this year.
8. International Lefthanders Day observed on august 13
International Left Handers Day is observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. The day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc.
International Left Hander’s Day was created to celebrate sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world.There are approximately 708 million left-handed people in the world. Men are more likely to be left handed than women.