Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 25 2019
1. Sindhu first Indian shuttler to win gold medal at World Championships
World number five PV Sindhu became the first ever Indian badminton player to win gold medal at the BWF World Championships. The 24-year-old defeated world number four Nozomi Okuhara of Japan with a scoreline of 21-7, 21-7. Sindhu had finished second in the previous two editions of the World Championships.
2. England record their highest successful chase in Ashes history
England chased down the target of 359 with one wicket remaining against Australia in Leeds Test to register their highest successful chase in Ashes history and level the five-match series 1-1. England were helped by Ben Stokes, who smashed 135*(219) in second innings. England’s previous highest successful run chase in Ashes had come in 1928/29 when they chased down 332.
3. 2019 Durand Cup: Gokulam Kerala FC beats Mohun Bagan
Gokulam Kerala FC won Durand Cup 2019 football tournament by beating Mohun Bagan in final held at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Gokulam Kerala FC beat Mohun Bagan with 2-1 as captain Marcus Joseph scored a goal in each half to lead his side to Durand Cup glory. This was Gokulam Kerala FC’s debut season.
4. Gujarat tops in Composite Water Management Index 2019
Gujarat topped in 2017-18 in the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0) report released by NITI Aayog. CWMI 2.0 ranked 25 States and 2 UTs for the reference year 2017-18 as against base year 2016-17. On an average, 80% of states assessed on CWMI 2.0 over e last three years have improved their water management scores, with average improvement of +5.2 points.
5. Renovated National Food Laboratory inaugurated at Ghaziabad
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated regulator Food Safety and Standard Authority of India’s (FSSAI) National Food Laboratory (NFL) in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. It was inaugurated on the occasion of 13th anniversary of enactment of Food Safety and Standards Act, (FSSA) 2006.
6. Bihar schools have worst student-teacher ratio, followed by Delhi: Govt
Schools in Bihar have the fewest teachers per student with a pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) of 38, followed by Delhi at 35, according to HRD Ministry officials. According to The Right to Education Act, 2009, at primary level, the PTR norm is 30:1 and at the upper primary level it’s 35:1. Sikkim has the best student-teacher ratio at four, officials added.
7. PM conferred ‘The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance’ in Bahrain
PM Narendra Modi was conferred ‘The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance’ by the King of Bahrain. “This is a recognition of India’s strong friendship with Bahrain, which goes back hundreds of years and is expanding rapidly in the 21st century,” PM Modi said in a tweet. PM Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Bahrain.
8. PM Narendra Modi becomes 1st Indian Prime Minister to visit Bahrain
PM Narendra Modi has become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Bahrain. “I realise that it took quite a long time for an Indian Prime Minister to visit Bahrain. However, I’ve been fortunate enough,” PM Modi said while addressing the Indian diaspora in Bahrain. “This visit is historical and will improve ties between our nations,” PM Modi had tweeted.
9. Scarlett Johansson highest-paid actress with ₹400cr earnings: Forbes
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the world’s highest-paid actress with earnings of $56 million (₹400 crore earnings) from June 1, 2018-June 1, 2019. Her earnings are majorly from Marvel films, including the upcoming film ‘Black Widow’ and payment of about $35 million for ‘Avengers: Endgame’. She is followed by Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston.
10. Bandhan Bank launches co-branded credit card with Standard Chartered
In a bid to offer a complete suite of services to its existing customers, Bandhan Bank, launched a co-branded credit card in association with Standard Chartered bank.
The credit card would be offered to 40 lakh savings bank account holders across the 1,000 branches of Bandhan Bank.
11. Komalika Bari becomes recurve cadet world champion; India wins 2 gold, 1 bronze
India’s Komalika Bari became recurve cadet world champion at the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid, Spain. She defeated higher-ranked Sonoda Waka of Japan 7-3 in the final and earn India’s second gold on the final day of the Championships. India also won a gold in the compound junior mixed pair event yesterday and a bronze in the compound junior men’s team event on Friday.
12. Union Bank links home, auto loans to repo rates
State-run Union Bank became the latest state-run bank to offer repo-linked home and auto loans. Already State Bank and seven other state-run banks have announced that their new loans and deposits will be priced to the repo-rate.
With this, the city-based lender will price home loans above Rs 30 lakh and under Rs 75 lakh to the repo rate and will be priced at 8.25 percent for those borrowers with good credit score.