Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 27 2019
1. Canara Bank introduced OTP facility for ATM withdrawals
Canara Bank has launched India’s first one-time password (OTP) facility for ATM withdrawals. The OTP will be activated for cash withdrawals over Rs.10,000 per day at its ATMs to protect its cardholders from unauthorized withdrawal. Indian bank also taking this process as soon.
2. Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya passed away
Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya, a Director General of Police in Uttarakhand, passed away on 26th August in Mumbai. She died due to prolonged illness.
3. Health Ministry sign MoU with Ministry of Social Justice to enhance an outreach on HIV AIDS prevention
Health Ministry has signed a MoU with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to enhance an outreach on HIV/AIDS prevention. This MoU is the 18th such kind where MoU signed between Government departments/Ministries. It will promote the environment based on no stigma and discrimination.
4. 7th Community Radio Sammelan held in New Delhi
The 7th Community Radio Sammelan7th Community Radio Sammelan was held at Dr. BR Ambedkar Bhawan, New Delhi from 27th to 29th August, 2019. It was organized by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The theme of this year’s sammelan was ‘Community Radio for SDGs’.
5. Government to prepare roadmap for distribution of fortified rice
Union Government has decided to prepare detailed roadmap for nationwide distribution of fortified rice through ration shops. Instructions also have been given to Department of Food and Public Distribution to implement distribution fortified rice.
Decision in this regard was taken in meeting between Union Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan reviewed and NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar for reviewing progress of rice distribution.
6. Indonesia to set up its new capital on Borneo island
President Joko Widodo announced that the administrative functions of Jakarta would move to the area of East Kalimantan, reported Bloomberg.
The new capital will be located between North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara on the Indonesian part of Borneo, 870 miles away from the current capital. The cost of building the new capital city is estimated to be 466 trillion rupiah (£26.6 billion) and construction will take 10 years.
7. Tamil Nadu govt. launches 40 ‘Amma’ Patrol Vehicles for security of women and children in public places
In the first phase, the ‘Amma Patrol’ vehicles have been handed over to the 35 All Women Police Stations in Chennai. The patrol service will be in operation in places like school and colleges, shopping malls, railway stations, bus stops, places of worship, IT companies and beaches.
8. India’s GDP to grow at 6% in April-June: FICCI survey
India’s economy will grow at a median rate of 6% during the first quarter of the current financial year ended 30 June, according to a Ficci report.
The country’s economy grew at 8.2% in April-June 2018-19. The growth numbers for the first quarter are expected to be released by the Central Statistics Office next week.
9.Amazon launches military veterans employment programme in India
Amazon India has announced the launch of a Military Veterans Employment programme that is expected to create hundreds of opportunities for military veterans and their spouses across Amazon India’s Fulfilment Centres, Sort Centres, and Delivery Centres in India.
10. DHFL appoints KK Mankeshwar as new auditor; Chaturvedi and Shah also quits
Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) has appointed KK Mankeshwar as its new statutory auditor. The decision was taken at a meeting of its board of directors on Monday.
Significantly, the troubled NBFC said its other auditor – Mumbai-based Chaturvedi and Shah LLP – has also resigned.
11. Boeing delivers 11th C-17 Globemaster to India
American aerospace major Boeing delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force, boosting its strategic airlift capabilities.
The C-17 Globemaster III is a premier transport aircraft. The massive, sturdy, long-haul aircraft can carry large combat equipment, troops and humanitarian aid across long distances in all weather conditions.
12. Indian Bank, Tata AIG General Insurance tie up
Indian Bank has joined hands with Tata AIG General Insurance to offer the latter’s diverse range of general insurance policies benefiting the bank’s customers by way of protection, wealth creation and savings. Tata AIG General Insurance will work with the bank for sales training, product support and ensuring smooth operational processes.
13. Karnataka CM Yediyurappa names 3 deputy CMs, allocates Cabinet portfolios
Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa appointed Govind Makthappa Karajol, Ashwath Narayan CN and Laxman Sangappa Savadi as the deputy chief ministers. Notably, Laxman Savadi is not an elected MLA or MLC but has been appointed as one of the deputy chief ministers. has got all the unallocated portfolios.
14. Ex-Cummins India MD Sandeep Sinha joins TAFE as CEO
Tractor maker TAFE appointed Sandeep Sinha, former Managing Director of Cummins India, as company’s Chief Executive Officer. Under his new role, Sinha will report to Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman, TAFE, the company said in a release.
15. Tamil Nadu government launches education TV channel ‘Kalvi Tholaikkatchi’
The Tamil Nadu government launched its exclusive education TV channel, aimed at benefiting students of classes I to XII. An initiative of the School Education Department, ‘Kalvi Tholaikkatchi’ (Education TV) was launched by Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
The channel’s content will include shows aimed at school children, besides those on jobs and related issues. “Students can now learn from home,” School Education Minister KA Sengkottaiyan said at the launch event.