Current Affairs Daily Digest – September 01 2019
1. Samsung India inks with Mastercard RBL Bank for mobile payments through Samsung Pay
American multinational financial services corporation, Mastercard, Indian private sector bank, RBL Bank and Samsung India jointly launched the Samsung Pay for RBL Bank’s Mastercard credit card customers.
The tie-up will allow the customers of RBL bank to make contactless transactions with enhanced security on their Samsung Pay-compatible smartphones efficiently. The payments can be done through any PoS (Point of Sale) machine where a card can be dipped, swiped or tapped, both in India as well as abroad without the physical presence of a card.
2. Airports to get Full body scanner
Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has announced that all airports in the country will be equipped with full-body scanners in the next two years. BCAS has made it mandate to equip all airports with body scanners.
The introduction of such scanning is to improve the security in all the airport. The current equipment at airports cannot detect non-metallic explosives. Hence such advancement of security is to be implemented.
3.Google and MeitY launch ‘Build for Digital India’ programme for engineering students
Google and Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) have jointly launched ‘Build for Digital India’ programme that will offer a platform to engineering students to develop market-ready, technology-based solutions that address key social problems.
4. Shooting World Cup: Yashaswini Deswal wins 10m Air Pistol gold, secures Olympic quota
An authoritative Yashaswini Singh Deswal secured India’s ninth Olympic quota in style, upstaging the women’s 10m air pistol’s numero uno shooter Olena Kostevych of Ukraine for a gold in the ISSF World Cup
5. September month to be celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Poshan Maah’
The entire month of September beginning will be celebrated as the Rashtriya Poshan Maah. This year the theme is Complementary Feeding. Prime Minister’s Overreaching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment – POSHAN Abhiyaan is a multi- ministerial convergence mission with the vision to address malnutrition with a targeted approach by 2022.
6. New Governors appointed in five states including Rajasthan, Kerala
As many as five Indian states got new Governors this morning as President Ram Nath Kovind announced a major reshuffle. The President transferred and appointed
Kalraj Mishra – Governor of Rajasthan
Bandaru Dattatreya – Governor of Himachal Pradesh
Bhagat Singh Koshyari – Governor of Maharashtra
Arif Mohammed Khan – Governor of Kerala
Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan – Governor of Telangana
7. Shot Putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor Wins Silver in Czech Republic
Asian Games gold medallist shotputter Tejinderpal Singh Toor clinched a silver medal with a best throw of 20.09m in his last attempt during an athletic meet at Decin, Czech Republic.
The 24-year-old Indian, who has a personal best of 20.75m, has already qualified for World championship being the Area champion following his gold-winning feat at Asian Athletics Championships in April this year.
8. Lt Gen Mukund Naravane takes charge as vice chief of Army
Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane on Sunday assumed charge as vice chief of the 1.3 million-strong Army. Lt Gen Naravane will be in contention for the Army chief’s post as he will be the senior-most commander when incumbent Gen Bipin Rawat retires on December 31, official sources said. Lt Gen Naravane succeeds Lt Gen D Anbu who retired from service.
9. New Motor Vehicles Act from today: Rs 10,000 fine for drunk driving, jail for violations under law
Violating traffic rules will attract harsher penalty from as the newly amended Motor Vehicles Act comes into force. Driving under the influence of alcohol, not giving way to ambulances or fire brigade will attract a penalty of Rs 10,000 or imprisonment starting September 1. In some cases, an individual violating laws could end up paying the fine and going to jail.
10. Mahindra & Mahindra to acquire 55% stake in Meru Cabs
Automotive major Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., will acquire up to 55% stake in radio taxi firm Meru Cabs, by a fresh issue of shares worth up to ₹103 crore, it said in an exchange filing.
The investment by M&M will significantly dilute the stake of its largest shareholder- private equity firm True North, which will reduce its stake from about 80% to 35%, said Vishal Nevatia, managing partner, True North, in a telephonic interview.