Current Affairs Updates (8th,9th August 2019)

  • Parliament passed the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 which amends the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971. The Act provides for the eviction of unauthorised occupants from public premises in certain cases. The Bill has strict provisions to evict illegal occupants from government property allotted to members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and government officials.
  • The Environment Ministry, unveiled the draft Environment and Social Management Framework(ESMF)funded by the World Bank (WB) for integrated coastal management. It lays out guidelines for the coastal states to adopt and approve and regulate infrastructure projects in the coastal zones before applying for clearance.
  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) have partnered together for developing turbines that can generate electricity by harnessing the ocean waves.
  • According to Ethnologue, a directory of languages which lists 7,111 living languages (languages that are still being used and spoken by people) worldwide, Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, Country in Oceania tops the list with 840 living languages, while India ranks 4th position with 453.
  • The Pakistan National Security Council (NSC), chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan decided to downgrade diplomatic ties with India and suspend bilateral trade, after India decided to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution. Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria will be sent back to India.
  • 23-time Grand Slam singles winner and American tennis superstar Serena Williams tops the highest paid women sports list for the 4th straight year released by Forbes magazine with earnings $29.2million.
  • Former Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Bimal Jalan’s new Book ‘Resurgent India’ was launched in New Delhi. The book talks about key priorities that can be implemented by the new government in national interest, irrespective of the political agenda of the party that come to power.
  • Odisha government unveiled the ‘Odisha Small Savings Incentive Scheme‘ for the calendar year 2019 under the notation “AQ” series. The aim of the scheme is to stop people from transacting with ‘suspicious’ non-banking private financial institutions.
  • Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has announced that India’s first underwater train project is set to launch in Kolkata, West Bengal under the Hooghly river. It is a 16-kilometre long Kolkata Metro project.
  • The drive Samagra Siksha – Jal Suraksha which aims to create awareness among school children about water conservation was launched by Union Minister of Human Resource and Development (MHRD).
  • In LinkedIn’s fourth edition of Top Companies list for India, Walmart acquired Flipkart was ranked first place as the best workplace in India. It was evaluated over the 4 criteria as part of the rankings: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demands and employee retention.