CURRENT AFFAIRS CAPSULE – 19 AUGUST 2019
- August 19, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- The scientists of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered two new species of freshwater fish – Glyptothorax gopii and Garra simbalbaraensis from Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh respectively. Both fish are hill stream fauna, measure less than 7 centimetres (cm) and are equipped with special morphological features to suit rapid water flow.
- Top Indian sprinters Hima Das and Mohammad Anas have won a gold medal each in the 300m races in women’s and men’s events respectively at the Athleticky Mitink Reiter event in Czech Republic. India’s Nirmal Tom clinched a bronze medal in the 300m race by clocking a timing of 33.03 seconds.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three-day visit to United Arab Emirates- UAE and Bahrain from 23rd August. Mr Modi will first travel to UAE where he will meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. He will receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civil decoration of the UAE. From UAE, the Prime Minister will leave for Bahrain on 24th August on a two-day visit.
- The World Humanitarian Day is observed on August 19 annually, to pay tribute to the humanitarian aid workers, who endanger their lives for humanitarian service as well as to rally support for the people affected by crisis across the world. The theme for this year is ‘Women Humanitarians’. The day commemorates a terrorist attack in 2003 at the UN headquarters in Baghdad that led to the killing of UN’s top representative to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues.
- Selection Committee for Sports Awards 2019 nominated Deepa Malik and wrestler Banjrang Punia for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2019 and 19 other payers for the prestigious Arjuna Award. Deepa Malik will be the first female para-athlete to win the highest sporting honour. Named after former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was instituted in 1991-92. National Arjuna Award, India’s second-highest sporting award was instituted in 1961.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his second visit to Bhutan (first since his re-election), discussed wide-ranging steps to strengthen the relationship with Bhutan and signed 10 MoUs in Power, IT, Education, Space research and Aviation sectors. Modi launched India’s RuPay card in Bhutan by purchasing at the Simtokha Dzong that functions as a monastic and administrative centre. Bhutan is the second country after Singapore where RuPay card was launched.
- The 5th Meeting of India-Nepal Joint Commission will be held in Kathmandu on 21st & 22nd August. Minister for External Affairs of Dr S. Jaishankar and Nepal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will co-chair the meeting and lead their respective delegations. India-Nepal Joint Commission was established in June 1987 and its meetings are held alternately in Nepal and India.
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