CURRENT AFFAIRS CAPSULE – 6 AUGUST 2019
- August 6, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- The Lok Sabha passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 which prohibits any form of discrimination against a transgender person, including denial of service or unfair treatment in relation to education, employment, healthcare, access to, or enjoyment of goods, facilities, opportunities available to the public. The Bill provides that every transgender person shall have a right to reside and be included in his household.
- The Rajasthan Assembly passed the Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019 to become the second state in India, after Manipur, to have a dedicated legislation that criminalises mob lynching as a special offence. This bill makes the offence of mob lynching a cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable offence. In cases involving the victim’s death, life imprisonment and a fine up to Rs.5 lakh will be imposed on convicts.
- The 2019 Thailand Open, which is officially named as TOYOTA Thailand Open 2019, was held at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok in Thailand from 30th July to 4th August 2019. It was the 16th tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour. Since 2018, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has categorised the Thailand Open as one of the seven BWF World Tour Super 500 events. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty of India won the men’s doubles event.
- Kosi-Mechi Interlinking project, at a cost of Rs. 4900 crores, for interlinking of Kosi and Mechi rivers of Bihar, has been approved by the Union Cabinet. After the Ken-Betwa project in Madhya Pradesh, this is the second major river interlinking project in the country. It envisages the diversion of part of the surplus water of Kosi River through existing Hanuman Nagar barrage to Mechi River of Mahananda basin.
- Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) conferred the Lifetime Achievement award on Arun Lal, former Indian cricketer. The 63-year-old played 16 Test matches and 13 One-Day Internationals for India between 1982 and 1989. Lal won a battle against jaw cancer and was coaching Bengal.
- Maharashtra Government’s initiative ‘Mission Shakti’ has been launched by film actor Aamir Khan. The initiative aims to train athletes from tribal areas for international sports events such as Olympics. The mission is focused on 6 sports – archery, shooting, volleyball, swimming, weightlifting and gymnastics. Currently, the programme is being implemented in Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts.
- US designated China as a ‘currency manipulator’ for the first time since 1994, after China allowed its yuan to weaken past the key seven-per-dollar level for the first time in more than a decade. “Currency manipulator” is a term which is generally used by United States Department of the Treasury to designate countries that engage in a certain degree of currency intervention, which is basically a monetary policy operation when a government or central bank buys or sells foreign currency in exchange for their own domestic currency.
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Which is the first state in India to have a dedicated legislation that criminalises mob lynching as a special offence?
- Madhya Pradesh
Who has been conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award of the Cricket Association of Bengal?
- Anand Lal
- Saurav Ganguly
- Arun Lal
- Sachin Tendulkar
Which was India’s first river inter-linking project?
Which state launched the initiative ‘Mission Shakti’?
- Madhya Pradesh
Which country has been designated as a ‘currency manipulator’ by the US recently?