Dear Aspirants, Notesbag is sharing with you all important current affairs of 20th August 2019. Our aim to provide you up to date current affairs for the preparation of upcoming competitive exams.

  • HCL to expand MIHAN campus in Nagpur

    HCL Technologies (HCL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) for expansion of its campus at the Multi-Model International Passenger and Cargo Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), in line with its plan for Tier-II cities. As part of the MoU, HCL will acquire 90 acres of land to add to its existing 50-acre MIHAN campus.

    The MoU was signed in the presence of

    Nitin Gadkari: – Minister for Road Transport & Highways, and Shipping Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

    Apparao V.V.: – chief human resource officer

 

  • Karnataka government Declare Nicotine, Class A poison in

    To strengthen enforcement of the ban on production and sale of electronic cigarettes, the State government has amended the Karnataka Poisons (Possession and Sale) Rules 2015, notifying nicotine as Class A poison under the rules.

    Electronic cigarettes are small battery-operated devices that vaporise liquid nicotine to provide the same experience as smoking tobacco.

    Karnataka government had banned the sale and production of e-cigarettes in June 2016

    Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa

    Capital: Bengaluru (Executive Branch)

    Governor: Vajubhai Vala

  • Manmohan elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha

    Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was on Monday elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. Dr. Singh was a Rajya Sabha member from Assam for five consecutive terms between 1991 and 2019.

    The seat fell vacant following the death of BJP State president Madan Lal Saini on June 24. The State has 10 Rajya Sabha seats, nine of which are now with the BJP.

    Chief minister: Ashok Gehlot

    Capital: Jaipur

    Governor: -kalyan singh

 

  • Veteran composer Khayyam passes away at the of 92

    Veteran composer Khayyam, best known for his music in classic films passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 92.

    Mohammed Zahur Hashmi, popularly known as Khayyam, was a recipient of the Padma Bhushan.

 

  • Exchange plastic waste for a free meal here.

    The Municipal Corporation of Ambikapur, in Surguja district of Chhattisgarh, in a bid to spread awareness of curbing plastic use, feed the homeless and ragpickers, and empower poor women, is going to open the cafe soon.

    1KG of Waste: – One full meal

    Half a Kg: – One Breakfast

    Chief minister: Bhupesh Baghel

    Governor: Anusuiya Uikey

    Capitals: Bilaspur (Judiciary), Raipur

 

  • T.N. CM Launched Chief Minister Special Grievance Redressal Programme to redress issues in 30 days.

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Monday launched “Chief Minister Special Grievance Redressal Programme” a scheme under which officials will meet people to receive petitions and redress their grievances within a maximum of 30 days. programme will be held in each taluk across the State, The Revenue and Disaster Management Department will conduct the programme.

    Chief minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami

    Capital: Chennai

    Governor: Banwarilal Purohit

 

  • Major General Shavendra Silva named as commander of the Sri Lankan Army.

    President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday named “Major General Shavendra Silva… as the 23rd Commander of the Army effective August 19 after promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General,” the Army said in a statement.

    Major general accused of war crimes as commander of the Sri Lankan Army in 2009.

    Capitals: Colombo (economic), Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (City)

    Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

    Prime minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe

 

  • Direct Tax code panel submits report

    The government-appointed task force set up to formulate a new direct tax code to replace the existing Income Tax Act submitted its report to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday.

    “Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman received the report submitted by Akhilesh Ranjan, Convenor of the Task force constituted by the Government to draft New Direct Tax Law, in New Delhi today,”.

 

  • NTPC to set up 5,000 MW solar park in Kutch

    State-owned NTPC is planning to set up 5,000 mega watt (MW) ultra mega solar park (UMSP) in Kutch, Gujarat, which may see investments exceeding ₹20,000 crore. This move is aimed at scaling up the renewable portfolio of India’s largest power producer with 55,786 MW of installed capacity.

    Of NTPC’s 55,786 MW capacity, only about 900 MW comes from solar.

    The company plans to increase its power generation to 130 giga watts (GW) by 2032 with 30% coming from non-fossils.

 

  • BJP Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar has been appointed to Central panel on minorities.

    BJP Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar has been nominated to State Level Committee of Telangana for Minorities’ Welfare by the Central government. The SLC is entrusted with the implementation of Prime Minister’s new 15 Point Programme for the welfare of minorities. The committee would ensure that all the Central government programmes reach the minorities for their welfare and uplift.

  • KSRTC to procure 7,000 e-ticketing machinesThe Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has commenced steps to procure 7,000 fool-proof and highly secure electronic ticketing machines (ETMs).IT is to facilitate proper management of depot operation from the head office, automation of ticket issue, and revenue reconciliation.The new-generation ETMs can, apart from issuing tickets to those travelling by buses, auto generate MIS for effective monitoring and decision-making, help curb pilferage of fleet revenue, facilitate an accurate accounting system, and generate required reports.Capital: – Thiruvananthapuram

    Governor: – P. Sathasivam

    Chief Minister: – Pinarayi Vijayan

 

  • 37,892 migrants join Kerala government’s “Awaz” health insurance scheme.

    As many as 37,892 migrant workers have enrolled in the Awaz scheme, the State government’s health insurance scheme for migrant labourers, till Sunday (18-08-2019) through a special drive launched by the Labour Department.

    The drive was launched to bring all migrant workers within the ambit of the scheme.

    The total number of workers who joined the scheme was 4,16,783.

    Capital: – Thiruvananthapuram

    Governor: – P. Sathasivam

    Chief Minister: – Pinarayi Vijayan

 

  • All Central Armed Police Force ( CAPF) Personnel to Retire at 60 Now

    In an order, The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has fixed the retirement age for all Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel at 60 years.

    All personnel in the Central Industrial Security Force and the Assam Rifles retire at 60. However, in the other four forces—Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal—those from the ranks of constable to commandant retire at 57 while those above them retire at 60.

 

  • Esow Alben bagged two medals at the World junior track championships

    India’s Esow Alben bagged two medals at the World junior track championships to help India register its best ever performance at a global cycling event. India won a gold, silver and bronze each to finish sixth in the medals tally. The trio of Esow, Ronaldo Singh and Rojit Singh scripted history by grabbing a gold in the men’s sprint event. Esow also won a silver in individual sprint. The 18-year-old also won the men’s individual keirin bronze.

 

  • India clinches 12 medals in Nation’s Cup held in Vrbas.

    The Indian junior woman boxers on Sunday ended their campaign with a rich haul of four gold, four silver and four bronze medals at the third Nation’s Cup in Vrbas (Serbia).