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Dear Aspirants, Notesbag is sharing with you all important current affairs of 22nd August 2019. Our aim to provide you up to date current affairs for the preparation of upcoming competitive exams.

(1.) Rajiv Gauba appointed Cabinet Secretary, Ajay Kumar to be Defence Secretary

The union government on Wednesday appointed outgoing Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba as Cabinet Secretary for two years. His tenure will be effective from August 30, 2019. A 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, Mr. Gauba will replace P.K. Sinha, who was appointed Cabinet Secretary in 2015.

Ajay Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production, has been shifted as Secretary, Defence. A 1985-batch IAS officer belonging to the Kerala cadre, he will replace Sanjay Mitra, who was Defence Secretary for more than two years.

(2.) Amazon opens its biggest ever campus In Hyderabad

Amazon inaugurated a three-million sq ft campus building on 9.5 acres within ’s financial district, the largest such facility for the e-commerce giant globally.

The opening of what is the company’s first owned office building outside the U.S. and the single-largest building globally, comes in the backdrop of a growing significance of India as a market as well as intensifying competition in the space.

(3.) JNU professor Meeta Narain awarded Pushkin Medal highest honour by the Russian government.

JNU Professor Meeta Narain was conferred the ‘Pushkin Medal – 2019’, the highest honour given to an Indian scholar by the Russian government. The award is given to a scholar of Russian language and literature for outstanding contribution to Russian studies abroad.

(4.) Maharashtra’s Tribal Development Department launched Super 50: an initiative for tribal students to fulfil dreams.

Maharashtra’s Tribal Development Department in association with the Pace Educational Trust on Tuesday launched an academic programme for young tribal students aspiring to be doctors and engineers.

The Super 50 programme will mentor 50 most meritorious tribal students from the State and prepare them for engineering and medical exams.

(5.) Tirur Vettila, a product of Kerala, obtains GI tag

One more product from Kerala has obtained GI (Geographical Indication) tag. Tirur Vettila (betel leaf) is the latest entry to the status. Grown in Tirur and nearby areas of Malappuram district, Tirur Vettila is unique for its significantly high content of total chlorophyll and protein in fresh leaves. Eugenol is the major essential oil in Tirur betel leaf contributing to its pungency.

(6.) Central Government launches NISHTHA programme to train teachers.

The Human Resource Development Ministry kicked off the National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA), calling it “the world’s largest teachertraining programme”.

More than 42 lakh teachers and principals of primary and elementary-age government schools across the country will undergo a five-day training programme over the next few months to learn innovative teaching methods, the use of art and technology in the classroom and basic counselling techniques.

(7.) Abdalla Hamdok appointed new prime minister of sudan.

Prominent economist Abdalla Hamdok has been sworn in as Sudan’s new prime minister, leading the country’s transitional cabinet months after a mass protest movement forced the military removal of long-time authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir.

Hamdok’s formal appointment on Wednesday came hours after the swearing-in of military and civilian members of Sudan’s newly formed ruling body in the capital, Khartoum. Comprising of six civilians and five members of the armed forces, the sovereign council is to rule the country for a little over three years until elections can be held.

(8.) Nepal bans single-use plastic on World’s tallest mountain

Single-use plastics have been banned in the Everest region to reduce the vast amounts of waste left by trekkers and mountaineers. The new ban in Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality, home to Mount Everest and several other snow-capped mountains, covers all plastic of less than 30 microns in thickness as well as drinks in plastic bottles, and will be effective from January.

What is single – use plastic ?

Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging.

(9.) RBI allows e-mandate for cards with maximum limit of ₹2000.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to permit processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions with additional factor authentication (AFA) during registration.

This will be applicable for transactions done using all types of cards — debit and credit cards and Prepaid Payment Instruments, including wallets. The maximum limit for such a transaction will be ₹2,000.

What is E-mandate?

e-Mandate are easier ways for merchants and their buyers to handle all recurring payments like telephone bills, insurance premiums, utility bills, SIPs, school fees etc.

For instance, if you are signing up for an insurance plan through an e-Mandate, you can schedule all your premium payments through a simple online process at the start of the insurance period, instead of manually keeping track and making individual premium payments. No more pesky reminders or late fees!

(10.) Paytm has extended its association with BCCI as title sponsor.

Paytm has extended its association with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as title sponsor for international and domestic matches in India by agreeing to shell out ₹326.8 crore for the four-year cycle (2019- 2023) commencing October, 2019.

Paytm’s parent company (One 97 Communications Pvt. Ltd.) will pay ₹3.8 crore per match to BCCI.

(11.) B.N.S. Reddy wins gold in World Police Games.

B.N.S. Reddy, a former Additional Commissioner of Police and a current member of the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit, beat Bruce Barrios of the U.S. 7-6, 6-3 in the men’s singles final to win the gold medal at the World Police and Fire Games in Chengdu, China, recently.

This is the third consecutive time Reddy has won a gold medal at the World Police and Fire Games.

(12.) Madhya Pradesh ex-CM Gaur dead.

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Babulal Gaur, who represented Govindpura Assembly seat 10 times, passed away on Wednesday morning after a prolonged illness. He was 89.

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