Current Affairs in English – August 4 – 5 , 2019

Bhasha Mukherjee  Crowned “MISS ENGLNAD”

Bhasha Mukherjee, an Indian-origin doctor, has been crowned MISS ENGLAND in Miss England competition in London. The event was held from 31 July to 1 August. The winners bagged over GBP 30,000 worth of prizes, which include a luxury holiday to Mauritius.
Alisha Cowie was crowned MISS ENGLAND 2018.

Bhasha Mukherjee is a indian Haryana origin girl about 23 year old from Derby. She holds two different medical degrees. She is fluent in five languages. She has started new job as a junior doctor in a hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, after the Miss England final ended on 1st August. She will be participating in the 69th Miss World contest to be held in December in London.

India test-fires Surface to Air-Missile from Chandipur in Odisha

India on 04 August, 2019 successfully test-fired its all weather tracked-chassis Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QR-SAM) from a mobile launcher at launch complex III of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha . It was the second developmental trial of the missile in this year from the same test range. 

Earlier, the surface-to-air missile was tested successfully on Feb 26, 2019. It was test fired from a rotatable truck-based launch unit at Chandipur. Jointly developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics Ltd, the QR-SAM weapon system is a quick reaction, network-centric missile system capable of search-on-the-move. 

ISRO releases first set of earth pictures captured by Chandrayaan-2

Space agency ISRO on 04 August, 2019 released the first set of pictures of the earth, captured by Chandrayaan 2, the country’s second Moon mission launched a fortnight ago. The pictures were captured by L 14 camera on board Chandrayaan II. The pictures show the earth in different hues. The first set of pictures by the lander of the Chandrayaan-2 are only indicative of the high resolution camera it has. The LI-4 camera onboard the lander Vikram of the spacecraft show the crystal clear and panoramic view of the earth, around which it is still revolving. It will move away from the earth’s sphere of influence on the 14th of this month and reach the moon’s orbit on the 20th. 

Its pictures of the moon from then on would be still more fascinating, given its proximity to the earth’s only natural satellite. After its softlanding on the south pole of the moon, its pictures would arouse the curiosity of the global scientific community, as the region is yet unexplored.

Mumbai Police gets criminal tracking system

The Maharashtra government has set up the Automated Multimodal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS) – the first-of-its-kind in India. The AMBIS system can collect demographic and biometric data of criminals including finger and palm prints; IRIS and face recognition and can be stored in the system.

This system would be useful in quickly providing information about criminals.

Odisha Secretariat renamed Lok Seva Bhawan

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced in the State Assembly that the Sachivalaya or Secretariat building in Bhubaneswar will now be called ‘Lok Seva Bhavan’. The Odisha secretariat building was inaugurated on November 12, 1959, by the then Home Minister Govind Ballabh Pant. Ganeshi Lal is the Governor of Odisha.

Girish Bapat appointed as New Chairman of estimates committee

Girish Bapat, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Pune member of Parliament, has been appointed Chairman of the estimates committee. Estimates committee is one of the three financial standing committees of the parliament apart from the public accounts committee and committee on public undertakings. The members of Estimates Committee include Dilip Ghosh, PP Choudhary,KC Patel.

Nigeria to join coalition to save pollinators

Nigeria became the fourth African country to join the Global Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators on 25 July 2019. Ethiopia was the first African nation to join the coalition in 2017. The organisation was formed to follow up on the findings of IPBES Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, which found that many of the world’s pollinator species are on the decline.

Tigers in India face lurking threat from virus

Tiger numbers have increased in the country may be good news. But the loss of habitat, a decline of prey and poaching continues to be a threat to tigers’ survival. Along with these, a potential virus — Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) — that can be transmitted from CDV-infected dogs living in and around wildlife sanctuaries has started to raise concern among wildlife biologists. Canine distemper is a contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of puppies and dogs.

Clean Air Programme for 102 cities

In the first 50 days of the government, all the farmers were made eligible for pensions and minimum wage guarantee was given to them. The government is taking care of all sections of the society.  It is the most credible organisation over the years. The plan for next five years for environment, he said, govt has prepared a Clean Air Programme for 102 cities which is the birth right of all the citizens. Government is committed to protect the 5 elements of nature. ..

RBI imposed fine on seven Public Sector Banks

The Reserve Bank has imposed a collective penalty of Rs.11 crore on seven public sector banks for violating norms on current account opening. Allahabad Bank and Bank of Maharashtra have been imposed a fine of 2 crore each, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and United Bank of India have been fined 1.5 crore each, while Oriental Bank of Commerce with a penalty of Rs.1 crore.

One Nation One Ration Card scheme launched in 4 states

Government has launched the One Nation-One Ration Card scheme in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The scheme aims to boost to national food security. Each beneficiary would be given 5kg rice at 3 a kg and wheat at 2 a kg.
The Centre has formed the State Apex Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary of the State and the State Project e-Mission Team.

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