club has officially started the centenary celebrations on its foundation
day with a glittering ceremony at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
Australian woman all-rounder Ellyse
Perry has become the first cricketer of either gender to reach the rare
milestone of scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in T20 international
The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM),
flagship initiative of NITI Aayog, launched the Atal Community Innovation
Centre (ACIC) program in NITI Aayog, New Delhi.
NDTV India’s senior executive editor,
Ravish Kumar has been honoured with the prestigious 2019 Ramon Magsaysay
Award for his ‘ethical journalism’. Kumar has won the honour for his news show,
Prime Time, which deals with real-life & under-reported problems of
ordinary people. Four other personalities also won the award this year.
The joint venture company namely Khanij
Bidesh India Ltd. (KABIL) has been set up with the participation of three
Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) to ensure a consistent supply of
critical and strategic minerals to Indian domestic market. The 3 CPSEs are
National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO), Hindustan Copper Ltd. (HCL) and Mineral
Exploration Company Ltd. (MECL).
The Government of India (GoI) has
launched the One Nation- One Ration Card scheme on a pilot basis in
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat from 1st August 2019.
The West Bengal Government has
launched an awareness campaign – Save Green, Stay Clean for preserving
the greenery and keeping the environment clean.
The book ‘Tools and Weapons: The
Promise and The Peril of the Digital Age’ has been co-authored by Microsoft
President Brad Smith & Carol Ann Browne, and will release on September 11.
The Department of Revenue under the
Ministry of Finance is conducting India’s first national Time Release Study
(TRS) between 1st – 7th August to enable faster movement of cargo across
borders to benefit traders. The exercise will be institutionalized on an annual
basis, during the same period every year hereafter.
President Ram Nath Kovind has
been awarded the National order of Merit by the President of Guinea.
The United States has officially
withdrawn from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with
Russia. The INF Treaty is a Cold War-era missile treaty that was signed by then
US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.
Gujarat launched the ‘Vhali Dikri
Yojna’ for the welfare of girl child.
The State Bank of India’s (SBI)
Shanghai branch has become the first Indian bank to link up with China’s
National Advance Payment System (CNAPS).
A 23-year-old Indian-origin doctor, Bhasha
Mukherjee has been crowned Miss England 2019.
The 16th edition of Census 2021
will be conducted in 18 languages out of the 22 scheduled languages.
2011 census was conducted in 16 languages.
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme
Court has recently held that a judicial magistrate can order an accused to give
his voice samples even against his consent in the course of a criminal
The University Grants Commission
(UGC) has recommended the grant of the Institute of Eminence (IoE) status
to 20 institutions (10 Public 10 Private) as per recommendations of the Empowered
Expert Committee (EEC) under the chairmanship of N Gopalaswami. 10 Public
Institutions: BHU, IISc, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras,
Delhi University, Hyderabad University, Anna University, Jadavpur University.
10 Private Institutions: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, BITS Pilani, Jamia
Hamdard, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher
Education, O. P. Jindal Global University, Bharti University, Jio Institute,
Shiv Nadar University, Vellore Institute of Technology.
ISRO has laid the foundation stone
for Space Situational Awareness Control Centre (SSACC) at Peenya,
The Indian Council of Medical
Research (ICMR) has launched India’s first large-scale trial for two new TB
vaccines – VPM1002 and Immuvac.
Maharashtra has become the India’s
first state to adopt a digital fingerprint and iris scanning system –Automated
Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS) – to aid police
The Union Government has approved Rs 4,900
crore Kosi-Mechi Interlinking project for interlinking of Kosi and Mechi
(tributary of Mahananda) rivers of Bihar. This is the second major river
interlinking project in the country to be approved after the Ken-Betwa project
in Madhya Pradesh.
India’s transsexual woman Naaz
Joshi has been crowned Miss World Diversity 2019.
The NASA scientists have
characterized the first potentially habitable world outside our own solar
system that may be suitable for life. The super-earth planet — named GJ 357
The 5th edition of National Handloom
Day (NHD) has celebrated on 7th August 2019 at Bhubaneswar to honour the
handloom weavers in the country and also highlight India’s handloom industry.
India has recently signed the United
Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements (UNISA) or the Singapore
Convention on Mediation to boost the confidence of foreign investors.
For Integrated Coastal Zone Management
(ICZM), the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC)
has launched a draft titled ‘Environmental and Social Management Framework
(ESMF)”, which is a part of a World Bank-funded project.
Pakistan suspended the Lahore-Attari
Samjhauta Express train service following the revocation of Article 370 in
Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The train service was started on 22nd
July 1976, under the Shimla Agreement that settled the 1971 war between the two
Hellaro (Gujarati) has won the Best Feature
Film award at the 66th National Film awards for year 2018. While, Ayushmann
Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal share the Best Actor Award for Andhadhun and Uri: The Surgical Strikes, respectively.
Keerthi Suresh bagged Best Actress award for Mahanati.
Dr. Chandrima Shaha is set to be the first woman
president of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA).
Aishwarya Pissay from Bengaluru has created history
by becoming the first Indian to claim a world title in motorsports. She annexed
the FIM World Cup (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) in the women’s
category after the final round of the championship at Varpalota in Hungary.
To mark the 77th anniversary of Quit
India movement, the Uttar Pradesh has created a world record by planting more
than 22-cr saplings in a day at 12.2 lakh locations in the state.
The book titled ‘Sridevi: Girl
Woman Superstar’ has been written by author-screenwriter Satyarth Nayak.
To mark the occasion of 73rd
Independence Day 2019, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting
Prakash Javadekar launched a patriotic song ‘Watan’ in New Delhi. The
song has been sung by famous Bollywood singer Javed Ali.
Priyam Chatterjee has become the first Indian chef to
be awarded the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricoleto’ by the
Government of France.
The Union Government has recently
started registration for the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan-Dhan Yojana (PM-KMY) with
an aim to improve the life of Small and Marginal Farmers of the country.
The book ‘Kashmir’s Untold Story:
Declassified’ has been authored by filmmaker Iqbal Chand Malhotra
and defence analyst Maroof Raza.
Denmark’s third largest, Jyske
Bank has launched the world’s first negative interest rate mortgage and started to offer
a10-year mortgage deals at a negative interest rate of 0.5% a year.
India’s first Central Institute of
Chemical Engineering & Technology (CICET) will be set up in Gujarat to give boost to the
The famous ‘Hazratganj Chauraha’
of Lucknow has been renamed as ‘Atal Chowk’ in memory of former Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
PM Modi received the UAE’s
highest civil honour ‘Order of Zayed’.
The task force, headed by CBDT member
Akhilesh Ranjan, constituted by the Union government for drafting the
new Direct Tax Code (DTC) has recently submitted its report.
World’s biggest teacher training
programme –, NISHTHA – in New Delhi under which more than 42 lakh
teachers will be trained across the country. The acronym ‘NISHTHA’ stands for
‘National Initiative for School Head’s and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement’.
Indian Para swimmer Satendra Singh
Lohia from Madhya Pradesh has scripted history by becoming the first Asian swimmer to cross the
Catalina Channel of America.
Rajiv Gauba, a 1982 batch IAS officer of
Jharkhand cadre, has been appointed as the new Cabinet Secretary for two years.
Ajay Kumar, a 1985 batch IAS officer of Kerala
cadre, has been appointed as the new Defence Secretary.
Chennai Beach noticed a blue shimmer
on the waves i.e. popularly known as ‘Sea Tinkle’. According to marine
experts, the Noctiluca algae were behind this blue glow phenomenon. The algae
exhibit the phenomenon of bioluminescence (or biologically produce light when
disturbed). The light is produced by a chemical reaction in the presence of
oxygen involving an enzyme called “luciferase”.
The book titled ‘Big Billion Startup:
The Untold Flipkart Story’ has been authored by Mihir Dalal.
Prof. Meeta Narain of Jawaharlal
Nehru University (JNU) has been conferred the prestigious ‘Pushkin Medal –
2019’ for her contribution to Russian studies abroad.
The book ‘the Diary of Manu Gandhi
(1943-44)’ has been brought out by National Archives of India (NAI) in
collaboration with Oxford University Press on the occasion of 150th
anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The book originally written in Gujarati language
and has been edited & translated by a well-known scholar Dr. Tridip
The Asia-Pacific Group (APG) of the
Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is a global watchdog for terror financing
and money laundering. It has recently put Pakistan in the Enhanced
Expedited Follow up List (Blacklist) for its failure to meet its standards.
NITI Aayog has recently released
report on the Composite Water Management Index 2.0 (CWMI 2.0) for
reference year 2017-18. Gujarat has been ranked first in the CWMI 2.0,
followed by Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Gokulam Kerala FC won the 129th Durand Cup tournament
by defeating heavyweights Mohun Bagan 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
45th G7 summit was held in Biarritz,France on 24-26 August 2019 with theme ‘Fighting Inequality’.
PV Sindhu has become the first Indian to book
a gold medal at the World Championships at Basel in Switzerland.
Dokdo islands is the bone of contention between
South Korea & Japan.
India will host the Conference of
Parties (COP 14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
(UNCCD) from 2nd to 13th of September 2019 at the India Mart and Expo in
the Greater Noida area of New Delhi.
National Centre for Avian
come up at Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural Sciences (SACON) in
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya who was the India’s first woman
Director General of Police (DGP) passed away recently.
Despite environmentalists warning of
serious risks to the region, Russia has launched the world’s first floating
nuclear reactor – Akademik Lomonosov – across the Arctic.
The 8th edition of joint military
exercise titled Shaheen VIII has started between the air forces of China
Wing Commander Shalija Dhami
has scripted history by becoming India’s first female officer of the Indian Air
Force (IAF) to become the Flight Commander of a flying unit.
The Bimal Jalan Committee has
suggested that the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) economic capital framework
must be periodically reviewed after every five years and its accounting year
(July-June) be aligned with the fiscal year that ends on 31 March. The
Committee has recommended that the central bank pay interim dividend to the
government (a practice that started in 2016-17) only under exceptional
GoI has given approval to establish
an International Standard Zoo and Bio park on the forest land at
In its annual report for 2018-19, the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has stated that the lack of domestic demand is
holding back the animal spirits in the economy and emphasized the need to
revive consumption demand and private investment during 2019-20. The term ‘Animal
spirits’ in Economics was coined by British economist John Maynard Keynes
in his 1936 book ‘The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money’ to
explain the persistence of economic fluctuations under capitalism. The term
refers to the emotions and instincts that guide the behaviour of investors and
consumers in a market economy.
Bajrang Punia and Deepa Malik have been
conferred with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the
year 2019 in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the sport of
wrestling and para-athletics, respectively at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Delhi Cabinet has approved free
travel for women in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and cluster buses
from October 29, 2019.
The first space museum of India
opening new attraction to space enthusiasts, was set up at Hyderabad in
association with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
E-commerce Company Amazon,
inaugurated its single-largest campus in the world in terms of area (9 acres)
in Hyderabad, Telangana.
World’s 1st museum dedicated to the
life of a 16th-century saint and social reformer, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,
designed by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) has been inaugurated
in Kolkata, West Bengal.
President Ram Nath Kovind approved
the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Reorganisation Act, 2019. The Ministry
of Law and Justice issued the Gazette Notification. The Act seeks to make
J&K a Union Territory (UT) with legislature and Ladakh, a UT without
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport
& Highways (MoRTH) stated that FASTags will become mandatory for all
vehicles from December 2019.
Ministry of Railways has directed all
railway units to strictly enforce a ban on single-use plastic, with less than
50-micron thickness, from October 2, 2019, in its premises and trains with the
aim to achieve ‘Plastic Free Railway’.
The cabinet of Netherlands imposed a
ban on Burqa or niqab in public places, including public transport, government
buildings and at health and education institutions. It is not applied to public
streets. Anyone found guilty will have to pay a fine of 150 euros.
For the first time in 25 years, the
United States (US) has labelled China as a currency manipulator.
To mark the 550th birth anniversary
of Guru Nanak Dev, the Sikhism founder, a Nagar Kirtan , a Sikh
religious procession was taken out for 1st time after Independence from Nankana
Sahib district(birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev) of Pakistan’s Punjab province to
Attari village in Amritsar,Punjab Indian side through the Attari-Wagah land
Government of Saudi Arabia made a
reform for allowing women over the age of 21 to receive passports and travel
abroad without permission from a male ‘guardian’.
Indonesia chooses East Borneo
Island for its new capital. The current capital of Jakarta, overcrowded
(home to more than 10 million people), sits on watery land. Parts of the city
are sinking by as much as 25cm a year and almost half now sits below sea level.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was
honoured with ‘The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance’ By Bahrain.
The next G7 Summit (46th) for
the year 2020 will be held in the United States.
Penalty of Rs.1.5 crore was fined on Bank
of India over “non-compliance with RBI’s (Reserve Bank of India) direction
on frauds” in Rotomac group companies.
Reserve Bank of India Money Museum,
which was opened on March 11, 2019, aims at improving people’s knowledge of the
banking system with the help of interactive displays at Council House Street in
RBI Board Approves Surplus Transfer
of Rs 1.76 Lakh Crore to Central Govt.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gave
the status to Jana Small Finance Bank to operate as a Scheduled Bank.
Shah Rukh Khan felicitated with an honorary
doctorate degree by Melbourne’s La Trobe University.
Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Ground in Delhi is set to be renamed as Arun