Latest Current Affairs of August 2019

The IAF Officer who has become the first female officer of the Indian Air Force to become the Flight Commander of a flying unitWing Commander S Dhami
The first woman to become the Director General of Police of a state (Uttarakhand) who passed away on 26 August 2019Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
The team which has won the Durand Cup 2019 football tournament defeating Mohun Bagan in the finals in KolkataGokulam Kerala
The country which has conferred The King Hamad Order of Renaissance award on the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiBahrain
The Hollywood actress who has been named the highest paid actress in 2019 by the Forbes magazineScarlett Johnsson
The venue of G-7 Summit held from 24 to 26 August 2019 with the theme Fighting Inequality (Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi attended it as a special guest)Biarittz, France
The Indian badminton player who has won the women's singles title at the 2019 BWF World Championships defeating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the finals at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, SwitzerlandPV Sindhu
The venue of the World Youth Congress on Kindness organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) from August 20 to 23, 2019New Delhi
The country which has formally unveiled its long range surface to air missile defence system named Bavar 373Iran
The new Home Secretary appointed to succeed Shri Rajiv Gauba who has been appointed the Cabinet SecretaryAjay Kumar Bhalla
The city in which Amazon.com Inc has inaugurated its single largest campus in the worldHyderabad
The new Cabinet Secretary appointed for a period of 2 years to replace the present Cabinet Secretary Shri PK SinhaRajiv Gauba
The veteran music composer of Bollywood, known for films like Umrao Jaan, Kabhi Kabhi etc who passed away on 19 August 2019Khayyam
The former Chief Minister of Bihar (3 times) who passed away on 19 August 2019Jagannath Mishra
The popular anchor of Doordarshan, a recipient of the Nari Shakti Puraskar and well-known for her show Tejaswini, who passed away on 17 August 2019Neelum Sharma
The veteran Bollywood actress known for her role in films like Choti si Baat, Rajnigandha etc who passed away on 15 August 2019Vidya Sinha
The former Indian cricketer who has been appointed Indian cricket team's coach for the second time in a rowRavi Shastri
The Chairman of ISRO who has been awarded the APJ Abdul Kalam Award by the Tamil Nadu governmentKailasavadivoo Sivan
The 15th century Hindu mystic and saint on whom world's first museum was inaugurated in Kolkata by Chief Minister Mamta BanerjeeShri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
The award which has been conferred on Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman for his role in aerial combat with Pakistani intruder jetsVir Chakra
The patriotic song sung by Javed Ali, penned by lyricist Shrivastav, composed by Dushyant and released by Doordarshan is named Watan
The team which has won the 2019 Ultimate Table Tennis League defeating Dabang Delhi in the finals in New DelhiChennai Lions
The veteran Bollywood film producer and director known for his movies like Asha, Apnapan, Aaya Sawan Jhoom Ke, Akhir Kyon who passed away on 07 August 2019J. Om Prakash
The theme of World Biofuel Day to be observed on 10 August 2019Production of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil
The well-known writer of books like Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye etc and winner of Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 who passed away on 05 August 2019 Toni Morrison
The city chosen to be the main venue for National Handloom Day 2019 to be observed on 07 August 2019Bhubaneshwar
The rank of India in the Global GDP rankings released by World Bank for 2018 Seventh
The States in which One Nation One Card scheme has been launched on a pilot basis by the Union GovernmentTelangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra
The former Indian cricketer who has been awarded the Bharat Gaurav award by East Bengal football clubKapil Dev

Merger of Public Sector Banks 2019

Punjab National Bank, United Bank of India and Oriental Bank of Commerce

Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank

Union Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank

Indian Bank and Allahabad Bank

Total number of public sector banks after merger - 12


New Geographical Indications Tags

PalaniPanchamirtham: An abishega Prasadam of Lord Dhandayuthapani Swamy, the presiding deity of Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple, situated in palani Hills, Palani Town in Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu. It is a combination of five natural substances, namely, banana, jaggery sugar, cow ghee, honey and cardamom in a definite proportion. This is the first time a temple ‘prasadam’ from Tamil Nadu has been bestowed with the GI tag

Tawlhlohpuan: A medium to heavy, compactly woven, good quality fabric from Mizoram is known for warp yarns, warping, weaving & intricate designs that are made by hand.

Mizo Puanchei: A colourful Mizo shawl/textile, from Mizoram, is considered as the most colourful among the Mizo textiles. It is an essential possession for every Mizo lady and an important marriage outfit in the state.

Tirur betel vine: Mainly cultivated in Tirur, Tanur, Tirurangadi, Kuttippuram, Malappuram and Vengara block panchayaths of Malappuram District (Kerala), is valued both for its mild stimulant action and medicinal properties.


Arun Jaitley

28 December 1952 to 24 August 2019

Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs from 2014 to 2019. He was also the Minister of Defence and Minister of Information and Broadcasting for shorter durations during the period.

He was the Minister of Information and Broadcasting under the Prime Ministership of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee


Sushma Swaraj

14 February 1952 to 06 August 2019

Minister of External Affairs from 2014 to 2019. She was the first woman to independently hold the charge. Mrs. Indira Gandhi held the charge additionally to her Prime Ministership.

Chief Minister of Delhi from Oct to Dec 1998

Awarded the Best Parliamentarian Award twice in 2008 and 2010.


New Governors

Shri Jagdeep Dhankar: West Bengal

Shri RN Ravi: Nagaland


Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2019

PersonNationalityAward for
Raymundo Pujante CayabyabPhilippinesNurturing the gift and unifying power of music.
Jong-ki KimSouth KoreaStemming the destructive tide of youth violence.
Ravish KumarIndiaHarnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless.
Angkhana NeelapaijitThailandChampioning justice, case after painful case
Ko Swe WinMyanmarBuilding the quality and force of media's truth-telling.

Composite Water Management Index - 17-18

Released by - NITI Aayog

#Non-Himalayan StatesNE & Himalayan StatesUTs
1.GujaratHimachal PradeshPuducherry
2.Andhra PradeshUttarakhandDelhi
3.Madhya PradeshTripura 

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Important Days of August

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: 09 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1995

Theme: Indigenous Languages

International Youth Day: 12 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2000

Theme: Transforming Education

World Elephant Day: 12 August 2019

Designated by: Patricia Sims and Elephant Reintroduction Programme of Thailand

First observed: 2012

World Humanitarian Day: 19 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2009

Theme: Women Humanitarians

International Day against Nuclear Tests: 29 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2010

International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances: 30 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2011


Sports Awards - 2019

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

#RecipientDiscipline
1.Bajrang PuniaWrestling
2.Ms Deepa MalikPara Athletics

Dronacharya Award

#RecipientDiscipline
1.Shri Vimal KumarBadminton
2.Shri Sandeep GuptaTable Tennis
3.Shri Mohinder Singh DhillonAthletics
4.Shri Merzban PatelHockey (Life time)
5.Shri Rambir Singh KhokharKabaddi (Life time)
6.Shri Sanjay BhardwajCricket (Life time)

Arjuna Award

#RecipientDiscipline
1.Shri Tajinderpal Singh ToorAthletics (Shot put)
2.Shri Mohammed Anas YahiyaAthletics (Track & Field)
3.Ms. Swapna BarmanAthletics (Heptathlon)
4.Shri Bhamidipati Sai PraneethBadminton
5.Shri S. BhaskaranBody building
6.Ms. Sonia LatherBoxing
7.Shri Ravindra JadejaCricket
8.Ms. Poonam YadavCricket
9.Shri Fouaad MirzaEquestrian
10.Shri Gurpreet Singh SandhuFootball
11.Shri Chinglensana Singh KangujamHockey
12.Shri Ajay ThakurKabaddi
13.Shri Gaurav Singh GillMotor Sports
14.Shri Simran Singh ShergillPolo
15.Ms. Anjum MoudgilShooting
16.Shri Harmeet Rajul DesaiTable Tennis
17.Ms. Pooja DhandaWrestling
18.Shri Sundar Singh GurjarPara-Athletics
19.Shri Pramod BhagatPara-Badminton

Dhyan Chand Award

#RecipientDiscipline
1.Shri Manuel FredricksHockey
2.Shri Arup BasakTable Tennis
3.Shri Manoj KumarWrestling
4.Shri Nitten KirrtaneTennis
5.Shri C. LalremsangaArchery

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar

#CategoryRecipient
1.Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young TalentThe Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation
2.Encouragement to Sports through Corporate Social ResponsibilityGoSports Foundation
3.Sports for DevelopmentRayalaseema Development Trust


Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards 2018

1.Ms. Aparna KumarLand Adventure
2.Late Shri Dipankar GhoshLand Adventure
3.Shri Manikandan K.Land Adventure
4.Shri Prabhat Raju KoliWater Adventure
5.Shri RameshwerJangraAir Adventure
6.Shri Wangchuk SherpaLife Time Achievement

66th National Film Awards 2018

#Name of the AwardName of the FilmAwardees
1.Best Feature FilmHellaro (Gujarati)Director: Abhishek Shah
2.Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a DirectorNaal (Marathi)Director: Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
3.Best Popular FilmBadhaai Ho (Hindi)Director: Amit Sharma
4.Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National IntegrationOndalla Eradalla (Kannada)Director: D Satya Prakash
5.Best Film on Social IssuesPadman (Hindi)Director: R Balki
6.Best Film on Environment Conservation/PreservationPaani (Marathi)Director: Addinath Kothare
7.Best Children's FilmSarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasargodu (Kannada)Director: Rishab Shetty
8.Best Hindi FilmAndhadhunDirector: Sriram Raghavan
9.Best DirectionUri, the Surgical Strike (Hindi)Director: Aditya Dhar
10.Best ActorAyushmann Khurrana for Andhadun and Vicky Kaushal for Uri
11.Best ActressKeerthy for Mahanati (Telugu)
12.Best Supporting ActorSwanand Kirkire for Chumbak (Marathi)
13.Best Supporting ActressSurekha Sikri for Badhaai Ho (Hindi)
14.Best Male Playback SingerArijit Singh for the song “Binte Dil Misriya mein" (Padmaavat)
15.Best Female Playback SingerBindhu Malini for the song “Maayavi Manave” Nathicharami (Kannada)
16.Best Book on CinemaMouna Prathanapole (Malayalam)Author: S Jayachandran Nair
17.Most Film Friendly StateUttarakhand-

This is only a selective list of awards. For complete awards please visit Govt of India website


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