President Inaugurates ‘One District One Product’ Summit In UP

The President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the ‘One District One Product’ Summit in Lucknow.  

The ‘One District One Product’ scheme will enhance skills of local people as well as increase the reach


Delhi High Court decriminalises begging

Delhi High Court struck down a legal provision that criminalises begging in the national capital.

The petitioners, Harsh Mandar and Karnika Sawhney, sought basic amenities like proper food and medical facilities at all beggars’ homes in the city.

Currently, there is no central law on begging and destitution and most states have adopted the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, which criminalises beggary or have modelled their laws on it. The two petitions have challenged the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act.


Haryana Government To Launch Ayushman Bharat Scheme On Aug 15

The Haryana government  will launch the Ayushman Bharat-Haryana Health Protection Mission on August 15 to provide cashless healthcare facilities to beneficiaries at empanelled hospitals.

Under the scheme, families identified by the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) would be provided with coverage of Rs 5 lakh.


Carrying the original Driving Licence and car’s Registration Certificate is not necessary

The government today announced that carrying the original Driving Licence and car’s Registration Certificate is not necessary, and a Digital copy saved on the DigiLocker or mParivahan app can be shown while checking by the traffic cops.

What is DigiLocker ?

DigiLocker is the government’s cloud storage app, which will be used to store documents.

This app can be downloaded on phones for free, after creating an account using Aadhaar, it displays all documents issued in the person’s name.



“Pacific Endeavor-2018 (PE-18)” Started In Kathmandu, Nepal

The communication exercise ‘Pacific Endeavor-2018 (PE-18)’ under the Multinational Communications Interoperability Program (MCIP) started in Kathmandu, Nepal.

It aims to develop common communications operating procedures to enable military forces in the Asia Pacific region to collectively work in the wake of disaster.


Exercise SCO Peace Mission 2018 To Be Conducted In Russia

As part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) initiatives, SCO Peace Mission Exercise is conducted biennially for SCO member states.

The joint exercise for the year 2018 will be conducted by Central Military Commission of Russia from 22 August to 29 August 2018 at Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk, Russia.


NASA Plans To Launch ‘Touch The Sun’ Spacecraft

Nasa is preparing to launch a $1.5 billion spacecraft designed to “touch” the sun, which will help scientists learn more about the scorching atmosphere of our favourite star, known as the corona.

The Parker Solar Probe, named after the 91-year-old pioneering solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker, will come within 6.16 million km of the sun in the next few years. This is the first time Nasa has named a mission after a living individual.


Economy and Finance

Blockchain: Exim Bank Signs MoU With BRICS Development Banks

The Exim Bank of India has signed a multilateral cooperation agreement with member development banks of BRICS to undertake “collaborative research” in distributed ledger/blockchain technology.

Under this umbrella agreement, the signatories have agreed to constitute a joint research working group which will formulate the research agenda and targeted outcome.

Exim Bank of India is the nominated member development bank under the BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism.

The BRICS grouping comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

A blockchain is a decentralized, distributed and public digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers so that the record cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks and the consensus of the network.


UAE Top Source Of Inward Remittances In 2016-17: RBI

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged as the top source of inward remittances, while Kerala has received the maximum funds sent from abroad, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s survey of inward remittances for 2016-17.




Virat Kohli become the highest run-scorer of the year 2018 in international cricket

Indian skipper Virat Kohli overtook England’s Jonny Bairstow to become the highest run-scorer of the year 2018 in international cricket.

Kohli has scored 1,404 runs in 25 innings this year, 15 more than the English wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow.

‘Thoughts of the day’

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”

Quiz based on Daily Current Affairs 12th Aug 2018

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