TRAI Mycall & DND 2.0: TRAI Mobile Apps made available on UMANG platform

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India launches integration & availability of TRAI Mobile Apps namely DND 2.0 & MyCall on UMANG platform in a function held at TRAI, New Delhi.

To reach out to the consumers and to safeguard their interests

DND 2.0 App:
i. DND (Do Not Disturb) Services App enables smart phone users to register their mobile number under DND.
ii.  It would avoid Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC)/Telemarketing Calls/SMS.
About UMANG Platform:
♦ UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) is developed by National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
♦ It provides a single platform for all Indian Citizens to access pan India e-Gov services ranging from Central to Local Government bodies.

World’s largest bird sculpture Jatayu sculpture will be inaugurated in Kerala

 The Jatayu sculpture at the Jatayu Earth Center (JEC) at Chadayamangalam in Kollam district, Kerala, said to be world’s largest bird sculpture, will be inaugurated on August 17 by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

NITI Aayog identified 117 districts as Aspirational Districts for RUSA Scheme

During the second phase of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), central assistance is provided for opening of new Model Degree Colleges (MDCs) in  ‘Aspirational Districts’ identified by NITI Aayog and in unserved & underserved districts in North Eastern and Himalayan States.

These districts have been selected on the basis of the composite index which includes published data of deprivation enumerated under Socio-Economic Caste Census, Health & Nutrition, Education and Basic Infrastructure.



51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held in Singapore

The proposal of Thailand on establishment of ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue in Bangkok in 2019 was addressed.

Singapore’s proposal to convene a Track 1.5 symposium on counter-terrorism in October 2018 titled, “The 2018 Southeast Asia Counter-Terrorism Symposium: A Collective Approach” was accepted.


The 33rd ASEAN Summit will be held in November 2018.
♦ Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia.
♦ Member: 10 countries, 2 observers.

Japan commemorates 73rd Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

The US B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped the 20 kiloton atomic bomb “Little Boy,” on Hiroshima.
On August 9, 1945, another US bomber dropped the 21 kiloton atomic bomb “Fat Man” on another Japanese city – Nagasaki.
♦ Capital – Tokyo.
♦ Currency – Japanese Yen.
♦ Prime minister – Shinzo Abe (Since 2012)

Maitree 2018 Joint Military Exercise between India and Thailand held in Thailand

 Exercise ‘Maitree’ is a joint military exercise between Indian Army and Royal Thai Army and is running on in Thailand from 6 to 19 August 2018. Maitree 2018 was platoon level exercise that comprises of infantry component.
Aim:- To develope mutual understanding and bonhomie between the two armies in order to counter terrorism.


Banking & Finance

MOPAD: a unified payment terminal POS machine launched by SBI

State Bank of India
 launched a payments machine called MOPAD.

The full form of MOPAD is Multi Option Payment Acceptance Device.

It is a Point of Sale (PoS) terminal that will allow to facilitate transactions from cards to QR code based payments.

It would accept payments through UPI, Bharat QR, and SBI Buddy wallet which till now required different tools to receive payments.

Customers won’t have to carry cards and can just scan the QR code to make the payment.


SBI has 6.23 lakh PoS terminals where debit and credit cards are swiped to make payments.



Rafael Nadal Maintains Top Spot in ATP world Rankings

Spain’s Rafael Nadal maintained his lead in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings, with 9,310 average points, ahead of Switzerland’s Roger Federer.

Washington Open (tennis) 2018
Washington Open (tennis) 2018 or Citi Open 2018 was held at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington DC, United States.

About Washington Open:
♦ Type – a combined tournament of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour of 500 points and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) International Level Tournament
♦ Started – 1969

Germany’s Mario Gomez retires from International Football

Veteran German striker Mario Gomez (33-year-old), who made his debut for Germany in 2007, scored 31 goals in 78 international appearances.
He represented his country at the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and 2018 and the Euro Cup in 2008 and 2012. He is now looking to pay his full attention to the domestic football league, Bundesliga.

Tokyo 2020: First Olympics to deploy facial recognition technology to increase security.

It was announced that the Tokyo 2020 will be the first Olympics to deploy facial recognition technology to increase security.
Tokyo Olympics 2020:
♦ Venue: Tokyo, Japan.
♦ Date: 24th July 2020.



Goa becomes first state by starting its own app based taxi service

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar and Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar flagged off the Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s app-based taxi service called “GoaMiles”.


S Gurumurthy & Satish Marathe appointed part-time Directors on RBI board by CA

S Gurumurthy and Satish Marathe were appointed as part-time directors on the Reserve Bank of India board by The Cabinet’s Appointments Committee for a four-year term.

These appointments were proposed by the Department of Financial Services.

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