Current Affairs Updates: 19-20 August

Current Affairs Updates: 19-20 August

Current Affairs 2018 – Daily Current Affairs 2018 updates for IBPS, RRB, Insurance, UPSC, SSC, Railway & other Competitive Exams.

1. Amnesty International India launched ‘Our Safety, Our Rights’ campaign

Amnesty International India launched a new campaign named ‘Our Safety, Our Rights’, among children against sexual abuse.

  • The campaign will culminate on October 11 – International Day of the Girl Child.
  • 50,000 students, parents, teachers and children from 400 schools, across four Indian states will be participating in this campaign.

2. TCS becomes most valued Indian company

According to BSE data, TCS overtakes RIL to become most valued Indian company. The market capitalisation (m-cap) of TCS stood at Rs 7,69,065.04.

  • RIL stood at Rs 7,60,644.73 crore. There is a difference of total Rs 8,420.31 crore in market capitalisation.

3. 18th Asian Games has started in Jakarta

This year’s Asian Games, also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018, has started from 18th August to 02nd September in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

  • It is the second time when Jakarta is hosting the sports games after 1962.
  • A total of 572 Indian athletes will be participating in the event in 36 different sports categories.

4. Tamil Nadu is host to the 2018 “iCRAFPT”

On August 17, the 2018 International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) has started at Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.

  • The theme is “Doubling farmers’ income through food processing”.
  • The 3-day conference is the important platform for inspiring international and interdisciplinary exchange at the forefront of food research.

5. World Humanitarian Day: 19 August

The World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed every year on 19 August to recognize work of humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives.

  • The observance of the day provides opportunity to celebrate spirit that inspires humanitarian work around globe.
  • It pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service.

6. Panini language laboratory inaugurated in Mauritius

Panini language laboratory was recently inaugurated at Mahatma Gandhi institute in Mauritius to promote reading and writing Hindi amongst young and its further development.

  • It was launched by External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of 11th World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius.

7. ATGM HELINA successfully test fired at Pokhran range

Indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) ‘HELINA’ was successfully flight tested from Indian Army Helicopter at Pokhran range. The weapon system was tested for its full range.

  • ATGM HELINA weapon system was released smoothly from Army Helicopter. 
  • After its launch it tracked target all through its course and hit it with high precision.

8. Former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan passes away

Former United Nations General Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan passed away in Bern, Switzerland. He was 80.

  • He had served as seventh Secretary-General of UN for two terms reigning from 1997 till 2006.
  • He was first black African to become Secretary-General of UN and also the first to be elected from UN staff itself.
  • He was born on 8 April 1938 in Kumasi, Gold Coast (now Ghana).

9. Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan sworn in as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan. 

  • He won majority in Pakistan’s National Assembly with 176 votes.
  • A member of the National Assembly needs 172 votes to become prime minister-elect.

10. IB Keita has been re-elected as the new President of Mali

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected as the new President of Mali for a five-year term after winning a landslide in a runoff ballot.

  • He picked up 67.17% of the vote against 32.83% for opposition challenger and former finance minister Soumaila Cisse.

11. Pakistan Cricketer Nasir Jamshed Banned For Spot-Fixing

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has handed a 10-year ban to Nasir Jamshed on 17 August. Jamshed was banned for the second time in the last two years.

  • The ban was imposed by the board’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal for his involvement in the spot-fixing row during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2016-17 season.
  • The ban means Jamshed will be out from any form of cricket during the aforementioned period.


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