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National (Current Affairs)
♦Vikram Sarabhai’s 100th birth anniversary 12 August
- Dr Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai’s 100th birth anniversary on 12 August, we also know father of the Indian space program, becouse his unparalleled contribution to science, if it wasn’t for Dr Sarabhai, India wouldn’t have its own space program.
- Established in 1962 as Indian National Committee for Space Research, it was renamed as Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). For his exemplary contribution, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972.
Note- About ISRO
- Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
- Founded: 15 August 1969
- Headquarters: Bengaluru
International (Current Affairs)
♦Conservative Giammattei new president of Guatemala
- Conservative Alejandro Giammattei was elected as Guatemala’s president on Sunday, defeating former first lady Sandra Torres in a run-off, the central American country’s electoral court said.
- Giammattei will succeed corruption-tainted outgoing President Jimmy Morales, who leaves office in January.
Note- About Guatemala
- Guatemala, a Central American country south of Mexico
- Capital: Guatemala City
- Currency: Guatemalan quetzal
Banking and Financial
♦Practo and RBL Bank launch India’s first health-focused credit card
- Private sector RBL Bank and digital healthcare platform Practo have partnered to launch an industry-first co-branded health credit card.
- This credit card is powered by Mastercard and is available on both Practo and RBL mobile apps and websites.
- It offers benefits like unlimited and round-the-clock online consultations with experienced and qualified doctors, one free full-body health check-up, while users can use the card to earn points that can be redeemed for availing Practo services like ordering medicine, tests and online consultations.
♦Reliance Jio Partners With Microsoft for Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Services
- Reliance Jio has announced 10-year partnership with Microsoft. Mukesh Ambani say at the Reliance India Limited’s 42nd Annual General Meeting, the aim of the partnership is to accelerate the various aspects required for the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society.
- Both companies working together on a number of solutions comprising connectivity, computing, storage solutions, and other technology services and applications essential for Indian businesses. Microsoft will be working with Jio to give a push to data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, cognitive services, blockchain, Internet of Things, and edge computing among small and medium enterprises to make them ready to compete and grow, at the same time help in the GDP growth in India.
♦Chandrima Shaha appointed INSA’s first woman president
- Former director of the National Institute of Immunology Chandrima Shaha has been elected as the first woman president of the reputed Indian National Science Academy (INSA).
- Chandrima, who will head INSA from 2020, said after taking over as president, her priority would be to make efforts to further popularise science among the masses, and she would also focus on more collaborations with foreign institutes.
Note- About INSA
- President: Chandrima Shaha
- Founder: Lewis Leigh Fermor
- Founded: 7 January 1935
- Headquarters: New Delhi
♦GRSE launches fifth FPV for Coast Guard Named Kanaklata Barua
- Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has launched a fifth Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
- Named Kanaklata Barua after a freedom fighter from Assam, the vessel is the last of the five FPVs built by GRSE for the Coast Guard.
- The entire design of the ship was developed in-house by GRSE as per the requirement of the ICG.
♦Rogers Cup: Bianca Andreescu won after Serena Williams retires from final
- As soon as Canadian player Bianca Andreescu heard that Serena Williams was retiring from their Rogers Cup final, she went to her opponent’s bench, took a knee, and started consoling the veteran tennis player.
- Lost in that moment of empathy was the fact that Andreescu had just become the first Canadian to win the tournament in 50 years.
♦MONTREAL CUP: NADAL ROUTS WON 35TH ATP MASTERS TITLE
- Rafael Nadal breezed to his record 35th ATP Masters 1000 title on Sunday in Montreal won over Daniil Medvedev. Nadal extending his Masters record to two more than world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
- Medvedev entered his first Masters-level final having won eight of his last nine matches, but his serve let him down.
♦12th August: International Youth Day
- 12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.
- 2019 Theme: “Transforming education”
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