The Hindu – August 18, 2018

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1. Over the last few years, ‘Durga Puja diplomacy’ has been gaining importance in , with countries that have consulates here making it a point to participate in the celebrations. This year, China has decided to take a big step forward by actively collaborating with the BJ Block Durga Puja Committee in Salt Lake, on the eastern fringes of the city.

Not only will the Chinese Consulate be collaborating in constructing the canopy where the idol of the goddess will be housed, it will also be flying in over two dozen Chinese artists to put up cultural performances.

2. With urban India responsible for an increasingly large share of the national GDP, the Centre now hopes to bring out city-level GDP data. This could help both cities and investors make wise decisions, and also help municipal bodies raise funds for their own infrastructure needs, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

3. The Asian Games begin in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang on Saturday, providing Indian sport a bracing opportunity to prove its composite progress at the global level.

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4. The Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order allowing mining major Vedanta access to the administrative unit of the Sterlite Copper plant at Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu.

5. A Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud was hearing a petition filed by Russel Joy, a resident of Idukki district where the dam is located. Mr. Joy, represented by advocate Manoj George, highlighted that the water level in the dam was dangerously high and a source of constant fear for people in an “already submerged Kerala.” The petitioner urged the court to hand over the dam to the National Executive Committee under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to avert another tragedy.

6. Punjab Minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu left for Pakistan on Friday to attend Saturday’s swearing-in of Imran Khan as Prime Minister.

Mr. Sidhu, who got the clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs, left for Lahore through the Attari-Wagah border.

Imran Khan belongs to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

7. The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) will sponsor a seminar that will see directors of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) brainstorm on how Indian management practices can become the focus of management research in the country, apart from the use of “western models,” as is being done now.

IIM Tiruchirappalli will organise the seminar sometime in October, said an official of the ICSSR. “A profound discussion is required on Indianisation of management research,” said the official, explaining the rationale for the seminar, which would be conducted by the host IIM and partly or wholly funded by the premier social science research body. (Get more latest national news & current affairs)

8. The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and special envoys from the South Asian neighbours led the diplomatic delegation at the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Gyawali, Pakistani Minister of Justice Syed Ali Zafar, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali, and former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai were among those who attended the last rites at Smriti Sthal.

9. The government has issued a gazette notification announcing the demise of former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee. The notification, signed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, has been issued in both English and Hindi. A Home Ministry official said that according to rules, the death of a former PM is announced through a gazette notification.

10. Both the Mauritian and the Indian national flags were flown at half mast here on Friday in honour of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In a condolence message, Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said that Vajpayee “shaped the destiny of India through his bold leadership”. Study latest national news and current affairs with The Tutors Academy.

11. Nepal introduced a new criminal code on Friday that makes sharing confidential information a jailable offence, sparking concerns among journalists that the laws could be used to muzzle the press.

12. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed the suspension of a U.S. military training programme for its soldiers.

Thursday’s announcement by the Ministry reflects continued tensions between the two allies in the war on terror.

The training of Pakistani soldiers in the United States is the latest programme to be hurt by the cut-off of security aid to Pakistan, which was announced at the beginning of this year.

13. MSME credit and especially micro credit to MSMEs, including loans by banks and NBFCs, shows a healthy rate of growth in recent quarters.

The MSME sector comprises more than 63 million units and employs about 111 million people. The share of MSMEs in GDP is about 30%, with the sector accounting for about 45% of manufacturing output and about 40% of India’s total exports.

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14. Microsoft India and Apollo Hospitals on Friday said they had unveiled the ‘first-ever’ artificial intelligence-powered cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk score API (application program interface), designed to predict the risk of CVD in the Indian population. This would also enable doctors across the Apollo network of hospitals to drive preventive cardiac care across the country.

15. Ashok Leyland, the flagship of the Hinduja Group, has won an order to supply 300 double-decker buses to the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC). Delivery will take place within eight months. Terming it a significant win, Vinod K. Dasari, MD, Ashok Leyland, said the use of double-decker buses would help in decongesting the busy roads of Dhaka. The BRTC order was based on a tender under an Indian Line of Credit.

16. The Indian contingent here paid its respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and held a small condolence meet. The Indian chef-de-mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh led the prayers accompanied by deputies R.K. Sacheti and D.K. Singh, IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta and treasurer Anandeshwar Pandey.

17. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday formalised the staging of the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Despite the BCCI being the host of the Asia Cup, the tournament had to be moved out to ensure Pakistan’s participation.

The ODI tournament, to be played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from September 15 to 28, will also have Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and a qualifier vying for the honours.

UAE’s Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development and the chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said the UAE “feels privileged and excited by the opportunity” to host the tournament and “will ensure every support to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success”.

18. The 27th Smt. Krishna Khaitan memorial all-India junior badminton tournament with a total prize purse of ₹4,00,000 will be played at the Tau Devi Lal Indoor Stadium, Sector-3, Panchkula, from September 25 to 30.

Events will be held in the under-19 age group for boys and girls in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Entries close on August 28.

19. Abbreviations:

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth
New Prime Minister of Pakistan – Imran Khan
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel

20. Things to Remember:

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA)
National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC)
Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL)
Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI)
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI)
Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)

21. Improve your Vovabulary:


Meaning – A place of residence; a house or home.
Example – ‘my humble abode’
Synonyms – home, house, place of habitation, place of residence, accommodation, habitat, base, seat without a roof over one’s head, on the streets, vagrant, sleeping rough, living rough

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