Current Affairs 29 and 30 August 2019

Current Affairs

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Current Affairs

> National Sports Day – 29 August
National Sports Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.
> Tax task force recommends 5 slabs for individuals
Direct Tax Code task force, headed by CBDT member Akhilesh Ranjan has recommended five tax brackets of 5%, 10%, 20%, 30%, and 35%, against the prevailing structure of 5%, 20%, and 30%. The tax bracket of 35% for the super-rich is also argued for.
> NGT panel suggests unique ID numbers for water bodies to prevent encroachments
A committee led by former high court judge Justice SP Garg has put forward to a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel that the water bodies should be secured by constructing boundary walls and relevant entries in the revenue records.
> Railways to take ISRO help in monitoring trains
Control Office Application system designed by ISRO has begun real-time monitoring of over 700 trains, fitted with GPS. The system will help track the movement of trains even between two stations.
> Cabinet eases FDI rules in the retail sector
Currently, single-brand retail with more than 51% FDI needs to source 30% of its goods from within India, now this 30% can be calculated over the first 5 years of operation. Also, 100% FDI under the automatic route in contract manufacturing announced.
> Rajnath Singh inaugurated Vigyan Mela in Ladakh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Vigyan Mela science fair being organized at the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research. It showcased agricultural products developed by the DRDO.
> 12th India Security Summit held in New Delhi
12th India Security Summit on the theme ‘Towards New National Cyber Security Strategy’ was held where many issues were discussed such as protection of critical national infrastructure, emerging cyber threats: incidents, challenges, and responsibilities.
> MoU between Indian Navy and IMD
MoU between the Indian Navy and the India Meteorological Department was signed at Naval Base, Kochi for the handing over of cyclone detection radar (CDR) building by IMD to enable them to utilize within naval premises at Kochi for meteorological purposes.
> Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis retired from all forms of cricket
> Mumbai ranked as 45th safest city
Mumbai was ranked as 45th safest city on the Safe Cities Index, Delhi stood at the 52nd position, as per a report by Economist Intelligence Unit. Tokyo came at the top while Singapore and Osaka were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.
> Govt releases Rs 47,000 crore to increase green cover in States
Prakash Javadekar has handed over Rs 47,000 crore from Compensatory Afforestation Fund to various states, to be utilized for the compensatory afforestation, catchment area treatment, wildlife management, and improvement of wildlife habitat among others.
> Abhishek Verma bags gold in Shooting World Cup
Abhishek Verma won the gold medal and Saurabh Chaudhary the bronze, in the men’s 10m air pistol event of the World Cup at Rio de Janerio. Elavenil Valarivan had won gold in the women’s 10m air rifle event on the first day.
> Campaign Angikaar and E-Course on Vulnerability Atlas launched
MoS Hardeep S Puri launched Angikaar – a campaign for change management and e-course on Vulnerability Atlas of India, e-course on Vulnerability Atlas is offered in collaboration of School of Planning and Architecture and Building Materials Tech Promotion Council.
> National Urban Livelihoods Mission conferred SKOCH award
DAY-NULM, a flagship mission under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has been conferred the prestigious SKOCH Governance Award for its Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access (PAiSA) in a function held in Delhi.
> Dindigul lock, Kandangi saree get GI tag
Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree were given the GI tag by the Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai. The applications were made by Hardware and Steel Furniture Workers Industrial Cooperative Society Limited and Amarar Rajeev Gandhi Handloom Weavers.

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