August, 2019​

  • PM Modi Visit to Bhutan along with Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering jointly inaugurated the Ground Earth Station and SATCOM network. Both the leaders also inaugurated the 720 megawatts (MW) Mangdechhu Hydel power project
  • PM Modi Begins 3-Nation Visit to France on 22nd August talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.
  • Modi reached UAE capital Abu Dhabi on 23rd and met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
  • India’s First National Time Release Study (TRS) is advocated by the World Customs Organization.
  • The HRD Ministry has announced a scheme in 2018 to select 20 IoEs – 10 public and 10 private.
  • Article 35A denies property rights to a woman who got married to a person residing out of Jammu and Kashmir. Incorporated in the Constitution on October 17, 1949, Article 370 exempts J&K from the Indian Constitution and allows it to draft its own Constitution.
  • Consumer Protection Bill 2019 seeks to the settlement of consumer disputes and establishes authorities for timely and effective administration. The Bill includes setting up of a Central Consumer Protection Authority.
  • National Medical Commission Bill 2019 got President’s assent. The bill seeks to establish a National Exit Test (NEXT).
  • ‘Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha’ was launched by the Union HRD Minister Sh. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Union Minister for Jal Shakti Sh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on 9th August 2019.
  • The Department of School Education & Literacy, MHRD has prepared a detailed outline to implement this programme in all the schools across the country
  • ‘L3′-level is an indication of a very large-scale disaster, as per the guidelines of the National Disaster Management Authority. The L3 status would mandate the Centre to assist the disaster affected people in Maharashtra.
  • Indian Railways cancels Samjhauta Express because Samjhauta means “agreement” is named for the bi-weekly train between India and Pakistan as Samjhauta Express. The Friendship Express is its another name and runs between Delhi and Attari in India and is connected to Lahore in Pakistan.
  • Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019 that deals with conditions of declaring individuals as terrorists and seizing their property.
  • The bill ensures a provision of declaring a person terrorists as per the global practices and aimed at effectively preventing unlawful terrorist activities in the country.
  • Textiles Gallery at National Crafts Museum in New Delhi, has a rich collection on display to exhibit the fine Indian Craftsmanship to the public.
  • RPF Launched “Operation Number Plate” a Special Drive to identify and verify all vehicles parked in Railway premises.
  • The unidentified vehicles on the railway premises are considered a serious threat to the security and safety of passengers.
  • Swachh Survekshan 2020 indicators has a major focus on both the quarterly and annual assessments.
  • A special Swachh Survekhan theme song featuring Kangana Ranaut, singers Kailash Kher and Monali Thakur were also launched at the event.
  • Inter-State Council Reconstituted with PM.
  • The Article 263 of the Constitution contains the provisions for the establishment of an Inter-State Council.
  • PM announced the Post of Chief of Defense Staff. Presently the senior-most of the three Chiefs functions as the Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) which act as a midway to allay apprehensions over the CDS.
  • GI is an indication used on products that have a specific geographical origin.
  • Palani Panchamirtham, an offering in the Abisegam of Lord Dhandayuthapani Swamy, Tamil Nadu is an abishega Prasadam.
  • National Tribal Festival “Aadi Mahotsav” 2019 is “A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce”.
  • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has conducted such mega fair in all 27 states.
  • Fish Species Discovered in Arunachal Pradesh. Zoology Researchers of the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) have discovered 5 new fish species across various districts of the state.
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee Residential Schools to be Set Up by UP s in all 18 divisions of the state.
  • Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy 2019 has been proposed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • Indian Railways Banned Single-use Plastic Materials. The IRCTC will implement the return of plastic drinking water bottles as a part of Extended Producer Responsibility.
  • The government has invited applications for tech enthusiasts to participate in ‘San-Sadhan’ hackathon for Divyangjan accessible toilets.
  • SURE stands for ‘Sustainable Resolution’, that points to a resolution/commitment from the industry for a clean environment.
  • “Janaushadhi Sugam” will enable people to search and locate the nearby Janaushadhi generic medicines and stores.
  • LIC launched ‘Jeevan Amar’. The plan offers policy term from 10 years to maximum 40 years, with a maximum age of maturity at 80 years.
  • RBI has extended the working hour of retail payment system National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT), which is used for fund transfer up to Rs 2 lakh, from 8 am to 7 pm to 24×7 round-the-clock fund transfers.
  • Debt Waiver for ‘Small Distressed Borrowers’ from the economically weaker section (EWS) only.
  • IBC consists of various thresholds for ‘Fresh Start’, including that the gross annual income.
  • Bandhan Bank Tie-up with Standard Chartered Bank.
  • SARAL – ‘State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index’ Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF) and Ernst & Young (EY).
  • World’s Safe Cities Index (SCI) is from the Asia-Pacific (Apac) region, with Tokyo at the top spot, Singapore at 2nd and Osaka at 3rd position. Mumbai has been ranked at 45th position and Delhi at the 52nd position in the SCI.
  • Ramon Magsaysay Award 2019 was given to Ravish Kumar.
  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award was given to ISRO Chairman K. Sivan
  • Best actor in 66th National Film Awards – Ayushman Khurana and Vicky Kaushal.
  • Best director Aditya Dhar for URI The Surgical Strike
  • Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards 2018 was given to
    1. Aparna Kumar, Late Dipankar Ghosh, Manikandan K – for adventure in ‘land category’
    2. Prabhat Raju Koli – for adventure in ‘Water category’
    3. RameshwerJangra  – for adventure in ‘Air category’
    4. Wangchuk Sherpa – for lifetime achievement
  • MoU signed between India and Guinea. Both the countries agreed to hold the first session of the Ministerial level India-Guinea Joint Commission at an early date.
  • India signed the UNISA at Singapore The agreement would boost the investor’s confidence in India.
  • PRAGATI is an ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.
  • The government has implemented One Nation-One Ration Card on a pilot basis in four states.
  • “Vhali Dikri Yojana’ Launched by Gujarat CM.
  • Mukhya Mantri Krishi Aashirwad Yojana announced on 21st December 2018 for doubling farmer’s income in the upcoming 4 years (2022).
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the extension of benefits of Child Care Leave (CCL) to single male service personnel.
  • SAMARTH Scheme 16 out of 18 selected states have signed a pact with the Ministry of Textiles.
  • The training programme ‘NISHTHA’ has the objective to motivate and equip teachers to encourage critical thinking in students.
  • Union HRD Minister Launches ‘Shagun’. Shagun is a junction for all online portals and websites.
  • The solid waste energy conversion technology- Hydro Thermal Carbonization (HTC) is developed by researchers of IIT Kharagpur. In this process, the moisture in the waste is used for the reaction to convert it into biofuels and also helps to curb air pollution.
  • MasterCard has launched the Identity Check Express.
  • IIT Guwahati Developed Portable Device to Detect Bacteria , just as it is used to detect blood sugar.
  • India proposed Changes in Species List in CITES. CITES lists species in 3 appendices on the level of the degree of protection they require.
  • ISRO commemorated Birth Centenary of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Dr Vikram Sarabhai also is known as the father of Indian Space Program. Dr Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai was an Indian Scientist, astronomer, and physicist. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972.
  • Indian Air Force Facilitation-cum-Publicity Pavilion. The Pavilion was inaugurated at National Bal Bhawan.
  • Uniform Age of Retirement for CAPF Personnel .
  • Vinesh Phogat won Third Successive Gold in 53kg women’s category of the Poland Open wrestling tournament. Aishwarya Pissay becomes 1st Women to Win FIM World Cup.
  • CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) Sports personnel represented India at the World Police and Fire Games-2019. CISF won 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals at the event, i.e. is a total of 10 medals.
  • PV Sindhu becomes the first Indian to win gold in World championship.
  • Komalika Bari won Gold at World Archery Youth Championship 2019. She belongs to Jharkhand and had won the title after a 7-3 victory over Japan’s Waka Sonoda in the final.
  • Palton Hansda was the first Indian to win the compound world junior men’s champion in 2006.
  • 22nd National Conference on e-Governance, 2019. The conference is to be organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), in association with MeitY. The theme of the NCEG is “Digital India: Success to Excellence”.
  • 3rd International Electric Vehicle Conclave was launched at the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in Manesar.
  • First World Youth Conference on Kindness . Youth leaders representing over 27 countries across the world participated in this Conference..
  • G7 group this year’s aim is to combat the root causes of inequality.