Current Affairs 26th August 2019
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- India contributes $1 million to UN fund
–India has contributed $1 million to the UN Special Purpose Trust Fund for the Resident Coordinator System. The Special Purpose Trust Fund (SPTF) is a specific fund housed within the UN Secretariat.
- High-level committee constituted to review Defence Procurement Procedure
-Union government has constituted a 12-member high-level committee to revise and align the procedure of Defence procurementwith the aim of strengthening the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The panel will be headed by the Director-General (Acquisitions).
- “Aadi Mahotsav” begins in Leh-Ladakh
–National Tribal Festival “Aadi Mahotsav” has begun in Leh-Ladakh. The theme of the festival is “A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce”.
- Tawlhlohpuan, Mizo Puanchei & Tirur betel vine gets GI tag
-Tawlhlohpuan & Mizo Puanchei from Mizoram, and Tirur betel vine from Kerala has received the Geographical Indication tag.
- India’s forex reserves reaches life-time high of $430.57 bn
-India’s forex reserves has reached the highest ever valuation of $430.57 bn. As per the latest RBI data, India’s foreign exchange reserves increased by $1.620 billion in the week to 9 August due to rise in foreign currency assets.
- Indian cyclists win gold at World Junior Track Cycling Championships
–Indian cyclists team have won the gold medal in the Team Sprint event at World Junior Track Cycling Championships held in Frankfurt, Germany. Indian team comprised of Esow Alben, Ronaldo Singh and Rojit Singh.
- Bangladeshi novelist Rizia Rahman passes away
–Renowned Bangladeshi novelist Rizia Rahman passed away. She had received the Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1978 and was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2019.
- Padma Shri awardee Damodar Ganesh Bapat passes away
–Damodar Ganesh Bapat from Chhattisgarh, a noted social worker and Padma Shri award winner, passed away. He was known for his social work in tribal areas in Chhattisgarh. He dedicated his life to the treatment and service of leprosy patients.