Current Affairs: 13 August 2019

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13 August, 2019

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  1. Sourabh Verma wins Hyderabad Open

Indian Badminton star Sourabh Verma clinched the Men’s Singles title in the Hyderabad Open. He beat Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in a 52-minute final clash. Sourabh Verma belongs to Madhya Pradesh.


  1. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar launches website for COP14

Union Environment Minister launched a website ‘’, which contains all the information related to COP14 . The 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14), will take place on 2-13 September 2019 at Greater Noida, India.

The aim of the conference includes Reversing land degradation and its outcomes while accelerating positive achievements for people and for ecosystems with a view to delivering on Sustainable Development Goals.


  1. Chandrima Shaha to be the first woman president of INSA

Chandrima Shaha is set to be the 1st woman president of the Indian National Science Academy. Her tenure will begin from January 2020. Chandrima Shaha was formerly the Director of the National Institute of Immunology, Delhi.


  1. RBL Bank launches India’s first health-focused credit card

Private sector bank, 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.

RBL Bank’s new credit card offers benefits like online consultations with doctors and a free health check-up.


  1. South Korea will remove Japan from preferred trade list

South Korea has decided to remove Japan from its preferred trade list. South Korea has taken this decision because Japan has failed to uphold international principles while managing its export controls on sensitive materials. Preferred trade list is a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade.


  1. Rafael Nadal wins Montreal Masters title

Rafael Nadal wins in Montreal to win 35th Masters crown. He defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev by 6-3, 6-0. With the win, he also extended his record haul of Masters 1000 titles. Nadal has successfully defended a hard court title for the first time in his career.


  1. 15-km long national flag unfurled in Raipur, Chattisgarh

In Chhattisgarh, thousands of students and members of several social organisations unfurled a 15-km long national flag by forming a human chain in Raipur ahead of the Independence day.

This event was organised by Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam Foundation to entered the Champions Book of World Records (for the longest tricolour).


  1. Bajrang Punia wins gold at Tbilisi Grand Prix

Bajrang Punia wins gold at Tbilisi Grand Prix held in Tbilisi, Georgia. He defeated Iran’s Peiman Bibyani by 2-0 in the 65 kg final of the men’s freestyle competition. It was the 4th gold of the season for the Asian Games champion.


  1. International Youth Day: 12 August

The International Youth Day 2019 was observed across the world on 12 August with the theme “Transforming education”.

International Youth Day 2019 will examine how Governments, young people and youthled and youth-focused organizations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education so that it becomes a powerful tool to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


  1. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai’s 100th birth anniversary

The country is celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of scientist and innovator Dr Vikram A Sarabhai. He is considered as the father of India’s space program.

The lander of Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the moon, is named ‘Vikram’ to honour the late Dr Vikram Sarabhai.


  1. Lionel Messi Wins UEFA Goal of the Season Award 2018-19

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been awarded UEFA’s Goal of the Season award 2018-19 for his free-kick against Liverpool. Cristiano Ronaldo was runners-up in the UEFA award for the goal he scored for Juventus against his former team Manchester United.


  1. Rel Jio & Microsoft partners to offer cloud infrastructure for businesses

Reliance Jio and Microsoft announced a partnership to accelerate the digital transformation in India. Under this deal, Microsoft will bring in the Azure Cloud on Jio Network and target the enterprise and business users seeking a technological shift.


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