Current Affairs : 22-08-2019 in English

Days in Focus

  • World Senior Citizen's Day - 21 August.

Defence

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over the design of this mechanism to the Indian Army for vehicle mobility - Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR).

Economy

  • An Indian government panel, headed by Akhilesh Ranjan, has recommended cutting the corporate tax rate to 25% from - 30% for all companies.
  • Estimated India's economic growth in the April-June quarter of FY 2019-20, as per Nomura's Composite Leading Index (CLI) - 5.7%.

Environment

  • World Bank report found that when Biological Oxygen Demand, an index of the degree of organic pollution and a proxy for overall water pollution,  crosses a threshold of 8 milligrams per liter, GDP growth in downstream regions drops to - about a third for the mean growth rate.

International 

  • Current President of Zambia - Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

Persons in News

  • New MD and CEO of Vodafone India - Ravinder Takkar.
  • Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh who died on 21 August - Babulal Gaur.

Science and Technology

  • Indian partner of European Union (EU)-funded Saraswati 2.0 project for treatment and reuse of water - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

General Knowledge

  • The Parliament building of India has been designed by - British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker (in 1921).
  • Number of member states in the European Union (EU) – 28.
  • European Union (EU) – founded in: 1993; Headquarter: Brussels (Belgium).
  • Madhya Pradesh State – Founded on: 01 November 1956; Capital: Bhopal.
  • Zambia - Capital: Lusaka; Currency: Zambian kwacha.
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was established in - 1958.

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