Current Afffairs : 23-08-2019 in English

Days in Focus

  • Madras Day – 22 August.

International

  • On 21 August, a MoU on Food Safety and Standards was signed between Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and a Department of – Nepal.
  • The International Monetary Fund's board recommended a rule change that would scrap the age limit for its managing director position, as clearing the path for - Bulgaria's Kristalina Georgieva.
  • Present Managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Christine Lagarde (till 4 October 2019).

National

  • Union HRD Ministry launched National mission to improve learning outcomes at the Elementary level, called – NISHTHA (National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement).
  • First rank in the State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index ‘SARAL’ of Union Ministry of Power - Karnataka State.

Persons in News

  • Para-swimmer from Madhya Pradesh who become the first Asian swimmer to cross the Catalina Channel of America - Satendra Singh Lohia.
  • New Defence secretary - Ajay Kumar.
  • New Cabinet Secretary - Rajiv Gauba.
  • The book ‘The Diary of Manu Gandhi’ originally in Gujarati has been edited and translated by - Dr Tridip Suhrud.

General Knowledge

  • 20 miles (32.2 km) long Channel between America mainland & Catalina island - Catalina Channel.
  • World Bank – Founded in: 1944; Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States.
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) – founded in: 1945; Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
  • Nepal – Capital: Kathmandu; Currency: Nepalese rupee.
  • Zambia – Capital: Lusaka; Currency: Zambian kwacha.

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