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Ashok Leyland, the Hinduja Group’s flagship company, introduced Innoline technology. Innoline is a BS IV engine driven by an in-line fuel pump. This technology is a combination of the indigenous mechanical pump for BS III engines with iEGR (Intelligent Exhaust Gas Recirculation) technology.
iGER is a renowned technology with the in-line pump or SADA pump. This in-line pump is well-known in the Indian commercial vehicle industry and is preferred by drivers and service mechanics alike, Ashok Leyland said in a statement.
This will enable PhonePe’s 100 million-plus users to now pay directly from their bank accounts using UPI, credit and debit cards and also the PhonePe wallet.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) app will have a trusted digital payment platform for the transactions.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that more CCTV cameras will be fixed outside schools, public and private areas.
The main aim of the app is to help the needy at the time of emergency.
After an incubation of 40 days, India's first Humboldt penguin was born on 15th August at Mumbai's Byculla zoo. As it was born on Independence Day, it was named as
“The Freedom Baby”. The zoo authorities will be conducting DNA test to find out its gender. The chick weighed 75 gm and was reported to be healthy.
♦ The Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) is a South American penguin that breeds in coastal Chile and Peru.
♦ The penguin is named after the cold water current it swims in, which is itself named after Alexander von Humboldt, an explorer.
♦ The species is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.
Novak Djokovic beat Adrian Mannarino and reached the third round in Cincinnati Masters 2018. Novak Djokovic won Adrian Mannarino by a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
In women’s Singles, Seventh-seeded Muguruza was defeated by Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine. Lesia Tsurenko won the title by 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The multi-purpose Barak 8 missile defence system, jointly developed by India and Israel, will be procured by the Israeli Navy to protect its economic zones and strategic facilities from diversified threats and the sales for it have exceeded USD 5 billion.
Barak-8 is an operational air and missile defense system used by the Israeli Navy as well as by the Indian Navy and air forces.
Barak 8 has been jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India's DRDO, Israel's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and some other Indian defence companies.
Benitez clinched the top spot after defeating his closest rival, Efrain Alegre from the liberal opposition alliance, by four percentage points in the nation’s elections.
46-year-old Benitez replaces Horacio Cartes. Both are from the conservative Colorado Party.
About Mario Abdo Benítez:
♦ Got involved in politics in 2004.
♦ Founded a political faction with the grandson of Paraguay's former dictator Alfredo Stroessner.
♦ Opposes same-sex marriage and the legalisation of abortion.
In Uttar Pradesh, the survey reports indicated that the groundwater is highly contaminated. It has been alleged that consumption of polluted water from rivers Kalinadi, Krishna and Hindon has developed several diseases including liver damage, cancer and kidney failure to the residents.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) said that the State government and the polluting industries should bear the cost to treat the people who have been affected because of the contamination. NGT also suggested that the State government and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) formulate appropriate schemes. It also said that the State may consider giving employment to a dependent of the affected victims.
Keita won with 67 percent of the vote in a runoff against opposition candidate Soumaila Cisse.
Keita, who is 73, will take office on September 4. His immediate challenges include strengthening a 2015 peace accord between the government, its allies, and former Tuareg rebels.
♦ Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa.
♦ Population - 18 million
♦ Capital - Bamako
♦ Official language - French
♦ Currency - West African CFA franc
From the Independence Day on (August 15, 2018), “digital screens” has been made operational at 22 railway stations.
Additionally, QR code based posters on Railway Heritage are also being displayed at these stations.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lifted the ceiling on annual family income for the beneficiaries of her government’s flagship women welfare scheme ‘Kanyashree’ that aims to ensure girls stay in school and delay their marriages till at least the age of 18.
Kanyashree was launched on October 1, 2013 to prevent early marriage of girl children of socio-economically disadvantaged families whose annual income is Rs 1,20,000 or less.
This Scheme received the United Nations Public Service Award last year.
The Central government told the Supreme Court that the creamy layer concept cannot be applied to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe communities to deny quota in government job promotions. Earlier the central government has pushed for 22.5% quota for SC/ST employees in government jobs promotions. This was brought before a five-judge Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
Attorney-General K.K.Venugopal in his argument said that SCs/STs are a homogenous group. It would be inappropriate to regroup them based on economic or social advancement.
The case also compels the government not to introduce special quota in promotion for SC/ST persons in public employment unless they prove that the Dalit community they belong to is backward.
Around 64 companies at 101 locations have been identified to enable collection of used cooking oil.
According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI ), India has the potential to recover 220 crore litres of used cooking oil for the production of biodiesel by 2022 through co-ordinated action.
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched an upgraded version of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), UPI 2.0.
Customers can now link overdraft account to UPI in addition to current and savings account, and the transaction limit has been doubled to ₹2 lakh.
UPI 2.0 also allows customers to check invoice before making a payment to the merchant.
NPCI is an umbrella organization for all retail payments in India. UPI version 1 was launched in April 2016.
The event was organized by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies and Peking University.
The theme of the event “Learning To Be Human”
More than 6,000 philosophers and academics from 121 countries and regions attended the event.
Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) in the Indian military are gazetted officers, the Defence Ministry has clarified in an order issued on August 1.
The clarification will benefit over 64,000 JCOs who are ranked in three categories -- Naib Subedar, Subedar and Subedar Major.
Current defence minister of India - Nirmala Sitharaman
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a host of new Smart City projects in Delhi. The event took place at the Charkha Park in Connaught Place.
Besides launching the two projects to provide high speed connectivity in the city, the Union Home Minister also launched other projects under the Centre's Smart City initiative. These projects include--
♦ a solar tree,
♦ an ideation centre,
♦ smart poles,
♦ Amdedkar Vatika,
♦ two hi-tech nurseries,
♦ 50 LED interactive screens,
♦ four mechanical road sweepers,
♦ two litter picking machines and
♦ 10 auto tippers.
Singapore is a leading source of investment in India and a key financial market for Indian companies.
The country is the gateway to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a broader East.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami inaugurated four new taluks in southern districts, namely Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli, through video-conferencing from Chennai.
The newly created taluks are:
♦ Kallikudi in Madurai district
♦ Raja Singa Mangalam in Ramanathapuram district
♦ Eral in Thoothukudi district
♦ Thisaiyanvilai in Tirunelveli district
‘Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana’ (PMJJBY), a government-backed life insurance scheme.
The main aim to increase penetration of life insurance products among the underinsured masses and boost financial inclusion.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 93 years old, passed away on 16th August due to his prolonged ill health. He was one of the greatest leaders of India. The veteran leader was Prime Minister thrice in 1996, 1998-1999 and 1999-2004.
He was born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior. He was one of the founding members of the Jan Sangh in 1951 and became its president in 1968. He was elected 10 times the Lok Sabha from four different States. He was twice the member of Rajya Sabha. He was also a poet and his poetry collections were compiled in his book Meri Ekyaavan Kavitayein (My 51 Poems).
The WINGS service offers unlimited free audio/video calling for one year.
The service can be activated using BSNL WINGS a VOIP and with a one-time fee of Rs. 1,099 (Rs 1,297 with GST).