Current Affairs Today
China is using robots to teach the Kindergarten children. The 60cm high, autonomous Keeko robot is an unconventional teacher. It covers things like storytelling and problem-solving.
More than 600 kindergartens across the country use Keeko robots. The robot makers are hoping to expand it into Greater China and Southeast Asia. Beijing has invested money and manpower in developing artificial intelligence as part of its “Made in China 2025” plan.
The Indian women's hockey team defeated three-time champions China 1-0 in the semi-final to reach their first final at Asian Games since 1998.
Indian defender Gurjit Kaur scored the only goal of the match.
India will face Japan in the final match on Friday, August 31.
The Indian table tennis mixed doubles pair, A.Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra won the first-ever historic bronze in the 18th Asian Games 2018.
In the semifinals, Kamal and Batra lost to China's Yingsha Sun and Wang Sun and scored 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11.
In their pre-quarterfinal, they won against the South Korean pairing of Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihee by securing 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-4.
Lalchand Rajput was earlier appointed as the interim head coach of Zimbabwe in May for the tri-series involving Pakistan and Zimbabwe and for the ODI rubber against Pakistan.
Rajput played two Tests and four ODIs for India and was a consistent performer for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.
He was the cricket manager of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian team which lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007.
The shipping and railway ministries along with Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra governments entered into a pact to implement around Rs 9,000 crore Indore-Manmad rail project.
The project passes through the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor nodes Igatpuri, Nashik and Sinnar, Pune and Khed, and Dhule and Nardana.
The project is estimated to result in cumulative net economic benefits of Rs 15,000 crore in the first 10 years of operations.
The Cabinet approved an increase of 79.3% in the project outlay for setting up the India Post Payments Bank to Rs.1,435 crore. The approval comes three days ahead of the nationwide roll-out of the payment bank by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The additional sum of Rs.635 crore in the revised cost estimates is on account of Rs.400 crore for technology costs and Rs.235 crore for human resource expenses.
Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha said that the launch will more than double the number of bank branches in the country, from the present 1.40 lakh to more than 2.90 lakh.
The first U.S.-India 2+2 dialogue will be happening in New Delhi on September 6. The countries will discuss regional and strategic issues of Asia and will also have some real outcomes.
Randall G. Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs of the United States said that China and how to respond to it will be front and centre of the dialogue. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will be travelling to India for the dialogue.
Names and IFSC codes of a total of 1,295 branches have been changed across the country as per the SBI list enlisting the old and new IFSC codes after rationalisation/merger with six associate banks and Bhartiya Mahila Bank (BMB).
The merger of six associate banks and Bhartiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with State Bank of India (SBI) came to effect from April 1, 2017 resulting into increase in size and valuation of the bank.
SBI had 22,428 branches across India by the end of the first quarter of the current fiscal.
As per the announcement, the Indian Air Force will identify six persons who can be trained to be astronauts.
ISRO stands for Indian Space Research Organization.
Headquarters of ISRO- Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Dr K Sivan is Chairman of ISRO.
Maharashtra's Mahabaleshwar has become the wettest place in India this year, leaving behind Meghalaya's Cherrapunji.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) data revealed that the hill station in the state of Maharashtra received a staggering 5661.6 mm rainfall this season till now, much more than Cherrapunji's 4735 mm.
Cherrapunji holds two Guinness world records for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in a single year, 26,471mm (1,042.2 in) of rainfall between August 1860 and July 1861 and the maximum amount of rainfall in a single month (9,300mm) in July 1861.
The Arunachal Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill for the creation of three new districts, namely Pakke-Kesang, Lepa Rada and Shi Yomi, in the State. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein had introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Re-Organisation of Districts (Amendment) Bill, 2018, in the House. The Assembly passed the Bill by voice vote. Arunachal Pradesh as of now has 22 districts.
The Pakke-Kessang district will be carved out of East Kameng district with five administrative units.
The Lepa Rada district would be created by bifurcating the Lower Siang district with headquarters at Basar and four administrative units.
The Shi-Yomi district would be created by bifurcating the West Siang district with its headquarters at Tato and four administrative units.
Arpinder Singh (25-year-old) won the men's triple jump event to bag India's fourth gold medal in athletics and 10th overall at Asian Games 2018.
He jumped 16.77m on his third attempt to bag India's first Asiad triple jump gold since 1970.
Ruchi Ghanashyam is an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Officer of the 1982 batch.
She is at present Secretary at Headquarters.
Exercise Peace Mission 2018, the joint military exercise of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), ended in Russia. Eight-member states participated in this joint training on combating terrorism. The exercise began on August 24 at the firing ranges in Chebarkul. This is the first time India and Pakistan participated in the exercise.
India, China, Kazakhstan and Russia showcased their armoured and mechanised forces while Pakistan has sent only Special Forces personnel. The Indian delegation was led by Lt. Gen Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff.
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation:
♦ Founded on: 15 June 2001
♦ Headquarters: Beijing, China
♦ Members: 8 member states
♦ The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), or Shanghai Pact, is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance.
♦ The Heads of State Council (HSC) is the supreme decision-making body in the SCO, it meets once a year and adopts decisions and guidelines on all important matters of the organisation.
♦ Military exercises among members are also regularly conducted to promote coordination against terrorism, and to maintain regional peace and stability.
The 21-year-old Swapna Barman logged 6026 points from the seven events competed for two days. She won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).
she is only the Fifth Women to cross 6000 points.
The heptathlon consists of seven events including 100m race, high jump, shot put, 200m race, long jump, javenlin throw and 800m race.
Ministry of Tourism sanctioned two new projects under Heritage and North East Circuits of Swadesh Darshan Scheme for Rs 164.95 crore in Punjab and Tripura.
The total project cost will be Rs 65 crore.
The sites of Surma Cherra- Unakoti- Jampui Hills- Gunabati-Bhuvaneshwari- Matabari- Neermahal- Boxanagar- Chotta Khola- Pilak- Avangchaarra have been covered.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs cleared at an outlay of Rs.1,623 crore to get more disaster warning systems and desalination plants along Indian coasts. The system will be functioning under the programme called O-SMART (Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science). O-SMART is monitored by the Union earth sciences ministry.
O-SMART provides economic benefits to a number of user communities in the coastal and ocean sectors, namely, fisheries, offshore industry, coastal States, defence, shipping, ports, etc.
These projects comprised of Interception and Diversion (I&D) works in which small rivers, rivulets and drains are intercepted
before they empty into the main river.
About National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)
The main aim is to clean the Ganga and its tributaries in a comprehensive manner.
Phase II of NMCG covered 59 towns in five states; Rs 505.31 crores were spent.
Rivers such as Yamuna, Gomti, Damodar, Mahananda had separate action plans.
The council will be headed by K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific adviser to the Union Government.
The council has been named as Prime Minister's Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Committee (PM-STIAC).
The theme of three-day Forum is the ‘Organizing and Strengthening Family Farmers’ cooperatives to attain the Sustainable-Development-Goals-1 and 2 in South Asia’.
SAARC: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
Member states: 8 members
Official languages: English
It is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving.
For the first time, Private industry/ organizations and NGOs can also send their problem statements to students under SIH-2019.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is the statutory body and a national-level council for technical education under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Member Secretary: Alok Prakash Mittal