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  • Scientists found two new fish species

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    The Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered two new species of freshwater fish in Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh. Both the fishes were less than seven centimetres.

    Glyptothorax gopii:
    Glyptothorax gopii, a new species of catfish was found in Mizoram’s Kaladan river. This species measured 63 mm standard length without caudal fin. It has an axe-shaped anterior nuchal plate which makes it distinct from other species of the genus Glyptothorax.

    Garra Simbalaraensis:
    Garra Simbalaraensis was found in Himachal Pradesh’s Simbalbara river. Garra simbalaraensis measured 69 mm standard length without caudal fin. It has a yellowish-grey colour fading ventrally.
    Garra simbalbara ensis has a prominent unilobed and rounded proboscis with tubercles that help the fish in manoeuvrability.

    Other discoveries:
    The recent discoveries include Garra compressa in 1998, yersglanis jayarami in 1999, G. elongata in 2000, Glyptothorax senapatiensis in 2015, G. tamangi in 2016, and G. chindwinensis and Olya parviocula in 2018. These species were all found in north-eastern India.

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    Hima and Anas won gold in the Athleticky Mitink Reiter 2019

    16 hours ago
    Indian sprinters Hima Das and Mohammad Anas won gold at the Athleticky Mitink Reiter event in the Czech Republic. They won gold in the women's and men's 300m category respectively. India's Nirmal Tom clinched bronze in men's 300m category.
    Muhammed Anas clocked 32.41 seconds to claim gold in the event. India's Nirmal Tom clocked 33.03 seconds.

    Hima Das:
    This is her 6th gold medal this year 2019. On July 20 she clinched gold in her pet 400m event at Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic. 
     
    Czech Athletics:
    Czech Athletics is an annual outdoor field competition. It is the National championship for sports in the Czech republic. It was organized by Czech athletic federation.
    Category: Sports

    Income Tax Department to adopt 'taxpayer friendly' approach

    17 hours ago
    The Income Tax (I-T) Department decided to adopt friendly approach in its dealings with the tax assessees following Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's call for a mindset change among tax officials.The I-T Department to bridge the communcation gap between tax officials and the assessees and sought a change in mindset amid allegations of "tax terrorism".The issues are concerned and solve issues by treating them respectfully
    The I-T department is set to change its approach and adopt friendly language but not at the cost of forgoing any lapses.
    The department will use friendly language in its communications with taxpayers rather than intimidating, according to a source, amid allegations of intrusive, threatening and arbitrary behaviour by the department.
    The data mining and data analytics, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is now working on ways to ensure the department makes information such as large-cash deposits or high-value transactions" available to taxpayers well in time for filing of tax returns.
    On the lines of reminders for filing returns, messages could be sent to indicate transactions while stating that they are ignored if already responded to or accounted .The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) introduce a computer-generated Document Identification Number (DIN), which will be quoted in any notice issued by its officials.
     

    India to host World Youth Chess Championship

    17 hours ago
    For the first time ever, India is to host the World Youth Chess Championship 2019. The All India Chess Federation (AICF) won the bid to conduct the World Youth and Junior Chess championships 2019 in the country. The championship will be held from 1 October to 13 October 2019 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The championship aims to produce many young stars and aspire to take part in such world events.

    World Youth Chess Championship 2019:
    The World Chess Federation (FIDE-Fédération Internationale des) conducts 15 World-Level Tournaments in a year. 
    The Youth Tournament will be held in three age categories in both the open and girls group. 
    The Tournament will be played in the: 
    ♦ U-14 age groups for Boys & Girls
    ♦ U-16 age groups for Boys & Girls
    ♦ U-18 age groups for Boys & Girls 
    The participants include around 700 young Chess masters from over 100 Chess playing countries. Six World Champions will be crowned at this Tournament.
    Category: Sports

    Manipur Govt launches School Fagadaba scheme

    17 hours ago
    Chief Minister (CM) of Manipur, N Biren Singh launched “School Fagadaba” (Make education better) scheme.
    The main aim of the scheme is to improve the infrastructure, quality education and overall improvement of government schools.The regular attendance of teachers, biometric devices would be installed in every Government school in the state.The teachers posted in these schools stay at the place of their posting for at least 3 years.
    The 60 Assembly constituencies in the state selected under the 1st phase of the scheme.The state also set a target to increase enrollment of students from 26,000 at present to around 44,000 in the next academic session.The additional infrastructures like a modern school campus, sufficient school furniture, outdoor gymnasium, separate toilets for boys and girls, drinking water facilities will be provided to these schools as per the Right to Education (RTE) norms.

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  • MoD clarifies there is no proposal to privatise OFB

    2 days ago
    The workshop is organized as part of the year-long celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The main focus of the workshop to discuss on social and legal issues as well as technological and managerial interventions with regard to human entry into sewers and septic tanks. The workshop will showcase best practices on Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of sewerage system. The mechanical cleaning of sewers, faecal sludge management with mechanical cleaning of septic tanks, co-treatment of septage, and showcase the latest equipment and machinery for cleaning of sewers and septic tanks in the exhibition. The roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Response Sanitation Unit (ERSU), a proposed unit to systematise human entry into sewer/septic tanks in a professional well trained, motivated and appropriately equipped manner.  Wastewater and stormwater management including rainwater harvesting in line with the Government’s focus on water conservation through the Jal Shakti Abhiyan .

    The important agenda of discussion at the workshop.The Ministry will release the Manual on Stormwater Drainage Systems, 2019 advisory on ERSU and the Directory of Sewer and Septic Cleaning Equipment prepared by technical experts A series of panel discussions and presentation of best practices on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) based biomethanation under Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP&NG) and co treatment of organic fraction of MSW.
    The day long interaction among stakeholders is expected to culminate into a comprehensive roadmap for ensuring sustainable sanitation in urban areas.  State/ UT and ULB level representatives planned to organize similar workshops in their respective areas to further disseminate information and insights on this crucial subject thereby lending a new dimension to the issue of safe and sustainable sanitation.
     

    Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences

    2 days ago
    Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the inauguration of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital laid the foundation stone for the Super Speciality Block and new doctors’ hostel at the Institute in presence of Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW), Shri Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor, GNCT, Smt Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, New Delhi and Shri Shiv Kumar ji, long-time associate and companion of Shri Atal ji.
    Dr. Harsh Vardhan the initiative epitomizes the political commitment, vision, and guidance from our beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji to not only strengthen the tertiary healthcare in the country but also ensure the availability of healthcare professionals in remote areas by making medical education affordable to the people. Prime Minister is determined to achieve New India by 2022 

    Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary Dr Harsh Vardhan and Shri Vajpayee one of those rare leaders was loved by every section of the society and had the admiration and respect even of his opponents. Shri Atalji who recognised the need for major augmentation in the tertiary healthcare facilities in the country as early as 2003. The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), a flagship scheme of the Government.The setting up of six new AIIMS under the scheme in the year 2003.The National Health Policy 2002 launched it with the objective of achieving an acceptable standard of good health of Indian population by decentralizing public health system. The pro-poor scheme and innovative schemes started by Shri Atal ji helped millions. 

    Hospital - (ABVIMAS)
    Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences (ABVIMAS) has 100 MBBS a state-of-the-art medical college with reputed faculties and world-class infrastructure. Super Specialty Block more than 550 beds and the New Resident Doctors’ Hostel has 827-bed units. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW) paid rich tributes to the former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee he was a visionary leader.
    The central government is committed to quality medical education in this country. The present at the function were, Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW), Dr (Prof) V K Tiwari, Director & MS, Dr. RML Hospital along with other senior officers from the Ministry and faculty and students from Dr. RML Hospital.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition Concludes at Jaisalmer Military Station with Indian Army Emerging as Champions

    2 days ago
    Indian Army team comprehensively won the 5th Army International Scout Masters Competition. It is held at Jaisalmer Military Station from 06 to 14 August 2019 in a fiercely fought competition with teams from Armenia, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sudan and Uzbekistan. The Indian Army team selected and trained under the aegis of Southern Command.         

    The Closing Ceremony of the Fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition 2019 held in Jaisalmer . Honorable Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest. The ceremony was attended by General Bipin Rawat, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Aide-de-Camp, Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General SK Saini, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Army Commander, Southern Command, delegations of participating countries, members of the International Organising Committee and several civil and military dignitaries.

    The closing ceremony commenced with a smart ceremonial marching of the participating contingents into the stadium. Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the participants and welcomed the representatives of the International Organising Committee, dignitaries and other guests. 
    Southern Command for the flawless and successful conduct of the event. He appreciated the sportsman spirit, dedication and the professional standards displayed by all the teams in the competition. 
    The competitions are an excellent platform to allow countries to build a constructive dialogue, strengthening friendship, partnership and trust. The military events would lead to interoperability and sharing of best practices thereby, benefiting all the participating Nations.  The fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition 2019 declared closed by Shri Rajnath Singh. 
    The prize distribution ceremony took place wherein the Defence Minister gave away the Champions Trophy to the winning Indian team, Runner’s Up Trophy. The Closing Ceremony culminated with a cultural programme to depict the rich cultural heritage of India. The participating countries and teams were highly appreciative of the conduct, arrangements and hospitality extended to them during the entire duration.
    Category: Defence

    India suspends Thar Link Express to Pakistan

    2 days ago
    Thar Link Express that connects Jodhpur in India to Karachi in Pakistan. The rail links between the two countries as the services of Samjhauta Express The Thar Link Express undertake its journey scheduled for early Saturday (1 am) and the administration initiated the process of cancellation of all the 45 tickets which have been issued. The Thar Express has been suspended till further orders. The directions were issued by the railway ministry to the North Western Railway.The weekly train departs from Jodhpur's Bhagat Ki Kothi railway station on Saturdays and reach Munabao, the last station on the Indian side of the border, early morning. 
    At the zero point on the international border with Pakistan, passengers change trains. And a train from Pakistan then takes them to Karachi.

    Thar Express - History
    The Thar Express running between Jodhpur and Karachi since services resumed on February 18, 2006 after a 41-year suspension. The train service was suspended even after the deadly terrorist attack in Pulwama on February 14.Around four lakh passengers have taken the train in the past 13 years.The train departed from Bhagat Ki Kothi station with 165 passengers. The train from Pakistan was also received successfully by India with as many passengers. Pakistan last week announced a suspension of all train services to India after the Centre scrapped provisions of Article 370 and divided Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Pakistan stopped the Lahore-Wagah Samjhauta Express services. The main rail link between the two hostile neighbours. The Indian Railways cancelled the New Delhi-Attari Samjhauta Express on its side.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    MoHUA to Organize One Day National Workshop Cum Exhibition on Sustainable Sanitation

    2 days ago
    The workshop is being organized as part of the year-long celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The main focus of the workshop involved on discuss social and legal issues as well as technological and managerial interventions with regard to human entry into sewers and septic tanks. The shop will showcase best practices on Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of sewerage system including mechanical cleaning of sewers, fecal sludge management with mechanical cleaning of septic tanks, co-treatment of septage, and showcase the latest equipment and machinery for cleaning of sewers and septic tanks in the exhibition.

    The roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Response Sanitation Unit (ERSU), a proposed unit to systematise human entry into sewer/septic tanks in a professional, well trained, motivated and appropriately equipped manner.  Wastewater and stormwater management including rainwater harvesting in line will release the Manual on Stormwater Drainage Systems, 2019.
     
    The panel discussions through the day, the workshop will also see discussions and presentation of best practices on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) based biomethanation under Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP&NG) and co treatment of organic fraction of MSW.
    The day-long interaction among stakeholders is expected to culminate into a comprehensive roadmap for ensuring sustainable sanitation in urban areas.  State/ UT and ULB level representatives in the coming days will organize similar workshops in their respective areas to further disseminate information and insights on this crucial subject.

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  • Aadi Mahotsav is being celebrated at Leh Ladakh

    3 days ago
    The Aadi Mahotsav, a National Tribal Festival, is celebrated at Polo Ground in Leh-Ladakh. It is a 9 day event that starts from 17th August to 25th August. It is celebrated with a theme of 'A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce'. The festival was inaugurated by the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik and Arjun Munda, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs.

    Participants:
    Around 160 Tribal artisans from more than 20 states across the country are participating to showcase their masterpieces in the festival. The event will have two reputed local cultural troupes presenting Ladakhi folk dances, Flower Dance, Abex Dance/song, Ghazal Dance, Aleyatoo will regale the visitors.
    The product range comprises of Tribal Textiles, Tribal Jewellery, Tribal Paintings, Black pottery, foods, forest produces from all around india.

    About Aadi Mahotsav:
    The event Aadi Mahotsav is the Adivasi way of life is guided a natural simplicity with crudest tribal handicraft,tribal textiles manufactured from Jammu & Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South will win people’s heart.
    For the first time the tribal artisans will be accept payment through major credit/debit cards training has been conducted by the State Bank of India.

    TamilNadu trifurcates Vellore district to form new districts

    3 days ago
    The MLAs (Member of the Legislative Assembly) and the general public, the chief minister of TamilNadu Shri Edappadi K Palaniswami made an announcement on trifurcation of Vellore district. Ranipet and Tirupattur will be the new districts carved out of Vellore. After the trifurcation, TamilNadu now has 37 districts. The announcement on August 15, 2019, independence day celebration at Fort St George in Chennai, TamilNadu.
    The K V Kuppam of Vellore district would be upgraded to a new taluka.This year has largest no. Of districts. They created with a total of 5 by the Edappadi K Palaniswami govt in TamilNadu.
    In July 2019, Chengalpet and Tenkasi were made new districts carved out from Kancheepuram and Tirunelveli districts respectively. The district of Kalakurichi was carved out from Villupuram district.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    TamilNadu awards people on various categories on the 73rd Independence Day

    3 days ago
    TamilNadu Chief Minister Shri Edappadi K Palaniswami conferred awards to people and organizations at Fort St. George on various categories on the 73rd Independence day celebration.
    It was conferred to Greater Chennai Police Commissionerate for the installation of ‘Third Eye’ CCTV (closed-circuit television). This award conferred to the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj for the Naganathi River Rejuvenation Project (Vellore) under MGNREGS(Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme).The Department of Commercial Taxes got this award for development of mobile app . They provide 24*7 assistance to migrate to GST(Goods and Service Tax) system .Chennai received certificate of appreciation for creating sensory parks for differently abled children under smart city project.
    The award for exemplary service for the welfare of Differently abled- best doctor awards:
    Dr.S Vetrivel chezian, Government Medical College Hospital.Dr.V Ramadevi, Government Kilpauk Medical College.Best private employer award: Everest Stabilizers private Ltd.
    Best social worker award: Mrs. Chandra Prasad of the pathway.Best co-operative bank award: Salem District Central Cooperative Bank.Chief minister’s state youth award: P.Naveen Kumar(Namakkal district), M.Anandakumar(Dindigul district), R.Kalaivani(Madurai district).The award rendered for service to women: M.Soosai Marian.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Chhattisgarh state government increases reservation for SC and OBC

    3 days ago
    Chhattisgarh government announced an increase in the reservation for Scheduled caste (SC) from 12% to 13% and for Other Backward Classes (OBC) from 14% to 27%. This announcement was made by Chief Minister (CM) Shri Bhupesh Baghel This announcement was made on August 15 celebration at the Police parade ground in Raipur, Chattisgarh.
    The state’s reservation becomes a total of 72 percent is the highest in the country The reservation limit of 50 percent mandated by the Supreme court.

    The “Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi” which will be carved out of Bilaspur. This is done for better administration of the state. The state will have total districts to 28.
    Cow shelters: Cow shelters in the state will now be linked to biogas plants as a move of income generation. Also assistance of Rs.10,000/month given to Gowtham (cow shelter) committees.
    Lemru forest development: Development of the Lemru forest area as ‘Lemru elephant reserve announced. It is a mineral rich area in Korba district of Chhattisgarh. This move to take deal with the increasing man-animal conflicts in the northern part of the state.The govt. will be launching a new scheme Suposhan Abhiyan’ on October 2 2019 to fight malnutrition across the state.
    The special initiative to provide forest land rights to tribals in Abhujmad was launched.
    There are 200 food parks in the state were promised.
    About Chhattisgarh
    Governor- Anusuiya Uikey
    Capital- Raipur (Atal Nagar)
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Online revenue payment system launched by CM of Odisha

    3 days ago
    Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik launched online revenue payment. The main aim is to provide people with an easier way to make their land revenue payments-online on 73rd Independence Day on August 15, 2019, at Bhubaneswar. This online payment system was developed at the National Informatics Centre- Bhubaneswar, Odisha. This is an initiative of the State revenue department of Odisha under the “5-T mantra”. 
    The 5T mantras are based on Technology, Transparency, Team work, Time and Transformation .Mahatma Gandhi’s talisman dedicated as part of his 150th birth anniversary. The talisman is inscribed on a brass plate in both English and Odia language with a neat sketch of the Father of the Nation.Veteran freedom fighters Bhavani Charan Patnaik and Nilamani Samal were present.The newly constructed Kharavel Bhavan built at a cost of Rs.128crore by L&T(Larsen & Toubro) on 8.3acres of land in Bhubaneswar was inaugurated by the CM.Around 11 departments of the state government will function in this building.It have a lounge and a conference hall for the CM.
    The building was named after Kharavela who was a king of Kalinga.
    About Odisha
    Chief Minister: Shri Naveen Patnaik 
    Capital- Bhubaneswar.
    Governor- Ganeshi Lal

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