Daily Current Affairs - 19th Aug 2019

Ashes 2019: England draw second Test with Australia

  • England had to settle for a draw in the second Ashes Test. Having to bat 48 overs to save the game, Australia were 132-3 in the 36th over, only to lose three wickets for 17 runs in the next five.
  • Stokes' unbeaten 115 allowed England to declare on 258-5, setting Australia an unlikely 267 to win.
  • Australian cricketer Labuschagne has became the first concussion replacement in Test cricket. Steve Smith, who was withdrawn from the match with a concussion sustained when he was hit by Archer on Saturday.

B Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy to play at BWF World C'ships

  • BWF World Badminton Championships has begun at Basel in Switzerland. India's Sai Praneeth.B will clash with Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada, while H.S Prannoy will take on Finnish Eetu Antti Oskari Heino.
  • In women singles, PV Sindhu will open her campaign against either Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri.

Centre plans debt waiver for 'small distressed borrowers' under insolvency law

  • The Union government plans to give debt waiver for small distressed borrowers under the insolvency law framework. The proposed waiver would be offered as part of 'Fresh Start' provisions under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).
  • Discussions have been held with the microfinance industry regarding criteria for the proposed waiver for small distressed borrowers from the economically weaker section.
  • The IBC provides the framework to deal with distressed assets through a market-driven and time-bound process.

Chad President declares state of emergency in two eastern provinces

  • Chad President Idriss Deby has declared a state of emergency in two eastern provinces after violent inter communal clashes left dozens dead earlier this month.
  • The state of emergency will run for three months in Sila and Ouaddai regions where 50 people have died since August 9 in fighting between cattle herders and settled farmers.

Heavy rain lashes several parts of country disrupting normal life

  • Heavy rain lashed several parts of the country, leaving 35 people dead in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab.. A flood warning has been sounded in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh as the Yamuna and other rivers are in spate.
  • At least 24 people were killed in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh.

Hima Das, Mohammad Anas win gold at Athleticky Mitink Reiter event

  • Top Indian sprinters Hima Das and Mohammad Anas have won a gold each in 300m races at the Athleticky Mitink Reiter event in Czech Republic. While Hima won the gold in women's event, Mohammad Anas claimed the yellow metal in men's category. While, Nirmal Tom clinched a bronze medal in the same event by clocking a timing of 33.03 seconds.
  • This was Hima's sixth gold in 2019 in European races since last month.

Hockey: India women hold Australia to 2-2 draw in Olympic Test event in Tokyo

  • The Indian women's hockey team came back twice from a goal deficit to hold world number 2 side Australia 2-2 in a hard-fought round-robin league match of the Olympic Test Event.
  • Vandana Katariya (36th) and Gurjit Kaur (59th) scored for India to cancel out strikes from Kaitlin Nobbs (14th) and Grace Stewart (43rd) in their second match of the tournament. India had beaten hosts Japan 2-1 in their first match on Saturday.

Iceland's Okjokull glacier commemorated with plaque

  • In Iceland, people gathered to commemorate the loss of the glacier Okjokull, which was officially declared dead in 2014 at the age of 700. This glacier was officially declared dead by the Icelandic Meteorological Office when it was no longer thick enough to move.
  • The plaque reads "Okjokull is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as glacier.
  • The plaque is also labelled "415 ppm CO2", referring to the record level of carbon dioxide measured in the atmosphere last May.
  • Iceland loses about 11 billion tonnes of ice per year, and scientists fear that all of the island country's 400-plus glaciers will be gone by 2200.

North Korea & China recommit to stronger exchanges between armed forces

  • Top military leaders from North Korea and China have recommitted themselves to strengthened exchanges between their armed forces during a meeting in Beijing. This meeting came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressurise US and South Korea over nuclear negotiations and joint military exercises.

PSBs told to align with national priorities

  • The Union Finance Ministry’s note has asked banks to align themselves to the national priorities and to seek feedback on several issues such as the rise in bad loans and slow credit growth in the last five years, and to prepare a roadmap for the coming years. PSBs have been asked to involve all their approximately 1 lakh branches in the exercise.
  • Some of the national priorities to which banks need to align include doubling farm income, Jal Shakti Mission, housing for all, education loans, ease of living, corporate social responsibility and financial inclusion.

Sri Lanka win 1st test by 6 wickets against New Zealand

  • A ninth test century from captain Dimuth Karunaratne propelled Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the first cricket test. Chasing a target of 268, Sri Lanka rode on a masterful 122 from captain Dimuth Karunaratne.

UAE to give Modi highest civilian award

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the UAE on August 23 and 24 where he will receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civilian award of the country. The visit acquires importance as it would be the first by Mr. Modi to a leading member of the Organisation of Islamic Countries after India had changed the status of Kashmir.
  • The order in the name of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the UAE, acquires special significance as it is awarded to Prime Minister Modi in the year of the birth centenary of Sheikh Zayed

World Skills International Competition: Indian contestants given grand send-off in New Delhi

  • A team of 48 Indian contestants who will take part in World Skills International Competition at Kazan in Russia was given a grand send-off in New Delhi.
  • The team will participate in 44 skills, including mobile robotics, prototype modelling, hairdressing, baking, welding and car painting at the event from 22nd to 27th of this month. Nearly 1,500 contestants from 60 countries will compete in 56 skill competitions.