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National Current Affairs August 2nd Week 2019

Assam Golden Butterfly tea variety auctioned for Rs at GTAC:

  • In Assam, a kilogram of Golden Butterfly tea struck gold at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) as it was sold at Rs.75,000. This is a new international record bettering the previous high of Rs.70,501 per kg.
  • Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC) said that the growing demand for speciality tea helped the ‘Golden Butterfly tea’ surpass the earlier record by Rs.4,499. The hand-crafted tea was made from tender leaves and buds available only around June-July. It was produced by Dikom Tea Estate near eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh town.

Guwahati Tea Auction Centre (GTAC):

The GTAC is a centre for showcasing high-priced Assam speciality tea and provided an opportunity to sellers who want to sell their tea at remunerative prices. GTAC auction centre has created an image of a place where records are meant to be broken and history.

GTAC witnessed two big records in July with orthodox variety `Maijan Golden Tips` fetched a price of Rs.70,501 per kg. Manohari Gold is a another specialty orthodox tea variety was sold One kilogram at Rs.50,000.

Karnataka government launches E-Step, a programme for student entrepreneurs:

The Department of IT, BT and S&T in Karnataka through Karnataka Innovation and Technology Society (KITS)launched the E-step The main aim is to promote an initiative to empower student start-ups. The E-Step focuses on boot camps, mentoring and training programmes which cover various aspects of entrepreneurship. E-Step, an initiative from Start-up Cell, is specially crafted for students/start-ups/entrepreneurs to understand the basics of entrepreneurship from experienced trainers.

In the first phase, a day-long boot camp across New Age Incubation Networks (NAIN) organised. The Boot camps will be held at 30 colleges between August 12 and September 14 in Mandya, Chikkaballapura, Tumakuru, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Davanagere, Ballari, Dharwad, Belagavi, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Kalaburgi and Bidar.

Karnataka Government:

The Karnataka government is to instil the spirit of entrepreneurship and E-Step is one such initiative where we identify and groom young talent. There are around  2,499 students between the age group of 18 and 26 have registered, and almost 50 per cent off them are female participants. The boot camp gives participants an overview of the current start-up system. It also acts as a platform for ideation where teams will work on various ideas based on problems, solutions, competitors and customers. They will also work on product design and marketing. There will also be a session on product development, sales and customer engagement, business model and creation of a pitch deck. The boot camp also includes a mock pitch session and a mentor talk. The Air India (AI) announced its inaugural passenger flight over the North Pole region from August 15 between New Delhi and San Francisco. The first commercial service will be operated by Captain Rajneesh Sharma and Captain Digvijay Singh It marked the "maturing of civil aviation in India as another frontier is crossed. Air India conquered this frontier in 2007.He took delivery of the brand new aircraft and flew it over the North Pole from Seattle to New Delhi.


The Passengers will benefit from reduced fuel consumption and a better environment from reduced carbon emissions. Air India is in a unique position to offer direct (non-stop) flights between India and North America but the Polar route between the two countries. India and North America benefit immensely by using existing North Polar routes for commercial air operations. The AI has flights to the US from the Atlantic and Pacific routes as part of its endeavour to conserve fuel, slash travel time, improve aircraft utility and reduce carbon emissions. According to AI, the fuel-saving on the Polar route is expected to be in the region of 02 to 07 tonnes with a resultant decrease in carbon emission of 06 to 21 tonnes per flight. The North Pole region gave airlines an opportunity to reach destinations previously not available for non-stop services and reduce flying times on existing routes and city pairs. The increased route resulted in major improvements in areas of aviation infrastructure like communications, air traffic control, and services supplies at remote airports. The Polar region still falls short of the infrastructure and the logistics standards of the more widely used air-spaces, thereby offering unique opportunities laced with distinct challenges. The area of Magnetic unreliability, limited choices for diversion to alternative airports, solar radiation, fuel freezing, passenger and aircraft retrieval in case of diversions, are some specific factors requiring active mitigation to ensure equivalent levels of safety.

AePS crosses milestone of 200 million transactions in July 2019:

An umbrella organization for operating retail payments and settlement, National Payments Corporation of India(NPCI) stated that Aadhaar enabled Payment System (AePS) used by a total of 6.65 crore Indian citizens at 220.18 million. The transaction value Rs 9,685.35 crore during July 2019 against the transaction count of 194.33 million. They maintained a transaction value of Rs 8,867.33 crore in June 2019.This will help improve the reaching out of financial inclusion in India.Aadhaar is used as an identity to access respective.



Aadhaar enabled bank account and perform basic banking transactions like cash withdrawal, intrabank or interbank fund transfer and balance enquiry.AePS transaction requires the name of the customer’s bank, Aadhaar number, and fingerprint captured during enrollment.AePS delivers 4As’ for financial inclusion to a rural part of India which includes authentication of customer, availability of services, accessibility through AePS channel and affordability as it’s free of cost to the customers.It allows basic interoperable banking transactions at the point of sale (PoS)/MicroATM through which the Business Correspondent(BC) of any bank by using Aadhaar authentication.


Fifty Six BSF Officials Conferred with Medals on 73rd Independence Day:

The Fifty Six Border Security Force (BSF)officials announced for conferring the  Police Medals on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, 2019. The five of them would confer with Police Medal for Gallantry for Distinguished Service.

The operational planning, exemplary combat audacity, operational acumen and flawless conduct of the operation, the gallant Bordermen of 8 Battalion BSF Sh. Sandeep Kumar Gupta, Asstt Commandant, Sh. Sushil Singh, Asstt Commandant, HC Vinay Krishali and CT Sanjoy Pal awarded Police Medal for Gallantry.

These 4 Bordermen were instrumental in neutralizing a dreaded naxal commander in an operation launched in the night intervening 14/15 Dec 2017 in the general area of Bandhi Gude District – Malkangiri, Orissa.


President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service - 05

1.Sh. Om Prakash Tripathi, DIG, FHQ, BSF

2.Sh. Ashok Kumar Yadav, DIG, Ftr HQ, BSF TRA

3Sh. Rabindra Pal Singh Malik , DIG Ftr HQ, BSF TRA

4.Sh. Balbir Singh Sandhu, 2IC (Work), FHQ, BSF

5.Sh. Sudhir Kumar Mishra, 165 BN BSF


Police Medal for Meritorious Service - 46


1.Sh. Sandeep Rawat, Commandant, STC BSF Chakur

2.Sh. Rajesh Kumar Kanwar, Commandant, SHQ BSF Bhilai

3.Sh. Ramesh Kumar Sharma, Commandant, Ftr HQ, Jammu

4.Sh. Suman Florence Trikey, Commandant, Command HQ SPL OPS

5.Sh. C H Sethuram, Commandant, 162 Bn, BSF

6.Sh. Sudhindra Kumar Singh, Commandant, BIDR BSF T/PUR

7.Sh. Manish Aul, Commandant, SHQ BSF, SHILLONG

8.Sh. Sukhminderhit Singh Mand, Commandant, 56 Bn, BSF

9.Sh. Raja Paul, Commandant, DIG(HQ) FHQ

10.Sh. S. Shiva Murthy, Commandant, Ftr HQ Odisha

11.ShSurinder Singh Rana, LO GDE-I Commandant, SDG(WC)BSF     CHG

12.Sh. Dalbir Singh, 2nd-in-Command, 55 Bn BSF

13.Yash Pal, 2nd-in-Command, Ftr HQ, Jammu

14.Sh. Madan Mohan Kandpal, Deputy- Commandant, 3 Bn BSF

15.Sh. Madan Singh, Deputy- Commandant (Sports), Ftr HQ,   Rajasthan

16.Sh. Anurag Kumar Azad, Deputy- Commandant, 1 Bn BSF

17.Sh. Surinder Singh, Deputy- Commandant, 62 Bn BSF

18.ShJagdeep Kumar, Deputy- Commandant, DIG(HQ) FHQ

19.Sh. Kunj Bihari Prasad, Deputy- Commandant, Ftr HQ, M&C

20.Sh. Rameshwar Lal Bishnoi, Deputy- Commandant, 161 Bn BSF

21.Sh. Lakhwinder Singh Brar, Deputy- Commandant, 91 Bn BSF

22.Sh. Puran Lal Meena, Deputy- Commandant, 78 Bn BSF

23.Sh. TriyugiNathMaurya, Asstt- Commandant, 51 Bn BSF

24.Sh. Murari Lal Meena, Asstt- Commandant, 151 Bn BSF

25.Sh. Jacob Koshy, Asstt- Commandant, 3 Bn BSF

26.Sh. Suresh Kumar, Asstt- Commandant, SHQ BSF, JAMMU

27.Sh. V Nagarajan, Asstt- Commandant (Min), STC BSF, Indore.

28.Sh. Hari Krishan, Inspector(GD), CSWT Indore

29.Sh. Kailash Babu, Inspector (G), 65 Bn BSF

30.Sh. Ajeet Singh Shekhawat, Inspector (G), 78 Bn BSF

31.Sh. Surender Singh, Inspector (GD), STC BSF, K/Camp

32.Sh. Sumer Singh, Sub-Inspector(GD), 133 Bn BSF

33.Sh. Jawahar Yadav, Inspector(GD), 115 Bn BSF

34.Sh. Pushparajan R, Inspector(GD), STC BSF, Baikunthpur

35.Sh. Ashok Kumar, Inspector(GD), 38 Bn BSF

36.Sh. Rajbir Singh Tomar, Inspector(GD), 151 Bn BSF

37.Sh. HekisheSema, Inspector(GD), 111 Bn BSF

38.Sh. Mohan Kumar A M Inspector(COMM), 179 Bn BSF

39.Sh. Dalbir Singh, Inspector(RO), STS-I Tigari BSF

40.Sh. Hayat Singh Pundhir, Sub-Inspector(GD), 96 Bn BSF

41.Sh. Ashok Kumar, Sub-Inspector(GD), 100 Bn BSF

42.Sh. Nikhil Chandra Sharma, Sub-Inspector(GD), 179 Bn BSF

43.B Chandra Sekhara Raju, Sub-Inspector(GD), 10 Bn BSF

44.Sh. Sarjeet Singh, Sub-Inspector(GD), DIG (HQ) FHQ

45.Sh. Paras Ram, Sub-Inspector(GD), 170 Bn BSF


46.Sh. Kishan Lal, Constable(Tailor), STC BSF, Indore.


National Current Affairs August 2nd Week 2019

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