Top News Headlines by GKToday – 4 August 2019

Here are the News Headlines of 4 August 2019 from major newspapers of India.

National Current Affairs

  • J&K: After Amarnath Yatra, the 43-day-long ‘Machail Mata Yatra’ in Kishtwar district suspended due to security reasons
  • ISRO to set up Space Situational Awareness Control Centre in Bengaluru to protect Indian satellites from space debris
  • Centre approves Rs 4,900 crore project for interlinking of Kosi and Mechi rivers of Bihar
  • Outlook Poshan Awards presented in New Delhi
  • Giving voice sample to police is not a violation of a person’s fundamental right to privacy: Supreme Court
INSTITUTIONS OF EMINENCE
  • UGC recommends 20 institutions for grant of Institutions of Eminence (IoE) status
  • Public Institutions (10): IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IISC Bangalore, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Anna University, Chennai and BHU, Varanasi
  • Private Institutions (10): BITS Pilani (Rajasthan), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation, Maharashtra), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Bangalore), VIT Vellore (Tami Nadu), Jamia Hamdard (New Delhi), Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (Bhubaneswar), O.P JINDAL University (Haryana), Shiv Nadar University (UP), Bharti (Satya Bharti Foundation), Delhi
  • Selected institutions will enjoy complete academic and administrative autonomy
  • Government will provide funding to public institutions with IoE tag
  • Private institutions will not get financial support from govt. but will be entitled to more autonomy as a special category Deemed University

Economy & Business Current Affairs

  • Parliament passes the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that increases the threshold of annual passenger traffic for major airports to over 35 lakh
  • RBI bars NBFCs from charging pre-payment penalties or foreclosure charges from individual borrowers
  • RBI tightens the fit-and-proper criteria for directors on the boards of PSBs, Centre’s nominee director shall not be part of the nomination and remuneration committee (NRC)
  • RBI slaps penalties on nine banks over delay in reporting of frauds
  • India participates in 8th RCEP Inter-Sessional Ministerial Meeting in Beijing on August 2-3

International Current Affairs

  • Indonesia: 4 killed due to a strong earthquake that hit off Java Island
  • Sri Lanka: Gandhi Nagar model village built with Indian assistance inaugurated
  • President Ram Nath Kovind receives the National Order of Merit, the Highest Award of Guinea, in Conakry
  • Pakistan: 19th-century old Gurdwara Chowa Sahib in Jhelum City of Punjab province opened for pilgrims, 72 years after Partition
  • Russia and the US terminate the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty that limited the use of medium-range (500-5500 km) missiles
  • Women in Saudi Arabia can now travel abroad without a male guardian’s permission
  • Team of 5 Indian students wins World Schools Debating Championships 2019 held in Thailand

Sports Current Affairs

  • Umakhanov Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Russia; India end with 6 medals including 2 gold: Lovlina Borgohain (women’s 69 kg), Neeraj (men’s 57 kg)

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