Top GKToday’s News Headlines – 24 August 2019

Here are the top News Headlines of 24 August 2019 for all competitive examinations of India.

National Current Affairs

  • First World Youth Conference on Kindness organised in New Delhi by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development
  • IAF’s Mi-17 helicopter that crashed in Budgam in J&K on Feb 27 was hit by an Indian missile
  • Navy court martial punishes 3 officers in INS Betwa accident case of December 5, 2016 in Mumbai dockyard
  • France: PM Modi inaugurates memorial for victims of two Air India crashes (1950 and 1966) at the foothills of Mont Blanc mountain
  • France: Director General, UNESCO, Irina Bokova calls on PM Modi at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris
  • ANUBHAV Awards, given by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, presented in New Delhi by Union Minister Jitendra Singh
  • Smart Policing Awards, instituted by FICCI, presented by Union Minister Jitendra Singh at Homeland Security 2019 Conference, in New Delhi
  • Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani gives away Poshan Abhiyaan Awards for 2018-19 in Delhi
  • Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates the renovated National Food Laboratory (NFL) at Ghaziabad (UP)
  • Delhi: Lieutenant Governor launches ‘QR Code Scheme’ on Himmat Plus app for women’s safety
  • NITI Aayog releases Report on the Composite Water Management Index 2.0; Gujarat ranked No: 1 for 2017-18

Economy & Business Current Affairs

  • BSE Sensex: 36,701 (+228), NSE Nifty: 10,829 (+88)
  • Foreign exchange reserves fell USD 70.8 million to USD 430.501 billion in the week to August 16
  • to provide an additional Rs 20,000-crore liquidity support to housing finance companies (HFCs) at enhancing their lending capacity
  • will infuse Rs 70,000 crore in public sector banks: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
  • Higher income tax surcharge on those earning more than Rs 2 crore a year withdrawn for foreign and domestic equity market investors
  • IRCTC to bring back service charge on online ticket booking from September 1
  • Moody’s lowers India’s GDP growth forecast for 2019 calendar year to 6.2% from 6.8%
  • Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani launches Project SU.RE (sustainable resolution), a sustainable fashion project, in Mumbai

International Current Affairs

  • India’s Vishnu P R, CEO of ‘Change Can Change Climate Change (C5) Foundation’, among 100 selected to participate in first Youth Climate Summit at UN on September 21
  • Pakistan blacklisted by Asia-Pacific Group of FATF for its failure to comply with terror funding standards
  • China to impose additional 10 per cent tariffs on USD 75 billion worth of US exports
  • US toymaker Hasbro to acquire cartoon series ‘Peppa Pig’ owner studio Entertainment One for USD 4 billion

Sports Current Affairs

  • World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspends accreditation of India’s National Dope Testing Laboratory for six months


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