Current Affairs Current Affairs August 2019

The 597-ft tall ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat and Mumbai’s Soho House have been featured by the Time magazine in its second annual list of the 2019 World’s greatest places, in a compilation of 100 new and newly “noteworthy destinations. The ‘Statue of Unity’, the world’s tallest statue, is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, independent India’s first home minister as well as deputy prime minister. Soho House Mumbai is Asia’s first Soho House that puts a local spin on the “formula that has allowed Nick Jones’ members-­only clubs to blossom across the US and Europe”.
Source: The Livemint

  NASA announced that it has named rock on Mars in honour of the iconic English band, The Rolling Stones. The space agency revealing that the “Rolling Stones Rock” was a stone that was sent rolling after NASA’s InSight lander touched down on the Mars’ surface.
Source: The Business Standard

  The Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani has inaugurated Project SU.RE(Sustainable Resolution). This is a joint project of CMAI(Clothing Manufacturers Association of India)& IMG Reliance(International Management Group, during Lakme Fashion Winter/Festive 2019 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The aim of this initiative is to move towards sustainable fashion that contributes to a clean environment.
Source: The Economics Times

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched redevelopment project of the 200-year-old Sri Krishna temple in Manama, Bahrain. The $4.2 million redevelopment project will be on a piece of land measuring 16,500 square feet. The new 4-floor structure covering will cover 45,000 square feet, will have an overall height of 30 meters.
Source: The Hindu

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has declared Ocean Energy as renewable energy status. It has clarified to all stakeholders that energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion and shall be eligible for meeting the non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO).
Source: The Hindu

 Former Union finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away. He was a lawyer by profession. He held the portfolios of Finance Ministry, Corporate Affairs Ministry, Defence Ministry, and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
Source: The Indian Express

  In football, Gokulam Kerala FC won the 129th Durand Cup, defeating heavyweights Mohun Bagan 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata. Bagan had more possession, but Gokulam were superb in counter-attacks. With today’s win, Gokulam Kerala became the first club from the state in 22 years to clinch the tournament.
Source- All India Radio (AIR News)

  For the second consecutive year, Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has topped the Forbes’ list of highest-paid female actors in the world. Spurred by the success of her summer Marvel film Avengers: Endgame, the 34-year-old actor’s earning reached USD 56 million.
Here’s the list of the World’s Highest-Paid Actresses Of 2019 listed by Forbes:
  • 1. Scarlett Johansson – $56 million
  • 2. Sofia Vergara – $44.1 million
  • 3. Reese Witherspoon – $35 million
  • 4. Nicole Kidman – $34 million
  • 5. Jennifer Aniston – $28 million
  • 6. Kaley Cuoco – $25 million
  • 7. Elisabeth Moss – $24 million
  • 8. Margot Robbie- $23.5 million
  • 9. Charlize Theron- $23 million
  • 10. Ellen Pompeo – $22 million
Source- BBC News

 The Indian team of Sukhbeer Singh, Sangampreet Singh Bisla and Tushar Phadtare clinched a bronze medal in the junior compound men’s team event in the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid, Spain. They defeat Colombia’s Jagdeep Teji Singh Mejia, Gomez Zuluaga Felipe and Toro Vasquez Manuel 234-231.
Source: The DD News

Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot will inaugurate this “Hunar Haat” at Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur. “Hunar Haat” has proved to be an effective programme to provide employment and employment opportunities to master artisans. More than 2 lakh 40 thousand master artisans, craftsmen and culinary experts have been provided employment and employment opportunities.
Source: The Press Information Bureau

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