Current affair of 4th August 2019

1. New Chairman of estimates committeee: Girish

Girish Bapat, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Pune member of Parliament, has been appointed chairman of the estimates committee.

Key highlights:
  1. Girish Bapat has been appointed the chairman of the “Estimates Committee” of the parliament. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla made the appointment.
  2. Estimates committee is one of the three financial standing committees of the parliament apart from the public accounts committee and committee on public undertakings.
2. Priya receives 'Indian Woman Influence award'.

Eminent fashionista, social entrepreneur and philanthropist Priya Priyadarshini Jain has been felicitated with the prestigious 'Indian Woman of Influence' award at the House of Lords, the United Kingdom Parliament, London.

Key highlights:
  1. "Indian Woman of Influence Awards" had awardees from various countries like Britain, India, USA, Spain, and Scotland. The award recognized the power of Indian women residing in different parts of the world. This award assures that women of Indian origin are the leaders in their respective fields in the countries they presently live.
  2. The award recognised the power of Indian Women residing in different parts of the world.
  3. This award assures that woment are the leaders in their respective fields.
3. 5th Dharma Dhamma Conference held in Rajgir

The fifth international Dharma-Dhamma conference was inaugurated here on Saturday by Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju in the presence of Sri Lanka's Home Minister Gamini Jaiwickrama Perera, Bhutan's Home and Culture Minister Lyonpo Sherub Gyeltshen, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav and Juna Akhada's Awadheshananda Giri Ji Maharaj.

Key highlights:
  1. The main purpose of this conference was to address people about the terror, violence and global warming prevalent in the world. 
  2. This two-day conference will address the subjects of Sat-Chit-Ananda and Nirvana which are the pivotal topics of Buddhism. This conference is being hosted by Rajgir for the second time.
4. Israel Successfully test Arrow 3 Missile

Israel successfully conducted a series of tests of the Arrow 3 missile defense system in Alaska, in cooperation with the American Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

Key highlights:
  1. This is the first time the Arrow 3 system managed to interecpt a real missile, one that simulated a ballistic missile. According to the defense ministry, the launches were done in Alaska "to carry out tests of the system's capabilities that can't be done in Israel." 
  2. The Arrow 3 is meant to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere.
5. Govt to set up National traders Body

The commerce and industry ministry will soon notify the constitution of a National Traders’ Welfare Board that will identify ways to improve access to funds for this unorganised sector and suggest measures to simplify acts and rules applicable to traders.

Key highlights:
  1. “The notification for constitution of the board will be issued soon," an official at the ministry said under condition of anonymity.
  2. DIPP will set up the Board, which shall make recommendations on problems and issues faced by small traders.
  3. The Board will also recommend measures to reduce compliance burden of traders, improve access to funds for traders.
6. World's smallest monkey fossil found

Some 18 million years ago, a tiny monkey weighing little more than a baseball lived in the Amazon rainforest, the smallest fossil monkey known worldwide. The finding is based on a single tooth, twice the size of a pinhead, which scientists recently uncovered in a river bank in southeastern Peru. The specimen helps bridge a 15-million-year gap in the fossil record for New World monkeys.

Key highlights:
  1. Scientists have uncovered remains of the smallest fossil monkey -- no heavier than a hamster -- ever found in Peru's Amazon jungle.
  2. The specimen is important because it helps bridge a 15-million-year gap in the fossil record for New World monkeys, according to research published in the Journal of Human Evolution.
  3. The new fossil was unearthed from an exposed riverbank along the Ro Alto Madre de Dios in southeastern Peru.
7. Air quality measurement system launched

India is tying up with the United States and Finland to develop a pollution-forecast system that will help anticipate particulate matter (PM) levels at least two days in advance and at a greater resolution than what is possible now. The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will be coordinating this exercise and the plan is to have a system in place by winter.

Key highlights:
  1. The system - called Air Quality Early Warning System - will have an in-built web-based dissemination tools to inform public and enforcement agencies about episodic high pollution events in advance. Such information may be helpful for general public in planning their outdoor activities. 
  2. The system is jointly developed by the scientists of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Pune, National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, Noida and India Meteorological Department (IMD). 
  3. The initiative - Innovationfor clean Air (IfCA) will identify innovations having potential to improve air quality.
8. Dr. Vinayat felicitated with an Award

Dr Vinayak S. Hiremath, known for his exemplary work in the field of medicine and is the youngest doctor of Gulbarga, has been felicitated with the ‘Pride of the Nation Award’. Dr Vinayak S Hiremath is presently working as the Chief Consultant Physician Diabetologist and Intensivist at KMK Hospital, Cochin, Kerala.

Key highlights:
  1. Dr Vinayak S Hiremath, aged 30, is the first Indian doctor to offer free insulin consultation and treatment to gestational (pregnancy) diabetic mothers and family members of the Indian Army.
  2. Apart from giving free consultation, Dr Vinayak also organizes free camps at least once a month in various rural areas and consults patients regarding diabetes, hypertensive, thyroid, spirometry and other lifestyle diseases. 
  3. During his free time, he is also involved in various philanthropic activities like conducting plantation drive and creating awareness about environmental issues.
9. NASA satellite discovers first super Earth

Washington: Scientists have characterized the first potentially habitable world outside our own solar system located about 31 light-years away.

Key highlights:
  1. The super-Earth planet — named GJ 357 d — was discovered in early 2019 owing to NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
  2. The exoplanet is more massive than our own blue planet.
  3. "With a thick atmosphere, the planet GJ 357 d could maintain liquid water on its surface like Earth.
  4. The planet GJ 357 d orbits a dwarf star in the hydra constellation
10. Flipkart launches 'samarth initiative'

Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce launched ‘Flipkart Samarth’ – a breakthrough initiative aimed at bringing India’s artisans, weavers, and handicrafts producers onto e-commerce.

Key highlights:
  1. Flipkart 'Samarth' has been designed to support the e-commerce journey for artisans
  2. Flipkart 'Samarth' will work closely with reputed NGOs and government bodies
  3. The host of initiatives and benefits under Flipkart Samarth include dedicated support for onboarding, cataloguing, account management, business insights, dedicated seller support, reduced commission where eligible, and warehousing support.

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