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Daily Current Affairs, 12th August 2019

1) International Youth Day: 12 August
•The International Youth Day 2019 is observed across the world on 12 August with the theme “Transforming education”.

•International Youth Day 2019 will examine how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organizations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education so that it becomes a powerful tool to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

2) Vice President launches ‘Mukhya Mantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana’ in Jharkhand
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched the Jharkhand government’s ‘Mukhya Mantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana’. Under this scheme, money would be directly transferred into the bank accounts of farmers in the state. Features of the scheme are:

•Rs 5,000 will be given to those farmers having 1 acre or less agricultural land.

•Rs 10,000 will be given to those farmers having 2 acres of agricultural land.

•Rs 15,000 will be given to those farmers having 3 acres of agricultural land.

•Rs 20,000 will be given to those farmers having 4 acres of agricultural land.

•Rs 25,000 will be given to those farmers having 5 acres of agricultural land.

3) 15-km long national flag unfurled in Raipur, Chattisgarh
•In Chhattisgarh, thousands of students and members of several social organisations unfurled a 15-km long national flag by forming a human chain in Raipur ahead of the Independence day.

•This event was organised by Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam Foundation to entered the Champions Book of World Records (for the longest tricolour).

4) South Korea will remove Japan from preferred trade list
•South Korea has decided to remove Japan from its preferred trade list. South Korea has taken this decision because Japan has failed to uphold international principles while managing its export controls on sensitive materials. Preferred trade list is a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade.

5) Environment minister Prakash Javadekar launches website for COP14
•Union Environment minister launched a website ‘unccdcop14india.gov.in, which contains all the information related to COP14 . The 14th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14), will take place on 2-13 September 2019 at Greater Noida, India.

•The aim of the conference includes Reversing land degradation and its outcomes while accelerating positive achievements for people and for ecosystems with a view to delivering on Sustainable Development Goals.

6) Chandrima Shaha to be the first woman president of INSA
•Chandrima Shaha is set to be the 1st woman president of the Indian National Science Academy. Her tenure will begin from January 2020. Chandrima Shaha was formerly the Director of the National Institute of Immunology, Delhi.

7) Vice President’s book titled “Listening, Learning & Leading” released
•Home Minister Amit Shah released a Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s book titled “Listening, Learning & Leading”. The book captures the glimpses of the Vice President’s 330 public engagements across the country in the last 2 years. The book also showcases the Vice President’s feat as the Rajya Sabha Chairman in enhancing its effectiveness and promoting its efficiency.

8) RBL Bank launches India’s first health-focused credit card
•Private sector bank, RBL Bank and digital healthcare platform Practo have partnered to launch an industry-first co-branded health credit card. This credit card is powered by Mastercard.

•RBL Bank’s new credit card offers benefits like online consultations with doctors and a free health check-up.

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