In this article, we have shared all important current affairs for the month of August 2019. This is highly helpful for students preparing for West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) examination. At the end of this post, we have shared a link to download the current affairs in PDF format.

Awards

  • The country which has conferred The King Hamad Order of Renaissance award on the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi – Bahrain
  • The Chairman of ISRO who has been awarded the APJ Abdul Kalam Award by the Tamil Nadu government Kailasavadivoo Sivan
  • The former Indian cricketer who has been awarded the Bharat Gaurav award by East Bengal football club Kapil Dev

Defence

  • The IAF Officer who has become the first female officer of the Indian Air Force to become the Flight Commander of a flying unit – Wing Commander S Dhami
  • The country which has formally unveiled its long range surface to air missile defence system named Bavar 373 – Iran
  • The award which has been conferred on Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman for his role in aerial combat with Pakistani intruder jets – Vir Chakra

Sports

  • The team which has won the Durand Cup 2019 football tournament defeating Mohun Bagan in the finals in Kolkata – Gokulam Kerala
  • The Indian badminton player who has won the women’s singles title at the 2019 BWF World Championships defeating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the finals at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland – PV Sindhu
  • The former Indian cricketer who has been appointed Indian cricket team’s coach for the second time in a row – Ravi Shastri
  • The team which has won the 2019 Ultimate Table Tennis League defeating Dabang Delhi in the finals in New Delhi – Chennai Lions

Places

  • The venue of G-7 Summit held from 24 to 26 August 2019 with the theme Fighting Inequality (Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi attended it as a special guest) – Biarittz, France
  • The venue of the World Youth Congress on Kindness organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi
    Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) from August 20 to 23, 2019
    New Delhi
  • The city in which Amazon.com Inc has inaugurated its single largest campus in the world – Hyderabad
  • The city chosen to be the main venue for National Handloom Day 2019 to be observed on 07 August
    2019 – Bhubaneshwar

Persons

  • The first woman to become the Director General of Police of a state (Uttarakhand) who passed away on
    26 August 2019 – Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
  • The Hollywood actress who has been named the highest paid actress in 2019 by the Forbes magazine
    Scarlett Johnsson
  • The new Home Secretary appointed to succeed Shri Rajiv Gauba who has been appointed the Cabinet
    Secretary – Ajay Kumar Bhalla
  • The new Cabinet Secretary appointed for a period of 2 years to replace the present Cabinet Secretary
    Shri PK Sinha – Rajiv Gauba
  • The veteran music composer of Bollywood, known for films like Umrao Jaan, Kabhi Kabhi etc who
    passed away on 19 August 2019 – Khayyam
  • The former Chief Minister of Bihar (3 times) who passed away on 19 August 2019 – Jagannath Mishra
  • The popular anchor of Doordarshan, a recipient of the Nari Shakti Puraskar and well-known for her show
    Tejaswini, who passed away on 17 August 2019 – Neelum Sharma
  • The veteran Bollywood actress known for her role in films like Choti si Baat, Rajnigandha etc who passed
    away on 15 August 2019 – Vidya Sinha
  • The veteran Bollywood film producer and director known for his movies like Asha, Apnapan, Aaya Sawan
    Jhoom Ke, Akhir Kyon who passed away on 07 August 2019 – J. Om Prakash
  • The well-known writer of books like Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye etc and winner of Nobel
    Prize for Literature in 1993 who passed away on 05 August 2019 – Toni Morrison

Miscellaneous

  • The 15th century Hindu mystic and saint on whom world’s first museum was inaugurated in Kolkata by
    Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee – Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
  • The patriotic song sung by Javed Ali, penned by lyricist Shrivastav, composed by Dushyant and released
    by Doordarshan is named – Watan
  • The theme of World Biofuel Day to be observed on 10 August 2019 – Production of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil
  • The rank of India in the Global GDP rankings released by World Bank for 2018 – Seventh
  • The States in which One Nation One Card scheme has been launched on a pilot basis by the Union Government – Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra

Merger of Public Sector Banks 2019

  1.  Punjab National Bank, United Bank of India and Oriental Bank of Commerce
  2.  Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank
  3.  Union Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank
  4.  Indian Bank and Allahabad Bank
  5.  Total number of public sector banks after merger – 12

New Geographical Indications Tags

  • PalaniPanchamirtham: An abishega Prasadam of Lord Dhandayuthapani Swamy, the presiding deity of Arulmigu Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple, situated in palani Hills, Palani Town in Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu. It is a combination of five natural substances, namely, banana, jaggery sugar, cow ghee, honey and cardamom in a definite proportion. This is the first time a temple ‘prasadam’ from Tamil Nadu has been bestowed with the GI tag
  • Tawlhlohpuan: A medium to heavy, compactly woven, good quality fabric from Mizoram is known for warp yarns, warping, weaving & intricate designs that are made by hand.
  • Mizo Puanchei: A colourful Mizo shawl/textile, from Mizoram, is considered as the most colourful among the Mizo textiles. It is an essential possession for every Mizo lady and an important marriage outfit in the state.
  • Tirur betel vine: Mainly cultivated in Tirur, Tanur, Tirurangadi, Kuttippuram, Malappuram and Vengara block panchayaths of Malappuram District (Kerala), is valued both for its mild stimulant action and medicinal properties.

Arun Jaitley

  • 28 December 1952 to 24 August 2019
  • Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs from 2014 to 2019. He was also the Minister of Defence and Minister of Information and Broadcasting for shorter durations during the period.
  • He was the Minister of Information and Broadcasting under the Prime Ministership of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Sushma Swaraj

  • 14 February 1952 to 06 August 2019
  • Minister of External Affairs from 2014 to 2019. She was the first woman to independently hold the charge. Mrs. Indira Gandhi held the charge additionally to her Prime Ministership.
  • Chief Minister of Delhi from Oct to Dec 1998
  • Awarded the Best Parliamentarian Award twice in 2008 and 2010.

New Governors

  • Shri Jagdeep Dhankar: West Bengal
  • Shri RN Ravi: Nagaland

Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2019

# Person Nationality Award for
01.Raymundo Pujante CayabyabPhilippinesNurturing the gift and unifying power of music.
02.Jong-ki KimSouth KoreaStemming the destructive tide of youth violence.
03.Ravish KumarIndiaHarnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless.
04.Angkhana NeelapaijitThailandChampioning justice, case after painful case
05Ko Swe WinMyanmarBuilding the quality and force of media’s truth-telling.

 

Composite Water Management Index – 17-18

  • Released by – NITI Aayog
  • Non-Himalayan States NE & Himalayan States UTs
Rank Non-Himalayan States NE & Himalayan States UTs
1.GujaratHimachal PradeshPuducherry
2.Andhra PradeshUttarakhandDelhi
3.Madhya PradeshTripura

 

Important Days of August

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: 09 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1995

Theme: Indigenous Languages

International Youth Day: 12 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2000

Theme: Transforming Education

World Elephant Day: 12 August 2019

Designated by: Patricia Sims and Elephant Reintroduction Programme of Thailand

First observed: 2012

World Humanitarian Day: 19 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2009

Theme: Women Humanitarians

International Day against Nuclear Tests: 29 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2010

International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances: 30 August 2019

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2011

 

Sports Awards – 2019

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

# Recipient Discipline
1.Bajrang PuniaWrestling
2.Ms Deepa MalikPara Athletics

 

Dronacharya Award

# Recipient Discipline
1.Shri Vimal KumarBadminton
2.Shri Sandeep GuptaTable Tennis
3.Shri Mohinder Singh DhillonAthletics
4.Shri Merzban PatelHockey (Life time)
5.Shri Rambir Singh KhokharKabaddi (Life time)
6.Shri Sanjay BhardwajCricket (Life time)

 

Arjuna Award

# Recipient Discipline
1.Shri Tajinderpal Singh ToorAthletics (Shot put)
2.Shri Mohammed Anas YahiyaAthletics (Track & Field)
3.Ms. Swapna BarmanAthletics (Heptathlon)
4.Shri Bhamidipati Sai PraneethBadminton
5.Shri S. BhaskaranBody building
6.Ms. Sonia LatherBoxing
7.Shri Ravindra JadejaCricket
8.Ms. Poonam YadavCricket
9.Shri Fouaad MirzaEquestrian
10.Shri Gurpreet Singh SandhuFootball
11.Shri Chinglensana Singh KangujamHockey
12.Shri Ajay ThakurKabaddi
13.Shri Gaurav Singh GillMotor Sports
14.Shri Simran Singh ShergillPolo
15.Ms. Anjum MoudgilShooting
16.Shri Harmeet Rajul DesaiTable Tennis
17.Ms. Pooja DhandaWrestling
18.Shri Sundar Singh GurjarPara-Athletics
19.Shri Pramod BhagatPara-Badminton

 

Dhyan Chand Award

# Recipient Discipline
1.Shri Manuel FredricksHockey
2.Shri Arup BasakTable Tennis
3.Shri Manoj KumarWrestling
4.Shri Nitten KirrtaneTennis
5.Shri C. LalremsangaArchery

 

66th National Film Awards 2018

# Name of the Award Name of the Film Awardees
1.Best Feature FilmHellaro (Gujarati)Director: Abhishek Shah
2.Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a DirectorNaal (Marathi)Director: Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
3.Best Popular FilmBadhaai Ho (Hindi)Director: Amit Sharma
4.Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National IntegrationOndalla Eradalla (Kannada)Director: D Satya Prakash
5.Best Film on Social IssuesPadman (Hindi)Director: R Balki
6.Best Film on Environment Conservation/PreservationPaani (Marathi)Director: Addinath Kothare
7.Best Children’s FilmSarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasargodu (Kannada)Director: Rishab Shetty
8.Best Hindi FilmAndhadhunDirector: Sriram Raghavan
9.Best DirectionUri, the Surgical Strike (Hindi)Director: Aditya Dhar
10.Best ActorAyushmann Khurrana for Andhadun and Vicky Kaushal for Uri
11.Best ActressKeerthy for Mahanati (Telugu)
12.Best Supporting ActorSwanand Kirkire for Chumbak (Marathi)
13.Best Supporting ActressSurekha Sikri for Badhaai Ho (Hindi)
14.Best Male Playback SingerArijit Singh for the song “Binte Dil Misriya mein” (Padmaavat)
15.Best Female Playback SingerBindhu Malini for the song “Maayavi Manave” Nathicharami (Kannada)
16.Best Book on CinemaMouna Prathanapole (Malayalam) Author: S Jayachandran Nair
17.Most Film Friendly StateUttarakhand

 

Books in News

  • Listening, Learning and Leading – Shri Venkaiah Naidu
  • Sridevi: Girl, Woman, Superstar – Satyarth Nayak
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  1. When will we get the current affairs of September and October ???

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