19 August 2016 Current Affairs

BRICS women Parliamentarian’s forum begins in Jaipur

The meeting of BRICS women parliamentarian’s forum has begun in Jaipur, Rajasthan. BRICS is the grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The two day meeting was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. A total of 43 delegates from member countries are participating in the meeting. The meeting will see the participation of 5 women parliamentarians from Brazil, 3 from Russia, 28 from India, 2 from China and 4 from South Africa.

PV Sindhu becomes first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal

P V Sindhu became India’s first woman to win an Olympics silver medal on Friday, creating history and pulling an entire country out of its Games gloom with a stunning display of talent, power and grace. The 21-year-old Indian, who has been simply unstoppable in the tournament so far, crumbled under the tremendous pressure created by the two-time World Champion from Spain to lose 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a high-intensity final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes at the Riocentre in Rio de Janeiro. Sindhu thus became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London).

19 August: World Humanitarian Day

The Govt has appointed Urjit Patel as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The appointment has been made based on the recommendation of the Financial Sector Regulatory Appointments Search Committee (FSRASC), headed by the Cabinet Secretary. The Committee undertook an extensive exercise to suggest a panel of names to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC). Mr. Patel has been serving as Deputy Governor of the central bank for more than three years. A panel under his chairmanship had proposed inflation-targeting and the setting up of a monetary policy committee. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held an hour-long discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the appointment of a new RBI Governor, a post that will fall vacant on September 4. In September 2016, Urjit Patel will take over as the 24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

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