09 August 2018 Current Affairs

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Ivan Duque sworn in as Colombia’s next president
Ivan Duque was sworn in as the newly elected President of Colombia. He pledged to unite the country and improve economic growth. He pledged changes to tackle corruption and invigorate the economy and vowed to change the peace deal with the FARC rebel group.

S Gurumurthy & Satish Marathe appointed part-time Directors on RBI
S Gurumurthy & Satish Marathe were appointed as part-time directors on the Reserve Bank of India board by The Cabinet’s Appointments Committee for a four-year term.

Germany’s Mario Gomez Retires From International Football
Veteran German striker Mario Gomez announced his retirement from international football. The 33-year-old, who made his debut for Germany in 2007, scored 31 goals in 78 international appearances.

Harivansh Narayan Singh elected Dy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha
NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman with 125 votes. The Opposition candidate BK Hariprasad managed to get 105 votes.

PSU banks’ NPAs decline by Rs 1.29 lakh crore in FY18
Public sector banks’ non-performing assets declined by Rs 1,28,229 crore in FY18 due to write-offs, including compromise settlement. This is about 60 per cent higher vis-a-vis the year ago period.

Avi Goel wins International Geography Bee world championship
Indian-American high school student Avi Goel has won the world championship at the International Geography Bee’s junior varsity division which was held in Berlin, Germany. 14-year old Avi is a tenth grader at Silver Creek High School in Evergreen, San Jose, California.

Gurugram India’s most polluted city
Gurugram, which has been NCR’s most polluted for the past three days, was declared the most polluted among 62 cities in the country surveyed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), with air quality index (AQI) crossing the 300 mark.

Kannada writer Sumatheendra Nadig passed away
Well-known Kannada poet and critic Sumatheendra R. Nadig passed away in Bengaluru. He was an important name in the modernist literary movement in Karnataka in the 60s and 70s.


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