Current Affairs 23 August 2018 follow as:-
1. Maharashtra govt to build a befitting memorial to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee:-
- Maharashtra government will also set up a study chair in the name of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in each of the 13 universities in the state.
- The state government created a corpus of Rs.20 crore for setting up the study chair in the name of Vajpayee in 11 state universities and two private varsities.
- The economy of Maharashtra is the largest state economy in India with ₹27.96 lakh crore (US$410 billion) in GDP and a per capita GDP of ₹180,000 (US$2,600).
2. PM Modi inaugurates various projects in Junagadh district:-
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated various projects in Junagadh district.
- These included the Government Civil Hospital, a milk processing plant and some buildings of the Junagadh Agriculture University. He dedicated nine new initiatives worth over Rs 500 crore to the state.
- The Prime Minister said that medical colleges and hospitals are coming up across Gujarat. He mentioned the Jan Aushadhi Yojana, under which Jan Aushadhi stores are being opened, which is reducing the prices of medicines.
- The Prime Minister asserted that the coming of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana- Ayushman Bharat will transform the health sector and ensure that the poor get top class healthcare at affordable prices.
3. Satyapal Malik takes an oath and resumes his office as Governor of J&K:-
- Satyapal Malik, the newly-appointed Governor of J&K, will be taking the oath and resume his office on 23rd August as he arrived in Srinagar.
- He will be ending the five-decade-long practice of retired bureaucrats being appointed to the post.
- He replaced Governor N.N.Vohra. Mr.Malik,72, has experience of working with almost all political parties of the country.
- He will be the first career politician to assume the position after Karan Singh, who held the office from 1965 to 1967.
4. Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar passes away:-
- Veteran journalist, author and human rights activist, Kuldip Nayar passed away on August 23, 2018. He was 95.
- Nayar, a former editor of the Indian Express, was also the author of 15 books including “Beyond the Lines”, “India after Nehru” and “Emergency Retold”.
- During Emergency, he was jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act for leading a protest against the excesses of the administration.
- In 2015, he was honored with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his contribution to journalism at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence awards.
5. Government unveils draft UDAN scheme for an international route:-
- The objective of the UDAN International scheme is to enhance international air connectivity between Indian states and select international destinations through the provision of financial support to airlines.
- Under the scheme, the state governments will be responsible for funding the financial benefits.
- The Assam government has committed to fund the subsidy amount of Rs 100 crore per annum for three years.
- Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme was launched in 2016 to provide affordable air travel at Rs 2,500 per hour of flight for people through subsidized ticket rates and to provide air connectivity to smaller towns.
6. Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for the first time:-
- The thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters of North Greenland that are normally frozen.
- The ice has broken up twice this year, due to warm winds and heatwaves in the northern hemisphere.
- Scientists said it could prove catastrophic for polar bears and seals, threatening their survival.
- The sea off the north coast of Greenland had long been known as “the last ice area” as it was expected to be the last place to remain frozen, given it had the oldest and thickest ice.
7. Government to set up Cyclone Warning Centre in Kerala:-
- The Ministry of Earth Sciences has proposed to set up a Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC) in Thiruvananthapuram following unprecedented flooding in Kerala.
- The Ministry is also planning to set up another C-Band Doppler Weather Radar at Mangalore by end of 2019, which will cover the northern parts of Kerala.
- At present, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has cyclone warning centers only at Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai.