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Daily GK Dose August 18th 2018

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Daily GK Dose August 18th

1. Rajasthan to observe September as 'month of nutrition'

Rajasthan will observe September as the “month of nutrition” to create awareness among people living in the state, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said.

  1. The government had introduced a scheme to provide milk to students in government schools thrice a week last month.
  2. From September, the students will get milk on a daily basis for which additional funds of Rs 203 crore will be allocated, she said.

2. International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology

International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) got underway at Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur in Tamilnadu.

  1. The conference was inaugurated by Sh. Jagadish Prasad Meena, Secretary, MoFPI, Sh. Bijaya Kumar Behera, Economic Advisor, MoFPI and was later joined by the Guest of Honour Sh. K. Parasuraman, Member of Parliament, from Thanjavur Constituency. Dr. C. Anandharamakrishnan, Director IIFPT also presided over the inaugural session.
  2. The Secretary, MoFPI in his inaugural address highlighted that the bumper production and diversification of agriculture has brought in new challenges for everybody in view of the large scale food wastage on one hand and seasonal & regional demand & there supply issues of many commodities.

3. Agriculture minister proposes UNFAO to declare an upcoming year as “International Year of Millets”

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has written to Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General, United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and proposed the declaration of an upcoming year as “International Year of Millets”.

  1. The Union Agriculture Minister stated that India is celebrating 2018 as the National Year of Millets and is promoting cultivation by amending cropping pattern of areas which are especially susceptible to climate change.

4. Ministry of Railways launches “Digital Screens”

In the wake of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision for creating digital museums at stations using QR code, Ministry of Railway has made “digital screens” operational at 22 stations on this Independence Day as an innovative low cost solution to spread awareness among public about the opulent heritage of Indian Railways.

  1. Being initiated on a pilot basis, the project aims at showcasing the legacy of Indian Railways through one to two minute-long movie clips.
  2. The short films will showcase heritage buildings, locomotives and much more to make people aware of the rich heritage of Indian Railways.

5. Imran Khan to take oath as Pakistan's 22nd PM


Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan will today take oath as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan.The oath-taking ceremony will begin at around 9.15 am (local time).

  1. Khan won a simple majority in Pakistan's National Assembly with 176 votes, beating his rival Shahbaz Sharif who got 96 votes.
  2. A member of the National Assembly needs 172 votes to become prime minister-elect.

6. Mario Abdo Benitez sworn in as the 50th President of Paraguay

Mario Abdo Benitez took office as Paraguay's 50th president, four months after playing down close family ties with the South American country's late dictator to win a tight election race.

  1. The 46-year-old conservative took the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital Asuncion, attended by hundreds of dignitaries including seven heads of state.

7. Keita re-elected Mali president

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected for a five-year term after winning election.

  1. The elections have been closely watched abroad, as Mali is a linchpin state in the jihadist insurgency raging in the Sahel.
  2. Keita picked up 67.17% of the vote against 32.83% for former finance minister Soumaila Cisse.

8. Pakistan Cricketer Nasir Jamshed Banned For 10 Years For Spot-Fixing

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has handed a 10-year ban to Nasir Jamshed on 17 August.

  1. The ban was imposed by the board's Anti-Corruption Tribunal for his involvement in the spot-fixing row during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2016-17 season.
  2. The ban means Jamshed will be out from any form of cricket during the aforementioned period.
  3. Jamshed was banned for the second time in the last two years.

9. 2018 Asian Games to be inaugurated on 18 August

The 2018 Asian Games, officially known as the 18th Asian Games and also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018, is a pan-Asian multi-sport event scheduled to be held from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

  1. For the first time, the Asian Games are being co-hosted in two cities; the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and Palembang, the capital of the South Sumatra province.
  2. Also for the first time, eSports and canoe polo will be contested as demonstration sports.
  3. Motto of the games is “Energy of Asia”.
  4. There will be 465 events in 40 sports.

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