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Daily GK Dose August 19th 2018

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Daily GK Dose August 19th

1. World Photography Day: 19 August

World Photography Day is observed worldwide on 19th of August every year with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm.

  1. The day is not only celebrated by the staunch followers of photography, but all the people across the globe irrespective of their professions and interests.

2. 11th World Hindi Conference begins in Mauritius

The 11th World Hindi Conference, an event aimed at expanding the reach of the Hindi language at a global level, begins in Mauritius.

  1. Mauritius Prime Minister Praveen Kumar Jagannath inaugurated the conference in Port Louis.
  2. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other ministers are also in Port Louis to attend the event.
  3. This year the theme of the conference is "Hindi World and Indian Culture".

3. Tower in Mauritius to be named after late PM Vajpayee

During the World Hindi Conference being held in Mauritius, the Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth announced that the cyber tower which Atal Ji had contributed to set up in Mauritius will henceforth be named as Atal Bihari Vajpayee tower.

  1. A tribute was also paid to the late PM in the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the conference.
  2. Around 68 per cent of Mauritius’s population of nearly 1.3 million is of Indian descent.

4. SSAI sets up panel to review red-labelling draft

Bill for red-labelling of packaged products containing fat, sugar and salt has been halted by the government as per FSSAI’s report.

  1. Additionally, a group of experts from health and nutrition background has been set up to look into the issue of labeling.
  2. The group is headed by B Sesikeran, former director of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).

5. TCS overtakes RIL to become most valued Indian company

Tata Consultancy Services has pipped Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to regain the crown of India's most valued company in terms of market capitalisation.

  1. Over the past few days, TCS and RIL have been locked in a tussle to grab the top spot in market rankings.
  2. The m-cap figure of companies changes daily with stock price movement.

6. Infosys CFO Ranganath resigns

Infosys Chief Financial Officer MD Ranganath, a veteran of nearly two decades at India’s second-largest software services company, has abruptly stepped down from his position.

  1. Jayesh Sanghrajka, deputy CFO at Infosys, is likely to replace Ranganath as the company’s next finance chief.

7. Former UN chief Kofi Annan passes away at 80

Former United Nations chief and Nobel Peace Prize laureate General Kofi Annan passed away at the age of 80, following a short illness. 

  1. Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland.
  2. Annan was the first black African to assume the office of world’s top diplomat, serving two terms as secretary-general from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006.
  3. He later also served as the UN special envoy for conflict-ridden Syria. 
  4. In 2001, Annan and the UN were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.   

8. Former MP Chennupati Vidya dies of heart attack

Former member of Lok Sabha, Chennupati Vidya died of heart attack due to age-related ailments.

  1. Vidya (84) was elected to the Parliament as a Congress candidate from Vijayawada constituency in 1980 and in 1989.

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