Top 10 Weekly Current Affairs: 12 August to 17 August 2019
Saudi Aramco to acquire 20 percent stake in RIL’s oil refinery and chemical business at a value of $75 billion or over 5.3 lakh crore.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani announced on August 12 that Saudi Aramco would be acquiring 20 percent stake in RIL’s oil refinery and chemical business at a value of $75 billion or over 5.3 lakh crore. The RIL-Saudi Aramco deal would be one of India’s largest foreign direct investment deals to date. Under the deal, Saudi Aramco will buy 20 percent stake in a proposed special purpose vehicle (SPV) housing RIL’s twin refineries as well as its petrochemical complex.
PM Modi with Bear Grylls will be seen venturing into the wilderness of Jim Corbett National Park in Man vs Wild show at 9 pm today. The PM Modi Man vs Wild episode will be broadcasted across the world in a special telecast on Discovery network. Man vs Wild is a survival television series hosted by ace adventurer Bear Grylls.
The Trump administration announced new rules on August 12 that aim to deny US citizenship and permanent residency to the immigrants who use public benefits such as food stamps, public health care and other public welfare services. Under the new rules, those already in the US and availing public benefits will be denied the opportunity of getting the green card. The rules come as a set back to the citizenship hopes of millions of migrants, mostly Hispanic, who work in the US for low wages and depend heavily on public welfare benefits.
The Supreme Court has refused an urgent hearing of a PIL on the security clampdown in Kashmir Valley. The petitioner Tehseen Poonawalla stated in his petition that he was not expressing any opinion on the revoking of Article 370 but simply seeking withdrawal of the curfew and restrictions on communication such as blocking of telephone lines, internet and news channels in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry launched the Swachh Survekshan 2020 (SS 2020), the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey. The Swachh Nagar Mobile App was also launched on the occasion. The app features tracking of waste collection by ULBs through route and vehicle monitoring, notification to citizens, online collection of user fee for waste collection and an effective grievance redressal mechanism.
Section 375 of IPC defines rape as a criminal offence and states that a man is said to commit rape when he has sexual intercourse with a woman against her or without her consent or if she is a minor. Under Section 375 of IPC, just penetration is sufficient to constitute the sexual intercourse necessary to the offence of rape.
The Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh has given major hints about a possible review of Vajpayee’s ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons and said it will depend on circumstances in future. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while paying homage to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Pokhran said that India has strictly adhered to ‘No first use’ doctrine. However, he also added that what happens in future depends on the circumstances. Rajnath Singh was in Pokhran to pay respects to late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced during his Independence Day speech that the government will launch Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water supply to every house. He also urged the people to come forward and contribute in conserving water resources.PM Modi said that the government will spend more than Rs. 3.5 Lakh crore in coming years under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM). Jal Jeevan Mission will work under the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Virat Kohli has become the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a decade during the match against West Indies on August 14, 2019. He has scored 20,502 runs across three formats out of which he has scored 20,018 runs in the ongoing decade. He achieved this feat on the way to his match-winning hundred against the West Indies in the third ODI match.
Ravi Shastri has been reappointed by the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee as the Head Coach of Indian Cricket Team till the World Cup T20. Check here how Team India fared under Shastri.