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Which of the following countries has recently won historic gold in Junior Track Cycling World Championships?
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Who: India
What: won historic gold in Junior Track Cycling World Championships
When: published on 17th August 2019

India is making a buzz at Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Frankfurt, Germany as Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam made it to the last-16 of individual sprint event.

The Indian junior cyclists stunned many by clinching their first-ever track gold in the men's team sprint on Wednesday. The trio of Esow Esow, Ronaldo and Rojit Singh Yanglem landed the historic gold medal for India.

The next day, India bagged a bronze after Esow finished third in the Keirin event on Thursday. Now, with the sprint individual coming to a conclusion on Saturday, Ronaldo stands a bright chance of giving India another medal.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://sportstar.thehindu.com/other-sports/junior-track-cycling-world-championships-india-ronaldo-singh-esow-esow/article29119216.ece
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Who among the following has recently been appointed as the coach of the Indian cricket team?
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Who: Ravi Shastri
What: appointed as the coach of the Indian cricket team
When: published on 16th August 2019

Ravi Shastri has been reappointed as the head coach of the senior men's Indian team and will remain in charge until the T20 World Cup of 2021 to be played in India. The confirmation came on Friday (August 16) evening following the completion of the selection process by the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

"Being a current coach, knowing the boys well, knowing the problems well, what has to be done. He was well versed with the system. Somebody knows the system and somebody who knows the players well has an advantage," said Anshuman Gaekwad, one of the members of the CAC.

Shastri, 57, was one of six applicants shortlisted for the job, although as incumbent coach, his candidature to the recruitment process was given an automatic entry. Other applicants shortlisted for the interview included Lalchand Rajput (India team manager at WT20 2007), Robin Singh (former India fielding coach), Tom Moody (Sri Lanka coach at WC 2007), Mike Hesson (New Zealand coach at WC 2015) and Phil Simmons (West Indies coach at WT20 2016).

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https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/109389/ravi-shastri-to-continue-as-india-head-coach
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Name the person who has recently been appointed as the director of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW).
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Who: Harshad Pandurang Thakur
What: appointed NIHFW Director
When: published on 14th August 2019

Harshad Pandurang Thakur has been appointed as the Director of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, an official order said.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appointed him for a period of five years.
"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal for appointment of Harshad Pandurang Thakur, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai to the post of Director, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW)... on direct recruitment basis for a period of 05 years," the order said.

The NIHFW, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, acts as an apex technical institute as well as a think tank for the promotion of health and family welfare programmes in the country.

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https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/harshad-pandurang-thakur-appointed-nihfw-director-119081401725_1.html
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Which one of the following has recently acquired Bengaluru-Based artificial intelligence solutions start-up Pikup.ai?
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Who: Ola
What: acquired Bengaluru-Based artificial intelligence solutions start-up Pikup.ai
When: published on 14th August 2019

Ride-hailing service Ola on Tuesday announced the acquisition of 'pikup.ai', an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up based out of Bangalore, for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, the team at pikup.ai will join Ola. Co-founded by Inder Singh and Ritwik Saikia, pikup.ai uses autonomous technologies like AI, computer vision and sensor fusion to provide seamless AI-powered solutions for businesses. "As we advance on our mission to build mobility for a billion people, we are investing in futuristic technology solutions that will shape the future of mobility in India and the world," said Ankit Bhati, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ola. "We are very excited to welcome the pikup.ai team to Ola and we look forward to co-creating innovative technology that will help redefine the mobility experience in the times to come," Bhati said.

Ola is increasing its focus on using advanced analytics and deep technology to build futuristic mobility solutions for India and the world. Earlier this year, Ola announced its intent to set up an Advanced Technology Centre in the San Francisco Bay area to focus on developing next-generation technologies in mobility like electric, connected and autonomous vehicles. By bringing deep domain expertise to Ola, this 'acquihire' will also deliver innovations that continue to improve safety and transform the customer experience, the company said. "We are looking forward to joining Ola on its mission to build mobility for a billion people and are very excited about building meaningful technology solutions that have a deep impact on the lives of millions, every single day," said Inder Singh, co-founder of pikup.ai.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://www.news18.com/news/tech/ola-acquires-bengaluru-based-artificial-intelligence-solutions-startup-pikup-ai-2269891.html
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Who among the following has recently been appointed as a Drug Controller General of India?
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Who: V G Somani
What: was appointed as a Drug Controller General of India
When: published on 16th August 2019

VG Somani has been appointed as new Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). DCGI heads the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) which is responsible to ensure quality drugs supply across the country. In addition, CDSCO also has authority to give approval to new drugs and regulating clinical trials.

Somani, currently Joint Drugs Controller of India, was in the race for the top post at the Indian drug regulatory body with S Eswara Reddy.

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https://ehealth.eletsonline.com/2019/08/vg-somani-appointed-new-drug-controller-general/


Important Current Affairs Questions and Answers: 19th August 2019
 
1. P T Usha appointed Athletes Commission member of Asian Athletics Association.
(19th August 2019 Current Affairs Questions and Answers)

Legendary Indian sprinter PT Usha has been made a member of the Athletes Commission of the Asian Athletics Association in recognition of her stellar achievements at the continental stage.

The 55-year-old Usha, who was the leading sprinter of her time in Asia, will be one of the six members of the AAA Athletes Commission, to be headed by 1992 Olympics gold medallist hammer thrower Andrey Abduvaliyev of Uzbekistan.

2. Shri Piyush Goyal launches CORAS (Commandos For Railway Security) of Indian Railways.
(Important Current Affairs Quiz of 19th August 2019)

Minister of Railways and Commerce &Industry,Shri Piyush Goyal launched CORAS (Commando for Railway Security) of Indian Railways and new establishment manual for Railway Protection Force today. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, other Railway Board Members,DG, RPF, Shri Arun Kumar, General Manager, Northern Railway, Shri T.P.Singh, along with senior Railway officials were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry,Shri Piyush Goyalsaid, “Today we are committed to develop India as a Clean India, Healthy India, Prosperous and Secure India. Keeping in mind the threat from disruptive forces, induction of CORAS was planned in Railway Protection Force. CORAS team will be provided best, most modern equipment and world class training. Lauding the efforts of RPF soldier Shivcharan Gurjar, who rescued eight lives in flood stricken areas of Gujarat, Shri Goyal appreciated the commendable work of RPF soldiers. Shri Goyal urged the people to crack down on touts and immediately inform the authorities so the menace of ticket touting may be eliminated permanently.”

3. Chhattisgarh increases SC, OBC quota in state jobs and education.
(Daily Current Affairs Questions and Answers of 19th August 2019

The Congress-led Chhattisgarh government on Thursday announced it will increase reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Other backward Classes (OBC) in education and jobs.

OBCs were getting 14% and SCs were provided 12% reservation while Scheduled Tribes had 32% quota in educational institutions and government jobs till now.

“Now, a 27% reservation will be provided to the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), 13% to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 32% to the Scheduled Tribes (STs),” chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said while speaking during an Independence Day event in Raipur.

Political commentators believe the increase in the reservation for SC and OBC will help Baghel boost his narrative of ‘regional politics’ in the state.

4. Shopee announces Cristiano Ronaldo as newest brand ambassador.
(Most important Current Affairs Quiz of 19th August 2019)

E-commerce platform Shopee announced a collaboration with Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who has become its newest brand ambassador.

Ronaldo and Shopee are to present various initiatives, starting with an annual shopping campaign, the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, which is to run from Aug. 16 to Sept. 9.

In a statement, Shopee's CEO Chris Feng said, "Cristiano Ronaldo is a figure who inspires many people and his dedication to the world of football is in line with our commitment to Shopee users.”

Ronaldo added, "I am proud to be Shopee's brand ambassador because we have the same ambition to be the best in our field. I always improve my game for fans and teams, just like Shopee who continues to innovate to benefit its users.”

5. World Humanitarian Day 2019 was observed on 9th August with the theme of “Women Humanitarians”.
(Top 10 Objective Current Affairs Quiz of 19th August 2019)

The world humanitarian day 2019 was observed on August 19, 2019.  The day is observed annually to pay tribute to the humanitarian aid workers who endanger their lives for humanitarian service as well as to rally support for the people affected by crisis across the world.

The world humanitarian day 2019 theme is ‘Women Humanitarians’. The world humanitarian day 2019 campaign aims to celebrate the unsung women humanitarians who have been working on the front lines for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises in their own communities in some of the most difficult regions including Afghanistan, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen and hundreds of those who lost their lives while serving humanity.

6. V G Somani was appointed as a Drug Controller General of India.
(Top 10 MCQs on Current Affairs Quiz of 19th August 2019)

VG Somani has been appointed as new Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). DCGI heads the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) which is responsible to ensure quality drugs supply across the country. In addition, CDSCO also has authority to give approval to new drugs and regulating clinical trials.

Somani, currently Joint Drugs Controller of India, was in the race for the top post at the Indian drug regulatory body with S Eswara Reddy.

7. Ola acquired Bengaluru-Based artificial intelligence solutions start-up Pikup.ai.
(Current Affairs in Short of 19th August 2019)

Ride-hailing service Ola on Tuesday announced the acquisition of 'pikup.ai', an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up based out of Bangalore, for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, the team at pikup.ai will join Ola. Co-founded by Inder Singh and Ritwik Saikia, pikup.ai uses autonomous technologies like AI, computer vision and sensor fusion to provide seamless AI-powered solutions for businesses. "As we advance on our mission to build mobility for a billion people, we are investing in futuristic technology solutions that will shape the future of mobility in India and the world," said Ankit Bhati, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ola. "We are very excited to welcome the pikup.ai team to Ola and we look forward to co-creating innovative technology that will help redefine the mobility experience in the times to come," Bhati said.

Ola is increasing its focus on using advanced analytics and deep technology to build futuristic mobility solutions for India and the world. Earlier this year, Ola announced its intent to set up an Advanced Technology Centre in the San Francisco Bay area to focus on developing next-generation technologies in mobility like electric, connected and autonomous vehicles. By bringing deep domain expertise to Ola, this 'acquihire' will also deliver innovations that continue to improve safety and transform the customer experience, the company said. "We are looking forward to joining Ola on its mission to build mobility for a billion people and are very excited about building meaningful technology solutions that have a deep impact on the lives of millions, every single day," said Inder Singh, co-founder of pikup.ai.

8. Harshad Pandurang Thakur appointed NIHFW Director.
(latest Current Affairs Capsule of 19th August 2019)

Harshad Pandurang Thakur has been appointed as the Director of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, an official order said.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appointed him for a period of five years.

"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal for appointment of Harshad Pandurang Thakur, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai to the post of Director, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW)... on direct recruitment basis for a period of 05 years," the order said.

The NIHFW, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, acts as an apex technical institute as well as a think tank for the promotion of health and family welfare programmes in the country.

9. Ravi Shastri appointed as the coach of the Indian cricket team.
(Current Affairs and GK Questions of 19th August 2019)

Ravi Shastri has been reappointed as the head coach of the senior men's Indian team and will remain in charge until the T20 World Cup of 2021 to be played in India. The confirmation came on Friday (August 16) evening following the completion of the selection process by the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

"Being a current coach, knowing the boys well, knowing the problems well, what has to be done. He was well versed with the system. Somebody knows the system and somebody who knows the players well has an advantage," said Anshuman Gaekwad, one of the members of the CAC.

Shastri, 57, was one of six applicants shortlisted for the job, although as incumbent coach, his candidature to the recruitment process was given an automatic entry. Other applicants shortlisted for the interview included Lalchand Rajput (India team manager at WT20 2007), Robin Singh (former India fielding coach), Tom Moody (Sri Lanka coach at WC 2007), Mike Hesson (New Zealand coach at WC 2015) and Phil Simmons (West Indies coach at WT20 2016).

10. India won historic gold in Junior Track Cycling World Championships.
(Current Affairs PDF of 19th August 2019)

India is making a buzz at Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Frankfurt, Germany as Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam made it to the last-16 of individual sprint event.

The Indian junior cyclists stunned many by clinching their first-ever track gold in the men's team sprint on Wednesday. The trio of Esow Esow, Ronaldo and Rojit Singh Yanglem landed the historic gold medal for India.

The next day, India bagged a bronze after Esow finished third in the Keirin event on Thursday. Now, with the sprint individual coming to a conclusion on Saturday, Ronaldo stands a bright chance of giving India another medal.
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