Current Affairs 19th August

National Affairs

1. President Droupadi Murmu visited WB; Inaugurated INS Vindhyagiri & ‘My Bengal, Addiction-Free Bengal’ campaign

On the seventeenth of August 2023, Draupadi Murmu, Leader of India, visited West Bengal(WB). This imprint’s her second visit to West Bengal as Leader of India.


The President initiated Indian Maritime Boat (INS) Vindhyagiri, the 6th boat undertaking

17A of Indian Naval force (IN) at Nursery Arrive at Shipbuilders Specialists (GRSE) Restricted office on the banks of Hooghly stream in Kolkata, WB.


The President sent off the ‘My Bengal, Dependence Free Bengal’ Mission under the

‘Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan’, coordinated by Brahma Kumaris at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata. It points to addressing the illicit drug use issue in the public eye and in India.

2. India Signs MoU with Trinidad and Tobago for Sharing ‘India Stack

On the seventeenth of August 2023, India and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) marked a Reminder of Grasping (MoU) on sharing of ‘India Stack’, an assortment of open Application

Programming Connection points (APIs), and Computerized Public Goods(DPGs) that expect to work with character, information, and instalment administrations for a huge scope.


Under this MoU, two India and T&T have consented to team up in the space of computerized change through limit building, preparing programs, trade of best rehearses, trade of public authorities and specialists, and improvement of pilot or demo arrangements, among others.


Key Individuals:


The MoU was endorsed within the sight of authorities from the Service of Gadgets and

Data Innovation (MeitY), the Public E-Administration Division, MeitY, and furthermore from the

Service of Outer Affairs(MEA).




The MoU was marked following a gathering between Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Clergyman of State (MoS) MeitY and Service of Ability Advancement and Entrepreneurship(MSDE), and Hassel Bacchus, a Representative and Pastor of Policy Management and Computerized Change, T&T.


Reason for APIs:


The assortment of APIs in the India Stack fills in as the establishment whereupon outer

elements can develop programming that takes advantage of government distinguishing proof, instalment organisations, furthermore, information vaults.


Central issues:


In the gathering, they investigated open doors for cooperative endeavours in regions like IT,

arising advancements, and the India stack.


Since June 2023, India has marked MoUs with nations like Armenia, Sierra Leone,

Suriname, and Antigua and Barbuda to work with the sharing of India Stack.


Nations like Mauritius and Saudi Arabia have additionally communicated interest and are at the high level phases of concluding participation in India Stack. A comparable MoU was endorsed with Papua New Guinea in July 2023.


India Stack presents a groundbreaking chance for nations going for the gold

digitalisation and it can invigorate financial development and smooth out administration.


It will make a vigorous environment for new companies, designers and framework integrators working around it on Cutting edge (Age) advancements.


The Bound Together Installments Connection point (UPI), which is a necessary piece of the India Stack, has earned respect past India’s lines and has been acknowledged by nations including France, Joined Middle Easterner Emirates (UAE), Singapore, and Sri Lanka, further hardening the worldwide acknowledgement and significance of India’s computerized developments.

3. CWC Chairman Kushvinder Vohra launches FloodWatch App for Real-Time Flood Forecasts

Kushvinder Vohra, Administrator of the Focal Water Commission (CWC), sent off

FloodWatch is a portable application to give continuous flood data and conjectures for up

to 7 days to the overall population by utilizing cell phones. This drive is an inventive answer for upgrading flood data spread and Readiness.


FloodWatch, created by the CWC, is an easy-to-use application which offers both intelligible and sound transmission. It presents data in 2 dialects: English and Hindi.




A vital component of the application incorporates continuous flood observation where clients can remain refreshed about the ongoing flood circumstances all through India.


The application uses information about close-to-constant waterway streams that is refreshed practically progressively from different sources.


It additionally gives flood gauges to the closest area to the clients. By visiting the Home

Page, clients can without much of a stretch access flood warnings for the station nearest to them.


Different elements incorporate the Intuitive Guide, which permits clients to check either the CWC Flood Estimate (as long as 24 hours) or the Flood Warning (as long as 7 days) by straightforwardly choosing a station on the guide.


In another manner, clients can look for the name of a particular station utilizing the hunt

box. When a station is looked over the dropdown menu, the guide focuses on its area.


The application additionally gives State-wise and Bowl-wise Flood Conjectures (as long as 24 hours) or Flood Warnings (as long as 7 days). This data can be gotten to by choosing explicit stations, states, or bowls from the dropdown menu.




The application has a guide to India with hued circles at water stations across India and the

the current gamble of flooding.


A ‘Green’ circle specifies ‘Ordinary’; Yellow, Better than average; Orange, ‘Serious’ and Red, ‘Outrageous’.


Tapping on a circle gives the ebb and flow water level at the station, the showcase incorporates the most elevated water level at any point recorded at the station and obviously portrays the risk level, and the cautioning level.

4. IAF To Host Mega Multilateral Air Exercise ‘Tarang Shakti’ in Mid-2024

The Indian Flying Corps (IAF), the air arm of the Indian Military, is set to have a mega

multilateral military practice in mid of 2024. It was at first planned for October-November



The activity, named Tarang Shakti, is booked to be the biggest air practice of all time

led in India and will be its first release.


The activity is expected to include roughly 12 flying corps, with an essential accentuation

on upgrading military participation and interoperability.


Taking an interest in flying corps from nations including France, the Unified Realm (UK),

Australia, the Unified States(US), and Japan are supposed to participate.


Also, six different countries have been welcome to notice the activity.


In April-May 2023, India partook in remarkable global air works out.


Indian Aviation-based armed forces dispatched four Rafale planes, two C-17 aeroplanes, and two IL-78 mid-air refuelers to France’s Mont-de-Marsan army installation for an almost three-week worldwide air workout ‘Orion’.


The 6th release of Adapt India-2023, a joint Air Exercise between the Indian Flying corps

(IAF) and the US Flying Corps (USAF). The practice occurred at Aviation based armed forces Stations Kalaikunda, Panagarh of West Bengal, and Agra, Uttar Pradesh.


The rescheduling of Tarang Shakti is because of the inaccessibility of taking an interest in countries as they are participating in a few different activities.

International Affairs

1. India Hands Over maritime surveillance Dornier aircraft to Sri Lanka

On August 16, 2023, India introduced the Indian Naval Force’s Dornier 228 sea observation

aeroplane to the Sri Lanka Air Force(SALF) at the occasion in Katunayake SLAF Base, Colombo, Sri Lanka.


On the event of India’s 77th Independence Day celebration, the high magistrate of India, Gopal Baglay formally gave over the aeroplane to Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, the Head of Staff and Senior Counselor to the President on Public Safety.




This denotes the second Dornier aeroplane given to SLAF through an award from the Indian



The appearance of this aeroplane is under a circle back of the previous aeroplane given by India to Sri Lanka in 2022.


This replaces the first Dornier aeroplane, which served for a year and was gotten back to India for support.




In 2018, Sri Lanka Mentioned India for 2 Dornier Surveillance Airplanes to upgrade the

oceanic reconnaissance capacities of Sri Lanka.


Following the solicitation, India chose to give a Donier-228, which was a piece of the

Indian Naval force’s armada, to Sri Lanka was liberated from cost for a range of 2 years.

In August 2022, India gave over the main Dornier 228 sea observation aeroplane of

the SALF.


About Dornier 228:


The 19-seater Dornier 228 aeroplane is an exceptionally flexible multi-reason light vehicle aeroplane.


Dornier 228 was planned and fabricated interestingly by Dornier GmbH (a German

aeroplane maker).


Following the exchange of innovation from the German partnership, HAL started

fabricating at its vehicle aeroplane division in Kanpur subsequent to getting an item permit.


Features: The Dornier aeroplane is outfitted with cutting-edge sensors to handle normal security challenges in the area like Medication and Illegal exploitation, Carrying and Search and Salvage.


It likewise enables Sri Lanka to shield its Selective Financial Zone (EEZ) from oceanic


Banking and Finance

1. RBI selects McKinsey and Accenture to use AI & ML To Improve Regulatory Supervision

Hold Bank of India(RBI) granted the agreement worth Rs. 91 Crores to McKinsey and

Organization India LLP (Restricted Obligated Association) and Accenture Arrangements Private Restricted India for the utilization of cutting-edge examination, counterfeit intelligence(AI) and machine learning(ML) to dissect its immense data set and work on administrative management over banks also, Non-Banking Monetary Services(NBFCs). Man-made intelligence and ML advances are utilized for ongoing information revealing, successful information the board furthermore, dispersal.




In September 2022, Articulations of Interest (EoI) was looked for by the RBI concerning

the commitment to the advisor’s work in the cutting-edge examination, man-made reasoning, and AI. RBI has shortlisted seven candidates for support in the Solicitation For Proposition (RFP). Out of which just two firms were chosen.


Division of Oversight:


The Division of Management in RBI is creating and utilizing direct and a couple of machine learnt models for administrative assessments.


It completes the obligation of managing all planned business banks (barring Provincial Rustic Banks), Neighborhood, Installments Banks, Little Money Banks, Credit Data Organizations, Essential Metropolitan Helpful Banks, NBFCs, Resource Recreation Organizations, Calculating organizations, and All India Monetary Foundations (AIFIs).


Extra Data:


Around the world, administrative and administrative bodies are utilizing AI strategies (frequently named ‘Supertech’ and ‘regtech’) to support their administrative and administrative assignments.

2. RBI launches pilot for ‘Public Tech Platform for Frictionless Credit; Launches centralised web portal ‘UDGAM’ for Unclaimed Deposits

On August 17, 2023, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) initiated its advanced loaning pilot

project for Public Tech Stage for Frictionless Credit which is created by Save

Bank Development Center point (RBIH), a completely possessed auxiliary of RBI.


The Public Tech Stage plans to smooth out the credit arrangement process by easily

sending critical computerized information to banks.


RBI Lead representative Shaktikanta Das presented a unified online interface called “उम UDGAM” (Unclaimed Stores – Passage to Access Data) to work on the cycle for general society to find their unclaimed stores in different banks through a solitary stage.

3. Bank of Maharashtra Tops List of PSU lenders chart in Q1 in Loan, Deposit Growth

Bank of Maharashtra (BoM), an Indian Public Area Bank(PSB), has arisen as the top

entertainer among public area banks with regards to credit and store development in rate

during the primary Quarter (Q1) of the ongoing monetary year (FY24).


Its store and advances recorded around 25% ascent, the most noteworthy by any PSB, during the April-June quarter.


As indicated by the as of late distributed quarterly information of PSBs, BoM’s gross homegrown propels flooded by 24.98%, arriving at a sum of Rs. 1,75,676 crore toward the finish of June 2023.


BoM was trailed by UCO Save money with a development pace of 20.70% in the second spot.


Bank of Baroda (Weave) with 16.80% and Indian Abroad Bank (IOB) with 16.21%

development rates are at third and fourth spots, individually.


India’s biggest moneylender State Bank of India (SBI) remained at the fifth spot with a 15.08% ascent in homegrown advances development.


Central issues:


SBI’s complete advances were multiple times higher at Rs. 28,20,433 crore, when contrasted with Rs. 1,75,676 crore of BoM in outright terms.


Regarding Retail-Farming MSME (Miniature, Little, and Medium Endeavors) advances (Smash credits), BoM has the most elevated development of 25.44% followed by Punjab and Sind Manage an account with 19.64% furthermore, Punjab Public Bank (PNB) at 19.41% on Year-on-Year premise.




In the space of store development, BoM has denoted a critical development of 24.73% and

prepared Rs. 2,44,365 crore toward the finish of June 2023.

Sway holds the second spot with a 15.50% development in stores (Rs. 10,50,306 crore), while PNB recorded a 13.66% ascent at Rs. 12,67,002 crore.


With respect to minimal expense Current Record and Investment account (CASA) stores, BoM held the top situation with 50.97% followed by the National Bank of India (CBI) at



BoM’s all out business likewise recorded the most elevated development of 24.84% at Rs. 420,041 crores, followed by Sway at 16.10% at Rs. 18,62,932 crore toward the finish of June 2023.

4. Indian Bank Starts Specialised Startup Cells in 10 Cities across India

Indian Bank, a Public Area Undertaking (PSU) bank settled in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, has laid out 10 beginning up cells across different urban areas in the country to check its 117th establishment day (15 August 1907). These cells expect to take care of particular banking needs and advance the development of the startup biological system in India.


The beginning up cells have been set up in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Bengaluru in Karnataka,

Coimbatore and Chennai in Tamil Nadu, New Delhi in Delhi, Gurgaon in Haryana,

Guwahati in Assam, Hyderabad in Telangana , Kanpur in UttarPradesh, and Mumbai in



As a component of the drive, the bank has fostered a scope of designer made(customized)

banking items and administrations explicitly intended for new companies, thinking about

their unmistakable and particular financial requirements.


It incorporates offering installment doors, corporate charge cards, and credit offices separated from the current results of the bank. Overseeing Chief (MD) and CEO Officer(CEO) of Indian bank is Shanti Lal Jain.

Economy and Business

1. Crisil projects Indian economy to grow at 6% in FY24

On August 16, 2023, Crisil, a worldwide investigation organization, has assessed that the Indian economy will encounter a development pace of 6% during FY24, a downfall from the 7.2% development accomplished in FY23.


Central issues:


The report expressed that the worldwide monetary log jam is normal because of rising

financing costs and the products might keep on being a drag on modern result.


It likewise expressed that the storm will fundamentally affect modern possibilities

through consequences for expansion and provincial interest.


Crisil likewise noticed that the storm has debilitated, with all India precipitation turning inadequate at 5% beneath extensive stretch normal (LPA) as on fifteenth August 2023.


This likewise featured that El Nino which will decide the precipitation design has set in as



Key Features:


Retail expansion in India heightened to 7.44% in July of the ongoing year, outperforming the upper resilience level set by the Save Bank of India (RBI) for example 2-6%.


The striking flood in food expansion to 11.5% in July, up from 4.5% in June and 3% in May,

can be ascribed to speeding up expansion rates in vegetables, grains, heartbeats, flavors, and Milk. This denotes the most noteworthy food expansion rate since April 2020.


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