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Daily Current Affairs for Aug 23,2018 (English)

1.      To curb adulteration for honey and its products, food safety standards has notified by Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI). Honey products should comply with 18 parameters like that of sucrose content, glucose ratio, pollen count, foreign oligosaccharides etc. These products should contain fixed maximum 5% limit for sucrose, 10% for carviacallosa and honeydew honey. The moisture percentage should be maximum 20% and pollen count should be 25,000 per gram. If product is sold as honey then food ingredient, including food additives should not be added to it.
2.      University Grants Commission (UGC) issued circular directing all varsities and higher education institutions to ban sale of junk food on their campuses. This ban will help will set new standards for healthy food, making students live better, learn better and reduce obesity levels. It will also help to prevent lifestyle diseases which have direct link with excessive weight.
3.      Kerala Heritage Rescue Initiative to assess damage to rich cultural and built heritage sites in flood-devastated Kerala has been launched by a global monument conservation body ICOMOS( International Council on Monuments and Sites).
4.      Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated various projects in Junagadh district. These included the Government Civil Hospital, a milk processing plant and some buildings of the Junagadh Agriculture University. He dedicated nine new initiatives worth over Rs 500 crore to the state.
5.      The Union Government on August 21, 2018 permitted private retail chemists to sell Oxytocin with effect from September 1, 2018.Earlier, through a notification dated April 27, 2018, the government stated that the sale of Oxytocin through private retail chemists would be banned from July 1, 2018. However, fearing shortage of Oxytocin in the market, the government deleted the provisions of its April 27 notification stating that the Oxytocin would be sold through government chemists only.
6.      Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on August 21,2018 that the United Arab Emirates has promised assistance worth Rs 700 crore for the state’s reconstruction. The Union Government has, however, decided to decline all offers of financial help from foreign countries. The state has reportedly suffered damages worth over Rs 20,000 crore, which includes damaged highways covering about 10,000 kilometres, damaged buildings, crops lost and shutdown of one of the state’s three international airports - Cochin International Airport- following heavy flooding. The state government has demanded a minimum of Rs 2000 crore to help with rehabilitation and reconstruction work.
1.       The thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters of North Greenland that are normally frozen. The ice has broken up twice this year, due to warm winds and heatwaves in the northern hemisphere. Scientists said it could prove catastrophic for polar bears and seals, threatening their survival. The sea off the north coast of Greenland had long been known as “the last ice area” as it was expected to be the last place to remain frozen, given it had the oldest and thickest ice.
Science & Technology:
1.      The maximum numbers of cyber-attacks on official Indian websites are from China, US and Russia according to recent report by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). It had analysed cyber-attacks from April-June 2018. The report was forwarded to National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and other security agencies.
1.       India Banking Conclave (IBC) 2018 organised by Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) along with its knowledge partner and government Think Tank, NITI Aayog was held in New Delhi from Aug 23-24, 2018. IBC 2018 aimed to serve as effective platform for varied stakeholders connected to India’s banking and financial sectors.
2.       Mukesh Ambani's telecom unit Reliance Jio was ranked as the top company globally on Fortune's 'Change The World' list 2018 that ranked companies using the profit motive to help the planet tackle social problems. Jio is ranked ahead of pharma giant Merck and Bank of America. Chinese group Alibaba is ranked 5th on the list with food and drug stores Kroger at 6th, industrial machinery firm ABB at 8th and network and communications giant Hughes Network System at 10th.
Appointments/ Resignations:
1.      Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon has appointed as the brand ambassador of Mumbai city-based Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) by Maharashtra Government. It was formerly known as Borivali National Park (renamed to present name in 1996, after Sanjay Gandhi, eldest son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi).
1.      India won four bronze medals in Wushu sporting event (all in Sanda style) at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games held in Indonesia. Four bronze medals winners are Roshibina Devi in 60kg category, Santosh Kumar in56kg category, Surya Bhanu Partap Singh in 60kg category, Narender Grewal in65kg category. He had earlier won bronze in Sanda 60kg in 2014 Asian Games. Wushu is Chinese Kung-fu. It was India’s best performance so far in Wushu in Asian Games as in Incheon games in 2014, India had won just two bronze medals.
2.      Shardul Vihan (15), Young Indian shooter won silver in the finals of the men’s double trap event. It is India’s 17th Asiad medal on Day 5 of Asian Games 2018. Ankita Raina won bronze in tennis women’s singles event. Indian tennis duo of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan has entered the finals of their event, assuring India of a silver medal.
3.      Veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami on Thursday announced her retirement from T20 Internationals with immediate effect. Goswami, a veteran of 10 Tests and 169 ODIs, is currently the leading wicket-taker in the women’s ODI format and also the first woman cricketer to take 200 ODI wickets. In 2010, she received the Arjuna Award and two years later, became only the second woman cricketer to be conferred the Padma Shri, after Diana Edulji. She won the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2007, the first Indian player to win it. She represented India in 68 T20Is, picking up 56 wickets which included a five-wicket haul against Australia in 2012. Goswami's memorable Test performance came against England at Taunton in 2006, where she took five wickets in each innings to finish with match figures of 10 for 78 to help India to a famous series victory.

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