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News in Short - 21-August-2019

Postal department releases stamp on Vande Bharat express

Date: 21 August 2019 Tags: Railways
  • Indian Railways’ Integral Coach Factory(ICF) in collaboration with Department of Posts has released a commemorative stamp on Indian Railways' first indigenous semi high speed train set , Vande Bharat Express.
  • The price of the stamp is 5 and the words 'Vande Bharat' is written in both Hindi and English.
  • Vande Bharat express, also called as 'Train 18', can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph and has travel classes like Shatabdi Train but with better facilities.

Trump offers to mediate again in Kashmir issue

Date: 21 August 2019 Tags: India & World
  • US President Donald Trump has said he will do the best to mediate or do somethingto defuse the crisis between Pakistan and India.
  • Trump has said that he will be discussing this issue with PM Modi on the sidelines of G7 summit in Biarritz France.
  • This is the second time Trump has offered mediation on this issue. Even though most of the countries have accepted legislative changes in Kashmir as internal matter, some countries like China have expressed apprehension.

Park for differently abled children in Panchkula

Date: 21 August 2019 Tags: Infrastructure
  • Panchkula will soon have a park that will cater to differently abled children. It will Start to operate by end of August.
  • This park will be the first such park to be created in northIndia.
  • Social Justice and Empowerment department is developing the park in a total area of 0.6 acres which is being funded by Reliance as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CST) project.

India to purchase surplus power from Bhutan

Date: 21 August 2019 Tags: India & World
  • India is planning to buy electric power from Bhutan’s state run Druk Green Power as part of its plan to increase trade ties with Bhutan.
  • India is the biggest purchaser of Bhutanian electricity generated through hydropower technology.
  • Hydropower trade constitute about 70% of Bhutanian exports and is a major source of foreign exchange.

Karnataka gets Cabinet

Date: 21 August 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yedyurappa has inducted 16 MLAs as ministers as part of cabinet expansion.
  • Karnataka has 34 ministerial positions vacant which are expected to be filled subsequently.
  • The total number of ministerial position is capped at 15% of total number of Legislative assembly seats.