13.08.19 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs


  • Anantapur tops State in crop insurance


  • A perennially drought-prone district with the lowest annual rainfall in the country after Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, for farmers in Anantapur the crop insurance and input subsidy provided by the State government are lifelines.
  • With a negligible number of tenant farmers, Anantapur district’s agrarian class is highly intelligent and aware when it comes to the benefits of insuring their crop on time and paying premiums before the deadline. The 5,61,212 agriculturists from the district, out of 16 lakh from Andhra Pradesh, have enrolled themselves for the YSR Free Crop Insurance programme initiated by the State government this Kharif (2019).


  • Supported by the Central government’s Weather-based Crop Insurance Scheme and Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana, the State government pays 6.25% while the Centre pays 4% of the scale of finance on crop loans (sum assured) as premium.


·         World Archery suspended Archery Association of India


  • World Archery (WA)has suspended the Archery Association of India (AAI).Earlier, the WA executive board had given a July 31 deadline to both AAI factions to resolve their disputes, including parallel elections. The decision by WA to suspend AAI is because the matter is now in court.
  • The participation of Indian archers in international events under the National flag is jeopardised after AAI’s suspension. After the suspensionm, the last event in which Indian athletes can participate is the world youth championships in Madrid from August 19 to 25, 2019. WA is yet to decide whether individual athletes can participate in the Indoor Archery World Series.

·         Huawei launches its own Operating System Harmony OS


  • Huawei Technologieslaunched its own Operating System (OS)named as HongMengOS in Chinese/ HarmonyOS in English. The first version of the OS launched later in 2019.
  • It is a part of Huawei’s play in the Internet of Things (IoT).
    It is used across different devices from smartphones to smart speakers and even sensors.
  • The next three years, the OS will be used in other devices, including wearables and car head units.Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group is needed to address future challenges in the era of internet of things, and it is hard to deliver a smooth experience across different devices with millions of lines of code. The most expected name of HongMeng, Huawei adopted Harmony for its in-house operating system to solve all these problems features of Harmony have already been used in its premium smartphone models and other devices.


·         Five Thousand five hundred and Ninety five electric buses sanctioned under FAME scheme

  • Department of Heavy Industry sanctioned 5,595 electric buses under phase II of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) India 
  • The buses are sanctioned to 64 cities in 22 states and union territories for intracity and intercity operations in order to push for clean mobility in public transportation.
    The buses are expected to run about 4 billion km are expected to save cumulatively about 1.2 billion liters of fuel over the contract period
    This will result in avoidance of 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 emission.


Gk bit: FAME Scheme


  • Department of Heavy Industry is implementing FAME-India Scheme- Phase-I [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India from 1st April 2015. The scheme initially up to 31st April 2017 It is extended upto 31st March, 2019 or till Notification of FAME-II.
  • The Phase-II of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME-India) Scheme proposes to give a push to electric vehicles (EVs) in public transport and seeks to encourage adoption of EVs by way of market creation and demand aggregation.

·         Union Government to launch Uber for tractors app to aid farmers

  • India’s agriculture ministry developed a farm equipment rental app for Indian farmers let with hire tractors, rotavator. This app will be similar to Uber and this corresponding mobile app is expected to be launched by the end of August.
  • According to surveys about 38K custom hiring centres across India with the capacity to rent 2.5 Lakh farm equipment annually. The Mahindra Group’s start-up on launching Trringo serviceout of Karnataka  where it will help farmers book tractors by the hour via a phone call for rental.


  • The aim of uber tractors project is for the farmers who is not in a position to buy a tractor .


·         India first Corporate credit card for SMEs launched by B2B payments startup EnKash

  • EnKash launched the country’s first corporate credit card called ‘Freedom Card’for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The  Freedom Card is a true commercial credit card with open acceptance. The Freedom Card aims to grow exponentially with increased credit lines and efficiencies to manage their businesses better in SMP’s will give credit facility for immediate needs and to manage their liquidity.
  • In India it is the first corporate card that is used to cater to the varied billing cycles as per the working capital cycles of different businesses. The Bank also offers these freedom cards in practise to the people knowledge.

·         Cricket Australia unveils new transgender inclusive policy

  • Cricket Australiaannounced a new transgender-inclusive policy. This policy will enable transgender players to play the game of cricket at the highest levels. The decision aligns in accordance with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) gender recognition policy and gender diversity guidelines.
  • The policy sets out a limit for transgender and gender-diverse players who want to play for state and national women’s teams. Australian men’s national cricket team represents Australia in international cricket.
  • It is oldest teams in Test cricket history playing in the first-ever Test match in 1877.


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