Top 5 Current Affairs: 16 August 2019
ShareChat, a regional social media platform, has raised USD 100 million in its series D funding with participation of Twitter and TrustBridge Partners. ShareChat has raised USD 224 million. Existing investors including Shunwei Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SAIF Capital, India Quotient and Morningside Venture Capital also participated in the funding round.
The Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh has given major hints about a possible review of Vajpayee’s 'no first use' of nuclear weapons and said it will depend on circumstances in future. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while paying homage to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Pokhran said that India has strictly adhered to ‘No first use’ doctrine. However, he also added that what happens in future depends on the circumstances. Rajnath Singh was in Pokhran to pay respects to late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced during his Independence Day speech that the government will launch Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water supply to every house. He also urged the people to come forward and contribute in conserving water resources.PM Modi said that the government will spend more than Rs. 3.5 Lakh crore in coming years under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM). Jal Jeevan Mission will work under the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Virat Kohli has become the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a decade during the match against West Indies on August 14, 2019. He has scored 20,502 runs across three formats out of which he has scored 20,018 runs in the ongoing decade. He achieved this feat on the way to his match-winning hundred against the West Indies in the third ODI match.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first Independence Day speech of his second term, announced the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The Chief of Defence Staff will integrate all three services – the Indian Army, the Air Force and the Indian Navy. On this occasion, he announced, “Our forces are India's pride. To further sharpen coordination between the forces, I want to announce a major decision from the Red Fort: India will have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS. This is going to make the forces even more effective.”