Current Affairs in Short: 12 August 2022

Latvia and Estonia have withdrawn from a cooperation group between China and over a dozen Central and Eastern European countries.

Current Affairs in Short
Current Affairs in Short

National Award-winning singer Shivamogga Subbanna passes away

  • National Award-winning Singer Shivamogga Subbanna passed away on August 11, 2022, at a hospital in Bengaluru following a heart attack.
  • Subbanna was the first Kannadiga to win a National Award for playback singing the song ‘Kaadu Kudure Odi Banditta’. He became a household name in Karnataka after he sang ‘Baarisu Kannada Dindimava’.
  • Known for his work in the field of ‘Sugama Sangeetha’, a genre in which poetry in Kannada is set to music, Subbanna has worked and sung poetries of famous poets.
  • Shivamogga Subbanna was also a singer with Akashvani and Doordarshan and had also worked as an advocate.

Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates National Conference of Rural Cooperative Banks in New Delhi

  • The Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah have stressed the need for a different strategy to take cooperative to every Panchayat of India.
  • While inaugurating the day-long National Conference of Rural Cooperative Banks in New Delhi on August 12, the minister said that a five-year strategy is required for Primary Agricultural Credit Societies PACS in each Panchayat as two lakh Panchayats are yet to have PACS.
  • He added that the Central Government has given its approval to the Computerization of PACS with the objective of increasing their efficiency and bringing transparency and accountability to their operations.
  • As per the Union Minister, rural cooperative banks have played a significant role in connecting rural India with the country’s economy.

Latvia and Estonia withdraw from Cooperation Group between China and Central and Eastern European countries

  • Latvia and Estonia have withdrawn from a cooperation group between China and over a dozen Central and Eastern European countries.
  • The move has come amid Western Criticism of China over escalating military pressure on Taiwan.
  • Both Latvia and Estonia assured that they will continue to work towards constructive and pragmatic relations with China while also respecting the rules-based international order and human rights.
  • Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Romania are among the countries that have remained in the Cooperation format.

Regional Committee Meet on Assam-Arunachal border dispute

  • The Government of Assam has been collaborating closely with its counterparts in the neighboring Arunachal Pradesh for a peaceful, comprehensive, and speedy resolution of the border disputes.
  • According to the press release, both governments have established 12 regional committees to hasten the process of identifying and quickly resolving the contested territories.
  • After a detailed discussion, it was decided that the joint visits by the regional committees of both the states to the areas identified as disputed will be concluded within August 31, 2022.
  • Subsequently, by September 15 this year, the Chief Ministers of both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will receive the reports from the corresponding regional committees.

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