9 August 2019 Daily Current Affairs

9th August 2019 Daily Current Affairs:


66th National Film Awards:

  • The 66th national film awards were announced on August 9, 2019 after a delay of 3 months.
  • The national awards were announced after the jury members submitted their report to I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar with their final recommendations in various categories.
  • The national film awards are announced every year in April and the awards conferral ceremony is generally held in May but it was delayed this year due to the elections. In 2018, Bollywood veterans Sridevi and Vinod Khanna were conferred the national film award posthumously. 

66th National film awards 2019 Winners

Best Film: Hellaro

Best Hindi Film: Andhadhun

Best Direction: Aditya Dhar (Uri)

Best Actor: Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal

Best Actress: Keerthy Suresh


Feature Film Category Awards



Best Film

Hellaro (Gujarati)

Best Director

Aditya Dhar (Uri)

Best Hindi film


Best Actor

Ayushmann Khurrana (Andhadhun)

Vicky Kaushal (Uri)

Best Actress

 Keerthy Suresh (Mahanati)

Best Film on Social Issues


Best Film on Environment Conversation

Paani (Mararthi)

Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment

Badhaai Ho

Best Supporting Actor

Swanand Kirkire for Chumbak

Best Supporting Actress

Surekha Sikri for Andhadhun

Nargis Dutt Award

Ondalla Eradalla (Kannada)

Best Debut Film of a Director

Naal by Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti

Best Adapted Screenplay


 Best Original Screenplay

Chi La Sow

Best Female Playback Singer

Bindhumalinif for Nathicharami song "Maayavi Manave"

Best Male Playback Singer

Arijit Singh for Padmaavat song "Binte Dil"

Best Music Director

Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat

Best Sound Designer


Best Child Artist

PV Rohit, Sahib Singh, Talha Arshad Reshi and Shrinivas Pokale

Best Action


Best Choreography

Kruti Mahesh Midya and Jyoti D Tommar for Padmaavat song "Ghoomar"

Best Special Effects

Telugu film Awe, Kannada film KGF

Best Makeup Artist


Best Costume Designer


Best Production Design

Kammara Sambhavam

Best Editing

Nathicharami (Kannada)

Best Lyrics

Nathicharami (Kannada Film)

Best Dialogue

Tarikh (Bengali)

Best Urdu Film


Best Malayalam Film


Best Telugu Film


Best Tamil Film


Best Assamese Film

Bulbul Can Sing

Best Punjabi Film


Best Marathi film


Best Garu Film


Best Rajasthani film


Most Film-Friendly State



Non-Feature Film Category Awards



Best Non-Feature Film

Sunrise, The Secret Life of Frogs

Best Director

Gautam Vaze (Aai Shapat)

Special Mention Award

Mahaan Hutatma (director Sagar Puranik)

Best Short Film


Best Film on family values

'Chalo Jeete Hain'

Best Cinematography

The Secret Life of Frogs (Ajay Bedi and Vijay Bedi)

Best Location and Sound

The Secret Life of Frogs (Ajay Bedi)

Best Audiography

Children Of Soil (Biswadeep Chatterjee)

Best Editing

Sunrise (Hemanti Sarkar)

Best Music

Jyoti (Kedar Divekar)

Best Narration

Madhubani: The Station Of Colour

Best Film on Social Issue

Talate Kunji

Social Justice

Why Me, Ekant

Best Educational Film

Sarlabh Virala

Best Environmental Film

The World's Most Famous Tiger

Best Film on Family Values

Chalo Jeetey Hai

Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director


Best Arts and Cultural Film

Bunkar: The Last of The Varanasi Weavers

Best Investigation Film


Best Sports Film

Swimming Through The Darkness

Best Promotional Film

Rediscovering Jahannum

Best Film on Science and Technology

GD Naidu The Edison of India



Centre unveils plan for coastal zone management

  • The Environment Ministry has unveiled a draft plan that will dictate how prospective infrastructure projects situated along the coast ought to be assessed before they can apply for clearance.
  • The draft Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) is part of a World Bank-funded project.
  • The document lays down guidelines for coastal States to adopt when they approve and regulate projects in coastal zones.
  • The document was prepared by the Society for Integrated Coastal Management, a Ministry-affiliated body.
  • Integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) has to be a continuous process rather than a “one-off” investment action, the report said.
  • So far three coastal States, namely Gujarat, Odisha and West Bengal, have prepared Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plans with support from the World Bank.
  • Such plans would be prepared for the selected coastal stretches in other States/UT, the project notes.
  • The key activities proposed for coastal zone development that consist of investments by States include: mangrove afforestation/shelter beds, habitat conservation activities such as restoration of sea-grass meadows, eco-restoration of sacred groves, development of hatcheries, rearing/rescue centres for turtles and other marine animals, creation of infrastructure for tourism, restoration and recharge of water bodies, beach cleaning and development, and other small infrastructure facilities.



FAME India phase 2

The Department of Heavy Industry has approved the sanction of 5595 electric buses to 64 Cities, State Government Entities, State Transport Undertakings (STUs) for intra-city and intercity operation under FAME India scheme phase II in order to give a further push to clean mobility in public transportation.



  • FAME India is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan. Main thrust of FAME is to encourage electric vehicles by providing subsidies. 
  • FAME focuses on 4 areas i.e. Technology development, Demand Creation, Pilot Projects and Charging Infrastructure.
  • Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, or FAME 2 scheme aims to boost electric mobility and increase the number of electric vehicles in commercial fleets.
  • The outlay of ₹10,000 crore has been made for three years till 2022 for FAME 2 scheme.
  • The government will offer the incentives for electric buses, three-wheelers and four-wheelers to be used for commercial purposes.
  • Plug-in hybrid vehicles and those with a sizeable lithium-ion battery and electric motor will also be included in the scheme and fiscal support offered depending on the size of the battery.

Phase 1:

The Phase 1 of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME-India) was launched in 2015 to promote manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicle (EHVs) technology as well as to ensure sustainable growth of same.



Bharat Ratna 2019:

  • Pranab Mukherjee, late singer Bhupen Hazarika and late RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh were conferred the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.
  • The Bharat Ratna was conferred after a gap of four years.
  • In 2015, the Modi Government had conferred the prestigious honour upon former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and founder of Banaras Hindu University Madan Mohan Malviya.
  • The Bharat Ratna 2019 conferred upon Bhupen Hazarika was received by his son Tej while Virendrajeet Singh, Chairman of Deendayal Research Institute, received the honour on behalf of Nanaji Deshmukh.
  • With the latest conferral, the total number of Bharat Ratna awardees has gone up to 48.


Pranab Da:

  • Pranab Mukherjee was the 13th President of India and had served between 2012 and 2017.
  • He became the fifth president to receive the Bharat Ratna.
  • The other Presidents to receive the nation’s highest civilian honour include Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Zakir Hussain and VV Giri.

Bhupen Hazarika

  • Bhupen Hazarika played a huge role in bringing the culture and folk music of Assam and north-east India to Hindi cinema.
  • Bhupen Hazarika was conferred the Padma Shri in 1977, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987, Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1992, Padma Bhushan in 2001 and Padma Vibhushan posthumously in 2012.

Nanaji Deshmukh:

  • Deshmukh had set up a chain of RSS-inspired schools throughout India and was associated with the RSS till his death in 2010 at the age of 94 in Satna, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Nanaji Deshmukh is one of the founding members of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which later evolved into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).