Current Affairs – August, 2019

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Maitri mobile app: to connect old-age homes and orphanages, win tech prize in US

Five Girls from Amity International School in Noida, Uttar Pradesh developed a mobile application called ‘Maitri’ that connects children at orphanages with senior citizens in old-age homes. The innovation by this all-girls team called “Tech Witches” fetched them a bronze medal at global tech competition called ‘Technovation Challenge’ held in San Francisco, United States.

The developers of app include Arefa, Vanshika Yadav, Ananya Grover, Vasudha Sudhinder and Anushka Sharma all Class 12 students of Amity International School in Noida.

About Maitri mobile app

Objective: It is aimed at bringing together individuals suffering from loneliness and depression and those lacking nurturing love of elderly role models.

App is available for free download on Google playstore.


It allows users to volunteer and donate to old-age homes and orphanages through it.

Maitri’ allows old-age homes and orphanages to sign up and organise meetings, thus facilitating children and senior citizens to spend time together.

Maitri allows only validated facilities to register and provides contact details and map locations for assistance.

App has seen more than 1,000 downloads till date and has 13 old-age homes and 7 orphanages connected through it.

Coverage: During initial phase the focus area of app was Delhi-NCR area but the team now seeks to take this app pan-India by getting more and more orphanages and old-age homes registered on it.

Finance: Now ‘Maitri’ developers are looking forward to crowdfund $40,000, the investment needed for 1st year of their operations. Also, donations received through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding will also help team recover their operation costs.

About Technovation Challenge

It is world’s largest technology and entrepreneurship programme for girls.

It runs across more than 100 countries, supported by,, Uber, Adobe Foundation, Samsung, BNY Mellon as well as UNESCO, the Peace Corps and UN Women, according to its website.

ONGC CMD honoured with Distinguished Fellowship of IOD 2019

Shashi Shanker, the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) was honoured with Distinguished Fellowship of Institute of Directors (IOD), 2019 during 29th Institute of Directors (IOD) Annual Day Ceremony held in New Delhi.

Key Highlights

The prestigious Fellowship honour was conferred to Shanker in appreciation of his distinguished contribution to business and society.

Apart from Shanker, two more fellowships were also conferred. The other two recipients are-

(1) Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.

(2) M Sumanta Chaudhuri Secretary, Ministry of Coal

The honour was bestowed upon fellowship recepients by Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation and Trade and Commerce.

About Distinguished Fellowship of Institute of Directors (IOD), 2019

The 2019 Fellowships were decided by a jury led by Justice M N Venkatachaliah, former Chief Justice of India (CJI). He is also the former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India and National Commission for Constitution of India Reforms (NCCIR).

Institute of Directors (IOD) trains Directors on corporate Boards and gives Golden Peacock Awards to corporates for 15 different corporate functions.

Theme of 2019’s IOD Annual Day Ceremony‘Future Boards: Leading Strategy to Embrace Sustainability’