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August 29, 2016

20th August 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (20th August) is World Mosquito Day
    • This day is a commemoration of Indian doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.
    India ranks a low 39th in terms of fixed broadband adoption in the list of 53 Asia Pacific countries. 
    • It was revealed by the recently released report ‘State of ICT in Asia and the Pacific 2016: Uncovering the Widening Broadband Divide’. 
    • It was published by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). 
    • Top 6 Countries in the List :
      • Hong Kong, 
      • New Zealand,
      • Japan, 
      • Macao, 
      • Australia 
      • Singapore 
  • China and India held their 8th high-level Financial and Economic Dialogue to strengthen trade and economic cooperation between the two Asian economies.
    • This annual dialogue is aimed at facilitating exchange of ideas and status updates on common macroeconomic policies and problems faced by India and China.
    • This year's dialogue is being held ahead of the G20 summit in China next month and the BRICS summit in October in India.
    • India's Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das held talks with his Chinese counterpart, Vice Minister for Finance Shi Yaobin.
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19th August 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (19th August) is World Photography Day.
  • Today is World Humanitarian Day (WHD).
    • This day is observed every year on 19 August to recognize work of humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.
    • Theme of the year 2016 : “One Humanity”. 
  • India has ranked 66th in the 2016 Global Innovation Index (GII). 
    • In this edition, India has jumped up by 15 spots from 81st position in 2015 GII. 
    • The annual index was released by France-based international business school INSEAD and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. 
    • Top 10 Countries in the List : 
      • Switzerland
      • Sweden
      • UK
      • US
      • Finland
      • Singapore
      • Ireland
      • Denmark
      • Netherlands
      • Germany
    • Ranks of BRICS Countries in the list
      • 25th - China
      • 43rd - Russia
      • 54th - South Africa
      • 66th - India
      • 69th - Brazil
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18th August 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Australia has recently announced that it is going to close the controversial Asylum seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
  • India and Bangladesh today agreed to jointly produce a documentary on the 1971 War which led to independence for Bangladesh.
    • The decision was taken after a meeting between Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu with his Bangladesh counterpart Hasanul Haq Inu.
  • The All India Radio (AIR) would begin an exclusive service for Bangladesh and the Bengali diaspora titled “Akashvani Maitree” on August 23.
National Affairs
  • The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) is planning to document stories and legends relating to villages and towns across India into an encyclopedia.
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English Vocabulary from Indian Express dated 19th & 20th August 2016

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Hello Friends, I am Pratik Ankar. Here I am sharing the English Vocabulary from Indian Express dated 19th & 20th August 2016. Happy Reading :)

You can Read the Editorials of 19th August 2016 from here
 
Indian Express  August 19, 2016  Don’t blame it on Rio.
  • Cohort – Part of army.
  • Hasten – Speed.
  • Inevitable – That cannot be avoided.
  • Assiduously – Diligent.
  • Largesse – Generous giving.
  • Sully – To stain or discredit.
  • Shenanigans – Secret or dishonest activity / Mischievous behavior.
  • Gravamen – That part of an accusation weighing most heavily against an accused.
  • Meager – Lean, thin. Too little.
  • Squander – To waste.
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Important : India's Rio Olympic Stars Conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards

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India's Rio Olympic stars PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Jitu Rai were conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards today. President Pranabh Mukherjee presented the awards at a sports awards ceremony in New Delhi. 15 sportspersons were honoured with the Arjuna Award and three with the Dhyan Chand Award.

Besides, the Punjabi University of Patiala was awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2015-16.

Here are some major highlights
  • PV Sindhu received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award after her silver medal winning effort in Rio Olympics
  • Dipa Karmakar receives the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award after her fourth-place finish in gymnastics women's vault finals at Rio Olympics
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GK : List of Highest Waterfalls of India

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Hi friends, I am Sindhu. Today I am sharing the General Knowledge topic, List of Highest Waterfalls of India along with the River & State Names and their Heights. Happy Reading :)

 

List of Highest Waterfalls of India

Waterfall
Height (m)
River
State
Kunchikal
455
Varani
Karnataka
Jog / Gersoppa
260
Sharavati
Karnataka
Rakim Kund
168
Gaighat
Bihar
Chachai
127
Bihad
Madhya Pradesh
Keoti
98
Mahanadi
Madhya Pradesh
SIvasamudram
90
Cauveri
Karnataka
 
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