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August 30, 2016

22nd August 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ashraf Ghani have jointly inaugurated the renovated Stor Palace in Kabul through video conferencing.
    • About Afghanistan :
      • Capital : Kabul
      • President : Ashraf Ghani
      • Chief Executive Officer : Abdullah Abdullah
      • Currency : Afghani
      • Official language : Pashto Dari
  • Nepal's new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' will embark on a 3-day official visit to India on 15th September 2016.
    • Important Note : This will be Prachanda's first foreign visit after assuming office earlier this month.
    • About Nepal :
      • Capital : Kathmandu
      • President : Bidhya Devi Bhandari
      • Prime Minister : Pushpa Kamal Dahal
      • Official language : Nepali
      • Currency : Nepalese Rupee
  • BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum has unanimously passed the Jaipur Declaration on the concluding day of the Forum’s meeting held in Jaipur. 
    • The 19-point declaration was adopted at the two-day meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum held in Jaipur, Rajasthan. 
    • The meeting was attended by heads and members of delegation from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
New Appointments
  • Dr. Najma Heptulla was sworn-in as the 18th Governor of Manipur
    • She replaced Shanmuganathan who was holding the dual charge of Governor of Meghalaya and Manipur. 
  • Mr. VP Singh Badnore took oath as the new Governor of Punjab and also as Administrator of Chandigarh today. 
  • Vistara, the joint venture between Tata Sons Ltd and Singapore Airlines, has announced Deepika Padukone as its Brand Ambassador.
  • Amul Managing Director R S Sodhi has been appointed as Independent Director on the board of India Post Payment Banks (IPPB) -- the payments bank arm of postal department.
    • Note : Sodhi is one of the five independent members to be appointed on the board.
  • Eminent scientist P D Gupta has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of Mumbai-based Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI)

Awards & Honors
  • Actor Kamal Haasan will be awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre Arts etLettres (The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government. 
    • The Order is part of France’s premier award, the Legion of Honor.

  • Wrestler Sakshi Malik, who won India's first medal in the Rio Olympics, will be the country's flag bearer at the Summer Games Closing Ceremony.
    • Important Note : Sakshi, had become the first woman wrestler in India to win an Olympic medal with her bronze in the 58kg freestyle.
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