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August 19, 2017

19th August 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (19th August 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 19th August 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (19th August 2017) is World Photography Day.
    • This day aims to inspire photographers across the planet to share single photo with world.
    • World Photography Day 2017 Theme : “Understanding clouds
  • 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 2017 : “#NotATarget”.
National Current Affairs
Daily Current Affairs of 19-08-2017
  • Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath today launched 'Swachh Uttar Pradesh, Swasth Uttar Pradesh' campaign and swept a street in Gorakhpur under the initiative. 
    • Aim of this campaign : To fight encephalitis, adding that its prevention starts with sanitation.
  • The Centre has doubled the allowance for women employees with disabilities to ₹3,000 per month for taking care of their newborn child from the existing ₹1,500 per month
  • The Karnataka government has decided to rename 100 Morarji Desai government residential schools after former PM Indira Gandhi.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will shortly issue new banknotes of ₹ 50 rupee denomination in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series.
    • The base colour of the new notes will be Fluorescent Blue and its dimension will be 66 mm x 135 mm.
    • This new denomination will have a motif of 'Hampi with Chariot', depicting India's cultural heritage.
  • 5 Indian-origin people have featured in Fortune's 2017 40 Under 40 list of most influential young people in business
    • They are :
      • Leo Varadkar (38 years), 
      • Divya Nag (26 years), 
      • Rishi Shah (31 years), 
      • Shradha Agarwal (32 years) 
      • Leila Janah (31 years)
    • Note : This list has been topped by French President Emmanuel Macron (39) who is France’s youngest leader since Napoleon and had won presidential elections in May 2017.
  • Australia plans to strengthen its anti-money laundering laws and regulate digital currencies such as Bitcoin in the wake of a financial scandal involving its biggest bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia. 
    • Note : Japan is the 1st country to regulate cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin.
Science & Technology
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully launched Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) into orbit.
    • TDRS-M is third and final satellite in a series of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS), next generation communications satellites.
New Appointments
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin today appointed career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev as Russia's new Ambassador to India.
    • His appointment comes nearly seven months after the death of Russia's previous ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin.
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has appointed 7 women officials as support referees for the Under-17 World Cup in India.
    • Important Points to Note
      • This is the first-ever time that female referees will officiate in a men's tournament organised by FIFA. 
      • The Under-17 World Cup is India's first FIFA event.
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