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August 30, 2017

30th August 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (30th August 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 30th August 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Pakistan has temporarily suspended talks as well as diplomatic visits with the US after President Donald Trump criticised the nation for harbouring terrorists. 
  • France, Germany, Italy, and Spain have agreed on a plan to help Chad and Niger with border controls to contain the flow of migrants and refugees into Europe from northern Africa. 
    • The leaders of the nations agreed to tackle illegal human trafficking by setting up a mechanism to identify legitimate migrants fleeing war under the supervision of the UN.
National Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated 1.4-kilometre long hanging bridge across the river Chambal in Rajasthan's Kota
    • Note : Modi had earlier inaugurated 1.4-kilometre long cable stayed bridge across the river Narmada in Gujarat in March this year.
  • With an aim to bring transparency in recruit in government jobs, the Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to do away with interview in the recruitment of non-gazetted officers from Class II to IV.
    • Interviews will however be a must for recruitment of gazetted officers in Class II.
  • Karnataka government will be merging the existing seven health schemes to launch a unified scheme- 'Arogya Bhagya'.
    • The government will issue Aadhaar-linked Universal Health Cards to the residents using which they can avail medical care at government-owned hospitals, medical college hospitals, and empanelled private hospitals for free.
    • This new scheme will cover all 1.4 crore households of the state.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has declared Friday as the 'Day of Helping Hand' when he will meet with the poor and underprivileged sections of the society to hear their grievances. 
  • The government has extended the deadline for Aadhaar registration for welfare schemes till December 31, from the earlier deadline of September 30. 
  • Under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), the Delhi Police has launched a skill development programme titled YUVA
    • The ‘YUVA’ initiative aims to connect with youth by upgrading their skill as per their competencies. 
    • It will help youths to get gainful employment under PMKVY. 
New Appointments
  • American travel company Expedia's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been appointed as Uber's new CEO
  • Tata Group's Indian Hotels Company, known as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, today appointed Puneet Chhatwal as its MD & CEO. 
Science & Technology
  • The 29-hour countdown for the launch of India's 8th navigation satellite IRNSS-1H began at 2 pm today at Sriharikota rocket port.
    • The 1,425-kilogram satellite -- part of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) -- will be carried by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket, XL variant.
  • The UN global nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has opened World’s first low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank in Oskemen in Kazakhstan.
    • Note : It will be the first of its kind LEU bank not to be under control of any individual country. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • World's 4th richest person Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has become the biggest shareholder of US' second largest bank, Bank of America, with a 6.6% stake. 
  • The Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) has granted Geographical Indication (GI) status to Gobindobhog rice, a speciality from Burdwan district of West Bengal.  
  • Spanish clothing brand Zara's Co-founder Amancio Ortega surpassed Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates as the world's richest person
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the proposal of Union Finance Ministry to promulgate an ordinance to suitably amend the Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act, 2017.
    • The approval will allow GST Council to hike the maximum rate of compensation cess levied from the current cap of 15% to 20%
    • This ordinance will amend Schedule of Section 8 of the GST (Compensation to a State) Act, 2017.
Deaths
  • Nuclear disarmament campaigner Sumiteru Taniguchi (88), who was delivering mail in Nagasaki when the US dropped an atomic bomb in 1945, died today with cancer. 
    • Aged 16 at the time of the bombing, Taniguchi had been roughly 1.8 kilometres from the epicentre of the blast and had suffered burns that took years to heal.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian boxer Gaurav Bidhuri assured India its 1st medal at the World Boxing Championships 2017 after defeating Tunisia's Bilel Mhamdi to enter the semifinals of the 56kg event. 
    • Bidhuri, a wildcard entrant, became only the 4th Indian boxer to secure himself a medal in the World Boxing Championships
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