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August 15, 2017

15th August 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (15th August 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 15th August 2017

International Current Affairs
  • The 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II of UK is going to resign from her throne at the age of 95.
    • Upon her abdication, the Queen's eldest son Prince Charles will become the King. 
National Current Affairs
  • Nation celebrates it's 71st Independence Day today (15th August) with patriotic fervour.
    • The last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten chose August 15 for making India independent to mark the second anniversary of Japan's surrender in the World War II. 
    • He was the Supreme Allied Commander of South-East Asia Command and had accepted Japan's surrender to the Allied Forces himself on August 15, 1945, marking the end of the World War II.
  • India's first museum on Partition of the Indian subcontinent will open this week in Amritsar (Punjab), as India and Pakistan celebrate 70 years as independent nations. 
    • The museum will include photographs, newspaper clippings, donated personal items, and screens showing video interviews with survivors. 
  • To honour all the gallantry award winners since independence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a website titled
    • The website gives details of all the Chakra series awardees, including Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, among others.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has cut its workforce by 6,622 people in the first quarter of this fiscal, driven by natural attrition such as retirements and voluntary retirement scheme. 
    • The lender has seen a staff reduction to around 2.73 lakh during the period. 
    • This comes amid concerns that active digitisation in the banking sector will slow down hiring of workforce.
Awards & Honors
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has approved 112 Gallantry Awards to Armed and Paramilitary forces personnel. 
    • The awards include 5 Kirti Chakras, 17 Shaurya Chakras, 85 Sena medals, 3 Nao Sena medals and two Vayu Sena medals.
    • Central Reserve Police Force commandants Late Pramod Kumar and Chetan Cheetah have been awarded Kirti Chakra, the second highest Gallantry award in peace time.
    • Check complete list of Awardees from HERE
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Indian Men's Hockey team defeated Netherlands 2-1 in the second match of the two-match Rabo Super Serie to clinch the series 2-0. 
    • Gurjant Singh and Mandeep Singh scored for the Indian team, which featured nine players from the junior team.
  • Rogers Cup 2017 Winners List
    • Men's Singles : Alexander Zverev (Germany)
    • Women's Singles : Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
    • Men's Doubles : Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) / Nicolas Mahut (France)
    • Women's Doubles : Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia)
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