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August 16, 2017

16th August 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (16th August 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 16th August 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Western Asian country Qatar has launched a new direct sea route between its Hamad Port and Pakistan's Port of Karachi
    • This move comes after the Gulf nations put land, air, and sea blockades on Qatar while cutting diplomatic ties with it.
  • India and the United States have agreed to enhance peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region by establishing a new two-by-two ministerial dialogue
    • The White House said that the dialogue will elevate the strategic consultations between the two countries. India will receive the first-ever shipment of crude oil from the US this month, it added.
  • India has gifted 30 ambulances and 6 buses to Nepal for it's hospitals, charitable organisations and educational institutions on the occasion of Independence Day.
    • India’s Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri handed over the keys of the vehicles to the representatives of various organisations at a function in the premises of Indian Embassy in Kathmandu .
  • India is going to host the next steering committee meeting of the proposed 1,814 kilometre-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline.
    • TAPI - Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India
MOUs & Agreements
  • Nepal and China today signed 3 crucial agreements, including a deal to explore petroleum and gas resources, in Nepal.
    • They are
      • MOU on Economic and technological cooperation.
      • Framework Agreement on promotion of investment and economic cooperation.
      • Agreement on China-aid oil and gas resources survey project.
  • CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH) and Janssen Pharmaceuticals have signed an MOU to pursue translational research in the domain of tuberculosis so as to address emerging challenges.
  • Australian Olympic and world champion track cyclist, Stephen Wooldridge (39) passed away after allegedly committing suicide. 
    • Wooldridge won gold in the 4,000-metre team pursuit at the 2004 Olympics and claimed four world titles in the same discipline. 
Awards & Honors
  • Australian city Melbourne has been named the World's most liveable city for the 7th  year in a row by The Economist in its Global Liveability Report. 
    • Top 10 in the Economist's Global Liveability Report :
      1. Melbourne (Australia)
      2. Vienna (Austria)
      3. Vancouver (Canada)
      4. Toronto (Canada)
      5. Calgary (Canada)
      6. Adelaide (Australia)
      7. Perth (Australia)
      8. Auckland (New Zealand)
      9. Helsinki (Finland)
      10. Hamburg (Germany)
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • India will receive the first-ever shipment of crude oil from the US this month.
    • Important Points to Note
      • Indian Oil Corp  bought a cargo of crude oil in the month of June.
      • India is the world's third-largest oil importer.
  • Australian state government has approved the world's biggest single tower solar thermal power plant, a 150-megawatt structure to be built in South Australia by 2020. 
    • Solar thermal technology uses mirrors to concentrate the Sun's light at the top of a tower. 
    • This heats the stored molten salt and the heat is then used to operate steam turbines.
New Appointments
  • Brazilian professional footballer Neymar Jr has become a Goodwill ambassador for Handicap International
    • Note : Neymar is the World's most expensive footballer. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • Former Indian captain MS Dhoni is set to open a cricket coaching academy in the Dubai Pacific Sports Club (PSC) in the UAE. 
    • The academy will be called the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA)
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