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August 20, 2017

20th August 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (20th August 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 20th August 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (20th August) is World Mosquito Day
    • This day was first established in 1897, when the link between mosquitos and malaria transmission was discovered by Sir Ronald Ross
  • To settle internet related disputes in Hangzhou (capital of Chinese e-commerce), China today launched its 1st digital "cyber-court". 
    • In cyber court, a lawsuit can be filed in five minutes, saving time and reducing costs.
    • Defendants and plaintiffs will appear before the judge not in person, but via video-chat. 
  • Venezuela's Constituent Assembly, which was recently created by President Nicolás Maduro in defiance of international criticism, has given itself the power to pass laws.
National Current Affairs
  • The Government has directed all state and union territories to formulate a specialised unit for VIP security
    • This move is aimed at assuring protection for all dignitaries including the Prime Minister and the President when they visit states. 
    • The centre has also directed the states to ensure adequate manpower and infrastructural support in these units.
  • The Telangana government today launched an exclusive 24x7 helpline '181' for women.
    • Apart from contacting police, the helpline can also be used to seek medical help, ambulance and other emergency services.
  • To prevent swine flu cases in the state, the Punjab government today launched a state-wide awareness campaign.
New Appointments
  • Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt is going to become Uber's CEO after the upcoming vote of the board of directors in less than two weeks. 
People in News
  • Udaipur's Kalpit Veerwal, the first-ever student to have scored 100% in the IIT-JEE Mains, has been included in the Limca Book of Records for his achievement. 
    • The 17-year-old, who topped with 360/360, is now studying Computer Science at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
    • He has also topped the Indian Junior Science Olympiad and National Talent Search Examination in the past.
Awards & Honors
  • Rahul Doshi, a 12-year-old Indian-origin boy has been crowned as the UK's 'Child Genius' in a popular television quiz competition.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The government extended the deadline for filing returns and payment of taxes under GST for the month of July by 5 days, to August 25. 
    • The extension came after GSTN portal faced technical issues because of a huge rush. 
    • Note : The last date for filing returns for taxpayers who have to claim credit for past taxes will be August 28.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has realised ₹235.06 crore as penalty from 3.88 crore accounts for not maintaining monthly average balance in the first quarter.
Books & Authors
  • I am HIV positive, so what ?’, a book on the career of Manipur’s highly-acclaimed bodybuilder, K Pradipkumar Singh, known for his personal struggle against HIV AIDS, was released today. 
    • This book was written by : Jayanta Kalita
    • Pradipkumar, who was diagnosed as HIV positive in 2000, had come out publicly about his condition in 2007, soon after winning the Mr. Manipur title.
    • Note : He won the Mr South Asia title and bagged a bronze in the Mr World contest in 2012.
Sports Current Affairs
  • 29th World University Games (also known as 2017 Summer Universiade) began in Taipei city of Taiwan.
    • Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen officially opened ceremony.
    • These games will take place from 19 August to 30 August 2017.
    • About 2017 Summer Universiade :
      • Host Country : Taiwan
      • Host City : Taipei
      • Official Mascot : Bravo, the bear
      • Motto : For You, For Youth
      • Total Participating Nations : 144
      • Total Sports : 21
      • Total Events : 275
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