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August 23, 2017

23rd August 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (23rd August 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 23rd August 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting on disaster prevention, which is going to be held at Kyrgyz Republic from tomorrow (24th August 2017).
    • During the visit, he will have bilateral meetings with the ministers of some of the SCO member states. 
    • About SCO :
      • SCO - Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
      • Formed on : 15th June 2001
      • Headquarters : Beijing, China
      • Secretary General : Rashid Alimov
      • Member Countries : 8 (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan)
      • Note :  India and Pakistan joined SCO as full members on 9 June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • India and United States have established new Two-byTwo (2 by 2) ministerial dialogue to enhance strategic coordination between the two countries and maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
    • The new dialogue format will be similar to that of India-Japan 2+2 dialogue and will replace the earlier India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.
  • The Home Ministry has given its approval for the construction of a 32 kilometres long road in Ladakh.
    • This road will be built between Marsimik La to Hot Spring, the former being around 20 kilometres away from the Pangong Lake.
National Current Affairs
  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced that the Creamy Layer ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) was hiked to ₹8 lakh per annum from the existing ₹6 lakh for central government jobs. 
    • Now the central government employees belonging to the OBC category, who earn up to ₹8 lakh per annum will get reservation benefits.
  • Karnataka Government has launched an experimental cloud seeding Project titled "Varshadhari" in Bengaluru.
    • Under this project, an aircraft will spray chemicals to induce rainfall.
  • Indian Navy’s second LCU Mark IV L52 ship was commissioned at Port Blair, capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
    • LCU L52 is the second LCU Mk-IV class ship to be inducted into the Indian Navy. 
    • LCU - Landing Craft Utility
  • The Air India Museum, which had been put on hold because of the airline's losses, will reportedly open in February next year in Mumbai.
  • The National Institute of Open Schooling has decided to make Aadhaar mandatory for students appearing for the next open school examinations. 
  • In a bid to establish equality and a better standard of living for every citizen in the state, the Andhra Pradesh government is going to provide Pension to the Transgender community.
    • Important Note : Odisha was the first Indian state to give social welfare benefits such as pensions to the transgender community.
  • The Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar launched ‘Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat’ Programme in Kochi, Kerala
    • This is an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to prepare a physical Health and Fitness Profile Card for more than 12 lakhs of Kendriya Vidyalaya students.
    • Aim of this programme : To provide a comprehensive and inclusive report card for children covering all age groups and children of different abilities. 
    • Objective : To make students, teachers and parents aware about the importance of good health and fitness and encouraging 60 minutes of play each day.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Ministry of Health inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) to collaborate on vaccine research and development.
  • On the sidelines of ongoing ITU-TRAI Asia-Pacific Regulators’ Roundtable, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to deepen bilateral cooperation in telecom and broadcasting regulation.
Awards & Honors
  • The Sports Ministry today confirmed that Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia, who clinched gold in men's F46 javelin throw at Rio Paralympics and former Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh will be honoured with the Khel Ratna Award
  • The 1st edition of Miss Transqueen India, a beauty pageant for transgenders, will take place in Gurugram on Sunday. 
    • 16 contestants from different states will take part in the competition. 
    • The winner of the contest will go to Thailand for Miss International Queen while the first runner-up will compete at Miss Transsexual Australia.
Banking, Busines & Economic Affairs
  • The government today confirmed the introduction of new ₹200 notes by RBI for the first time. 
    • Thse new notes will be introduced by September this year. 
  • Russia has settled the final debt of $125.2 million that it inherited from the Soviet Union. 
    • It was the money the Soviet Union owed to former Yugoslavia as a part of a trade deal between the two countries. 
    • Russia had assumed liabilities to pay the debt after other former Soviet republics refused to pay it following the disintegration of USSR.
  • The 7th Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was recently held in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley.
    • The meeting was attended by RBI Governor Dr. Urjit R. Patel, SEBI chairman, IRDAI Chairman along with heads and other senior officers of the Government and financial sector regulators.
People in News
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's Founder Jack Ma has become Asia's richest person with net worth of $38.3 billion. 
    • He is currently ranked as the world's 18th richest man.  
  • Deepwater Horizon actor Mark Wahlberg has topped Forbes 2017 list of World's Highest Paid Actors, earning $68 million during the 12-month scoring period. 
    • He was followed by Dwayne Johnson, who earned $65 million, and Vin Diesel, who earned $54.5 million. 
    • Shah Rukh Khan has been named India's highest paid actor with ₹243.7 crore ($38 million) earnings in the list. 
      • He was ranked world's 8th highest paid actor with Salman and Akshay at 9th and 10th respectively. 
Science & Technology
  • Scientists in the United Kingdom (UK) have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot called Versius, which can can mimic human arm and can be used to carry out a wide range of surgical procedures.
  • Former Manipur Chief Minister and the last surviving member of India's first post-1947 Parliament, Rishang Keishing (98), passed away.
    • He served as Manipur Chief Minister four times.
    • He was the world's oldest parliamentarian
  • New Zealand's oldest surviving cricketer, Tom Pritchard (100) passed away today. 
    • He  had become only the third New Zealand first-class cricketer, after John Wheatley and Syd Ward, to reach 100 years of age.
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