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August 24, 2017

24th August 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (24th August 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 24th August 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Qatar has approved a new employment law which limits foreign domestic staff to a maximum of 10 hours work a day, the first such protection for foreigners working in the country. 
    • The law which ensures monthly payment of wages and entitles workers to at least one day off a week is expected to benefit hundreds of Indians working in Qatar.
  • With over 5,300 recipients between 2004 and 2017, India is the largest beneficiary of the Erasmus scholarships for higher education offered by the European Union (EU) member states.
    • Launched in 1987 with only 3,200 students in its first year, Erasmus now benefits almost three lakh higher education students every year.
  • The island of Tuvalu was the least visited country in 2016, according to a report by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. 
    • Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is 4.6 metres above sea level and has a population of 11,000 people.
National Current Affairs
  • The Supreme Court, in a historic verdict today, declared Right to Privacy a fundamental right in the Indian Constitution.
    • Important Points to Note
      • Privacy is protected by Article 21 and part 3 of the Constitution.
      • The judgement is extremely important for deciding the future of Aadhaar as the government had been pushing to make it mandatory for months.
  • The Haryana government will organise Digital Haryana Summit in Gurugram on September 15 to discuss issues like digital governance, smart living in cities and villages, citizen partnership, and entrepreneurship among others. 
    • Aim of this Summit : To bring together different stakeholders and develop a singular agenda for the digital transformation of Haryana, in line with the Digital India initiative.
  • Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari might get the additional charge of the Railway Ministry in a Cabinet reshuffle.
    • Note : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to introduce a 'super ministry' by merging Transport and Railways. 
  • Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today announced a monthly scholarship programme that would offer ₹75,000 to 1,000 'Best Innovative Minds' every month. 
  • The government had decided to set up a commission to examine the sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes in the central list.
    • The proposed commission will review the extent of unfair distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes and communities that come under the category of OBCs.
Awards & Honors
  • Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra along with PM Narendra Modi and Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi featured as top influencers in LinkedIn India's Power Profiles List of 2017
    • MP Shashi Tharoor and YourStory Media Founder-CEO Shradha Sharma also featured on the list. 
  • Tony de Brum (72), a leading advocate of the Paris climate agreement and widely regarded as the "voice of Pacific Islands on Climate Change", passed away.
    • The former Marshall Islands foreign minister fought against nuclear weapons after witnessing US' nuclear testing in the islands while growing up. 
    • He also fought for his nation's independence from the Pacific Islands.
New Appointments
  • Infosys Co-founder Nandan Nilekani was appointed the non-executive Chairman of Infosys board
  • Ashwani Lohani was named as the new Chairman of Railway Board after Ashok Mittal resigned from the post taking responsibility for two train derailments within four days.
  • Rajiv Bansal, the Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor at Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, has been appointed as the interim Chairman and Managing Director of Air India, after Ashwani Lohani took over as the Railway Board Chairman. 
Books & Authors
  • Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has penned a book titled 'I Do What I Do'
    • This book conveys what it was like to be at the helm of RBI in those turbulent but exciting times, said publisher HarperCollins India. 
    • The book will launch on September 4, exactly a year after Rajan quit as RBI governor.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Baltic nation of Estonia is considering starting its own virtual currency called 'estcoin' to boost its economy. 
    • The move is a part of an e-residency programme launched by the country in 2014, under which anyone in the world can become an Estonian digital resident. 
    • If implemented, it would be the world's first government-backed initial coin offering (ICO).
  • The US has sent the first-ever shipment of its coal to Ukraine under a deal between a US mining company and Ukrainian state-run thermal energy producer earlier this year.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Sanjivani Jadhav, a 20-year-old marathon runner from Nashik, won the Silver medal in the women's 10,000-metre at the 29th World University Games in Taipei.
  • England football captain Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football today, after appearing for England in 119 matches. 
    • The 31-year-old, who had a 14-year spell with the national team, is England's all-time leading goal-scorer with 53 goals.
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