Current Affairs Today – August, 15th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

Bengal to ignore Centre circular listing Independence Day, PM Modi’s ‘Sankalp’ plans

Bengal to ignore Centre circular listing Independence Day, PM Modi's 'Sankalp' plans

  1. The government of the West Bengal have given the notice that the school of there has not to fallow the the instruction of the center “mass fervour” that is by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India Mission’ and administering a ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ has been stated to all the student of the school and said that they will not celebrate the Independance Day this year.
  2. “It is desirable that this momentous occasion should be celebrated with an objective to create a festive and patriotic mood across the nation and a movement is created to involve every citizen of this country in the mission of realising the vision of a new India, which is clean and free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism,” the circular stated,
  3. West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chaterjee said, “We do not need lessons on patriotism from the BJP. Independence Day will be celebrated here this year in the same manner that it is celebrated every year,”
  4. “It has been decided by the state School Education Department that Independence Day 2017 will not be celebrated in this manner,” the state government circular said.
  5. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar shared a copy, “The language used in the memo is strange and unfortunate. I will talk to them. What we have proposed is a secular agenda, not a political party agenda.”

KEYS:

  1. West Bengal is a state in eastern India, between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal
  2. Its capital, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), retains architectural and cultural remnants of its past as an East India Company trading post and capital of the British Raj
  3. The city’s colonial landmarks include the government buildings around B.B.D. Bagh Square, and the iconic Victoria Memorial, dedicated to Britain’s queen
  4. Capital: Kolkata
  5. Population: 90.32 million (2012)
  6. Destinations: Kolkata, Darjeeling, Sundarbans, Kalimpong, Siliguri,
  7. Colleges and Universities: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology

Pak cancer patient calls Sushma Swaraj her ‘mother’; granted visa for treatment in India

  1. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj permitted the visa to the Pakistani Women and given the assurement, which is in the stage of the cencer that is for the treatment in India.
  2. Taking to Twitter, Tanveer had posted,”Ma’am you are mother for me. Please grant me visa as India is about to celebrate its 70th Independence Day. Please help me thankyou.”
  3. Swaraj, informing about her medical visa and tweeted on Sunday, “Thanks for your greetings on India’s Independence day. We are giving you the visa for your treatment in India.”
  4. A Pakistani woman named Faiza Tanveer had requested Swaraj to grant her a medical visa by saying that she should be given help as India is about to celebrate its 70th Independence Day.

KEYS:

  1. Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia and on junction of West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia
  2. It is the sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 201 million people
  3. Capital: Islamabad
  4. Currency: Pakistani rupee
  5. Population: 193.2 million (2016) World Bank
  6. President: Mamnoon Hussain
  7. Prime minister: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

 

US ready to help India modernise its military: Top American commander

  1. The United States have ready for the joint its military for the help of the India and the being more capable for the India’s military capabilities in “significant and meaningful” ways, it is said by a top American commander.
  2. “I believe that the US is ready to help India modernise its military. India has been designated a major defence partner of the US. This is a strategic declaration that’s unique to India and the US. It places India on the same level as many of our treaty allies,” Commander of the US Pacific Command or PACOM Admiral Harry Harris told in report of media.
  3. “This is important, and I believe that together we will be able to improve India’s military capabilities in significant and meaningful ways,” said Harris, who has been personally pushing for a strong India-US defence relationship.
  4. “We could explore together bringing Australia into the exercise. That has merit. There’s a lot of common interests in the Indian Ocean, between Australia and India. But that’s really a decision for India to make, and then a decision for Australia to participate, if so invited. I’ll leave that to those two countries,” Harris said in response to a question.

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC.
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump
  7. Population: 323.1 million (2016)
  8. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska,

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

200 Indian tourists among 600 stranded due to Nepal floods

200 Indian tourists among 600 stranded due to Nepal floods

  1. There are about the 600 tourists, in that there are some of 200 Indians, have been trapped in the Nepal’s popular tourist district Chitwan because of the have rain at there and flooded the area and that have claimed 49 lives, it is said by the official report on Sunday.
  2. Due to heavy rain there in the Nepal has been raining from the some of the many days and that cause the flooding and landslides at the many of the places at the Himalayan country. The over flow of the Rapti river flooded several hotels in the Chitwan Valley, at where the country’s first national park is located.
  3. The meteorological department forecast has been said that the some of the western and the eastern parts has to receive the havy flooded area. The monsoon has been getting the weaker the some of the parts of the western and the eastern part of the nation.
  4. There are more than the 35,000 houses have been partially sumberged, about 1,000 damaged and close to 400 livestock have died due to the flooding, the ministry data showed.

KEYS:

  1. Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia
  2. Capital: Kathmandu
  3. Currency: Nepalese rupee
  4. Prime minister: Sher Bahadur Deuba
  5. President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
  6. Destinations: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park,

 

The Latest: In Colombia, Pence strikes balance on Venezuela

  1. Vice President Mike Pence has been going to the Colombia on Sunday, with the aim of the stop the strike in the Latin American opposition to U.S. military association in the neighboring Venezuela, and President Donald Trump’s assertion that military action is an option.
  2. “But since friends have to tell each other the truth, I have told Vice President Pence that the possibility of a military intervention shouldn’t even be considered, neither in Colombia nor in Latin America,” Santos said. “America is a continent of peace. It is the land of peace. Let us preserve it as such.”
  3. Pence said several times, “but the president sent me here” to build on that partnership. He said, “As President Trump said a few days ago, we have lots of options for Venezuela.”
  4. “I have no idea why we would use military force in Venezuela. I’m open-minded to a reason, but at the end of the day, our military should be deployed when there’s a national security interest that can be articulated to the American people,” South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham told “Fox News Sunday,” adding: “I don’t see one in Venezuela in terms of the military force.”
  5. “When you look at contingencies, when you look at what if — what if the suffering of the Venezuelan people increases by orders of magnitude — what more can we do with our partners in the region to protect the Venezuelan people and prevent an even greater humanitarian catastrophe?” McMaster told ABC’s “This Week.”

KEYS:

  1. Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America with diverse natural attractions
  2. Along its Caribbean coast are tropical resort islands including Isla de Margarita and the Los Roques archipelago
  3. To the northwest are the Andes Mountains and the colonial town of Mérida, a base for visiting Sierra Nevada National Park
  4. Caracas, the capital, is to the north
  5. Capital: Caracas
  6. Currency: Venezuelan bolívar
  7. Recognized regional languages: Indigenous languages
  8. President: Nicolás Maduro

 

Chinese vice Premier arrives in Pakistan for Independence Day celebrations

  1. Vice Premier of the State Council of China, Wang Yang, that is taken by the some of the deligation and it has arrived in Islamabad on Sunday for the getting the participants in the 70th Independence Day celebrations of Pakistan.
  2. “Vice Premier Wang is undertaking the visit to Pakistan on the directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture to participate in the 70th Independence Day celebrations of Pakistan,” said a press release from the Chinese Embassy on Saturday.
  3. In the visit of him, the premier of the August 14 flag-hoisting ceremony by the special guest and in that there is the also the chance of the meet of the President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
  4. In Pakistan, “special guest” is being the haunor of him for the remember of the country’s 70th Independence Day, and later call on President Mamnoon Hussain. He will also call on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a statement from the foreign office said.

KEYS:

  1. Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia and on junction of West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia
  2. It is the sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 201 million people
  3. Capital: Islamabad
  4. Currency: Pakistani rupee
  5. Population: 193.2 million (2016) World Bank
  6. President: Mamnoon Hussain
  7. Prime minister: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

BANKING & FINANCE

Majority union in SBI gains membership after associate banks’ merger

Majority union in SBI gains membership after associate banks' merger

  1. The collision of the bank with the State Bank of India’s associate banks with SBI has been announced the sizable membership name for the banks that has been geting the merge. All India State Bank of IndiaBSE -0.94 % Staff Federation (AISBISF), it is said by a top union leader.
  2. “Around 28,000 members of AIBEA in the erstwhile associate banks have joined our union post-merger. Prior to the merger membership strength in SBI was around 170,000 and now we expect the membership number to touch 200,000,” Sanjeev Kumar Bandlish, General Secretary of AISBISF, told IANS over phone from Chandigarh.
  3. The five associate banks that merged with SBI are, SBBJ (State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur), SBM (State Bank of Mysore), SBT (State Bank of Travancore), SBP (State Bank of Patiala) and SBH (State Bank of Hyderabad).
  4. “It is true that some AIBEA members in erstwhile associate banks have joined AISBISF after the merger with SBI. But the numbers are not alarming. Unless the checkoff system is implemented in SBI, we may not know how many of our members have joined the rival union or vice versa,” Venkatachalam said.

KEYS:

  1. State Bank of India is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services company
  2. It is a government-owned corporation with its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  3. Headquarters: Mumbai
  4. Founded: 1 July 1955
  5. Owner: Government of India (57.97)
  6. Total assets: 27.06 trillion INR (US$420 billion, 2017)
  7. Subsidiaries: SBI Cards, State Bank of Hyderabad

 

One of the biggest willful defaulters in CBI net

  1. Kailash Agarwal, co-promoter of Varun IndustriesBSE -4.73 %, who is the one of India’s biggest bank faulter of the India that has been owes the most of the money from the many of the Banks of the India like the some of the Rs 2,500 crore, has been arrested by CBI from the airport last week.
  2. Agrawal and Mehta had allegedly has been did the fraud from the Chennai-based Indian Bank of Rs 330 crore besides another Rs 1,593 crore to a consortium of banks, led by Indian Bank. “He was absconding and evading the investigation,” said CBI spokesperson R K Gaur.
  3. By the list that is created by the all India Bank Employees Association for the employees as of March 2013, Varun Industries, along with its subsidiary owed Rs 1,242 crore to 10 government-owned banks. In 2015, the company also became the first wilful defaulter in India.

KEYS:

  1. The Central Bureau of Investigation is the domestic security agency of India
  2. The CBI is overseen by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions of the Federal government,
  3. Motto: Industry, Impartiality, Integrity
  4. Formed: 1941 as the Special Police Establishment
  5. Agency executive: Alok Verma, Director
  6. Jurisdiction: Government of India
  7. Annual budget: 6.956 billion INR (US$103.4 million, 2017–2018)
  8. Headquarters: New Delhi, India

 

DLF promoters, GIC may ink pact on Rs 13,000 crore deal this month

  1. The reality of the promoter that is the DLF’s promoters has been created the agreement with the some of the month with Singapore’s sovereign that is the fund for the GIC to sell their 40 per cent stake in the rent of the some of the estimated of the around Rs 13,000 crore.
  2. On Sunday there was the upload of the some of the presentation has been displayed, DLF said that “the company and investor are in the final stages of discussion on the documentation. The transaction shall be put up to audit committee/board for final approval”.
  3. In October 2015, DLF has been given the statement for the some of its stake in the DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), which holds the bulk of the commercial assets of the group.
  4. Later, in a conference call with analysts, DLF’s Senior Executive Director (Finance) Saurabh Chawla said the proposed transactions is at the “fag end of the process” and hoped that the deal would be concluded in the near future.

Science and Technology

SpaceX set for supply run to space station on Monday

SpaceX set for supply run to space station on Monday

  1. The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that is on Monday that has been carried on the International Space Station has been reduced from the station due to the busy of its session, with a Russian spacewalk on tap Thursday.
  2. “We’ve loaded Dragon with 6,400 pounds of cargo and I’m happy to say 75 percent of that total mass is headed toward our research community,” said Dan Hartman, deputy manager of NASA’s space station program. “It sets a new bar for the amount of research we’ve been able to get on this flight.”
  3. “By utilizing the space station, we can increase our exposure by an order of magnitude,” said Eun-Suk Seo, CREAM principal investigator at the University of Maryland. “Every day on the station we will increase the statistics, and the statistical uncertainties get reduced, and we can detect higher energies than before.”
  4. “It’s a very exciting time for us in high-energy particle astrophysics, and the long development road of CREAM culminating in this space station mission has been a world-class success story.”

KEYS:

  1. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California
  2. CEO: Elon Musk (2002–)
  3. Founder: Elon Musk
  4. Founded: 2002
  5. Headquarters: Hawthorne, California, United States
  6. Number of employees: 6,000
  7. Type of business: Privately held company

 

SPORTS

India vs Sri Lanka: Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul Give New Nickname to Shikhar Dhawan

India vs Sri Lanka: Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul Give New Nickname to Shikhar Dhawan

  1. India’s cricket player, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has scored the best of its score in the maiden of the Test century off just 96 balls and has been beat the some of the 487 in their first innings in the third and final Test at Pallekele on Sunday.
  2. In the first inning of the Pandya, he has scored the 108 runs; Hardik hit eight boundaries and seven maximums. By beating such the batting he get the equal on the record of the Virender Sehwag who hit seven sixes against Sri lanka at Brabourne in 2009.
  3. Dhawan’s opening partner KL Rahul has been uploaded the college picture by giving the caption “Big up yourself Daddy D, enjoyed watching you smash it like that from the other end. To many more big partnerships. #clapyourself.”

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Hindustan Unilever wins ‘Green Marketer’ Award at Marquee Awards 2017

Hindustan Unilever wins 'Green Marketer' Award at Marquee Awards 2017

  1. Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has won the ‘Green Marketer’ award by the best edition of the Marquee Awards 2017. This award was presented by the News18 India, powered by COLORS and MTV and partnered by One India; this award was the excellence in the India.
  2. Union Minister of Textile, Information & Broadcasting, Smriti Irani said, “Having been a part of this journey, I have just one appeal this evening – while we sell dreams to the nation and world, there are many amongst us who wither away with the passage of time. All I implore today to the industry stalwarts is that we now, in a systemic fashion, build a platform that takes care of those who need help, especially from the creative faction of the industry, so that the world does not accuse us selling dreams but living a lie,”
  3. The awards were adjudged by industry stalwarts that included Harsh Goenka, Chairman RPG Enterprises, Ronnie Screwvala, Co-Founder – UpGrad; Agnello Dias – Chairman & Co-Founder, Taproot India; Naveen Chopra, Ex COO, Vodafone & Sr Advisor, TPG Capital; Dilip Cherian Founding Partner, Perfect Relations and CVL Srinivas, CEO South Asia-GroupM. Sanjiv Mehta, CEO and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited were the jury chair.

KEYS:

  1. The award winners are as below:-
  2. Durables: LG ELECTRONICS
  3. Auto: 4 Wheelers: MARUTI SUZUKI
  4. Auto: 2 Wheelers: ROYAL ENFIELD
  5. Food: WAI WAI NOODLES (CG GLOBAL)
  6. Banking: HDFC BANK
  7. Personal Care: LIFEBUOY (HINDUSTAN UNILEVER)
  8. Insurance: LIC
  9. Telecom Services: BHARTI AIRTEL
  10. Home Care: VIM (HINDUSTAN UNILEVER
  11. E-Commerce: AMAZON INDIA
  12. Beverages: FROOTI (PARLE AGRO)
  13. Telecom Handset: XIAOMI SMARTPHONES
  14. Special Categories
  15. Breathing new life into a category: HONDA MOTORCYCLE & SCOOTER
  16. Creating a global Impact: INDIAN ACCENT
  17. Green Marketer: HINDUSTAN LEVER
  18. Riding on an emerging wave: PAYTM
  19. Carving out a niche: OPPO
  20. Reimagining for the better: GOOD EARTH
  21. Traversing unchartered waters: PRO KABADDI LEAGUE
  22. Conquering an impregnable fortress: BIRA 91

 

OBITUARY

Joe Bologna Dies: Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter and ‘Blame It On Rio’, ‘Big Daddy’ Actor Was 82

Joe Bologna Dies: Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter and ‘Blame It On Rio’, ‘Big Daddy’ Actor Was 82

  1. The Hollywood actor, director and Oscar-nominated and Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning screenwriter, Joe Bologna has been died at the age of 82 on today at City of Hope in Duarte, California.
  2. “He had a beautiful life and a beautiful death having fully and gratefully experienced three years since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at Cedars Sinai,” his wife of 52 years actress-writer Renée Taylor said today in a statement.
  3. She adds, “His team of doctors, who prolonged his life, were Dr. Roger Lerner and Dr. David Hoffman of Cedars Sinai, in Beverly Hills. For the last six months during the cancer’s most aggressive stage, Dr. Vincent Chung and Dr. Stefanie Mooney of City of Hope gave him back a wonderful quality of life by creating a personalized treatment and palliative care plan, so that he could receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Night of 100 Stars on February 26, of this year, take a month-long trip to his favorite place, Italy, with his family in June, and attend the 35th Anniversary celebration of My Favorite Year, on July 27th.”

KEYS:

  1. The Academy Awards, now known officially as The Oscars, is a set of twenty-four awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture
  2. Ceremony date: February 26, 2017, 5:30 PM PST
  3. Country: United States of America
  4. Presented by: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  5. First awarded: May 16, 1929; 88 years ago

IMPORTANT DAYS

India’s Independence Day

India’s Independence Day

  1. Independence day is the annually celebration of the India on the date of the 15th August and this has been celebrated as the National Holyday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947, the parliament of the UK has passed the bill for the independence for the India.
  2. India has been being the associated the King George VI as the head of the nation and the has doing the rule over the India.
  3. Independence day is the recognition of the partition of the India and the born of the Pakistan and at that time there is the nearly the 15 million of the people has been get the displacement in that.

 

 

 

 

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