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Current Affairs Today – August, 16th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

9-yr-old Indian youngest to climb 6,153m mountain in Kashmir

9-yr-old Indian youngest to climb 6,153m mountain in Kashmir

  1. Nine-year-old Kashmiri boy name Kaamya Karthikeyan has become the world’s youngest person to reach the height of the 6,153 metres-high Mt Stok Kangri in Kashmir in the starting of this week.
  2. For reach at the top involving the journey, there is the distance of the 30 km by the spending of three days, with an altitude gain of 2,750 metres.
  3. In the month of May at this year, Kaamya had successfully reached the base camp of Mt Everest at 5,464 metres.
  4. The age of the Kaamya Karthikeyan is only the 9 years.

KEYS:

  1. Jammu and Kashmir is a state in northern India, often denoted by the acronym J&K
  2. It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south
  3. Area: 222,236 km²
  4. Population: 12.55 million (2011)
  5. Chief minister: Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed
  6. Destinations: Pangong Tso, Jammu, Zanskar, Baramulla, MORE
  7. Capitals: Srinagar (Summer), Jammu (Winter)

 

Jharkhand Assembly passed two bills

  1. The state government has passed the two bills in that, one to curb religious conversions and the other to make land acquisition easier for public projects, in the assembly of the Jharkhand.
  2. “We haven’t banned wishful religious conversions. It (the law) only aims to tighten the noose round the neck of individuals and organisations who are taking advantages of ignorance and poverty of poor people, mainly tribals and Dalits living in remote areas,” chief minister Raghubar Das told in the report after today’s Assembly session.
  3. “Such a law is already there in several other states, including Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. These states weren’t ruled by the BJP then,” Das added, seeking to counter Opposition criticism.
  4. “Under the existing law, land acquisitions for public welfare projects often took nearly two years. Now, both the laws (the freedom of religion act and the right to fair compensation act) will go a long way in bringing about positive and revolutionary changes in Jharkhand,” Das said.

KEYS:

  1. Jharkhand is a state in eastern India. It’s known for its waterfalls, the elegant Jain temples of Parasnath Hill and the elephants and tigers of Betla National Park
  2. The state capital of Ranchi is a gateway to the park
  3. It features the 17th-century Jagannath Temple, a Hindu shrine and the Jharkhand War Memorial
  4. Tagore Hill is a monument honouring Nobel Prize-winning author Rabindranath Tagore
  5. Capital: Ranchi
  6. HDI rank: 19th (2007-08)
  7. Districts: 24
  8. Population: 31.9 million (2012)
  9. Points of interest: Jagannath Temple, Ranchi,

 

Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Shaurya’ commissioned in Goa

  1. Indian Coast Guard ship “Shaurya”, the fifth in the series of six 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), has been inaugurated by the Goa by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.
  2. “The features include 30mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, integrated bridge system, integrated machinery control system, power management system and high-power external fire fighting system,” a statement issued by the Indian Coast Guard said.
  3. “The ship is designed to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high-speed boats, including two quick reaction inflatable boats for swift boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to contain oil spill at sea,” the statement said.

KEYS:

  1. Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea
  2. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations
  3. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agenda

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Aishwarya becomes the first woman to raise Indian flag at IFFM 2017

Aishwarya becomes the first woman to raise Indian flag at IFFM 2017

  1. Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has become the first Indian lady at the host of the Indian National Flag at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), Australia’s annual celebration of film from India and the subcontinent.
  2. The official handle of IFFM posted a picture on Twitter with a caption that read, “Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hoists the Indian national flag at @FedSquare celebrating the 70th yr of Indian independence.”
  3. The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil star thanked Melbourne for giving such an honour to her and said, “Thank you so much Melbourne, thank you, everyone, for giving us such a moment of pride and happiness with so much love and warmth. Celebrating our 70th Independence Day will forever be such a beautiful memory for me and my dearest Aaradhya.”

KEYS:

  1. The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is an annual Indian film festival based in Melbourne, Australia
  2. Awards received: Guinness World Record, Melbourne Award
  3. Language: Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, English
  4. Founded: 2010
  5. Location: Melbourne

 

North Korea leader gets plans for missile tests near Guam

  1. North Korea’s leader has been getting the statement for the turn of the missile towards from the Guam and said he will and that for the watch of the action of the United States for a while longer before making a decision, the North’s official news agency said on Tuesday.
  2. “He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared,” the report said.
  3. “In order to defuse the tensions and prevent the dangerous military conflict on the Korean peninsula,” the KCNA report said.
  4. “Make a proper option first and show it through action, as it committed provocations after introducing huge nuclear strategic equipment into the vicinity of the peninsula” and that it “should stop at once arrogant provocations” against North Korea, state media said.

KEYS:

  1. North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula
  2. Pyongyang is the nation’s capital and largest city
  3. Capital: Pyongyang
  4. Supreme leader: Kim Jong-un
  5. Premier: Pak Pong-Ju
  6. Currency: North Korean won
  7. Points of interest: Paektu Mountain, Arch of Triumph, Juche Tower

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

Indian Bank Brings 2-tier Interest Rate for Savings Accounts

Indian Bank Brings 2-tier Interest Rate for Savings Accounts

  1. PSU lender Indian Bank has been given the statement that it will give the interest at the rate of 4 per cent per annum on savings account with an incremental balance of over Rs 50 lakh and 3.50 per cent per annum for the deposit up to Rs 50 lakh.
  2. The lender in a statement said it “has introduced two tier interest rate structure for saving bank accounts and will offer 4 per cent interest per annum for incremental balance over Rs 50 lakh and 3.50 per cent per annum for balance up to Rs 50 lakh.”
  3. The BSE group ‘A’ stock of face value Rs 10 has touched a 52-week high of Rs 364.8 on 16-May-2017 and a 52-week low of Rs 188.75 on 11-Aug-2016. Last one week high and low of the scrip stood at Rs 307.35 and Rs 262.15 respectively.
KEYS:
  1. A state-owned enterprise in India is called a Public-Sector Undertaking or a Public Sector Enterprise
  2. These companies are owned by the union government of India, or one of the many state or territorial governments, or both.

 

Flipkart has become the third most funded private company globally

  1. By the growth of the $2.4 billion that has been received from the Japanese technology and telecom giant SoftBank, Flipkart has become the third most funded private company in the world.
  2. “Since Flipkart has been the flag-bearer for the local ecosystem, this reinforces the positive belief around the long-term India opportunity. With macro income growth and scale, unit economics will become attractive over five-10 years” said Nitin Sharma, principal and founding member at early-stage VC fund Lightbox.
  3. However, K Vaitheeswaran, co-founder of India’s first e-commerce company Fabmart (later IndiaPlaza) said, “Despite the down-rounds across the startup eco system, the madness continues. This will run for two-three years. SoftBank has obviously given the money to Flipkart not for being prudent, but for splurging to take out Amazon. You have to win by out-competing. The money will take you only till the semi-final and increases your mathematical probability. Businesses that have more capital efficiency than others are valued more”

KEYS:

  1. Flipkart is an electronic commerce company headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka
  2. It was founded in October 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal
  3. Customer service: 1800 208 9898
  4. CEO: Kalyan Krishnamurthy (Jan 2017–)
  5. Founded: 5 September 2007
  6. Headquarters: Bengaluru
  7. Subsidiaries: Myntra, PhonePe, Mallers, Inc., MORE
  8. Founders: Binny Bansal, Sachin Bansal

Science and Technology

Earth’s Largest Volcanic Region Discovered in Antartica

Earth's Largest Volcanic Region Discovered in Antartica

  1. The scientist has discovered the largest volcanic area that is of the 100 volcanoes, that has been found at the two km below the surface of the vast ice sheet in west Antarctica.
  2. Mr Van Wyk de Vries said: “Antarctica remains among the least studied areas of the globe, and as a young scientist I was excited to learn about something new and not well understood. After examining existing data on West Antarctica, I began discovering traces of volcanism. Naturally, I looked into it further, which led to this discovery of almost 100 volcanoes under the ice sheet.”
  3. Dr Robert Bingham, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, said: “It is fascinating to uncover an extensive range of volcanoes in this relatively unexplored continent. A better understanding of volcanic activity could shed light on their impact on Antarctica’s ice in the past, present and future, and on other rift systems around the world.”
  4. “We had not expected to find anything like that number. We have almost trebled the number of volcanoes known to exist in west Antarctica,” Robert Bingham, from the University of Edinburgh, told ‘the Guardian’.
  5. “We also suspect there are even more on the bed of the sea that lies under the Ross ice shelf, it is very likely this region will turn out to be the densest region of volcanoes in the world, greater even than east Africa, where mounts Nyiragongo, Kilimanjaro, Longonot and all the other active volcanoes are concentrated,” said Bingham.

KEYS:

  1. Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass
  2. Most cruises to the continent visit the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America
  3. It’s known for the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum
  4. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, including many penguins
  5. Area: 14 million km²
  6. Population: 5,000 temporary residents
  7. Internet TLD: .aq
  8. Largest cities: Research stations in Antarctica

 

SPORTS

Lalit Modi resigns from Rajasthan Cricket Association

Lalit Modi resigns from Rajasthan Cricket Association

  1. Lalit Modi has given the resignment on the Saturday on the post of the president of the Nagaur District Association, that is the end of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), that has been banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for allowing him in its fold.
  2. “I feel that the time is now ripe to pass on the baton to the next generation. Thus, today I want to bid goodbye to cricket administration for now. I honestly believe a system is more important than any individual. Indian cricket is truly an example of my belief. I will always be a loyal fan of Indian cricket” Mr Modi wrote in his resignation letter.
  3. “For Rajasthan to aim higher, we need funds from the BCCI which is our rightful share. I have done my part for the betterment of Rajasthan cricket, and now it is your turn to honour your part of the promise! I repose my faith in you and the BCCI to do the right thing. I would, therefore, request you to release the funds due to the RCA as soon as possible. I believe it was blocked precisely because of my presence. With my exit from all forms of cricket, at all levels, forever, I think RCA deserves to reclaim their share and presence on the Indian cricket map” he said.
  4. “While demanding high levels of probity and propriety from some is certainly laudable, I wonder why the same standards are not applied to some like Mr N. Srinivasan. After all, Indian cricket administration is in a state of upheaval because of Mr N. Srinivasan. The highest court of the land, Supreme Court, has ticked him off too for his involvement in Indian cricket and has also asked him to stay away. On the contrary, I continue to be penalised for a crime that I have not committed, even after being cleared by all the investigating agencies” he said.

KEYS:

  1. Founded- 1956
  2. Affiliation Board of Control for Cricket in India
  3. Regional affiliation- West
  4. Headquarters- Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
  5. Location- Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  6. President- C. P. Joshi
  7. Chief Exec- Vijendra Gadwal
  8. Secretary- Sumendra Tiwari
  9. Men’s coach- Amit Asawa

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

N.K. Jemisin Has Won the Hugo for Best Science Fiction Novel

N.K. Jemisin Has Won the Hugo for Best Science Fiction Novel

  1. N K Jemisin has given the prestigious awards that are the Hugo award for best novel for the second time after the some of the calming of the awards for the science fiction prize last year.

The complete list of the 2017 Hugo Award winners can be found here.

  1. Novel: “The Obelisk Gate” by N. K. Jemisin
  2. Novella: “Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire
  3. Novelette: “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon
  4. Short story: “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar
  5. Related work: “Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016” by Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Graphic story: “Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening” by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda
  7. Dramatic presentation, long form: “Arrival,” screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve
  8. Dramatic presentation, short form: “The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes,” written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough
  9. Editor, short form: Ellen Datlow
  10. Editor, long form: Liz Gorinsky
  11. Professional artist: Julie Dillon
  12. Semiprozine: Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios
  13. Fanzine: Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay and Susan
  14. Fancast: “Tea and Jeopardy,” presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman
  15. Fan writer: Abigail Nussbaum
  16. Fan artist: Elizabeth Leggett
  17. Series: “The Vorkosigan Saga” by Lois McMaster Bujold
  18. The John W. Campbell Award for best new writer: Ada Palmer

 

OBITUARY

Frank Broyles, Football Coach Who Put Arkansas on Map, Dies at 92

Frank Broyles, Football Coach Who Put Arkansas on Map, Dies at 92

  1. Frank Broyles, who was the best of the footballer and who has been lifted the University of Arkansas into the top ranks of college sports, has been died at the age of 91.
  2. “He’ll be known for turning a college sports lemonade stand into a Fortune 500-type operation,” The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette wrote in 1999. “Piece by piece, Broyles helped give the nation something else to associate with Arkansas besides Li’l Abner and the desegregation crisis.”
  3. “In Arkansas nowadays,” Fred Russell wrote in The Saturday Evening Post in October 1960, “Broyles seems to be all things to all kinds of people. To the rooters in the stands, he is a resourceful and dynamic leader whose shirttail is always flying by the third quarter as he urges his boys on from the sidelines.”
  4. “To the area’s high school coaches,” Russell went on, “he’s an inventive technician whose ideas merit close study; more than 200 of them attended a coaching clinic he conducted last spring. To his players, he is an understanding friend, sociable and considerate. To mothers of budding athletes, he’s the type of coach to whom a boy can safely be entrusted. To ministers, he’s a man they can call on Sunday nights for eloquent and sincere testimonials.”

IMPORTANT DAYS

16th August 1958: Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, wins the Top Five Awards at the Vancouver Film Festival

16th August 1958: Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, wins the Top Five Awards at the Vancouver Film Festival

  1. On 16th August in the year 1958, Satyajit Ray’s film Pather Panchali has won the best of the awards for the Vancouver Film Festival, and also the awards for the Feature Length Motion Picture. Apart from that, Pather Panchali got an honourary mention at the film festival as well.
  2. After the successful movie of the Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray has been taken the make of the seven films, and the in that there was the short and the documentary films. After that, Ray has started for the developing his own film.
  3. In the year 1992, before the 24 days of his death, Ray was awarded an Honourary Oscar.
  4. Satyajit Ray has put the impression of the Indian cinema and is counted as one among the 100 greatest film directors from around the world.

 

 

 

 

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