Friday, 18 August 2017

Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 18th August 2017

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1. Cabinet Approves Completion of North Koel Reservoir Project

i. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the proposal to complete the balance works of the North Koel Reservoir Project in Jharkhand and Bihar at an estimated expenditure of Rs.1622.27 crore to be incurred during three financial years from the start of the project.
ii. The Cabinet also approved storage of water in dam restricted at lower level than envisaged earlier to reduce the submergence and to protect Betla National Park and Palamau Tiger Reserve.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The project is situated on North Koel river which is a tributary of Sone river finally joining the river Ganga.

2. Government to Conduct ‘World’s Largest Sample Survey’ for Students

i. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has announced November 13 as the date for conducting its National Assessment Survey (NAS) for the students of class 3, 5, and 8.
ii. So far, during several rounds of the survey, a total of 4.45 lakh students have been tested for various learning outcomes. This time, approximately 30 lakh students will be assessed in the year 2017-18 making it the world’s largest sample survey of student learning achievement. 

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Prakash Javadekar is the HRD Minister.

3. Government Bans Export of Gold Items Above 22-Carat Purity

i. The government has banned exports of gold jewellery, medallions and other articles above 22- carat purity in a bid to check round tripping of the precious metal.
ii. According to the Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), certain provisions of the foreign trade policy (2015-20) are amended to allow export of gold jewellery and articles containing gold of 8 carats and above up to a maximum limit of 22 carats only from domestic tariff area and export-oriented units, electronics hardware technology parks, software technology parks and bio technology parks.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • India is the world's second-biggest gold consumer after China.

4. Environment Minister Launches “Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali” Campaign

i. Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr.  Harsh Vardhan, launched the “Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali” campaign.
ii. Addressing a gathering of about 800 children from schools of Delhi and NCR, the Minister impressed upon the children the importance of their contribution towards reducing pollution by not bursting harmful fire crackers during Diwali.

5. NHAI Launches Mobile App MyFASTag and FASTag Partner

i. National Highways Authority of India launched two mobile Apps – MyFASTag and FASTag Partner in New Delhi, to facilitate the availability of FASTags for Electronic Toll Collection. 
ii. MyFASTag is a consumer App that can be downloaded from the App Store for both Android and iOS systems. FASTag Partner is a merchant App. Agencies like Common Services Centre, banking partners, and vehicle dealers can sell and enroll  FASTag through this App.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Shri Deepak Kumar is the Chairman of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

6. HDFC Bank Revises Interest Rates On Saving Accounts

i. HDFC Bank Ltd has announced a revision in its savings bank interest rate effective August 19, 2017. Post revision, customers maintaining savings bank account balance of Rs 50 lakh and above will continue to earn interest at 4 per cent per annum.
ii. Customers maintaining account balance of below Rs 50 lakh will earn interest at 3.5 per cent per annum from earlier 4 per cent. The revised rates will be applicable to both resident and Non-resident customers.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • CEO of HDFC Bank is Aditya Puri.
  • It Headquarters in Mumbai.

7. BSNL Launches Digital Wallet Powered by MobiKwik

i. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) went digital by launching a bespoke mobile wallet (mobile payment App) that would enable its existing 100 million customers to make Bill payments. This digital wallet was launched at an event by Manoj Sinha, Minister for Telecommunications in the capital.
ii. The wallet has been developed and issued by MobiKwik on behalf of BSNL.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Chairman & Managing Director of BSNL is Shri Anupam Shrivastava.
  • Bipin Preet Singh is the Founder CEO & Director of Mobikwik.

8. World Bank Pledges $24 Million to Enhance India's Forest Ecosystem Services

i. The Finance Ministry and the World Bank signed a grant agreement of $24.64 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the World Bank for ecosystem service improvement project.
ii. The project would be financed entirely by the World Bank out of its GEF Trust Fund. The project's duration is five years. The objective of the Project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the departments of forestry and community organizations to enhance forest ecosystem services and improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities in central Indian highlands. 

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • World Bank's Acting Country Director for India is Hisham Abdo Kahin.
  • The President of the World Bank is Mr. Jim Yong Kim.
  • It was founded in 1944.
  • It Headquarters in Washington DC, USA.

9. Tata Power, First Power Utility to Use QR Code

i. Tata Power has become the first power utility to introduce a QR code based bill payments system in India. The QR code linked to Unified Payments Interface (UPI) will be printed on the electricity bills.
ii. The customers can scan the QR code with BHIM app or any other UPI linked bank app and pay their bills without any hassle.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Mr. Anil Sardana is the MD and CEO of TATA Power.
  • Tata Power established India's first large hydro-electric project in Khopoli, Maharashtra in 1915.

10. 5 Indian-Origin Persons in Fortune’s Annual ‘40 Under 40’ List]

i. Five Indian-origin persons, including Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, have featured in Fortune’s annual list of 40 young and influential people in the field of business. Fortune’s 2017 ‘40 Under 40’ list is an annual ranking of the most influential young people who are under 40 in business.
ii. The list has been topped by 39-year-old French President Emmanuel Macron “France’s youngest leader since Napoleon”. The Indian-origin persons on the list are 26-year-old Divya Nag, who oversees Apple’s ambitious ResearchKit and CareKit programmes, Rishi Shah, 31, and Shradha Agarwal, 32, 31-year-old Leila Janah. The list also includes Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on the second spot.

11. Emma Stone Named as 2017’s Highest-Paid Female Actor

i. Emma Stone has been named Hollywood’s best-paid female actor in Forbes annual list of top earners.
ii. The 28-year-old made $26m in the last 12 months, the majority of which was earned from her Oscar-winning performance in the musical romance La La Land. The film made over $445m worldwide.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Stone won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

12. Sohail Mahmood- Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India

i. Sohail Mahmood has assumed the charge of Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India in New Delhi.
ii. Mahmood, who joined foreign service in 1985, was earlier deputed in Turkey as Ambassador of Pakistan. He replaced Abdul Basit after his premature retirement.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been recently elected as Pakistan Prime Minister.

13. Infosys CEO and MD Vishal Sikka Resigns

i. Vishal Sikka of Infosys Ltd has resigned as Managing Director and Chief Executive of the company with immediate effect.
ii. U.B. Pravin Rao has been appointed as interim-managing director and chief executive. Mr. Sikka has now been appointed as executive vice-chairman of the company.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Infosys is country's no. 2 software services exporter.

14. US Declares Hizbul Mujahideen as Global Terrorist Group

i. The United States named Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group.
ii. The Hizb is one of the two most active Pakistan-based terrorist groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir, and claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Kashmir.

15. Lakshya Sen Wins Bulgaria Open International Series

i. Young Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen clinched the Bulgaria Open International Series title after notching up a hard-fought win over Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak in the men’s singles final in Sofia, Bulgaria.
ii. The 16-year-old shuttler defeated second seed Zvonimir in a 57-minute match.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Capital of Bulgaria is Sofia.
  • Rumen Radev is the President of Bulgaria.

16. Malala Yousafzai Gets a Place at Oxford

i. Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai secured a place at Oxford University after getting her A-level results.
ii. She will philosophy, politics, and economics at the prestigious varsity.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Malala was made the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace.
  • She was also the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize aged 17 in 2014.


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