Current Affairs August 2017 - Miscellaneous


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  • The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the assignment of the additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) to Smt. G. Latha Krishna Rao.

  • The AIFF named senior advocate Ushanath Banerjee as the Chairman of a special committee to deal with players' transfer disputes.

  • Amazon India has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Telangana Department of Handloom and Textiles, to educate, train and enable weavers and artisans to directly sell their products to Amazon customers across the country.

  • Karur Vysya Bank Ltd has appointed P R Seshadri as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Bank for a period of three years.

  • 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.

  • Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai secured a place at Oxford University after getting her A-level results.

  • India and China have agreed to withdraw their troops from Doklam after being in a standoff for over two months.

  • Union Bank of India entered into a corporate agency agreement with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance and Cholamandalam MS General Insurance for distribution of their insurance products.

  • The US and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation with countries like India, South Korea and Australia, amidst China's growing assertiveness in the Asia Pacific region.

  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University (MITWPU) at Pune. The university is said to be the first of its kind in India.

  • Shri Dharmendra Kumar, IPS (AGMU:84) appointed as the Director General, Railway Protection Force, Railway Board.

  • Smriti Irani has inaugurated Jharkhand’s first textiles manufacturing and export unit ‘Orient Craft Ltd’.

  • Nestlé India has tied up with Amazon India for the launch of its new Nutrilicious range of Maggi Noodles. The new range will be available first on Amazon.in, and the company, subsequently, aims to roll it out across retail outlets in India.

  • The Union Cabinet has increased the creamy layer ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category to eight lakh rupees per annum from the existing six lakh for central government jobs.

  • The 3-day 8th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress was held in New Delhi.

  • Australia was crowned the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 basketball champion following a comprehensive 79–56 victory over Iran in the final, while South Korea clinched the third place title with a 80–71 win over New Zealand.

  • Special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh sentenced Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years of imprisonment. The sentencing came three days after the CBI court in Panchkula convicted Singh in a 2002 rape case.

  • ICICI Prudential Life insurance company has been directed to take over the Sahara India Life Insurance Company.

  • India won the final of the Division ‘B’ of 2017 FIBA women’s Asia Cup.

  • The winner of the 2017 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix is Sebastian Vettel.

  • The Wheeler Island, located in Odisha, was recently named as Dr. Abdul Kalam Island.

  • Maharashtra state government is going to launch ‘streets with cycle track’ project to encourage the use of bicycle.

  • Amazon Prime Video signed a worldwide exclusive content deal with Salman Khan.

  • World’s largest exporter of beef is Brazil.

  • India signed a new bilateral agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit with Bhutan.

  • C P Gurnani was recently re-appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of Tech Mahindra.

  • Scientists have developed a technique to edit embryos of a piece of faulty DNA that causes heart disease in families. The technique is called as CRISPR.

  • New Zealand recently passed the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill to help protect the country's reputation as one of the least corrupt in the world.

  • IBM recently opened its first Machine Learning Hub in Bengaluru.

  • Nepal signed three pacts to boost bilateral relations with China.

  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval for raising Extra Budgetary Resources (EBR) up to Rs 9020 Cr for Long Term Irrigation Fund during fiscal year 2017-18.

  • Defence Ministry in August cleared a proposal to procure 6 Apache attack helicopters for Army, at an expense of - Rs 4168 crore.

  • Maharashtra CM launched Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra to provide job opportunities to the unemployed youth.

  • Milkha Singh has been appointed as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for physical activity in South-East Asia Region.

  • Union Ministry of Commerce has launched the ‘GeMSamvad: The GeM-Industry forum’.

  • Bangladesh will chair the International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) in November 2017 in Bay of Bengal.

  • The Horn of Africa, Somalia, was declared free of Polio in August 2017.

  • The 2017 World Snooker Open will be held in China.

  • Muktar Edris won the Men's 5000 metre title at the IAAF World Championships.

  • The Indian Coast Guard Ship Shaurya was recently commissioned in Goa.

  • The Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched a campaign called Gaj Yatra to protect elephants.

  • World Elephants Day was observed globally on 12 August.

  • Odisha launched Facebook’s 'She Means Business' programme for aspiring women entrepreneurs.

  • Jharkhand state assembly has passed the Religious Freedom Bill 2017 with the aim to stop forced conversions.

  • Iran has voted in favour of boosting investment in its missile defence by more than $500 million in response to US sanctions.

  • The India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017, which marks the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership, was held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

  • The import duty on crude palm oil was increased to 15% by union government in August 2017.

  • The Supreme Court has decided to hold final hearing in Ayodhya title dispute from 5th December 2017.

  • Prasoon Joshi was appointed as Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, CBFC, for a period of three years.

  • Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected as the President of Kenya.

  • Real Madrid won the UEFA Super Cup 2017.



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