Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 11 August 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 11 August 2017
US Scientists develop micropropulsion system based on liquid water. Engineers from Purdue University in US have designed and tested a micropropulsion system called a Film-Evaporation MEMS Tunable Array (FEMTA) thruster that uses liquid water as the propellant for orbital maneuvering of tiny satellites called CubeSats.
Lok Sabha passes State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Bill was passed to repeal the SBI (Subsidiary Banks) Act 1959, State Bank of Hyderabad Act 1956 and to further amend the State Bank of India Act, 1955, following the merger of five associates with the parent SBI.
Babri Masjid-Ram Temple dispute: Final arguments in Supreme Court from Dec 5. The three-judge bench was headed by Justice Dipak Misra, the senior most judge in the Supreme Court who is set to take charge as India’s 45th Chief Justice on August 28.
MUHS PG CET 2017: Results declared for MBA HSC, MSc Pharma, MPH admissions at muhs.ac.in. Those who have cleared the exam are eligible for admission to Master of Business Administration Health Care Administration (MBA HCA), Master of Science (MSc) in pharmaceutical medicine and Master of Public Health (MPH) in Nutrition courses at the university.
Google with NSDC launch programme to improve Mobile Developer Ecosystem. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Google India launched Android Skill Development Programme to launch mobile app development training on the Android and Web platform and improve the quality of mobile app development ecosystem in India.
National Mission for Clean Ganga approves 10 projects worth more than Rs 2000 Cr. The National Mission for Clean Ganga has approved 10 projects worth more than Rs 2000 Cr for sewage infrastructure and treatment in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
WoWakening Campaign Launched For India’s Acid Attack Survivors. WoWakening – A Face to Lost Identity, a campaign to create an environment of awareness, inclusion and celebration for acid attack survivors in India has been launched in New Delhi.
Bhutan asks India to resolve Doklam border standoff amicably with China. Bhutanese Foreign Minister in a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Kathmandu today said that they hope the Doklam standoff is resolved peacefully and amicably.
Davinder Singh Kang is the first Indian to Qualify for Javelin Throw Finals. Davinder Singh Kang becomes the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw World Championships. He had an 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second.
India and US to co-host Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Hyderabad in November 2017. PM Modi through a tweet said, “The Summit is a unique opportunity for bringing together entrepreneurs and start-ups with a global leader.”
CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani sacked. Pahlaj Nihalani had to resign on Friday from the chairmanship of Central Board of Film Certification. Noted Bollywood lyricist-screenwriter and ad guru Prasoon Joshi will replace Pahlaj Nihalani as CBFC chairman.
NASA’s Curiosity Sends ‘Most Clearly Visible Images’ Of Clouds Above Mars. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has captured its most clearly visible images of wispy, early-season clouds on the red planet which resemble the Earth’s ice-crystal cirrus clouds.
SEBI allows MCX to launch Gold Options. The Multi Commodity Exchange Limited (MCX), the country’s largest commodity exchange has received capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) approval to launch options trading in gold.
Parliament passes Banking Amendment Bill empowering RBI to deal with wilful defaulters. Parliament has passed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 with the Rajya Sabha approving it on 10 August 2017; the Lok Sabha has already passed it.
Ivanka Trump to visit India with US delegation for Global Entrepreneurship Summit. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that his daughter Ivanka Trump will visit India this November.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Urges All To Celebrate August 15 As ‘Sankalp Parva.’ In the 34th edition of his radio programme, ‘Mann ki Baat’ last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called upon the citizens of India to observe this Independence Day as ‘Sankalp Parva’ and urged them to dedicate themselves to social causes and share their ideas to creating a new India.
Telangana Chief Minister Initiates Rs. 2,000-cr Sriram Sagar Modernization Project. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao initiated a Rs. 2,000 crores project that seeks to modernize the project. This project on the Godavari river has the potential to serve several districts in the state.
Supreme Court: All vehicle owners must produce PUC to renew insurance. The Supreme Court of India has issued a list of directions in an attempt to curb pollution that includes no renewal of vehicle insurance unless the owners produce pollution under control certificates.
Venkaiah Naidu sworn-in as the Vice-President of India. Venkaiah Naidu sworn-in as the13th Vice President of India at a ceremony at Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Nawaz Sharif’s wife files nomination papers as PML-N’s candidate from former PM’s assembly seat. Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz was on Friday fielded by the ruling PML-N party as a candidate from the seat vacated by her husband who was disqualified by the Supreme Court last month.
Oxford University launches Tamil, Gujarati Online Dictionaries. Oxford University Press (OUP) launched online dictionaries in Tamil and Gujarati as part of its special focus on Indian languages. Oxford Global Languages (OGL) is a major initiative from Oxford Dictionaries aims to build dictionaries and lexicographical resources for round 100 of the world’s languages and to make them available online.
Ministerial meeting of BIMSTEC sets off in Kathmandu. The working session of the 15th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was inaugurated on 10 August. It was attended by Foreign ministers of all the member nations.
Army to deploy robots to fight terror in Kashmir. An army proposal, projecting a requirement of 544 robots, has been approved by the defence ministry, paving the way for the indigenous development of such machines, army officials said.
Scientists find what lies beneath Neptune’s surface. Running large-scale computer simulations of conditions of the thick layer between the Neptune’s atmosphere and core, known as the mantle, researchers have helped solve the mystery of what lies beneath the most distant planet in our solar system.
National Green Tribunal bans use of non-biodegradable plastic bags in Delhi. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed an interim ban on the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns in the entire national level. They issued a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone found in possession of non-bio degradable plastic bags less than 50 microns, which is the thickness of a human hair.
Veteran poet Vijay Nambisan passes away. A graduate from IIT-Madras, Nambisan co-authored his first poetry book ‘Gemini’ with Jeet Thayil and Dom Moraes.