Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 12 August 2017 – News Headlines


Current Affairs and – 12 August 2017 – News Headlines


Current Affairs and General Knowledge - 12 August 2017


Current Affairs and – 12 August 2017


Canara Bank introduced two new digital services for online payments. For online payments, Canara Bank introduced two new digital services namely Bharat QR (Quick Response) and Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS).


Odisha government and Facebook launches ‘SheMeansBusiness’ programme. Odisha government and social networking giant Facebook has launched ‘SheMeansBusiness’ programme to train women entrepreneurs in the state.


RBI to pay Rs 30,659 crore dividend to Govt for 2017. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will transfer surplus to the Government of India, which amounting to Rs.30,659 crore for the year 2016-17 ended 30 June.


After China’s Warning, Dalai Lama Cancels Botswana Trip With ‘Exhaustion.’ The Dalai Lama has cancelled a trip next week to Botswana because of “exhaustion” after Beijing expressed anger at the African country for allowing the visit. The 82-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in India, was to speak at a three day conference in Botswana’s capital Gaborone, which begins on August 17.


Indian American Neil Chatterjee appointed to chair US energy commission. US President Donald Trump had appointed Indian-American Neil Chatterjee as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Previously, Chatterjee had been an energy policy advisor to US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


Economic Survey Volume II admits achieving 7.5% growth target for this fiscal as tough. Volume 2 of the Survey noticed a rekindled optimism on structural reforms in Indian economy riding on various factors such as Positive impacts of demonetization, Launch of the GST among others.


MCX gets SEBI approval to launch India’s first gold options contract. Commodity derivatives bourse Multi Commodity Exchange Ltd (MCX) has received markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) approval to launch India’s first gold options contract.


Govt. decided to launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana for poors. Indian Government’s new sub-scheme named “Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)” will be launched as a part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).


Nitish Kumar removes Sharad Yadav as JD(U) leader in Rajya Sabha, names RCP Singh. The JD(U) has replaced Sharad Yadav as the leader in the Rajya Sabha with RCP Singh. The JD(U) has given it in writing to Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu.


This Swiss Robotic Device Can Help People With Disabilities Walk Again. A Swiss university claims to have brought out a medical invention that can help paralyised people walk again. Researchers at the Switzerland’s Technical University have made TWIICE, a robotic device that can help a person with paralysis of the legs to walk. It is called TWIICE because it gives them a second chance.


Pakistan’s Mother Teresa Ruth Pfau died in Karachi. Dr. Ruth Pfau (aged 87), a German doctor popularly known as Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ for dedicating her life to eradicate leprosy in Pakistan, died in Karachi. She was born in 1929 in Germany.


International Youth Day 2017 observed globally. The Day came into existence through the recommendation of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in August 1998 that 12 August should be declared International Youth Day.


Mumbai sessions court convicts 26 Somali pirates in 2011 merchant ship attack case. The Mumbai sessions court on Friday convicted 26 Somalian pirates to seven years in prison in connection with a 2011 merchant ship attack case.


Indian Govt. launched national anthem video in sign language. Union Minister of State for HRD (Human Resource Development) Mahendra Nath Pandey launched three-minute video of Indian National Anthem in sign language, featuring Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan along with physically challenged children with the Red Fort in the background.


Viswanathan Anand draws with Wesley So; finished joint second in Sinquefield Cup. Finishing with a tally of 5.5 points out of a possible nine, Viswanathan Anand also gained some valuable rating points to inch closer to the 2800 rating mark. With seven draws and two victories, he has moved to seventh place in the world ranking.


NASA’s Cassini spacecraft set to embark on its final mission. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is set to start off on its final mission-five ultra-close orbits around Saturn, before it takes a deep plunge into the planet, bringing an end to its 20-year-long journey.


‘Goodbye To Cricket’, Says Lalit Modi, Resigns From Nagaur Cricket Body. Former IPL chief and tainted cricket administrator Lalit Modi has resigned as the president of the Nagaur District Cricket Association in Rajasthan. In a late night resignation, Mr Modi put out three-page letter calling for the Rajasthan Cricket Associatiobn to be made “best again.”


Oldest man in the World Yisrael Kristal aged 113 died in Israel. World’s oldest man, Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal (aged 113) who was recognised by Guinness World Records last year (on March 11, 2016) as the world’s oldest living man, died in Israel. Mr Kristal was born in Poland on September 15, 1903 and later moved to Israel in 1950.


KL Rahul equals world record of most consecutive half-centuries in Test cricket. KL Rahul may have missed out on a century against Sri Lanka on the opening day of the Pallekele Test, but his innings of 85 helped the right-handed opener join an exclusive club of batsmen to score the most consecutive half-centuries in Test cricket .


Indian Coast Guard Ship Shaurya commissioned in Goa. Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Shaurya was commission in Vasco, Goa.  ICGS Shaurya is an offshore patrol vessel designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL).


No Gandhi Jayanti holiday in Rajasthan universities this year. State-run universities and constituent colleges in Rajasthan will not observe a holiday for Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 this year. “We have decided not to observe the holiday on Gandhi Jayanti in the state-run universities and colleges so that it can be celebrated in the institutions on that day,” Higher Education minister Kiran Maheshwari told PTI.


World Health Organisation appointed Milkha Singh as Goodwill Ambassador for physical activity. Legendary athlete Milkha Singh was appointed as the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for physical activity in the South-East Asia Region (SEAR). Milkha Singh was also known as ‘the Flying Sikh’ and is a Padma Shri awardee. He had won medals in athletics in Commonwealth and Asian games.


Gurdeep Sappal resigns as Rajya Sabha TV CEO. Gurdeep Singh Sappal has resigned as Rajya Sabha TV chief executive and Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati has been given the additional charge of the post.


Government launches nationwide campaign Gaj Yatra to protect elephants. The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest has launched a nationwide campaign Gaj Yatra to protect elephants. It was launched on the occasion of World Elephant Day observed on August 12.


Newborns To Get Aadhaar Cards At Punjab Hospitals. Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra said on Friday that Aadhaar cards will be issued to new born children in government hospitals.


Petroleum products will not be brought under GST: MP finance minister. The Madhya Pradesh government Indore on Sunday made it clear that petroleum products will not be brought under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST).


Egypt Train Crash Kills 36, Injures More Than 100. Two trains collided in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 36 people and injuring more than 100 others, a health ministry spokesman said.


Prasoon Joshi appointed as new chairman of CBFC. The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has appointed Prasoon Joshi as the new Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). He will replace Pahlaj Nihalani and shall have tenure of three years.


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