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Current Affairs August 22, 2017

1. SwasthBachcheSwasth Bharat Programme:

  • The programme has been launched by Human Resource Development minister PrakashJavdekar as an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to prepare a physical health and fitness profile card for more than 12 lacs Kendriya Vidyalaya students.
  • The programme will include children of all age groups with different abilities.
  • It will encourage 60 minutes of play every day in order to make students, teachers and parents aware about the importance of good health and fitness.
  • The programme also intends to impart values of Olympics and Paralympics among the students.

2. 17th meeting of FSDC held in New Delhi:

  • The 17th meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council was recently held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Highlights of the meeting:

  • Macro-economic stability: FSDC claimed that India has macro-economic stability due to improvements in its macro-economic fundamentals, structural reforms and long term positive results of Demonetization.
  • Challenges facing by the Indian economy: The crucial challenges before the Indian economy were also discussed.
  • CERT-Fin and FDMC: It also discussed the development and progress made in setting up of Computer Emergency Response Team in the financial sector (CERT-Fin) and Financial Data Management System (FSDC).

About FSDC:

It is an apex regulatory body constituted by the Government of India to deal with macro prudentials and financial regularities in the entire financial sector of India.

3. TRAI signs LOI with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission:

  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to enhance cooperation in telecom and broadcasting regulation.
  • The LoI was signed during the ITU-TRAI Asia-Pacific Regulators Round table jointly organized by International Telecom Union (ITU) and TRAI in New Delhi.

About TRAI:

  • It is the regulator of telecommunications sector in India constituted by Parliament in 1997.
  • It fixes or revises the tariffs for telecom services in India.

4. India’s exclusive right to explore Polymetallic Nodules extended:

  • The exploration right from the sea bed in the Central Indian Ocean Basin has been extended for five years.
  • This has been done unanimously in the 23rd session of the International seabed Authority (ISA) conducted recently in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • These rights extend over 75000 sq.km area in the international waters allocated by ISA for development activities for Polymetallic Nodules.
  • The estimated Polymetallic Nodule resource potential of this area is around 380 million tonnes containing nickel, copper, cobalt and manganese.
  • India was the first country to receive the exploration rights and utilization of Polymetallic Nodules in this area by United Nations in 1987.
  • Ministry of Earth Sciences is concerned with the survey, exploration, mining and extractive metallurgy.

Polymetallic Nodules:

  • Also known as Manganese Nodules are potato shaped, porous nodules found in abundance in the sea floor. They contain nickel, copper, cobalt, manganese, iron, lead, cadmium, molybdenum and titanium which are considered to be of economic and strategic importance.

About ISA:

  • International Seabed Authority is a UN body set up to regulate the exploration and exploitation of marine non living resources of oceans in the international water.
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Current Affairs August 21, 2017

1. Government imposes anti dumping duty on tempered glass from China:

  • The Revenue Department under the Union Finance Ministry has imposed an anti dumping duty on certain tempered glass imported from China for the next five years.
  • The move has been taken on the recommendations of the Directorate General of Anti Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) to protect domestic industry from the cheaper chinease imports.
  • These textured toughned glasses also known as high transmission photovoltaic glasses are used in solar photovoltaic panels and solar thermal applications.

Anti Dumping Duty:

  • It is an import duty imposed by the Government on certain imported products which have prices lower than their normal value or domestic prices.

2. Defence Ministry approves delegation of powers to Border Roads Organisation(BRO)

  • The Union Ministry of Defence has decided to provide administrative and financial powers to
  • BRO upto the level of Chief Engineer and Task Force Commander to improve the execution of works and to avoid the project delays.

BRO:

  • Border Roads Organisation functions under the Ministry of Defence and is concerned with the construction of roads to provide connectivity to the difficult and inaccessible regions in the border areas of the country.

3. Home Ministry launches digital police portal under CCTNS:

  • The Union Home Ministry launched digital police portal under Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System Project (CCTNS) in order to focus on smart policing to provide better services to the citizens.
  • The Digital Police Portal has been established to provide a platform to the citizens to file online complaints and to request antecedent verification.
  • With this move the Government wants to fulfill its initiative of “Minimum Government Maximum Governance”.
  • The CCTNS project was launched in 2009 to modernize police under the National e-governance project.

4. World’s smallest surgical robot developed:

  • Named Versius, the scientists in United Kingdom have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot.
  • It can imitate human arm and can be used to perform various surgical procedures.
  • It can be used in case of hernia, prostrate, ear and nose surgery.
  • It can be controlled by the surgeon using a console guided by a 3D screen.
  • It can proved to be very efficient as it will reduce the post operative pain and will speed up the recovery time for the patients.

5. Second LCU Mark IV L52 ship commissioned in Indian Navy:

  • Second Landing Craft Utility(LCU) Mark IV L52 has been commissioned in the Indian Navy at Port Blair.
  • The Indigenously built ship has been inducted in the navy to transport and deploy Main Battle Tanks, troops, armoured vehicles and other necessary equipments to the shore.
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Current Affairs August 20, 2017

1. India,US to establish new ministerial dialogue:

  • The two countries have established a new two by two ministerial dialogue so as to enhance and consolidate peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region. This move will boost the strategic coordination between them.
  • It will replace the earlier India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue for discussing the trade and commercial issues.
  • The new dialogue will have the participation from the Foreign Minister of India and US Secretary of State and the Defence Minister of India and the US Defence Secretary to discuss crucial issues like job creation and investment opportunities.
  • .India currently has two by two dialogue with Japan.

2. RBI to issue new Rs.50 currency note:

  • The central Bank is about to issue new banknotes of Rs.50 denomination with fluorescent blue as the base colour.
  • RBI also clarified that the old series of Rs.50 denomination will continue to remain as legal tender.
  • The dimensions will be 66mX135m.
  • On the front side It will have Mahatma Gandhi’s picture at the centre.Micro letters Bharat in devnagri,INDIA,RBI,50 and Ashok Pillar Emblem will also be seen on the right side.
  • The reverse side will showcase the country’s heritage by depicting Hampi with Chariot along with the logo of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Numeral 50 in Devnagri, year of printing and language panel will also be seen on this side.

3. 19th August: World Humanitarian Day

  • The day is observed every year on 19th August to pay tribute to humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives serving the humanity.
  • The day also acknowledges the humanitarian efforts of the people who risk their lives to protect and support people in crisis all around the world.
  • This year’s theme is-#NotATarget.

Background:

  • The World Humanitarian Day was designated by United Nations General Assembly by passing a resolution A/63/L.49.
  • The resolution was sponsored by Sweden.

4. NASA successfully places next generation tracking and data relay satellite TDRS-M into the orbit:

  • It is NASA’s third and final satellite in the series of next generation satellite.
  • It was launched abroad a United Launch Alliance(ULA) Atlas V Rocket.
  • It will provide navigation and high data rate communication to the International Space Station(ISS),Hubble telescope, rockets and host of other spacecrafts.
  • About Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System(TDRSS):
  • It is a group of Geosynchronous Satellite system that form the part of NASA’s space network.
  • It was introduced in 1983 to support the space shuttle.
  • It provides a relay for communication and to provide command between operators on the ground and spacecraft in the earth’s orbit.

5. TRIFED celebrates World Honey Bee Day:

  • Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd has celebrated World Honey Bee Day to create awareness about the need and significance of Beekeeping and uses of its products like honey.
  • This year’s theme was-Save Indian Honey Bee.
  • Beekeeping is useful in increasing the income of farmers and beekeepers as it is usefull in the pollination of crops and provides honey.

6. Swine Flu threat to Northern States:

  • With 242 deaths Gujarat is worst hit with H1N1 influenza.
  • The other affected states are Rajasthan,Punjab and Delhi.

About Swine Flu:

  • It is a respiratory disease caused by the influenza viruses,H1N1 being the most common form in case of humans
  • Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, body ache etc.

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Weekly Current Affairs 14th-19th August, 2017

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Current Affairs August 19, 2017

1. Supreme court suggestion on Makedatu Project:

  • According to the apex court the Makedatu Dam Project can be used to store excess water from Karnataka which can later be released to Tamilnadu in times of need.
  • The suggestion is linked with the ongoing tussle between Karnataka and Tamilnadu over cauvery river water.
  • Tamilnadu is emphasizing to establish such arrangement under the supervision of a third party.

About Cauvery Water Dispute:

- The distribution of Cauvery water is a bone of contention between the two states of Karnataka and Tamilnadu for over 124 years.

- People from both the states are dependent upon the river for drinking and agricultural activities.

- The entire cauvery basin is a drought prone area and Cauvery is the only source of water in this region. Hence both the states are claiming more rights on the river water.

- 54% of the river basin area lies in Tamilnadu whereas 42% lies in Karnataka.

- 53% of the Cauvery water resources lies within the Karnataka whereas 30% lies within the geographical boundaries of Tamilnadu.

- In 2015 Tamilnadu challenged the construction of Shivasamudram and Makedatu Hydro power projects saying that these projects would affect the livelihood of farmers in 12 districts.

2. Three state highways upgraded as National highways:

  • These three state highways are-SH 20,157 and 18.
  • After upgradation these will be renamed as-NH544H,NH136 and NH179A
  • Thoppur- Mettur-Bhavani-Erode-NH544H,Athur-Perambalur-NH136,Salem-Tiruppathur-Vaniyambadi-NH179A.These highways from now onwards will be maintained by the National Highways Wing of the State Highways Department.
  • Funds will be released from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

3. Elephants count decreases- 2017 census

  • The population of Asian elephants in India is 27312. The census report has been released by Union Ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC)
  • The census was conducted by the Asian nature conservation foundation between the month of March and May 2017 at Bengaluru
  • It was the first ever synchronized all India elephant population census
  • The count has been done through sighting based method. The final count will be confirmed through the indirect dung count method
  • Karnataka has highest number of elephants(6049) followed by Assam (5719) and Kerala (3054)

4. Malpelo plate

  • US researches have discovered a new tectonic micro plate of the Ecuador’s post in the eastern Pacific ocean
  • It has been named Malpelo plate after the name of Columbian Island and an oceanic ridge it contains.
  • This micro plate has been found at the Galapagos Islands. It is located between the Carrabin, Nazca and cocos minor plate
  • Earlier there were 56 plates, now there are 57
  • The researchers have identified a diffused plate boundary which provides an evidence for the existence of Malpelo plate
  • NOTE – A diffused boundary is a series of many small faults that sharply defines the boundary of 2 plates
  • Micro plates are the tectonic plates with an area less than 1million km2
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