AUGUST 18 AND 19, 2017 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

  1. A six member women’s team of the Indian Navy will set sail in early September to circumnavigate the globe on the sailin vessel, INSV Tarini. This is the first ever circumnavigation of the globe by an all woman crew from India.
  2. Global Entrepreneurship Summit will take place in Hyderabad.
  3. All toll plazas on national highways will have electronic toll collection devices, known as FASTags, beginning from September 1.
    FASTags is a device that can be installed on the windshield of any vehicle and toll payments can be made directly from the pre-paid account linked to it. The dedicated FASTags lanes will become operational at all 371 national highways from September
    NHAI- Chairman- Deepak Kumar.
  4. Vishal Sikka, CEO and MD of Infosys, resigned from his post .

AUGUST 16 and 17, 2017 DAILY ENGLISH WORDS OF THE HINDU

  1. Scathing– Harmful, injurious, bitterly severe.

  2. Euphemism– a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh. Mild alternative, polite term.

  3. Stalwart– loyal, reliable, and hard-working

  4. Mulls– think about (something) deeply and at length

  5. Ramparts– a defensive wall of a castle or walled city

  6. Spearheaded– lead (an attack or movement)

  7. Lambast– criticize (someone or something) harshly

  8. Exorbitant– unreasonably high (of a price or amount charged)

AUGUST 16 and 17, 2017 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

Sports:

  1. The 12 year old Praggnanandhaa became the youngest chess player ever to cross 2500 FIDE Elo rating points.
  2. Former Olympic and World Champion of Cycling, Stephen Wooldridge, aged 39, passed away.

Business:

  1. The cabinet committee on economic affairs has extended the benefits for industrial units in the north eastern and hill states till March 2027. Earlier units in the North-eastern states, Sikkim, Uttrakhand, Himanchal Pradesh and J&K enjoyed excise duty benefits for 10 years.
  2. Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) banned exports of gold jewellery, medallions and other articles with purity above 22 carats in a bid to check round tripping of the precious metal.

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AUGUST 15, 2017 DAILY ENGLISH WORDS OF THE HINDU

  1. Amicable– characterized by friendliness and absence of discord
  2. Whitewash– a victory by the same side in every game of a series
  3. Palable– able to be touched or felt, tangible
  4. Jolted– push or shake (someone or something) abruptly and roughly, give surprise or shock

AUGUST 15, 2017 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

Nation:

  1. On the eve of the 71st Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind approved 112 gallantry awards for defence and paramilitary personnel for making sacrifices in the service of the nation. President approved 5 kirti Chakra, 2nd highest peace time gallantry award:
    Havildar Giris Gurung of Gorkha Rifles (posthumously)
    Major David Manlun of Naga Regiment (posthumously)
    Pramod Kumar, Commandant of 49 BN, CRPF (posthumously)
    Major Preetam Singh Kunwar of Garhwal Rifles
    Chetan Kumar Cheeta, Commandant, CRPF

    However the highest peacetime gallantry award, Ashok Chakra, was not given this time.
  2. Google unveiled its voice search facility in eight additional Indian languages. The new languages include Bengali, Gujarati, kannada, Malyalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

World:

  1. Pakistan on its 70th Independence day hoisted the 120 by 180 feet flag installed on a 400 foot pole.  Pakistani authorities said the new flag was the eighth tallest in the world. The decision to hoist a flag on a 400 foot pole came after India hoisted a flag at 360 feet last year.
  2. China will halt iron, iron ore and sea food imports from North Korea, following though on new UN sanctions after U.S pressure for Beijing to strong arm Pyongyang over its ally’s nuclear programme.

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AUGUST 12-14, 2017 DAILY ENGLISH WORDS OF THE HINDU

  1. Pragmatic– dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations
  2. Scanty– Small or insufficient in quantity or amount
  3. Reminisce– indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events
  4. Scintillating– sparkling or shining brightly, brilliantly and excitingly clever or skilful
  5. Bewitching– charm, beguile, delight, fascinate
  6. Impunged– dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of (a statement or motive)