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 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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

AUGUST 14, 2017 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

  1. Hardik Pandya became the fifth India player to score his maiden First class century in a test. Vijay Manjrekar, Kapil Dev, Ajay Ratra and Harbhajan Singh were the others to do so.
  2. The Geographic information SystemAn online database of more then half a million hectares of land assisting industry. The database is being designed by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and National e-Governence  Division.
    IT currently has a specific details in each state on industrial parks/  clusters, the focus sectors, common facility for industry, industrial land in use and available industrial land, approved and pending projects, infrastructure  including state/ national highways, airports, ports, railway stations and others.
    Database also has information on the distance from airport/port to each industrial area/ cluster and satellite map view o f the area.
  3. Japanese encephalitis (JE) is caused by a mosquito borne virus. It is a kind of encephalitis which falls under a spectrum of diseases called Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and is caused by flavivirus. It is a viral infection of brain and there is no cure for JE.
  4. IONS– Indian Ocean Naval Symposium

AUGUST 12, 2017 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

Sports:

  1. ICC Test Ranking: India, South Africa, England
    ODI Ranking: South Africa, Australia, India
    T20I Ranking: New Zealand, England, Pakistan
  2. Badminton:
    Men- Son Wan Ho, India’s Highest K. Srikanth at NO. 8
    Women- Tai Tzu Ying, India’s highest P.V. Sindhu at no. 5
  3. Tennis:
    Men- Andy Murray
    Women- Karolina Pliskova

Business:

  1. The Economic Survey has raised red flag over the telecom sector’s rising share in NPA. The share of NPA in the total NPAs of infrastructure sector rose 8.7% in 2016-17 from 5% in 2015-16.

Nation:

  1. The Indian Economy’s growth in 2017-18 is more likely to be closer to 6.5% than 7.5%, according to Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian.
  2. The government appointed lyricist and screenwriter Prasoon Joshi as Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, replacing Pahlaj Nilhani

Continue reading

AUGUST 11, 2017 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

Sports:

  1. Brazil topped the FIFA ranking while world champion Germany dropped to second despite winning the Confederation Cup. Argentina is at third place.
  2. A 25 year old national level wrestler Vishal Kumar died after being electrocuted in a stadium in Ranchi.

Business:

  1. The government has finalized the transaction adviser – SBI Caps and legal advisor – Crawford Bayley & Company  for the disinvestment of chopper operator Pawan Hans.

Nation:

  1. Railway have detected fake currency with a face value of Rs. 1.11 crore at its cash counters in the last ten years, according to the report of a Parliamentary Standing Committee.
  2. Vijay Nambisan, a poet, writer and journalist, passed away at the age of 54. He became the first All India Poetry champion in 1988 for his iconic poem “Madras Central”
  3. Supreme Court directed that vehicles without valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates would not be eligible for annual insurance.

Continue reading

AUGUST 10, 2017 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

  1. Commerce Ministry has started the process of shutting down the more than 100 year old government procurement arm, the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal. Publich procurement is being made by ministry’s e-marked platform since last year.
  2. Quatar announced a programme to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism, amid a two month boycott imposed on the Gulf countries by its neighbours.
    Soccer world  cup 2022 will be hosted in Quatar
    Nationals of 33 countries will be allowed to stay for 180 days and the other for up to 180 days.
  3. SUNRISE– A solar project aimed at developing printed photo-voltaic cells and new manufacturing process which can be used to make solar energy products in India.
    A consortium of 12 Indian and British universities including Oxford and Cambridge has received a €7 million grant from the U.K. government to build self sufficient solar powered buildings in remote Indian villages.
  4. TTI– Table Tennis federation of India.
  5. Eleventh Hour– The last possible moment for doing something.
  6. Navin kumar– Chairman of GST Network.
  7. South Korea is the third largest host of American troops and Japan is the largest country  having U.S. military personnel.