Current Affairs This Week (14-08-2016)

  • Singapore is second happiest country in the world
    Singapore is the second happiest place in the world, according to the latest Bloomberg Misery Index rates in 74 countries. The most miserable economy is Venezuela, which tops the list once again.
  • Dinesh Kumar Khara appointed SBI’s MD
    Dinesh Kumar Khara appointed as Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI). He is presently working as MD and Chief Executive Officer of SBI Funds Management Pvt Ltd.
  • China launches Gaofen-3 radar imaging satellite
    China has successfully launched a new high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) dubbed as Gaofen-3. It was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province on the back of a Long March 4C rocket.
  • 9 August – World’s Indigenous People day
    The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed every year on 9 August to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.2016 Theme: Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Education
  • Pushpa Kamal Dahal elected as 39th Prime Minister of Nepal
    Maoist chief Prachanda elected by lawmakers as Nepal’s Prime Minister for a second time. The CPN-Maoist (Centre) chief, known for his anti-India stance. Prachanda will take over as the 39th Prime Minister of Nepal.
  • 7th meeting of SAARC Immigration Authorities
    The 7th meeting of SAARC Immigration Authorities was held in Islamabad . It reviewed different areas to maximize potential of visa exemption scheme launched among member countries in 1992.
  • TCS ranked among 100 most valuable brands in US
    Tata Consultancy Services , a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions firm, announced its ranking as the 58th most valuable US brand in an annual survey by a top brand valuation company.
  • Endosulfan may cause DNA damage in animals
    For the first time, researchers in India have found that mice and rats exposed to endosulphan suffer from DNA damage and genomic instability, and impaired DNA damage response.
  • India remains as first among the Wikipedia’s Priorities
    India is expected to remain the “number one most strategic region” in the global plans of the Wikipedia, according to a top official of the free Internet encyclopaedia that allows its users to edit most of its content.
  • 74th Quit India Movement Commemorated
    74th Quit India Movement commemoration is followed throughout the country on August 8, 2016. It is noted that the Quit India or August Kranthi Movement was launched at the Bombay Session of All India Congress Committee on August 8, 1942.
  • Odisha govt launches scheme for weavers
    Odisha govt doled out a new scheme weavers to mark the National Handlooms Day. The Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana aimed at improving the financial condition of over 8,000 weavers, who have been working in this field for the last 20 years.
  • Haryana to implement ‘NCR Taxi Scheme’
    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved a proposal of the State Transport department to implement a new “NCR Taxi Scheme 2016” in 13 districts of the state falling in the National Capital Region.
  • Kudankulam unit dedicated to nation
    Govt dedicate the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project to the nation. It is the largest single unit of electrical power in India. Nearly 28 years after Russia and India signed the agreement to set up the plant.
  • Nita Ambani becomes first Indian IOC member
    Founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani has been elected as an individual member of International Olympic Committee. She is the first Indian woman to join the prestigious body which governs Olympic sports in the world.
  • 16 rare frog species and 3 snake species found in Kerala
    During the first phase of a first of its kind reptile-amphibian survey, Sixteen frog species and three snake species, which have not been spotted in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary earlier, have been spotted.
  • Former RBI Deputy Governor Anand Sinha joins IDFC Bank board
    IDFC Bank, the newest lender in the country, has appointed former RBI deputy governor Anand Sinha to the bank’s board.
  • India’s first tiger cell to come up in Dehradun
    The country’s first tiger cell will soon take shape at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) campus in Dehradun.The cell will house a database of tigers as well as DNA and stripes samples of the big cats from over 50 tiger reserves.
  • Rajya Sabha passes Mental Health Care Bill
    The Bill seeking to provide better healthcare for people suffering from mental illness as members across the political spectrum sought urgent steps to address the lack of infrastructure and shortage of psychiatrists in the country.
  • Lok Sabha unanimously passes GST Bill amendments
    The GST Constitution bill passed by the Rajya Sabha last week were unanimously passed by the Lok Sabha. All the 443 members present voted in its favour.
  • Over 1,000 ancient cliff paintings discovered in north China
    Archeologists have discovered over 1,000 cliff paintings dating back more than 1,000 years in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The images are engraved by the ancient tribal people known as the Tujue, and the Dangxiang.
  • IBM, Apple open first global development hub in India
    In a bid to accelerate digital transformation in India, IBM in partnership with Apple launched a global development hub called Garage for iOS apps in Bengaluru.
  • Dipa Karmakar is first Indian gymnast to enter vault finals
    India’s Dipa Karmakar has created history by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the apparatus finals of artistic Gymnastics at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
  • Olympics 2016 opens in Rio De Janerio
    The 31st Summer Olympic Games opened in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, with a low-tech but vibrant opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.2016 theme: World peace and Environment.
  • M.S. Subbulakshmi to be honoured at UN on Independence Day
    Legendary carnatic vocalist M. S. Subbulakshmi will be honoured at the United Nations next week on India’s 70th Independence Day by a performance by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman at the world body’s iconic General Assembly.
  • Modi launches theme song ’70 Saal Azadi, Yaad Karo Kurbani’
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the BJP MPs to highlight the contributions of freedom fighters and martyrs among school children during fortnight-long celebrations of India’s 70th Independence Day.
  • First National Conference of Investigating Agencies
    The conference envisages to provide an annual national platform to all the officers of law enforcement agencies engaged in investigation tasks with the objective to discuss the latest laws and judgments.
  • HCL inaugurates India’s first facility to produce nickel
    As the first facility in India to produce Nickel metal of LME grade from primary resource, Shri. Balvinder Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines, inaugurated the Nickel, Copper and Acid Recovery Plant of Hindustan Copper Limited in Jharkhand.
  • Birender Singh – the next High Commissioner of India
    IFS officer of 1997 batch Birender Singh Yadav currently working as Joint Secretary in the Ministry, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the West Africa’s Republic of Ghana.
  • Union Minister Launched I Feel Safe for Women Safety
    Union HRD Minister Harsh Vardhan Launched “I Feel Safe”- A mobile application aimed at helping women ensure their safety in the national capital was launched at Delhi University on August 10.
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