Current affairs updates for August 16th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

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This is a extract of our 10by10 Current Affairs show – Live Video Stream from Youtube.
Watch the show live every evening at 08.00P.M. (as of 16/08/2017).

1. Marconi Lifetime Achievement Award for Indian-born

Stanford University professor Thomas Kailath


The US-based Marconi Society has announced its Lifetime Achievement Award to Indian-born Stanford University professor Thomas Kailath, for his outstanding contributions to modern communications.
The society has said that Mr.Kailath is the sixth scientist to be honoured with our Lifetime Achievement Award for his research contributions, which advanced modern communications technologies over the last six decades.
He was conferred the Padma Bhushan back in 2009.

2. India Beaten Srilanka in 3 Test match series

India crushed SL by an innings and 171 runs


India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs inside three days in the third and final Test to complete a 3-0 whitewash. Dinesh Chandimal’s men were all out for 181 in their second innings after being made to follow on. Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets while Mohammed Shami finished with the figures of 3/32

3. Modi’s Independence Day speech is all about creating a ‘New India’

Penultimate Independence Day speech


In the penultimate Independence Day speech of his current term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on giving a report card of his government’s performance in the last three years and spelt out his vision of a “new India”. He indicated the lynchpins of his Lok Sabha campaign would be his government’s efforts at curbing corruption, building modern infrastructure, and delivering welfare.
Modi said by 2022, the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, he envisioned a country where each family would have a pucca house, electricity, and power supply; farmers would earn twice of what they get currently.

4. India’s first online course on Infusion Therapy launched

Infusion Nurses Society (INS)


Infusion Nurses Society (INS) — a global authority in infusion therapy — on Sunday launched India’s first online course on Infusion Therapy for nurses, under which it aims to train over 3,000 nurses in the vital medical procedure.
Announcing the initiative, which will boost nurses even in rural parts of India, INS said that utilising the reach and ease of the digital platform, the course will enable members to access the various infusion therapy modules and presentations through its website.

5. Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Shaurya’ commissioned in Goa

5th in the series of six 105-metre OPV


Indian Coast Guard ship “Shaurya”, the fifth in the series of six 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), was commissioned in Goa by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan.
The OPV, which draws 2,350 tonne and is propelled by 9100 kilowatt diesel engine, has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd and is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries.

6. Government reviews IT imports from China

$22 billion industry


Government has started a review of the massive import of electronics and information technology products from China.
The scanner has been put due to concerns over security and data leakages.
The worth of Chinese products in India’s IT and electronic industry is $22 billion.

7. 10% rise in wilful defaulters

Wilful defaults ₹92,000 crore


Public sector banks have reported 20 per cent jump in the outstanding loans by nearly 9,000 wilful defaulters who collectively owed to lenders more than ₹92,000 crore at the end of March this year.

8. India take series with 2-1 win over Netherlands

Amsterdam Match


Gurjant Singh and Mandeep Singh scored a goal apiece as a resolute Indian men’s hockey team overcome world No. 4 Netherlands 2-1 in an exciting encounter in Amsterdam.
Led by Manpreet Singh, the team last night featured nine players from the junior team, but still beat an experienced Netherlands squad through goals from Gurjant and Mandeep.
India, thus, won the three-match series.

9. Show collective will to build a New India, says Modi

PM Speech


In his shortest Independence Day address yet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sketched out the broad contours of his idea of a “New India” as one that was free of communalism, casteism, terrorism, corruption and nepotism, and also one that would require citizens to do their bit to create it.
Making special mention of the fact that those born in the new millennium, in the year 2000, will be turning 18 next year, he underlined the fact that just as the period between 1942-47 was a decisive one for India’s struggle for independence, and demonstration of a firm collective will for change, so too should the period of 2017-22 be for creating a “New India” with the same collective will.

10. Assam, Manipur can now decide on AFSPA

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act


The Union Home Ministry is set to give up its power to impose the ‘disturbed areas’ tag on Assam and Manipur, both ruled by the BJP. The move effectively means it will be the States’ decision to either continue the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) or revoke it.
As per Section 3 of the AFSPA, it can be invoked in places where “the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.”




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