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16 August 2017 Current Affairs
India to host the next committee meeting of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline
will host the next steering committee meeting of the proposed 1,814 kilometre-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline
in New Delhi
senior officials on both sides confirmed. The decision came during the sixth joint Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation.
The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline, also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Odissa Government to run a special programme to prevent malaria
i. Odisha Government will soon launch “Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran” (DAMON), a special program to prevent the spread of malaria in remote areas of Ganjam district.
ii. Under this program, camps will be held in remote areas for mass test for malaria. As many as 103 camps will be held in the next three months. Around 15,000 people would be covered under the program.
Cabinet approves MOU between India and Sweden on intellectual property rights(IPRs)
i. The Union Cabinet led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the MoU between India and Sweden on cooperation in the field of Intellectual Property (IPRs).
ii. The MoU establishes a wide ranging and flexible mechanism through which both countries can exchange best practices and work together on training programs and technical exchanges to raise awareness on IPRs and better protect intellectual property rights.
India opens its first Museum on Partition in Amritsar
i. India’s first museum on Partition will open this week in Amritsar Punjab, as India and Pakistan celebrate 70 years as independent nations.
ii. The museum will include photographs, newspaper clippings, donated personal items, and screens showing video interviews with survivors.
iii. It will also have ‘The Gallery of Hope’, where visitors can write messages of love and peace. Tickets are priced low at Rs10 for Indians and Rs150 for foreigners.
KVGB gets best performer award
i.Karnataka vikas grameen bank given the best performer award by nabard(Nation Bank for Agriculture and Rural development).for its work in the field of credit-linking joint liability groups (JLGs).
SBI holds home loan utsav in bengaluru
i. State Bank of India successfully held two-day Home Loan Utsav in Bengaluru. The loan Utsav saw title sponsor, GM Infinite. Subtitle sponsors, Brigade Group, Salarpuria Sattva and DSR Infra.
ii. The bank is offering a 0.25% concession in interest rate from the fourth year of the home loan if it is availed at the SBI Utsav.
‘Plan Your Goal’ website launched by ICICI prudential mutual fund
i. ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund has launched a new website ‘PlanYourGoal.com’ to help users plan their investments according to their future financial goals.
ii. The website guides the users to plan their big spends, tax investments as well as the corpus required during retirement. The website also provides recommendations based on calculations.
China has banned imports from North Korea
i. China stops iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea, following through on new UN sanctions over its nuclear program.
ii. The United Nations Security Council, including permanent member Beijing, approved tough sanctions against Pyongyang that could cost the country $1 billion a year. China, which is suspected of failing to enforce past UN measures, accounts for 90% of North Korea’s trade.
Norway has world’s fastest mobile internet
i.According to global leader in broadband testing Ookla, Norway has the fastest mobile Internet in the world. The Netherlands and Hungary are ranked number two and three on the list of the world’s fastest mobile networks.
ii. In only 13 months, Norway has jumped from 11th to first place on the list of world best providers of fast Internet connection.
Melbourne given the title of world’s most livable city
i. Melbourne (in Australia) has been named world’s most liveable city for a record seventh year in a row, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report 2017. Melbourne scored an overall rating of 97.5 out of 100 on the liveability index.
ii. Damascus in Syria was deemed the world’s worst among the 140 cities surveyed. It is the first time in the survey’s 15-year history that a city has held the No 1 rank in its own right for seven consecutive years. Vienna (in Austria) and Vancouver (in Canada) were on 2nd and 3rd Positions, respectively.
P.B. Balaji appointed as the new chief financial officer of Tata Motors
i.Tata motors has appointed P.B.Balaji as the new chief finance officer from November,2017. He is replacing C R Ramakrishnan.
ii. C R Ramakrishnan was heading the financial department since 2014.
Alexander Zverev wins Rogers cup by defeating Roger Federer
Alexander Zverev is the youngest rogers cup winner since Novak Djokovik. He won the Rojers cup by beeating Roger federer.