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15 August 2017 Current Affairs
Nation celebrates 71st Independence day on 15th August 2017
The nation celebrates its 71st Independence Day today (15th August 2017) and the main function was held at the Red Fort of the national capital where Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the National Flag.
Home Minister launches live twitter wall on “Bharat ke Veer”
i. Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the live twitter wall to promote Bharat Ke Veer portal on the eve of 71st Independence Day. Mr Singh and Ministers of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Kiren Rijiju contributed their one month salary for Bharat Ke Veer corpus.
ii. Rajnath Singh has handed over a cheque of 1.59 lakh rupees to the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a website to honour all the gallantry award winners since Independence
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a website to honour all the gallantry award winners since Independence. The portal will preserve and tell the stories of bravest men and women, civilians as well as armed forces personnel.
ii. In remembrance of heroes who have been awarded gallantry awards since Independence, launched the site http://gallantryawards.gov.in.
Indian export grows by 4 percent in July
i. The country’s exports grew three point nine percent in July this year (2017), on a yearly basis to 22 (point) 5 billion dollars. Exports rose due to an increase in shipments of petroleum, chemicals and marine products. Official data released today showed that imports rose 15.4 per cent in July, to 34 billion dollars, due to a rise in inward shipments of crude oil and gold.
ii. The country’s trade deficit widened to 11.4 billion dollars during the month under review, from 7.8 billion dollars in July last year (2016). Oil imports increased 15 per cent in July.
Lalit Modi resigns from Rajasthan Cricket Association
i. Lalit Modi has resigned as president of the Nagaur District Association, marking an end to his presence in the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), which was banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for allowing him in its fold.
ii. The 50-year-old, who left India after being charged with money laundering, sent his resignation to both the RCA as well as BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.
Sankara Rao to be IFCI chief Executive
- Sankara Rao to be the new Managing Director and CEO at IFCI Ltd.He is currently the Chief General Manager of IIFCL (India Infrastructure Finance company ltd.)
- Sankara rao will be the MD & CEO of IFCI for 3 years now.
Industrial financial corporation of India ltd. was established on 1st July,1948.
Tribute paid by India on Sri Aurobindo’s 145th birth anniversary
- India paid tribute to Sri Aurobindo on his 145th birth anniversary.
- He made a great contribution in India’s freedom struggle.
- Sri Aurobindo was born in Calcutta on 15th August 1872.
- Sri Aurobindo left his body on 05th December 1950.
10 year old, youngest Indian climbs 6153m mountain,Mount Stok Kangri
Kaamya Karthikeyan, a 10 year old mountaineer from Vishakhapatnam successfully climbed on of the highest peaks of the Himalayas.She completed her hike 3 day before turning 10, on 7th August.
Cristiano Ronaldo banned for five matches by the Spanish football federation
- Critiano Ronaldo banned for 5 matches by the Spanish federation for pushing the referee in the Spanish Super cup.He has also been fined 4,500 US dollars and has 10 days to make an appeal.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer.
Santosh Sharma appointed as the chairman & managing director of Hindustan Copper limited(HCL)
i.Santosh Sharma has appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Coper Limited (HCL). He is at present Director (Operations) in the HCL.
ii. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved his appointment to the post for a period of five years, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Indian boxers win 10 medals in the tournament in Serbia
i. India bagged two gold in the Women’s Boxing Tournament at Vojvodina, Serbia. Jyoti won Gold in 51 kg category, and Vanlalharitpuii won in 60 kg category. In all, India won two gold, four silver and four bronze medals in the tournament.
ii. The silver medals were won by Anjali in 48kg, Sakshi in 54kg, Ashtha in 69kg and Anupama in 81kg categories. Mandeep in 57kg, Nisha in 64kg, Shruti in 75kg and Neha in 81+kg category settled for bronze medals.