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21 August 2017 Current Affairs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews progress of Soil Health Cards Scheme & Fsasal Bima Yojana
I.Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the progress of two agriculture sector related schemes, Soil Health Cards and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in New Delhi.
ii.He also emphasized that soil health cards should be printed in the local dialect of the area so that the farmers are able to read and understand them easily.
india and US establish TWO-BY-TWO ministerial dialogue
i. India and US have established new two-by-two (2 by 2) ministerial dialogue to enhance strategic coordination between them and maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
ii. The new dialogue format will replace the earlier India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. It will be similar to the India-Japan 2+2 dialogue format between foreign and defence secretaries of the two countries.
Navika Sagar Parikrama:Indian navy’s first all woman circumnavigation around the globe
i. Under project Navika Sagar Parikrama, a team of women officers of the Indian Navy would circumnavigate the globe on an Indian-built sail boat INSV Tarini.
ii. The project is considered essential towards promoting Ocean Sailing activities in the Navy while depicting Government of India’s thrust for ‘Nari Shakti’.
USA and South Korea 10-day Annual Military Exercise Begins
I.The United States of America (USA) and South Korea began a 10-day-long annual military exercise.
II.The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill is a computer-simulated defensive exercise designed to enhance readiness and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula.
Nepalese Prime Minister Deuba to Begin Four-Day Visit to India
i. In his first foreign visit after assuming office, Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba will arrive on a four-day trip.
ii. Deuba will be accompanied by a high-level delegation and will also call on the President and the Vice-President.
First regional centre of New Development Bank opens in Sounth Africa
i. The first regional centre of the New Development Bank, set up by India and other BRICS nations, was inaugurated by South African President Jacob Zuma and the bank’s Indian head K V Kamath.
ii. NDB has anauthorized capital of the bank is USD 100 billion. In 2018 it is expected to present about 15 to 20 projects involving a total lending of about USD 4 billion for the boards consideration.
12-year-old Indian-Origin Crowned Child Genius in United Kingdom
I.A 12-year-old Indian-origin boy named Rahul Doshi crowned as the United Kingdom‘Child Genius’ in a popular television quiz competition days after he became an overnight sensation after answering all questions correctly.
II.Rahul Doshi won the Channel 4 show ‘Child Genius’ by beating his nine-year-old opponent, Ronan.
IIT entrance exam to go completely online from 2018
I.The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will go completely online from 2018.
II.In a statement, IIT-Madras Director and JAB Chairman Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi decided that the JEE Advanced will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards.
Smiriti Irani inaugurates handicraft manufacturing unit in Jharkhand
i. Smriti Irani has inaugurated Jharkhand’s first textiles manufacturing and export unit ‘Orient Craft Ltd’.
ii. Irani will also lay foundation stones of numerous companies under special make in Jharkhand drive, called “Momentum Jharkhand” in Jamshedpur. The ongoing ceremony, named as ”Second Groundbreaking Ceremony” foundation stones for 70 companies.
United Kingdom scientists Create World’s Smallest Surgical Robot
I.British scientists have developed the worlds smallest surgical robot which could transform daily operations for tens of thousands of patients.
II.A team of 100 scientists and engineers have used low-cost technology originally developed for mobile phones and space industry.
III.The robot, called Versius, mimics the human arm can be used to carry out a wide range of laparoscopic procedures.
Nestle India ties up with Amazon
i. Nestle India has tied up with Amazon India for the launch of its new Nutrilicious range of Maggi Noodles. The new range will be available first on Amazon.in, and the company, subsequently, aims to roll it out across retail outlets in India.
ii. New Maggi Nutritious Noodles are in line with Nestle’s “Simply Good” initiative to provide healthier & tastier choices to consumers.
Power Grid Corp announced that it will get a loan of USD 500 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
i. State-run power transmission utility Power Grid Corp inked a loan pact of USD 500 million with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its various projects.
ii. The proceeds of the loan are proposed to be utilised for funding of Green Energy Corridor (Part D); 800KV High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) bipole link between Western Region (Raigarh, Chhattisgarh) and Southern Region (Pugalur, Tamil Nadu) and 320 KV HDVC link between Pugalur and North Trichur (Kerala).
SBI tops in share of willfull defaults at 27%
i. The country’s largest lender, SBI, accounts for over 27 per cent of the total amount owed to public sector banks by wilful defaulters. As many as 1,762 wilful defaulters owed SBI Rs25,104 crore.
ii. Punjab National Bank (PNB) is next on the list with 1,120 wilful defaulters having non-performing assets (NPAs) of Rs12,278 crore.
Serena Williams-Highest paid female athlete of 2017
i. American Tennis Player Serena Williams has topped the Forbes’ list of highest paid female athletes of 2017 with $27 million in earnings between June 2016 and June 2017.
ii. Her earnings, which include prize money and endorsements, is twice that of any other female athlete.
Jerry Lewis,the comedy legend dies
i. Veteran American entertainer Jerry Lewis died aged 91. One of the most popular comic actors of the 1950s and ’60s, Lewis perfected the role of the quirky clown in slapstick comedies like “The Nutty Professor” but also won acclaim as a writer, actor, and philanthropist.
ii. He was honoured with accolades at home and abroad, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.