Current Affairs Update – 9-10 August, 2017



Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 9-10 August, 2017. These are very important for the upcoming IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, OICL AO, UIIC Assistant & NICL Assistant Exams.

Banking & Financial News
Maharashtra Government to raise $270 m from Green Climate Fund

  • The state government of
    Maharashtra is planning to raise $270 million from the Green Climate Fund with
    the help of the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG).
  • The government plans to invest
    the funds raised in integrated watershed programmes such as Jalyukt Shivar
    Yojana, which has successfully improved the ground water level in drought
    affected areas of the state.
  • However, the ground water needs
    to be further connected with the efficient use of water for which proper
    technology and infrastructural development is needed at the village level,
    where the funds will come useful. It will also be used in crop diversification
    and adding market linkages.
  • It is a new fund under the UN
    that is guided by the principles and provisions of the UN Framework Convention
    on Climate Change.
  •  The group is a public-private-civil society
    collaboration for water resources reform in developing economies, hosted by the
    International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.
  • The main objective of the group
    is to close the gap between the demand and supply of water by the year 2030.
NITI Aayog selects 6 States for transformative change in Health &
Education sectors

  • NITI (National Institution for
    Transforming India) Aayog on 8 August 2017 announced its partnership with six
    states to bring transformative change in Health & Education sectors under
    its ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH) ‘ initiative.
  • Uttar Pradesh, Assam and
    Karnataka were shortlisted under SATH initiative to transform their health
    sector. On the other hand, three states namely – Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and
    Odisha – were selected to transform their education sector under its SATH
    initiative.
  • To give a major push to
    competitive, cooperative federalism, the government think tank had invited all
    states and Union Territories to participate in its SATH initiative to transform
    Health and Education sectors. States then made presentations for each sector
    which was assessed by a committee comprised of senior members of NITI Aayog and
    Health and Human Resources Development ministries.
  • The States highlighted the
    initiatives undertaken by them and their willingness to accelerate improvement.
    On thorough technical evaluation, the chosen States have committed to
    time-bound, governance reforms in both sectors.
  • A Program Management Unit to push
    for efficiency and efficacy in governance structures and service delivery will
    now be available in the six chosen States for a period of 30 months. It is
    expected that these three years of focussed attention and support from the
    premier think tank will lead to a marked transformation and also provide a
    model for other States to replicate and adapt.
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SEBI launches online registration for custodians of securities

  • Markets regulator SEBI on 9
    August 2017 launched online registration mechanism for custodians of securities
    to make it convenient for them to do business.
  • The new system will help
    custodian of securities to complete registration and other regulatory filings
    with SEBI in a cost-effective manner.   
  • All applicants who want to seek
    registration as a custodian of securities are now required to submit their
    applications online only.    
  • The custodian of securities, who
    seek approval as Designated Depository Participant (DDP) in  terms 
    of Regulation 11 of SEBI (FPI) Regulations, 2014, will also be required
    to apply through this portal.    
  • Custodian of securities holds
    shares and other assets in electronic or physical form.
Google, NSDC launch programme to improve Mobile Developer Ecosystem

  • The National Skill Development
    Corporation (NSDC) and Google India on 8 August 2017 launched Android Skill
    Development programme to improve Mobile Developer Ecosystem.
  • The programme is aimed at
    imparting mobile development training on the Android and Web platform and
    improving the quality of mobile app development ecosystem in India.
  • NSDC is a public-private
    partnership enterprise under the Union Ministry of Skill Development and
    Entrepreneurship.
  • Under the initiative, NSDC will
    introduce a specific course to create applications for the mobile platform that
    can be used on smartphones and tablets running on the Android operating system.
  • The 100-hour duration course will
    be designed and delivered by NSDC’s partner agencies, outside the formal
    education system.
  • NSDC and Google India will also
    work together to focus on up-skilling Android trainers under the programme.
  • The programme will accelerate
    mobile skill training and create opportunities for youth in the country.
  • The programme will focus on achieving
    the target of the Union Government’s Skill India initiative.
News related to India & states
Govt launches national anthem video in sign language featuring disabled

  • The Human Resource Development
    (HRD) Ministry on Thursday launched an Indian National Anthem video in sign
    language, featuring disabled and partially disabled children.
  • Directed by veteran filmmaker
    Govind Nihalani, the video features film star Amitabh Bachchan apart from the
    children who sing the National Anthem in sign language against the backdrop of
    the Red Fort, a Ministry statement said.
  • “The film is conceptualised
    by Satish Kapoor, Founder Director, We Care Film Festival. We Care Film
    Festival produced the Film under the aegis of Brotherhood, an NGO. It is
    directed by Govind Nihalani and the music is scored by late Aadesh Shrivastava,”
    read the statement.
  • Speaking on the occasion here,
    Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey praised Prime Minister Narendra
    Modi for his call for the inclusion of “divyangjan” in the country’s
    development.
Union Government launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8
    August 2017 launched a third party verification survey report to take stock of
    the progress made by the Swachh Bharat Mission in rural India.
  • The Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017
    report was launched at a press conference held in New Delhi by Narendra Singh
    Tomar, the Union Minister, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, and
    Parameswaran Iyer, the Secretary.
  • During the press conference, it
    was announced that, to encourage States and districts to improve their
    Sanitation coverage and Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM), the Ministry of
    Drinking Water and Sanitation will begin ranking all districts in India based
    on the data available on the SBM-G IMIS quarterly.
  • The ranking will be done based on
    parameters of Performance, Sustainability and Transparency, and the first
    ranking will be announced on 2 October 2017 for the quarter July-September
    2017.
  • In addition, the Swachh Bharat
    Mission (Gramin) will celebrate the week leading up to the 70th Independence
    Day as Khule Mein Shauch Se Azaadi Saptaah.
  • The Quality Council of India
    (QCI) conducted a transparent third-party assessment of the present status of
    rural sanitation in all the States and the Union Territories (UTs), called
    Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017.
Key highlights of Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017

  • Under the Swachh Survekshan
    Gramin 2017, QCI surveyed 1.4 lakh rural households across 4626 villages, and
    found the overall toilet coverage to be 62.45 per cent.
  • At the time of the survey, i.e.
    May-June 2017, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) MIS reported the toilet
    coverage to be 63.73 per cent.
  • The survey observed that 91.29
    per cent of the people having access to a toilet and they also use it. 
Top performing states

  • Sikkim, Manipur and Nagaland were
    the top performers with 95 per cent rural households covered by toilets. In
    addition, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand had over 90 per cent toilet coverage
    of the rural houses.
  • Gujarat fared better in terms of
    rural sanitation as 85 per cent of rural households had access to toilets.
    Almost all rural households in Kerala and Haryana have access to a toilet.  In Tamil Nadu, 79 per cent of the rural
    households had access to a toilet.
Worst performing states

  • In Bihar, only 30 per cent of the
    rural households had access to toilets. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh was
    marginally better at 37 per cent. In Jharkhand, only 37 per cent of the rural
    households had access to a toilet.
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NCERT launches web portal to enable online orders for textbooks

  • The National Council of
    Educational Research and Training (NCERT) on 9 August 2017 launched a web
    portal that will enable schools and individuals to place orders for their books
    online. The NCERT’s portal was launched by Minister of State for Human Resource
    Development Upendra Kushwaha in New Delhi.
  • The portal will ensure better
    distribution of textbooks across the country. The Web Portal can be accessed at
    www.ncertbooks.ncert.gov.in.
  • It will also address the
    apprehensions, on the part of schools and parents, regarding the unavailability
    of NCERT textbooks.
  • The schools will be able to log
    on to the portal, by entering their respective Boards’ affiliation numbers and
    other details, till 8 September 2017 for placing their orders for the session
    2018-19.
  • At the time of placing the
    orders, the schools are not required to make the payment; the payment can be
    made just before the supply.
  • The schools will also have the
    option of directly procuring textbooks either from their nearest NCERT vendors
    or from the Regional Production-cum-Distribution Centres (RPDCs) of the NCERT’s
    located at Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, and Bengaluru.
Second round of National Deworming Day programme covers 11 Cr children

  • The second round of National
    Deworming Day (NDD) was held across the nation on 10 August 2017 to tackle worm
    infections targeting more than 11 Cr children.
  • The Health Ministry stated that
    among the total number of children, at least 7.8 Cr were from private schools
    while the rest, 3.5 Cr, were out of school children. The out of school children
    were covered through Anganwadi workers and ASHAs.
  • Follow-up activities would be
    held later on 17 August, which will cover 31 Cr children.
Government forms panel to enhance affordability, availability of drugs

  • The Union government has formed a
    new committee in its effort to make drugs more affordable in the country.
  • The information was shared by
    Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh L Mandaviya in a
    written reply to the Parliament’s lower house, Lok Sabha. “Government has
    constituted a committee of joint secretaries for ensuring enhanced
    affordability, availability and accessibility of drugs for the citizens,”
    the Minister said.
  • The Committee would be
    responsible for suggesting ways to make pricing policy in favour of the poor
    patients.
  • It would also review the scope of
    Drugs (Price Control) Order 2013 (DPCO 2013) and suggest ways for strengthening
    the regulatory provisions of the order.
  • It would also be responsible for
    streamlining the existing mechanisms for the collection of market-based data on
    prices of medicines and suggesting ways for strengthening the existing
    pharmaceutical database management system.
India celebrates 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement

  • The 75th anniversary of Quit
    India Movement, also known as August Kranti Andolan, will be celebrated across
    India on 9 August 2017.
  • The movement that aimed to help
    India attain complete independence, a historic milestone in the Indian freedom
    struggle, had begun on 9 August 1942 under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.
    India gained independence five years after the movement.
  • A number of events are being
    planned at both organisational and local levels to mark the occasion. This
    year’s theme is “Sankalp se Siddhi- the attainment through resolve.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi
    recently called for the launch of the mega campaign, Sankalp Se Siddhi, from 9
    August.  He urged the youth, student
    organisations and NGOs in India to organise group discussions to bring forth
    new ideas.
  • Modi also termed the month of
    August as the month of revolution, as it has witnessed the three most
    significant events of Indian history – the non-cooperation movement (1 August
    1920), Quit-India movement (9 August 1942) and finally the day India gained its
    Independence from the British Raj (15 August 1947).
Appointments
Indian-American Dilip Chauhan appointed as Deputy Comptroller for
Minority Affairs in New York

  • Indian-American Dilip Chauhan was
    on 8 August 2017 appointed as the Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs of
    Nassau County, New York. He was nominated for the post by Nassau County
    Comptroller George Maragos.
  • The post of Deputy Comptroller
    for Minority Affairs focuses on increasing outreach to the minority communities
    in Nassau County here.
  • The minority communities are an
    integral part of the structure of The Nassau County and the Comptroller’s Office
    has been a driving force in advocating for increased business opportunities for
    Minority and Women Owned Enterprises (MWBEs) to meet the County’s goals.
  • Chauhan had joined the
    Comptroller’s office in 2015 as Director for Community Affairs, South and East
    Asia. He has been serving as Senior Advisor to the Comptroller since early
    2017.
World News
Facebook launches YouTube competitor called ‘Watch’

  • Facebook on 9 August 2017
    launched a new video programming platform ‘Watch’ for creators and publishers.
    Watch is expected to compete with Google-owned YouTube.
  • Watch will be available on
    mobile, desktop, laptop as well as in TV apps.
  • Watch is a platform for all
    creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate
    fans, and earn money for their work.
  • It is personalized to one in
    discovering new shows, organized around what your friends and communities are
    watching.
  • Moreover, to help the viewers
    connect with friends, Watch allows them to see comments while watching the show
    and also allows them to participate in a dedicated Facebook Group for the show.
  • Watch also has a Watchlist to
    help the viewers to keep up with the shows they follow, so that they never miss
    out on the latest episodes.
Lists & Indexes
India ranks 43rd in 2017 Global Retirement Index

  • India in the first week of August
    2017 was ranked at the last position of 43rd in the 2017 Global Retirement
    Index (GRI).
  • The Index is published by French
    asset management company Natixis Global.
  • The Global Retirement Index ranks
    43 countries on the basis of four factors, which are the material means to live
    comfortably in retirement (Material Well-being), access to quality financial
    services to help preserve savings value and maximize income (Finances), access
    to quality health services (Health), and a clean and safe environment (Quality
    of Life).
  • The 43 countries included in the
    index are the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
    Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF) advanced economies and
    the BRIC (Britain, Russia, India and China) countries.
  • The 2017 Global Retirement Index
    was topped by Norway, followed by Switzerland and Iceland.
Awards & Honors
Actor Dev Patel honoured with Asian Game Changer Award 2017

  • Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev
    Patel was honoured with the Asian Game Changer Award 2017 by the Asia Society
    for making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and
    the world.
  • As per the Asia Society, Dev
    Patel’s roles in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Lion’ challenge the audiences to
    view India’s poor as individuals instilled with hopes, dreams and
    opportunities, not as teeming and desperate masses.
  • Patel has also established
    lasting ties with India with his #lionheart campaign that has raised over USD
    250000 to support homeless children in India.
  • The other Asian Game Changer
    awardees of 2017 are Tadashi Yanai, the founder of clothing retailing chain
    UNIQLO; Mongolian Eagle huntress Aisholpan Nurgaiv and Afghan rapper Sonita
    Alizadeh.
  • On the other hand, Aga Khan was
    honoured with the Asia Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award.
Obituaries
Actor Sitaram Panchal of ‘Peepli Live’ fame passes away

  • Acclaimed Bollywood actor Sitaram
    Panchal passed away early morning on 10 August 2017 after battling kidney and
    lung cancer. He was 54.
  • “He died today morning. He
    was suffering from cancer and wasn’t keeping well since the past few
    months,” said family sources.
  • The actor, best known for his
    unconventional roles in films like Peepli Live, Slumdog Millionaire, Paan Singh
    Tomar and Jolly LLB, passed away at his residence in Mumbai after celebrating
    his 26th wedding anniversary with his wife Uma Panchal and son Rishabh Panchal.
  • In his last days, the actor faced
    severe financial issues. He had even put up a post on social media seeking
    financial help for his cancer treatment last month. The Cine & TV Artistes
    Association (CINTAA) had come forward to help the actor. Panchal was discharged
    from the hospital last month.
Former West Bengal Minister Gyan Singh Sohanpal dies

  • Gyan Singh Sohanpal, former West
    Bengal Minister and freedom fighter, passed away on 8 August 2017 following
    old-age problems. He was 92.
  • He was among the few people who
    shared the stage with Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. His
    career spans the Bengal famine in the 1960s, the Naxalite movement, the
    Emergency and the rise and fall of the Left government.
  • Fondly called ‘Chacha’ by all,
    Sohanpal began his political life by joining the Congress during the 1942 Quit
    India movement.
Former Union minister and BJP MP Sanwar Lal Jat passes away

  • Sanwar Lal Jat, former Union
    minister and BJP MP from Ajmer, passed away in New Delhi on 9 August 2017. He
    was 62.
  • The minister was being treated at
    Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital. He had suffered
    a cardiac arrest and collapsed during a meeting chaired by BJP party president
    Amit Shah at Jaipur in July, following which he was admitted to the Intensive
    Care Unit (ICU) of the city’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital.
  • However, he had to be airlifted
    to AIIMS from Jaipur after his condition turned critical. He slipped into coma
    shortly later.  According to the doctors
    at AIIMS, the cardiac arrest had caused damage to Jat’s brain and he had to be
    put on a ventilator.

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