Daily GK Update: 12th August 2017 Current Affairs
1. United Nations International Youth Day observed today: 12th August
- The International Youth Day (IYD) is observed every year on 12th August to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
- International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.
- On 17 December 1999, the International Youth Day (IYD) was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by passing resolution 54/120.
2. Odisha government and Facebook launches “SheMeansBusiness” programme:
- Odisha government and social networking giant Facebook has launched “SheMeansBusiness” programme to train women entrepreneurs in the state.
- It was launched in partnership between Odisha’s MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) department and Project Mission Shakti.
- Under this initiative, 25, 000 women entrepreneurs and self-help group (SHG) members from the state will be given training on digital marketing skills within by the end of 2018.
- Facebook will monitor the growth of the MSMEs in Odisha after imparting training to them in next one year.
3. Nitish Kumar launches mobile therapy van for elderly people:
- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flagged off mobile therapy vans which would provide basic medical assistance to elderly people, widows and other section who requires social security.
- The vans equipped with basic medical apparatus and accompanied by a technical team would provide basic medical care to elderly people, widows and disabled in the districts.
- The van is an outcome of a joint project of the World Bank and the Bihar government which is run by Social Welfare department.
4. Gujarat CM distributes NAMO e-tabs to college students:
- Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Vijay Rupani has distributed NAMO e-tabs to college students across the state.
- e-tablet which costs Rs 8000 is being distributed to the students for one thousand Rupees only.
- The Government will distribute e-tablets to 4 lakh students during this year for which provision of Rs.300 crore has been made. 5 lakh students have already registered for this NAMO- e-TAB.
- The NAMO- e Tab (New Avenues of Modern Education Through Tablets) has 1.3 GH core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory (expandable up to 32 GB), 3450 mAh battery, voice calling facility, 2 MP rear and 0.3 mp front camera, 7 inch HD display and Android 5.1 Lollipop OS.
5. Prasoon Joshi appointed as new chairman of CBFC:
- The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has appointed Prasoon Joshi as the new Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). He will replace Pahlaj Nihalani and shall have tenure of three years.
- Besides, the ministry by exercising its powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 and the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983 also reconstituted the existing CBFC Board for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier. The new board will be headed by Prasoon Joshi.
- Prasoon Joshi is renowned songwriter-poet known for his contribution to various films and for designing successful ad campaigns. He has been honoured with Padma Shri. He has penned the theme song for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and other campaigns.
6. Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY) Launched:
- The Government of India has decided to launch a new sub-scheme named “Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)” as part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
- The Self Help Groups under DAY-NRLM will operate road transport service in backward areas. This will help to provide safe, affordable and community monitored rural transport services to connect remote villages with key services and amenities.
- AGEY will be initially implemented in 250 Blocks in the country on Pilot basis.
7. AICTE to shut down engineering colleges with less than 30 % admissions:
- The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to close down those technical colleges which recorded less than 30% admissions in the last five years.
- With over 27 lakh seats lying vacant in various engineering colleges across the country, such colleges will be closed down from next year.
- According to ACTED data, there are around ten thousand three hundred fifty engineering institutions in the country that are approved by the AICTE.
- AICTE has also reduced the penalty for closing down the institution that was a deterrent for many colleges which were willing to shut amid poor demand.
8. Agri Ministry to celebrate “Sankalp to Siddhi: New India Manthan from 19th Aug
- Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry will celebrate Sankalp to Siddhi- New India Manthan in all the districts of the country from 19th to 30th of this month.
- This program will last for two and a half hours in which the first video message of the Prime Minister to be shown.
- A film will be shown on the efforts being made by the government for agricultural development and the resolution will be taken to free the country from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism.
9. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected:
- Uhuru Kenyatta has been re-elected as President of Kenya.
- Kenyatta got 54.27 % votes beating his rival Raifa Odinga who got 44.74% of votes. Kenya is a country in East Africa with the coastline on the Indian Ocean.
10. Telangana Government Launches ‘Smart Streets Lab’ in Hyderabad:
- The government of Telangana in association with the World Resources Institute (WRI) India – Ross Centre and the Indian School of Business (ISB) launched the ‘Smart Streets Lab’ program.
- It is an effort to apply and figure out technology-based solutions for women and road safety in Hyderabad.
- Through the ‘Smart Streets Lab’, the state government aims to utilize technological interventions from outside and integrate them with its various departments.
11. Center hikes import duty on crude, refined palm oil:
- The Central Board of Excise and Customs has raised the Import Duty on crude palm oil to 15% from 7.5 % and on refined to 25% from 15% to curb cheaper shipments and boost local prices for supporting domestic farmers and refiners.
- The import duties on other crude edible oils like soya and sunflower have also been hiked to 17.5% from existing 12.5%.
- The hike will help restrict cheaper imports from Malaysia and Indonesia and benefit farmers which are in distress due to fall in prices of oilseeds below minimum support price because of bumper production.
12. Canara Bank Unveils Two New Digital Services:
- Canara Bank unveiled two new digital services for online payments. Bharat QR (Quick Response) is for payment settlement at merchant locations and Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) is an integrated bill payment system for net banking customers.
- The first service is a mobile application, which enables a merchant to accept payments as settlement for sale of goods or services. The second product (BBPS), an initiative of the RBI offers bill payment services to the bank’s net banking customers with network of
13. Indian Bank Brings 2-tier Interest Rate for Savings Accounts:
- According to the PSU lender Indian Bank, it has introduced two tier interest rate structure for saving bank accounts and will offer interest rate of 4 per cent per annum on savings account with incremental balance of over Rs 50 lakh and 3.50 per cent per annum for deposit up to Rs 50 lakh.
- The new interest rate will be effective from August 16, 2017.
Recently, SBI had slashed interest rate on savings account deposits by 50 basis points to 3.5 per on balance of Rs 1 crore and below.
14. Reenat Sandhu Concurrently Accredited As Next Ambassador of India to the Republic of San Marino:
- Ms. Reenat Sandhu, presently Ambassador of lndia to ltaly, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of San Marino, with residence in Rome.
- She is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
15. Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ Passes Away:
- German-born Catholic missionary Sister Ruth Pfau (87-year), who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan passed away in Karachi, Pakistan.
- She was also known as Pakistan’s Mother Teresa and founder of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi.
- Ruth Pfau was honored with the country’s two highest civilian awards the Hilal-e-Imtiaz and the Hilal-e-Pakistan.
16. World’s Oldest Man Dies in Israel at 113:
- Israeli Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man, died aged 113.
- Kristal, originally from Zarnow, Poland, was born on September 15, 1903, three months before the Wright brothers’ first successful powered airplane flight.
17. Milkha Singh Appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador:
- Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh has been appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Physical Activity in South-East Asia Region.
- Mr. Milkha will promote WHO South-East Asia Region’s NCD (non-communicable diseases) Prevention and Control Action Plan which seeks to reduce the level of insufficient physical activity by 10 percent and NCDs by 25 percent by 2025.
18. Maheshwari bags memorable bronze at Asian Shotgun Championship:
- India’s shooter ‘Maheshwari Chauhan’ bagged a bronze medal at the Asian Shotgun Championship in Kazakhstan.
- Maheshwari also led India to the team silver, alongside compatriots Rashmmi Rathore and Saniya Sheikh.
- The trio shot a total of 190, finishing behind Gold medalists China, who shot 195.
India’s tally now stands at two gold, a silver, and three bronze medals.