Daily GK Update & Current Affairs: 13th-14th August 2017
1. India-ASEAN Youth Summit begins in Bhopal:
- The India-ASEAN Youth Summit began in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh to commemorate 25th anniversary of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)–India dialogue partnership in the ongoing year.
- The first of its kind event was organised by Union Foreign Ministry, Union Sports Ministry, Madhya Pradesh government and India Foundation.
- The five day Summit will commemorative this year’s theme of “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.
- Madhya Pradesh was chosen for this event as the Sanchi stupa located here strengthens the state’s cultural affiliation with the ASEAN countries.
2. I V Subba Rao appointed secretary to Vice President:
- Retired IAS officer I V Subba Rao (IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre – 1979 batch) has been appointed the secretary to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
- He held several important posts in Andhra Pradesh and later served the UNESCO.
N Yuvaraj (IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre – 2006 batch), will be the private secretary to Naidu.
3. Environment Minister Launches ‘Gaj Yatra’ to Mark World Elephant Day 2017:
- Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, launched ‘Gaj Yatra’ in Karnataka, a nationwide campaign to protect elephants on the occasion of World Elephant Day (12 August). The campaign is planned to cover 12 elephant range states.
- The Environment Minister released the All India Census 2017 Report on elephants. The ‘Gaju’ mascot, which was released by the Ministry in 2012, will be helm the campaign.
- The campaign will be led by the Wildlife Trust of India. Actor and wildlife enthusiast, Ms. Dia Mirza, participated in the walk and run event organized on the occasion.
4. Ministry of Culture Organizes ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi Program’ in Coimbatore:
- To take forward the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a New India movement from 2017-2022, a Sankalp Se Siddhi (Attainment through Resolve) Program was organized at Coimbatore.
- Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge), Dr. Mahesh Sharma graced the occasion. The New India Movement 2017-2022 envisages an India free of Poverty, Corruption, Terrorism, Communalism, Casteism and Un-cleanliness.
5. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis launches ‘Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra’:
- Chief Minister of Maharashtra ‘Devendra Fadnavis’ has launched ‘Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra’ an initiative providing job opportunities to unemployed youth in Mumbai.
- Under this Yuva Rojgar Kendra and Mumbaikars can get fresh and healthy food, as well as farm, produce procured directly from farmers.
- These products will be made available with the help of mobile vans all over Mumbai and the information about the location of the vans is made available through an app.
- There are various schemes like farmers weekly market, farmers mobile market and mother’s Tiffin.
6. India’s First Online Course on Infusion Therapy Launched:
- Infusion Nurses Society (INS), a global authority in infusion therapy launched India’s first online course on Infusion Therapy for nurses. Under this, it aims to train over 3,000 nurses in the vital medical procedure.
- As per the INS, due to the reach and ease of the digital platform, the course will enable members to access the various infusion therapy modules and presentations through its website.
7. David Rasquinha appointed as Exim Bank MD:
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed ‘David Rasquinha’ as the Managing Director (MD) of Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) for a period of three years.
- EXIM Bank commenced operations in 1982 under the Export-Import Bank of India Act, 1981 and head office in Mumbai.
8. S. Aparna Appointed Executive Director, World Bank:
- S. Aparna, an IAS officer from Gujarat cadre has been appointed as Executive Director, World Bank to represent the constituency of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka for three years.
- A 1988-batch IAS, she is currently Principal Secretary to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. At the World Bank, she will replace Subhash Garg, who was recently appointed Economic Affairs Secretary, Ministry of Finance.
9. Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints in Forbes’ top 10 Innovative Firms List:
- Three Indian firms, Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints and Bharti Airtel are among Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies, where Salesforce.Com has replaced Tesla Motors on the top position.
- While HUL and Asian Paints have moved up in their ranks to seventh and eighth respectively (from 31st and 18th last year), Bharti Airtel has entered the ranking at 78th position.
10. T J S George bags first-ever Kesari Media Award:
- Veteran journalist and star of Mysore Columnist ‘T J S George’ has bagged for the first Kesari Media Award at a function in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
- The award consists of a purse of Rs 50,000, citation and a statuette designed by renowned artist Bhatathiri. The award instituted by the ‘Kesari Memorial Journalist Trust’(KMJT).
11. Jharkhand Assembly passes Religious Freedom Bill:
- Jharkhand state assembly has passed Religious Freedom Bill 2017, which ait to stop the forced conversions in the state.
- Now, the bill will be sent to the governor of the state, following whose approval it would go to the President for assent.
- A person converting willingly will have to inform the Deputy Commissioner about details such as time, place and the person who administers the conversion proceedings.
12. ‘Fete de Puducherry’ Begins in Puducherry:
- A three-day annual cultural festival named ‘Fete de Puducherry’ organised by the government of India begins in Puducherry.
- The festival is held in association with the South Zone Cultural Centre (Tamil Nadu) every year to bring to focus the multi-faceted cultural features of various states.
- The Puducherry government has been holding the festival since 1985 as part of celebrating Independence Day and also Liberation Day of Puducherry (August 16).
13. World Health Organisation declares Somalia free of polio:
- The UN health agency, World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Somalia free of polio.
- According to the UN health agency, it had not recorded any case of polio disease in Somalia in the last three years.
Somalia recorded the last case of polio in 2014 in the central part of the country.
14. Gabriel Chundan Lifts 65th Nehru Trophy:
- Gabriel Chundan won the 65th edition of the prestigious Nehru Trophy (Boat Race) held at the Punnamda Lake in Kerala.
- While ‘Mahadevikkad Kattilthekkethil’ came second, ‘Payippad’ and ‘Karichal’, last year’s winner, secured the third and fourth spots respectively.
15. Mairaj & Rashmmi pair bags gold at Asian Shotgun Championship:
- India bagged a gold medal in the skeet mixed team event of the 7th Asian Championship Shotgun in Astana and finished the championship with a total of eight medals.
- The Indian duo of Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Rashmmi Rathore eked out a narrow 28-27 win over the Chinese pair of Liu Jiangchi and Gao Jianmei.
- Earlier, Ankur Mittal had won a gold in the men’s double trap and had also helped India bag the team gold in the event.
- Kynan Chenai won a bronze in the men’s trap and also partnered Shreyasi Singh to claim the trap mixed team bronze.
- Maheshwari Chauhan clinched a bronze in the women’s skeet, along with a team silver in the event before the men’s skeet team picked up another bronze.
16. Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt retires, his last race marred by injury:
- The greatest sprinter Usain Bolt (30-year) said good bye to the Athletics world.
- Running the final race of his career, after taking the baton from his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, suffered cramps on his left hamstring as he tried, in vain, to chase down his rivals in the men’s 4x100m relay race at the World Athletics Championships in London.
- Britain won the gold in 37.47 seconds while United States (38.01) and Japan took the silver and bronze respectively.