Daily Current Affairs - 15th Aug 2017

10-yr-old Indian youngest to climb 6,153m mountain

  • A 10-year-old mountaineer from Visakhapatnam, Kaamya Karthikeyan, successfully summited one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas, making her one of the youngest people in the world to achieve this feat.
  • Kaamya completed conquering Mount Stok Kangri. At a height of 6,153 metres (20,187 ft), Stok Kangri is not recommended for beginners and is considered ideal for advanced trekkers.

85 lakh milk producing animals identified

  • 85 million milk producing animals out of 300 million cattle and buffaloes are being identified using polyurethane tags with 12 digit unique identification (UID) number.
  • Data of the identified animals is being uploaded on Information Network on Animal Health and Productivity (INAPH) data base.
  • Pashu Sanjeevani component under National Mission on Bovine Productivity scheme is crucial for control and spread of animal diseases, increase in trade of livestock and livestock products by meeting out sanitary and phtyosanitory issues.

Actor-writer Joe Bologna dies

  • The Emmy Award-winning writer, actor Joe Bologna, whose comic timing won him many plaudits, has passed away at the age of 82.
  • Bologna and Taylor (His Wife) wrote their first Broadway show Lovers and Other Strangers , which was directed by Charles Grodin.
  • The film adaptation of the play was nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay.

Balaji joins in Tata Motors as CFO

  • Tata Motors has announced the appointment of P.B. Balaji as its new chief financial officer.
  • Mr. Balaji has resigned as CFO of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL).
  • He will join Tata Motors Group from mid-November 2017. Mr. Balaji will replace Tata Motors group CFO C. Ramakrishnan, who is scheduled to retire by end of September, 2017

China bans imports from N. Korea

  • China will halt iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea , following through on new UN sanctions after U.S. pressure for Beijing to strong arm Pyongyang over its ally’s nuclear programme.
  • Beijing had pledged to fully enforce the latest sanctions after the United States accused China of not doing enough to rein in its neighbour, which relies heavily on the Asian giant for its economic survival.
  • The United Nations Security Council, including permanent member Beijing, approved tough sanctions against Pyongyang on August 6 that could cost the country $1 billion a year.

CRPF commandants Chetan Cheeta, Pramod Kumar awarded Kirti Chakra

  • CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force ) commandants Pramod Kumar and Chetan Cheeta have been awarded Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry medal, for their brave exploits against terrorists in Kashmir.
  • Assistant Commandant Chandan Kumar and Constable Amarnath Mishra have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra, the third highest peacetime gallantry medal.
  • The force CRPF, designated as the lead force for operations against Naxals, also won the maximum 53 Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) in 2017.

Google voice search in eight more languages

  • Google has unveiled its voice search facility in eight additional Indian languages.
  • With this it will help to solve the challenge for India’s next billion users.
  • The new languages include Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.
  • Speakers of these languages will be able to use their voice to dictate queries — both in Gboard on Android as well as in Search through the Google App

Government asks Google, Facebook, Microsoft, others to remove Blue Whale links

  • Government has directed internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links of dangerous online game Blue Whale Challenge, which has led to suicide of children in India and other countries
  • The Blue Whale challenge is reportedly a digital suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete for a period of 50 days and the final task leads to suicide. The player is also asked to share photos after finishing the challenge.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh launches live twitter wall on ‘Bharat Ke Veer’

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched the live twitter wall for promoting Bharat Ke Veer portal.
  • This social media awareness campaign will display all tweets with hashtag Bharat Ke Veer (#BharatKeVeer), at Connaught Place, in New Delhi where huge LED display screens have been installed. Emoji has also been created for this hashtag.
  • Bharat Ke Veer portal was launched by the Union Home Minister and actor Shri Akshay Kumar on April 9, 2017. This portal facilitates online donation directly to the families of CAPF Martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the country in line of duty from January 1, 2016.

Indian exports in July grow nearly 4% over last year

  • Indian exports in July at $22.5 billion recorded a growth of over 3.9 per cent on the back of a healthy rise in shipments of engineering goods, petroleum products and chemicals.
  • India's exports during the corresponding month of last year stood at $21.69 billion.

Japanese economist Jun-ichi Okabe wins award for book on India villages

  • The Japan Society of Economic Statistics (JSES) presented its 2017 Award to Jun-ichi Okabe, professor, Yokohama National University, for the book A New Statistical Domain in India: An Enquiry into Village Panchayat Databases.
  • He co-authored the book with Aparajita Bakshi .
  • The book draws on fieldwork in Warwat Khanderao village, Buldhana district, Maharashtra, and Raina village, Bardhaman district, West Bengal.

Kerala government brings out Hamari Malayalam textbook for migrants

  • The Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority released a textbook exclusively to teach migrant labourers Malayalam, the mother tongue of the people of the state.
  • The state government initiative is expected to be a boon for around 25 lakh workers, who migrated to Kerala from other states, including West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu.
  • Titled Hamari Malayalam (Our Malayalam), the textbook launched by state Education Minister C Raveendranath at Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district, a town with largest migrant labour population in the state.

Launch of GeM Samvad: The GeM -Industry forum

  • An MoU was signed between Government eMarketplace (GeM) SPV and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • This MoU between GeM and CII is aimed at establishing GeM Samvaad- a participative and collaborative approach with the industry for promoting Indian industry and entrepreneurship.

Ministry of Railways to observe “Rail Swachhta Pakhwada” from 16th August to 31st August 2017

  • Ministry of Railways is observing ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ across its entire network from August 16TH to 31ST August 2017.
  • This period was allotted to Ministry of Railways by the Nodal Ministry for ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ namely ‘Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation’.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won Men's doubles in Montreal final

  • In the doubles final, fifth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

Sankara Rao to be IFCI Chief Executive

  • IFCI Ltd, a government company, is set to have a new Managing Director & CEO in E Sankara Rao, who is currently Chief General Manager at India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL).
  • The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has given its nod for the Department of Financial Services (DFS) proposal to appoint Emandi Sankara Rao as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of IFCI Ltd

Zverev beats Federer in the Rogers Cup final

  • German fourth seed Alexander Zverev beats Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.
  • He won 10th match in row after victory in Washington.
  • German and Swiss now have five tournament titles in 2017.