Daily Current Affairs - 21st Aug 2017

An application to help update Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 data

  • The government is developing a mobile application to ensure that the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC), is updated regularly and expeditiously to ensure that all deserving are covered.
  • SECC forms the basis of selection of beneficiaries under various schemes.
  • The mobile app is being developed by the NIC team.

Dick Gregory, legendary comic and civil rights activist, dies

  • Comic trailblazer and civil rights activist Dick Gregory died at age 84.
  • Gregory was one of the first black comedians to find mainstream success with white audiences in the early 1960s.
  • He rose from an impoverished childhood in St. Louis to become a celebrated satirist who deftly commented upon racial divisions at the dawn of the civil rights movement.

Economic times Startup Awards 2017

  • Swiggy was the jury's unanimous choice as the winner of the most coveted category at the ET Startup Awards 2017
  • Start up of the year-- Sriharsha Majety,Rahul Jaimini and Nandan Reddy of Swiggy
  • Top Innovator – Arun Chandru of Pandorum Technologies

Hollywood's comedian Jerry Lewis, died

  • One of Hollywood's most successful comedians Jerry Lewis, died on 20th August. He was 91.
  • He is one of the most popular comic actors of the 1950s and '60s.
  • Lewis perfected the role of the quirky clown but also won acclaim as a writer, actor and philanthropist in a career spanning six decades.

IESA opening its first overseas office in Taipei, Taiwan

  • The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), a body representing the country’s Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, is opening its first overseas office in Taipei, Taiwan.
  • IESA aims to make India a manufacturing hub for electronics and semiconductors.
  • A memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (Teema) to promote co-operation and investment between Indian and Taiwanese companies in the ESDM industry was signed in 2015.
  • IESA Chairman –-Ashwini K. Aggarwal

Indian pair Soumyajit Ghosh-G Sathiyan win silver

  • The Indian pair of Soumyajit Ghosh and G Sathiyan came close to toppling the top-seeded Japanese duo of Jin Uda and Maharu Yoshimura, ended with a silver in the men's doubles at the Bulgaria Open in Panagyurishte.
  • For Ueda and Yoshimura this was second title in three World Tour final appearances-they won at the 2013 Japan Open and 2017 China Open.

Indian-origin TV star crowned ‘Child Genius

  • A 12-year-old Indian-origin boy Rahul Doshi has been crowned as the U.K.’s ‘Child Genius’ in a popular television quiz competition.
  • Rahul Doshi won the Channel 4 show ‘Child Genius’ by beating his nine-year-old opponent, Ronan.

ISRO, NASA to put sensors in the sky to keep an eye on Earth

  • ISRO and the US space agency NASA, have joined hands to develop advance space-based sensors that can help sharpen earth observation applications.
  • The joint venture, called NISAR, will focus on making sensors in the L&S-band.
  • They can help in observations such as deformations on land surface, details of coastline and depths of ocean to aid in disaster response.

JEE for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will go completely online from 2018.

  • The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will go completely online from 2018.
  • The Joint Admission Board (JAB), which is the policy-making body on IIT admissions, took the decision at a meeting in Chennai.

Kalpit Veerwal in Limca book for JEE feat

  • The first-ever student to have scored 100% in the prestigious Joint Entrance Examination — Mains, Udaipur boy Kalpit Veerwal has made it to the Limca Book of Records for his feat.
  • His record of the perfect score will feature under the ‘Education Achievements’ category of the 2018 edition

New state of matter discovered

  • Scientists have discovered a potential new state of matter that may help explain phenomena like superconductivity.
  • Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the U.S. showed that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common.

Nucon Aerospace sets up facility in Hyderabad

  • Nucon Aerospace, a manufacturer of precision control systems for the marine, ground and aerospace industries, has announced the commissioning of its production facility at Hyderabad.
  • Headquartered at Hyderabad, Nucon develops projects and provides comprehensive solutions to its clients including HAL, BEML, BDL, ISRO and DRDO.

SBI, PNB account for 40% of bad loans

  • Country’s largest lender State Bank of India accounts for over 27% of the total amount owed to public sector banks by wilful defaulters.
  • As many as 1,762 wilful defaulters owed Rs.25,104 crore to SBI as on March 31, putting pressure on its balance sheet.
  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) is next on the list with 1,120 wilful defaulters having outstanding non-performing assets of Rs.12,278 crore.
  • Total outstanding loans due to PSU banks by wilful defaulters amounted to Rs.92,376 crore.

Shapath Bharadwaj has won a bronze medal

  • Shapath Bharadwaj has won a bronze medal in the double trap event at the ISSF Junior Shotgun World Cup in Porpetto, Italy.
  • This was India's second bronze in the competition. Lakshay Sheoran and Manisha Keer won bronze in the mixed team trap competition.

Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills

  • The United States and South Korean forces started joint drills called as Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills in the South Korea.
  • 17,500 US soldiers and about 50,000 South Korean troops are participating in the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills.

Union Home Minister inaugurates office of NIA in Lucknow

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the office and residential premises of National Investigation Agency (NIA) at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP).
  • NIA plays vital role in curbing terrorism.
  • The NIA has played a crucial role in checking the funding to terrorism.