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Current Affairs and Updates of 23 August, 2017

RBI to Issue Rs 200 Notes Soon

daily current affairsThe Finance Ministry has given its nod to the Reserve Bank of India to issue Rs 200 notes. The new Rs 200 notes will ease pressure on lower- denomination currency bills. The exercise of printing Rs 200 notes is being undertaken, and the new notes are likely to be in circulation shortly.

Railway Board Chairman Ashok Mittal Quits
Chairman of the Railway Board, Ashok Mittal hand over his resignation to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. His resignation come after the recent incident of the derailments and a number of a high profile accidents. Today morning Kaifyat Express derailed in Utter Pradesh’s Auriya in which more than 70 people were injured. This was four days after the Utkal Express derailment in which 22 people were dead.

40% Reservation For Girls at Planned Navodaya school
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said the government has decided to offer 40% reservation for girls at 100 Planned Navodya type schools and five higher education it plans to setup for minority community students.

The Minister of State for minority affairs said that, “We want to empower the communities with dignity and, therefore, are focusing on the education sector. We will give 40 per cent reservation to girls from the communities in the schools and also in the institutes. This is to ensure they complete their education,”

Forbes Released world’s Highest Paid Actors Listindiajobsdekho.com
Mark Wahlberg , the former rapper turned actor become highest paid leading man in Hollywood, earning $ 68 million. He replaced last Dwayne the Rock Johnson from the top spot. Shahrukh Khan is the highest paid actor of Bollywood, secured 8th position worldwide in the list of Forbes.
The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors in the Forbes List 2017, are:
1. Mark Wahlberg ($68 million)
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($65 million)
3. Vin Diesel ($54.5 million)
4. Adam Sandler ($50.5 million)
5. Jackie Chan ($49 million)
6. Robert Downey, Jr. ($48 million)
7. Tom Cruise ($43 million)
8. Shah Rukh Khan ($38 million)
9. Salman Khan ($37 million)
10. Akshay Kumar ($35.5 million).

Niti Aayog Launches Mentor India Initiative
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has launched Mentor India Campaign. This is a stratagic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs, established all over the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission.
Shri Amitabh Kant reveled the online nation-wide campaign in New Delhi.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Triple Talaqend of triple talaqAugust 22, 2017 was an historic day for the Muslim women. In a verdict, the Supreme Court banned most controversial and much debated Islamic Practice of Instant divorce as arbitrary and unconstitutional. The landmark decision for gender justice that will stop Muslim male calling off a marriage on a whim.
The committee of five judges, under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of India, Justice JS Kehar said the practice of saying ‘Talaq’, or divorce thrice in one go – sometimes even mail or whatsapp – violated Muslim women’s right to equality and was not integral to Islam.

Former Manipur CM Rishang Keishing Passes Away at 96
Former Manipur CM, Member of First Lok Sabha and Veteran Congress Leader Rishang Keishing passed away on Tuesday, following a brief illness in Imphal. He Served as the chief Minster of manipur from 1980 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1997. He was freedom fighter and member of India’s first Parliament (1952 to 1957).

Government Announces National Sports Awards 2017
National Sports Awards bestowed every year to recognize and reward excellence in Sports.
Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Justice C.K. Thakkar (Former Judge Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice of High Court of Himachal and Bombay). Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by Shri Pullela Gopichand.

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The Government has decided to bestow awards upon the following :
(i) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

The most prestigeous Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.

S. No.  Name of the Awardee Discipline
1 Shri Devendra


Para Athelete
2 Shri Sardar Singh Hockey

(ii) Dronacharya Award

Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years.

S. No. Name of the Awardee Discipline
1 Late Dr. R. Gandhi Athletics
2 Mr. Heera Nand Kataria Kabaddi
3 Mr. G. S. S. V. Prasad Badminton (Lifetime)
4 Mr. Brij Bhusan Mohanty Boxing (Liftime)
5 Mr. P.A. Raphel Hockey (Lifetime)
6 Mr. Sanjoy Chakraverthu Shooting Lifetime)
7 Mr. Roshan Lal Wrestlimg (Lifetime)

(iii) Arjuna Awards

Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events

Recipients are : V.J. Surekha (Archery), Khushbir Kaur (Athletics), Arokia Rajiv (Athletics), Prasanthi Singh (Basketball), LaishramDebendro Singh (Boxing), Cheteshwar Pujara (Cricket), Harmanpreet Kaur (Cricket), OinamBembem Devi (Football), S.S.P. Chawrasia (Golf), S.V. Sunil (Hockey), Jasvir Singh (Kabaddi), P. N. Prakash (Shooting), A. Amalraj (Table Tennis), Saketh Myneni (Tennis), SatyawartKadian (Wrestling), Mariyappan (Para-Athletics) and Varun Singh Bhati (Para-Athletics).

(iv) Dhyan Chand Award

Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development.

Recipients are : Bhupender Singh (Athletics), Syed Shahid Hakim (Football), Sumarai Tete (Hockey)

  • The awardees will receive their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 29 August 2017.

17th meeting of FSDC Held in New Delhi
The 17th meeting of the FSDC ( Financial Stability and Development Council) was held under the chairmanship of the union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. The Concil discussed sbout the Central KYC Registry (CKYCR) syestem. The Council also given force on he strenghtening the regulation of the Credit Rating Agencies (CRAs).

NABARD Sanctions Rs 1350 crore Loan to Rajasthan
The National Bank of Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) has approved a loan of Rs. 1349.55 crore to the Rajasthan Government. The loan will be provided for the creation of rural infrastructure in the state under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF). It includes construction of two rural drinking water supply projects, strengthening/rehabilitation of 1,614 rural roads and modernization of three major irrigation projects.

O Panneerselvam Sworn in as Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu
After the much speculated merger of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) factions, O Panneerselvam sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on August 21, 2017.

ONGC board Accords HPCL takeover of 51.11% stake
The Union Government had given nod to the sale of its 51.11% stake in oil refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corporation limited (HPCL) to India’s leading oil producer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC). The board of ONGC has given ‘in-principle’ approval to attain governments 51.11% stake in HPCL. The deal will be completed within a year.

The Union Ministry of HRD Launches ‘Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat’ Program
The Union Human Resource development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javdekar launched ‘‘Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat’ Program in Kochi, Kerala. The program aims to prepare a physical Health and Fitness Profile Card for more than 12 lacs of Kendriya Vidyalaya Students.This is an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to provide a inclusive report card for children covering all age groups and different abilities. The main objective of this program to aware student, teachers and parents for good health and fitness and encouraging 60mins of play everyday.

Karnataka Government launches Varshadhari : A clouding seeding Project
Karnataka government has launched clouding Seeding Project Varshadhari in Bengaluru. The Varshadhari project is an experimental project, under which an aircraft will spray chemicals to induce rainfall, that will cover Bengaluru, Gadag and Yadgir districts of the state.

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