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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 AUG 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 13 AUG 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. CANARA BANK LAUNCHES TWO NEW DIGITAL SERVICES
i. Canara Bank unveiled two new digital services for online payments. Bharat QR (Quick Response) for payment settlement at merchant locations and Bharat Bill Payment System, an integrated bill payment system for net banking customers.
ii. Bharat QR is a mobile application, which enables a merchant to accept payments as settlement for sale of goods or services. The service product rides on VISA/MasterCard/RuPay cards and holders need not divulge card information to merchants.
iii. Bharat Bill Payment System is an initiative of the Reserve Bank of India and is managed by the National Payments Corp of India. It offers bill payment services to the bank’s net banking customers with network of agents.


2. AKSHAT NIGAM AND GERISH KHEMANI AWARDED “HINDU PLAYWRIGHT AWARD 2017”
i. The Hindu Playwright Award 2017 is awarded to Gerish Khemani and Akshat Nigam for their play ‘In Search of Dariya Sagar’.                  
ii. The playwriting awards was organized by the newspaper The Hindu in Chennai. The 2 lakh award was presented to the two playwrights at the 13th edition of The Hindu Theatre festival.
iii. The jury comprised: Keva lArora who teaches English Literature and drama at Kirorimal College. Arshia Sattar who is a well-known author and translator and theatre director and documentary filmmaker Sunil Shanbag.

3. VETERAN JOURNALIST T J S GEORGE BAGS FIRST-EVER KESARI MEDIA AWARD
i. Veteran journalist T J S George has bagged for the 1st Kesari Media Award. It is instituted by the Kesari Memorial Journalist Trust.
ii. The award comprises a purse of Rs 50,000, citation and a statuette designed by renowned artist Bhatathiri. A jury, comprising filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Asianet editor M G Radhakrishnan, Media Academy chairman R S Babu and Kesari Memorial Journalist Trust chairman C Rahim as members, selected the award winner.

4. HINDUSTAN UNILEVER, ASIAN PAINTS AND BHARTI AIRTEL – FORBES’ LIST OF THE WORLD’S 100 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES
i. Three Indian firms namely Asian Paints, Hindustan Unilever and Bharti Airtel are among Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies.
ii. Salesforce.com has replaced Tesla Motors on the top position. Bharti Airtel has entered the ranking at 78th position.
iii. HUL and Asian Paints have moved up in their ranks to 7th and 8th respectively. HUL recorded an innovation premium of 68.59%;Asian Paints (68.28%) and BhartiAirtel (41.4%).
iv. Among others in the top 10 are — Amazon.com (3rd position), Shanghai RAAS Blood Products (4th), Netflix (5th), Incyte (6th), Naver (9th) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (10th).
v. The annual ‘World’s Most Innovative Companies’ are the ones that investors expect to be innovative now and in the future. To be included in the list, firms need 7 years of public financial data and USD 10 billion in market cap.
vi. Tata Consultancy Services, Sun Pharma and Larsen & Toubro were also on the 2016 list.

5. PRASOON JOSHI APPOINTED AS CHAIRPERSON OF CBFC
i. Bollywood lyricist-screenwriter and ad guru Prasoon Joshi has replaced Pahlaj Nihalani as CBFC chairperson.
ii. He will be served for a period of 3 years or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
iii. Prasoon Joshi, who was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2015, has written lyrics for songs in Bollywood films such as Lajja, Fanaa, Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par and many more.
iv. Prasoon Joshi is also the CEO of McCann World group India and Chairman (Asia Pacific). He is the winner of two National Awards and three Film fare Awards.

6. DAVID RASQUINHA APPOINTED AS EXIM BANK MD
i. David Rasquinha has been appointed as Managing Director of Export-Import Bank of India. Rasquinha is at present Deputy Managing Director of the Exim Bank.
ii. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for three years.

7. INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: AUG 12, 2017
i. The International Youth Day was observed on 12 August 2017 across the world.
ii. The 2017 International Youth day Theme was ‘Youth Building Peace’.
iii. The International Youth Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 17 December 1999 through its resolution 54/120. In1985, the UN celebrated the 1st International Year of Youth.
iv. The Day came into existence through the recommendation of the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in August 1998 that 12 August should be declared International Youth Day.
v. The Day is aimed at celebrating young people’s contributions in preventing conflicts and to bring about transformations along with incorporation, social justice and sustainable peace.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHICH PUBLIC SECTOR BANK UNVEILED TWO NEW DIGITAL SERVICES FOR ONLINE PAYMENTS – BHARAT QR (QUICK RESPONSE) AND BHARAT BILL PAYMENT SYSTEM?
a)  Canara Bank
b)  Syndicate Bank
c)  Bank of India
d)  Corporation Bank
Q2. WHICH THREE INDIAN FIRMS HAVE FEATURED IN FORBES’ LIST OF THE WORLD’S 100 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES?
a)  Infosys, Asian Paints and Bharti Airtel
b)  Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints and Bharti Airtel
c)  Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints and Infosys
d)  Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints and Patanjali Ayurved
Q3. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN AWARDED ‘HINDU PLAYWRIGHT AWARD 2017’?
a)  Mohit Rastogi and Akshat Nigam
b)  Gerish Khemani and Mohit Rastogi
c)  Gerish Khemani and Akshat Nigam
d)  Ravi Jain and Akshat Nigam
Q4. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS REPLACED PAHLAJ NIHALANI AS NEW CHAIRPERSON OF CENTRAL BOARD OF FILM CERTIFICATION?
a)  Mukesh Khanna
b)  Babul Supriyo
c)  Javed Akhtar
d)  Prasoon Joshi
Q5. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EXPORT-IMPORT BANK OF INDIA?
a)  David Rasquinha
b)  Victor Fernandes
c)  Rakesh Goyal
d)  Vincent Lewis

ANSWERS: 

1 - A    2 - B    3 - C    4 - D    5 - A

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