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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 AUG 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 24 AUG 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. NITI AAYOG CEO AMITABH KANT LAUNCH ‘MENTOR INDIA CAMPAIGN’
i. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has launched the Mentor India Campaign. It is a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can guide and mentor students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs.
ii. It has established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission. The mission aims to set up over 900 such labs across India and have 2,000 such labs by the end of 2017.
iii. The campaign, Mentor India is aimed at maximising the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs where the idea is to engage leaders who will nurture and guide students in the Atal Tinkering Labs.
iv. These labs are non-prescriptive by nature, and mentors are expected to be enablers rather than instructors.
v. Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students from Class 6 to Class 12 learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India.
vi. The labs are powered to acquaint students with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics and electronics development tools, Internet of things and sensors.
vii.The body of experts are seeking leaders who can spend anywhere between one to two hours every week in one or more such labs to enable students experience, learn and practice future skills such as design and computational thinking.

2. MINISTRY OF YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS ESTABLISH NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM IN NEW DELHI
i. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is going to establish National Sports Museum at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. It will be first of its kind sports museum in India.
ii. The Museum will showcase the India’s achievements in sports and also focus on the traditional sports within the country. The aim of the Museum is to popularise the sports as a way of life within the country.
iii. It will display achievements of the Indian greats in sports and also act as an educational hub and offer opportunity for the young to delve into some sporting activity.
iv. It is proposed that the Museum will have audio-visual display of rules and legacy events pertaining to various sports as part of education for the budding sportspersons.
v. It is proposed that the activities planned in various segments will include sporting activities, sports related computer games and kiosks selling sports memorabilia and sports equipment.


3. ASHWANI LOHANI APPOINTED NEW CHAIRMAN OF RAILWAY BOARD
i. Ashwani Lohani was appointed as the new Chairman of Railway Board after Ashok Mittal tendered his resignation following recent train accidents.
ii. Lohani who holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, currently is the Chairman & Managing Director of Air India. Lohani belongs to the Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers of the 1980 batch.
iii. Lohani, an officer of the railway mechanical service, had served earlier as the Divisional Regional Manager of Delhi. He was also ITDC chairman as well as the director of the Rail Museum in the capital.
iv. Lohani holds Limca Book of Records for four engineering degrees in mechanical, electrical, metallurgical and Electronics and Telecommunications streams.

4. 24TH ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL 2017
i. Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Committee has conducted the 24th chess annual event, which consists of numerous FIDE registered tournaments. It was conducting in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE.
ii. GM Amin Bassem of Egypt is winner, Briton GM Nigel Short was runner-up and GM Aryan Chopra from India finished third in Masters Tournament.

5. CABINET RENAMES SAMPADA SCHEME AS PMKSY
i. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the renaming of the new Central Sector Scheme- Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA) as "Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana" for the period of 2016-20 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle.
ii. The new Central Sector Scheme- SAMPADA was approved in May 2017 with same allocation and period. The objective of PMKSY is to supplement agriculture, modernize processing and decrease Agri-Waste.

6. SUSHMA SWARAJ TO INAUGURATE FIRST VIDESH BHAVAN IN MUMBAI
i. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will inaugurate the country's 1st Videsh Bhavan, assimilating all Regional Passport Offices under one roof, at the Bandra Kurla Complex.
ii. As a first pilot project, 4 offices of MEA - Regional Passport Office, Protector of Emigrants office, Branch Secretariat and Regional Office of ICCR - have been assimilated and brought under one roof at the state-of-art office.

7. 8 MOUS SIGNED BETWEEN INDIA AND NEPAL
i. Nepalese PM Sher Bahadur Deuba accompanied by his spouse Dr. Arzu Deuba is on a State Visit to India at the invitation of PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi. On the 2nd Day of his visit following MoUs/Agreements were signed between the two countries- MoU on Modalities for Utilization of India’s Housing Grant Component to support Reconstruction of 50,000 Houses.
ii. MoU on Implementation of the Grant Component of India’s Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Package in the Education Sector in Nepal. MoU on Implementation of the Grant Component of India’s Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Package in the Cultural Heritage Sector in Nepal.
iii. MoU on Implementation of the Grant Component of India’s Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Package in the Health Sector in Nepal. MoU for Implementation Arrangement on Cost Sharing, Schedules and Safeguard Issues for Construction of Mechi Bridge under ADB's SASEC Road Connectivity Program.
iv. Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Standardization and Conformity Assessment. MoU between the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nepal.

8. INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE SLAVE TRADE AND ITS ABOLITION
i. The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition was observed across the world.
ii. International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was proclaimed by UNESCO Executive Board through its Resolution 29 C/40.
iii. The Day was 1st celebrated in a number of countries, particularly in Haiti on 23 August 1998 and at Goree in Senegal in 23 August 1999.
iv. The Day marks the anniversary of the 1791 revolt of enslaved men and women in the western part of the island of Santo Domingo, which is now known as Haiti.
iv. This Haitian Revolution led to their freedom and independence in 1804. This revolt was a turning point in human history.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. THE NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM ESTABLISHED IN WHICH CITY?
a)  Jaipur
b)  Mumbai
c)  Lucknow
d)  New Delhi
Q2. WHO WAS RECENTLY APPOINTED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF RAILWAY BOARD?
a)  Sudhir Pratap Singh
b)  Vishwas Nangre Patil
c)   Ashwani Lohani
d)  Dharmendra Kumar
Q3. NAME THE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY NITI AAYOG TO MAXIMIZE THE IMPACT OF ATAL TINKERING LABS?
a)  Lead India Campaign
b)  Mentor India Campaign
c)  Guide India Campaign
d)  Make India Campaign
Q4. WHEN IS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE SLAVE TRADE AND ITS ABOLITION OBSERVED EVERY YEAR?
a)  23 August
b)  22 August
c)  21 August
d)  24 August
Q5. EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER SUSHMA SWARAJ TO INAUGURATE 1ST VIDESH BHAVAN IN WHICH CITY?
a)  New Delhi
b)  Kolkata
b)  Mumbai
d)  Chennai

ANSWERS: 

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

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