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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 AUG 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 AUG 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1. BILATERAL MEETING BETWEEN INDIA AND UZBEKISTAN HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. The bilateral meeting between India and Uzbekistan held in New Delhi. The Commerce and Industries Minister, Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Elyor Ganiev, Minister of Foreign Trade held detailed discussions on deepening trade and economic ties between India and Uzbekistan.
ii. It will include investments, trade in goods and services such as education and health in India and Uzbekistan and also underlined the high importance of transport & logistics infrastructure for strengthening bilateral trade ties.
iii. Commerce Minister also requested Uzbek Minister to become member of multilateral INSTC Agreement which would facilitate increased international transit cargo traffic through Iran.
iv. Commerce Minister informed Uzbek Minister that existence of Non-Tariff Barriers such as import quotas and licensing, price and foreign exchange control, complex customs and administrative procedures have also been limiting inter-regional trade.

2. TELANGANA GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES 181 HELPLINE FOR DISTRESSED WOMEN
i. Department of Women Development and Child Welfare in collaboration with Hyderabad District Collectorate launched a Women Helpline 181 to help and assist women in distress.
ii. The helpline will support women affected by harassment, trauma and violence both in private and public spaces such as family, community and workplace.
iii. The helpline will function 24/7 and provide service to women affected by violence, women seeking emotional support and also provide information about women welfare schemes introduced by the State and Central government.
iv. Women Helpline is being launched with the technical support of GVK-EMRI and it is financially supported by Union government.


3. INDIAN NAVY BAND TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL MILITARY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN MOSCOW
i. The International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower” is the parade of the best military music bands of Russia and other countries that takes place every year at Red Square in Moscow. “Spasskaya Tower” is scheduled from 24 Aug to 03 Sep 2017.
ii. This is considered as largest international events in Russia, where military musicians represent the variety of national, artistic and military traditions of the world.
iii. A Tri-Services band from the Indian Armed Forces has also been invited to participate and perform in the prestigious event. Every year about 1500 musicians, military men and other artists from around 40 countries perform at the “Spasskaya Tower”.
 iv. The Tri- Services Band comprises 07 Officers and 55 PBORs. Commander Satish K Champion, Command Musician Officer, and Eastern Naval Command will lead the Naval Band component with 01 officer and 09 musician sailors.

4. 9TH MEETING OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENTS OF SCO DEALING WITH THE PREVENTION AND ELIMINATION OF EMERGENCY SITUATION
i. The 9th meeting of Heads of Governments of SCO dealing with the prevention and elimination of emergency situation, made by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh at Cholpon- Ata in Kyrgyz Republic.
ii. India has offered to host a joint urban earthquake search and rescue exercise with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member nations, including China and Pakistan, in 2019 to better respond to emergencies in case of natural disasters.
iii. Over the period 1996 to 2015, the SCO countries have lost 300,000 lives due to natural disasters like earthquakes, storms, floods, landslides, epidemics etc.
iv. In this regard, a joint Urban Earthquake Search and Rescue exercise will be very useful in improving our collective preparedness. India offers to host a joint exercise on Urban Earthquake Search and Rescue in 2019.
v. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a Eurasian political, economic, and security organisation, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, China

5. ANDHRA PRADESH 1ST TO IMPLEMENT BHARAT QR DIGITAL PAYMENTS TO MAKE VIZAG LESS-CASH CITY
i. Andhra Pradesh’s Eastern Power Distribution Company Ltd and the Southern Power Distribution Corporation of AP Ltd have become the 1st state-owned distribution companies in India to accept payments through Bharat QR.
ii. It is the world’s 1st interoperable quick response code acceptance solution launched by the Reserve Bank of India. The Vizag Digital Dhan Sankalp project is an initiative lead by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Visa, to develop Visakhapatnam into India’s first “less–cash” city.
iii. The less cash Vizag initiative aims to transform Visakhapatnam into the FinTech Valley of India, and to serve as a dynamic example of a digitized city, on a global scale.
iv. The initiative will aim to drive access, awareness and adoption of payments focusing on underserved merchant and consumer segments, such as small merchants and women, to educate them on the benefits of digital payments.
v. To use Bharat QR to pay their electricity bills, customers will simply need to log in to their bank’s app, and scan the QR code displayed on their electricity bill, enabling instant payment.

6. RAJIV BANSAL APPOINTED AS AIR INDIA CHIEF
i. The government has appointed senior IAS officer Rajiv Bansal as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India. He will serve for 3 months. He is additional secretary and financial adviser of the petroleum ministry.
ii. He will replace Ashwani Lohani who has been appointed as the Chairman of Railway Board.
iii. Bansal is from the Nagaland cadre of 1988 batch and hails from Haryana. He had served at the civil aviation ministry between 2006 and 2008.

7. AJAY VIPIN NANAVATI APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF SYNDICATE BANK
i. Ajay Vipin Nanavati was appointed as the chairman of Syndicate Bank. His appointment has approved as Non-Official Director/Non-Executive Chairman in Syndicate Bank for 3 years according to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training.
ii. His appointment has approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

8. ‘I AM HIV POSITIVE, SO WHAT?’ BOOK FROM MANIPUR BODYBUILDER PRADIP KUMAR SINGH’S INSPIRATIONAL FIGHT TO OVERCOME HIV
i. Mr. World bronze medal-winning bodybuilder, Pradip kumar Singh from Manipur has written a book struggle against HIV AIDS with his condition and his triumphs.
ii. I am HIV positive, so what?’ the book from Pradipkumar Singh, known for his personal struggle against HIV AIDS.
iii. He was released at the Press Club of India in New Delhi. Pradip kumar, who was diagnosed as HIV positive in 2000, had come out publicly about his condition in 2007. Pradip kumar Singh had won a bronze at the 2012 Mr. World contest in Bangkok. He won the Mr. Manipur title.
iv. He had been a drug addict during his younger years; he contracted the virus from a shared syringe. He went on to win the Mr. South Asia title in 2012, before bagging a bronze in the Mr. World contest the same year. He was a brand ambassador of the Manipur State AIDS Control Society

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHO IS LEADING THE INDIAN DELEGATION IN THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION MEETING ON DISASTER PREVENTION?
a)  Narendra Singh Tomar
b)  Rajnath Singh
c)  Sushma Swaraj
d)  Arun Jaitley
Q2. WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK TITLED “I AM HIV POSITIVE, SO WHAT?”
a)  Vivek Pahuja
b)  Martin Delaney
c)  Jayanta Kalita
d)  Khundrakpam Pradip kumar Singh
Q3. WHICH COUNTRY IS HOSTING THE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017?
a)  United States
b)  China
c)  India
d)  Russia
Q4. WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF AIR INDIA?
a)  Rajiv Bansal
b)  Vinay Kumar
c)  Kirti Das
d)  Nitant Agrawal
Q5. WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF SYNDICATE BANK?
a)  Ajay Vipin Nanavati
b)  Ajay Nitin Nanavati
c)  Ajay Nalin Nanavati
 d) Ajay Vimalesh Nanavati

ANSWERS

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

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