Current Affairs 17 August 2018 in English
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Current Affairs 17 August 2018
Important Current Affairs 17 August 2018
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Important Current Affairs 17 August 2018
Paraguayan President Abdo Benítez sworn in
- Right-wing former Senator Mario Abdo Benítez has been sworn in as the new president of Paraguay after defeating his liberal rival in April elections.
- Mr Abdo Benítez is the son of a close aide to ex-military dictator Alfredo Stroessner.
- He replaces Horacio Cartes.
- Mario Abdo Benítez got involved in politics in 2004.
US singer Aretha Franklin dies at 76
- US singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76.
- She received the Grammy Award 18 times and was the first female vocalist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
- By the end of the 1960s she was being called “The Queen of Soul”.
- She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Iron and Titanium found on ‘Ultrahot Jupiter’
- The astronomers carried out new observations of exoplanet Kelt-9b.
- Kelt-9b is the hottest exoplanet discovered and was discovered in 2017.
- Astronomers discovered that the atmosphere is made up of vaporized iron and titanium.
- The team used the Galileo National Telescope in La Palma, Canary Islands, to observe the planet.
India petitions FAO for a ‘Year for Millets’
- Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers welfare has requested the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to declare an “upcoming” year as International Year of Millets.
- This would help garner wider global attention to millets which are not only nutritious but also resilient to climate change.
- India is celebrating 2018 as the national year of millets.
Israeli Navy to procure Barak 8 missile
- The multipurpose Barak 8 missile defence system will be procured by the Israeli Navy to protect its economic zones and strategic facilities from diversified threats.
- The Barak 8 missile defence system is jointly developed by India and Israel.
- Barak-8 is an operational air and missile defense system used by the Israeli Navy as well as by the Indian Navy and air forces.
Qatar to invest $15 billion in Turkey
- Qatar has promised to make a USD 15 billion direct investment in Turkey.
- The announcement came after Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani held talks with Turkish President Erdogan.
- Turkey has been badly hit by a currency crisis amid a widening diplomatic standoff with the United States.
China’s rover to explore dark side of moon
- China has unveiled a new lunar rover as it prepares to become the first nation in the world to explore the dark side of the moon.
- China’s last lunar rover — named Yutu, or Jade Rabbit — ceased operation in August 2016 on the surface of the moon as part of the Chang’e 3 mission.
- China announced its intentions in 2015 to send a rover to the dark side of the moon.
ISRO’s first mission to study the Sun
- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to study the Sun through its Aditya-L1 satellite which will be inserted in a halo orbit, which is 1.5 million km from the Earth during 2019-2020.
- Aditya-L1 will be launched by PSLV-XL from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
- ISRO had planned to use Aditya-1 to observe only the solar corona, which is the outer layer of the Sun.
First penguin to be born in India
- India’s first Humboldt penguin was born on 15th August at Mumbai’s Veer Jijamata Udyan.
- It is the first penguin to be born in the country.
- Eight Humboldt penguins were brought to Mumbai from South Korea in July 2016.
- The zoo authorities will later conduct a DNA test to find out its gender and will then name it.
NPPA fixes ceiling price of 92 drugs
- The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed the ceiling price for 92 drug formulations, including those used for the treatment of cancer, hepatitis C, migraine and diabetes among others.
- NPPA fixes the ceiling price of essential medicines of Schedule I under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order (DPCO) 2013.
- NPPA monitors the prices of controlled and decontrolled drugs.
Railways launches “Digital Screens”
- The Ministry of Railway has launched digital screens to spread awareness among public about the heritage of Indian Railways.
- The project aims at showcasing the legacy of Indian Railways through one to two minute-long movie clips on digital LED screens.
- In addition, QR code based posters on Railway Heritage are also being displayed at these stations.
SEBI eases process of issuance of securities
- The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) allowed investors to place multiple bids in a private placement issue on debt basis and permitted depositories to act as facilitators.
- This will ease the process of issuance of securities on electronic book platform.
- SEBI has also allowed closed bidding on electronic book platform (EBP) along with open bidding.
SEBI cuts listing time for public issue
- The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) drastically cut the timeline for listing of debt securities to 6 days from 12 days at present.
- This will make the existing process of issuance of such securities simpler and cost-effective.
- The new rule would be applicable for all public issues of debt securities from October 1, 2018.
TCS becomes most valued company
- Tata Consultancy Services on 16th August 2018 pipped Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to regain the crown of India’s most valued company in terms of market capitalisation.
- RIL had on 14th August 2018 dethroned TCS to clinch the title of the most valued Indian company by market valuation.
- The m-cap figure of companies changes daily with stock price movement.
New panel formed on mullaperiyar dam
- A special committee headed by National Water Commission was formed to monitor situation in Mullaperiyar dam.
- The Cabinet Secretary constituted a committee chaired by chairman, Central Water Commission and Engineers-in-Chief of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
- The decision comes in the wake of Kerala’s request to Tamil Nadu not to allow the water to reach beyond 142 ft.
India rise to 96th spot in FIFA Ranking
- India’s football team have jumped one spot higher to take the 96th spot in the latest FIFA World Rankings.
- The improvement came in the ranking after FIFA implemented a new ranking system called ‘Elo’ where points are added and subtracted to the team’s existing tally before every match.
- France clinched the number one FIFA ranking followed by Belgium, Brazil, Croatia and Uruguay.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at 93
- Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on 16th August, 2018.
- Three-time Prime Minister, Vajpayee was the first and the only non-Congress Prime Minister to serve a full five-year term from 1999 to 2004; and for short periods of 13 days in 1996 and 13 months in 1998.
- He was first elected to Parliament in 1962 as a member of Rajya Sabha. In 1971, he won his first Lok Sabha seat.
NPCI unveils ‘more secure’ UPI
- The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched the updated unified payments interface (UPI) 2.0 on August 16, 2018.
- The new version of UPI, in addition to current and savings accounts, will let customers link overdraft accounts to UPI.
- Another feature would allow customers to check their invoice sent by merchants prior to making payments.
India’s oil import bill to jump by $26 bn
- India’s crude oil import bill is likely to jump by about $26 billion in 2018-19 as rupee dropping to a record low has made buying of oil from overseas costlier.
- India imports more than 80% of its oil needs, spent $87.7 billion on importing 220.43 million tonnes (MT) of crude oil in 2017-18.
- For 2018-19, the imports are pegged at almost 227 MT.
India Ratings cuts growth forecast to 7.2%
- India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has revised its FY19 economic growth forecast down to 7.2% from 7.4% earlier.
- It cited the headwinds emanating from elevated global crude oil prices and the government’s decision to fix the minimum support prices of all kharif crops at 1.5 times the production cost.
- Ind-Ra provides ratings, research and rigorous analytics of market in India.
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