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Daily Current affairs for 22nd & 23rd Aug 2017 Part-1 ( English )

1.       Varshadhari, a clouding seeding Project has launched in Bengaluru by Karnataka Government under which an aircraft will spray chemicals to induce rainfall. It is  an experimental project that will cover Bengaluru, Gadag and Yadgir districts of the state. In this process, either silver iodide, potassium iodide or dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) are A team of scientists from US .
2.       A team of scientists from US led by US-based Indian doctor Dr Pinaki Panigrahi have discovered an inexpensive prevention technique (therapy) against sepsis in new born babies to reduce the risk of sepsis infection by 40% in trials and it can be inexpensive – less than one dollar for a course.
3.       The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched ‘Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat’ Programme in Kochi, Kerala. The programme is an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to prepare a physical Health and Fitness Profile Card for more than 12 lakhs of Kendriya Vidyalaya students.
4.       The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Ministry of Health inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI)  is a continuation of India’s partnership with IVI to provide safe, effective and affordable vaccines for people around the world. With this partnership, India is committing an annual contribution of US $5,00,000 to IVI. IVI is Seoul (South Korea) based international nonprofit organization devoted to developing and introducing new and improved vaccines to protect the people, especially children, against deadly infectious diseases.
5.       The17th Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister of Finance was held in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by RBI Governor Dr. Urjit R. Patel, SEBI chairman, IRDAI Chairman along with heads and other senior officers of the Government and financial sector regulators.  The High lights of meeting are Macro-economic stability, Challenges facing the Indian economy, Progress of Financial Sector Assessment Program for India, CERT-Fin and FDMC, Central KYC Registry (CKYCR) system and Regulation of CRAs.
6.       The International Seabed Authority (ISA) in its 23rd session recently held at Kingston, Jamaica has extended India’s exclusive rights to explore polymetallic nodules from seabed in Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB). India was the first country to receive the status of a pioneer investor for exploration and utilization of polymetallic nodules.
7.       The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) deepen bilateral cooperation in telecom and broadcasting regulation. The LoI was signed on the sidelines of ongoing ITU-TRAI Asia-Pacific Regulators’ Roundtable jointly organised by the International Telecom Union (ITU) and TRAI in New Delhi.
8.       National Sports Awards  2017 was given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports in India.
9.       2017 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:  It is India’s highest sporting award given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years . Recipients are: Devendra (Para Athletics), Sardar Singh (Hockey).
10.   2017 Dronacharya Award: It bestowed upon coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events. Recipients are Dr. R. Gandhi (Athletics), Heera Nand Kataria (Kabaddi), G.S.S.V. Prasad (Badminton), Brij Bhushan Mohanty (Boxing), P.A. Raphel (Hockey), Sanjoy Chakraverthy (Shooting) and Roshan Lal (Wrestling).
11.   2017 Arjuna Award: It is India’s second highest sporting award bestowed upon sportsperson for consistently outstanding performance for four years. 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)
12.   2017 Dhyan Chand Award: It is bestowed upon sportspersons for life time contribution to sports development. Recipients are: Bhupender Singh (Athletics), Syed Shahid Hakim (Football), Sumarai Tete (Hockey).
13.   The Supreme Court of India has declared Islamic practice of instant divorce through triple talaq as unconstitutional, illegal and void and not protected by Article 25 (freedom of religion) of the Constitution.
14.   The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has launched Mentor India Campaign aims at maximising the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs by engaging leaders who will nurture and guide students in the Atal Tinkering Labs. More than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs have been established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission. NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission is among one of the flagship programs of the Government to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. and to set up the Atal Tinkering Labs across the country.
15.   Indian scientists have discovered Nasikabatrachus bhupathi, a new species of frog that has a snout-shaped nose, just like a pig in West Ghats. It shows comparisons with the Purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) which was discovered in 2003 in Seychelles. It has been named after the Indian herpetologist S. Bhupathy.
16.   The Union Cabinet approved an MoU  between India and Nepal on Drug Demand Reduction and Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
17.   The Union Cabinet approved a proposal for setting up of Commission under article 340 of the Constitution to examine the issue of sub-categorization of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The Commission shall be known as the Commission to examine the sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). It will submit its report within 12 weeks from date of appointment of the Chairperson.
18.   The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved closure of Bharat Wagon and Engineering Company Limited (BWEL). The decision comes in view of the continues poor physical and financial performance of the BWEL for more than 10 years, in spite of financial assistance and other support provided by MoR. The decision to wound up BWEL comes after its low probability of revival in future. BWEL is a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under Ministry of Railways (MoR). 

19.The Union Cabinet has approved Framework for Consolidation of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) through an Alternative Mechanism (AM). There will be a ministerial committee to oversee the mechanism. The members of the panel will be decided by the Prime Minister. After in-principle approval from AM, the Banks can take steps in accordance with law and Security Exchange Boad of India’s (SEBIs) requirements. The final amalgamation or consolidation scheme will be notified by the Union Government in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
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