Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - August 23, 2017

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UIDAI launches door step Aadhar enrolment in Delhi

UIDAI has joined hands with CSC India for launching door step enrolment facility in the national capital for the elderly, patients and others who cannot travel to Aadhar centers. UIDAI Chief Executive Officer Ajay Bhushan Pandey said a mobile van in partnership with CSC India will go and enroll people who are unable to travel to Aadhar centers for enrollment like elderlies, patients, small children etc. The van was flagged off by Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. CSC India provides permit and monitors operations of common service centers across India which are meant to provide government services in rural area. There are about 2.5 lakh CSCs operations across the country.

India, Uzbekistan should take trade to $1 billion: Venkaiah

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that India and Uzbekistan should work for increasing trade to the tune of one billion US dollar by March 2018. Mr. Naidu said this while interacting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov who called on him in New Delhi on the 22nd August. According to an official release, Mr. Naidu said India and Uzbekistan have close cultural and historical connections, and people have similar developmental aspirations. He expressed happiness over several cultural events which were held in Uzbekistan to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

ED arrests Jain brothers in bank fraud case

On the 22nd August 2017, the Enforcement Directorate arrested two brothers Sanjay and Rajeev Jain of Surya Vinayak Group in a bank fraud case of over 2300 crore rupees. The two were arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. It was alleged that the accused used shell companies for routing and diverting the bank funds. The firm and the shell companies had no genuine business transactions. Later, they were sent to ED custody for three days by a Delhi Court.

Triple talaq is illegal, says Supreme Court   

The Supreme Court on 22nd August 2017 set aside by a majority verdict the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims, saying the practice was void, illegal and unconstitutional. The apex court held that triple talaq is against the basic tenets of the Quran. “In view of the different opinions recorded by a majority of 3:2, the practice of ‘talaq-e-biddat’ — triple talaq is set aside,” a five-judge Constitution Bench said in a 395-page order. While Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer were in favour of putting on hold for six months. The practice of triple talaq and asking the government to come out with a law in this regard, Justices Kurian Joseph, RF Nariman and UU Lalit held it as violative of the Constitution. The majority verdict said any practice including triple talaq, which is against the tenets of the Quran, is unacceptable.

Second ship of the landing craft launched into the Indian Navy 

On the 21st August 2017, Dr. Jagdish Mukhi, Lt Governor of Andaman & Nicobar, commissioned the IN LCU 452 into the Indian Navy at Port Blair. This is the second Landing Craft Utility which the Indian Navy has in its possession. The ship has been designed and produced by the Garden Reach Workshop in Kolkata. The ship will be used to carry battle tanks and armoured vehicles from ship to shore. The ship is fitted with state of the art communication systems

Afghanistan hails Trump support in joint struggle  

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has hailed US President Donald Trump's decision to commit US troops to the country to fight against the resurgent Taliban. Mr. Ghani thanked the US for supporting the joint struggle against the threat of terrorism. Mr. Trump has committed the US army to the open-ended conflict, despite previously advocating its withdrawal. He offered few details on the plan, but he did single out Pakistan for offering safe havens to extremists. Meanwhile, the Taliban has warned that Afghanistan would become another graveyard for the US if it did not withdraw its troops.

Syria: 42 Civilians killed in US-led airstrikes on IS territory in Raqa

In Syria, at least 42 civilians were killed in a barrage of US-led airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) group territory in the northern city of Raqa. News agency AFP quoting Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 19 children and 12 women were among those killed in the raids. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a UK-based group monitoring the Syrian conflict via a network of contacts on the ground. The toll marked the second consecutive day of ferocious bombardment on Raqa, more than half of which has been captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces battling IS. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has meanwhile also confirmed that at least 70 fighters from ISIS were killed in a Russian air attack on a convoy in the countryside west of Deir Az Zor on 18th August 2017. However, Russian state news agency TASS claimed that Russian fighter jets killed more than 200 Islamic State fighters in Deir Az Zor without specifying the date of the attack.

Wreckage of World War II ship found after 72 years

The wreckage of the World War II American ship Indianapolis was found after 72 years by a team of civilian researchers. The ship was found at a depth of 18000 feet or about 5.5km in the Pacific Ocean. The Indianapolis was destroyed on 30th July 1945 while it was returning after supplying spares and ammunition, which were used in the bombing of Hiroshima. Out of the 1196 men on board, only 316 survived and were rescued. Till date, this remains the USA’s largest ever loss at sea.

Banking operations in public banks disrupted due to the nationwide strike

Normal banking operations have been hit as public sector bank employees went on a one-day nationwide strike on the 22nd August 2017 to protest against the government's proposed consolidation move. Services like deposits and withdrawal at bank branches, cheque clearance, NEFT and RTGS transactions have been affected. However, operations at private sector banks were normal. The strike had been called by all unions under the aegis of the United Forum of Bank Unions. Besides protest against consolidation move of the government, other demands include no write-off policy for non-performing assets (NPAs) of corporate loans, declaring the wilful default of loans as criminal offence and implementation of recommendations of Parliamentary Committee on the recovery of NPAs.

FDI jumps 37% to 10.4 billion USD during April-June 2017

Foreign direct investment, FDI, into the country grew by 37 percent to 10.4 billion US Dollar during the first quarter of the current fiscal. According to the figures of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, DIPP, India had received around eight billion FDI US Dollar during the same period, last year. The main sectors which attracted the highest foreign inflow include services, telecom, trading, computer hardware and software and automobile. A bulk of the FDI came in from Singapore, Mauritius, Netherlands, and Japan. The government has announced several steps to attract foreign inflows. The measures include liberalisation of FDI policy and improvement in business climate.

Two regional rural banks record over ₹ 150cr profit in FY17

Of the 56 regional rural banks (RRBs) in the country, two notched up the net profit of over 150 crores each during 2016-17. These are the Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank and Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank. Both are sponsored by the Syndicate Bank. These are among the 49 RRBs that recorded a profit in 2016-17. Seven RRBs suffered losses during the period. According to the Reserve Bank of India’s ‘Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India’, 45 of the 56 RRBs earned profits without carrying any accumulated losses during 2015-16.

Scientists develop the world’s smallest surgical robot      

Scientists in the UK have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot with low-cost technology which is used in mobile phone and space industries. The robot named Versia, mimics the human arm and does a variety of functions which hitherto were thought undoable by robots. It is very useful in handling complex surgeries which facilitate doctors in the hospitals. It can be used for performing a variety of surgical operations.

Para athlete Devendra and Hockey player Sardar Singh honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Para Olympian Devendra Jhajharia and Hockey player Sardar Singh have been selected for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.  This award is given to the sports person for a spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field over a period of four years. Cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Cheteshwar Pujara, shooter PN Prakash, pugilist L. Devendro Singh and Tennis player Saketh Myneni are among the 17 sportspersons who will be given Arjuna Awards this year.
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