Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - August 22, 2017

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh launches digital police portal  

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the 21st August launched digital police portal under Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS). The portal is a smart policing initiative to provide services to citizens and aid efficient police investigation. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Singh said, the portal is a platform for citizens to file online crime related complaints and also request for antecedent verification. He said, the portal will also provide access to authorized persons to use National Database of criminal records for the purpose of investigation.

Rival factions of AIADMK merge; Panneerselvam sworn-in as deputy CM

In the significant development in Tamil Nadu politics, the warring factions of the AIADMK led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy and his predecessor O Panneerselvam were merged together on the 21st August 2017. Both the leaders flanked by their supporters visited the party headquarters in Chennai and formally announced the unification which came after a bitter split about six months ago. Mr. Palaniswami said, Mr. Paneerselvam will be AIADMK's coordinator while he will be the joint coordinator. He said, the merger was not only the desire of Tamil Nadu people but also of the AIADMK cadres.

Navy gets amphibious landing craft

The second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) L52 of Mk-IV class, an amphibious ship to transport combat equipment and troops of the Navy, designed and built by Garden Reach Ship Builders (GRSE), was commissioned at Port Blair on 21st August 2017. These ships would be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and can be deployed for multi-role activities such as beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands. The ship, commanded by Commander Kaushik Chatterjee, has a complement of five officers and 46 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition. Displacing 830 tonnes, it is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment such as Arjun main battle tanks.

Now, passport without police verification

The physical police verification for getting a passport may soon be dispensed with as the Centre plans to connect the procedure with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS), a project first conceptualized by the UPA government in 2009. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said the CCTNS, an exhaustive national database of crimes and criminals that will check the antecedents of applicants at the click of a mouse, was expected to be linked with the passport service of the External Affairs Ministry. 

Udaipur boy in Limca book for JEE feat

The first-ever student to have scored 100% in the prestigious Joint Entrance Examination — Mains, Udaipur boy Kalpit Veerwal has made it to the Limca Book of Records for his feat. Veerwal scored 360 out of 360 in the JEE-Mains this year and is now studying Computer Science at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. His record of the perfect score will feature under the ‘Education Achievements’ category of the 2018 edition, an official from the Limca Book of Records said.

World Photography Day - August 19th 

The World Photography Day is observed worldwide on the 19th August to inspire photographers around the world to share a single photo with a simple message. World Photography Day originates from the invention of Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by French man Louis Dugger and his colleague. 

The US and South Korea begin annual military drills

The South Korean and United States militaries on Monday began their first major annual military exercise amid threats from North Korea. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise will conclude on August 31. It is focusing on a “tailored joint deterrence strategy” based on the Operational Plan 5015 of the Combined Forces Command, officials said. In an unusual gesture, three top U.S. military commanders - Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris, Strategic Command head Gen. John Hyten and Missile Defence Agency, Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves - will observe the command post-exercise in person, reports Yonhap News Agency.

Indian-origin TV star-crowned ‘Child Genius’

A 12-year-old Indian-origin boy has been crowned as the U.K.'s 'Child Genius' in a popular television quiz competition, days after he became an overnight sensation after answering all questions correctly. Rahul Doshi won the Channel 4 show 'Child Genius' by beating his nine-year-old opponent, Ronan, 10-4 in the programme's finale on 19th August. He had become an overnight sensation earlier this week after he answered all questions correctly. 

Govt puts urad, moong dal imports under restricted category   

The government has put imports of Urad and Moong dal under the restricted category and fixed an annual cap of three lakh tonnes for their import. The move will help stabilise domestic prices which have fallen below the minimum support level and are hurting farmers. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a notification said import of Urad and Moong dal is revised from free to a restricted category. However, this restriction will not apply to the government's import commitments under any bilateral and regional agreement.

Indian Oil to invest Rs 52000 cr in Paradip Port

The state run oil major, Indian Oil Corporation is all set to invest Rs 52000 cr to Paradip Port. This is being done for expansionary purposes and to set up a petrochemical complex. The Odisha government has agreed to give an interest-free loan of up to Rs 700 cr per annum for 15 years. The refining capacity of the Port is likely to be increased to 5 million tonnes a year.
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