Daily Current Affairs Updates – 10th August 2017

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Important Daily Current Affairs Updates – 10th August 2017:

Dear Readers, Daily Current affairs News Updates about the National and International events were listed here. Candidates those who are preparing for IBPS/SBI/PO/Clerk exam and all other competitive exams can use this.

IMPORTANT DAY

Second round of National Deworming Day (NDD) is observed on 10 August

The second round of National Deworming Day (NDD) is observed on 10 August in 33 States and Union Territories to tackle worm Infections, targeting more than 11 crore children. August 10, is the second round of National Deworming Day, held twice a year. The NDD program was launched in 2015. Under the NDD programme, children aged between 1-19 are provided deworming tablets in schools and anganwadis across the country, except in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh where deworming is carried out once a year.

STATE

Kerala, Haryana Top Sanitation Survey

According to the survey, almost all rural households in Kerala and Haryana had access to a toilet report. The survey is released by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and was carried out by the Quality Council of India (QCI). The survey, covering 4626 villages across all States and Union territories, claimed that 62.45% of the households had access to a toilet. Bihar and Uttar Pradesh has least access to toilets compared to other states.

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Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation – Narendra Singh Tomar

Constituency – Gwalior, MP

NATIONAL

Amazon announced the launch of virtual customer service (VCS) model in 4 Indian cities

Amazon announced the launch of virtual customer service (VCS) model, an initiative launched to create cost efficient employment prospects for skilled candidates seeking more flexible work opportunities. VCS has currently been launched in Hyderabad, Pune, Coimbatore, and Noida and is hiring for entry level job opportunities along with opportunities for team managers and group managers in these cities. This initiative will help many people resume their career and find an earning with the comfort of being at home.

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Amazon HQ – Seattle, Washington, United States

CEO – Jeff Bezos

NGT bans use of non-biodegradable plastic bags in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal, NGT imposed an interim ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns in the entire national capital.

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NGT – National Green Tribunal

Union Territory – New Delhi

CM – Arvind Kejriwal

Governor – Anil Baijal

INTERNATIONAL

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Attends 15th BIMSTEC Meeting in Nepal

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj departed for Kathmandu to participate in the 15th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting (10th and 11th August). During the two-day meet, Foreign ministers of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries will review the progress in identified fourteen areas of cooperation and discuss ways to accelerate cooperation. She will attend inaugural session of the 15th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting.

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15th BIMSTEC Meeting – Kathmandu, Nepal

BIMSTEC – Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation

Union minister for external affairs – Sushma Swaraj

Constituency – Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh

Country – Nepal

Capital – Kathmandu

Currency – Nepalese Rupee

India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol

India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on climate action. With this, India became the 80th country to accept the amendment relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the international emissions reduction treaty. The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which commits its Parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets.

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The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997 and entered into force in February 2005.

Kyoto a city in Japan

Country – Japan

Capital – Tokyo

Currency – Japanese Yen

India ranked 43rd position in 2017 Global Retirement Index (GRI)

India ranked 43rd position in 2017 Global Retirement Index (GRI). It is published by French asset management company Natixis Global. The 43 countries include members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF) advanced economies and the BRIC countries.

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1st Country in GRI – Norway

2nd Country in GRI – Switzerland

3rd Country in GRI – Iceland

Bangladesh to open a new diplomatic station in Chennai

Bangladesh will open a new diplomatic station in Chennai. It is likely to focus on medical tourism and educational centres that drew thousands of Bangladesh citizens to India every year. The country is going to open 17 new diplomatic missions across the world, including the new one in Chennai.

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Country – Bangladesh

Capital – Dhaka

Currency – Taka

Citizens of 80 countries including India don’t require visa to enter QATAR

The Qatari government has announced that citizens belonging to 80 countries including India, Canada, US and UK can now enter Qatar without the need of applying for a visa. It has been stated that the visitors from the selected countries would be issued a multi-entry waiver, completely free-of-charge, at the point of entry upon presentation of a valid passport. The passport will have a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket. The waiver will either be valid for 180 days or for 30 days, depending upon the nationality of the visitor.

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Country – Qatar

Capital – Doha

Currency – Qatari rial

BANKING & ECONOMY

Online entertainment platform Netflix announced that it has acquired Millarworld

Online entertainment platform Netflix announced that it has acquired Millarworld, a comic book company. The acquisition was the first ever by Netflix. Together, the two companies will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of character franchises to life through films, series and children’s shows available exclusively to Netflix members. Millar developed the comic books and story arcs that inspired the first Avengers movie, “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Logan (Wolverine).

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Netflix HQ – Los Gatos, California, United States

CEO – Reed Hastings

Private sector lender IDFC Bank has partnered with digital payments company Zeta

Private sector lender IDFC Bank has partnered with digital payments company Zeta, to launch ‘IDFC Bank Benefits’. It is a payment solution for corporates that digitizes employee spends and claims, making the process simple, real-time and paperless. The end-to-end digital solution comprises an IDFC Bank Benefits Card and Zeta app which integrates the full suite of allowances and reimbursements offered by an employer into one preloaded card. Employees can also access the Benefits Card via the Zeta app on mobile or web. The Zeta app offers employees a real time view of spends, reimbursement limits and claims.

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IDFC Bank HQ – Mumbai

MD & CEO of IDFC Bank – Sunil Kakar

Syndicate Bank Cuts MCLR by 5-10 bps

Syndicate Bank has pared its marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) by 5-10 basis points in certain maturity buckets. MCLR for six months and one year will be 8.3 per cent (8.35 per cent now) and 8.5 per cent (8.60 per cent now), respectively, with effect from August 10.

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Syndicate Bank HQ – Manipal, Karnataka

MD & CEO – Melwyn Rego

Tagline – your faithful and friendly financial partner

Axis Bank Cuts Savings Account Interest Rate by 50 bps

Private sector lender Axis Bank reduced interest rate on savings bank accounts by 50 basis points to 3.5 per cent for deposits up to Rs 50 lakh. However, the bank will continue to pay 4 per cent interest on deposits of above Rs 50 lakh.

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Axis Bank HQ – Mumbai

MD & CEO – Shikha Sharma

Tagline – Badhti Ka Naam Zindagi

Vijaya Bank opens self-employment training institute in Indore

Vijaya Bank has disbursed loan sanction letters to beneficiaries who were trained at the Vijaya Bank Self Employment Training Institute (VIBSETI) in Bhenslay Village, Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

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Vijaya Bank HQ – Bengaluru

MD & CEO – Kishore Sansi

Tagline – A friend you can bank up on

ICICI bank launches instant credit card with the limit upto 4 lakhs

ICICI Bank has announced the launch of Instant Credit Card Service that will enable its savings account customers to get a credit card instantly, in a completely digital and paperless manner. There is a credit limit of up to Rs 4 lakh based on pre-checked bureau scores.

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ICICI Bank HQ – Mumbai

MD & CEO – Chanda Kochhar

Tagline – Hum Hai Na, Khyal Apka

APPOINTMENT

Rana Sarkar, an Indo-Canadian entrepreneur, has been appointed Canada’s consul general in San Francisco

Rana Sarkar, an Indo-Canadian entrepreneur, has been appointed Canada’s consul general in San Francisco as well as a member of the Canadian official team tasked with renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the US and Mexico. Sarkar is part of a 13-member group tasked with helping Canada navigate the renegotiation of NAFTA.

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Country – Canada

Capital – Ottawa

Currency – Canadian Dollar

SPORT

Asian Shotgun Championship: Kynan, Shreyasi win bronze in mixed team trap event

Kynan Chenai and Shreyasi Singh of India have won bronze in mixed team trap event in Asian Shotgun Shooting Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Indian pair defeated Lebanan shooters 40-38. It is India’s 4th medal in the Championship. Kynan Chenai had also won bronze in men’s trap event.

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Asian Shotgun Shooting Championship 2017 – Astana, Kazakhstan.

Country – Kazakhstan

Capital – Astana

Currency – Kazakhstani Tenge

OBITUARY

Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away

Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away after almost a year-long battle with kidney and lung cancer. He was 54. Sitaram Panchal, who made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with Bandit Queen, was best known for his work in films like Peepli Live, Pan Singh Tomar, The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Slumdog Millionaire.

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