Important Daily Current Affairs Updates – 23rd August 2017:
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Govt to provide pensions for transgender soon: Andhra CM
The Andhra Pradesh government is planning to provide pension to the transgender community in a bid to establish equality and a better standard of living for every citizen in the state, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Notably, Odisha was the first Indian state to give social welfare benefits such as pensions to the transgender community.
State: Andhra Pradesh
Capital: Amaravati, Hyderabad
CM: Chandrababu Naidu
Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan
In February Air India Museum to be opened in Mumbai
The Air India Museum, which had been put on hold because of the airline’s losses, will reportedly open in February next year in Mumbai. Apart from paintings by famous artists such as MF Hussain and VS Gaitonde, the airline has a large collection of Indian crafts, wall hangings, stone carvings, antique rugs, and textiles.
CM: Devendra Fadnavis
Governor: C. Vidyasagar Rao
Rescue wagon launched by Karnataka for mass casualties
Karnataka Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy launched a mass casualty rescue wagon that is capable of transporting 20 patients in one go. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus, which was converted into the wagon, contains 8 stretchers, oxygen tanks, and defibrillators among other equipment. Maximum road accidents in the country happen in Karnataka, Reddy said.
Governor: Vajubhai Vala
In Kolkata ‘Food ATM’ installed for poor and needy
A restaurant chain owner in Kolkata has installed a ‘Food ATM’ in front of one of his outlet to feed the poor and curb food wastage. The ATM is a 320-litre refrigerator laden with leftovers, with owner urging customers to pack the leftover food and donate it. The owner is further planning to extend the service to three other outlets.
State: West Bengal
CM: Mamata Banerjee
Governor: Keshari Nath Tripathi
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu offers to resign over train accidents
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu offered to resign from his post, after two trains derailed within four days in Uttar Pradesh. He wrote in a series of tweets that he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi “taking full moral responsibility”, as he was “extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents”. He further said that PM Modi has asked him to wait.
Renaming of central sector scheme SAMPADA as PM Kisan Sampada Yojana approved by CCEA
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA has approved the renaming of the new Central Sector Scheme – SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) as Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) for the period of 2016-20 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle.
CCEA – Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
Chaired by – PM Narendra Modi
Nepal PM Deuba on 5 day visit to India
Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba reached New Delhi on a 5-day visit to India. He was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Mr Deuba will call on President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is Mr Deuba’s first visit abroad after assuming the office of Prime Minister of Nepal in June this year. A high-level delegation is accompanying the Nepalese Prime Minister.
Currency: Nepalese rupee
President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
PM: Sher Bahadur Deuba
Government confirms introduction of new Rs. 200 notes
The government confirmed the introduction of new Rs.200 notes by RBI for the first time. While no immediate date has been specified, the new notes could reportedly be introduced by September. The Rs. 200 note will fill in the ‘missing middle’ even as new currency in circulation has reached 84% of pre-demonetisation level, SBI said earlier.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY NEWS:
ONGC gives in-principle nod to acquire govt’s stake in HPCL
The board of state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on Monday gave in-principle approval to acquire government’s 51.11% stake in Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL). HPCL will become a subsidiary of ONGC and will remain a listed company post the acquisition. The government has constituted a committee headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to work out the modalities of the sale.
Headquarters: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Chairman & MD: D K Sarraf
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
MD & CEO: M. K. Surana
To offer voice-based shopping Google partners with Walmart
Retail giant and US’ largest company by revenue Walmart on Tuesday announced that it is partnering with Google to enable voice shopping through Google’s virtual assistant. This will allow users in the US to order Walmart products just by speaking to the Google Home voice-controlled speaker. The service will compete with Amazon’s Alexa voice-shopping platform.
Headquarters: California, United States
CEO: Sundar Pichai
Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas, United States
During April-June 2017, FDI jumps 37% to 10.4 billion USD
Foreign direct investment, FDI, into the country grew by 37 per cent to 10(point)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.
Devendra Jhajharia, Sardar to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
The Sports Ministry confirmed that Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia, who clinched gold in men’s F46 javelin throw at Rio Paralympics and former Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh will be honoured with the Khel Ratna award. Indian female footballer Oinam Bembem Devi has been named in the Arjuna awardees list, becoming only the second female footballer to bag the award.
New Zealand’s oldest surviving cricketer dies aged 100
New Zealand’s oldest surviving cricketer, Tom Pritchard, died aged 100 years and 165 days at his home in New Zealand on Tuesday. In March 2017, Pritchard had become only the third New Zealand first-class cricketer, after John Wheatley and Syd Ward, to reach 100 years of age. Pritchard claimed 818 wickets at an average of 23.30 across 200 first-class games.
Last surviving member of 1st Parliament post 1947 passes away
Former Manipur Chief Minister and the last surviving member of India’s first post-1947 Parliament, Rishang Keishing, passed away on Tuesday due to multiple-organ failure at the age of 98. Keishing, who served as Manipur Chief Minister four times, was the world’s oldest parliamentarian. The Manipur government has declared three days of mourning in the state following his death.