Daily Current Affairs Updates – 8th August 2017

Important Daily Current Affairs Updates 8th 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.

STATE

2030WRG will help the Maharashtra Government raise $270 million from the Green Climate Fund

The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG) will help the Maharashtra Government raise $270 million from the Green Climate Fund, which will be invested in integrated watershed programmes such as Jalyukt Shivar Yojana. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new fund under the UN and is guided by the principles and provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 2030WRG is hosted by the International Finance Corporation and is a public-private-civil society collaboration for water resources reform in developing economies. Its ultimate aim is to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030.

Useful Info

State – Maharashtra

Capital – Mumbai

CM – Devendra Fadnavis

Governor – C Vidyasagar Rao

Centre has declared entire Assam as a “disturbed” area under the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for one more month

Centre has declared entire Assam as a “disturbed” area under the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for one more month, citing various violent activities by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB, and others.

The Union home ministry also declared Meghalaya’s border areas adjoining Assam, and three districts in Arunachal Pradesh as “disturbed” under the AFSPA for two more months with effect from August 03rd, 2017.

Useful Info

State – Assam

Capital – Dispur

CM – Sarbananda Sonowal

Governor – Banwarilal Purohit

Union Home Minister – Rajnath Singh

Constituency – Lucknow, UP

India’s leading FMCG Britannia to set up largest plant in Maharashtra

India’s leading FMCG Britannia Industries would set up its largest plant in Maharashtra in a food park at Ranjangaon. The company was also planning to set up a diary project at the food park with a capacity of seven lakh litres per day.

Useful Info

Britannia HQ – Bengaluru

CEO – Varun Berry

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tops on Twitter in Odisha

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik emerged as the most sought after politician in the State having above half-a-million followers on the microblogging site Twitter. Mr. Patnaik is closely followed by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan having 4.56 lakh followers and BJD MP Baijayant Panda’s 2.7 lakh followers.

Useful Info

State – Odisha

Capital – Bhubaneshwar

CM – Naveen Patnaik

Governor – Senayangba Chubatoshi Jamir

NATIONAL

Union Home Ministry passed an order to merge NCRB with BPRD

Union Home Ministry passed an order to merge the three-decade old National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD). Government has taken this decision with an aim to improve administrative efficiency and optimal utilization of resources. The BPRD Director General (DG) will be the head of the merged new entity, where the NCRB Director, an Additional DG rank post will report to the former.

India-ASEAN Youth Summit from Aug 14 to be held in Bhopal

Over 100 delegates from 10 ASEAN countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – will participate in the India-ASEAN Youth Summit to be held in Bhopal from August 14-19. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be among the key speakers at the event.

Useful Info

State – Madhya Pradesh

Capital – Bhopal

CM – Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Governor – Om Prakash Kohli

Union External Affairs Minister – Sushma Swaraj

ASEAN Countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

BANKING & ECONOMY

PNB customers have to pay charges for depositing cash above Rs. 5,000 in a non-base branch

PNB customers will have to pay charges for depositing cash above Rs. 5,000 in a non-base branch even if it is located in the same city. Currently, the customers of Punjab National Bank have levied charges only for depositing cash over Rs. 25,000 at a non-base branch within the same city. It has been decided to revise the non-credit related charges (exclusive of GST) with effect from September 1st, 2017 for cash deposit above Rs. 5,000 at other than base branch within the same city.

Useful Info

PNB – Punjab National Bank

HQ – New Delhi

MD & CEO – Sunil Mehta

GST Council, has decided to raise cess on Luxury cars & SUV from 15% now to up to 25%

Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and luxury cars, which became cheaper after the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST), may now cost more as the GST Council, has decided to raise cess on them from 15% now to up to 25%. The proposal to raise the ceiling of cess covers large motor vehicles with capacity for 10-13 persons, mid segment and large cars, sports utility vehicles, mid segment hybrid cars and other hybrid vehicles, all of which at present attract 15% cess.

Useful Info

GST Council Chairman – Arun Jaitley

Mastercard and PayPal have expand their partnership into Asia Pacific

Mastercard and PayPal have announced an extension of their partnership into Asia Pacific for making MasterCard a clear payment option within PayPal. PayPal will add Mastercard as a payment method to their e-wallet and consumers can make it their default payment option.

APPOINTMENT

Senior bureaucrat S Aparna appointed as Executive Director of World Bank

Senior bureaucrat S Aparna, presently Principal Secretary to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, has been appointed as an Executive Director in the World Bank in the US. As the Executive Director at World Bank, Ms. Aparna will represent the constituency of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Aparna has been appointed in place of S C Garg, who has recently taken over as Secretary, Department.

Useful Info

World Bank HQ – Washington D.C

President – Jim Yong Kim

AGREEMENT

Iran signs MoU with Renault, it is the biggest ever car deal

Iran’s official news agency says two Iranian companies have signed the country’s biggest-ever car deal with French multinational automobile manufacturer Group Renault to produce 150,000 cars, beginning in 2018. The Euro €660 million or $778 million deal follows the lifting of international sanctions after Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.

Useful Info

Country – Iran

Capital – Tehran

Currency – Iranian Rial

Renault HQ – Boulogne-Billancourt, France

AWARDS

Firoz Merchant, an Indian businessman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) honoured by UAE government

Firoz Merchant, an Indian businessman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who has spent over USD 4 million to help free prisoners languishing in jails due to non-payment of debts, has been honoured with UAE’s prestigious Community Service Medal.

Useful Info

Country – United Arab Emirates

Capital – Abu Dhabi

Currency – UAE Dirham

SPORT

ONGC beats Bengaluru Hockey 4-2, wins MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has beaten Bengaluru Hockey Association (BHA) by 4-2 in the final in 91st All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament held at Mayor Radhakrishnan stadium , Egmore Chennai.

Useful Info

91st All India MCC-Murugappa Gold cup Hockey Tournament

Winner – ONGC

Runner – Bengaluru Hockey Association

Best forward: Jenjen Singh (Bengaluru HA)

Best mid-fielder: Machaiah (ONGC)

Best goalkeeper-defender: Diwakar Ram

Most promising player: Sanjay Xalxo (Odisha)

Man of the final: Rajkumar Pal (BHA).

BCCI ordered to lift lifetime ban on cricketer Sreesanth by Kerela HC

Kerala High Court ordered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to lift the life ban imposed on Cricketer Sreesanth in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

 

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