javascript:void(0) Current Affairs August 2017 - 1 August 2017 to 31 August 2017 ~ Online GK

Current Affairs August 2017 - 1 August 2017 to 31 August 2017

Current Affairs August 2017 - 1 August 2017 to 31 August 2017
This monthly current affairs series is for the month of August 2017. You can also download free ebooks on month wise current affairs questions. The questions are in Points to Remember form which are easy to remember. Also download current affairs for the last six months.

New Trade and Transit agreement between India and Bhutan comes into force: The new bilateral Agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan came into force on 29 July 2017. It aims to strengthen the bilateral relations between India and Bhutan.
Supreme Court Ban: The Supreme Court of India on 31 July 2017 announced a ban on the use of five metals including lithium, mercury, arsenic, antimony and lead in firecrackers, deeming them as harmful for the environment.
Switzerland: Switzerland is now home to the world's longest suspension footbridge that was inaugurated on 29 July 2017.
Olympic Games: It’s final that Paris and Los Angeles will be hosting the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics respectively. This was formally announced after Los Angeles agreed to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. With this Los Angeles will be hosting the games for the third time since it first hosted in 1932. It last hosted Olympics in 1984.
India-Somalia: India and Somalia on 1 August 2017 signed a bilateral agreement for the transfer of sentenced persons. The move is step forward in deepening humanitarian cooperation between the two nations.
Christopher Wray: The US senate on 1 August 2017 confirmed the appointment of Christopher Wray as the Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Wray was elected to the post by winning 92-5 votes of the Senate.
Sanjaya Baru: Sanjaya Baru was on 1 August 2017 appointed as the Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with effect from 1 September 2017.
Pushpa Mitra: Pushpa Mitra (PM) Bhargava, a veteran molecular biologist and an ardent critic of Genetically Modified crops, passed away on 1 August 2017 following a prolonged illness. He was 89. Bhargava was the Founder-Director of Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).
Marian Diamond: Marian Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience, passed away in July 2017. She was 90. Diamond is mostly known for her investigations of Albert Einstein’s brain.
Dhanraj Pillay: Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay was honoured with the 'Bharat Gaurav' by East Bengal Football Club on its foundation day, that is, 1 August. Bharat Gaurav is the highest award of the club.
Hassan Rouhani: Hassan Rouhani was on 3 August 2017 officially sworn in as the President of Iran for a second term. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei gave his official approval for Rouhani's appointment by giving him a decree to assign him his duties.
Mohammad Mustafa: Senior bureaucrat Mohammad Mustafa was on 3 August 2017 appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
Bengaluru: Bengaluru has launched a helicopter taxi service from its International airport (Kempegowda International Airport, KIA) to Electronics city, becoming the first in the country to do so. The main aim of the move is to ease the commuting process for people in the city, beat the city’s extreme traffic scene and save precious time.
Larsen & Toubro: Engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro in August 2017 announced Rs 3375 crore (18.8 Bn MUR) worth metro order from the Mauritius government. The projects will be fully funded through a grant by Union Government and line of credit.
Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems: India’s first private sector missile sub - systems manufacturing facility, Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) plant was inaugurated at the Hardware Park in Rangareddy district near Hyderabad on 3 August 2017.
M Venkaiah Naidu: BJP-led National Democratic Alliance Vice-Presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu won the Vice Presidential election on 6 August 2017. With this election, Naidu will serve India as the 13th Vice President (in person) of the country and 15th overall.
S Aparna: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s Principal Secretary, S Aparna- a senior IAS officer has been appointed as the Executive Director at the World Bank in the United States.
National Handloom Day: The 3rd National Handloom Day was observed across India on 7 August 2017, in order to promote indigenous creations and honour the handloom weavers of the country.
Dipak Misra: The Union government on 8 August 2017 appointed Justice Dipak Misra as the  45th Chief Justice of India (CJI). Justice Misra will be sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind on 27 August 2017.
Quit India Movement: The 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement, also known as August Kranti Andolan, will be celebrated across India on 9 August 2017.
Global Retirement Index: India in the first week of August 2017 was ranked at the last position of 43rd in the 2017 Global Retirement Index (GRI). The Index is published by French asset management company Natixis Global.
'Watch': Facebook on 9 August 2017 launched a new video programming platform 'Watch' for creators and publishers. Watch is expected to compete with Google-owned YouTube. Watch will be available on mobile, desktop, laptop as well as in TV apps.
13th Vice President of India: Former Union Minister Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has sworn in as the 13th Vice President of India on 11 August 2017. He has been administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Ram Nath Kovind at a special function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Vijay Nambisan: Noted poet and writer Vijay Nambisan on 10 August 2017 passed away following a prolonged illness. He was 54.
2017 UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid on 8 August 2017 defeated Manchester United, the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, to grab the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.
Real Madrid won the match 2–1 for their fourth UEFA Super Cup title.
12 August: International Youth Day
The International Youth Day was observed across the world on 12 August 2017 with the theme 'Youth Building Peace'. This year, the Day is aimed at celebrating young people’s contributions in preventing conflicts and bringing about transformations along with inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.
2016 warmest year: An annual report compiled by scientists around the globe has stated that the year 2016 was the warmest on record for the planet as a whole.
Prasoon Joshi: The Union Government on 11 August 2017 appointed lyricist Prasoon Joshi as Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for a period of three years. With this appointment, Joshi has replaced former Chairman Pahlaj Nihalani.
Somalia: The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 13 August 2017 declared Somalia free of polio. The UN health agency announced that it had not recorded any case of polio disease in Somalia in the last three years.
Usain Bolt: Usain Bolt, the greatest sprinter of modern times, retired from the Athletics world on 13 August 2017. But the farewell ended in pain as he injured himself while running the last lap of the men’s 4x100m relay race at the World Athletics Championships in London.
Infusion Nurses Society: The Infusion Nurses Society (INS), a global authority in infusion therapy, on 13 August 2017 launched India's first online course on Infusion Therapy for nurses. Under the online course, the Infusion Nurses Society aims to train over 3000 nurses in the vital medical procedure.
Shaurya: The Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Shaurya on 12 August 2017 was commissioned in Vasco, Goa by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan. ICGS Shaurya is the fifth in the series of six 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).
Milkha Singh: Indian track and field sprinter Milkha Singh was on 11 August 2017 appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Physical Activity in South-East Asia Region.
Museum on the Partition of the Indian subcontinent: A new museum on the Partition of the Indian subcontinent was inaugurated in the third week of August 2017 after 70 years of bloodstained tragedy that had split British India into India and Pakistan in 1947.
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid on 16 August 2017 defeated Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the 2017 Spanish Super Cup to seal the win.
Elephant Population: The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on 12 August 2017 released preliminary results from the first-ever synchronised All-India Elephant Population Estimation. As per the estimation, the population of Asian elephant in India stands at 27312.
S Paul: S Paul, the veteran photographer who was described as 'The Henry Cartier-Bresson of India' by B&W Magazine of US, died in New Delhi on 16 August 2017. He was 88.
19 August: World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) was observed across the globe on 19 August 2017. The day is commemorated every year to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and also to rally support for people affected by crisis around the world
Sanjiv Gupta: Sanjiv Gupta was recently appointed as the President and Managing Director (MD) of General Motors India. Prior to this appointment, Gupta was serving as the Chief Financial Officer. Gupta will succeed Kaher Kazem, who has been appointed as the President and CEO of General Motors Korea.
Nikolay Kudashev: Career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev was on 18 August 2017 appointed as the Russia's Ambassador to India. His appointment was approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Janusz Glowacki: Renowned Polish-US playwright and screenwriter Janusz Glowacki passed away on 19 August 2017. However, the cause of his death was not revealed. He was 78.
NASA: NASA on 18 August 2017 launched Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) to help astronauts at the International Space Station in communicating with the Earth. This USD 408 million Boeing-made satellite was sent into space through United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket that was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Triple Talaq: With its trial to give an end to the issue of the Triple Talaq in Muslim community, the five judges of five faith of the Supreme Court of India in its judgement on 22 August 2017 struck down the validity of triple talaq by a majority of 3:2.
The court in its verdict also said that the practice of instant triple talaq was violative of Article 14 and Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. It also goes against Shariat and the basic tenets of the Quran.
Versius: British scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot named Versius, which could transform everyday operations for tens of thousands of patients.
The robot was developed by a team of 100 scientists and engineers using low-cost technology originally developed for mobile phones and space industries.
K Chandrashekhar Rao: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was on 21 August 2017 selected for the prestigious Global Agriculture Leadership Award 2017 by the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA).
National Sports Awards: The Union Government on 22 August 2017 announced the National Sports Awards. Para athlete Devendra and hockey player Sardar Singh will be honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara and football player Oinam Bembem Devi have also been selected for the top national sports award.
India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves: In a recent report, the leading global financial firm Morgan Stanley estimated that India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves, for the first time, are expected to touch USD 400 billion by the week to 8 September 2017. Indeed, when adjusted for forward positions Indian forex reserves are already touched USD 407 billion. In the report, which was released in early August 2017, Morgan Stanley mentioned that surge in the reserves is driven mostly by robust capital inflows and weak credit offtake.
Ashwani Lohani: Ashwani Lohani was on 23 August 2017 appointed as the Chairman of Railway Board of India. Lohani will succeed AK Mittal, who resigned as the Chairman of Railway Board following two back-to-back train accidents.
FIBA Asia Cup 2017: Australia on 20 August 2017 was crowned the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 basketball champions.
Rajiv Bansal: The Union Government on 23 August 2017 named Rajiv Bansal, additional secretary and financial advisor in the Petroleum Ministry, as interim CMD of Air India Ltd.
The decision came a day after the previous Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani was appointed as the Chairman of the Railway Board.
Wayne Rooney: Former England captain Wayne Rooney on 23 August 2017 announced his retirement from international football, ending a 14-year career.
With this, Rooney also leaves as England's most-capped outfield player with 119 appearances.
Nandan Nilekani: Nandan Nilekani was on 24 August 2017 appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of Infosys Board, returning to the company ten years after he stepped down as its Chief Executive Officer.
Dipak Misra: Justice Dipak Misra was on 28 August 2017 sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI). He was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind. Justice Misra will retire on 2 October 2018.
Nozomi Okuhara: Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on 27 August 2017 defeated PV Sindhu 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to claim the 2017 BWF World Championships. The final match was held at Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
Nitasha Biswas: Nitasha Biswas, a transwoman from Kolkata, on 27 August 2017 was crowned the first Miss TransQueen India. The competition was held in Gurugram, Haryana. Biswas is currently pursuing Masters in Business Management in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Doklam: Ending the bitter standoff of 70-days over Doklam, India and China on 28 August 2017 agreed to withdraw their troops from the border region. India said the breakthrough was reached by diplomatic talks.
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-15 Championship: The India football team on 27 August 2017 defeated Nepal 2-1 to win the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-15 Championship at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato in Nepal.
New Banknotes: The Reserve Bank of India recently introduced two new denomination banknotes of Rs 200 and Rs 50 in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing the signature of RBI Governor Urjit Patel.
Initially, the new Rs 200 notes will be circulated by select RBI offices and some banks. It may not be available through ATMs as they will have to be recalibrated to accommodate the new note.
National Sports Day: India celebrated its National Sports Day on 29 August 2017. The day is annually celebrated on this day to mark the birth anniversary of legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand.
Japan - North Korea: Tensions are expected to escalate between Japan and North Korea after the latter fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island into the sea early morning on 29 August 2017.
29 August: International Day Against Nuclear Tests
The International Day Against Nuclear Tests was observed across the world on 29 August 2017 with an aim to promote peace and security world-wide. The Day is observed through the coordination of various activities all over the world such as symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, instruction in academic institutions, media broadcasts and others.
XFEL: The biggest X-ray laser gun on earth named, European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), will begin operating in September 2017. The European XFEL will shoot 27000 laser pulses per second, 200 times more per second than the next highest-performing gun in California. The 1.5 billion-euro laser replaces its predecessor, FLASH, in Germany.
Demonetization: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 30 August 2017 released the Status of the Return of SBNs- Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Annual Report 2016-17. The report states that around 99 per cent of the demonetised notes that is Rs 15.28 lakh crore have been returned to the bank.

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