Current Affairs Daily Digest – August 19′ 2017


 

  1. Vladimir Putin appoints Nikolay Kudashev as Russia’s new envoy to India

Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev as Russia’s new ambassador to India.

Kudashev, a specialist in South East Asia, is currently the Deputy Director General Secretariat of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin by the executive order appointed Nikolay Kudashev as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India.

  1. Neymar becomes goodwill ambassador for world’s disabled

Neymar ,fresh from his first win with Paris St. Germain and his world-record signing for the club, became a goodwill ambassador for Handicap International, pledging to work for millions who are “less visible” but deserve equality.

  1. Sri Lanka Appoints First Tamil Navy Chief After Four Decades

Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah appointed as the chief of Sri Lanka’s naval forces to head the Navy since the brutal civil war erupted in the country 45 years ago.

He succeeds Vice Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne got retired. He got appointed as the Navy Chief by President Maithripala Sirisena.

  1. India’s first world peace university inaugurated in MIT, Pune

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has inaugurated Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University (MITWPU).

MIT World Peace University is an entirely new concept and a model for moulding global citizens.

The inauguration ceremony was held at the Swami Vivekananda Mandap at the MIT World Peace University’s Kothrud Campus.

  1. CCEA approves proposal of DIPAM for strategic disinvestment

The Government of India has approved the proposal of Department of Investment and Public Asset Management for laying down the procedure and mechanism for strategic disinvestment of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)  has given its approval for the procedure and mechanism for strategic disinvestment.

 Ministry of Finance has issued instructions on procedures and processes for strategic disinvestment. In the past strategic disinvestment would start with the recommendation of the Disinvestment Commission.

  1. TRIFED celebrates World Honey Bee Da

To create awareness about Beekeeping and uses of its products including Honey, Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) is celebrating World Honey Bee Day (WHBD) on 19.08.2017 in the Country.

 In Delhi, this would be celebrated in TRIBES India Showrooms at Dilli Haat, Mahadev Road and Baba Karak Singh Marg on 18.08.2017. The main theme of celebrating WHBD is to save Indian honey bee.

Beekeeping has been useful in pollination of crops, thereby, increasing income of the farmers/beekeepers by way of increasing crop yield and providing honey and other beehive products, viz. royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis, bees wax, etc. that serves a source of livelihood for rural poor.

  1. Uber launches ‘UberEATS’ food delivery service in Bengaluru

Uber has launched the UberEATS service in Bengaluru, partnering with over 300 restaurants. The service has commenced since 4 p.m. on August 18, 2017.

A standalone application, consumers can use UberEATS to order meals from these restaurants. UberEATS had begun its operations in India back in May, with Mumbai being the first city to go live with the service.

Vartika Bansal has been appointed as the General Manager for UberEATS in Bengaluru. Vartika joined Uber in May 2017 as the General Manager for UberEATS, Bengaluru. In this role, she will be focussing on partnering with and driving value for restaurants and delivery partners and enhancing the customer experience.

  1. SBI gives leg-up to CSR initiatives, adopts 50 villages

The nation’s largest lender State Bank of India has launched a CSR initiative, SBI Gram Seva, which will work in the areas of health, education, environment and rural infrastructure.

The SBI Foundation will identify and partner with NGOs to carry out CSR initiatives under which it adopt five villages each from 10 village panchayats with each village getting around Rs 2.40 crore over the next three years.

  1. 19 August 2017: World Photography Day

August 19 is observed as World Photography Day, which aims to inspire photographers across the planet to share a single photo with a simple purpose: to share their world with the world.

World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837.  On August 19, 2010 World Photo Day hosted its first global online gallery.

  1. 19 August 2017: World Humanitarian Day

On 19 August 2003, a terrorist attack hit the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people. Among those who lost their lives was Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq.

Five years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day.

Every year since then, the humanitarian community has organized global campaigns to commemorate WHD, advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.

  1. Italy to host fall G-7 interior ministers summit on security

Italy will host a summit of Group of Seven interior ministers centered on security issues in the fall.

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti says the meeting is being organized at the request of Italy’s G-7 partners: Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States.

Italy currently holds the rotating helm of the G-7 industrialized nations.

  1. Saudi Arabia’s king orders reopening of Qatar border for Hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual haj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years.

Saudi Arabia is going to open up its border and airports for those attending the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced that the Salwa border point would be open for Qatar is performing the Haj, which this year runs from late August to early September.

  1. Qatar and Pakistan launch new direct ship route

Mwani Qatar announced the launch of a new route between Hamad Port and the Port of Karachi in Pakistan. It will boost trade between the two countries.

It will also offer “fast and secure” corridor for importers and exporters, with transit time of six days from Qatar to Karachi and eight days back.

  1. US, Japan Vow To Boost Defence Cooperation With India, S Korea, Australia

The US and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation with India, South Korea and Australia in view of North Korea’s dangerous provocative behavior.

The threat posed by North Korea was discussed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, Defence Secretary James Mattis and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera.

  1. Indian Athletes Bag 37 Medals at 7th World Dwarf Games

As the Indian consulate in Toronto observed Independence Day on August 15, one group of participants at the celebrations stood tall – members of the Indian contingent that had just won a record haul of medals at the World Dwarf Games in Canada.

The 7th edition of the World Dwarf Games was held over a week at the University of Guelph in Ontario province and featured nearly 400 athletes from 24 countries. Joby Matthew bagged two golds, three silvers and a bronze.

  1. Veteran Photographer S Paul Dies

Veteran photographer S Paul died after suffering from illness for the last few months. Born on August 19, 1930, in Pakistan, Paul died last night, a few days shy of turning 87 on World Photography Day. He was the elder brother of renowned photographer Raghu Rai.

 

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