Category Archives: August 2017

August 20

  • The Blue Whale Game also “Blue Whale Challenge”, is an Internet “game” that is claimed to exist in several countries. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.
  • A 12 year old Indian origin boy Rahul Doshi has been crowned as th U.K’s ‘Child Genius’ .
  • British athletics legend Mo Farah retired from athletics.
  • The two-day Chief Electoral Officers’ Conference of all States and Union Territories has been inaugurated by Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti and Election Commissioner OP Rawat in New Delhi on August 18, 2017.
  • Arun Jaitley, the Union Minister of Finance, Defense and Corporate Affairs, is the Chief Guest at the National Conference on ” Insolvency and Bankruptcy: Changing Paradigm”, which is held at Mumbai on August 19, 2017.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently appointed career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev as Russia’s new ambassador to India.
  • Tata Power has become the first power utility to introduce a QR code based bill payments system in India.
  • The 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup will be held in India from October 6 to 28, which is first-ever FIFA tournament in India.

August 19

  • The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), in a joint initiative with the Northern Railway, launched the ‘mosquito terminator train’ at the New Delhi Railway station on 18th of Aug 2017.
  • State-run power transmission utility Power Grid Corp  announced that it will get a loan of USD 500 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its various projects.
  • SmritiI rani has inaugurated Jharkhand’s first textiles manufacturing and export unit‘Orient Craft Ltd’.
  • RBI Introduces ₹ 50 banknote in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series
  • The first regional centre of the New Development Bank was officially opened on 17thAugust 2017 by South African President Jacob Zuma and the banks Indian head K V Kamath. It was set up by India and other BRICS nations.
  • Nestle India has tied up with Amazon India for the launch of its new Nutritious range of Maggi Noodles.
  • On August 16, 2017 Dr. (Ms.) Mamta Suri took charge as Executive Director, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) in New Delhi.
  • Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah was appointed as the chief of Sri Lankas naval forces.Sinniah is the first from the Tamil community to head the Navy since the outbreak of the civil war in the north and east of the island in 1972.
  • Bengaluru-based social education start-up Meghshala Trust has launched Meghshala (‘School on the Cloud’) offline mobile app on Google Play Store for the Android platform.
  • Serena Williams named highest paid female athlete of 2017
  • Rinku Hooda bags silver at World U-20 Para Athletics Championships
  • World Humanitarian Day -August 19
  • World Photography Day – August 19

August 18

  • The Prime Minister has interacted with Young Entrepreneurs at the “Champions of Change” initiative organised by NITI Aayog at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra.
  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan haslaunched the “Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali” campaign on 17th August 2017.
  • Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has inaugurated Dr.Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University (MITWPU), at PUNE
  • Government bans Export of Gold Items Above 22-Carat Purity
  • Under the new scheme Shubh Aarambh Home Loans Axis Bank will waive 12 equated monthly installments (EMIs) on regular repayments of loans of up to Rs 30 lakh.
  • Dr Nanda Kumar Jairam, CEO, Chairman and Group Medical Director, Columbia Asia Hospitals, India, has been awarded the ‘Healthcare Personality of the Year’ award
  • Vishal Sikka has resigned from his post as Managing Director and CEO of Infosys on 18th of August 2017
  • Neymar named goodwill ambassador for Handicap International
  • State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) went digital by launching a bespoke mobile wallet (mobile payment App)on 17th of August 2017.
  • National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has launched two mobile Apps,MyFASTag and FASTag Partner on August 17 2017.These mobile apps will be useful forElectronic Toll Collection (ETC).
  • Indian athletes bag record 37 medals at World Dwarf Games
  • Young Indian shuttlerLakshyaSen has won the Bulgaria Open International Series title on 16th of August 2017.

August 17

  • The Finance Ministry and the World Bank has signed an agreement of $24.64 millionfrom the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the World Bank for ecosystem service improvement project.
  • The United States named Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation
  • Aadhar must for subsidised farm loans: RBI
  • Private sector Karur Vysya Bank hasunveiled the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre in Chennai
  • Sohail Mahmood Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India took charge at the High Commission on 16th of August 2017
  • All NH toll plazas to have separate lane for FASTag vehicles from 1st of Sept.
  • India has 27,312 elephants, Karnataka has highest: Census Estimation
  • Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup for the 10th time with a 2-0 win over Barcelona
  • Malala Yousafzai Pakistani born Nobel Laureate gets admission in Oxford University.
  • A six member women’s team of the Indian Navy will set to sail in early September to circumnavigate the globe on the ssailing vessel  ,INS Tarini
  • Emma Stone is the world’s highest paid actress
  • Human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu married her British partner Desmond Anthony Bellarnine Coutinho.
  • Preethi Srinivasan, the former State under-19 cricket captain, has bestowed with the 2017 Kalpana Chawla Award for courage and daring enterprise from Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during the 71st Independence Day celebrations at Fort St. George in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Melbourne has been declared the world’s most liveable city for the 7th consecutive year by The Economist’s annual global liveability survey, despite soaring housing costs and serious congestion challenges.
  • India will host the next steering committee meeting of the proposed 1,814 kilometre-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline in New Delhi.
  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has conferred the ‘best performance award’ for 2015-16 and 2016-17 to Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB) for its work in the field of credit-linking joint liability groups (JLGs)
  • The Karnataka government and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have launched ‘Indira Canteen’ in Bengaluru with an aim to reach out to the poorer sections of the society

August 16

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched the live twitter wall for promoting Bharat Ke Veer portal on the eve of 71st Independence Day
  • Dr Bhakti Yadav (92), the first woman doctor of Madhya Pradesh, has recently passed away in Indore on August 14, 2017.
  • India’s first-ever railways disaster management centre is expected to come up near Bengaluru, Karnataka by 2018 and will be used to replicate train accidents to improve rescue operation efforts
  • The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU), which is India’s first-ever aviation university, will soon be inaugurated at Fursatganj in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) will be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in the Bay of Bengal in November 2017. The ships and aircraft of the members and observers of the IONS including China, India and Pakistan will participate in the exercise.
  • Santosh Sharma has been appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Hindustan Coper Limited (HCL).
  • Italy will host a summit of G7 Interior Ministers centered on security issues, which is scheduled to be held in October 2017
  • Shashi Shekhar Vempati, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, has been given the additional charge of CEO in Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV)

August 15

  • CRPF commandants Chetan Kumar Cheetah and Pramod Kumar, along with Major David Manlun, Havildar Giris Gurung and Major Preetam Singh Kunwar have been awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest gallantry award in peace time.
  • Odisha Government will soon launch “Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran” (DAMAN), a special programme to prevent the spread of malaria in remote areas of Ganjam district.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launches Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra
  • INDIA – ASEAN Youth Summit begins in Bhopal
  • Prime Minister Narendra modi has launched a New India movement from 2017-2022, a Sankalp Se Siddhi (Attainment through Resolve) Program was organized at Coimbatore.
  • The government has imposed a penalty of USD 264 million (about Rs 1,700 crore)on Reliance Industries Ltd and its partners. The penalty has been imposed for producing less than the targeted natural gas from eastern offshore KG-D6 fields in 2015-16
  • After the successful launch of the country’s first indigenously developed robot ‘BRABO’ in April 2017, TAL Manufacturing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, has launched ‘Robo Whiz’.
  • Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) Ltd, a government company has appointed a new Managing Director & CEO in E Sankara Rao announced on 14thAugust 2017
  • Retired IAS officer I V SubbaRao was appointed secretary to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
  • P.B.Balaji appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Tata motors
  • India on 15th of Augustmarked its 71st Independence Day with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the celebrations in the national capital of India New Delhi.

August 14

  • The Government of India will soon launch a new sub-scheme named “Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)” as part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
  • The Canara Bank has recently launched two digital products: ‘Bharat QR’, a platform for payment settlement at merchant locations, and Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) is an integrated bill payment system for Net banking customers
  • Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha, has recently launched Facebook’s ‘She Means Business’ programme in Bhubaneswar to train women entrepreneurs in the state
  • The 2017 India-ASEAN Youth Summit has started in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on August 14, 2017 with theme of “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.
  • Yisrael Kristal (113), the world’s oldest man who lived through both World Wars, has passed away in Haifa, Israel on August 11, 2017.
  • The World Elephant Day (WED) is observed every year on August 12
  • Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, has launched ‘Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra’ on August 14, 2017 to provide job opportunities to unemployed youth in Mumbai.
  • Despite growing tensions with China, the Indian Navy would join the Chinese Navy in the maiden International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) to be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in November 2017
  • Despite growing tensions with China, the Indian Navy would join the Chinese Navy in the maiden International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) to be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in November 2017
  • African country, The Republic of Chad will release a limited edition Lord Krishna silver coin on Janmashtami in commemoration of the 5,244th birth anniversary of the Hindu God.
  • The largest volcanic region on Earth, with nearly 100 volcanoes, has been discovered 2 km below the surface of the vast ice sheet in west Antarctica.

August 13

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  • Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Rashmi Rathore won gold in the mixed skeet event at the Asian Shotgun Championship.
  • Japanese encephalitis (JE), is an infection of the brain caused by the mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV)
  • The 9 year old Kaamya Karthikeyan became the youngest person to reach the summit of the 6,153 metres-high Mt Stok Kangri in Kashmir.
  • Indian Coast Guard ship  ‘Shauryacommissioned in Goa
  • All state-run universities in Rajasthan will not observe a holiday on October 2 on theoccasion of Gandhi Jayanti this year announced on 11th of August 2017.
  • Parliamentary panel headed by B C Khanduri recommends 100% pension to widow of deceased soldiers
  • The Indian Army has been evicted from a multi-nation tank competition in Tank Biathlon Russia 2017 at Russia due to their T-90 main battle tanks had technical problems at theAlabino ranges in the Moscow region.
  • Flipkart has become the third most funded private company globally
  • Hike messenger acquires Bengaluru-based tech start-up Creo
  • Dilip Asbe appointed as the acting chief executive of NPCI, after A.P. Hota retires
  • Lalit Modi resigns from Rajasthan Cricket Association
  • N.K. Jemisin Has Won the Hugo for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • August 13 – International Lefthanders Day 
  • World Organ donation day – August 13

August 12

  • Shortage of oxygen led to the deaths of 60 children undergoing treatment at the Baba Ragha Das medical college in Gorakhpur(Uttar Pradesh)
  • The karnataka state  lawn tennis association is set to host $100,000 ATP challenge tournament from November 20 to 26 .
  • Nehru trophy boat race is held in Alappuzha a district in Kerala 
  • Gurdeep Singh Sappal has resigned as Rajya Sabha T V CEO and Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi  Shekhar Vempati has been given additional charge of the post.
  • According to the broadband testing app Ookla ,Norway has the fastest mobile internet in the world
  • Actor Sushant Singh Rajput and actress Konkona Sen Sharma have won best actor and actress award at Melbourne film festival.Best film went to Amitab Bachchan starrer pink
  • SITA (Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa) is the project of international trade center covering Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and United Republic of Rwanda and India.
  • Indian Shooter Maheshwari Chauhan has won a bronze at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship to earn India’s first women’s skeet individual medal in Astana, Kazakhstanon on August 11, 2017.
  • The International Youth Day (IYD) is observed every year on August 12
  • Milkha Singh, the legendary athlete, has been appointed as the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for physical activity in the South-East Asia Region (SEAR).
  • Gerish Khemani and Akshat Nigam have won The Hindu Playwright Award 2017 for their play ‘In Search of Dariya Sagar’
  •  Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, has launched a nationwide campaign “Gaj Yatra” in New Delhi to protect elephants on the occasion of World Elephant Day (WED).

August 11

  • The Indian economy’s growth in 2017-18 is more likely to be closer to 6.5% than 7.5% ,according to Chief Economic Adviser “Arvind Subramanian”
  • Prasoon Joshhi is appointed as new chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification .
  • Uttar Pradesh’s madrasas have been asked to photograph and videograph Independence day celebrations this year.
  • Doklam is a place in China ,In June 2017 a military standoff occurred between China and India as China attempted to extend a road on the Doklam plateau southwards near the Doka La pass
  • Demonetization has reduced 3.5 lakh crore from the amounts available in the system (Govt) before according to Economic Survey
  • India proposes to invest $205 million in the Mattala project near Hambantota Srilanka
  • Bank of Baroda’s net profit slid nearly 52% to 203.39 crore rupees in the first quarter end.
  • SBI , the the country’s largest lender , reported a standalone net profit of 2,006 crore rupees for the quarter end june 30.

August 10

  • The 15th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC countries has started in Kathmandu, Nepal from August 10, 2017. Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)
  • Rinku Hooda (18) from India has won silver in the F46 javelin throw event at the World U-20 Para Athletics Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland on August 7, 2017.
  • The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Google India has launched Android Skill Development programme to impart mobile development training on the Android and Web platform and to improve the quality of mobile app development ecosystem in India.
  • Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has launched a new awareness drive called Namami Gange Jagriti Yatra from his official residence in state capital Lucknow.
  • The Gujarat government has recently issued a tender for power developers to receive cheap coal marked for the state in return for selling coal-based power at less than Rs 2.82 a unit. Through the auction, Gujarat will transfer the coal allocated to power generating stations owned by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL) to more fuel-efficient private power plants.
  • The Parliamentary Panel headed by Maj. General (Retired) B C Khanduri has recently tabled its report in Parliament. In the report, the panel has recommended the 100% pension to widow of deceased soldier so that she can take care of her family.
  • Upendra Kushwaha, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, has launched the NCERT’s Web portal for supply of textbooks to schools and individuals at a function in New Delhi on August 9, 2017.
  • Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal (54), who was best known for his acts in Bandit Queen and Peepli Live, has passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra on August 10, 2017.
  • Real Madrid, a professional football club of Spain, has won the 2017 UEFA Super Cup football tournament by defeating Manchester United in the final by 2-1 at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 8, 2017.

August 08

  • The Centre on 7 August 2017 declared entire Assam as a disturbed area under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) with effect from 3 August to 31 August 2017.
  • The Goa Legislative Assembly has passed a bill which reclassifies coconut as a tree ensuring legal protection for it.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir government would spend Rs 1 lakh crore on development works in the next five years, with special emphasis on education and road connectivity
  • 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).
  • Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and luxury cars, which became cheaper after the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST) from July 1, 2017, may now cost more as the GST Council, has decided to raise cess on them from 15% now to up to 25%.
  •  Indian Institute of Science (IISc) researchers from Bengaluru have developed a highly sensitive, low cost nanometre-scale carbon monoxide (CO) sensor with possible applications in environmental pollution monitoring
  • NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the strongest evidence for a stratosphere on an enormous planet outside our solar system, WASP-121b.
  •  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 on 6th of August 2017
  • Indian shooter Ankur Mittal has won the individual as well as the team gold medal in Men’s double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship on 5th of August 2017.
  • Indian shooter Ankur Mittal has won the individual as well as the team gold medal in Men’s double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship on 5th of August 2017.
  • 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.
  • Indian Professional boxer Vijender Singh won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental Super Middleweight title. He defeated Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China. It was his ninth successive win in his Professional career.
  • 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.

August 09

  • In a bid to eliminate measles and curb instances of rubella by 2020, Union Government has rolled out the second phase of its measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the country.
  • The dawn of cruise tourism in India was inaugurated in Mumbai on 8th of August 2017.
  • The Bombay High Court has accepted Maharashtra government’s statement that it would not allow children under the age of 14 years to participate in the ‘Dahi Handi’ festival on 7th of august 2017
  • In the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, Ravindra Jadeja has been ranked as World No. 1 all-rounder after eclipsing Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh
  • Indian-origin actor Dev Patel is to be honoured by a leading educational organisation for making a “transformative and positive” difference for the future of Asia and the world.
  • Mastercard and PayPal have announced an extension of their partnership into Asia Pacific for making Mastercard a clear payment option within PayPal.
  • 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.
  • Software services firm Infosys would acquire London-based firm Brilliant Basics for Rs 62.76 crore (£7.5 million).
  • Indian-American Dilip Chauhan has been appointed Deputy Comptroller to the minority affairs in Nassau County announced on 8th August 2017.

August 07

  • Rajeev Dubeey has been elected to the governing board of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • NATO military exercises in Eastern Europe have begun in Bulgaria
  • Chattisgarh state government has planned to merge all district cooperative central banks of the state into a single State Cooperative
  • World Population day was recently observed on  july 11 to raise awareness of global population
  • The 8thmeeting of the SAARC Ministers of Law and Order was held in Sri lanka
  • The 41stannual UNESCO World Heritage Committee conference was held in Poland
  • Museum dedicated to former President and renowned space scientist Abdul Kalam will be opened in Thiruvanantapuram

August 06

  • On August 4, 2017, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched a new Exchange Traded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announces new ETF-Bharat-22, Sectoral cap set at 20%Fund (ETF) under the name Bharat 22, comprising shares of 22 companies from 6 sectors of the economy
  • Thumby Aviation, a private helicopter service provider, and Bangalore International Airport Ltd., (BIAL) have partnered to launch Heli-Taxi service from Bengaluru Airport announced on 4th August 2017.
  • The state government of Assam government has decided to distribute 13 lakh Soil Health Cards among farmers.
  • The Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) on 3 August 2017 submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding creation of Garoland for the Garo Tribe, to be carved out of tribal Garo inhabited areas in Meghalaya and Assam.
  • The Centre recently approved the Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government’s proposal to rename the Mughalsarai railway station after the Jan Sangh leader as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) station.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India has declared all ASI protected Monuments and Archaeological Sites as ‘Polythene Free Zone’ announced on 4th of August 2017.
  • On August 2nd 2017, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution to preventing terrorists from acquired weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons
  • Devendra Jhajharia has become the first paralympian to be recommended for India’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath declared the Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar become the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • Canara Bank has hit the international debt market with a benchmark dollar bond issue that will have a tenor of 5 years.
  • Railways have launched to provide the ‘buy tickets now and pay later’ service for any Express trains announced on 3rd of August 2017.

August 05

  • Spanish motorcycling legend Angel Nieto has passed away
  • Senior bureaucrat Mohammad Mustafa has been appointed as the Chairman and Manging Director in Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
  • Indian Grandmaster R.R. Laxman clinched the National Blitz Chess Championship title held in Kolkata
  • Qatar’s Cabinet has approved a draft law making permanent residency available to some non-citizens, marking a partial shift from its reliance on its longstanding visa-sponsorship system
  • The 15th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC countries will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 10th and 11th August. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will represent India in the meeting.
  • The Loan and Project Agreements for Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) lending of US$ 329 million for Gujarat Rural Roads Project have been signed between the Government of India/ Government of Gujarat and the AIIB
  • The government of Telangana and Microsoft had signed an MoU in November 2016 to use Microsoft’s cloud technology to drive citizen services and digital inclusion.
  • As part of the commemorative events to mark the 25th anniversary of the India-Asean dialogue partnership, an India-Asean Youth Summit will be held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from August 14 to 19
  •  The first meeting of the Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for Development of North-Eastern Region was held in New Delhi
  • Seeking to make desi GPS – indigenous regional positioning system named as Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) – independent from the US clock system, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will sign an MoU with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for time and frequency traceability services.
  • A High Level Committee under the Chairmanship of Justice BN Srikrishna which was set up to review the Institutionalization of Arbitration Mechanism in India has submitted its report
  • Taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has initiated a cleanliness drive ‘Swachata Ka Shankhnad’ in the state.
  • According to the latest guidelines, the families of a deceased will now have to produce his/her Aadhaar number for establishing his/her identity in order to register the death and proceed with the norms to obtain a death certificate. The new rule is said to be applicable starting October 1, 2017

August 04

  • In an attempt to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture, Government launched the 2nd AGRI-UDAAN program in New Delhi. It will mentor start-ups and help them connect with potential investors
  • Nepal and China have inked an agreement to cooperate each other on the border security management and to restraint border related crimes.
  •  India will soon join the new Global Foreign Exchange Committee
  • former President Pranab Mukherjee has recently inaugurated ‘Ashiana Annexe’ in Uttarakhand
  • India is planning to invite the leaders of ASEAN countries for 2018 Republic Day celebrations
  • First International Aviation Security seminar was organised by National Security Guard in Haryana
  • As per the world bank report, India is emerging as front-runner in fight against climate change
  • Microsoft has officially launched ‘Made for India’ Kaizala, a productivity app for Indian enterprises

August 03

  • In Tamil Nadu, the Aadi Perukku festival is celebrated with traditional gaiety to pay tribute to water’s life-sustaining properties.
  • Dr. Sanjaya Baru has been named as the new secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
  • The Indian Army has developed a mobile application ‘Humraaz’ through which serving soldiers can track details like postings and promotions.
  • Hassan Rouhani has been officially sworn-in as the 7th President of Iran for his second term on August 3, 2017.
  • Former Indian hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay has been honored with the East Bengal football club’s highest honour “Bharat Gaurav” on its foundation day on August 1, 2017.
  • The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is observed every year from August 1st to 7th to focus attention on the important aspect of promotion and support of breastfeeding
  • Mukesh Ambani has become the Asia’s second richest man according to the 2017 Bloomberg Billionaires Index (BBI).
  • According to recently released report-ICT Facts and Figures 2017, India and China are home to 39% of the 830 million young people worldwide who use the Internet.

August 02

  • The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has recently constituted a committee of experts under the chairmanship of a former Judge of Supreme Court Justice B N Srikrishna to study and identify key data protection issues and recommend methods for addressing them.
  • The Union government has recently launched a portal e-Rashtriya Kisan Agri Mandi (e-RaKAM) which will provide a platform to sell agricultural produce.
  • According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s 3rd bi-monthly monetary policy statement for year 2016-17, the policy repo rate under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) has reduced by 25 basis points from 6.25% to 6.0% with immediate effect.
  • The 19th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) meetings and other related meetings were held from 17 to 28 July 2017 in Hyderabad, India.
  • The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge “Europaweg (or Europe Bridge)” has recently opened in Randa, Switzerland.
  • Dr. Pushpa Mittra Bhargava (89), the veteran molecular biologist and a vehement critic of genetically modified crops, has passed away in Hyderabad on August 1, 2017.
  • Veer Dev Gulia from India has won bronze in the men’s 74 kg freestyle category at the Junior World Wrestling Championships at Tampere in Finland on August 2, 2017
  • The Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR) is located in the Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra.

August 01

  • India has been ranked 53rd among 60 countries in the 2017 Digital Evolution Index (DEI). The list is topped by Norway, followed by Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Finland.
  • The Punjab government has recently launched its flagship ‘Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar’ scheme for jobless youth by flagging off over 100 uberMOTO bikes. Under the scheme, the state government will provide commercial two wheelers and four wheelers to unemployed youth at subsidised rates.
  • Jeanne Moreau (89), the legendary French film actress, has passed away at Paris in France on July 31, 2017
  • Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the member of the Pakistan Muslim League (N)(PML-N), is the newly elected interim Prime Minister of Pakistan after defeating his rival Naveed Qamar of PPP by 221 votes on August 1, 2017.
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently announced that the 2024 Summer Olympics will be hosted by Paris in France, which is scheduled to be held from August 8-18.
  • Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar (78), maestro and custodian of the venerable Dhrupad tradition of Hindustani classical music, has passed away in Pune, Maharashtra on July 30, 2017.
  • Sam Shepard (73), the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, has passed away in Kentucky, United States on July 27, 2017.
  • Sebastian Vettel, a German racing driver currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari, has won the 2017 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix tournament at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod, Hungary.