17th August 2018 Current Affairs

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To spread awareness ministry of railway launched digital screen

  • The Ministry of Railway has launched digital screens to spread awareness among public about the heritage of Indian Railways.
  • The project aims at showcasing the legacy of Indian Railways through one to two minute-long movie clips on digital LED screens.

 

A committe has formed to monitor the situation in Mullaperiyar dam

  • A special committee headed by National Water Commission was formed to monitor situation in Mullaperiyar dam.
  • The Cabinet Secretary constituted a committee chaired by chairman, Central Water Commission and Engineers-in-Chief of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Abdo Benítez has been sworn in as the new president of Paraguay

  • Right-wing former Senator Mario Abdo Benítez has been sworn in as the new president of Paraguay after defeating his liberal rival in April elections.
  • Mr Abdo Benítez is the son of a close aide to ex-military dictator Alfredo Stroessner.

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected for a five-year term

  • Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected for a five-year term after winning a landslide in a runoff ballot.
  • Keita, 73, picked up 67.17% of the vote against 32.83% for opposition challenger and former finance minister Soumaila Cisse, 68, who also ran against Keita in 2013.

 

Tata Consultancy Services on 16th August 2018 pipped Reliance Industries Limited

  • Tata Consultancy Services on 16th August 2018 pipped Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to regain the crown of India’s most valued company in terms of market capitalisation.
  • RIL had on 14th August 2018 dethroned TCS to clinch the title of the most valued Indian company by market valuation.

 

India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has revised its FY19 economic growth

  • India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has revised its FY19 economic growth forecast down to 7.2% from 7.4% earlier.
  • It cited the headwinds emanating from elevated global crude oil prices and the government’s decision to fix the minimum support prices of all kharif crops at 1.5 times the production cost.

India’s football team acquire 96th rank in FIFA cup.

  • India’s football team have jumped one spot higher to take the 96th spot in the latest FIFA World Rankings.
  • The improvement came in the ranking after FIFA implemented a new ranking system called ‘Elo’ where points are added and subtracted to the team’s existing tally before every match.

China has unveiled a new lunar rover

  • China has unveiled a new lunar rover as it prepares to become the first nation in the world to explore the dark side of the moon.
  • China’s last lunar rover — named Yutu, or Jade Rabbit — ceased operation in August 2016 on the surface of the moon as part of the Chang’e 3 mission.

 

ISRO plans to study the Sun through its Aditya-L1 satellite

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to study the Sun through its Aditya-L1 satellite which will be inserted in a halo orbit, which is 1.5 million km from the Earth during 2019-2020.
  • Aditya-L1 will be launched by PSLV-XL from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

Smitha V. Krishna ranks first in the Kotak Wealth Hurun-Leading Wealthy Women 2018 list

  • Smitha V. Crishna, a third-generation heir of the Godrej family, ranks first in the Kotak Wealth Hurun-Leading Wealthy Women 2018 list with an estimated wealth of Rs37,570 crore. Ms. Smitha owns one-fifth of the Godrej Group.
  • Roshni Nadar, CEO and executive director at HCL, ranks second in the list with an estimated wealth of Rs30,200 crore.

 

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