27 August 2018 Current Affairs

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India's first biofuel-powered flight landed in Delhi

  • In a Historic day for the country’s aviation and energy sector, India’s first biofuel-powered flight landed in Delhi, covering the distance between Dehradun & Delhi.
  • The biofuel is developed by Indian Institute of Petroleum.

The Supreme Court issued a law related to marriage

  • The Supreme Court has clarified that a second marriage is valid even if divorce proceedings of the first marriage are pending in court.
  • Section 5(1) of the Hindu Marriage Act places a bar on marriage by a person who has a spouse living at the time of the marriage.

PSBs rationalising their operation

  • Public sector banks are in the process of closing or rationalising about 70 overseas operations in the ongoing financial year as part of a capital conservation exercise.
  • According to data, 159 branches of public sector banks are operating in foreign countries, of which 41 branches were in losses in 2016-17.

Amaravati Bond 2018 have been listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

  • The bonds titled ‘Amaravati Bond 2018’ have been listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
  • Through bonds, funds will be raised to build Andhra Pradesh’s capital Amaravati.

Neeraj Chopra won gold medal in Asian games

  • Neeraj Chopra became the first-ever Indian javelin thrower to win a gold medal at the Asian Games.
  • The 20-year-old junior world record holder hurled the javelin to a distance of 88.06m to bag the Asiad gold.

The Indian women team won Carrom World Cup in Chuncheon

  • The Indian women outplayed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the team championship final of the fifth Carrom World Cup in Chuncheon, Korea.
  • Rashmi Kumari, Kajal Kumari and S Apporva helped India beat Sri Lanka without dropping a game for the women’s title.

CEO Indra Nooyi will be honoured with the Game Changer of the Year award

  • PepsiCo’s India-born CEO Indra Nooyi will be honoured with the Game Changer of the Year award by a global cultural organisation Asia Society in recognition of her business achievements, humanitarian record and advocacy for women and girls around the world.
  • The 2018 Asia Game Changer Awards will be given in October to individuals and institutions who have broken barriers, defined courage, worked miracles, and in turn inspired their fellow citizens of the world.

Baby Rani Maurya became new governor of Uttrakhand

  • Baby Rani Maurya was sworn in as the new Governor of Uttarakhand on 26th August 2018.
  • The oath of office and secrecy was administered to Ms Maurya by the acting Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court Rajiv Sharma.

NASA’s first mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid-Bennu

  • NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has captured the first glimpse of its distant target — asteroid Bennu .
  • The OSIRIS-REx is a NASA’s first mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid-Bennu.

U.S. playwright Neil Simon has died

  • U.S. playwright Neil Simon, who became one of Broadway’s most prolific and popular playwrights as he combined humour, drama and introspection in works such as “The Odd Couple,” “The Goodbye Girl” and “Lost in Yonkers,” died at the age of 91.
  • He won Tony Awards for “The Odd Couple,” “Biloxi Blues” and “Lost in Yonkers” and a fourth for his overall contribution to American theatre.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami laid the foundation stone

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami laid the foundation stone for setting up of a Special Investment Region (SIR) in northern Krishnagiri district to attract investments.
  • The foundation stone for the Rs 2,420 crore project was laid through video conferencing from the State Secretariat.

Madhya Pradesh forest department reintroduce cheetahs in the Nauradehi sanctuary

  • The Madhya Pradesh forest department has written to the National Tiger Conservation Authority to revive the plan to reintroduce cheetahs in the Nauradehi sanctuary.
  • The cheetah — which is the fastest land animal — was declared extinct in India in 1952.

 

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