Current Affairs 17th August 2016

Current Affairs

National News:

  • Bihar State Legislature ratified the Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) in a special one-day session
  • Digital Maharashtra drive: Will connect 28,000 gram panchayats by 2017-18, says CM Fadnavis
  • On the occasion of the 70th Independence Day, Maharashtra launched the country’s first comprehensive ‘Crime Criminal Tracking Network System’ (CCTNS) through 42 cyber labs inaugurated simultaneously
  • Govt to build museum to glorify tribal freedom fighters
  • Goa hosting BRICS in October this year
  • Baloch leaders seek support from US, European countries against oppressive Pak regime

International News:

  • India has provided One million US Dollars grant to Zimbabwe in the wake of El Nino induced drought disaster


  • RBI questions banks for lending Rs 5,262 crore to REI Agro
  • Offline banking apps push inclusion

Business & Economy:

  • BHEL bags Rs 169 cr order for solar photovoltaic power plant
  • Maharashtra govt picks L&T to convert Nagpur into smart city
  • Minda forms JV with Chinese firm for auto components
  • Tata AutoComp to acquire engine cooling company TitanX

Awards & Honours:

  • Central Leather Research Institute’s Principal Scientist P Shanmugam has bagged the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award for meritorious services in the Higher Education Department of Tamil Nadu

Science & Technology:

  • ALMA Images the Planetesimal Belt around HR8799
  • Hubble Discovers Two Dwarf Galaxies Moving into the Milky Way


  • ICC Test Ranking: Ajinkya Rahane enters top-10 in batsman’s list
  • Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk underlined her absolute dominance of the women’s hammer by throwing a world record 82.29 metres to win the Rio Olympic gold by an incredible 554 centimetres
  • Eleftherios Petrounias flexes his muscles to win rings gold
  • Rio 2016: Shuttlers PV Sindhu & Kidambi Srikanth storm into Singles quarterfinals


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