Current Affairs 22nd August 2016

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Current Affairs

Current Affairs 22nd August 2016

National News:

  • India has pledged financial assistance worth Nepali Rs 3.9 crore for the construction of a new building and a hostel facility at a Sanskrit school in eastern Nepal
  • India ranks a low 39th in terms of fixed broadband adoption among Asia Pacific countries, with just 1.3 per cent of its citizens subscribing to such a service in 2015, according to a study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • BRICS conference of women MPs ends in Jaipur
  • The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has voiced its concern over alleged excesses of the Indian military and the paramilitary forces in Kashmir
  • Union Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti launched various projects worth 229 crore rupees under the Namami Gange programme in Varanasi

International News:

  • Myanmar has officially announced to support for China’s ambitious One Belt and One Road (OBOR) connectivity initiative along the ancient Silk Road
  • World’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, a 430-metre-long and 300-metre-high skywalk opened in China
  • UN calls for international support to address humanitarian crises

Banking:

  • Ride-hailing service Uber has rolled out two new features for its apps – ‘Dial an Uber’ and ‘Request a Ride for Others’. Both features are aimed to make it easier for riders and their friends to get around, even if they don’t have the Uber app
  • BSNL and Microsoft India have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to offer telecom and IT solutions for big businesses to meet the demand for IT and cloud services

New Appointments:

  • Shri Yogeshwar Sangwan appointed as India’s new Ambassador to Georgia
  • Dr. Najma A. Heptulla was sworn-in as Governor of Manipur this morning at the Raj Bhavan in state capital Imphal

Awards and Honours:

  • Steve Jobs enters Int’l Photography Hall of Fame

Sports:

  • Brazil defeats Germany, wins first Olympic soccer gold
  • Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt lost 3-0 to Mongolian wrestler Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran in the 65kg freestyle wrestling event

Obituaries:

  • Former umpire Subrata Banerjee passes away at the age of 71
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