Current Affairs 25th August 2016

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Current Affairs

Current Affairs 25th August 2016

National News:

  • The government today launched Accessible E-Library ‘Sugamya Pustakalaya’ for Divyang under Prime Minister’s Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan
  • Krishna Pushkaram river festival concludes with grand display of Pavitra Harati
  • President of India inaugurates CII-IIEST conference on “Enabling Make in India through Industry Academia Innovation Platform”
  • Odisha Cabinet has approved the Odisha Startup Policy 2016
  • Maharashtra becomes first state to sign an agreement with the Civil Aviation Ministry to develop 10 non-functional regional airports
  • Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu commissioned a new railway line between Nandyala and Yerraguntla
  • MP Assembly ratifies GST Constitution Amendment Bill
  • Haryana CM announces Sakshi malik as brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padao campaign
  • Meeting of BRICS ministers of Disaster Management concludes in Udaipur
  • Centre to provide employment opportunities to 1.4 lakh youths in J&K
  • Maharashtra, Telangana sign pact for 3 irrigation projects
  • Cabinet approves draft bill on surrogacy

International News:

  • Two-day SAARC Finance Ministers’ Conference begins in Islamabad
  • India has figured among the top 10 wealthiest countries in the world with a total individual wealth of $5,600 billion while the United States topped the chart
  • The world’s largest indoor theme park is set to open in Dubai to lure back some of the tourists and residents who often flee abroad during the scorching desert summer
  • U.S. Postal Service to issue Diwali stamp
  • President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al Sisi will visit India from 1st to 3rd of next month

New Appointment:

  • Eminent scientist P D Gupta was today appointed as Vice Chancellor of Mumbai-based Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI)

Business:

  • Software giant Microsoft has bought a smart scheduling app Genee, as part of its effort to embed artificial intelligence (AI) to compete with the likes of Google Now and Apple

Awards & Honours:

  • Astrophysicist Anjali Tripathi from California and physician Tina R Shah from Chicago are among the 16 White House Fellows appointed from across the nation for the year 2016-17

Science and Technology:

  • China’s unmanned submersible sets new national record
  • China has launched its first Tibetan-language search engine ‘Yongzin’.  The search engine will serve as a unified portal for all major Tibetan-language websites in China
  • FSS launches new authentication platform ‘FSS Access Control Server’ for online transactions
  • North Korea test fires new ballistic missile

Sports:

  • The Indian men’s hockey team slipped one place to sixth in the FIH rankings after a lacklustre show at the Rio Olympics while the women gained one position to be at 12th in the latest charts released
  • Vikash Anand wins premier title in National Racing
  • Russia will not compete at next month’s Paralympics in Rio after losing an appeal against a ban imposed for state-sponsored doping

 

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