Current Affairs 28th & 29th August 2016

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Current Affairs

Current Affairs 28th & 29th August 2016

National News:

  • The 22nd edition of the Delhi Book Fair began at PragatiMaidan in New Delhi
  • Odisha attracts Rs 90,490 Cr investment at Bangalore investors’ meet
  • Nagaland Assembly ratifies GST bill
  • Life-size statue of Mother Teresa unveiled
  • Maharashtra Government unveils Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway project
  • Maharashtra to tie up with corporates to transform 1,000 villages
  • Bombay High Court allows entry of women inside Hazi Ali Dargah
  • Himachal Health Minister launches ambulance mobile app
  • Nalanda University has 1st convocation in 800 yrs
  • Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti presented a “three-pronged action plan” during her meeting with PM Narendra Modi
  • Drones used to monitor traffic on Mumbai-Pune Expressway
  • Indian government to electrify 1,000 km of rail tracks on pilot basis
  • Water tanker scam: ACB questions to ex-Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit
  • Education programme for disabled in Delhi govt schools
  • Former cricketer and BMW ambassador Sachin Tendulkar presented India’s Rio Olympics medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and Sindhu’s coach Pullela Gopichand, BMW cars for their achievements
  • Delhi Police officers to undergo stress courses
  • Ramdev plans world class university in India

International News:

  • World Risk Index – 2016, India at 77th, Pakistan at 72nd and Bangladesh at 5th
  • Pakistan to host 19th SAARC Summit on Nov. 9 & 10 this year
  • World’s first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore
  • 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development begins in Nairobi
  • FB COO Sheryl Sandberg has been most powerful woman in tech for 5 yrs
  • Obama presses Congress for Zika funding as worries grow
  • British PM to trigger EU pull-out ‘without parliament vote’
  • Tunisia’s new govt wins parliamentary approval
  • World’s largest marine reserve created off Hawaii

New Appointments:

  • The Central government has appointed Gopal Murli Bhagat as Executive Director of Corporation Bank for a period of three years
  • Tata Sons appoints Bain Capital’s MD, Amit Chandra on its board

Banking:

  • HDFC Ltd will issue bonds worth Rs. 500 crore to meet its long-term capital requirements
  • Karnataka Bank launches UPI app – ‘KBL-SMARTz’
  • RBI asks banks to provide loans to women self-help groups in rural areas at 7% per annum
  • Banks raise concern over RBI norms for big borrowers
  • The Oriental Bank of Commerce to raise Rs.1k cr via Tier-1 bonds

Business & Economy:

  • Centre sets up panel to suggest steps to promote card payments
  • FPIs invested Rs.8k cr in equities in Aug so far
  • EPFO investments in ETFs to be raised beyond 5%: Dattatreya
  • 7 of top 10 companies lose Rs. 29,907 cr in market capitalisation (m-cap)
  • India-US bilateral trade up at $109 bn in 2015
  • Goldman revises up CPI forecast to 5.5% for FY17
  • Toyota is world’s most valuable automobile brand
  • Airtel launches one-stop-shop connectivity solution

Awards & Honours:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo crowned UEFA Best Player in Europe

Science and Technology:

  • Rare Deep-Earth Tremor Detected for First Time by Japanese Scientists
  • ISRO successfully test launches Scramjet engine
  • Juno probe makes close pass of Jupiter
  • Indian-origin boy devises breast cancer treatment

Sports:

  • Indian Super League season 3 to begin from October 1
  • England take 2-0 lead in 5-ODI series against Pak
  • Sania Mirza wins her 7th title of the year
  • Western Railway wins all India railway athletic championship
  • 16-yr-old boy develops app for Indian Paralympians
  • India lose 1st T20I against West Indies by 1 run
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