The weekly update of current affairs notes from 8th to 14th August Current Affairs is listed below for revision. This compilation is not a substitute to regular newspaper reading.
National News Current Affairs Update (8 August to 14 August 2016)
This will help in revision of all relevant current event happenings of the week starting from 8 August to 14 August 2016.
- The Union Government has constituted a National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) to develop the pan-India road map for trade facilitation. It has been constituted in line with the World Trade Organisation (WTO’s) Trade Facilitation Agreement (FTA), which India has ratified.
- Committee is headed by : Pradeep Kumar Sinha (Cabinet Secretary of India).
- Committee is headed by : Pradeep Kumar Sinha (Cabinet Secretary of India).
- The Union Government has launched the first phase of Smart Ganga City programme in 10 cities along River Ganga. These are,: Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mathura, Varanasi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna, Sahibganj and Barrackpore.
- India’s first ever BIO-CNG plant producing CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) from agricultural residue was started in Pune, Maharashtra.
- Assam became first state in India to ratify the Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014.
- The Bill was passed by the Parliament earlier in August and was forwarded to states for approval as per Article 368 of Constitution.
- The approval of half of the states (15 out of 29) is mandated as per Article 368 of Constitution as it deals with changes in the features of fiscal federalism.
- Parliament has passed the Central Agricultural University (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to help the north-eastern state achieve higher growth in animal husbandry sector.
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) has approved construction of over 37,000 houses for the urban poor in Haryana and Karnataka with central assistance of Rs 569 crore.
- Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has inaugurated the state’s first ‘Sewa Kendra’ where people will be able to avail 243 services under one roof in a speedy manner.
- President Pranabh Mukherjee has signed the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 2016. This Act will help setting up of 6 new IITs in following:
- Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh),
- Palakkad (Kerala),
- Dharward (Karnataka),
- Bhilai (Chhattisgarh).
- The law has also brought the Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad under its ambit, which will be called Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad.
- The Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang has announced granting 33 per cent reservation to women in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
- The Rajya Sabha passed the Maternity Benefit Amendment Bill, 2016, that seeks to raise paid maternity leave for women from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.
- The Bill also provides 12 weeks of maternity leave to ‘adopting’ mothers and a mandatory crèche in organisations with over 50 employees.
- The government has notified the national ‘Early Childhood Care and Education’ (ECCE) policy. The policy aims to achieve holistic development and active learning capacity of children below six years of age by promoting free, universal and equitable opportunities.
- PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant along with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa via video conferencing. Modi has dedicated the plant to Indo-Russian friendship and cooperation.
- PM Modi launched Yaad Karo Kurbani (remember the sacrifices) celebrations at birthplace of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad at Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh.
- The Yaad Karo Kurbani is 15-day programme aimed to commemorate 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement (QIM) and 70 years of Independence.
- The Lok Sabha passed the Employees Compensation (Amendment) Act 2016, which provides for the payment of higher compensation of ₹50,000 to ₹1 lakh to employees and their kin in an event of injury by industrial accidents, including occupational diseases.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch two new meteorological satellites next month. The satellites will improve weather forecast in the country, and observe weather changes every 15 minutes, instead of the current 30 minutes.
- ‘Motorcycle ambulance‘ is an initiative currently functional in Chhattisgarh, which helps save lives in remote regions in India where four-wheelers can’t reach. This is an initiative by NGO Saathi supported by UNICEF and the Chhattisgarh Health Department.
- Human rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila (44) ended her 16-year-long fast against Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 and was granted bail by an Imphal court on ₹10,000 personal bond.
- Popularly known as the “Iron Lady of Manipur,” Sharmila demanded the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Manipur.
- Her 16-year long fast, which had started in 2000, is the longest hunger strike in the world.
- The Mental Health Care Bill, 2013, seeks to provide better health care for people suffering from mental illnesses has been unanimously passed by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha.
- The Bill, providing for protection and promotion of rights of persons with such illnesses.
- This bill decriminalises suicide bid. As per the bill, a person who attempts to commit suicide shall be presumed, unless proved otherwise, to be suffering from mental illness at the time of attempting suicide.
- Note that : As of now, suicide bid is considered an offence under IPC section 309.
- Marking the National Handloom Day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched ‘Baristha Bunakar Sahayata Yojana’, a pension scheme for the weavers in the state.
- Under this scheme, the government will provide a pension of ₹500 per month to weavers.
International News Current Affairs Update – (8 to 14 August 2016)
By reading the following Weekly Current Affairs 2016, you can know the highlights of the week starting from 8 August to 14 August in brief. We hope the following effort to give the weekly summary of Current events 2016 will prove helpful to our readers.
- The US government declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico as a result of a Zika epidemic. The declaration allows the US Department of Health and Human Services to award grants, access emergency funds and temporarily appoint personnel where needed, among other things.
- 12th August is celebrated as International Youth Day to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth.
- Theme of International Youth Day 2016 : “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production“
- Policy think tank Niti Aayog inked a pact with the US Energy Information Administration to set up a portal which will constitute all data related to the energy sector.
- The Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju is on a visit to Indonesia to attend the International Meeting on Counter Terrorism being held in Bali, Indonesia.
- Theme of Meeting : “Countering Cross Border Movement of Terrorism”
- India and the US have agreed on a $30 million joint research initiative on Smart Grid and Energy Storage Technology.
- The public-private five-year deal is the fourth such agreement, where the earlier ones focussed on solar energy, efficiency and bio-fuels.
- Bhutan is the world’s first carbon negative country, meaning that the country’s forests absorb more carbon dioxide each year than it produces.
- Around 72% of its land is under forest cover due to Bhutan’s strong environment protection policies.
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 26 in New York.
Economics News August Current Affairs (8th to 10th August 2016)
Important news and events in the economic world that happened over the whole week including the Sunday news has been listed here for quick revision.
- A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) committee on Capacity Building, has recommended that Banks should identify specialized areas for certification of staff manning key responsibilities.
- RBI had constituted this committee in July 2014, with the objective of implementing non-legislative recommendations of the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC), relating to capacity building at banks and non-banks, streamlining training intervention and suggesting changes thereto in view of ever increasing challenges in the banking and non-banking sector.
- Committee was headed by : G Gopalakrishna (former executive director)
- Railway Budget will be merged with the General Budget from 2017-18 onwards, putting an end to a 92-year-old tradition of the colonial era.
- If the merger goes through, the Railways will get rid of the annual dividend it has to pay for gross budgetary support from the government.
- India’s first facility to produce Nickel was launched by the Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) at its Indian Copper Complex (ICC) at Ghatshila in Jharkhand.
- Forbes announced the ‘100 Richest Tech Billionaires in the World in 2016‘, with two Indians being in the list.
- Wipro Chairman Azim Premji is ranked 13th on the list with a net worth of $16.1 billion,
- HCL Chairman Shiv Nadar is featured at number 17th with a net worth of $11.7 billion.
- Microsoft founder Bill Gates has topped this list.
- Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba, is the richest Asian.
- The Lok Sabha approved a Bill to provide tax incentives to the garments sector amid attempts to make the industry more competitive, enabling it to contribute to job creation. Further, it seeks to raise customs duty on marble and granite to 40% in a bid to protect the domestic industry against import surge.
- The Rajya Sabha passed the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was earlier approved by the Lok Sabha. The bill allows easier conditions for the secured creditors to take possession over a collateral upon a default during the loan repayment.
- The Madhya Pradesh transport department banned the services of taxi aggregator firms Uber and Ola in the state with immediate effect for the violation of the Central Motor Vehicles Act, which does not provide for surge pricing or a ‘peak time’ charge.
- India has witnessed its highest-ever tea production during 2015-16, at 1233.14 million kilograms.
Sports News Current Affairs Update – (8 to 14 August 2016)
Important happenings in the field of sports have been given below. Since candidates don’t focus on sports news over the week, below you will find all the exam worthy details. We hope this weekly sports update is sufficient for your perusal.
- Khashaba Jadhav became the first athlete in independent India to win an individual Olympic medal, finishing third in the Bantamweight Freestyle wrestling event at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
- Denmark won its first Olympic swimming gold in 68 years, with Danish swimmer Pernille Blume’s victory in the women’s 50-metre freestyle event.
- India’s top squash player Dipika Pallikal has won the prestigious PSA Australian Open held in Melbourne, Australia.
- Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura has became the first man in 44 years to retain his Olympic gold medal in men’s all-around gymnastics.
- India wins the Men’s Hockey match against Argentina in the men’s hockey at Rio Olympics by 2-1.
- Gymnast Dipa Karmakar has become the first Indian to qualify for the individual vault finals. She finished eighth with a score of 14.850 to qualify for the Vault finals, which will take place on August 14.
- Eminent poet and lyricist Na Muthukumar has passed away at 41 years of age. He was known for his critically acclaimed literary work and Tamil film songs.
- Pramukh Swami (95), the founder of Akshardham temples and a saint of the Swaminarayan sect, passed away.
- Former Pakistani cricket legend Hanif Mohammad passed away at 81 years of age. Born in Junagadh, Hanif was widely regarded in cricket as the original ‘Little Master‘.
- Hanif’s 337-run innings in 1958, lasting 970 minutes, was the then highest Test score and is still the longest-ever innings in Test cricket’s history.
- Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul was found dead. The Congress leader had become the acting CM of the state in February this year. Later in July, Pul had been removed from the CM’s post after the Supreme Court reinstated the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh.
- The 82-year-old Irish Catholic cleric Edward Daly, who became a symbol of world peace after the ‘Bloody Sunday‘ massacre in Ireland, died battling cancer.
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