15 and 16 August 2017 Current Affairs : NHRC Gorakhpur deaths, Gallantry awards portal, Rohingya muslims, Hockey win

///15 and 16 August 2017 Current Affairs : NHRC Gorakhpur deaths, Gallantry awards portal, Rohingya muslims, Hockey win

This Daily Current Affair Capsule is a brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases on PIB useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etC) It covers national, international, economic, sports news.


National Important Current Affairs – 15 & 16 August 2017

■ Nation has celebrated it’s 71st Independence Day (15th August) with patriotic fervour. The Prime Minister in his speech from Red Fort has asked the countrymen to adopt ‘Bharat jodo’ slogan shun ‘chalta hai’ attitude.


■ The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government, seeking a detailed report on the death of children at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur in four weeks. The rights panel has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports hinting at negligence in the supply of liquid oxygen at the hospital which resulted in the death of a large number of children.

Note about NHRC : 

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India is an autonomous public body constituted in 1993 under the Protection of Human Rights Ordinance. It was given a statutory basis by The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 (TPHRA). The NHRC is the national human rights institution, responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights, defined by the Act as “rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the International Covenants”.


■ Indian Air Force has embarked upon an all women camel expedition along with Border Security Force from Utarlai (Barmer, Rajasthan) to Attari (Amritsar, Punjab). The expedition will conclude on 30 Sep 17. The expedition is planned with a team of 10 Women Air Warriors of IAF and 10 Women personnel from BSF.

During the expedition, the team will interact with civilians with an aim to spread awareness about ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘BetiBachaoBetiPadhao’Abhiyan. The team will also spread awareness about IAF and its role and various career options available for youth (particularly girls) in IAF.


■ President Ram Nath Kovind has approved 112 Gallantry Awards to Armed and Paramilitary forces personnel. The awards include 5 Kirti Chakras, 17 Shaurya Chakras, 85 Sena medals, 3 Nao Sena medals and two Vayu Sena medals. Central Reserve Police Force commandants Late Pramod Kumar and Chetan Cheetah have been awarded Kirti Chakra, the second highest Gallantry award in peace time.


■ An online portal dedicated to the gallantry award winners, bestowed since Independence, has been launched by the name of  http://gallantryawards.gov.in.
The website gives details of the Chakra Series awardees i.e., Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra. The portal contains information such as name, unit, year, citations and photographs of awardees till date.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 15 & 16 August 2017

■ UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed concerns about India’s plans to deport Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. He said that refugees should not be returned to countries where they fear persecution once they are registered.

Note that: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had told parliament last week that the central government had directed state authorities to identify and deport illegal immigrants, including Rohingyas. The Ministry had said that infiltration of (Rohingyas) from the Rakhine state of Myanmar into Indian territory, especially in recent years, aggravates security challenges posed to India, besides being a burden on the limited resources of the country.

Who are Rohingya?

Over the past few years ago, religious and ethnic tensions between the Rohingya Muslims and the Rakhine Buddhists (who are in majority) in Myanmar have escalated into widespread and deadly rioting. Since then, bulk of the Rohingya population was forced to flee and ongoing violent attacks have forced even more people to leave their homes since then.

The Myanmar Government says that Rohingya people are not Burmese citizens – but the Rohingya have been living in Myanmar for generations. Today, they are a people with no home or citizenship. They are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world being persecuted everywhere they seek go.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 15 & 16 August 2017

Public sector banks have reported a 20% jump in the outstanding loans by almost 9,000 wilful defaulters who collectively owed to lenders more than Rs 92,000 crore at the end of March this year, as against Rs 76,685 crore at the end of March 2016.  Gross NPAs of public sector banks rose to Rs 6.41 lakh crore at the end of March 2017, from Rs 5.02 lakh crore. In order to check wilful default, RBI tightened norms and made it clear that promoter of the defaulting company cannot escape responsibility even if one is not a whole-time director.


Google has unveiled its voice search facility in eight additional Indian languages. The latest move was part of its efforts to help solve the challenge for India’s next billion users. The new languages include Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Speakers of these languages will be able to use their voice to dictate queries — both in Gboard on Android as well as in Search through the Google App.


■An MoU was signed between Government eMarketplace (GeM) SPV and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), aimed at establishing GeM Samvaad–  a participative and collaborative approach with the industry for promoting Indian industry and entrepreneurship. As part of this initiative GeM & the Indian industry shall work together to:

  • Create GeM related awareness and onboard industry members from across the country.
  • Create a GeM-Industry Forum for collaboration with the Indian Industry for, seeking inputs on the technical specifications of products and SLAs of services to be procured by the Government agencies, improving the quality of products/services procured especially from the MSMEs, organize annual Public Procurement Convention of all stakeholders and set up GeM Resource Centres at CII Regional Offices.


Sports Current Affairs – 15 & 16 August 2017

■ The Indian Men’s Hockey team defeated Netherlands 2-1 in the second match of the three-match Rabo Super Series to clinch the series 2-0. Gurjant Singh and Mandeep Singh scored for the Indian team.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1. Which state is hosting the 2017 India-ASEAN Youth Summit?

  • A) Uttar Pradesh
  • B) Himachal Pradesh
  • C) Madhya Pradesh
  • D) Assam


Q2. ‘T K Vishwanathan Committee’, recently, in news is related to ?

  • A) Banking regulation
  • B) Market regulation
  • C) Monetray Policy Reform
  • D) MCLR reforms


Answer these questions in the comments below. We encourage you to discuss your thoughts on the news and issues mentioned in today’s current affairs post. The idea is to promote healthy discussions on interesting issues to make preparation fun. Have a good day!

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