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 – 21 August 2017
■ The Railway Ministry has suspended four officers, transferred one and sent on leave its three top officials, including a secretary-level Railway Board official on the basis of prima facie evidence in connection with derailment of Kalinga Utkal Express train at Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh.
■ The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) admission will go completely online from next year. The Joint Admission Board (JAB), which is the policy-making body on IIT admissions, took this decision at a recent meeting.
The JEE (Mains) is the entrance examination for admission to engineering courses offered across the country and a qualifying exam for JEE (Advanced) which is required for admission to the prestigious IITs and NITs. More than 13 lakh students took the JEE (Mains) this year, with less than 10% of them going online. Around 2.2 lakh students were eligible to write the JEE (Advanced).
■ Udaipur’s Kalpit Veerwal, the first-ever student to have scored 100% in the IIT-JEE Mains, has been included in the Limca Book of Records for this achievement. The 17-year-old, who topped with 360/360, also topped the Indian Junior Science Olympiad and National Talent Search Examination in the past.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 21 August 2017
■ The United States and South Korean forces will begin joint drills in the South Korea. 17,500 US soldiers and about 50,000 South Korean troops are participating in the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills which are to be held till 31st August. Meanwhile, North Korea has reacted sharply to the drills, saying that the exercises will worsen the regional situation further.
■ A total solar eclipse will take place today, over all of North America. The solar eclipse will start around 1 p.m EDT (which is around 10.30 pm IST). US Space agency NASA will have a live video stream from locations across the United States.
A solar eclipse is when the moon completely covers the sun.
The next solar eclipse will be observed in year 2019, in South Pacific, and Chile and Argentina. The US will have the next total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. For India, the next solar eclipse will take place on June 21, 2020.
■ Hinting at China’s responsibility for the current spate of floods across the northeastern States, India has accused Beijing of not sharing any water-related data about the Himalayan rivers in the current year.
Note that: The Brahmaputra and the Sutlej are the two major trans-border rivers that enter India directly from China. Under the existing mechanism named India-China Expert-Level mechanism which started in 2006, sharing of the hydrological data during the flood season for Brahmaputra and Satluj rivers is done between May 15 to October 15 every year. However, the same has not been shared this year.
China’s refusal so far to share the data with India this year comes amid a two-month-long stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops on the Himalayan plateau of Doklam, which is claimed by both Thimphu and Beijing. This face-off is the longest at the border between India and China in last three decades.
■ NASA’s third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, the TDRS-M, has successfully been placed into orbit. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, or TDRSS, is a fleet of geosynchronous communications satellites that form part of NASA’s Space Network. It was introduced in the 1980s to support the Space Shuttle, and continues in service today, providing a relay for communications, scientific data, telemetry and commands between operators on the ground and spacecraft in Earth orbit.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 21 August 2017
■ The government has extended the deadline for filing returns and payment of taxes under GST for the month of July by 5 days, to August 25. This extension has come after GSTN portal faced technical issues because of heavy rush.
Note that : The last date for filing returns for taxpayers who have to claim credit for past taxes will be August 28.
Sports Current Affairs – 21 August 2017
■ Youngster Shapath Bharadwaj has won a bronze medal in the double trap event at the ISSF Junior Shotgun World Cup held in Porpetto, Italy. The 15-year old Meerut lad, shot a 48 in the final to finish third. This was India’s second bronze in the competition.
■ One of Hollywood’s most successful comedians Jerry Lewis, has passed away at age of 91 years. One of the most popular comic actors of the 1950s and ’60s, Lewis had perfected the role of the quirky clown but also won acclaim as a writer, actor and philanthropist in a career spanning six decades.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”
Q1. The ‘Kayitha Lambadas’ tribe are settled in which Indian State?
- A) Arunachal Pradesh
- B) Madhya Pradesh
- C) Jharkhand
- D) Telangana
Q2. Who has won the 2017 Kalpana Chawla Award for courage and daring enterprise?
- A) Preethi Srinivasan
- B) K. Satyagopal
- C) Vijaya Dixit
- D) V.P. Elayapari
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