23 August 2017 Current Affairs : Triple Talaq unconstitutional, Varshadhare cloud seeding, Android Oreo, National Sports Award

///23 August 2017 Current Affairs : Triple Talaq unconstitutional, Varshadhare cloud seeding, Android Oreo, National Sports Award

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 – 23 August 2017

■ The Supreme Court has set aside the practice of instant divorce through triple talaq among Muslims, terming it as unconstitutional, illegal and void. In a 3:2 majority judgment, the apex court held that triple talaq is against the basic tenets of Quran and hence, is unacceptable. While Justices Kurian Joseph, RF Nariman and U U Lalit held triple talaq as violative of the constitution, Chief Justice J.S Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer were in favour of putting the practice on hold for six months and asking the government to come out with a law.


■ The Delhi Government has announced a blanket ban on manual cleaning of sewers and warned that anyone found violating the rule will be booked under culpable homicide. A committee has also been formed to find out the best possible ways or machines to clean the gutters, within 15 days. The directions came after Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal called a high-level meeting over deaths during sewer cleaning.


■ Karnataka has launched the much-touted cloud seeding project- named Varshadhare.

Cloud-seeding is a technique employed to increase precipitation in clouds. Precipitation in clouds has been affected recently due to increase in particulate matter in the atmosphere, among other factors. Cloud-seeding aims at catalysing the process of precipitation, so that rainfall could be increased by 15-20% in drought-affected areas of the State. By introducing impurities such as Silver Iodide, Potassium Chloride and others, the objective is to ensure that the size of the droplets in rain-bearing clouds becomes large enough to fall down as rain.


■ The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has signed an MoU with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) for collaborating on vaccine research and development. India will commit $5,00,000 (Rs 3.20 crore) annually for a stake in IVI— an amount which was approved during a Cabinet meeting held in January.

About International Vaccine Institute (IVI): It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, established in 1997 on the initiatives of the UNDP. One of the most successful collaborations between India and IVI in past was with Shantha Biotech on the development of Shanchol, the world’s first low-cost oral cholera vaccine.


■ The second Landing Craft Utility L52 of Mk-IV class, an amphibious ship to transport combat equipment and troops of the Navy, designed and built by Garden Reach Ship Builders, was commissioned at Port Blair. These ships would be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and can be arrayed for multi-role activities such as beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.



Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 23 August 2017

■ Google has announced ‘Oreo’ as the name for the latest version of the Android operating system, continuing the dessert-themed names. Key features of Oreo will be – ‘Notification Dots‘ to let users long press on an app’s icon to view the latest notification. ‘Picture-in-picture’ mode to allow users to minimise videos while performing another task.


Sports Current Affairs – 23 August 2017

■ The 58th edition of Subroto Cup International Football Tournament has begun in Delhi. Manipur defeated Haryana by 5-0 in the opening match of the Tournament. A total of 99 teams from India and abroad are participating across three categories in this edition of famous inter-school football tournament. Teams from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Afghanistan and Singapore are participating in this edition.


■ National Sports Awards 2017 have been announced. They are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2017 is being awarded to
1. Devendra –  Para Athlete
2. Sardar Singh – Hockey

The awardees will received their awards from the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2017. Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh.



Former Manipur Chief Minister and a member of the first Lok Sabha Rishang Keishing has passed away following brief illness in Imphal. The veteran Congress leader was 96. Keishing, a Naga, had served as the chief minister of Manipur from 1980 to 1988 and from 1994 to 1997.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1. Who is the author of the book “I am HIV positive, so what”?

  • A) Pradip Kumar
  • B) Vikram Seth
  • C) Jayanta Kalita
  • D) Amitav Ghosh


Q2.  Which state government has launched an exclusive 24×7 helpline ‘181’ for women?

  • A) Uttar Pradesh
  • B) Telangana
  • C) Assam
  • D) Jharkhand


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