Current affairs updates for August 19th , 2017 – General Awareness GK for IBPS, SBI, SSC Exams

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This is a extract of our 10by10 Current Affairs show – Live Video Stream from Youtube.
Watch the show live every evening at 06.00P.M. (as of 19/08/2017).

1. Northern States reel under impact of swine flu

with 242 deaths, Gujarat is worst hit


While Gujarat may be one of the worst-hit States by swine flu this year, with 242 deaths recorded so far, many other States are also reeling under the impact of the virus.
Rajasthan, Punjab and even Delhi have not been spared of the H1N1 influenza, with several deaths being reported from these States.

2. RBI introduces new ₹50 currency notes

Older ₹ 50/- will continue to be legal tender


The Reserve Bank of India on Friday introduced new ₹ 50 denomination banknotes. This is the third currency note that has been introduced post-demonetisation, after ₹2,000 and ₹500.
The new ₹ 50 currency notes will be of dimension 66 mm x 135 mm and will bear motif of Hampi with chariot and will carry the signature of Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India. The base colour of the note is Fluorescent Blue.

3. Bihar flood toll touches 119

Over 4 lakh evacuated


The flood situation in Bihar and West Bengal continues to be grim as waters from the overflowing rivers in Nepal sweep south, there has been a slight improvement in Assam.
Nearly one crore people have been affected by the floods that have claimed 119 lives so far in Bihar and with 11 more deaths on Friday, the death toll in the second phase of floods in Assam has gone up to 60 since August 10 even as the authorities said there were some “signs of improvement” in the overall situation.

4. No data from China on Brahmaputra this year

No information since May 15, says MEA


Hinting at China’s responsibility for the current spate of floods across the northeastern States, the Ministry of External Affairs said under an agreement, China had committed to share annual hydrological data with India but the same has not been shared this year.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said that There is an existing mechanism named India-China Expert-Level mechanism which started in 2006 to share hydrological data during the flood season for Brahmaputra and Satluj rivers. Under the MoUs, the hydrological data is to be shared between May 15 to October 15 every year but from May 15 till now, India have no data from China. The last meeting of the mechanism was held in April 2016.

5. Rajasthan govt. grants reservation for Gujjars

OBC reservation to be raised by 5%


Bowing to pressure from the Gujjar community, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Rajasthan has decided to increase reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) from the present 21% to 26%. A Bill to this effect will be tabled in the upcoming monsoon session of the State Assembly.
The decision will take the total reservation in the State to 54%, going beyond the Supreme Court mandated 50% cap.

6. NHRC issues notice on Rohingyas

Foreign nationals also are human beings: NHRC


The National Human Rights Commission on Friday issued a notice to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs over the planned deportation of about 40,000 Rohingya immigrants from Myanmar, asking for a detailed report within four weeks.
the NHRC highlighted the Supreme Court’s decisions that say the Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution apply to all, irrespective of their citizenship.

7. Setting agenda for next BRICS meet

Officials in China brainstorm action plan


As the countdown for the September summit of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping begins, scholars, academics and government officials have been brainstorming ways in which the emerging economies can set the global agenda, based on new rules of governance.
Delegates to a BRICS seminar, organised by the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the southeast Chinese city of Quanzhou, analysed and debated the Chinese model of rapid development as the template for the rapid growth, especially of the global South. The BRICS summit is being held in China’s coastal city of Xiamen from September 3-5. It highlights the theme — BRICS: stronger partnership for a brighter future.

8. FM asks states to cut VAT on petro products

Under GST, it leads to cascading of tax


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has written to all Chief Ministers urging them to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on petroleum products used in the manufacture of goods as the current system was leading to cascading of taxes on such goods under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.
Currently, crude oil, natural gas, petrol, diesel and aviation turbine fuel are out of GST purview. All other petroleum products fall under the new indirect tax.

9. PM, others cited data relating to different periods, categories of filers: I-T Dept

‘No discrepancy in data on returns filed


The Income Tax Department clarified that there was no discrepancy between the different numbers of post-demonetisation returns filed as cited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Economic Survey, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and the Finance Ministry, saying the difference arose due to different time periods and categories of tax filers under consideration.

10. Call drops: Telcos may be fined up to Rs. 10 lakh

TRAI Chairman R S Sharma


TRAI issued guidelines to curb call drops along with a penalty of up to Rs. 10 lakh on service providers if they fail to meet the benchmark for three consecutive quarters.TRAI chairman R.S. Sharma said that, they have proposed financial disincentive in the range of Rs. 1-Rs. 5 lakh . TRAI further said that if an operator failed to meet the call drop benchmark in the consecutive quarter, penalty amount will be increased.




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