Current affairs updates for August 23rd , 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 08.00P.M. (as of 23/08/2017).

1. Trump offers India a role in Afghanistan

Commits troops for open-ended war


The new U.S. strategy for South Asia, unveiled by President Donald Trump on Monday night after months of deliberations, has many old elements, but in a departure from the past, it commits troops in Afghanistan for an open-ended period of time.
The President describing India “as a key security and economic partner of the United States, America would further develop its strategic partnership with India which is the world’s largest democracy.”

2. Follow NEET for medical admission

merit list today, counselling tomorrow


The Supreme Court directed the Tamil Nadu government to complete counselling process for medical admissions in the State on the basis of the NEET merit list by September 4.
A Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra, in a short hearing, was informed by the Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehtra that though the Union Law Ministry had cleared Tamil Nadu’s ordinance freezing the implementation of NEET in the State this year, the Centre has finally rejected the ordinance on the ground that it would give one particular State undue advantage over the others.

3. Will continue to build ties between India, Russia’

Russian centre marks 70 years of India-Russia relationship


The Russian Centre of Science and Culture and Indo-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between India and Russia and 70 years of Indian independence by holding a cultural festival on Tuesday.
Sergey L. Kotov, Russian consul general, South India, said that “he is happy to be a part of this cultural festival, which is a gathering of people from two nations”.
The event had several traditional performances by Russian artists, who enthralled the audience with their power-packed moves.

4. Hindi is not and cannot be the national language: Siddaramiah

BJP is communal and is destroying the country’s secular fabric


In the backdrop of protests against the use of Hindi in the State and demand for a separate State flag, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah reiterated that Hindi cannot be imposed and is not the national language. Refuting allegations that these issues were being fuelled by the Congress, he says regional assertion cannot be seen as a threat to the unity of India.

5. Salary hike for college, university teachers

Proposal is ready to go to the Cabinet


About eight to nine lakh teachers in higher educational institutions are set to get a salary hike, with the Centre ready to take the proposal to the Cabinet.
an official of the Ministry of Human Resource Development said anonymously “The hike would range from 20-25% . It is already done and it is ready to go to the Cabinet for approval. Once Cabinet approval comes, teachers in colleges and universities will get their revised salaries,”
The lower level — that of assistant professors — is expected to get a hike of 20%, which will go up at the levels of associate professor and professor.

6. Maldives Army occupies Parliament

To block no-trust vote


The Maldivian military locked down the nation’s Parliament on Tuesday in what Opposition lawmakers said was an attempt to block a motion to impeach the Speaker of the House.
Imthiyaz Fahmy, of the Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), tweeted a video of what he said were security forces in plain clothes blocking representatives from entering the chamber, The Guardian reported.

7. China struggles to revive

industrial heartland


Liu Qi, chairman of PQI Industrial Technology Group, opened an $18 million factory in Shenyang last year, equipped with whirring robots that pound out car parts for the German automaker BMW.
The factory, and the more than 200 jobs it has created, is just one small part of a grand plan led by China’s government to rejuvenate the city of eight million, by replacing stumbling state industries with modern manufacturing and start-up companies.

8. Uranium sale talks at advanced stage

Move won’t slow down coal exports


According to an Australian government body’s top official “Discussions are at a ‘well-advanced’ stage for Australia’s uranium sale to India, to fuel nuclear power plants in the energy-starved developing nation.”
Dismissing allegations that uranium supply was facing ‘delays’ due to the Australian coal mining sector ‘lobbying’ to protect its interests, the official, however, said “coal exports will not slow down any time soon from Australia for use in India’s thermal power stations.”

9. Tata Comm eyes cybersecurity expansion

to invest $50 million


A top official said that Tata Communications will hire 400 people and invest $50 million in its cybersecurity services business in the next three years.
Srinivasan C.R., senior vice president, Global Product Management & Data, Tata Communications said “Our revenues from the security business are growing more than 50% year-on-year and we expect this growth to continue,We are looking to invest $50 million globally in the next three years to enhance our security capabilities.”

10. Sindhu moves into the pre-quarterfinals

Mixed fortunes for mixed pairs


Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women’s singles competition after defeating Korea’s Kim Hyo Min in the second round of the World Badminton Championships.
Sindhu, who won bronze medals at the 2013 and 2014 editions, notched up a 21-16, 21-14 win over Kim in a 49 minute match, to extend her head-to-head record against the Korean to 4-1.



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