Current affairs 17th August


Dear Aspirants , In this article we are providing a summary of current affairs of the day . This will help you for preparation of general awareness sections of competitive (ssc /banking) exams. The questions of general awareness section are mostly from current affairs. So, Find the important events of the day described below.

Ministry of Railways launches “Digital Screens” :

Ministry of Railways launches “Digital Screens” to spread awareness about Indian Railways Heritage. From the Independence Day on (August 15, 2018), “digital screens” has been made operational at 22 railway stations. Addirionally, QR code based posters on Railway Heritage are also being displayed at these stations. These would allow passengers to scan and view a streaming video on their mobile on Railway heritages.

D Bala Venkatesh Varma appointed Ambassador to Russia :

Senior diplomat D Bala Venkatesh Varma was appointed as India’s next ambassador to Russia. Varma, a 1988 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving as Indian envoy in Spain.

West Bengal Government launched Kanyashree Prakalpa scheme :

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee lifted family income ceiling for the beneficiaries of  women welfare scheme ‘Kanyashree’. Earlier the ceiling was : Rs 120,000 or less. This would cost the state government an additional Rs 200 crore. The state had already incurred an annual expenditure of Rs 1200 crore under the scheme in 2017.

Nihal Sarin became 53rd Chess Grandmaster from India :

14 years Nihal Sarin became India’s 53rd Chess Grandmaster after winning at the Abu Dhabi Masters. He is only third grandmaster from Kerala after GN gopal & SL Narayanan.

Shaheed Saman Diwas to be observed in MP :

The Shaheed Saman Diwas will be observed in all districts of Madhya Pradesh. The state government has taken the decision to observe the day to honour families of martyrs of Madhya Pradesh origin.

Mario Abdo Benitez Sworn In As New President Of Paraguay :

Colorado Party’s Mario Abdo Benitez was sworn in as the new President of Paraguay for a five-year term. Benitez clinched the top spot after defeating his closest rival, Efrain Alegre from the liberal opposition alliance, by four percentage points in the nation’s elections, which were held in April 2018. 

Egon Zehnder International appointed ‘Knowledge Partner’ to Banks Board Bureau (BBB) :

Indian Banks’ Association has appointed Egon Zehnder International as a ‘Knowledge Partner’ to the Banks Board Bureau (BBB). As a Knowledge Partner, Egon Zehnder International will help to design, implement and institutionalise a flagship leadership development strategy for public sector banks in India.

US Singer Aretha Franklin Passes Away At 76 :

US singer Aretha Franklin has died at the age of 76. The “Queen of Soul” was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and made her debut in 1961. Her style on such hits as “Respect” and “Natural Woman” attracted fans all over the world.  She received the Grammy Award 18 times and was the first female vocalist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Franklin performed at the inaugurations of three US Presidents — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.