Daily Current Affairs – August 17 2018

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Daily Current Affairs – August 17 2018

NATIONAL                                         

Odisha

Odisha to showcase its biodiversity

  • The Odisha government is setting up a world-class interpretation centre at Dangamal near Bhitarkanika National Park to showcase its efforts in protecting crocodiles and preserving its rich mangrove diversity.

Tamilnadu

Genetic resource tree park opened

  • A forest genetic resource tree park, developed on 20 acres of land near Vandalur, was inaugurated by Minister for Forests Dindigul C. Sreenivasan. The park has 300 species of trees from both Eastern and Western Ghats.

INTERNATIONAL

Pakistan MPs endorse Imran Khan as PM       

  • Pakistani lawmakers elected former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country’s next prime minister, in a step toward the country’s third civilian transfer of power.

Ten-day festival of historic Esala Maha Perehera begins

  • In Sri Lanka, the ten-day festival of the historic Esala Maha Perehera began In Kandy with a grand procession. The Esala Perahera is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Sarvatra launches 450th cooperative bank

  • Sarvatra Technologies, a payments and banking solutions provider announced the on-boarding of ‘Sevalia Urban Co-operative Bank’ as the 450th co-operative bank to be onboarded to the NPCI’s National Financial Switch (NFS).

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology

  • International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) got underway at Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur in Tamilnadu.

APPOINTMENTS

  • FSSAI sets up Panel to review red-labelling draft – Headed by B Sesikeran, former director of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN)

SCHEMES

‘Our Safety, Our Rights’: Empowering Children To Speak Up Against Sexual Abuse

  • Amnesty International India is launching a new campaign ‘Our Safety, Our Rights’, which aims to create awareness amongst children to help them understand and identify sexual abuse. The campaign seeks to empower children to speak up and report sexual abuse without fear.

AWARDS

  • President’s certificate of honour for the year 2017 – Sristi Lakshminarasimham from Prakasam district for his outstanding contribution to enrichment of Sanskrit.

APP & WEBPORTAL

Microsoft, Apollo Hospitals unveil AI to predict cardiovascular disease risk

  • Microsoft India and Apollo Hospitals had unveiled the ‘first-ever’ artificial intelligence-powered cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk score API (application program interface), designed to predict the risk of CVD in the Indian population.

SPORTS

UAE is Asia Cup venue

  • The tournament will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Mavlankar championship returns to Tamil Nadu

  • The All-India G.V. Mavlankar shooting championship, a qualification event for Nationals, returns to Tamil Nadu after a gap of 14 years.

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