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Nation Current Affairs 29.08.17

 

INTERNATIONAL

  • India and Germany signed agreement to improve grid integration of renewable energy
  • India and Germany signed an agreement on technical cooperation under the Indo-German Energy Programme – Green Energy Corridors (IGEN-GEC).
     
  • The main aim of this programme is to improve the sector framework and conditions for grid integration of renewable energy.
     
  • Around 60 years, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working jointly with partners in India for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development.
  • Kenya Imposes World's Toughest Law Against Plastic Bags
  • The country Kenya imposed a law that selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000.
     
  • It is the world’s toughest law which is aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect.
     
  • The East African nation joins more than 40 other countries that have banned, partly banned or taxed single use plastic bags, including China, France, Rwanda, and Italy.

 

NATIONAL

  • Union Government to launch Deep Ocean Mission

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  • The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is going to launch Deep Ocean Mission by January 2018 to spur research activities in ocean science.
     
  • The proposed inter-ministerial and interdisciplinary project aims to explore and harness mineral resources beneath the ocean floor.
     
  • India has 7,500 km of coastline and 2.4 million square km of exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The oceans along Indian peninsula contain enormous opportunities.
  • Vice President Launches ‘National Sports Talent Search Portal’.
  • The Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu launched the National Sports Talent Search Portal, a Government initiative to unearth sporting talent from every nook and corner of the country.
     
  • Under the initiative, a child or his parents, teachers or coaches can upload his bio data or video on the portal.
     
  • The Sports ministry will select talented players and impart training to them at Sports Authority India centres.
     
  • The ministry also decided to introduce 1000 scholarships of Rs 5 lakh each for eight years.
  • Nitasha Biswas Crowned First Miss TransQueen India

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  • Nitasha Biswas, a trans woman from Kolkata was crowned the first Miss TransQueen India.
     
  • The competition was held in Gurugram, Haryana. Biswas is currently pursuing Masters in Business Management in Kolkata, West Bengal.
     
  • On the other hand, Manipur’s Loiloi was crowned the first runner-up. Biswas will now go to Thailand for Miss International Queen, while Loiloi will compete at Miss Transsexual Australia.
  • 29 August: National Sports Day

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  • National Sports day is celebrated on 29th august every year to mark the birthday of Dhyan Chand.
  • On this occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind will give away the sports Awards. A total of 29 players have been selected to receive the honours from President.
  • The President will confer Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award and Dronacharya Award at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • The Khel Ratna Award is honoured for the players’ spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years at international level. The Arjuna Awards are given to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports while the Dronacharya Award is sports coaching honour.

 

  • Arun Jaitley delivered LRSAM to Indian Navy

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  • Defence Minister Arun Jaitley handed over the Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) jointly developed by India and Israel, to the Indian Navy, at Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) here.
  • LRSAM is an advanced combat suit for missile defence against air targets and missiles, and has full capabilities of air and surface surveillance, threat alert and fire control.
  • Public sector BDL is the missile production agency for the three armed forces.
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