Latest Current Affairs 17th August 2019

Doordarshan Anchor and Nari Shakti Award Winner Neelum Sharma passes away: Among the founding anchors of Doordarshan News and among its most recognisable faces, Neelum Sharma passed away today.

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri, one jawan martyred: In yet another incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Nowshehra Sector of border district of Rajouri, one Indian Army jawan was martyred.

Pak’s efforts to internationalise Kashmir snubbed as UNSC consultations end without outcome: The rare closed-door consultations on Kashmir by the Security Council ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Normalcy returning to rain-hit Kerala, toll reaches 113: As normalcy was slowly returning to rain-battered Kerala, people have started moving to their homes from relief camps, even as the toll climbed to 113 on Saturday, with more bodies being retrived from the landslide hit districts of Malappuram and Wayanad.

Sri Lankan PM and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka inaugurates Sri Lanka’s first vehicle assembly plant: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu today inaugurated Sri Lanka’s first vehicle assembly plant built by Mahindra Ideal Lanka Ltd.

China successfully launches new rocket for commercial use: China’s new carrier rocket, designed for commercial use, made its maiden flight on Saturday, sending three satellites into planned orbit.

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after Palestinian rocket attack: Israeli warplanes struck at least three targets in the Gaza Strip early on Saturday but caused no apparent casualties, a Palestinian security source said.

Hong Kong teachers’ rally starts another weekend of protest: School teachers in Hong Kong were marching on Saturday to the official residence of the city leader as another weekend of protests got underway.

Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis points: State-owned Punjab & Sind Bank (PSB) on Saturday said it has lowered its marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) by up to 0.20 per cent for various tenors.

Indian women’s team registers 2-1 victory over Japan in Olympic Test event: In Hockey, the Indian women’s team registered a comfortable 2-1 victory over the hosts Japan in the Olympic Test event in Tokyo today.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia nominated for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medalist wrestler Bajrang Punia has been nominated for the country’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

BCCI retains Ravi Shastri as team India’s head coach: India’s head coach Ravi Shastri is a runaway favourite to retain his post when the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) interviews the six short-listed candidates here on Friday.

Indian men face Malaysia, women to play Japan in Olympic Test event: In Hockey, the Indian men’s team will open its campaign against Malaysia while their female counterpart will take on hosts Japan in the Olympic Test event in Tokyo today.

Child rights body, IIT Kanpur develop kit to spread sexual-abuse awareness: The apex child rights body in collaboration with the IIT Kanpur has developed a kit to spread awareness about sexual abuse among children by using interactive means to teach them about personal safety, respecting their body and overcoming guilt.

Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi calls for UN convention to stop digital child abuse: Noble laureate Kailash Satyarthi has called for a UN convention to address the issue of digital child sexual abuse and trafficking.

NCB intensifies heat on drug traffickers: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) intensified the heat on drug traffickers in the run-up to the Independence Day, carrying out operations across the country that resulted in the arrest of 19 persons and seizure of drugs worth more than Rs 10 crore, officials said on Friday.

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