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Today’s Current Affairs 17th – August- 2018 – MyProgressCard

National News

  1. International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) gets held at IIFPT, Thanjavur
  • The Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), started an international conference on recent advances in food processing technology in the celebration of its golden jubilee ‘iCRAFPT ’18’.
  • The conference lasts till August 19, 2018 at its campus in Thanjavur.
  • It would be inaugurated by union minister of food processing industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

2. Panel headed by B Sesikeran to review red-labelling draft of FSSAI

  • Bill for red-labelling of packaged products containing fat, sugar and salt has been halted by the government as per FSSAI’s report.
  • Additionally, a group of experts from health and nutrition background has been set up to look into the issue of labeling.
  • The group is headed by B Sesikeran, former director of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) as well as the current director Hemalatha and Doctor Nikhil Tandon.

3. UPI 2.0 version: new & improved interface released by RBI governor Dr. Urjit Patel

  • RBI Governor Urjit Patel unveiled UPI version 2.0
  • The new version has been developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • It will allow the customers to use overdraft limit for making payments for merchants.
  • This has been made in need for ensuring adequate importance on cyber security.

Banking News

4. Sarvatra technologies launches 450th cooperative bank – ‘Sevalia Urban Co-operative Bank’

  • Sarvatra Technologies has launched ‘Sevalia Urban Co-operative Bank’ as 450th co-operative bank on National Financial Switch (NFS).
  • Sarvatra brings many co-operative banks on digital payment platform by making them inter-operable with large banks.
  • It aims to add another 50 plus co-operative banks by FY 2019.
  • It has provided digital payment platform to larger banks like ICICI and IDBI bank and payment banks like Paytm Payments Bank, Equitas Small Finance Bank etc.

International News

5. US forms ‘Iran Action Group’ for post-nuclear deal policy

  • US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo on August 16, 2018 announced the formation of the Iran Action Group (IAG) to coordinate and run the country’s policy towards Iran.
  • The development follows President Donald Trump’s announcement of the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the multinational Iran nuclear deal.
  • The basic aim behind the formation of IAG is to change the Iranian regime’s behavior.
  • The group will ensure that the US Department of State remains closely synchronised with the US interagency partners.

6. Scarlett Johansson is the highest paid actress with USD 40.5 million: Forbes

  • According to Forbes 2017’s list, Scarlett Johansson is the highest paid actress with USD 40.5 million.
  • She is followed by Angelina Jolie with 28 million USD.

New Appointments

7. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita re-elected Mali president

  • Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was re-elected as president of Mali.
  • He won 67% of the vote and defeated his opponent Soumaila Cisse in the presidential election.
  • He will serve his second five-year term as President of Mali.
  • He is 73 years old. He will assume office on 4th September 2018.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Capital of Mali – Bamako
  • Currency – West African CFA franc

Sports News

8. India’s Esow Alben wins silver at 2018 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships

  • Indian cyclist Esow Alben won India’s first medal (a silver medal) at the 2018 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland.
  • In the Men’s Keirin event, Czech Republic’s Jakub Stastny won gold medal.
  • Esow Alben finished 0.017 seconds behind him and won silver medal.
  • Kazakhstan’s Andrey Chugay won the bronze medal.

9. Emirates Cricket Board to host 2018 Asia Cup: BCCI

  • BCCI officially handed over its hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018.
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement for this purpose.

10. India rise to 96th spot in FIFA Ranking

  • India’s football team have jumped one spot higher to take the 96th spot in the latest FIFA World Rankings.
  • The improvement came in the ranking after FIFA implemented a new ranking system called ‘Elo’ where points are added and subtracted to the team’s existing tally before every match.
  • France clinched the number one FIFA ranking followed by Belgium, Brazil, Croatia and Uruguay.


11. US singer Aretha Franklin dies at 76

  • US singer Aretha Franklin passed away due to cancer in Detroit, the United States of America at the age of 76.
  • She was a native of Memphis, Tennessee, US.
  • She made her debut performance in 1961.
  • In the late 1960s, she earned the title “Queen of Soul”. Some of her hit songs are: “Respect”, “Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools.”

Expected GK Questions from the above Current Affairs

  1. Where is the ‘iCRAFPT ’18’ (International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology) held from 17th to 19th August 2018?

A. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu                                   C. Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
B. Mandya, Karnataka                                            D. Calicut, Kerala

2. Name the head of the panel formed to review red-labelling draft of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)?

A. Arpit Bandari                                                       C. B Sesikeran
B. Shekhar Reddy                                                    D. Pritham Singh

3. RBI Governor Urjit Patel has unveiled UPI (Unified Payments Interface) version 2.0. Which entity has developed this new version?

A. NPCI                                                                     C. NIC
B. NITI Aayog                                                           D. Microsoft

4. Sarvatra Technologies has launched ______ as 450th co-operative bank on National Financial Switch (NFS)?

A. Sevalia Urban Co-operative Bank
B. Sadapthi Urban Co-operative Bank
C. Sarvatra Urban Co-operative Bank
D. Samiksha Rural Co-operative Bank

5. US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo announced the formation of IAG to coordinate and run the country’s policy towards Iran. What is the full for of IAG?

A. Iran Active Governance                                  C. Iran Alert Governance
B. Iran Action Group                                            D. iran Active Group

6. Who is the world’s highest paid female actress according to Forbes?

A. Angelina Jolie                                                  C. Scarlett Johansson
B. Jennifer Aniston                                              D. Sandra Bullock

7. Who was re-elected as president of Mali?

A. Soumaila Cisse                                                C. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
B. Abdul Wahab                                                    D. Masood Ali Sahad

8. Name the Indian cyclist who won a silver medal in the Men’s Keirin event, at the 2018 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland?

A. Ravindra Bhatia                                              C. Arun Kumar
B. Esow Alben                                                     D. Ravi Parthiban

9. Which body will host the 2018 Asia Cup (cricket) from 15th to 28th September 2018?

A. Asian Cricket Council (ACC)
B. Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI)
C. Emirates Cricket Board
D. International Cricket Committee (ICC)

10. What is the rank of Indian football team in the latest FIFA world rankings?

A. 110                                                                C. 55
B. 46                                                                   D. 96

11. Name the 18 times Grammy Award winner and the first female vocalist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, who passed away recently

A. Bruno Mars                                              C. Aretha Franklin
B. Johnny Cash                                            D. Stevie Nicks







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