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TNPSC Current Affairs August 09, 2017


www.tnpsc.academy TNPSC Current Affairs August 09, 2017 (09/08/2017)


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Topic : Welfare Oriented Govt., Schemes and their Utilities

Swachh Bharat launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has launched a third party verification survey report to take stock of the progress already made by the Mission in rural India.

It also launched Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017.

About Swachh Survekshan Survey:

In order to foster a healthy competition between cities for improving cleanliness standards, the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) started the “Swachh Survekshan” survey.

It is on about ranking of cities on cleanliness and other aspects of urban sanitation, in 2016 which ranked 73 cities across the country.


Topic : New Appointments, Person in News, Latest Diary of Events

Justice Dipak Misra to be next Chief Justice of India

The Union government appointed Justice Dipak Misra as the next Chief Justice of India.

Justice Misra will be sworn in as the 45th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 27.

Key facts:

Justice Dipak Misra will be the 45th Chief Justice of India (CJI), succeeding the 44th CJI, Justice J. S. Khehar.

He is a judge of the Supreme Court of India and a former Chief Justice of the Patna and Delhi High Courts.

He’s the nephew of Justice Ranganath Misra, who was the 21st CJI during 1990-91.


Topic : Role of Voluntary Organizations & Govt., Welfare Oriented Govt., Schemes and their Utilities

NITI Aayog selects 3 States for transformative change in Health & Education sectors

NITI Aayog has announced partnership with three States each to radically transform their Health and Education sectors.

NITI Aayog has selected Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Karnataka to improve healthcare delivery and key outcomes in these States.

In Education, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand have been selected for support to better learning outcomes.

What next?

On thorough technical evaluation, the chosen States have committed to time-bound, governance reforms in both sectors.


Topic : Awards & Honours

Sardar Singh, Devendra Jhajharia to be awarded Khel Ratna awards

Former India Hockey captain Sardar Singh and Paralympian javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia have been selected to be awarded the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards.

The awards selection committee has recommended both Jhajharia and Sardar to be considered for the award jointly.


Topic : India’s Foreign Policy, World Organizations, Pacts & Summits

India ratifies 2nd commitment period of Kyoto Protocol

India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

It has been announced on 9th of August 2017.

What is Kyoto Protocol?

The Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty which extends the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that commits State Parties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on December 11, 1997 and entered into force on February 16, 2005.

The Protocol’s first commitment period started in 2008 and ended in 2012.

A second commitment period was agreed on in 2012, known as the Doha Amendment to the protocol.


Topic : India’s Foreign Policy, Latest Diary of Events

India and US joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas 2017’

India and the United States of America will conduct “Yudh Abhyas” joint exercise between their armies in 14-27 September.

The exercise Yudh Abhyas – 2017, will be held from September 14-27 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the US.

The exercise will be the 13th in the Yudh Abhyas series, which started in the year 2004 under US Army Pacific partnership programme.


Topic : General Administration, Public Awareness, Latest terminology

Seventeen States/UTS Have Imposed Complete Ban on Use of Polythene Bags

As per the provisions of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, the generators of waste have been mandated to take steps to minimize generation of plastic waste, not to litter the plastic waste, ensure segregated storage of waste at source and handover segregated waste to local bodies or agencies authorised by the local bodies.

In the country, 17 States / Union Territories have imposed complete ban on manufacture, stock, sale and use of plastic carrybags, through directions/notifications and executive orders.

Further, use of plastic carry bags has been partially banned in some pilgrimage centres, tourist and historical places located in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.


Topic : Welfare Oriented Schemes and their Utilities

Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY)

Government has launched the ‘Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY)’ to provide social security during old age and to protect elderly persons aged 60 and above against a future fall in their interest income due to uncertain market conditions.

The scheme enables old age income security for senior citizens through provision of assured pension/return linked to the subscription amount based on government guarantee to Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).


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