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TNPSC Current Affairs August 12, 2017

www.tnpsc.academy TNPSC Current Affairs August 12, 2017 (12/08/2017)

 

Topic : India’s Foreign Policy, Pacts & Summits

BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting

The Fifteenth BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting was convened in Kathmandu, Nepal on 10-11 August 2017.

The 15th ministerial meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation concluded recently in Kathmandu.

Key facts:

This meeting concluded with the approval of the memorandum of understanding for the establishment of BIMSTEC grid interconnection and also agreed to expedite the negotiations for BIMSTEC Free Trade Area Agreement.

What you need to know about BIMSTEC?

BIMSTEC or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation is a regional organisation which comprises of seven member states which lie near the Bay of Bengal.

This sub-regional organisation was started on June 6, in the year 1997 through a Bangkok Declaration.

BIMSTEC consists of seven countries: 5 come from South Asia, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka; and 2 come from Southeast Asia, which includes Myanmar and Thailand.

BIMSTEC headquarters are situated in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Topic : Persons in News, Appointments, Who is Who?

Milkha Singh appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador

Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh has been appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Physical Activity in South-East Asia Region.

About Milkha Singh:

Milkha Singh also known as The Flying Sikh, is a former Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army.

He was the only Indian athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games until Krishna Poonia won the discus gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Singh and his daughter, Sonia Sanwalka, co-wrote his autobiography, titled The Race of My Life.

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Topic : Latest Diary of Events

World Elephant Day – August 12

World Elephant Day is an international annual event on August 12, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants.

The goal of World Elephant Day is to create awareness for the extinction of African and Asian elephants.

And also share knowledge and positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephants.

Key facts:

African elephants are listed as “Vulnerable” and Asian elephants as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.

The first World Elephant Day was held on August 12, 2012.a

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