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Current Affairs - 18 August 2016

General Affairs 

Thank you Modi sir... for supporting Balochistan, we need your help: Little girl message for Modi
  • Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the atrocities being carried out on the people of Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on August 15, a little girl from  Balochistan, wearing Indian flag eye mask and holding Balochistan flag in hand, thanked Indian Prime Minister in a very innocent manner. The little girl in recorded video message says, "Thank you Modi sir.... for supporting Balochistan, we need your help, I love Baluchistan, I love India, Azad Baloch, thank you."
    On Independence day, PM Narendra Modi sent a strong message to Pakistan saying don't glorify terrorist. The PM also showed gratitude to the people of Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK for thanking him. "The way these people have showed respect for me, they have showed this respect for 1.25 billion Indians," said Modi.
    The PM was referring to his speech on August 15 where he slammed Pakistan for the atrocities against the Baloch community. Raking up the atrocities committed by Pakistan in his speech, Modi said that time has come when Pakistan will have to answer the world for the atrocities it has committed against people in Balochistan and PoK.
    After this message, lots of Baluchistani activists welcome and thanked Modi and saying "We love you, we are happy that you are supporting a nation that is facing slavery since 1948. We love our every friend who is supporting us. If you know what slavery is and if you know the relish of freedom, then please support us."

Assam: Hardcore NDFB(S) terrorist nabbed in joint operation
  • A hardcore NDFB(S) terrorist has been apprehended by security forces in Assam's Chirang district on Thursday. The hardcore NDFB(S) cadre was nabbed from the Ai Poali area during a joint operation conducted by the Army and Assam Police based on a specific intelligence input.
    Trained in Myanmar, the nabbed terrorist has been identified as Swmkwr Khaklary alias Saikhlong from belonging to the 40th batch of the NDFB(S). A pistol, one hand grenade and some ammunition was recovered from him.
    The apprehended terrorist had joined the banned organisation in August 2013 and got trained in the General Headquarter of the organisation. He had recently come to the area to give a fresh impetus to the activities of the banned outfit.
    The apprehension comes as a major blow to already dwindling strength of the banned insurgent group. The arrest comes as part of the massive anti-militant operations being carried out by the security forces after the Kokrajhar attack on August 5 in which 14 civilians were gunned down by NDFB(S) terrorists. 

BJP Mahila Morcha celebrates Raksha Bandhan with Indo-Tibetan Border Police in Haryana
  • Security men deployed at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) celebrated Raksha Bandhan in a unique way after several women BJP members tied rakhis on the wrists of 56 trainees at Bhanu in Panchkula district of Haryana today.
    Members of BJP Mahila Morcha tied rakhis on the wrists of several jawans, who in turn pledged for their safety.
    "I received my rakhi yesterday. It has been two years and I haven't met my sister. I was upset. This is an emotional moment. We are strangers, yet so many of them came and tied rakhis to us. This feels good," Shubhankar Pandey, ITBP Sub-Inspector who hails from Chhattisgarh, told India Today.
    Another trainee from Bihar, Abhishek Kumar said, "I am feeling honoured. If we are serving the country, there is someone who realised the value of our sacrifice. We do not know these women but their gesture has left us in tears. We will never forget their love. It is forever,"
    Led by BJP's Kalka MLA, Latika Sharma, the women wing of BJP also marked the occasion with sweets distribution among the jawans.
    "This is the second time that I am tying a rakhi to a jawan. I am feeling really proud," Seema, one of the volunteers, said.
    Another volunteer, Rajbir Kaur, said, "The sacrifice these jawans make are priceless. I cannot explain how happy I am today."

U-turns, new demands continue suspense over Navjot Singh Sidhu joining AAP
  • The drama and suspense over Navjot Singh Sidhu joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) continues. With each passing day, the possibility of the cricketer-turned-politician joining the AAP is getting bleak.
    Top sources in the AAP say Sidhu has done a U-turn. While he initially said he will not contest the Punjab election and instead asked for an AAP ticket for his wife, the party claims he now wants tickets for both himself and his wife.
    Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur is a BJP MLA in the Punjab Assembly.
    The AAP says Sidhu has also indicated that he wants to be the chief ministerial face of the AAP in Punjab, which will elect its next government early next year.
    The AAP is unwilling to give tickets to both the husband and the wife. "The party cannot give tickets to two from the same family. We had agreed to give a ticket to Sidhu's wife and also assured him that if she wins and AAP gets a majority, she will be made a minister," a top AAP source told India Today TV.
    It is learnt that Sidhu is not ready join the AAP if both his conditions are not fulfilled. With the AAP not willing to concede, sources say all the communication between Sidhu and AAP has stopped for almost a week now.
    Sidhu was supposed to join the AAP in the middle of August. The four-time BJP MP from Amritsar had resigned as a Rajya Sabha member last month, accusing the saffron party of asking him to stay away from Punjab.

No new liquor shops in Delhi this year: Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced that no new liquor shop with a government licence will be opened in the national capital this year.
    "No new liquor shops will be opened in Delhi this year. As far as the existing shops are concerned, the Mohalla Sabhas will take the final call if a particular shop needs to be relocated," Kejriwal said in a press conference.
    The decision was taken by the government following several complaints of unruly behaviour from places around liquor shops.
    The Chief Minister also warned that strict action will be taken against shop owners and managers of existing liquor shops if any wrong activities are reported about them. 
    Last week, Swaraj Abhiyan, an organisation led by Aam Aadmi Party rebels Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, had attacked the AAP government over increasing liquor permits in Delhi and demanded the closure of alcohol shops in residential areas.
    Holding a public hearing in Kolta Mubarakpur, an area where locals have been protesting against a liquor shop, Bhushan had demanded that places where residents are opposed to liquor shops should be done away with.
    Bhushan reminded the AAP government that the Swaraj Bill makes it mandatory to take the opinion of 50 per cent women of the area if one has to open a liquor shop.
    The Swaraj Abhiyan also demanded that the AAP government should consult people before formulating any policy and make the draft public.

Business Affairs 

Sensex ends 59 points lower, Nifty below 8,650 after US Fed rate comments
  • The S&P BSE Sensex on Wednesday settled the day 59 points lower, but above its crucial 28,000 level, while the broader Nifty50 closed below its key 8,650 mark.
    The headline indices fell taking lead from global markets which slumped after two influential Federal Reserve officials said interest rates in US could rise as soon as in September.
    The 30-share index ended the day at 28,005, down 59.24 points, while broad-based 50-share index quoted 8,624, down 18.50 points at close.
    A recent rally in the market has paused as investors see a lack of new triggers. The Nifty index is down 0.4 per cent since hitting a 15-1/2 month high on August 9.
    "We continue to see considerable call buildup around the 8,700 levels, this suggests that smart money may not be betting on a big rally to take the markets much higher above 8,700 in the near future," said Nikhil Kamath, Co-Founder & Director, Zerodha.
    "Long term charts are still pointing due north, but the short term calls for a correction before the rally can recommence."
    Anand James, chief market strategist, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services said Global cues are mixed to negative. "With that in the backdrop and absence of major domestic cues, markets have remained volatile," he said.
    "Markets have not decided a direction as yet but it is not a thematic move; more of value-based buying that is supporting prices on the low side," James added.
    Adani Ports stock was the top loser on both the benchmark indices and dipped nearly 3 per cent on the bourses.
    IT exporters continued to drag the indices down, while the banking and auto sectors edged up.
    Infosys fell 1.67 per cent after closing one per cent down on Tuesday after Royal Bank of Scotland cancelled its contract with the IT company to provide services to a UK unit.
    Tata Consultancy Services slipped 2.51 per cent after falling 1.7 per cent on Tuesday.
    Shares of InterGlobe Aviation, owner of budget carrier IndiGo, gained as much as 3.49 per cent after Citi upgraded the stock to "buy" from "neutral", adding that A320 delivery concerns were unwarranted.
    Indian debt and currency markets were closed on Wednesday on account of a local holiday in the western state of Maharashtra.
    A lowdown on markets today
    11:30 am
    Sensex at 28,120, up 55.74 points
    Nifty at 8,652, up 9.85 points
    09:20 am
    Sensex at 28,087, up 22.67 points
    Nifty at 8,649, up 6.75 points

    Cisco Systems to lay off about 14,000 employees
    • Cisco Systems Inc is laying off about 14,000 employees, representing nearly 20 percent of the network equipment maker's global workforce, technology news site CRN reported, citing sources close to the company.
      San Jose, California-based Cisco is expected to announce the cuts within the next few weeks, the report said, as the company transition from its hardware roots into a software-centric organization.
      Apart from Cisco, two other big software companies, Microsoft Corp and HP Inc, have also announced job cuts this year.
      Microsoft said in July that it would lay off about 2,850 jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total planned job cuts to up to 4,700, or about 4 percent of its workforce.
      HP Inc said in February it would cut about 3,000 jobs by the end of fiscal 2016.
      Cisco, which had more than 70,000 employees as of April 30, declined to comment.
      Cisco increasingly requires "different skill sets" for the "software-defined future" than it did in the past, as it pushes to capture a higher share of the addressable market and aims to boost its margins, the CRN report said citing a source familiar with the situation.
      Cisco has been investing in new products such as data analytics software and cloud-based tools for data centers, to offset the impact of sluggish spending by telecom carriers and enterprises on its main business of making network switches and routers.
      The company has already offered many early retirement package plans to Cisco's employees, according to CRN.

      Up until Tuesday's close of $31.12 on the Nasdaq, the company's stock had risen about 15 percent this year, compared with a 10.5 percent increase in the Dow Jones U.S. Technology Hardware & Equipment index.

      Rupee closes 13 paise higher at 66.76, snaps 2-day losses
      • The rupee on Tuesday gained 13 paise to close at 66.76 a dollar as fresh selling of the US currency by exporters and banks helped it snap the two-day fall.
        The US currency weakened against major Asian currencies in global markets which lifted the rupee sentiment, a forex dealer said. Foreign capital inflows too aided rupee's gain against the dollar, the dealer said.
        As per provisional exchange data, foreign investors bought shares worth Rs 684.7 crore on net basis.
        The rupee opened higher at 66.85 per dollar from last Friday's closing level of 66.89 per dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market. It hovered in a range of 66.74 to 66.9275 before ending at 66.76 per dollar, showing a gain of 13 paise or 0.19 per cent.
        The rupee had dropped by 17 paise or 0.26 per cent in previous two sessions.
        The dollar index was trading down by 0.87 per cent against a basket of six currencies in the late trade as investors were awaiting for minutes of the US Federal Reserve's last meeting.
        A jump in oil prices aided Asian currencies against the US dollar, a dealer said. The dollar, for the first time since UK's vote to exit European Union, dipped below 100 yen to 99.96 yen, sharply below 101.25 yen in New York.
        Meanwhile, RBI fixed the reference rate for the dollar at 66.8983 and euro at 75.0198.
        In cross-currency trades, the rupee fell against the pound sterling to 86.72 from 86.66 on last Friday and also dropped against the euro to 75.40 from 74.56.
        The domestic currency dropped against the Japanese yen to 66.81 per 100 yens from 65.55.
        Pramit Brahmbhatt of Veracity Financial Services said, "Ever since opening trade we witnessed some selling pressure in dollar which helped rupee to appreciate."
        In the forward market, premium for dollar moved down further on sustained receivings from exporters.
        The benchmark six-month premium for January 2017 fell to 182-184 paise from 183.5-185.5 paise on last Friday and for forward July 2017 contract also eased to 383-385 paise from 384-386 paise.
        In a volatile market, the benchmark BSE Sensex recovered from initial losses, but still ended lower by 87.79 points to 28,064.61 on profit-booking in select counters in view of rise in wholesale inflation.

      AirAsia India outlines plans to expand fleet, network
      • Budget airline AirAsia India said on Wednesday that it planned to gradually expand its fleet and network in India as it seeks to boost its small market share in the fast expanding domestic market.
        The airline, a tie-up between Malaysian carrier AirAsia Bhd and Tata Sons conglomerate, said it planned to add a seventh A320 jet to its fleet and bring Hyderabad into its network of destinations by September.
        Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, AirAsia India's Chief Executive Amar Abrol said the airline is looking to expand further and that it would be investing significant sums of money in the future.

        DHFL to raise up to Rs 10,000 crore via NCDs
        • Dewan Housing Finance Corporation today said it will raise up to Rs 10,000 crore through issuance of secured non-convertible debentures (NCDs) in one or more tranches.
          "The company at its meeting held on August 17, 2016, considered and approved the proposal of raising of funds by way of a public issue of secured non-convertible debentures (NCDs), subject to the receipt of necessary approvals, for an amount up to Rs 2,000 crore along with a green shoe option of up to Rs 8,000 crore, in one or more tranches," Dewan Housing Finance Corporation said in a BSE filing.
          It further said: "The board of directors has also authorised the Finance Committee to undertake necessary decisions in relation to the proposed Issue, deciding from time to time the tenure of the NCDs, coupon/ interest offered, schedule of payment of interest/coupon and the principal, details of the security/charge to be created in favour of the NCD holders; details of redemption of the NCDs and allied matters in relation to the issue of NCDs, at the time of the issue of the relevant tranche prospectus".
          The NCDs are proposed to be listed on the National Stock Exchange and BSE.
          Shares of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation were trading at Rs 263.70 apiece, up 0.21 per cent on the BSE.

        General Awareness

        Famous Sports Personalities in the World

          • Dear Readers & Aspirants,we have compiled the table with some important Famous Personalities associated with Sports .Now-a-days one question is asking from Cricket Stadiums in the World. We hope, it will help you in Competitive exams.
            Name Of The PersonsCountrySports
            Lionel MessiArgentinaFootball
            Diego MaradonaArgentinaFootball
            Sir Donald BradmanAustraliaCricket
            David CampeseAustraliaRugby Union
            Jack NicklausAustraliaGolf.
            Rod LaverAustraliaTennis.
            Shane WarneAustraliaCricket.
            Eddy MerckxBelgiumCycling.
            Bruno SoaresBrazilTennis
            Aryton SennaBrazilianMotor Racing
            Emil ZatopekCzechoslovakiaAthletics.
            Ian BothamEnglandCricket.
            David BeckhamEnglandFootball.
            Lewis HamiltonEnglandMotor Racing.
            Steve DavisEnglandSnooker.
            W.G. GraceEnglandCricket.
            Haile GebreselassieEthiopiaAthletics.
            Kenenisa BekeleEthiopiaAthletics.
            Abebe BikilaEthopiaAthletics.
            Paavo NurmiFinlandAthletics.
            Bernard HinaultFranceCycling.
            Jacques AnquetilFranceCycling.
            Serge BlancoFranceRugby Union.
            Michael SchumacherGermanyMotor Racing.
            Steffi GrafGermanyTennis.
            Andy MurrayGreat BritainTennis.
            Bill ShanklyGreat BritainFootball.
            Bobby MooreGreat BritainFootball.
            Chris FroomeGreat BritainCycling.
            Chris HoyGreat BritainCycling.
            Fred PerryGreat BritainTennis.
            Henry CooperGreat BritainBoxing.
            Mo FarahGreat BritainAthletics.
            Nick FaldoGreat BritainGolf.
            Paula RadcliffeGreat BritainAthletics.
            Roger BannisterGreat BritainAthletics.
            Sebastian CoeGreat BritainAthletics.
            Sir Steve RedgraveGreat BritainRowing.
            Stirling MossGreat BritainMotor Racing.
            Dhyan ChandIndiaHockey.
            Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreIndiaShooting
            Balbir Singh SrIndiaHockey.
            Pullela GopichandIndiaBedminton.
            Vijay KumarIndiaShooting.
            Yogeshwar DuttIndiaWrestling.
            Sachin TendulkarIndiaCricket.
            Sushil KumarIndiaWrestling.
            Leslie ClaudiusIndiaHockey.
            Khashaba Dadasaheb JadhavIndiaWrestling
            Vijender SinghIndiaBoxing
            Gagan NarangIndiaShooting
            Kapil DevIndiaCricket
            Mahesh BhupathiIndiaTennis
            Leander PaesIndiaTennis
            Saina NehwalIndiaBedminton
            Jwala GuttaIndiaBedminton
            Rohan BopannaIndiaTennis
            Sania MirzaIndiaTennis
            Sunil GavaskarIndiaCricket
            Prakash PadukoneIndiaBedminton
            Ravichandra AshwinIndiaCricket
            Viswanathan AnandIndiaChess
            Apurvi ChandelaIndiaShooting
            Siril VermaIndiaBadminton
            Fausto CoppiItalyCycling
            Usain BoltJamaicaRace
            Asbel KipropKenyaAthletics
            Tegla LaroupeKenyaAthletics
            Hicham El GuerroujMoroccoAthletics
            George BestNorthern IrelandFootball.
            Grete WaitzNorwayAthletics.
            Magnus CarlsenNorwayChess
            Imran KhanPakistanCricket.
            Miguel TabuenaPhilippinesGolf
            Manny PacquiaoPhillipinesBoxing.
            Cristiano RonaldoPortugalFootball.
            Jose MourinhoPortugalFootball.
            Nadia ComaneciRomaniaGymnastics.
            Maria SharapovaRussiaTennis.
            Vladimir KramnikRussiaChess
            Svetlana KuznetsovaRussiaTennis
            Alex FergusonScotlandFootball.
            Eric LiddellScottishAthletics.
            Viktor TroickiSerbiaTennis
            Rafael NadalSpainTennis.
            Seve BallesterosSpainGolf.
            Carolina MarinSpainBadminton
            Bjorn BorgSwedenTennis.
            Martina HingisSwitzerlandTennis.
            Roger FedererSwitzerlandTennis.
            Johan CruyffThe NetherlandsFootball.
            Jamie MurrayUKTennis
            Serguei BubkaUkraineAthletics.
            Tiger WoodsUSGolf.
            Muhammad AliUSBoxing
            Floyd Joy MayweatherUSBoxing
            Carl LewisUSAthletics
            Billie Jean KingUSTennis
            Jackie Joyner KerseeUSAthletics.
            Al OerterUSAthletics.
            Babe Didrikson ZahariasUSGolf.
            Babe RuthUSBaseball.
            Bo JacksonUSBaseball.
            Bob BeamonUSAthletics.
            Chris EvertUSTennis.
            Greg LemondUSCycling.
            Jim ThorpeUSSwimming.
            Jimmy ConnorsUSTennis.
            Joe DimaggioUSBaseball.
            John McenroeUSTennis.
            Kelly SlaterUSSurfing.
            Lance ArmstrongUSCycling.
            Magic JohnsonUSBasketball.
            Mark SpitzUSSwimming.
            Martina NavratilovaUSTennis.
            Michael JohnsonUSAthletics.
            Michael JordanUSBasketball.
            Michael PhelpsUSSwimming.
            Jonathan EdwardsWalesRugby Union.
            Gareth BaleWalesFootball.
            Gareth EdwardsWalesRugby Union.
            Brian LaraWest IndiesCricket.
            Sir Viv RichardsWest IndiesCricket.
            Sir Gary SobersWest IndiesCricket.
            Monica SelesYugoslavia / USTennis.

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