Daily GK Update 16th August 2016, Important Current Affairs

1. The Bihar state assembly has unanimously passed the crucial Goods and Services Tax Bill (GST Bill).

2. Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa has announced Rs 1,000 increase in the freedom fighters pension from Rs 11,000. 

3. Odia language will be used as the official language in all government offices in Odisha from today onwards.

4. India has provided One million US Dollars grant to Zimbabwe in the wake of El Nino induced drought disaster.

5. Central Leather Research Institute's (CLRI) Principal Scientist P Shanmugam has bagged the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Award for meritorious services in the Higher Education Department of Tamil Nadu (TN).

6. Larsen & Toubro has been identified as Implementation Partner to convert Nagpur, into the country's first large-scale integrated Smart City as per a Letter of Intent that was handed over in the auspicious presence of the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.

7. China successfully launched the world's first quantum satellite which boasts of establishing hack-proof communications between space and the ground as it is equipped with security features to prevent wiretapping and intercepts. The satellite nicknamed "Micius" was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.

8. China began operating its indigenously designed bullet trains which can clock 350 kmph speed.

9. Charti Lal Goel, the first speaker of the Delhi Assembly has passed away after prolonged illness.

10. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has won gold in the 100-metre final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.With this win, Bolt became the first man to win the event 3 times at consecutive Olympic Games.


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