Daily GK Update 22nd August 2017, Important Current Affairs

1. Google launches Android ‘Oreo’
i. Google has launched the latest version of its mobile operating systemAndroid Oreo’.
The Oreo boasts of a two times faster boot speed, autofill option, and a longer battery life.
The new update comes with a Picture-in-Picture feature that allows the user to see two apps simultaneously.
ii. There is also a Notification Dots option, which when pressed pops out the notification at a glance without having to open the app.
iii. Android Instant Apps is another new feature, which teleports directly into new apps from the browser, with no installation needed.
iv. Android Oreo is more secure with Google Play Protect built in, security status front and centre in settings.

Daily GK Update 22nd August 2017, Important Current Affairs

2. UK scientists create world's smallest surgical robot
i. British scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot ‘Versius’, which could transform daily operations for tens of thousands of patients.
ii. The robot ‘Versius’ mimics the human arm and can be used to carry out a wide range of laparoscopic procedures like hernia repairs, colorectal operations, and prostate and ear, nose, and throat surgery.
iii. The robot is controlled by a surgeon at a console guided by a 3D screen in the operating theatre.

3. US based Indian doctor discovers new way to prevent sepsis in new born babies
i. US-based Indian doctor ‘Dr. Pinaki Panigrahi has discovered an inexpensive prevention technique against sepsis.
ii. His team found that feeding babies with probiotic bacteria dramatically reduces the risk of sepsis in new borns.
iii. This is a breakthrough study and going to be an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns from a top killer ‘Sepsis’.

4. Birthday of Sri Guru Granth Sahib being celebrated today
i. Today, the 413th birthday of Sri Guru Granth Sahib (11th guru of Sikhs) is being celebrated with religious fervour.
ii. The Guru Granth Sahib (also called the Adi Granth or Adi Guru Darbar) is more than just a scripture of the Sikhs for the Sikhs treat this Granth as their living perpetual Guru.
iii. Sri Guru Arjan Dev ji completed the Aad Granth in 1604 and first Parkash was done at Sri Harmandir Sahib.

5. ONGC board approves HPCL takeover of 51.11% stake
i. The board of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has given 'in-principle' approval to acquire government's 51.11 % stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd. in New Delhi.
ii. The ONGC board also constituted a committee of directors to examine various aspects of the acquisition and to provide its recommendations to the board of directors.
iii. Earlier, the union govt. had also approved the sale of its 51.11% stake in oil refiner HPCL to India's largest oil producer ONGC.

6. FDI jumps 37% to 10.4 billion USD during April-June 2017
i. Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country grew by 37% to USD 10.4 billion during the first quarter of the current fiscal and bulk FDI came from Singapore, Mauritius, the Netherlands, and Japan.
ii. According to the figures of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) India had received around USD 8 billion during the same period last year.
iii. The main sectors which attracted the highest foreign inflows include services, telecom, trading, computer hardware and software and automobile.

7. ICMR & Ministry of Health sign pact with S Korea's IVI for vaccine
i. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Union Ministry of Health inked a pact with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), South Korea to collaborate on vaccine research and development.
ii. The ICMR is the apex body in the country for the formulation, coordination, and promotion of biomedical research.
iii. India officially became a signatory to the treaty of the Seoul-based organisation International Vaccine Institute(IVI) in 2012.
iv. Now, India is committing an annual contribution of USD 5,00,000 to IVI and joins as financially contributing signatories to IVI.

8. Govt. puts urad, moong dal imports under restricted category
i. According to Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in a notification, Govt. has put imports of ‘Urad’ and ‘Moong dal’ under the restricted category and fixed an annual cap of three lakh tonnes for their import.
ii. It will help stabilize domestic prices which have fallen below the minimum support level and are hurting farmers.
iii. This restriction will not apply to the govt's import commitments under any bilateral and regional agreement.
iv. Moong production touched a record 2.07 million tonnes in 2016-17 crop year as against 1.59 million tonnes in the previous year.
v. Earlier, the govt. had also put imports of pigeon peas and Toor dal under the restricted category.

9. 40-member panel named to select films for IFFI
i. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has constituted a 40-member 'preview committee' with filmmaker ‘Vivek Agnihotri’ as its convenor to select movies for the international film festival at Goa.
ii. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be held in Goa from 20 to 28 November this year.
iii. Earlier, Information and Broadcasting Ministry had constituted the steering committee and the technical committee for the IFFI.

10. Home Minister Rajnath Singh launches digital police portal
i. The union Home minister ‘Rajnath Singh’ has launched a digital police portal to create a national database of crimes and criminals (under the CCTNS project).
ii. The police portal will provide 11 searches and 46 reports from the national database for state police and central investigation agencies.
iii. The Central investigating and research agencies have also been provided logins to the digital police database to access crime statistics.

11. Triple Talaq not to be in operation for 6 months: SC
i. According to the Supreme Court, triple talaq will not be in operation for six months and asked political parties to keep their differences aside and help Centre in bringing out law on triple talaq.
ii. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Kheharalso asked the union govt. to come out with legislation on ‘triple talaq’.
iii. The Supreme Court set aside the practice of instant triple talaq saying it was violative of Article 14 and 21 of the Indian Constitution.

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