Daily Update On Current Affairs – August 16, 2017

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Nation celebrates 71st Independence Day with patriotic fervour

The nation celebrated its 71st Independence Day on 15th August 2017.  The main function was held at Red Fort in the national capital. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the National Flag synchronized with the 21-Gun Salute. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Mr. Modi said India stands for peace, unity, and harmony. He described casteism and communalism as poison which will not help us.

Air India to accord priority to armed forces personnel in boarding
Coinciding with the country’s 71st Independence Day, Air India today began according priority to the armed forces personnel in boarding its flight across the carrier’s network. A senior official of the airlines said the decision was taken as a mark of honour and respect to these personnel. Air India already provides concessionary and discounted air fares to the armed forces personnel on its domestic sectors. 
Govt asks Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, and others to remove Blue Whale links
Government has directed internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft, and Yahoo to immediately remove the links of dangerous online game Blue Whale Challenge, which has led to the suicide of children in India and other countries. Mumbai and West Midnapore district have reported deaths linked to this game. Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEIT) instructed the internet majors in a letter to ensure that any such link of this deadly game in its own name or similar game is immediately removed from their platform. The letter was issued following instructions from Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
President pays homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti
President Ram Nath Kovind on the 15th August paid homage to Martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti in New Delhi on the Independence Day. He placed a wreath at the base of the memorial dedicated to the Unknown Soldiers and saluted the martyrs. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Force Chief Air Marshal B S Dhanoa saluted the Martyrs with the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley was also present on the occasion. 
Indian troops foil China’s incursion bid in Ladakh  

Indian border guards on 15th August frustrated by the attempt made by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory, along the banks of famous Pangong lake in Ladakh resulting in stone pelting that caused minor injuries to the people on both sides, officials said. Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tried to enter the Indian side at two areas — Finger Four and Finger Five — twice between 6 am and 9 am. But on both the occasions their attempts were thwarted by the alert Indian troops, they said. After Chinese troopers found their path blocked by Indian soldiers who formed a human chain, they began hurling stones, prompting a swift retaliation by Indian border guards. Personnel from both sides received minor injuries and the situation was brought under control after the customary banner drill under which both sides hold banners before stepping back to their respective positions.
EU Calls for Peaceful solution to Korean crisis

The European Union’s foreign policy chief has called for peaceful, not military means to resolve the Korean peninsula crisis, urging Pyongyang to avoid any further provocative action that could stoke tensions. Federica Mogherini said in a statement on the 14th August 2017 that at such a critical juncture, the European Union supports diplomatic work with our partners aimed at the de-escalation of the situation and achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through peaceful, not military, means. The statement was issued after a meeting of a key EU panel which agreed the bloc would reach out to North and South Korea, the United States, China, Russia and Japan.
N.K.Jemisin wins the Hugo Award for the best science fiction novel  

African- American writer Nora K.Jesmin has won the prestigious Hugo Award for the best science fiction novel 2017 for her novel “The Obelisk Gate”. The award was presented to her at the 75th World Science Fiction Congress held in Helsinki, Finland on the 11th August 2017. The novel is about a planet where the inhabitants would undergo “The Fifth Season” of catastrophic climate change every few centuries.
Indian cricket team celebrates nation’s 71st Independence Day at Pallekele 
The Indian cricket team celebrated the nation’s 71st Independence Day at Pallekele in Sri Lanka on the 15th August 2017, with captain Virat Kohli hoisting the tricolour in the presence of the entire squad. Kohli also wished his countrymen back home on the occasion and said 15th August has always been special for him since childhood as the day is also his father’s birthday. The 15-member Indian squad, alongside the support staff, were in attendance as Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri stepped ahead and unfurled the national flag. The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by the National Anthem.
Indian boxers clinch 10 medals at Serbian tourney

India bagged two gold in the 6th Golden Glove Women’s Boxing Tournament at Vojvodina, Serbia. While Jyoti won Gold in 51 kg category, and Vanlalharitpuii bagged it 60 kg category. In all, India won two gold, four silver and four bronze medals in the tournament. The silver medals were clinched by Anjali in 48kg, Sakshi in 54kg, Ashtha in 69kg and Anupama in 81kg categories. Mandeep in 57kg, Nisha in 64kg, Shruti in 75kg and Neha in 81+kg category settled for bronze medals.
Olympic Task Force recommends steps to improve sports in India

The eight member Olympic Task Force has prepared its final report titled “Preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to the Government. The task force includes National Badminton coach Gopichand, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and former hockey captain Viren Rasqinho. It has been recommended to set up an Empowered Steering Committee to drive all initiatives. This committee shall be responsible to ensure that the preparation for the games are complete and adequate.  A slew of other recommendations is also given to the Government.

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