Current Affairs – 31st August, 2016
⇒ Small Industry Day – August 30.
⇒ The Indian Space Research Organisation is planning to launch a record 68 satellites in one mission by early next year. Earlier in June, ISRO had set a record in its space programme by successfully launching 20 satellites in a single mission.
⇒ Haryana Chief Minister – Manohar Lal Khattar; Governor – Kaptan Singh Solanki.
⇒ India’s economy is likely to grow 7.8% in 2016-17 according to Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). Meanwhile, the RBI has pegged the growth rate at 7.6% this fiscal.
⇒ The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched the pilot project for Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) with 26 operating units. It will allow payments for everyday utility services such as electricity, water, gas, telephone, and DTH in its first phase. The BBPS is an RBI-mandated system to provide interoperable bill payment services, both online and offline.
⇒ Croatia’s Karlovic hits 61 aces to set new US Open record.
⇒ Australia launches its first driverless bus.
⇒ Goa becomes 15th assembly to ratify GST Bill. (Goa CM – Laxmikant Parsekar; Governor – Mridula Sinha).
⇒ Brazil’s first female President Dilma Rousseff was removed from her presidency after the country’s Senate voted 61-20 in favour of her impeachment. Rousseff will be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer for the remaining over two-year term.
⇒ Cabinet approves creation of a Project Development Fund to catalyse Indian economic presence in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV). A corpus fund Rs. 500 crore is operated through EXIM Bank.
⇒ Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao to take additional charge as Governor of Tamil Nadu as the tenure of Konijeti Rosaiah has ended.
⇒ The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given approval to grant of Permanent Residency Status (PRS) to the foreign investors, a move aimed at encouraging foreign investment in India and to promote ‘Make in India’ programme. PRS will be granted for a period of 10 years with multiple entry.
⇒ Gujarat has become the first Indian state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under UJALA scheme.
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