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Current Affairs : 17-08-2018 in English


National
·         The State Government of Telangana gave Rs. 5 lakhs life cover to every farmer under the scheme - Rythu Bima.
·         In August, the Bombay High Court ruled in favor of people belonging to this caste as Scheduled Tribes community
Govari.
International
·         12th century’s stolen Bronze statue of Buddha returned to India by - Scotland Yard (UK).
·         'Fall Armyworm' pest is found in this state of India in May-18 and it has been found in Asia for the first time - Karnataka (Shivamogga district).
·         Five countries signed by Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan signed convention to give legal status to the sea - Caspian Sea.
·         During August 12-17, 'World Soil Science Council (WCSS) 2018' organized at - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Banking
·         This Indian subsidiary of a foreign company has activated the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) for all its registered members - Walmart India.
·         Government removed Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Allahabad Bank’s former Managing Director - Usha Ananta subramanian.
·         An upgraded version of the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) "UPI 2.0" was launched by - National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI).
Sports
·         Gary Stead was appointed as the new coach of this country's 'Black Caps' cricket team - New Zealand.
·         Winner of the '2018 Abu Dhabi Masters' Chess Championship - Nihal Sarin (India).
Person In News
·         In 1971, India won the first Test series overseas led by this person who died in Mumbai recently - Ajit Wadekar.
General Knowledge
·         Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) established in the year - 1861.
·         Rome (Italy) based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) established in the year - 1945.
·         The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea was signed in year - 1982.
·         First World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) - 1927 (Washington DC).
·         International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) established in the year - 1924.
·         In the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), these nations have the right to 'veto' - America, Russia, China, Britain and France.


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