Current Affairs- Weekly Digest
The current affairs of the week like death of Islam Karimov, Influenza D, World’s Oldest Stromatolite Fossils and Reliance Jio among others.
• The President of Uzbekistan who passed away recently is- Islam Karimov
• The actor who was felicitated at the first edition of BRICS Film Festival that recently commenced in New Delhi is – Rishi Kapoor
• The Governor of Maharashtra who was sworn in as the acting Governor of Tamil Nadu is-Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao
• Chairperson of Biocon who was appointed Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour is- Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
• Mukund Chaudhari recently took over as the CMD of- MOIL Limited
• A group of scientist discovered a new influenza virus that affects cattle. The official name of the virus is- Influenza D
• State which signed MoU with Union Government to develop 11 small airports and airstrips in September 2016- Gujarat

• Reliance Industries Limited in September 2016 launched the telecom service- Reliance Jio

• South Korea's LG Electronics Inc in September 2016 tied-up with-

• A team of scientists discovered the world’s oldest stromatolite fossils in the Isua Greenstone Belt recently. These Fossils are- 3.7 Billion Years Old

• Lt Gen Bipin Rawat recently took over as the Vice Chief of - Indian Army

• The Indian film director who was recently honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal at the Lonavla International Film Festival India is - Govind Nihalani

• The Union Government recently notified the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme that promises to - offer financial incentives to employers

• The veteran trade union leader, who also headed the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply Trust (BEST) Workers’ Union, who died recently is - Sharad Rao

• SpaceX’s rocket that destroyed recently in an explosion during a propellant fill operation is -Falcon 9 

• Coal India Limited (CIL) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) signed MoU for effectively monitoring of environment related issues in - the Coal Mining Projects

• Indian Railway launched an insurance scheme for passengers travelling on e- ticket with insurance cover up to - 10 lakh rupees

• Insurance scheme for passengers travelling on e-ticket launched by Indian Railway will be available after paying a premium of - 92 paisa

• The person headed the committee that was constituted by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs to look into the alternatives to pellet guns - TVSN Prasad  

• To indigenise procurements and reduce import dependence, Indian Army announced establishment of - the Army Design Bureau (ADB)  

• First ever BRICS film festival began in - New Delhi
• Person sworn in as President of Brazil in August 2016- Michel Temer

• Indians who received the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016- Thodur Madabusi Krishna and Bezwada Wilson

• The Kudankulam Plant Unit-2 was in August 2016 synchronised with Southern Power Grid at-Tamil Nadu

• Person appointed as the CEO of Microsoft Accelerator in India recently- Bala Girisaballa

• Noted poet who wrote Sindur ki Raakh in 1955 and died recently- Kashmiri Lal Zakir

• The famous humanist French photographer who died recently is - Marc Riboud

• Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik recently won the People’s Choice Prize for his sand sculpture titled Mahatma Gandhi – World Peace at the - Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship 2016

• The appointed former Finance Secretary appointed as the Chancellor of TERI University is -Ashok Chawla

• The approximate percentage of 300 Billion Cubic Metre water in River Ganga contaminated by arsenic, as per a latest study, is - 40%

• The Indian-origin software industry veteran recently appointed the CEO of US-based company ANSYS is - Ajei Gopal

• Union Cabinet approved creation of a Project Development Fund (PDF) for catalysing Indian economic presence in the CLMV countries. The countries include - Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam

• The two day “BRICS Convention on Tourism” began at World heritage site - Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh

• The person who was re-elected as President of Gabon - Ali Bongo Ondimba

• Chief Minister of Odisha who decided to share his thoughts on different issues through the radio for 10 minutes every month is - Naveen Patnaik 

• Commission set up by the Haryana government that submitted its report to the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal at Chandigarh was heded by - Justice SN Dhingra
• The actor who was recently honoured with the Entertainer of The Year award by CNBC-TV18 is - Irrfan Khan

• Anuradha Rao was recently appointed the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of -SBI Mutual Fund

• The West Bengal State Assembly recently passed a resolution to change the name of the state. The state would be called Bengal in – English

• The sportspersons to be appointed as the Commandant and Brand Ambassador of CRPF is - P V Sindhu

• The Indian film director appointed as the UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India is - Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush

• The Director of Mark Bangles appointed as the President of India Bullion and Jewellers Association is - Mukesh Mehta

• The first state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme is – Gujarat

• The 100-year-old women athlete from India won Gold medal at the American Masters Games in the 100-meter dash - Man Kaur

• The Indian wrestler whose bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics was upgraded to silver is - Yogeshwar Dutt

• As per RBI’s Annual Report 2015-16, the Indian economy is likely to expand by what percent in 2016-17 - 7.6 percent

• High Court of the state stayed the government's decision mandating centralised counselling for the students who appeared for the NEET in 2016 for medical and dental courses -Maharashtra 

• Delhi government capped the cost of chikungunya serology test to - 600 rupees 

• Ministry of Civil Aviation gave green signal for expansion of – Agartala airport

• The country that advised all pregnant women with symptoms associated with Zika, to be tested for the virus is - Singapore

• The typhoon that killed about ten people after it struck Japan in last week of August 2016 is –Lionrock
•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the first phase of SAUNI (Saurastra Narmada Avataran Irrigation yojana) at - Sanodara of Jamnagar district of Gujarat
•    She was awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015 - Padma Sachdev
•    India signed Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with – the United States
•    Operation Euphrates Shield to end the rule of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as well as against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria was launched by - Turkey
•    Author of the autobiography 'Chitt-Chete' written in Dogri language is - Padma Sachdev
•    India signed MoUs in fields of renewable energy, traditional systems of medicine with –Myanmar
•    He headed the Committee on border protection that submitted its report to the Home Minister Rajnath Singh - Madhukar Gupta
•    National Sports Day is observed across India on 29 August to commemorate birth anniversary of - Dhyan Chand
•    He won the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix of Formula One (F1) - Nico Rosberg
•    He will head Indian Navy’s high level committee that was constituted to find out extent of Scorpene Submarine data leak - Ashok Kumar
•    The 11-year-old girl who will swim in River Ganga from Kanpur to Varansi with a message of clean Ganga is - Shraddha Shukla
•    The world famous Velankanni our lady of health basilica annual feast started with the hoisting of flag in – Tamil Nadu
•    The Indian paramilitary force that has decided to appoint Olympic Silver medalist PV Sindhu as its brand ambassador and bestow the honorary rank of Commandant to her - Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
•    Odisha government has launched a new cadre for urban local bodies called - the Odisha Municipal Cadre
• Person who will head the high-level committee constituted by Union Finance Ministry in August 2016 to suggest steps to promote card payments- Ratan P Watal

• India's rank in the World Risk Index 2016 by United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security- 77th Rank

• Country that topped the World Risk Index 2016 published by United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security- Vanuatu

• Person appointed as the President of India Bullion and Jewellers Association in August 2016-Mukesh Mehta

• International Day Against Nuclear Tests is observed globally on- 29 August

• Person appointed as the CEO of Sheth Creators, a real estate company of Nusli Wadia-led Wadia Group- Bharat Dhuppar

• Person appointed as the Advocate General of Tamil Nadu in August 2016- R Muthukumaraswamy

• The rocket was used by ISRO to test Supersonic Combustion Ramjet engine called Scramjet, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta in Andhra Pradesh - ATV02

• They won the women’s doubles title at Connecticut Open in New Haven, the US - Indo-Romanian team of Saina Mirza and Monica Niculescu

• Four banks that introduced NPCI’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) that allow customers to make payments via digital means are - Axis Bank, Union Bank of India, Federal Bank and Bank of Maharashtra

• Marine National Monument off Hawaii that was expanded by President Obama to turn up to be world's largest marine reserve is - Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

• Budget at which the Maharashtra’s ambitious Mumbai-Nagpur Super Communication Expressway project will be developed that was unveiled by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is – 46000-crore rupee

• Scientists in Japan studying earthquakes have detected a rare deep-Earth tremor, known as -S wave microseism

• The train who’s twelve coaches derailed between Aluva and Karukutty stations in Ernakulam district is - Thiruvananthapuram-Mangaluru Express

• The state that launched the 108 mobile app for immediate and easy facility of the National Ambulance Service is - Himachal Pradesh
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