Current Affairs Aug 2017 - Places in NEWS


1 - Preparatory Meeting of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ began

BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise

The two-day Preparatory Meeting of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise 2017’ began in New Delhi, organized by the National Disaster Response Force.

The meeting helped in the augmentation of capacities, especially response capacity, besides promoting cooperation and coordination in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

This Exercise provided a platform to share the Best Practices on comprehensive aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), strengthening regional response and coordination for Disaster Management among the BIMSTEC nations. The Exercise was conducted in two phase in Delhi and NCR.

2 - The 8th meeting of the Regional Technical Group on Trade held in New Delhi

Regional Technical Group

New Delhi hosted eighth meeting of the Regional Technical Group of Confidence Building Measure on Trade, Commerce & Investment Opportunities under the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process, under the leadership of Acting Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Mr. Hassan Soroosh, and Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Dr. Deepak Mittal.

The participants shared the view that Afghanistan acted as a natural bridge in promoting regional connectivity and economic integration. There was consensus that economic development was an important factor in ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia Region.

3 - India celebrated 71st Independence Day at Red Fort

Red Fort

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unfurled the National Flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort to celebrate the 71st Independence Day and addressed the nation.

Seven hundred cadets of the National Cadet Corps drawn from various schools of the Delhi Directorate comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force wings participated in the flag hoisting ceremony.

In total, 3,500 girl students and 5,000 boy students from 37 schools of Directorate of Education, Government of Delhi sang the National Anthem and other patriotic songs in different regional languages during the celebrations.

4 - 5-day India-ASEAN Youth Summit held in Bhopal

India-ASEAN Youth Summit

The five day India-ASEAN Youth Summit held in Bhopal to discuss various issues eradication of terrorism, poverty, role of youth in protecting environment and drug menace.

Various programmes were discussed that are in operational in India, meant for fighting against such issues. The event was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh.

This event was based on the theme "Shared Values, Common Destiny". Over 200 delegates from Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and India participated.

5 - India opened its first partition museum in Amritsar

Partition Museum

The world’s first Partition Museum was opened at Town Hall, Amritsar. The Museum remains open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Partition Museum Project (TPMP) was initiated by The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT) to work towards the establishment of a world class, physical museum, dedicated to the memory of the Partition of the sub-continent in 1947 — its victims, its survivors and its lasting legacy.

6 - National Sports Museum to be established in New Delhi

National Sports Museum

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will establish National Sports Museum, first of its kind, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

The Museum will highlight India’s achievements in sports and focus on the traditional sports within the country. The aim of the Museum is to popularise the sports as a way of life within the country.

Accordingly, the proposed Museum would go beyond the classical approach of a collection of memorabilia to become an interactive venue of interest for all age groups.

7 - Sushma Swaraj inaugurated First Videsh Bhavan in Mumbai

Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the country’s first Videsh Bhavan at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai. It is a modern, fully equipped, state of the art office with all public amenities.

There are Four offices of MEA in Mumbai, which are:

  • Passport Office
  • Office of the Protector of Emigrants
  • Office of the Regional Director of ICCR
  • Branch Secretariat of MEA

They are all integrated together and will be functioning from the newly constructed "Videsh Bhavan” from now on.

8 - Nungthaang Tampak became Northeast’s first 100% Computer Literate Village

Nungthaang Tampak

A village of Manipur called as Nungthaang Tampak created history by becoming northeast’s first fully computer literate village. Under the Digital India Program, villagers have successfully completed the one-month free computer course, affiliated to AISECT (All India Society for Electronic and Computer Technology). Training course was organized by Mangal Rural. Technological items were also distributed to villagers.

Mangal rural distributed few basic technological items to villagers at free of cost such as a computer set, one solar lighting system and a WiFi device. Participants received ‘Certificates’ for successful completion of course.

9 - Island of Tuvalu World’s Least Visited Country

Tuvalu World

According to a new report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Tuvalu is least visited place on earth in 2016. It drew 2000 tourists in a year. Tuvalu is a collection of nine islands, sitting about halfway between Hawaii and Australia.

It is located in the South Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu is 4.6 meters above sea level and has a population of 11,000 people.

The other three least visited countried in the list are – Kiribati, Tajikistan and Marshall Islands.