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Important Current Affairs 12th August 2017

Important Current Affairs 12th August 2017

Current Affairs 12th August 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey launches Indian National Anthem video in sign language.

Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State, Ministry of Human Resource Development launched the Indian National Anthem video in sign language at Films Division Auditorium, New Delhi today.
●    The video features Mr Amitabh Bachchan along with children with disability singing the National Anthem in sign language at the backdrop of the Majestic Red Fort. 
●    The film is conceptualised by Satish Kapoor, Founder Director, We Care Film Festival. We Care Film Festival produced the Film under the aegis of Brotherhood, an NGO. 
●    It is directed by Govind Nihalani and the music is scored by late Aadesh Shrivastava.
●    Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has a vision that India's development will be complete when our divyangjan become an integral part of it and come forward in the nation building. 
●    Shri Modi had suggested that the term 'divyang' (divine body) instead of 'viklang' be used for persons with disability. 
●    He further said that we must create an environment for the disabled people by which they can be able to earn a livelihood and live an independent life like any other citizen. 
●    It is our responsibility to mainstream them into all walks of life, and to make things accessible to them so that they can be fully integrated into national life.

India ranks 43rd in 2017 Global Retirement Index

India in the first week of August 2017 was ranked at the last position of 43rd in the 2017 Global Retirement Index (GRI).
●    The Index is published by French asset management company Natixis Global.
●    The Global Retirement Index ranks 43 countries on the basis of four factors, which are the material means to live comfortably in retirement (Material Well-being), access to quality financial services to help preserve savings value and maximize income (Finances), access to quality health services (Health), and a clean and safe environment (Quality of Life).
●    The 43 countries included in the index are the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF) advanced economies and the BRIC (Britain, Russia, India and China) countries.
●    The 2017 Global Retirement Index was topped by Norway, followed by Switzerland and Iceland.

Current Affairs 10th August 2017: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

The United Nations on 7 July 2017 adopted the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 
●    This is the first legally-binding international agreement to comprehensively eliminate nuclear weapons.
●    For those nations that are party to it, the treaty prohibits an array of activities - development, testing, production, etc. Besides, the treaty prohibits the assistance and encouragement to the above mentioned prohibited activities. 
●    It is against this backdrop, it is pertinent to understand the significance and the response of different nations, including India, to the treaty.
●    The adoption of the historic pact by the United Nations is of much significance to the global community due to the following reasons.
●    It is the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament. The countries, which signed and ratified the treaty, should abide by the provisions of the treaty. 
●    In case of violation, the erring countries will attract sanctions by the United Nations.

Jacob Zuma survives opposition’s no-confidence motion

Jacob Zuma South African President Zuma survives no confidence vote!
●    Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, survived yet another no confidence vote in the parliament. 
●    The country’s ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) voted against opposition’s motion demanding for Zuma’s removal.
●    Zuma’s career in politics has been rigged with controversies and allegations. 
●    Corruption charges followed him into his presidency and have continued to haunt him hence. 
●    An anti-corruption probe last week raised fresh allegations of misconduct against him.
●    This is the third no- confidence vote that Zuma has survived in less than a year and fifth since 2012.
●    Opposition leader Mmusi Maiman (Democratic Alliance) appealed to the members of the ANC party to vote against their leader.

Current Affairs 10th August 2017: OBITUARY

Former Union minister and BJP MP Sanwar Lal Jat passes away

BJP MP from Ajmer Sanwar Lal Jat passes away Sanwar Lal Jat, former Union minister and BJP MP from Ajmer, passed away in New Delhi on 9 August 2017. He was 62.
●    The minister was being treated at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital. 
●    He had suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed during a meeting chaired by BJP party president Amit Shah at Jaipur in July, following which he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the city’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital.
●    However, he had to be airlifted to AIIMS from Jaipur after his condition turned critical.
●    He slipped into coma shortly later.  
●    According to the doctors at AIIMS, the cardiac arrest had caused damage to Jat’s brain and he had to be put on a ventilator.

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