Daily Current Affairs 19 August 2017: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 19 August 2017. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports-related current affairs of 19 August 2017. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 19 August 2017 Current affairs test.

National News

1. Northeast floods cause loss of Rs.150 crore to railways in 7 days

  • Indian Railways have suffered a revenue loss of nearly Rs.150 crore after 800 trains were diverted and cancelled due to floods in north Bihar, West Bengal and other northeastern states.
  • Entry to Northeast Frontier Railway is completely stopped.

2. 6 coaches of Utkal Express derail in Uttar Pradesh

  • Six coaches of the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar’s Khatauli.
  • 20 people have been injured.

3. Camel sacrifice banned in Lucknow

  • The Lucknow district administration banned the sacrifice of camels on the occasion of Bakrid.
  • The district magistrate said that the police and intelligence unit personnel will keep a tab on the sale and purchase of camel.

4. Kiran Bedi takes tour at night in Puducherry

  • Puducherry Lieutenant Governor and retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi went on a scooter ride around the city at night to check the level of safety for women.
  • She said that she found the place to be reasonably safe and it will be improved.

International News

1. N Korea says the threat is only to U.S.

  • North Korea has claimed that its nuclear weapons will pose a threat to only the US and not the rest of the world.
  • The country won’t initiate a nuclear attack against any nation in the world unless it participates in anti-North Korea military actions.

2. China launches 1st digital court for internet disputes

  • China launched its first digital cyber-court to settle internet related disputes.
  • A lawsuit can be filed in five minutes, saving time and reducing costs.

3. Death toll in Sierra Leone floods crosses 400

  • According to Red Cross, death toll in Sierra Leone has crossed 400 with 600 others still missing.
  • The disaster occurred after heavy rains triggered mudslides that led to people being washed away and buildings getting submerged.

4.18 litres of liquid meth found

  • A Vietnamese couple has been charged for trying to smuggle 18 litres of liquid meth into Australia in bottles labelled as sparkling water.
  • The baggage was found to contain 36 bottles.

Business News

1. Solar eclipse could cost US employers over Rs.4,400 crore

  • The solar eclipse occurring on August 21st in the middle of the workday may cost US employers in lost productivity.
  • Employees will need about 20 mins to find a viewing spot and watch the eclipse.

2. Bring back Nilekani as Infosys Chairman: Advisory

  • The Institutional Investor Advisory Services has said the Infosys Board should bring back co-founder Nandan Nilekani as the non-executive chairperson.
  • The firm said he is the best ever candidate for Infosys who can fit the pieces together.

3. Bitcoin adds over Rs.1 lakh crore in value

  • Digital currency Bitcoin’s price surged to reach a market value of $73.6 billion.
  • Bitcoin is the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation.

4. SBI collected Rs.235 crore as fine

  • SBI has realised the penalty from 3.68 crore accounts for not maintaining monthly average balance in the first quarter.
  • An RTI official has appealed to SBI to review its policy in the interest of poor account holders.

Sports News
1. Sania, Rohan crash out of Cincinnati Open

  • Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza bowed out of Cincinnati Masters after losing the quarterfinal and semifinal with respective partners in the men’s and women’s doubles.

2. Virat Kohli-led India to take on Sri Lanka

  • India take on Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series.
  • India has whitewashed Sri Lanka in a three Test series.

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