Daily Current Affairs 31 August 2017: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 31 August 2017. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 31 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 31 August 2017 Current affairs test.

National News

1. Ram Rahim planned escaping from court

  • Gurmeet Ram Rahim had planned to escape from the court if convicted with the help of security men.
  • The police said that the red bag he used was a signal for his supporters to start violence and distract security officials.

2. Delhi airport staff plan to catch tortoise smugglers

  • Customs and security personnel at Delhi airport are being trained to detect different species of tortoises.
  • Officials have also prepared a list of passengers frequently travelling to Beijing and Bangkok.

3. Banned notes getting back into system many not be legit: Arun Jaitley

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that all banned currency getting back into the system may not be legitimate money.
  • This comes after RBI announced that 99% of the demonetised cash had come back into the system.

4. Rajasthan reported highest share of economic crimes in 2015

  • Including criminal breach of trust, cheating, forgery and counterfeiting, Rajasthan accounts for 18% of a total of 1.5 lakh economic crimes.
  • Uttar Pradesh is second with 9.7% and Maharashtra is third with 9.1%.

International News

1. DiCaprio donates USD 1 million  to Hurricane Harvey relief fund

  • Leonardo DiCaprio donated the sum to United Way Harvey Recovery Fund which is working towards helping Hurricane Harvey victims in USA.
  • Brian Gallagher is the United Way Worldwide President and CEO.

2. S Korea claims to have missile capable of striking N Korea

  • South Korea claimed that it has missile with top-level precision and power to strike any place in North Korea.
  • After N Korea test-fired a missile over Japan, S Korea responded to the test be drpping 8 multi-purpose bombs over North Korean border.

3. Malaysia sets boat ablaze for illegal fishing

  • Malaysia set ablaze a foreign boat for illegal fishing in its waters.
  • Porous borders pose a constant challenge for Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries which struggle to combat illegal fishing.

4. Pakistan’s govt collecting data on citizens suspected of waging jihad

  • This comes as a move to avert the threat of IS terror group in Pakistan.
  • Around 100 Pakistanis have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State since the rise of the terror group in the Middle East.

Business News

1. Deadline to link Aadhaar is extended

  • The central govt extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN up to Dec 31st.
  • The tax returns filed by taxpayers would not be taken up for processing unless Aadhaar is linked with PAN.

2. Billionaire sells property for $600 million

  • US Billionaire Carl Icahn sold the unfinished Fontainebleau resort in Las Vegas for $600 mn, nearly 400% of what he paid to acquire it.
  • His firm acquired the property out of bankruptcy for $148 million in February 2010.

3. Over 1.4% of demonetised Rs.1000 notes not returned: RBI

  • Post demonetisation, only 1.4% of old Rs.1000 notes have not come back into the banking system.
  • Further, the cost of printing currency has been doubled to Rs.7965 crore

Sports News
1. MS Dhoni becomes 6th Indian cricketer to play 300 ODIs

  • Dhoni made his ODI debut in 2004 against Bangladesh has scored over 9,600 runs and made 377 dismissals.
  • He is the 4th highest ODI run-scorer for India.

2. 10-yr old to secure place in Guinness Book of World Records

  • G Devisri Prasad is preparing to secure a place in limbo skating.
  • He will pass underneath 60 cars from the front and the back to create 4 records in limbo skating.

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