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Daily Current Affairs 17 August 2017: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 17 August 2017. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 17 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 17 August 2017 Current affairs test.

National News

1. Delhi voters’ database integrated with national database

  • The database was integrated through an ERONET system to prevent issuance of multiple voter identity cards.
  • ERONET is a single database of all voters registered across India.

2. Knee implant costs slashed by up to 69%

  • The govt has capped the prices on orthopaedic knee replacement implants slashing their costs by up to 69%
  • The price of cobalt chromium knee implant would be capped at Rs.54,720+GST while titanium-zirconium implants would cost Rs.76000+GST.

3. Vehicles pass through waves of toxic foam

  • Toxic foam coming out of Bengaluru’s Bellandur Lake caused difficulty to citizens travelling on adjacent road.
  • The city’s fire department spewed water on the foam to contain the situation.

4. Delhi Airport gets a new police station

  • A new police station at Indira Gandhi International Airport has a conference room that can be converted to a war room in time of need.
  • This is the first ever hi-tech police station in Delhi.

International News

  1. Social media accounts of HBO, GoT hacked
  • The accounts were hacked by a hacking group named OurMine.
  • This comes after other hackers released Game of Thrones scripts and company data, demanding a ransom
  • Previously, OurMine hacked Twitter accounts of Sundar Pichai,Mark Zuckerburg and Jimmy Wales.

2. Britain rejects possibility of Irish border

  • Britain has said that it wants no physical border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of any Brexit deal.
  • A flexible approach was needed to come up with post-Brexit arrangements between the two countries that protects free movement of people and goods across the border.

3. US, Japan conduct military drills

  • The US and Japan conducted live-fire artillery and air drills in the Japanese island of Hokkaido and the East China Sea.
  • This comes amid tensions between the US and N Korea.

4. Women suicide bombers kill 27

  • Three suicide bombers blew themselves up in northeast Nigeria killing 27 people and injuring 83 others.
  • The area where the explosions happened has been a centre of conflict between government forces and militant group Boko Haram.

Business News

1. Shares of Capitec Bank jumped 50000% since 2002

  • South African lender Capitec specialises in providing loans that aren’t backed by assets .
  • It has expanded faster than the nation’s four biggest banks, adding 1.3 million customers in the last fiscal.

2. Berkshire Hathaway dumps entire stake in GE

  • Billionaire Warrant Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway has dumped its entire stake in General Electric.
  • The firm had about 10.6 million shares remaining in the company.

3. Ubiquiti develops necklace camera

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  • Technology company Ubiquiti has developed a necklace camera called FrontRow that costs Rs.25,500.
  • It streams videos live on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

4. Tencent sees quarterly profit of $2.7 biilion

  • China’s social media and games Giant Tencent sees highest ever quarterly profit due to peak in the mobile game revenues
  • Tencent’s overall quarterly revenue was recorded at $8 billion.

Sports News
1. Real Madrid beat Barcelona

  • Real Madrid downed rivals Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate to win the Spanish Super Cup.
  • Marco Asensio scored two long-range goals while Messi scored Barcelona’s only goal.

2.Yuvraj and Raina failed Yo-Yo test

  • Yo-Yo test is considered the most important fitness test and both the cricketers scored below permissible level of 19.5.
  • Virat Kohli scored around 21 in the test.

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