The Daily Brief – 25th August, 2016


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  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of new Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Fiji. The Agreement updates the existing ASA between the two countries which was signed in January, 1974. Under new ASA, both countries shall be entitled to designate one or more airline. These airlines shall have the right to establish offices in the other country for promotion and sale of air services.
  • The Union Cabinet approved a revised Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Cyprus. The revised DTAA provides for source-based taxation of capital gains on transfer of shares instead of one based on residence.
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Sakshi Malik
  • Wrestler Sakshi Malik has been named as Haryana’s brand ambassador for the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (save daughter, educate daughter) campaign in Haryana. Sakshi created history by becoming the first woman from India to win an Olympic medal in wrestling.
  • India and South Africa have signed an MoU to establish cooperation in Grassroots Innovation. The MoU was signed in pursuance to the Inter-Government Agreement between two countries for cooperation in Science & Technology in July, 2016 at Pretoria, South Africa.
  • A huge quantity of secret data regarding the Indian Scorpene submarine has been leaked. The data pertained to the the combat and stealth capabilities of the soon-to-be-inducted submarine. The Navy has said that the leak was from outside India.
  • Jagdish Chaturvedi, a Bangalore based doctor, has been recognised as one of the ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ by the MIT Technology Review for 2016 under the humanitarian category. Dr. Chaturvedi won the recognition for his work in developing low-cost tools for ENT and related fields. The prototype of his first device, a portable ENT endoscopy device which could be fitted on a camera for imaging, cost less than a fifth of the product available in the market.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to conduct an air-breathing propulsion experiment using its RH-560 rocket, on August 28 from Sriharikota. The announcement was made by ISRO Chairman, A.S. Kiran Kumar. 
  • A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck several parts of Bihar, Odisha, Assam, West Bengal and Tripura. Tremors were felt in several parts of north India, including Gurgaon and Haryana. Another powerful quake also struck a remote village in Italy, leaving at least 120 people dead.

Today’s Quiz

  1. Indian recently renewed an Air Services Agreement with which of the following countries?

2. India recently signed a DTAA with which of the following countries?

3. Who has been made the brand ambassador of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign?

4. Who became the first woman from India to win an Olympic medal in wrestling?

5. With which country did India sign an MoU to establish cooperation in Grassroots Innovation?

6. Name the Indian submarine whose combat and stealth capabilities were recently leaked on a huge scale?

7. Which Bangalore based doctor has been recognised as one of the ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ by the MIT Technology Review?

8. Who is currently serving as the Chairman of the ISRO?


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