Top 5 Current Affairs: 17 August 2017
The Agriculture Ministry said, record production has been achieved in rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses due to the good rainfall and various initiatives taken by the government.
A new museum on the Partition of the Indian subcontinent was inaugurated in after 70 years of blood stained tragedy that had split British India into India and Pakistan in 1947. The museum is located in the red-brick Town Hall building in the North Indian border city of Amritsar.
In the past 70 years since India and Pakistan were created, there has never been a venue focused on the memorabilia of those who survived the partition until now. In August 2017, India and Pakistan celebrated their seven decades of their independence.
The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has released the 4th advance estimates of production of major crops for 2016-17. In the estimates, the country’s overall foodgrain production was revised up by 2.3 million tonnes to a record 275.68 million tonnes in the 2016-17 crop year that ended in June 2017.
The assessment of production of different crops is based on the feedback received from States and validated with information available from other sources.
The Union Cabinet, presided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave green signal to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Sweden on cooperation in the field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).
The MoU aims at establishing a wide ranging and flexible mechanism through which both the nations can exchange best practices and work together on training programs and technical exchanges to raise awareness on IPRs and better protect intellectual property rights.
Real Madrid on 16 August 2017 defeated Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the 2017 Spanish Super Cup to seal the win. Real Madrid achieved the feat without Cristiano Ronaldo, who was slapped with a five-game ban for pushing the referee after he was sent-off in the first leg.
The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with three state-owned oil marketing companies for the distribution of energy-efficient appliances through petrol pumps across India. The energy-efficient appliances include LED bulbs, tubelights and ceiling fans and they would be sold under the flagship Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (UJALA) scheme.