Today’s Current Affairs – 23 August 2017 for Competitive Exams

1. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant launches ‘Mentor India Campaign’.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant launches the Mentor India Campaign, a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can nurture and guide students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs.

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Atal Tinkering Labs have been established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission.

The Mentor India Campaign is aimed at maximising the impact of Atal Tinkering Labs, an official statement said today.

The idea is to engage leaders who will nurture and guide students in the Atal Tinkering Labs, it added.


2. SC strikes down instant triple talaq.

The Supreme Court has by a 3:2 majority decision struck down instant triple talaq as “unconstitutional”, “arbitrary” and “not part of Islam”.

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The Supreme Court banned on Tuesday a controversial Islamic practice of instant divorce as arbitrary and unconstitutional, in a landmark verdict for gender justice that will stop Muslim men calling off a marriage on a whim.

In a split verdict, three of the five all-male judges on the case said the practice of saying “talaq”, or divorce, three times in one go – sometimes even over email and WhatsApp – violated women’s right to equality and was not integral to Islam.

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The dissenting note came from Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and justice S Abdul Nazeer, who argued instant talaq should be suspended and the government asked to bring a law to regulate the practice within six months. The majority verdict overrides the minority view.


3. Former Manipur CM Rishang Keishing passes away.

Former Manipur Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Rishang Keishing died on Tuesday at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here, his family members said. He was 97.

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The four-time Chief Minister, who was admitted to the hospital on July 1 with serious medical problems, died at 8.15pm.


4. Home Minister Rajnath Singh launches digital police portal.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday launched digital police portal under the CCTNS project, meant to create a national database of crimes and criminals.

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A digital police portal under the CCTNS project, which aims to create a national database of crimes and criminals.

The home minister said the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS) has enabled 13,775 out of 15,398 police stations to enter 100 per cent data into the software.


5. India Football Star Oinam Bembem Devi Receives Arjuna Award.

The Manipur-born star has become the second woman footballer to win the prestigious award.

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The flagbearer of Indian women’s football for over two decades, Oinam Bembem Devi, has been conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.

The award, which recognises outstanding achievement in national sports, is a just reward for the exploits of Manipur-born Bembem Devi who has led the country with distinction in women’s football.

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