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ALL CURRENT AFFAIRS Journalist Gauri lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru | 08-Sep-2017 15:01

Journalist Gauri lankesh shot dead in BengaluruSenior journalisteditor and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified mugger at the entrance of her home in Bengaluru West on 5th of Sept. 2017.
Key Points:
i.She was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru last night by attackers who fired seven times at close range.
ii.Gauri Lankesh was the editor of weekly Kannada tabloid magazine Lankesh Patrike, columnist in newspapers, a panelist on TV channels besides being an activist.

NHAI awards first international project in Myanmar to Punj Lloyd-Varaha | 08-Sep-2017 14:54

On 6th September 2017, the National Highway Authority of India awarded its first international project in Myanmar to a joint venture of Punj Lloyd-Varaha.
About the Myanmar Project:

  1. Project details:

Purpose – This project is for the upgradation of the Yagyi–Kalewa section in Myanmar to two lanes with earthern shoulder in the engineering, procurement, and construction mode.
Project length – 120 km
Estimated cost – Rs.1,177.02 crore
Estimated completion time – 36 months

  1. Punj Lloyd-Varaha’s bid was identified as the most competitive among four qualified bidders. It was at Rs.1,177 croreor 0.0017 per cent lower than the estimated cost.

About NHAI:

  1. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is an autonomous agency of the Government of India, responsible for management of a network of over 70,000 km of National Highways in India.
  2. Headquarters: New Delhi
  3. Chairman – Mr.‎Deepak Kumar

About Myanmar:

  1. Capital – Naypyidaw
  2. Currency – Burmese kyat
  3. President – Htin Kyaw
  4. Official language: Burmese
SBI Launches SBI Intelligent Assistant (SIA) – Chatbot For Customer Care | 08-Sep-2017 14:51


i.State Bank of India (SBI) is the latest to get smitten by the Artificial Intelligence and Automation. They have launched their first ever chatbot called SBI Intelligent Assistant or SIA, which would be powered by AI, and designed to assist customers.
ii.After ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank adopted automation in banking, SBI’s move towards AI is seen as a major leap for Indian banking.
iii.This special chatbot has been created & developed by Allincall, which is a startup from Mumbai, and backed by startup cell of IIT Bombay. As per the details available, Allincall has used machine learning, and bot experience to create an AI powered chatbot, which will respond to customer’s query, and provide them solution.