07th April 2019 Current Affairs

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US to designate IRG as terrorist organization

  • The US will designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRG) as a terrorist organization.
  • The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was formed after the 1979 Islamic revolution with a mission to defend the clerical regime.
  • IRGC is in charge of Iran’s ballistic missiles and nuclear programmes.
  • The IRGC has an estimated 125,000-strong military with army, navy and air units.

Bolivia joins International Solar Alliance

  • Bolivia joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
  • Bolivia’s President Evo Morales signed the Solar Alliance Framework agreement during the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind to Bolivia.
  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA), is an initiative by India and France, whose major aim is to fight climate change and global warming.

RBI sets WMA Limit for Government

  • The Reserve Bank of India has decided that the limits for Ways and Means Advances (WMA) for the first half of the financial year 2019-20 will be Rs 75000 crore.
  • The interest rate on WMA will be Repo Rate and overdraft will be 2% above the Repo Rate. RBI may trigger fresh floatation of market loans when the Government of India utilises 75% of the WMA limit.

Investigation head for Myanmar appointed

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Nicholas Koumjian of the US as head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.
  • Koumjian will be the first head of the Myanmar mechanism, which was established by the Human Rights Council on 27 September 2018.
  • At present, he is serving as the International Co-Prosecutor for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

The board of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) has redesignated Vineet Nayyar

  • The board of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) has redesignated Vineet Nayyar as its executive Vice-Chairman and appointed CS Rajan as Managing Director.
  • Vijay Chandok appointed as Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Securities.
  • Vipin Anand has taken charge as Managing Director of LIC of India on 1 April 2019.

CCMB scientists make major breakthrough

  • Researchers at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) proclaimed new discovery on new antimicrobial approaches.
  • They are studying the cell growth in bacteria and have discovered a new enzyme ‘Murein EndopeptidiaseK’ which would cut the bacteria cell wall.
  • The researchers had identified a new enzyme which would act on the protein of cell wall in Escherichia coli (E. coli).

A village with carbon-positive tag

  • Phayeng in Manipur has become India’s first carbon-positive settlement.
  • A village is given the carbon-positive tag if it sequesters more carbon than it emits, slowing the accumulation of greenhouse gases and mitigating the effects of climate change.
  • As part of the carbon-positive village project, Phayeng will receive a grant of ₹10 crore in phases to facilitate afforestation.

India’s first A.I enabled motorcycle

  • Revolt Intellicorp will manufacture India’s first AI-enabled electric motorcycle in June 2019.
  • Revolt Intellicorp has been founded by Micromax’s co-founder Rahul Sharma.
  • The headquarters of the company is at Gurgaon.
  • The manufacturing facility of the company is located in Manesar.

Try out the quiz ?

1. The US will designate IRG as a terrorist organization. What is the full name IRG?

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The US will designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRG) as a terrorist organization.

2. Which country has joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA)?

Correct! Wrong!

Bolivia joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

3. RBI has decided that the limits for WMA for the first half of the financial year 2019-20 will be Rs 75000 crore. What is the full name of WMA?

Correct! Wrong!

The Reserve Bank of India has decided that the limits for Ways and Means Advances (WMA) for the first half of the financial year 2019-20 will be Rs 75000 crore.

4. Who has been appointed as investigation head for Myanmar appointed?

Correct! Wrong!

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Nicholas Koumjian of the US as head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.

5. Who is the Managing Director of board of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS)?

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The board of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) has redesignated Vineet Nayyar as its executive Vice-Chairman and appointed CS Rajan as Managing Director.

6. CCMB has proclaimed new discovery on new antimicrobial approaches. What is the full name of CCMB?

Correct! Wrong!

Researchers at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) proclaimed new discovery on new antimicrobial approaches.

7. Village Phayeng of which state has given India’s first carbon-positive tag?

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Phayeng in Manipur has become India’s first carbon-positive settlement.

8. Revolt Intellicorp will manufacture India’s first AI-enabled electric motorcycle. Where is the headquarters of this company?

Correct! Wrong!

Revolt Intellicorp will manufacture India’s first AI-enabled electric motorcycle in June 2019. The headquarters of the company is at Gurgaon.

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