01st July 2019 Current Affairs

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Ravi Shankar Prasad to launch commemoration of four years of Digital India initiative

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched the commemoration of 4 years of Digital India initiative in New Delhi.
  • The project aims to connect all gram panchayats by broadband connectivity under BharatNet Project to promote e-governance.
  • Digital services being offered by the government as well as the private sector have improved the life of every citizen.
  • The Digital India Project aims to connect all gram panchayats by broadband connectivity under BharatNet Project to promote e-governance.

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About Digital India

Launch year: 2015

Sector: Digitization

Launched by (prime minister): Narendra Modi

Ministry: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

‘One nation one ration card’ scheme from July 1, 2020

  • One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme will allow portability of food security benefits, will be available across the country from July 1, 2020.
  • It means poor migrant workers will be able to buy subsidized rice and wheat from any ration shop in the country.
  • All the States have been given one more year to use point of sale (PoS) machines in the ration shops and implement the scheme.

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About Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Founded: 2 September 1946

Headquarters: New Delhi

Jurisdiction: India

RBI relaxed the leverage ratio (LR) for banks to help banks expand lending

  • The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) relaxed the leverage ratio (LR) for banks in a bid to help them expand their lending activities.
  • The leverage ratio (LR) reduced to 4% for Domestic Systemically Important Banks (DSIBs) and 3.5% for other banks with effective from October 1, 2019.
  • The leverage ratio, as defined under Basel-III norms, is Tier-I capital as a percentage of the bank’s exposures.
  • The framework is designed to capture leverage associated with both on- and off-balance sheet exposures.

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About RBI

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founder: British Raj

Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

Governor: Shaktikanta Das

Veer Chotrani wins U-19 Asian Squash title

  • In Squash, India’s Veer Chotrani beat Yash Fadte to win the Under-19 title at the Asian Junior Championship in Macau, China.
  • He became the third Indian to win the Asian trophy after Ravi Dixit and Vela Senthilkumar.
  • Veer — son of former national champion Manish Chotrani — was the U-13 winner five years ago in Iran.

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About China

President: Xi Jinping

Capital: Beijing

Currency: Renminbi

P.K. Purwar to assume additional charge as BSNL CMD

  • The government has appointed MTNL Chairman and Managing Director P.K. Purwar as the CMD of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for a period of three months.
  • He is expected to follow the directions by the Department of Telecom.
  • Puwar is expected to follow the directions by the DoT.

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About BSNL

CEO: Shri Anupam Shrivastava (15 Jan 2015–)

Headquarters: New Delhi

Founder: Government of India

PB Acharya sworn in as the Governor of Manipur

  • On June 27, 2019, Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya was sworn in as the Governor of Manipur.
  • Justice Lanusungkum Jamir of the High Court of Manipur administered the swearing in ceremony at the Darbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan, Imphal in the presence of Chief Minister of the state N Biren Singh, his cabinet colleagues, Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), top civil and police officers.
  • Acharya will discharge the functions of the Governor of Manipur, in addition to his own duties (Nagaland Governor), during the absence (on leave) of Dr Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur.

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About Manipur

Capital: Imphal

Chief minister: N. Biren Singh

National Parks: Keibul Lamjao National Park

Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS): Khongjaingamba Ching WLS, Yangoupokpi-Lokchao WLS

National Doctors Day has been celebrated on July 1, 2019.

  • National Doctor’s Day is observed in India to recognize and appreciate the significant roles and responsibilities of doctors.
  • 2019 theme is ‘Zero tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishment’.
  • Doctor’s Day is a tribute to all medical professionals who have ethically treated patients and served the society irrespective of all odds.
  • In India, Doctor’s Day is celebrated to honour the legendary Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was also the second Chief Minister of West Bengal.

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About West Bengal

Capital: Kolkata

Chief minister: Mamata Banerjee

International Asteroid Day 2019 observed on June 30

  • International Asteroid Day was observed on June 30, 2019.
  • It is aimed to create awareness about the asteroid impact hazard.
  • It also informs people about the crisis communication actions to be taken in case of a possible near-Earth object threat.

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About Asteroid

Asteroids are rocky worlds revolving around the sun that are too small to be called planets. They are also known as planetoids or minor planets.

International Day of the Tropics 2019 observed on June 29

  • International Day of the Tropics was observed on June 29, 2019.
  • It is observed to create awareness on specific challenges faced by tropical areas and to highlight the important role that the countries in the tropics play in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The Tropics account for 40 per cent of the world’s total surface area and are host to approximately 80 per cent of the world’s biodiversity and much of its language and cultural diversity.

International Day of Parliamentarism observed on June 30, 2019

  • The International Day of Parliamentarism was observed all over the world on June 30, 2019.
  • This day celebrates parliaments and the ways in which parliamentary systems of government enhance the day-to-day lives of people.
  • It is also an opportunity for parliaments to take stock, identify challenges, and ways to address them effectively.

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About parliament of India

Leader of the House (Rajya Sabha): Thawar Chand Gehlot, BJP

Leader of the House (Lok Sabha): Narendra Modi, BJP

Lok Sabha next election: May 2024

K Natarajan takes charge as Indian Coast Guard chief

  • Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan took over as the 23rd Chief of Indian Coast Guard.
  • He replaced Rajendra Singh, who was the first cadre officer to head the force.
  • Natarajan is a 5th Batch Officer of the Indian Coast Guard.

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About Coast Guard

Motto: वयम् रक्षामः (Sanskrit); Vayam Rakṣāmaḥ (IAST); We protect (English)

Headquarters: New Delhi

Helicopter: HAL Chetak, HAL Dhruv

Founder: Parliament of India

Noted film director Babu Narayanan passes away

  • Noted Malayalam movie director Babu Narayanan passed away in Thrissur.
  • He was 59.
  • He debuted in 1989.
  • Anagha, starring Nedumudi Venu, Parvathi and Murali was his first directorial venture.
  • The last movie directed by him was Noora with Love in 2013.

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About Kerala

Capital: Thiruvananthapuram

Chief Justice: Hrishikesh Roy

Members in Assembly: 141

Deputy Speaker: V. Sasi

Tamil Nadu Government appoints K Shanmugham as new CS and JK Tripathy as DGP

  • On June 29, 2019 Tamil Nadu Government appointed K Shanmugam as Chief Secretary (CS) of Tamil Nadu succeeding Dr. Girija Vaidyanathan.
  • JK Tripathy was appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) succeeding TK Rajendran.
  • Shanmugam, a Tamil Nadu cadre IAS officer of 1985 batch, was earlier posted as Additional Chief Secretary (Finance Department) to the government.
  • He replaces Dr Girija Vaidyanathan, a 1981 batch IAS officer.
  • JK Tripathy, a 1985 batch IPS officer, has replaced TK Rajendran as the new DGP of the state.

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About Tamil Nadu

Chief minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Capital: Chennai

$250-m loan pact signed by India and World Bank for Rebuild Kerala initiative

  • On June 29, 2019, The Government of India, State Government of Kerala and World Bank signed a loan agreement of $250 million (Rs 1,725 crore) for the Kerala Resilient Programme.
  • The programme, which represents the first ‘State Partnership’ of the World Bank in India, is the first of two Development Policy Operations aiming to mainstream disaster and climate resilience into critical infrastructure and services.

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About World Bank

Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States

Membership: 189 countries (IBRD); 173 countries (IDA)

Founded: 1944

Founders: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White

Try out the quiz ?

1. 'One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme will launch from which year?

Correct! Wrong!

One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme will allow portability of food security benefits, will be available across the country from July 1, 2020.

2. Who has launched the commemoration of 4 years of Digital India initiative in New Delhi?

Correct! Wrong!

Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched the commemoration of 4 years of Digital India initiative in New Delhi.

3. What is the leverage ratio (LR) for Domestic Systemically Important Banks?

Correct! Wrong!

• The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) relaxed the leverage ratio (LR) for banks in a bid to help them expand their lending activities. The leverage ratio (LR) reduced to 4% for Domestic Systemically Important Banks (DSIBs) and 3.5% for other banks with effective from October 1, 2019.

4. Who has won U-19 Asian Squash title?

Correct! Wrong!

In Squash, India’s Veer Chotrani beat Yash Fadte to win the Under-19 title at the Asian Junior Championship in Macau, China.

5. Who has appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL?

Correct! Wrong!

The government has appointed MTNL Chairman and Managing Director P.K. Purwar as the CMD of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for a period of three months.

6. Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya has sworn in as the Governor of which state?

Correct! Wrong!

On June 27, 2019, Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya was sworn in as the Governor of Manipur.

7. National Doctors Day has celebrated on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

National Doctors Day has been celebrated on July 1, 2019. National Doctor's Day is observed in India to recognize and appreciate the significant roles and responsibilities of doctors.

8. International Asteroid Day is being celebrated on which of the following day?

Correct! Wrong!

International Asteroid Day 2019 observed on June 30 International Asteroid Day was observed on June 30, 2019.

9. International Day of the Tropics was observed on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

International Day of the Tropics was observed on June 29, 2019. It is observed to create awareness on specific challenges faced by tropical areas and to highlight the important role that the countries in the tropics play in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

10. International Day of Parliamentarism has observed on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

The International Day of Parliamentarism was observed all over the world on June 30, 2019.

11. Who has appointed as 23rd Chief of Indian Coast Guard?

Correct! Wrong!

Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan took over as the 23rd Chief of Indian Coast Guard.

12. Babu Narayanan has passed away. He was related with which field?

Correct! Wrong!

Noted Malayalam movie director Babu Narayanan passed away in Thrissur.

13. Who has appointed as Chief Secretary (CS) of Tamil Nadu?

Correct! Wrong!

Tamil Nadu Government appointed K Shanmugam as Chief Secretary (CS) of Tamil Nadu succeeding Dr. Girija Vaidyanathan.

14. The Government of India, State Government of Kerala and World Bank has signed a loan agreement of how many million doller?

Correct! Wrong!

The Government of India, State Government of Kerala and World Bank signed a loan agreement of $250 million (Rs 1,725 crore) for the Kerala Resilient Programme.

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