05th July 2019 Current Affairs

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Parliament passes Central Educational Institutions (Reservations in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill 2019

  • The Rajya Sabha has passed the Central Educational Institutions (Reservations in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill-2019 after it was passed in Lok Sabha on July 1, 2019.
  • The bill replacing an earlier ordinance in this regard and it will now be sent for President’s assent.
  • It will ensure compliance of the Constitutional Provisions of Articles 14, 16 and 21.

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About Rajya Sabha

Chairperson: Venkaiah Naidu

Seats: 245 (233 Elected + 12 Nominated)

Chairman (Vice President): M. Venkaiah Naidu

Government extends KCC facility to fisheries, animal husbandry sector

  • Government has extended the facility of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) to fisheries and animal husbandry farmers to help them meet their working capital needs.
  • Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Pratap Chandra Sarangi said this in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
  • Under Kisan Credit Card facility, for the existing KCC holders the credit limit is three lakh rupees to meet their working capital requirements.

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About KCC

Launch year: 1998

Sector: Agriculture

Ministry: Ministry of Finance

Government increased the budget for drug de-addiction measures to Rs 135 crore

  • On July 4, 2019, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot informed that the budget for drug de-addiction measures was increased to Rs 135 crore from Rs 33 crore in 2014.
  • It is provided to the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) for the year 2019-20.
  • Gehlot said government has made enough provision for punishing drug peddlers in the country which included imprisonment of six months to 15 years.

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About NDDTC

NDDC: National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre

NITI Aayog launched Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index 2019

  • NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog released its “Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index” (AMFFRI) for the year 2019.
  • It is an index launched by NITI Aayog in 2016 to rank states and union territories based on the implementation of seven provisions proposed under the model Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act.
  • NITI Aayog launched in 2016 an index to rank States and UTs based on implementation of seven provisions proposed under model APMC Act like joining e-NAM initiative, special treatment to fruits and vegetables for marketing and level of taxes in mandis.

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About NITI Aayog

Formed: 01st January 2015

Headquarters: New Delhi

CEO: Amitabh Kant

Unmanned Level Crossings in all Broad-Gauge Network removed

  • Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal informed that all Unmanned Level Crossings (ULCs) in all Broad-Gauge (BG) Network were removed on January 31, 2019 and there isn’t a single ULC in the broad-gauge network in India.
  • “After the new government was formed, the PM has asked the railway ministry to work out a scheme by which, on a high priority, on the golden quadrilateral, which is most used operationally, we can eliminate all the manned level crossing at the first stage.
  • The railway minister said that the Centre was working with states on replacing all the 21,000 manned level crossings across the country with underpasses or overbridges.

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About Railway Ministry

Formed: 16th April 1853

Headquarters: New Delhi

Minister responsible: Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways

India’s longest electrified railway tunnel commissioned

  • South Central Railways (SCR) of Indian Railways commissioned the longest electrified tunnel in India.
  • It is situated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh which is a part of 113 km railway line between Obulavaripalli – Venkatachalam – Krishnapatnam Port.
  • It is constructed in the shape of a Horse Shoe.

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About Andhra Pradesh

Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan

Kuwait supports India in countering terror as UN Security Council member

  • An Arab country on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, Kuwait that completes its two-year term as the non-permanent member in the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) has played a major role in declaring JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist and in UNSC condemnation of Pulwama terror strike.
  • It also assured that to support India’s global ambitions including investments.
  • The Council urged the international community and member states of the United Nations to cooperate with relevant bodies such as the International committee of the Red Cross.

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About Kuwait

Capital: Kuwait City

Currency: Kuwaiti dinar

US lists Balochistan Liberation Army and Husain Ali Hazzima as SDGTs

  • The United States on Tuesday added Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) list.
  • US Department of State accused Balochistan Liberation Army of “targetting Chinese engineers in Balochistan” and Gwadar terrorist attack.
  • The Department of State has designated the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Hizballah operative Husain Ali Hazzima as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, according to a State Department notification issues.

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About Balochistan Liberation Army

Headquarters: Kandahar, Afghanistan

Size: 500

Leaders: Khair Bakhsh Marri, Balach Marri

Active regions: Balochistan, Afghanistan

Punjab & Sind Bank sets up centralised hub ‘Cen-MARG’ to process retail and MSME loans

  • Punjab & Sind Bank has set up a centralized hub named “Centralised MSME & Retail Group” (Cen-MARG) for processing retail and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) loans for better efficiency of branches in business acquisition.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • “The Cen-MARG has been envisioned to ensure qualitative improvement in credit appraisal, improved turnaround time, uniform documentation, and efficient monitoring.

Note:

About Punjab

Capital: Chandigarh

Chief minister: Amarinder Singh

Governor: V.P. Singh Badnore

Dr.Nalin Shinghal appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL)

  • Nalin Shinghal was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for a period of 5 years.
  • He succeeded D. Bandyopadhyay who was given Additional Charge of Chairman & Managing Director after the retirement of Atul Sobti.

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About BHEL

Headquarters: New Delhi

CEO: Atul Sobti

Founder: Government of India

Founded: 1964

Harideesh Kumar appointed as the Director of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

  • B Harideesh Kumar has been appointed as director of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for a period of three years.
  • He hails from Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. Earlier he served as the Executive Director of Canara Bank.
  • He succeeded Anup Sankar Bhattacharya, who has retired from his services.

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About IBPS

Chairman: Shri Harideesh Kumar B

Founded: 1975

ISRO signed a contract with Russian company Glavkosmos to train Indian astronauts for ‘Gaganyaan’

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation has signed a contract with a Russian company for selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts for the country’s proposed maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’.
  • The contract was signed by Glavkosmos’ first Deputy Director-General, Natalia Lokteva, and Director of the Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) of ISRO, S. Unnikrishnan Nair, on June 27.
  • Glavkosmos is a Russian launch service provider and a subsidiary of the state corporation Roscosmos.

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About ISRO

Headquarters: Bengaluru

Founder: Vikram Sarabhai

Founded: 15th August 1969

Sudershan Agarwal, former Uttarakhand Governor passed away in New Delhi

  • On July 3, 2019, Former Uttarakhand Governor Sudershan Agarwal passed away in New Delhi at the age of 88.
  • He was born in Ludhiana, Punjab.
  • Agarwal had served as the second Governor of the hill state between 2003 and 2007 during which he also established a Him Jyoti School in the Sahastradhara area here.
  • He had also been the Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha.

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About Uttarakhand

Capital: Dehradun

Trivendra Singh Rawat

SC Directs Meghalaya to deposit 100 Crore as Fine imposed by NGT for Illegal Coal Mining

  • The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Meghalaya government to deposit the Rs 100 crore fine imposed on it by the NGT for failing to curb illegal coal mining with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
  • A bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph directed the state administration to hand over the illegally extracted coal to Coal India Limited (CIL) which will auction it and deposit the funds with the state government.
  • The bench also allowed the mining operation to go on in the state on the privately and community owned land subject to the permissions from the concerned authorities.

Note:

About Meghalaya

Capital: Shillong

Governor: Tathagata Roy

Try out the quiz ?

1. The Rajya Sabha has passed the Central Educational Institutions Bill-2019. Who is the Chairperson of Rajya Sabha?

Correct! Wrong!

The Rajya Sabha(Chairperson: Venkaiah Naidu) has passed the Central Educational Institutions (Reservations in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill-2019 after it was passed in Lok Sabha on July 1, 2019. The bill replacing an earlier ordinance in this regard and it will now be sent for President’s assent.

2. Now Kisan Credit Card facility will also available for.........

Correct! Wrong!

Government has extended the facility of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) to fisheries and animal husbandry farmers to help them meet their working capital needs.

3. Who is the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister of India?

Correct! Wrong!

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot informed that the budget for drug de-addiction measures was increased to Rs 135 crore from Rs 33 crore in 2014.

4. Which commission has launched Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index (AMFFRI) for 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog released its “Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index” (AMFFRI) for the year 2019.

5. Union Minister of Railways informed that all Unmanned Level Crossings (ULCs) in all Broad-Gauge (BG) Network were removed. Who is the Union Minister of Railways?

Correct! Wrong!

Unmanned Level Crossings in all Broad-Gauge Network removed Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal informed that all Unmanned Level Crossings (ULCs) in all Broad-Gauge (BG) Network were removed on January 31, 2019 and there isn’t a single ULC in the broad-gauge network in India.

6. Which Indian Railways Zone has commissioned the longest electrified tunnel in India?

Correct! Wrong!

South Central Railways (SCR) of Indian Railways commissioned the longest electrified tunnel in India.

7. Which gulf nation has supported India in declaring JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist and condemnation of Pulwama terror strike in UNSC?

Correct! Wrong!

An Arab country on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, Kuwait that completes its two-year term as the non-permanent member in the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) has played a major role in declaring JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist and in UNSC condemnation of Pulwama terror strike.

8. Which country has added Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Husain Ali Hazzima to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) list?

Correct! Wrong!

The United States on Tuesday added Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) list.

9. ‘Cen-MARG’ has set up by which bank?

Correct! Wrong!

Punjab & Sind Bank has set up a centralized hub named “Centralised MSME & Retail Group” (Cen-MARG) for processing retail and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) loans for better efficiency of branches in business acquisition.

10. Who has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)?

Correct! Wrong!

Dr.Nalin Shinghal appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL)

11. Who is the director of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)?

Correct! Wrong!

B Harideesh Kumar has been appointed as director of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for a period of three years.

12. Glavkosmos will train Indian astronauts for ‘Gaganyaan’. Company Glavkosmos is of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

The Indian Space Research Organisation has signed a contract with a Russian company for selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts for the country’s proposed maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’.

13. Governor Sudershan Agarwal has passed away. He was the former Governor of which state?

Correct! Wrong!

Former Uttarakhand Governor Sudershan Agarwal passed away in New Delhi at the age of 88.

14. Meghalaya government will deposit how many crore rupees fine imposed on it by the NGT for Illegal Coal Mining?

Correct! Wrong!

The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the Meghalaya government to deposit the Rs 100 crore fine imposed on it by the NGT for failing to curb illegal coal mining with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

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