02nd August 2019 Current Affairs

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Nepali and Santhali languages to be included in the Scheme for grant of Senior/Junior Fellowships of Culture Ministry

  • The Centre has announced the inclusion of Nepali and Santhali languages in the scheme for grant of senior and junior fellowships to outstanding artistes in the field of culture.
  • Prahlad Singh Patel, announced to include the languages from “eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution — Nepali and Santhali in the sub-field of ‘Literature’ in the scheme component award of senior/junior fellowships to outstanding artistes in the fields of culture”.

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About Nepal

Currency: Nepalese rupee

Government: Federal parliamentary republic

Clean air initiative launched by India,UK in Bengaluru

  • A two year UK-India joint initiative , the “Innovation for Clean Air” (IfCA) was launched by the British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister in Bengaluru to test interventions related to equality and support India’s transition to EV (electric vehicles) integration.
  • The key partners of the programme are the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Enzen, Project Lithium, Confederation of Indian Industries, C40 Cities and Clean Air Platform.

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About UK

Currency: Pound sterling

Capital: London

Sri Lankan government exempted visa fees for Indian tourists

  • The tourism minister of Sri Lanka, John Amaratunga announced that Indian tourists are exempted from visa fees which range from $20 to $40 with effect from August 1, 2019.
  • It will not be charged for grant of one month visa for tourism.

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About Sri Lanka

Capitals: Colombo

Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

RBI allows Bank of China to offer regular banking services in India

  • RBI has allowed Bank of China to offer regular banking services in the country.
  • All commercial banks are in the Second Schedule. Banks falling under this schedule must adhere to the norms of the RBI.
  • Jana SFB has been included in the Second Schedule.

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About RBI

Governor: Shaktikanta Das

Headquarters: Mumbai

Lok Sabha passes amendments to bankruptcy code

  • Lok Sabha passed the Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that sets 330-day deadline for rescuing companies in distress to fast track cleaning up of bad assets.
  • It aimed at ensuring timely resolution and at bringing more clarity on various provisions.

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About Lok Sabha

Seats: 545 (543 Elected + 2 Nominated)

Leader: Narendra Modi

RBI slaps ₹1.5-cr penalty on Bank of India

  • RBI has slapped a penalty of ₹ 1.5 Crore on Bank of India for non-compliance with RBI’s direction on frauds’ in Rotomac Group companies.
  • The penalty is required to be paid within 14 days of receipt of RBI’s order.

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About Bank of India

CEO: Dinabandhu Mohapatra

Founded: 7 September 1906, Mumbai

India slips to 7th largest economy in 2018: World Bank

  • India has slipped to the seventh spot in the global GDP rankings of 2018.
  • The UK and France have raced ahead and taken the fifth and the sixth spots respectively.
  • As per the data compiled by the World Bank, in 2017, India was the fifth-largest economy while France stood at number seven.

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About World Bank

Formation: July 1944

President: David Malpass

Vinayak S Hiremath youngest doctor to be felicitated with 'Pride of Nation Award'

  • Dr Vinayak S Hiremat has been felicitated with ‘Pride of the Nation Award’ for his exemplary work in the field of medicine.
  • He is the youngest doctor of Gulbarga.
  • He offers free insulin consultation & treatment to gestational (pregnancy) diabetic mothers.

NDTV Executive Editor Ravish Kumar wins prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award

  • Senior journalist and NDTV India’s senior executive editor Ravish Kumar has been conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2019, said to be Asia’s highest honour, for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless”.
  • The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Manila, Philippines on September 9.

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About NDTV

Founded: 1988

CEO: Suparna Singh

R N Ravi took charge as 20th governor of Nagaland

  • On August 1, 2019, RN Ravi(A 1976-batch Indian Police Service officer of the Kerala cadre,), a former Intelligence Bureau(IB) officer was sworn in as the 20th governor of Nagaland.
  • Arup Kumar Goswami, Chief Justice (Acting) of Gauhati High Court(HC) administered the oath of office to Ravi at the Raj Bhavan in Kohima, Nagaland.
  • Ravi succeeds Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, whose tenure ended on July 19, 2019.

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About Nagaland

Chief minister: Neiphiu Rio

Formation: 1 December 1963

Ravi Capoor took Charge as the Secretary in Ministry of Textiles

  • On August 1, 2019, Ravi Capoor (an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1986 batch) took charge as secretary in the Ministry of Textiles in New Delhi.
  • He succeeds Raghvendra Singh.
  • He was CEO of India Brand Equity Foundation.

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About Ministry of Textiles

Founded: 1999

Headquarters: Udyog Bhawan metro station, Delhi

Guruprasad Mohapatra takes charge as secretary of DPIIT

  • On August 1, 2019, Guruprasad Mohapatra(an IAS Officer of 1986 batch) assumed charge of the office of Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in New Delhi.
  • He replaces Ramesh Abhishek.
  • Prior to taking over as DPIIT secretary , Mohapatra, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of 1986 batch, served as chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI).

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About AAI

Headquarters: New Delhi

Founded: 1 April 1995

Girraj Prasad Gupta took over as CGA in New Delhi

  • Giriraj Prasad Gupta, a 1983-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) officer, took over as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) with effect from August 1, 2019.
  • Gupta succeeds Anthony Lianzuala as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA) under the Finance Ministry.

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About Finance Ministry

Founded: 29 October 1946

Headquarters: New Delhi

Former cricketer Malcolm Nash passes away

  • The Glamorgan bowler, Malcolm Nash has died at the age of 74.
  • He became famous after Garfield Sobers hit him for six sixers in an over.
  • He took 993 first-class wickets in a 17-year career b/w 1966 and 1983 & also scoring 7,129 runs & holding 148 catches.

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About Cricket

Weight of Ball: 5.75 ounces

Pilot basis of one Nation one ration card scheme launched in 4 States

  • In order to boost the National Food Security, pilot basis of One Nation One Ration Card scheme was launched by the government in four states namely Telangana , Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
  • Families holding this card can buy subsidized rice and wheat from any ration shop in these four states.

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About Telangana

Founded: 2 June 2014

Capital: Hyderabad

Nigeria, the fourth African Nation joins global collision to protect pollinators

  • Nigeria became the fourth African country to join the Global Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators on July 25, 2019.
  • While Morocco became a member of this group in May this year, Ethiopia was the first African nation to be part of this global coalition in 2017.
  • Burundi was the second African country to join this global group.

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About Nigeria

Capital: Abuja

Major languages: Hausa; Igbo; Yoruba

Try out the quiz ?

1. Which of the two languages to be include in the Scheme for grant of Senior/Junior Fellowships?

Correct! Wrong!

The Centre has announced the inclusion of Nepali and Santhali languages in the scheme for grant of senior and junior fellowships to outstanding artistes in the field of culture.

2. “Innovation for Clean Air” is the joint initiative of which of the two nations?

Correct! Wrong!

A two year UK-India joint initiative , the “Innovation for Clean Air” (IfCA) was launched by the British Deputy High Commissioner Dominic McAllister in Bengaluru to test interventions related to equality and support India’s transition to EV (electric vehicles) integration.

3. Sri Lanka government has announced that Indian tourists to be exempted from visa fees. This exempt of fee is how many months?

Correct! Wrong!

The tourism minister of Sri Lanka, John Amaratunga announced that Indian tourists are exempted from visa fees which range from $20 to $40 with effect from August 1, 2019. It will not be charged for grant of one month visa for tourism.

4. "One Nation One Ration Card" scheme has launched in how many states?

Correct! Wrong!

Pilot basis of one Nation one ration card scheme launched in 4 States. In order to boost the National Food Security, pilot basis of One Nation One Ration Card scheme was launched by the government in four states namely Telangana , Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

5. Recently which african country has decided to join in the Global Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators?

Correct! Wrong!

Nigeria became the fourth African country to join the Global Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators on July 25, 2019.

6. RBI has allowed which foreign banks to offer regular banking services in the country?

Correct! Wrong!

RBI has allowed Bank of China to offer regular banking services in the country.

7. Which house has passed the Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Lok Sabha passed the Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that sets 330-day deadline for rescuing companies in distress to fast track cleaning up of bad assets.

8. RBI has slapped how many crore rupees penalty on Bank of India?

Correct! Wrong!

RBI has slapped a penalty of ₹ 1.5 Crore on Bank of India for non-compliance with RBI’s direction on frauds’ in Rotomac Group companies.

9. What is the India's rank in global GDP rankings 2018?

Correct! Wrong!

India has slipped to the seventh spot in the global GDP rankings of 2018.

10. 'Pride of Nation Award' has been felicitated to....

Correct! Wrong!

Dr Vinayak S Hiremat has been felicitated with 'Pride of the Nation Award' for his exemplary work in the field of medicine.

11. Ravish Kumar has been conferred with the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2019. He is associated with...

Correct! Wrong!

Senior journalist and NDTV India’s senior executive editor Ravish Kumar has been conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2019, said to be Asia’s highest honour, for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless”.

12. Who is the new governor of Nagaland?

Correct! Wrong!

RN Ravi(A 1976-batch Indian Police Service officer of the Kerala cadre,), a former Intelligence Bureau(IB) officer was sworn in as the 20th governor of Nagaland.

13. Who has taken charge as secretary of the Ministry of Textiles?

Correct! Wrong!

Ravi Capoor (an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1986 batch) took charge as secretary in the Ministry of Textiles in New Delhi.

14. Guruprasad Mohapatra has taken charge as secretary of DPIIT, after replacing......

Correct! Wrong!

Guruprasad Mohapatra(an IAS Officer of 1986 batch) assumed charge of the office of Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) in New Delhi. He replaces Ramesh Abhishek.

15. Giriraj Prasad Gupta has taken charge of Controller General of Accounts (CGA). CGA comes under which Ministry?

Correct! Wrong!

Giriraj Prasad Gupta, a 1983-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) officer, took over as the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) with effect from August 1, 2019. Gupta succeeds Anthony Lianzuala as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA) under the Finance Ministry.

16. Malcolm Nash has passed away. He was related with which game?

Correct! Wrong!

Former cricketer Malcolm Nash passes away. The Glamorgan bowler, Malcolm Nash has died at the age of 74.

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