03rd August 2019 Current Affairs

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President Ram Nath Kovind gives assent to Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019

  • On August 1, 2019, President of India Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019.
  • It will amend the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005.

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About President of India

Appointer: Electoral College of India         

Salary: ₹500,000 (US$7,200) (per month)

Term length: Five years; Renewable           

Status: Head of state

Cabinet approves Introduction Of Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019

  • On July 31, 2019, The Union Cabinet approved the Introduction of Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Parliament.
  • It is aimed at reducing the regulatory or compliance burden of the registered Chit Funds Industry and protect the interests of the Chit subscribers.
  • It will amend the Chit Fund Act 1982.

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About Parliament

Leader (Rajya Sabha): Thawar Chand Gehlot

Leader (Lok Sabha): Narendra Modi

Amit Shah will head a 4-member panel of ministers to combat mob violence and lynchings

  • Union home minister & BJP( Bharatiya Janata Party ) President, Amit Shah will now head a 4-member panel of ministers, which was created in 2018 to propose action against mob lynching.
  • The panel was headed by then Home minister Rajnath Singh when it was formed.

RBI’s launched money Museum in central Kolkata to boost people’s knowledge of banking system

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Money Museum at Council House Street in Central Kolkata, which opened earlier this year, has been drawing a lot of attention for its unique initiative.
  • The museum has been built with an aim to improve people’s knowledge of the banking system with the help of interactive displays.
  • Inaugurated on March 11, 2019, the Museum remains open from 10 am to 5 pm for visitors.

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About RBI

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founder: British Raj

Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

SBI, Shanghai becomes first Indian bank to link up with China National Advance Payment System

  • State Bank of India’s Shanghai branch is connected to China’s National Advance Payment System (CNAPS) & became the first Indian Bank to operationalize it.
  • The CNAPS is launched to boost international use of the Chinese currency Yuan.

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About China

President: Xi Jinping

Capital: Beijing

Adarsh Singh wins double gold in shooting meet

  • In Shooting, Adarsh Singh won the gold medal in both the men & junior 25 m rapid fire pistol event at the Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Memorial Masters competition in New Delhi.
  • In the junior event, Vijayveer Sidhu of Chandigarh was defeated by Adarsh Singh.

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About Delhi

Capital formation‎: ‎1911       

Area rank‎: ‎31st

Capital‎: ‎New Delhi

President Kovind honoured with National order of Merit, highest award of Republic of Guinea

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has been awarded the National order of Merit by the President of Guinea for his exceptional contribution to the advancement of overall relations and development of mutual cooperation between India and Guinea and for promoting friendship and partnership between the people of both the countries.
  • This is the highest award of Republic of Guinea.

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About Guinea

Capital: Conakry

Vernacular languages: Fulani, Mandinka, Susu

Siddhartha Mohanty takes over as MD, CEO of LIC HFL

  • Siddhartha Mohanty has assumed charge as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the LIC Housing Finance (LIC HFL). Prior to this, Mohanty was the company’s COO.
  • He served as the Executive Director – Legal of Life Insurance Corporation of India.

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About LIC

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founded: 1 September 1956

Atish Dabholkar, a theoretical physicist from India appointed as new Director of ICTP, Italy

  • Atish Dabholkar(56), an Indian theoretical physicist from Kolhapur, Maharashtra has been appointed as the new director of Italy based International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) for a five year term starting in November 2019 with the rank of Assistant Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • He succeeds Fernando Quevedo, who has led the centre since 2009.

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About Italy

Capital: Rome

Currency: Euro

NASA’s TESS satellite discovers first nearby super Earth

  • Scientists have characterised the first potentially habitable world outside our own solar system located about 31 light-years away.
  • The super-Earth planet — named GJ 357 d — was discovered in early 2019 owing to NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

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About NASA

Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States

Founder: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Founded: 29 July 1958

India, US agree on collaboration in defence sector

  • Indian and US officials have agreed to pursue a policy environment conducive to collaboration between the defence industry and start-ups in both countries.
  • The DPG is the apex official-level meeting mechanism b/w India & US on defence issues.

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About US

Capital: Washington, D.C.

President: Donald Trump

Steve Sawyer, Greenpeace warrior & a founder of Global Wind Energy Council passed away

  • On July 31, 2019, Steve Sawyer, famed wind energy campaigner and a founder of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has passed away in an Amsterdam (Netherlands) hospital due to lung cancer.
  • He was of 63.

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About Netherlands

Capital: Amsterdam

Currency: Euro

Madhubani painting and Sujni artist Karpuri Devi passed away in the Madhubani district of Bihar

  • Bihar lost a famous Mithila and Sujani Artist Karpuri Devi who breathe till today’s morning and passed away at the age of 94. Karpuri’s Daughter provides this info to the media.
  • Karpuri Devi has mastered in Mithila Painting and Sujani art.
  • Her works are not known only in the state and country, but also in other countries like US, UK, Japan, and France.

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About Bihar

Governor: Fagu Chauhan

Chief minister: Nitish Kumar

Capital: Patna

Karnataka Bank ties up with fintech firm to offer MFs

  • Karnataka Bank has tied up with fintech company Finwizard Technology to offer wealth management products and services through the bank’s ‘KBL Mobile Plus’ app.
  • The tie-up allows the bank customers to invest in any mutual fund.

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About Karnataka

Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa

Capital: Bengaluru

Governor: Vajubhai Vala

Gujarat CM launches ‘Vhali Dikri Yojana’

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has launched the ‘Vhali Dikri Yojna’ from his home town Rajkot.
  • The scheme for the welfare of girl child has been launched to mark the 63th birth day of Chief Minister.
  • It is a statewide cash incentive scheme for every girl child born in Gujarat, with a view to raising the female birthrate at par with male to achieve gender equality.

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About Gujarat

Capital: Gandhinagar

Chief minister: Vijay Rupani

Governor: Acharya Dev Vrat

Try out the quiz ?

1. Who will be the head of 4-member panel of ministers for action against mob lynching?

Correct! Wrong!

Union home minister & BJP( Bharatiya Janata Party ) President, Amit Shah will now head a 4-member panel of ministers, which was created in 2018 to propose action against mob lynching.

2. The Union Cabinet has approved the Introduction of Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019. This will amend in......

Correct! Wrong!

On July 31, 2019, The Union Cabinet approved the Introduction of Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Parliament. It will amend the Chit Fund Act 1982.

3. President of India Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019. This will amend in....

Correct! Wrong!

President of India Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019. It will amend the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005.

4. In which city Money Museum has been Inaugurated?

Correct! Wrong!

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Money Museum at Council House Street in Central Kolkata, which opened earlier this year, has been drawing a lot of attention for its unique initiative.

5. Which bank has become first Indian bank to link up with China National Advance Payment System?

Correct! Wrong!

State Bank of India's Shanghai branch is connected to China's National Advance Payment System (CNAPS) & became the first Indian Bank to operationalize it.

6. Who has awarded with National order of Merit by the President of Guinea?

Correct! Wrong!

President Ram Nath Kovind has been awarded the National order of Merit by the President of Guinea for his exceptional contribution to the advancement of overall relations and development of mutual cooperation between India and Guinea and for promoting friendship and partnership between the people of both the countries.

7. Who is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the LIC Housing Finance (LIC HFL)?

Correct! Wrong!

Siddhartha Mohanty has assumed charge as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the LIC Housing Finance (LIC HFL). Prior to this, Mohanty was the company's COO.

8. India has collaborated with which country for defence sector?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian and US officials have agreed to pursue a policy environment conducive to collaboration between the defence industry and start-ups in both countries.

9. ‘KBL Mobile Plus’ app is related with which bank?

Correct! Wrong!

Karnataka Bank has tied up with fintech company Finwizard Technology to offer wealth management products and services through the bank’s ‘KBL Mobile Plus’ app.

10. ‘Vhali Dikri Yojana’ has launched by.........

Correct! Wrong!

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has launched the ‘Vhali Dikri Yojna’ from his home town Rajkot.

11. Adarsh Singh is related with which game?

Correct! Wrong!

In Shooting, Adarsh Singh won the gold medal in both the men & junior 25 m rapid fire pistol event at the Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Memorial Masters competition in New Delhi.

12. Who is the new director of International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)?

Correct! Wrong!

Atish Dabholkar(56), an Indian theoretical physicist from Kolhapur, Maharashtra has been appointed as the new director of Italy based International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) for a five year term starting in November 2019 with the rank of Assistant Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

13. What is the full form of TESS?

Correct! Wrong!

Scientists have characterised the first potentially habitable world outside our own solar system located about 31 light-years away. The super-Earth planet — named GJ 357 d — was discovered in early 2019 owing to NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

14. Steve Sawyer has passed away. He was from which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Steve Sawyer, famed wind energy campaigner and a founder of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has passed away in an Amsterdam (Netherlands) hospital due to lung cancer.

15. Karpuri Devi has passed away. She was from..........

Correct! Wrong!

Bihar lost a famous Mithila and Sujani Artist Karpuri Devi who breathe till today’s morning and passed away at the age of 94. Karpuri’s Daughter provides this info to the media.

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