08th August 2019 Current Affairs

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Amit Shah flagged off 1st international meeting with Bangladesh

  • Home Minister Amit Shah raised with Bangladesh India’s concerns over illegal immigration from that country to the Northeast.
  • The issue was flagged before Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at the7th meeting of India-Bangladesh Home Minister Level Talks (HMLT) .

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About Bangladesh

Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina

Capital: Dhaka

NEFT to function round-the-clock from December: RBI

  • RBI announced plans for round-the-clock availability of the National Electronic Funds Transfer system from Dec’19.
  • At present, NEFT is available to customers for retail payments between 8 am & 7 pm on all working days of the week, except bank holidays.

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About RBI

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

New insurance plan “Jeevan Amar” launched by LIC

  • Jeevan Amar is a non-linked,non-participating life term insurance plan offering great flexibility to policyholders in comparison to other insurance plans by the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).
  • It is available for sale offline.

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About LIC

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founded: 1 September 1956

SBI Life Insurance & Indian Bank ink Bancassurance pact

  • SBI Life Insurance & Indian Bank have entered into a bancassurance pact to offer holistic financial planning solutions to the latter’s customers.
  • The partnership will see over 2,851 branches of Indian Bank spread across the country selling SBI Life product

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About SBI

Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founded: 1 July 1955

Bangalore will host the 10th AASF Asian Age Group Championships 2019 for the 1st time

  • Bengaluru will host the 10th AASF Asian Age Group Championships 2019 for the first time, giving the Indian swimming enthusiasts an opportunity to witness the largest aquatic event in the continent.
  • The nine-day sporting extravaganza, scheduled to be held between September 24 and October 2, is set to have over 40 countries and more than 1200 participants competing for top honours in four different aquatic disciplines, including swimming, diving, water polo, and the visually-mesmerizing artistic swimming.

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About Karnataka

Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa

Capital: Bengaluru

Governor: Vajubhai Vala

India tops the test rankings released by ICC

  • On August 06, 2019 the ICC (International Cricket Council) Test rankings were released.
  • The list was topped by India followed by New Zealand (2nd) and South Africa (3rd) respectively.

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About ICC

Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

CEO: Manu Sawhney

Nation observes 77th anniversary of Quit India movement

  • On this day in 1942, Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call to end the British rule and launched the Quit India Movement at the session of the All-India Congress Committee in Mumbai.
  • After failure of Cripps Mission, Gandhiji gave the call to Do or Die.

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About Quit India movement

Date – 08th August 1942

Nation celebrates 5th National Handloom day on august 7 2019

  • The 5th National Handloom Day is celebrated on August 7, 2019 to honour the Handloom weavers of the country and also to highlight the Handloom industry.
  • A function to mark the occasion was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

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About New Delhi

Established: 1911

Inaugurated: 1931

World’s thinnest gold created by British Scientists

  • Scientists from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK), claim to have created the world’s thinnest gold (periodic table representation of gold is Au) which is one million times thinner than fingernail of human.
  • As it appears to be green in the water, researchers named it gold “Nano seaweed”.
  • This paperwork was published in the journal Advanced Science.
  • The lead author of the study is author Sunjie Ye.

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About United Kingdom

Capital: London

Currency: Pound sterling

1st African-American woman Nobel laureate Toni Morrison passed away

  • First African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, in 1993, Toni Morrison passed away in Bronx( US).
  • She was 88.
  • In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for Beloved(1987).

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About Pulitzer Prize

Awarded for: Excellence in newspaper journalism, literary achievements, musical composition

First awarded: 1917

Veteran Bollywood filmmaker J. Om Prakash passed away aged 92

  • Hrithik Roshan’s maternal grandfather and veteran filmmaker J. Om Prakash breathed his last at the age of 92 in Mumbai.
  • Their contributions to Indian cinema are a gift they left behind for us.

Ex-DMK Minister Jennifer Chandran passed away at the age of 62

  • On August 6, 2019, S. Jennifer Chandran, who was the fisheries minister (1996- 2001) in DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ) government, passed away in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, after suffering from kidney-related ailments.
  • She was 62.

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About Tamil Nadu

Chief minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami

Capital: Chennai

Rajasthan government launches new higher education model named RACE

  • The Rajasthan state government has announced the launch of a new higher education model titled Resource Assistance for Colleges with Excellence (RACE) for sharing of facilities to benefit the colleges facing shortage of faculties and infrastructure.
  • The model was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Higher Education Bhanwar Singh Bhati.

Note:

About Rajasthan

Chief minister: Ashok Gehlot

Capital: Jaipur

UP extends bilateral cooperation MoU with Netherlands

  • UP govt & Netherlands have extended the existing bilateral agreement of cooperation in several fields by another 5 yrs.
  • MOU is in cooperation/exchange of the knowledge & techniques in the fields of solid waste management, spatial planning, water management.

Note:

About Netherlands

Capital: Amsterdam

Currency: Euro

Try out the quiz ?

1. RBI has announced plans for round-the-clock availability of the NEFT system from 19th December 2019. What is the full form of NEFT?

Correct! Wrong!

RBI announced plans for round-the-clock availability of the National Electronic Funds Transfer system from Dec'19.

2. Amit Shah has flagged off 1st international meeting with which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Home Minister Amit Shah raised with Bangladesh India's concerns over illegal immigration from that country to the Northeast.

3. Which insurance company has launched new insurance plan “Jeevan Amar”?

Correct! Wrong!

Jeevan Amar is a non-linked,non-participating life term insurance plan offering great flexibility to policyholders in comparison to other insurance plans by the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).

4. Today nation is celebrating 77th anniversary of................

Correct! Wrong!

On this day in 1942, Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call to end the British rule and launched the Quit India Movement at the session of the All-India Congress Committee in Mumbai.

5. Scientists of which country claim to have created the world’s thinnest gold which is one million times thinner than fingernail of human?

Correct! Wrong!

Scientists from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK), claim to have created the world’s thinnest gold (periodic table representation of gold is Au) which is one million times thinner than fingernail of human.

6. Toni Morrison has passed away. She was the winner of....

Correct! Wrong!

First African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, in 1993, Toni Morrison passed away in Bronx( US). In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for Beloved(1987).

7. UP govt & ......... have signed a bilateral agreement in the fields of solid waste management, spatial planning, water management.

Correct! Wrong!

UP govt & Netherlands have extended the existing bilateral agreement of cooperation in several fields by another 5 yrs. MOU is in cooperation/exchange of the knowledge & techniques in the fields of solid waste management, spatial planning, water management.

8. SBI Life Insurance has partnership with which bank to sell SBI Life product?

Correct! Wrong!

SBI Life Insurance & Indian Bank have entered into a bancassurance pact to offer holistic financial planning solutions to the latter’s customers.

9. Which city will host the 10th AASF Asian Age Group Championships 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Bengaluru will host the 10th AASF Asian Age Group Championships 2019 for the first time, giving the Indian swimming enthusiasts an opportunity to witness the largest aquatic event in the continent.

10. What is the India's rank in ICC Test rankings released on 6th August 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

On August 06, 2019 the ICC (International Cricket Council) Test rankings were released. The list was topped by India followed by New Zealand (2nd) and South Africa (3rd) respectively.

11. National Handloom day is being celebrated on........

Correct! Wrong!

The 5th National Handloom Day is celebrated on August 7, 2019 to honour the Handloom weavers of the country and also to highlight the Handloom industry.

12. J. Om Prakash has passed away. He was associated with...

Correct! Wrong!

Hrithik Roshan's maternal grandfather and veteran filmmaker J. Om Prakash breathed his last at the age of 92 in Mumbai.

13. S.Jennifer Chandran has passed away. He was leader of which of the following party?

Correct! Wrong!

S. Jennifer Chandran, who was the fisheries minister (1996- 2001) in DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam ) government, passed away in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, after suffering from kidney-related ailments.

14. A higher education model named RACE has been launched by which state Govt.?

Correct! Wrong!

The Rajasthan state government has announced the launch of a new higher education model titled Resource Assistance for Colleges with Excellence (RACE) for sharing of facilities to benefit the colleges facing shortage of faculties and infrastructure.

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