27th August 2019 Current Affairs

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India's GDP to grow at 6% in April-June: FICCI survey

  • India’s economy will grow at a median rate of 6% during the first quarter of the current financial year ended 30 June, as per FICCI report.
  • It pegged the annual median GDP growth forecast for 2019-20 at 6.9% (6.7% and 7.2%).

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About FICCI

Founded: 1927

Founders: Ghanshyam Das Birla, Purshottamdas Thakurdas

Under Digital India, Banjari village of Katni district in MP to become an integral part of the digital map of the country

  • In Madhya Pradesh, Banjari village of Katni district will become an integral part of the digital map of the country from today.
  • It is the first village in the state to be associated with Digital India, the Prime Minister’s ambitious project.

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About Digital India

Launch year: 2015

Launched by: Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Tejas Express and the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express to be run by IRCTC

  • Indian Railways has decided that Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Tejas Express and the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will be run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, for a period of 3 years as a pilot project.
  • The fares of these trains will be flexible and will be decided by the IRCTC. The proposal was mooted by the railways in its 100-day plan.

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About IRCTC

Founded: 27 September 1999

Headquarters: New Delhi

Boeing delivers 11th C-17 Globemaster to India

  • Boeing has delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III to the Indian Air Force India’s adding capability to meet current and future strategic airlift requirements.
  • Boeing’s C-17 Globemaster III is a premier transporter for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.

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About Boeing

Founder: William Boeing

Founded: 15 July 1916

Brazil rejects G7 aid to fight Amazon fires

  • Brazil’s government has said it will reject an offer of aid worth millions of dollars from G7 countries to help fight raging fires in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Brazilian officials gave no official reason for rejecting the group’s offer, while it was not immediately clear if Britain and Canada’s offers of aid had also been declined, but President Jair Bolsonaro had earlier accused Macron of treating Brazil as if it were a colony.

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About G7

Members: France, United States, Italy, Canada, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom

Founded: 1975

Gokulam Kerala FC wins 129th edition of Durand Cup (2019) defeating Mohun Bagan to win the title

  • On August 24, 2019 the Gokulam Kerala Football club(FC) defeated Mohun Bagan team at the finals of the 2019 Durand cup (129th edition) match held at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
  • Kerala lifted the title for the second time in the 131 year history of the oldest football tournament in Asia by defeating Mohun bagan team with a 2-1 score.

Lt Gen Anil Puri becomes 1st serving general to complete France’s oldest Marathon cycling event

  • Lieutenant General Anil Puri (56) has become the first serving Lieutenant General-rank officer of the Indian Army to complete 1200 km of France’s oldest and toughest cycle competition.
  • He achieved this feat by cycling non-stop for 90 hours without sleeping on the 19th Paris Brest-Paris circuit (PBP) 2019 held from 18-22 August 2019.

Prabhakar Singh given the ‘Eminent Engineer Award- 2019

  • Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI) has chosen Shri Prabhakar Singh, Director General of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for the prestigious Eminent Engineer Award for the Year 2019.
  • The award recognizes his distinguished and exemplary service in the field of Engineering and Technology.

DHFL appoints KK Mankeshwar & Co as new auditor

  • Housing financier DHFL has appointed KK Mankeshwar & Co as its statutory auditor after resignation of auditors Deloitte Haskins & Sells and Chaturvedi & Shah in July.
  • As per a BSE filing, the appointment of the new auditor comes into effect from 26 August.

Sandeep Sinha named CEO of TAFE

  • The former managing director of Cummins India, Sandeep Sinha, has joined the Chennai-based tractor manufacturer, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) as chief executive officer.
  • In his new role, Sinha will report to TAFE chairman, Mallika Srinivasan.

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About TAFE

Founder: S. Anantharamakrishnan

Founded: 1960

Intel launched its first artificial intelligence chip ‘Spring Hill’

  • Intel Corp on Aug 20 launched its latest processor that will be its first using artificial intelligence (AI) and is designed for large computing centres.
  • The chip, developed at its development facility in Haifa, Israel, is known as Nervana NNP-I or Springhill and is based on a 10 nanometre Ice Lake processor that will allow it to cope with high workloads using minimal amounts of energy.

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About Intel

Founded: 18 July 1968

Headquarters: Santa Clara, California, United States

Founders: Gordon Moore, Robert Noyce

North Korea tests new ‘super-large’ multiple rocket launcher

  • On August 25, 2019, a newly developed “super-large multiple rocket launcher” as part of North Korea’s expanding weapons arsenal (collection of weapons and military equipment) was test fired and was supervised by North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.
  • This latest North Korean launch was made two days after South Korea announced its possible termination of its intelligence-sharing deal with Japan amid trade disputes between the U.S(United States) allies.

In a first, Karnataka to have 3 Deputy Chief Ministers

  • Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa allocated portfolios to 17 newly appointed Ministers and among them named 3 Deputy Chief Ministers- Mr Govind Karjol, Ashwath Narayan, Laxman Savadi.
  • Naleen Kumar Kateel given charge as BJP State President.

Try out the quiz ?

1. What is the full name of FICCI?

Correct! Wrong!

India's economy will grow at a median rate of 6% during the first quarter of the current financial year ended 30 June, as per FICCI(The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) report.

2. Banjari village of Katni district will become an integral part of the digital map of the country from today. This village is situated in which state?

Correct! Wrong!

In Madhya Pradesh, Banjari village of Katni district will become an integral part of the digital map of the country from today.

3. For how many years Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Tejas Express and the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will be run by the IRCTC?

Please select 2 correct answers

Correct! Wrong!

Indian Railways has decided that Ahmedabad-Mumbai Central Tejas Express and the Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will be run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, for a period of 3 years as a pilot project.

4. Which company has delivered C-17 Globemaster III to the Indian Air Force?

Correct! Wrong!

Boeing has delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III to the Indian Air Force India’s adding capability to meet current and future strategic airlift requirements.

5. Who has chosen for Eminent Engineer Award for the Year 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI) has chosen Shri Prabhakar Singh, Director General of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for the prestigious Eminent Engineer Award for the Year 2019.

6. KK Mankeshwar & Co has appointed as statutory auditor of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

Housing financier DHFL has appointed KK Mankeshwar & Co as its statutory auditor after resignation of auditors Deloitte Haskins & Sells and Chaturvedi & Shah in July.

7. Who has been appointed as chief executive officer of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE)?

Correct! Wrong!

The former managing director of Cummins India, Sandeep Sinha, has joined the Chennai-based tractor manufacturer, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) as chief executive officer.

8. Which company has launched its first artificial intelligence chip ‘Spring Hill’?

Correct! Wrong!

Intel Corp on Aug 20 launched its latest processor that will be its first using artificial intelligence (AI) and is designed for large computing centres.

9. A newly developed “super-large multiple rocket launcher” has been launched by.........

Correct! Wrong!

A newly developed “super-large multiple rocket launcher” as part of North Korea’s expanding weapons arsenal (collection of weapons and military equipment) was test fired and was supervised by North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.

10. Which state has 3 Deputy Chief Ministers?

Correct! Wrong!

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa allocated portfolios to 17 newly appointed Ministers and among them named 3 Deputy Chief Ministers- Mr Govind Karjol, Ashwath Narayan, Laxman Savadi.

11. Which country has rejected G7 aid to help fight raging fires in the Amazon rainforest?

Correct! Wrong!

Brazil's government has said it will reject an offer of aid worth millions of dollars from G7 countries to help fight raging fires in the Amazon rainforest.

12. Durand cup 2019 has won by Gokulam Kerala Football club, after defeating...........

Correct! Wrong!

The Gokulam Kerala Football club(FC) defeated Mohun Bagan team at the finals of the 2019 Durand cup (129th edition) match held at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

13. Who has become first serving Lieutenant General-rank officer of the Indian Army to complete 1200 km of France’s oldest and toughest cycle competition?

Correct! Wrong!

Lieutenant General Anil Puri (56) has become the first serving Lieutenant General-rank officer of the Indian Army to complete 1200 km of France’s oldest and toughest cycle competition.

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