Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 1 August 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 1 August 2017
Dhrupad maestro Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar passes away. Dhrupad is a Sanskrit blend of Dhruva (immovable) and Pad (verse). It has its roots in ancient times, it was first mentioned in 3rd Century B.C. in the Natyashastra.
Chemical from turmeric treats cancer in children: study. Scientists from United States have found that curcumin, the bioactive component of turmeric that is widely used in Indian cuisine can treat cancer in children.
NATO Intercepts Russian Jets Near Estonian Airspace. Spanish and Finnish fighter jets were sent to intercept three Russian planes flying near Estonian air space on Tuesday, the NATO military alliance said in a statement.
Veer Dev Gulia and Ravinder in bronze-medal round of Junior World Championships. Two Indian wrestlers Veer Dev Gulia and Ravinder made it to the bronze medal round of their respective weight categories on day one of the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Tampere, Finland on Tuesday.
19th RCEP Trade Negotiating Committee Meeting held in Hyderabad. The 19th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) meetings and other related meetings were held in Hyderabad, Telangana.
Summer Olympics: Los Angeles agrees to host 2028 Games; Paris gets 2024. The agreement, which has been in the works for several months, means Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics, following Tokyo in 2020.
Noted scientist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava who returned Padma Bhushan passes away. Bhargava, who founded Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, returned his Padma Bhushan award to the NDA government in 2015, expressing concern over the ‘climate of intolerance.’
Top Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Abu Dujana killed in Pulwama encounter. Security forces have gunned down top Lashkar commander Abu Dujana has been killed in a fierce encounter in Pulwama district in South Kashmir.
BSF and NSDC sign MoU on Skill Development. The Border Security Force (BSF) signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The MoU will enable NSDC to provide skill training to retired and retiring BSF personnel, as well as to the population residing in the border areas.
India won 24 medals at Jordan Open Table Tennis Tournament. India won total 24 medals at the Jordan Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament. It includes 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 10 Bronze medals in the event, India was the second best finishers.
Switzerland breaks all record, launches world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge. The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge has broken all the record with its length of 1621 feet and height of 279 feet that makes it the longest in the world.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Replaces Nawaz Sharif As Pakistan Prime Minister. Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been appointed the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations.
Union Government enters into nine Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (UAPAs) with Indian taxpayers. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) entered into 9 Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (UAPAs) with Indian taxpayers. The taxpayer has the option to rollback the APA for four preceding years, it makes a total of nine years of tax certainty is provided.
Philippines has highest HIV infection growth rate in Asia-Pacific: U.N. The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific in the past six years with a 140-percent increase in the number of new infections, the health ministry and the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Supreme Court bans use of five harmful metals in firecrackers. The Supreme Court of India has imposed a ban on the use of five metals including lithium, mercury, arsenic, antimony and lead in firecrackers, deeming them as harmful for the environment.
Los Angels to host 2028 Games and Paris gets 2024 for Summer Olympics. Los Angeles reached an agreement with the leaders of the International Olympic Committee on plans to host the 2028 Summer Games. It announced its bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics after agreeing on a deal that paves the way for Paris to host in 2024.
ISRO to launch a ‘back-up’ navigation satellite by August end. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is an independent regional navigation satellite system developed by India on par with US-based GPS.
China Building High-Speed Rail Tunnel Below Great Wall. China is constructing a 12-km-long high-speed train tunnel through one of the portions of its iconic Great Wall to connect Zhangjiakou city which is due to co-host 2022 winter Olympics along with Beijing.
Swachh Survekshan-2018 launched to assess sanitation in all 4,041 cities and towns of the country. Union Government launched ‘Swachh Survekshan-2018’ to rank all the 4,041 cities and towns in the country based on infrastructure development for improved sanitation services and their sustainability, outcomes, citizen connects and visible impact on the ground.
Swachh Survekshan 2018’s anthem ‘Swachhata Ki Jyot Jagi Hai’ released. The anthem will now be extensively used on various platforms including social media to connect the people with the sanitation survey.
Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya resigns, will return to academics. Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya on Tuesday said he will leave the government think tank on August 31 and return to Columbia University.
Delhi Metro Declared as World’s first Green Metro. The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) was recently declared as the world’s first green metro after it added a green certification for all its major buildings and installations. They got the platinum rating for its 10 residential colonies for adherence to green building norms by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
Ancient Statue Unearthed At Cambodia’s Angkor Complex. Archaeologists have unearthed a large, centuries-old statue that is believed to have once stood guard over an ancient hospital at Cambodia’s world-famous Angkor temple complex.
New Trade and Transit agreement between India and Bhutan comes into force. The new bilateral Agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan came into force on 29 July 2017.
Sameer Garde named Cisco president for India SAARC region. Tech giant Cisco named former Philips Healthcare executive, Sameer Garde as President for its India and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) operations.
Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – August 1, 2017
1. Who resigns from the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog team of members ?
A) Rajnath Singh
B) Nitin Gadkari
C) Amitabh Kant
D) Arvind Panagariya
2. This country gave the first Medal of Honor recipient to James McCloughan after 48 years for the selfless acts of bravery.
3. What is the India’s rank in the 2017 Digital Evolution Index (DEI)?
4. Name the neuroscientist who studied Albert Einstein’s brain and died recently?
A) Marian Diamond
B) John Marriam
C) Sam Harris
D) Mayim Bialik
5. Who is named Cisco President for India SAARC region ?
A) Kevin Bandy
B) Kelly A Kramer
C) Wendy bahr
D) Sameer Garde
6. Which country going to conduct 2024 for Summer Olympics?
C) United States of America
D) South Africa
7. Which state government has launched “Apni Gaddi Apna Rojgar” scheme for jobless youth?
8. Which organisation signed MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation on skill development?
A) Central Reserve Police Force
B) Border Security Force
C) Seema Suraksha Bal
D) Central Industrial Security Force
9. Which competition did the India won 24 medals recently ?
A) UEFA Championship League
B) FIFA World Cup Trophy
C) The F A Cup
D) Jordan Open Table Tennis Tournament
10. RBI imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on state-owned bank with the directions on Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.
A) Central Bank of India
B) Bank of Maharashtra
C) Vijaya Bank
D) Union Bank of India
1. D) Arvind Panagariya
2. C) USA
3. A) 53rd
4. A) Marian Diamond
5. D) Sameer Garde
6. A) Paris
7. B) Punjab
8. B) Border Security Force
9. D) Jordan Open Table Tennis Tournament
10. D) Union Bank of India