Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 2 August 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 2 August 2017
Qatar Announces 5 Billion Euro Order For Warships From Italy. Qatar announced on Wednesday a five-billion-euro order for seven warships from Italy in the midst of a nearly two-month diplomatic crisis with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies.
Rising temperatures drive up farmer suicides in India: US study. According research report from the University of California, US, climate change may have led to over 59,000 farmer suicides over the last 30 years in India, argues a research report from the University of California, Berkeley in US.
Rajya Sabha passes Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Bill extends the deadline for teachers to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment by 4 years.
Former union minister Santosh Mohan Dev passes away. Former union minister and a one-time heavyweight Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev died at a hospital in Silchar on Wednesday morning following a prolonged illness, family sources said.
India, China home to 39% of young Internet users: UN report. According to recently released report-ICT Facts and Figures 2017, India and China are home to 39% of the 830 million young people worldwide who use the Internet.
RBI cuts repo rate by 0.25% to 7-year low of 6%; home, auto loans to get cheaper. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today announced a 0.25 per cent cut in the repo rate in its third bi-monthly monetary policy review. The top bank has kept the reverse repo rate at 5.75 per cent.
Dhanraj Pillay conferred with Bharat Gaurav by East Bengal Football Club. Pillay played a huge role in reviving the Indian Hockey team and performed brilliantly during his 15-year career.
World breastfeeding week is observed from August 1st to August 7th. World breastfeeding week is being celebrated from 1st to 7th August every year. The theme for the year 2017 is “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together”.
Notre Dame legend Parseghian dies at age 94. Former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian has died at the age of 94. He passed away after falling ill from hip surgery complications.
German Hiker Found In Alps 30 Years After Disappearance. The remains of a German hiker who disappeared while climbing in the Swiss Alps 30 years ago has been found embedded in a glacier, police said Wednesday.
General Abhay Krishna appointed as new Eastern Command chief. General Abhay Krishna appointed as the Chief of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command recently. He succeeds Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi who has retired from service.
Chemical from turmeric helps treat cancer in children: Research. In the study conducted by the researchers, curcumin was attached to cerium oxide nanoparticles and then tested the nano-curcumin formulation in cell lines of a high-risk form of neuroblastoma.
Modi, Japanese PM to lay bullet train foundation in Ahmedabad next month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train in the Gujarat city next month during the latter’s visit to India.
No more freebies? India plans crackdown on marketing by drugmakers. India, one of the world’s largest markets for pharmaceuticals is drawing up its first set of marketing rules for drugmakers, restricting gifts and trips offered to doctors and pharmacists to 1,000 rupees ($15), according to a draft proposal seen by Reuters.
Airtel Payment Bank ties up with HPCL for ATM services. Airtel Payments Bank, India’s first payments bank has announced a strategic partnership with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL). There are around 14,000 HPCL fuel stations will act as banking points for Airtel Payments Bank.
Marian Diamond, known for studies of Einstein’s brain, passes away. She was the first woman science instructor at Cornell University where she taught human biology and comparative anatomy.
IT Department raids Karnataka Energy minister, recovers cash. The Income Tax Department today raided several properties connected to Karnataka Energy minister D K Shivakumar who is overseeing the stay of the 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat in Bengaluru.
RBI becomes first central bank in Asia to cut rates this year. The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday used the room provided by slumping inflation to cut its main policy rate – the first easing by an Asian central bank this year – but it kept the market guessing on whether there’s more space for trimming.
China opens its first overseas Military base in Djibouti. China formally launched its first overseas naval facility in Djibouti, an East African nation. Five Chinese formations and Djibouti’s Three Services HonorGuard took part in the launch ceremony on 1 of August 2017.
Renowned scientist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava passes away. Bhargava is a recipient of over 100 national and international honours and awards, including the Padma Bhushan in 1986 and the Legion d’Honneur in 1998 of France.
SC imposes 100% penalty on illegal mining in Odisha. In what could be a major blow to the mining companies involved in illegal operations in Odisha, the Supreme Court on Wednesday imposed 100% penalty on mining lease holders operating without necessary clearances in the state.
PayPal launches Innovation Labs in Chennai and Bangalore. The digital payments platform PayPal on Wednesday announced the launch of Innovation Labs at Chennai and Bangalore, after establishing centers at USA and Singapore.
Sanjaya Baru appointed as Secretary General of FICCI. Baru served as media advisor and chief spokesperson of Manmohan Singh from May 2004 until August 2008.
Mukesh Ambani Becomes Asia’s Second-Richest Person. Mukesh Ambani is Asia’s second-richest man second-richest man and the chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) added $12.1 billion to his wealth in 2017. Jio Network took just nine months after launching with a free introductory offer to rope in 117.3 million users and become India’s fourth-largest operator, according to Government data.
Mumbai Teen Posted ‘Last Picture’ On Instagram Before ‘Blue Whale Suicide.’ Moments before a 14-year-old boy jumped off a high rise building in Mumbai, allegedly as his final “task” in the ‘Blue Whale’ Suicide online game, he posted his photo on Instagram and called it his “last picture”, the police said today.
Lok Sabha passes two bills extending CGST, IGST to Jammu and Kashmir. The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed two bills extending Central GST and Integrated GST to Jammu and Kashmir, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying the step will ensure greater economic integration of the state with rest of the country.
Union Government launches e-RaKAM portal for selling agricultural produce. The platform is a digital initiative that aims to bring together the farmers, PSUs, civil supplies and buyers on a single platform to ease the selling and buying process of agricultural products.
Santosh Mohan Dev, senior Congress leader and former Union minister, passes away in Silchar, Assam. Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Santosh Mohan Dev today passed away at a hospital in Silchar, Assam. He was 83.
Google’s Internet Saathi now in 100,000 Indian villages. Launched as a pilot in Rajasthan in July 2015 along with Tata Trusts, Google announced plans to scale the programme to cover 300,000 villages across India in December the same year. Nearly 25,000 fully-trained ‘Internet Saathis’ are working everyday in these villages to help women and children learn about the internet.
US Senate confirms Christopher Wray as FBI Director. Wray, a former high-ranking official in President George W Bush’s Justice Department, oversaw investigations into corporate fraud.
India Permitted To Construct Kishanganga, Ratle Projects: World Bank. India is allowed to construct hydroelectric power facilities on tributaries of the Jhelum and Chenab rivers with certain restrictions under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT), the World Bank has said.
India and Somalia sign agreement on transfer of sentenced persons. The Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia Yusuf-Garaad Omar arrived in New Delhi on 31 July 2017 on a five-day visit at the invitation of Sushma Swaraj. This is his first visit to India since he assumed office earlier in 2017.
Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – August 2, 2017
1. The bill passed by the Union Parliament recently for children Welfare is?
A) Children and Welfare Act
B) Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act
C) Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2017
D) Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Amendment Bill
2. The Reserve Bank of India recently cut its repo rate by how many basis points?
A) 25 basis points
B) 50 basis points
C) 20 basis points
D) No change
3. Which place did the China opens its first overseas Military base ?
4. Which committee has been constituted by Union Government to identify key data protection issues?
A) B N Srikrishna committee
B) A K Mathur committee
C) H S Khan committee
D) KK Lahoti committee
5. The Government has approved establishment of Post Graduate Institutes for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy at Nagmangla in ______.
D) Jammu & Kashmir
6. Which portal was recently launched by the Union Government to provide a platform to sell agricultural produce?
D) None of the above
7. Which month first week is observed as World breastfeeding week ?
A) First week of June month
B) First week of July Month
C) First week of May month
D) First week of August month
8. Santosh Mohan Dev, the veteran political leader passed away. He hailed from which state?
C) Uttar Pradesh
9. Which of the following cricketer maintains the top position in the latest ICC Test Rankings recently released?
A) Virat Kohli
B) Ravindra Jadeja
C) Cheteshwar Pujara
D) Ravichandran Ashwin
10. India recently signed an agreement on transfer of sentenced persons with which country?
1. D) Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Amendment Bill
2. A) 25 basis points
3. A) Djibouti
4. A) B N Srikrishna committee
5. B) Karnataka
6. B) e-RaKam
7. D) First week of August month
8. B) Assam
9. B) Ravindra Jadeja
10. A) Somalia