Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 3 August 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 3 August 2017
US Senate Confirms Christopher Wray as FBI Director. The US Senate confirmed Christopher Wray to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He replaces James Comey. He is also the former high-ranking official in President George W. Bush’s Justice Department.
ASI protected monuments to be declared Polythene Free ZonesThe Archaeological Survey of India has declared all ASI protected Monuments and Archaeological Sites as ‘Polythene Free Zone’. The same was announced by Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 2 August 2017.
CBI arrests GST Council superintendent over graft charges. A superintendent of the newly- established GST Council has been arrested by the CBI for allegedly receiving bribe through one of his close aides. Monish Malhotra, the superintendent, and Manas Patra, the alleged middleman, were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last evening, an official said.
Nasa hiring new ‘planetary protection officer’ to defend Earth from alien matter. Nasa is hiring someone who can defend Earth from alien contamination. The full-time role of “planetary protection officer” will involve ensuring that humans in space do not contaminate planets and moons, as well as ensuring that alien matter does not infect Earth.
7th Meeting of BRICS Trade Ministers held in Shanghai, China. The 7th Meeting of Brazil Russia India China and South Africa (BRICS) Countries with the corresponding Trade Ministers was held in Shanghai, China.
WCD Ministry launches contest for logo design for ‘Women of India Festival.’ The Ministry of Women and Child Development on 2 August 2017 launched a contest for designing a logo for the ‘Women of India Festival’, which is scheduled to be held at Dilli Haat in New Delhi in October 2017.
China’s Old Age Population Crossed 230 Million In 2016. China’s rapidly increasing old age population has reached 230.8 million or 10.8 per cent of the total population by the end of last year, according to official figures released today.
CCEA approves new rail tracks in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved doubling of tracks of three railway lines and their electrification in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Pakistan govt website hacked, Indian national anthem posted. The Pakistan government website was on Thursday reportedly hacked briefly by unknown hackers who posted the Indian national anthem and Independence Day greetings on the web page.
After lifetime of public service, Prince Philip officially retires at 96. Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, on 2 August 2017 retired from the royal services at the age of 96, thus putting an end to 70 years of his service.
Not a single Indian educational institution in global top 20 rankings: HRD. There is not a single Indian educational institution in the top 20 world class ones, according to a reply by the government in the Rajya Sabha. The reply was prepared on the basis of rankings by various global agencies. Minister of State for Human Resource Ministry, Mahendra Nath Pandey said in his written reply to a Rajya Sabha question today.
Peter O’Neill re-elected as Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. Peter O’Neill has been reappointed as Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. The election has been widely criticized because thousands of voters were excluded and there were blazing abuses of the electoral process.
Sardar Singh, Devendra Jhajharia recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Devendra Jhajharia today became the first paralympian to be recommended for India’s highest sporting honour – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – along with celebrated former hockey captain Sardar Singh.
Lok Sabha passes two key bills for implementation of GST in J&K. The Lok Sabha has passed the Central Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017 and the Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017.
Hassan Rouhani sworn in as Iran’s President for second term. Hassan Rouhani was on 3 August 2017 officially sworn in as the President of Iran for a second term. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei gave his official approval for Rouhani’s appointment by giving him a decree to assign him his duties.
SEBI approves appointment of Dhirendra Swarup as BSE chairman. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) approved the appointment of Dhirendra Swarup as the chairman of the board of directors of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
Giant Exoplanet With Glowing Water Atmosphere Discovered. Scientists have for the first time discovered glowing water molecules in the atmosphere of a giant Jupiter-like planet located 900 light years from Earth that is hot enough to boil iron.
Infosys to acquire Brilliant Basics. Infosys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Brilliant Basics, a London-based product design and customer experience (CX) innovator known for its world-class design thinking-led approach and experience in executing global programmes.
Cabinet approves MoU to set up BRICS Agriculture Research Platform. The Union Cabinet has approved for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed among India and various BRICs countries for establishment of the BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP).
Sanjay Baru appointed as Secretary General of FICCI. Sanjaya Baru appointed as the Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He succeeds A Didar Singh, who served as Secretary General for 5 years.
Suresh Prabhu: MAHSR sanctioned for implementation with financial assistance from Japan. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour session on 2 August 2017 that the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project (MAHSR), has been sanctioned for implementation with the technical and financial assistance of the Japan government.
More than half of India’s languages may die out in 50 years: Survey. The People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PSLI) raised the alarm during the launch of the latest 11 volumes in its planned 50 volume survey of the country’s languages. India’s people speak as many as 780 different languages, the PSLI said.
Only 62% schools in India have electricity connections: HRD. Jharkhand is at the bottom of the list with only 19% schools with access to electricity, minister of state for human resource development (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha said in response to a written question.
Indian Army develops Humraaz app for soldiers to track Promotions and Postings. The Indian Army has developed Humraaz mobile application through which serving soldiers can track details like postings and promotions. The app will also enable soldiers to view their monthly salary slips.
Union Cabinet clears proxy voting for NRIs. The Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal to extend proxy voting to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and overseas Indians. Currently, only service personnel are permitted to vote through proxy.
Cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur fulfils her childhood dream, to be appointed DSP by Punjab Government. The Punjab state government has initiated the process of appointing Indian all-rounder cricketer, Harmanpreet Kaur to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the state police.
By 2100, North India Could Face Deadly Heatwaves, Warns Study. India, along with Pakistan and Bangladesh, could face unsurvivable temperatures and deadly heatwaves within the next eight decades, warns a study by the researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Spain on cooperation in renewable energy. The Union Cabinet approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Spain on India-Spain Cooperation in renewable energy. It aims at strengthening bilateral cooperation between both the countries.
Bill to implement GST law in Chandigarh passed by Lok Sabha. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on July 31. The GST was rolled out across the country from July 1 and the ordinance was brought as Parliament was not in session then.
BRICS nations vow to fight protectionism. India and other four other members of the BRICS grouping members (Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa) have pledged to fight protectionism.
Historic discovery, Sun’s Core rotates four times faster than its surface. A team of researchers have recently made a historic discovery of solar seismic waves which reveals that Sun’s core is rotating four times faster than its surface. The study was published by NASA on 1 August 2017 in Astronomy & Astrophysics journal.
IRCTC launches cash on delivery of tatkal railway tickets. People can now pay later for tickets booked under the tatkal quota on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) website.
Manju Kumari enters bronze medal play-offs in Junior World Wrestling. Manju Kumari started off with a dominating 5-1 victory over Bulgaria’s Aleksandrina Nikolaeva Kashinova in the 1/8 stage but was outclassed 0-10 by Japan’s Yuzuru Kumano in her quarterfinal bout. Manju will face Ilona Prokopevniuk in the bronze medal match on Thursday.
Israel launches first environmental research satellite Venus. Israel has launched its first environmental research satellite named as Venus (Vegetation and Environment Monitoring New Micro-Satellite). It is a joint venture between the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and its French counterpart CNES.
Butterfly Park To Be Set Up In Gurgaon. The concrete jungles of millennium city Gurgaon will soon be home to a butterfly park and a Goraiya (House Sparrow) breeding centre. The forest department has identified a location in Sector 52 and earmarked 19 acres land for the butterfly park and 588 acres land surrounded by Aravalli mountains in Bhondsi village for the Goraiya centre.
Facebook to step up fact-checking in fight against fake news. Facebook is to send more potential hoax articles to third-party fact checkers and show their findings below the original post, the world’s largest online social network said on Thursday as it tries to fight so-called fake news.
Lok Sabha passes Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Lok Sabha has passed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 by voice vote. It will replace the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017.
US urges Americans to leave North Korea before ban kicks in on September 1. The State Department is issuing a new travel warning for North Korea that reflects the Trump administration’s new travel ban. That ban was announced last month and was published Wednesday in the Federal Register.
Former Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu Wins Assembly By-Election. Former Nagaland chief minister and ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) nominee Shurhozelie Liezietsu today won the by-election to 10 Northern Angami-I Assembly constituency defeating his rival, an independent candidate, by 3470 votes.
Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – August 3, 2017
1. Punjab government has decided to appoint which cricketer as DSP with the state’s police?
A) Mithali Raj
B) Veda Krishnamurthy
C) Smriti Mandhana
D) Harmanpreet Kaur
2. The 2017 Aadi Perukku festival is celebrated in which Indian state?
C) Andhra Pradesh
D) Tamil Nadu
3. Which company joined with the State Bank of India collaborate to advance Digital India initiative?
4. Who is reelected as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea?
A) Peter O’Neill
B) Bill Stake
C) Julius Shan
D) Michael Somare
5. EC rejected plea by parties to remove the NOTA option from the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in which state?
D) Uttar Pradesh
6. Indian Army has developed which mobile app for soldiers to track promotions and postings?
A) Soldier App
B) Humraaz app
C) ArmyCloud app
D) TrackPost app
7. Which board Secretary General is Sanjay Baru ?
A) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
B) Forum of Indian Food Importers (FIFI) Bengal
C) Chamber of Commerce and Industry
D) Indo-German Chamber of Commerce
8. This firm has unveiled its newest Innovation Labs at the Chennai and Bengaluru Tech centres.
9. The MAHSR project has been sanctioned for implementation with technical and financial assistance from which country?
10. Who has been sworn-in as the new President of Iran?
A) Mohammad Khatami
B) Ayatollah Ali Khamanei
C) Sadeq Larijani
D) Hassan Rouhani
1. D) Harmanpreet Kaur
2. D) Tamil Nadu
3. B) Samsung
4. A) Peter O’Neill
5. B) Gujarat
6. B) Humraaz app
7. A) Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
8. D) Paypal
9. C) Japan
10. D) Hassan Rouhani