Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 4 August 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 4 August 2017
Government proposes to set up 14 new AIIMS hospitals under PMSSY. The Union Government has proposed to establish an additional 14 new AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science) under various phases of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) in different parts of the country.
Aadhaar Must For Death Certificate From October 1 To Prevent Identity Fraud. The government has made Aadhaar number mandatory for the registration of death from October 1 to prevent identity fraud.
Lok Sabha passes NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Bill also seeks to amend certain clauses in the light of reference of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development Act, 2006 in the proposed legislation.
R Ashwin quickest to 2000 runs and 250 wickets in Test cricket. R Ashwin, who has played 51 Tests, is now the fastest player to reach 2000 runs and 250 wickets in Test cricket as he went past former all-rounder Richard Hadlee of New Zealand who took the same number of wickets and scored runs in 54 Tests.
Sun’s core rotates 4 times faster than its surface: Study. A team of researchers have discovered solar seismic waves which revealed that Sun’s core is rotating four times faster than its surface. Earlier it was assumed that sun’s core rotate at same speed as the surface.
India looking to sell up to 25 percent stake in four defence companies via IPO. The government of India is considering selling up to 25 percent of its stake in four state-owned companies under the control of the department of defence through an initial public offering, a public notice showed on Friday.
Hyderabad airport gets country’s first express security check facility. The Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) OP Singh, on Friday, launched country’s first “Express Check In facility for domestic passengers” at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad.
Mohammad Mustafa appointed as CMD of SIDBI. His appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) for a period of three years.
Maharashtra Government launches two online portals MahaDBT, MahaVASTU. Maharashtra Government has launched two online portals MahaDBT and MahaVASTU to streamline the process of direct benefit transfer (DBT) and to bring in more transparency in construction sector.
HTET 2014-15 Level 3 result declared at bseh.org. HTET result: The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the written test. Those who qualify in the written exam will be called for the interview.
HPCL aims to buy U.S. oil in next few months. Hindustan Petroleum Corp plans to buy low-sulphur oil from the United States in the next few months for its 166,000 barrel per day (bpd) Vizag refinery in southern India, company executives said on Friday.
Delhi Metro To Begin ‘Heritage Walks’ From Saturday. The Delhi Metro will begin a month-long “Heritage Walk” programme from Saturday to give people a taste of the rich history of Old Delhi, it said on Friday. The event is being organised in collaboration with Delhi Walks, an entity specialising in conducting curated walks, and will cost Rs. 500 for each walk, it said.
Qatar to become first Arab state to offer permanent residency to some non-citizens. Qatar’s Cabinet has approved a draft law making permanent residency available to some non-citizens. It marks a partial shift from Qatar’s heavy reliance on its longstanding visa-sponsorship system.
Air Marshal Hemant Narayan Bhagwat appointed Air Officer-in-charge Administration of Indian Air Force. Air Marshal Bhagwat, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) and Vayu Sena Medal (VM) awardee, was commissioned in Administrative branch of the Indian Air Force in June 1981.
Hindi signboards removed from Bengaluru metro stations. A a part of campaign to oppose the use of Hindi as a third language by the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) had painted Hindi signboards outside the stations black before commencement of Metro services.
Neymar signs 5-year deal to complete world record PSG move at 222 Million Euros. Neymar completed his record-shattering transfer from Barcelona to Paris St Germain on Thursday, signing a five-year deal with the French club after they triggered his 222 million euros ($263 million) release clause.
Second Agri UDAAN Program Launched in New Delhi. The Union Government launched the 2nd AGRI-UDAAN Program in New Delhi. The program focuses on catalyzing scale-up stage food and agribusiness start-ups through rigorous mentoring, industry networking and investor pitching.
Former Spurs striker Keane joins Indian Super League champions ATK. Indian Super League champions ATK have signed former Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane ahead of the 2017-18 season, the Kolkata-based franchise said on Friday.
Book Tatkal Train Tickets now and Pay Later: Indian Railways. The book now and pay later mode enables customers to book tatkal e-ticket and pay the fare within a period of 15 days.
Lok Sabha Passes Bill To Set Up Petroleum Institute In Andhra Pradesh. The Lok Sabha today passed a bill which provides for establishing the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy in Andhra Pradesh that will impart high quality education and conduct advanced research in all aspects relating to conventional hydrocarbons.
Manju won bronze at Junior World Wrestling in Tampere, Finland. India’s Manju Kumari won the bronze medal in women’s 59kg category of the Junior World Wrestling Championship in Tampere, Finland. She defeated Aleksandrina Nikolaeva Kashinova of Bulgaria.
Bangladesh’s ‘Sultan of Sex’ detained on blackmail charges. Bangladesh police have arrested a self-proclaimed “Sultan of Sex” accused of blackmailing dozens of women with intimate videos he filmed of their sexual encounters, an official said Thursday.
Centre approves construction of 1,000 km of 7 expressways in high density corridors. The Centre has approved a plan for construction of 1,000 km of expressways under National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-VI. These include sections of high density corridors of Vadodara-Mumbai (400 km), Delhi-Meerut (66 km), Bangalore-Chennai (334 km), Delhi -Jaipur (261Km ), Delhi-Chandigarh (249 Km), Kolkata-Dhanbad (227 Km) and Delhi-Agra (200 km).
ISRO, NASA working towards completion of NISAR mission by 2021. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is working along with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to launch the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission by 2021.
Harmanpreet Kaur appointed as DSP by Punjab Government. The Punjab State Government appointed Harmanpreet Kaur to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the state police. She got a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh cheque. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed the state Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora to complete the necessary formalities for her appointment.
Wabag bags Rs 386cr sewage treatment plant order from Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board. VA Tech Wabag Limited won a Rs 386crore design, build and operate order from the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) for a 150 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at K&C Valley in Bengaluru.
Scientists Discover ‘Mona Lisa’ Of Dinosaurs In Canada. Scientists have discovered the world’s best-preserved armoured dinosaur – dubbed as the ‘Mona Lisa’ of dinosaurs – in Canada that dates back about 110 million years.
A nine-year-old boy Jack Davis has applied for “planetary protection officer” at National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) in Washington DC, United States. Jack wrote a cover letter to space agency NASA explaining why he should be considered for the role. The same was uploaded by a friend of Jack’s parents on Funny subreddit and has gone viral since.
Hassan Rouhani sworn in as Iran’s president for a second term. Hassan Rouhani officially was sworn in as the President of Iran for a second term. As per Iran’s Election Law, a President Elect is required to get the Leader’s approval before being sworn-in before the Parliament. Rouhani won the re-election in May 2017, after securing 57% of the votes. He defeated his main contender Ebrahim Raeisi.
Government to develop green airports in Andhra Pradesh. As a part of Government of India’s initiative to develop green airports, two airports in Andhra Pradesh- Tirupati and Vijayawada are going to go completely green!
Major Kamlesh Pandey’s Last Rites Held With Full Military Honours. The last rites of Major Kamlesh Pandey, killed by terrorists during a search operation in Shopian district of Kashmir, was held with full military honours near Haldwani in Uttarakhand today, where his parents stay.
Spike adds to Hyderabad fire power: Rafael’s ‘fire and forget’ missile hub sets shop. The city, which is the hub of India’s missile power, is now gearing up to give the nation’s defence forces the best available fire power in the world with Israel’s anti-tank guided missile `Spike MR’ to be manufactured here.
Walmart India appoints Devendra Chawla as EVP and COO. Wal-Mart India a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Wal-Mart Stores company appointed Devendra Chawla as chief operating officer and Executive Vice President.
Massive Earth-Sized Storm Spotted On Neptune. Astronomers have spotted a storm system nearly the size of Earth near Neptune’s equator, a region where no bright cloud has been seen before.
US Senate confirms appointment of three Indian Americans. Three Indian-Americans picked by President Donald Trump have been confirmed by the US Senate to key governmental posts.
Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – August 4, 2017
1. Which committee leader is Mohammad Mustafa ?
A) Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
B) Securities and Exchange Board of India
C) National Insurance Scheme
D) National Institute of Technology
2. Which committee has been constituted by the SEBI on fair market conduct?
A) K M Krishna committee
B) G S Prasad committee
C) T.K. Viswanathan committee
D) P S Chauhan committee
3. Name the state government that has decided to give compulsory retirement to the non-performing head masters, teachers and education department officials above the age of 50 years.
4. This state launches MahaVASTU and MahaDBT portals to streamline the process of direct benefit transfer (DBT).
D) Tamil Nadu
5. What scheme is launched by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) ?
A) VIKALP scheme
B) Tatkal Scheme
C) E Wallet Scheme
D) Book Now, Pay Later Scheme
6. Who has been appointed as the new chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)?
A) Pankaj Patel
B) S Ramadorai
C) Sudhakar Rao
D) Dhirendra Swarup
7. Name the paralympic Javelin Thrower from India who became the first paralympian to be be recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the awards selection committee, headed by Justice (Retd) CK Thakkar.
A) Devendra Jhajharia
B) Mariyappan Thangavelu
C) Varun Bhati
D) None of the above
8. The 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year has been conferred to __________.
A) Sergio Tapiro Velasco
B) Francisco Tapiro Velasco
C) Alejandro Tapiro Velasco
D) Miguel Tapiro Velasco
9. Which city the Second Agri UDAAN Program Launched ?
A) New Delhi
10. Who is the newly elected Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea?
A) Salamo Injia
B) Don Polye
C) Peter O’Neill
D) Nick Kuman
1. A) Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
2. C) T.K. Viswanathan committee
3. C) Punjab
4. C) Maharashtra
5. D) Book Now, Pay Later Scheme
6. D) Dhirendra Swarup
7. A) Devendra Jhajharia
8. A) Sergio Tapiro Velasco
9. A) New Delhi
10. C) Peter O’Neill