Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 5 August 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 5 August 2017
Smartphone cost a barrier for rural women accessing internet: Google study. A Google study found that the cost of the smartphones is the biggest barrier for rural Indian women from accessing the internet. On an average, 25% women continue to use the internet after being trained in various techniques, it said.
Maharashtra Government launches online portals MahaDBT, MahaVASTU. MahaVASTU is an Online Building Permission Management System with an electronic workflow for sanctioning building approvals with full transparency.
Studying the sea: India prepares to dive deep with manned craft. At a time when India has successfully launched its heaviest rocket-GSLV-Mk3- capable of carrying humans to space, work has begun on building a vehicle to take man deep into the ocean.
Ravichandran Ashwin overtakes Harbhajan Singh in most five-fors list for India. Ravichandran Ashwin, who registered his 26th fifer in the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka, has moved past Harbhajan Singh on the list of most five-fors for India in Tests. Anil Kumble leads with 35 in 132 games.
Union Government launches Bharat 22 ETF to sell stakes in 22 firms. The Union Finance Ministry has launched second exchange-traded fund (ETF), named Bharat 22. It will help to speed up Government’s disinvestment programme budgeted to raise a record Rs 72,500 crore in the FY 2018.
United Nations to Vote On Tougher North Korea Sanctions. The UN Security Council will vote Saturday on a US-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said Friday, a proposed ban on certain exports that could deprive Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue.
Masood Azhar terror listing: India seeks international cooperation. India on Friday sought cooperation of the international community on listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader Masood Azhar as global terrorist.
Bengaluru to get India’s first ‘heli-taxi’ service. Those who have grown to dread the trip to or from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) can now breathe easy. The journey by road, which often entailed a nightmarish three hours in rush hour traffic, may soon be completely avoidable as Bengaluru is all set to get India’s first dedicated helicopter-taxi (heli-taxi) service.
Indian Railways signs first EPC contract with L&T to speed up electrification. The Indian Railways has signed its first EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contract with Larsen and Turbo (L&T) for electrification of railway lines.
US army halts use of Chinese-made drones over cyber concerns. The US army has ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd+ because of “cyber vulnerabilities” in the products.
First Meeting of Japan-India Coordination Forum held in New Delhi. The first meeting of the Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for Development of North-Eastern Region was held in New Delhi. The Secretary, Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Shri Naveen Verma led the Indian side while the Japanese delegation was led by the Japanese Ambassador to India, Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu.
Govt nod to rename Mughalsarai railway station as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. The proposal was given by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh in a bid to revive the legacy of Upadhyaya, who died in 1968 at the junction itself. The centre on Friday approved a proposal to rename the Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, a home ministry official said.
U.S. submits formal notice of withdrawal from Paris climate pact. The U.S. State Department has officially informed the United Nations it will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement in a document issued on Friday, but left the door open to re-engaging if the terms improved for the United States.
ISRO and CSIR-NPL sign MoU for time and frequency traceability services. The ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) and CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have signed MoU to make indigenous regional positioning system-NavIC independent from the US clock system.
Veteran Actress Sharada Selected For ‘Prem Nazir’ Award. Film Actress Sharada has been selected for this year’s Prem Nazir Award. The award will be presented to Sharada by Kerala state Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran at a function at Chirayankeezhu on August 15, 2017.
Polling Booths To Display Criminal Records, Assets Details In Madhya Pradesh. The voters will be able to see details like criminal records, assets and liabilities of contestants at every polling booth in the local bodies polls of 37 local bodies in Madhya Pradesh, slated for August 11.
KVIC wants soldiers to wear Khadi uniform, govt considering proposal. Armed forces personnel may soon don khadi uniform. The defence ministry has sent specifications of uniform, along with samples, to the Khadi Villages Industries Commission (KVIC), the government said on Friday.
TS EdCET 2017 rank cards released by Osmania University at edcet.tsche.ac.in. TS EdCET 2017 rank cards: TS EdCET 2017 was conducted from 11 am to 1 pm on July 16 and the results for the same were released on July 27. The exam was conducted by Osmania University on behalf of the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE).
AIFF names Banerjee as Chairman of Transfers Dispute Committee. The All India Football Federation( AIFF) appointed senior advocate Ushanath Banerjee as the chairman of a special committee. It will deal with the players’ transfer disputes’.
India signs loan pact with AIIB for Rural Roads Project. India has signed a loan agreement with China led-Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for financing of $329 million for Gujarat Rural Roads Project (GRRP).
India hopeful of making Chabahar port operational by 2018. The government is hopeful that the strategic Chabahar Port will be operational by 2018, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said.
Princess Diana’s Private Tapes Will Be Revealed, Royals Are Unhappy. A British broadcaster will air a salacious TV documentary about the late Princess Diana on Sunday despite pleas from her family, friends and former courtiers to scuttle a program that includes clips of Diana discussing her sex life and unhappy marriage with Prince Charles.
Union Government to Develop Green Airports in Andhra Pradesh. Union Government launched green airports, two airports in Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati and Vijayawada are going to go completely green. Airport Authority of India (AAI) commenced installation of the 1MegaWatt solar power plant at Tirupathi and Vijayawada Airports.
Sri Lankan Navy commissions India-built AOPV. The Sri Lankan Navy has commissioned an India-built state-of-the-art Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), the first-ever purchase from a foreign ship builder, to boost its search and rescue capabilities.
Government to launch AGRI UDAAN-Food and Agribusiness Accelerator 2.0 programme. The Union Government is going to launch AGRI-UDAAN Food and Agribusiness Accelerator 2.0 programme in an attempt to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture. It will mentor startups and help them connect with potential investors.
UN chief asks US to re-engage in 2015 Paris climate agreement. The UN chief on Saturday urged the US to re-engage with the 2015 Paris climate agreement even after America submitted its formal communication indicating its intention to withdraw from the historic pact as soon as possible.
Prabhat Kumar as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan. hri Prabhat Kumar presently Ambassador of India to Colombia appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan. Prabhat Kumar, prior to his appointment as Ambassador of India to Columbia was Director General, in-charge of the Energy Security and Investment and Technology Promotion Division in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
Delhi government approves three bills to be re-introduced in Assembly. The Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Bill, 2015, The Delhi (Right of Citizen to Time Bound Delivery of Services) Amendment Bill, 2015 and NSIT Bill (amendment) were among the 14 bills passed by the House, but the Centre had sent back most of the proposed legislations with some objections.
US Judge Sets $30,000 Bail For UK Hacker Who Stopped ‘WannaCry.’ A U.S. judge in Las Vegas set a $30,000 bail on Friday for a well-known British cyber security researcher accused of advertising and selling malicious code used to pilfer banking and credit card information.
Women behaviour in Bigg Boss Tamil obscene, stop it immediately: PIL filed at Madras High Court. A PIL has been filed at the Madras High Court seeking for production of popular reality television show Bigg Boss Tamil to be stopped immediately. The petition is likely to be heard by the court on Monday. The petitioner claimed that the sartorial sense of women contestants on the show were vulgar and obscene.
Neymer signs world record deal with PSG. Neymar becomes the most expensive player in football history after completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros. He signed a five-year contract with PSG until June 2022.
180 Days Of Maternity Leave For All Female Employees In West Bengal. In a notification issued by the West Bengal government Finance (Audit) department, it was declared that all categories of female contractual employees including software personnel engaged directly by the state government departments and directorates will get maternity leave for a maximum period of 180 days.
Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – August 5, 2017
1. With Which company Indian Railways signs first EPC contract recently ?
A) Ashok Leyland
C) Larsen and toubro
D) Zealous services
2. India’s first private sector missile sub-systems manufacturing facility has set up in which city?
D) New Delhi
3. ISRO is working on the NISAR mission along with which international space research organisation?
A) The European Space Agency (ESA)
B) The China National Space Administration (CNSA)
C) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
D) The Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA)
4. The theme of 2017 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is?
A) Sustaining Breastfeeding Together
B) Breastfeeding: A key to Sustainable Development
C) Breastfeeding: SDG 2022 goals
D) Mother’s Absolute Affection
5. With Whom Neymar signs world record deal recently ?
A) Lakme India
B) Paris Saint-Germain
6. Which country to host the 15th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC countries?
B) Sri Lanka
7. Ninety-seven of these endangered species, which were illegally smuggled out of the country, were found and will be brought back to their natural habitat?
A) Indian Star tortoises
B) Indian Kangaroo Lizard
C) Travancore Earth Snake
D) Inger’s Mabuya
8. Mohammad Mustafa was appointed as Chairman and Manging Director of __________.
9. Which state in India the union government planned to develop the Green Airports ?
B) Andhra Pradesh
C) Tamil Nadu
10. Which committee has recently submitted report on institutionalization of arbitration mechanism in India?
A) BN Srikrishna committee
B) Neil Chatterjee committee
C) BP Das committee
D) K L Gupta committee
1. C) Larsen and toubro
2. C) Hyderabad
3. C) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
4. A) Sustaining Breastfeeding Together
5. B) Paris Saint-Germain
6. D) Nepal
7. A) Indian Star tortoises
8. C) SIDBI
9. B) Andhra Pradesh
10. A) BN Srikrishna committee