Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 8 August 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 8 August 2017
Coconut regains tree status in Goa as Assembly passes bill. The Goa Legislative Assembly has passed a bill which reclassifies coconut as a tree ensuring legal protection for it. The Assembly, on the last day of Monsoon session on 7 August 2017, passed the Goa, Daman and Diu, Preservation of Trees Act, 1984 to regulate felling of coconut trees.
Indian Philanthropist Firoz Merchant honoured by UAE Government. Firoz Merchant, an Indian businessman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) spent over USD 4 million to help free prisoners languishing in jails due to non-payment of debts honored with UAE’s prestigious Community Service Medal.
Justice Dipak Misra to be next Chief Justice of India. The incumbent Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar will demit office on August 27.
China’s Sichuan Province Hit By 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake: USGS. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled southwest China late Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said. There was no immediate information on any damage or casualties.
Ankur Mittal Wins Gold Medal in Asian Shotgun Championship. Indian shooter Ankur Mittal won the individual as well as the team Gold medal in Men’s double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship. The Asian Shotgun Championship is held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Rajiv Kumar succeeds Panagariya as new Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog. The Union government has appointed noted economist Rajiv Kumar as the new Vice- Chairman of NITI Aayog. Kumar would be succeeding Arvind Panagariya, who has decided to return to the field of academics.
Plea on making yoga compulsory in schools rejected by Supreme Court. The Supreme Court today rejected a petition pleading that yoga be made compulsory in schools, saying the matter was for the legislature to decide.
Indian-American Appointed Deputy Comptroller For Minority Affairs Of Nassau County. Indian-American Dilip Chauhan has been appointed to a senior position focusing on increasing outreach to the minority communities in Nassau County.
Dawn of cruise tourism in India’ inaugurated in Mumbai. There is the launch of three reports, “Mumbai Port SoP’s for cruise operations”, “Road map for Sea cruise tourism” and “Cruise terminals in India.” Mumbai Port and Ministry of shipping to host cruise vessels in the country is revealed to a worldwide audience at the event.
Union Government Centre declares entire Assam as ‘disturbed’ area under AFSPA for a month. The home ministry in its gazette notification said, the entire Assam has been declared “disturbed” under the AFSPA with effect from 3 August to 31 August 2017.
After 130 years, government decides to shut down all 39 military farms. The Ministry of Defence has asked the Army to shut down these farms by October end. The decision to close down the farms are part of the exercise to make the Indian Army more lean and nimble reducing the non-combat component of the force.
Japanese Scientists Develop Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt. Now, researchers from Kanazawa University in Japan claim to have found a way to maintain the shape of ice cream by increasing its melting point. The product can last three hours at room temperature with hardly any melting, ‘The Times’ reported.
Maharashtra Government to raise $270 m from Green Climate Fund. The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG) has decided to help the Maharashtra Government to raise $270 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Suspended Jadeja ranked No 1 Test all-rounder. Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja on 8 August 2017 edged past Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to become the number one all-rounder in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.
Bangladesh developing four land ports to increase trade with India. Infrastructure will be developed for increasing export and import activities by Sutarakandi port in Karimganj district of Assam State in India.
Antrix-Devas deal: CBI sends judicial requests to France, US, Mauritius and Singapore. The Central Bureau of Investigation has sent judicial requests to four countries in connection with its probe into alleged corruption in the Antrix-Devas deal.
ONGC beats Bengaluru Hockey and won MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) beat Bengaluru Hockey Association (BHA) by 4-2 in the final in 91st All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament. The team received Rs 5, 00,000 prize money while BHA got Rs 2.5 lakh.
India, Iran call for early operationalisation of Chabahar Port. India and Iran have expressed commitment for early completion and operationalisation of Chabahar Port besides strengthening bilateral ties.
72 years of Hiroshima: When a Little Boy killed 1.4 lakh people and maimed 35,000. Atom bomb Little Boy was dropped exactly 72 years ago over Hiroshima city of Japan killing 1.40 lakh people.
World’s Shortest Woman Unveils 51-Feet High Book. The world’s shortest woman Jyoti Amge presented a 51-feet high book at a program on 6 of August. The book Kadve Vachan is written by Jain saint Acharya Tarun Sagar Maharaj. It was unveiled by her in the presence of BJP state president Ashok Parnami. It is the ninth volume of the book written in Hindi.
Govt forms panel to make drugs more affordable. The government has formed a committee in its bid to make drugs more affordable in the country, Parliament was informed on Tuesday. “Government has constituted a committee of joint secretaries for ensuring enhanced affordability, availability and accessibility of drugs for the citizens,” minister of state for chemicals and fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
India to MGC nations: Expand areas of cooperation. India at 8th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting held in Manila, Philippines has called for expanding the areas of cooperation among the member countries of the Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) bloc.
Iran signs its biggest-ever car deal with France’s Renault. Iran signed the country’s biggest-ever car deal with French multinational automobile manufacturer Group Renault to produce 150,000 cars, beginning in 2018. The Euro €660 million or $778 million deal follows the lifting of international sanctions after Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.
UN Security Council imposes new sanctions, bans key North Korea exports. North Korea has been under UN sanctions since 2006 over its ballistic missile and nuclear programs. The new measures came in response to five nuclear weapons tests and four long-range missile launches.
Govt plans 24×7 virtual fence along border with Pakistan. The government is planning to install a 24X7 seamless virtual fence with sensors along the India-Pakistan border to curb infiltration bid by the neighbouring nation, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
Usain Bolt beaten by Justin Gatlin in 100m final. Justin Gatlin won the 100 m gold with the run of his long run towards the 100-meter seconds. The 35-year-old Gatlin reached lane seven in 9.92 seconds, with Coleman’s 9.94 holding off the greatest sprinter of all time.
Government merges NCRB with BPRD. The Union Home Ministry has merged three-decade old National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD).
Migrants will not get welfare for first five years: Donald Trump. President Donald Trump has said that migrants will not get welfare in the first five years after they arrive in the US.
Mastercard and PayPal expand partnership into Asia Pacific. Mastercard and PayPal announced an extension of their partnership into Asia Pacific for making Mastercard a clear payment option within PayPal. PayPal will add Mastercard as a payment method to their e-wallet and consumers can make it their default payment option.
Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – August 8, 2017
1. ISRO and NASA are jointly working on which mission to launch dual frequency SAR satellite by 2021?
2. The Union Government has declared a state as a disturbed area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for one month. Name it.
D) Jammu and Kashmir
3. August 15, 2017 Independence Day of India will be celebrated as?
A) Prarthna Divas
B) Saksharta Divas
C) Sankalp Divas
D) Prekshan Divas
4. Which company tied with PayPal expand partnership into Asia Pacific ?
B) Visa Card
C) American Express Card
D) AmEX Cards
5. Which country to host the 8th edition of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)?
C) United States
6. Who of the following was elected as new vice President of India on 6 August 2017?
A) Venkaiah Naidu
B) Gopalkrishna Gandhi
C) Meira Kumar
D) Ramnath Kovind
7. On which city the first marine mammal rescue centre is opened recently?
8. Which city the Dawn of cruise tourism in India inaugurated recently ?
D) New Delhi
9. Which union minister has recently launched a Swachh Survekshan (Gramin) -2017?
A) Rajnath Singh
B) Narendra Modi
C) M Venkaiah Naidu
D) Narendra Singh Tomar
10. Assembly of this state has passed a bill to reclassify coconut as a tree ensuring legal protection to it.
A) Tamil Nadu
D) Andhra Pradesh
1. A) NISAR
2. C) Assam
3. C) Sankalp Divas
4. A) Mastercard
5. B) India
6. A) Venkaiah Naidu
7. A) Mumbai
8. A) Mumbai
9. D) Narendra Singh Tomar
10. C) Goa