Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 8 July 2017 – News Headlines

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Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 8 July 2017 – News Headlines

 

 

Current Affairs and News Headlines – 8 July 2017

 

India in talks with Canada’s Teck Resources to buy coking coal. India is in talks with Canada’s Teck Resources Ltd, the largest North American producer of coking coal used to make steel, for long-term purchase agreements after a cyclonic disruption in Australia cut supplies earlier this year.

 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched a “GST Rates Finder” mobile app to verify the accurate tax rates on commodity and services under the Goods and Services Tax.

 

Saima Wazed Hossain appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Autism in South Asia. In the last one year while championing for the cause of autism for WHO, Hossain facilitated the ‘Thimphu Declaration’ on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

Man held in connection with 1993 Mumbai blasts in UP. 1993 Mumbai blasts: Twenty four years after the blasts rocked India’s financial capital, Qadeer Ahmed was arrested from UP’s Bijnore district, the police officials said.

 

The Joint Naval Malabar drills of United States, India, and Japan will kick off on July 10 in the Bay of Bengal.

 

Refugee and migrant flows from Libya to Europe on the rise: UNHCR. The study found that almost 80 per cent of the refugees and migrants in Libya were young men, aged 22 on average and travelling alone.

 

The world-class European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN (Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire) Data Centre passed the milestone of 200 petabytes of data permanently archived in its long-term tape storage.

 

G20 communique exposes divide with U.S. on climate policy. The final statement from Group of 20 leaders on Saturday exposed a divide between the United States and other G20 members on the Paris accord aimed at combating climate change.

 

Ahead of a three-day global food fair named “World Food India 2017” to be held in November this year, Food Processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal organised a roadshow in Chandigarh.

 

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson Urges Arab States To End Qatar Boycott. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday urged Arab states to end their Qatar boycott, downplaying the odds of a military escalation in the worst crisis to grip the Gulf in years.

 

Around, 122 countries approved the first-ever treaty on nuclear weapons banning at a UN meeting boycotted by all nuclear-armed nations.

 

Iraqi army says Mosul victory imminent, IS vows ‘fight until death.’ Iraq Islamic State militants vowed to “fight to the death” in Mosul on Saturday as Iraqi military commanders said they would take full control of the city from the insurgents at any moment.

 

Consumer Affairs Ministry has amended the rule that price of each and every packaged goods will be decided by its MRP only and does not depend on where you bought it – be it a local Kirana store, a mall, a five-star hotel or an airport.

 

Air India today started a new flight connecting Washington with Hyderabad via Delhi. GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad, has announced establishing connectivity with Washington’s Dulles International Airport.

 

Researchers: Soil of Mars may be Toxic to Alien Life. According to the research carried out by Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, surface of Mars has chemical compounds called perchlorates that can wipe out living organisms.

 

My Muslim faith, way of life reflect peace, says Oscar-winning A.R. Rahman. As he celebrates 25 years in the music industry, the Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian musician A.R. Rahman says his religious beliefs have helped define and shape his career.

 

In the 12th G20 Summit held in Hamburg, the leaders of the G20 countries has agreed for taking concrete steps to stop funding of the terror activities.

 

U.N. deputy Syria envoy hopeful for southwest ceasefire deal. A ceasefire deal agreed for southwestern Syria is a positive development that could help prop up the political process aimed at ending the country’s six-year war, the U.N. Deputy Special Envoy for Syria said on Saturday.

 

India and Bangladesh have decided to construct bridge along Mizoram Border. India and Bangladesh have decided to construct a bridge over Mizoram’s Khawthlangtuipui river (also known as Karnaphuli river) to facilitate trade and to improve communication between the two countries.

 

U.S. plans to test THAAD missile defences as North Korea tensions mount. The United States plans to carry out a new test of its THAAD missile defence system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the coming days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, as tensions with North Korea climb.

 

Harinder Pal Sandhu Wins South Australian Open Squash Title. India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu has defeated Rhys Dowling of Australia 11-8 12-10 11-4 to lift South Australian Open squash title. This will be Sandhu’s first PSA tournament victory in Australia.

 

Former martial arts star Battulga wins Mongolian presidential election. Populist former martial arts star and businessman Khaltmaa Battulga has won Mongolia’s presidential run-off election, according to voter data from the General Election Commission released on Saturday.

 

Guruswamy Jayraman, a 69-year-old Indian-origin Glenwood resident, who migrated from Delhi to Australia in 1991, has been awarded “Order of Australia” for community work, the highest civilian award in Australia.

 

World Bank: India emerging as front-runner in fight against Climate Change. The World Bank has observed that India is emerging as a frontrunner in the fight against climate change. It has noted that India is gradually replacing coal energy with solar power as a source of energy.

 

In the World Level, India and four other countries – China, Pakistan, Mexico and Iran – account for the most agricultural land irrigated by dirty wastewater.

 

Kenya’s interior minister General Joseph Nkaissery died in hospital, the government said on Saturday, a month before the country is due to hold national elections.

 

Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – July 8, 2017

 

1. A.R. Rahman nominated for World Soundtrack Awards For His Music in the film
A) MOM
B) Sachin: A Billion Dreams
C) Viceroy’s House
D) Ok Jaanu

 

2. Which Indian city has been declared as a World Heritage City (WHC) by UNESCO?
A) Mumbai
B) Ahmedabad
C) New Delhi
D) Kolkata

 

3. Who of the following won gold in Asian Athletics Championships?
A) Manpreet Kaur
B) Rajeev Menon
C) Suresh Raj
D) Ramesh Singh

 

4. India’s longest extradosed bridge was inaugurated in
A) Bharuch
B) Kakinada
C) Ghazipur
D) Jabalpur

 

5. MRP To Be Sole Price Decider for packaged goods From
A) September 1, 2017
B) August 1, 2017
C) December 1, 2017
D) January 1, 2018

 

6. Which Indian-origin personality has been honoured with the highest civilian award “Order of Australia” in Australia for community work?
A) Gurinder Chadha
B) Uttam Singh
C) Guruswamy Jayraman
D) Tej K Bhatia

 

7. Which factory opens its first digital factory in India?
A) Siemens
B) Robert Bosch
C) Philips
D) General Electric

 

8. The Tirtha Darshan scheme for senior citizens was announced by
A) Karnataka
B) Haryana
C) Punjab
D) Kerala

 

9. “World Food India 2017″, a three-day global food fair is going to be held on
A) November 3 – 5
B) December 3 – 5
C) August 3 – 5
D) September 3 – 5

 

10. Which city hosted the first edition of WINGS 2017 – “Sab Uden, Sab Juden” to expand regional connectivity?
A) New Delhi
B) Kanpur
C) Indore
D) Agartala

 

Answers

 

1. C) Viceroy’s House
2. B) Ahmedabad
3. A) Manpreet Kaur
4. A) Bharuch
5. D) January 1, 2018
6. C) Guruswamy Jayraman
7. A) Siemens
8. A) Haryana
9. A) November 3 – 5
10. A) New Delhi

 

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