Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 9 August 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 9 August 2017
Google, NSDC launch programme to improve Mobile Developer Ecosystem. The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Google India on 8 August 2017 launched Android Skill Development programme to improve Mobile Developer Ecosystem. The programme is aimed at imparting mobile development training on the Android and Web platform and improving the quality of mobile app development ecosystem in India.
Indian Railways earned Rs.540 crore through flexi fare scheme. The Indian Railways earned an additional revenue of Rs 540 crore in less than a year through the flexible fare scheme. This scheme launched on 09th September 2016 is applicable in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains.
Government launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017. The Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has released Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017, third party survey report to assess the progress Swachh Bharat Mission in rural India
Seperatist leader Shabir Shah sent to 14-day judicial custody over money laundering charges. A court in Delhi today sent Separatist leader Shabir Shah, who is accused in money laundering case, to 14-day judicial custody.
Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 countries, including India. Qatar announced on Wednesday a programme to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbors.
Government to expand Logistics Data Bank project to South India. The Union Ministry of Shipping is planning to expand Logistics Data Bank (LDB) project to the country’s southern region. So far, it had covered only the western logistics corridor.
Actor Dev Patel honoured with Asian Game Changer Award 2017. As per the Asia Society, Dev Patel’s roles in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Lion’ challenge the audiences to view India’s poor as individuals instilled with hopes, dreams and opportunities.
Medha Patkar Arrested On Her Way To Dhar, Sent To Jail. Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar was arrested today when she was on her way to Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh to meet the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) oustees, the police said.
Commerce Ministry to shut down DGS&D. The Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has started the process of shutting down Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D), over 100-year-old government procurement arm, in this fiscal.
Supreme Court allows woman to abort 26-week-old foetus without skull. The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a woman to terminate her pregnancy, relying on a medical report that the 26-week-old foetus was without a skull and would not be able to survive.
Maharashtra Government to raise $270 m from Green Climate Fund. The state government of Maharashtra is planning to raise $270 million from the Green Climate Fund with the help of the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG).
Hrithik Roshan signs agreement with Rs 100 crore Deal with Startup Cure Fit. Hrithik Roshan signed as a brand ambassador by a health and wellness startup Cure fit in a deal worth Rs 100 crore. The actor will be associated with the brand for five years.
BJP MP from Ajmer Sanwar Lal Jat dies. Jat fell unconscious during a meeting chaired by party national president Amit Shah in Jaipur on July 22. Sanwar Lal Jat, a former union minister and BJP lawmaker from Rajasthan’s Ajmer died this morning at AIIMS, hospital authorities said. He was 62.
North Korea says seriously considering plan to strike US territory Guam. North Korea said on Wednesday it is “carefully examining” plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after US President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with “fire and fury.”
Government to spend billions on upgrade of tanks, infantry combat vehicles. The projects approved include ammunition for more than 1,500 Russian-origin BMP-2/2K infantry combat vehicles, top-end missiles for 3,000 T-90/T-72 tanks and lakhs of rounds for L-70 air defence guns, officials said. The ministry’s department of defence production (DDP) gave the green light to the programmes on July 10.
Dev Patel to be honoured with Asia Society Game Changers Award. Dev Anand Indian-origin actor Dev Patel is to be honored by a leading educational organization for making a “transformative and positive” difference for the future of Asia and the world won the Asia Society Game Changers Award.
Indian-American Dilip Chauhan appointed as Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs in New York. Indian-American Dilip Chauhan was on 8 August 2017 appointed as the Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs of Nassau County, New York. He was nominated for the post by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.
Milky Way Dotted With 100 Million Black Holes: Study. There may be as many as 100 million black holes in the Milky Way galaxy, according to scientists, including one of Indian origin, who conducted a cosmic survey to calculate and categorise the enigmatic, dark objects.
CM Chandrababu Naidu launches reforms for an industry friendly Andhra Pradesh. The BRAP 2017 proposed 40 new services that require a new Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act (PSDGA) or an equivalent legislation.
ONGC plans to invest $150 million in Colombia,Kazakhstan & Bangladesh. Oil Natural Gas and Corporation (ONGC) Videsh the overseas arm of the state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp planned to invest $150 million in exploration to drill more wells in Colombia, Kazakhstan, and Bangladesh.
India ratifies 2nd commitment period of Kyoto Protocol. India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (or Doha Amendment) that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). In this regard, India deposited its Instrument of Acceptance of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.
Don’t let Independence day celebrations cause strain to students: CBSE to Schools. Schools have been asked to celebrate 70th anniversary of Indian Independence along with the 75th anniversary of “Quit India Movement” to instill the sense of national pride and patriotism in students, a senior CBSE official said.
75 years since Quit India movt: Parliament pledges to build strong, inclusive India. The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a resolution pledging to create an inclusive and prosperous India of the dreams of freedom fighters by 2022, the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
Bajaj Auto ties up with Triumph to make mid-capacity motorcycles. Bajaj Auto announced a partnership with Triumph Motorcycles in the United Kingdom. The aim of this partnership is to deliver a range of outstanding mid-capacity motorcycles.
Four Earth-Sized Planets Found Orbiting Sun-Like Star. Four Earth-sized planets have been discovered orbiting the nearest Sun-like star, which is about 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye, scientists said today.
India ranks 43rd in 2017 Global Retirement Index. India was ranked last at 43rd position in 2017 Global Retirement Index (GRI) published by French asset management company Natixis Global.
Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: High Court asks Tamil Nadu govt to file counter by August 16. When the Habeas Corpus Petition filed by Robert Payas and Jayakumar came up for hearing, the in its order said “considering the long pendency of the matter the respondent (government) is directed to file the counter by August 16.”
Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – August 9, 2017
1. This company launched the ‘Budding Star Programme’ for Staff to help them achieve their dreams.
B) Reliance Industries
2. Which part of India did the Union Government to expand Logistics Data Bank project ?
A) North India
B) South India
C) East India
D) West India
3. Kynan Chenai has won bronze in men’s trap event at the 7th Asian Championship Shotgun. He hails from which city?
A) New Delhi
4. Who was honoured with Asia Society Game Changers Award 2017?
A) Amitabh Bachchan
B) AR Rehman
C) Anil Kapoor
D) Dev Patel
5. India’s first micro forest is being built in which state?
B) Himachal Pradesh
6. Which country ranks 43rd in 2017 Global Retirement Index ?
7. Sanwar Lal Jat, the former Union minister has passed away. He hailed from which state?
A) Madhya Pradesh
8. Who was appointed as Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs in New York?
A) Rikin Shah
B) Darshan Shukla
C) Dilip Chauhan
D) Richard Verma
9. Who has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of India (CJI)?
A) Ranganath Misra
B) K K Mittal
C) Dipak Misra
D) G B Pattanaik
10. Which country will host the 15th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC countries?
1. A) Flipkart
2. B) South India
3. B) Hyderabad
4. D) Dev Patel
5. C) Chhattisgarh
6. A) India
7. C) Rajasthan
8. C) Dilip Chauhan
9. C) Dipak Misra
10. A) Nepal