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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30 AUG 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 30 AUG 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. GOVERNMENT TO LAUNCH DEEP OCEAN MISSION
i. The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences is going to launch Deep Ocean Mission by January 2018 to encourage research activities in ocean science.
ii. The proposed inter-ministerial and interdisciplinary project aims to explore and harness mineral resources beneath the ocean floor.
iii. India has 7,500 km of coastline and 2.4 million square km of exclusive economic zone. The oceans along Indian peninsula contain enormous opportunities in energy, food, medicine and a host of other natural resources. The proposed inter-ministerial and interdisciplinary project also seeks to create jobs and business opportunities in social science.
iv. It will involve the MoES and departments of other ministries like science and technology and the biotechnology etc. The Ministry would soon launch a special training programme on oceanography free of cost for university students. India was ranked 15th in the number of research papers on ocean science.


2. 1ST SYNERGY CONFERENCE ON DEFENCE PENSION ORGANISED BY DEFENCE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. The Defence Accounts Department organized its 1st Synergy Conference on Defence Pensions. The conference was attended by all Defence Pensioners Associations and was open to all Defence Pensioners.
ii. The objective of the conference was to obtain feedback from the pensioners that would help the department to serve them better with constantly improving systems and procedures. Digitization of pension data and implementation of a pension’s app were also discussed in detail.
iii. The panel was headed by Addl. CGDA Shri UpendraSah. It had on the panel Joint Secretary (Ex-Servicemen Welfare) Shri Ravi Kant representing the Ministry of Defence, Principal CDA (Pensions) Shri Praveen Kumar. Services representatives ACOP (CP) Rear Admiral KK Pandey and DDG (PS) Brig. JK Rao were also among the panelists.

3. GOVERNMENT TO HOLD PAN INDIA HANDLOOM AND HANDICRAFT CAMPS UNDER “HASTKALA SAHYOG SHIVIR”
i. The Ministry of Textiles has organized Pan India camps in handlooms and handicrafts groups under the initiative “Hastkala Sahyog Shivir”. The camps will be organized during 7th October to 17th October 2017.
ii. This initiative is dedicated to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Garib Kalyan Varsh, the birth centenary year of Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay. Under these camps following services will be provided to the weavers and artisans.
iii. Issuance of credit facilities through MUDRA scheme, Distribution of modern tool kits and equipments,  Assistance for technological upgradation under Hathkargha Samvardhan Sahayata, Issuance of Yarn Pass Book and Enrollment under IGNOU/NIOS courses.

4. DIPP RELEASES CONSOLIDATED FDI POLICY
i. The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion which is under ministry of commerce and industry has released the consolidated Foreign Direct Investment Policy on Monday subsuming all the changes in rules and procedures notified by the government over the past year.
ii. For the first time, the document included the start-upswhich can raise up to 100% of funds from foreign Venture Capital Investors.
iii. During the last one year, the government has liberalised FDI policy in over a dozen sectors, including defence, civil aviation, construction and development, private security agencies and news broadcasting.
iv. Foreign investments are considered crucial for India, which needs around USD 1 trillion for overhauling its infrastructure sector such as ports, airports and highways to boost growth.

5. LIEKE MARTENS NAMED UEFA WOMEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
i. Lieke Martens has won the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award after her player-of-the-tournament performance at UEFA Women’s EURO 2017.
ii. The 2017-18 UEFA Champions League held in Monaco. Lieke Martens is from the Netherlands. Lieke Martens was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year after leading the Netherlands to the 2017 Women’s Euro title.
iii. Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo was also awarded Men’s Player of the Year award.
iv. Best Goalkeeper of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League season: Gianluigi Buffon. Best Midfielder of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League season: Luka Modric. Best Defender of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League season: Sergio Ramos.

6. MOHAMMAD MUSTAFA TOOK CHARGE AS CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SIDBI
i. Small Industries development Bank of India has appointed Mohammad Mustafa as the chairman and managing director.
ii. Mustafa, a 1995 batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is at present Joint Secretary in Department of Financial Services. The Appointments Committee of the cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for 3 years.

7. 14TH WORLD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 AT PARIS, FRANCE
i. Without winning any medal India ended its campaign in 14th World Wrestling Championships held at Paris, France. This is the 2nd successive World Championship that Indian wrestlers have returned empty-handed (previous one was at Budapest, Hungary).

8. NATIONAL SPORTS DAY: AUGUST 29, 2017
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tribute to the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, and congratulated all sportspersons on the occasion of National Sports Day.
ii. He also launched National Sports Talent Search Portal. It will give essential direction and support to youngsters to pursue their ambition in sports.
iii. August 29 marks the birth anniversary of India’s hockey legend, Major Dhyan Chand. In order to honour him this day is celebrated as National Sports Day.

9. LEGENDARY FOOTBALLER AND OLYMPIAN AHMED KHAN DIED
i. Ahmed Khan, a member of India’s gold winning football team at the first Asian Games in 1951, passed away.
ii. Khan represented India in two Olympic Games — 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki Finland apart from two Asian Games in Delhi and 1954 in Manila.
iii. Khan was also known for being an East Bengal legend and was a part of the famous ‘Pancha Pandavas’ of red and gold.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHICH DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO LAUNCH DEEP OCEAN MISSION BY JANUARY 2018 TO ENCOURAGE RESEARCH ACTIVITIES IN OCEAN SCIENCE?
a)  Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
b)  Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation
c)  Union Ministry of Earth Sciences
d)  Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
Q2. WHERE WILL BE THE 1ST SYNERGY CONFERENCE ON DEFENCE PENSION ORGANISED BY DEFENCE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT HELD?
a)  Ahmedabad
b)  Chattisgarh
c)  Gandhi Nagar
d)  New Delhi
Q3. WHICH POLICY HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY & PROMOTION THAT IS UNDER MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY?
a)  Foreign Direct Investment Policy
b)  Global Equity Investment Policy
c)  Fixed Income Investment Policy
d)  Infrastructure Investment Policy
Q4. TO WHICH BANK MOHAMMAD MUSTAFA HAS APPOINTED AS THE CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING DIRECTOR?
a)  Regional level development Banks
b)  Small Industries Development Bank of India
c)  Industrial Investment Bank of India
d)  State Industrial Development Corporations
Q5. WHO WON BELGIAN GRAND PRIX IN F1 TITLE RACE ON AUGUST 27 2017?
a)  Valtteri Bottas
b)  Michael Schumacher
c)  Kimi Raikkonen
d)  Lewis Hamilton

ANSWERS: 

1 - C    2 - D    3 - A    4 - B    5 - D

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