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Monday, August 5, 2019

DAILY GK 4 AUG 2019

DAILY GK 4 AUG 2019
1. PARLIAMENT PASSED AIRPORTS ECONOMIC REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF INDIA (AMENDMENT) BILL 2019
Parliament passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which amends the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008.
The new bill increases the threshold of annual passenger traffic for major airports to over 35 lakh from 15 lakh. It is increased as the number of air traffic passengers has been increased 117 million from 2008 to 345 million.
Tariff determination: Under the Act, AERA is responsible for determining the tariff for aeronautical services at different airports every 5 years, development fees of major airports, and the service fee of passengers. 

2. WORLD’S FIRST ULTRA-FAST HYPERLOOP PROJECT GRANTED TO MAHARASHTRA
The infrastructure project status worth $10billion was granted to Maharashtra by India, to establish the world’s first ultra-fast Hyperloop project.
This project stretching over 117.5km, will link Mumbai with the neighbouring city of Pune and travels to the destination in about 35 minutes.
Hyperloops freight at speeds up to 1200 km per hour using magnetic to levitate pods inside an airless tube.

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DAILY GK 5 AUG 2019


DAILY GK 5 AUG 2019
1. Lok Sabha to become paperless from next session
Speaker of Lok Sabha, Om Birla announced that the Lower House will become paperless from the next session. It will save crores of rupees to the exchequer/ national treasury.

2. Netherlands imposed ban on burqa and niqab in public places
The cabinet of Netherlands imposed a ban on Burqa or niqab in public places, including public transport, government buildings and at health and education institutions. Anyone found guilty will have to pay a fine of Rs 28,000.
Along with burqa, niqab or veil, it also banned motor helmets and ski masks. It does not include headscarves, as they cover only the head and not the face. A fine of 150 euros will be imposed on breaking the law.

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DAILY GK 3 AUG 2019


DAILY GK 3 AUG 2019
1. NAGAR KIRTAN(SIKH RELIGIOUS PROCESSION) FROM PAKISTAN REACHES INDIA FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE PARTITION
To mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the Sikhism founder, a Nagar Kirtan, a Sikh religious procession was taken out for 1st time after Independence from Nankana Sahib district of Pakistan’s Punjab province entered into Attari village in Amritsar, Punjab.
The procession which comprising around 500 Sikh devotees will stop at Golden Temple of Amritsar before it begins its onward journey.
2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Government of India will celebrate the event throughout the country and across the globe for a period of one year from November 2018 to November 2019.

2. RBI GRANTED BANK OF CHINA TO OFFER REGULAR BANKING SERVICES IN INDIA
India’s central banking institution, RBI has allowed Bank of China to provide regular bank services in India. BoC will be included in the Second Schedule of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
Jan Small Finance Bank Ltd has also been included in the second schedule. Apart from this, the name ‘Royal Bank of Scotland’ has been changed to ‘NetWest Market Plc’.
‘National Bank of Australia’ has been removed from the bank list under the Banking Regulation Act,1949.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 1ST AUG 2019


CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 1ST AUG 2019
1.        Expand FAME?
A) Faster Adaptive and Macroeconomic Enterprise
B) Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles
C) Faster Asset and Manufacturing of High and Electric vehicles
D) Faster Altruism and Multiplier of Electric vehicles
E) None of these

2.        How many days has been set as target to achieve “100% Digitization of Waqf properties” across India?
A) 45 days
B) 90 days
C) 180 days
D) 100 days
E) None of these

3.        Which two countries has signed MoU in the field of defence co-operation?
A) India & Bangladesh
B) India & Myanmar
C) India & Thailand
D) India & Sri Lanka
E) None of these

4.        Name the defence minister of India, who is the first to visit Mozambique.
A) Manohar Parrikar
B) Rajnath Singh
C) Nirmala Sitharaman
D) A. K. Antony
E) None of these

5.        Name the city, which topped in the latest “Women Entrepreneur Cities Index 2019”, sponsored by Dell?
A) Boston
B) London
C) Bay Area
D) New York
E) None of these

6.        Which Indian City was ranked 43rd globally and ranked at 7th among Asian cities in “Women Entrepreneur Cities Index 2019”?
A) Mumbai
B) Bengaluru
C) Delhi
D) Pune
E) None of these

7.        Which country’s IHS Markit city topped among Asian countries in Dell Global Women Entrepreneur Cities Index 2019?
A) Indonesia
B) China
C) Malaysia
D) Singapore
E) None of these

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

DAILY GK 1 AUG 2019


DAILY GK 1 AUG 2019
1. Parliament passed Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019
Parliament passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019.
The bill criminalizes instant triple talaq among Muslims and attracts a jail term of three years for the husband.
It protects the rights of married Muslim women and prevent divorce by the practice of instantaneous and irrevocable ‘talaq-e-biddat’ by their husbands. It also provides the rights of subsistence allowance, custody of minor children to victims of triple talaq i.e. talaq-e-biddat.

2. Govt sanctioned project for development of Tirthankar Circuit covering sites associated with Jainism under Swadesh Darshan scheme
Government has sanctioned Rs.52.39 crores for the project development of Vaishali, Arrah, Masad,  Patna, Rajgir, Pawapuri, Champapuri in Bihar under the Tirthankar Circuit theme of Swadesh Darshan Scheme in the year 2016-17.
The ministry has identified Tirthankar Circuit as one of 15 thematic circuits for development under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. All sites in the country related to Jainism are covered under this Circuit.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

DAILY GK 31 JULY 2019


DAILY GK 31 JULY 2019
1. INDIA SIGNS MOU WITH MYANMAR ON DEFENSE CO-OPERATION IN NEW DELHI
India signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Myanmar on defence co-operation in New Delhi after the 2 sides held talks on issues including reviewing joint exercises and training provided to Myanmar Defence Services in India, strengthening maritime security through joint surveillance and developing new infrastructure.
Myanmar is a key support of India’s Act East Policy towards prioritizing relations with its East Asian neighbors.

2. SINGAPORE TOPS ASIA IN DELL GLOBAL WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR CITIES INDEX 2019, BENGALURU TOP INDIAN CITY
According to the latest “Women Entrepreneur Cities Index 2019”, IHS Markit, Singapore tops in Asian city ranked at 21st position, while Indian cities Bengaluru(Karnataka) and Delhi were ranked 43rd (7th in Asia) and 50th (10th in Asia) respectively.
San Francisco Bay Area has topped the list followed by New York and London.
The ranking measures a city’s ability to attract and support high potential women entrepreneurs. And it is constructed using five “pillars” include market, talent, capital (all 3 under operating Environment), culture and technology (under Enabling Environment).

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CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 31ST JULY 2019


CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ – 31ST JULY 2019
1.        Name the bill passed by Parliament of India which gives effect to the financial proposals of the Central Government for the financial year 2019-20.
A) Governments Finance Bill 2019
B) Appropriation Bill 2019
C) Finance Bill 2019                                                                                  
D) Financial Proposal Bill 2019
E) None of these                                  
                                                                   
2.        Expand NSSO?
A) National Sample Survey Office
B) National Statistics Survey Office
C) National Sample Statistics Office
D) National Survey Office
E) None of these

3.        Which Indian Railway zone has introduced “Pink colored SLRcoach” (second Class -cum- Luggage-cum Guard’s Coach) for women, to specially help the women passengers with better safety and security?
A) South Western Railway (SWR)
B) North Western Railway (NWR)
C) South Eastern Railway (SER)
D) Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR)
E) None of these

4.        What is the average monthly income per agricultural household from all sources as per the Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households conducted by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)?
A) Rs. 6,426
B) Rs. 6,326
C) Rs. 6,226
D) Rs. 6,126
E) None of these

5.        Which country has collaborated with World Health Organisation(WHO) to control the Ebola outbreak over the next six months by launching surveillance and vaccination training to the citizens?
A) Rwanda
B) Tanzania
C) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
D) Uganda
E) None of these

6.        Name the new platform based on a new class of non-banking financial institutions, called the account aggregator (NBFC-AA), which is introduced to Solve Fintech’s Data Problem.
A) “Shiksha Vani”
B) “Bhonga”
C) “Susthome”
D) “Sahamati”
E) None of these

7.        Who introduced the new platform “Sahamati” to Solve Fintech’s Data Problem?
A) Nandan Nilekani
B) Salil Parekh
C) Shaktikanta Das
D) Urjit Patel
E) None of these

8.        Which ministry has started conducting the 7th Economic Census (EC) for the year 2019 that commenced in Tripura on 29th July, 2019?
A) Minister of Human Resource Development(MHRD)
B) Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment(MSJE)
C) Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI)
D) Minister of Finance(MoF)
E) None of these

9.        After how many year, 7th Economic Census (EC) for the year 2019 was held?
A) 3 Years
B) 5 Years
C) 7 Years
D) 10 Years
E) None of these

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

DAILY GK 30 JULY 2019


DAILY GK 30 JULY 2019
1. AVERAGE MONTHLY INCOME PER AGRICULTURAL HOUSEHOLD LESS THAN RS. 6500: AGRICULTURE MINISTRY
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar stated that the average monthly income per agricultural household from all sources is Rs. 6,426 in the country based on survey conducted by NSSO.  
In April 2016, The Government had constituted an inter-ministerial committee to examine the issues relating to doubling of farmers’ income and recommend strategies to achieve that goal.
In September 2018, the Committee has submitted its Report to the Government & it considered the estimates of agricultural household’s income obtained from NSSO 70th round unit-level data as the base level income. The Committee has kept 2015-16 as the base year.

2. “PINK COACHES” INTRODUCED FOR WOMEN BY THE NORTHEAST FRONTIER RAILWAY ZONE
The Northeast Frontier Railway zone has introduced pink colored SLR coach for women. These pink coaches will help women passengers to identify their coach during rush hours.
Railway Police Force and ticket checking staff will be deployed by the railway authorities to stabilize the new system.
Initially a total of 8 trains in Rangiya district have begun the operations. They are- 6 trains between New Bongaigaon and Guwahati & 2 trains between Rangiya and Murkongselek.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

DAILY GK 29 JULY 2019


DAILY GK 29 JULY
1. Ministry of Mines organizes workshop called ‘Waste To Wealth’ on effective utilization of ‘Red Mud’ in New Delhi
The Ministry of Mines in association with the Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre Nagpur, has organized a workshop called ‘Waste To Wealth’ on productive utilization of ‘Red Mud’ in New Delhi.
The workshop discussed the present status regarding the generation of red mud and its safe disposal and utilization.
Deliberations were held to focus efforts for productive utilization of red mud with necessary government support, which will be a win-win situation for all the stakeholders. A road-map will also be prepared based on these Deliberations.

2. BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting 2019 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa Foreign Ministers Meet was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
India was represented by Gen. (retd) VK Singh who is the Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways.

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DAILY GK 28 JULY 2019


DAILY GK 28 JULY 2019
1. India, Saudi Arabia held discussions on bilateral hydrocarbon cooperation
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel held a meeting with Mr Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of Saudi Aramco in New Delhi.
They discussed on improving India-Saudi Arabia hydrocarbon cooperation in order to strengthen the existing overall strategic partnership between the two countries.
Minister Al-Falih stressed on the need for capitalizing on the growing momentum in bilateral hydrocarbon cooperation.
Mr Pradhan discussed the current developments in the global oil and gas markets, raised India’s concerns on the recent increase in Asian Premium and the decision of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Plus members on extending production cuts, leading to oil price volatility and highlighted the adverse impact of these developments on the Indian economy.

2. Western Railways first printing press heritage gallery opened at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai
Western Railways opened its first printing press heritage gallery named Western Railway Mahalaxmi General Stores Depot at Mahalaxmi in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was inaugurated by V P Pathak, Member of the Railway Board.
It became the first press in Indian Railways to portray a heritage gallery of the printing and allied machines used in the Western Railway Printing Press since 1948.

3. 23 self-styled and unrecognized universities announced by the University Grants Commission
The University Grants Commission which coordinates, determines and maintains standards of higher education, has released a list of 23 universities which are declared “self-styled” and “unrecognized“. These universities contradict the UGC Act 1956.
Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of unrecognized universities – 8
It is followed by Delhi having 7 fake Universities.
Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Puducherry have 1 fake university each while West Bengal and Odisha have two fake universities each

4. INS Tarkash reached Saint Petersburg, Russia to take part in the Russian Navy Day parade
INS Tarkash which was constructed for the Indian Navy by Russia reached Saint Petersburg, Russia to take part in the Russian Navy Day parade celebrated on 28 July.
The Indian delegation is led by Vice Admiral Ajith Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command and INS Tarkash.
More than 40 ships, 40 planes and helicopters, and a total of 4000 service men will take part in the Navy day celebration.

5. Jordan opens its first underwater military museum
Jordan, an Arab country in Western Asia, opened its first Underwater Military Museum Dive Site, off its Red Sea coast, Aqaba.
The objective of the museum is to offer a new type of museum experience combining sports, environment and exhibits for divers, snorkelers and visitors on glass-bottomed boats.
It has several tanks, an ambulance, a military crane, a troop carrier, an anti-aircraft battery, guns, Jordanian Armed Forces AH-1 Cobra Helicopter, 19 decommissioned pieces of military hardware, submerged at depths up to 28 metres.

6. Indian government’s NHA and NATHEALTH signs MoU under Ayushman Bharat scheme
The National Health Authority and the Healthcare Federation of India signed MoU to improve efficiency of Service Delivery under Ayushman Bharat scheme which is also called as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
Under the vision of “Health for All”, this collaboration will provide and enable interface for testing healthcare innovation ecosystem, adopting, funding, and providing mentorship in creating channels for scaling these innovations.

7. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury appointed as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla appointed Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.
It comprises of total 22 members which include 15 members from Lok Sabha and 7 members from Rajya Sabha.

8. Apple to acquire Intel’s smartphone modem business for a transaction value of $1 billion
Apple and Intel signed an agreement where Apple will acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion.
2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases.

9. Iran test-launched a medium-range missile Shahab-3
Iran test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile inside its borders- Shahab-3.
It is derived from a North Korean missile called the Nodong-A and can fly 1,150 to 2,000 kilometers, or up to 1,242 miles, depending on the variant.

10. Overview of ISSF Junior World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun 2019 held in Suhl, Germany
International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun 2019 was held at the Shooting Center, Suhl, Germany.
India won 4 Gold in team event & 6 in Individual event, 4 Silver in team event & 5 in Individual event and 3 Bronze in team event & 2 in Individual event.
India tops the medal tally followed by China, Germany, USA and Russia.

11. Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak broke the men’s 200 meters butterfly world record
A 19year-old swimmer Kristof Milak of Hungary broke men’s 200 metres butterfly world record to win the gold medal at the 18th FINA World swimming championships 2019 held in Gwangju, South Korea.
Milak was followed by Japan’s Daiya Seto and South African Chad le Clos.
At the 2018 European Aquatics Championships, he won the gold medal in the men’s 200-metre butterfly event.

12. Byju’s Replaces Oppo as new sponsor of Indian team till 2022
An e-learning platform, Byju’s will be the official Team India sponsor for a period of three years.
Byju’s will now be seen on the Indian team jersey from September 15 when India starts its South Africa tour.

13. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, released book titled ‘New-Age Technology and Industrial Revolution 4.0’
The Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu released book titled ‘New-Age Technology and Industrial Revolution 4.0’ in New Delhi.
It is authored by Rajya Sabha Member, Dr Narendra Jadhav.
The launch was co-hosted by The Dialogue, a Delhi based think-tank which works on the intersection of technology, society and public-policy.

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