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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 8 MAY 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 8 MAY 2018
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      INDIA SIGNS USD200 MILLION LOAN DEAL WITH WORLD BANK FOR NATIONAL NUTRITION MISSION
i. India has signed a loan deal worth $ 200 million with the World Bank for the National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan).
ii. The loan would help India in achieving its goal of reducing stunting in children 0-6 years of age from 38.4% to 25% by the year 2022.
The POSHAN  Abhiyaan was launched by the Prime Minister in March 2018 at Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.

2.      ‘1ST APEX CONFERENCE FOR CEOS OF SMART CITIES’ IN BHOPAL INAUGURATED
i. Mr Hardeep Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs inaugurated the 'First Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities' in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
ii. Since its launch in June 2015, the Smart Cities Mission  has been one of the most transformational urban missions.
iii. The two-day conference is being organised for providing a platform for cross-learning and knowledge sharing among the Smart City CEOs.

3.      NITI AAYOG, GOOGLE SIGN SOI TO HELP GROW AI ECOSYSTEM IN INDIA
i. Aiming to foster growth for India’s nascent Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning ecosystem, NITI Aayog and Google have signed a Statement of Intent  to work on a range of initiatives to help build the AI ecosystem across the country.
ii. The NITI Aayog has been entrusted to set up a national programme to conduct research and development in frontier technologies such as AI.

4.      INDIA TO HOST 15TH ASIA MEDIA SUMMIT
i. India would be hosting the 15th Asia Media Summit  in New Delhi.
ii.The theme of this summit is “Telling our Stories Asia and More”.
ii.The summit mainly aims to provide a unique opportunity to the broadcasters in Asia to share their thoughts on broadcasting and information.

5.      INDIA RANKS 4TH IN ASIA-PACIFIC ON POWER INDEX
i. India has ranked fourth out of 25 nations in the Asia-Pacific region on an index that measures their overall power.
ii.The US has topped the list.
iii. India has been pegged as a “giant of the future”.
iv. India is ranked fourth on the parameters economic resources, military capability, diplomatic influence and fifth on resilience.

6.      WORLD RED CROSS DAY: 8TH MAY
i. May 8 is celebrated globally as the World Red Cross Day.
ii. The day is celebrated on this day because it marks the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross .
iii.World Red Cross Day theme of 2018 is “Memorable smiles from around the world”.

7.      ISRAEL WITHDRAWS FROM RACE FOR UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT
i. Israel withdrew from a race against Germany and Belgium for two seats on the United Nations Security Council in 2019-20.
ii. Israel, Germany and Belgium were competing for two seats allocated to the Western European and Others Group.
ii. Germany and Belgium are now running uncontested, but they still need to win more than two-thirds of the overall General Assembly vote to be elected.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. INDIA HAS SIGNED A LOAN DEAL WORTH $ 200 MILLION WITH THE WORLD BANK FOR A NATIONAL MISSION. NAME THAT MISSION.
(a) Mid-Day Meal Scheme
(b) Khana Khajana Abhiyan
(c) GOBAR Dhan Scheme
(d) POSHAN Abhiyaan
Q2. MR HARDEEP PURI, MINISTER OF STATE (I/C) FOR HOUSING & URBAN AFFAIRS HAS RECENTLY INAUGURATED THE 'FIRST APEX CONFERENCE FOR THE CEOS OF SMART CITIES' IN _____________.
(a) New Delhi
(b) Indore
(c) Bhopal
(d) Bhubaneswar
Q3. AIMING TO FOSTER GROWTH FOR INDIA’S NASCENT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) AND MACHINE LEARNING (ML) ECOSYSTEM, NITI AAYOG AND ______________ HAVE SIGNED A STATEMENT OF INTENT (SOI) TO WORK ON A RANGE OF INITIATIVES TO HELP BUILD THE AI ECOSYSTEM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
(a) Google
(b) Microsoft
(c) Infosys
(d) TCS
Q4. INDIA WOULD BE HOSTING THE 15TH ASIA MEDIA SUMMIT (AMS-2018) IN _____________.
(a) Pune
(b) New Delhi
(c) Guwahati
(d) Chennai
Q5. WHAT IS THE CURRENCY OF ISRAEL?
(a) Israeli Dinar
(b) Israeli new shekel
(c) Israeli dollar
(d) Israeli Peso

ANSWERS:
1-d      2-c      3-a      4-b      5-b

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