Current Affairs Today – August, 2nd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – August, 2nd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

Swachh Survekshan-2018 launched to assess sanitation in all 4,041 cities and towns of the country

Swachh Survekshan-2018 launched to assess sanitation in all 4,041 cities and towns of the country

  1. On Monday, the Indian government has inaugurates the one more clean services and event that is the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2018’ by this it has ranked at the 4,041 cities and towns in the country with a revised methodology.
  2. There is the one more thing that is the, 3,541 cities in which there are the less than the 1 lakh populations that has been in the rank of the state and the zone. The rank of the city will be confirmed on the basis of the 71 sanitation-related parameters with different weightage. The maximum marks in this rank will be the 4,000. In this year that is the 2017 the marks is 2,000 marks.
  3. Union minister Babul Supriyo, who was at there while the time of the launching of the program, he has started the anthem that, ‘Swachhata Ki Jyot Jagi Hai (flame of sanitation has been lit)’ to encourage peoples’ participation in the survey. In the starting the cleanliness survey has started in the year 2016 as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
  4. This is the new startup of the ‘innovation’ that has been initiated after the weight of the 5 per cent to encourage cities to take up innovative sanitation practices and solutions. The weightage of ‘processing and disposal’ component has been increased from 20 to 25 per cent.

 

Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launches “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2” in Mumbai

  1. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Minority Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has been did the announcement that NDA Government doing the work in the basis of the “inclusive growth” and “Antyodaya” to term of the prosperity, security and dignity of the last person of the society.
  2. Shri Naqvi said that is the comminity of the Parsi in the India it is the very small minority community in India, “there is no doubt that the Parsi community is one of the most liberal, aware towards education and an example of “peace and harmony”.
  3. Shri Naqvi said that there is the decrease of the population of Parsi community in India is a matter of concern. “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-1” was initiated in 2013 for containing the declining trend of population of the Parsi community and reverses it to bring their population above the threshold level.
  4. Shri Naqvi said, “Parzor Foundation was an important link between the Parsi community and the government in success of “Jiyo Parsi” scheme. And the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai; the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) and Federation of Zoroastrian Anjumans of India have also played a key role in this regard.”

KEYS:

  1. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences is a social sciences institute with its main campus based in Mumbai, India
  2. Address: V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400088
  3. Director: S. Parsuraman
  4. Phone: 022 2552 5000
  5. Founder: J. R. D. Tata
  6. Founded: 1936
  7. Total enrollment: 4,023 (2015)
  8. Affiliations: University Grants Commission, National Assessment and Accreditation Council

 

‘Rajaswa Gyansangam’ scheduled to be held in New Delhi

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been getting the sum of the new event and the type of the setting of the goal and the term of the initiative that is the CBDT and CBEC at the time of the initial of its ‘Rajasva Gyan Sangam’ trhat was said in the event held in the new Delhi in the last year.
  2. A senior Finance Ministry official said, “It has been directed by the Prime Minister’s Office that the PM will like to keep it an interactive session rather than just a monotonous inauguration and speech affair.”
  3. Finance Ministry official said, “Both Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) have been asked to prepare a bank of good ideas and out-of-the-box solutions after talking to their officers who will participate in the June 16-17 Gyan Sangam.”
  4. The Prime Minister is going at the way of the government’s goals andf also made the some programs like the like make in India and Start-up India at the conference as tax officials are the most important stakeholders to ensure success of these schemes.

KEYS:

  1. Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north
  2. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people
  3. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge’ the Europabrücke (Europe Bridge)’ opens in Switzerland

World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge’ the Europabrücke (Europe Bridge)’ opens in Switzerland

  1. The most beautiful and 1621 feet and at the high term that is the 279 feet, and the recently opened, Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland has has created the new record for the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, according to Zermatt Tourism. By this bridge there is the awesome view of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and Bernese Alps.
  2. “How often do you get the chance to cross a real world record suspension bridge?” said Daniel Luggen, director of Zermatt Tourism, at the bridge’s inauguration on July 29. “The thrill experienced high over the precipice is indescribable.”
  3. This bridge is under the valley in the Zermatt and Grächen. According to Edith Zweifel, a spokesperson for the travel board, it cuts the journey across the valley from three to four hours to a mere 10 minutes.
  4. “People who have problems with a fear of heights, they have to close their eyes, or have someone to walk just behind,” Zweifel said.

KEYS:

  1. Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps
  2. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge
  3. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails
  4. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned
  5. Currency: Swiss franc
  6. GDP (PPP): 2016 estimate
  7. Date format: dd.mm.yyyy (AD)
  8. Destinations: Zürich, Zermatt, Lucerne, Geneva, Interlaken

 

Trump fires communications director Scaramucci in new White House upheaval

  1. On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump has removed director, Anthony Scaramucci, that is after the joining of the job and the and he has get absence in that, that is familear with that, in the recent staff of the Republican’s six-month-old presidency.
  2. “There’s going to be new leadership and I’m not sure the new leadership thought he was up to the task of being a team player,” one of the sources told Reuters.
  3. “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” the White House said in a statement. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”
  4. Trump has fired the Mr. Scaramucci and at the same day only he elected the new White House chief of staff John Kelly, who is the retired Marine general by him there is the assume of the more security and the discipline in that in the White House.

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. President: Donald Trump
  6. Population: 323.1 million (2016)
  7. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska,

 

Pakistan set to elect new Prime Minister today: Six in race to replace Nawaz Sharif

  1. The lawmaker of the Pakistan has been going to make the new Prime Minister at the place of Nawaz Sharif, in the term of the government stalwart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expected to become interim leader until Sharif’s own brother is eligible.
  2. “I hope that God will help me in furthering Nawaz Sharif’s policies,” Abbasi told reporters in Islamabad, adding to speculation that Sharif will continue to run the show behind the scenes.
  3. “We wanted to make sure there is a smooth transfer of power and no constitutional crisis,” said Miftah Ismail, a senior PML-N official and Sharif ally.
  4. “Wheel of development is moving and may God keep it rolling and may it never stop,” he told members of PML-N on Saturday night.
  5. “A meeting between the opposition members on Monday ended without the parties’ consensus on a single candidate for the prime minister’s post,” Dawn reported.

KEYS:

  1. Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-most populous country with a population exceeding 201 million people
  2. Capital: Islamabad
  3. Currency: Pakistani rupee
  4. Population: 193.2 million (2016) World Bank
  5. President: Mamnoon Hussain
  6. Prime minister: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

GDP growth in June quarter to be around 6.6% in India – Nomura

GDP growth in June quarter to be around 6.6% in India – Nomura

  1. The GDP growth of the India has been getting increase that is of 6.6% in the month of June and also the quarter of the three months and this year there is the loss of some of the many term as the momentum on account of GST, it is said in the report.
  2. “Despite some loss of momentum, we expect average GDP growth in Q2 (April-June) to be modestly higher at 6.6% y-o-y from 6.1% in Q1 (January-March),” Nomura said in a research note.
  3. In the second half of the momentum that is of the (H2) of 2017, the recovery of the generation has been going to change in term of the 7.4% and this is by the leading of the make of the production of the GST, ongoing demonetizations, normal monsoons and lower lending rates.
  4. “Pay hikes for state government employees and a pick-up in external demand could be an added tailwind,” it added. India lost the tag of the fastest growing economy to China in the March quarter with a GDP growth of 6.1%, which pulled down the 2016-17 expansion to 7.1%.
  5. “Excluding the GST, indicators of consumption appear to have stabilised while those for services continue to signal an improving outlook,” Nomura added.

 

RBI slaps Rs. 1 cr penalty on Union Bank for KYC non-compliance

  1. On Monday, the India’s great lending bank Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it has given the penalty of the Rs 1 crore on state-owned Union Bank of India for “non-compliance” with the directions on Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.
  2. “This action is based on deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank with its customers,” the RBI added.
  3. “After considering the bank’s reply, oral submissions made in the personal hearing, as also the additional information and documents furnished, RBI came to the conclusion that the aforesaid charge of non-compliance with RBI directions was substantiated and warranted imposition of monetary penalty,” the RBI said in a statement.

KEYS:

  1. Union Bank of India is one of the largest government-owned banks of India
  2. It is listed on the Forbes 2000, and has assets of USD 13.45 billion
  3. All the bank’s branches have been networked with its 6909 ATMs as on 30 September 2015
  4. Headquarters: Mumbai
  5. CEO: Arun Tiwari (26 Dec 2013–)
  6. Founded: 11 November 1919
  7. Executive director: Shri Vinod Kathuria, Shri Raj Kamal Verma, Shri Atul Kumar Goel
  8. Subsidiaries: Union Asset Management Company Private Limited,

 

SBI cuts saving account rate by 0.5% on balance up to Rs 1 cr

  1. SBI has announced today that it will cut the interest up to Rs 1 crore by 0.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent, that is the lowest cut in the 6 years, by this type of type announcement there can be the impact on the 90 per cent of its customers.
  2. The reduction, SBI said, is “on the back of large inflows in savings and current accounts during demonetisation period in November & December 2016. The decline in the rate of inflation, high real interest rates and the expected softening of interest rates are the other considerations warranting a revision in the rate of interest on savings bank,”
  3. Kumar said, is that the real interest rates are really high and “there was no choice for the bank but to bring down the savings bank account interest rate…We have been cutting the term deposit rates and were watching for a right time (to cut rates).”
  4. “We did not consider it appropriate to raise the MCLR, because for lot of segments like agriculture, SMEs, retail housing, affordable housing, the cost and EMI would have gone up. The revision in savings bank rate would enable us to maintain the MCLR at the existing rates, benefiting a large segment of retail borrowers in SME, agriculture & affordable housing segments,” he added.
  5. “We encourage people to move to FDR as we expect less volatility and better facilitation due to our strong reach, distribution and franchise network. Reduction in rates was also important as it was difficult to maintain MCLR at the current levels,” he said further.

KEYS:

  1. State Bank of India is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services company
  2. It is a government-owned corporation with its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  3. Customer service: 1800 425 3800
  4. Chairperson: Arundhati Bhattacharya
  5. Headquarters: Mumbai
  6. Founded: 1 July 1955
  7. Subsidiaries: SBI Cards, State Bank of Hyderabad,
  8. Managing directors: Shri B.Sriram (Corporate Banking Group),

Science and Technology

Science Scooping out oil spills made easy by IISER

Science Scooping out oil spills made easy by IISER

  1. The most of the absorption of the crude oil from the sea has been get possible now because of the scientist of the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER) in Thiruvananthapuram by reference of whom there is the hydrophobic sorbent that can suck up oil and congeal it.
  2. “The gelator gets adsorbed on the cellulose fibre through hydrogen bonding. This process of adsorption of gelator on the cellulose fibre matrix changes the cellulose matrix from being very hydrophilic (water-loving) to hydrophobic (water repelling),” says Prof. Sureshan.
  3. “Once the sorbent sucks the oil, the gelator slowly gets released from the cellulose fibre and congealing of oil takes place,” Prof. Sureshan says.
  4. “It takes only about 30 minutes to two hours from the time of application to scooping out the rigid fibre balls containing congealed oil, leaving behind clean water. Since crude oil spreads quickly in the sea after a spill, it is necessary to quickly remove the oil from water,” Prof. Sureshan says.

 

Scientists develop Bio-glue for wound healing

  1. The scientist have developed the new type of the very strong and very flexible adhesive material that is created by the help of the glue secreted by slugs that can be stick to trhe any of the tissue and the if it wet then also it can be stick without any problem.
  2. “The key feature of our material is the combination of a very strong adhesive force and the ability to transfer and dissipate stress, which have historically not been integrated into a single adhesive,” said Dave Mooney, professor at Harvard Universitys Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in the US.
  3. “Most prior material designs have focused only on the interface between the tissue and the adhesive. Our adhesive is able to dissipate energy through its matrix layer, which enables it to deform much more before it breaks,” said Li.
  4. In this flexible and adhesive material there is the calcium ions that are bound to the alginate hydrogel via ionic bonds. When the this type of the adhesive matrerial get the stress then it get “sacrificial” ionic bonds break first, allowing the matrix to absorb a large amount of energy before its structure becomes compromised.

KEYS:

  1. Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world’s most prestigious universities
  2. Address: Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  3. Acceptance rate: 5.4% (2016)
  4. Undergraduate tuition and fees: 43,280 USD (2016)
  5. Mascot: John Harvard, the Pilgrim
  6. Phone: +1 617-495-1000
  7. Subsidiaries: Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, edX,

 

SPORTS

Rahul, Manu-Sumeeth clinch titles at Lagos Open

Rahul, Manu-Sumeeth clinch titles at Lagos Open

  1. The great Indian Shutler, C Rahul Yadav and men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy has been grabbed the both, men’s singles and men’s doubles title one by one at the Lagos International challenge in Nigeria.
  2. Fourth placed the Rahul get suceeded by the Karan Rajan Rajarajan by the 21-15 21-13 in that summit they has grabed the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Saturday.
  3. In the next of the held summit that is on next days, top-seeds Manu and Sumeeth, who was the player of the Rio Olympics, he get succeded by the defeating to the Godwin Olofua and Anouluwapo Juwon Opeyori by 21-13 21-15.
  4. In women’s singles, India’s Mugdho Agrey has finished the lose up of the 12-21 14-21 to Sri Lanka’s Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa in the finals.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Trump to Award First Medal of Honor to Vietnam Army Medic

Trump to Award First Medal of Honor to Vietnam Army Medic

  1. The US army shoulder that is the Michigan who has lose his fear and put him in danger for the Vietnam War comrades he is the first person to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump.
  2. In its announcement last month, the White House said McCloughan “voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades. He suffered wounds from shrapnel and small arms fire on three separate occasions, but refused medical evacuation to stay with his unit, and continued to brave enemy fire to rescue, treat, and defend wounded Americans.”
  3. McCloughan described the shrapnel as “The worst two days of my life, a real bad sting” and recalled, “I was tending to two guys and dragging them at the same time into a trench line. He knew me enough to know that I wasn’t going,” McCloughan said.
  4. “I got him, got his body, and now I’m the only medic,” McCloughan recounted. “So I downed my pack, near a tree, and got all of my pressure bandages out of there and put them in all of the pockets that I had. … And now I start going to get men.”

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump
  7. Population: 323.1 million (2016)
  8. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska,

 

OBITUARY

Playwrighter/actor Sam Shepard dies at 73

Playwright/actor Sam Shepard dies at 73

  1. Play writer, director and actor and who was the Pulitzer Prize winner by the ALS Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73 on July 30 at his home in Kentucky.
  2. Shepard started writing plays in the 60s. “Back then, there was a dearth of American theatre,” he told the Observer in 2014. “There was nothing going on. American art was starving.”
  3. “I had all kinds of wild offers at that time to be a movie star and I panicked,” he later said. “I was turning down things like Warren Beatty’s Reds, that part of Eugene O’Neill. My agent was going crazy. I hadn’t realized what the experience of it would be like – to be on the verge of being a movie star. Because it’s like you are the hottest whore in town. Everybody wants you.”
  4. “You don’t have to do anything in the movies,” he said in an interview with the New York Times. “You just sit there. Well, that’s not entirely true. You do less. I find the whole situation of confronting an audience terrifying.”
  5. Writer Beau Willimon referred to him as “fearless” and “one of the greats”, Harlan Coben tweeted: “How special was he? Even when you didn’t like something he’d done, you were glad you saw it” and Reese Witherspoon called him “a truly original actor and an incredible writer”.

IMPORTANT DAYS

2nd August 1858: Parliament Passes a Bill to Take Over the Administration of India from the East India Company by the British Crown

2nd August 1858: Parliament Passes a Bill to Take Over the Administration of India from the East India Company by the British Crown

  1. In the year 1858 on August 2nd the Parliament has passed the bill for the rule on the administration of the India by the British Crown that is of the East Indian Company by the British Crown. This rule has been getting in the act by the supreme representation of the British Government in India.
  2. The bill was issued in the year 1858, and by that there was the startup of the first war for the independence in India that was for the coming of the effect that has been due to the British. Till the nineteenth century, there was not the decrease chance of the British in the Indian sub-continent, which was till the Indian war of Independence in 1857.
  3. When the East India Company was ruling on the India then the Britishers want to set the new rule on the India by putting his crown. They develop the “Secretary of State for India” has been created and that will do the work of the management from the London.
  4. Because of this the Governor-General of India in Kolkata has been given the name of the new victor of the India, who was the self-owned representative of the Monarch. The place and the work of the Viceroy was so hard that in the end of the 19th Century it get need to held by the many of the experienced leader of the Britain.

 

 

 

 

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