Current Affairs Today – August, 3rd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – August, 3rd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

RCEP trade negotiating Committee meeting held in Hyderabad

RCEP trade negotiating Committee meeting held in Hyderabad

  1. There is the nineteenth part of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) meetings and all the another meeting has been held from the 17th July to the 28th July in the Hyderabad, India.
  2. RCEP is the agreement that is the most important and many of the rrelation that is comes in the 10-ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and also in the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) partners, which are the Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea and India.
  3. In the 19th part of this meeting there is the some of the many of the equal distance s and the Working Groups on Trade in Goods, Trade in Services and Investment, including their respective Sub-Working Groups. Working Groups in another fields like the Intellectual Property, electronic commerce, Legal and Institutional Issues etc. also had their meetings.
  4. At the core of the RCEP, with the some of the two and the event holders that is the Business Stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has been work on the taking of the feedback and the creation of the expectations and sensitivities of stakeholders from participating Countries.

KEYS:

  1. Hyderabad is the capital of southern India’s Telangana state
  2. A major center for the technology industry, it’s home to many upscale restaurants and shops
  3. Its historic sites include Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading center that was once the Qutb Shahi dynastic capital
  4. The Charminar, a 16th-century mosque whose 4 arches support towering minarets, is an old city landmark near the long-standing Laad Bazaar

 

Constitution 123rd Amendment Bill passed with amendment in Rajya Sabha

  1. In the evening of the Monday there was the many of the conflicts has done in the Lok Sabha. At that time there was the embarrassing moment of the government has been taken in the act, that was happens because of the ministers and MPs of the government ministers and MPs in the Upper House when the 123rd Constitution amendment bill on backward commission was being taken up.
  2. SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said, “Even then you (government) have brought in this policy of ‘creamy layer’. OBCs with annual income of Rs 6 lakh will fall in the creamy layer. It should not be there,”
  3. “The concerns of members that this bill will encroach upon the rights of states are wrong. There is no attempt to reduce the rights of states and attack the federal structure. This bill has been brought with good intentions. The BJP is in favour of reservations and will continue to be so” Gehlot said.
  4. “The government is responsible for all this. It happened because of them. The government wants to weaken the backward commission. You want to bring a provision which can be challenged in the court tomorrow. If that is the insistence that they want that the backward classes bill should fail, let them do so.”

KEYS:

  1. Chairman (Vice-President)- Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Independent, Since 11 August 2007
  2. Deputy Chairman- P. J. Kurien, INC, Since 21 August 2012
  3. Leader of the House- Arun Jaitley, BJP, Since 2 June 2014
  4. Leader of the Opposition- Ghulam Nabi Azad, INC, Since 8 June 2014

 

MMR vaccination campaign launched in Kangra

  1. The many of the companies like the signature has started the event tyo protect the child from the many of the disease like measles, mumps and rubella that will be firstly started in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh from August 1.
  2. In the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccination programme, the children that are between the ages of 9 year to 15 years, they all are to be vaccinated, it is said in the report of the media by the districtmedical officer Rajesh Guleri.
  3. “A MMR vaccination programme to protect children against measles, mumps andrubella will start in the district of Kangra from August 1, where every child between the ages of 9 months to 15 years shall be vaccinated,” Guleri said.
  4. “All government and private schools as well as aanganwaadis shall be covered under the programme by well-trained health officials,” he said.

KEYS:

  1. Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas
  2. It’s home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie
  3. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence
  4. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations
  5. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas
  6. Capital: Shimla
  7. Population: 6.856 million (2012)
  8. Destinations: Manali, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, Dharamsala,
  9. Chief minister: Virbhadra Singh
  10. Language: Hindi

 

PM Modi announces Rs.2, 350 crore relief package for floods in North East region

  1. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has did the inaugarates the term of the Rs 2,350 crore in all the fields of the northeastern states hit by floods and that is of the sudden of Rs 250 crore for flood-hit Assam, and that of the access of the limit of the region.
  2. “The prime minister has allocated Rs 100 crore to form a high-powered committee that will conduct a study on the behaviour of the Brahmaputra river. The Centre had given us Rs 300 crore earlier as flood relief fund. In addition to that, we are immediately getting Rs 250 crore from the Centre for flood relief.” Assam education and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters in Guwahati.
  3. Giving a breakup, Sarma said, “The prime minister announced Rs 2,350 crore total flood package for the north eastern states. The prime minister has announced a special package of Rs 2,000 crore for all the north eastern states for relief and rehabilitation of flood damage. The package will have a significant component devoted to infrastructure & improving water holding capacity of the Brahmaputra,”
  4. “We have assessed our damage and it is Rs 700 crore. So for rebuilding the infrastructure and other purposes, we need assistance beyond Rs 700 crore. It was a big natural calamity this time. There were heavy floods and landslides at many places. The hardship of people still continues. It is good and encouraging that the Prime Minister has come and met all the CMs of the north east. This is a good sign,” Zeliang told reporters after meeting PM Modi here.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India, China home to 39% of young Internet users – UN report

India, China home to 39% of young Internet users – UN report

  1. The nearer of the country that is the India and the China that has been in the growth of the 39 per cent of the 830 million young person use the Internet in the country.
  2. By the recent report of the ICT it is shown that the (15-24 years old) are the frontier of the most of the data. In Least Developed Countries (LDCs), up to 35 per cent of of the internet has been used by the 15-24, compared with 13 per cent in developed countries and 23 per cent globally.
  3. “ITUs ICT Facts and Figures 2017 shows that great strides are being made in expanding Internet access through the increased availability of broadband networks. Digital connectivity plays a critical role in bettering lives, as it opens the door to unprecedented knowledge, employment and financial opportunities for billions of people worldwide,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
  4. By the recent report of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), shows that of the 830 million young people online worldwide, 320 million, or 39 per cent, are in China and India.

KEYS:

  1. The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization tasked to promote international co-operation and to create and maintain international order.
  2. Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States
  3. Founded: 24 October 1945, Lake Success, New York, United States
  4. Secretary general: António Guterres
  5. Founders: Syria, United States of America, Turkey, India, Brazil,
  6. Subsidiaries: United Nations Security Council, UNESCO, MORE
  7. Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, Peabody Award, Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject

 

China opens its first overseas Military base in Djibouti

  1. On Tuesday, China has announced that it has opened its first of the military base and has celebrated this establishment by the rise of the flag of the China Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, at the same day only the People’s Liberation Army marks its 90th birthday, it is said in the media.
  2. Djibouti’s has on the rank of the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean has fueled worry in India that it would become another of China’s “string of pearls” military alliances and assets ringing India, including Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
  3. China has started its development of the base in Djibouti last year. It will be used to resupply navy ships taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia, in particular.
  4. Chinese President Xi Jinping is the strong and the next generation military modernization program, including developing capabilities for China’s forces to operate far from home.

KEYS:

  1. China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline
  2. Capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square
  3. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center
  4. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east-west across the country’s north
  5. Capital: Beijing
  6. Currency: Renminbi
  7. Population: 1.379 billion (2016) World Bank
  8. President: Xi Jinping
  9. Points of interest: Forbidden City, Summer Palace,

 

World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Opens in the Swiss Alps

  1. There is the development of the 1621 feet and at the hieght of the 279 feet, that has been at the new terms of the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland it has been crteated the world record by the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, that is told by the according to Zermatt Tourism.
  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. due to the risk of the fall of the rock the height of the bridge has been neglected, more height-averse hikers may want to plan ahead before making the trek. “People who have problems with a fear of heights, they have to close their eyes, or have someone to walk just behind,” Zweifel said.
  4. This bridge has been making at the place of the older bridhe that was get dmage due to the rock fall, was named after its chief sponsor, a psychologist and co-owner of a Swiss winery.

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,

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

Airtel Payment Bank ties up with HPCL for ATM services

Airtel Payment Bank ties up with HPCL for ATM services

  1. On Tuesday, Airtel Payments Bank has announced that there is the partnership with the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), for the increment of the digital payments in the country and for the assignment of the customers.
  2. The total of the 14,000 HPCL that will work as the point of the banking for the Airtel Payments Bank, it is said by the company. This term of the situation that has been developing that is help in the Airtel Payments Banks of the sailing and the export type of the customers that is of the 300,000 Airtel retail outlets as banking points.
  3. “We are delighted to partner HPCL as part of our endeavor to build a robust and diverse merchant ecosystem that brings more digital payments avenues to our customers. We are, in particular, pleased to have these fuel outlets as our banking points,” Shashi Arora, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Payments Bank, said.
  4. “Customer visiting our outlets will now be able to pay seamlessly for fuel purchases and will also be able to enjoy the added convenience of banking with Airtel Payments Bank,” G S V Prasad, Executive Director – Retail at HPCL, said.

KEYS:

  1. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited is an Indian state-owned oil and natural gas company with its headquarters at Mumbai, Maharashtra
  2. It has about 25% market-share in India among public-sector companies and a strong marketing infrastructure
  3. Customer service: 1800 233 3555
  4. Headquarters: Mumbai
  5. CEO: Mukesh Kumar Surana (1 Apr 2016–)
  6. Owner: Government of India (51.11%)
  7. Revenue: 2.123 trillion INR (US$31 billion, 2015)
  8. Number of employees: 11,226 (2012)

 

India-Bhutan New Trade and Transit agreement come into force

  1. The commerce ministry did the announcement for the new agreement for the trade, commerce and transit between the neighboring country India and Bhutan that has been met at theJuly 29, this is the movement that will get the strong to the economic ties between the two countries.
  2. “As agreed to by both India and Bhutan, the new agreement has come into force with effect from 29 July, 2017. The new agreement will further strengthen the bilateral trade relations,” it said.
  3. “The 24×7 operationalization of Petrapole-Benapole ICP is expected to be a significant milestone towards expeditious clearance of cargo and, hence boost the bilateral trade between the countries,” it added.
  4. In the statement taken by the personally by the media the commerce ministry said to do the facility for the cargo of the nation, India and Bangladesh have ready for the both of the Petrapole-Benapole integrated check post (ICP) 24×7, with effect from tomorrow.

KEYS:

  1. Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys
  2. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations
  3. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley
  4. Capital: Thimphu
  5. King: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
  6. Currencies: Indian rupee, Bhutanese ngultrum
  7. Destinations: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Manas National Park,

 

Science and Technology

Jeep Compass SUV launched in India

Jeep Compass SUV launched in India

  1. Jeep Compass Engine Specifications:
Specifications Petrol Diesel
Displacement 1.4-litre 2-litre
Max Power 160 bhp 170 bhp
Peak Torque 250 Nm 350 Nm
Transmission 6-speed MT/7-speed DCT 6-speed MT
  1. On Monday, the Fiat Chrysler India has launched its very long waiting of the Jeep Compass premium Sports Utility Vehicle with the low and best price of the 14.95 lakh to Rs 20.54 lakh at the ex-showroom New Delhi.
  2. Kevin Flynn, MD of FCA India said “Due to the overwhelming public response to the Jeep Compass, coupled with a significant number of pre-bookings and enquiries we decided to advance the price announcement so that potential customers can finalize their purchase decisions. We will start retails on August 6, 2017. Analyzing our pre-bookings data it has made sense for us to prioritize the deliveries of diesel manual transmission variants. We will deliver petrol automatic transmission variants closer to Diwali.”

 

SPORTS

ICC Rankings: Ravindra Jadeja maintains Top Position, Virat stays 5th

ICC Rankings: Ravindra Jadeja maintains Top Position, Virat stays 5th

  1. The best spinner of the India, Ravindra Jadeja has created his position in the list of the Bowlers at the top level and whiles the captain, Virat Kohli has been created his place at the fifth place in the batting charts in the latest ICC Test Rankings which was released on Tuesday.
  2. In the list of the bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin has replaced the Sri Lankan Rangana Herath and placed his position on the second place. Herath is third in the rankings. Pacer Mohammed Shami secure his place at the place of 23rd.
  3. Jadeja and Ashwin also created his score and secure the second and third ranks respectively in the all-rounders’ list. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is still has been on the top of the list in the table.
  4. The all-rounder of England, Ben Stokes has been deplaced and reached at the place of 12 places to joint-25th position in the rankings for batsmen and also gained two places to reach 19th position.

KEYS:

  1. The International Cricket Council is the international governing body of cricket
  2. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from England, Australia and South Africa,
  3. Chairperson: Shashank Manohar
  4. Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  5. CEO: Dave Richardson (28 Jun 2012–)
  6. Membership: 105 members
  7. Founded: 15 June 1909

 

Summer Olympics Host: Paris gets – 2024 , Los Angels – 2028

  1. Paris has been hold its breadth after the chosen as the host of the 2024 Summer Olympics and the rival country, city Los Angeles as been agree to hold the price of the games of the 2028 Games in a rare two-way contest between the cities.
  2. “This is an historic day for Los Angeles,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in the statement. “L.A. 2028 will kick-start our drive to make L.A. the healthiest city in America, by making youth sports more affordable and accessible than ever before.”
  3. “Advance funds to a Los Angeles Organizing Committee in view of the longer planning period and to increase participation and access to youth sports programs,” the organization said in the statement.
  4. “We are very confident that we can reach a tripartite agreement under the leadership of the IOC with LA and Paris in August, creating a win-win-win situation for all three partners. The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee. And we are pleased to release the Host City contract 2028 in a transparent and timely manner,” Bach said.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Mukesh Ambani becomes Asia’s 2nd richest person

Mukesh Ambani becomes Asia’s 2nd richest person

  1. Mukesh Ambani decreases the past rich man that is the Li Ka-shing and become the Asia’s second-richest man and behind this there is the investment of his efforts like the India has been given by him like the cheap data and the cheap phone.
  2. “Its business and societal value will grow immensely over the next decade,” he said. “Jio will become India’s largest provider of data service, products and application platforms.”
  3. “We remain wary of high capex run-rate and rising net debt levels,” wrote Mumbai-based analysts Tarun Lakhotia and Akshay Bhor.
  4. “Our energy and materials businesses constitute a strong platform to generate stable, annuity-like cash flows with a potential to reach EBITDA of Rs1 trillion within the next few years,” Ambani said on 21 July.

KEYS:

  1. Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian business magnate who is the chairman, managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune Global 500 company and India’s second-most valuable company by market value.

OBITUARY

Eminent scientist Dr Pushpa Mitra Bhargava passes away

Eminent scientist Dr Pushpa Mitra Bhargava passes away

  1. The founder director of CSIR-Centre for Cellular Molecular Biology (CCMB) of Hyderabad, and the prominent scientist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava, who has been returned the Padma Bhusan award by two years ago in the protest of the NDA government’s that was the term of the generation of the country has died at the age of 88 years on Tuesday.
  2. “I have decided to return the award. The reason is that the present government is moving away from the path of democracy, moving towards the path of making the country Hindu religious autocracy just like Pakistan. This is not acceptable… something I find unacceptable,” he had said then.
  3. Bhargava was the master in the field of the biotechnology of the country and he was also the setup of the instrument of the biotechnology (DBT) in the Union Ministry of Science and Technology in the 1970s.
  4. Bhargava has on the many of the positions in his life, that is including with the vice-chairman of the national knowledge commission during 2005-07. He was the hounded by the most of the 100 national and international honors and awards, including the Padma Bhushan in 1986 and the Legion d’Honneur in 1998 from then President of France

IMPORTANT DAYS

3 August 1998: India’s most sophisticated medium range surface-to-air missile ”Akash” was test-fired from the interim test range at Chandipur-on-sea

3 August 1998: India's most sophisticated medium range surface-to-air missile ''Akash'' was test-fired from the interim test range at Chandipur-on-sea

  1. On 3rd of the August in the year 1988, the India has launched and fired its first of the most of the missile which was at the medium range that is of the surface-to-air missile named Akash from a test range at Chandipur on sea.
  2. Akash missile was created by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ordnance Factories Board and Bharat Electronics. In the year 1990 the first of the testing of the Akash has been started to test and that has been worked till the March 1997. In the creation and the installation of the missile there is the cost of the Rs. 1,000 crore, in which there was the Rs. 600 crore project sanction.
  3. Each of the battery of the missile contains the four launcher that will try to connect in the launch. One Akash missile can have the 88% probability of destroying its target.
  4. On the June 2010, The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has given the order for the Akash. By 2011 it was stated that the Indian Army has been accept the order of the 2 Akash regiments, that will give the Army’s 2SA-6 Groups which were chosen in 1977 and 1979.

KEYS:

  1. The Defence Research and Development Organisation is an agency of the Republic of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India
  2. Headquarters: New Delhi
  3. Founded: 1958
  4. Motto: बलस्य मूलं विज्ञानम्; “Strength’s Origin is in Science” (Sanskrit)
  5. Agency executive: Dr.S.Christopher, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D;
  6. Minister responsible: Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister of India
  7. Number of employees: 30,000 (5000 scientists)

 

 

 

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