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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Punjab unveils new transport policy to ‘overhaul system’

Punjab unveils new transport policy to ‘overhaul system’

  1. The Capt Amarinder Singh the leader of Congress government has unveiled plans to introduce measures to unshackle the public transport system from the monopoly of the private transport mafia in the State.
  2. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said, “The overall thrust of the new policy will be to strengthen the State-owned bus companies which were allegedly ignored by the previous SAD-BJP government.’’
  3. “The decision to hike the tax on luxury buses has also been taken with a view to strengthen the State transport which had allegedly been neglected vis-à-vis private transport by the government during the last decade,’’ Manpreet Singh Badal said.
  4. New posts of secretary will be created at the following locations, with their jurisdictions: Bathinda (for Bathinda, Mansa & Sri Muktsar Sahib); Ferozepur (Ferozepur, Faridkot & Fazilka); Patiala (Patiala & Fatehgarh Sahib); Sangrur (Sangrur & Barnala); Gurdaspur (Gurdaspur & Pathankot); Amritsar (Amritsar & Tarn Taran); Ludhiana (Ludhiana & Moga); Mohali (Mohali & Ropar); Jalandhar (Jalandhar & Kapurthala); Hoshiarpur (Hoshiarpur & Nawanshahar).

KEYS:

  1. Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, is the heart of India’s Sikh community
  2. The city of Amritsar, founded in the 1570s by Sikh Guru Ram Das, is the site of Harmandir Sahib, the holiest gurdwara (Sikh place of worship)
  3. Known in English as the Golden Temple, and surrounded by the Pool of Nectar, it’s a major pilgrimage site
  4. Also in Amritsar is Durgiana Temple, a Hindu shrine famed for its engraved silver doors
  5. Capital: Chandigarh
  6. Districts: 22
  7. Points of interest: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh

 

 

“No detention policy” to go away from next academic year: HRD ministry

  1. The government has announced for the no-detention policy for students from the next academic session in the schools and colleges, Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey said on Thursday.
  2. Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, that no detension policy for the all the student in the class or expelled till the completion of elementary education covering Class 1-8.
  3. “There has been a unanimous decision of withdrawing the no-detention policy from the Right to Education Act 2009,” the Union minister of state for HRD said in Agartala.
  4. Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, no child admitted in a school will be held back in any class or expelled till the completion of elementary education covering classes 1 to 8.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, formerly Ministry of Education, is responsible for the development of human resources in India
  2. Formed: 26 September 1985
  3. Jurisdiction: India
  4. Headquarters: Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi
  5. Cabinet minister: Prakash Javadekar
  6. Minister of state: Upendra Kushwaha, Mahendra Nath Pandey

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

US, Russia announce Syria cease-fire after Trump-Putin talks

US, Russia announce Syria cease-fire after Trump-Putin talks

  1. The United States and Russia has signed the agreement on Friday on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, crowning President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is the first U.S.-Russian effort under Trump’s presidency to stem Syria’s six-year civil war.
  2. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said, “I think this is our first indication of the U.S. and Russia being able to work together in Syria.”
  3. “The United States is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground cease-fire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance,” he said.
  4. The U.S. and Russia has been getting himself on opposite side in Syria’s war, with Moscow supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad and Washington supporting rebels who have been fighting Assad. Both the U.S. and Russia oppose the Islamic State group in Syria.

KEYS:

  1. Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans
  2. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches
  3. It’s famous for Moscow’s Bolshoi and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky ballet companies
  4. Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, has the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum’s art collection
  5. Capital: Moscow
  6. Currency: Russian ruble
  7. President: Vladimir Putin
  8. Points of interest: Moscow Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral

 

 

UNESCO calls Hebron endangered Palestinian world heritage site, Israel slams decision

  1. On Friday, UNESCO has declared the Old City of Hebron an endangered world heritage site, sparking outrage from Israel in a new spat with the Palestinians at the international body.
  2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said, “This time they ruled the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron is a Palestinian site, meaning not a Jewish site, and that it is in danger,”
  3. Ambassador Danon tweeted, “This is an ugly display of discrimination & an act of aggression against the Jewish people. No @UN agency can disassociate our people from the burial grounds of our patriarchs & matriarchs.”
  4. “Yet another delusional decision by UNESCO. This time they’ve decided that the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron is a Palestinian site, meaning not a Jewish one and listed it an endangered site. Not a Jewish site?” asked an indignant Netanyahu.

KEYS:

  1. Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land
  2. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem
  3. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  4. Israel’s financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches
  5. Capital: Jerusalem
  6. Currency: Israeli new shekel
  7. President: Reuven Rivlin
  8. Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
  9. Destinations: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Dead Sea, Eilat, Galilee, Haifa, more

 

BANKING & FINANCE

RBI notifies norms to limit liability of consumers hit by transaction fraud

RBI notifies norms to limit liability of consumers hit by transaction fraud

  1. On Thursday, in the project of the online banking fraud for the customers and the reliability, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), directed banks to credit the amount involved in the unauthorised electronic transaction within 10 working days to the account holder.
  2. “With the increased thrust on financial inclusion and customer protection and considering the recent surge in customer grievances relating to unauthorised transactions resulting in debits to their accounts/cards, the criteria for determining the customer liability in these circumstances have been reviewed,” RBI said in a notification here.
  3. “on being notified by the customer, the bank shall credit the amount involved in the unauthorised electronic transaction to the customer’s account within 10 working days from the date of such notification by the customer (without waiting for settlement of insurance claim, if any)”, it said.
  4. Deputy governor SS Mundra said, “Banks have been granted the autonomy to fix fees and charges, but it should not be used to deny services to the common man. We are seeing this worrying trend in some organisations. Imposition of usurious charges will be one of the three main focus-areas during the annual supervisory cycle this year,”

KEYS:

  1. The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central banking institution, which controls the monetary policy of the Indian rupee
  2. Address: Central Office Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
  3. Interest on reserves: 4.00%(market determined)
  4. Governor: Urjit Patel

 

RBI allows NBFCs to offer new pension scheme

  1. The Reserve Bank of India has given the permission for the non-banking banks for the sell and market the new pension scheme (NPS).
  2. NBFCs have given his budget as the asset size of 500 crore and besides this it has made the many types of the profit in the financial year be permitted to sell NPS to their clients after registration with the pension regulator.
  3. “Eligible NBFCs extending such services shall ensure that the NPS subscription collected by them from the public is deposited on the day of collection itself with the trustee bank” RBI said.

KEYS:

  1. The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central banking institution, which controls the monetary policy of the Indian rupee
  2. Address: Central Office Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
  3. Interest on reserves: 4.00%(market determined)
  4. Governor: Urjit Patel

Science and Technology

Great Barrier Reef Not ‘In Danger’ Despite Evidence of Massive Coral Bleaching, UNESCO Says

Great Barrier Reef Not 'In Danger' Despite Evidence of Massive Coral Bleaching, UNESCO Says

  1. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has said that the Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in not “in danger” it was because of the using the bleaching of the many of the terms coral bleaching events have threatened the survival of the site.
  2. The organization said, “The World Heritage Committee … strongly encourages to accelerate efforts to ensure meeting intermediate and long-term targets of the plan, which are essential to the overall resilience of the property, in particular regarding water quality,”
  3. “We’ve had 67 percent mortality on the northern section of the reef, the most pristine section,” Steffen, a professor at Australian National University, told ABC. “There is only one reason why that happened and that was the high ocean temperatures caused by the burning of fossil fuels.”
  4. “The north has fried,” he told AAP on Tuesday, after what he called the saddest research trip of his life. “This is an ongoing, slow-motion train wreck.” Prof Hughes fears major bleaching events, driven by climate change, are now beginning to occur more frequently than the decade it takes the reef to recover.

KEYS:

  1. The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space
  2. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral
  3. It’s home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks
  4. Area: 344,400 km²
  5. UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: 1981
  6. Tourism in the Great Barrier Reef generates about $4 Billion dollars per year.

 

 

SPORTS

India, Sri Lanka to Play Full First Series in Eight Years

India, Sri Lanka to Play Full First Series in Eight Years

  1. Sri Lanka and India has decider for the play of the three Tests, five one-day internationals and one T20 in the first series of the Shri Lankan there is the all the format will be arrive in eight years, this was announced on Friday.
  2. Sri Lanka Cricket has said that the first test series in between the Shri Lanka and the India will start on July 26 at the Galle international stadium and will be followed by Tests in Colombo and Kandy respectively in August.
  3. India and Sri Lanka played their only full series against each other – three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 matches – in India in 2009. India won the Test series 2-0, the ODI 3-1 and drew the T20 segment 1-1.
  4. India’s last tour of Sri Lanka was two years ago in August 2015 when they played a Test series which they won 2-1. India won its last ODI series 4-1 in 2012. In the same year, India also won a T20 series 1-0 against Sri Lanka.

KEYS:

  1. Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean
  2. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches
  3. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes
  4. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years
  5. Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  6. Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  7. President: Maithripala Sirisena
  8. Destinations: Colombo, Kandy, Yala National Park, Nuwara Eliya, more
  9. Official languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Sindhu bags ‘Sports person of the Year’ award

Sindhu bags 'Sports person of the Year' award

  1. The silver medalist of the Rio Olympics that is P V Sindhu has been assets with the Sportsperson of the Year award during the ‘Maruti Suzuki Sportsperson of the Year’ Charity Gala Awards on Thursday night.
  2. Young India cricketer K L Rahul, who has created the mark in the test series againsat the Australia, was awarded with Gamechanger of the Year award. Rahul was not at the function and his video message was shown.
  3. “As a 12-year-old boy, I hated sports. I had one talent that is to work hard,” remarked the ace shooter.
  4. Para athletes Devendra Jhajaria, Mariappan Thangavelu, Varun Bharti and Deepa Malik also received awards. Badminton player Jwala Gutta, football great Bhaichung Bhutia, boxer Amir Khan and cricketer Pragyan Ojha were present in the ceremony.

KEYS:

  1. The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was a major international multi-sport event celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 August to 21 August 2016
  2. Dates: 5 Aug 2016 – 21 Aug 2016
  3. Athletes participating: 11,237
  4. Motto: A new world; (Portuguese: Um mundo novo)
  5. Host city: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  6. Athlete’s Oath: Robert Scheidt
  7. Location: Rio de Janeiro

 

OBITUARY

Spencer Johnson, ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ Author, Dies at 78

Spencer Johnson, ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ Author, Dies at 78

  1. Spencer Johnson, who was the great medical and the writer of the novel on the life and the business like the “Who Moved My Cheese?” a parable about embracing change that has sold 28 million copies worldwide has died on Monday in San Diego at the age of 78 years.
  2. “Spencer built a fable that helps people deal with change in a really accessible way,” said Ivan Held, president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  3. Blanchard said in a telephone interview on Thursday, “He wrote children’s stories, and I made a point of telling stories while doing leadership training. I was already telling a story about a manager who wouldn’t make decisions, and talking about goals. So we decided to do a story about a man looking for an effective manager.”
  4. Johnson said, according to Ms. McBride, “If your sales manager feels Morrow can’t do better than we are. With the entire infrastructure we have available, we might as well part ways now.”

KEYS:

  1. Kenneth Hartley Blanchard is an American author and management expert
  2. His extensive writing career includes over 60 published books, most of which are co-authored books
  3. Albums: Oui ou non, Who Moved My Cheese?, Qui a piqué mon fromage?
  4. Quotes- “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. Feedback is the breakfast of champions. None of us is as smart as all of us.”

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

Nikola Tesla Day

Nikola Tesla DayNikola Tesla Day

  1. Nikola Tesla was the Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is famously known for his outstanding design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system
  2. Nikola Tesla was born at the ethnic Serb in the village Smiljan, Lika county, on 10 July [O.S. 28 June] 1856.
  3. At that time the, Smiljan was part of the Austrian Empire’s Croatian Military Frontier. His father, Milutin Tesla (1819–1879), was an Eastern Orthodox priest.

KEYS:

  1. Projects- Alternating current, high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments
  2. Significant design- Induction motor, Rotating magnetic field, Tesla coil, Radio remote control vehicle (torpedo)

 

 

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