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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Narendra Modi’s visit in Rajasthan – August 2017

Narendra Modi’s visit in Rajasthan – August 2017

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been launched the project of Rs 15,000 crore in Rajasthan on Tuesday and has been promised for the change the state in his second visit here after becoming PM.
  2. “We are here to do work and not make empty election promises. Today, we have inaugurated road projects worth more than Rs 5,600 crore and committed to build road projects worth Rs 9,000 crore in Rajasthan alone,” Modi, who began his speech in the local dialect, said.
  3. “These road projects will give a big boost to tourism in Rajasthan and will also benefit the farmers who will be able to take their produce to the mandis (markets). It will also save lives as pregnant women in remote rural area will be able to reach hospital in less time. The optical fibre network will ensure that benefits of education reach remote villages through digital network,” he said.
  4. The Prime Minister has been stated that the there is the big change for the GST, saving a lot of time for truckers as ‘chungi nakas’ (toll plazas) have gone. “Now, the government will soon bring new transport laws,” he said.

KEYS:

  1. Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region
  2. In its capital, Jaipur (the “Pink City”), are the 18th-century City Palace and Hawa Mahal, a former cloister for royal women, fronted by a 5-story pink-sandstone screen
  3. Amer Fort, atop a nearby hill, was built by a Rajput prince in the early 1600s
  4. Area: 342,239 km²
  5. Districts: 33 total
  6. Capitals: Jaipur, Jodhpur (Judiciary)

Rajnath Singh inaugurates YUVA a skill development programme of Delhi Police

Rajnath Singh inaugurates YUVA a skill development programme of Delhi Police

  1. Delhi Police in the term of the support of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday has lauched the YUVA programme. This project has been installed by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the initiative will engage street children and youth, providing them with opportunities to hone their skills and utilise it professionally through skill development training.
  2. Madhur Verma, Delhi Police spokesperson said, “Delhi Police has tied up with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for providing mass job linked skill training for this selected youth. National Skill Development Corporation shall be providing skill training to this youth under ‘Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna’ (PMKVY) and CII will provide job linked training through its Sector Skill Councils who are connected to industry and thereby provide job guarantee.”
  3. Amulya Patnaik, Delhi Police Commissioner on the occasion has been stated that the, there are the 2,269 candidates have been selected to be trained by 36 training partners in 45 skills in the next three months. The whole process of selection of these candidates is paperless. The idea is to reconnect the youth that has been alienated from the civil society.
  4. Meanwhile, presenting the blueprint, Sanjay Baniwal, Special Commissioner of Police, said that “Candidates for this programme have been selected based on their qualification and their interest. At present, 8 skill training centres have started in different districts in Delhi, while total of 32 police station buildings have been identified where Skill Development Centers would be opened at the earliest.”

UP govt decides to end interview in Government jobs

UP govt decides to end interview in Government jobs

  1. The Uttar Pradesh cabinet has been decided for the end of the interview round for the selection for the government jobs in all the non-gazetted posts of Group B, C and D categories.
  2. “Keeping in mind the system followed by the Government of India, it has been decided to end the interview process for the government jobs in all non-gazetted posts of Group B, Group C and Group D,” an official statement said.
  3. The UP Cabinet has been also decide to fix the price of common variety of paddy at Rs 1,550 per quintal, and Rs 1,590 per quintal for grade-A paddy.
  4. The Cabinet has also decided to construct the plan to the Kailash Mansarovar Bhawan in Ghaziabad to facilitate pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Sindhiu Darshan Yatra and Chaardhaam Yatra, the official statement said.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Hurricane Harvey strikes USA,menaces Texas & Louisiana

Hurricane Harvey strikes USA,menaces Texas & Louisiana

  1. There is the force that is known as the Hurricane Harvey has been did its second landfall on Wednesday, by breaking the record rains and spurring additional flooding in small Texas cities that lie east of now-devastated Houston.
  2. “We need boats. We need large trucks, and we need generators,” said Tiffany Hamilton, a former city councilwoman in Port Arthur who was helping coordinate relief efforts in a city that is also without electricity. “The entire city has been flooded.”
  3. “Somewhere between being complacent and being panicked is the right place” to be, said Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). “That’s where we’re going to ask the people of Louisiana to settle.”
  4. “We expect a many-year recovery in Texas, and the federal government is in this for the long haul,” Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security secretary, said at the same briefing Wednesday.

From Doklam standoff to disengagement: How India and China resolved the crisis

From Doklam standoff to disengagement: How India and China resolved the crisis

  1. There are after the 75 days the Indian and Chinese solders has been entered in the Doklam plateau, in which there is of the Indo-Sino border in the Sikkim sector, the two sides have “almost completed” withdrawing their troops from the region, the Ministry of External Affairs indicated Monday evening.
  2. “In the afternoon of August 28, the Indian side pulled back all the Indian troops and equipment to the Indian side of the boundary and the Chinese personnel have verified this,” Hua said. “The Chinese side will continue to exercise its sovereignty and uphold its territorial integrity in accordance with historical conventions.”
  3. Asked if the disengagement was from both sides, Hua repeated the same statement. “Just now you mentioned that the Indian side has said it is a mutual engagement, but I want to stress that India has withdrawn all the personnel and equipment to the Indian side of the boundary. Chinese personnel on the ground has verified this and Chinese border troops continue to patrol in the Donlong area.”
  4. China, however, did indicate that there was a change taking place at the standoff site on the Doklam plateau. “In the light of the changes of the situation on the ground China will make necessary adjustment and deployment,” the foreign ministry spokesperson Hua said.

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
  3. City palace complex and Tiananmen Square
  4. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center
  5. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east-west across the country’s north.
  6. Capital: Beijing
  7. Currency: Renminbi
  8. President: Xi Jinping

Israeli military shuts down Palestinian radio station

  1. Israeli army forces on Thursday has been get the raid on the radio station in Hebron and confiscated transmission devices, equipment and televisions and shut it down for six months.
  2. Ayman Qawasmi, Manbar al-Hurriya’s chairman of board, said “This is not the first time Israel shuts down the radio station, where 56 people work to support their families. We are not surprised by Israel’s barbaric policy and it will not silence the voice of Manbar al-Hurriya.
  3. Mahmoud Iqnibi, public relations manager, told WAFA, “They circled the building and raided the radio station and TV. They uninstalled transmission devices, broke the live camera and surveillance cameras and equipment. However, they only shut down the radio station.”
  4. He described Israel’s order to raid, vandalize and shut down the radio station and TV as a serious crime. “We call on journalists around the world in general and Palestine in specific to stand in solidarity with the radio station. Closing the station is an attempt to silence Palestinians and cover Israel’s crimes.”

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

BANKING & FINANCE

Grameen Bank model has reached 300 million people worldwide: Mohd Yunus

Grameen Bank model has reached 300 million people worldwide: Mohd Yunus

  1. Bangladeshi Nobel Laureate and the founder of Grameen Bank Mohd Yunus has been given the statement Grameen Bank model has now reached nearly 300 million borrowers across the world.
  2. “After changing lives of over 9 million people in Bangladesh and generating 100,000 dollars in US, our Grameen Bank experiment has been able to benefit an estimated 300 million borrowers across the world including Brazil”, Yunus told reporters after delivering the ‘Arijit Mukherji Memorial Lecture’ at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, here last evening.
  3. To a question if people in West Bengal were not ready to take risk taking ventures as entrepreneurs, he said “I don’t look at it that way. The mentality to start own ventures is there, everywhere in world including Bengal. But you have to be with them (the young unemployed).”
  4. “There is this ocean of money all around. Poor people just want a sip of that money and we should reach it out to them,” he said adding even rich people become defaulters in bank loans “but conventional banks still reach out to the rich.”
  5. To a question about the fall of ponzy firms in Bengal, Yunus said, “While there can always be fly-by-night firms in a system and laws and legislation to check their activities, if you refer to the micro-credit concept mooted by us, it never collects money from depositors.”

KEYS:

  1. The Grameen Bank is a microfinance organisation and community development bank founded in Bangladesh
  2. It makes small loans to the impoverished without requiring collateral
  3. Founder: Muhammad Yunus
  4. Founded: 1983, Bangladesh
  5. Headquarters: Dhaka, Bangladesh
  6. Number of employees: 24,703
  7. Key person: Muhammad Yunus

India’s Q1 GDP growth slows to 3-year low of 5.7% from 7.9% in the same quarter last year

India's Q1 GDP growth slows to 3-year low of 5.7% from 7.9% in the same quarter last year

  1. India’s GDP growth has been started the growth has been raised from the 5.7% in Apr-Jun and pitting the country behind China on the list of world’s fastest growing major economies. The 5.7% fiscal first quarter GDP growth, has been rate of the economy that is the globalisation of the impact of demonetisation, was much lower than the 7.9% seen in the same quarter a year ago.
  2. “India’s GDP growth is set to accelerate in 2H17 (July-December), reflecting a balance in economic activity,” the largest oil producing bloc OPEC said its monthly report in July, adding that this would be despite the loss of momentum Jan-Mar due to demonetisation of high value currency notes in November 2016.
  3. “The economic pole of global growth has moved over the past few years from China to neighbouring India, where it is likely to stay over the coming decade,” Havard’s Center for International Development said in a study.
  4. “… with GST now being operationalised, this would be bottoming out as far manufacturing is concerned and probably the curve could turn up,” the minister told reporters here.

 

 

Science and Technology

ISRO launches IRNSS-1H, eighth regional navigation satellite

ISRO launches IRNSS-1H, eighth regional navigation satellite

  1. India’s attempt to launch its eighth regional navigation satellite has been failed on Thursday. The satellite IRNSS-1H has not came out of the heat shield as at it has the rocket’s lift off was as planned.
  2. ISRO chief A.S. Kiran Kumar told mediapersons,“ There was no problem in any of the stages. But the heat shield has to separate. And once that happens the satellite gets into the orbit. It got separated internally. But it’s enclosed within the heat shield in the fourth stage.”
  3. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been started the 29 hourse of the count down of the launch on Wednesday evening at Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh, about 80 km northeast of Chennai.
  4. This launch was taken by the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC). The Mission Readiness Review (MRR) committee and Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) had on August 29 cleared the countdown.

KEYS:

  1. The Indian Space Research Organisation is the space agency of the Government of
  2. India headquartered in the city of Bengaluru
  3. Headquarters: Bengaluru
  4. Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
  5. Founded: 15 August 1969
  6. Motto: मानव जाति की सेवा में अंतरिक्ष प्रौद्योगिकी (Hindi); IAST: Mānav Jāti Kī Sevā Men Antarikṣa Praudyogikī; (Space technology in the Service of humankind.)
  7. Director: A. S. Kiran Kumar

 

 

SPORTS

Oxlade-Chamberlain joins Liverpool from Arsenal

Oxlade-Chamberlain joins Liverpool from Arsenal

  1. The 24-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been completed its successfully the team of the Liverpool staff on Wednesday at St George’s Park, has been started the prepartion for the England’s World Cup qualifiers, having spurned a move to Chelsea in favour of working for Jürgen Klopp at Anfield.
  2. “I am really, really happy we have got Alex signed,” Klopp said on Liverpool’s website. “Since the last game I have been waiting and hoping we could make this transfer – and when I got the news he was ours it was fantastic.
  3. “I hear a lot of talk about positions but let’s talk about the player; he is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen.
  4. “He may still be young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better – and that excites me.”

OBITUARY

Read TIME’s Original 1997 Special Report on Princess Diana’s Death

Read TIME's Original 1997 Special Report on Princess Diana's Death

  1. Mourners who is remember as the Diana, she was the 36-year-old princess has been died on 31 August, in the year 1997. Her Mercedes, which was given by the paparazzi, crashed into a concrete pillar in the Alma Tunnel in Paris while traveling at more than 60 mph.
  2. A French woman paying tribute, Yvette Demilio, remembered Diana as “a modern mother with a strong character and a strong heart. She was also a fashion icon and, it is true, I loved her a lot.”
  3. Linda Grant, from Britain, said that “it’s like it was yesterday still, which means she is still here in our hearts. She has never gone away and she never will. She never will.”

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day

  1. Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day has been celebrated on September 1 in every years and the main aim of this celebration is the encourage of the random acts of kindness.
  2. “It’s just a day to celebrate kindness and the whole pay it forward mentality”, said Tracy Van Kalsbeek, executive director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, in 2016, at where this day has been celebrated on November 4.
  3. This event is celebrated on September 1 in New Zealand and on February 17 in the US.

 

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