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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Home Minister launches Intelligence wing of Sashastra Seema Bal and WARB app

Home Minister launches Intelligence wing of Sashastra Seema Bal and WARB app

  1. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday has given the suggestion to army of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) by appose of the message that has been viral on the social media and warned them not to believe them unless their authenticity is verified.
  2. “As you (SSB) have the responsibility to guard an open border, I want to draw your attention towards social media. I feel that several unnecessary information are circulated on social media, which do not have any basis. People generally believe such information and forward it,” the Home Minister said while launching the new intel set-up of SSB here.
  3. “I appeal to all SSB troopers not to believe the authenticity of such information they get on their mobile phones and WhatsApp until it is properly verified. I think, there is a necessity to be cautious and avoid such activities,”
  4. Rajnath Singh said, “Our next attempt is to provide some help to the family of a CAPF trooper whose family faces any special kind of problem which he can not handle. I am thinking of it and will definitely do something for it. I think, if you (CAPF officers) take care of the family of any martyr, you would not only perform your duty but also earn their blessings.”

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Home Affairs or Home Ministry is a ministry of the Government of India, serving as the Indian State Department
  2. An interior ministry, it is mainly responsible for the maintenance of internal security and domestic policy
  3. Formed: 15 August 1947
  4. Jurisdiction: India
  5. Headquarters: North Block, Cabinet Secretariat, Raisina Hill, New Delhi – 110 001
  6. Cabinet minister: Rajnath Singh
  7. Minister of state: Kiren Rijiju, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir
  8. Departments: Department of Internal Security

 

INS Garhial carries relief material under ‘operation Insaniyat’ for Rohingya refugees

INS Garhial carries relief material under ‘operation Insaniyat’ for Rohingya refugees

  1. An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane has been received by the Chittagong on Thursday; it had carried the total of the 50 metrics tons of the lakhs of Rohingya refugees who has get change his way in the voilence of the Myanmar’s Rakhine province for Bangladesh.
  2. “In response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh, government of India has decided to extend assistance to Bangladesh,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release, announcing the commencement of Operation Insaniyat.
  3. The Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Shringla has recieved the first plane and given the chance of relief consignment to Bangladesh’s Road Transport and Bridges minister, Obaidul Quader, who is also Awami League general secretary.
  4. “India has always responded readily and swiftly to any crisis in Bangladesh, in keeping with the close ties of friendship between the people of India and Bangladesh. India stands ready to provide any assistance required by the government of Bangladesh in this hour of need,” the MEA said in the press release.
  5. “I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and recognise the right of return of all those who had to leave the country,” the secretary general told a press conference.

KEYS:

  1. The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces
  2. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the airforces of the world
  3. Helicopter: Dhruv, Chetak, Cheetah, Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi-26, Mi-25/35, HAL Light Combat Helicopter, HAL Rudra
  4. Motto: नभः स्पृशं दीप्तम् (Sanskrit); IAST: Nabhaḥ Spr̥śaṁ Dīptam; (Touch the Sky with Glory)
  5. Headquarters: New Delhi
  6. Founded: 8 October 1932, India
  7. Fighters: Sukhoi Su-30MKI, Dassault Mirage 2000, Mikoyan MiG-29, HAL Tejas, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21
  8. Transports: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Ilyushin Il-76

 

 

 

Odisha passes bill for setting up first Odia Language University

  1. The Odisha government on Thursday has start the bill to pass the first Odia language university for post-graduate in literature, linguistics and epigraphy, among others.
  2. Tabling the University of Odia Language and Literature Bill 2017 in the assembly, higher education minister Anant Das said, “The University would be established in Bhubaneswar. It would also administer PG courses in literary criticism, evolution of east Indian language scripts, historical scripts, archaeology, musicology and translation into and from Odia.”
  3. “In the last two-and-a-half years, the government has taken several important steps for Odia language,” said Deb.
  4. This step has been taken after the few weeks later that when the BJP president Amit Shah mocked Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s poor command over Odia. At the time of the first visit of the, Shah said Patnaik, president of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) could seek apology for his poor Odia and wondered if he would do so.

KEYS:

  1. Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples
  2. The capital, Bhubaneswar, is home to hundreds of temples, notably the intricately-carved Mukteshvara
  3. The Lingaraj Temple complex, dating to the 11th century, is set around sacred Bindusagar Lake
  4. The Odisha State Museum is focused on the area’s history and environment
  5. Capital: Bhubaneswar
  6. Official song: Bande Utkala Janani

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Russia, Iraq restore air travel after 13-years

Russia, Iraq restore air travel after 13-years

  1. In the stability, term of the war that has been some of the West Asian nation, Iraq and Russia on Sunday has been gathered the some of the military guideline of the airline services for the first time since 2004, it is said by an Iraqi Airways.
  2. An Iraqi Airways plane has flew for the Baghdad for Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, Iraqi Airways said, Xinhua news agency reported. This flown has been the signal that has been comes from the Iraqi authorities that Russian nationals can safely visit Iraq, it said.
  3. These of the two country has been signed the agreement for the air travel to the Iraqi city of Basra, the source added.
  4. Russia has avoided the regular flights to Iraq in 2004 after the US-led invasion in 2003 plunged the Arab country into war.

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. St. Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, has the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum’s art collection
  4. Capital: Moscow
  5. Currency: Russian ruble
  6. President: Vladimir Putin

 

Japan releases postage stamps on Indian Yoga experts

Japan releases postage stamps on Indian Yoga experts

  1. There has been the role model for the yoga legend, Bishnu Charan Ghosh and his family members has been started the crew that will spread the Indian Yoga in the other country like the Japan, the Japanese postal department has released postage stamps on four of Bengal’s famous exponents of the ancient Indian practice.
  2. The stamps on Bishnu Charan Ghosh, his son Biswanath Ghosh, daughter Karuna Ghosh and Karuna’s father in law Asutosh Ghosh, this has been comes in the recent in the Japan, were official showcased here by the Japanese Consul General in Kolkata, Masayuki Taga.
  3. “This is the first time Japan has released postal stamps on any yoga experts. It is a result of the constant endeavour by the four yogis to create a close cultural linkage between the two countries by popularising the Indian form of yoga in Japan,” Taga said during the event.
  4. He has started the big of the friendly that will come in between the Indian postural yoga and Japanese martial art, stating that both have similar traits and extended good wishes to the Indian martial artists performing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

KEYS:

  1. Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples
  2. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing)
  3. Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture
  4. Capital: Tokyo
  5. Currency: Japanese yen

 

BANKING & FINANCE

GSTN reopens composition scheme window for small traders

GSTN reopens composition scheme window for small traders

  1. The GST (goods and services tax) Network, or GSTN, the company that processes GST returns, has started the one of the more opportunity that will give them another chance for the sign up for a liberal compliance scheme involving quarterly return filings.
  2. GSTN said in a statement that the ‘composition scheme’ for traders has been kept on the Rs75 lakh annual and this sell will open till the this month of the 30 September. In this there are two types one is the traders can file returns on a quarterly basis unlike the others who have to file returns on a monthly basis. The earlier window for signing up for the scheme had ended on 16 August, under which about 11 lakh assesses, signed up.
  3. “The composition scheme has been designed to simplify and reduce the burden of compliance for smaller taxpayers. Businesses opting for the scheme will see a lesser compliance burden as they will have to file returns only once in a quarter,” the GSTN statement said quoting chief executive officer Prakash Kumar.

 

Ola ties up with Karnataka Tourism Department to launch tourism campaign

Ola ties up with Karnataka Tourism Department to launch tourism campaign

  1. In line with United Nations’ theme for this year’s World Tourism Day, cab aggregation Ola has been neglected the tourism conflict on Monday.
  2. This event has been handle by the principle of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation to promote and raise awareness about responsible tourism, Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge told reporters here.
  3. As part of the campaign, popular actress and travel blogger, Shenaz Treasury embarked on an exciting road trip that spans across seven states, he said. “The trip will last for 14 days and cover 21 lesser-known locations across India with Ola Outstation, Ola’s smart mobility solution for inter-city travel,” Kharge said.
  4. Ola Founding Partner Pranay Jivrajka said, “We are delighted to flag off this campaign with Shri Priyank Kharge, to promote a sustainable tourism ecosystem for the culturally-rich state of Karnataka through Ola Outstation.”
  5. Shenaz said “She encourages people to take road trips, soak in some breathtaking experiences, and enjoy the scenic landscapes that our country has to offer.”

KEYS:

  1. Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines
  2. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife
  3. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, former seat of the region’s maharajas
  4. Hampi, once the medieval Vijayanagara empire’s capital, contains ruins of Hindu temples, elephant stables and a stone chariot
  5. Capital: Bengaluru (Executive Branch)
  6. Districts: 30

Science and Technology

Google launches digital payment app ‘Tez’ in India

Google launches digital payment app ‘Tez’ in India

  1. After launching Google is new payment app ‘Tez’ in India, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the change in the note and the ban on the note has made the habit and e-payments will gather pace on account of government initiatives and technology advancement.
  2. “Obviously in the month of November, December and January, a lot of people went in for digitisation in terms of mode of payment more out of compulsion rather than finding it a more convenient method to transact, but that compulsion created a habit for many,” he noted.
  3. “We reached a peak figure (after the demonetisation), then it marginally slipped and is now bound to pick up again,” he said after the launch of mobile app Tez — a Hindi word which means fast — for digital payments developed by Google for India.
  4. Finance Minister said, “As we stand today, the high denomination currency has squeezed… the squeeze process is going to happen in the natural course of the economy. Second important test is as a consequence of this how much we are able to expand the number of assesses and the tax base, both direct and indirect. Now, the time has come with application as simple as this that what started as compulsion becomes a matter of convenience and eventually a matter of spending habit as far as Indian people are concerned,”
  5. The app description explains, “Tez works with your existing bank account, which means your money is safe with your bank and you’ll continue to earn interest. There’s no need to open a separate account or worry about reloading wallets.”

KEYS:

  1. Google Inc. is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products
  2. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware
  3. Founded: 4 September 1998, Menlo Park, California, United States
  4. CEO: Sundar Pichai (2 Oct 2015–)
  5. Headquarters: Mountain View, California, United States
  6. Subsidiaries: YouTube, Nik Software, ITA Software, Google Japan, MORE
  7. Founders: Larry Page, Sergey Brin
  8. Parent organization: Alphabet Inc.

 

SPORTS

India exempts import duty on goods for FIFA U-17 World Cup

India exempts import duty on goods for FIFA U-17 World Cup

  1. The central government has taken the seen on the sports items and a wide range of goods that has been import for the upcoming Under-17 football World Cup India, which will run from October 6 to 28.
  2. The first FIFA has been going to held in the India will be spread over six cities starting October 6 and have 52 matches. The final football match, on October 28, will be played at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium.
  3. A recent notification from the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) said: “All sports goods, sports equipment and sports requisites; fitness equipments; team uniform/clothing; spares, accessories and consumables of the same will be exempted from the whole of the duty of customs leviable subject to certain conditions.”
  4. CBEC said “The importers will have to furnish undertakings that all the goods, excluding gift items, souvenirs and mementos, will be re-exported within three months of conclusion of the World Cup.”

KEYS:

  1. FIFA, also known as FIFA Football or FIFA Soccer, is a series of association football video games or football simulator, released annually by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports label
  2. Developers: Electronic Arts, EA Sports, Sumo Digital, Playfish
  3. Publishers: Electronic Arts, Garena, EA Sports, Nexon, Tencent
  4. Genres: Sports game, Simulation Video Game

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

President’s medal for former DIG D Roopa who exposed alleged jail irregularities

President’s medal for former DIG D Roopa who exposed alleged jail irregularities

  1. Former DIG D Roopa, who has been in the news about the case of the irregular of the case of the central jail here, including preferential treatment to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, has been selected for the Presidents Medal on Monday.
  2. The award has been given to the Roopa for her meritorious service by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy.
  3. In the month of the, Roopa, then DIG of Prisons, D Roopa, had submitted a report to the Director General of Prisons stating that Sasikala, serving a four-year sentence in the disproportionate assets case at Parapanna Agrahara Central Prison, was given preferential treatment and there was “a talk” that Rs two crore had exchanged hands.

 

OBITUARY

‘Father of nephrology in India’ Dr.K.S.Chugh dies of cancer at 85

‘Father of nephrology in India’ Dr.K.S.Chugh dies of cancer at 85

  1. Dr KS Chugh, the “father of nephrology in India”, has been died at the age of 85 years at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Sunday.
  2. “My father was admitted to PGIMER a few days ago and he passed away today. His cremation will take place at 12 p.m. here tomorrow,” Sumeet his son said.
  3. Dr Chugh was the great professor and former head of department of nephrology at the PGIMER. He has honored with the many of the national and international awards, including the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, in 2000, a PGIMER release said. He was presently working with Fortis Hospital at Mohali.
  4. Sumeet recalled a few last messages of his father, one of which was for the medical fraternity, where he said: “The real message is maintaining high standards of honesty, integrity and objectivity which are critical to scientific progress.”
  5. “The International Society of Nephrology had acknowledged the pioneering work and outstanding contributions of Dr Chugh and had included him amongst 50 legends in nephrology,” it said in the release.

 

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