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Important Current Affairs 7th August 2018

Important Current Affairs 7th August 2018

Current Affairs 7th August 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

External Affairs Minister on 3-nation central Asian tour

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on 2nd of August 2018 left on her first trip to the central Asian Nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

Important Takeaways

  • Astana is the capital city of Kazakhstan and Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.
  • Bishkek is the capital city of Kyrgyzstan and Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev
  • Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan and Prime Minister is Abdulla Aripov, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov.

Launch official Trailer Of Film “Halkaa” Under the Aegis Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban)

Shri Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs launched the official trailer, music and poster of Bollywood film “Halkaa” under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), in partnership with the New Delhi Municipal Council, on 6th August 2018.

Awards to Movie

The film has already won numerous awards and accolades in the international arena including two prestigious Grand Prix – Best Feature Film awards at Montreal International Children’s Film Festival and KINOLUB Film Festival for Children and Youth in Poland.

About “Halkaa” Movie

“Halkaa” poignantly captures the journey of this simple and under privileged child’s dedication, struggle, and aspiration for achieving the goal of owning a personal toilet for his family despite resistance from his father.

Important:

Film director of this movie is Nila Madhab Panda who is a Padma Shri awardee.

Budget for DRDO for the Financial Year 2018-19

  • The total Budget of Department of Defence Research & Development (R&D) for the Financial Year 2018-19 is Rs. 17861.19 crore with manpower of approximately 24224 (including 7354 scientists).
  • A total of 13 research projects in Technology Development (TD) and Science & Technology (S&T) category have been taken up in the year 2018-19 in the broad areas of hybrid power system, advanced materials, CBW Defence technologies, laser diode technology, technologies for insensitive munition etc. and since these are in design phase, outcome of research projects will be seen in the subsequent years.

Defence Research and Development Organisation

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agency of the Republic of India, charged with the military's research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India.
  • Formed in 1958.

Agency executives:

  • Sanjay Mitra : Secretary, Department of Defence R&D
  • G. Satheesh: Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister

Important:

Nirmala Sitharaman, the current defence minister of India is the second woman since Indira Gandhi to hold this major post.

Launch of Bidder Information Management System and Bhoomi Rashi - PFMS Linkage Portals

Shri Nitin Gadkari launched Bidder Information Management System (BIMS) and Bhoomi Rashi and PFMS linkage - two IT initiatives of the Road Transport & Highways Ministry that are aimed at expediting pre construction processes relating to bidding and land acquisition respectively.

What is BIMS?

  • Bidder Information Management System BIMS is aimed at streamlining the process of pre-qualification of bidders for EPC Mode of contracts for National Highway works with enhanced transparency and objectivity.
  • The portal will work as a data base of information about bidders, covering basic details, civil works experience, cash accruals and network, annual turnover etc

What is Bhoomi Rashi?

  • Bhoomi Rashi, the portal developed by MoRTH and NIC, comprises the entire revenue data of the country, right down to 6.4 lakh villages.
  • Bhoomi Rashi portal has been instrumental in reducing the time taken for approval and publication of notifications pertaining to land acquisition.

Important:

  • Integration of Public Financial Management System (PFMS) with Bhoomi Rashi is one of the key functionalities to facilitate payment related to compensation for land acquisition to all the beneficiaries directly through the Bhoomi Rashi system.

About PFMS:

  • PFMS is a web-based online software application developed and implemented by the Office of Controller General of Accounts (CGA) to facilitate sound public financial management system for Government of India (GoI).
  • It provides various stakeholders with a real time, reliable and meaningful management information system and an effective decision support system, as part of the Digital India initiative of GoI.

Annual Awards for Excellence in National Highways Projects

  • Annual Awards for Excellence in National Highways Projects from this year onwards, for recognizing concessionaires and contractors who are performing exceptionally.
  • The Annual Road Awards to be presented every year starting 2018 are designed across five categories as follows:

1. Excellence in Construction Management

2. Excellence in Operation & Maintenance

3. Best Toll Plaza 

4. Safe Highway 

5. Innovation in Design or Construction Technology 

India among one of the highest growing tourist economies of the world

The Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism Shri K. J. Alphons informed the Lok Sabha on 6th August that India is among one of the highest growing tourist economies in the world in 2017.

Important Figures:

  • More than 14.0% growth in number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India in 2017 over 2016 along with a 19.2% increase (in US dollar terms) in the Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) through tourism for the same period.
  • In 2017, Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) through tourism was Rs. 1, 77, 874 crores.
  • India ranks 26th in the world in arrivals of global tourists.
  • Ministry has sanctioned 69 projects worth for Rs.5711.79 Crore to 29 States/UTs under the PRASHD scheme.
  •  Under PRASHAD Scheme, Ministry has identified 26 sites in 19 states for development and till date, 24 projects have been sanctioned for Rs.727.16 Crore under the scheme.
  • PRASHAD Scheme full form is Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive.

National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 Passed in Parliament

  • National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 is passed by Rajya Sabha on 6th August 2018.
  • Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot  moved in Rajya Sabha the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Third Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the further Amendments made by the Lok Sabha.
  • This Amendment Bill is to repeal the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993 as passed by the Lok Sabha.

About Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017

  • The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Thaawarchand Gehlot on April 5, 2017. 
  • It seeks to grant the National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC) constitutional status, at par with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.

Functions:

  • Under the Constitution Amendment Bill, the duties of the NCBC will include:
  • Investigating and monitoring how safeguards provided to the backward classes under the Constitution and other laws are being implemented
  • Inquiring into specific complaints regarding violation of rights, and
  • Advising and making recommendations on socio-economic development of such classes.  The central and state governments will be required to consult with the NCBC on all major policy matters affecting the socially and educationally backward classes.

Parliament Passed Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2018

  • The Parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018 with the Rajya Sabha clearing it by a voice vote. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill last month of July.
  • The bill replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21 this year.
  • The bill stipulates stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape, particularly of girls below 12 years and death sentence has been provided for rapists of girls under 12 years.

An MoU signed between FAGMIL and Government of Himachal Pradesh

  • FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Limited (FAGMIL), a CPSU under the administrative control of the Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India has received a Letter of Intent (LoI) from the Government of Himachal Pradesh for grant of mining lease for setting up of White Cement Plant to cater to the demand of white cement in North India.
  • An MoU will be signed between FAGMIL and Government of Himachal Pradesh for the same.
  • This will be the first PSU white cement plant in India.

About Plant:

  • The installed capacity of the proposed Plant will be 1000 TPD.
  • Direct and indirect employment generation would be around 200 and 3000 respectively.
  • The plant would be installed using the latest available environment friendly technology. 
  • The project shall be a land mark in the development of Nohra Dhar and nearby areas of Himachal Pradesh.

Important:

  • The Ministry is headed by Minister of Chemicals and fertilisers. Ananth Kumar is the current minister for the department.
  • Smt. Alka Tiwari, Joint Secretary of Department of Fertilizers and Chairperson & Managing Director of FAGMIL.

Current Affairs 7th August 2018: INTERNATIONAL NEWS. SPACE

China successfully tests waverider hypersonic aircraft called Called Xingkong-2

China has successfully tested its waverider hypersonic aircraft which is capable of flying independently and of carrying nuclear warheads.

About Xingkong-2

  • The Xingkong-2 - also called Starry Sky-2 - was fired at a target range in north-west China and tested for 10 minutes.
  •  Xingkong-2 - designed by China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics reached an altitude of 30 kilometres at Mach 5.5.
  • Xingkong-2 is a flight vehicle which flies in the atmosphere and glides at high speeds using shockwaves generated by its own hypersonic flight with the air.
  • It can reportedly carry nuclear warheads and break past anti-missile defence systems currently in use the world over.
  • This is primarily because Xingkong-2 has an unpredictable trajectory and has a superior in-flight speed to cruise and ballistic missiles.

Current Affairs 7th August 2018: SCHEMES

Implementation of Central Sector Scheme of ‘Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse’

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment implements Central Sector Scheme of ‘Assistance for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse’ for identification, counseling, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts through voluntary and other eligible organizations.

About the Scheme

  • Under this Scheme, financial assistance is provided to NGOs/Voluntary organizations and other eligible agencies for setting-up/running Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCAs).
  • At present the Ministry is supporting 74 IRCAs in Maharashtra and Rs.10.10 crores grant in aid has been released to them during 2017-18.

Current Affairs 6th August 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATION

Indo - Thailand Joint Exercise Maitree 2018 Opening Ceremony

  • Exercise Maitree is a joint military exercise between Indian Army and Royal Thai Army which will be conducted from 06 to 19 August 2018 in Thailand.
  • It is a platoon level exercise which comprises of infantry component.
  • The opening ceremony started with familiarization of organisation and display of weapons & equipment of both armies.
  • The exercise will emphasize to hone the tactical and technical skills in joint counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in rural and urban scenario under UN mandate.

Important

Prime Minister of Thailand is Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Current Affairs 7th August 2018: OBITUARIES

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi passed away

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi passed away at 6:10 pm on Tuesday. Mr. Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital following a drop in his blood pressure in the early hours of July 28. Since then the five-time Chief Minister's medical status has gone through ups and downs.

The Tamil Nadu government has declared holiday on August 8, 2018, and announced a seven-day mourning period for the former chief minister.The DMK patriarch's last journey will be on Wednesday and the National Flag will be flown at half-mast during the mourning period.Mr. Karunanidhi's mortal remains will be kept at Rajaji Hall for the public to pay their last respects, a statement released by State Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan read. The Tamil Nadu government has refused permission to bury DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi at the Marina citing "legal hurdles and several cases pending in courts." Instead, the government is ready to allot two acres of land near the Gandhi Mandapam on Sardar Vallabhai Patel road. 

About M. Karunanidhi

Muthuvel Karunanidhi (3 June 1924 – 7 August 2018), popularly known as Kalaignar (artist), was an Indian politician who served as the chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu for five separate terms in the 1969–2011 period. Before entering politics he worked in the Tamil film industry as a screenwriter. He has also made contributions to Tamil literature, having written stories, plays, novels, and a multiple-volume memoir.

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Important Current Affairs 6th August 2018

Important Current Affairs 6th August 2018

Current Affairs 6th August 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

India elected as President of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development

The Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting Development (AIBD) on 3rd August elected Fayyaz Sheheryar, Director-General of All India Radio, as its new President. This is the first time India has been elected for the position of president of AIBD.

Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting Development (AIBD)

Established in 1977 under the auspices of UNESCO, AIBD is a unique regional inter-governmental organisation servicing countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development. The elections were held at the 44th annual meeting of AIBD in Colombo.

Approval of 122 new research projects at a cost of Rs 112 crore under IMPRINT-2

•    For advancing research in the high education institutions, the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved 122 new research projects at a cost of Rs 112 crore under IMPRINT-2 covering Energy, Security, Healthcare, Advanced Materials, ICT and Security/Defence domains.

•    According to Union HRD Minister PrakashJavadekar said in a statement - “Out of 2145 proposals, 122 best proposals were selected for funding under IMPRINT-II, advancing cutting edge level technology,” 

IMPRINT-2

Impacting Research, Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT), a national initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) designed to address all major engineering challenges relevant to India through an inclusive and sustainable mode of translational research has now reached its next phase, IMPRINT Round 2.

Startup Academia Alliance Programme of India

Startup India launched the Startup Academia Alliance programme, a unique mentorship opportunity between academic scholars and startups working in similar domains.

Startup Academia Alliance

•      The Startup Academia Alliance aims to reduce the gap between scientific research and its industrial applications in order to increase the efficacy of these technologies and to widen their impact.

•      By creating a bridge between academia and industry, the Alliance strives to create lasting connections between the stakeholders of the startup ecosystem and implement the third pillar on which the Startup India Action Plan is based - Industry Academia Partnerships and Incubation.

Approved and allocated an amount of Rs 60,039,297 for Project Mausam for F.Y 2018-19 and 2019-20

An amount of Rs 60,039,297 has been approved and allocated for Project Mausam. Expenditure for the project during 2017-18 and first three months of 2018-19 is Rs 16, 75,614.

Project ‘Mausam’

Project ‘Mausam’ is the initiative of Ministry of Culture to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum as associate bodies.

Aim of this project:

•              This project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’ – collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean.

•      The main objective of the project is to inscribe places and sites identified under Project Mausam as trans-national nomination for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

For the first time, the Supreme Court will have three sitting woman judges

•      With the elevation of Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee as the Supreme Court judge, the apex court has created a new record in the Indian judicial history.

•      For the first time, the top court will have three sitting woman judges, that include Justices R Bhanumathi and Indu Malhotra the most woman judges the apex court has had.

•     Justice Banerjee would become the eighth woman judge in the history of the Supreme Court. She succeeds the likes of Fathima Beevi, Sujata V. Manohar, Ruma Pal and Gyan Sudha Misra and Ranjana Prakash Desai.

•     At present, the SC has 22 judges.

President inaugurates ‘Festival of Democracy’

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the ‘Festival of Democracy’ in Thiruvananthapuram (August 6, 2018 to mark the conclusion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala legislative assembly.

Objective:

“Festival of Democracy” will provide actionable and practicable inputs for the progress of legislative democracy in our country.

Important About Kerala Government:

•  Governor P. Sathasivam

•  Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

•  Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan

•  Cultural Affairs Minister A.K. Balan

Government e- Marketplace (GeM) Initiative:

As an initiative to improve transparency in procurement, Government has set up Government e- Marketplace as a 100% Government owned company registered under the Companies Act, 2013 for providing online platform for procurement of common use goods and services by government organizations.

Government e- Marketplace

Government e- Marketplace (GeM) is an online platform for government users which was launched on 9th August, 2016.

Salient Features:

•  It leverages technology to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement. It provides the tools of e-bidding, reverse e-auction and demand aggregation to facilitate the government users, achieve the best value of their money.

•  It is paperless, cashless and contactless platform giving end to end solution.

Important:

The Minister of State of Commerce & Industry is C R Chaudhary.

Inauguration of Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling: Policy Prescriptions

•    NITI Aayog’s International Conference on “Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling: Policy Prescriptions” was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri. Nitin Gadkari at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in the capital on 6th August 2018.

•   NITI Aayog Shri. Rajiv Kumar, CEO, NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant and renowned experts from all over the world in material recycling took part in the deliberations at the conference.

Objective:

“Recycling will increase growth, create wealth, and generate employment”,

Current Affairs 6th August 2018: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

IIT- Madras has developed the first of a family of six industry-standard microprocessors.

•    The computer scientists and a student team from the IIT- Madras have developed the first of a family of six industry-standard microprocessors.

•     The initial batches of 300 chips named RISECREEK, produced under Project Shakti, have been fabricated free at Intel’s facility at Oregon, U.S., to run the Linux operating system.

RISECREEK microprocessors

This microprocessors can be adapted by others, as the design is open source. They optimise power use and compete with international units such as the Cortex A5 from Advanced RISC Machines (ARM).

Shakti project

“The Shakti project is not aimed at only building processors. It also aims to build high speed interconnect for Servers and Supercomputers based on variants of the RapidiIO and GenZ standards. These are key to build large clusters of processors to get Petaflop and Exaflop level supercomputers,”

Current Affairs 6th August 2018: ECONOMY

Four-pronged strategy to help banking sector

•       The government is working on a four-pronged strategy to improve the health of the banking sector and help it get rid of non-performing assets.

Four-pronged strategy ("4Rs")

1. Recognition

2. Resolution

3. Recapitalisation

4. Reform

Important:

The Minister of State for Finance is Shiv Pratap Shukla.

Current Affairs 6th August 2018: SPORTS

India captain Virat Kohli topped the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen

•     India captain Virat Kohli on 5th of August 2018 topped the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

•     Kohli thus became the seventh India batsman, and first since Sachin Tendulkar (in June 2011) to be ranked the number one Test batsman in the latest ICC rankings released on 5th August.

•    Kohli has gone up by 31 points, which has helped him to end Steve Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman and reach the top of the summit for the first time in his 67-Test career.

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Important Current Affairs 5th August 2018

Important Current Affairs 5th August 2018

Current Affairs 5th August 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

122 new research project proposals worth Rs 112 crores for financing under IMPREINT-2

●        In order to pursue research in higher education institutions, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has approved 122 new research projects under IMPREINT-II at a cost of Rs 112 crore including energy, safety, health, upgradation Contains material, ICT and security / defense

●        Selected new research project proposals: 35 (ICT); 18 (Advanced Materials), 17 (Health Technology), 12 (Energy Security); 11 (security and defense); 9 (Continuous housing); 7 (water resources and river system); 5 (environment and climate); 4 (manufacturing); And 4 (nanotechnology).

Adarsh road from airport to Rashtrapati Bhavan

●        The road from the airport to Rashtrapati Bhavan can be built in Delhi's ideal road.

●        This suggestion LG has placed in front of DDA.

●        He said that this time DDA is setting up 10 lakh trees.

●        From July 15 to September 30, this plant is to be planted, in which two lakh trees have been taken so far.

●        DDA currently has 783 parks and 6 biodiversity parks in Delhi, hence it is playing an important role in enhancing greenery.

Lockheed did not meet offset conditions, fined $5 lakh

●        The Defense Ministry has redeemed a part of the bank guarantee given by American Aerospace Manufacturer Lockheed Martin, not fulfilling the offset conditions for the Special Operations Aircraft Deal.

●        The deal worth 4,000 crores was signed in 2013.

●        Lockheed Martin has been fined less than $ 5 million.

Whatsapp will create local team

●        Whatsapp has informed the government that a local team is working with the company's India Head, which will monitor the circulation of fake news.

●        IT Ministry official said that WhatsApp has responded to the notice issued by the government.

●        The government said that the app has shown commitment to ending fake reports.

Ikea's first Indian store will open in Hyderabad on August 9

●        The first Indian store of Swedish furniture company IKEA will open on August 9 in Hyderabad.

●        Ikea Retail India had earlier said that it has extended the date of opening of the store from July 19 to 9th August.

●        Ikea thanked the Telangana government for her support.

Presidential approval for fugitive economic offender bill

●        President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the fugitive Economic Offenses Bill.

●        This bill will play an important role in preventing fugitive economic offenders from avoiding legal process in India and escaping from the country.

●        The fugitive financial offender is a person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued and he has gone out of the country to avoid criminal prosecution due to his involvement in a selective economic offense worth 100 crores or more.

Hearing on Article 35A in Supreme Court

●        The Supreme Court will hear the petition on the cancellation of Article 35A, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir .

●        In order to uphold Article 35A, the separatists have announced a shutdown in the valley.

●        Article 35A was added to the Constitution in 1954 by the order of the President.

●        This law prevents any person outside Jammu and Kashmir from buying property in the state.

●        Also, an outsider can not take advantage of the state government's plans and can not get government jobs there.

Current Affairs 4th August 2018: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

US to invest $ 300 Million in Hind-Pacific region to counter China

●        The US will invest $ 300 million to increase security and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

●        US Secretary of State Mike Pompey has announced this at a press conference in Singapore ahead of the Southeast Asian Nations Organization Summit.

●        The US wants to counter the Chinese domination in this area .

  

Saudi Arabia sent back Canadian High Commissioner

●        Saudi Arabia has said on Monday that he has sent the Canadian High Commissioner back to Riyadh to the country and has called his ambassador present in Toronto.

●        Saudi has also banned all new trade and investment with Canada.

●        Saudi has taken this step after the appeal of Canada in which demand for the release of civil rights activist arrested in Riyadh was sought.

●        Saudi Arabia had put many civil rights activists in jail under major action.

Dunkin 'donuts half store closed

●        Jubilant Foodworks , a listed partner of American Quick Service Donut Chain Dunkin Donuts, has closed more than half of the stores in the last two years.

●        She is leaving the store formats and focusing on donuts and beverages with smaller formats like Kiosk.

●        JFL is doing it to remove the pressure of losses on its profitability due to Dunkin.

Current Affairs 4th August 2018: OBITUARY

Head of Sant Nirankari Mission Savinder Mata passed away

●        Mother Savinder Hardev Maharaj, who was the head of Sant Nirankari Mission, passed away on Sunday evening.

●        She died in the nirankari colony of the weeds.

●        Savinder Hardev Maharaj lived as spiritual head of Sant Nirankari Mission from May 13, 2016 to July 16, 2018.

●        she was 61 years old.

Famous industrialist Rajan Nanda dies

●        Rajan Nanda , the famous industrialist and Chairman of Escorts Group, has died.

●        Nandha, the actor of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, breathed last night at the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.

●        Nanda's company makes tractors and other agricultural equipment.

Current Affairs 4th August 2018:ECONOMY

₹ 15000 crores investment will not come in mobile manufacturing

●        The organization of companies making handsets have warned the government saying that if the incentives of States are not restarted in the Goods and Services Tax system, the loss of investments of Rs 10,000 to 15,000 crore in the coming days in mobile manufacturing Could.

●        Indian Cellular Association has written in a letter sent to Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha and Vice Chairman of the Commission, Rajiv Kumar that after the implementation of GST, the incentive available for local manufacturing has been completely stopped.

Under construction Solar projects will not be charged with safeguard duty on imported solar equipment

●        Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has requested the Finance Ministry to give under-construction solar projects exemption from safeguard duty on imported solar equipment.

●        The Finance Ministry has decided to impose 25% safeguard duty on imported solar equipment.

●        The Finance Ministry issued the security guard duty related notification last week.

Current Affairs 4th August 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATION

India-China joined hands against agricultural subsidies for developed countries

●        Both India and China have jointly told the World Trade Organization that they want the developed countries to reduce their agricultural subsidy under the agreement .

●        Both countries have proposed that for the developed countries including the US, European Union and Canada, eliminate them that are subsidizing the $ 160 billion form for themselves.

●        The farm subsidies given on cotton, wool and tobacco are harming their international business.

Current Affairs 4th August 2018: PERSONS

Justice Joseph's seniority decreased

●        The central government has reduced the seniority of Justice Joseph , with whom many Supreme Court judges and even some members of the Kaliyim are angry.

●        A source associated with the Supreme Court has said that some judges and members of the Supreme Court will meet Chief Justice of India (CJI) Deepak Mishra on Monday.

●        During this time, these people will express their dissatisfaction with this decision before the CJI.

●        The Center has named Justice Joseph at number three in his notice.

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Current Affairs 4th August 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Rare albino snake in Bhopal's Van Vihar

●        An albino white snake is being brought from Betul in Van Vihar, Bhopal.

●        Albino snakes can not survive because they are not able to escape the eye of the hunter due to their color and they become food.

●        Its eyes are red and it looks beautiful as compared to the other cobra snakes.

Decrease in number of HIV patients during last three years

●        During the last three years, the number of HIV patients has decreased.

●        Health and Family Welfare Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said that the number of HIV patients in the year 2015-16 was 2,00,465, whereas in the year 2016-17 it has registered 1,93,195.

●        New hosiots of HIV have been seen emerging in Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura states.

5000 crores approved for facilities like AIIMS in BHU hospital

●        In order to develop facilities like AIIMS in Sir Sunderlal Hospital of Kashi Hindu University, the Central Government will provide five thousand crore rupees.

●        The way to provide facilities and autonomy to BHU Hospital and Medical Science Institute is open from the agreement between the Union Ministry of Health, Ministry of Human Resource Development, AIIMS-Delhi and BHU in New Delhi.

●        According to the agreement, without the name of BHU IMS, the facilities and administrative arrangements will be replaced by AIIMS.

Demand for issuing red corner notice against the sons of Nawaz

●        The anti-corruption body of Pakistan has demanded to issue red corner notice to Interpol against Hassan and Hussein, sons of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , who are in jail .

●        The court has declared the sons of Sharif as fugitive.

●        After a Supreme Court verdict on July 28, 2017, three cases against Sharif and his two sons were registered and both of them were not present in any court after which they were declared fugitive.

Supreme court approves deal between RCom-Jio

●        Supreme Court has given Reliance Communications permission to sell assets to Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio .

●        Along with this, supreme court has ordered Anil Ambani 's company to give Rs 550 crore to Ericsson till September 30.

●        After this Supreme Court order, Mukesh Ambani will get an opportunity to openly support his younger brother Anil Ambani through his company Reliance Jio.

Adani tops in getting gas distribution license

●        The group of billionaire industrialist Gautam Adani has been at the forefront of obtaining licenses for urban gas distribution .

●        Adani Group has got license to sell CNG in 11 cities including Allahabad.

●        Adani Group has obtained licenses for transporting of LPG to households in six cities through retail CNG and pipes at their own level.

●        At the same time, in five cities, it has got licenses under public sector Indian Oil Corporation joint venture.

Railway Minister approves new incentive policy for the  players working in the Railways

●        Central Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has approved a new policy for the promotion of the players working in the Railways.

●        As per the new promotion policy, all the players and coaches who have been awarded Padma Shri will be promoted in the form of officials besides winning medals in the Olympic Games.

60% of malaria parasites transmitted in the blood from  platelet are destroyed: Study

●        According to a new study, 60 percent of malaria parasites transmitted in the blood from platelets are destroyed.

●        The platelet found in the blood is helpful in increasing the human body's resistance and protects against malaria fever.

●        The study found that platelets located in the blood of patients suffering from malaria have the ability to destroy the parasite of malaria.

Lok Sabha passed National Sports University Bill 2018

●        The Lok Sabha passed the National Sports University Bill 2018 on August 3, 2018.

●        After the discussion in the House on the National Sports University Bill, passed by voice.

●        Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said during the discussion on the bill that the university will involve activities of research, administration, training and other sports.

Current Affairs 4th August 2018: APPOINTMENT

Supreme Court gets 8th woman judge

●        Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee has been appointed as the judge of the Supreme Court .

●        Justice Indira Banerjee is the 8th woman judge to go to the Supreme Court.

●        Earlier, Fatima Biwi, Sujata V Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Mishra, Ranjana Prakash Desai, R. Bhanumati and Indu Malhotra became judges of the Supreme Court.

 Current Affairs 4th August 2018: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Woman fined for the first time for wearing hijab in Denmark

●        For the first time, a 28-year-old woman has been fined for violating this law after the ban on masks or hijab in Denmark in August.

●        1,000 crores (about Rs 10,000) were imposed on a woman wearing a mask.

The fashionable dress will be made from cow dung in the  startup of the Netherlands

●        A startup in the Netherlands has claimed to find a way to separate the cellulose from the cow dung to make fashionable dress.

●        This startup bioart lab runs Jalila Essaidi.

●        The fabric that is being made from cellulose is named as 'mastic'.

●        Shirt and top are being made from this.

●        Startup has also succeeded in making biodegradable plastic and paper from cellulose of cow dung.

Sushma Swaraj met PM of Uzbekistan

●        External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdullah Arifov and discussed bilateral relations.

●        Swaraj, who arrived on his first visit to Uzbekistan, was welcomed by his Uzbek counterpart Kamilov at the airport.

●        Under India's efforts to promote strategic partnership with resource-rich countries, Sushma Swaraj is on a tour of three Central Asian countries.

Ministry of Health is going to ban more than 300 medicines

●        Considering the recommendation of a sub-committee of the country's highest drug advisory body, the Health Ministry can soon ban more than 300 medicines.

●        These fixed dosages are combination medicines.

●        Apart from this move, many companies will be affected in addition to domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers like Piramal, McLeods, Cipla and Lupine, along with big multinational companies such as Abbott (MNCs).

Current Affairs 4th August 2018: ECONOMY

Pilot project of GST discount on rupay card and Bhim app will start

●        Some important decisions were taken at the GST Council meeting under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Piyush Goyal .

●        After the meeting, the Finance Minister informed that the state will soon start pilot project of GST discount on digital payment through Rupay card and Bhim App .

In 2017-18, Banks recovered Rs 5,000 crore as a fine

●        In 2017-2018, banks have imposed a fine of about Rs 5,000 crore in the bank account of those without minimum balance .

●        State Bank of India has imposed a maximum fine of about Rs 2,434 crore on its non-default balance.

●        Nearly 30 percent of the penalty has been recovered by India's 3 major private banks, Axis, HDFC and ICICI.

Current Affairs 4th August 2018: DEFENSE

India successfully tested supersonic interceptor missile

●        India successfully tested the inter-atmospheric advanced air defense interceptor missile on August 03, 2018.

●        Interceptor missile left from Abdul Kalam Island of Odisha coast

●        India had successfully tested supersonic cruise missile Brahmos on July 16, 2018.

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Current Affairs 3rd August 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

'Tourism Festival' will be organized all over the country from 16 September to 27th September.
 
●        The Tourism Ministry of the Government of India is organizing 'Tourism Festival' throughout the country from September 16 to 27, 2018, in collaboration with other Central Ministries, State Governments and all stakeholders.
●        The festival is being organized to focus on the benefits of tourism, to showcase the cultural diversity of the country and to strengthen the principle of "Tourism for Everyone".
 
45 new hostels sanctioned under working women hostel scheme
●        Dr. Virendra Kumar, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, told in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today that under the working women hostel scheme, 65 new proposals have been received during the last three years and during the current financial year and 45 new hostels sanctioned. has gone.
●        He said that the Women and Child Development Ministry is implementing the hostel scheme for working women from the year 1972-73.

 
Indian citizen won 19 crore in the lottery

 
●        V.V. Simon of Kerala has won around 19 crores in the big ticket lottery draw on Abu Dhabi International Airport on Friday.
●        Indians are dominating the Big Ticket draw.
●        One Syrian citizen and 10 others in the list of 10 winners


NBCC will complete Amrapali Group projects
 
●        Government company NBCC has told the Supreme Court that it is ready to take the projects of Amrapali Group entangled in the legal battle.
●        Amrapali Group has not been able to capture 42,000 home buyers flat.
●        Following this, the Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Justice UU Lalit directed NBCC to submit a proposal to complete the project within 30 days.
●        The Bench told NBCC that the money that the Amrapali Group has taken from home buyers will be delayed for completing the projects.
 
 

Policy to help the footwear industry
 
●        Government is considering to create an incentive policy for one of the most important sectors of the footwear industry in terms of participation of labor and small industries.
●        Under this, work on measures to enhance skill and employment in the sector has started, as well as increasing footwear manufacturing and export.
●        There is a work of constructing nearly half a dozen footwear clusters across the country.
 
 

Railways earned 13.94 billion rupees from canceled tickets
●        In the financial year 2017-2018, the money collected from the passengers instead of the ticket was canceled, the treasury of the railway stood at around 13.94 billion rupees.
●        Even after the charts were created during the last financial year, the Railways earned Rs 88.55 crore from the fee charged on the passenger ticket stays in the waiting list.


Bill passed to give constitutional status to OBC Commission in Lok Sabha
 
●        In the Lok Sabha, on August 02, 2018, the Bill to grant constitutional status to the Other Backward Classes Commission was passed unanimously.
●        Unanimous approval was granted in the Lok Sabha with a majority of more than two-thirds majority.


Supreme Court issues guidelines for improving judicial structure
 
●        The Supreme Court issued new guidelines on August 02, 2018 for effective administration of judicial functions and improving the infrastructure of the courts across the country.
●        These include appointment of management professionals as court masters.
●        The Supreme Court has directed that a commercially qualified court manager will be appointed to assist in court administration in judicial districts provided they have an MBA degree.

Current Affairs 3rd August 2018: AWARDS

More than 10,000 nominations were received for Padma Award-2019
●        The last date for online nomination for the Padma awards on Republic Day, 2019 is September 15, 2018.
●        After the nomination on May 1, 2018, there have been 11,475 registration on the website, in which 10,453 nominations have been completed.

Current Affairs 3rd August 2018: SCHEMES

Prime Minister Ujjwala plan touched 5 crores figure
●        Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Lok Sabha Speaker, gave away five millionth LPG connections to Mrs. Takdiran of Delhi under the Prime Minister Ujjwala Scheme in Parliament House here today.
●        Speaker Sumitra Mahajan appreciated the collective efforts made by the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leadership of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to achieve the target of 5 crore for the senior officials and oil marketing companies of the Ministry.

Current Affairs 3rd August 2018: SPORTS

Steeplechase runner Naveen Dagar found positive in Dope Test
 
●        The Indian athletics team preparing for the forthcoming Asian Games today suffered a major setback when the steeplechase runner Naveen Dagar was found positive in the banned substance meldonium during the inter-state athletics competition in Guwahati .
●        Dagar 2014 is the bronze medalist of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and he got a qualifying mark of 8:41 sec during the Guwahati competition.
 

NCL will help to conserve young athletes
 
●        Northern Coalfields Limited has decided to help the young athletes in the country.
●        Based on the competition, the first session of the residential academy started with the admission of 18 talented young athletes elected from all over the country.
●        NCL has taken the initiative of caring for the talent of these young athletes in the age group of 12 to 14 years.

Current Affairs 3rd August 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

12 year old Divyang wrote the book
 
●        In Britain, a 12-year-old child wrote a book.
●        Jonathan Brian can not speak and neither can he be physically able to write.
●        With the help of e-train frame, Jonathan has written a book named " I Can write".

Emmerson Mnangagwa won Zimbabwe's presidential election
 
●        Emmerson Mnangagwa has won in Zimbabwe's presidential elections.
●        They will once again become President of Zimbabwe
●        Zimbabwe's Election Commission Chief Justice Priscilla Chigumba announced their victory.
●        After the resignation of 94-year-old President Robert Mugabe in November 2017, elections were held for the first time in Zimbabwe.

Current Affairs 3rd August 2018: ECONOMY

540.43 crores profit of SAIL
 
●        Steel Authority of India Limited has made a profit of Rs 540.43 crore in the first quarter (April-June) of FY 2018-19 by removing the liability of tax.
●        In the first quarter of the financial year 2018-19, SAIL has made a turnover of Rs 15,743.21 crore, which is 22.42% more than the corresponding period of the previous financial year.

Current Affairs 3rd August 2018: DEFENSE

Tejas fighter plane successfully completed 'deck landing' test
 
●        Naval prototype of the indigenously built fighter plane Tejas received a major feat by contacting the deck during the 'deck landing' test on aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on 02 August 2018.
●        Along with this, India has joined a range of select countries such as America, Europe, Russia and China, which decks landing fighter aircraft.

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Important Current Affairs 2nd August 2018

Important Current Affairs 2nd August 2018

Current Affairs 2nd August 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Integrate to Innovate Programme for energy Startups
●        Invest India has entered into an agreement with energy companies to provide market opportunity directly from the laboratory for Indian startup through innovation program for integration for energy startup.
●        From the integration, there is a three-month corporate accelerated program for energy startups located in a newborn corporate campus.
 

Ministry of Environment and Skill Development signed an agreement to give training to one lakh RAC service technicians
●        Earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
●        Both the joint secretaries of the ministries- the exchange of consent letters between Shri Gyanesh Bharti and Mr. Rajesh Agarwal.
●        Both the Ministry will provide training to 100,000 RAC service technicians.
 
 
Government enhances financing to improve the quality of higher education
●        Increasing the fund allocation for the Higher Education Department has been allocated Rs 35,010.29 crore in the year 2015-16 from Rs 26,855.26 crore in the year 2018-19.
●        Central institutions of higher education are now dependent on the government budget because these institutions provide education at a minimum fee.
●        The total authorized equity capital of HEFA has increased to Rs. 10,000 crores.
 
 
150 universities were included during the last three years in the UGC list
●        The University Grants Commission has informed that during the last three years, a total of 150 universities have been included in the UGC list.
●        The colleges were established by the State Governments / Trust / Registered Society and Private Management and included in the list of UGC under section 2 (f) and 12 (b) of the UGC Act, 1956.
 
 
Piyush Goyal approves new incentive policy for the players working in the Railways

●        Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance and Corporate Affairs has approved a new policy for the promotion of the players working in the Railways.
●        Under this, all the players and coaches who have been awarded Padmashree will be promoted as officers besides those who win medals in the Olympics.


Solid waste management projects in 97 cities along the river Ganges
●        There was a meeting to review the solid waste management projects in 97 Ganga cities of Central Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Conservation Minister and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs and other concerned officials.
●        A total of 63 projects have been sanctioned for development of river banks and development of ghats and cremation grounds, which are estimated to cost Rs. 1197 crores.
●        Out of these 24 projects have been completed and other projects are at different levels of implementation.


Rajasthan becomes the first state to implement biofuel policy
 
●        Rajasthan has become the first state in India to implement the National Biofuel Policy of 2018.
●        This is said by Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Rajendra Rathod.
●        In the Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj Training Institute, the biofuel authority approved the implementation of the biofuel policy 2018 in the fourth meeting of the Empowered Committee.
 

Central Cabinet approves revision in SC / ST Act
 
●        The Union Cabinet approved the amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Act on 01 August 2018.
●        In the beginning of 2018, the Supreme Court censored the misuse of some important provisions of the SC-ST Act and rejected them.
 

RBI announces interest rates in monetary policy review meeting
 
●        The Reserve Bank of India announced interest rate increase in the monetary policy review meeting on 1 st August 2018.
●        RBI has increased policy rates for the second consecutive time.
●        RBI has increased the repo rate and 25 basis points i.e. 0.25 percent to 6.5 percent.
 

TCS will take online exam for railway recruitment
 
●        Indian Railways is going to do one lakh recruits in the coming months.
●        It will also be the first such government job recruitment, which will be examined by a private company Tata Consultancy Services.
●        TCS already conducts prestigious entrance exams like CAT and GET for IITs for institution like IIM in India.
●        More than 200 million applications have been received by the Railways for 1 lakh recruits.


Uber launches new safety toolkit feature
 
●        Ober, who provided an app based taxi service , launched the 'Safety Toolkit' feature for Indian Riders on Thursday.
●        Earlier in May, Uber launched this feature in the US.
●        After good response there, it has also been launched in India.

Current Affairs 2nd August 2018: ECONOMY

NHAI will sign MoU with SBI for long-term unsecured loans of Rs 25,000 crore
●        National Highways Authority of India is getting unsecured loans of Rs 25,000 crore for 10 years from the State Bank of India, under which a repatriation of 3 years will be postponed.
●        This is the highest loan amount sanctioned for NHAI by an institute at one go.
●        It is also the longest non-vulnerable loan amount approved by SBI to any body by SBI.

Apple became company of 1 trillion
●        Apple has become the first listed company of a trillion dollar.
●        Apple's stock rose 2.8 percent, after which it increased by 9 percent from Tuesday.
●        Apple's share gained 6%.

Current Affairs 2nd August 2018: SCHEMES

Policy Commission launches Move Hack
●        The Policy Commission has launched the Global Mobility Hackathon-Move Hack for the purpose of the future of mobility in India.
●        It will be one of the largest hackathons globally.
●        Move Hack will focus on ten subjects and will be finalized in online, Singapore and New Delhi.

Current Affairs 2nd August 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

China launches high-resolution satellite for Earth observation
 

●        China launched Optical Remote Sensing Satellite Gaofen-11 under the High-Resolution Satellite Project for Earth Observation on July 31, 2018.
●        This satellite will help in China's ambitious belt and road project.
●        This was the 282nd mission of the Long March Rocket Series.
 

Current Affairs 2nd August 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP

India and Germany signed an agreement to support sustainable urban development
 
●        India and Germany signed an agreement on 1 August 2018 for financial and technical cooperation.
●        In this agreement urban emphasis has been prominently emphasized.
●        On behalf of the German Government, the agreement was signed by Dr. Martin Neyi, Ambassador of the Government of India and Sameer Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, in the Finance Ministry on behalf of the Government of India.

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Important Current Affairs 1st August 2018

Current Affairs 1st August 2018: NATIONAL NEWS


Cabinet approves agricultural scientist recruitment board (ASRB)
●        The Cabinet has approved the Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) under the chairmanship of Narendra Modi.
●        ASRB will now have four members in place of three members. There will be one president and three members in the board.
●        The ASRB will be for a period of three years or upto 65 years.
 
Approval of policy-framework for exploration and exploitation of non-conventional hydrocarbons
●        Under the chairmanship of Narendra Modi, the Cabinet has approved the policy framework for exploration and exploitation of non-conventional hydrocarbons, such as shell oil / gas, coal bed methane etc.
●        This policy will increase the capacity for the use of potential hydrocarbon stores in the current contract areas, which have not been explored so far and which were not exploited.
●        With the implementation of this policy, new investments in exploration and production activities and new domestic hydrocarbon discoveries are expected to increase.
 

Life Insurance Corporation will acquire IDBI Bank
●        Under the chairmanship of Narendra Modi, the Union Cabinet has approved the government's holding in IDBI Bank below 50 per cent.
●        With this acquisition, consumers, LICs and banks will get extensive benefits of the solution.
 
 
13 new kendriya vidyalaya in seven states and acceptance of opening Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Madhya Pradesh
●        Under the chairmanship of Narendra Modi, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal to open 13 new Kendriya Vidyalayas in seven states and open the second Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh.
●        13 new schools will be opened in Banda, Washim, Chakpikarong, Parabham, Nawada, Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Palamu, Siddipet, Kudamalakente, CISF Surajpur, Devkund and Bawli.
●        The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has also approved the setting up of additional Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Elott in Ratlam district in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Hindustan Copper Limited approves 15% equity
●        Under the chairmanship of Narendra Modi, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has issued 13,87,82700 equity shares of five rupees per equity equity capital of 15 per cent from the qualified Institutional Placement Route as per SEBI and other valid instructions issued by Hindustan Copper Limited. has approved.
●        As a result, the share of Government of India in HCL will be reduced from 76.05 per cent to 66.13 per cent.
●        From this, the paid up share of HCL will increase from Rs 462.61 crore to Rs 532 crore.
 
 

Skill Development Training for Beedi makers
●        Ministry of Labor and Employment has initiated skills development program to the bidi workers and their coming Sriton revenue Whack them to increase obs at regular intervals.
●        Recently, the Ministry initiated skills development program for those making bidis and are still in Ini Mbhik stage.
 

Two coastal highway projects will start in Odisha
●        In Odisha, there is a plan to start 415 km long seaside highway projects at a cost of about Rs 7500 crore.
●        For the construction of highway, Rs. 6000 crore and land acquisition amounting to Rs. 1500 crores is fixed.
●        NHAI had cleared the maps of these projects last year.


National Child Rights Protection Commission will constitute 'arbitration cell' in NRI marriage dispute cases
●        The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Central Government has directed the NCPCR to set up an arbitration cell based on the rights granted in the Child Rights Protection Act, 2005.
●        This cell will take a decision keeping the child's best interests in mind and the parent will prepare the plan.
 

Policy commission will organize investors' conference for all-round development of peninsula
●        The Policy Commission will conduct an investor conference on August 10, 2018 at the Overseas Center for All-round Development of Peninsula.
●        The conference will be inaugurated by the Chairman of the Policy Commission Mr. Amitabh Kant.
●        This will increase investment in Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep for sustainable development of eco-tourism projects.


Delhi government eliminated Aadhar compulsion in social welfare schemes
 
●        In the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the proposal for ending the mandatory requirement of Aadhar for getting pension and other services was approved.
●        Due to this decision, old age, divinities and widows will no longer have to face any obstacle in getting the pension given by the Social Welfare Department of Delhi Government due to the base.
 

Ministry of Health signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Power
 
●        Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Power for the purpose of Digital India program on July 31, 2018.
●        Under this, National Health Agency signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for providing Information and Intentional Validation services to the beneficiaries especially with the same service center under the Digital India program.
 

Bill of bankruptcy and bankruptcy passed in Lok Sabha
 
●        The Lok Sabha passed the Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Code Bill, 2018 on July 31, 2018.
●        This bill was introduced in parliament on July 23, 2018.
●        It has been brought to the place of insolvency and amendment incompetence code amendment ordinance 2018, which was enforced by the President on June 6, 2018.

Current Affairs 1st August 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP 

Financial and technical agreement worth Rs 5253 crores was signed between India and Germany
●        Under the India-Germany bilateral development cooperation, a new agreement was signed between the two countries in New Delhi today.
●        Large agreements for financial cooperation between India and Germany signed for lesser interest loan of 610 million euros and financial grant of 5.5 million euros to formalize.

Current Affairs 1st August 2018:GLOBAL NEWS

Inland Waterway Authority launched new portal for cargo owners and shipping companies
●        Inland Waterway Authority started a dedicated portal linking the logistics operators and shipping business with real-time data on the availability of ships.
●        This portal will be the means of direct contact between shipping operators, shipers and cargo owners.
●        There was no system to know the availability of ships in the market so far.

Current Affairs 1st August 2018: AWARDS

Gopalkrishna Gandhi selected for Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna Award
 
●        Gopalkrishna Gandhi has been selected for the year 2018 Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna Award.
●        He is the former Governor of West Bengal, he has been selected for this award in the matter of promoting harmony and peace.
●        Gopalkrishna Gandhi will be given this award in a special program on August 20 in New Delhi.

Current Affairs 1st August 2018: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Scientists discovered new cells of human cells
 
●        American and Spanish scientists have discovered the new size of human cells during the study of aphethylic cells.
●        The new size that has been discovered by scientists has been named 'Scootoid'.
●        Scientists discover new cell sizes during the study of epithelial cells.

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Important Current Affairs 31st July 2018

Current Affairs 31st July 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Start-up India tour begins in Chhattisgarh
 
●        Startup India Tour was inaugurated on 30th June in Raipur.
●        A large number of students have registered themselves for the first boot camp to be organized in Raipur.
●        Today, on 31st July, the Government Engineering College will visit Bilaspur for the second boot camp.
 
 
The old Jaipur city of Rajasthan is the next place proposed for recognition for UNESCO World Heritage
●        The old Jaipur city of Rajasthan in India is the next place proposed for recognition as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
●        According to Operating Guidelines 2017, only one place name may be proposed by the states each year.
●        It benefits the local economy, which promotes domestic and international tourism, thereby increasing employment opportunities.
 

CSC will register the beneficiaries of Ayushman India
●        In the presence of Ravi Shankar Prasad and Jagat Prakash Nadda, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to implement the Ayushman Bharat Scheme through three lakh general service centers spread across the country.
●        Ayushman is a National Health Security Scheme, which will provide cover to more than 100 million poor poor families by providing coverage up to five lakh rupees for recruitment in secondary and tertiary hospitals.
 
 
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology signed MoU

 
●        Under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the National Health Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for providing information and expertise services to the beneficiaries especially with the same service centers.
●        The signing of this MoU was signed by Dr Dinesh Tyagi, CEO of National Institute of Health (NHA), Dr. Indu Bhushan and CSC-SPV.

Amendment of the Bill for the merger of five associate banks with SBI passed in Parliament
 
●        The Parliament passed the State Bank Resolution and Amendment Bill on July 30, 2018, for the merger of its associate banks in State Bank of India.
●        After the approval of the Lok Sabha on the amendments suggested by the Rajya Sabha in the State Bank Resolution and Amendment Bill, 2017, the bill has now been passed in Parliament.
●        This bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 21, 2017 by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
 
Guidelines for implementing strategic partnership models were approved
 
●        The Government has approved the guidelines relating to the implementation of the strategic partnership model brought with the aim of promoting the private sector in the creation of state-of-the-art weapon systems.
●        A meeting of the Defense Purchase Council was held in the chairmanship of Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on July 30, 2018, in which these guidelines were approved.
●        With this, self-reliance in the defense sector will be increased and weapons can be supplied to the Armed Forces in a timely manner.


Coal India to buy 13,000 crore mining equipment in 3 years
 
●        Public sector company Coal India Limited will buy the mining equipment for around 130 billion rupees in the next 3 years through global tenders.
●        In view of increasing demand, the company is going to take this step to increase coal production.
 

Tech Mahindra profits down by 30%
 
●        Mid-sized IT company Tech Mahindra posted profits of $ 13.18 million in June quarter, down 29.9% from the previous quarter.
●        With the increase in cost of telecom segments and expenditure on salary-visas items, the increase in operation cost has put pressure on the company.
●        Tech Mahindra earnings dipped 1.6 percent to $ 1.2 billion on quarter-on-quarter basis.

Current Affairs 31st July 2018: SCHEMES

Prime minister crop insurance scheme
●        Due to its specialties, the Prime Minister's Crop Insurance Scheme became quite popular and 27 states and union territories of the country adopted it in one or more seasons.
●      This scheme was implemented in 2016-17, during which the monsoon rainfall was quite good, but despite that, the average of insurance claims under this scheme was 73 percent higher than that year.

Current Affairs 31st July 2018: RANKING

India is among top 100 countries in the United Nations e-Governance index
 
●        India has joined the top 100 countries in the United Nations e-Governance index.
●        In the United Nations e-Governance index, India has jumped 22 points during the last 4 years, of which 11-digit jump has been done in the last two years.
●        India was 118 points in this index in 2014, but she has now jumped to 96th rank.
 

ATP ranking: First place remains with Nadal
 
●        Spain's star player, Rafael Nadal , remains on top in professional tennis association ranking.
●        Nadal is in first place, while Roger Federer of Switzerland remains in second place.
●        Germany's top player Alexander Zverev is third, Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro fourth and South Africa's Kevin Anderson are at number 5.

Current Affairs 31st July 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

America, Pakistan pledged to restore bilateral relations
 
●        The US and Pakistan have agreed to restore bilateral relations.
●        In the meeting between US Defense Secretary James Matisse and Islamabad's Ambassador Ali Jahangir in Washington, a resolution was made in this regard.
●        In the meeting, both discussed the relations between their countries and the regional security of South Asia.

Indian-American Seema Nanda became Democratic Party CEO
 
●        Indian American seema Nanda has been appointed as the CEO of Democratic Party of opposition parties.
●        After assuming the office, Nanda vowed to work for the country and ensure the election of Democratic Party candidates in all corners of America.
●        Nanda is the first Indian American to hold the post of the Democratic and Republican CEO of the National Committee.
●        Nanda took charge of DNC CEO on July 23.

US enhances India's level of control in the export control system
 
●        On 30 July 2018, the US gave India the status of Tactical Trade Authority-1 and granted exemption in export control for the sale of high-tech products.
●        India is the only South Asian country, which has been included in this list.
●        In the year 2016, India has been granted STA-1 status after getting recognition as America's 'Chief Defense Associate'.

Current Affairs 31st July 2018: SPORTS

javelin Throwing Athlete Amit Kumar suspended
 

●        Amit Kumar, the talented athlete of the National Interstate Javelin throw, was found guilty of consuming banned substance during a visit to Finland last month.
●        The Indian Athletics Federation has kept quiet about this matter but closest sources of the athlete confirmed that he has been temporarily suspended.

Current Affairs 31st July 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP

America enhanced India’s strategic partner status
 
●        On Monday, the US gave India the status of Tactical Trade Authority-1, giving India a concession in export control for the sale of high-tech products.
●        India is the only South Asian country, which has been included in this list.
●        After getting recognized as India's 'Chief Defense Associate' in 2016, it has earned STA-1 status.

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Important Current Affairs 30th July 2018

Important Current Affairs 30th July 2018

Current Affairs 30th July 2018: NATIONAL NEWS


Shripad Yesso Naik laid the foundation stone for the second phase of construction work of North Eastern Ayurveda and Homeopathy Institute in Shillong
●        Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik laid the foundation stone for the second phase of construction work at the North Eastern Ayurveda and Homeopathy Institute in Maavdiyanyadi, Shillong.
●        The construction cost of 10481.53 sq. Km area will be around 40.80 crores.
●        This new campus of the institute will also accommodate students, doctors, employees and guests.
 
 
 
CIL coal production increased 105 MT in last 4 years
●        In the last four years, coal production of Coal India Limited has increased by 105 MT.
●        During the four years, the increase of CIL coal production was 31 MT.
●        Similarly, the rise of coal from the CIL has increased from 109.12 MT in the last four years.

Government constitutes National Testing Agency
●        The Government has constituted a National Examination Organization, a Self-Examination Examination Organization for conducting entrance examinations in higher education.
●        The first entrance examinations were organized by the Central Board of Secondary Education and the All India Council for Technical Education.
●        The objective of the formation of this agency is to create an expertise and dedicated organization to organize the prestigious entrance examinations and to free the CBSE from liability so that the CBSE can fulfill its assigned work.


Establishment of display boards and announcement machines in passenger trains
●        In the prestigious trains like EMU and Humsafar, Tejas, arrangements have been made to display board and public announcement system.
●        Apart from this, the GPS based passenger information system has been arranged on the LCD screen in the Cognition coach.
●        Available stations, destination stations, train status updates and security information will be available on the LCD screen.
 
 
Indian Railways Launches Mission Integrity
 
●        Indian Railways Launched Mission Satisfaction for Ethics in Public Administration on July 27, 2018 in National Rail Museum, New Delhi.
●        This was the first such program organized by a government organization.
●        During this program discussions about maintaining high level of integrity in the work were discussed.
 

National Citizen Register issued in Assam
 
●        The second and final draft of the National Civil Register of Assam has been released between the security of the Assam government.
●        It has been released so that people living illegally in Assam can be traced.
●        The Central Government has also sent 220 companies of paramilitary forces to maintain security in Assam and the surrounding states.


Death penalty for rape of girls below 12 years
 
●        The Lok Sabha has cleared the important bill in the country for the punishment of rape of a girl below the age of 12 years to the death penalty .
●        Under this, strict punishment has been made to punish those who have been under the age of 16 years.
●        The Lok Sabha passed a bill by rejecting amendments to some members on the Bill and passed the Penal Amendment Bill 2018 in a nutshell.

Current Affairs 30th July 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

Third BRICS Film Festival concluded with India Day
●        The third BRICS Film Festival concluded on 22-27 July, 2018, with the International Durban Film Festival in Durban, South Africa.
●        The last day of the celebration was celebrated as India Day.
●        After that the award was given and the closing ceremony was held.
●        Best Actress: Bhanita Das, Village Rock Stars
●        Best Film: Amit Masurkar Newton
●        Special Jury Award: Village Rock Stars of Reema Das

Harley Davidson will launch electric bike
 
●        Harley Davidson, the US's leading motorcycle company, is preparing to launch four new bikes, including an electric motorcycle.
●        This information was given by the company while disclosing the details of development details 'More Roads to Harley-Davidson' for the year 2022 on Monday.
●        New bikes will be launched in 2019-20 and 2022.

Current Affairs 30th July 2018: SPORTS
Prime Minister meets Commonwealth Games 2018 table tennis medalist
 
●        Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Commonwealth Games 2018 medalist table tennis players.
●        These medal winners met the Prime Minister in Parliament House.
●        Prime Minister congratulated medal winners for exemplary performance in the international arena.
 
 
Saurabh Verma created history by winning the Russian Open title
 
●        Indian badminton player Saurabh Verma won the Russia Open title on July 29, 2018.
●        Before them, Ruthika Shivani won the title in 2016 in the women category.
●        World number-65 Saurabh defeated Koki Watanabe of Japan in the men's singles title.

Current Affairs 30th July 2018: ECONOMY

Investment in the field of logistics will reach $ 500 billion by 2025
●        Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu today said that by the year 2025, annual investment in the field of logistics will reach $ 500 billion.
●        Prabhu said that this would create lakhs of jobs in the country and create barriers to domestic and international level in India's business activities.

Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation of Rs 60,000 crore projects in Lucknow
 
●        Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for industrial projects of 60 thousand 228 crores in Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh on July 29, 2018.
●        In the program organized by Indira Gandhi Foundation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for projects to be set up by 81 industrial houses in Uttar Pradesh.
 

Reliance plans to raise $ 2.7 billion 
 
●        Mukesh Ambani's company Reliance Industries is preparing to raise capital of $ 2.7 billion from overseas market for refinancing high-cost loans .
●        The outstanding debt of the company increased from Rs. 2,18,763 crore till the end of March 2018 to Rs 2,42,116 crore in the quarter ending June 2018.
 

Indian companies record 67 trillion dollar worth deal in one year
 
●        Indian companies have recorded $ 67 trillion deals this year.
●        According to top banker JP Morgan, there may be more buying in the tech, media and telecom sector.
●        In the biggest $ 16 billion acquisition, Wal-Mart bought a large stake in the Indian e-commerce company Flipkart.

Surendra Rosha became CEO of HSBC India
●        Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation has appointed Surendra Rosha as Chief Executive Officer of HSBC India.
●        He will replace Jayant Rikhye, who is going on holiday for health reasons.
●        Rosha was associated with the Indian operations of HSBC in 1991.

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Important Current Affairs 29th July 2018

Important Current Affairs 29th July 2018

Current Affairs 29th July 2018: NATIONAL NEWS

Policy to make India a Defense Production Hub
●        In order to meet its defense needs, India has to import most of the military equipment from other countries.
●        Now the government wants to include India in five major military equipment manufacturers in the next 10 years.
●        In order to strengthen the defense production industry, Government of India can announce an important policy next month.


On LTC, Central employees can get access foreign tours
 

●        Central Government employees can get the facility of going abroad for travel under leave travel concession soon.
●        Ministry of Personnel has prepared a proposal related to it.
●        The proposal has been sought from related departments such as Home, Tourism, Civil Aviation etc.


Charities will get GST discount
 
●        The government has proposed a total budget cost of Rs 325 crores for two years with the aim of reducing the financial burden of charitable institutions like temples, mosque dargahs, gurudwaras, churches, Buddhist monasteries, religious asylums.
●        An official of the Ministry of Culture said that the proposed total budget for the financial year 2018-19 and 2019-20 is Rs 150 crore and Rs 175 crore respectively.
 
 
Paytm in preparing for instant delivery
 
●        Paytm is preparing a new retail model, so that shopkeepers can be equipped with technology, logistics and marketing capabilities.
●        According to one 97 Communications, owned by Paytm brand, under the new model, customers will soon be able to order their orders in neighborhood pharmacy, grocery and other stores and offer instant delivery.
 
 
Insurance companies have unclaimed Rs 15,000 crore
●        The recently submitted report in Parliament says that 23 insurance companies have Rs 15,000 crore lying there, who are not making any claims.
●        In this, LIC has Rs 10,509 crores and private life insurance companies have 4,675 crores.
●        Now the government has initiated an initiative to reach this unclaimed amount to its heirs.
 

Suggestions for stringent rules for the protection of children's personal data
 
●        The Justice Justice Shri krishna Committee has advocated strict provisions for the protection of the personal information of children.
●        The committee has suggested that people collecting the information should be considered as responsible parents of such data and prevent them from processing, tracking, targeted advertising etc, etc. of private information that can be harmful to children.
 

Autonomous body will be built to fund higher educational institutions
 
●        The agency being funded for the funding of higher educational institutions of the country will be largely based on the model of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.
●        NAC is registered as an inter-university center as Autonomous Body, which falls under the University Grants Commission.
●        This institution works independently.
 

Shareholders' approval to foreign investment up to 74% in PNB Housing Finance
 
●        Shareholders of the Home Loan Business Unit of Punjab National Bank , PNB Housing Finance, have cleared foreign investment limit in the company from existing 24 percent to 74 percent.
●        In the information given to the stock exchange, the company said that the proposal to raise a maximum of Rs 90,000 crore in its annual general meeting was also approved.

Current Affairs 29th July 2018: ECONOMY

Reliance plans to raise $ 2.7 billion capital
●        Mukesh Ambani's company Reliance Industries is preparing to raise capital of $ 2.7 billion from overseas market for refinancing high-cost loans .
●        The outstanding debt of the company increased from Rs 2,18,763 crore till the end of March 2018 to Rs 2,42,116 crore in the quarter ending June 2018.


Iran's currency at record low level
 
●        Along with Shiite-dominated Iran, the impact of heavy restrictions imposed by the United States on its economy has started to appear.
●        Iran's currency, which is facing a financial crisis, is going down steadily. Iran's price has risen to 1,12,000 on Saturday, compared to the dollar.
 

FPI to invest Rs 1,800 crore in July
 
●        Foreign investors have invested Rs 1,800 crore so far this month in Indian stock exchanges.
●        Whereas, in the last month, they made heavy withdrawals.
●        Between April and June, foreign investors had cleared more than Rs 20,000 crore from the stock market.
 

Eco 
Only 66% of registered companies are active
●        About 66 percent of the total 17.79 lakh registered companies in the country were active till the end of June.
●        According to the latest data from the Corporate Affairs Ministry, till June 30, more than 11.89 lakh companies were active.

Current Affairs 29th July 2018: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP

Ministry of Investment and United Arab Emirates signed MoU for Technology Cooperation
●        A Memorandum of Understanding between India and the United Arab Emirates was signed in New Delhi between the Ministry of Artificial Intelligence of Invest India and the United Arab Emirates for cooperation in the field of artificial technology on July 27, 2018.
●        On the Memorandum of Understanding, the MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and the Vice President of the United Arab Emirates Embassy in India and the presence of Commerce Athey Mahamahim Ahmed Sultan Al Falahi.

The first Hindu temple will be built in Abu Dhabi by 2020
 
●        In Abu Dhabi, the first temple will be ready by 2020.
●        During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Abu Dhabi in 2015, the government had given its approval for the construction of a temple in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
●        The temple committee is expecting its construction by 2020.
●        The temple with seven towers will represent the UAE's seven emirates, which will be built on 14 acres of land near Abu Dhabi-Dubai Highway.

Current Affairs 29th July 2018: DAYS AND DATES

International Tiger Day 2018 was celebrated all over the world
 
●        Celebrated International Tiger Day on July 29, 2018 around the world. This day is celebrated as Awareness Day.
●        Due to the loss of poaching and forests, the number of tigers has decreased in various countries.
●        Dr. Harshavardhana released a manual on the health and nutrition management of wildlife of Indian zoos.

Current Affairs 29th July 2018: GLOBAL NEWS

470 Indians are in Pakistani jails
 
●        More than 470 Indians, including 418 fishermen, are locked in Pakistani jails.
●        The Pakistani government has given this information in a report in the Supreme Court.
●        In his report, the Foreign Ministry also said that there are about 357 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails.

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