Current Affairs | Latest Jobs | Goverment Jobs | Sarkari Naukri | Edusquad

Edusquad is an education platform that provides high quality educational videos and study material for various exams like UPSC, PPSC, SSC etc.

Current Affairs- 04 August 2018

NATIONAL


Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports are celebrating Swachhta Pakhwada
  • Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports are celebrating Swachhta Pakhwada from 1st to 15th August, 2018 under the Swachh Bharat Mission Programme of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation
  • First initiative will be for making all five SAI Stadia namely Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range and Dr. SPM Swimming Pool Complex as “Plastic Free Zone”. 
  • Second initiative will be for giving Swachhta Rank to these Stadia n the implementation of Swachhta activities carried out during the Swachhta Pakhwada.

India, Germany sign pact for financial, technical collaboration

  • India and Germany today signed an agreement on financial and technical cooperation, with a focus on sustainable urban development and renewable energy.
  • The agreement was signed between German Ambassador to India Martin Ney and Joint Secretary, (Department of Economic Affairs), Finance Ministry, Sameer Kumar Khare.
  • This year marks 60 years of bilateral development cooperation between India and Germany.

NITI Aayog launches Move Hack, global mobility hackathon to crowdsource solutions for future of mobility in India 

  • Envisaged to be one of the largest hackathons globally, Move Hack is focused on 10 themes and structured over three legs: online, followed by Singapore leg, and the finals in New Delhi.
  • The hackathon is organized in partnership with Government of Singapore
  • MoveHack aims to bring about innovative, dynamic and scalable solutions to problems pertaining to mobility. 
  • The hackathon has two-pronged campaign approach: (a) “Just Code It”: aimed at solutions through innovations in technology / product / software and data analysis, and (b) “Just Solve It”: innovative business ideas or sustainable solutions to transform mobility infrastructure through technology.
  • The winners will be announced during the Move Summit 2018, which is also organized by NITI Aayog on 7 and 8 Sep 2018 in New Delhi and is being inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Awards for the hackathon include recognizing top 10 winners, with total prize of more than Rs. 2 crores.


Union Cabinet Approves Stringent Anti-Piracy Law

  • The Union Cabinet today approved a bill providing for death penalty or life imprisonment to those involved in piracy at sea.
  • The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have been dealing with increasing incidents of piracy in critical sea lanes.
  • The government is bringing the law as part of commitment made by India while signing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in 1982. The UNCLOS was ratified by India in 1995. 

WHO thumbs up for Swachh Bharat’s rural component
  • It is estimated that the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM­G) will result in preventing more than three lakh deaths due to diarrhoea and protein­energy malnutrition between 2014­October 2019, notes a World Health Organisation (WHO)report .
  • The progress report on potential health impact from increased sanitation coverage through the SBM-G, conducted by the WHO for the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, said India’s rural sanitation coverage escalated to 89.07% till August 2.
  • under the SBM-G, 19 States and Union Territories were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) and 7.9 crore toilets were built, while 421 districts were declared ODF. Also, more than 4.9 lakh villages in the country were declared ODF.
  • The report further estimated that 14 million Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) can be avoided between 2014 and 2019. 
HRD Ministry approves norms against plagiarism
  • Student researchers found guilty of plagiarism may lose their registration and teachers could lose their jobs as the Human Resource Development Ministry approved new regulations on plagiarism drafted by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
  • The Ministry had notified the UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018 
  • plagiarism of up to 10% would not invite any penalty while that of between 10 and 40% would mean the students will have to submit a revised research paper within six months.
  • Plagiarism between 40 and 60% , students will be debarred from submitting a revised paper for one year. A student’s registration for a programme will be cancelled if the similarities are above 60%.
HAL tests rotary drone co-developed with IIT-K
  • A 10 kg rotary drone co-developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and IIT-Kanpur was recently flown for the first time 
  • The 10-minute flight of the helicopter-like RUAV or the Rotary Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was powered by a 2-stroke petrol engine. The RUAV can carry a 2.5-kg payload or instrument including a live-streaming video camera. It can operate for an hour and travel 8-10 km.
  • The RUAV is the first outcome of HAL’s R&D tie-ups with academic institutions 
Lok Sabha passes sports varsity Bill
  • The Lok Sabha passed a Bill establishing a National Sports University in Manipur as part of a vision to enhance country’s standing in sports. 
  • Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that the institution had already become functional .

WORLD
‘Mattala project with India is on’ 
  • Days afterMinister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told Parliament that there was no proposal for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to acquire a controlling stake in Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, a Sri Lankan Minister said talks on the project are “progressing” with India.
  • Mr. Sinha’s remarks last week came at a time when three rounds of official negotiations were completed on a likely joint venture between the AAI and the Airport & Aviation Services in Sri Lanka, to run the loss-making Mattala airport, located in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. 
  • The two governments, after detailed negotiations, have agreed that India, with a 70% stake in the joint venture, will contribute $225 million to revamp and run the airport, while the Sri Lankan side will invest the balance. 
  • India will operate the airport on a 40-year lease, as per the draft agreement

ECONOMY

Services sector grows fastest since Oct. 2016: PMI survey
  • India’s services sector activity remained in the growth territory for the second consecutive month in July, as business activity witnessed the strongest growth since October 2016
  • The seasonally adjusted Nikkei India Services Business Activity Index rose from 52.6 in June to 54.2 in July, as new business rose at the fastest pace since June 2017.
  • The Nikkei India Composite PMI Output Index, that maps both the manufacturing and services sectors, rose from 53.3 in June to 54.1 in July.
  • A print above 50 means expansion.
TRAI calls for zero telecom equipment imports by 2022
  • Suggesting that India aim at net zero imports of telecommunications equipment by 2022, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on  recommended the setting up of a ₹1,000 crore fund for promoting research and innovation in the sector.
  • The recommendations aimed at enabling Indian telecom equipment manufacturing sector to transition from an import-dependent sector to a global hub of indigenous manufacturing.
  • As per available data, the export of telecom instruments stood at $1,201.7 million in 2017-18 while imports totalled $21,847.92 million.
SPORTS
Sharath becomes 
top-ranked Indian 
  • A. Sharath Kamal jumped 10 spots to become the top Indian paddler in the latest ITTF world rankings released on Friday. He was listed at 33. Sharath’s best ranking was 32 in May 2015.
  • Manika Batra gained 24 spots to be ranked 57th, and remained the only Indian woman in the top 100.
Asian Nations Cup chess tournament: The men won the silver and the women the bronze
  • The men, comprising B. Adhiban, S.P. Sethuraman, K. Sasikiran, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Abhijeet Gupta.In the final round, India thrashed Iran White 3.5-0.5.
  • The women’s squad, featuring D. Harika, R. Vaishali, Eesha Karvade, Padmini Rout and Aakanksha Hagawane, took its tally to eight points after drawing with Iran Green 2-2 in the final round. It was third behind China (13) and Vietnam (10).
  • The women struck gold in the blitz event.
Rahil Gangjee won Louis Philippe Cup golf tournament
  • India’s two-time Asian Tour winner Rahil Gangjee won the $75,000 Louis Philippe Cup golf tournament with a stunning 7-under 63 in the final round at the Prestige Golfshire Club 
  • This is Gangjee’s second title of the year after his Panasonic Open triumph in Japan earlier this year.
Vaibhav Suri wins Biel Masters
  • Grandmaster Vaibhav Suri won the Biel Masters chess title with an unbeaten display
  • Germany’s Dennis Wagner topped an eight-way tie for the second spot at 6.5 points. Top seed Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) took the third spot.