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Current Affairs 3rd August

JITHIN LAL, Published On:03-Aug-2019

 

                            CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar 

  • Rejected the U.S. offer to mediate on Kashmir when he met Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the sidelines of an ASEAN conference in Bangkok.

2..Former Maldives Vice ­President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor, who fled his country and was detained by Indian authorities of the Thoothukudi coast, stayed put on the boat anchored near the old harbor for the second day on. 

  •  Further orders were awaited from the government.  
  • A law firm representing him has said that he was seeking asylum in India.

3.An Indian team emerged world champion at the World Debating Championships 2019, defeating Canada.

 

  • Tejas Subramaniam of Padma Seshadri Bal Bhavan (PSBB) School, Chennai, adjudged the best speaker.

4. The Indian Army launched e-cars for use of its officials. The e-car initiative has been launched in partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) in a joint venture of the Central PSUs under the Ministry of Power. 

  • The e-car launch is in line with government policies on environmental protection.

5.India has slipped from 5th to 7th in the economy’s ranking. 

The World Bank released the country’s 2018 ranking based on GDP.

In 2017, India grabbed the 5th position after pushing Britain.

  • But, now India has been pushed to the 7th position and Britain and France are on 5th and 6th position.

6.Senior journalist Ravish Kumar  was awarded this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize, for harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless.

  • He is among the five individuals who were declared winners of the award, which celebrates the greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia.

7.India has turned down consular access given to Indian citizens lodged in Pakistan jail Kulbhushan Jadhav

  • Pakistan had given conditional consular access, which India had objected to. 
  • India refuses to accept any conditions for consular access.
  • After the order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Pakistan promised to provide consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

8.KABIL, Khanij Bidesh India Ltd, a joint venture company will be set up soon to ensure a consistent supply of critical and strategic minerals to the Indian domestic market.

  • KABIL will be set up in joint partnership between three Central Public Sector Enterprises including National Aluminium Company Ltd.(NALCO), Hindustan Copper Ltd.(HCL) and Mineral Exploration Company Ltd (MECL).

9.Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has announced setting up Pashmina testing centre in Leh region of Jammu and Kashmir to check the quality of pashmina collected. It will be set up in partnership with lab of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC),  The centre will have standards testing lab, machines and scientists to check the quality of pashmina collected.It also released BI Standards of Pashmina. 

  • BIS will also train the locals, with the cooperation of LAHDC in marking of the standards to save time and money. 

10.The Rajya Sabha cleared the contentious the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 or anti-terror law that gives powers to central agencies and states to designate an individual as a terrorist and seize his properties. 

  • Rajya Sabha approved it by voice vote after rejecting an opposition-sponsored motion to send it to Select Committee with 104 votes against it as compared to 85 in its favor. In what turned out to be a phenomenal victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in Rajya Sabha, a resounding 147 MPs voted in favor of the final bill while only 42 polled against it.

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website

 

 

 

 






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