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Current Affairs Quiz–1 1st September, 2017

Current Affairs – 1st September, 2017

  1. LPG price hiked by Rs.7 per cylinder, ATF by 45%
  • Subsidized cooking gas (LPG) price was hiked up by more than Rs 7 per cylinder, in line with the central government’s decision to raise prices every month in an attempt to eliminate subsidies by the end of this fiscal.
  • A subsidized 14.2-kg LPG cylinder now costs Rs 487.18 in Delhi as against Rs 479.77 previously, according to Indian Oil Corporation, the nation’s largest fuel retailer
  • The government had previously asked IOC, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) to raise rates of subsidized domestic LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) by Rs 2 per 14.2-kg cylinder per month (excluding VAT).
  • Every household is entitled to 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each at subsidized rates in a year. Any requirement beyond that is to be purchased at market price.
  • Simultaneously, the oil companies also raised prices of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) by 4 per cent, in keeping with rising global rates.
  • ATF, or jet fuel, now costs Rs 50,020 per kiloliter, Rs 1,910 more than Rs 48,110 previously. This hike comes on the back of a 2.3 per cent increase from August 1.

  1. Ganga cleaning: NGT issues warrants against Haryana, Rajasthan
  • The National Green Tribunal has issued bailable warrants against Haryana and Rajasthan governments for not submitting their action plan on cleaning and rejuvenation of the river Ganga.
  • The green panel also directed the resident commissioners of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar to be present before it on September 4, the next date of hearing.
  • After passing a slew of measures to rejuvenate the Ganga between Haridwar and Unnao, the NGT has now shifted focus to clean the next stretch of the river passing through Allahabad and Varanasi.
  • In a detailed verdict, the NGT had passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate the Ganga, declaring as ‘No- Development Zone’ an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river between Haridwar and Unnao and prohibiting dumping of waste within 500 metres from the river.
  • The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river into different segments — Gomukh to Haridwar, Haridwar to Kanpur, Kanpur to the border of UP, the border of UP to the border of Jharkhand and from the border of Jharkhand to the Bay of Bengal.
  • The Ganga covers a total distance of 2,525 km and flows through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, and finally drains into the Bay of Bengal.
  • The Ganga covers a total distance of 2,525 km and flows through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, and finally drains into the Bay of Bengal.
  • The important tributaries of the Ganga are the Yamuna, Kali, Ramganga, Ghaghra, Gandak, Kosi and Sone.

  1. COAI launches 5G India forum
  • Cellular industry body COAI announced the formation of ‘5G India Forum’, with a view to bolster efforts around use and deployment of the technology.
  • The new forum – under the aegis of COAI – will identify vertical application domains and outline benefits that can accrue from an early adoption of 5G.
  • The 5G Forum will prepare input documents as well as a platform for facilitating continuous dialogue on key issues such as standardisation, technology development, spectrum availability, deployment scenarios and international engagements.
  • The forum will also collaborate with various global forums working on 5G.


  1. Fulfil climate vows: India to rich nations
  • India reminded rich nations of their pre-2020 climate goals with business leaders and ministers from different countries assembling here to discuss how private businesses can work together with governments to achieve the goal under Paris Agreement beyond 2020.
  • India’s consistent stand on the issue was articulated by environment minister Harsh Vardhan who said though India was fully committed to its climate actions under the Paris deal, it was “critical and necessary that equal focus is given to pre-2020 actions by developed countries” under Kyoto Protocol.
  • The Kyoto Protocol, which was adopted in 1997, had binding targets for emissions reduction only for 38 developed countries.
  • Its second commitment period extends from 2013-2020. Unlike Kyoto Protocol, the Paris Agreement is more comprehensive because it has universal application to all countries. The commitments under the Paris Agreement will come into effect from January 1, 2021.

  1. Kerala govt dilutes minimum distance between bars and objectionable sites to 50 meters
  • The Kerala government has to reinstate the minimum distance between bars & objectionable sites to 50 metres.
  • Rcom will merge into Aircel and a new entity will be created called Aircom, with both partners having 50 per cent equity stakes.
  • Both companies will also transfer Rs 14,000 crore of debt each to the new entity, apart from a deferred liability, essentially the payment for spectrum in instalments of Rs 7,000 crore over eight years.

  1. Rajiv Kumar takes charge as NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman
  • Noted economist Rajiv Kumar  took over as the vice-chairman of government think tank Niti Aayog.
  • Kumar replaced Arvind Panagariya, an Indian-American economist who left the think tank  to return to academia.
  • Kumar was a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). He holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University.
  • Earlier, he had also served as Secretary General of industry association FICCI.
  • Kumar had also served as the chief economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and held senior positions in the Asian Development Bank, the Indian Ministry of Industries, and the Ministry of Finance.

  1. Sunil Arora appointed New Election Commissioner
  • Former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Sunil Arora has been appointed as an Election Commissioner.
  • He was also Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • After Nasim Zaidi retired as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), A.K. Joti was made the CEC. Om Prakash Rawat is the other Election Commissioner.

  1. Rajiv Mehrishi is the next CAG of India.
  • Rajiv Mehrishi is appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle.
  • Mehrishi will replace Shashi Kant Sharma, whose tenure comes to end on 25 September 2017.
  • Born on 8 August, 1955, he was chosen as the secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs by the NDA government in 2015, just before he was to superannuate as the finance secretary to the Government of India.
  • Mehrishi, whose career spans more than 30 years, has worked in the ministry of petroleum, agriculture and overseas Indian affairs and served as joint secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat of India, apart from various ministries in Rajasthan.

  1. Reliance Foundation awarded Rashtriya Khel Protasahan Puraskar
  • The Reliance Foundation was rewarded with the prestigious Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Award at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  •  Chairperson of the foundation, Nita Ambani collected the award from President Ram Nath Kovind in a glittering ceremony in New Delhi. For its contribution to the promotion of sports, the award went to Reliance Foundation.
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) also received the Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar this year for its ‘Identification and Nurturing of Budding and Young Talent’ (IDCO) program.

  1. Konkani author Mahabaleshwar Sail gets Saraswati Samman
  • Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honoured with the saraswati samman 2016 for his novel Hawthan.
  • The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh and a citation.
  • The 74-year-old writer’s novel was shortlisted from 22 regional language books.
  • Best known for his work, ‘Paltadcho Munis’, which inspired a film by the same name, Sail is a renowned bi-lingual writer based in Goa. He has four Marathi dramas and seven Konkani novels to his credit. He has also written short stories and a novel in Marathi.
  • Published in 2009, ‘Hawtha’ is a work of fiction presenting the cultural map of the traditional potter community of Goa.

  1. Volcanic CO2 to blame for warmest period in 66 mn year
  • The most rapid and extreme natural global warming event of the last 66 million years was driven by massive carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from volcanoes during the formation of the North Atlantic Ocean.
  • During the period known as Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) which lasted for around 150 thousand years, global temperatures increased by at least five degrees Celsius — a temperature increase comparable with projections of modern climate beyond the end of this century.
  • The PETM period occurred some 56 million years ago and is believed to be the most rapid and extreme natural global warming event of the last 66 million years.

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