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Current Affairs Quiz–2 2ndSeptember, 2017

Current Affairs – 2ndSeptember, 2017

  1. PM Modi leaves for two nation tour of China, Myanmar
  •  In the first leg of his 3-day tour to China, Mr. Modi will reach to attend the 9th BRICS Summit.
  • Second visit is Mr Modi’s first bilateral state visit to Myanmar. He will hold discussions with the State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on matters of mutual interest and also call on President U Htin Kyaw. Both sides are expected to ink a number of agreements and deliberate on key issues including exodus of Rohingya community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
  • Ways to deepen security and defense cooperation, implementation of India-assisted development projects and the issue of cross border activities by certain insurgent groups along the Indo-Myanmar are likely to figure during Modi’s talks with leadership of the country. Apart from his engagements in the capital city of Nay Pyi Daw, Mr Modi will visit Yangon and Bagan.

  1. PM Modi inaugurates Rajaswa Gyan Sangam 2017 in New Delhi
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) have been holding annual Conferences of senior officers for a number of years. In 2016, for the first time, a joint Conference of the two Boards was held under the umbrella of “Rajaswa Gyan Sangam” which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.
  • The Rajaswa Gyan Sangam, 2017 will be attended by the senior officers of CBDT and CBEC. For the first time ever, senior officers of the Finance Department of the States and Union Territories will be attending this two day event.
  • The objective of the Conference is to enable a two-way communication between the policy-makers and the senior officers in the field offices with a view to increase revenue collection and facilitate effective implementation of law and policies in key result areas.
  • Issues arising in implementation of policies and strategies to achieve targets in core functional areas will also be discussed. Such issues inter alia include HR issues, Litigation Management, Strategies for Revenue Maximisation, Tax Evasion, Taxpayer Services, GST and Customs Reforms and Modernisation.

  1. SAAB ties up with the Adani Group to build Gripen E fighter jets in India.
  • In a big boost for the campaign, Sweden’s Saab Group has announced a tie-up with the Gautam Aadani-led Adani group for manufacturing single engine fighter aircraft in the country, the two groups will jointly manufacture the Gripen fighter aircraft in India, if chosen by the Indian Air Force.
  • The Indian Air Force is in need of raising fighter squadrons and has zeroed in on two fighter jets that can meet its requirements.
  • The two are; Sweden’s Gripen and America’s F-16.
  • Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of F-16 fighter jets, has already announced a tie-up with the TATA Advanced Systems for making the aircraft in India. Recently, Lockheed offered to eventually make all the F-16 fighter jets in India and export them from here.
  • Last year, Saab rolled out its latest iteration of the Gripen aircraft – the Gripen E. Gripen E has weapons like guided glide bombs, long-range and agile air-to-air missiles and heavy anti-ship armaments.
  • Additionally, the aircraft has an inherent precision strike and stand-off capability, says Saab. Gripen E is equipped with a highly integrated and sophisticated sensor suite including an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Infra Red Search and Track (IRST), Electronic Warfare (EW) suite and datalink technology, which, when combined gives the pilot, and co-operating forces exactly the information needed at all times.

  1. Anita Karwal replaces R K Chaturvedi as CBSE chief
  • CBSE CHAIRMAN R K Chaturvedi, in a surprise move, was transferred to the National Skill Development Agency.
  • He has been replaced by 1988-batch Gujarat cadre officer Anita Karwal. Chaturvedi was appointed as CBSE chairman on July 15 last year till 2020.
  • Karwal, who is currently posted as additional secretary in HRD Ministry, was the Gujarat Chief Electoral officer during the Lok Sabha election in 2014.
  • Chaturvedi’s term, which lasted just a little over a year, was a controversial one. The government was dragged to court on account of CBSE’s decision to discontinue the practice of inflating marks under the garb of moderation in the Class XII Board examination.

  1. Kenneth I. Juster named U.S ambassador to India
  • Kenneth I. Juster, until recently deputy director of the National Economic Council at the White House, has been nominated as the next U.S ambassador to India. The post is vacant since January 20.
  • Juster has been a strong supporter of India-U.S ties and played a key role in the civil nuclear deal and in the advancement of defence ties between the two countries when he was under secretary of Commerce under former president George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.
  • He was the co-chair of the U.S.-India High Technology Cooperation Group set up during the George W. Bush presidency, and was instrumental in the formation of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership, a diplomatic initiative between the United States and India on cooperation in strategic areas such as nuclear, space and military, in 2004.

 

  1. World’s highest sandcastle built in German city
  • The world’s highest sandcastle is now standing 16.68 meters (54.72 feet) tall in the German city of Duisburg.
  • A German travel operator organized the construction of the mammoth sandcastle, bringing in 3,500 tons of sand over the past three weeks to the site at a former steelworks in the inland city
  • The new sandcastle is decorated with sand models of tourist attractions such as Athens’ Acropolis, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • It takes the title from a 14.84-meter (48.69-foot) sandcastle built early this year in India.

 

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