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Current Affairs Quiz–31 31st August, 2017

Current Affairs – 31st August, 2017

  • UNICITY launches World’s first ever Genomeceuticals range of products in India
  • Science based company Unicity, which launched world’s first ever Genomeceutical (gene controlling) range of products “Neigene” in the country, has plans to launch several more products in the next 2-3 years.
  • The company launched its operations in India on 2010 and now with the launch of world’s first ever Genomeceuticals product range, it aims to create a premium and inimitable forte for itself in the personal care market.
  • With a US patent of Unicity’s Gene expression controlling technology in their artillery. Genomeceutical is a ground-breaking, patent-pending, technology whereby certain secondary metabolites found in nature can help maintain the gene response whenever needed by the body and help maintain overall metabolic health of the body by tapping into the nutrient-sensing pathways of genes.

  1. R K Raghavan appointed Indian High Commissioner to Cyprus
  • Former CBI Director R.K. Raghavan has been appointed High Commissioner to Cyprus.
  • Dr. Raghavan, a retired IPS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, holds a Ph.D. in political science from Karnatak University.
  • His specialisation is cybersecurity.
  • He had been CBI Director from January 1999 to April 2001. The SC appointed him head of the Anti-Ragging Monitoring Committee in 2006. In 2008, the court made him head the SIT on Godhra riots.

  1. 10th India-European Union Counter Terrorism Dialogue held in New Delhi
  • The 10th India-European Union Counter Terrorism Dialogue was held at New Delhi.
  • During the Dialogue, both sides strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and underscored the need for deepening cooperation to combat terrorism in a long term, sustained and comprehensive manner.
  • They exchanged views and assessments on prevailing terrorist threats in their respective regions including state-sponsored, cross-border terrorism in the Af-Pak region. Discussions were also held regarding the current challenges posed by various terrorist entities, radicalisation and violent extremism, Foreign Terrorist Fighters and combating financing of terrorism.
  • The next India-European Union Counter Terrorism Dialogue will take place in Brussels in 2018 on a mutually convenient date.

  1. IRNSS-1H launch unsuccessful, heat shields failed to separate
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation today received a setback, when the launch of the much-anticipated IRNSS-1H failed. The launch was scheduled at 7 PM from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, and the navigation satellite was launched on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C-39.
  • Today’s launch by India’s space agency was meant to send the eighth rocket of India’s navigation system, weighing 1425 kg and fitted with replacement atomic clocks, into orbit. This launch was important, as three Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standards (RAFS) clocks on the IRNSS-1A had malfunctioned.
  • This launch was considered critical, as India’s navigation still operates on the US-based Global Positioning System (GPS). The IRNSS-1H would have introduced Navigation with Indian Constellation, or NavIC, that would have provide accurate information services within Indian territory, and upto a distance of 1500 kms around India’s borders.
  • The NavIC satellite system was supposed to consist of 7 satellites, with two being set later as replacements. The IRNSS-1H launch was crucial, as atomic clocks help maintain Indian Standard Time, which is set by the National Physical Laboratory. Atomic clocks are known to have an error of one second in a million years. The failure of this launch suggests that the NPL will have to continue to rely on GPS for the maintenance of its available atomic clocks.

  1. Rajiv Gauba takes charge as new Union Home Secretary
  • Rajiv Gauba took charge as the Union Home Secretary after superannuation of incumbent Rajiv Mehrishi.
  • A 1982-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, 58-year-old Mr. Gauba will have a fixed two-year tenure in the sensitive post
  • Gauba has wide-ranging experience in senior positions at policy-making and programme implementation in both central and State governments and in international organisations.
  • Born in Punjab in 1959, Mr. Gauba had graduated in Physics from Patna University. He had served in Jharkhand as the Chief Secretary for 15 months before joining the central government in 2016.
  • Gauba has also served in the central Ministries of Home, Defence, Finance, Environment and Forests and Department of Electronics and Information Technology in different positions.
  • He had also served as district magistrate of Gaya, Nalanda and Muzzaffarpur districts before Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar. He represented India on the board of International Monetary Fund for four years.


  1. Gobindobhog rice gets geographical indication status
  • Gobindobhog rice, a speciality from Burdwan district of West Bengal, has got the geographical indication (GI) status. The state government had applied for GI status for Gobindobhog rice on August 24, 2015.
  • The region of Burdwan (now divided into the districts of east and west Burdwan) is known as the rice bowl of Bengal. As a result of getting the GI tag, as the certification is also called, rice from other regions or rice of other varieties cannot be branded as ‘Gobindobhog’.
  • This variety of rice is primarily cultivated in east Burdwan district – in the southern basin of the Damodar river in the Raina 1, Raina 2 and Khandaghosh blocks. Gobindobhog was cultivated in an area of 35 hectares last year. Of this, 20 hectares were spread over f Raina 1 and Raina 2 blocks.
  • The south Damodar belt has been the traditional area of Gobindobhog rice cultivation. The rice has several advantages. It is cultivated late and therefore not much affected by rains. It is less prone to pests as well. The productivity per area is high and farmers get better prices for Gobindobhog rice.

  1. P V Sindhu named first brand ambassador of Bridgestone India
  • Badminton ace PV Sindhu, who recently won Silver at the World Championship, has been appointed the first brand ambassador of tyre maker Bridgestone India.
  • The shuttler has signed a three year deal with Bridgestone India, a subsidiary of Bridgestone which is one of the sponsors for the Olympics 2020 in Japan.
  • The Padma Shri recipient became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
  • Bridgestone announced its Worldwide Olympic Partnership in 2014, making a long-term commitment to the International Olympic Committee that continues through 2024.

  1. Ujjivan SFB gets Scheduled Bank Status from RBI
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ujjivan Financial Services Limited, has been included in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. With this, Ujjivan has attained the status of a Scheduled Bank.
  • Ujjivan SFB, which commenced its operations as a Small Finance Bank (SFB) from February this year, has 65 full-fledged brick and mortar branches operating in eight states and two Union Territories.
  • It plans to convert 160 existing branches and 29 new Unbanked Rural Centres (URCs) by the end of 2017-18 and the remaining branches will be converted over a period of two years as per the RBI approval.
  • Samit Ghosh, is the MD and CEO of Ujjivan SFB

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