Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Current Affairs section is updated daily with the latest Current Affairs and Current Events of MAY 2020 for UPSC, IAS/PCS, PSI, KAS, PC AND MORE.



Current Affairs AUGUST  2020 section is updated daily with the latest Current Affairs and Current Events of AUGUST 2020 for UPSC, IAS/PCS, PSI, KAS, PC AND MORE.




1) Answer: B

World Lung Cancer Day is observed on August 1 to raise awareness about the causes and treatment of lung cancer and to highlight the issues that a lack of sufficient research funding can create.
The campaign was first organised in 2012 by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies, in collaboration with the International Association for the study of Lung Cancer and also the American College of Chest Physicians.

2) Answer: D

Uttar Pradesh’s Technical Education Minister Kamal Rani Varun, has passed away due to a novel coronavirus.
The 62-year-old, the only woman in the Yogi Adityanath Cabinet, is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to succumb to Covid.
An MLA from Ghatampur in Kanpur Nagar, she was also a member of the 11th and 12th Lok Sabha.

3) Answer: C

Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar released a booklet on “Best Practices in Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP)” of Department of Land Resources (DoLR), Ministry of Rural Development based on the presentations made by the States during Regional and National workshops since inception of the programme.
This publication lists various ‘good practices’ followed in land records modernisation across national policy framework and in nine study states namely Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan.
It also covers the gaps in implementation of different processes (such as registration, mutation, survey, settlement, land acquisition), technological initiatives and legal and institutional aspects.Substantial progress has been achieved under the Digital India Land Record Modernization Programme (DILRMP) since its inception.

4) Answer: D

Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the upstream carriageway of Mahatma Gandhi bridge over river Ganga in Bihar through video conference.
Over 5.5 kilometres long, the four lane bridge lies on NH-19 between Patna and Hajipur.
It is being constructed at a cost of one thousand 742 crore rupees.
It involves replacement of the existing concrete superstructure of the old bridge by new steel deck superstructure. The work on the bridge was started in June 2017.
A new 5 km long, 4-lane Bridge over river Ganga in parallel to MG Setu, was also announced by Nitin Gadkari to facilitate movement of ships under it.
It will cost about three thousand crore rupees.

5) Answer: C

Former speaker of Goa Assembly and BJP leader Anant Shet has passed away. He was 59.
He was speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly from January 12, 2016 to March 14, 2017.
He represented the Mayem Assembly constituency in North Goa district from 2007 to 2017.

6) Answer: B

The government (MSME Ministry) has approved a programme for the benefit of artisans involved in manufacturing of agarbatti and to develop village industry under the ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’.
Initially four pilot projects will be started as part of the programme, including one in the North East.
This decision will help to boost the indigenous production of agarbatti and will pave the way to generate rural employment.
This will also start the process of mitigating the gap between the indigenous production and demand and will reduce import of agarbatti in the country.
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), a statutory organisation under the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), will provide training, and assist artisans working in this area, with Agarbatti manufacturing machines.

7) Answer: D

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is in discussion with the Indian government for financing a USD 8-billion scheme for improving health infrastructure at the district level to make the country better prepared for the future healthcare challenges.
The Beijing-based multilateral funding agency had earlier approved a financial assistance of USD 1.2 billion for India to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first loan of USD 500 million sanctioned in May was towards building a resilient health system that can effectively treat COVID-19 patients and prevent its spread.
A USD 750 million loan was approved in June to help the government strengthen its battle against the adverse impact of COVID-19 on poor and vulnerable households.
For AIIB, India is the largest borrower, which accounts for 25 per cent of the total lending by it so far. As of July 16, 2020, AIIB has approved up to USD 19.6 billion for 87 projects in 24 economies. Since its inception in 2016, AIIB has approved loans to the tune of USD 4.3 billion across 17 projects in India.

8) Answer: C

Regulator Sebi is planning to set up a virtual museum of securities market to highlight achievements and milestones in the Indian capital market.
Sebi has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from agencies to develop the virtual museum.
The museum is intended to be a visual online organised collection of history of evolution, achievements and milestones in the
Indian securities market over the decades in terms of market infrastructure, regulation and enforcement, among others
The achievements will be told through photos, videos, articles, media clippings, interactive displays like quiz, paintings, drawings, diagrams, graphs, newspaper articles, transcripts of interviews and numerical databases, among others.
It will have its own digital platform and website for online visitors in order to provide them with maximum possible experience and interest like in a physical museum.

9) Answer: D

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved $202 million in additional financing for the Modern Food Storage Facilities Project to increase the storage capacity of Bangladesh’s national strategic grain reserves by 535,500 tons for 4.5 million households.
The project is helping Bangladesh address food insecurity in challenging times, such as frequent climate-induced disasters or crisis situations like the current COVID-19 pandemic.
It is supporting the construction of eight public modern grain storage steel silo complexes for rice and wheat in eight different districts.
On top of current construction work taking place in Ashuganj, Madhupur and Mymensingh, the additional financing will support the construction of rice silos in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Barishal, and wheat silos will be built in Chattogram and Maheshwar Pasha.
The additional financing will increase the grain reserve available to households to meet their post-disaster needs and improve the efficiency of grain storage management through an online Food Stock and Market Monitoring System (FSMMS). The project will also create new job opportunities, especially for women, in the operation and management of silos.

10) Answer: D

Eleven women entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for cash awards amounting to Rs 25 lakh under ‘Women Entrepreneurship and Empowerment’ initiative supported by the Department of Science and Technology.
Among the winners is Priyanka Prabhakar who has created STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics based) toys and board games to engage young minds during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, and clocked a sale of Rs 40 lakh.
Another winner, Meghna Gandhi, worked with underprivileged women in Vadodara during the same period and created natural textiles and COVID-19 related accessories, touching a sale of Rs 25 lakh for her venture.
Similarly, Snehal Verma, worked with fishermen of Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and helped them improve their yield during the pandemic outbreak.
Kalpana Arora, who has done a Doctorate in wastewater management from IIT Delhi, has been awarded for her products like sanitizers from wastewater. She is a social entrepreneur and works for tribal women and farmers in the hilly region of Uttarakhand through Self Help Groups.
It is the country’s first-of-its-kind initiative to strengthen women’s ecosystem at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, supported and sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology.
The cash awards, in the form of a grant totalling Rs 25 lakh, will be presented to the 11 women entrepreneurs.

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