Today’s Current Affairs 10th – August- 2018 – MyProgressCard

Important Days

  1. World Biofuel Day
  • The World Biofuel Day is being observed by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas every year on 10th August.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Guest for the inaugural session of this year’s World Biofuel Day programme.
  • On the occasion, Prime Minister launched web portal PARIVESH, a single window for environmental, wildlife, forest and Coastal Regulation Zone clearances.

National News

2. Vice President releases the Book ‘Bebak Baat’ authored by Shri Vijay Goyal

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that continuous communication between public representatives and the public is crucial for development of our nation.
  • He addressed the gathering after releasing the Book ‘Bebak Baat’, authored by the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics & Programme Implementation, Shri Vijay Goel.

3. Dr. Mahesh Sharma releases 3 books at IGNCA, New Delhi

Minister of state for Culture (I/C), Dr. Mahesh Sharma released 3 books
A. Jewellery by Dr. Gulab Kothari
B. Ghats of Banaras by Dr. Sachidanand Joshi and
C. Untold Story of Broadcasting by Dr. Gautam Chatterjee at IGNCA, New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, he congratulated IGNCA for its efforts to take art and culture through the release of these books.

4. ‘One District one Product’ Summit inaugurated by President of India in Uttar Pradesh

  • President of India, Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the One District one Product Summit in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • It is a first of its kind summit in the country to boost trade of the MSMEs.
  • This initiative will enhance skills of local people, result in economic progress of artisans of Uttar Pradesh.

5. “PARIVESH” – an environmental single window hub for Environment, Forest, Wildlife and CRZ clearances launched

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched PARIVESH (Pro-Active and Responsive facilitation by Interactive, Virtuous and Environmental Single-window Hub) on the occasion of World Biofuel Day.
  • PARIVESH is a Single-Window Integrated Environmental Management System, developed in line with ‘Digital India’ initiative.
  • It also follows the Minimum Government and Maximum Governance ideology.

6. TRAI Chairman gets two year extension

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has re-appointed Ram Sewak Sharma Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
  • This is for the first time that any TRAI chief has got an extension beyond the three-year tenure.
  • Sharma, who was set to retire on 9th August, will now remain as chairman till September 30, 2020.

Banking News

7. UAE top source of inward remittances: RBI

  • According to the Reserve Bank of India’s survey of inward remittances for 2016-17, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged as the top source of inward remittances, while Kerala has received the maximum funds sent from abroad.
  • UAE’s share in total remittances was 26.9%.
  • More than half of remittances received by Indian residents were used for family maintenance, i.e., consumption.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Capital of UAE – Abu Dhabi
  • Currency of UAE – United Arab Emirates dirham

New Appointments

8. Rekha Sharma appointed chairperson of NCW

  • National Commission for Women member Rekha Sharma, has been appointed the chairperson of the National Commission for Women.
  • She was earlier a member of the Commission and was holding the additional charge of chairperson after Lalitha Kumaramangalam resigned office in September last year.
  • She recently stoked a controversy by suggesting abolition of confessions in churches.

Sports News

9. Neeraj Chopra to be India’s flag-bearer

  • Javelin thrower star Neeraj Chopra will be India’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2018.
  • Chopra, who won the gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2018 event in Gold Coast, will lead India’s contingent in the multi-sport event.
  • The 2018 Asian Games will take place from August 18 to September 2 and will be held in Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

Expected Questions from the above Current Affairs

  1. When is World Biofuel day observed?

A. 8th August                                                     C. 9th August
B. 10th August                                                   D. 7th August

2. Name the environmental single window hub for Environment, Forest, Wildlife and CRZ clearances launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on World Biofuel Day?

A. SAMIKSHA                                                  C. DIKSHA
B. SRAVESH                                                     D. PARIVESH

3. Who has written the Book ‘Bebak Baat’, which was released by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu?

A. Adharsh Goel                                               C. Vijay Goel
B. Vivek Singh                                                   D. Karthik Nagarajan

4. Name the author of the book ‘Untold Story of Broadcasting’ released by Minister of state for Culture (I/C), Dr. Mahesh Sharma?

A. Dr. Gautam Chatterjee                               C. Dr. Gulab Kothari
B. Sachidanand Joshi                                     D. Kiran Kumar

5. Where was ‘One District one Product’ Summit inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on August 10, 2018?

A. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh                           C. Guwahati, Assam
B. Patna, Bihar                                                 D. Ahmedabad, Gujarat

6. Who has been given two-year extension as chairperson of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)?

A. Abhijit Sharma                                           C. Pawan Kumar Singh
B. P K Singh                                                     D. Ram Sewak Sharma

7. Which country has emerged as the top source of inward remittances, according to Reserve Bank of India’s survey of inward remittances for 2016-17?

A. United Arab Emirates (UAE)                  C. India
B. United States                                            D. China

8. Who has been appointed the chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW)?

A. Anu Keerthana                                          C. Rekha Sharma
B. Pavithra Samar                                          D. Mahisha Sharma

9. Who among the following will be the flag bearer for the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2018?

A. Sakshi Malik                                             C. MC Marry Kom
B. Neeraj Chopra                                          D. Bajrang Puniya


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