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Today’s Current Affairs 9th – August- 2018 – MyProgressCard

National News

  1. Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve Included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves
  • The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve has become the 11th Biosphere Reserve from India that has been included in the UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).
  • The decision to include Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in WNBR was taken at the 30th Session of International Coordinating Council (ICC) of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO held at Palembang, Indonesia, from July 23-27, 2018.   

2. Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu launches Mobile App Niryat Mitra

  • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Aviation Suresh Prabhu launched Niryat Mitra – mobile App in New Delhi.
  • The app, developed by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO, is available both on Android and on IOS platforms.
  • It provides wide range of information required to undertake international trade right from the policy provisions for export and import, applicable GST rate, available export incentives, tariff, preferential tariff, market access requirements – SPS and TBT measures.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Constituency of Suresh Prabhu – Andhra Pradesh (Rajya Sabha)

3.  NDA candidate Harivansh elected as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha

  • NDA candidate and JD (U) member Harivansh was elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.
  • The election process in Rajya Sabha was initiated by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
  • Harivansh secured 125 votes and defeated Congress MP B K Hariprasad who got 105 votes.
  • The post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman has been vacant since 1st July 2018, following the retirement of P J Kurien.

Static/Current implications:

  • Chairman of Rajya Sabha – M. Venkaiah Naidu

4. TRIFED (M/o Tribal Affairs) and National Medicinal Plant Board (M/o AYUSH) sign MoU to promote Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

  • Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs & National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH signed a MoU to promote primary level value addition to MAPs produce from forest area.
  • It aims to promote Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) forest produce for livelihood development of tribal people.

Static/Current implications:

  • Minister for Tourism – K J Alphons

5. Indian-American Avi Goel wins International Geography Bee World Championship  

  • Avi Goel, a student of tenth grade in Silver Creek High School, San Jose, California, has won the world championship at the International Geography Bee’s junior varsity division which was held in Berlin in July 2018.
  • He won a gold medal in seven out of the 10 medal events, and a silver medal in two of the events, topping the overall medals tally.

Important Days

6. 76th anniversary of Quit India movement: August Kranti Day – 9 August

  • The 76th anniversary of Quit India movement named as August Kranti Day was observed in India.
  • On 9th August 1942, father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi started the Do or Die campaign to drive away Britishers from India.
  • The movement started from Gawalia Tank in Mumbai. This day is observed as August Kranti Day every year.
  • To observe the anniversary of Quit India movement, President Ram Nath Kovind hosted the freedom fighters at an At-Home reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Obituaries

7.  Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle Passed away

  • Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle died after fighting cancer in Australia.
  • Jarrod Lyle was 36 years old. He had won the feeder Web.com tour two times.
  • He had played 121 US PGA Tour tournaments in his career.

International News

8. HSBC launches online platform “MyDeal” to raise funds through capital markets

  • HSBC has launched a new digital platform named “MyDeal”.
  • It has been launched to simplify the capital raising process through capital markets by offering real-time access to information like investors’ feedback, profiles, client orders and deal pricing.
  • MyDeal contains all the information related to a client’s capital markets transaction.
  • The platform MyDeal is updated on real-time basis.

Banking News

9. PayPal & HDFC Bank partner to offer seamless payment experiences to card holders

  • PayPal and HDFC Bank partnered to offer safer, faster and convenient payment experiences to bank’s card holders.
  • This would enable consumers to easily open PayPal accounts and set it as their preferred payment method.

New Appointments

10. Michelle appointed the next UN Human Rights Chief

  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the Chief of United Nations Human Rights.
  • Bachelet also served in 2010 as the first director of UN Women, the UN agency promoting gender equality worldwide.
  • Also, she was Chile’s first woman president and served the post twice – 2006-10 and 2014-18.

Expected GK Questions from the above Current Affairs

  1. Which is the 11th Biosphere Reserve from India to be included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) of UNESCO?

A. Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve
B. Great Nicobar Island Biosphere Reserve
C. Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve
D. Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve

2. Name the mobile app that has been launched by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Aviation Suresh Prabhu which provides wide range of information required to undertake international trade?

 A. Niryat Mitra
B. Niryat Samachar
C. Trade Focus
D. Trade Assist

3. Who was elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, on 9th August 2018?

A. B K Hariprasad
B. Harivansh
C. Amith Bharghav
D. Saran Singh

4. Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED) has signed MoU with _____ to promote primary level value addition to MAPs produce from forest area?

A. National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB)
B. National Herbal Plants Board (NHPB)
C. National Rare Plants Board (NRPB)
D. National Herbal Plantation Board (NHPB)

5. Name the Indian-American high school student who has won the world championship at the International Geography Bee’s junior varsity division which was held in Berlin, Germany.

A. Manju Kakkar
B. Anuj Sungha
C. Karan Seth
D. Avi Goel

6. When was the 76th anniversary of Quit India movement named as August Kranti Day observed in India?

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

7. Australia’s Jarrod Lyle died after fighting cancer on 9th August 2018. He was a _____?

A. Writer
B. Golfer
C. Musician
D. Politician

8. Name the digital platform launched by HSBC to simplify capital raising process through capital markets by offering real-time access to information like investors’ feedback, profiles, client orders and deal pricing?

A. InfoView
B. KnowYourBank
C. InfoDeal
D. MyDeal

9. PayPal has partnered with which bank to offer safer, faster and convenient payment experiences to bank’s card holders?

A. HDFC Bank
B. Axis Bank
C. ICICI Bank
D. State Bank of India (SBI)

10. Who has been appointed the next United Nations Human Rights Chief?

A. Filippo Grandi
B. Michelle Bachelet
C. Antonio Guterres
D. Howard Kennedy

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