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Daily GK Dose August 7th 2018

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Daily GK Dose August 7th


1. Opening Ceremony Indo - Thailand Joint Exercise Maitree 2018

Exercise Maitree is a joint military exercise between Indian Army and Royal Thai Army which will be conducted from 06 to 19 August 2018 in Thailand.

  1. It is a platoon level exercise which comprises of infantry component.
  2. The opening ceremony started with familiarization of organisation and display of weapons & equipment of both armies.
  3. The exercise will emphasize to hone the tactical and technical skills in joint counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in rural and urban scenario under UN mandate.

2. Rajya Sabha Passes Bill To Grant Constitutional Status To OBC Commission

A key bill to provide constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) secured Parliament's approval with the Rajya Sabha passing the measure that will give the panel full powers to safeguard the rights and interests of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

  1. The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017 was passed after a spirited debate during which several members urged the Centre to make public the findings of the caste census and implement reservation accordingly.
  2. It was cleared by the Lok Sabha on August 2 superseding the amendments earlier carried out by the Rajya Sabha.

3. Gurugram India’s most polluted city

Gurugram, which has been NCR’s most polluted for the past three days, was declared the most polluted among 62 cities in the country surveyed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), with air quality index (AQI) crossing the 300 mark.

  1. With AQI hovering between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ categories, Gurugram is witnessing air quality this poor after a month.

4. Hardeep S Puri Launches official Trailer Of Film “Halkaa” Under the Aegis Swachh Bharat Mission

  1. Shri Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs launched the official trailer, music and poster of Bollywood film “Halkaa” under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), in partnership with the New Delhi Municipal Council.
  2. “Halkaa” (Relief) is the story of an 8-year-old boy Pichku who aspires for a better quality of life.
  3. The boy refuses to be part of the age-old practice of open defecation.

5. International Conference on Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling

NITI Aayog’s International Conference on “Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling: Policy Prescriptions” was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri. Nitin Gadkari at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in the capital.

  1. Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog Shri. Rajiv Kumar, CEO, NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant and renowned experts from all over the world in material recycling took part in the deliberations at the conference.
  2. The day long conference brings together a host of experts for identifying policy prescriptions for the development and growth of material recycling in India towards creating more jobs, reduce dependence on exports, protect the environment and take steps towards adopting circular economy concepts.

6. President of India inaugurates ‘Festival of Democracy’ in Thiruvananthapuram

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the ‘Festival of Democracy’ in Thiruvananthapuram on August 6, 2018 to mark the conclusion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala legislative assembly.

  1. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that politics, public life and the quality of democracy are a reflection of the essential ethos of a society.
  2. As such, the Kerala assembly and its debates and discussions, the humanistic values that it has historically advocated and legislated on, are a mirror to the traditions of this state.

7. Indra Nooyi ends 12-year run as PepsiCo’s CEO

Indra Nooyi is stepping down as chief executive officer (CEO) of food and beverage giant PepsiCo.

  1. Nooyi, 62, will leave the role in October and remain chairman until early 2019.
  2. Ramon Laguarta, 54, who has been a candidate to take over since a promotion last year to president, will be just the sixth CEO in the 53-year history of the company.

8. Teenage Saudi gamer wins FIFA eWorld Cup

An 18-year old Saudi national has been crowned champion of the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final, taking home the competition’s $250,000 prize.

  1. The gamer, Mosaad Aldossary, won 4-0 on aggregate against Belgium’s Stefano Pinna in the two-legged final.

9. Escorts Group chairman Rajan Nanda dead

Escorts Group chairman Rajan Nanda passed away at the age of 76 on 5 August.

  1. Escorts Group is an Indian engineering company that operates in the sectors of agri-machinery, construction and material handling equipment, and railway equipment.

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