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Daily GK Dose August 8th 2018

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Daily GK Dose August 8th

1. Joint cycling cum Trekking expedition by Indian Army & Royal Bhutan Army

A joint Cycling cum Trekking Expedition of Indian Army and Royal Bhutan Army was conducted to commemorate “Fifty years of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Bhutan”.

  1. The expedition began on 31 July from Haa Dzong in Bhutan and was flagged-in at Thimpu on 07 August 2018. 
  2. A total of seventeen personnel of both armies participated in the expedition which covered a total of 384 kms of distance across challenging mountainous terrain in both India and Bhutan.

2. TRAI launches integration & availability of TRAI Mobile Apps on UMANG platform

Policy initiatives of TRAI, over the years, have been to protect the interests of the consumers. Recognizing the importance of reaching out to the consumers and to safeguard their interests, TRAI has now integrated its Mobile Apps namely DND 2.0 & MyCall with UMANG Platform.

  1. UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) is developed by National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). UMANG provides a single platform for all Indian Citizens to access pan India e-Gov services ranging from Central to Local Government bodies and other citizen centric services.
  2. It provides a unified approach where citizens can install one application to avail multiple government services.
  3. From now onwards, TRAI’s Mobile Apps namely DND 2.0 &MyCall shall also be available on Umang Platform.

3. Niti Aayog to organise Government and Business Partnership Conclave


With a view to exploring the roles and contributions of the business sector in the implementation of SDGs in India, NITI Aayog, United Nations in India and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) are jointly organizing a Government and Business Partnership Conclave on 8th August 2018 at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

  1. The conclave will focus on the interrelated sectors of water, energy and green industry.

Objectives of the Conclave are as follows:

  1. Facilitate deliberation on key thematic areas and issues around Water, Energy and Green Industry in the Indian context;
  2. Generate clarity about the responsibilities and contributions of businesses and industries towards implementation of SDGs, particularly in the context of selected theme areas and sustainability issues involved;
  3. Highlight best practices from businesses and industries, and explore strategies and ways forward to achieve the related SDG targets;

4. APY Strategy cum Review Meeting for FY 2018-19 for South Based Banks held at Bengaluru

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) organised a Regional Atal Pension Yojana (APY) Strategy cum Review Meeting for FY 2018-19 at Bengaluru yesterday for South Based Banks (Karnataka and Kerala) and DOP-Circles with an objective to discuss the target allocated for FY 2018-19 and the strategies adopted by the banks to achieve the same.

  1. More than 10 lacs accounts have been mobilized during FY 2018-19 and cumulative APY Subscriber Base is 1.09 cr.
  2. It is empahised that PFRDA has enabled several online features to facilitate subscribers to access their Account without visiting the Bank/Post Branch.

5. Andhra govt, Holytech sign MoU


Andhra Pradesh government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with electronics giant, Holytech.

  1. Under the terms of the agreement, Holytech will set up its plant in 75 acres land in Tirupati and Chittoor districts, against an investment of Rs. 1400 crores.

6. Nearby technologies to start bill payments through BBPS with Yes Bank


Fintech startup Nearby Technologies in partnership with Yes Bank has gone live with Bharat Bill Payments, the telecom bill payments ecosystem managed by National Payments Corp of India.

  1. Registered as an agent institution for Bharat Bill Payment System powered by Yes Bank, Nearby Technologies enables lakhs of retailers and merchants to offer bill payment service to their customers on the PayNearby app.
  2. The PayNearby app has more than 1 lakh retail stores across India and they in turn have the potential to serve more than 2.2 crore customers.

7. Bajaj Allianz General, Vijaya Bank enter bancassurance tie-up

Bajaj Allianz General Insurance has entered into a bancassurance deal with Vijaya Bank. 

  1. This corporate agency agreement will enable distribution of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance products through the bank’s network of 2,129 branches across the country.
  2. Under this strategic tie-up, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance will offer personal lines of insurance products such as health, personal accident, home, motor and travel along with a commercial line of insurance products.

8. DMK chief M Karunanidhi passes away

DMK chief Karunanidhi passed away at the age of 94 after battling a prolonged illness at the Kauvery hospital.

  1. Following the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi, the state government has declared a public holiday on August 8.

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