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Daily GK Dose August 9th 2018

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Daily GK Dose August 9th

1. 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Singapore

51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held in Singapore. Singapore was the rotating president of the meeting.

  1. Negotiations on regional comprehensive economic partnership agreement was held between the ASEAN nations.
  2. Next edition will be held next year.

2. Nitish Kumar launches 'Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana'

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched an ambitious scheme which promises to provide Rs 54,100 from the birth of a girl child till she graduates.

  1. Kumar launched the 'Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojana' and expressed his government's resolve for empowerment of women.
  2. On the occasion, the chief minister also made several other announcements like increasing the amount under the 'Bicycle Yojna' from Rs 2500 to Rs 3000.

3. Suresh Prabhu to inaugurate rubber meet on Aug 30 at Kochi

Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, will inaugurate the fourth edition of the India Rubber Meet (IRM 2018) in Kochi on August 30.

  1. Jointly organised by the Rubber Board and the stakeholder associations in rubber and allied sectors, the two-day meet will be a forum to evolve new strategies to confront the present challenges of the rubber industry.

4. 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). 

  1. 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. India has 18 Biosphere Reserves and with the inclusion of Khangchendzonga, the number of internationally designated WNBR has become 11, with 7 Biosphere Reserves being domestic Biosphere Reserves.
  3. Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in Sikkim is one of the highest ecosystems in the world, reaching elevations of 1, 220 metres above sea-level. 

5. 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.

  1. The app developed by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) is available both on Android and on IOS platforms.
  2. 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.

6. Hardeep Puri to launch Swachh Survekshan 2019

Shri Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C), Housing & Urban Affairs will launch the Swachh Survekshan 2019 on 10th August 2018 in New Delhi.

  1. Parallelly, a slew of new initiatives under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) as well as the Ease of Living Index will also be launched.
  2. Swachh Survey-2011 will be organized from January 4 to January 31, 2009. This will be the ranking of all cities under Clean India Mission (Urban).

7. NITI Aayog and CII Launch Partnership on SDGs

Union Minister Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State (IC), Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, mentioned that business and government must partner for sustainable development of India. 

  1. He was speaking at the launch of NITI Aayog and CII Partnership on SDGs, at the Government and Business Partnership Conclave in New Delhi on 8 August 2018, organised by NITI Aayog, Confederation of Indian Industry and UN.
  2. The Minister said that in sustainable development three things matter the most: energy, water and circular economy/green industry.
  3. To action his 2022 agenda, he expressed confidence that India will achieve its clean energy goals even earlier than 2022 and urged everyone to be conscious and responsible towards the environment.   

8. PSU banks’ NPAs decline by Rs 1.29 lakh crore in FY18

Public sector banks' non-performing assets declined by Rs 1,28,229 crore in FY18 due to write-offs, including compromise settlement.

  1. This is about 60 per cent higher vis-a-vis the year ago period.
  2. This was stated by Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

9. Govt appoints S Gurumurthy on RBI board

The government has appointed Chartered Accountant Swaminathan Gurumurthy, who is associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch, on the board of the Reserve Bank of India.

  1. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment as non-official director on the central board of the RBI for a period of four years.
  2. He is also the editor of Tamil magazine Thuglak.

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