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Daily GK Dose August 11th 2018

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Daily GK Dose August 11th


The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Environment Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated an exhibition entitled ‘Prathibandhit Sahitya mein Swatantrata Sangram’ (Freedom Movement through Proscribed Literature) in the premises of National Archives of India, in New Delhi.

  1. The Exhibition is based on the unique collection of proscribed literature in its possession.
  2. This exhibition of proscribed literature is from vast collection of poetry and prose that portrays the nationalistic fervour prevalent in the days of freedom struggle. 

2. President of India inaugurates ‘One District one Product’ Summit

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the ‘One District One Product’ Summit on August 10, 2018 in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

  1. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that micro, small and medium enterprises are called the backbone of our economy.
  2. These enterprises are engines of inclusive development. After the agricultural sector, most people find employment in this sector.
  3. This sector generates more employment opportunities at a lower cost of capital.
  4. And the most important thing about this sector is that it creates jobs in rural and backward areas.

3. Operation 'Madad' by Southern Naval Command

Operation “Madad” has been launched by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi since 09 Aug 2018 for assisting the state administration and undertaking disaster relief operations due to the unprecedented flooding experienced in many parts of Kerala, owing to incessant rainfall and release of excess water from Idukki and other dams.

  1. Based on a request received from Deputy Collector, Wayanad, one diving team with Gemini inflatable boat was airlifted and sent to Kalpetta at 10:00 pm on 09 Aug to undertake rescue operations due to floods and landslides.
  2. “Operation Madad” continued on 10 Aug 18 with all resources available with SNC.

4.Curtain Raiser: Exercise SCO Peace Mission 2018

As part of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) initiatives, SCO Peace Mission Exercise is conducted biennially for SCO member states.

  1. The joint exercise for the year 2018 will be conducted by Central Military Commission of Russia from 22 August to 29 August 2018 at Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
  2. This will be a historic occasion due to the maiden participation of India post becoming a full member of the SCO in June 2017.
  3. This exercise marks a major milestone in the multilateral relations of SCO member nations.
  4. The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international counter insurgency or counter terrorism environment under SCO Charter. 

5. “PARIVESH” – an environmental single window hub launched

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, launched PARIVESH (Pro-Active and Responsive facilitation by Interactive, Virtuous and Environmental Single-window Hub) on the occasion of World Biofuel Day. 

  1. PARIVESH is a Single-Window Integrated Environmental Management System, developed in pursuance of the spirit of ‘Digital India’ initiated by the Prime Minister and capturing the essence of Minimum Government and Maximum Governance.   

6. MoHFW and Ministry of Tribal Affairs sign an MoU

  1. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Government of India  for cooperation between the two Ministries for sensitizing the principals and training to teachers each of all functional EMRSs, Ashram Schools and other Schools supported by MoTA in the country using the existing infrastructure of MoTA in the states.
  2. The MoU covers various activities including extending all aspects of the School Health Program viz., providing weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation, biannual de-worming, basic first aid and health promotion activities through teachers designated as Health and Wellness Ambassadors at the school level in all functional EMRSs, Ashram Schools and other Schools supported by MoTA in the states.

7. SBI in top 53 banks in the world

Public sector State Bank of India (SBI) has reached 53rd position in the category of world’s top banks.

  1. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal gave this information in response to a supplementary question in the Lok Sabha.
  2. He said that according to SBI, this information was given in the July edition of 'The Banker' published by International Financial Affairs Publications.
  3. He said that SBI's associate State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Jaipur and Bikaner etc. were merged with it, after the merger of 6950 branches in the bank.

8. Neeraj Chopra to be India’s flag-bearer at Asian Games opening ceremony

Javelin thrower star Neeraj Chopra will be India’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the upcoming Asian Games 2018.

  1. Chopra, who won the gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2018 event in Gold Coast earlier this year, will lead India’s contingent in the multi-sport event. 
  2. The announcement was made by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra during the send-off ceremony organised for the Indian contingent



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