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Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha

NDA Candidate: Harivansh Narayan Singh (won - 125 votes).

Joint opposition candidate - BK Hariprasad (lost - 105 votes).

Former Dy Chairperson: Prof PJ Kurien

Registration Mark for battery operated vehicles

The Central Govt has notified amendments to Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 relating to registration mark on battery operated vehicles.

Transport vehicles: Yellow colour on green background.

All other battery operated vehicles: White colour on green background.

Outstanding Parliamentarian Award 2013-17

Outstanding Parliamentarian Awards for the years 2013 to 17 were presented by the President on 01 August 2018.

2013 - Smt Najma Heptullah

2014 - Shri Hukmdev Narayan Yadav.

2015 - Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad.

2016 - Shri Dinesh Trivedi.

2017 - Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab.

Launch of GI Logo and Tag line

Union Industry Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu unveiled the Geographical Indications (GI) Logo and tag line.

The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) had launched a Logo and a Tagline Contest for Geographical Indications of India on 18th October, 2017, through mygov.in platform.

Winning tagline: अतुल्य भारत की अमूल्य निधि (Invaluable Treasures of Incredible India) by Akancha Tripathi.

Winner for logo design: Adri Chatterjee.

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Acquisition of IDBI Bank by LIC

The Union Cabinet has approved conveying of no objection to reduction in Government of India shareholding in IDBI Bank Limited to below 50% by dilution. It has also approved acquisition of controlling stake by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) as promoter in the bank.

The process will be completed through preferential allotment / open offer of equity, and relinquishment of management control by the Government in the bank.

The Govt of India holds 85.96% of shares in IDBI Bank as on 30.06.18. The share will be brought to less than 50% by preferential allotment/open offer of equity to LIC which is wholly owned Govt undertaking.

Shri M. Karunanidhi

Born: 03 June 1924 Died: 07 aug 2018.

Points to be noted

  1. Served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for 5 times
  2. Popularly referred to as Kalaignar meaning artist in Tamil
  3. He worked as a screenwriter for films, his first film being Rajakumaari.
  4. He was awarded honorary doctorate by Annamalai University
  5. Books written by him: Thenpandi Chingam, Payum Puli Pandara Vanniyan, Ponnar Sankar

Fields Medal 2018 Winners

Awarded by: International Mathematical Union.

Awarded for: Outstanding contribution to mathematics by mathematicians under 40 years of age

Awarded at: International Congress of Mathematics, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)


  1. Caucher Birkar, University of Cambridge, UK
  2. Alessio Figalli, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  3. Peter Scholze, University of Bonn, Germany.
  4. Akshay Venkatesh, Stanford University, USA

Important Days of August

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: 09 August 2018

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1995

Theme: Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement

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Move Hack

What is it? - Global Mobility Hackathon to crowdsource solutions aimed at the future of mobility in India.

Launched by - NITI Aayog

No of legs (stages) - 3 (Online, Singapore and Delhi)

Winners will be announced at - Move Summit in Delhi on 7 and 8 Sep 2018

In partnership with - Govt of Singapore

Knowledge Partner - PwC

Strategic Partner - NASSCOM

Constitution (One hundred and twenty third) Amendment Bill, 2017

Purpose: To accord constitutional status to National Commission for Backward Classes

The position prior to the bill

Article 338 of the Indian Constitution establishes National Commission Commission for Scheduled Castes and lays down its duties and powers in that respect.

Article 338A (Inserted by Const. Amendment Act, 2003) establishes National Commission for Scheduled Tribes and lays down its duties and power in that respect.

Article 342 deals with President's powers to specify tribes as Scheduled Tribes

The position after the current bill

Article 338B is inserted after 338 which establishes National Commission for Backward Classes and lays down its duties and powers in that respect.

Article 342A is inserted after 342 which deals with the President's powers to specify socially and educationally backward classes.

Amendment of Article 366 by insertion of clause 26C which defines socially and educationally backward classes.

Note: The amendment bill has introduced alongside National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 which repeals National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993 which had established the National Commission for Backward Classes.

Universities identified for starting Yoga Departments

A committee under the chairpersonship of Prof. H.R. Nagendra, Chancellor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru (S-VYASA) for making recommendations on Yoga Education in Universities has identified 6 universities for introduction of yoga departments.

  1. Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Uttarakhand
  2. Visva Bharti Shantiniketan, West Bengal
  3. Central University of Rajasthan
  4. Central University of Kerala
  5. Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Madhya Pradesh and
  6. Manipur University

Mohun Bagan Awards 2017-18

Mohun Bagan Ratan - Pradip Chowdhury

Best Footballer Award - Shilton Paul

Best Cricketer Award - Sudip Chatterjee

Best Youth Footballer Award - Sourav Das

Special Award - Rahim Ali

World Badminton Championships 2018

Venue: Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Sports Park Arena in Nanjing, China.

Dates: 30 July to 5 August 2018.

Mens's Singles title winner - Kento Momota (Japan)

Mens's Singles title runner-up - Shi Yuqi (China)

Womens's Singles title winner - Carolina Marin (Spain)

Womens's Singles title runner-up - PV Sindhu (India)

Women's World Hockey World Cup 2018

Venue: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, London

Dates: 21 July to 5 August 2018.

Winner - Netherlands (record 8th time)

Runner-up - Ireland

SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill,2018 has been passed by the Indian Parliament recently.

Background : The directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court in their judgment dated 20.03.2018 in Dr. Subhash Kashinath Mahajan Vs the State of Maharashtra and Another amount to amending the PoA Act and have diluted the provisions of the PoA Act.

The directions of the Hon’ble Court to conduct a preliminary inquiry within seven days by the Dy. S.P. concerned to find out whether the allegations make out a case under the PoA Act and that arrest in appropriate cases may be made only after approval by the S.S.P., would delay registration of First Information Report (FIR) and will impede strict enforcement of the provision of the POA Act.

All this would adversely affect the very objective of the Act to prevent commission of atrocities against members of SC and ST and be severely detrimental especially in heinous offences like sexual exploitation of SC/ST women including rape, gangrape, acid attacks and murder etc.

Point-wise details: Section 18A has been inserted which states that:-

(1) For the purpose of the PoA Act,-

  1. preliminary enquiry shall not be required for registration of a First Information Report against any person; or
  2. the investigating officer shall not require approval for arrest, if necessary, of any person, against whom an accusation of having committed an offence under the PoA Act has been made and no procedure other than provided under the PoA Act or the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, shall apply.

(2) The provision of section 438 of the Code shall not apply to a case under the Act, notwithstanding any judgment or order or direction of any Court.

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Current Affairs Questions

1. For which of the following missions has the Union Cabinet recently approved raising of funds as Extra Budgetary Resources?

  1. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana
  2. Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)
  3. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana

2. What is the theme of letter writing competition named Dhai Akhar organised by the Department of Posts?

  1. Letter to My Motherland
  2. Swachh Bharat
  3. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
  4. Jai Jawan Jai Kisan

3. Who is the director of the film Halkaa which has been made under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban)?

  1. Konkona Sen Sharma
  2. Anurag Kashyap
  3. Mahesh Manjrekar
  4. Nila Madabh Panda

4. Which of the following has been recently included in the UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves?

  1. Khangchendzonga
  2. Agasthyamalai
  3. Dehang-Dibang
  4. Manas

5. Who of the following has been chosen for the Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna Award 2018?

  1. Rajmohan Gandhi
  2. Tushar Gandhi
  3. Gopal Krishna Gandhi
  4. Arun Gandhi

6. Which country has been in news for having used Novichok, a deadly nerve agent against its former intelligence officer?

  1. Russia
  2. Iran
  3. North Korea
  4. Venezuela

7. Lombok island which was hit by a devastating earthquake on Aug 5 killing more than 300 people is in which country?

  1. Philippines
  2. Indonesia
  3. Japan
  4. Australia

8. In which city has Ikea, the Swedish furniture manufacturer opened its first store in India?

  1. Bengaluru
  2. Pune
  3. Gurugram
  4. Hyderabad

9. President of which of the following countries survived a drone attack on his life recently?

  1. Brazil
  2. Venezuela
  3. Columbia
  4. Cuba

10. Which of the following states has launched a smartphone distribution scheme called Mobile Tihar?

  1. Rajasthan
  2. Madhya Pradesh
  3. Chhattisgarh
  4. Uttarakhand

11. Which State has become the first in the country to implement the National Policy on Biofuels?

  1. Rajasthan
  2. Tamil Nadu
  3. Kerala
  4. Maharashtra

12. Of which country has Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa been elected the President?

  1. Uganda
  2. Liberia
  3. Zimbabwe
  4. Ethiopia

13. To how many beneficiaries have cooking gas connections been distributed under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana till date?

  1. One crore
  2. Two crores
  3. Three crores
  4. Five crores

14. Which country recently launched its first hypersonic aircraft name Xingkong-2 (Starry Sky-2)?

  1. China
  2. Japan
  3. South Korea
  4. North Korea

15. With which country does India conduct the joint military exercise Maitree?

  1. Singapore
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Thailand
  4. Indoneisa

16. What is the cashback (on GST amount) offered for Digital Transactions done via BHIM, Rupay or USSD mode as announced by the GST Council?

  1. 20% upto Rs. 100
  2. 10% upto Rs. 200
  3. 20% upto Rs. 200
  4. 10% upto Rs. 100

17. Which State has launched One District, One Product scheme to enhance skills of local people and provide employment?

  1. Rajasthan
  2. Gujarat
  3. Maharashtra
  4. Uttar Pradesh

18. Justice Gita Mittal was recently sworn in as the first female Chief Justice of High Court of -

  1. Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Delhi
  3. Uttarakhand
  4. Chandigarh