Current Affairs August 6 2018 Questions And Answers
Rohit Kumar Paudel becomes fourth youngest ODI debutant
At 15 years and 335 days, Rohit Kumar Paudel became the fourth youngest to play in the format when he was named in the Nepal XI. Pakistan’s Hasan Raza remains the youngest to play an ODI, having made his debut against Zimbabwe in 1996 aged just 14 years and 233 days. More recently in 2013, Kenya’s Gurdeep Singh became the second-youngest to make his ODI debut, aged 15 years and 258 days, when he fronted up against Afghanistan.
Elephant rides, jungle safaris banned in Uttarakhand’s tiger reserves
The Uttarakhand High Court banned the commercial use of elephants, including for joyrides and jungle safaris, and restricted the number of Gypsys, hired by tourists for safari in Corbett and Rajaji tiger reserves, to not more than 100 per day. It also directed the chief wildlife warden to take possession of private elephants within 24 hours.
Ranjit Srivastava develops humanoid robot ‘Rashmi’, Indian version of ‘Sophia’
Developer of Ranchi, Ranjit Srivastava, has developed Indian version of ‘Sophia,’ a social humanoid robot developed by a Hong Kong based company, named ‘Rashmi’ which can speak Hindi, Bhojpuri and Marathi along with English. The developer claimed it as world’s first Hindi speaking realistic humanoid robot and India’s first lip-synching robot. ‘Rashmi’ uses linguistic interpretation (LI), artificial intelligence (AI), visual data and facial recognition systems.
Indian Oil tops 7 Indian firms on Fortune 500 list, RIL jumps 53 places
Seven Indian companies have made it to the latest Fortune 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in terms of revenue, with state-owned IOC continuing to be the highest ranked Indian firm and Reliance Industries (RIL) jumping 53 places. In the list topped by retail giant Indian Oil Corp (IOC) with 23 per cent rise in revenues at $65.9 billion was ranked 137th, up from the 168th position in 2017.
Bhartruhari Mahtab Receives Best Parliamentarian Award For 2017
BJD’s MP from Cuttack, Bhartruhari Mahtab, received the Best Parliamentarian award for the year 2017 from President Ram Nath Kovind today. The Lok Sabha member was awarded by the President at an event attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
India to clock 7.5% GDP growth, recovery to remain robust: Morgan Stanley
As per Morgan Stanley report, India’s economic growth momentum is likely to pick up further in the April-June period and the country is expected to clock GDP growth of 7.5 per cent in this financial year. According to the global financial services major, the growth recovery will remain robust, supported initially by consumption and exports. In the January-March quarter, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew at the fastest pace in seven quarters at 7.7 per cent on robust performance by manufacturing and service sectors as well as good farm output.
NABARD sanctions Rs 772 cr for water projects in Haryana
NABARD has sanctioned Rs 722 crore for eight water projects in the rural areas of Haryana. It will supply water to 256 villages and 72 hamlets in the state. The second proposal aims to supply water to 109 villages and nine hamlets. The state officers have been given special directives to ensure that water is supplied via tankers to areas which are experiencing a water crisis.
NITI Aayog launches global hackathon to crowdsource mobility solutions
Envisaged to be one of the largest hackathons in the world, the NITI Aayog launched a global mobility hackathon “Move Hack” to crowdsource future mobility solutions for India. Focused on 10 themes and open to individuals from all nationalities, the hackathon will have an online leg, followed by a Singapore leg, and the finals in New Delhi. Move Hack is the first platform in the world which has enmeshed public transport, private transport, road safety, multimodal connectivity and new age transport technologies such as zero emission vehicles and intra-city aerial transport in a hackathon platform spearheaded by a government.
India’s Advanced Air Defense Interceptor Shoots Down Ballistic Missile Target in Test
The Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), the Indian Ministry of Defense’s (MoD) research and development wing, conducted a successful test of its indigenously designed and built Advanced Air Defense (AAD)/ Ashvin Advanced Defense interceptor missile from Abdul Kalam Island, home to the Indian military’s principle missile test facility, the Integrated Test Range, off the coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal.