CURRENT AFFAIRS CAPSULE – 3 AUGUST 2019
- August 3, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- ‘Nagar Kirtan’, a religious procession carrying Guru Granth Sahib, was taken out from Nankana Sahib of Punjab province in Pakistan and arrived at Attari in Amritsar, India for the first time since partition in 1947. The procession by devotees is to mark the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikhism.
- Indian journalist Ravish Kumar is among the five people who have been chosen for the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2019, which is Asia’s premier prize and highest honour. Kumar, an NDTV journalist, has been chosen in recognition for ‘harnessing journalism to give voice to voiceless’. The award was established in 1957.
- Maharashtra adopted an Automated Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS), which is a digital fingerprint and iris scanning system to help police investigations. It is the first state in the country to do so. It also includes portable system to dust off and capture fingerprints from crime scenes.
- India’s first large-scale trial for two new tuberculosis (TB) vaccines named IMMUVAC and VPM1002 has been launched by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). India has the highest share of global TB burden, contributing to 27% of total global burden. Both the vaccines which aim to prevent infection or prevent primary progression or reactivation of latent TB infection have been manufactured by Indian pharmaceutical companies.
- Indian-American lawyer Kashyap Pramod Patel, an ardent supporter of US President Donald Trump, has been appointed as the Senior Director of the Counterterrorism Directorate of the National Security Council (NSC) in the White House. Patel was serving as the Senior Counsel for Counterterrorism at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
- Lok Sabha passed the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill which seeks to remove the President of the Indian National Congress as a trustee. The bill also paves the way for the leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha to be a member of the trust.
- As per the data compiled by the World Bank, India has slipped down from 5th to the 7th place in the global GDP rankings of 2018. According to the 2018 data, UK and France once again moved ahead of India to reclaim their 5th and 6th spots respectively in the global GDP rankings. The United States continues to top the list with a GDP of $20.5 trillion, followed by China at second place with GDP of $13.6 trillion and Japan at third place with a GDP of $5 trillion.
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Q1. When was the Ramon Magsaysay Award established?
Q2. Which is the first state/UT to adopt an Automated Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS)?
- New Delhi
- Andhra Pradesh
- West Bengal
Q3. IMMUVAC and VPM1002 are vaccines for which of the following?
- Nipah virus infection
Q4. What is the rank achieved by India in the global GDP rankings of 2018?
Q5. Which is the top ranked country in the global GDP rankings of 2018?