Current Affairs Capsule – 3 September 2019
- September 3, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- Union Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister of Japan Takeshi Iwaya co-chaired the Japan–India Defence Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. They discussed various issues of mutual concern, including ways to further strengthen existing bilateral co-operative arrangements and adopt new initiatives towards achieving peace and security in the region.
- Banking details of Indians with accounts in Switzerland will now be available to tax authorities as the automatic exchange of information regime kicked off between the two countries from September 1, 2019. It is the first automatic exchange of financial account information under the Common Reporting Standard, which will provide the information of the year 2018. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) framed a policy for the Income-Tax Department.
- The 4th General Assembly of Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) will be hosted by the Election Commission of India (ECI) at Bengaluru, Karnataka from 2nd to 4th September, 2019. It will be presided over by the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. India will also take over as the A-WEB’s Chair for a period of 2019-21 during the meeting. Established in 2013 with a permanent secretariat located at Seoul, South Korea, A-WEB is the largest and the first global association of Election Management Bodies (EMBs) worldwide.
- Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the first-ever architectural LED illumination at Qutb Minar in New Delhi. The move is aimed at promotion of tourism in line with the Prime Minister’s goal of doubling foreign and domestic tourists in the next five years. Qutb Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) and is one of the most visited historical sites in the national capital.
- Google and the Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) signed a statement of intent to roll out ‘Build for Digital India’, a program to offer a platform to engineering students for developing market-ready, technology-based solutions that address key social problems. Google’s Developer Student Club network and other Google Developer networks will offer online and offline learning opportunities on key technologies such as machine learning, cloud and android.
- Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree from Tamil Nadu have been accorded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry (GIR). With this, the total number of products from Tamil Nadu that have been accorded the GI tag comes up to 31. Darjeeling tea became the first GI tagged product in India, in 2004-05 and since then, as of October 2018, 321 had been added to the list.
- Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the country’s longest electrified rail tunnel with a length 6.3km between Cherlopalli and Rapuru Railway Stations in Andhra Pradesh. New Australian Tunnelling Method (NATM) was used to construct this tunnel. He also inaugurated the electrified railway line between Venkatachalam and Obulavaripalli at the Gudur railway station and also flagged off the Gudur-Vijayawada inter-city superfast express.
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Q1. The automatic exchange of information regime kicked off between India and ____
Q2. Where will the 4th General Assembly of Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) be hosted?
- New Delhi
Q3. Who among the following along with the Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) launched the ‘Build for Digital India’ program?
Q4. How many products have been accorded the GI tag in India as of October 2018?
Q5. In which state was the longest electrified rail tunnel of India inaugurated?
- Andhra Pradesh
- Tamil Nadu
Q6. What is the length of India’s longest electrified rail tunnel?