1. Recently which country passed National Defense Authorization Act?
The U.S. Senate has passed a legislative provision, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2020. The Bill aims to advance the U.S.-India strategic partnership. This Act will bring India as America’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally for increased defence cooperation and countries like Israel and South Korea for increasing defence cooperation
2. Which country is to impose green tax on flight tickets?
The French government is to impose a tax of up to 18 Euros ($20) on plane tickets for all flights from airports in France to fund less-polluting transportation projects, a minister said Tuesday. The move, which will take effect from 2020, will see a tax of 1.5 euros imposed on economy-class tickets on internal flights and those within Europe, with the highest tariff applied to business-class travellers flying outside the bloc
3. Which space agency launched Hayabusa2 spacecraft?
Japan’s space agency said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully dropped an explosive designed to make a crater on Ryugu asteroid and collect its underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. Friday’s crater mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it had to immediately get away so it won’t get hit by flying shards from the blast.
4. HR 1044 is sometimes seen in news. Which of the following country passed that bill?
US lawmakers passed a Bill aimed at lifting the current seven per cent country-cap on issuing Green Cards, a development which would benefit thousands of highly-skilled Indian IT professionals. A Green Card allows a person to live and work permanently in the US. Titled the Fairness of High-Skilled Immigrants Act, 2019 or HR 1044, the Bill was passed by the 435-member House by an overwhelming majority of 365-65 votes. The bill also establishes transition rules for employment-based visas from FY 2020-22 by reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability), EB-3 (skilled and other workers) and EB-5 (investors) visas for individuals from other than the two countries that get the largest number of such visas.
5. Which airport is set to launch India’s first face-recognition facility under the Centre's Digi Yatra Policy.?
For the first time in India Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is set to launch the face-recognition facility under the Centre's Digi Yatra Policy. Trials began on July 1 and will continue for a month. The face-recognition technology will remove the Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) physically checking passengers’ government issued identification documents at the airport entrance.
6. Recently which country passed GAFA tax?
The French Parliament adopted by a final vote of the Senate, the introduction of a tax on GAFA, making France one of the first countries to impose a tax on digital giants. The GAFA tax refers to an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. GAFA targets digital companies with global annual sales of more than 750 million euros ($845.6 million) and sales in France of at least 25 million euros. This 3 per cent tax on digital gross sales would help to collect 400 million euros this year and 650 million euros by 2022.
7. Which of the following launched ‘Operation Thirst’?
Railway Protection Force (RPF) recently launched ‘Operation Thirst’ to stop selling of unauthorised Packaged Drinking Water (PDW).
8. Which country inaugurated the world’s largest movable metal dome?
Ukraine has inaugurated the world’s largest movable metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant. Note: The Chernobyl nuclear power station was the scene of the world's worst civilian nuclear accident on April 26, 1986.
9. What is the name of new human atlas initiative launched by DBT?
A new human atlas initiative has been launched to create a unified database of molecular network of all the tissues in the human body and to derive a holistic picture of working of human body. The project named Manav has been launched by the Department of Biotechnology and Persistent Systems, a biotechnology company. This mega project will collate and integrate molecular information on human tissues and organs that currently lies hidden in research articles in an unstructured and disorganized form. The project would utilize large biological community, both students and scientists, for extracting and adding the information from scientific literature at the level of cells and organs. The database would eventually help researchers in identifying gaps in current knowledge and help in future projects in diagnostics and disease biology.
10. Which of the following state have set up dedicated universities for conducting courses in police services and internal security?
Centre said it has initiated a proposal to establish the first National Police University in the country. It will be dedicated to imparting education in policing and internal security. Gujarat, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have set up dedicated universities for conducting courses in police services and internal security
11. As per NITI Aayog report how many Indian cities will run out of groundwater by 2020?
India is facing the worst water crisis in its history, and 21 Indian cities will run out of groundwater by 2020, a new report from the NITI Aayog
12. Who among the following is the author of the book 'Whispers of Time?
Dr Krishna Saksena launched her new book 'Whispers of Time' at India International Centre in New Delhi. The book was unveiled by Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles and Minister of Women and Child Development. 'Whispers of Time' witnesses three generations in the author's long life of ninety years in which she found a great difference
13. Which is the Only Indian School to Feature in 'The Commonwealth at 70' Book?
The Aditya Birla World Academy, India's leading International school is the only Indian school to be featured in 'The Commonwealth at 70: From Westminster to the World' book published by the popular London publishers St James's House and the History of Parliament Trust
14. World UFO Day is observed on:
World UFO Day is observed on July 2 every year. The day is celebrated by some on June 24 and July 2. • June 24 is the date that aviator Kenneth Arnold is generally considered to be the first widely reported unidentified flying object sightings in the United States. • July 2 which remembers the supposed UFO crash in the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident
15. Vaibhav Yadav is associated with which sports?
Indian pro boxer Vaibhav Yadav became the WBC Asia silver welterweight champion. They defeat Thailand's Fahpetch Singmanassak in the title bout held in Pattaya, Thailand.
16. Who among the following has been chosen for women Footballer of the year 2019 at the All India Football Federation‘s (AIFF) Awards.?
Sunil Chhetri, Indian men’s football team captain named the Men’s Footballer of the year 2019 at the All India Football Federation‘s (AIFF) Awards. He is also the second-highest active international scorer after Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. In women’s category, it was conferred to footballer Ashalata Devi.
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