2nd July National & International Current Affairs

1. Who among the following is the convener of a high powered committee of Chief Ministers for the transformation of Indian Agriculture?

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Centre has constituted a high powered committee of Chief Ministers of several states for the transformation of Indian Agriculture. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be the convenor of the committee, while the chief ministers of Karnataka, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have been included as members. Union Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister will also be a member of the committee. Besides, NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand has been named the Member Secretary. The Committee will discuss measures for the transformation of agriculture and raising farmers' income. It will suggest the modalities for adoption and time-bound implementation of agriculture sector reforms. It has been tasked to suggest changes in the Essential Commodity Act to attract private investments in agricultural marketing and infrastructure.

2. Garuda is the name of exercise between:

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The Indian Air Force and Armee de l'Air (French Air Force) are going to be participating in a bilateral air exercise Garuda VI at Mont de Marsan in France. Note: Varuna is a Indo-French Joint Naval Exercise.

3. Who among the following was reappointed as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India?

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N.S. Vishwanathan was reappointed as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the extension of Vishwanathan's term as RBI deputy governor by one year with effect from 4 July this year, the order issued by the Personnel Ministry Besides Vishwanathan, the other deputy governors of the RBI include B.P. Kanungo and M.K. Jain.

4. International Asteroid Day (IAD) is observed on:

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The International Asteroid Day (IAD) is observed every year on June 30. The day is an annual global event which is held on the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event that took place on 30th June 1908, the most harmful known asteroid-related event on Earth in recent history.

5. Which of the following launched STRIDE scheme?

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University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved a new scheme - 'Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy' (STRIDE). Broadly, STRIDE will provide support to research projects that are socially relevant, locally need-based, nationally important and globally significant. STRIDE shall support research capacity building as well as basic, applied and transformational action research that can contribute to the national interest. STRIDE shall support creation, development, and integration of new ideas, concepts, and practices for the public good and strengthening civil society.

6. In which year AFSPA act was enacted?

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The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) was preceded by the Armed Forces (Assam and Manipur) Special Powers Ordinance 1958. The Ordinance gave the armed forces certain special powers in the 'disturbed areas' of Manipur and Assam. It was replaced by AFSPA on September 11, 1958. AFSPA empowers the governor of the state, or the central government to declare any part of the state as a 'disturbed area', if in its opinion there exists a dangerous situation in the said area which makes it necessary to deploy armed forces in the region. Note: Centre has declared entire State of Nagaland a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of 6 more months under AFSPA

7. Who among the following authored book titled ‘The New Delhi Conspiracy’?

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The book titled ‘The New Delhi Conspiracy’ has been authored by Meenakshi Lekhi, a Lok Sabha MP from Delhi and a Supreme Court lawyer. It is co-authored by Krishna Kumar. The debut novel talks about undercurrents of Delhi's political landscape and attempts to lay bare what is influencing the course of the nation's political trajectory. The book talks of a malicious man with a dangerous agenda, an assassin on a diabolical mission, a courageous politician on a treacherous trail and a conspiracy that will shake the nation.

8. Osaka Track is sometimes seen in news. It is related to:

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India, South Africa, and Indonesia have boycotted the “Osaka Track" on the “digital economy" at the G20 leaders’ summit in Osaka, as it overtly undermined “multilateral" principles of consensus-based decisions in global trade negotiations, and denied "policy space" for digital-industrialisation in developing countries. Japan, which hosted the G20 leaders’ summit in Osaka, attempted behind the scenes to legitimize the informal plurilateral (two or more countries) negotiations on digital trade that were never approved at the World Trade Organization. Tokyo circulated a “take-it-or-leave it" text on digital trade to all the G20 countries seeking approval of the “Osaka Track" for promoting purlilateral negotiations among 50 countries (the EU which represents 28 countries is taken as one) Along with the United States, the European Union (which represents 28 countries at the WTO), Australia, and Singapore among others, Japan pushed hard for the plurilateral negotiations on digital trade with the avowed intention of crafting sweeping rules on data flows, removal of prohibitions on data localization, and cloud computing among others. Much of the proposed plurilateral rules on digital trade are based on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPATPP)

9. Charted Accountants Day (CA Day) is celebrated on:

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Charted Accountants Day (CA Day) is celebrated on 1st July every year to commemorate the founding of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) by the parliament of India. ICAI is also the second biggest accounting organization in the world.

10. Recently which country has officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags with effect from 1 July 2019?

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New Zealand has officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags with effect from 1 July 2019

11. The first-ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) will be held in

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The first-ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) will be held in New Delhi. The initiative is a part of the Agriculture Export Policy 2018 which aims at doubling the agriculture export and integrating Indian farmers and agriculture products with global value chains.

12. Which district of J & K launched Operation Khumaar to make 312 panchayats tobacco-free?

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In Jammu and Kashmir, the district administration of Rajouri has been launched a campaign called “Operation Khumaar” to make 312 panchayats tobacco-free

13. Vaibhav Yadav is associated with which of the following sports?

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Indian pro boxer Vaibhav Yadav became the WBC Asia silver welterweight champion after defeating Thailand's Fahpetch Singmanassak in the title bout held in Pattaya, Thailand

14. Who among the following won the Austrian Grand Prix?

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Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix for a second straight year. He defeated Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

15. Which state will host 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship?

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The Odisha government has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with state's table tennis body and Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) to host the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship.

2nd July National & International Current Affairs
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