Current Affairs in English Dated 05 August 2020

What is the defence manufacturing turnover target of India by 2025 as per ‘Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy (DPEPP) 2020’?

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Ministry of Defence (MoD) publicized a draft ‘Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy (DPEPP) 2020 for public feedback by August 17, 2020 after which the policy would be promulgated by the MoD. The policy aims to achieve a manufacturing turnover of $25 bn or Rs 1,75,000 crore, including exports of $5 bn or Rs 35,000 Crore in aerospace and defence goods and services by 2025. The Department of Defence Production (DDP) will be the nodal department for coordination on various components of the DPEPP 2020 and to achieve the objectives set in this Policy.

Which institution or body passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019 on 5 August 2019?

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The Lok Sabha on August 5, 2019, passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 that seeks to uplift transgenders socially, economically and culturally in the society. The Bill was passed by a voice vote.

Central government recently made amendments in Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957. As per the amendment, listed entities should meet criteria of minimum _____ public shareholding within 3 years.

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In order to provide more time to the listed entities to meet criteria of minimum public shareholding (MPS) of 25%, the Centre Government has made changes in the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957 in sub-rule (1), where the words “two years” substituted by words “three years”. Therefore, listed entities get one more year to comply with the rules of MPS, benefitting more than three dozen PSUs (public sector undertakings) who have been unable to meet this requirement amid COVID-19.

As per UGC notice, all universities in India will get a final subscription to access which Swedish anti-plagiarism software?

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As per the information released by University Grants Commission (UGC), all universities in India will get a final subscription to access the Swedish anti-plagiarism software ‘Urkund’ from September 1, 2019. As a part of this process, in the coming years, the software will be available free of cost to all 900 universities, including teachers, students and researchers.

How many states/UTs have joined One Nation One Ration Card scheme as on August 1, 2020?

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With effect from August 1, 2020, 3 states of Manipur, Nagaland and Uttarakhand, and one Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) have joined the One Nation, One Ration Card (ONORC) platform, increasing the total number of states/UTs under this scheme to 24. This information has been provided by Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan while reviewing the progress of ONORC plan. The addition of above 4 states/UTs has ensured food security to 65 Crore (80%) of total National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 population for receiving food grains from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) in 24 States/UT, under the scheme. When all the states are integrated under ONORC scheme, 81 crore NFSA beneficiaries can avail benefit. The scheme will be operational all over India by 31st March 2021.

Prominent Northern Ireland Politician John Hume passed away on August 3, 2020. He had won a Nobel prize in which category?

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Laureate John Hume passed away on August 3, 2020 following a long period of illness. He was a prominent Northern Ireland politician.

Which Surface-to-Air missile was successfully flight-tested by DRDO recently?

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The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) on August 4, 2019, successfully conducted the test-flight of Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles (QRSAM) from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur.

Axis bank has partnered with which company to deploy multi-lingual bot AXAA?

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Axis Bank has partnered Bengaluru startup Vernacular.ai, an AI-based SaaS voice automation platform, to deploy multi-lingual BOT AXAA on its phone banking Interactive voice response (IVR) which helps to increase automation in customer service.

How many individuals will be scanned under the Human Genome Mapping Project of Government of India?

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India is planning to launch its first Human Genome Mapping Project. The project involves scanning of 20,000 Indian genomes (in the next five years) to develop diagnostic tests and effective therapies for treating diseases such as cancer.

Which state government signed MoU with Hindustan Unilever Ltd, P&G and ITC to support economic empowerment of women?

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The state government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) signs a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with three International FMCG (Fast-moving consumer goods) companies- Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), ITC ltd., and Procter and Gamble (P&G) to provide marketing and technological support for the economic empowerment of the women and to make them self-reliant. The MoU was signed in the presence of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy at his camp office in Tadepalli.

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