Current Affairs in English Dated 07 August 2020

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The Punjab state government has launched ‘Pride of Punjab’ programme as a partnership between the Department of Sports & Youth Services & YuWaah. The YuWaah is the initiative of which world organization?

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched the ‘Pride of Punjab’ programme through video conferencing. The programme is a partnership programme between the Department of Youth Services and Sports and YuWaah – a joint initiative of UNICEF, other UN agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector.

Which state’s villages have been recognised by UNESO for Tsunami readiness?

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Two coastal villages in Odisha -Venkatraipur and Noliasahi- have been recognised as tsunami ready by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). This is the first time that any state in India is getting recognition. The Information and Public Relations Department of Odisha made the announcement.

The foundation stone of Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur was laid at which state?

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Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Sirmaur at Dhaula kuan in the Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh through Video conference, along with Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Shri Jai Ram Thakur; Minister of State for Finance Shri Anurag Singh Thakur and Minister of State for Education Shri Sanjay Dhotre.

Which among the following parties won just one seat in Sri Lankan Parliamentary Elections 2020?

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Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) suffered the biggest setback in the Sri Lankan Parliamentary Elections 2020. The party managed to win only one seat.

The doubling of Lachyan-Hotgi section was completed by South Western Railway recently. The bridge was built over which river?

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The South Western Railway commissioned the development of Lachyan-Hotgi section, which is 33 km long, as part of the doubling project from Hotgi-Kudgi-Gadag (284 km) which had been sanctioned by the Railway Board in 2014-15. The route connects Karnataka with Maharashtra through Bijapur and Sholapur districts. The track passes through the 670 m long important bridge over River Bhima, the longest bridge in the zone comprising 14 spans of 45.7 m each which is now being seen as one of the most important developments of the route.

When was the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack observed?

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Japan marked the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack on August 6, 2020. The main event was held at Hiroshima, which saw in attendance survivors and relatives of the victims and few foreign dignitaries.

Which state government launched “Mahila Evam Kishori Samman Yojana” & “Mukhya Mantri Doodh Uphar Yojana” for girls and women?

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In order to give a major boost to the” Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign, on August 5, 2020, the state government of Haryana has launched two schemes, with a total outlay of Rs 256 crore, viz. launched “Mahila Evam Kishori Samman Yojana” to provide free sanitary napkins to girls and women of below poverty line (BPL) families, and initiated “Mukhya Mantri Doodh Uphar Yojana” to provide fortified flavoured skimmed milk powder to women and children. These schemes were launched by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar through video conferencing.

When will Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra be inaugurated?

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra (RSK) on August 8, 2020. The Kendra is an interactive experience centre on the Swachh Bharat Mission. The Prime Minister will be inaugurating the centre on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha.

Name the payments bank which partnered with Bharti AXA General Insurance to offer “smart plan shop package policy”.

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Airtel Payments Bank has entered into a partnership with Bharti AXA General Insurance to offer the latter’s affordable and newly launched shop insurance product namely “Smart Plan Shop Package Policy” for financial protection of the bank’s retailers and merchants. The policy will provide financial protection in case of damage to assets inside the shop due to fire and allied perils and burglary, among others, as covered in the product.

Who has been appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General of India?

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed by the President as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. GC Murmu had resigned as J&K Lt Governor on August 5, 2020.

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