Current Affairs for RRB Office Assistant Mains | 7th September 2019 Current Affairs Questions and Answers - Smartkeeda

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Khadi and Village Industries Commission has recently launched a 'Terracotta Grinder' in which of the following cities?
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Who: KVIC
What: launches ‘Terracotta Grinder’ at Varanasi to reuse wasted pottery
When: published on 3rd September 2019

Never refuse to reuse is the new motto of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) that has launched a pioneering method to recycle pieces of pottery and terracotta items.

The KVIC’s first-ever terracotta grinder, gifted to potter Bindu in Sewapuri here on Monday, will pound and pulverise broken or damaged earthenware, which will then be mixed with clay and reused. The recycling method will not only resolve the clay crisis and reduce the cost of production, but will also make the end products more durable.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/varanasi/from-waste-to-wonder-kvic-gifts-terracotta-grinder-to-varanasi-potter/articleshow/70957801.cms
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As per the current regime, what is the new Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) for transactions above Rs 2,000 in BHIM UPI (Unified Payment Interface) transactions?
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A
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Who: MDR
What: boost for merchants using UPI
When: published on 31st August 2019

Merchants will no longer have to pay any Merchant Discount Rates (MDR) on UPI transactions below the ticket size of Rs 100 that are done through QR code ‘scan and pay’, effective October 1, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said.

This is expected to encourage small grocery stores, chemists and kirana stores across the country to set up basic acceptance infrastructure such as QR code to receive payments made through UPI.

Furthermore, the MDR has been revised to 0.30 percent of the transaction size for with a maximum cap of Rs.100 per transaction. As per the current regime, the rates are capped at 0.25% for transactions up to Rs. 2,000 and at 0.65% for transactions above Rs 2,000.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/finance/mdr-boost-for-merchants-using-upi/articleshow/70915419.cms
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Which of the following countries has recently partnered with Reliance Power for gas-based power plant set up in the country?
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Who: Bangladesh
What: signs deal with Reliance Power to buy electricity for 22 years
When: published on 1st September 2019

Bangladesh has signed an agreement to buy 718 megawatts of electricity from India's Reliance Power over the next 22 years, the company said.

Reliance plans to invest about $1 billion to set up a local plant by 2022 to provide the electricity. The plant will be built at Meghnaghat in Narayanganj, over 20 km southeast of the capital Dhaka, according to a project report seen by Reuters at an event held to close the deal.

The combined-cycle power plant will be fueled by gas and regasification liquefied natural gas and be fully owned by Reliance.

Bangladesh agreed a deal with China last week to build renewable energy projects providing 500 megawatts by 2023 at an investment cost of $400 million, in the latest sign of Beijing's growing role in the South Asian nation's energy sector.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/bangladesh-signs-deal-with-reliance-power-to-buy-electricity-for-22-years-119090100648_1.html
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The 4th South-Asian Speaker's Summit was recently held in which of the following cities?
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Who: 4th South-Asian Speaker's Summit
What: was held in Male, Maldives
When: published on 1st September 2019

The fourth South Asian Speakers’ Summit kicked off in the Maldives capital on Sunday with the secretary general of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and senior lawmakers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Hosted at the People’s Majlis building in Malé, the two-day meeting focuses on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The annual summit was organised jointly by the IPU and the Maldives parliament.

In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Speaker Mohamed Nasheed observed that the biggest challenge faced by centrist politicians in the region was balancing climate change mitigation and economic development.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/south-asian-speakers-summit-begins-in-maldives-147668
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The Joint Naval Annual Quality Conclave was recently held in __________.
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Who: Joint Naval Annual Quality Conclave
What: was held in Visakhapatnam
When: published on 4th September 2019

The Joint Naval Annual Quality Conclave (JNAQC) with the theme of ‘Transformation of QA Paradigm: Opportunities and Challenges’ will be hosted by the Naval Quality Assurance Establishments under the aegis of Director General Quality Assurance (DGQA), Ministry of Defence, in the city on September 5.

The conclave will be inaugurated by Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC). A group of leaders and apex level leadership of large organisations will deliver addresses during the JNAQC.

The guest speakers include Dr. Tessy Thomas, DS & DG (Aero Systems), DRDO; Rear Admiral Kalidoss Srinivas, Project Director, Ship Building Centre; Rear Admiral S.K. Nair, Assistant Chief of Materiel (Information Technology & Systems); Rear Admiral S. Chaubey (Retd), CMD ECIL; Rear Admiral Surendra Ahuja (Retd), MD, Boeing India; Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital (Retd), MD & CEO CEMS India Limited; Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd), CMD, BDL; and R. Muralidharan, Chief Technology Officer of Tata Power SED.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/joint-naval-annual-quality-conclave-tomorrow/article29326158.ece

Important Current Affairs Questions and Answers: 7th September 2019

1. 'Namaste Pacific' - Culture of countries in Pacific region was showcased in Delhi.
(7th September 2019 Current Affairs in Short)

The High Commissions of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji jointly organised a cultural event 'Namaste Pacific' here to showcase in India the culture of the Pacific countries.

Speaking to ANI during the event, Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu highlighted the importance of people to people links between India and the countries in the Pacific region which received a boost through an event like Namaste Pacific.

2. IIT Kharagpur, Amazon Join Hands To Develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) Portal.
(Latest Current Affairs Questions and Answers of 7th September 2019)

In a bid to promote learning and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop a National Artificial Intelligence Resource Portal (NAIRP) platform, an official said.

"There is already a great demand for professionals skilled in AI as well as resources, and this need will only increase in our society. The development of this platform will help boost the AI community in India," Sudeshna Sarkar, Head of Centre for Artificial Intelligence at IIT Kharagpur, said.

NAIRP was launched with initial funding from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, as part of the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) platform. It builds upon and expands NDLI to AI by indexing a wide variety of AI-specific resources such as learning materials, courses, workbooks, datasets, codes, tools and platforms.The upcoming portal will provide search, browse, learning and computation services.

3. Punjab decided to play the role of a recruitment agency for the youth wanting to work abroad.
(Today’s Current Affairs Quiz of 7th September 2019)

The Punjab Employment Generation Department will soon don the role of a recruitment agency for the youth wanting to work abroad.

It will also set up a special cell to send the youth for studies abroad.

The move came following regular complaints of fraud by travel agents.

"We have paid Rs 50 lakh in fee to the Union government for registering the department as an agent for sending the youth abroad for jobs," said Punjab Employment Generation Minister Charanjit Singh Channi here.

Already states like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Telangana are sending the youth abroad for work, said an official of the department.

4. Mithali Raj announces retirement from T20 Internationals.
(Latest Current Affairs Questions and Answers of 7th September 2019)

Senior India batswoman Mithali Raj called time on her illustrious T20 International career to focus on one-day cricket, keeping 2021 50-over World Cup in mind.

The 36-year-old senior opener has captained the country in 32 T20Is, including the three women's T20 World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India).

"After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, I wish to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 One Day World Cup," said Mithali, who had captained Indian women's first-ever T20I played in Derby back in 2006.

Mithali ended her T20I career as India's top-scorer in the format with 2364 runs from 89 matches at an average of 37.5 and a highest score of 97 not out. She played her last match in March against England in Guwahati.

5. Sanjiv Ranjan concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Ecuador.
(Current Affairs PDF of 7th September 2019)

Shri Sanjiv Ranjan (IFS:1993), presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of Colombia, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Ecuador, with residence in Bogota.

6. Joint Naval Annual Quality Conclave was held in Visakhapatnam.
(Today’s Current Affairs Capsule of 7th September 2019)

The Joint Naval Annual Quality Conclave (JNAQC) with the theme of ‘Transformation of QA Paradigm: Opportunities and Challenges’ will be hosted by the Naval Quality Assurance Establishments under the aegis of Director General Quality Assurance (DGQA), Ministry of Defence, in the city on September 5.

The conclave will be inaugurated by Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command (ENC). A group of leaders and apex level leadership of large organisations will deliver addresses during the JNAQC.

The guest speakers include Dr. Tessy Thomas, DS & DG (Aero Systems), DRDO; Rear Admiral Kalidoss Srinivas, Project Director, Ship Building Centre; Rear Admiral S.K. Nair, Assistant Chief of Materiel (Information Technology & Systems); Rear Admiral S. Chaubey (Retd), CMD ECIL; Rear Admiral Surendra Ahuja (Retd), MD, Boeing India; Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital (Retd), MD & CEO CEMS India Limited; Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd), CMD, BDL; and R. Muralidharan, Chief Technology Officer of Tata Power SED.

7. Police academy of international standards to be set up soon in Lucknow.
(Important Current Affairs Quiz of 7th September 2019)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced that a police academy of international standards will be set up very soon in Lucknow for training cops which will be the first of its kind of institute in the state.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of State Police Headquarters ‘Signature’ building in Lucknow yesterday. On this occasion, he also said that better policing has changed the perception about the state and investors now coming forward for investment in the state.

AIR Correspondent reports that the State Police Headquarters was running from a camp office established as make-shift arrangement in 1937. Inaugurating the new building of police headquarters, Chief Minister said that he also wants to open a forensic university to ensure that State Police are not dependent on any other agency in case of any eventuality.

8. 4th South-Asian Speaker's Summit as held in Male, Maldives.
(Top 10 MCQs on Current Affairs of 7th September 2019)

The fourth South Asian Speakers’ Summit kicked off in the Maldives capital on Sunday with the secretary general of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and senior lawmakers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Hosted at the People’s Majlis building in Malé, the two-day meeting focuses on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The annual summit was organised jointly by the IPU and the Maldives parliament.

In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Speaker Mohamed Nasheed observed that the biggest challenge faced by centrist politicians in the region was balancing climate change mitigation and economic development.

9. Bangladesh signs deal with Reliance Power to buy electricity for 22 years.
(Most Important Current Affairs Questions and Answers of 7th September 2019)

Bangladesh has signed an agreement to buy 718 megawatts of electricity from India's Reliance Power over the next 22 years, the company said.

Reliance plans to invest about $1 billion to set up a local plant by 2022 to provide the electricity. The plant will be built at Meghnaghat in Narayanganj, over 20 km southeast of the capital Dhaka, according to a project report seen by Reuters at an event held to close the deal.

The combined-cycle power plant will be fueled by gas and regasification liquefied natural gas and be fully owned by Reliance.

Bangladesh agreed a deal with China last week to build renewable energy projects providing 500 megawatts by 2023 at an investment cost of $400 million, in the latest sign of Beijing's growing role in the South Asian nation's energy sector.

10. MDR boost for merchants using UPI.
(Top 10 Objective Current Affairs of 7th September 2019)

Merchants will no longer have to pay any Merchant Discount Rates (MDR) on UPI transactions below the ticket size of Rs 100 that are done through QR code ‘scan and pay’, effective October 1, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said.

This is expected to encourage small grocery stores, chemists and kirana stores across the country to set up basic acceptance infrastructure such as QR code to receive payments made through UPI.

Furthermore, the MDR has been revised to 0.30 percent of the transaction size for with a maximum cap of Rs.100 per transaction. As per the current regime, the rates are capped at 0.25% for transactions up to Rs. 2,000 and at 0.65% for transactions above Rs 2,000.