6-11 July 2018 Current Affairs

Institutions of Eminence | HRD Ministry | Gaming University | World’s largest mobile phone factory | Noida | Golden Man Booker Prize | Aum Shinrikyo |

Posted on Jul 11, 2018 13:20 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The HRD Ministry on 10 July 2018 granted “Institutions of Eminence” status to three public and three private institutes, enabling them to get full autonomy and special incentives to project them as “world class universities”. Which are these 6 institutions? - IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, IISc- Bengaluru (from public sector), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), BITS Pilani and Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation (from private sector)

Explanation: The HRD Ministry on 10 July 2018 granted “Institutions of Eminence” (IoEs) status to IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay and the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in the public sector, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, BITS Pilani and Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation in the private sector.

- This move enables these 6 institutions to get full autonomy and special incentives to project them as “world class universities”. While the HRD Ministry will grant Rs 10 billion funds to the three public institutions in the next five years, the private institutes will not be eligible for government funding.

- Unlike other institutions, IoEs will get greater autonomy to start new courses, admit foreign students, hire foreign faculty, and collaborate with foreign educational institutions without the need for government approval.

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2) UNESCO will establish a gaming university in which Indian city, for which an agreement was signed during July 2018? – Visakhapatnam

Explanation: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will be setting up a 'Design University for Gaming' in Visakhapatnam. A delegation of UNESCO entered into an agreement with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) for the establishment of 'Gaming Digital Learning Hub’ on 4 July 2018.

- The UNESCO delegation asked the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for an allocation of 100 acres of land in Visakhapatnam for developing the city as 'International Gaming and Digital Learning Hub'.

- UNESCO is of the view that gaming technology will be the best source of income in future and IT giants like UBSoft, Samsung, Microsoft etc are ready to establish their centres in Visakhapatnam.

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3) World’s largest mobile phone factory was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on 9 July 2018. This factory belonging to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is situated in which place? – Noida (Uttar Pradesh)

Explanation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on 9 July 2018 inaugurated Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd’s mobile phone factory in Noida - the largest in the world. The facility is spread over 35 acres in Noida’s Sector 81.

- The expected cost of this factory is around Rs.5 thousand crore and it can produce 12 crore mobile phones every year, ranging from low-end smartphones to its flagship Samsung Galaxy S9, and will create 15,000 local jobs.

- Under intense competition from Apple Inc. and Chinese rivals like Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Gionee and Lenovo, Samsung plans to make India its export hub for countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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4) Which book was chosen for the prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize as was announced at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on 8 July 2018? – “The English Patient”

Explanation: “The English Patient”, the book by Canadian literary icon Michael Ondaatje, won the Golden Man Booker Prize for being the best Man Booker awardee in 50 years. The winner was revealed at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on 8 July 2018.

- This book was after it topped in a public poll of best Man Booker in 50 years. The Golden Booker was held this year to mark a half-century of the prize. A panel of judges read all 52 former winners of the award, with each assigned a decade from the Booker’s history.

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5) Seven members of Japan’s Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult including its leader who carried out a deadly chemical attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995 were executed on 6 July 2018. What was the name of cult’s notorious leader? - Shoko Asahara

Explanation: Shoko Asahara was the name of Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult. The members of this cult had carried out the Sarin attack, Japan's worst terror incident on 20 March 1995, in which 13 people were killed and thousands more were injured.

- The cult members had released the liquid nerve agent Sarin on Tokyo’s subway. They left punctured bags filled with Sarin on train lines going through Tokyo's political district. 63-year old Asahara and his followers were also accused of several other murders and an earlier Sarin gas attack in 1994 which killed eight and left 600 injured.

- Asahara and seven members of his cult were executed by hanging at a Tokyo detention house on 6 July 2018. Japan does not give prior notice of executions.

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