31 July 2018 Current Affairs

National Register of Citizens | NRC | Assam | Mission Satyanishtha | Indian Railways | Tour-de-France 2018 | HSBC India | Surendra Rosha |

Posted on Jul 31, 2018 03:03 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The much-anticipated second and final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam was published on 30 July 2018. The names of 4 million applicants did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity. What is the cut-off date for inclusion in this document? – 25 March 1971

Explanation: The National Register of Citizens (NRC) will include the names of all Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before 25 March 1971. This date was chosen as Bangladesh came into existence just one day after this date, i.e., 26 March 1971.

- The preparation of NRC is unparalleled in size. It is a legal process done under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court and is touted to be a proof of Assamese identity.

- The second and final draft of NRC was released on 30 July 218. According to the NRC - 2,8983,667 people have been found eligible for citizenship of Assam out of total 3,29,91,384 applicants in the state. This means that people were left out of the NRC, meaning that their citizenship of Assam might be withdrawn. For such people, the process for making claims and objections will begin on 30 August 2018 and continue till 28 September 2018.

- The first draft of the NRC was published during the intervening night of 31 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, containing 19 million names. The application process for the NRC started in May 2015.

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2) In first of its kind event held by any government organisation, the Indian Railways organised a programme on Ethics in Public Governance and launched an associated mission on 27 July 2018. What is the name given to this mission? - “Mission Satyanishtha”

Explanation: “Mission Satyanishtha” is the name given to a first-of-its-kind programme on Ethics in Public Governance to be launched by any government organisation, which was launched on 27 July 2018 by the Indian Railways.

- The mission aims at sensitizing all railway employees about the need to adhere to good ethics and to maintain high standards of integrity at work. It was launched by Piyush Goyal (Minister of Railways) at National Rail Museum, New Delhi.

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3) Who became the first-ever Welshman to win the 2018 edition of Tour-de-France cycling race on 29 July 2018? – Geraint Thomas

Explanation: Geraint Thomas of Wales became the first-ever Welshman to win the iconic cycling race - the Tour-de-France as he won the 105th edition of the race on 29 July 2018. He is overall the third Briton to win this prestigious race.

- Thomas, who is associated with Team Sky, beat Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by one minute 51 seconds, while four-time Tour champion Chris Froome of Britain finished third.

- The 3,351 km race started on 7 July 2018 from Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, an island situated in Northwestern France and ended on 29 July 2018 at the famous Champs-Élysées stage in Paris.

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4) Who was appointed the new CEO for HSBC India on 30 July 2018? - Surendra Rosha

Explanation: Surendra Rosha, an alumnus of IIM-Ahmedabad, was on 30 July 2018 appointed by the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for HSBC India.

- Rosha succeeds Jayant Rikhye, who is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons. Rosha, who is currently HSBC’s Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG) for Asia-Pacific, has 27 years of experience in financial services sector. He began his career in financial services when he joined HSBC’s India operations in 1991.

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