8-10 August 2018 Current Affairs

Rajya Sabha | Deputy Chairman | Harivansh | M.Karunanidhi | Android | Pie | Maruti Suzuki | Toyota |

Posted on Aug 10, 2018 08:11 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Who was elected as the new Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha in a close election held on 9 August 2018? – Harivansh

Explanation: Harivansh, belonging to the Janata Dal (United), was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha on 9 August 2018. He was the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for the post. While he secured 125 votes in his favour, 105 members voted against him.

- Harivansh’s full name was Harivansh Narayan Singh, but he was inspired by Jaiprakash Narayan and dropped his surname. He is preceded by P.J.Kurien, who completed his term as Deputy Chairman on 1 July 2018. The post has been lying vacant since then.

- Congress MP B.K. Hariprasad stood against Harivansh in this election. At the last minute, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) withdrew their candidate Vandana Chavan after it learned of BJD’s support to the NDA. Vice-President M.Venkiah Naidu is the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.

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2) M.Karunanidhi, the stalwart of the Dravid politics of the South and a legendary leader of Tamil Nadu, passed away on 7 August 2018. He had been the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for how many terms? – 5 terms

Explanation: M.Karunanidhi was a 5-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He became the third Chief Minister of the state in 1969 when he took his first term as Chief Minister after demise of the then CM and his political guru Annadurai. He became state’s CM later in 1971, 1989, 1996 and 2006. He was President of the Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) since last 50 years. Around 5 years back he had declared his son M.K.Stalin as his political heir.

- Karunanidhi breathed his last at Kaveri Hospital in Chennai on 7 August 2018. He was a prolific writer and scriptwriter for Tamil films before his entry into politics. He continued writing film scripts even taking plunge into politics. He was a pillar of the Dravid movement started by Periyar. He was one among the so-called Dravid Trinity, the other two being Periyar and Annadurai.

- Despite belonging to a regional party, Karunanidhi’s political identity was acknowledged across the country. He was perhaps the only leader who was able to part of every type of coalition government at the Centre – be it Congress-led UPA, the BJP-led NDA or the various opposition fronts.

- However, an unprecedented political drama took place after his death at the AIADM government rejected DMK’s demand of burial of the late leader on the banks of Marina Beach in Chennai. DMK approached the Madras High Court, which on 8 August 2018 gave its ruling in favour of DMK. Later on that day Karunanidhi was cremated with full state honours at the Marina Beach.

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3) What is the name of latest version of Android operating system that was officially released by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. on 6 August 2018? – Pie

Explanation: Google officially released the new version of its highly popular Android mobile operating system on 6 August 2018. This new version has been named Android Pie (or simply Android 9).

- Google typically names its new flavors of Android alphabetically and after something sugary. For example, the previous Android version was called Oreo. Before that were Nougat, preceded by Marshmallow and Lollipop.

- Android Pie mostly focuses on behind-the-scenes improvements designed to make Android phones work faster while saving precious battery life.

- Google’s Android is the most dominant mobile operating system on the Earth. It powers almost 9 out of every 10 smartphones shipped globally. So updates in the software could eventually signal changes for how most of the world uses its phones.

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4) Which is poised to become the first Maruti Suzuki car to be sold as a Toyota, as was reported in media reports on 6 August 2018? - Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Explanation: Suzuki Motor Corp. is likely to supply as many as 25,000 Maruti Suzuki Baleno premium hatchbacks each year to Toyota Motor Corp. as the car gets set to become the first cross-badged product of the auto makers.

- Toyota will start hawking the Baleno through its own dealership network from the first quarter of next fiscal year.

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