1-2 May 2019 Current Affairs

Masood Azhar | UNSC | Maoist attack | New Japanese Emperor | US Sanctions | Highest GST Collection |

Posted on May 02, 2019 07:05 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) On 1 May 2019, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) listed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a designated global terrorist, thus giving India a huge diplomatic victory. What is the name of the UNSC Committee that gave this listing to Masood Azhar? – UNSC Sanctions Committee 1267 (UNSC Sanctions Committee 1267 is a committee established under UNSC Resolution 1267 which was adopted on 15 October 1999. Its primary task is to impose sanctions, including financial, on individuals and entities associated with terror outfits. On 1 May 2019 JeM chief Masood Azhar was listed as a global terrorist by this committee. This was the fourth attempt to designate Masood as a global terrorist after three such attempts were thwarted by China on technical grounds.

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2) In the worst attack on security forces in last decade in Maharashtra, 16 people, including 15 security personnel, were killed in an IED blast on 1 May 2019. This incident took place in which Maoist-infested district of Maharashtra? – Gadchiroli (In one of the worst retaliatory attacks on the anti-naxal security forces, Maoist insurgents blew up an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing 15 jawans and a civilian in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on 1 May 2019. This incident took place when a unit of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Gadchiroli police was on its way to provide reinforcements to a police station in the district after naxals had torched 36 vehicles meant to assist road construction work earlier in the night)

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3) Naruhito became the new Emperor of Japan as he succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne on 1 May 2019, following the abdication of his father, Akihito, on 30 April 2019. He is overall the ………member of the Japanese dynasty – 126th (Emperor Naruhito is the 126th member of the Japanese dynasty, which is the world's oldest reigning dynasty. He is also the first Japanese emperor to have been born after World War II)

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4) The US oil sanctions on which two countries came into effect from 2 May 2019 that is expected to push oil prices globally? – Iran and Venezuela (United States’ oil sanctions on Iran and Venezuela came into effect from 2 May 2019. The sanctions were imposed for these countries’ alleged role in threatening regional stability. Iran and Venezuela are members of OPEC and reduced oil availability from these two countries is expected to push oil prices all over the world as Saudi Arabia has restrained its oil production. On the other hand Indian refiners have started looking for sources of new crude oil supply to feed their refineries)

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5) What was the total gross GST collection in April 2019, which is the highest-ever GST collection in a month? – Rs. 1.13 lakh crore (GST collection scaled all-time high of over Rs 1.13 lakh crore in April 2019, up from Rs 1.06 lakh crore in the previous month of March 2019. This was announced by the Union Finance Ministry on 1 May 2019. The total gross GST revenue collected in April 2019 is Rs 1,13,865 crore of which Central GST is Rs 21,163 crore, State GST (SGST) is Rs 28,801 crore, Integrated GST is Rs 54,733 crore and cess is Rs. 9,168 crore)

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