3-9 October 2019 Current Affairs

First Corporate Train | Tejas Express | IMF ED | Surjit Bhalla | DIN | CBDT | 2nd Vande Bharat | Samsung China | Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan |

Posted on Oct 09, 2019 02:24 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Inaugural run of India’s first corporate train Tejas Express was organized on 4 October 2019. This first of its kind train operated by IRCTC runs between which two stations? – Lucknow and New Delhi (IRCTC’s Tejas Express was commissioned on 4 October 2019 as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged-off the train from Lucknow Junction. This is India’s first corporate train and runs between Lucknow Jn. and New Delhi with two stops at Kanpur Central and Ghaziabad. The biggest feature of this train is that it the first train to be fully operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the online reservation, tourism and catering arm of Indian Railways)

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2) Who was appointed as Executive Director (India) at the IMF by the Union Government during October 2019? - Surjit Bhalla (The Union Govt. on 1 October 2019 appointed economist Surjit Bhalla as Executive Director (India) at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a period of three years. The post was lying vacant after the death of Subir Gokarn in July 2019. He was a part-time member of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council until December 2018)

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3) The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 1 October 2019 launched which new identification number to ensure greater accountability and transparency in tax administration? – Document Identification Number – DIN (From 1 October 2019 every CBDT communication will have to have a documentation identification number (DIN). According to CBDT, all communication with DIN would be verifiable on the e-filing portal and no communication would be issued manually without DIN, unless under exceptional circumstances)

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4) The second Vande Bharat Express of Indian Railways was flagged-off on 3 October 2019. This indigenously made modern semi high-speed train runs between which stations? – New Delhi and Katra (Union Home Minister Amit Shah on 3 October 2019 flagged-off the Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (J&K). This is the second edition of Vande Bharat Express after the successful first edition between New Delhi and Varanasi. The train is likely to cut the travel time between Delhi and Katra to just eight hours from the present twelve hours)

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5) Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung closed smartphone manufacturing in which major country from October 2019? – China (Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. on 2 October 2019 announced that it has ended mobile telephone production in China as the company closed its last factory in the country. This decision was taken in view of intensifying competition from domestic rivals in China, which is world’s biggest smartphone market. Samsung share of the Chinese market shrunk to 1% in the first quarter from around 15% in mid-2013)

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6) What is the name of the month-long exploratory open-water rafting and kayaking expedition in Ganga River that was launched on 7 October 2019? - 'Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan' ('Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan' is the name of the month-long exploratory open-water rafting and kayaking expedition that was launched by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on 7 October 2019. This expedition aims to spread the message of river rejuvenation and water conservation on a massive scale and covers nearly 2,500 kilometers from Devprayag in Uttarakhand to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal)

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