1-8 August 2020 Current Affairs

Ayodhya | Ram Temple | Kozhikode | Air India | New LG | New CAG | HDFC Bank | Ibrahim Alkazi | Fiscal Deficit |

Posted on Aug 08, 2020 08:10 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 August 2020 laid the foundation stone of the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya. The grand temple will house the Ram Lalla statue which had been housed in a temporary structure since December 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished. Who has the prepared the design of Ram temple? – Chandrakant Somapura (Ahmedabad-based Chandrakant Somapura is the chief designer of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya. He is the 15th generation of a family that has been into designing temple architecture in India and abroad. His grandfather PO Sompaura had designed the iconic Somnath Temple in Gujarat that was built in 1949. Somapura was picked up as the designer by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)'s now late president Ashok Singhal in late 1980s)

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2) At-least 17 people including the two pilots of an Air India Boeing 737 were killed in a tragic crash when the flight overshoot Kozhikode’s tabletop runway in the evening of 7 August 2020. This Air India Express flight (Flight 1344) was coming from which place? – Dubai (An Air India Express flight from Dubai overshot the tabletop runway at Kozhikode’s Calicut International Airport on 7 August 2020 while attempting to land at the airport in torrential rain. The plane went 35 feet down a slope and broke into two pieces. The two pilots – commander Deepak V. Sathe and co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar died in the accident while at-least 15 more passengers were also killed)

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3) Who was appointed the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on 6 August 2020? - Manoj Sinha (Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh Manoj Sinha was on 6 August 2020 appointed the next Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir by President Ram Nath Kovind. He replaced Girish Chandra Murmu who resigned from the post a day earlier. Sinha has previously served as the Minister of Communications and Minister of State for Railways)

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4) Who took over as the new Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on 6 August 2020? - Girish Chandra Murmu (1985-batch IAS officer Girish Chandra Murmu was appointed the new Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on 6 August 2020. He replaced Rajiv Mehrishi, whose tenure ended. Murmu was the first Lieutenant Governor of the new reorganized union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Before taking over as J&K's Lieutenant Governor, Murmu served as the Expenditure Secretary in the Finance Ministry)

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5) Who was appointed as the next Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of HDFC Bank? - Sashidhar Jagdishan (The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 4 August 2020 approved the appointment of Sashidhar Jagdishan as the next CEO and MD of HDFC Bank, India’s largest private sector bank. He is currently the Head of Finance and Strategic Change Agent at the bank, which he had joined in 1996. He will replace Aditya Puri, who is set to retire as the MD on 26 October 2020)

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6) Ebrahim Alkazi, who passed away on 4 August 2020, was an iconic personality associated with which field? – Theatre (Ebrahim Alkazi, the theatre legend, who was credited for revolutionizing theatre in India, passed away at the age of 95 in Delhi on 4 August 2020. He had served as the director of National School of Drama (NSD) for the next 15 years (1962 to 1977), the longest tenure ever in the history of the institute. During this period he shaped the course for modern Indian theatre. Alkazi was born to a wealthy Saudi Arabian father and a Kuwaiti mother. He was also a noted art connoisseur and collector)

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7) Which micro-nation decided to rejoin Australia amid Covid-19 pandemic, as was announced on 3 August 2020? – Hutt River (The Principality of Hutt River, a small unrecognized micro-nation of Australia, has announced that it will be reintegrating with Australia. The tiny state with a population of just 26 people came into existence in April 1970 when it declared its independence from Australia. It lies 500 km north of Western Australia’s capital city of Perth. It announced ceding back to the Commonwealth of Australia due to falling income from tourism amid COVID-19 pandemic and was formally dissolved on 3 August 2020. It is worth mentioning that Australia has one of the largest number of micro-nations in the world)

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8) Arab world’s first nuclear plant started operations from 1 August 2020. This plant is situated in which country? – United Arab Emirates (The first-ever nuclear reactor of United Arab Emirates (UAE) went into operations on 1 August 2020. The Barakah Nuclear Plant is situated on the Gulf coast just east of Qatar. One of the four reactors of the plant started operating and this ushered the Arab world in the age of nuclear power as this is the first nuclear plant in the Arab world. This plant has been developed in a joint venture with the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) of South Korea. The word Barakah means blessing in Arabic)

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9) What is India's fiscal deficit during April-June 2020 quarter, which is at record highest level and was announced on 31 July 2020? – Rs. 6.62 lakh crore (India's fiscal deficit touched a record Rs. 6.62 lakh crore in the April-June 2020 quarter. This is 83.2% of the 2020-21 budgeted estimate of Rs. 7.96 lakh crore. Union Government’s revenue has been hit badly due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government's revenue during the first quarter was Rs. 1.5 lakh crore while total expenditure stood at Rs. 8.16 lakh crore, a 13% jump from previous year's Rs. 7.22 lakh crore)

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10) Which country is poised to become the first country to help its native media company to gain royalty from tech giants like Google and Facebook? – Australia (In a landmark move to protect independent journalism, Australia will force US tech giant Facebook and Alphabet Inc.’s Google to pay Australian media publishers for news content. It will thus become the first country in the world to do so) 

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