23-27 August 2020 Current Affairs

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Posted on Aug 27, 2020 03:31 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) According to an announcement made by the Finance Ministry on 24 August 2020, the GST has been exempted for businesses having how much turnover? – Up to Rs. 40 lakh per annum (Till now the businesses having annual turnover up to Rs. 20 lakh were exempt from goods and service tax (GST) that was rolled out in India on 1 July 2017. The Finance Ministry has increased this limit to up to Rs. 40 lakh per annum. It was also announced that those businesses with a turnover up to Rs 1.5 crore can opt for the Composition Scheme and pay only one per cent GST)

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2) What is the name of the 20-year old Indian who won 'fastest human calculator' title during August 2020? - Neelakanta Bhanu Prakash (Hyderabad's 20-year-old Neelakanta Bhanu Prakash has won 'fastest human calculator' title after winning the gold medal in Mental Calculation World Championship at Mind Sports Olympiad in London.  He is a graduate with a degree in Maths from Delhi's St Stephen's College)

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3) India’s longest river crossing ropeway was opened to the public on 24 August 2020 on Brahmaputra River in Assam. What is the length of this ropeway? – 1.8 km (The 1.8-kilometre-long ropeway across Brahmaputra River in Guwahati was opened for the public on 24 August 2020. It extends from central to northern Guwahati, will reduce travel time between both banks to just eight minutes. Every day, hundreds of people cross the Brahmaputra using ferries, but the service closes for several days during peak monsoon, when the water level in the river crosses the danger mark. Inauguration of the ropeway will address that problem. This ropeway is the longest river ropeway system in India)

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4) Who was appointed the election commissioner in the Election Commission of India during August 2020? - Rajiv Kumar (Retired bureaucrat Rajiv Kumar was appointed the election commissioner on 19 August 2020. He replaced Ashok Lavasa, who was appointed the Vice President in the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Rajiv Kumar is a retired 1984-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre and is currently the chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB))

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5) The entire continent of Africa was declared free of wild polio on 25 August 2020. Now which are the only two countries in the world where polio still exists? – Pakistan and Afghanistan (Nigeria became the last African country to be declared free of the disease on 25 August 2020. Thus the entire continent of Africa became polio-free. With this, polio now exists only in two countries in the world- Pakistan and Afghanistan)

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6) Who became the first fast bowler to take 600 wickets in Test cricket history? - James Anderson (England pacer James Anderson became the first fast bowler to take 600 wickets in Test cricket history. He achieved this feat as during the second innings of the third Test against Pakistan on 25 August 2020. He is overall the fourth cricketer after former spinners Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble to take 600 or more wickets in Test cricket)

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