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August 05, 2018

5th August 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (5th August 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 5th August 2018

International Current Affairs
  • India has been elected as the President of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) for a period of two years. 
    • F. Sheheryar (Director General of All India Radio) was re-elected as Chair of the executive board while Sri Lanka was elected as vice-chair.
    • About AIDB :
    • The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) is regional inter-governmental organisation serving countries of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in field of electronic media development.  
    • It was established in the 1977 under auspices of UNESCO. 
    • It is hosted by Government of Malaysia and its secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur.
    • Note : Broadcasters from 26 countries in the Asia-Pacific region including India are full members of the organization.
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today pledged nearly $300 million in security funding for Southeast Asia at the US-ASEAN ministerial meeting in Singapore.
    • The aid is aimed at countering China's influence in the region.
    • The security assistance will strengthen maritime security, develop peacekeeping capabilities and counter "transnational threats".
National Current Affairs
  • Mughalsarai Junction railway station (Uttar Pradesh) today formally renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Nagar Junction railway station  after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Uphadyay
    • Important Points to Note :
    • In February 1968, RSS thinker and co-founder of the political party Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya was found dead in mysterious circumstances near the station. 
    • This is the biggest railway station in India that was built in the British era. 
    • It was set up to connect the Delhi-Calcutta route via rail. 
    • The station was named Mughalsarai as it was one of the busiest routes connecting east India to north India during the Mughal era.
  • Varanasi and Delhi are among 14 Indian cities dubbed most polluted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on account of the air quality measured in terms of particulate matter (PM) at the high level of 2.5.
    • Other cities in this category are : Jaipur, Jodhpur, Srinagar, Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Lucknow, Agra, Gurgaon, Patiala and Muzaffarpur
Science & Technology
  • Search Engine giant Google has rolled out a '3D Globe Mode' on Maps which shows the Earth as a globe rather than a flat "Mercator" projection as before. 
  • Social networking giant Facebook has launched “Digital Literacy Library” to help young people build skills they need to safely enjoy online technology. 
    • The lessons can be found on Facebook’s Safety Center as well as on Berkman Klein’s Digital Literacy Resource Platform.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • President Ram Nath Kovind today gave his assent to the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018.
  • 21 public sector banks (PSBs) and 3 Private Sector Banks collected ₹5,000 crore from depositors in the financial year 2017-18 as penalties for not maintaining required minimum balance in accounts. 
    • With ₹2,433 crore in penalties, State Bank of India (SBI) emerged as the highest collector among Public Sector Banks, almost half of the total collection. 
    • HDFC Bank was the highest collector among private banks with ₹590 crore.
  • India today formally submitted a request to Antigua for the extradition of Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam accused Mehul Choksi
    • Note : Choksi had acquired citizenship of the Caribbean nation in November 2017 and fled India in January, days before the $2.1-billion scam was exposed. 
  • States are going to test a 20% cashback incentive for Digital transactions made through RuPay card and BHIM app on the total GST amount.
    • Note : The cashback or discount would be capped at ₹100 per transaction
New Appointments
  • India's envoy to Ireland Vijay Thakur Singh was today named Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
  • Singh is a 1985 batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service.
  • She will take over as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) with effect from September 15, it said.
    • She is going to replace Preeti Saran on 1st October 2018.
  • The Russian Foreign Ministry has appointed Hollywood actor Steven Seagal as its Special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties.  
Awards & Honors
  • Hindi Academy Delhi has given its highest Shalaka Samman Award for 2017-18 to lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar.
    • He was honored with this prestegious award for his contribution to the world of films and poetry.
    • The award includes a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh.
    • Veteran theatre director M K Raina received the ‘Shikar Samman Award’ at the same event.
    • Other recipients of the awards included Abid Surti (cartoonist), Shaji Jama (journalist) and Abhisar Sharma (journalist)
Sports Current Affairs
  • India's ace badminton player P V Sindhu today won the Silver medal at the Badminton World Championships 2018 for the second straight year. 
    • She lost Carolina Marin (2016 Olympics champion) in the final match. 
    • Note : Sindhu has now won four medals (2 silver and 2 bronze) out of India's eight in the history of Badminton World Championships.
  • After scoring 200 runs in the first Test against England, Indian captain Virat Kohli became the 1st Indian to top the ICC Test batsmen rankings since Sachin Tendulkar, who last topped the rankings in 2011. 
  • The 10th edition of the Gay Games being held in Paris. 
    • The Games, which aim to raise awareness about gay and transgender rights, are featuring events in 36 sporting disciplines. 
    • Athletes from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Russia are among the estimated 12,700 participants from 91 countries. 

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