Daily Current Affairs and GK | 2 July 2020

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1. World UFO Day: 2 July.

  • World UFO Day is observed every year on 2 July to raise awareness regarding unknown flying objects. While some people celebrate it on 24 June.
  • On June 24, aviator Kenneth Arnold reported for the first time a widely visible unknown flying object in the United States. While on 2 July 1947, Roswell allegedly saw a UFO.
  • UFO (Unidentified Flying Objects):
    • The term is widely used for supernatural spacecraft.
    • An unknown flying object is any aerial event that cannot be immediately identified or explained.
    • Most UFOs are identified on investigation as traditional objects or phenomena.

(Source: Indian Express)

2. Senior diplomat Indra Mani Pandey appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the United Nations.

  • Recently senior diplomat Indra Mani Pandey has been appointed as the next Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the Geneva office of the United Nations.
  • He is a 1990 batch Indian Foreign Service officer.
  • Mr. Pandey is currently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • United Nations:
    • It is an intergovernmental organization.
    • It aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations and achieve international cooperation.
    • It is headquartered in New York, United States.
    • It was established on 24 October 1945.
    • Its official languages ​​are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
    • Antonio Guterres is the current Secretary General.

(Source: News on AIR)

3. The Ministry of Home Affairs declared nine people associated with the Khalistan movement as terrorists.

  • Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs has declared nine people associated with the Khalistan movement as terrorists.
  • The Home Ministry has declared them as terrorists under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
  • These include Wadhawa Singh Babbar, the prominent leader of Babbar Khalsa International, Lakhbir Singh, the leader of Pakistan-based terrorist organization International Sikh Youth Federation and Ranjit Singh of Khalistan Zindabad Force, etc.
  • Last year, the Central Government designated four individuals viz. Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim as terrorists.
  • Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA):
    • This Act was brought in 1967.
    • UAPA provides special procedures for dealing with terrorist activities.
    • The Central Government amended the Act in August 2019, making provision to declare a particular person a terrorist.
    • Earlier, only organizations could be declared terrorist organizations under this act.

(Source: News on AIR)

4. Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) launched 'Accelerate Vigyan' scheme.

  • Recently the Science and Engineering Research Board has launched a new scheme called 'Accelerate Vigyan'.
  • It is an inter-ministerial scheme.
  • The primary objectives of this scheme are as follows:
    • To encourage high quality based scientific research.
    • To prepare Scientific manpower.
    • Research career and developing a knowledge-based economy.
    • Capacity building programs and workshops across the country, providing a single platform for research internships.

(Source: News on AIR)

5. Chartered Accountants Day: 1 July.

  • Chartered Accountants Day is observed every year on 1 July.
  • On this day in 1949, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) was formed by an Act of Parliament.
  • The theme of Chartered Accountant Day 2020 is- “Transforming the Future, Enabled Excellence, Augmenting Trust.”
  • This year the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India also organized Virtual National CA Summit 2020 from 29 June to 1 July 2020.
  • Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAI):
    • It is the national accounting body of India.
    • It is the second largest professional accounting and finance body in the world in terms of members.

6. The US Federal Communications Commission named two Chinese companies as national security threats.

  • Recently, the US Federal Communications Commission has named two Chinese companies as national security threats.
  • These two companies are- Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation.
  • The FCC has investigated these Chinese companies in relation to increased tensions between Beijing and Washington over trade and Covid-19 and security issues.
  • FCC President Ajit Pai said that these two companies have close ties with the Chinese Communist Party and China's military system.
  • The agency is considering banning these Chinese communications companies from entering the US market.
  • Federal Communications Commission
    • It is an independent agency of the United States.
    • It controls communications in the United States by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable.
    • It was established on 19 June 1934.

(Source: News on AIR)

7. Signing of agreement for formation of 50:50 joint venture company for LPG business between India and Bangladesh.

  • Recently India and Bangladesh have signed an agreement to form a joint venture company.
  • Under this, a 50:50 joint venture company will be set up for LPG business in Bangladesh.
  • This new joint venture company is another step towards the Government of India's neighbourhood first policy.
  • The joint venture company will help reduce the cost of setting up LPG and make it more affordable for consumers in Bangladesh.
  • The company also plans to diversify LPG exports from Bangladesh to India's north eastern states.
  • Therefore, it will prove beneficial for both the countries.
  • Bangladesh:
    • It is a South Asian country located in the east of India.
    • Capital: Dhaka
    • Currency: Bangladeshi Taka

(Source: News on AIR)

8. Uttar Pradesh Government launched a special campaign in Meerut Division.

  • The Uttar Pradesh government has launched a special campaign for door-to-door medical screening in all districts of Meerut Division.
  • This includes districts in which a large number of corona positive patients are appearing.
  • Such a campaign will soon be started in other parts of the state as well.
  • In addition, the state government is also planning to set up a large testing laboratory in Ghaziabad district for augmentation of testing of Covid-19.
  • The Meerut division consists of six districts - Meerut, Baghpat, Bulandshahar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Hapur.

(Source: News on AIR)

9. Government of Kerala has announced the Dream Kerala Project.

  • Recently the Government of Kerala has announced the Dream Kerala Project.
  • The objective of this project is to rehabilitate Keralite returning from abroad and for the overall development of the state.
  • Various departments under the state government will coordinate this project.
  • Ideas and suggestions will be invited from the public under the Dream Kerala Project.
  • The Steering Committee headed by the Chief Minister is tasked with taking the final decision on the ideas chosen.
  • Kerala:
    • The state is located on the tropical Malabar Coast of India.
    • Its inland Western Ghats are known for tea, coffee and spice cultivation.
    • Capital- Thiruvananthapuram
    • Chief Minister- Pinarayi Vijayan
    • Governor- Arif Mohammad Khan

10. The G4 flu virus can cause a new pandemic.

  • A new research has found that the G4 flu virus may cause a new Pandemic.
  • Scientists in China have identified a strain of recently emerged influenza virus.
  • It is infecting Chinese pigs and has the potential to trigger a pandemic.
  • The virus has been named G-4.
  • It has the same genes as the swine flu virus that caused the 2009 flu epidemic.
  • It is known that China has the largest population of pigs. In such a situation it is a matter of concern.
  • Scientists have found evidence infections in the people working in slaughterhouses and recent swine industry in China.
  • But it is not clear yet whether this new virus can transmit from one human to another.

(Source: Indian Express)

11. The Central Government declared entire Nagaland a disturbed area for the next 6 months.

  • Recently, the Central Government has declared the entire Nagaland a disturbed area for a period of next six months.
  • The Nagaland will remain under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 for the next 6 months, that is, till 31 December 2020.
  • Nagaland has been under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for almost six decades.
  • Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958:
    • This is a Parliamentary Act which was introduced in 1958.
    • The Act gives the Armed Forces special powers of search and arrest and many other for maintenance of public order.

(Source: The Hindu)





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