Daily Current Affairs 7th August, 2018

Daily Current Affairs 7 August 2018 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.

NATIONAL NEWS

Helpline launched for SCs/STs in Karnataka

Karnataka launched a round-the-clock information and grievance helpline for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) across the state.

  • ‘Kalyana Kendra’ (welfare centre) helpline will allow members of these communities to get information on the state’s welfare programmes for them as well as register complaints.
  • The helpline telephone number is 080-22634300 while Whatsapp and text messaging services can be accessed on 9901100000.

Jaisalmer to host India Baja 2018

India Baja 2018, the Indian edition of the greatest challenge of all extreme motorsport competitions in the world, will be organised from August 17-19 among the dunes of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Manohar Parrikar launches Goa’s new App-Based Taxi Service

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar flagged off the Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s app-based taxi service called “GoaMiles” in Panaji. “GoaMiles”, would ensure that commuters are not cheated and at the same time would increase the earnings of taxi drivers by “two to three” times.

Amazon opens its largest fulfilment centre in Haryana

Expanding its infrastructure footprint in India, online retail major Amazon India opened its largest fulfilment centre (FC) in Haryana with a view to enhance customer experience ahead of the festive season.

  • Spread over close to 300,000 square feet with over 1.5 million cubic feet of storage space, the centre situated in Panchgaon, Gurugram will enable faster delivery to customers in the region.

Only 19% use Internet in India, says study

A mere 19 per cent of people in the 15-65 age group use Internet in India, according to a report named “AfterAccess: ICT access and use in India and the Global South”. It was published by Lirneasia, a policy and regulation think tank in collaboration with the Cellular Operators Association of India.

  • Als0, about 35 per cent of those in the age group are aware of Internet.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Google releases AI-packed Android 9 Pie

Google has released its latest version of Android Opera ting System — Android 9 Pie, which harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to predict how users would like to experience their devices while offering a smoother navigation system and an easier way to track and limit usage of apps.

  • It comes with features like Adaptive Battery, which learns the apps you use most and prioritises battery for them.

Armies of India, Thailand commences Exercise Maitree 2018 from Aug 6

In an effort to foster a spirit of friendship and take defence ties to a new level, Armies of India and Thailand have started joint exercise “Maitree 2018” from August 6 in Chachoengsao Province of Thailand.

  • Exercise Maitree is an annual reciprocal training event. Last exercise was held in Himachal Pradesh’s Bakloh in 2017.


SPORTS

India jump to 9th spot in women’s hockey rankings

Following their quarter-final finish at the Women’s Hockey World Cup, India have jumped a place to be 9th in the world rankings announced by International Hockey Federation (FIH).

  • World Cup winners the Netherlands remained the world’s number one team as they clinched their record-extending eight title with a 6-0 triumph over the Irish girls.


OBITUARIES

Iconic politician Karunanidhi passes away

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M. Karunanidhi, who was one of the two poles in the state and who was in public life for 80 long years, has passed away after waging a grim battle for life. He was 94 years old.

Senior Congress leader RK Dhawan passes away

Senior Congress leader R. K. Dhawan has passed away in Delhi at the age of 81.

Journalist Mony K. Mathew passes away

Senior financial journalist Mony K. Mathew, who retired as senior assistant editor at The Hindu-BusinessLine, has passed away after a heart attack. He was 66.

Kannada writer Sumatheendra Nadig passes away

Well-known Kannada poet and critic Sumatheendra R. Nadig has passed away. The 83-year-old writer was an important name in the modernist literary movement in Karnataka in the 60s and 70s. He also headed the National Book Trust in the 90s.



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