Daily Current Affairs – 1st & 2nd August, 2016 Monday & Tuesday

1) Satish Mathur appointed DGP of Maharashtra Police

a) A 1981 batch IPS officer Satish Mathur was recently appointed as the Director General of Police of Maharashtra.

b) Satish Mathur will replace Vijay Kamble, the former DGP of Maharashtra.

c) Prior to this appointment, Mathur was serving the Maharashtra State Police Housing & Welfare Corporation.

d) Mathur is a well known name among the team of police officers who prosecuted the 1993 blast accused. He had also served as Director General, Legal and Technical Department of Maharashtra.

2) Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari sworn-in as Chief Justice of Patna High Court

a) Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari was recently recently sworn in as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court. He was appointed to the post by Bihar’s governor Ramnath Kovind.

b) Justice Iqbal Ansari is the 39th Chief Justice of Patna High Court. Prior to this appointment, he has worked twice as Acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court since December, 2014.

3) TVSN Prasad committee formed for exploring possible alternatives to Pellet Guns

a) An expert committee was recently constituted under the chairmanship of joint secretary T V S N Prasad. This committee will explore possible alternatives to pellet guns.

b) This action was taken by the home ministry after facing strong criticism against their frequent use in Jammu & Kashmir to control crowds.

c) One person has died and 53 people got injured due to the use of pellet guns in Kashmir.

d) The other members of this team include, Atul Karwal, IG, CRPF, Srinagar, Rajeev Krishna, IG, BSF, Rajesh Kumar of J&K Police, Tushar Tripathy of Indian Ordnance Factory Board, Manjit Singh of Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, Chandigarh and Naresh Bhatnagar of IIT, Delhi.

4) AAAI confers Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 on Srinivasan Swamy

a) A lifetime achievement award 2016 was recently conferred on Adman Srinivasan K Swamy by Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI).

b) Swamy is a veteran in the advertising industry with 36 years of experience. He is the chairman of a marketing communications company called R.K. Swamy Hansa.

c) Founded in 1988, the AAAI’s lifetime achievement award is presented to recognise the contribution of individuals in the advertising industry.

5) Justice DB Bhosale sworn-in as Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court

a) Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale was recently appointed as the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. He was appointed by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Naik.

b) This post was vacant since the former Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud was elevated to the Supreme Court.

c) Justice Bhosale had previously served as the Chairman of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Vice-Chairman of Bar Council in India.

d) He has served as the acting Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court.

6) Jharkhand government to form separate cell for Primitive Tribes Group

a) The state government of Jharkhand has decided to form a separate cell for Primitive Tribes Group (PTG) in the State Welfare Department.

b) This cell will be comprised of a consultant and an assistant. The core objective of this cell is to monitor the benefits received by this group under various schemes.

c) Currently, there are around three lakh people in Jharkhand who belong to the PTG group. The central government has also decided to provide funds for the welfare schemes for this group.

d) The Primitive tribal group was created to enable the improvement of conditions of certain communities with low human life standards. The Jharkhand state government has also announced 2% reservation to PTGs in education and government jobs.

7) India to host Kabaddi World Cup in October 2016

a) In October 2016, India will host Kabaddi World Cup featuring 12 countries.

b) Kabaddi teams from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya will take part in this world cup.

8) Yuriko Koike elected as Tokyo’s first female governor

a) Yuriko Koike has won the elections and has become the first female governor of Tokyo.

b) Koike has served before as Japan’s first female defence minister.

c) She claimed her victory in these elections amid the scandals which clouded the city’s preparations to host the 2020 summer olympics.

c) In her upcoming term, Koite will be facing prime issues of Tokyo such as an aging population, daycare shortage, and the ever-present possibility of a major earthquake.

9) Pashudhan Bima Yojana launched in Haryana

a) Haryana state government has recently launched the Pashudhan Bima Yojana in Jhajjar.

b) Following the recommendations made in Swaminathan report, Haryana’s animal husbandry and Dairying Minister O P Dhankar has launched this scheme.

c) The Yojana will provide insurance cover for one lakh cattle, with different premium rates for different animals. For cows, buffaloes, bulls and camels, the insurance cover will be provided at a premium of Rs. 100. On the other hand, insurance cover at a Rs. 25 will be provided for sheep, goat and pig for 3 years.

d) For cattle breeders from the scheduled castes, the scheme is free of cost.

10) Lok Sabha passes Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016

a) Lok Sabha has passed the much awaited Institutes of Technology Amendment Bill, 2016. This bill will pave way for the establishment of 6 new Indian institutes of technologies in Palakkad, Goa, Dharwad, Bhilai, Tirupati & Jammu.

b) The faculty-student ratios in these IITs will be 1:10. In its first year, the initial intake will be of 180 students which would increase to 450 students in the 2nd year and 928 students in the third year.

c) This bill also provides the establishment of the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad.

11) Union Cabinet clears changes to GST Bill, drops 1% additional tax on inter-state sales

a) The Union Cabinet has cleared the changes in the GST bill by dropping 1% manufacturing tax and providing guarantee to compensate states for any revenue loss in the first five years of the proposed indirect tax regime.

b) The Union Cabinet has decided to include the GST council in this bill which will solve any disputes between states and centre. This GST council will have representation from both the centre and states.

c) As per the bill, the centre will give 100% compensation to states for first three years, 75% and 50% for the next two years.

12) Lok Sabha passes Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016

a) Lok Sabha has recently passed the Lokpal & Lokayukta Amendment Bill, 2016. This bill brings amendments to the existing Lokpal & Lokayukta Bill, 2013.

b) The newly passed amendments provide statutory backing to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries for related matters.

c) The new bill amends section 44 of the existing act by establishing the fact by which every public servant should make a declaration of his assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

d) Another amendment in the subclause of clause 59 of the bill stands to empower the central government to make rules to describe the form and manner of declaration of assets and liabilities to be made by public servants as per clause 44.