The Daily Brief – 26th August, 2016


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  • The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) e-box, in New Delhi. It was launched by the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, and is an online complaint management system for easy and direct reporting of sexual offences against children and timely action against offenders under the POCSO Act, 2012.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to provide loans up to Rs 3 lakh at 7 per cent interest rate to Women Self-Help Groups. This loan scheme is provided under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM)-Aajeevika scheme during 2015-16.
  • The first Children’s Court of South India was launched at the Nampally Criminal Courts Complex in Hyderabad, Telangana to aid in the fast disposal of cases related to children. With this, Telangana has become the third state to have a child friendly court after Goa and Delhi.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced a raft of measures to boost investor participation and market liquidity in both the corporate bond and currency markets. The RBI will now allow commercial banks to issue rupee bonds in overseas markets — known as Masala bonds, both for their capital requirement and for financing infrastructure and affordable housing.
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The Haji Ali Dargah
  • In a landmark judgment, the Bombay High Court has allowed women to enter inside the sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah. The Court held that ban by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust contravenes Article 14 (equality before law within India), 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, caste, sex), 19 (1)(d) (to move freely throughout the territory of India) and 25 (freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propogation of religion) of the Indian Constitution.
  • Senior DRDO scientist Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy was awarded the first IEI-IEEE Award for Engineering Excellence,2015. He was bestowed with this award in recognition of his significant contributions towards missile and aerospace technology.
  • The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has constituted a five-member review committee to probe the Indian shooters’ performance at the Rio Olympics. The committee will be headed by India’s first and only individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra. It will submit the report within a maximum period of four weeks.
  • Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (31) has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for the year 2015-16. This is second time he has won this award after he was crowned for first time in 2013–14.
  • A UN investigation has established that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon. The panel was able to identify the perpetrators of three chemical attacks carried out in 2014 and 2015, but was unable to draw conclusions in the other six cases that it has been investigating over the past year.
  • The Obama administration will nominate current World Bank President Jim Yong Kim for a second term to lead the organisation. The World Bank is an international lending organisation that has a membership of 189 countries.
  • The world’s first self-driving taxi service was launched in Singapore, by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. With this nuTonomy became the first entity in the world to offer self-driving taxi rides to the public.

Today’s Quiz

  1. Which of the following countries recently became the first in the world to have a self driving taxi service?

2. Who is currently serving as the Union Minister for Women and Child Development?

3. At what rate of interest has the RBI asked banks to provide loans to women self help groups?

4. Which state recently established the first Children's Court in South India?

5. The RBI has recently allowed commercial banks to issue which of the following bonds?

6. Which of the following courts recently struck down the ban on women entering the sanctum of the Haji Ali Dargah?

7. Who has been awarded the first IEI-IEEE Award for Engineering Excellence,2015?

8. Who has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for the year 2015-16?

9. Who is currently serving as the President of the World Bank?

10. How many countries are members of the World Bank?


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