1.Consider the following statements related to Secrecy of Ballot:
1.A three-judge Bench of Justices N.V. Ramana, Sanjeev Khanna and Krishna Murari of Supreme Court observed that secrecy of ballot is the cornerstone of free and fair elections.
2.The above judgment came on an appeal against the Allahabad High Court decision setting aside the voting of a no-confidence motion in the zila panchayat of the Panchayat Adhyaksha in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
2.Consider the following statements:
1.Japan city to rename area of islands disputed with China.
2.China claims the discovery and ownership of the islands from the 14th century, while Japan maintained ownership of the islands from 1795 until its surrender at the end of World War II.
3.The Senkaku Islands are a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A. 1 and 2 are correct
B. 1 and 3 are correct
C. 2 and 3 are correct
D. All of the above
3.Consider the following statements:
1.CBIC launches Secure QR coded Shipping Bill.
2.It will eliminate process of approaching custom officer for proof of export.
4.Who has been appointed as head coach of the Uttarakhand Ranji team for the upcoming season?
A. Wasim jafar
B. Akash Chopra
C. Virendra Sehwag
D. Dinesh Karthik
5.Which country has decided to join the multilateral Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)?
6.Researchers at which IIT has created a chip named ‘Dhruva’ that can be mounted in smartphones and navigation devices to find places and routes within the country?
A. IIT Delhi
B. IIT Madras
C. IIT Mumbai
D. IIT Kanpur
7.Who has been appointed as the chairman of the Indian Financial Technology & Allied Services (IFTAS)?
A. Debashish Panda
C. Mayank Agarwal
D. Rabi Sankar
8.Famous sportsperson Pournima Zanane passed away recently, she was associated with which sports?
9.Which country has successfully launched the last Satellite of its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS)?
D. North Korea
10.Which bank partnered with Affordplan to launch ‘Swachh Card’?
A. Oriental Bank
B. Karnataka Bank
C. Yes Bank
D. Andhra Bank
A three-judge Bench of Justices N.V. Ramana, Sanjeev Khanna and Krishna Murari of Supreme Court observed that secrecy of ballot is the cornerstone of free and fair elections. The choice of a voter should be free and the secret ballot system in a democracy ensures it, the Supreme Court has held in a judgment.
What was the issue?
What has the Supreme Court said on Secrecy of Ballot?
A local council in southern Japan voted to rename an area including islands disputed with China and Taiwan.The row over the uninhabited East China Sea islets may add to recent tension caused by Japan’s criticisms of Beijing’s plan to impose a new national security law in Hong Kong.
Economic significance of disputed area
What is China’s claim?
CBIC has launched Secure QR coded Shipping Bill that would be electronically sent to exporters after the Customs allows export. It will eliminate process of approaching custom officer for proof of export. The move will make Customs export process fully electronic reducing time and cost improving India’s ranking in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report. It is a part of Faceless, Paperless and Contactless Customs under ‘Turant Customs’ programme. CBIC Chairman: Ajit Kumar
Former India opener and domestic stalwart Wasim Jaffer has been appointed head coach of the Uttarakhand cricket team for the upcoming domestic season. Jaffer confirmed his appointment to PTI, stating the contract was for a year.
The People’s Republic of China has decided to join the UN Arms Trade Treaty which is a global pact to regulate arms sales in the world. While announcing the news, the Chinese government mentioned that it has been committed to efforts to enhance peace and stability in the world.
Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)
IIT-Bombay has developed a homegrown receiver chip -Dhruva– that can be used in smartphones and navigation devices to find locations and routes within the country. Dhruva will receive signals from India’s NAVIC group of navigation satellites as well as the US Global Positioning System-based satellites to determine these accurately under all weather conditions. The radio frequency receiver chip was designed in 18 months by students and researchers at IIT Bombay. It can receive in multiple frequency bands and handle weak signals. Besides, it can be converted into digital bits and processed by any standard digital signal processor (DSP) to determine one’s location precisely.
Indian Financial Technology & Allied Services (IFTAS) has announced the appointments of T Rabi Sankar as the Chairman of the organization. IFTAS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reserve Bank of India.
T Rabi Sankar, currently serving as Executive Director, Reserve Bank of India for Payment Systems, Information Technology, Risk Management and Fintech has taken over concurrent charge, ex officio, as the Chairman of IFTAS.
Agency also appoints Dr N Rajendran as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organization. He is a leading expert in the field of Payments & Banking Systems and holds a PhD in computer science. With an outstanding track record in strategizing, people and technology management, cybersecurity, administration, thought leadership and project & business execution.
Former Indian shooter and coach Pournima Zanane passed away due to cancer. She represented India at multiple ISSF World Cups, Asian Championships, Commonwealth Championships, amongst other tournaments. Pournima Zanane was a national record holder in 10m Air Rifle event.
China successfully launched the last satellite of its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), touted to be a competitor to the Global Positioning System (GPS) of the US, taking another step to becoming a major space power. The satellite was launched on Tuesday morning from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
Development of Beidou Satellite System:
Yes Bank has tied up with Fintech startup Affordplan to launch ‘Swasth Card’
It is a co-branded healthcare card which comes under Swasth program to provide healthcare at discounted rate. YES BANK’s wallet has integrated on Affordplan Swasth to enable wallet QR scan for making payments to merchant partners empanelled on app. Feature: No documentation, Flexible recharges, cashbacks, loan facilities, basic insurance cover, KYC within 24 hours etc. MD & CEO: Prashant Kumar
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