Current Affairs: August 3

Current Affairs 3 August                                                                    

  • Parliament passed NIT, Science Education & Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  • Key features:
    • National Institute of Technology (NIT), Andhra Pradesh will be considered as Institute of National Importance from date of its establishment (August, 2015)
  • Parliament passes Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  • Key Features:
    • Introduction of a uniform entrance examination for all medical educational institutions for admission at Undergraduate and post-graduate level.
  • Parliament passes Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  • Key Features:
    • With passage of the bills, admission to dental courses across the country will be done through a single common entrance test i.e. NEET from academic year 2017-18.
  • Union Government caps prices of 24 essential drugs used for treatment of cancer, HIV, bacterial infections, anxiety and cardiac conditions.
    • How: National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) – which regulated drug prices – has issued a order and revised ceiling prices of 24 scheduled formulations of schedule-I under Drugs (Price Control) Amendment Order, 2016
  • Ex-CMs are not entitled for government accommodation for lifetime: Supreme Court
  • What Happened?
    • Uttar Pradesh Government had framed ex-Chief Minister’s Residence Allotment Rules, 1997 (non-statutory) for allotting bungalows to successive former-chief ministers.
    • Uttar Pradesh-based NGO Lok Prahari filed a petition and sought a direction against allotment of government bungalows to former CMs.
    • Supreme Court decides that former chief ministers are not entitled for government accommodation and any such government accommodation should be vacated within two to three months.
  • Senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Rani Singh Nair has been appointed as Chairperson (Chairman) of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
  • 3,000 NGOs get over Rs. 22,000 cr in 2014-15.NGO funds
    • According to government data a total of 3,068 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) received foreign funding above Rs. 22,000 crore in 2014-15.
    • As of July 2016, 33,091 NGOs were registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, which regulates foreign funding to these bodies.


  • West Bengal government passed a proposal to rename the State as just Bengal
    • In 1947 Bengal was divided as East Bengal & West Bengal following partition. In 1971 East Bengal became Bangladesh but Indian state continued to be named at West Bengal.
  • Spanish-made Talgo completed the Delhi-Mumbai trial

    • Speed 150 Kms/hr .Talgo
    • Cover Delhi-Mumbai distance in 13 hours against Rajdhani express, which takes nearly 16 hours.
    • However, because of monsoon could not complete as desired and arrived only 9 minutes early.
    • Notes:
    • Talgo are coaches and not engine. The train is still hauled by Indian engines (locomotives).
    • The how speed is increased? Talgo coaches are made of aluminium and so are light using less electricity and increasing speed
    • Better design than Indian coaches so can handle curves at speed and does not need to slow down.
  • Typhoon Nida makes landfall near Dapeng Peninsula in China
  • What is Typhoon?
  • Typhoon is tropical cyclone that originates in the western part of the North Pacific Ocean between 180° and 100°E.
  • Remember: Tropical Cyclones are known by different names in different regions.
  • Cyclones: Indian Ocean – India, Pakistan, Srilanka etc
    • Hurricanes: Atlantic Ocean – America etc
    • Typhoons: Western Pacific and South China Sea.
    • Willy-willies: Western Australia
  • You must have heard of news from different parts of world with such different names.
  • Note that essentially all of above are tropical cyclones but are called by different names in different areas
  • Common features include:
    • All originate and intensify over warm tropical oceans.
    • On reaching land – it starts to slow down.
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  • Novak Djokovic (World no 1) from Serbia won the 2016 ATP Toronto Masters also known as the Rogers club title in the men’s single category.

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