Edristi Current Affairs July 2016

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Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates Wi-Fi Services at 8 Mumbai Suburban Railway StationsSuresh Prabhu Inaugurates Wi-Fi Services at 8 Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations

Wi-Fi Services at Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations

Question: Recently Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Inaugurated Wi-Fi Services at how many Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations?
(a) 10
(b) 8
(c) 5
(d) 7
Ans: (b)
Related facts:

  • On 22 August 2016 Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Inaugurated Wi-Fi Services at 8 Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations.
  • The stations are Churchgate, Bandra, Bandra Terminus, Dadar Western Railway, Dadar Central Railway, Khar Road, Kalyan and Lokmanya Tilak.
  • The Wi-Fi facility for the visitors & rail users of these 8 busy stations of Mumbai Suburban Rail Network has been commissioned by a Railway PSU, RailTel in association with Google.
  • This will provide high speed State-of-the-art world class INTERNET experience to the commuters.
  • The Wi-Fi facility is being provided at a speed of 1 GBps.
  • In addition to 8 stations being launched on 22 August 2016, RailWire Wi-Fi has been soft launched at 8 more stations namely Sealdah, Allahabad, Pune, Puri, Tambaram, Chennai Egmore, Hazrat Nizamuddin and Chandigarh.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=149088
http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/08/22/after-mumbai-central-8-suburban-railway-stations-get-free-wifi/
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/railway-adds-8-new-stations-to-free-wi-fi-list-in-mumbai/1/746646.html

Two Member Committee to inquire into the allegations of Marathon runner O.P.Jaisha

Two Member Committee to inquire into the allegations of Marathon runner O.P.Jaisha

Question: Recently sports Minister Constituted a Committee to inquire into the allegations of Marathon runner O.P.Jaisha. The committee constituted-
(a) Three-member
(b) Two-member
(c) Four-member
(d) Five-member
Ans: (b)
Related facts:

  • On 23 August 2016 Sports Minister Constitutes Two Member Committee to inquire into the allegations of Marathon runner O.P.Jaisha.
  • Jaisha, who represented India in a 42-km long run at Rio Olympics, alleged that negligence of the Indian officials led to her collapsing at the finish line during the race.
  • Slamming Indian officials for their apathy during the event, the runner said that there was no deployment at the designated stations to provide basic refreshments, most importantly water.
  • The Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs & Sports Vijay Goal has constituted a two-member Committee consisting of Onkar Kedia, Joint Secretary (Sports) and Vivek Narayan, Director (Sports) to enquire into the allegations of Ms. O.P. Jaisha.
  • The two member committee will submit its report in 7 days.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=149121
http://www.financialexpress.com/sports/rio-2016-olympics/rio-olympics-2016-ministry-sets-up-inquiry-to-probe-apathy-in-op-jaishas-case/355306/

S.R. Nathan

S.R Nathan

Question: Recently S. R Nathan passed away. He was the former president of which of the following country?
(a) Thailand
(b) Singapore
(c) Combodia
(d) Mauritius
Ans: (b)
Related facts:

  • On 22 August 2016 Former Singapore President S.R Nathan has passed away. He was 92.
  • He served as Singapore’s President from 1999 to 2011.
  • In 2012 he was awarded the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman’ by the Government of India.

Reference:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-nathan-death-idUSKCN10X1GX?il=0
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/political-leaders-condole-death-of-sr-nathan/article9022696.ece
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3753184/Singapores-longest-serving-president-S-R-Nathan-dies.html

PM Modi inaugurates palace via video conference

Kabul

Question: Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurated Renovated ‘Stor Palace’ via video-conferencing located in which of the following city?
(a) Baghdad
(b) Dhaka
(c) Kabul
(d) New Delhi
Ans: (c)
Related facts:

  • On 22 August 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Inaugurated Renovated ‘Stor Palace’ via video-conferencing located in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • It was built in the 1880 by Amir Abdul Rehman Khan.
  • The Stor Palace also known as Star Palace or Kasre-estar brought back fond memories for Afghans, in and outside of the country ravaged by war and internal strife for decades.
  • This place witnessed history in 1919 as the Rawalpindi Agreement that recognised Afghanistan as an independent sovereign state, was signed in one of its rooms.
  • Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had committed to renovate and restore the Palace, during his Kabul visit in 2011.
  • The project was entrusted to the renowned Agha Khan Trust for Culture.
  • The work was completed in nearly 48 months instead of the scheduled 36 months with an Indian grant of 5.7 million USD.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=149070
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kabul-stor-palace-afghanistan-india-prime-minsiter-narendra-modi-ashraf-ghani/1/746094.html

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