Daily : August 4, 2017

US House passes Russia, Iran, North Korea sanctions bill

Sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

Question- Against which of the following countries has the United States imposed sanctions?
(a) China, Pakistan, Russia
(b) Russia, Iran, North Korea
(c) Iraq, Syria, Lebanon
(d) Palestine, Qatar, Iraq
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On August 02, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law new sanctions against Iran, North Korea, and Russia.
  • The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to this effect by 419-3 and the senate passed this bill by 98-2.
  • This step has been taken in response to Russia’s alleged intervention in the US Presidential election 2016, and Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.
  • According to this bill, the House will have the power to cancel any decision taken by the President.

Related Links:-
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/25/politics/iran-sanctions-bill/index.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1AI1Y4?il=0

John G. Morris

John G. Morris

Question- Famous photo editor John G. Morris passed away recently. Which of the following is his autobiography ?
(a) Get the Picture: A Personal History of Photojournalism
(b) Regarding the pain of others
(d) Eyewitness
(d) Magnum Degrees
Ans: (a)
Related facts:-

  • On July 28, 2017, renowned picture editorJohn Godfrey Morris died. He was 100 years old.
  • He was born on December 7, 1916 in Maple Shade, New Jersey.
  • He worked for the weekly Picture Magazine ‘Life’ during the entire World War II.
  • He also worked for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic and the celebrated cooperative agency Magnum Photos.
  • While working for The Times during the Vietnam War, he successfully argued for front-page display of Eddie Adams’s photograph of a Saigon police chief shooting a suspected Vietcong insurgent in the head.
  • It appeared as the lead picture on Feb. 2, 1968, and became one of the most indelible images to emerge from the war.
  • His editing of Mr. Capa’s photos of D-Day produced one of the more enduring bits of lore in photojournalism history.
  • He was presented with the Légiond’ Honneur, in 2009, and an Infinity Award for lifetime achievement given by the International Center of Photography in New York in 2010.
  • Mr. Morris published his autobiography, “Get the Picture: A Personal History of Photojournalism,” in 1998.

Related Links:-
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/28/business/john-g-morris-renowned-photo-editor-dies-at-100.html
https://petapixel.com/2017/07/28/legendary-photo-editor-john-g-morris-dies-100/

Meeting of the BRICS Heads of Revenue and Tax Experts held at Hangzhou, China

Meeting of Revenue Heads and Tax Experts of BRICS Countries

Question-Where was the meeting of Revenue heads of BRICS countries concluded during 25-27 July, 2017?
(A) St. Petersburg
(B) Rio De Geneiro
(C) Hangzhou
(D) New Delhi
Ans: (c)
Related facts:-

  • The meeting ofthe Revenue Heads and Tax Experts of BRICS countrieswas held in Hangzhou, China from 25-27 July, 2017.
  • Indian delegation was led by India’s Revenue Secretary Dr. Hasmukh Adhia.
  • BRICS countries’ Heads of Revenue Meeting appreciated GST Reforms introduced in India.
  • In the meeting BRICS countries revenue chiefs and tax experts discussed topics of contemporary international tracks.
  • A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in respect of tax matters identifying areas of cooperation, namely, coordination in International Forums, Capacity building, Experience sharing and regular interaction was also signed by the BRICS Heads of Revenue.

Related Links:-
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=169189
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintHindiRelease.aspx?relid=66287
http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-Mw/MzI2ODkz/brics-meeting-gst-lauded-by-heads-of-revenue-in-china.html
http://www.theweek.in/news/biz-tech/brics-heads-of-revenue-sign-tax-cooperation-pact.html

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