Top GKToday’s News Headlines – 2 SEPTEMBER 2019

Here are the top News Headlines of 2 september 2019 for all competitive examinations of India.

National Current Affairs

New governors appointed in Maharashtra, Telangana, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan

Ex-Uttarakhand CM Bhagat Singh Koshyari is new Governor of Maharashtra. Other appointments are: Tamilisai Soundararajan for Telangana, former Union minister Arif Mohammed Khan for Kerala, Bandaru Dattatreya for Himachal Pradesh and Kalraj Mishra for Rajasthan.

EC launches Electors Verification Programme (EVP) to update electoral rolls through crowd sourcing

EC launches Electors Verification Programme (EVP) that seeks to update electoral rolls through crowd sourcing. A voter from each family will be authorised to upload all documents related to electoral registration of himself/herself and family members that will then be verified by block level officers (BLOs).

Amended provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act come into effect, penalties for traffic rules violation hiked

The amended provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, which hike the penalty for traffic rules violation have come into force. The fine for jumping red-light has been revised from 1,000 rupees earlier to 5,000 rupees now

September being celebrated as Rashtriya Poshan Maah, theme: ‘Complementary Feeding’

The entire month of September will be celebrated as the Rashtriya Poshan Maah. This year the theme is ‘Complementary Feeding’. POSHAN is Prime Minister’s Overreaching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment.

Country’s longest electrified rail tunnel of 6.7 km between Cherlopalli and Rapuru opens at Gudur in AP

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the country’s longest electrified rail tunnel of 6.7 km between Cherlopalli and Rapuru at Gudur in Andhra Pradesh.

Samudrayaan’ project of NIOT, Chennai to carry out deep underwater studies

Samudrayaan’ project to send a submersible vehicle with 3 persons to a depth of about 6000 metres to carry out deep underwater studies. Project to be executed by National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai.

Pakistan to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Pakistan said it will grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav on September 2 “in line with the ICJ judgement”. Jadhav, 49, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017

AP govt. orders inquiry into groundwater pollution caused by the uranium mining in Kadapa district

AP govt. ordered a full-fledged inquiry into a number of complaints about groundwater pollution caused by the uranium mining and processing project of the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) at Tummalapalle in Vemula mandal of Kadapa district.

Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree from Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu given the Geographical Indication tag

Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree from Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu given the Geographical Indication tag by The Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai.

Economy & Business Current Affairs

Over 5.65 crore income tax returns were filed by taxpayers for the Assessment Year 2019-20

Over 5.65 crore income tax returns were filed by taxpayers for the Assessment Year 2019-20 by the deadline of August 31, a 4% rise. Total number of income tax returns (ITRs) filed for AY 2018-19 was 5.42 crore.

Mahindra & Mahindra to acquire 55% in ride hailing and radio taxi operator Meru Travel Solutions

Utility vehicles major Mahindra & Mahindra is acquiring 55 per cent stake in ride hailing and radio taxi operator Meru Travel Solutions for a cash consideration of up to Rs 201.5 crore

Govt. to get access to banking details of Indians with accounts in Switzerland from September 1

Banking details of Indians with accounts in Switzerland will be available to tax authorities from September 1 with the coming into effect of the automatic exchange of information regime between the two countries

International Current Affairs

Pakistan government launches its own mineral water brand ‘Safe Drinking Water’

Pakistan government has launched its own mineral water brand ‘Safe Drinking Water’ which would be a cheaper alternative to other mineral water brands in the market.

Iran launches jet-propelled drone named Kian

Iran unveiled a jet-propelled drone named Kian claiming it as capable of finding and attacking targets far from the country’s borders with precision.

Fourth South Asian Speakers’ summit in Male on September 1-2

Fourth South Asian Speakers’ summit is being held in the Maldives capital, Male on September 1-2. India is being represented by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and other senior officials.

2019 Hugo Award for the best science fiction/fantasy won by Malaysian author Zen Cho

2019 Hugo Award for the best science fiction/fantasy won by Malaysian author Zen Cho for her novel ‘If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again’

Italy’s President asks Giuseppe Conte, who resigned as PM recently, to set up new coalition govt.

Italy’s President asks Giuseppe Conte, who resigned as PM recently, to lead a coalition of the 5-Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD)

Sogyal Rinpoche, author of ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’ in 1992, dies at 72

Tibetan monk Sogyal Rinpoche, author of ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’ in 1992, died in Thailand at the age of 72

Google to shut down its job application tracking system ‘Google Hire’ on September 1, 2020

Google said it will shut down its job application tracking system ‘Google Hire’ on September 1, 2020. The platform aimed to simplify the hiring process, with a workflow that integrated things like searching for applicants and scheduling interviews’

Sports Current Affairs

Jasprit Bumrah becomes 3rd Indian after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan to take hat-trick in test cricket at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Jasprit Bumrah became third Indian after Harbhajan Singh (against Australia in Kolkata in 2001) and Irfan Pathan (against Pakistan in Karachi, 2006) to take hat-trick in test cricket in 2nd test against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Yashaswini Singh Deswal wins gold in women’s 10m air pistol in the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro

Yashaswini Singh Deswal secured India’s ninth Olympic quota in shooting after she fired her way to the women’s 10m air pistol gold in the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc wins Formula One Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc wins Formula One Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps followed by Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in 2nd and 3rd places respectively

Jinson Johnson betters his own men’s 1500m national record in 3 min 35.24 sec in Berlin

Asian Games gold medallist Jinson Johnson bettered his own men’s 1500m national record in 3 min 35.24 sec while clinching silver in the ISTAF Berlin event in Germany

Virgil van Dijk (men’s) and Lucy Bronze (women’s) win UEFA Player of the Year Awards

Virgil van Dijk of Netherlands and Liverpool won UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. Olympique Lyonnais and England’s Lucy Bronze won Women’s award

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