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♦ Rishi Kumar Shukla, MP cadre IPS, appointed as new CBI chief
- Rishi Kumar Shukla, 1983 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was on Saturday appointed as the new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The appointment came almost a day after his name was short-listed during the second meeting of the PM Narendra Modi-led selection committee.
- “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has, based on the panel recommended by the Committee constituted as per Section 4A(1) of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, approved the appointment of Shri Rishi Kumar Shukla, IPS (MP: 1983) as Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) vice Shri Alok Kumar Verma, IPS (AGMU: 1979), for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office,” read a letter by the Department of Personnel and Training.
♦ DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek gets additional charge of Civil Aviation Ministry
- Ramesh Abhishek, secretary of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), was Thursday given an additional charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry, an official order said.
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved assignment of additional charge of the post of secretary, Civil Aviation Ministry, to Abhishek, the order by the Personnel Ministry said.
- Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey superannuated Thursday.
- Choubey has been named member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). He will take over the new job on Friday.
♦ Qatar beat Japan in Asian Cup final for first major title
- Qatar won its first major soccer title by beating four-time champion Japan 3-1 in the Asian Cup final on Friday, completing an improbable run to glory for the Gulf nation as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. After upsetting one of the tournament favorites, players wrapped themselves in Qatari flags in a display of patriotic furor that will have resonated far beyond the field in Abu Dhabi.
- Since joining other Arab countries in cutting ties with Doha in 2017, the United Arab Emirates warned residents that expressing sympathy for Qatar could lead to fines and imprisonment. The UAE is among a quartet of nations accusing its regional foe of supporting extremists, which Qatar denies.
- There was even an attempt by the UAE to get Qatar disqualified after losing their semifinal. Tournament organizers confirmed only hours before the final they dismissed a challenge by the UAE against the eligibility of two Qatar players who were born outside Qatar.
♦ Smriti Mandhana attains top spot in ICC ODI rankings for batswomen
- Smriti was the player of the series in the recently-concluded three-match ODI series against New Zealand. She had scored 105 and 90 in the first two ODIs, helping India to a rare series win in New Zealand.
- Ellyse Perry is second in the rankings, while another Aussie Meg Lanning is third. Indian ODI skipper Mithali Raj has slipped to the fifth position.
- In the ODI Bowler’s rankings, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami is fourth, with Poonam Yadav at eighth, and fellow spinner Deepti Sharma at ninth.
- Deepti is fourth in the All-rounders standings and is the sole Indian in the top-10.
♦ PM inaugurates and lays foundation stone for various development projects in Leh
- The Prime Minister is on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He laid foundation stone for a 480 crore rupee Terminal Building at Leh Airport. Mr Modi inaugurated the 9-megawatt Dah hydroelectric project.
- Located in Dah near village Datang, the project is a run-of-the-river scheme.
- The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the 220 KiloVolt Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil-Leh transmission system.
- Mr Modi also launched University of Ladakh, the first-ever in the state’s region. It will be a cluster university comprising degree colleges of Leh, Kargil, Nubra, Zanskar, Drass and Khaltsi. The Prime Minister also inaugurated new tourist and trekking routes in Ladakh.
- Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said, once the Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line is completed, the distance from Delhi to Leh will be reduced. He said, it will also benefit the tourism sector.
- PM Modi said, protected Area Permit’s validity has been increased to 15 days, and now tourists will be able to enjoy their journey to Leh.
- Later in the day, the Prime Minister will visit Jammu and Srinagar to inaugurate and lay foundation stones of various projects, including two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences and 624 MW Kiru Hydroelectric project in Kishtwar. He is scheduled to hold a public rally at Vijaypur.
♠Vocabulary (The Hindu)♠
- TRANSPARENCY (NOUN): Pellucidness (पारदर्शकता)
Synonyms: clarity, clearness
Antonyms: opacity, opaqueness
Example: I relish watching transparency of ice.
- TEMPORARILY (ADVERB): transiently (अस्थायी रूप से)
Synonyms: briefly, transitorily
Antonyms: permanently, for good
Example: The doctor said that symptoms may disappear temporarily.
- STRINGENT (ADJECTIVE): rigid (कठोर)
Synonyms: draconian, binding
Antonyms: lenient, flexible
Example: Stringent guidelines on air pollution were given.
- INTENTION (NOUN): purpose (इरादा)
Synonyms: motive, aim
Antonyms: discouragement, aimlessness
Example: Srishti was full of good intentions.
- MALPRACTICE (NOUN): dereliction (भ्रष्टाचार)
Synonyms: misdeed, violation
Antonyms: behaviour, obedience
Example: These are the victims of medical malpractice.
- BOTTLENECK (NOUN): obstacle
Synonyms: barrier, congestion
Antonyms: aid, assistance
Example: He came passing through many bottleneck.
- LINGER (VERB): loiter (विलंब करना)
Synonyms: drift, idle
Antonyms: advance, finish
Example: Don’t linger on the same topic.
8. ROBUST (ADJECTIVE): hearty (मजबूत)
Synonyms: healthy, sturdy
Antonyms: fragile, incapable
Example: He is an intelligent and a robust child.
Close test based on The Hindu Editorial
Shopping for votes: on the Interim Budget 2019-20
As election-eve budgets go, Interim Budget 2019-20 must rank as one of the most politically expedient ones this country has seen. The shadow of the general election falls squarely on the budget proposals, which are aimed at seeking votes in the name of various …….(1)……. that rain cash on beneficiaries. Whether the strategy will work at the hustings remains to be seen. But there is no denying that a lot of thought has gone into identifying and targeting the sections of ……..(2)……… across social segments that are in distress and unhappy with the Centre for a variety of reasons. There is an income support scheme for farmers who are reeling under the impact of falling realisations for their crops, and a pension scheme for informal sector workers earning up to ₹15,000 a month. There are income tax concessions for the middle class that have been carefully framed to target the lower rung. The ₹6,000 a year income ………(3)……… to farmers will benefit 12 crore households, which is almost half of the total number of households. Similarly, the increase in standard deduction from ₹40,000 to ₹50,000 may be small but it will cover three crore taxpayers, which is again almost half of the 6.8 crore taxpayers. The income tax rebate on those with taxable annual income of up to ₹5 lakh a year will benefit three crore middle class voters that includes traders, small businesses, those who have just joined the formal workforce and pensioners.
While these sops will benefit sections of the population, the question is whether it is correct for a government that will be in power for less than two months in the next financial year to write into the statute books proposals that are ……….(4)……... Though some past governments have announced sops in their interim budgets with an eye on elections, this budget has gone much further by announcing very significant measures. In political terms, the strategy cannot be faulted as it appears to have put the Opposition in a difficult spot — protesting too much about the concessions given to those in distress may be counter-productive. That said, some of these ideas may actually work in economic terms as they put money in people’s hands. The housing-related tax proposals can give a leg-up to the real estate sector, which is a job-creator and is now in trouble. The sops come with a cost, though. The Centre will miss the glide-path for reducing the fiscal deficit, yet again. The estimated slippage of 0.10 percentage point is not significant if we ………..(5)……… that the concessions will spur spending by the beneficiaries. This is, of course, assuming that the gross tax revenue projection of ₹25.52 lakh crore, which is a 13.5% growth over the revised estimates of 2018-19, is achieved. But this arithmetic will be the headache of the next government.
Question 6: Select the word which is most nearly the SAME MEANING as the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
6-E Spur (प्रेरणा)