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1) The Union Government has constituted a committee of experts to identify “key data protection issues” and suggest a draft data protection bill. This was informed to the Supreme Court by the UIDAI on 1 August 2017. Who is heading this expert committee? – Justice B.N. Srikrishna

Explanation: Former Supreme Court Judge Justice B.N. Srikrishna is heading a committee of experts that will assist in a comprehensive law on data protection. The committee was constituted on 31 July 2017 and will primarily identify “key data protection issues” and suggest a draft data protection bill.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) informed a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on 1 August 2017 about constitution of this committee. It is worth mentioning that the Supreme Court is hearing the question whether privacy is a fundamental right or not. UIDAI has said that privacy is not a fundamental-right; it is subjective and dependent on human behaviour.

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2) Which public sector bank on 31 July 2017 became the first to carry out a rate revision in savings deposit rate after the RBI deregulated savings bank deposit in 2011? – SBI

Explanation: The country’s largest bank-State Bank of India (SBI) on 31 July 2017 reduced interest rate on savings deposits up to Rs. 1 crore by 50 basis points (bps) to 3.5% per annum with immediate effect.

It thus became the first bank to revise the savings deposit rate after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had deregulated savings bank deposit interest rate on 25 October 2011. It is expected that the SBI will end up lowering its annual interest bill by Rs 4,230 crore on its latest savings deposit base of Rs 9.4 lakh crore.

Low inflation and high real interest rate weighed on the bank to decide on the cut. This downward cut in interest rate also set the stage for other banks to follow suit.

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3) From July 2017 Indian Railways started the process of doing away with providing blankets in AC compartments after facing severe criticism from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). The process of phasing out blankets was initiated with which train? – Jammu Mail

Explanation: According to information provided by a senior official of Indian Railways (IR), the ‘no-blanket rule’ has been initially implemented in the third AC coach of the Jammu-Delhi Jammu Mail.

IR also started the process of gathering data from passengers on the viability of not having blankets on trains. Once it finds out how many of them ask for blankets and how many say that they can do without these, it will come to a decision about replicating the project in other trains.

The Railways has begun thermal control and regulating the temperature in the third AC compartment of Jammu Mail to around 24-26 degree Celsius from the current 19 degrees so that passengers are comfortable and do not need blankets.

The step to phase out blankets from trains was taken after severe criticism from the CAG in its report recently about dirty blankets and bedrolls.

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4) Who was elected as the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan by country’s parliament on 1 August 2017? – Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Explanation: The Pakistan Parliament on 1 August 2017 elected Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) nominee Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the interim Prime Minister. The Supreme Court had on 28 July 2017 disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding public office till life in the wake of corruption charges against him and his family members.

Abbasi secured 221 votes out of 341, while the three candidates fielded by the divided opposition collectively got 84 votes. Naveed Qamar of the Pakistan People’s Party got 47 votes, while the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s nominee secured 33 votes and the Jamaat-e-Islami candidate four votes.

He is expected to hand over power to Shahbaz Sharif once the latter is elected to the National Assembly in six weeks. Shahbaz Sharif, who is the Chief Minister of Punjab, is the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif.

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5) Abu Dujana, the most-wanted in Jammu and Kashmir for dozens of attacks, was killed in a joint anti-terror operation in Pulwama on 1 August 2017. He was associated with which terrorist organisation? – Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)

Explanation: Pakistan-born Abu Dujana was a category “A++” terrorist and was wanted in over three dozen attacks on security forces and civilians. He carried a reward of Rs. 15 lakh. He had been Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander for the Kashmir Valley

He was killed in a joint anti-terror operation in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in the early hours of 1 August 2017. The forces had acted on intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the village and had circled the village earlier in the night.

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