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  • 21 July 2017 Current Affairs


    Delhi Development Authority (DDA) signs MoU for Master Plan 2041

    The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) for the preparation of Master Plan for Delhi 2041 as an enabling strategic plan and other related policies which would be the guiding framework for the planning and gr

    Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani launched Branded 4G Phone for free with deposit

    Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani announced the JioPhone - “digital independence” to all Indians. Some Guidelines are given in order to get JioPhone for free. The one-time deposit amount Rs 1,500 is needed which will be refunded to its customers after 3 years on returning the phone.

    SEBI signs agreement with ESMA for information exchange on CCPs

    Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). The MoU was signed for the exchange of information concerning Central Counterparties (CCPs) under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation

    Union Ministry of Rural Development to launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana

    The Ministry of Rural Development will launch a new sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) which will be named as “Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AEGY)”. It aims to provide an alternative source of livelihoods to members

    President Pranab Mukkerjee inaugurates Bicentenary Celebration of Paika Rebellion

    President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Bicentenary (200th) celebration of Paika Rebellion (1817) of Odisha organised by the Union Ministry of Culture in New Delhi. Many scholars, researchers and historians have opined that the Paika Rebellion of 1817 was India’s first organised armed rebe

    Indian Army signs MoU with DRDO to raise MRSAM defence system regiment

    The Indian Army signed Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to raise one regiment of the Advanced Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM) defence system. They are planning to have a total of five regiments of MRSAM defence system

    Reserve Bank of India to release new Rs 20 note in Mahatma Gandhi series soon

    The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue bank notes of denomination Rs 20 in Mahatma Gandhi series 2005. The new notes will be bearing inset letter ‘S’ in the number panel and signature of Governor Urjit R Patel. The design of these banknotes to be issued now is similar in all aspe

    Union Minister Arun Jaitley releases National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan. The WTO-Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was a major milestone for the global trading system. It aims to get initiatives for trade facilitation and ease of doing business which goes beyond TFA.

    Janahitha grievance redressal system launched in Telangana

    Telangana Government launched a portal “Janahitha” grievance Redressal system. The program is aimed for the public to submit their complaints online smoothly and get speedy redressal. The public can also apply for various welfare schemes through the facility. The complaint redress

    India and Japan civil nuclear deal comes into force

    The India-Japan Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy was signed in Tokyo during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan. The deal would enable Japan to export nuclear power plant technology as well as provide finance for nuclear power plants in India. India i

    Google introduces recruiting app 'Hire' for businesses

    Google launched 'Hire', a recruiting app for small- and medium-sized businesses that also integrates seamlessly with G Suite.  They planned to compete with the Microsoft owned LinkedIn. The app is designed to build strong candidate relationships and efficiently manage the in

  • 20 July 2017 Current Affairs


    Ram Nath Kovind is the next President of India

    National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate and former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind will be India's 14th President of the country. He defeated opposition's Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, winning more than 65 percent of the votes in the Electoral College. A total of 3

    Patnaik dedicates to Nation Odisha’s longest bridge

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated to the nation the state's longest bridge and named it after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It is  2.88 km bridge over the river Kathajodi will connect the state capital of Bhubaneswar with Cuttack reducing the distance between the two cities

    Environment Ministry approves Projects in 3 States under NAFCC

    The Union Environment Ministry approved three projects for climate change adaptation in three states namely Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim for funding under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC). In this regard, the National Steering Committee on Climate Change (NSCCC) headed by En

    Lok Sabha passes Indian Institutes of Information Technology (PPP) Bill, 2017

    The Lok Sabha passed the Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership (IIIT-PPP) Bill, 2017. The bill is used to grant institute of national importance status to IIITs on the lines of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

    Underwater ‘ghost nets’ posing threat to marine ecosystem off Kerala

    The underwater Ghost nets posing threat to the marine ecosystem off Kerala coast. It may become a major threat to the natural habitat and breeding ground of underwater fish. Kerala state is well known for its Underwater fishing zone.

    Union Cabinet approves MOC in respect of tax matters between India and BRICS countries

    The Union Cabinet approves the signing of Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in respect of tax matters between India and the BRICS countries namely, Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. It aims to promote cooperation amongst BRICS Revenue administrations on common areas of interest in tax matt

    L K Advani receives Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions in Lok Sabha

    Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as a parliamentarian in the Lok Sabha.  Sharad Yadav received the Lifetime Achievement Award as a Rajya Sabha representative from Vice President Hamid Ansari at a function organised by the Lokmat Media

    Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi tops poll of most powerful Arab women

    According to Forbes Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Tolerance Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi topped a poll of the most powerful Arab women in Government. released a list of the top 100 most powerful Arab business women for 2017. The UAE represents the highest number of w

    Indians win gold and bronze at first global robotics Olympiad

    A group of seven Indian students bagged two awards at a robotics Olympiad organised by ‘FIRST Global’ in the Washington United States of America. Students from Mumbai won gold for Zhang Heng Engineering Design Award The Indian team also won a bronze for Global Challenge Match.

    Australia joins International Solar Alliance led by India and France

    Australia became the 35th country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), an initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2015 in Paris. The larger aim of ISA is to mobilise over $ 1000 billion by 2030 towards promoting solar power on all fronts generation and storage. I

    UIDAI launches mAadhaar app for Aadhaar data on phone

    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) launched ‘mAadhaar’, a new mobile application for syncing Aadhaar data on mobile phones. The app allows users to carry their unique Aadhaar information including name, date of birth, gender, address, and the linked photograph, on thei

  • 19 July 2017 Current Affairs


    TR Zeliang appointed as Chief Minister of Nagaland by Governor

    T R Zeliang appointed as Chief Minister of Nagaland by Governor PB Acharya. It is the second term for Zeliang, his earlier term was from 2014 to 2017.  He was asked to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before 22 July 2017.

    United States Navy tests world’s first Laser Weapons System

    The United States Navy recently tested the world's first-ever active laser weapons system, which is now deployed and ready for war. Each strike travels 50,000 times the speed of an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).  In the test, the system was able to destroy a drone in

    Australia and USA jointly launched multimillion hypersonic missile HIFiRE

    The United States of America and Australia have jointly test-fired a hypersonic missile Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program (HIFiRE)  capable of moving at a speed eight times faster than sound as part of a $54-million research project. A hypersonic glider capa

    Indians among top asylum-seekers according to the International Migration Outlook 2017

    According to the International Migration Outlook 2017 report on Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries Indians are among top asylum-seekers in other countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Japan, Latvia, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom and the Unite

    Maharashtra Government approved revised policy of scheme to improve Girl child Ratio

    Maharashtra Government approved a revised policy of the 'Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree' scheme, according to which families who have a yearly income of up to Rs 7.5 lakh will be benefited. The scheme was launched by the State Government on April 1, 2016, in place of 'Sukanya' scheme. It

    Bharat Arun appointed Team India Bowling Coach

    Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed Bharat Arun as the Indian Cricket team’s bowling coach.  Sanjay Bangar as an assistant coach and R Sridhar as fielding coach till the 2019 ODI World Cup. Ravi Shastri is the newly appointed coach of Indian Cricket team.

    India & Sri Lanka sign MoU to develop village in Anuradhapura District

    India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a village in Anuradhapura District (in Sri Lanka) at a cost of 30 crores Sri Lankan rupees. The village in the name of a famous Buddhist monk Sobitha Thero envisages construction of 153 new houses, a multi-purpose community b

    United Kingdom first woman Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill elected to Home Affairs Select Committee

    Britain’s first woman Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill elected to Home Affairs Select Committee in the United Kingdom Parliament. She will be one of 11 members of the cross-party Home Affairs Committee.  It is an influential cross-party panel in the UK Parliament that examines the workings of th

    New species of bird-like dinosaur identified in Canada

    Canadian scientists identified a new bird-like species of dinosaur that lived nearly 71 million years ago. The species was found in Alberta, has been named in honour of famous Canadian palaeontologist Philip J. Currie. It has been named as the Albertavenatorcurriei, which means Currie’s, Alb

    Union Government launches low-cost screening device SOHUM to detect congenital hearing loss in newborns

    Ministry of Science and Technology launched Sohum Hearing Screening device, a low-cost indigenous screening device to detect a congenital hearing loss in newborns. The device was formally launched in New Delhi by the Minister of State for Science and Technology YS Chowdary. The device has been dev

    State bank of India launches website for home buyers

    State Bank of India, the country’s largest commercial bank launched 'SBI Realty' - a one-stop integrated website for home buyers. SBI Realty will help customers to choose their dream home from 3,000 SBI approved projects across the country.  The site is develope

    Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signs MoU with Department of Defence Production

    Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a Navratna Schedule ‘A’ Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the financial year 2017-18 with the Ministry.  The annual MoU was signed

  • 18 July 2017 Current Affairs


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate APJ Abdul Kalam's memorial on July 27

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a memorial of Former President APJ Abdul Kalam at the latter's birthplace in Rameswaram on July 27. He will be visiting Rameswaram on next Thursday to inaugurate the memorial. The National Memorial is being set up the Defence Research and Developmen

    Smriti Irani gets Information and Broadcasting ministry and Narendra Singh Tomar gets Urban Development

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi handed over the Information and Broadcasting portfolio to Smt.Smriti Irani. The Urban Development Ministry given to Shri Narendra Singh Tomar. This announcement came after BJP leader Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, who is the Government's nominee for the position of Vi

    Kolkata to host global business meet in November

    The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in association with the West Bengal Government, will host Horasis Asia Meeting, a Global Business meeting, in the city in November. The two-day business meet, starting November 26, will focus on sustainable business practices in various areas, including power a

    ETH Zurich Scientists develop 3D-printed soft silicone Heart

    Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a 3D-printed soft silicone heart that closely resembles and functions like the human organ. It is not an exact biological replica of the actual but can help to save lives of people who suffer from cardiac failure. The 3D-printed soft artific

    Reliance Industries market capitalisation hits Rs 5 lakh Crore mark

    Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for the first time in its trading history crossed Rs 5 lakh crore in market capitalisation. It is the second company to cross Rs 5 lakh crore in market capitalisation. Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) was the first company to hit Rs 5 lakh crore in

    Jammu and Kashmir Government launches weekly festival at Dal Lake

    Dal Lake hosted first ever 'Culture of Cruise', a weekly cultural programme organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Government aimed to bring artists from various fields on one stage.  The innovative programme series brings writers, performance artists, musicians, poets and academics togeth

    Nelson Mandela International Day is observed on 18 July

    Nelson Mandela International Day is observed on the 18th July across the world. The day is commemorated with the slogan Take Action! Inspire Change.  Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and

    Kargil International Marathon “Run for Sarhad” Concluded

    The first ever Kargil International Marathon ‘Run for Sarhad’concluded with more than 800 runners from all over the world participating in the event. The marathon was organised by Sarhad Pune, Run Buddies, SEWAK, All Kargil Tour and Travel Association with support from LAHDC Kargil and

    National Democratic Alliance Vice President nominee Venkaiah Naidu resigns his Union Minister Post

    Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu resigned his Union Minister post for his party choosing him as a candidate for the Vice Presidential Election. He was holding two portfolios of Information and Broadcasting, and Housing and Urban Affairs. The BJP Parliamentary board in a meeting picked Naidu for con

    Indian judokas won 3 medals in Asian Cadet Championships, Kyrgyzstan

    India won three medals, including gold in the Asian Cadet Judo Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Thangjam Tababi Devi of Manipur won the yellow metal for India in the girls below 44kg weight category. Haryana’s Simran won a bronze in the girl’s below 40kg division. Paramjeet of Har

    Tata Motors develops first Bio-Methane Bus

    Tata Motors has developed the country’s first bio-CNG (bio-methane) bus. Bio-CNG will help in contributing to the smart cities and to keep them clean and is a good option for Wet Garbage management. It is aimed to develop environment-friendly vehicles. Bio methane is produced out of bio-deg

    Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli to be the new Chief Justice of Nepal

    Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli will be the new Chief Justice of Nepal. Justice Parajuli is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court after the retirement of Chief Justice Sushila Karki. Prime Minister Sher BahadurDeuba, Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Speaker OnsariGharti, chiefs of constitution

    President of India to receive first copy of book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’

    The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee receives the first copy of the book ‘Future of Indian Universities Comparative and International Perspectives’ at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The book aims to provide international and comparative perspectives on higher

  • 17 July 2017 Current Affairs


    Five P Venture signs agreement with Central Silk Board

    Erode-based Five P Venture India Private Limited and Central Silk Board (CSB) inked an agreement for developing commercialization action of handloom silk products. This Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) signed at the first-ever mega trade fair for the textile sector organised by the Ministry of Text

    I H Manudev wins 1st National Masters Snooker Tournament Title

    I H Manudev won the first National Masters snooker tournament title in Chennai. He defeated former Asian champion, Alok Kumar. Manudev, Alok, Chirag Ramakrishnan and Rafath Habib have qualified for the World Six-Red and Team Championship Snooker to be held in Egypt and also for the World Snooker C

    Shri R K Pachnanda takes charge as Director General, ITBP

    Shri R K Pachnanda, an IPS officer, took charge as the new Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). He replaces Shri Krishna Chaudhary(DG). He is the 29th Chief.

    Former Sikkim CM Nar Bahadur Bhandari passes away

    Nar Bahadur Bhandari, one of the longest-serving chief ministers of Sikkim died recently. He became the Chief Minister of Sikkim for the first time in 1979 on a Janata Parishad ticket and then again in 1984 and 1989 on a Sikkim Sangram Parishad ticket.

    Lewis Hamilton won Formula One's fifth British Grand Prix

    Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the fifth time. He matches the record of Jim Clark and Alain Prost. Valtteri Bottas who races for Mercedes stood second in the race.

    GSI discovers millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals in Indian waters

    Scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have discovered the presence of millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals deep under the waters within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of peninsular India. They have confirmed the presence large amount of lime mud, phosphate-rich and c

    Indonesia renaming part of South China Sea as North Natuna Sea

    Indonesia has become the latest South-east Asian nation to rename the South China Sea as North Natuna Sea. At a press conference in Jakarta, Deputy Minister for Marine Sovereignty Arif Havas Oegroseno disclosed a new map with the renamed territory. In 2011, the Philippines renamed the waters as th

    Four new members appointed as Central Board of Excise and Customs

    The four new members a senior bureaucrat John Joseph and three other officials have been appointed as members of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Sushant Kumar Panda, Ameeta Suri, Pranab Kumar Das and Joseph as the

    MobiKwik, Samsung Pay to enable one-tap payment solution for e-wallet users

    MobiKwik and Samsung Pay enable one-tap payment solution for e-wallet users. According to the digital payments firm MobiKwik wallet is now integrated with Samsung Pay Mini to enable one-tap payments at more than 1.4 million MobiKwik-powered merchants across the country. More than 55 million and 1.

    Lilly Singh appointed UNICEF’s Global Goodwill Ambassador

    The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) appointed Lilly Singh as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador at a special event in New Delhi. Lilly was in the capital to support UNICEF’s Youth4Change initiative, a programme for youth that brings them together to

    Roger Federer lifts a record 8th Wimbledon Title

    Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion. He defeated Marin Cilic to win the title. It is his 11th Wimbledon final and 29th title. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world held in England.

    International Indian Film Academy Awards 2017

    The 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards was held in New York. Here’s the complete list of the IIFA 2017 winners: Best Film- Neerja Best Actor (Male)- Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab Best Actor (Female)- Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab Best Director- AnirudhRoy Chaudhary

    Harinder Pal Sandhu won Victorian Open title

    India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu won a Victorian Open Squash Title, in Melbourne. He defeated Rex Hedrick of Australia. It was his fourth title of the year. He defeated Piedro Schweertman of the Netherlands yesterday to reach the final.

    Union Government launches GST training Programme

    The Union Government launched a Goods And Service Tax (GST) training Programme to skill around two lakh youths in six months and to handle tax compliance issues like invoice making. The people would be trained under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). It will be implemented in 14 stat

    Matunga becomes India's first railway station run by women

    The Central Railway has taken a step towards Women Empowerment by appointing an all-female work staff at the suburban Matunga station. It is first such ladies special station in India. A total of 30 women staffers, including 11 booking clerks, five RPF personnel, seven ticket checkers are working

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