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  • 28 July 2017 Current Affairs


    Mumbai Metro launches India’s first mobile ticketing system

    The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited announced the launch of India’s first Mobile Ticketing System ‘OnGo’ recently. It will help commuters to buy their tickets on their mobile phones. Commuters will also be able to book tickets for future journeys up to seven days in advance

    Scientists develop new software that can crate 3D models from 2D photographs

    Scientists including one of Indian origin have developed new Artificial intelligence (AI) software called SurfNet that can create three dimensional (3D) models from 2D photographs. SurfNet software using hundreds of thousands of 2D shapes of objects can reconstruct it a model in 3Dimensions. It ca

    2017 BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting held in Chongqing

    The 2017 BRICS countries agreed to work together to ensure stable employment and better quality of life for their people. The decision in this regard taken at the 2017 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting held in Chongqing, China. BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerg

  • 27 July 2017 Current Affairs


    Axis Bank acquires FreeCharge for Rs. 385 crore

    Axis Bank announced the acquisition of Snapdeal-owned mobile payments provider Freecharge in an all-cash deal worth Rs385 crore. It will get over 50 million customers of Freecharge along with its niche and patented technology and human resources. FreeCharge started as a recharge deal coupons platf

    Uttarakhand records second highest tiger count in India

    Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat confirmed that The count of tigers in Uttarakhand shot up 242 with an increase of 63 big cats in the year 2017. 11 cubs were also found in the two tiger reserves, the Corbett Tiger Reserve and the Rajaji Tiger Reserve. According to the

    Union Cabinet approves new wage code bill to ensure minimum wage across all sectors

    The Union Cabinet approved the Labour Code on Wages Bill which will ensure a minimum wage across all sectors by integrating existing labour related laws. The Labour Code on Wages Bill consolidates the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 and the Eq

    CAC adopts Codex standards for three spices

    The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) adopted three Codex standards for black, white and green pepper, cumin and thyme. These standards were adopted at the 40th session of CAC held in Geneva. The adoption of Codex standards paves the way for universal agreement on identifying quality spices in v

    Madras High Court makes Vande Mataram mandatory in Schools, Govt. and Private Offices

    The Madras High Court ruled that Vande Mataram should be sung in all schools and colleges across the state “at least once a week”, and in government and private offices at least once a month. To insist a sense of patriotism in each and every citizen of the state, the nati

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration jets for first time will chase solar Eclipse

    Scientists from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the first time are planning to chase the shadow of the moon using two of NASA’s WB-57F research jets during the upcoming total solar eclipse in the United States. The research jets (planes) will have twin telescopes moun

    Scientists discover glow in the dark shark in Pacific Ocean

    Scientists have discovered new species of glow-in-the-dark shark living 1,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the northwestern Hawaiian islands. It has been named Etmopterus lailae and belongs to lantern shark family. Etmopterus lailae is a strange head shape which is large and

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial in Rameswaram

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the former President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu on the second death anniversary of the former President. He will flag off Kalam Sandesh Vahini, an exhibition bus which will travel across the countr

    GST Council panel to select National Anti-profiteering Authority

    The Goods and Service Tax (GST) formed a selection committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha to identify and recommend eligible persons for appointment as the chairman and members of the National Anti-profiteering Authority. The Standing Committee is empowered to refer case

    Subhash Chandra Garg appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of ADB

    Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India appointed as India’s Alternate Governor to the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippine. He replaces Former Secretary, DEA, Shri Shaktikanta D

    Union Cabinet appraised JDI on Indo German-Centre for Sustainability

    The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi appraised of the Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) between Department of Science & Technology (DST), India and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany on Indo German-Centre for Sustainability (IGCS). The o

    Microsoft launches ‘Made for India’ Kaizala app

    Microsoft India launched Kaizala app, a ‘made in India’ app. It is powered by Azure Cloud platform. Kaizala will help the organisations to communicate, collaborate and complete tasks in an efficient way. Both ‘Kaizala and Kaizala Pro are integrated with Microsoft Office 365.&nbs

    SIDBI starts merchant banking operations to help MSMEs tap market

    Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) started full-fledged merchant banking operations to benefit the expanding number of growth-oriented micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), especially those with a strong technology and innovation quotient. The initiative is aimed at enhancing

  • 26 July 2017 Current Affairs


    Janalakshmi Financial Services appoints Ajay Kanwal as CEO

    Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS), the largest micro finance company announced the appointment of its new CEO Ajay Kanwal. Kanwal, a veteran banker has 27 years of experience in both consumer and commercial banking sector, will take charge of office from August 1.

    Yatra acquires Air Travel Bureau to expand corporate travel business

    Yatra Online India’s second-largest online travel operator acquired corporate travel services provider Air Travel Bureau (ATB). It is  India’s ‘largest corporate travel services provider’ with gross bookings of Rs 1,500 crore and a client base of 400 comp

    BRICS Youth Forum opens in Beijing

    The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum opened in Beijing, China to discuss the development of the youth in the countries. The theme of the three-day forum is 'Enhance BRICS Partnership, Promote Youth Development'. The five BRICS countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa first ca

    Veteran actress Shakuntala Barua gets Mahanayak Samman 2017

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conferred this year Mahanayak Samman 2017 to veteran actress Shakuntala Barua for her contribution to the world of cinema. Suparnokanti Karati for Bisarjan film and Shiboprasad Mukhopadhyay of Windows Productions for Praktan film were also among the awarde

    Standard Chartered Bank announced publicly forex card

    Standard Chartered Bank launched a Multi-currency Forex Card for overseas travellers. The card will allow customers the convenience of loading up to 20 widely used currencies on one card with an online reload facility during overseas travel. The card will offer travellers protection against the&nb

    Aurionpro launches a Bank in a Box to reduce branch expansion cost for banks

    Aurionpro Solutions a Global leader in digital innovation, enterprise security and banking solutions, announced its Branch-in-a-Box product, the Virtual Teller Machine (VTM) a fully integrated self-service kiosk for automating 90% of banking transactions at the branch level.  The other service

    Union Home Minister chairs first meeting of Islands Development Agency (IDA)

    The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the first meeting of the newly constituted Islands Development Agency (IDA). He presented the vision for developing India’s maritime economy while preserving the natural eco-system and addressing the security concerns. He emphasised upon the

    Union Government approves construction of 30,000 affordable houses on Private land

    The Centre approved the construction of 30,000 houses for the urban poor on private land in Maharashtra’s Sholapur. The main aim is to give momentum to affordable housing in urban areas. Under the Centre’s flagship programme Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), the Housing and Urban Aff

    Reliance Defence launches first two naval patrol vessels Shachi and Shruti

    Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited ( a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure) announced the launch of its first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) – ‘Shachi’ and ‘Shruti’ – at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat. The two NOPVs are ‘Shachi’

    India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas day is observed on July 26

    The Indian nation celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas Day is observed on July 26. On the occasion, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and three Chiefs of Services will lay a floral tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate. Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on July 26 every year to commemorate India’s vic

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai joins Alphabet Board of Directors

    Google Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai is going to join the board of directors of Alphabet. Alphabet is the second most valuable United States (US) company behind Apple. Pichai joined Google in 2004 and helped lead the development of key consumer products which are now used by ove

    India to host maiden men’s World Boxing Championship in 2021

    The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced India will host their first Men’s World Championship. The AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019 will be held in Russia city of Sochi. The 2019 Women’s World Championships will be held in Trabzon, Turkey. It is the first time ev

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases book Selected Speeches of Pranab Mukherjee

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the fourth volume of Selected Speeches of Former President Pranab Mukherjee. The book titled- Selected Speeches of President Pranab Mukherjee was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in presence of President-elect Ramnath Kovind and other dignitaries.

  • 25 July 2017 Current Affairs


    Walmart India appoints Devendra Chawla as Chief Operating Officer

    Walmart India made former Chief executive Officer (CEO) of Future Consumer Devendra Chawla as its Chief Operating Officer. Walmart India owns and operates 21 best price modern wholesale stores in nine states across India. He will join as COO Merchandising, Marketing and Omni-channel function at Wa

    Union Parliament passes the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill

    The Union Parliament Parliament passed The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016. The Bill aims to establish a legal framework for consolidation of related laws to replace the age old archaic laws with modern Indian legislation and to confer admiralty jurisdiction on

    Mithali Raj named Captain of ICC Women’s World Cup team

    India skipper Mithali Raj was chosen as the captain of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team by the International Cricket Council. The 34-year-old Indian was selected as captain after she led India to the final of the just-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup. England Women Tea

    Ram Nath Kovind sworn as Country’s 14th President

    Mr Ram Nath Kovind took charge as the 14th President of India. He will be administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of India Justice J S Khehar at a special function in the Central Hall of Parliament. He is the second Dalit President of India after late President K.R

    FSSAI bans Stapler Pins in tea bags from January 2018

    The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banned the use of stapler pins in tea bags from January 2018.  The FSSAI order directs the concerned food business operators to discontinue the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of stapled tea bags by 1 January 2018.&nb

    Renowned academic Professor Yash Pal passes away

    Globally renowned physicist, academic and higher education reformer Professor Yash Pal passed away in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.  He was known for his contributions to the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institution-builder. Yash Pal was born in 1926 in Jhang in then British India (n

    Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal confirmed that 13,872 villages electrified under rural scheme DDUGJY

    Union Government Shri Piyush Goyal confirmed that 13,872 villages electrified till 30th June 2017 in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim are the states where 100% villages are electrified till date. The Decentrali

    Union Government launched Mobile App 'Aarambh' for Road Maintenance

    Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation- Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Deputy Director General (Policy) of International Labour Organization (ILO) Ms Deborah Greenfield launched the Mobile App for Road Maintenance “Aarambh&

    Arun Jaitley inaugurates 315th Sainik Rest House in New Delhi

    Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the 315th Sainik Rest House of the Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) in New Delhi. The rest house built at Naraina tri-junction near Delhi Cantonment area in west Delhi at a cost of around Rs 8 crores. The KSB portal lists out details, facilities, restrict

    Airport Authority of India and Uttarakhand Government signs agreement on aviation development

    The Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Government of Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA). The scope of the MoU is to identify relevant factors influencing the development of Civil Aviation infrastructure in Uttarakhand. It will as

    Boxer Sachin Siwach wins Gold at Commonwealth Youth Games

    World Youth Champion Sachin Siwach won a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games. He defeated Welsh boxer James Nathan Prober in the final of the light flyweight 49 categories. Jony won silver in the lightweight (60kg) category. Muhammed Etash Khan won bronze in the bantamweight (56k

    World’s first floating wind farm starts to take shape off coast of Scotland

    The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The Peter head wind farm is known as Hywind, is a trial. It is a tech development project to ensure it’s working in open sea conditions. The Hywind project is being run in colla

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduces bill to amend Banking Regulation Act

    The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, was introduced in Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The bill has a provision, which empowers Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to issue other directions for resolution, appoint or approve for appointment, authorities or committees to advise the ban

  • 24 July 2017 Current Affairs


    India ranks 132 in Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index

    India ranked 132nd out of 152 countries on the inaugural “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index” released by international NGO Oxfam in association with Developmental Finance International. Sweden topped the list while Nigeria remained the last. The top 5 countries in the list a

    Union Govenment launches SHe-box portal for Sexual Harassment

    The Women and Child Development ministry launched an online platform to enable women employees of the Central Government to file complaints related to sexual harassment at the workplace.  The SHe-box (Sexual Harassment Electronic box) is available for the Private Sector as well. We just need

    Iran and Iraq sign agreement on military cooperation

    Iran and Iraq signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to step up military cooperation and the fight against terrorism and extremism. The MoU encourages the promotion of interaction and share of experiences in the fight against terrorism and extremism, border security, training and logistical, te

    Former ISRO Chairman U R Rao passes away

    Internationally-renowned space scientist and former chairman of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), Udupi Ramachandra Rao passed away in Bengaluru.  Prof Rao is credited with having played an instrumental role in building up Indian satellite programmes right from nation’s first sa

    H S Prannoy wins US Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton title

    Ace Indian Shuttler H S Prannoy won the 2017 Yonex US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title. It was third Grand Prix Gold title of badminton. The 2017 US Open Grand Prix Gold was the eleventh Grand Prix’s badminton tournament of the 2017 Badminton World Federation (BWF)&n

    India, Bangladesh signed agreement to connect both countries by waterways

    India and Bangladesh signed an agreement to connect both the countries by waterways. The waterways will facilitate movement of passengers and goods between India’s northeast and West Bengal with Bangladesh. The Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Mansukh Mandavi

    Raveesh Kumar to be next ministry of External affairs Spokesperson

    Raveesh Kumar, a 1995-batch IFS officer is currently posted in Frankfurt, Germany as Consul General of India, is to be the next spokesperson for the ministry of External Affairs. He will replace Gopal Baglay who was appointed the joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. The

    India lose to England by 9 runs in ICC Women's World Cup final

    India lost to England by nine runs in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's World Cup final at Lord's in London. The country England got its fourth Women's World Cup. Indian Team Opener Poonam Raut top scored with 86, while Harmanpreet Kaur scored 51 runs in the fin

    Uttar Pradesh launches free power connection scheme for BPL families

    Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Srikant Sharma launched free power connection scheme for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders. The people who do not have BPL cards will have to pay between Rs 80 to Rs 120 for getting the power connection. The scheme is launched at 624 places across the stat

    India to host 2017 Global Conference on Cyber Space

    India will host Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), the world’s largest conference on cyber space and related issues in New Delhi in November 2017. The theme for the GCCS 2017 is 'Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace'. This is for

    Meghalaya CM launches ‘Mission Football’ at JN Sports Complex in Shillong

    Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma launched a statewide football grassroots development programme ‘Mission Football’at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Mission Football is a project for developing a sustainable infrastructure for the sport in all the 11 districts of the state.The Government

    Kiren Rijiju inaugurates RIWATCH Museum in Arunachal Pradesh

    Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Research Institution of World Ancient, Traditional, Culture & Heritage (RIWATCH) Museum at Roing in Arunachal Pradesh.  He inaugurated the 235-meter long Chimari Bridge serve as a life line between the National Highway 52 of Roi

  • 22 July 2017 Current Affairs


    Mayak satellite may be third brightest object in sky after Sun and Moon

    Mayak satellite is the third brightest object in the sky only after the Sun and the Moon. The satellites that were launched included an Earth observation Kanopus-V-IK satellite, the main payload, and 72 smallsats. Mayak means beacon in English, is a standard cubesat that has been developed by

    Vijay Goel, Nitin Gadkari flag off 10th 'Slum Yuva Daud'

    Sports Minister Vijay Goel and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today flagged off the 10th Slum Yuva Daud at Khichripur in New Delhi.  Thousands of youth from Delhi slums participated in the run which started from Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Khichripur and ended at Dr Bhimr

    Anil Kumar Raturi is new DGP of Uttarakhand

    Anil Kumar Raturi appointed the new Director General of Police of Uttarakhand. He will replace DGP MA Ganapathy, who will join as additional director general of police (ADG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Raturi takes over from M A Ganpati who has been appointed as the Additional Direc

    MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay appointed Joint Secretary in PMO

    Senior diplomat and External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay appointed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved Bagley's appointment to the post for three years. Gopal Baglay appointed in place of Vinay Mohan Kwatra,

    Kerala to host literary festival with ‘Tolerance’ as theme

    Kerala will be hosting the fifth edition of South India Writers Ensemble (SIWE) at Chengannur, a town in Kerala’s coastal Alappuzha district. The core theme of the festival this year is ‘tolerance’. The creative writers, journalists, theatre and film personalities from acros

    Sanjay Kothari appointed as Secretary to new President

    Sanjay Kothari, Chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board appointed as Secretary to President-elect Ram Nath Kovind. Senior journalist Ashok Malik has been named as Press Secretary. Senior Gujarat-cadre forest service officer Bharat Lal will be Joint Secretary.

    Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited hands over 2nd LCU Mark IV vessel to Indian Navy

    The second of the eight Mark IV Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels was formally handed over to the Indian Navy at a ceremony in Kolkata. It is built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata. The ship measuring 62.8 x 11 metres has an endurance of around 1,500 n

    Union Government launches Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana for senior citizens

    The Union Finance Ministry launched Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY), a pension scheme exclusively for senior citizens aged 60 years and above. Under this scheme, senior citizens will get a guaranteed interest of 8% for 10 years depending upon the investment made by them. Life Insur

    Bank of Baroda signs MoU with DGS&D for services to Govt’s e-marketplace

    Bank of Baroda signed an agreement with Directorate General of Supplies & Disposal (DGS&D). The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed for extending various banking services to Government e-Marketplace. The GeM SPV has been established as National Public Procurement Portal to provide an

    Bill to facilitate SBI merger with subsidiaries introduced in Lok Sabha

    Arun Jaitley the Finance Minister of India introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha to repeal the necessary Acts in wake of the merger of State Bank of India (SBI) with its subsidiary banks. He introduced the State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 to cover the way for the repeal of the State. The

    Former minister Lord Davies appointed as new chairman of the UK India Business Council

    Former minister Lord Davies is appointed as new chairman of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC). He will serve for a period of 3 years and will replace the Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt. He will take up this role from 1st September 2017.

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