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31 July 2017 Current AffairsQUIZ
The Executive Committee of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in its 4th meeting approved seven projects in the sector of sewage infrastructure that development and research. Three projects were approved in sewage sector in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Central Government will provide operation and maintenance cost for 15 years to all these six projects along with 100% central assistance. The study will be an extension of a research carried out by National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to identify the special properties of river’s waters.Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari wins Hungarian Grand Prix won his fourth victory of the season. Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes obtained the third place in the season. He defeated Kimi Raikkonen.Yoshiaki Ishizawa, a Japanese historian who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples, and Gethsie Shanmugam, a Sri Lankan teacher who counselled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares, are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards. The other recipients named are Abdon Nababan, an Indonesian, a Singaporean businessman Tony Tay, a Philippine theatre group and Lilia de Lima, a Filipino.The world's smallest spacecraft ever launched have successfully been placed in low Earth orbit by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV rocket. It is named as Sprites, the 3.5cmx3.5cm space probes weigh 4 grams each and run on sunlight. The probes are part of Breakthrough Initiatives, a $100 million program aimed at sending one-gram chips to star systems beyond the solar system in search of extraterrestrial intelligence.The 20-year-old Caeleb Dressel as America’s newest star of the pool recently became the first swimmer to win three gold medals on a single night at either the worlds or the Olympics. Caeleb Dressel accomplished this feat at 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 in Mumbai, Maharashtra under the Jiyo Parsi scheme. The Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 aims to decline trend of the population of the Parsi community and reverses it to bring their population above the threshold level. Jiyo Parsi scheme is a Central Sector Scheme for containing population decline of Parsis in India. Its main objective is to reverse the declining trend of the Parsi population by adopting a scientific protocol and structured interventions. It aims to stabilize and increase the population of Parsis in India.Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu (additional charge) C. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis released the book ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’ at Raj Bhavan. The book includes transcripts of the first 23 episodes of Prime Minister’s monthly address on radio ‘Mann Ki Baat’.This book will enable citizens to read and understand Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and his ideas of development. Union Minister Piyush Goyal was also present on the occasion. ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is a new design of communication to reach people and it has truly worked as a revolution. He chose All India Radio as the medium for broadcasting his programme because it is the only medium which reaches 99% of the population of the country.Ravi Mittal appointed an additional secretary in the Finance Ministry in place of Anil Khachiis now a part-time member of the board of IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India). He replaced N S Rao who is a joint secretary level officer. Maruthi Prasad Tangirala appointed as the Executive Director (ED). Suresh Mathur will be handling reinsurance portfolio at IRDAI as Executive Director. Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) is an autonomous, statutory agency tasked with regulating and promoting the insurance and re-insurance industries in India.Canara Bank launched its first ‘Digital Banking Branch’ at Spencer Towers in MG Road, Bengaluru. The branch is titled “CANDI” and its aim to provide an end-to-end digital experience to customers. It will enable customers to get most of the information related to their accounts without visiting the branch. It further offers Digital Challan to facilitate filling up challans digitally by customers at their own convenience for services like cash deposit, fund transfer, and cheque clearing.Sri Lanka signed $1.1 billion deal to the United States of America to sell a 70% stake in the strategic Hambantota deep-sea port to China. It is a deep-water port in the southern tip of Sri Lanka. The deal was signed between Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and China Merchants Port Holding Company (CMPort) These sea lines run through several major maritime choke points such as the Strait of Mandeb, Strait of Hormuz, Strait of Malacca and the Lombok Strait as well as other strategic maritime centres in Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Somalia.The United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed on 30 July across the world. This year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) selected ‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’ as the focus of the Day. The theme aims at one of the most pressing issues of the largest mixed migration movements of refugees and migrants.Pakistan Muslim League selected Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif recently resigned as Pakistan Prime Minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office.Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed India's first unmanned tank, which has three variants namely surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats. It is called Muntra (Mission UNmanned TRAcked) and has been rolled out of the Chennai lab. The tanks will facilitate Indian Armed forces in conducting unmanned surveillance missions. Muntra-S developed for unmanned surveillance missions, whereas Muntra-M is built for detecting mines.
29 July 2017 Current AffairsQUIZ
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up Supervisory Colleges for six Scheduled Commercial Banks which have a sizeable international presence: - State Bank of India, ICICI Bank Ltd., Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank Ltd. and Punjab National Bank. The main objectives of the colleges to enhance information exchange and cooperation among supervisors, to improve understanding of the risk profile of the banking group and thereby facilitate more effective supervision of internationally active banks.The Punjab health minister Brahm Mohindra launched a flagship care companion health scheme. The main aim is to improve patient outcomes through better family engagement and education. The state department of health and family welfare signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Noora Health India Trust, a healthcare-profit organisation, for implementation of the ‘Care Companion Programme’ (CCP). The objective is to reduce the number of infant deaths and complications like infections in the first 30 days post discharge and ensure adoption of long-term health pro-motive behaviours. The innovative programme includes teaching the family of patient’s high-impact medical skills to take care of the patients in the hospital and at home.Bengaluru has ranked 40 out of 50 cities on Women Entrepreneur (WE) Cities Index 2017 study released by Dell. It is the only other Indian city in the top 50 list is Delhi at the 49th position. Singapore was at the 8th spot the only city from Asia Pacific and Japan region. New York topped the list followed by Bay Area (US), London (UK), Boston (US) and Stockholm (Sweden).Indian shuttler HS Prannoy got the 17th position in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World rankings. Ajay Jayaram is ranked 16th, while B Sai Praneeth is 19th place recently. Another Indian shuttler Sameer Verma climbed four places from 32 to 28 and became the fourth Indian to qualify for the World Championship. Indian, Kidambi Srikanth is highest ranked at number 8. India now has four shuttlers in top-20.Union Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan launched ‘Sagar Vani’ system to communicate and help the coastal community, especially fishermen, with advisories and warnings related to the safety at sea. The ‘Sagar Vani’ is a software platform where various dissemination modes will be integrated on a single central server. The system that can send information in regional languages through various platforms including radio, television, voice calling, text service, social media, mobile apps and e-mail aims at timely dissemination of ocean information and advisory services that includes Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories, Ocean State Forecast (OSF), High Wave Alerts and Tsunami early warnings.The 7th International Tiger Day is observed Globally on 29 July. This year’s International Tiger Day would be celebrated with the slogan ‘Fresh Ecology For Tigers’ Protection’. Jim Corbett National Park, a famous National Park for tigers is situated at Uttarakhand.Iran successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket Simorgh into space recently. The launch of a “Simorgh” rocket that is capable of carrying a satellite weighing 250 kilograms (550 pounds). “Simorgh” means “phoenix” in Farsi. It took place at the Imam Khomeini National Space Station in Semnan, 220 kilometres (138 miles) east of Tehran.National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) received a final nod from the Reserve Bank of India to function as the Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU) and operate the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS). Last year, BBPS operating units received in-principle approval from Reserve Bank of India took part in the pilot. The Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) is a RBI conceptualized system driven by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).Nawaz Sharif resigned as Prime Minister of Pakistan following a decision by the country's Supreme Court to disqualify him from office. He is only the second after former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to be dismissed by the Supreme Court. Due to a probe into his family's wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers Mr Sharif's children to offshore companies.Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu appointed as a Group-I officer in Andhra Pradesh. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu handed over the Government order to the Rio Olympics silver winning shuttle. Accordingly, she was appointed the deputy collector. The 21-year-old shuttler has been working with Bharat Petroleum Corp Limited (BPCL) since 2013 and is currently an assistant manager (sports) at its Hyderabad office.The NITSER (National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research) Amendment Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha. The Bill proposes to introduce two new Institutions namely Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati and IISER Berhampur in the Second Schedule of the NITSER Act, 2007.
28 July 2017 Current AffairsQUIZ
World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July and brings the world together to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. The Theme for World Hepatitis Day 2017 is 'Eliminate Hepatitis'. Viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – that’s as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria.India’s Ajay Singh won the bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships at Kathmandu, taking India’s tally to three. He got third place in 77 kgs men’s junior category lifting 143 kgs in the snatch and 172 kgs in clean and jerk. S. Nirupama Devi won bronze in 69 kgs women youth category. Konsam Urmila Devi won gold in the 44kg weight category.Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests & Climate Change Dr Harshvardhan launched an app “India Quake” on the occasion of Foundation Day of Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi. National Centre for Seismology (NCS) operates a national seismological network with 84 stations. These stations are connected to NCS headquarter through VSAT for real time data communication. In the event of an earthquake, NCS locates them using data from its network and disseminate earthquake parameters to all the concerned government department and other stake holders through SMS, email and fax.Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the world's richest person, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates. He is chairman and chief executive of the Seattle-based company, was worth almost $91billions after Amazon’s share price rose more than 1 per cent in morning trading in New York. According to Forbes, Gates is the richest person in the magazine's annual rankings in March for the past four years and for 18 of the past 22 years.Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) joined hands with Egyptian Exchange (EGX) for cooperation in exchange of information across business areas. This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) further complements EGXs strategy to cooperate with global exchanges beyond its traditional markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The MoU between BSE and EGX represents an important step in integrating both the exchanges to build capital market flows.The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog approved 6 transport proposals of the Transport ministry exploring options to improve public transport. It includes high-tech mass rapid transportation technologies such as metring, Hyperloop, pod taxis, Stadler buses, hybrid buses and freight rail road. The ministry of road transport and highways had sought the approval of NITI Aayog to experiment and introduce six latest mass rapid transportation technologies. The new technologies are being explored by the Government as current public transportation is unable to resolve the increasing traffic crisis in the country.The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competition Committee awarded Indonesia the hosting of the AFC Under-19 Championship 2018. The AFC U-19 championship is scheduled to be held from 18 October to 4 November 2018. The committee felt that Indonesia was regarded as the most favourable among the bidders.Australia has sent its first uranium shipment to India for testing purposes ahead of possible commercial sales. It has played a reliable long-term role in supplying India’s growing energy needs. The transfer is part of ongoing commercial negotiations between Australian uranium exporters and India’s Department of Atomic Energy on possible sales contracts for civil nuclear-Power Generation.Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance have signed an agreement for the distribution of insurance products through the branches. Under this agreement, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance will offer Personal lines of insurance and Commercial line of insurance products to the bank's customers. The insurance company will also offer a wide range of rural insurance products. Such type of insurance tie-ups leads 100 million customers to various products under one roof.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 using the system. A QR code will be generated that will have to be displayed before a non-protruding glass at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates.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 can be used in robotics, object recognition and even self-driving cars. SurfNet will give them the ability to understand the 3D environment around them using standard 2D cameras.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 emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS members are all developing or newly industrialised countries and all five are G-20 members.
27 July 2017 Current AffairsQUIZ
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 platform before turning into a full-scale mobile wallet.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 latest statistics, at least 208 tigers have been identified in Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, up from last year's 163.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 Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. It also marks the first major initiative of Union Government in amalgamating labour laws for improving the ease of doing business as well as ensuring universal minimum wage to all. The minimum wage will be applicable on all classes of workers, even workers getting a monthly pay of higher than Rs 18,000 will be legally entitled to a minimum wage.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 various countries. It also set reference points and benchmarks for member-nations to align their national standards for spices with Codex.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 national song ‘Vande Mataram’ shall be played and sung in all schools/ colleges/ universities and other educational institutions at least once a week (preferably on Monday or Friday). Vande Mataram is written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.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 mounted on the noses of the planes to capture clearest images of Sun’s corona to date. The corona of the sun is heated to millions of degrees, but the lower atmospheric layers like the photosphere are only heated to a few thousand degrees.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 bulgy snout where its nostrils and olfactory organs are located in Sea.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 country and reach Rashtrapati Bhavan on 15th of October, which marks the birth anniversary of the former President. It is designed and built by the Defence Research and Development Organization.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 cases requiring detailed enquiry to the Director General of Safeguards, Central Board of Excise and Customs for consideration of the National Anti-profiteering Authority. The National Anti-profiteering Authority is to be headed by a senior officer of the level of a secretary to the government of India and is to have four technical members from the Centre and/or the states, according to the provisions of the law.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 Das.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 objective of the JDI on IGCS is to promote cooperation between German and Indian scientists on fundamental and applied scientific research. It includes areas such as policy support, teaching, training and dissemination of information in the area of sustainable development and climate change through inter-disciplinary/trans-disciplinary research. Under this JDI, the required institutional framework will be developed to provide fund support to the IGCS at IIT, Madras by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), Germany.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. Kaizala’ is available in India as a free download on iOS and Android phones. The app users can simply get connected using their mobile phone numbers as their primary unique ID.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 the access of MSMEs to the capital markets, including the SME Trading Platform and Institutional Trading Platform.
26 July 2017 Current AffairsQUIZ
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 ever that a country has been awarded two major Championships.