Current Affairs July 2018

  • 12-Jul-2018
  • Entire Men's Hockey Team Included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme

    In a departure from the norm, the Mission Olympic Cell included the entire Indian hockey team in the TOP scheme, rewarding the players for their silver medal-winning performance at the Champions Trophy.

    Athletes from different sports have been included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) individually but it is first instance that an entire team has been made beneficiary of the financial assistance scheme.

  • India becomes world's sixth largest economy, muscles past France

    India's GDP amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of last year, against $2.582 trillion for France.

    India has doubled its GDP within a decade and is expected to power ahead as a key economic engine in Asia, even as China slows down.

    According to the IMF, India is projected to generate growth of 7.4 per cent this year and 7.8 per cent in 2019.

  • Government launches ‘Technology Challenge’ to eliminate human entry into sewers

    The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a ‘Technology Challenge: Identifying solutions for cleaning of Sewerage Systems and Septic Tanks’ to promote suitable techniques for cleaning sewers and septic tanks.

    The move is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, in a meeting chaired by him on May 4, 2018 had desired a technology challenge to promote latest technologies to avoid human intervention in the cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.

    The challenge will be a part of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention that will be held on October 2, 2018 and will remain open up to 5: 30 pm on August 14, 2018.

    Proposals have been invited by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry from interested innovators, individuals, consortium partners, companies, academic institutions, research and development centers, NGOs, Parastatal and municipal bodies to provide innovative technical solutions that will eliminate the need for human entry into septic tanks and sewers.

  • BSNL launches India’s first internet telephony service, to enable making calls without SIM

    State-run telecom firm BSNL on Wednesday unveiled the country’s first internet telephony service that will allow users to dial any telephone number in India through its mobile app.

    Now BSNL customers will be able to make calls using the company’s mobile app “Wings” to any phone number in the country.

  • India, UK sign mou on exchange of experience by legal experts

    India and the United Kingdom signed an agreement on exchange of experience by legal professionals and government functionaries for resolution of disputes before various courts and tribunals.

    The agreement was signed by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and UK's Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke in London during the former's visit this week.

    The MoU sought to enhance bilateral cooperation in legal affairs which would provide a framework for promoting greater cooperation between the judicial and legal professionals in both countries through exchange of expertise and training.

  • Andhra Pradesh government launches 'Anna Canteens' 

    The Andhra Pradesh government today launched the much-awaited 'Anna Canteens' in various parts of the state.

    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated a canteen in Vijayawada to mark the launch of the programme while, in all, 60 'Anna Canteens' were opened in the first phase across the state.

    The Akshaya Patra Foundation will run these canteens. Setting up 'Anna Canteens', where breakfast, lunch and dinner would be offered at Rs 5 each, was one of the promises the Telugu Desam Party (TDP)made ahead of the 2014 polls.

    Ministers and officials visited Tamil Nadu and other places many times since 2014 to "study" the functioning of such canteens but the government failed to implement the programme because of financial constraints.

    In March 2016, the first 'Anna Canteen' named after TDP founder-president N T Rama Rao, was opened on a pilot basis close to the Government Transitional Headquarters at Velgapudi in Amaravati and only three more canteens were opened at other places in the last two years.

  • 10-Jul-2018
  • China, India clinch deal to reduce tariffs on Indian medicines, anti-cancer drugs

    China on Monday said it has clinched a deal with India on the reduction of import duties on Indian medicines including anti-cancer drugs, which are highly expensive in the country.

    Beijing, which earlier announced a cut on import duties on over 8,500 Indian items, said it will relax taxes on more goods from India and other countries as its trade war with the US heats up.

    As discussed between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Wuhan summit in April, China has granted more access to Indian pharmaceutical companies.

  • CRPF launches mobile help centre 'Saathi' for Amarnath pilgrims

    The CRPF on Monday launched a mobile help centre to reach out to people undertaking the annual pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath.

    The initiative 'Saathi' was launched by the Inspector General of the CRPF, Jammu Sector.

    "A need was felt to provide help and information to yatris staying in camps outside the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu.

    "To achieve this objective, Mobile Help Center 'Saathi' was flagged off by Inspector General of CRPF, Jammu Sector, Abhay Vir Chauhan," a CRPF spokesperson said, adding that this is in addition to various initiatives taken by it to help the pilgrims.

  • IFFCO teams with Korean firms for agri-equipment, finance

    Indian farmers’ cooperative IFFCO on Monday tied up with South Korean firms specialising in agri equipment and agri finance to explore business opportunities in India.

    IFFCO has entered into a strategic partnership with LS Mtron Ltd, a South Korean agriculture equipment manufacturer, and NH Capital co. Ltd., South Korea’s leading financial services provider, whose leaders were part of the business delegation accompanying visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in, IFFCO said in a statement.

    According to MD US Aswasthi, IFFCO together the Korean firms, would explore business opportunities involving supply, sales and distribution of agricultural machinery and finance to fulfil the market demand in India.

  • ADB approves USD 503 mln lining project of the Son canal in Bihar

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD 503-million lining project of the Son canal in Shahabad-Bhojpur region of Bihar which would benefit the agriculture sector immensely in the region, the power ministry said today.

    Power and New & Renewable Energy R K Singh today held a meeting with the officials from the ADB and the finance ministry to review the progress of lining project of the Son canal, the ministry said in a release.

  • First ever ‘India Tourism Mart’ to be hosted in New Delhi from 16th to 18th September by the Ministry of Tourism 

    ‘India Tourism Mart’ will help increase tourist footfalls into the country: K. J. Alphons

    The Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Shri. K. J. Alphons announced today that the Tourism Ministry in partnership with the  Federation of Associations in  Indian  Tourism and  Hospitality  (FAITH)  and with the support of State /UT Governments  will organize  the  ‘first ever’ India  Tourism  Mart (ITM)  from  16th  to  18thSeptember, 2018  at  Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The objective  of  the event  is  to  create  an annual Global  Tourism  Mart  for  India  in line with  major  international  travel  marts  being  held  in  countries   across  the world. The Mart  will   provide  a  platform  for  all stakeholders  in the  tourism  and   hospitality industries  to  interact  and   transact  business  opportunities. 

  • China launches two satellites for Pakistan 

    The satellites - PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A - were launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China. The PRSS-1 will be used for monitoring progress of $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

  • Gujarat Grants Minority Status To Jews, Becomes Third State In India To Do So

    The Government of Gujarat on 6 July finally granted minority status to followers of Judaism in the state, thus becoming the third state in India to do so. The notification was issued by the state’s Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. The community had earlier made a representation for minority status

  • HRD Ministry grants Institution of eminence status to IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore

    Human Resource Development Ministry granted Institution of eminence status to IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore. 

    Tweeting about the decision, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said that this is a landmark decision which grants a full autonomy to the institutes. 

    He also tweeted that the status will facilitate the institutions to grow more rapidly with more skills and quality improvement so that they become world class Institutes.

    Manipal Academy of Higher Education, BITS Pillani and Jio Institute have been granted institution of eminence tag in the private sector.

    The aim of the Institutions of Eminence scheme is to bring selected higher educational institutions in top 500 of world ranking in the next 10 years and in top 100 eventually overtime. 

    The scheme has been launched with an objective to provide world class teaching and research facilities to Indian students within the country and enhance general level of education of the country. 

    Institutions are selected as Institutions of Eminence by the Empowered Expert Committee (EEC), constituted for this purpose

  • Govt. to allow spouses of Indian nationals to convert visa category even if married abroad

    Spouses of the Indian nationals getting married abroad will no longer have to face difficulties in converting their tourist visa to dependent visa as the government plans to change existing rules.

    The move came after the Philipino spouse of an Indian national, who married outside the country, faced difficulties in converting her tourist visa to X2 (dependent visa) as the existing visa rules did not permit to do so. The husband had complained to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

  • 09-Jul-2018
  • Dipa Karmakar Wins Gold In Gymnastics World Challenge Cup

    Dipa Karmakar, returning to action after a long lay-off of nearly two years due to injury, who had finished fourth in vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win gold at the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup on Sunday. She had topped the qualification also with a score of 13.400. This is Dipa's first medal in a World Challenge Cup. Dipa, who is being accompanied by her coach Bisheshwar Nandi, has also qualified in balance beam finals by finishing third in the qualification with a score of 11.850. Dipa had suffered an Anetrior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury after Rio Olympics and had undergone surgery.

  • "The English Patient" Judged As Best Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel

    "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury) has been crowned the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the Man Booker Prize.

    The Golden Man Booker winner was revealed at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre in London on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

    The winner of this special one-off award for the Man Booker Prize's 50th anniversary celebrations was chosen by the public.

    All 51 previous winners were considered by a panel of five specially appointed judges, each of whom was asked to read the winning novels from one decade of the prize's history, before the books faced a month-long public vote on the Man Booker website.

    "The English Patient is a compelling work of fiction - both poetic and philosophical - and is a worthy winner of the Golden Man Booker," said Baroness Helena Kennedy, Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation.


  • Four Thai Boys Rescued From Flooded Cave

    Four members of a youth soccer team were rescued Sunday from Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand where they had been stranded for more than two weeks.

  • Samsung opens world's largest mobile factory in Noida, aims to boost smartphone production in India

    Samsung opens the world's largest mobile factory in Noida, India. The factory plot which is of 35-acre, is situated at Sector 81 in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae will be officially inaugurating the Samsung Electronics factory on Monday. By opening the new factory, Samsung India aims to increase its overall production to 50 per cent in the next three years, which is currently at 10 per cent.

  • Isro successfully tests Crew Escape System

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully tested a Crew Escape System (CES). The CES, which is a critical technology for human spaceflight, will help in ensuring the astronauts are safely rescued in case of an emergency.

  • Mark Zuckerberg is world’s third-richest person, replaces Warren Buffett

    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who trails only Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, eclipsed American business magnate Warren Buffett on Friday as Facebook shares climbed 2.4%, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

  • Govt panel drafting New Education Policy gets third extension, to submit report by Aug 31

    The K Kasturirangan Committee tasked with drafting a new education policy has got third extension from the HRD Ministry to give final shape to the draft.

  • 28-Jun-2018
  • World Cup 2018: Holders Germany Eliminated From Tournament After Loss To South Korea

    2014 World cup football champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a stoppage-time VAR-assisted goal from Younggwon Kim and a late second by Son Heungmin earned South Korea a famous 2-0 win. 

  • India and France to Cooperate on Maritime Awareness Mission

    The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been appraised of the Implementing Arrangement (IA) for Pre-formulation Studies of a Maritime Domain Awareness Mission signed between India and France on 10th March 2018. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Centre Nationale Dudes Spatiales (CNES), France will jointly undertake various activities during these pre-formulation studies and present the pre-formulation concept study results to the respective senior management for review within one year of its signing.

  • Cabinet approves establishment of additional 6.5MMT Strategic Petroleum Reserves at Chandikhol in Odisha and at Padur, Karnataka

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved establishment of additional 6.5 Million Metric Tonne (MMT) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facilities at two locations, i.e. Chandikhol in Odisha and Padur in Karnataka, including construction of dedicated SPMs (Single Point Mooring) for the two SPRs. The SPR facilities at Chandikhol and Padur will be underground rock caverns and will have capacities of 4 MMT and 2.5 MMT respectively.

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