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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Maharashtra first state to have law against social boycott

Maharashtra first state to have law against social boycott

  1. In the assets it is get to know that the President of the India is giving the help to the Maharashtra’s people from the all the facilities from the assignment of Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016, Maharashtra has ranked its name in the first place by creating and establishing the cataegory which will create the law of the social boycott a crime.
  2. Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) executive president Avinash Patil said, “The state government forwarded the Bill to the Centre on May 7, 2016. It needed clearances from six central ministries and a nod from the President. After the process was completed, the state government’s law and justice department published it in the gazette on July 3, 2017. Now, the law will be implemented,”
  3. Mukta Dabholkar, daughter of late Narendra Dabholkar and a MANS member, told TOI, “MANS will now plan a strategy for effective execution of the law. It was a long struggle … and we received a major setback after Dabholkar’s killing. But MANS was determined to bring this law considering atrocities carried out in the name of caste”.
  4. Krushna Chandgude, an activist with MANS, said, “Years of struggle have finally been paid off. We campaigned for the Act and were successful in convincing the political class that the issue of social boycott by caste panchayats was not only a matter of law and order but also social justice.”

KEYS:

  1. Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, is best known for its fast-paced capital, Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
  2. This sprawling metropolis is the seat of the Bollywood film industry
  3. It also has sites like the British Raj-era Gateway of India monument and cave temples at Elephanta Island
  4. To the south is the rustic, beach-lined Konkan Coast
  5. In the city of Pune, Aga Khan Palace is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi
  6. Capital: Mumbai
  7. Destinations: Mumbai, Pune, Ellora Caves, Aurangabad,
  8. Colleges and Universities: Savitribai Phule Pune University,

 

Government empowers Army to procure weaponry for short intense wars

Government empowers Army to procure weaponry for short intense wars

  1. The Centre has given Army vice-chief Sarath Chand full financial powers to procure critical ammunition and spares to maintain an optimum level to fight a short intense war following “critical voids” in capabilities of the Army. The major decision means procurement process of such ammunition and equipment that would take months would be completed much faster.
  2. A top defence ministry official said, “The Army’s vice-chief has been notified with full financial powers to procure critical ammunition and spares to maintain optimum levels,” “By giving full financial powers to the Army vice-chief, the procurement of such equipment will be done faster. This is the revenue route for in-service equipment and there will be no need to head to the Defence Acquisition Council (headed by defence minister Arun Jaitley) or the Cabinet Committee on Security, for procuring such critical equipment”
  3. Ministry official said, “This will ensure that the time taken in procuring such equipment will reduce tremendously. To make up for the voids, emergency powers were given to the Army vice-chief for three months”
  4. “It was extended for three more months. During this time, 19 contracts worth `12,000 crore were signed. The six months expired in March. Granting full financial powers to the vice-chief is meant to ensure an optimum level to fight a short intense war,” the official added.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Defence is charged with co-ordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the Indian armed forces
  2. Formed: 1776
  3. Jurisdiction: India
  4. Headquarters: South Block, Cabinet Secretariat, Raisina Hill, New Delhi, 110 011
  5. Cabinet minister: Arun Jaitley
  6. Minister of state: Subhash Bhamre
  7. Departments: Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, MORE

 

DIPP to set up India’s first TISC in Punjab

  1. On Thursday by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, has signed an Institutional agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology in New Delhi it is done bacause of the establishment of the new Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) at Patent Information Centre, Punjab, under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.
  2. In the recants there are about the, 500 TISCs operators are in the all over vthe bworld and in this there are many of the country which is not getting such a facility regarding the technology and in that there is the Commerce and Industry Ministry said in a statement.
  3. The center of the technology will developed and created at the Punjab’s Patent Information Centre under a World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) programme. “The objective of the TISC is to stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced intellectual property rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and innovation,” the statement said.
  4. The CIPAM will do the work of the establishment and the identification of the member in the location of the TISC programme. “In upcoming years, CIPAM is planning to establish TISCs in universities, state science councils, R&D institutions,” it added.

KEYS:

  1. The World Intellectual Property Organization is one of the 17 specialized agencies of the United Nations
  2. WIPO was created in 1967 “to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world”
  3. Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. CEO: Francis Gurry (1 Oct 2008–)
  5. Founded: 14 July 1967
  6. Abbreviation: WIPO, OMPI
  7. Formation: July 14, 1967
  8. Parent organization: United Nations

 

Training center for high-speed rail to come up in Gujarat

  1. In the Gnadhinagar there is the work of the establishment of the India’s first rail training center. “The centre will provide for advanced training modules on cutting edge technologies. The construction will begin shortly after the foundation-laying ceremony is held in September,” said Achal Khare, managing director, National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC).
  2. In the construction of this there is the measurement of the 4,400 metres on which there is the spend of the cost of Rs 600 crore, in this trainning center there is the customs of the managing of the aspects and in this there is the lots of the trainning ion this there will of bullet trains that will run on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.
  3. In the India there is the run of the first bulett train till the year of the 2023, but the trainimg center of the Gandhinagar will start operate this from the year of the 2020, Khare told in the report of the media. There will be the trainning of th 4,000 rail engineers that will be completed before the 2020. In this there are about the 300 of these will be trained in Japan, while the rest will undergo courses at the Gandhinagar centre. “The existing utilities at the centre are currently being shifted,” Khare said.

KEYS:

  1. Gujarat, India’s westernmost state, has varied terrain and numerous sacred sites
  2. In its urban center of Ahmedabad is the Calico Museum of Textiles, displaying antique and modern Indian fabrics
  3. Spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi’s base from 1917–1930 was Sabarmati Ashram, where his living quarters remain on view
  4. The Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), built in the 15th century, has a huge courtyard and a columned design
  5. Capital: Gandhinagar
  6. Districts: 33
  7. Destinations: Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bhuj, Surat
  8. Colleges and Universities: Gujarat Technological University

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Model United Nations Regional Conference begins in Kathmandu, Nepal

Model United Nations Regional Conference begins in Kathmandu, Nepal

  1. In the talk of the five days South and Central Asia university-level regional Model United Nations (MUN) that will start in the capital of the US from the next day. The Embassy of the US in the Nepal that will be the is the ‘Youth Thinkers’ Society is hosting the conference.
  2. The US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz told the delegates, “Connecting through programmes like this Model UN is an important way to create linkages among South and Central Asian countries – and the United States is proud to be sponsoring these people-to-people connections.”
  3. In the conference of the US embassy of the nation that will be of the five days : Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM), according to the statement.
  4. There are total of the 200 delegates are coming from the South and Central Asia has been gathered in the meeting of the conference of the US assignment for the talk of the, ensuring freedom of expression, adapting to climate change and promoting the human rights of migrant workers, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy.

KEYS:

  1. Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia
  2. Capital: Kathmandu
  3. Currency: Nepalese rupee
  4. Prime minister: Sher Bahadur Deuba
  5. President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
  6. Destinations: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park,

 

Malta becomes world’s 24th country to legalize Gay Marriage

Malta becomes world’s 24th country to legalize Gay Marriage

  1. On Wednesday the Maltese lawmakers has applied for the marriage of the same sex in the country Roman Catholic Mediterranean island, fulfilling Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s campaign promise to make this the first law brought before parliament in his new term.
  2. The maker of the law in the country has been stated that the “husband,” “wife,” “mother” and “father” from the Marriage Act and replaces them with the gender-neutral “spouse,” “parent who gave birth” and “parent who did not give birth.
  3. “I think this is an historic vote. It shows that our democracy and our society are maturing. … It is a society where we can all say we are equal,” the prime minister told reporters.
  4. “You have pushed the party into a lose-lose situation and it seems many of you cannot even see it,” said former Finance Minister Tonio Fenech, who is no longer a member of parliament.

KEYS:

  1. The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Southern Europe and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant
  2. Islands: Santorini, Majorca, Ibiza, Sardinia, Corfu Island, Mykonos,
  3. Basin countries: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Egypt,
  4. Largest island: Sicily

 

To fight ISIS, India grants Rs 3.2 crore aid to Philippines

  1. India has created its first estimate of the $500,000 (25 million pesos or Rs 3.2 crore) in the place of the Philippines in the battle for the IS-affiliated terror groups in the city of Marawi, 800km south of Manila, in the troubled Mindanao province.
  2. The deal is done in under the fare of the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Philippines’ foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on July 6. A in the statement fo the Indian embassy in Manila says Swaraj expressed “Sympathies and condolences for the tragic loss of life in Marawi city.”
  3. In the reports it is get to know that the Philippines forces and IS-affiliated groups+ is “like 26/11, going on for the past seven weeks”. The fight betwen them is cleared that the 90 soldiers, 380 terrorists and dozens of civilians, in the report of the media given by the local police chief. Hundreds are still held hostage as the terrorists battle advancing forces.
  4. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has given the Mindanao province in the state of the marriage of the 60 days and in the statement it get cleared that the 15 days. The terrorists which have got captured that Maute group, which is armed to the teeth and flush with foreign fighters from Malaysia and Indonesia.

KEYS:

  1. The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands
  2. Its capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries-old Chinatown, Binondo
  3. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila
  4. It’s home to the baroque 17th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison
  5. Capital: Manila
  6. Currency: Philippine peso
  7. Optional languagesb: Spanish; Arabic
  8. Official languages: English, Filipino

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

BRPL, TERI in MoU to explore opportunities in solar rooftops, e-vehicles

BRPL, TERI in MoU to explore opportunities in solar rooftops, e-vehicles

  1. The power house in the BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has created the signed with the memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the achievement of the goals of the nation. This MoU was signed between Amal Sinha (CEO, BRPL) and AK Saxena, Director, TERI.
  2. Amal Sinha, CEO of BRPL said, “I am sure, the collaboration will foster path breaking research and explore newer collaboration opportunities at in the domain of emerging technologies. “This will also provide impetus in rooftop PV sector in NCT of Delhi by mitigating challenges faced by discoms,” he said.
  3. “We are amongst the few utilities in India, which are engaged in actively propagating the roof top solar installations. BRPL has already implemented 8 MW of solar rooftop in its licenses area and estimates addition of another 20 MW during 2017-18. we value this cooperation and I believe the outcomes of our study would enable informed decision making for large scale adoption of rooftop solar into their distribution grid,” Sinha added.
  4. The official said, “This collaboration will help all the stakeholders, including BRPL, TERI and consumers. It will also help in improving the quality and reliability of power supply. The growing penetration of solar roof top systems into the distribution system may cause undesired effects in the operation of the distribution system in many ways. TERI will undertake this study to understand the challenges that may arise with higher penetration of solar rooftop systems in distribution grids,” he added.

KEYS:

  1. Established- 1974
  2. Founder- Darbari S Seth
  3. Type- Non Profit Research Institution
  4. Location- New Delhi, India
  5. Director General- Dr. Ajay Mathur
  6. Mission- We will work towards global sustainable development, creating innovative solutions for a better tomorrow

 

Andhra, Telangana and Gujarat top ease of doing business, says NITI CEO Amitabh Kant

  1. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Gujarat are the best state of the country which shows his performance in the year “ease of doing business”, it is said by the NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Monday. In another term there is the, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam are the worst in the rankings, he told reporters here.
  2. On the level of the availability of the electricity in rural households, said the Amitabh Kant, the best-performing states are Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu, which have achieved 100 per cent penetration. “The bottom three is Bihar with 46 per cent, Nagaland with 45 per cent and Jharkhand with 40 per cent,” he said.
  3. In the point of the Food and nutrigain, Kerala, Goa and Tripura are the best-performing states while Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Bihar are the worst, Kant said. Tamil Nadu, Mizoram and Kerala come out on top in terms of reading comprehension while Uttarakhand, Chattisgarh and Bihar are at the bottom.
  4. “My intention was to tell all the states where they stand in comparison to each other in the fields of electricity, connectivity, infrastructure, health, education and so on, so they could improve,” he said.

KEYS:

  1. Formed- 1 January 2015; 2 years ago
  2. Jurisdiction- Government of India
  3. Headquarters- New Delhi
  4. Agency executives- Narendra Modi, Chairman
  5. Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman
  6. Bibek Debroy, Member
  7. K. Saraswat, Member
  8. Ramesh Chand, Member
  9. Amitabh Kant, CEO
  10. Parent agency- Government Of India

 

Non-executive chairman can be part of bank’s audit committee: RBI

  1. The India’s leading bank Reserve Bank of India, non- executive chairman of all bank can give the voting in the audit committee of board of directors.
  2. In the starting it is said that the non-executive/non-official directors was want to do the head of the audit committee of the board of the directors of a public sector bank.
  3. In 2015, the government has annoyed the post of the chairman and managing directors in Public Sector Banks (PSBs). While the chairman became responsible for overall policy directions, managing director and chief executive officer (MD&CEO) became the executive head, accountable for day-to-day functioning of bank.
  4. “It is clarified that in banks where the board of directors is chaired by a non-executive Chairman, there will not be any restriction if he/she is also nominated to the audit committee of the board of directors,” RBI said in a notification.

KEYS:

  1. Established- 1 April 1935; 82 years ago
  2. Governor- Urjit Patel
  3. Central bank of- Republic of India
  4. Currency- Indian Rupee (₹)

 

Science and Technology

U.S. Successfully shoots down IRBM target with THAAD

U.S. Successfully shoots down IRBM target with THAAD

  1. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has given the statement in the news for the claim for the “bolsters the country’s defensive capability against developing missile threats in North Korea and other countries around the globe.”
  2. He said, “Where we need to be prudent and constantly vigilant on is what is the capacity increase we can expect from North Korea and what is our capacity needed to meet that threat,”
  3. “GMD has demonstrated capability to defend the U.S. homeland from a small number of intermediate-range or intercontinental missile threats with simple countermeasures,” the memo said.
  4. He also said, “We have continued work with the redesigned kill vehicle. We have continued work with the reliability of the other components of the system to make it totally reliable. It’s just not the interceptor, the entire system. We are not done yet.”

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. President: Donald Trump
  6. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska,

 

SPORTS

Mithali Raj creates history, becomes leading run-getter in Women’s ODIs

  1. On Wednesday there is he acquainted victory of the nation that is the added this feather to her cap. Before the start of the match against the Aussie women, Mithali was 33 runs short of England cricketer Charlotte Edwards’ 5992 runs in 191 matches.
  2. “I on behalf of BCCI congratulate Mithali Raj, Indian women’s team captain, on her spectacular achievement. Mithali Raj showed her class in her early days of international career by scoring a century in One-Day International debut in 1999. Mithali Raj has a record for most consecutive fifties by an international women cricketer,” Khanna told IANS.
  3. The 34-year-old is the first woman cricketer to cross the milestone of 6,000 runs in the 50-over format. She has scored five centuries and 49 half-centuries her highest score being an unbeaten 114 runs against Ireland.
  4. Before this he has made the record of the 5,992 runs from 191 ODI matches with an average of 38.16. She scored nine centuries and 46 half-centuries during her career, her highest being an unbeaten 173 against Ireland.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Officers who took on gunman honored at police bravery awards

Officers who took on gunman honored at police bravery awards

  1. There are the three officers who had without the weapons and they had save the life of the many of the Childs honored for their bravery on Thursday.
  2. The officers followed, and according to the citation: “When officers Currie and Otterson opened the door to the pub, they were confronted by the man, holding a firearm and levelling it at them.”
  3. Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “We have heard truly astounding feats of bravery, including officers who have saved people from the brink of suicide, tackled offenders armed with knives and guns; and had petrol poured over them with the threat of being set alight.
  4. “This year, perhaps more than most, the public realise the threats we face every day and the heroic efforts of our officers, most of which goes unnoticed and unreported.”

OBITUARY

Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate, dies

Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate, dies

  1. China has the most sad day for the death of the Nobel laureate and democracy campaigner LiuLiuXiaobo, who get died at the age of 61 years on Thursday.
  2. “We hope that the Chinese authorities can show confidence in engaging in political reform so that the Chinese people can enjoy the God-given rights of freedom and democracy … Only through democracy, in which every Chinese person has freedom and respect, can China truly become a proud and important country.”
  3. “We find it deeply disturbing that Liu Xiaobo was not transferred to a facility where he could receive adequate medical treatment before he became terminally ill,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen.
  4. “Liu Xiaobo should have been allowed to choose his own medical treatment overseas, which the Chinese authorities repeatedly denied him. This was wrong and I now urge them to lift all restrictions on his widow, Liu Xia.”

IMPORTANT DAYS

Social Media Giving Day

Social Media Giving Day

  1. Social Media Giving Day is the online celebration of the nation that is established by the St. Louis-based technology and social philanthropy organization Givver.com. [better source needed] Givver.com was tested in the beta version by the Obama for America campaign in 2012.
  2. The internship of the person is get of the 5 years in the company charitable organizations and social media influencers to promote the day as a way to use social media for social good and to leverage social media as a means to #give to their favorite charity or cause.
  3. Governors and Mayors around America have declared July 15 “Social Media Giving Day”.

 

 

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