Current Affairs Today – July, 11th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – July, 11th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

President Mukherjee launched four digital initiatives over e-education

President Mukherjee launched four digital initiatives over e-education

  1. The Union government has announced the growth of the 1,000 vice-chancellors of central, state, deemed and private universities and directors of premier institutes such as Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) it is assets for the launch of the four major digital initiatives in higher education on Guru Purnima on Sunday.
  2. “These initiatives will increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in the higher education from 24.5 (2015-16) to 30 by 2020,” said a ministry of human resource development (MHRD) official.
  3. “The modalities on granting degrees to students undertaking online courses are still under deliberation,” the official added.
  4. “The content would be mainly for students from Class IX to XII and those who are preparing for admission into IITs,” the official said.

KEYS:

  1. The Indian Institutes of Technology are autonomous public institutes of higher education, located in India
  2. Founder: Jawaharlal Nehru
  3. Subsidiaries: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, more

 

India plans to invite Leaders of ASEAN countries for 2018 Republic Day celebrations

India plans to invite Leaders of ASEAN countries for 2018 Republic Day celebrations

  1. The center government is is organising the 10 ASEAN nations for the Republic Day parade for next year, it is said in the report of the media on Saturday. It is being seen as the new step at the government’s ‘Act East’ policy as it will bring together leaders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  2. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said while speaking at the ministerial session of Delhi Dialogue-IX, “We have enhanced our engagement in South-East Asia. This was reflected in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in 2014 at the India-ASEAN Summit in Myanmar where he declared that India’s ‘Look East Policy’ has become ‘Act East Policy’,”
  3. Sushma Swaraj said, “Freedom of navigation and respect for international law is therefore imperative in this context. Equally, we remain committed with Asean to enhance our maritime cooperation, to realise the full potential of our ocean economy. We will continue to step up cooperation in countering terrorism, piracy and other transnational crimes,”
  4. “Future focus areas of cooperation between ASEAN member states and India can be described in term of 3Cs- Commerce, Connectivity and Culture,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

KEYS:

  1. Full form of ASEAN- Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  2. Establishment- Bangkok Declaration- 8 August 1967, Charter- 16 December 2008
  3. Chairman- Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
  4. Secretary General- Vietnam Le Luong Minh
  5. Membership- 10 states, 2 observers

 

 

First Edition of WINGS 2017 – “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”- Expanding Regional Connectivity Hosted in New Delhi

  1. The First edition of WINGS 2017 “Sab Uden, Sab Juden” which is going to oragnise for the reagional purpose in the New Delhi that is on July 9, by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. This WINGS 2017 has been organised and chaired by the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha was also present on this occasion.
  2. There is about the 338 delegates from Government and Civil Aviation sector participated in the first edition of WINGS-2017.
  3. In this event there is about the participation of the 28 States and Union Territories and out of this 19 states and Union Territory made presentation emphasizing the incentives or special packages to the airlines other than the support offered by Government of India under RCS- UDAN.
  4. This was the discussion in the closed room of the Airlines Operators such as Underwriting of seats, reducing the tax on ATF, additional VGF, Night parking, concessional electricity and water charges, infrastructural support etc. and Routes & Airport wise benefits.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Civil Aviation of Government of India is the nodal Ministry responsible for the formulation of national policies and programmes for development and regulation of Civil Aviation
  2. Jurisdiction: India
  3. Headquarters: Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, New Delhi
  4. Cabinet minister: Ashok Gajapathi Raju
  5. Minister of state: Jayant Sinha
  6. Annual budget: 27.02 billion INR (US$400 million, 2017-18 est.)

 

Delhi govt launches Free Surgery Scheme

  1. On Saturday, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has announced the resident of the Delhi has not be wait much for the physically and for the surgery, in government hospitals as they can get them done for free in private ones.
  2. “We need a healthcare system where tests can be done within hospitals and surgeries could be done within a month. Till the time such infrastructure comes up, schemes like these are necessary,” Kejriwal said.
  3. Deputy Chief minister Manish Sisodia, “Some people need to get the tests or surgeries immediately, but sometimes in our hospitals now these get delayed because of waiting lists. The doctors are emotionally burdened when they have to say this to the patient. This step will relieve the doctors this burden,”
  4. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, “During the last three budget presentations, AAP government had claimed to increase 50% of the budget for the health services and also to provide all the medicines free of cost. This is besides making all its hospitals super specialty hospitals like the AIIMS,”

KEYS:

  1. Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north
  2. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people
  3. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

12th G20 Summit held in Hamburg, Germany

12th G20 Summit held in Hamburg, Germany

  1. G20 has been founded in the year 1999, the aim of this is to provide the country more powerful voice in the economic, this summit has been brings together industrialised and emerging economies.
  2. In this G20 summit, 2017 the Prime Minister of India, Modi also met Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. These two PMs of the both country also get spoke to each other on the phone to discuss the Paris Climate Agreement ahead of Modi’s visit to the US last month.
  3. India refused to elaborate on the “range of issues” discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their informal conversation yesterday in Hamburg, in the backdrop of a standoff between their armies in the Sikkim sector.
  4. This G20 summit meeting is held every year al across the country leaders since between 2009 and 2010, when the global economy was in crisis, leaders met twice a year. Since the first meeting in Berlin, 1999, there have been 18 G20 summits between finance ministers and central bank governors.

KEYS:

  1. Formation- 1999, 2008 (Heads of State/Heads of Government Summits)
  2. Purpose- Bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy.
  3. Membership- 20
  4. Chairperson- Argentina Mauricio Macri (2018)

 

Informal BRICS Leaders meeting held in Hamburg, Germany

Informal BRICS Leaders meeting held in Hamburg, Germany

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping has been shook hands and greeted each other on July 9, at an informal meeting of BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in Germany’s Hamburg.
  2. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted, “At BRICS leaders’ informal gathering @Hamburg hosted by China, PM @narendramodi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues,
  3. A foreign ministry statement said that Mr Xi, while making concluding remarks, “Appreciated India’s strong resolve against terrorism and the momentum in BRICS introduced under India’s chairmanship and through the outcomes of the Goa Summit in 2016. He also appreciated India’s success in economic and social development and wished India even bigger success.”
  4. The ministry said, “Appreciated momentum in BRICS under the Chairmanship of President Xi” and extended cooperation and best wishes for the BRICS Summit to be held in China’s Xiamen later this year,”

KEYS:

  1. BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
  2. Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC”, before the induction of South Africa in 2010

 

India emerging as front-runner in fight against climate change: World Bank

  1. India is going to change in the front of the global fight against climate change, the World Bank has said, noting that the solar power is gradually displacing coal as an energy source in the Asian country.
  2. The World Bank said in a news report published yesterday, “With a sweeping commitment to solar power, innovative solutions and energy efficiency initiatives to supply its people with 24×7 electricity by 2030, India is emerging as a front runner in the global fight against climate change,”
  3. The report said, “Clearly, the market agrees, as is evident from the significant drop in the cost of solar power. In its latest solar auction, the country achieved a record low tariff of INR 2.44/unit (4 cents/unit) for a project in the desert state of Rajasthan,”
  4. The bank said, “In India and beyond, solar power is starting to displace coal as an energy source. It is also an incentive for international firms to invest in India’s solar market,”

KEYS:

  1. The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital programs
  2. Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  3. Purpose: Crediting
  4. Membership: 189 countries (IBRD); 173 countries (IDA)
  5. Subsidiaries: International Finance Corporation, more
  6. Founders: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White

BANKING & FINANCE

India to join new Global foreign exchange committee

India to join new Global foreign exchange committee

  1. Soon in the recent the India will give the representation in the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) of various central bankers and experts and that will do the work in the aspect of the development of a transparent global foreign exchange market.
  2. In the recent there is the newly represent of the GFXC, which will meet regularly, replaces a similar but more informal organisation of eight foreign exchange committees namely those from Australia, Canada, Euro area, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, UK and the US.
  3. The GFXC will also now include representatives from existing, or soon to be established, foreign exchange committees or similar structures in Brazil, China, India, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland.
  4. The GXFC will seek to promote collaboration and communication among local foreign exchange committees and other jurisdictions with significant forex markets.

KEYS:

  1. Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples
  2. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa’s subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing)
  3. Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture
  4. Capital: Tokyo
  5. Currency: Japanese yen

 

Nepal SBI launches first paperless Banking services sbiINTOUCH

Nepal SBI launches first paperless Banking services sbiINTOUCH

  1. Nepal SBI Bank, the subsidiary bank of the State Bank of India, it has today launched the automatic digital banking services in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
  2. Nepal Rastra Bank Governor Chirinjibi Nepal, SBI Banks chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri, has been get prasent and inaugarates its new function of the Bank, the first of its kind in Nepal.
  3. SBI Bank’s chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said, “The paperless banking service has been launched to target potential younger customers who are exposed to digital technology,”
  4. There will be the paperless banking in the banking sector of Nepal, said Chiranjibi Nepal. “I am very happy to know that SBI has brought creative and innovative technology in the banking sector in Nepal. We expect other banks of Nepal to follow,”
  5. Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri said, “The launching of the digital banking is a very good example of how bilateral relations between Nepal and India are growing,”

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

 

IDFC and Shriram Group to finalise $10 billion mega merger within 90 days

  1. IDFC and the Shriram Group has been created the agreement for the 90 days the merger of financial services business of the two groups that will develop the financial supermarket with offerings from motorcycle credit to lending for multi-billion dollar power projects.
  2. “In the long run, if ever there is a black swan event, you do need a fall back and that’s where a bank will help. It is a chance to create financial conglomerate that could become India’s largest mass retail platform, to deliver full range of financial products “said Ajay Piramal, the single largest individual shareholder in Shriram Group of companies.
  3. DFC Bank managing director and chief executive Rajiv Lall said, “This is a complex transaction…. will take time to execute. Our expectation is that the whole transaction that is perceived as single scheme of amalgamation, will be approved only once by our respective boards, but it will take 12 months”

KEYS:

  1. IDFC Bank Ltd. is an Indian banking company with headquarters in Mumbai that forms part of IDFC, an integrated infrastructure finance company
  2. The bank started operations on 1st October 2015
  3. Headquarters: Mumbai
  4. CEO: Rajiv Lall (1 Oct 2015–)
  5. Founded: October 2015
  6. Number of employees: 3,906 (2017)
  7. Parent organization: IDFC Financial Holding Company Limited

Science and Technology

China Tests Self-sustaining Space Station in Beijing

China Tests Self-sustaining Space Station in Beijing

  1. The packed and sealed behind the two steel door of the cage in the Beijing suburb, university students are getting discovered that in that how it feels to live in a space station on another planet, recycling everything from plant cuttings to urine.
  2. Liu Guanghui, a PhD student, who entered the bunker on Sunday, said, “I’ll get so much out of this. It’s truly a different life experience.”
  3. “We’ve designed it so the oxygen (produced by plants at the station) is exactly enough to satisfy the humans, the animals, and the organisms that break down the waste materials,” she said.
  4. President Xi Jinping wants that the China should become more globally powerful in the space exploration, by help of the plants in the dark side of the moon by 2018 and to put astronauts on the moon by 2036. The Lunar Palace 365 experiment can allow them for the stay of the extended periods.

KEYS:

  1. China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline
  2. Capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square
  3. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east-west across the country’s north
  4. Capital: Beijing
  5. Currency: Renminbi
  6. Official language and national language: Standard Chinese
  7. President: Xi Jinping
  8. Recognised regional languages: Mongolian; Tibetan; Uyghur; Zhuang; various others

 

Reliance Jio customer data leaked: Information of 120 million customers compromised

  1. There is the security of the age is the major probolem in the today’s day. By the report there is arround the total of the 135 million Aadhaar numbers is appears in the publically, by using which any one can find the personal information of that person, and in the 135 million there are the expose of the 120 million Reliance Jio customers could be exposed.
  2. Ethical hacker Kanishk Sajnani said in a statement to PCMag India, “Confidential details of Jio customers such as Aadhar Number, Email ID, etc seems to be compromised. As of now, it’s not confirmed whether their database was hacked or if this is a website used for internal purposes. In any case, this is a serious issue of security lapse. Corporations should pay more attention to keep their data secure,“
  3. Varun Krishnan from Fonearena told BGR India,”I just had multiple users messaging me on twitter and also questioning me about how genuine this site was. Luckily, Aadhaar is not showing up, but I found my own Jio numbers in the database.”
  4. Jio said, “We have come across the unverified and unsubstantiated claims of the website and are investigating it. Prima facie, the data appears to be unauthentic. We want to assure our subscribers that their data is safe and maintained with highest security. Data is only shared with authorities as per their requirement. We have informed law enforcement agencies about the claims of the website and will follow through to ensure strict action is taken.”

KEYS:

  1. Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, or Jio, is an LTE mobile network operator in India
  2. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries headquartered in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra that provides wireless network
  3. Founder: Mukesh Ambani
  4. Founded: 2007
  5. Motto: Digital Life
  6. Headquarters: Mumbai
  7. Subsidiaries: LYF
  8. Parent organization: Reliance Industries

 

SPORTS

England vs South Africa: Captain Joe Root lauds Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali for scripting 211-run win

England vs South Africa: Captain Joe Root lauds Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali for scripting 211-run win

  1. The England cricket captain, Joe Root has given the thanks to the team by the predecessor Alastair Cook and all-rounder Moeen Ali after his first Test as skipper ended in a thumping 211-run win over South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.
  2. Root said, “I didn’t know what to expect but what was pleasing was everything I asked of the lads they were very open to do and responded to it. I wanted us to be proactive, to stay ahead of the game and when there was an opportunity, to take responsibility. Everyone at certain points did that and it can’t be a bad thing moving forward.”
  3. “I think what it does tell us is how well guys played last night, Cooky, Keaton (Jennings) and Gary (Ballance). That 100 runs coming into today, I think they made the wicket look a lot easier than it was and probably it was worth double. They need a lot of credit, and obviously the way Moeen and the rest of the guys bowled today was brilliant,” Root said in the statement.

KEYS:

  1. South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems
  2. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game
  3. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain
  4. Capitals: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
  5. Currency: South African rand
  6. Ethnic groups (2014): 80.2% Black; 8.8% Coloured; 8.4% White; 2.5% Asian

 

 

Asian Athletics Championships: G Lakshmanan, Neeraj Chopra help India top medal tally on final day

  1. In Asian Athletics Championships there is the historic win of the India by winning of the five gold in final day to top the medal that is the first time in the history of Asian Athletics Championships, pushing China gets on the second spot.
  2. With the tally of today’s 5 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze, India has completed the four-day championships on top with 29 medals (12 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze), their highest ever medal haul.
  3. Before this the India has been shown his performance in the 1985 Jakarta edition where they had won 22 medals (10 gold, 5 silver, 7 bronze).
  4. Lakshmanan said after winning the gold, “I could not win gold in the two events in China but since then I have improved a lot. Though the timings were slow due to humid conditions, I’m happy to have won two gold medals for the country. I hope to improve my best timing in the World Championships,”

KEYS:

  1. The Asian Athletics Championships is an event organized by the Asian Athletics Association
  2. The competition courted controversy with the International Association of Athletics Federations when political in-fighting arose due to the barring of Israel from participation in 1977
  3. That edition of the competition was cancelled and championships between 1979 and 1989 were regarded by the IAAF as unofficial and called the “Asian Track and Field Meeting” as a result
  4. The situation was resolved when Israel began competing in European Athletic Association events instead

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

David Bowie wins posthumous South Bank Sky Arts award for Blackstar

David Bowie wins posthumous South Bank Sky Arts award for Blackstar

  1. David Bowie has been given the honoree of the posthumous award for his final album ‘Blackstar’. The 25th annual album has won the Pop Music category at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Iggy Pop accepted this award behalf of his late friend’s behalf, with a touching video message recorded from his US home.
  2. Describing how the pair “shared digs… in London at a beautiful old Victorian house that was looked after by a lady named Mrs Potter”, he said his friend “didn’t want to miss” The South Bank Show on TV.
  3. Host Lord Melvyn Bragg told the audience at London’s Savoy Hotel that “Despite the horror of recent events, these awards show what great shape the arts are in”.
  4. “They prove the power and vibrancy of our country and place the UK at the center of the arts world. The arts have defied gravity in this country for decades, and now they are more powerful and welcome than ever.” he said.

KEYS:

  1. David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor
  2. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, becoming acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work
  3. Born: 8 January 1947, Brixton, London, United Kingdom
  4. Died: 10 January 2016, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
  5. Movies: Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Prestige, more

 

OBITUARY

Nelsan Ellis, ‘True Blood’ Actor, Dies at 39

Nelsan Ellis, 'True Blood' Actor, Dies at 39

  1. Nelsan Ellis who was famous for the role of the Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood” has died on Sunday at the age of 39. The cause of the death was the heart failure.
  2. “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of ‘True Blood.’ Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”
  3. “True Blood” creator and executive producer Alan Ball echoed HBO’s epitaph in a statement of his own. “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me,” said Ball. “Working with him was a privilege.
  4. Nelsan Ellis recalled to Backstage in 2009, “The studies were so intense and the institution is so white, and I’m a black man from the South with a very specific vernacular and palate. I felt like an alien, and I struggled the first couple of years. But it transformed who I am as an actor and a person.”

KEYS:

  1. Home Box Office is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by Time Warner through its respective flagship company Home Box Office, Inc.
  2. Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States
  3. CEO: Richard Plepler (1 Jan 2013–)
  4. Revenue: 5.615 billion USD (2015)
  5. Films produced: Sex and the City, Entourage, Game Change, more
  6. Parent organizations: Time Warner, Home Box Office Inc., Warner Communications

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Population Day

World Population Day

  1. World Population day is annually celebrated on the date of July 11 every year, which shows the awareness of the global population issues.
  2. This celebration of the World Population day was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.
  3. This celebration has got inspired by the Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987-approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.
  4. The aim of the World Population is to increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.

 

 

 

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