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Current Affairs Today – July, 18th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

Behave! India-us-japans Malabar naval exercise is a message gift wrapped for China

Behave! India-us-japans Malabar naval exercise is a message gift wrapped for China

  1. The convince to try the war by the China, the navy of the India, US, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force has started the exercise of the Malabar 2017 on Monday, the training of this Malabar Exercise is the aim of the strangeness of the strength of these three countries.
  2. “India is being careful about China,” said Abhijit Singh, a former Indian Navy officer who heads maritime studies at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. “India is aware they have upped their maritime engagement in this part of the world and they could just become more brazen with their submarine deployments. We don’t want that to happen.”
  3. A top officer participating as an observer said, “This is the most complex exercise undertaken by the three navies together. INS Vikramaditya, India’s aircraft carrier with its MiG-29 K aircraft and P 8 I reconnaissance aircraft are participating in this exercise for the first time. The Japanese maritime defense force has also sent its most potent weapon platform JS Izumo with nine anti-submarine warfare helicopters for the first time.
  4. “The exercise is designed to advance military to military coordination and capacity to plan and execute tactical operations in the multinational environment. There are a live firing gunnery exercises, helicopter cross deck operations, and anti-submarine warfare,” says Rear Admiral William Byrne, Commander of the US Carrier Strike Group.

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
  6. Drives on the: left
  7. Destinations: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone, Nara, Yokohama, Kobe

 

Matunga becomes India’s first railway station run by women

Matunga becomes India’s first railway station run by women

  1. In the strength of the women empowerment in the India and to spread that the Central Railway has started its steps for the forwarding of the women in the suburban areas like the Matunga station, a senior official told that they had appointed the some of the women in that area for the trains to handle and for the coach. By this type of the women’s appointed at the Matunga, the station has become the country’s first station to have women in the station.
  2. “Our experience has been very smooth or say somewhat magical. In my career spanning 25 years with the Railways I never thought of working with all women staff,” said Kulkarni, who holds the credit of becoming first station master in Mumbai division when she joined Central Railway in 1992.
  3. “We are working with a family and with a sense of responsibility and cooperation. We are working like a family and with a sense of responsibility and cooperation,” Kulkarni said, adding, initially we faced a few problems but now we are taking them in our stride as part of job responsibility.
  4. D K Sharma, the general manager of Central Railway, who floated the idea of all ladies station, said, “We in Central Railway are convinced that there is no tool for development more effective than empowering our women and this special station speaks all about it.”

KEYS:

  1. Central Railway has the total no of the16 zones of Indian Railways
  2. Its headquarters is in Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  3. It has the distinction of operating first passenger railway line in India, which opened from Mumbai to Thane on 16 April 1853

 

Govt launches GST training program

Govt launches GST training program

  1. The launch of the GST there is the need of to know about the function of the GST and need to handle that for aiming this the government has launched the training for the GST program and it has aimed to trained the around the six lakhs youth in the six months to for the management of the tax invoice issues which will come in future. The training of the youths will be done under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).
  2. “It will be implemented in 14 states. In the next six months, two lakh people will get complete training about GST,” Rudy said at an event organized to mark the second anniversary of Skill India Mission.
  3. This new type of the training course of the subject GST, the trained persons and the professional will be in the way of the help ion the tax payers and the help to solve the issues of the tax related program; it is said by the Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
  4. Rudy has with the Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Health Minister J P Nadda, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar digitally inaugurated the training course at 100 centers in the country.

KEYS:

  1. Full form of PMKVY- Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana
  2. Country- India
  3. Prime Minister- Narendra Modi
  4. Ministry- Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  5. Launched- 16 July 2015; 2 years ago

 

 

One passport center in every 50km distance

One passport center in every 50km distance

  1. M J Akbar the Minister of State for External Affairs has announced today that the Indian government is working on the program of the open the Passport office for the verification and the office for the inquiry purposes in the distance of the 50 km range in the country in future.
  2. Mr. Akbar said while inaugurating the Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) in north Kolkata’s Beadon Street Post Office, “Passport is a right. It is not a gift. We are a democracy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and MEA minister Sushma Swaraj’s vision to reach out passport facilities to the common man, one passport center (POPSK) will come up in every 50 km range in future,”
  3. Mr. Akbar said, “instead of the past when people were in quest of passport, now the government wanted passport office to be in quest of its citizens. We are committed to giving upper-class seva to give seva,”
  4. Turning to another issue, the minister said, “The post offices are good real estate examples. We must think how to modernize their real estate, how to maximize their potential which will result in new productivity.”
  5. The applicants who are in the applicable range of the new or the fresh passport that can only legalize the POPSKs, Regional Passport Officer Bibhuti Bhushan Kumar said.

KEYS:

  1. Date first issued- 1920 (first version), 1986 (current version))
  2. Issued by- India
  3. Type of document- Passport
  4. Purpose- Identification
  5. Eligibility requirements- Indian citizenship
  6. Expiration 10 years after acquisition for those aged 18 or more; otherwise 5 years
  7. Cost- Adult (36 pages): ₹1,500, Adult (60 pages): ₹2,000, Minor (36 pages): ₹1,000

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Mexican city named World’s best, Udaipur among top 15

Mexican city named World’s best, Udaipur among top 15

  1. With the sculpture of the old and ancient design of the cities on the road side and the streets of the cities that make like the Mexican Disneyland. The couples of the design of the artistic way that is made by the normal artist in the great artistic way that makes its unique. This is about the San Miguel de Allende, the city in Mexico that has been awarded as the best city in the world.
  2. From whole world the cities that made it to the top 15 are Charleston, South Carolina; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Kyoto, Japan; Florence, Italy; Oaxaca, Mexico; Hoi An, Vietnam; Cape Town, South Africa; Ubud, Indonesia; Luang Prabang, Laos; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Rome, Italy; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Udaipur, India and Barcelona, Spain.
  3. The tallest and the highest building that is made here is the Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel, a Gothic church, with a facade of pink limestone. The legends said that the colossal church is based on Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, built by an architect who drew inspiration from a picture postcard.
  4. The best airport that is too cool for its service and the designs of the airport, San Miguel are in Leon (BJX, about 70 miles away) and Queretaro (QRO, about 45 miles away), from there anyone, can take the ride of any of the cab and reach the destination. The right way to there is to take the connecting flight in Houston or Mexico City.

KEYS:

  1. Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that’s known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles
  2. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns
  3. In capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums, and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life
  4. Capital: Mexico City
  5. Recognized regional languages: Spanish; 68 native language groups.
  6. Currency: Mexican peso
  7. Official languages: None at federal level

 

Indonesia renaming part of South China Sea as North Natuna Sea

Indonesia renaming part of South China Sea as North Natuna Sea

  1. Indonesia has again changed the name of the region that was in the south and the north side of the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea that is on Friday, this action is taken by the new and admits Southeast Asian nations to China’s territorial ambitions in the maritime region.
  2. Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Arif Havas Oegroseno said, “We want to update the naming of the sea we gave a new name in line with the usual practice: the North Natuna Sea,”
  3. Arif Havas Oegroseno said in the reports of the media, “Certain countries’ so-called renaming is totally meaningless. We hope the relevant country can meet China halfway and properly maintain the present good situation in the South China Sea region, which has not come easily.”
  4. I Made Andi Arsana, an expert on the Law of the Sea from Indonesia’s Universitas Gadjah Mada, said, “It will be seen as a big step by Indonesia to state its sovereignty. It will send a clear message, both to the Indonesian people and diplomatically speak. This will be noticed in Beijing”

KEYS:

  1. Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages
  2. It’s known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans, and tigers
  3. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry
  4. Capital: Jakarta
  5. Currency: Indonesian rupiah
  6. President: Joko Widodo

 

 

 

Panama-hit Nawaz Sharif gives Army room to upend ties with Delhi

Panama-hit Nawaz Sharif gives Army room to upend ties with Delhi

  1. The election of the Pakistan that is started at the pole of the region of the problem has got another problem, that is by the giving of the all the powerful army in upper hand of the chief. That will get the effect of the policy of the Islamabad of the neighboring country that is India and Afghanistan.
  2. The main issues are the help of the Pakistan’s support to terrorists and terror outfits, by this many of the top regions of the US officials and lawmakers have has did the same thing in the method. All the parliament and the Lok Sabha of the three of the countries that of the $651-billion National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA)+2018 that has been taken by the account of the vote.
  3. Now only a few things can be done in the several of the issues like the by the support of the US it is possible that there can be the defense of the terror attack like the countries the anti-India and anti-Afghan terror aspect for the sometimes. Kashmir has been stood like the stop work from the year 1947 and the Pakistan army still seeks revenge for the defeat it suffered in 1971.
  4. In the recent, the Sharif’s PML-N has neglected the acceptance of the joint investigation team (JIT). Pakistan’s political class, largely feudal and corrupt, nurses a grudge that they are harassed while generals and judges go scot free.

KEYS:

  1. Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America
  2. The Panama Canal, a famous feat of human engineering, cuts through its center, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route
  3. In the capital, Panama City, modern skyscrapers, casinos, and nightclubs contrast with colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo district and the rainforest of Natural Metropolitan Park
  4. Capital: Panama City
  5. GDP (PPP): 2015 estimate
  6. Currencies: United States Dollar, Panamanian Balboa
  7. Official language: Spanish

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

MobiKwik, Samsung Pay to enable one-tap payment solution for e-wallet users

MobiKwik, Samsung Pay to enable one-tap payment solution for e-wallet users

  1. A mobile wallet that is the MobiKwik has joint its wallet with the Samsung of the mobile in that the wallet, the fund of the focus of the mobile wallets for the pay of the money, Samsung’s budget, and mid-range phones. Samsung Pay Mini is made with the requirement of the persons of the Indian mid-segment consumers.
  2. Daman Soni, Head of Growth at MobiKwik said, in the report, “First, this will improve payment experience and coverage for MobiKwik’s current wallet users. Second, this acts as a user-acquisition strategy because Samsung is going to be rolling out this (Samsung Pay Mini) to more mass market phones. It will then become fairly easy for Samsung device owners to discover MobiKwik services,”
  3. Soni said, “This is going to widen my (MobiKwik) user base. I am more excited about Samsung Pay Mini than Samsung Pay. MobiKwik will very soon be on Samsung Pay also,” he said.
  4. “The future of digital payments in India will thrive only by collaborating with various ecosystem partners to drive acceptance. More than 55 million users and 1.4 million merchants will benefit from this association,” MobiKwik Head of Growth Daman Soni said.

KEYS:

  1. MobiKwik is an Indian company founded in 2009 that provides a mobile phone based payment system and digital wallet
  2. Customers add money to an online wallet that can be used for payments
  3. Founded: 2009
  4. CEO: Bipin Preet Singh (1 Aug 2009–)
  5. Headquarters: Gurugram
  6. Area served: India
  7. Founders: Bipin Preet Singh, Upasana Taku
  8. Type of business: Privately held company

 

RBI set to dump its soft approach, will now play hardball over Rs 8 lakh crore bad loans

RBI set to dump its soft approach, will now play hardball over Rs 8 lakh crore bad loans

  1. By the term of the seeing of the amendment of the banking of the fields that is the India leading bank, the RBI wants to get over the exceeding of the bad loans that are of the 8 lakh crore by March 2019, this move of the RBI can be the result of the down of the NPAs and that can be the good for the health of the banking sector, it is said in the study of the Assocham.
  2. “So, it should be safe to assume that the non-performing assets (NPAs) mess would largely be resolved by the first quarter of the financial year 2019-20,” Assocham study titled ‘NPAs Resolution: Light at the end of the tunnel by March 2019’ said.
  3. Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said, “So, somewhat bitter medicine came in the form of the Ordinance promulgated by the President in May. The government gave wide-ranging legislative powers to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to issue directions to lenders to initiate insolvency proceedings for the recovery of bad loans that have reached unacceptably high levels,”
  4. In the few time of the announcement of the some of the bank that is the Banking Resolution Act 1949, the RBI, to promote the lead of the banks that is the Joint Lenders’ Forum (JLF) and Corrective Action Plan (CAP) under the ‘Framework for Revitalising Distressed Assets in the Economy’.

KEYS:

  1. The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central banking institution, which controls the monetary policy of the Indian rupee
  2. Address: Central Office Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
  3. Governor: Urjit Patel

 

 

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority may pick up to 49% in GMR’s Hyderabad Airport

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority may pick up to 49% in GMR’s Hyderabad Airport

  1. GMR wants to take the advance of the region of the fund that has been taken from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) that for the sale of the stake of the 49% in Hyderabad International Airport, that is resources told in the media. The developer of the Bengaluru-based infrastructure is getting for the non-assets of the fund of the great aspects. If the theme of the transaction has been done then the value of the airport will raise up to Rs 5,000 crore.
  2. “The negotiations (with ADIA) are at very advanced stages. We believe the deal could get materialized within a few weeks,” said one of the persons mentioned above.
  3. “Under the airport segment, GMR continued to report healthy operating performance on account of increase in income from Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) owing to increase in traffic and land lease and recovery of user development fee (UDF) in GHIAL,” CARE Ratings said in a recent note.
  4. “However, GMR Infrastructure continues to have below average financial risk profile on the consolidated basis and it continued to report losses at the net level over the past three years. Going forward, the company’s ability to deleverage the balance sheet supported through timely materialization of divestment/asset monetization plans thereby improving its cash flows shall also be the key rating sensitivity.”

KEYS:

  1. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf
  2. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the Skyline’s modern towers and shopping mega centers such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls
  3. Beneath white-marble domes, the vast Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers, and capacity for 41,000 worshipers

 

 

Science and Technology

NASA prepares its Martian explorers for solar conjunction radio silence

NASA prepares its Martian explorers for solar conjunction radio silence

  1. From the twenty of the years, the NASDA has been started the discovery of the Red planet in the Universe. To follow this the one person that is the stalwart robotic travelers has got the light beam of the robotic from the Earth-bound handlers and that has come in the return of the some of the GB information in the Martian observations
  2. Before this there was the in the every of the 26 months, the connection between the earth and the Mars has to get broke because of the sun. It will start on July 22, 2017, and last through August 1, 2017, NASA will avoid sending commands to its Mars-based craft.
  3. “Out of caution, we won’t talk about our Mars assets during that period because we expect significant degradation in the communication link, and we don’t want to take a chance that one of our spacecraft would act on a corrupted command,” stated Chad Edwards, manager of the Mars Relay Network Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  4. “The vehicles will stay active, carrying out commands sent in advance. All of these spacecraft are now veterans of conjunction. We know what to expect,” stated JPL’s Mars Program Chief Engineer, Hoppy Price.

KEYS:

  1. Full form of NASDA- National Space Development Agency
  2. Established on October 1, 1969
  3. Based on- Space Development Program enacted by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

 

Harvard-trained math scholar Maryam Mirzakhani, only woman to win Fields Medal, dies at 40

Harvard-trained math scholar Maryam Mirzakhani, only woman to win Fields Medal, dies at 40

  1. An Iranian mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani, she was the only women who have won the Fields Medals, which is the most prestigious awards and the honor in the field of mathematics has died on Saturday at the age of 40 years because of the Breast cancer.
  2. Peter C. Sarnak, a mathematician at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, “She was in the midst of doing fantastic work. Not only did she solve many problems; in solving problems, she developed tools that are now the bread and butter of people working in the field.”
  3. President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has written, “The unparalleled excellence of the creative scientist and humble person that echoed Iran’s name in scientific circles around the world was a turning point in introducing Iranian women and youth on their way to conquer the summits of pride and various international stages.”
  4. “You want to see the trajectory of the ball,” Dr. Mirzakhani explained in a video produced by the Simons Foundation and the International Mathematical Union to profile the 2014 Fields winners. “Would it cover your entire billiard table? Can you find closed billiards paths? And interestingly enough, this is an open question in general.”

KEYS:

  1. Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world’s most prestigious universities
  2. Address: Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  3. Undergraduate tuition and fees: 43,280 USD (2016)
  4. Mascot: John Harvard, the Pilgrim
  5. Subsidiaries: Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, edX

 

SPORTS

BCCI appoints committee to revisit support staff appointments

BCCI appoints committee to revisit support staff appointments

  1. The tragedy of the come ups of the Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan on the term of the batting and the bowling they had to create the new assets on Saturday with the BCCI by creating the four of the member of the committee and the coaches for the national cricket team.
  2. “Yes, the four-member committee has now been given the responsibility to take a call on the assistant coaches of the Indian team. The committee will first meet on Tuesday to look into the appointments of the assistant coaches before taking a final call on their salaries and contracts.” the source said.
  3. “If the committee fails to decide on Tuesday, it will once again meet on Saturday (July 22) to discuss the matter. The committee will also scrutinize the candidates for the post of team manager on Saturday,” BCCI said.
  4. “The CAC has only made the recommendations on which the CoA has to act. So far, no contracts have been given to Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid. They have not been appointed. A final decision on the support staff of Team India will be taken in consultation with head coach Ravi Shastri,” Rai told the media.

KEYS:

  1. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is the national governing body for cricket in India
  2. The board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.
  3. President: C K Khanna
  4. Chief Exec: Rahul Johri
  5. Headquarters: Mumbai
  6. Secretary: Amitabh Choudhary
  7. Vice president: Rajeev Shukla
  8. Founded: December 1928

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Lakshmanan wins gold in 5000m, three meet records broken

Lakshmanan wins gold in 5000m, three meet records broken

  1. The champion of the Asian games, Govindan Lakshmanan has won the gold medal in the men’s 5000m race besides this there was the back of the record in the starting days of the National Inter-State Athletics Championships that was held on Sunday.
  2. Lakshmanan, who represents the Tamil Nadu, has won the men’s 5000m race by the time of the 14:07.76. Uttarakhand’s Man Singh (14:20.50) and Kalidas Hirave (14:24.91) of Maharashtra were at the rank of the second and third position.
  3. Tamil Nadu’s Suriya (15:46.92) has got the name of the bronze medallist, Sanjivani Babur
  4. Jadhav (16:35.64), who represents the AFI, and Preenu Yadav (16:56.60) of Delhi. Suriya, who hails from the little village of the Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu, has broken the record of the O P Jaisha (15:57.05) which was of the three years.
  5. The men’s 400m has been seen in the local aspects, Jabir M P (50.33) and M Ramachandran (51.17) of Andhra Pradesh, achieved the top two positions. Tamil Nadu’s Santosh Kumar (51.40) came in third place.

OBITUARY

Harvard-trained math scholar Maryam Mirzakhani, only woman to win Fields Medal, dies at 40

Harvard-trained math scholar Maryam Mirzakhani, only woman to win Fields Medal, dies at 40

  1. An Iranian mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani, she was the only women who have won the Fields Medals, which is the most prestigious awards and the honor in the field of mathematics has died on Saturday at the age of 40 years because of the Breast cancer.
  2. Peter C. Sarnak, a mathematician at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study, “She was in the midst of doing fantastic work. Not only did she solve many problems; in solving problems, she developed tools that are now the bread and butter of people working in the field.”
  3. President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has written, “The unparalleled excellence of the creative scientist and humble person that echoed Iran’s name in scientific circles around the world was a turning point in introducing Iranian women and youth on their way to conquer the summits of pride and various international stages.”
  4. “You want to see the trajectory of the ball,” Dr. Mirzakhani explained in a video produced by the Simons Foundation and the International Mathematical Union to profile the 2014 Fields winners. “Would it cover your entire billiard table? Can you find closed billiards paths? And interestingly enough, this is an open question in general.”

KEYS:

  1. Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world’s most prestigious universities
  2. Address: Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  3. Undergraduate tuition and fees: 43,280 USD (2016)
  4. Mascot: John Harvard, the Pilgrim
  5. Subsidiaries: Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, edX

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Nelson Mandela Day

International Nelson Mandela Day

  1. Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is celebrated annually in the memory of the Nelson Mandela, this Mandela day is celebrated on July 18 every year that is on the Mandela’s birthday.
  2. The celebration of this Mandela Day was established by the United Nations in November 2009 and has celebrated the first of the UN Mandela Day that was on 18 July 2010. By seeing this other country also started the celebration of the Mandela Day on 18 July 2009.
  3. On 27 April 2009, the concert of 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation has invited them for the support of their in the startup of this official Mandela Day.
  4. Mandela Day is not considered in the public holiday, but it is celebrated as the honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former President, and his values, through volunteering and community service.

 

 

 

 

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