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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 introduced in Lok Sabha

Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 introduced in Lok Sabha

  1. The bill that has been given to the in the lake of the trade of the national of the government has been introduced in the term of the level in that by the central government and that was passed in the Lok Sabha today. The bill ‘Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ passed and introduced by Minister of State for Planning, Programme Implementation and Statistics Rao Inderjit Singh.
  2. “It is proposed that any enhanced compensation with or without interest awarded by the court or other authority, before the date of commencement of the proposed amendment, shall be subject to the re-issuance of the proposed notice of acquisition and shall be applicable only to the cases of property being acquired for national security and defence purposes,” as per the bill’s Statement of Objects and Reasons.
  3. Earlier this bill was to be passed by the M Venkaiah Naidu, but he has resigned from the post of the Urban Development Minister because of the gating the nomination in the Vice Presidential polls that is on 18 July.
  4. By the rules of the government that is the, there should be the legislation of the amendment of the polls and this will happen if only the court that is in the act and that is only working in this, and there should be the guessing of the even of the might things by the public.

KEYS:

  1. Type- Lower house of the Parliament of India
  2. Term limits- 5 years
  3. Speaker- Sumitra Mahajan, BJP, Since 6 June 2014
  4. Deputy Speaker- M. Thambidurai, AIADMK, Since 13 August 2014
  5. Leader of the House, Narendra Modi, BJP, Since 26 May 2014
  6. The leader of the Opposition- Vacant, as none of the opposition parties has more than 10% of the seats.

 

Karnataka appoints panel to design ‘state flag’, look into legal sanctity

Karnataka appoints panel to design ‘state flag’, look into legal sanctity

  1. The NDA government has been led by the BJP and that of the Congress-led government in Karnataka has been established by the state of the  ‘state’ flag which is an identity symbol unique to the state and submits a report on giving it legal sanctity.
  2. Kannada and culture minister Govind M Karjol had said: “The Flag Code does not allow flags for states. Our national flag is the symbol of integrity and sovereignty of our nation. If states have their separate flags, it could diminish the importance of the national flag. Besides, there are possibilities of it leading to narrow-minded regional feelings.”
  3. The order, signed on behalf of the governor by G Annapurna, undersecretary of the Kannada and culture department, reads: “The committee must ready a design for a separate state flag and submit a report on providing it a legal sanctity.”
  4. Former Karnataka chief minister and Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda dismissed the move, saying, “India is one nation and there cannot be two flags in one country. The Constitution provides states supremacy in their own sphere and even a seven-judge Supreme Court bench has upheld this. The flag code also has no restrictions on this matter.”

KEYS:

  1. Karnataka is a state in southwest India with Arabian Sea coastlines
  2. The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife
  3. To the southwest, Mysore is home to lavish temples including Mysore Palace, former seat of the region’s maharajas
  4. Hampi, once the medieval Vijayanagara empire’s capital, contains ruins of Hindu temples, elephant stables, and a stone chariot
  5. Capital: Bengaluru (Executive Branch)
  6. Districts: 30
  7. Destinations: Bengaluru, Mysore, Madikeri, Hampi,
  8. Colleges and Universities: Visvesvaraya Technological University,

 

SC allows Centre to replace MCI oversight committee

  1. On Tuesday the highest apex Supreme Court has given the permission for the establishment of the new of the committee and that of the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a fresh panel of five eminent doctors.
  2. “The doctors proposed are all outstanding people. We are satisfied with the names,” the bench, also comprising Justices J Chelameswar, R K Agrawal, D Y Chandrachud and S Abdul Nazeer, said.
  3. “If the government does it, fine. And if the government will not do it, then we will have to do it. There should be an alternate mechanism as per the earlier order of this court,” the bench said.
  4. “We will come up with an alternate mechanism which will deal with the grievances of medical colleges in the country,” Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the bench after which the court fixed the matter for tomorrow.

KEYS:

  1. The Medical Council of India is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India
  2. Founded: 1933
  3. Sector: Medical education
  4. Headquarters: New Delhi
  5. Agency executive: Jayshreeben Mehta (President)
  6. Type: Statutory corporation
  7. Leader: Dr. Jayshreeben Mehta, President

 

Kolkata to host global business meet in November 2017

  1. The third summits of the Bengal Global Business Summit that has held in the city of the Bengal on January 20 and 21 and this have been created the lots of the affords on the seats of the Union minister that has attended the event at the chord of the maximum eligible point.
  2. “Investments in any state need central involvement in terms of clearances. The Union government’s role is all the more important in the case of foreign direct investments. Therefore, the absence of any central minister at the summit will reflect poorly on this state’s relationship with the Centre,” a state government official said.
  3. By the report, it gets to know that the President Pranab Mukherjee has been getting ready to be a guest at the summits that have been going to hold after some times. Around 3,000 persons have been assumed to come in this event for the presence, by the some of the countries like the US, Japan, Germany, China, Italy, and Russia.
  4. Frank Richter, the former director of World Economic For said, “We are expecting 400 participants, mainly CEOs from across the globe, for the Kolkata meet which will be our first summit in India. We are expecting top CEOs from Asia, Europe, and the US for the second Horasis Asia meeting. West Bengal could be a new driver of growth for the region. The state is showing its new economic strength and I am quietly convinced,”

KEYS:

  1. Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India’s West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under the British Raj from 1773–1911.
  2. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries, and cultural festivals
  3. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site
  4. Colleges and Universities: University of Calcutta,
  5. Did you know: Kolkata is the seventh-most-populous city in India (4,496,694).

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Indians among top asylum-seekers, according to the International Migration Outlook 2017

Indians among top asylum-seekers, according to the International Migration Outlook 2017

  1. Indian has been growing at the top of the list in the acquired that is the citizens are in the grossing of the top in the world that they are getting the clients of the other country by the permanent migration it is said by the recent global study on migration.
  2. “In Latvia, there were 20 applications for asylum, and there were 20 Indians caught trying to cross the border. They might be the same people,” says Jonathan Chaloff, policy analyst, International Migration Division at OECD. Gladston Xavier, head of the department of social work, Loyola College said, “They have to prove a threat to life because of race, religion, political belief, political affiliations or gender. If not, the Refugee Status Branch will turn down the request or keep the decision pending,”
  3. Asked if Indian students who overstay their visas could apply for asylum, Chaloff says, “Yes, because it delays deportation. They have a chance of staying. They are also able to extend their stay while they wait for their application to be processed, even if it’s rejected.”
  4. Vidya Mahambare, associate professor, economics, and finance, Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai, says, “Asylum seekers from India may not be in the high-skilled category. They may not have been able to get into good universities abroad and this may be the only alternative. India is a labor surplus country. Some may be looking for lower-end jobs abroad,”

KEYS:

  1. Full form of OECD- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  2. Formation- 1948 as the OEECa, Reformed in 1961 as the OECD
  3. Headquarters- Paris, France
  4. Membership- 35 states
  5. Secretary-General- José Ángel Gurría
  6. Deputy Secretary-General- Rintaro Tamaki
  7. Deputy Secretary-General- Mari Kiviniemi
  8. Deputy Secretary-General- Douglas Frantz

 

 

Donald Trump lets Iran deal live, but signals he may not for long

Donald Trump lets Iran deal live, but signals he may not for long

  1. President Donald Trump has been ready for the talk of the launch of the nuclear of the Iran and by this he wanted to talk with the national security aides who have to get in the rust of the oval offices at the administrator of the run of the nation and the security council, it is said by the administration officials.
  2. ”The administration is continuing to conduct a full review of U.S. policy toward Iran,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. During the course of this review, the United States will continue to aggressively counter Iran’s malign activities in the region.”
  3. ”What that really foreshadows is once the policy review is done, we’re going to see a massive increase in pressure – not just sanctions pressure but using all instruments of American power,” said Mark Dubowitz, who runs the hawkish Foundation for Defense of Democracies and has advised the administration on Iran.
  4. ”This administration will continue to aggressively target Iran’s malign activity, including their ongoing state support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, and human rights abuses,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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

 

Trump administration to allow 15000 more foreign workers to work in the US

  1. The administration of the Donald Trump has been announced the leag if the increment of the 15,000 additional H-2B visas for low-wage out of the US worker after seeing the needs of the person at the US businesses cannot be satisfied with Americans willing and qualified to do the work.
  2. “Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses at risk of significant harm due to a lack of available seasonal workers,” said DHS Secretary John Kelly. “As a demonstration of the Administration’s commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap.”
  3. “We have countries that charge us 100% tax on a product. And when that product is sold by them to us, we brilliantly charge them nothing. People say, ‘Oh that’s free trade.’ No, that’s the stupid trade. That’s really stupid trade. It’s incredible,” the President said.
  4. “We must also fight the unfair trade practices that have gutted out industry and that includes cracking down on the predatory online sales of foreign goods. It’s absolutely killing our shoppers and our shopping centers,” he said.

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

 

BANKING & FINANCE

India stands 4th among fastest growing economies – World Bank

India stands 4th among fastest growing economies – World Bank

  1. By the coming report of the World Bank that is the health economic and the legend that the some of the countries it gets to know that the country India is the fastest growing country in the world big and small, China is not doing as well.
  2. The Chinese economy is slowing down. In its latest report, the World Bank has said, “The continued gradual slowdown in China will slightly offset a pickup in the rest of the region led by a rebound among commodity exporters. Growth in China is anticipated to slow to 6.5 percent this year and 6.3 percent in 2018.”
  3. Writing in the June edition of the Global Economic Prospects, The World Bank analysts said, “In India, recent data indicate acceleration in growth, with an easing of cash shortages and a rise in exports. An increase in government spending, including on capital formation, has partially offset soft private investment.”
  4. According to the World Bank, “India is expected to accelerate to 7.2 per cent in fiscal 2017 (April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018) and 7.5 per cent in the following fiscal year. Domestic demand is expected to remain strong, supported by policy reforms.”

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. CEO: Kristalina Georgieva
  4. Purpose: Crediting
  5. Membership: 189 countries (IBRD); 173 countries (IDA)
  6. Subsidiaries: International Finance Corporation,
  7. Founders: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White

 

SBI launches Realty website ‘SBI-Realty’ to facilitate home buyers

  1. The India biggest lending bank that is the SBI has launched the portal for the lend that is the ‘SBI Realty’ that will give the facility to the buyers of the home and the loaner for the home that its 3,000 approved projects across the country.
  2. “State Bank of India has taken another step towards customers’ convenience by launching ‘SBI Realty’ – a one stop integrated website www.sbirealty.in for home buyers,” the bank said in a statement.
  3. “We believe in innovation combined with an emphasis on market research, contemporary architecture, strong project execution and quality construction. We believe that this new proposition will help customers in identifying their dream house in reliable projects with higher credibility and goodwill in the market,” said Rajnish Kumar, MD– NBG, SBI.
  4. “This new proposition will help customers in identifying their dream house in reliable projects with higher credibility and goodwill in the market,” Rajnish Kumar, Managing Director – NBG, SBI.

KEYS:

  1. State Bank of India is an Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services company
  2. It is a government-owned corporation with its headquarters in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  3. Chairperson: Arundhati Bhattacharya
  4. Headquarters: Mumbai
  5. Founded: 1 July 1955
  6. Subsidiaries: SBI Cards, State Bank of Hyderabad
  7. Managing directors: Shri B.Sriram (Corporate Banking Group),

 

Banks lost Rs 180 crore to dacoity, burglaries in 3 years

  1. In the recent, there is the maximum of the Rs 180 crore has been getting lost in the 2,632 cases of robbery, theft, dacoity, and burglaries at India’s 51 banks in the last three years, 2014-15 to 2016-17), Parliament was informed today.
  2. Gangwar said: “Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has informed that banks have been advised to review and strengthen the security arrangement in their branches and ATMs from time to time RBI has further informed that banks report all instances of theft/burglaries/dacoity/robberies to RBI…including theft from bank lockers and it does not maintain data on robberies in the bank lockers exclusively.”
  3. “Nevertheless banks have been advised by RBI that it would be the responsibility of the banks to ensure that the lockers remain safe and there is no negligence in the matter of safeguarding the lockers that could render the banks concerned liable to claims by locker holders,” he added.

 

Science and Technology

Australia and US test-fires multimillion hypersonic missile – HIFiRE

Australia and US test-fires multimillion hypersonic missile – HIFiRE

  1. There is the launch of the Hypersonic glider that will be flying with the speed of the eighth times faster than the speed of the sound and that has been launched from the rocket range in the town of Woomera, South Australia. This launch was the research based performance of the US military and Boeing.
  2. In May, US Navy Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, said, “What we can do is to develop our own hypersonic weapons and improve our defenses against theirs,”
  3. July 10, Australia’s Defense Minister Marise Payne called the launch “a success” that “takes us one step closer to the realization of hypersonic flight.”
  4. The hypersonic glider is capable of traveling at Mach8 – eight times faster than the speed of sound, from between 3,836mph (6,200kmh)to almost 8,000mph (13,000kmh).

KEYS:

  1. Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland
  2. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses
  3. Capital: Canberra
  4. Dialing code: +61
  5. Date format: dd/mm/yyyy
  6. Currency: Australian dollar
  7. Points of interest: Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House,

 

Scientists develop 3D-printed soft silicone heart

  1. In the recent, the scientist has created the 3D-printed soft silicone heart that is the close to the function of the human heart and that can be implemented, this development can be used for the help of the patients of the Cardiac failure in the future. This is the well-functioning heart that is the necessity of the person in the real, researchers said.
  2. “It is a silicone monoblock with complex inner structure,” said Nicholas Cohrs, a doctoral student ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
  3. “This was simply a feasibility test. Our goal was not to present a heart ready for implantation, but to think about a new direction for the development of artificial hearts,” said Cohrs.
  4. By the report in every year, there are the 26 million people has been suffered from the heart. The developed soft heart that is the artificial is the weight of the 390 grams and has a volume of 679 cubic centimeters

KEYS:

  1. Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps
  2. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge
  3. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails
  4. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned
  5. Currency: Swiss franc
  6. GDP (PPP): 2016 estimate
  7. Date format: dd.mm.yyyy (AD)
  8. Destinations: Zürich, Zermatt, Lucerne, Geneva, Interlaken,

 

SPORTS

FIFA has lifted their ban on the Sudan Football Association

FIFA have lifted their ban on the Sudan Football Association

  1. The leading body of the World football that is the FIFA has announced on Thursday and he has got the action of the ban of the Sudan Football Association (SFA) becau7se of the fail in the agreement by the company the law of the 14 and 19 of the FIFA statute.
  2. “The Bureau of the FIFA Council has today lifted the suspension that was imposed on the Sudan Football Association (SFA) for its failure to comply with its obligations stipulated in articles 14 and 19 of the FIFA Statutes following a decree issued by Sudan’s Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice on 2 June 2017,” confirmed FIFA.
  3. “This decision has been taken following confirmation by the SFA that Mr. Bakri Hassan Salih, Prime Minister of Sudan, has issued a resolution suspending the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice and the SFA Board of Directors with its President, Dr. Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim, have been reinstated,” the statement further added.

KEYS:

  1. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a private association which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, futsal, and beach soccer
  2. President: Gianni Infantino
  3. Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland
  4. Senior Vice-President: Ángel María Villar
  5. Membership: 211 national associations
  6. Secretary General: Fatma Samoura

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Singtel bags two big wins at Singapore Corporate Awards

Singtel bags two big wins at Singapore Corporate Awards

  1. The CapitaLand group of companies has won the most prestigious awards at the Singapore Corporate Awards on the way Singtel that arguably stole the 18th July show with two big wins.
  2. “We’ve made good progress in transforming Singtel into a global communications technology company over the past five years. We’ve strengthened our competitiveness, and we’re also more diversified and resilient,” said Ms. Chua. “While we still have much to do, this award is a great encouragement to us to push on in our journey.”
  3. “With SGX’s introduction of sustainability reporting on a comply-or-explain basis last year, companies are now required to report not just their financial performance but also their sustainability practices within the context of environmental, social and governance,” noted Isca president, Dr. Gerard Ee.
  4. “This raises the bar on corporate governance in Singapore, in line with stakeholders’ expectations for greater transparency and accountability,” he added.

KEYS:

  1. Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population
  2. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns
  3. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth
  4. Dialing code: +65
  5. Currency: Singapore dollar
  6. Official scripts: Roman (Latin); Simplified Chinese; Tamil
  7. Date format: dd-mm-yyyy

 

OBITUARY

Frances Gabe, Creator of the Only Self-Cleaning Home, Dies at 101

Frances Gabe, Creator of the Only Self-Cleaning Home, Dies at 101

  1. Gabe the creator of the Only Self-Cleaning Home has died on Monday at the age of 101.
  2. “Locally, she was just the kind of unique person that you often see in these small towns,” Allyn Brown, Ms. Gabe’s former lawyer, and a longtime friend, said in a telephone interview last week. “I don’t think anybody really knew her name.”
  3. “When I’d come out and see her,” Mr. Brown recalled, “I would be conflicted on whether she was delusional or whether she was so much smarter than I that I just didn’t have the ability to recognize her genius.”
  4. Her house has been featured in the many of the newspaper, The Guardian, and People; on Phil Donahue’s talk show; and in several books, among them Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fugitives & Refugees” (2003), about the curious characters around Portland, Ore.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Chess Day

International Chess Day

The International chess day is celebrated every year on July 20 in worldwide, all over because on this day the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded, in the year 1924.

The international chess day has been proposed by UNESCO that’s why it is celebrated, this day is starting to celebrate the year 1996, this day was established by the FIDE.

FIDE has the total of the 181 chess federations.

KEYS:

  1. Observed by- Various countries
  2. Date- 20 July
  3. Frequency- Annual
  4. First time- 1966
  5. Related to- FIDE, Chess

 

 

 

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