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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Maharashtra govt approves revised policy of ‘Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree’ scheme

Maharashtra govt approves revised policy of ‘Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree’ scheme

  1. The government of the Maharashtra has started again the perspective of the event, ‘Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree’ scheme, by this the family which has the income of Rs 7.5 lakh per year that will be benefited. This announcement has been done in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
  2. As per the scheme, the parents which get the first baby is the girl that will want to get the planning of her family that will get the deposited of, a sum of Rs 50,000 shall be deposited in a bank in the name of the girl child.
  3. By the report of Census 2011, Maharashtra’s child sex ratio was 894 girls per 1,000 boys (below the age of six), the ninth-lowest in India. These ratios get below and get the 946 girls per 1,000 boys in 1991 to 913 in 2001 and 894 in 2011.
  4. This deposited money can be withdrawn by the girls and the interest also which will be given on that when she will get 18, provided she has completed her education up to Standard 10 and is unmarried.

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,

 

 

Shala Siddhi Prohatsan Yojana started in 25,000 MP schools

Shala Siddhi Prohatsan Yojana started in 25,000 MP schools

  1. Madhya Pradesh’s school has been started the new plan for the implementing the rest of the plan for the ‘Hamari Shala Kaisi Ho’ and ‘Shala Siddhi Karyakram’ in the government schools for the better education and the good implementation in the study.
  2. The state education department also started the program Shala Siddhi Prohatsan Yojana under the program in 25 thousand schools of the state to encourage best works. For this program there has been the set of the time table has been decided.
  3. For this program there has been the set of the time table has been decided. By this type of the time table, selection committees at block level will be formed by the district core committees till July 22.
  4. The selected schools will forward their applications for Shala Siddhi Karyakram to Sankul Principals till July 28. The selection committee will forward applications to 3 primaries and 3 middle schools for awards to District Institute for Education and Training (DIET).

KEYS:

  1. Madhya Pradesh, a large state in central India, retains landmarks from eras throughout Indian history
  2. Begun in the 10th century, its Hindu and Jain temples at Khajuraho are renowned for their carvings of erotic scenes, most prominently Kandariya Mahadeva, a temple with more than 800 sculptures
  3. The eastern Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks, noted Bengal tiger sanctuaries, offer guided safaris
  4. Districts: 51
  5. Chief minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  6. Capitals: Bhopal, Jabalpur (Judiciary)
  7. Destinations: Khajuraho Group of Monuments,

 

Patnaik dedicates to nation Odisha’s longest bridge

  1. The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik has been inaugurated the some of the events for the state to the nation the longest bridge and named it after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. This bridge is the 2.88 km and had made over the river of the Kathajodi that will connect the capital of the state Bhubaneswar with Cuttack reducing the distance between the two cities by 12 km.
  2. “It will usher in a new era in the twin city links by reducing distance and commuting time for the citizens. It will stand as a symbol of our constant efforts towards the development of modern infrastructure for growth and progress of the state and our people,” Patnaik said.
  3. Patnaik said that he was very delighted before the naming this after the name of Netaji who was born and brought up in Cuttack.
  4. The construction of the making of the bridge has been started after Patnaik laid a foundation in February 2011, the completion missed the deadline by over three years.

KEYS:

  1. Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples
  2. The capital, Bhubaneswar, is home to hundreds of temples, notably the intricately-carved Mukteshvara
  3. The Lingaraj Temple complex, dating to the 11th century, is set around sacred Bindusagar Lake
  4. The Odisha State Museum is focused on the area’s history and environment
  5. Capital: Bhubaneswar
  6. Official song: Bande Utkala Janani
  7. Destinations: Bhubaneswar, Puri, Konark, Cuttack, Chilika Lake,
  8. Colleges and Universities: Utkal University,

 

 

Nagaland gets new Chief Minister

  1. TR Zeliang has appointed the new governer and the chief minister of the Nagaland that is appointed by the governer of the state that is the PB Acharya after Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu and has given the support such a manner that it gets to unable to turn the Assembly for the floor test on Wednesday. Following this, the House has adjourned sine die.
  2. “I have already submitted a report to the governor on the development in the House,” Aier told IANS.
  3. Speaker Imtiwapang Aier has given the report to governor Acharya, stating that former CM Liezietsu was not present in the special emergent session of the House on Wednesday morning “to avail the opportunity granted by the Hon’ble Governor to prove his majority in the House.”
  4. Zeliang, the leader of the apposition, NPF MLAs, has been seen in the Assembly with his major fallowers. The motion to prove the majority of the chief minister could not be taken up as he was not present and the House was adjourned sine die, Speaker Imtiwapang said.

KEYS:

  1. Nagaland is a mountainous state in northeast India, bordering Myanmar
  2. It’s home to diverse indigenous tribes, with festivals and markets celebrating the different tribes’ culture
  3. Its capital city of Kohima suffered heavy fighting in World War II, commemorated by memorials at the Kohima War Cemetery
  4. The Nagaland State Museum exhibits ancient weaponry, a ceremonial drum, and other traditional Naga cultural artifacts
  5. Formation: 1 December 1963†
  6. Districts: 11
  7. Capitals: Kohima, Guwahati (Judiciary)
  8. Points of interest: Nagaland State Museum

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

The US imposes new sanctions on Iran over ballistic missile program

US imposes new sanctions against Iran over ballistic missile program

  1. There is the bigger agreement that has been signed under the administration of President Donald Trump and that is seen on the term of giving the pressure in the Iran and one also agreement has been done in the between Tehran and six world powers to curb its nuclear program in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.
  2. “Orchestrated the theft of US and Western software programs. The United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity,” sold to Iran’s government, the Treasury Department said.
  3. It said the activities “undercut whatever ‘positive contributions’ to regional and international peace and security were intended to emerge” from the nuclear agreement.
  4. “Even as we continue to work to prevent Iran from ever obtaining a nuclear weapon, we cannot look away while Iran threatens our country and our allies in ways beyond their nuclear threat,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.

KEYS:

  1. Iran is an Islamic republic on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf with historical sites dating to the Persian Empire
  2. Extensive marble ruins mark Persepolis, the empire’s capital founded by Darius I in the 6th century B.C.
  3. The modern capital, Tehran, is home to opulent Golestan Palace, seat of the Qajar Dynasty (1794–1925), plus modern landmarks such as the 435m-high Milad Tower
  4. Capital: Tehran
  5. Currency: Iranian rial
  6. President: Hassan Rouhani
  7. Supreme leader: Ali Khamenei
  8. Official language: Persian

 

Australia joins International Solar Alliance led by India and France

Australia joins International Solar Alliance led by India and France

  1. On Wednesday, the country Australia has become the 35th country to take part in the International Solar Alliance that is the startup has been launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2015 in Paris. This program is co-led by India and France.
  2. “The sun is the source of all energy. The world must turn to solar, the power of our future,” Modi said at the launch during the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) where the Paris climate treaty was also signed.
  3. Till the date the 6 may this has been rectified by the many of the countries and that of the 15 countries ratify it, this agreement was the very important to the all the country. This alliance was not just of the make of the come and did nothing but this was the join and do something. The French Development Agency has invested the 300 million euros to fund initial projects.
  4. India has created from the some of the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is contributing $1 million to the ISA fund. In the brief prospective that can be seen in the term of the $ 1000 billion by 2030 towards promoting solar power on all fronts, generation, and storage.

KEYS:

  1. France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches
  2. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower
  3. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine
  4. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history
  5. Capital: Paris
  6. Date format: dd/mm/yy (AD)
  7. President: Emmanuel Macron
  8. Currencies: Euro, CFP franc

 

Bill Clinton offered $5 billion to not conduct nuclear test in 1998: Nawaz Sharif

  1. On Wednesday, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has said that he not cared for Pakistan, has accepted the then US president Bill Clinton’s offer of $5 billion for not carrying out nuclear tests in 1998.
  2. “I would have taken $5 billion from the US for not carrying out nuclear tests+ if I were not loyal to the country,” Sharif, battling for survival in office over corruption and money laundering charges, said while addressing a political gathering in Sialkot in Punjab on Wednesday.
  3. “It was the democratic government that took the bold decision of conducting nuclear tests and if there was a dictator, he would have never gone for the tests,” Mr. Sharif maintained.
  4. The nuclear tests had made this country’s defense “undefeatable and Pakistan became the first nuclear power of the Islamic world”, Mr. Sharif said.

KEYS:

  1. Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia
  2. It is the sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 201 million people
  3. Capital: Islamabad
  4. Currency: Pakistani rupee
  5. Population: 193.2 million (2016) World Bank
  6. President: Mamnoon Hussain
  7. Prime minister: Nawaz Sharif

 

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

MoU Signed Between Department of Defence Production and GSL, HSL, GRSE, BDL

MoU Signed Between Department of Defence Production and GSL, HSL, GRSE, BDL

  1. On Tuesday, the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a mini Ratna Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) has done the announcement for the sign of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Defence for the financial year 2017-18.
  2. This MoU, has been signed between the Secretary (Defence Production) Shri AK Gupta on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), BDL Shri V Udaya Bhaskar, on the home on Wednesday, this was the total seeking of the performance of the BDL for the year 2017-18.
  3. By the seeing of the MoU, it can be given that the revenue of that year has been targeted at ₹ 5300 crores, in this, there is the increment of the 20 percent over the previous year. BDL has created the target to spend the of ₹ 140 crores for modernization and Capital expenditure.
  4. BDL has done all the planning for the sending of the targets by the roadmap, ATGM and SAM to its customer for the year 2017-18. Continuing with its green initiative, BDL has planned 5 MW Solar Plant at its upcoming unit at lbrahimpatnam in Telangana.

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,

 

India food grain output up 8.7% at record 273.38 MT in 2016-17

  1. The production of the wheat and the rice like crops has been pushed India’s foodgrain production by 8.7% to a record high 273.38 million tons during 2016-17, that is shown by the data of the government report on Wednesday, it is expected that there should be the decrease of the price of the crops.
  2. Because of the heavy rain in the last year, there is the increment of the crops like 4.5% to a record 109.15 million ton while wheat production was up 5.6% at the all-time high of 97.44 million ton. Coarse grains production rose 15.2% to highest ever 44.39 million ton.
  3. “There would be additional upside risk if the minimum support prices (MSP) for certain food articles are raised by the government,” said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist of Care Ratings
  4. “As a result of very good rainfall during monsoon 2016 and various policy initiatives taken by the government, the country has witnessed record foodgrain production in the current year,” the agriculture ministry said in a release.

 

 

Science and Technology

UIDAI launches ‘mAadhaar’ app

UIDAI launches ‘mAadhaar’ app

  1. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) just has launched the new app for the mAadhaar app for getting the data of the aadhar card Aadhaar data on the mobile phone. This mAadhaar app is only available on Android and can be downloaded from the play store.
  2. UIDAI, which creates the aadhar card, and make the Aadhaar numbers, has developed the new app for the aadhar user mAadhaar app for mobile users that will allow users to carry unique identification profile on mobile. A user can download Aadhaar number profile through their smartphones and will therefore not require hard copies of the card, wherever applicable.
  3. A user can not only carry Aadhaar data on their mobiles as an identification proof, but one can also lock/ unlock their biometric details linked to Aadhaar to secure their personal data.
  4. Besides this, mAadhaar app users can also update their profile via QR code and share eKYC details with service providers such as telecommunications companies.

 

 

US Navy tests world’s first Laser Weapons System LaWS

  1. The U.S. Navy has test the successfully the weapon of the other radar system and the laser, which is now deployed and ready for war.
  2. “We don’t worry about the wind, we don’t worry about range, we don’t worry about anything else. We’re able to engage the targets at the speed of light. We’re doing that engagement at the speed of light so it really is a point and shoot—we see it, we focus on it, and we can negate that target,” Lt. Cale Hughes, a laser weapons system officer, told CNN.
  3. “I can aim that at any particular spot on a target, and disable and destroy as necessary,” said Christopher Wells, captain of the USS Ponce. “It reduces collateral damage—I no longer have to worry about rounds that may go beyond the target and potentially hurt or damage things that I don’t want to hurt or damage.”
  4. “It’s not a niche weapon system like some other weapons that we have throughout the military where it’s only good against air contacts, or it’s only good against surface targets, or it’s only good against, you know, ground-based targets,” Wells said. “In this case this is a very versatile weapon; it can be used against a variety of targets.”

KEYS:

  1. The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States
  2. Motto: “Non sibi sed patriae” (English: “Not for self but for country”)
  3. Founded: 13 October 1775, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  4. Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  5. Color: Blue, Gold
  6. Founders: John Paul Jones, John Barry

 

SPORTS

Indians win gold and bronze at first global robotics Olympiad

Indians win gold and bronze at first global robotics Olympiad

  1. There is the Group of the seven students that has won the prestigious awards that is the gold in the global robotics Olympiad in the US, in that there is the 157 countries have participated.
  2. One of the student that belongs from the Mumbai, won gold for Zhang Heng Engineering Design Award and bronze for Global Challenge Match at the international robotics challenge organised by FIRST Global in Washington, it is said in the statement of the report.
  3. “Absolutely thrilled that we were able to live up to our promise… We had a lot of fun at the FIRST Global Challenge 2017,” the group said in its Facebook page.
  4. “We are not terrorists. We are simple people with ideas. We need a chance to make our world better. This is our chance,” Alireza Mehraban, an Afghan software engineer who is the team’s mentor, was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

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. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump
  7. Population: 323.1 million (2016)
  8. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi tops poll of most powerful Arab women

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi tops poll of most powerful Arab women

  1. The state minister of the Arab has been getting in the top of the poll in the most awaited women in government this year, according to Forbes Middle East.
  2. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi has been get in the act by the two of the women of the Egypt – Sahar Nasr, the country’s minister of investment and international cooperation, and Ghada Wali, the minister of social solidarity.
  3. Forbes has released its report of the top 100 most powerful Arab businesswomen for 2017, and the UAE represents the highest number of women, with 18, followed by Egypt, with 16.
  4. Latifa Alsabhan gets the position of the chief financial officer of Arab National Bank, and Sarah Al Suhaimi, chief executive of NCB Capital, became head of Saudi’s stock market, Tadawul.

KEYS:

  1. Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs
  2. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs
  3. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities
  4. Capital: Cairo
  5. Currency: Egyptian pound
  6. Destinations: Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, Giza, Sharm El Sheikh,

OBITUARY

Mary Turner, longtime president of GMB, dies after long illness

Mary Turner, longtime president of GMB, dies after long illness

  1. The long time still and stood president of the GMB union, Mary Turner, has got died on Wednesday. Turner was the member of the Labour party executive and she was the UK’s most senior leader in the executive.
  2. Former GMB general secretary Sir Paul Kenny said, “Mary never lost her roots. She was hardworking and treated everyone the same – from prime ministers to cleaners. She was a powerful figure in the Labour party as well as the trade union movement.”
  3. Tim Roache, GMB’s current general secretary said, “The word giant is sometimes overused but in the case of Mary she really was a true giant of our movement. Mention the name Mary Turner and people will smile and say she had that unique blend of fighting spirit mixed with care and compassion. Our thoughts and love are with Mary’s family, whom she loved so very much”
  4. GMB’s current general secretary said, “She has left this world having made a real difference to people’s lives, that’s something we are all proud of and that GMB will never forget. Be it fighting for dinner ladies in Brent, for hungry kids to have a free school lunch, for pensions, for young people, against discrimination and the National Front, Mary has led our movement.

KEYS:

  1. The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe
  2. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture
  3. England is also site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge
  4. Capital: London
  5. Dialing code: +44
  6. Prime minister: Theresa May
  7. Currency: Pound sterling

IMPORTANT DAYS

July 21, 1947 – The National Flag Is Adopted by the Constituent Assembly

July 21 1947 - The National Flag Is Adopted by the Constituent Assembly

  1. In the ancient that is in the 19th century, India was under Britishers hand and they were used the many of the flags by rulers of independent states in India, this was the before of the Indian Independence moment is started.
  2. In 1947, after the freed from the British, there was the committee that has headed by the Dr. Rajendra Prasad he said that the three will be the new flag of the India that is the congress flag just doing the some of the modification in that.
  3. By these thoughts the flag of the 1931 was taken back as the national flag of India, but the charkha in the middle was replaced with the Ashoka Chakra.
  4. By this the Indian flag has created and developed. The saffron colour on top represents sacrifice, white represents truth, peace and purity and green signify the law of dharma.

 

 

 

 

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