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INDIAN AFFAIRS

PM Modi inaugurates APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial in Rameswaram, TN

PM Modi inaugurates APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial in Rameswaram, TN

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been established the very prestigious and very famous image of the APJ Abdul Kalam at Peikarumbu near Rameswaram on his second death anniversary.
  2. He inaugarates the home of the memory for the farmer president at a location where the mortal remains of the “missile man” are buried.
  3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also building the statue of the Kalam that is the ‘veena’, a musical instrument, was accompanied by Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Union ministers Pon Radhakrishnan and NDA’s vice presidential nominee M Venakaiah Naidu.
  4. Modi was in this event with theTamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, chief minister K. Palaniswami, Union ministers Pon Radhakrishnan, Nirmala Sitharaman and National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s vice presidential nominee M. Venakaiah Naidu.

KEYS:

  1. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, better known as A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007
  2. Born: 15 October 1931, Rameswaram
  3. Died: 27 July 2015, Shillong
  4. Full name: Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
  5. Awards: Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan,

 

Mumbai Metro launches India’s first mobile ticketing system

  1. On Wednesday, Mumbai Metro One has did the announcement of the launch of the India’s first Mobile Ticketing System ‘OnGo’ that will help every commuters pass the AFC gates using their mobile phones, an official said here.
  2. “The new feature, the only one of its kind in the country, will add to the overall Metro experience of the commuters. We will endeavour to introduce even more customer-centric benefits in future,” said a Mumbai Metro One spokesperson.
  3. By the report of the metro officials there are some of the 15,000 smartcards are bought daily by commuters. “The benefits of this new system are enormous. No longer will 1.60 lakh commuters have to wait in queue,” the official said.
  4. Mumbai Metro is the in the term of the Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, MMRDA and Veolia Transport SA, France, which constructed Maharashtra’s first 11.40 km metro rail in Mumbai running between Versova, Andheri and Ghatkopar.

KEYS:

  1. Mumbai Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra
  2. The system is designed to reduce traffic congestion in the city, and supplement the overcrowded Mumbai Suburban Railway network
  3. Owner: Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority
  4. Began operation: June 8, 2014
  5. Operator(s): Metro One Operation Private Limited (Line 1)
  6. Average speed: 33 km/h (21 mph)
  7. Daily ridership: 355,000 (February 2017)
  8. Top speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)

 

 

Amid Dissident in JD (U), Nitish Kumar to Face Floor Test in Bihar Assembly Today at 11 am

  1. On Thursday, Nitish Kumar, who has taken the prime of the Bihar Chief Minister that was after the geting of the post of the Mahagathbandhan on Wednesday, that is the ready ofor the gone at the Assembly at 11 am on Friday to prove majority in house.
  2. Another JD(U) leader, Ali Anwar questioned the JD(U) chief over his tie-up with the “communal forces”. Speaking to ANI, he said, “If Nitish ji‘s soul compelled him to quit the grand alliance, my soul compels me to question why he joined hands with the BJP.”
  3. Recalling Nitish’s decision to break ranks with BJP in 2012, Anwar added, “This is the same communal party from which we distanced away. What has changed since then?”
  4. In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the new NDA alliance claims to have 132 MLAs – 71 of JD(U), BJP 53, RLSP two, LJP two, HAM one and three independents. This is comfortably above the halfway 122 mark.

KEYS:

  1. Bihar is a state in East India, bordering Nepal
  2. It is divided by the River Ganges, which floods its fertile plains
  3. Important Buddhist pilgrimage sites include the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya’s Mahabodhi Temple, under which the Buddha allegedly meditated
  4. In the state capital Patna, Mahavir Mandir temple is revered by Hindus, while Sikhs worship at the domed, riverside Gurdwara of Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji
  5. Districts: 38
  6. Capital: Patna
  7. Population: 99.02 million (2012)
  8. Animal: Gaur (गौर)
  9. Points of interest: Ganges, Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree,

 

Ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls, Three Gujarat Congress MLAs Resign, Join BJP

  1. In the Gujarat there is the rising of the condolscence of the all of the member of the Rajya Sabha polls, three party MLAs has been taken in the near to the opposition leader Shankarsinh Vaghela+ resigned from the assembly on Thursday.
  2. “Balwantsinh Rajput, Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel have given their resignation as sitting MLAs of their respective seats. They now cease to be the members the Legislative Assembly,” said Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora at Gandhinagar.
  3. “I am in public life for 35 years. The people of Siddhapur know how much I have worked for them and for the party. However, it is sad that some persons (in the Congress) have started pointing fingers at me due to my family ties (with Vaghela). That is why I gave my resignation,” BJP chief Amit Shah said.
  4. Asked about the possibility of her joining the BJP, she said, “Since the last one-and-a-half years, many of us have been telling the party leaders to give prominent posts to Patels to get their votes in the assembly polls. However, nothing was done in this regard. We will think about it and take a decision later. I have strengthened the Congress at taluka and district levels. However, injustice was done to me as well as to the Patidar community.”

KEYS:

  1. The Bharatiya Janata Party is one of the two major political parties in India, along with the Indian National Congress
  2. President: Amit Shah
  3. Headquarters: 11 Ashoka Road, New Delhi – 110001
  4. Founded: 6 April 1980
  5. Newspaper: Kamal Sandesh
  6. Ideology: Integral humanism, Social conservatism, Conservatism, Hindu nationalism, Gandhian socialism, Hindutva
  7. Political position: Right-wing politics

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya attends the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meet held in China

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya attends the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meet held in China

  1. The Indian delegation that is the in the lead of the Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment that has been get in the join with the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ meeting held on the 26-27th, July, 2017 at Chonqging, China.
  2. This meeting is heading the China, BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meet for the year 2017. In this meeting there is the M Sathiyavathy, Secretary( Labour and Employment), Manish Gupta, Joint Secretary, Anuja Bapat, Director and Prof Sasikumar, Sr. Fellow, VVGNLI.
  3. The main aim of this meeting which is going to be held is the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration by the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers on 27th July 2017 in Chongqing, China.
  4. These areas consisted of : “Governance in the Future of Work”, “Skills for development in BRICS”, “Universal and sustainable social security systems”, “BRICS Network of Labour Research Institutions”, “BRICS Social Security Cooperation Framework” and “BRICS entrepreneurship research”.

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.

 

US Slams ‘Provocative’ Iran Satellite-Launch Rocket Test

  1. On Thursday, the United States has been hitted by the satellite-launch rocket, and by this there is the call of the miss and voilence for the nation and the total of the UN Security Council resolutions.
  2. “We consider that to be continued ballistic missile development,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. “We consider this to be provocative action. Violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”
  3. American officials have argued that they violate United Nations Security Council Resolution 2331, which calls upon Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”
  4. “The Imam Khomeini Space Center was officially opened with the successful test of the Simorgh space launch vehicle…[which] can place a satellite weighing up to 250 kg (550 pounds) to an orbit of 500 km (311 miles),” a state television report said.
  5. “If the enemy steps over part of the agreement, we will do the same, and if they step over the entire deal, we will do the same too. We must always develop our defense capability and we will strengthen our defensive weapons regardless of the opinion of others” Rouhani said at a cabinet meeting.

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

BANKING & FINANCE

Punjab National Bank ties up with Bajaj Allianz General for distribution

Punjab National Bank ties up with Bajaj Allianz General for distribution

  1. The lending of the state, Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bajaj Allianz General has signed the some of the notes like the agreement with the insurance products through the branches.
  2. Commenting on the partnership, Sunil Mehta, MD of PNB said, “Such type of insurance tie-ups leads our 100 million customers to various products under one roof”.
  3. “The company extremely pleased to partner with one of the largest lender and is confident that this partnership will help us take insurance solutions to some of the remotest corners of our country through the bank’s extensive network of around 7,000 branches,” Bajaj Allianz General Insurance MD Tapan Singhel.
  4. “At the same time, we at Bajaj Allianz will ensure a seamless and instant insurance experience to the bank’s urban as well as rural customers through our digital offices,” he added.

KEYS:

  1. Punjab National Bank is an Indian multinational banking and financial services company
  2. It is a state-owned corporation based in New Delhi, India. The bank was founded in 1894
  3. Headquarters: New Delhi
  4. CEO: Sunil Mehta (6 May 2017–)
  5. Founder: Lala Lajpat Rai
  6. Founded: 19 May 1894, Lahore, Pakistan
  7. Subsidiaries: PNB Housing Finance Limited, PNB Gilts Ltd.,

 

BSE inks Cooperation Pact with Egyptian Exchange

  1. The leader of the economic condenses that is the BSE has signed the MoU with Egyptian Exchange (EGX) for cooperation in exchange of information across business areas.
  2. In the report of the media, EGX Executive Chairman Mohamed Omran said that the exchange aims to cross list and trade securities that would provide new investment alternatives to investors in both markets.
  3. “This MoU further complements EGX’s strategy to cooperate with global exchanges beyond its traditional markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. EGX and BSE both boost a long history of being in existence and business over 100 years,” Omran said.
  4. Ashishkumar Chauhan, Managing Director and CEO at BSE, said: “The MoU between BSE and EGX represents a significant step in integrating both the exchanges to build capital market flows. We are sure that this integration will go a long way in building both our expertise in product development and strengthening international connectivity”.

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. Dialing code: +20
  6. Currency: Egyptian pound

 

Australia sends its first uranium shipment to India

  1. There is the transportation of the uranium from Australia is the first time having world’s biggest has been sent to India elevating strategic partnership to a new level, informed visiting foreign minister Julie Bishop.
  2. “The first shipment of uranium under the commercial arrangement is on its own way to India. The parliamentary clearance for uranium supplies was approved in Australia.India and Australia have also agreed on nuclear safeguards agreement,” the Minister told a select group of reporters here on Tuesday after her meeting with the PM, Foreign Minister and Defence & Finance Minister.
  3. “This is long term dispute. While maritime border disputes should be settled based on UNCLOS, land boundary disputes should be settled peacefully. We don’t want to see an escalation. Any miscalculation could lead to tensions. India and Australia have a growing strategic and economic partnership to provide stability in the Indo-Pacific region. We hope to expand defence partnership besides working on counter-terror and countering violent extremism.” Bishop remarked.
  4. When asked about India’s reluctance to include Australia in the Malabar Naval exercise, the Minister avoided a direct reply and said, “The matter is not upsetting. Each country has different priorities. India and Australia have had bilateral Naval exercises. And Australia have series of bilateral military exercises and remain keen for more such exercise.”
  5. “There are all indications from the top leadership of US that it is continuing with its pivot to Asia-Pacific. Besides President Donald Trump will attend East Asia Summit,” the Australian Foreign Minister pointed out.

KEYS:

  1. Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans
  2. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland
  3. 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
  4. Capital: Canberra
  5. Dialing code: +61
  6. Date format: dd/mm/yyyy
  7. Currency: Australian dollar
  8. Points of interest: Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House,

Science and Technology

NASA will chase total solar eclipse in jets to make it last longer

NASA will chase total solar eclipse in jets to make it last longer

  1. On August 21 there will be the total solar eclipse and that will be the first time on the nearly of the 100 years to cut across the entire continental United States.
  2. “These could well turn out to be the best ever observations of high frequency phenomena in the corona,” said Dan Seaton, researcher at University of Colorado in the US.
  3. In the US, the eclipse is projected to begin near Madras, Oregon, around 9:06 a.m. PDT and end around Columbia, South Carolina, around 4:06 p.m. EDT.
  4. “Extending the observing time and going to very high altitude might allow us to see a few events or track waves that would be essentially invisible in just two minutes of observations from the ground,” Dan Seaton, a co-investigator of the project, said in a NASA press release on Tuesday.

 

 

DNA of human embryos edited for 1st time in US

  1. There is the first time in the history of the science there is the edited in the embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned.
  2. “So far as I know this will be the first study reported in the U.S.,” says Jun Wu, a collaborator at the Salk Institute, in La Jolla, California, who played a role in the project.
  3. “It is proof of principle that it can work. They significantly reduced mosaicism. I don’t think it’s the start of clinical trials yet, but it does take it further than anyone has before,” said a scientist familiar with the project.
  4. “Genome editing to enhance traits or abilities beyond ordinary health raises concerns about whether the benefits can outweigh the risks, and about fairness if available only to some people,” said Alta Charo, co-chair of the NAS’s study committee and professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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,

SPORTS

Indonesia to host AFC U-19 championship

Indonesia to host AFC U-19 championship

  1. On Wednesday, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competition Committee officially awarded Indonesia the hosting of the AFC Under-19 championship next year.
  2. This confirmation is done at the time the meeting of the AFC competition committee, held on Tuesday night, reports Xinhua news agency.
  3. The AFC U-19 championship has been selected that it will done at the time of the October 18 to November 4 of next year. The committee felt that Indonesia was regarded as the most favorable among the bidders.
  4. This meeting that was taken at the time of the country’s recovery and development of soccer following the recent FIFA ban.

KEYS:

  1. The Asian Football Confederation is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia
  2. President: Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa
  3. Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  4. General Secretary: Windsor Paul John
  5. Membership: 47 member associations
  6. Formation: 8 May 1954; 63 years ago

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Japanese, Sri Lankan among Magsaysay award winners

Japanese, Sri Lankan among Magsaysay award winners

  1. A Japanese historian who has did the Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples and a Sri Lankan teacher who has taken the war of the nation in term of the some the countries that are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize.
  2. The winners were unafraid to take on large causes and “refused to give up, despite meager resources, daunting adversity and strong opposition,” said Carmencita Abella, president of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. “Their approaches are all deeply anchored on a respect for human dignity and a faith in the power of collective endeavor.”
  3. Yoshiaki Ishizawa, a 79-year-old scholar of Southeast Asian history who has served as president of Japan’s Sophia University, devoted 50 years of his life to help preserve Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, a 162-hectare (400-acre) temple, from the ravages of time and conflict, according to the foundation.

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. Population: 127 million (2016) World Bank
  7. Prime minister: Shinzō Abe

OBITUARY

June Foray, who voiced Rocky and Natasha cartoon characters, dies at 99

June Foray, who voiced Rocky and Natasha cartoon characters, dies at 99

  1. The voice of “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha, the June Foray, who was famous in the 1960s for the animation history has died on Thursday at the age of 99 years
  2. Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”
  3. “We are all saddened by the news of June’s passing,” said ASIFA-Hollywood executive director Frank Gladstone, who noted that she would have celebrated her 100th birthday in September. “Although it didn’t come as a shock, it has really taken us back a bit.”
  4. Said ASIFA president Jerry Beck: “On behalf of ASIFA-Hollywood, of which June was a founder, we are mourning the passing of animation’s best friend. She has touched so many lives: with her voice that of so many classic cartoon character, her efforts to create ASIFA, to maintain the Academy’s Oscar for Best Animated Short and her leadership in crafting the category of Best Animated Feature. She was one of a kind. A trailblazer, a great talent and a truly wonderful person. We will never forget her.”

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day

  1. International Tiger Day is also called as the Global Tiger Day, is celebrated every year on the July 29 for the aim of the spread awareness to tiger conservation.
  2. This day was choose and established by the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit.
  3. The main aim of the this day is to celebrate the global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.

 

 

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