Current Affairs Today – July, 3rd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – July, 3rd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

Jammu & Kashmir assembly likely to pass GST Bill by July 6

Jammu & Kashmir assembly likely to pass GST Bill by July 6

  1. Jammu and Kashmir, is the country which is not meeting on the June 30 timeline for the GST rollout, this shows that the legislation of the indirect tax regime by July 6, it is said by the Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said in New Delhi on Friday.
  2. “Jammu and Kashmir (assembly) is likely to pass the GST bill by July 6 in the state,” said Drabhu, who was here to attend the midnight launch of the GST in the central hall of Parliament.
  3. An official spokesman said here, “There was a general consensus in the meeting that non-implementation of the GST regime would trigger economic and financial chaos in the state with the inter-state trade vis-a-vis J&K taking a big hit,”
  4. Drabu had said, “We will take a final call on the GST implementation once we get the full sense of the all-party meeting. I do not want to preempt anybody. Let us understand what their views are,”

KEYS:

  1. Jammu and Kashmir is a state in northern India, often denoted by the acronym J&K
  2. It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south
  3. Districts: 22
  4. Chief minister: Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed
  5. Capitals: Srinagar (Summer), Jammu (Winter)

 

GST rollout: Cracks in Oppn widen as NCP, SP, BSP join JD (U) at midnight session

  1. In the last week on Thursday, 17 Opposition parties have conducted the meeting for the Presidential elections. After the one week, that is some hours ago the midnight GST session in Parliament, their unity stood shattered.
  2. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said, “It was conveyed to them that we cannot take the decision at the last stage as it will not be appropriate. They should have discussed this earlier,”
  3. Tariq Anwar said, “The GST Bill was unanimously passed in Parliament. We had also supported it. But there was no need for this function. We condemn the attempt to dramatise it by organising a midnight event,”
  4. Ram Gopal Yadav said, “When Parliament has passed the Bill, why shouldn’t we be here? Both the sides came together and passed the Bill,”

KEYS:

  1. The Nationalist Congress Party is a centrist nationalist political party in India
  2. Its youth wing is the Nationalist Youth Congress
  3. President: Sharad Pawar
  4. Leader: Sharad Pawar
  5. Headquarters: 10, Bishambhar Das Marg, New Delhi -110001
  6. Founder: Sharad Pawar, Tariq Anwar, P. A. Sangma
  7. Founded: 25 May 1999
  8. Ideology: Conservatism, Civic nationalism, Progressivism, Indian nationalism

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Indian-origin boy Arnav Sharma gets higher IQ score than Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking Mensa test

Indian-origin boy Arnav Sharma gets higher IQ score than Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking Mensa test

  1. An 11-year-old Indian-origin boy who is in the UK has scored the top rank score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test, this is two point higher than the genius, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, he made himself as the one of the brainiest children in the country.
  1. “The Mensa test is quite hard and not many people pass it so do not expect to pass,” Arnav said. “I took the exam at the Salvation center and it took about two and a half hours,”
  2. Meesha Dhamija Sharma, his mother, said, “I was thinking what is going to happen because you never know and he had never seen what a paper looks like. He was counting up to more than 100. That was when I stopped teaching him because I came to know that there is no end to his numbers”
  3. Arnav Sharma said, “I took the exam at the Salvation centre and it took about two and a half hours. There were about seven or eight people there. A couple was children but the rest were adults. It was what I thought it would be.”

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. Prime minister: Theresa May
  6. Currency: Pound sterling

 

 

End of Caliphate: Iraqi forces capture 850-year-old Mosul mosque from ISIS

  1. Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says ISIL’s “state of falsehood” has get ended that is in the Iraq and have destroyed the landmark mosque in Mosul from where the armed group proclaimed its self-styled caliphate exactly three years ago.
  2. “The return of al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba minaret to the fold of the nation marks the end of the Daesh state of falsehood,” Abadi said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL, also known as ISIS.
  3. Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith said, “And even though Iraqi forces say they’ve got control of the area around the mosque, they’ve not gone into what’s left of the compound because they believe like everywhere else they’ve captured in the Old City, it’s been booby-trapped.”
  4. Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from Erbil, said, “Not long after ISIL forces blew up the al Nuri mosque and its minaret, Iraqi forces said they were about 50 metres away. It’s then taken more than a week to advance those 50 metres and to take control of the mosque compound”

KEYS:

  1. Iraq, officially known as the Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria to the west
  2. Currency: Iraqi dinar
  3. President: Fuad Masum
  4. Prime minister: Haider al-Abadi
  5. Points of interest: National Museum of Iraq, Ziggurat of Ur, more

 

BANKING & FINANCE

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to implement Energy Efficiency Programmes signs MoU

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to implement Energy Efficiency Programmes signs MoU

  1. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, has created the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Energy Services Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that for the implement energy efficiency programmes and scale-up demand side measures in the Gulf country.
  2. This Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Mr. Waled Alghreri, Chief Executive Officer, National Energy Services Company and Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL.
  3. As per the MoU, the EESL will provide consultancy and expand the capacity of the National Energy Services Company, whihc is esrtablished by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to execute energy efficiency programmes.
  4. EESL has also get emerge for the roam of its officials in Saudi Arabia to provide technical and financial consultancy and monitor the execution of energy efficiency projects.

KEYS:

  1. Saudi Arabia is a desert country encompassing most of the Arabian Peninsula, with Red Sea and Persian (Arabian) Gulf coastlines
  2. Known as the birthplace of Islam, it’s home to the religion’s 2 most sacred mosques: Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, destination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, burial site of the prophet Muhammad
  3. Riyadh, the capital, is a skyscraper-filled metropolis.
  4. Capital: Riyadh
  5. Currency: Saudi riyal
  6. King: Salman of Saudi Arabia
  7. Points of interest: Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Quba Mosque, Kaaba, more

 

US to sell $366.2 million C-17 Globemaster aircraft to India

  1. This is the first selling in the Trump’s administration to sell the C-17 transport aircraft to India by the US will improve its capability to meet current and future strategic airlift requirements, the Pentagon has said.
  2. “The proposed sale will improve India’s capability to meet current and future strategic airlift requirements,” Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a notification to the Congress on Monday.
  3. “India lies in a region prone to natural disasters and will use the additional capability for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” the agency said.
  4. “This proposed sale is necessary to the furtherance of the US, foreign policy and national security objectives outlined in the Policy Justification,” the Pentagon 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, more

 

Science and Technology

SpaceX shoots for Sunday satellite launch from KSC

SpaceX shoots for Sunday satellite launch from KSC

  1. SpaceX’s great launch will be start at the Sunday at Kennedy Space Center; besides this the Falcon 9 rocket aims to fly the company’s third mission in just over nine days.
  2. Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler said, “If we weren’t comfortable, we wouldn’t be proceeding. We think that SpaceX is a serious organization, and they’re doing all the things to make sure this launch goes off as successfully as possible.”
  3. “The importance of this obviously is bringing communications and Internet connectivity to people that aren’t connected,” said Spengler.
  4. “I think what they’ve accomplished, and the cadence that they’ve had over the recent months, is impressive,” said Spengler. “If they can maintain this pace and approach, it’s going to benefit a lot of people in the marketplace.”

KEYS:

  1. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California
  2. CEO: Elon Musk (2002–)
  3. Founder: Elon Musk
  4. Founded: 2002
  5. Headquarters: Hawthorne, California, United States
  6. Number of employees: 6,000
  7. Type of business: Privately held company

 

SPORTS

Germany stun Spain to claim Under-21 title after Mitchell Weiser header

  1. Mitchell Weiser has created the best ever his recorded by scoring the first-half header to hand Germany the under-21 European Championship title with the 1-0 win over Spain in the southern Polish city of Krakow on Friday.
  2. Spanish coach Albert Celades, a former defensive midfielder with Real Madrid and Barcelona said, “The goal made everything very difficult. The first half was key for us, we tried to do everything in the second half but time was running out for us,”
  3. Albert Celades said, “Of course we’re sad, this was the final (but) Germany is a fabulous team… playing very good football.”
  4. “We trusted that in the final all players can bring again close to 100 percent of their performance and that was right. We had to bring our best technical game today with a lot of courage,” said Kuntz.

KEYS:

  1. Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches
  2. It has over 2 millennia of history
  3. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII
  4. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus
  5. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank
  6. Capital: Berlin
  7. President: Frank-Walter Steinmeier
  8. Destinations: Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, more
  9. Official language: German

 

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Health Ministry’s mobile app EVIN wins GSMA Asia Mobile Award

Health Ministry’s mobile app EVIN wins GSMA Asia Mobile Award

  1. The best application for the digitizing vaccine logistics, eVIN, has won the prestigious GSMA Asia Mobile Award 2017 (AMO) for its best participation to the UN’s sustainable development goals in Asia.
  2. The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) iis the online real-time vaccine logistics management system that is developed and implemented by the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  3. This award ceremoney is held during the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Shanghai yesterday, recognised the contributions of several transformative mobile innovations making a mark in the Asian region.

KEYS:

  1. The GSM Association is a trade body that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide
  2. Approximately 800 mobile operators are full GSMA members and a further 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem are associate members
  3. Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  4. Membership: 1200 companies
  5. Founded: 1995
  6. Type of business: Industry trade body
  7. Purpose: Representing mobile operators

OBITUARY

Simone Veil, Ex-Minister Who Wrote France’s Abortion Law, Dies at 89

Simone Veil, Ex-Minister Who Wrote France's Abortion Law, Dies at 89

  1. Simone Veil, who was an Auschwitz survivor who has served as the health minister of France in the 1975 law that legalized abortion in that country, and who was the first woman to be chosen president of the European Parliament, has died on Friday in Paris at the age of 89.
  2. “Her uncompromising humanism, wrought by the horror of the camps, made her the constant ally of the weakest, and the resolute enemy of any political compromise with the extreme right,” his office said in a statement.
  3. Veil told lawmakers: “I say this with total conviction: Abortion should stay an exception, the last resort for desperate situations. How, you may ask, can we tolerate it without its losing the character of an exception — without it seeming as though society encourages it?”

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Sports Journalists Day

World Sports Journalists Day

  1. World Sports Journalists Day is is globly celebrated on July 2 evey year. This day was established by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in 1994 to mark the 70th anniversary of its foundation.
  2. The term “sports journalism” is the form of writing the report on the sports,it is the main element for the media organization.
  3. Sports journalists from all over the world are united by the International Sports Press Association (Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive, AIPS).
  4. AIPS was founded on July 2, 1924 during the Summer Olympics in Paris.

KEYS:

First celebrated- By the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in 1994

 

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