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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill 2017 passed in Rajya Sabha

Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill 2017 passed in Rajya Sabha

  1. The opposition party has started the appose in the Lok Sabha premises in the second of the week. Their raise of the voice that has been protest has risen after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended six MPs for their “unruly behaviour.”
  2. In the term of the issues that has created after the state of the J&K, Statistics Minister D V Sadanand Gowda said the provisions of the bill do not infringe upon the rights of Kashmiris and the Centre was not overriding Article 370 or encroaching upon the powers of the state government.
  3. Azad, a former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said, “We request you to ask the assembly to pass the bill, instead of passing it unilaterally here. A small spark can lead to a big fire — be sensitive and considerate,”
  4. “Non-availability of data hurts the country’s development, including Jammu and Kashmir. should anything go wrong, the National Democratic Alliance government will be squarely responsible”. Gowda said.

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. Population: 12.55 million (2011)
  4. Districts: 22
  5. Chief minister: Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed
  6. Capitals: Srinagar (Summer), Jammu (Winter)

 

Madras HC makes Vande Mataram mandatory in Schools, Govt. and Private Offices

Madras HC makes Vande Mataram mandatory in Schools, Govt. and Private Offices

  1. Singing of Vande Mataram at least once a week has been made mandatory in schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions by the Madras High Court.
  2. The issue pertains to a case filed by Veeramani who lost the state recruitment board exam by a mark as he answered Bengali for the question on the language of ‘Vande Mataram’ while the answer key said that it was written in Sanskrit.
  3. Order passed by High court:

“The National Song “Vande Mataram” shall be played and sung in all schools/colleges/Universities and other educational institutions atleast once a week (Preferably on Monday or Friday).

The National Song “Vande Mataram” shall be played and sung in all government offices and institutions/ private companies/ factories and industries at least once a month.

The Director of Public Information is directed to upload and circulate the translated version of “Vande Mataram” in Tamil and English thereby making it available in the government websites and also in social media.

Let a copy of this order be marked to the chief secretary of the government of Tamil Nadu, who shall issue appropriate instructions to the concerned authorities.

In the event, any person/organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the National Song, he or she shall not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons for not doing so.

The youth of this country are the future of tomorrow. This court hopes and trusts that this order shall be taken in the right spirit and also implemented in letter and spirit by the citizenry of this great nation.”

 

 

GST Council panel to select National Anti-profiteering Authority

  1. The GST Council has created the member committee that is headed by the Cabinet Secretary to identify and recommend eligible persons for appointment as the chairman and members of the National Anti-profiteering Authority.
  2. “When constituted by the GST Council, the National Anti-profiteering Authority shall be responsible for applying anti-profiteering measures in the event of a reduction in rate of GST on supply of goods or services or, if the benefit of input tax credit is not passed on to the recipients by way of commensurate reduction in prices,” an official statement said on Tuesday.
  3. “The standing committee is empowered to refer cases requiring detailed inquiry to director general of safeguards, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), who shall give his recommendation for consideration of the National Anti-profiteering Authority,” the statement said.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India will need $4.5 trillion by 2040 for infrastructure – Global Infrastructure Outlook

India will need $4.5 trillion by 2040 for infrastructure – Global Infrastructure Outlook

  1. For the development there is the need of the USD 4.5 trillion till 2040 To the India for the develop infrastructure to improve economic growth and community wellbeing, it is in the statement of the Global Infrastructure Hub on Wednesday.
  2. “Rising income levels and economic prosperity is likely to drive significant demand for infrastructure investment in India over the next 25 years,” the report said.
  3. “In absolute terms, the total investment needed to meet the SDGs is greatest in India – a total of USD 1.3 trillion of investment is needed by 2030, more than China, which is USD 257 billion,” the report said.
  4. In the term of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) into account, the country is predicted to need an additional USD 888 billion by 2030 to provide universal household access to electricity and water.

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,

 

2017 BRICS Youth Forum opens in Beijing

2017 BRICS Youth Forum opens in Beijing

  1. The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum has been started the conference at the China to discuss youth development in the BRICS member-nations.
  2. Themed “Enhance BRICS Partnership, Promote Youth Development,” the three-day forum gathered 50 youth representatives working as civil servants, scholars, entrepreneurs, artists and journalists from BRICS countries, it is said in the report of the media.
  3. In this meeting of the conference there in the head of the youth policies and entrepreneurship, as well as the roles of BRICS youth in global governance, before formulating an action plan for the forum.
  4. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa first came up with the idea of establishing a dialogue mechanism for BRICS youth in 2014 during a meeting between BRICS leaders in South Africa.

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.

 

Zimbabwe gives Mugabe power to appoint judges

  1. On Tuesday, the parliament of the Zimbabwe’s has changed the constitution for the coming of the back of the power at the President Robert Mugabe sole power to appoint the country’s top three judges, a move the main opposition said could undermine the independence of the judiciary.
  2. “We did not support the bill, essentially because in terms of substance, it’s not something that will enhance the independence of the judiciary,” Innocent Gonese, chief whip of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said after the vote.
  3. “The amendment will take us back to the era of imperial presidency, which concentrates power in the hands of one man,” Gonese said after his party had unsuccessfully tried to stop the vote.

KEYS:

  1. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas
  2. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping
  3. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife
  4. Capital: Harare
  5. President: Robert Mugabe
  6. Currencies: United States Dollar, South African rand, Euro, Indian rupee, Pound sterling, Renminbi, Botswana pula
  7. Points of interest: Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park,

                          

 

BANKING & FINANCE

Microsoft launches ‘Made for India’ Kaizala app

Microsoft launches ‘Made for India’ Kaizala app

  1. The Kaizala app which is powered by the by Microsoft Azure and is a product of Microsoft Garage, which focuses on experimental ideas and projects.
  2. “Kaizala brings together the two disparate worlds of mobile only messaging apps and a digitally integrated modern workplace. The product will make it possible for organisations to interact with everyone both within and outside, seamlessly and with rich content,” said Anant Maheshwari, President, and Microsoft India.
  3. “Kaizala has been optimised for 2G networks to enable connectivity in remote locations and offers features with offline support,” he added.
  4. “The product offers a simple and familiar chat interface and goes beyond to make everyone more productive using Surveys, Polls, Jobs, Meetings and other actions, right in your chats,” added Rajiv Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Office Product Group, Microsoft.

KEYS:

  1. Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington
  2. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and services
  3. CEO: Satya Nadella (4 Feb 2014–)
  4. Customer service: 1800 102 1100
  5. Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, United States
  6. Founded: 4 April 1975, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
  7. Stock price: MSFT (NASDAQ) US$ 74.05 -0.14 (-0.19%)
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  9. Founders: Bill Gates, Paul Allen
  10. Did you know: Microsoft is the world’s sixth-largest information technology company by revenue.

 

Indian banks most at risk among South, S-E Asian peers: Moody’s poll

  1. There is the many of the risk of the Indian bank for the South and Southeast Asia, and being under-capitalised, they lack sufficient loan provisioning, says a Moody’s poll.
  2. “Indian banks are at the most risk in South and Southeast Asia. We agree that many banks in India remain undercapitalised and continue to lack sufficient loan-loss provisions. Moreover, the government has appeared reluctant to increase capital injections into the PSU banks, despite the limited ability of these to access equity markets for the much-needed capital,” the Moody’s poll said.
  3. Before some days there were the Moody’s has given the statement for the risk of the Indian banks to stable or negative from positive, signaling a lowering in potential government support, and/or weaknesses in solvency metrics.
  4. By the report there is the chance of the taking of the many types of the PSU banks despite the limited ability of these lenders to access equity markets for the much-needed capital.

 

Science and Technology

CM Yogi Adityanath launches UP-RERA website

CM Yogi Adityanath launches UP-RERA website

  1. The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association (Credai) has shows his great expansion by launching of the RERA registration platform, www.up-rera.in by chief minister Yogi Adityanath this morning in Lucknow.
  2. “This comes as a huge relief and the instant registration number is a great feature. So builders can today itself register their project and then advertise their upcoming projects. Business should get moving now. While July 31 is the last official date for existing projects, we hope the builders would get a few days grace to comply. Over all it is good news for all stake-holders,” Manoj Gaur, president, Credai-NCR told TOI over a call from Lucknow.
  3. “We were already prepared with our paperwork for this. So we will register all our projects today,” RK Arora, chairman Supertech said while commenting on the launch
  4. “It has been our singular demand to implement RERA in UP in its pure form as introduced by the Union government. The UP version of RERA is soft on builders and we will challenge this in court,” Abhishek Kumar, president Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association said.

KEYS:

  1. Uttar Pradesh is a state in northern India. Its city of Agra is home to the iconic Taj Mahal monument, a colossal, domed, white-marble mausoleum honouring the wife of 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan
  2. Nearby are the red-brick walls of Agra Fort, a fortified palace dating to the 16th and 17th centuries
  3. Capital Lucknow has Muslim memorial shrines Bara Imambara and calligraphy-adorned Chota Imambara
  4. Land area: 243,286 km²
  5. Population: 204.2 million (2012)
  6. Districts: 75
  7. Capitals: Lucknow, Allahabad (Judiciary)
  8. Points of interest: Taj Mahal, Ganges, Agra Fort, Yamuna

 

SPORTS

Women’s World Cup 2017 exposed alarming technological gap between men’s and women’s games

Women's World Cup 2017 exposed alarming technological gap between men's and women's games

  1. In the recent of the held match of the Women’s World Cup that was held in the recent some days before that is the 272nd anniversary of the first recorded women’s cricket match was a landmark moment in the sport’s history.
  2. “Throughout this whole tournament with the streaming and having all these nice things around, you kind of see what we’ve been missing – that’s very important to have,” South Africa’s skipper, Dan van Niekerk said.
  3. “When I checked it from our area, her (Kapp’s) hands were in before it even hit the stumps. That was a changing moment in the game because she was hitting it really well. Maybe something would’ve changed there.”
  4. From the opposition, Australia’s Ellyse Perry said, “”We’ve got the streaming facilities. I’m not a tech expert but potentially if there was a way of setting that (TV Umpire) up, I think that’d be great going forward, it seems like out to me, so I will give it out.”

KEYS:

  1. The International Cricket Council is the international governing body of cricket
  2. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from England, Australia and South Africa
  3. Chairperson: Shashank Manohar
  4. Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  5. CEO: Dave Richardson (28 Jun 2012–)
  6. Membership: 105 members
  7. Founded: 15 June 1909

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Guardian Australia wins three awards at midyear Walkleys

Guardian Australia wins three awards at midyear Walkleys

The Walkley Foundation has announced its winner that of the last mid-year awards with the money that has been recieved to them by the Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund. The awards winner are as follows:

 

  1. Walkley Media Incubator and Innovation Fund investments
  2. Burn the Register by Jackson Gothe-Snape: $30,000
  3. Data Explorer by Kaho Cheung: $10,000
  4. Tiny Moguls by Sheree Joseph: $10,000
  5. The City Standard by Farrin Foster and Josh Fanning: $5,000
  6. The Podcast Expansion and Recommendation Project by Kristofer Lawson: $5,000
  7. Industrial Relations Reporting Award
  8. Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Nick Toscano, The Age
  9. Macca’s workers underpaid by millions
  10. Shopped Out
  11. Sold out: quarter of a million workers underpaid in union deals
  12. Award partners: Unions NSW, UTS, AI Group, ACTU and Australian Super
  13. Women’s Leadership in Media Award
  14. Catherine Fox, ABC Online, The Australian and New South Publishing
  15. Recruitment drive boosts number of women working on railways
  16. Elizabeth Broderick, Lance Hockridge and the Male Champions of Change
  17. Freelance Journalist of the Year
  18. Jo Chandler, The Monthly and Background Briefing, ABC Radio National
  19. Climate of Change
  20. Arts Journalism Award
  21. John Shand, Johnshand.com.au and The Sydney Morning Herald
  22. Meaning It: Truth, Trump Universality and Cultural Amnesia
  23. Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism
  24. Kate Hennessy, The Guardian
  25. The Drover’s Wife review – plot twist leaves Australian classic spinning on its axis
  26. Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards
  27. SHORTFORM JOURNALISM
  28. Tom Minear, Herald Sun
  29. Minister’s dog act
  30. Gone to the dogs
  31. Boned
  32. LONGFORM FEATURE OR SPECIAL
  33. Carl Smith, The Science Show, ABC Radio National ABC
  34. Bionic Bodies
  35. COVERAGE OF COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS
  36. Michael McGowan and Carrie Fellner, Newcastle Herald
  37. The foam and the fury
  38. VISUAL STORYTELLING
  39. Dave May, SBS Viceland
  40. Bullying’s Deadly Toll
  41. Australia’s Only Town Against Same-Sex Marriage
  42. Suburban Exorcists
  43. PUBLIC SERVICE JOURNALISM
  44. Paul Farrell, Guardian Australia
  45. The Nauru Files
  46. STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
  47. Christiane Barro, Mojo News, Monash University
  48. ‘I would have sat every day of those 20 years in jail’
  49. ‘It’s not our fault’: Dole recipients say they’re not bludging the system
  50. ‘It’s safer for everyone’: heroin addicts plead for a safe injecting room
  51. JACOBY-WALKLEY SCHOLARSHIP
  52. Lydia Bilton, The University of Sydney
  53. Scholarship partners: Nine Network and AFTRS
  54. WALKLEY YOUNG AUSTRALIAN JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
  55. Paul Farrell, Guardian Australia
  56. The Nauru Files

 

OBITUARY

Former freedom fighter K.E. Mammen dies aged 96

  1. The great Gandhian and freedom fighter K.E Mammen has been died on Wednesday at the age of 96 years. He was admitted in the privater hospital Neyyattinkara, Thiruvananthapuram and there only he breathed last.
  2. About the telling of the story about the college days, its Scottish principal Rev. Dr A.J. Boyd said to Mammen, “I respect your courage and patriotism. But I have no other option but to expel you.”
  3. When he was the 22 year old, he has gone to the Tiruvalla in Pathanamthitta and there he has work at the Kottayam. In the year 1996, he gets return to the Thiruvananthapuram. He has been known for the many of the issues at the time of the awards like the Ramashramam Award and Lohi Vicharavedi Award and TKV Foundation Award. He had given the awards of the Mother Teresa Award constituted by the YMCA Kottayam in 1995 for his relentless fight against the social evils.
  4. His born was done in the self-aspect of the Kandathil family as the sixth child of K.C. Eapen and Kunjandamma on July 31, 1921, in Thiruvananthapuram. From his young age he has started his struggle for the freedom. At that time his fater was the manager of National Quilon Bank in Thiruvananthapuram.

KEYS:

  1. Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) is the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala
  2. It’s distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries
  3. It’s also home to Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family, whose regional capital was here from the 18th–20th centuries.

 

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Hepatitis Day

  1. World Hepatitis Day, has been celebrated on July 28 every year, It have the aim of the spreading the awareness around the world many types of the infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E and their prevention cautions, diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Over the world wide there is the Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people, because of the dangerous and the affecting diseases over the4 million people every year.
  3. World Hepatitis Day has marked by the World Health Organization (WHO) that it is the eighth biggest globally and the affecting diseases, along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World AIDS Day.
  4. Hepatitis groups, patients and advocates are always take part in the event that is held on July 28. In the event of the 2017 there was the creation of the Guinness World Record when 12,588 people from 20 countries did the Three Wise Monkeys actions on World Hepatitis Day to signify the willful ignorance of the disease.

KEYS:

  1. The World Hepatitis Day logo is the global symbol for encouraging better awareness, action, and support to prevent and treat viral hepatitis.
  2. Date- 28 July
  3. Next time – 28 July 2017
  4. Frequency- annual

 

 

 

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