July 14 and July 15, 2018

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NATIONAL NEWS

  1. Swachh Survekshan Grameen’ 2018, a survey of rural cleanliness programme, to rank all districts and states on the basis of qualitative and quantitative evaluation was launched.
    • Top performing states and districts will be awarded on October 2.
    • As part of Swachh Survekshan Grameen 6,980 villages in 698 districts across India will be covered.
    • The objective of SSG 2018 is to undertake ranking of states and districts on basis of their performance attained on key quantitative and qualitative Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen (SBM-G) parameters.
    • Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017-
      1. Northeastern States of Sikkim, Nagaland and Manipur with 95% rural households covered by toilets were top performers.
      2. Himalayan States of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand were also top performers with over 90% toilet coverage of the rural houses.
      3. Bihar (30% coverage) and Uttar Pradesh (37%), Jharkhand (37%) were among the worst performers in terms of rural sanitation.
  1. Every  year in June or July, the Ratha Yatra, the Festival of Chariot: Chariots of Lord Jagannath is celebrated every year at Puri in Odisha.
    • It is considered as India and world oldest Ratha Yatra.

 

  1. Industry body Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) launched a digital campaign, ThinkForHealth, calling for ideas to improve access to healthcare in India.
    • The initiative launched in partnership with the Telangana government will provide a platform for young minds and social and health-tech entrepreneurs to share their ideas on the mentioned topics and the three winning ideas will be given a platform to be heard.

 

  1. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) is likely to partner with the government of Gujarat to build the Rs 2,000 crore Dholera airport project.
    • Equity participation between AAI and government of Gujarat will be 51% and 49%, respectively.

 

  1. Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) opened India’s first exquisite air-conditioned dormitory at MG Road Metro station.
    • The property will be managed and operated by Peters Inn.
  1. Two Indian-origin technology executives Jayshree Ullal (18th) and Neerja Sethi (21st)have made it to the Forbes’ list of America’s 60 richest self-made women.
  1. On a special request from Election Commission of Bhutan, India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) organized a 5 – day Capacity Development programme for Media Officials from Bhutan.
    • A course on media in elections is the first such course being organized by IIIDEM.

 

  1. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), an organisation under the Ministry of Culture, issued an order allowing photography within the premises of all centrally protected monuments/sites except at Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace and Taj Mahal.

 

  1. The Odisha government announced the constitution of a ‘Heritage Cabinet,’ headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
    • It aims at protection of ancient monuments, temples and archaeological sites and preservation of culture in Odisha.
  1. Haryana has topped other states in per capita revenue collection under GST, and is also the 4th highest generator of e-way bills in India.

 

  1. INS Taranginiarrived at her seventh portSunderland in the UK, during her #Lokayan-18 voyage and also to participate in the prestigious ‘tall ship races – 2018’.
    • Lokayan is a combination of two Sanskrit words: ‘Lokya’meaning worldwide and ‘Yana’ meaning travel, thus literally meaning, ‘travel around the world’.

 

  1. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal launched its first consolidated Bridge Management System (IR-BMS), a web-enabled IT application to store data on 5 lakh bridges.
    • The web-based platform will show the bridge master data, works data, information regarding inspection/monitoring and maintenance of the bridges and other essentials.

 

  1. The Mycological Laboratory of Goa university announced the discovery of a new pigment from local wild mushrooms that may help fight cancer.
    • The pigment has been declared as world’s first sulphur-rich edible melanin.
    • It has been found inRoen alamis (wild variety of Goan mushrooms that grows on termite hills) or Termitomyces species.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. South Africa has unveiled a powerful radio telescope, part of an international project that scientists say will provide new details on the Milky Way and other galaxies.
    • It is known as the 64-antenna MeerKAT, which was completed after a decade of design and construction.
  1. The first-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on a human was done by 2 New Zealand scientists named Phil and Anthony Butler.
  1. The International journal Ecological Engineering published that climate change is threatening the Nilgiri tahr.
    • According to the study, 60%of the population of the goat could be lost from 

 

 

BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu released the State Credit Plan (Banking) 2018-19, with an aim to improve banking services in Andhra Pradesh.
    • The Priority Sector that includes agriculture and allied activities, micro and small enterprises, poor people for housing, students for education has been allocated Rs 1,44,220 crores.
    • The non-priority sector, under which financial institutions lend credit to bank customers, has been allocated Rs 50,000 crores.

 

 

AWARDS

  1. India’s Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)project has bagged World Bank’s Internal Award for Exceptional Performance in achieving many development goals.
    • Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project is a World Bank supported project that aims to build national capacity for implementation of comprehensive coastal management approach in the country.
  1. Station Beautification competition Awards-
    • First Prize: Balharshah & Chandrapur Railway Stations of Central Railway – Rs.10 Lakhs.
    • Second Prize: Madhubani station of East Central Railway & Madurai station of Southern Railway – Rs. 5 Lakhs.
    • Third Prize:Gandhidham station of Western Railway, Kota station of West Central Railway & Secunderabad station of South Central Railway – Rs. 3 Lakhs.
    • The station beautification initiative was launched by Indian Railways.

 

 

SPORTS

  1. Indian cricketer Mohammed Kaif officially retired from all forms of cricket.