July 16, 2018

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NATIONAL NEWS

  1. The Maharashtra government announced that moviegoers will be free to carry outside food inside the multiplex from August 1.
    • The government further directed the multiplex owners that there should be no difference in the MRP of food products sold outside and inside multiplexes in the state.
  1. India and the US are likely to hold their first Tri-services military drill later this year.
    • The three wings of the armed forces of India and the US hold separate military exercises, but this will be the first time that the two countries will have a joint drill of their army, air force and the navy.
    • While the US has held tri-services military drills with many of its allies, India has held such an exercise only with Russia.
  1. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)constituted a 10 Member Committee, headed by the Secretary of Ministry of Corporate Affairs – Injeti Srinivas to review Companies Act 2013.
    • The corporate affairs ministry is set to decriminalize offenses of a less serious nature under the company law.
  1. The Finance Ministry released India will head the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for two years as it’s Vice Chair from July, 2018 to June, 2020.

 

  1. The first of world’s cheapest drinking water project was launched in Darbhanga district, Bihar.
    • This was launched by Sulabh International, an organisation that introduced the concept of ‘Sulabh Sauchalya’ in the country.
    • The ‘Sulabh Jal’ project converts contaminated pond and river water into safe drinking water.
    • The water purification process has a capacity to purify 8,000 litresof water per day at nominal cost.
    • With this people will get pure and clean water only in 50paisa/litre.
  1. The Haryana Education Departmentlaunched ‘I am not afraid of English’ initiative from Class 1 in the state’s primary schools.
    • The initiative is aimed at capacity building of teachers to enable them to help the students to learn, read, write and speak English.
    • A booklet containing 1,000sentences/phrases (200 sentences per grade for all the five grades )has been prepared at the primary level of schooling.
  1. Militaries of India and Pakistan will be part of a mega Anti-Terror Drill in Russia in August which is being organized by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
    • It will be for the first timesince Independence that India and Pakistan will both be part of a military exercise.
    • The name of the drill is : “Peace Mission”.
    • Other SCO member countries joining the exercise are: Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 
  1. The government has asked to remove Saltie, saltwater crocodiles from Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, which could potentially lead to culling of adult saltwater crocodiles.
    • The current Saltie population in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is estimated at 1,700.
    • Under the Wildlife Protection Act, the schedule 1 status is given to the most endangered species of plants and animals and carry the highest penalty for poachers.
    • However, permission may be given for selective culling if any species is declared vermin by local authorities or is perceived to be a severe threat to human lives.
    • Once poached extensively for their skin and meat, the saltwater crocodile population in the islands have grown from double digits in the mid 60s to about 1,700 under the government’s Project Crocodile programme, which was launched in 1975.

 

9. Destruction of mangrove cover in the Bandar Reserve Forest (BRF) is forcing the Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) out of its habitat, triggering a conflict with the local communities.

  • Bandar Reserve Forest is in Andhra Pradesh.
  1. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched the ‘Paudhagiri’ campaign, aimed at increasing the green cover in the State.
    • Under the campaign, 22 lakh students from Classes VI to XII of all government and private schools in Haryana will plant a sapling each during three months of the monsoon — July, August and September.

 

  1. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) joined hands with Jammu and Kashmir’s Directorate of Health Services-Kashmir (DHS-K) to set up a Telemedicine Centre at an altitude of 12,700 feet, roping in the country’s top hospitals, to cater to pilgrims en-route to the Amarnath shrine.
    • The Panjtarni Base Camp Hospital on the Pahalgam cave shrine route will provide real-time treatment for high-altitude and other ailments that pilgrims frequently face in the region.

 

  1. Kerala is in a spot over the decision of Kannur International Airport Limited (KIAL) to pull out from the Central government’s Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme after inking the agreement.
    • UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) is a scheme under the Regional Connectivity Scheme of the government aimed at making air travel affordable.
    • Shirdi airport in Maharashtra was the first to withdraw from UDAN.

 

  1. Heavy rainfall in the catchment area has resulted in high inflow, and all the reservoirs in the Cauvery basin Harangi, Kabini, Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) and Hemavathi – have reached the Full Reservoir Level (FRL) in record time.

 

  1. An unknown epidemic caused mass death of turtles in areas like Kanjikuzhi, Mararikulam South, Cherthala, Mannancherry, Thakazhi, Edathua, and Mararikulam, Kerala.
    • The Indian Black Turtle also known as Indian Pond Terrapin is classified as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
    • The disease outbreaks were not new to Alappuzha. In 2016, Bird Flu (avian influenza), caused by H5N8 virus, was detected among ducks in Kuttanad.
    • Prior to that, H5N1 was reported in the district in 2014.

 

  1. Harrier birds, a migratory raptor species that regularly visits vast swathes of India, are declining.
    • At least five species of harriers were recorded in India over the years.
    • The drastic changes were observed in the Rollapadu Bustard Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district.
    • India has one of the largest roosting sites in the world for Pallid Harriers and Montagu’s Harriers.

 

  1. RBI has asked Puducherry, Chandigarh and urban areas of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli to be cautious in shifting to Cash Transfer.
    • At present, three UTs are implementing the mode of cash transfer, under which 31 lakh beneficiaries receive ₹12.82 crore every month through their bank accounts, according to a publication of the Department of Food and Public Distribution in the Union government.
    • The beneficiaries have the choice of buying food grains from the open market.

 

  1. A protest is going on against the government’s Minimum Support Prices for kharif crops as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission.

 

  1. Fertiliser major IFFCO has partnered with Singapore-based technology firm iMandi to start an e-commerce platform for farmers.
    • An e-commerce app, ‘IFFCO iMandi’, has been introduced and would cater to 5.5 crore farmers already associated with the cooperative.
    • A web portal has also been developed.
    • This app is an ‘one stop shop’ for agri inputs and produce, FMCG, electronics, loans, insurance etc.

 

  1. A recent initiative called ‘The Jute Foundation’ (TJF) is trying to address many issues pertaining to the environment-friendly product.
    • It is trying to engage all stakeholders –farmers, workers, mills, research organisations and consumers.
    • It is an initiative is being introduced for the industry to work jointly with research and development agencies like IJIRA (Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association) and others to develop thin and slim jute shopping bags “that can be rolled into a ladies handbag.”

 

  1. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will start getting green power from the Madhya Pradesh-based Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd (RUMSL) in the next two months, the first project in the country to supply power to an inter-state open access customer.
    • Green power is a subset of renewable energy and represents those renewable energy resources and technologies that provide the highest environmental benefit.
    • Delhi was ranked as the sixth most polluted city in the world as per the air quality data compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for mega cities.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. The members of the “Wild Boars” football team (12 boys and coach) were rescued from the Tham Luang cave after entering on June 23 and getting trapped by monsoon floodwaters.

 

 

 BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. State Bank of Indiaand National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development have joined hands to provide collateral-free credit in 
    • Under the agreement, Nabard will provide assistance to NGOs for formation, nurturing and hand-holding of JLGs of oral lessees, sharecroppers and tenant farmers and SBI will provide collateral free credit support to the activity groups promoted by the NGOs.
  1. A report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), India’s economic growth will rise to 4% in 2018 and 7.5% in 2019.
    • China’s GDP growth is projected to moderate to 7% in 2018 and to 6.4% in 2019.
  1. Debt advisory services firm K. Capital Services is likely to manage India’s first debt Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) proposed to be set up for PSUs and public sector banks to raise long terms funds from the market.

 

 

APPOINTMENTS

  1. V. Narendran has been appointed as Chairman and Non-Executive additional Directorof Bhushan Steel Ltd which has been acquired by Tata Steel under corporate resolution process.

 

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. On 15th July 2018, World Youth Skills Day was celebrated all over the world.
    • The United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day to create awareness on the importance of investing in youth skills development.

 

 

AWARDS

  1. Ishwar Sharma (8 years old) has been named the “British Indian of the Year” for his achievements in Yoga.

 

 

SPORTS

  1. Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon men’s singles title.
  2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the fourth Indianto achieve the mark of 10,000 runs in ODIs, during the second match of the three-game series against England, at Lord’s cricket ground in London.
    • He has reached the milestone of scoring 10,000 runs in ODIs after three other Indian batsmen: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
    • Mahendra Singh Dhoni  is now placed 12th in the list of all-time highest run-scorers in ODIs.

 

  1. France won the World Cup in its country’s history for the second time.
    • France won the world cup first time in 1998.