July 21 and July 22, 2018

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NATIONAL NEWS

  1. Government has announced the launch of a new MicroDot Technology that would help check on vehicle thefts.
    • Under this. thousands of small dots laser etched will be sprayed with a vehicle identification number on all over the vehicle’s body including its engine.
    • This technology is yet to be finalized by the highest automobile technical standard making body CMVR-TSC.
    • 14 lakh vehicles are stolen across India annually.
    • Delhi tops the list with 38,644 in 2016 which is 100 on a daily basis.
    • The state of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra follows the list with 34,480 and 22,435 number of vehicles, respectively.
    • 41,000 vehicles were stolen in 2017 that is 30 vehicles a month.

 

  1. Punjab tourism and cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu finalized a blue print to further develop Virasat-e-Khalsa, a museum of the Sikhs, at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab.
    • Navjot Singh Sidhu said that, as Virasat-e-Khalsa attracts large number of tourist from all over the world, we need to develop tented accommodation, budget hotels, food courts and souvenir shops on that area.

 

  1. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu launched ‘e-Pragati core platform’ at Undavalli, Andhra Pradesh.
    • e-Pragati is a forward-looking digital initiative.
    • It aims to connect citizens to 34 departments, 336 autonomous organisations and 745-plus services.
    • Andhra Pradesh aims to realise the vision of ‘Sunrise AP 2022’through this project.
    • The e-Pragati authority will achieve the goals of the project by supporting the 7 development missions launched in the areas of e-Governance, Social Empowerment, Skill Development, Urban Development, Infrastructure, Industrial Development and the Services sector.

 

  1. The Ministry of Defence announced that the Indian Air Force for the first time is participating with fighter aircraft in Exercise Pitch Black 2018 (PB-18), which is to be held in Australia.
    • The mega exercise will involve over 100aircraft from around the globe.

 

  1. According to The Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset (ACMID)Indiatops list of skilled visa immigrants according to official figures with nearly 3 lakh Indians who migrated from 1 January 2000 to 9th August 2016.
    • As many as 291,916Indians migrated to Australia, out of which, 154,012 individuals Australian citizenship.
    • This data was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

 

  1. The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh launched The Student Police Cadet (SPC) Programme
    • To instill values and ethics to students through classes in schools and outside.
    • Total cost of the programme is 67 crore where each school will be handed Rs.50,000 for educational aids, training and contingency.
    • The programme focuses on students of class 8 & 9.
    • It covers two kinds of topic: Crime prevention and control and Values and ethics.
    • Under Crime prevention and control key areas are: Community Policing, Road Safety, Fight against Social Evils, Safety of Women & Children, Fight against Corruption and Disaster Management.
    • Under Values and ethics the key areas are: Values & Ethics, Respect for Elders, Empathy & Sympathy, Tolerance, Patience, Attitude, Team Spirit and Discipline.

 

  1. The Tamil Nadu government has set a 24-hour helpline to assist and protect inter-caste couples.
    • A special cell has been formed in all districts and cities in the state, comprising district-level officers to receive complaints of harassment.
    • This has been done to eradicate honour killing.

 

  1. Himachal Pradesh government has approved implementation of Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of apple.
    • The MIS will be executed for procurement of 2,29,136 metric tonnes apple. The price for this has been fixed at Rs 7.50 per kg.

 

  1. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated the 7 day long “Kharchi Pujaat Puran Habeli, in Tripura.
    • Kharchi Puja is an annual festival to cleanse the sins of mortal souls. It was originally a Hindu tribal festival. Now it is observed by all communities and religion.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said that, he has planned to make London, the world’s most walkable city in the world by launching ‘Walking Action Plan’.
    • London’s Walking Action Plan aims to enhance health and reduce air pollution in London which houses 8.8 million people by making streets more pedestrian friendly.
    • It is part of a wider “Healthy Streets” initiative.
  1. NASA launched an online toolkit “Remote Sensing Toolkit” to help users analyse satellite data.
    • It provides a simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input.

 

BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. With Rajya Sabha clearing the bill of State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017, Parliament officially approved of the bill to merge SBI with its subsidiaries.
    • The bill repealed the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959, and State Bank of Hyderabad Act, 1956and amended the State Bank of India (SBI) Act, 1955.
    • This was done for rationalisation of resources, reduction of costs, better profitability, lower cost of funds leading to better rate of interest for public at large, improved productivity and customer service.

 

  1. FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry)said that, India’s economic growth remains intact and India’s GDP is expected to grow at 5 % in the current financial year.

 

SPORTS

  1. The National Olympic Committee (IOC) in its Tokyo 2020 Olympics schedule announced that it had added 7 medal event to its 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
    • These events include: women’s monobob, Big Air freestyle skiing for men and women, plus mixed team events in short track speed skating, ski jumping, ski aerials and snowboard-cross.

 

  1. 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes junior International Championship was held between July 11 – 15, 2018 in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
    • Manu Bhaker won her 9thInternational Gold medal in the span of one year.
    • She also became the youngest Indian ever to win Gold in a senior World stage, achieving the feat in Guadalajara, Mexico in March 2018.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Former and first finance minister of ChhattisgarhRamchandra Singhdeo, had passed away.