July 28 and July 29, 2018

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NATIONAL NEWS

  1. Minister of State for Communications announced that all villages adopted by the Member of Parliament under ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’would get free Wi-Fi services.
    • Setting up of 25000 WiFihotspots at existing rural exchanges of BSNL will be done.
    • Under Bharat Net Project, government has targeted to link each of the 5 lakh gram panchayats of India through optical fibre network.
  1. The West Bengal legislative assembly passed amendments to the state’s Lokayukta Act to exempt the Chief Minister from being answerable to the anti-corruption ombudsman for any “public order”.
    • All departments come under the Act, so it applies to the Chief Minister as well, except for “public orders” such as appointments of police officers and bureaucrats.
    • Earlier this month, Tamil Nadu passed its own Lokayukta Act.
    • In Maharashtra, only the chief minister has immunity under the local Lokayukta Act.
    • Maharashtra was the first state to introduce the institution of Lokayukta through The Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayuktas Act in 1971.
    • The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government in 2015 passed the Janlokpal Bill which provides for an ombudsman with powers to act against any government functionary including the chief minister. However, the bill is still pending for approval.

 

  1. Haryana’s Department of Social Justice and Empowerment announced that a special campaign to control the menace of drugs will be launched.
    • This will be targeted especially in the districts bordering Punjab.
  1. Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a committee to listen to the demands of ‘shiksha mitras’and suggest a suitable action plan.
    • This move has been made after continuous protests by ‘shiksha mitras’ throughout Uttar Pradesh.
    • The committee headis: Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma.

 

  1. The Lok Sabha passed the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2018.
    • An initial corpus of 10 crorerupees will be created for the first time.
    • Under this bill, a National Anti-Trafficking Bureau would be established to investigate trafficking cases.
    • 10years to lifetime imprisonment for buying and selling of humans for forced labour, child bearing and if the victim acquires life threatening diseases like AIDS.
    • It would provide setting up of Anti-Trafficking Units (ATUs) at the district level.

 

  1. Government of India has approved a new scheme to empower rural women through community participation – called ‘Mahila Shakti Kendra’for 2017-18 up to 2019-20.

 

  1. Indian Railways organized a programme on Ethics in Public Governance and Launched “Mission Satyanishtha” at National Rail Museum, New Delhi.
    • The objective is to bring transparency and ethics in the work culture and among all railway employees.
    • It would train every employee to understand the need and value of ethics in Personal and Public life.

 

  1. Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced a first-of-its-kind legislation- the Assam Employees PRANAM Act would be implemented in the state from October 02, the day of Gandhi Jayanti celebration in 2018.
    • Making it mandatory for state government employees to look after their aged and dependent parents and physically challenged siblings who do not have a source of income. 
    • Assam Employees Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill, 2017.
    • The Act will deduct 10% of an employee’s pay and transfer it to the account of the relatives concerned. 
    • Another 5% would be deductible if the employee has a differently abled sibling.

 

  1. The Gujarat government launched the ‘Urban Sanitation and Cleanliness Policy’ for better management of solid and liquid waste in cities.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. The ministry of health of Sierra Leone, has confirmed that a new strain of Ebola virus named Bombali Virus (BOMVhas been discovered in bats in the Bombali district of Sierra Leone.
  1. Google launched two new products ‘Edge TPU’ and ‘Cloud IoT Edge’with an aim to help customers develop and deploy intelligent connected devices, at the Google Cloud Next ’18 conference in San Francisco, United States.
    • ‘Edge TPU’: is a new hardware chip. It is very small such that four of them can fit on a U.S penny.
    • Cloud IoT Edge software extends Google Cloud’s data processing and machine learning capabilities to cameras, end devices, and gateways, thus making IoT applications more secure, more reliable.

 

 

BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. SoftBank announced partnership with Paytm to launch a payments service in Japan.
    • The service would be launched by SoftBank’s joint venture company PayPay (with Yahoo Japan).

 

 

APPOINTMENTS

  1. The former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan has claimed victory in Pakistan’s Election of 2018.

 

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. On 28th July 2018, World Hepatitis Day 2018 was observed all over the world.
    • WHO (World Health Organisation) has declared theme for World Hepatitis Day 2018 as: “Test. Treat. Hepatitis”.
    • National Viral Hepatitis Control Program was launched in New Delhi on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day.

 

 

AWARDS

  1. Eminent Poet Ramakanta Rath was conferred with Odisha’s highest literary award Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman for 2018.
    • The award carries a citation and cash prize of Rs 1 lakh
    • He was given the award for his lifetime contribution to Odia literature.
  1. The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)has been selected for the Champion of Earth Prize-2018.
    • It is the highest environmental honour instituted by the United Nations.
    • Cochin Airport a first in the world to be fully powered by solar energy.
  1. Assamese film “Xhoihobote Dhemalite” (“Rainbow Fields”)won 3 top awards at the 3rd Love International Film Festival in United States.

 


 

SPORTS

  1. The Indian Women’s Compound Archery team has secured number one position in the world rankings as per World Archery Association (WAA).

Position

Country

1

India

2

Chinese Taipei

3

Colombia

4

United States of America

5

Republic of Korea

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. The book “When Coal Turned Gold: The Making of a Maharatna Company” has been written by Coal India Ltd’s (CIL)’s former Chairman Partha Sarathi Bhattacharyya.
    • This book talks about the transformation of Coal India Ltd’s (CIL) from a loss-making enterprise into a profitable Maharatna PSU.
  1. Chiyo Miyako, the world’s oldest person, passed away in Tokyo, Japan at the age of 117.