July 7 and July 8, 2018

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NATIONAL NEWS

  1. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) entered into an agreement with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDBfor setting up a ‘Design University for Gaming’ in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
    • This MoU will help in developing the city as ‘International Gaming and Digital Learning Hub’.
  1. The Haryana Health Department announced the launch of an intensive Diarrhoea control campaign from July 15 to 30.
    • Under this scheme, ORS and zinc packets would be distributed to about 5 lakh children below five years of age across the state.
  1. The Centre will provide 500 crore rupees to Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) under Sagarmala Project to lease out cruises to promote cruise tourism.
    • Cruise Tourism-
      1. No GST may be applied for first 5 years in order to give a boost to cruise tourism business.
      2. The Government is promoting use of methanol and ethanol fuels to be used in cruise to bring down fuel cost.
  1. The Airport authority of India has allocated 1200 crores, spread over 12 years for the establishment of Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad.
    • CARO will cater to Air Navigation Systems (ANS) and Airport Engineering research to keep in pace with the exponential growth in Air Traffic in India.
  1. The Telangana government allotted 200 acres to 3 women entrepreneurs’ associations in Telangana.
    • 50 acres has been allotted to FLO at Sultanpur.
    • 30 acres has been allotted to Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) at Toopran.
    • 120 acres has been allotted to the Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of India (ALEAP).
  1. India has received a joint submarine design and construction proposal from Russia to build on the technology transfer acquired while building the nuclear fleet.
    • It is said to reduce the cost of Indian Navy’s Next-Generation Vessel Plan.
  1. India goes on a joint venture to operate the loss-making Mattala international airport in southern Sri Lanka with the Sri Lankan government.
    • Mattala airport, named after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, was a China-supported infrastructure project in his home district of Hambantota.
    • It is a USD 210 million facility and is named the ‘World’s Emptiest Airport’ due to a lack of flights.
    • The only international flight operating from there was halted in May due to recurrent losses and flight safety issues.
  1. Integral Coach Factory (ICF) of Chennai announced the launch of indigenously manufactured semi high-speed train, code-named Train 18 in September, 2018.
    • The train has been built in record time of 16 months which usually takes about 2 to 3 years.
    • Train 18 doesn’t require an engine to run as it will be self-propelled on electric traction like the metro trains. It will replace existing intercity express trains including Shatabdis.
  1. Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) is setting up a joint venture (JV) in India with the manufacturer, Zorya Mashproekt, Russia, to overhaul turbines in India.
  2. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has developed a mobile app ‘GST Verify’to protect interest of consumers.
    • Through this app the person collecting GST from consumers can be verified.

 

  1. India’s first Biofortified Sorghum (jowar) named Parbhani Shakti containing higher iron and zinc than regular sorghum was formally launched.
    • Parbhani Shakti is cost-effective.
    • It has been introduced as a sustainable solution to rectify micronutrient deficiency.
  1. The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir launched the first Cyber Forensic van of Delhi Police and an Online Cyber-Crime Portal where people can file complaint online regarding such crimes.
    • Objective – To make citizens are more aware and responsible while making digital transactions especially senior citizens.
  1. The Uttarakhand high court declared the entire animal kingdom, including birds and aquatic animals, as a legal entity having rights of a “living person”.
    • This comes a year after the court accorded the status of “living entity” to the Ganga and Yamuna rivers (in March 2017) which was stayed by Supreme Court.
    • Invoking Article 21 of the Constitution, the court said that the animals can no longer be treated as properties and will be conferred with the status of “legal entity/legal person”.
    • The court also declared all citizens of Uttarakhand “Persons in Loco Parentis” (in the place of a parent) giving them the responsibility to protect animals and ensure their welfare.
  1. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee set a “One Person One Car” policy for ministers and bureaucrats.
    • According to the policy, in case of domestic travels, ministers and bureaucrats must avail low-cost airline and travel economy class.
    • Additionally, a Committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay Kumar Dewas formed to supervise progress of government projects.
    • The committee will have to ensure that projects are completed within deadline so that additional expenditure is not incurred.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. MORI Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan, has become the world’s first All-Digital
    • In this museum light and space is the art.
    • There are no guide maps, no descriptions, and no signs warning viewers to not touch the art work.
    • Visitors walk through darkness and empty rooms. There are nearly 50 kaleidoscopic installations that are triggered by motion sensors and projected across every surface of the museum. 
  1. The UN member states approved a USD 6.69 billion dollar budget for 13 peacekeeping operations from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019 and implementation of other reforms for the first time in more than 40
    • This decision was taken on the recommendation of the 5th  Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) of the General Assembly.
    • The missions include MINUJUSTH (United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti), MINURSO (Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara), MINUSCA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic), MONUSCO (Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and UNIFIL (Interim Force in Lebanon).

 

 

BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. According to RBI data in the fortnight ending in June 22, the bank credit grew by 84 per cent to Rs 86,16,408 crore and bank deposits had risen by 7.59 per cent to Rs 113,53,525 crore.

 

  1. Reliance is India’s largest payer of Goods and Services Tax (GST), Excise and Customs Duty, and Income Tax in the private sector paying Rs.9844 crore in FY18.

 

 

APPOINTMENTS

  1. The Muthoot Pappachan Group has named actress Vidya Balan as its brand ambassador.
  2. Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has been appointed the chairperson of National Green Tribunal.

 

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. On 6th July 2018, World Zoonoses Day was observed all over the world.
    • It commemorates 6th July 1885, the day on which Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against, a zoonotic disease, to Joseph Meister after he was attacked by a rabid dog.
    • Zoonotic diseases can be spread from animals to humans.
    • Most common Zoonotic diseases are – Rabies (Dogs, Bats), Toxoplasmosis (Cats), Leptospirosis (Dogs), Roundworms (Parasitic Worms).
  1. On 7th July 2018, World Chocolate Day was celebrated all over the world.

 

SPORTS

  1. Rani Rampal will lead the Indian Women’s Hockey Team at the Asian Games that will be held in Indonesia.
  2. Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni reached the milestone of playing 500 International Matches during the second T20 International against England.
    • Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the 3rdIndian after Sachin Tendulkar (664) and Rahul Dravid (509) to reach this milestone of playing 500 international cricket matches.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Scientists of the University of Warwick have produced a new method – FerriTag, that enables to view proteins under human cells.
    • FerriTag utilizes a protein shell used to contain iron cells in human bodies.

 

  1. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, the mission that aims to get the closest to the Sun than ever by any human-made object has got its revolutionary heat shield “Thermal Protection System or TPS” permanently attached to the spacecraft.
    • The spacecraft’s orbit will carry it to within 4 million miles of the Sun’s surface with the help of its heat shield.
    • There the spacecraft will collect data about the inner workings of the corona.