Monday, 11 July 2016

Daily Current Affairs Update (11th July 2016)

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1. Portugal win Euro 2016 football championship:
  • Portugal lifted the Euro 2016 football championship at Saint-Denis in Paris beating France 1-0.
  • Substitute Eder scored in extra-time to give Portugal a win at their first major international title despite losing captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to injury.
  • He scored the goal with 11 minutes of extra time left to stun France after the host team had dominated the match.
  • This was the first ever EURO final to end scoreless at the end of 90 minutes.
  • For the first time, the European Championship final tournament was being contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996.
Note:
Golden Boot Awards:-  Antoine Griezmann (France).
Silver Boot:–  Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).
Bronze Boot:-  Olivier Giroud (France).
Young Player of the Tournament:– Renato Sanches (Portugal).

2. Andy Murray  and Serena Williams win Wimbledon 2016:
  • Britain’s Andy Murray has won the 2016 Wimbledon title in men’s singles category.
  • In final match he defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic by 6–4, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–2).
  • It was his second Wimbledon title after he had won it for first time in 2013.
  • Serena Williams of United States has won 2016 Wimbledon title in women’s singles category.
  • In the final she defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber by 7–5, 6–3 score.
  • It is Williams’ seventh Women’s Singles Wimbledon title (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015) and overall 22nd Grand Slam title.
Men’s Doubles Title:
  • French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won the 2016 Wimbledon title in the men’s doubles category.
  • In the final match they defeated French pair Julien Benneteau and Édouard Roger-Vasselin by 6–4, 7–6(7–1), 6–3 score.
Women’s Doubles :
  • US pair of Serena Williams and Venus Williams has won the 2016 Wimbledon title in the women’s doubles category.
  • They defeated Tímea Babos (Hungary) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) pair by 6–3, 6–4 score.
Mixed Doubles Title:
  • Henri Kontinen (Finland) and Heather Watson (United Kingdom) pair won the 2016 Wimbledon title in the mixed doubles category.
  • They defeated Robert Farah (Colombia) and Anna-Lena Grönefeld (Germany) pair by 7–6(7–5), 6–4 score.
Note:
The 2016 Wimbledon Championships was a Grand Slam tennis tournament which took place at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom.

3. Talgo train clocks 120kmph during Mathura-Palwal trial:
  • Spanish train Talgo commenced its second phase trial from Mathura at 120km per hour speed with senior officials from Spain and Railways onboard.
  • The trial between Mathura and Palwal will go on for 25 days and the speed will go up to 180 kmph this time.
  • The prime mover of the train i.e  pulled by a 4,500 HP diesel engine, Talgo coaches are lightweight and designed in a way that it can run on curves without decelerating the speed.
4. Tathagata Roy sworn-in as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh:
  • iTripura Governor Tathagata Roy was sworn-in as the acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Roy has been given the additional charge of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh during the leave of absence of incumbent Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa.
  • Roy was administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, Justice Ajit Singh in a brief but impressive function at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan. 
  • He is the 18th Governor to be sworn-in as the Governor of this Himalayan State.
5. Legendary football coach Amal Dutta passes away:
  • Former Indian professional football coach Amal Dutta (86-year) passed away in his Kolkata residence.
  • He was the first professional football coach of the country.
  • Amal Dutta played in midfield for East Bengal in the 1950s and also represented India in the 1954 Asian Games at Manila.
  • In the early 1960s, he retired from the Indian Railways to become a full-time coach, the first-ever in India.
  • In his long coaching career, he was associated with premier football clubs of India and also became coach of India.
6. Bill introduced in US to prevent Indian firms from hiring staff on H-1B, L1 visas:
  • A bipartisan group of two US lawmakers has introduced in the House of Representatives a legislation, which if passed by the Congress would prevent Indian companies from hiring IT professionals on H-1B and L1 work visas.
  • The bill if passed would prevent Indian companies from hiring IT professionals on H-1B and L1 visas that will prohibit firms from hiring H-1B employees on certain grounds.
  • The ‘H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016’ introduced by Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell from New Jersey and Republican Dana Rohrabacher from California and bill likely to close loopholes in the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, reduce fraud and abuse, provide protections for American workers and visa holders.
7. China Navy Conducts Combat Drill in the South China Sea:
  • The Chinese navy conducted combat drills near its southern island province of Hainan and the Paracel islands in the South China Sea, the ministry of defence said on July 9.
  • The drills come ahead of a July 12 ruling by the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration on a case brought by the Philippines disputing several of China‘s territory claims in the South China Sea.
  • China claims nearly all the South China Sea, but its claims overlap in part with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
8. Astronomers discover planet with 3 suns located 340 light years from Earth:
  • A team of astronomers led by the University of Arizona discovered a planet HD 131399Ab which is unlikely any other known world – one with, by far, the widest known orbit within a multi-star system.
  • The discovery was published in an early online edition of the journal Science on July 7. 
  • This is one of the rare planets and has either constant daylight or triple sunrises and sunsets each day depending on the seasons.
  • Located about 340 light years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus, HD 131399Ab is believed to be about 16 million years old, making it one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date. With a temperature of 850 kelvins (about 1,070 F or 580 C) and weighing in at an estimated four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets.
9. World Population Day being observed today:
  • World Population Day is being observed on 11th July.
  • This day is observed every year to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issue.
  • The theme this year is Investing In Teenage Girls.
  • China is the world’s most populous country with around 1.4 billion inhabitants, but India is set to overtake China by 2022.
10. Aircel, Airtel 4G Spectrum Trading Deal Approved by DoT:
  • Telecom Ministry is believed to have cleared the Rs 3,500-crore 4G spectrum trading deal between service providers Bharti Airtel and Aircel.
  • Airtel has entered into an agreement with Aircel to acquire rights to use 4G spectrum of Aircel in eight telecom circles for Rs 3,500 crore.
  • These circles are Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Assam, the North-East, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

11. Dumping duty imposed on PTA imports from 5 countries:
  • The Finance Ministry has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty on purified terephthalic acid (PTA) imports from China, Iran, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia
  • An anti-dumping duty is a protectionist tariff that a domestic government imposes on foreign imports that it believes are priced below fair market value.
  • A white, free flowing crystalline powder which is known as the primary raw material for the manufacture of polyester chips which in turn is used in a number of applications in textiles, packaging, furnishings, consumer goods, resins and coatings is called as Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA).

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