Saturday, 8 July 2017

8th July Current Affairs & GK Update

1. Harinder Pal Sandhu Wins South Australian Open Squash Title: 
  • India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu has defeated Rhys Dowling of Australia 11-8 12-10 11-4 to lift South Australian Open squash title
  • This will be Sandhu’s first PSA tournament victory in Australia & 8th title win at the PSA level.
2. India and Bangladesh have decided to construct bridge along Mizoram Border:
  • India and Bangladesh have decided to construct a bridge over Mizoram’s Khawthlangtuipui river (also known as Karnaphuli river) to facilitate trade and to improve communication between the two countries. 
  • The decision was taken after officials from both the side met at Tlabung town in Mamit district of Mizoram. 
  • The Mamit district is situated adjacent to Khagrachari district of Southeast Bangladesh.
3. 12th G20 Summit held in Hamburg, Germany:
  • Hamburg hosted the twelfth G20 Summit on the 7th and 8th of July, 2017. The G20, or group of 20, is an international meeting between heads of states, finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s leading economies.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted this year’s G20 Summit in Hamburg.
  • Leaders of the G20 countries agreed to swift action and targeted exchange of information on terrorism and its financing. The leaders also decided that the private sector will also be involved in the global efforts to counter terror financing.
  • The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision-making, which founded in 1999.
4. JIGYASA - Student-Scientist connect programme launched:
  • Jigyasa, a student- scientist connect program was officially launched in New Delhi recently. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to implement this program.
  • MoU signing ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology and Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of HRD.
  • “JIGYASA” is one of the major initiative taken up by CSIR at the national level, during its Platinum Jubilee Celebration Year.
5. India ranked 23rd in second Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI):
  • India has been ranked 23rd out of 165 nations in the second Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) that measures the commitment of nations across the world to cyber security. 
  • The Index has been released by the UN telecommunications agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 
  • India has been listed in the “maturing category” of the index with a score of 0.683. Around 77 countries have been placed in the maturing category as they have developed complex commitments to cyber security and engage in cybersecurity programmes and initiatives.
  • Singapore has topped the index with a score of 0.925. Singapore is followed by United States (2nd) and Malaysia (3rd).
  • Equatorial Guinea is the worst performer among all nations with a score of zero.
6. Indian-origin man Guruswamy Jayraman awarded Australia’s highest civilian award:
  • Guruswamy Jayraman, a 69-year-old Glenwood resident who migrated from Delhi to Australia in 1991, has been awarded Order of Australia for community work, the highest civilian award in Australia.
  • He holds a graduate diploma in health counseling and in medical terminology and counseling.
7. 122 countries adopt 'historic' UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons:
  • 122 countries approved the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons at the UN meeting boycotted by all nuclear-armed nations. One country the Netherlands voting against while Singapore abstained.
  • None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel took part in the negotiations or the vote.
  • Even Japan the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945 boycotted the talks as did most NATO countries.
8. Hossain appointed as WHO goodwill ambassador for autism in South Asia:
  • Saima Wazed Hossain, a globally renowned champion for the cause of autism spectrum disorder has been appointed as the WHO's goodwill ambassador for autism in the world body's Southeast Asia region.
  •  As WHO Goodwill Ambassador, Hossain will be promoting the Thimphu Declaration which emphasizes on integrating the needs of autism affected people into national health and socioeconomic development plans.
9. RBI allows NBFCs to offer new pension scheme:
  • The Reserve Bank of India has allowed systematically important non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) to sell and market the new pension scheme (NPS).
  • NBFCs with asset size of Rs500 crore and above that have made a net profit in the preceding financial year be permitted to sell NPS to their clients after registration with the pension regulator.
10. MRP to be sole price decider from Jan 1, 2018:
  • From January 1, 2018, the price of a packaged good would no longer depend on where you bought it- be it a local Kirana store, a mall, a five-star hotel or an airport. The Consumer Affairs Ministry has amended the rules that govern packaged commodities to this effect.
  • As per the amended Legal Metrology rules for packaged commodities, the Centre has clarified that the retail sale price shall be the maximum retail price (MRP) inclusive of all taxes, with the provision to round off the price to the nearest rupee or 50 paise.
11. Tata Steel receives PM’s trophy for best Integrated Steel Plant: 
  • Tata Steel Ltd has bagged Prime Minister’s trophy for ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ in the country for the performance years 2014-2015 and 2015- 16.
  • For the third consecutive year, Tata Steel has bagged the award. Overall, the company has been recognised as the best integrated steel plant for 12 times and has won the PM’s Trophy 10 times.
12. Indian Ambassador to Peru Sandeep Chakravorty appointed New York Consul General:
  • India’s Ambassador to Peru Sandeep Chakravorty has been appointed as the head of the Indian consulate in New York.
  • The 1996 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer will replace Riva Ganguly Das as Consul General in one of the busiest Indian diplomatic missions overseas.
  • Chakravorty (47) was India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka, before being appointed as Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia.

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