Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Current Affairs & Daily GK Update: 12th July 2017

Daily GK Update
1. Rajasthan becomes 1st state to fix minimum education qualification for cooperative body poll:
  • Rajasthan has become the first State in the country to lay down the minimum educational qualifications for contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies. In this regard, state government has amended State Cooperative Societies Rules, 2003. 
  • The new rules would benefit about 10,000 cooperative and agricultural credit societies. Moreover, the benefit of education will accrue to the societies as their management will go to expert hands.
  • The required educational qualifications will range from Class V to Class VIII for election as members of governing boards of various cooperative societies. 
2. IROAF won gold standards by winning Golden Peacock Award for Eco Innovation for year 2017:
  • Indian Railways achieves a major landmark in the field of Eco friendly fuel technologies at Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF) which has been awarded the coveted National level “Golden Peacock Award for the Year 2017 for Eco-Innovation” for substitution of fossil fuels (Diesel) by environment friendly CNG in DEMU passenger train services.
  • Use of CNG in Train Sets for passenger transportation has been done for the first time in the world. 
  • Golden Peacock Awards were instituted by the Institute Of Directors (IOD), India in 1991.
3. CM of Delhi launches e-RTI, Delhi becomes 2nd state to accept online applications:
  • Delhi became the second state to launch e-RTI portal that will enable citizens to file online Right to Information (RTI). Maharashtra is the first state to launch the online RTI platform.
  • The portal launched recently will enable citizens to file RTI and seek information related to 172 departments of the Delhi government including the office of the CM and his ministers.
  • The e-RTI portal, which has been designed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), includes filling of application, payment of fees and getting replies online.
4. Maharashtra, first state in the country to launch free injectable contraceptive for women:
  • Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to provide women an injectable contraceptive for free
  • The state’s public health department launched a program called Antara to offer women an injection of Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), a birth-control hormone.
  • The announcements were made on the occasion of World Population Day (11th July). According to state health officials, the injection, a safe means of birth control, is effective for three months. The injection will be given intramuscularly to women in the age bracket of 18-45 years.
5. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates ‘Ashiana Annexe’ in Dehradun, Uttarakhand:
  • President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the annexe of the presidential retreat Ashiana which has accommodation facilities for accompanying officers and staff of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • The Ashiana retreat was built originally as a bungalow of the commandant of the President's Bodyguard and was revived by Mukherjee after long years of disuse. K R Narayanan, in March 1998, was the last president to stay here.
6. Japan’s men-only island gets UNESCO heritage tag:
  • A men-only island in Japan (women are banned) and male visitors must bathe naked in the sea before visiting its shrine, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • The tiny landmass of Okinoshima is permanently manned by a Shinto priest who prays to the island’s goddess, in a tradition that has been kept up for centuries.
  • UNESCO’s heritage committee considered 33 sites for the prestigious status at its annual gathering in Poland.
7. NGT imposes nationwide ban on nylon and synthetic manja:
  • The National Green Tribunal banned the use of ‘Chinese’ kite strings, made of nylon or any synthetic material on the grounds that it poses threat to life and environment.
  • The Tribunal directed all state governments to prohibit the “manufacture, sale, storage, purchase and use” of synthetic manja or nylon threads and all other synthetic strings used for flying kites with immediate effect.
  • A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered the authorities to ban import of any synthetic manja.
8. Ravi Shastri is new coach of Indian Cricket Team:
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named former all-rounder and captain ‘Ravi Shastri’ (55-year) as the new chief coach of the Indian cricket team till ICC World Cup 2019.
  • Former fast bowler ‘Zaheer Khan’ has also appointed as bowling coach for a period of two years.
  • Former Indian Captain ‘Rahul Dravid’ has appointed as batting consultant for specific overseas tours.
  • Earlier, the head coach ‘Anil Kumble’ has resigned from the post after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
9. Mithali Raj creates history, becomes leading run-getter in Women’s ODIs:
  • Mithali became run scorer in Women's ODIs. Mithali Raj became the first women’s player to reach 6000 ODI runs.
  • England’s Charlotte Edwards was the previous leading run-getter in ODIs with 5992 runs. 
  • She has 48 not-outs to her name, which is the most in women’s cricket.

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