Thursday, 13 July 2017

Current Affairs & Daily GK Update: 13th July 2017

1. NGT declares ‘No-Development Zone’ near river ‘Ganga’
  • Today, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has declared 100 meters from the edge of River Ganga as a ‘No-Development Zone’ in the stretch between Haridwar (Uttarakhand) and Unnao (Uttar Pradesh).
  • There shall be no dumping of waste of any kind within 500 meters from the edge of River Ganga.
  • The NGT also declared an environment compensation of Rs. 50,000 on anyone who dumps waste in River Ganga.
2.  India to host 8th edition of Theatre Olympics in 2018:
  • India will host 8th edition of Theatre Olympics in 2018, the biggest theatre celebration of the world. The greatest carnival will start from February 17-April 08, 2018. India is hosting this event for the first time.
  • There will be five hundred plays and seven hundred ambiance performances from across the world.
3. Model United Nations Regional Conference begins in Kathmandu:
  • A Model United Nations (MUN) Regional Conference is being held at Kathmandu. The event is organised by the US Embassy in partnership with the Youth Thinker’s Society. 
  • Youths from 12 South and Central Asian countries including India are participating in 5-day conference.
  • The basic aim of the MUN is to provide a platform to young minds to channelize energy and resources for a more prosperous and peaceful world.
  • The conference simulate four UN committees-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN), United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
4. Indian Railways launches RailCloud to optimise server management, resources:
  • The Indian Railways has launched RailCloud, a virtual server with an inbuilt security system that will enable faster connectivity at a reduced cost.  
  • Rail Cloud works on popular Cloud Computing system. Cloud computing is an emerging technology for faster and on demand commensurate deployment of server resources which results in reduced cost.
  • RailCloud has been developed by rail PSU RailTel as part of Railways strategic IT initiative, IR—OneICT.
5. Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma launches LIFE program at Songsak:
  • Meghalaya Chief Minister ‘Dr. Mukul Sangma’ has launched a flagship program ‘Livelihood Intervention and Facilitation of Entrepreneurship’ (LIFE) at Songsak in East Garo Hills.
  • LIFE is a program of the State Rural Livelihood Society, which is implementing the Centre's flagship program National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM).
  • NRLM promotes livelihood through women Self Help Groups (SHGs) and their Federations.
6. Mohan Bhagwat releases coffee table book on PM Narendra Modi's life:
  • RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat has released a coffee table book "The making of a legend" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's life in New Delhi.
  • The book ‘Making of A Legend’ has been authored by Sulabh International chief ‘Bindeshwar Pathak’.
7. Scientists discover smallest star known in the universe:
  • Scientists from University of Cambridge, UK have discovered the smallest star in the universe. It has been named as EBLM J0555-57Ab. 
  • The star was identified by SuperWASP, a planet-finding experiment run by several universities.
  • It was detected when it passed in front of its larger parent star, forming an eclipsing stellar binary system.
8. Delhi Police to be equipped with 'super cop belt':
  • National capital police will be the first state police in India who will get ‘super cop belt', a specially designed belt, widely used by Police in UK, USA, Russia and para-military forces like CRPF, CISF, NSG etc.
  • This belt will help cops to keep things like Gun, Mobile Pouch, Security Batten, Wireless Set Pouch & ammunition pouch.
9. YES BANK Launches ‘YES GST’ Program to Assist MSMEs:
  • ‘YES Bank’ along with YES Global Institute has launched ‘YES GST’ program for MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) under its MSME CSR initiative, ‘Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India’.
  • The bank will help MSMEs to understand the impact of the proposed changes and prepare them for migration to the new GST tax system.
  • The campaign will also target Chartered Accountants who are an important stakeholder in the journey for the MSMEs, and YES BANK employees.
10. Sports Minister inaugurates Oorja CRPF U-19 Football talent hunt tournament:
  • The Sports Minister Vijay Goel has inaugurated Oorja CRPF Under-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament in New Delhi.
  • This Tournament is being organized as a run up to under 17 FIFA World Cup by CAPF, BSF, SSB, ITBP, CRPF, CISF and Assam Rifles.

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