Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 12 July 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 12 July 2017
Trump says son is ‘innocent’ over emails about Russian campaign help. President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his eldest son as “innocent” following emails that showed Donald Trump Jr. welcomed Russian help against his father’s rival in the 2016 presidential election, deepening the controversy over purported Russian meddling.
NGT imposes complete ban on nylon and synthetic manja. The green panel went on to state that “Although kite flying with ‘manja’ has been a sport and recreational activity in the country since time immemorial, but the strings endanger the lives of birds, animals and human beings and damage the environment.”
Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF) has set gold standards by winning Golden Peacock Award for Eco-Innovation for the year 2017 for introducing eco-friendly and cost-saving Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) based Dual Fuel 1400 HP Diesel engines on Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains.
Mithali Raj becomes first to score 6000 runs in women’s ODI cricket. Indian skipper Mithali Raj scripted her name in history books during India’s ICC World Cup 2017 match against Australia after she went on to become the highest run-getter in women’s ODI cricket and also becomes the first woman cricketer to go past 6000-run mark.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the National Bank For Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) and Silver Jubilee of SHG Bank Linkage Programme, in New Delhi. This day is dedicated on celebrating the Silver Jubilee (25 years) of Self Help Group Bank Linkage Programme (SHG BLP).
Rajasthan becomes first State to fix minimum education qualification for cooperative body poll. The minimum qualifications for the primary committee members will be class VIII. For district-level committees, it will be Class X.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced to set up an International Standard Sports City recently. Kalinga International Sports City will be set up in Bhubaneswar and will be eligible to bid for most international competitions including Commonwealth and Asian games.
Djokovic retires hurt against Berdych in Wimbledon quarter-final. Three-times Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic retired injured during his quarter-final against Czech Tomas Berdych on Wednesday.
Ravi Shastri is new coach of Indian Cricket Team. The vacancy of head coach for the team propped after Anil Kumble resigned after the Champions Trophy in June 2017 stating that his partnership with India captain Virat Kohli had become “untenable.”
Censor board flags usage of words ‘cow’, ‘Gujarat’ in documentary on Amartya Sen. Taking a stance against the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), filmmaker Suman Ghosh will not release his documentary ‘Argumentative Indian’ in Kolkata this weekend as scheduled. The film documents the life of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi named as Opposition’s Candidate for Vice Presidential Election 2017. His nomination was announced by Congress president Sonia Gandhi after eighteen parties jointly approved Gandhi as their vice presidential candidate in a meeting.
Union Government saved Rs 57,000 crores through Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme under which subsidies are given directly to beneficiaries. In 2017-18, the beneficiary base rose from 10.71 crores in 2013-14 to 35.62 crore.
Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica. One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up.
UNESCO adds German Caves with world’s oldest known art to heritage list. These archaeological sites feature some of the oldest figurative art worldwide and help shed light on the origins of human artistic development.
China sends troops to Djibouti for opening of military base. China began construction of a logistics base in strategically located Djibouti last year that will resupply naval vessels taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia, in particular.
India’s Mithali Raj becomes first to score 6000 runs in women’s ODI cricket. Indian captain Mithali Raj (34) scripted history by becoming first player in the history of women’s ODI cricket to score more than 6000 career runs. She also became all-time leading run-getter in women’s ODI.
China dissident Liu’s condition critical, breathing failing, hospital says. Chinese Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo is in critical condition and his breathing is failing, the hospital treating him said on Wednesday.
Union Cabinet approves establishment of International Rice Research Institute in Varanasi. The Union Cabinet has approved establishment of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) set up a regional centre International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a global rice research institute.
Haryana government sets up Smart Gram Development Authority. The spokesman said that apart from chairperson and vice-chairperson, HSGDA would have executive vice-chairperson, members, chief executive officer-cum-secretary will be nominated by CM. HSGDA headquarter would be at Directorate of Rural Development.
Union Cabinet approves JIN pact between India and Bangladesh. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the Joint Interpretative Notes (JIN) on the Agreement between India and Bangladesh for the Promotion and Protection of Investments.
Myanmar escorts media to conflict-torn region, vows ‘no restrictions.’ Myanmar pledged on Wednesday “no restrictions” on journalists visiting the troubled state of Rakhine this week, in the first official trip to include foreign reporters to mostly Rohingya Muslim villages affected by violence since October.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft completes flyby over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Juno has successfully peered into the Jupiter’s giant storm known as the Great Red Spot. It became first space probe to complete flyby of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
All 346 police stations in Assam will become citizen friendly. MOITRI has envisaged changing the police stations with facilities such as reception and waiting lounge, video-conference system, separate women and children cell, separate entry for them, toilets, adequate drinking water facility and boundary wall.
5 States, 1 UT ink MoU with Centre on Government e-Marketplace. 5 States and a Union Territory (UT) have formally adopted the Centre’s Government e-Marketplace (GeM) initiative. They are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh and Puducherry (UT).
Vietnam reports outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in north: OIE. Vietnam has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu among backyard birds in the northern province of Ha Nam, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Vietnamese farm ministry.
India to become largest milk producer in 2026: OECD-FAO report. According to recently released OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026, India will be the world’s largest milk producer by 2026 and will account for the biggest increase in wheat production globally.
Sandeep Patil named brand ambassador of indoor cricket team. Sandeep Patil, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad, will be the face of the team in the lead-up to the 10th edition of the World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF) World Cup, to be held from September 16-23 at the Insportz Club in Dubai.
Rajasthan: First 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.
Russian tycoon, symbol of excess, convicted of fraud but walks free. A Moscow court convicted one of Russia’s most flamboyant tycoons, Sergei Polonsky, of fraud on Wednesday, and yet the property developer who symbolised the excess of the oil-fuelled boom times walked away a free man.
Maharashtra becomes the first state in the country to provide women with 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.
Murray beaten in Wimbledon quarters by Querrey. Sam Querrey sent hobbling defending champion Andy Murray crashing out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the 42nd attempt.
Axis Bank entered into a collaboration with Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) to facilitate trade with Latin America and the Caribbean. Axis Bank becomes the first Indian bank to participate in the Trade Finance Facilitation Programme as a confirming bank.
Dozens of naturally preserved brains found in Spanish Civil War-era mass grave. Archaeologists excavating a mass grave from Spain’s 1936 to 1939 Civil War have found the naturally preserved brains of 45 people eight decades after they were shot and buried on a hillside in the northern province of Burgos.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the financial year 2017-18 with the Ministry of Defence. The MoU aims at various performance parameters of the company during the year 2017-18.
Assam flood situation worsens, animals in Kaziranga park at risk. The flood situation in Assam worsened today as five more deaths were reported, taking the toll to 44. The deluge has affected 17.2 lakh people in 24 districts.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes (DGFASLI) for collaboration in the field of occupational health and prevention of occupational injuries and diseases signed in New Delhi.
Russian Olympic bobsledder banned for whereabouts violation. Russian Olympic bobsledder Nadezhda Paleeva has been banned for two years for a violation of anti-doping whereabouts rules, Russia’s national anti-doping agency RUSADA said.
According to recently released the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026, India will be the world’s largest milk producer by 2026 and will account for the biggest increase in wheat production globally.
Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – July 8, 2017
1. Which state has become the India’s first state to launch free injectable contraceptive for women?
D) Tamil Nadu
2. Who is appointed as the Bowling coach of Indian Cricket Team ?
A) Zaheer Khan
B) Parthiv Patel
C) Gautam Gambhir
D) Sourav Ganguly
3. Who of the following is appointed as the new CEO of Vistara?
B) Roger Federer
C) Leslie Thng
D) Wattmann Fedrick
4. Which of the following became the first state to fix minimum education qualification for cooperative body poll?
D) Madhya Pradesh
5. Which Indian bank has tied up with Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) to boost trade with Latin America?
A) Uco Bank
B) ICICI Bank
C) HDFC Bank
D) Axis Bank
6. Which of the following is the first state to launch the online RTI platform?
D) Andhra Pradesh
7. Which Institute was planned to set up at Odisha recently ?
A) National Institute of technology
B) National Chemical Institute
C) International Standard Sports City
D) International Health Mission
8. UNESCO recently added caves with world’s oldest known art to heritage list. These caves are located in which of the following countries?
9. Who has taken charge as new secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the finance ministry?
A) Subhash Garg
B) Tapan Ray
C) Krishna Iyer
D) Niranjan Das
10. Which function was inaugurated by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently?
A) 36th NABARD Foundation Day
B) Function of the Defence Ministry
C) Inauguration of the Food festival
D) Three year of MODI Fest
1. C) Maharashtra
2. A) Zaheer Khan
3. C) Leslie Thng
4. C) Rajasthan
5. D) Axis Bank
6. B) Bihar
7. C) International Standard Sports City
8. A) Germany
9. A) Subhash Garg
10. A) 36th NABARD Foundation Day