Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 13 July 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines -13 July 2017
Google wins challenge against 1.1 billion-euro French tax bill. A French court ruled on Wednesday that Google (GOOGL.O) was not liable to pay 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in back taxes demanded by the French authorities.
BJP President Amit Shah and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat released a coffee table book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life in New Delhi. The book – Making of A Legend, composed by Sulabh International Founder Bindeshwar Pathak.
Zaheer Khan’s appointment as bowling coach was something that Ravi Shastri was reportedly unhappy about. A recent BCCI media release indicates that Zaheer may have been selected as only a consultant instead of a full time role.
Floods in Assam kill 40; endanger rare one-horned rhinos. Floods in northeast India that have killed at least 40 people and displaced nearly 1.5 million have also inundated a national park that is home to the world’s largest concentration of one-horned rhinoceros.
The Chhattisgarh Government has planned to merge all District Cooperative Central Banks (DCCBs) of the state into a single State Cooperative Bank. The farmers will get modernised bank facilities at the village level along with ATM and Micro ATM services.
Facebook said to plan $200 wireless Oculus VR headset for 2018. Facebook Inc. is taking another stab at turning its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into a mass-market phenomenon. Code-named “Pacific,” the device resembles a more compact version of the Rift and will be lighter than Samsung’s Gear VR headset.
Struck by liver cancer, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies. Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo died on Thursday from multiple organ failure, the authorities said, having not been allowed to leave the country for treatment for late-stage liver cancer as he wished.
India will host the 8th edition of Theatre Olympics in 2018, the biggest theatre celebration of the world. The eight edition of the greatest carnival will start from February 17-April 08, 2018.
Record breaking Mithali Raj the top Indian scorer by a distance. A winner of the Arjuna and the Padma Shri award, Mithali Raj is also India’s highest female run scorer in all three formats with a staggering 8399 runs.
Muguruza crushes Rybarikova to reach Wimbledon final. Spain’s Garbine Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon final in three years with a thumping 6-1 6-1 win over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday.
The Union Government has empowered the Indian Army to procure critical weapons systems and military platforms to maintain readiness for short duration intense wars. The purpose of this new scheme is to maintain an optimum level to fight small wars.
SEBI slaps Rs 12 lakh fine on Kwality Ltd, five promoters. A probe conducted by the Sebi into share trading of Kwality Ltd between December 2009 and December 2011 found that there was a change in the number of promoters and their shareholdings for the quarter ended September, 2011.
All-girl Afghan robotics team cleared to compete in United States. A team of Afghan girls are on their way to compete in an academic robotics competition in the United States after American officials agreed to allow them to enter the country despite initially denying them visas.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma launched the ambitious flagship programme titled “Livelihood Intervention and Facilitation of Entrepreneurship” (LIFE) at Songsak in East Garo Hills. The program for the year 2017 – 18 aims to launch the particular program at 2144 villages.
Vande Mataram of Sanskrit origin, but written in Bengali: Tamil Nadu Advocate General. The petitioner had contended that in all the books he had studied, Bengali was mentioned as the first language in which the national song was written more than two centuries ago. The national song ‘Vande Mataram’ is of Sanskrit origin, but had originally been penned in Bengali by Bankim Chandra Chaterjee, the Madras High Court was told on Thursday by Tamil Nadu Advocate General R Muthukumaraswamy.
Ex-Brazil President Lula sentenced to nearly 10 years for corruption. Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a top contender to win next year’s presidential election, was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on 12 July 2017 launched various initiatives namely RailCloud Project, NIVARAN-Grievance Portal and Cashless treatment Scheme in Emergency (CTSE) Scheme.
26/11 case: Pak court releases another LeT suspect on bail. Sufayan Zafar, a Lashkar-e-Taiba suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case, has been released on bail by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court due to ‘lack of evidence’ against him.
Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert anti-smoking treaty. The world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company is deploying its vast resources against international efforts to reduce smoking. Internal documents uncovered by Reuters reveal details of the secret operation.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education (MoE) in July 2017 finally approved a physical education program at girls’ schools starting in the coming academic year.
Ravi Shastri wants Bharat Arun as bowling coach, prefers Zaheer Khan as consultant. Two days after the appointment of Ravi Shastri and Zaheer Khan as head coach and bowling coach, it has emerged that Shastri is set to have a meeting with Supreme Court-appointed (CoA) on Monday to discuss the role of bowling coach.
UN rights chief expresses ‘deep sorrow’ at death of China’s Liu Xiaobo. Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died on Thursday, was and will remain an inspiration, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said, expressing his “deep sorrow” at Liu’s death.
Google on 12 July 2017 acquired Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence startup Halli Labs for an undisclosed sum. Halli Labs was founded in 2017 by Pankaj Gupta with the goal of applying modern artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to solve old problems.
Gandhi portrait sold for £32,500 at Sotheby’s London auction. The unknown pencil portrait of Mahatma Gandhi drawn from life by artist John Henry Amshewitz (1882-1942) and inscribed by Gandhi, (estimated at £8,000-12,000), was sold for £32,500 to Dr Cyrus Poonawalla from Mumbai at the Sotheby’s London auction on July 11.
Trump envoy announces Israeli-Palestinian water deal, silent on peace prospects. U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy announced an Israeli-Palestinian water agreement on Thursday but dodged questions on whether he was making headway on reviving peace talks.
In a first, India grants Rupees 3.2 crore aid to Philippines to fight ISIS. India in July 2017 granted USD 500000 to the Philippines for the rehabilitation and relief efforts in war-torn Marawi City. India announced the “immediate assistance” on 11 July 2017 on the Facebook account of its embassy in Manila.
Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar Gets 6 Months In Israel Jail Without Trial. Khalida Jarrar was arrested earlier this month over her membership of a movement that Israel considers a terrorist organisation after having been released from prison only a year before.
Ajax midfielder Nouri’s brain damage ‘serious and permanent.’ Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Abdelhak Nouri’s brain damage is “serious and permanent” and he has no chance of a full recovery, the club said on Thursday.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on 12 July 2017 launched a flagship programme ‘Livelihood Intervention and Facilitation of Entrepreneurship’ (LIFE) at Songsak in East Garo Hills. Songsak is about 210kilometer west of the state capital, Shillong.
Government To Double/Triple 16,500 Km Rail Tracks: Suresh Prabhu. Suresh Prabhu said Railways is investing in infrastrucutre to create seamless movement of traffic so that GST becomes a gamechanger wherein goods are moved without hassle.
Ex-Atletico Madrid player Falcao pays 8.2 mln euros to settle fraud case –paper. Radamel Falcao, a Colombian who played for Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2013 and now plays for Monaco, has paid 8.2 million euros ($9.4 million) to Spanish authorities to settle a tax fraud case, El Mundo newspaper said on Thursday.
Justice Vikramajit Sen was on 12 July 2017 appointed as the Chairperson of the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC). His appointment was approved by the Board of Directors of Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF).
WikiLeaks Helped Donald Trump Win US Presidential Elections: Study. Criticism of Hillary Clinton over documents posted by WikiLeaks played a key role in her failed US presidential campaign and successful election of Donald Trump, a study of viral tweets has found.
Banned former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer dies. Chuck Blazer, the former FIFA executive committee member who pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering, has died.
The country is set to get its first high-speed rail training centre at Gandhinagar. India’s first bullet train is proposed to hit the track in 2023, the training centre is supposed to start operating by 2020.
German military aviation command launches cyber threat initiative. The German military’s aviation safety chief has launched a new initiative against cyber threats, citing research that he said shows hackers can commandeer military airplanes with the help of equipment that costs about 5,000 euros ($5,700).
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) passed a slew of directions, measures, fines, and strict deadlines to rejuvenate River Ganga. It declared ‘No-Development Zone’ along with an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river in the stretch between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.
U.S. firm plans return to the moon, this time with robots. A privately owned company plans to use robotic spacecraft to launch a series of commercial missions to the moon, some 45 years after NASA’s last lunar landing.
A Model United Nations (MUN) Regional Conference is held in Kathmandu. The basic aim of the MUN is to provide a platform to young minds to get full energy and resources to a more prosperous and peaceful world.
China could field nearly half of new electric car models by 2020 – study. Chinese automakers are on track to produce 49 of the 103 new electric car models that will be launched globally by 2020, as part of China’s push to accelerate the switch to battery power from oil.