Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 14 July 2017 – News Headlines

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Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 14 July 2017 – News Headlines

 

Current Affairs and General Knowledge July 14

 

Current Affairs and News Headlines – 14 July 2017

 

Compulsory Registration of Marriages: Need & Necessary Reform. The Cumplsory Registration of Marriages is not only a much needed legal reform, it also has the social relevance with implications for the welfare of women and children.

 

President gives assent to Maharashtra Social Boycott Bill. President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2016.

 

For the first time in the country, a team of Indian scientists claimed to have discovered an “extremely large supercluster of galaxies”, Saraswati, in the universe. This was discovered by Shishir Sankhyayan, a PhD student at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, Pratik Dabhade, IUCAA research fellow, Joe Jacob of the Newman College, Kerala, and Prakash Sarkar of the National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur.

 

DIPP to set up India’s first TISC in Punjab. TISC offers several services like access to online patent and non-patent resources and assistance in searching and retrieving technology information among others.

 

India to host 8th International Theatre Olympics in 2018. India for the first time will host 8th International Theatre Olympics, the greatest carnival of theatre in the world in 2018. The 51-day carnival of theatre will begin on February 17, 2018.

 

Tata Sons appoints Aarthi Subramanian as Chief Digital Officer. She is an executive director at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Subramanian is the second TCS whom Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran has picked up to be a part of his core team after Suprakash Mukhopadhyay.

 

GST Rates: Services by Educational Institution to students are exempted from Tax. Denying the reports that GST@18% is levied on fees being charged for lodging hostels, the finance ministry said that there is no change in tax liability relating to education and related services in the GST era, except the reduction in tax rate on certain items of education.

 

Saraswati: Indian scientists discover supercluster of galaxies. A team of Indian astronomers have identified previously unknown, extremely large supercluster of galaxies located in the direction of constellation Pisces. It has been named “Saraswati”. It was discovered by astronomers from Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), both in Pune, Maharashtra.

 

BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) have entered into a partnership to explore collaboration opportunities for solar rooftop, electric vehicles, energy storage systems, energy efficiency and smart grid technologies. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed for two years.

 

Union Government forms Directorate to flag high-risk areas in Customs, GST. The Directorate General of Analytics and Risk Management will function under the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) for data analytics and risk management.

 

India ranks 116 out of 157 nations on 2017 SDG index. India has been ranked low 116 out of 157 nations on the 2017 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index and Dashboard report released by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Bertelsmann Stiftung.

 

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry signed an Institutional agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology in New Delhi to establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) at Patent Information Centre, Punjab, under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.

 

OECD releases Government at a Glance 2017 report: India tops OECD list of countries. With 73 per cent India is ranked firmly at the top, followed by Canada in second position as Justin Trudeau’s government earned the confidence of 62 per cent.

 

India contributes additional $1 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund. India has contributed an additional $1 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund launched to support sustainable development projects across the developing world.

 

Union Health Minister Shri J P Nadda launches the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22). This plan focuses on the states such as Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

 

Scientists for first time store small movie clip in DNA of living bacteria. Scientists from Harvard Medical School for first time have encoded a small movie clip in the DNA of living bacterial cells and then played it back. They had used the CRISPR gene-editing technique to encode and retrieve reconstructed frames of a classic 1870s racehorse in motion sequence of photos into the genome of common gut bacteria E. coli.

 

Google acquired Bangalore-based artificial intelligence firm Halli Labs. It focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. The firm which was co-founded by former chief technology officer Stayzilla, Pankaj Gupta, announced the acquisition in a blog post.

 

Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – July 14, 2017

 

1. What is the India’s rank in the 2017 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index?
A) 116th
B) 125th
C) 108th
D) 95th

 

2. What is the name of the galaxies which are discovered by the Indian Scientists ?
A) Triangulum
B) Galaxy Bode’s
C) Galaxy Virgo
D) Saraswati

 

3. Union Health Minister Shri J P Nadda launches the National Strategic Plan for Malaria and pledged to eradicate the vector-borne disease by __________.
A) 2020
B) 2025
C) 2027
D) 2019

 

4. Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in July 2017 signed an agreement with a state’s Council of Science and Technology to establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) in the state. Name the state.
A) Haryana
B) Punjab
C) Jharkhand
D) Karnataka

 

5. India’s first high-speed rail training centre will set up in which state?
A) Rajasthan
B) Gujarat
C) Uttar Pradesh
D) Assam

 

6. Which committee chairperson is Justice Vikramajit Sen?
A) Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC)
B) National Academy of Agricultural Research Management
C) Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS)
D) Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB)

 

7. Who is selected as the brand ambassador of the Indian Indoor Cricket Team?
A) VVS Laxman
B) Sandeep Patil
C) Sourav Ganguly
D) Sachin Tendulkar

 

8. Team of Indian scientists/astronomers has discovered a previously unknown supercluster of galaxies. What is the name that was given to this heavenly body?
A) Shiv
B) Saraswati
C) Gandhi
D) Shapley Concentration

 

9. Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has passed away. He hailed from which country?
A) Japan
B) Taiwan
C) Indonesia
D) China

 

10. Which International Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey recently ?
A) International Conference And Expo
B) Global Communication conference
C) Hawaii International conference
D) 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC)

 

Answers

 

1. A) 116th
2. D) Saraswati
3. C) 2027
4. B) Punjab
5. B) Gujarat
6. A) Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC)
7. B) Sandeep Patil
8. B) Saraswati
9. D) China
10. D) 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC)

 

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