Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 20 July 2017 – News Headlines


Current Affairs and – 20 July 2017 – News Headlines



Current Affairs and – 20 July 2017


LK Advani receives Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions in Lok Sabha. The awardees were selected by a jury headed by former Lok Sabha Speaker Shivraj Patil.


Union Cabinet nod for IWAI bond issue. The Union Cabinet gave its nod to Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to raise Rs.660 crore in bonds for extra budgetary resources (EBRs) in 2017-18.


Ram Nath Kovind is the next President of India. National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate and former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind will be India’s 14th President of the country. He defeated opposition’s Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, winning more than 65 percent of the votes in the Electoral College.


French Senate approves controversial anti-terror bill. The Bill will now be sent to the lower house of the National Assembly for a vote in October 2017.


Lok Sabha passes Indian Institutes of Information Technology (PPP) Bill, 2017. The Lok Sabha passed the Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership (IIIT-PPP) Bill, 2017 to allow 15 IIITs established on a PPP model to grant degrees and get statutory status.


Patnaik dedicates to Nation Odisha’s longest bridge. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated to the nation the state’s longest bridge and named it after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. It is 2.88 km bridge over the river Kathajodi will connect the state capital of Bhubaneswar with Cuttack reducing the distance between the two cities by 12 kilometres.


Union Cabinet approves revision of Indian Community Welfare Fund guidelines. The approved guidelines would cover key areas like improvement in Consular services, Assisting Overseas Indian nationals in distress situations and Community Welfare activities.


Environment Ministry approves Projects in 3 States under NAFCC. The Union Environment Ministry approved three projects for climate change adaptation in three states viz. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim for funding under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC).


Union Cabinet approves MOC in respect of tax matters between India and BRICS countries. The Union Cabinet approves the signing of Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in respect of tax matters between India and the BRICS countries namely, Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. It aims to promote cooperation amongst BRICS Revenue administrations on common areas of interest in tax matters and capacity building and sharing.


UIDAI launches mAadhaar app for syncing Aadhaar data on mobile phone. Once you register in mAadhar app, your Aadhaar card profile including phone number, address and other details get stored on the app.


IISER Kolkata Researchers develop flame-proof, rust-resistant material. Researchers from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata have developed an organic-inorganic molecular hybrid material which is fire and rust resistant.


Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi tops poll of most powerful Arab women. According to Forbes Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Tolerance Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi topped a poll of the most powerful Arab women in Government. released a list of the top 100 most powerful Arab business women for 2017.


Indonesia bans Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir. It is the first time in the reform era that the government had disbanded an organisation without due process of law.


Union Cabinet approves Phase II of BharatNet project. The Union Cabinet has extended the second phase of the BharatNet project that forms the backbone for the Union government’s Digital India initiative. The second phase aims at covering the remaining 1.50 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPS).


Indians win gold and bronze at first global robotics Olympiad. A group of seven Indian students bagged two awards at a robotics Olympiad organised by ‘FIRST Global’ in the Washington United States of America. Students from Mumbai won gold for Zhang Heng Engineering Design Award. The Indian team also won a bronze for Global Challenge Match.


Telangana launches ‘Janahitha’ for speedy redressal of public grievances. The Telangana government has launched a special portal called ‘Janahitha’ to act as a single window for all grievances and their redressal management.


Current Affairs and – July 20, 2017


1. How many states did the Environment Ministry approves Projects under National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) ?
A) 3
B) 5
C) 4
D) 6


2. The Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to IRDAI – IAIS pact for information exchange. What does “IAIS” stands for?
A) International Association of Insurance Supervisors
B) International Authority of Insurance Supervisors
C) International Associate of Insurance Supervisors
D) International Accounting of Insurance Supervisors


3. This coutry joins International Solar Alliance program led by India and France.
A) Antarctica
B) Greece
C) Australia
D) Pakistan


4. Who is the author of the book titled Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives?
A) Amartya Sen
B) Pranab Mukherjee
C) Shashi Tharoor
D) C. Raj Kumar


5. Which state did the Naveen Patnaik opened the longest bridge ?
A) Kerala
B) Karnataka
C) Tamil Nadu
D) Odisha


6. Who has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement (LTA) award for his contributions as a Lok Sabha member?
A) Murli Manohar Joshi
B) LK Advani
C) Atal Bihari Vajpayee
D) Mallikarjun Kharge


7. Which state has become the first state to have eco-friendly bridges for movement of tigers?
A) Karnataka
B) Telangana
C) Kerala
D) Nagaland


8. Who of the following was recently appointed by Facebook as the Vice-President of Communications for Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger?
A) Caryn Marooney
B) Emil Michael
C) Rachel Whetstone
D) None of the above


9. Who got the best parliamentarian Award recently ?
A) N.K. Prema chandran
B) V.Rajesh
C) Suresh Rajan
D) Ramesh Kumar


10. Which state government has launched “Janahitha” to receive complaints from public?
A) Andhra Pradesh
B) Madhya Pradesh
C) Telangana
D) Karnataka




1. A) 3
2. A) International Association of Insurance Supervisors
3. C) Australia
4. D) C. Raj Kumar
5. D) Odisha
6. B) LK Advani
7. B) Telangana
8. C) Rachel Whetstone
9. A) N.K. Prema chandran
10. C) Telangana


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