Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 24 July 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 24 July 2017
England beats India by 9 runs to lift ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. The 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup was the eleventh edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup, and the third to be held in England after the 1973 and 1993 tournaments.
India ranks 132 in Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index. India ranked 132nd out of 152 countries on the inaugural “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index” released by international NGO Oxfam in association with Developmental Finance International.
USS Gerald R Ford: World’s largest aircraft carrier inducted by US. The United States (US) Navy officially inducted USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the world’s largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. It is the most advanced aircraft carrier in the world.
UR Rao, former ISRO chairman and man behind India’s first satellite Aryabhatta, is no more. Prof Rao was the first Indian space scientist to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
Union Govenment launches SHe-box portal for Sexual Harassment. The Women and Child Development ministry launched an online platform to enable women employees of the Central Government to file complaints related to sexual harassment at the workplace. The SHe-box (Sexual Harassment Electronic box) is available for the Private Sector as well.
H S Prannoy wins US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton title. Ace Indian Shuttler H S Prannoy won the 2017 Yonex US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title. It was his third grand prix gold title of badminton.
UP Government announces to launch all-women ‘Pink’ AC buses with CCTV cameras. Union Ministry sanctioned funds for the 50 buses from its ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ for the ‘Pink’ buses in UP.
Iran and Iraq sign agreement on military cooperation . Iran and Iraq signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to step up military cooperation and the fight against terrorism and extremism. The MoU encourages the promotion of interaction and share of experiences in the fight against terrorism and extremism, border security, training and logistical, technical and military support between both countries.
Spanish scientists discover novobiocin compound as anti-Zika drug. Researchers San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia, Spain have discovered novobiocin compound that could be used as a potential drug to fight the effects of a Zika virus infection.
Senior Congress Leader and Freedom Fighter Shivajirao Giridhar Patil passes away. Senior Congress leader, social activist and father of late veteran actress Smita Patil passed away in Mumbai at the age of 92. He is survived by two daughters and actor grandson, Prateik Babbar.
India, Bangladesh signed agreement to connect both countries by waterways. India and Bangladesh signed an agreement to connect both the countries by waterways. The waterways will facilitate movement of passengers and goods between India’s northeast and West Bengal with Bangladesh.The Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya informed that infrastructure for the services would be set up along the major rivers in Bangladesh, West Bengal and the Brahmaputra in Assam.
India witnessed third highest terror attacks in 2016: US. According to the Country Report on Terrorism released by the US State Department, India witnessed third highest number of terrorist attacks in 2016, more than Pakistan.
India to host Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017. It is the first time ever that the Global Conference on Cyber Space is taking place outside Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations.
Raveesh Kumar to be next ministry of External affairs Spokesperson. Raveesh Kumar, a 1995-batch IFS officer is currently posted in Frankfurt, Germany as Consul General of India, is to be the next spokesperson for the ministry of External Affairs. He will replace Gopal Baglay who was appointed the joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office.
CCEA approves selling 51% stake in HPCL to ONGC. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved sale of government’s 51.11% stake along with management control in HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum) to ONGC. HPCL will continue as PSU after the acquisition.
Parliament bids farewell to outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee. Members of the Parliament bid farewell to outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee at a gala ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. Mukherjee was also presented with a coffee table book signed by all the MPs by LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Uttar Pradesh launches free power connection scheme for BPL families. Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Srikant Sharma launched free power connection scheme for the Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders. The people who do not have BPL cards will have to pay between Rs 80 to Rs 120 for getting the power connection. The scheme is launched at 624 places across the state.