Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 26 July 2017 – News Headlines

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Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 26 July 2017 – News Headlines

 

Current Affairs and General Knowledge - 26 July 2017

 

Current Affairs and News Headlines – 26 July 2017

 

GST Council panel to select National Anti-profiteering Authority. The selection committee will be chaired by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha.

 

Yatra acquires Air Travel Bureau to expand corporate travel business. Yatra Online India’s second-largest online travel operator acquired corporate travel services provider Air Travel Bureau (ATB). It is  India’s ‘largest corporate travel services provider’ with gross bookings of Rs 1,500 crore and a client base of 400 companies in the country.

 

Government approves first housing project on private land under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has approved construction of 30,000 affordable houses in Maharashtra’s Sholapur district for the urban poor on private land under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

 

Madras HC makes Vande Mataram mandatory in schools, private and government offices. Singing of Vande Mataram in schools, government offices, private entities and industries in Tamil Nadu has been made compulsory by the Madras high court.

 

BRICS Youth Forum opens in Beijing. The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum opened in Beijing, China to discuss the development of the youth in the countries. The theme of the three-day forum is ‘Enhance BRICS Partnership, Promote Youth Development’. The five BRICS countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa first came up with the idea of establishing a dialogue mechanism for BRICS youth in 2014 during a meeting between BRICS leaders in South Africa.

 

Reliance Defence launches first two Navy ships Shachi and Shruti. Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) launched the first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) — Shachi and Shruti at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat. These two NOPVs are the first warships to be launched by a private sector shipyard in India. These ships are part of a five-ships being constructed for the Indian Navy under the P-21 project.

 

Right to Education is Right to Quality Education: Supreme Court. The court held that appointment of Shiksha Mitras was not as per qualification prescribed for a teacher and they could not be regularized as teachers.

 

Veteran actress Shakuntala Barua gets Mahanayak Samman 2017. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conferred this year Mahanayak Samman 2017 to veteran actress Shakuntala Barua for her contribution to the world of cinema. Suparnokanti Karati for Bisarjan film and Shiboprasad Mukhopadhyay of Windows Productions for Praktan film were also among the awardees for Best Film and Best Producer categories.

 

18th Kargil Vijay Diwas observed. The 18th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated across India to commemorate the success of Operation Vijay and remember brave sacrifice of Indian soldiers during the 1999 India-Pakistan Kargil War.

 

Madhubala to join Bollywood brigade at Delhi’s Madame Tussauds. Madhubala, who is known as one of the most iconic female celebrities in Hindi cinema, is the latest to join the ranks of Bollywood celebrities, who will have their wax figures at Delhi’s Madame Tussauds.

 

Aurionpro launches a Bank in a Box to reduce branch expansion cost for banks. Aurionpro Solutions a Global leader in digital innovation, enterprise security and banking solutions, announced its Branch-in-a-Box product, the Virtual Teller Machine (VTM) a fully integrated self-service kiosk for automating 90% of banking transactions at the branch level.

 

Former freedom fighter K.E. Mammen passes away. Freedom fighter K.E. Mammen passed away due to age-related diseases in Neyyatinkara, Kerala. He was 96. He was a pacifist and adherent follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He was born into the renowned Kandathil family on July 31, 1921, in Thiruvananthapuram. He was a staunch believer of Gandhian principles and led an austere life. From an early age, he had lent his support for the freedom struggle. He became active in the freedom movement as a college student.

 

Kylie Masse wins 100m backstroke world gold in record time. Canada’s Kylie Masse of Canada stormed to women’s 100m backstroke gold in a new world-record time at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

 

Union Home Minister chairs first meeting of Islands Development Agency (IDA). The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the first meeting of the newly constituted Islands Development Agency (IDA). He presented the vision for developing India’s maritime economy while preserving the natural eco-system and addressing the security concerns. He emphasised upon the need for sustainable development of Islands with people’s participation.

 

Cabinet apprised JDI on Indo German-Centre for Sustainability. he Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has apprised Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) between on Indo German-Centre for Sustainability (IGCS). The JDI was concluded in May, 2017 during the fourth Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) between India and Germany in Berlin.

 

Michael Kors buys Jimmy Choo for USD 1.5 billion. Under the terms of the transaction, Jimmy Choo shareholders will receive 230 pence per share, with an enterprise value of approximately USD 1.350 billion.

 

Union Government approves construction of 30,000 affordable houses on Private land. The Centre approved the construction of 30,000 houses for the urban poor on private land in Maharashtra’s Sholapur. The main aim is to give momentum to affordable housing in urban areas.

 

Parliament passes Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The parliament has passed The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 after it was approved by the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha has passed it earlier.

 

Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – July 26, 2017

 

1. For Which company, Google CEO Sundar Pichai is appointed as a board of directors?
A) Microsoft
B) Vodafone
C) Samsung
D) Alphabet

2. High Court of this state in recent past ruled that Vande Mataram should be sung in all schools and colleges across as well as government and private offices at least once in a week and a month respectively.
A) West Bengal
B) Kerala
C) Karnataka
D) Tamil Nadu

3. The 18th anniversary of ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ has celebrated on which day in India?
A) July 25
B) July 24
C) July 26
D) July 22

4. Which award Veteran actress Shakuntala Barua recently?
A) Mahanayak Samman Award
B) Public Service Award
C) Padma Shri Award
D) National Award

5. Which mobile app has been launched by the Union Government for road maintenance?
A) RoadBHIM
B) Kartavya
C) Aarambh
D) Prarambh

6. What is rank of India in the new global Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) index?
A) 129th
B) 130th
C) 131st
D) 132nd

7. Which country is hosting the 2017 BRICS Youth Forum (BYF)?
A) India
B) South Africa
C) Brazil
D) China

8. Which year did India to host maiden men’s World Boxing Championship ?
A) 2035
B) 2021
C) 2019
D) 2065

9. Which state has announced Rs 50 lakh award for the Indian women’s cricket team, which finished as runners-up in the Women’s Cricket World Cup?
A) Madhya Pradesh
B) Maharashtra
C) Uttarakhand
D) Odisha

10. Name the women swimmer who on 25 July 2017 won women’s 100m backstroke gold in a new world-record time at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.
A) Gemma Spofforth
B) Emily Seebohm
C) Kylie Masse
D) Kathleen Baker

 

Answers

1. D) Alphabet
2. D) Tamil Nadu
3. C) July 26
4. A) Mahanayak Samman Award
5. C) Aarambh
6. D) 132nd
7. D) China
8. B) 2021
9. A) Madhya Pradesh
10. C) Kylie Masse

 

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