Current Affairs and General Knowledge – 31 July 2017 – News Headlines
Current Affairs and News Headlines – 31 July 2017
World’s smallest spacecraft Sprites launched by Indian rocket. The Sprite Spacecraft was developed under the Breakthrough Starshot program and is the creation of Zac Manchester, whose 2011 Kickstarter campaign ‘KickSat’ raised the first funds to develop the concept.
The United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed on 30 July across the world. This year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) selected ‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’ as the focus of the Day.
CBDT inks 9 Advance Pricing Agreements. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into 9 Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (UAPAs) with Indian taxpayers in July, 2017. With this, total number of APAs signed till date stands at 171 (Bilateral-12 and Unilateral-159).
Green Body Slams Delhi Government Over Use Of Plastic. The National Green Tribunal or NGT has slammed the Delhi government over indiscriminate and rampant use of plastic in the national capital despite its prohibition.
S S Mundra retires; NS Vishwanathan to head supervisory depts at RBI. The consumer education and protection department, financial inclusion and development department and the right to information division will be overseen by BP Kanungo, the central bank said.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi declared as interim Pakistan Prime Minister. Pakistan Muslim League selected Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan.
National Mission for Clean Ganga approves 7 projects. The Executive Committee of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in its 4th meeting has approved seven projects in the sector of sewage infrastructure, ghat development and research.
2017 FIBA Women’s Asia Cup: India beat Kazakhstan to clinch Division B crown. On the other hand, Japan defeated Australia 74-73 in the Division A summit clash.
ISIS Claims Kabul Attack On Iraqi Embassy Through Their Propaganda Agency. ISIS today claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul, its propaganda agency Amaq said.
Breakthrough Starshot successfully launch world’s smallest spacecrafts. Scientists have announced that the world’s smallest spacecrafts dubbed as Sprites ever launched are successfully travelling in low Earth orbit and communicating with systems on Earth.
BJP’s Sampatiya Uike elected unopposed in Rajya Sabha bypoll from Madhya Pradesh. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of environment minister Anil Madhav Dave in May. Out of the total 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh, eight seats are currently represented by the BJP while the Congress holds three.
India’s first unmanned tank Muntra launched. Muntra was developed and tested for the Indian Army by Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) in Avadi.
IISER Scientists develop Gelator to remove oil from spills. Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram have developed gelator that can suck up oil and congeal it.
Delhi To Chandigarh In 2 Hours With New Train, Help From France. The Delhi-Chandigarh corridor, one of the busiest routes in north India, is slated to be first semi-high speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kmph with French help.
Nemanja Matic signs for Manchester United in three-year deal. Nemanja Matic was pictured wearing the number 31 shirt on Sunday with reports suggesting he was at the Carrington training ground in Manchester undergoing his medical. The number 31 was vacant following Bastian Schweinsteiger’s move to the MLS.
Japanese, Sri Lankan among Magsaysay award winners. Yoshiaki Ishizawa, a Japanese historian who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples, and Gethsie Shanmugam, a Sri Lankan teacher who counselled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares, are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards.
China makes historic breakthrough, produces natural gas from flammable ice. China successfully produced natural gas from methane hydrate, also known as ‘flammable ice’, in an experimental project conducted in the South China Sea.
Gurgaon Municipal Body Puts Up ‘Parking-Free’ Banner On Malls. In a bid to tackle the problem of illegal parking and alleged paid parking service by many city malls, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon has come up with an initiative of free parking and installed signboards at malls and other buildings on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) Road.
Caeleb Dressel becomes first ever Swimmer to win three gold medals in one night at worlds Championship. The 20-year-old Caeleb Dressel as America’s newest star of the pool recently became the first swimmer to win three gold medals on a single night at either the worlds or the Olympics.
Scientists develop strong adhesive for wound healing. The bio-glue is inspired by an adhesive material secreted by slugs that sticks to biological tissues. Slugs naturally secrete a special kind of mucus in its place when threatened, making it difficult for a predator to pry it off its surface.
Railways eyes Rs 26k crore savings in energy costs over 10 years through electrification. The Railways has set a target of electrifying 24,400 km of routes by 2022 to drastically decrease the use of diesel for reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The target will be announced by Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu on August 4.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis released the book ‘Mann Ki Baat A Social Revolution on Radio’ at Raj Bhavan. Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu (additional charge) C. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis released the book ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’ at Raj Bhavan.
Delhi Metro declared as world’s first green metro. Apart from depots and sub stations, DMRC was also awarded the platinum rating for its 10 residential colonies for adherence to green building norms by the IGBC.
PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate ‘Rajaswa Gyansangam’ on Sep 1. The two-day conclave will be held on September 1-2 in the national capital and the focus of the discussion will be on GST as well as on unearthing black money, a finance ministry statement said.
Ravi Mittal appointed as part-time member on IRDAI board. Ravi Mittal appointed an additional secretary in the Finance Ministry in place of Anil Khachiis now a part-time member of the board of IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India).
Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Iraqi embassy in Kabul. Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday that began with a suicide bomber blowing himself up at the main gate, allowing gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces.
Maharashtra government to launch pilot project to encourage use of bicycle. The Maharashtra state government is planning to create cycle tracks through ‘streets with cycle track’ project in order to encourage the use of bicycles, to ease congestion and reduce air pollution.
Sri Lanka and China sign $1.1 billion Hambantota Port Deal. Sri Lanka signed $1.1 billion deal to the United States of America to sell a 70% stake in the strategic Hambantota deep-sea port to China. It is a deep-water port in the southern tip of Sri Lanka.
Over 1,000 temples declared as protected monuments under ASI: Government. “There are 506 monuments and sites including 242 temples declared as protected in Karnataka under the Archaeological Survey of India,”Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said.
Current Affairs and General Knowledge Quiz Questions with Answers – July 31, 2017
1. Which Indian metro became world’s first green metro system?
A) Delhi Metro
B) Lucknow Metro
C) Mumbai Metro
D) Kolkata Metro
2. Which prize award was won by the Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari ?
A) Hungarian Grand Prix
B) Jake Award
C) The Future Awards (The Future Project Nigeria)
D) Railroader of the Year
3. The Union government has recently launched “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2” scheme in which state?
C) Madhya Pradesh
4. Japanese historian Yoshiaki Ishizawa won this award for counselling the war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmare.
A) Congressional Award
B) Gloria Baro Prize
C) Best Buy Commotion Award
D) Magsaysay award
5. Name the India’s first unmanned tank developed for surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance of nuclear threats?
6. How many billions did Srilanka and China sign on Hambantota Port Deal recently ?
A) 2.5 billions
B) 1.1 billions
C) 6.5 billions
D) 4.8 billions
7. Which Indian sportsperson has won bronze in the Under-7 rapid championship at the 2017 Asian Schools Chess Championship (ASCC)?
A) Kuldeep Lohia
B) T S Mani
C) Aditya Patil
D) Kiaan Agarwal
8. The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opened in ________.
9. Which life insurance company was directed by the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to take over the Sahara India Life Insurance Company (SILIC)?
A) SBI Life
B) HDFC Life
C) ICICI Prudential Life
10. What is the name of World’s Smallest spacecraft launched by the Indian Rocket?
B) Bhaskara II
D) INSAT – 1 A
1. A) Delhi Metro
2. A) Hungarian Grand Prix
3. A) Maharashtra
4. D) Magsaysay award
5. B) Muntra
6. B) 1.1 billions
7. C) Aditya Patil
8. D) Switzerland
9. C) ICICI Prudential Life
10. C) Sprites