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Unformatted text preview: General Knowledge Today Current Affairs: July, 2017 [Date-wise Compendium] Published Date: August 9, 2017 Published by: GKTODAY.IN GKToday © 2017 | All Rights Reserved Suitable for Bank Probationary, Bank Clerical, IBPS Recruitment, NDA, CDS, LIC/GIC, Railways, SSC, UGC and state / UPSC preliminary Examination. Current Affairs: July, 2017 [Date-wise Compendium] Contents Month Highlights: July, 2017 ............................................................................................................................ 3 Persons in news – Appointments/Elections .......................................................................................... 3 Sports ............................................................................................................................................................. 4 Persons in news: Died ................................................................................................................................. 5 Science, Technology & Environment ....................................................................................................... 5 Events & Observances ................................................................................................................................. 9 Defence Related ......................................................................................................................................... 10 Finance, Business and Economy .............................................................................................................. 11 Government Policy and Schemes ........................................................................................................... 13 Awards ......................................................................................................................................................... 17 Miscellaneous Terms and Facts .............................................................................................................. 17 Date Wise Current Affairs ............................................................................................................................... 18 July 1, 2017 .......................................................................................................................................................... 18 Union Government launches new training programme COMMIT for State Government officials ................................................................................................................................................. 18 Key Facts ..................................................................................................................................................... 19 Home Ministry to give security nod to GSTN .................................................................................... 19 Security issue .............................................................................................................................................. 19 About Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) ............................................................................ 19 Prime Minister inaugurates Textiles India 2017 .............................................................................. 20 Eight core sectors growth slips to 3.6% in May 2017 .................................................................... 20 R K Pachnanda takes charge as Director General ITBP ................................................................... 21 About R K Pachnanda ............................................................................................................................... 21 About Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) ........................................................................................... 21 KK Venugopal appointed as Attorney General of India ................................................................... 22 About K K Venugopal .............................................................................................................................. 22 About Attorney General of India ........................................................................................................... 22 Union Government launches National Biopharma Mission ............................................................. 22 Need ............................................................................................................................................................. 23 About Innovate in India (i3) program .................................................................................................. 23 About National Biopharma Mission ...................................................................................................... 23 Railways, NBCC ink MoU to redevelop 10 railway stations ............................................................ 23 Key Facts ..................................................................................................................................................... 24 Background ................................................................................................................................................ 24 2 Indian-Americans to be honoured with Great Immigrants award ............................................. 24 About Great Immigrants: The Pride of America Award .................................................................. 25 Fact Box: India-China Border Dispute .................................................................................................. 25 India-China Border Dispute .................................................................................................................... 25 July 2-3, 2017 .................................................................................................................................................... 27 © 2017 GKToday | All Rights Reserved | 2 Current Affairs: July, 2017 [Date-wise Compendium] Carrie Lam sworn in as first female Chief Executive of Hong Kong ............................................ 27 About Hong Kong .................................................................................................................................... 27 Germany wins 2017 Confederation Cup Football title ..................................................................... 27 About FIFA Confederations Cup ........................................................................................................... 27 Mahesh Bhagwat conferred 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes Award .......... 28 Accomplishment of Mahesh Bhagwat .................................................................................................. 28 About Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes Award ............................................................ 28 Assam to raise Special Rhino Protection Force for rhino protection ............................................ 28 About one-horned rhinos ........................................................................................................................ 28 Indian Rhino Vision (IRV) 2020 ............................................................................................................ 29 Scientists develop world’s sharpest laser .............................................................................................. 29 What is Laser? ............................................................................................................................................ 29 Features of sharpest laser ....................................................................................................................... 29 WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Congo ............................................................................... 29 About Ebola virus disease (EVD) ........................................................................................................... 30 Indigenously developed quick reaction surface-to-air short range missile successfully test-fired ................................................................................................................................................................ 30 Key Features of the missile ..................................................................................................................... 30 NMCE, ICEX to merge to create India’s third biggest commodity exchange ............................. 30 Key Facts ...................................................................................................................................................... 31 Commodity trading in India .................................................................................................................... 31 July 4, 2017 ......................................................................................................................................................... 31 Sunderbans mangrove depleting alarmingly: Study ........................................................................... 31 Key Facts ...................................................................................................................................................... 31 About Sundarbans ..................................................................................................................................... 32 India’s defence commitment to Bhutan ................................................................................................ 32 Background ................................................................................................................................................ 32 India’s defence commitment to Bhutan ................................................................................................ 33 India placed 88th in money hoarded in Swiss banks ........................................................................ 33 Key Facts ..................................................................................................................................................... 33 India, ADB inks $220 million Loan Agreement for Rajasthan State Highways Investment Program .............................................................................................................................................. 34 Key Facts ..................................................................................................................................................... 34 About Asian Development Bank (ADB) .............................................................................................. 34 President approves ordinance allowing Kambala in Karnataka ...................................................... 34 Background ................................................................................................................................................ 35 About Kambala .......................................................................................................................................... 35 Foundation stone of country’s biggest Global Skill Park laid in Bhopal ....................................... 35 About Global Skill Park ........................................................................................................................... 35 Fact Box: Vice Presidential Election ....................................................................................................... 36 About office of Vice President ................................................................................................................ 36 © 2017 GKToday | All Rights Reserved | 3 Current Affairs: July, 2017 [Date-wise Compendium] Eligibility ...................................................................................................................................................... 36 Election ........................................................................................................................................................ 36 Term and removal .................................................................................................................................... 36 Functions of Vice President ..................................................................................................................... 36 Achal Kumar Joti appointed as Chief Election Commissioner ........................................................ 36 About Achal Kumar Joti .......................................................................................................................... 37 Appointment of Election Commissioners ............................................................................................ 37 July 5, 2017 ........................................................................................................................................................ 37 India’s TERI ranked second among world’s climate think tanks ................................................... 37 About The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) ................................................................................... 37 US rolls out expedited entry for low-risk Indian travellers .............................................................. 38 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiative ............................................................................... 38 Indo-Thai joint military exercise Maitree 2017 begins in Himachal Pradesh ........................... 38 Key Facts ..................................................................................................................................................... 38 Sanjay Kumar appointed new NDRF Chief ........................................................................................ 39 About National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) ............................................................................ 39 UDAY covers 97% of discom debt: Centre ........................................................................................ 39 Key Facts ..................................................................................................................................................... 39 About Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) .......................................................................... 40 North Korea claims successful test of its first intercontinental missile ....................................... 40 Key Facts .................................................................................................................................................... 40 What is Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)? ............................................................................. 40 What are experts saying about the North Korean claim? ................................................................ 40 MERIT app and e-Bidding portal for utilization of domestic coal in IPP Power Stations launched ................................................................................................................................................................ 41 Need ............................................................................................................................................................. 41 Advantages ................................................................................................................................................. 42 Background ................................................................................................................................................ 42 July 6, 2017 ........................................................................................................................................................ 42 SC asks government to formalise Election Commissioners’ appointment through Law .......... 42 Need ............................................................................................................................................................. 42 Election Commissioners ........................................................................................................................... 42 In a first, ‘White tiger’ spotted in Nilgiris ............................................................................................. 43 White Tigers ............................................................................................................................................... 43 India and Israel sign 7 Agreements ...................................................................................................... 43 MoUs ........................................................................................................................................................... 44 India-Israel .................................................................................................................................................. 44 Scientists discover reasons behind 2015 Chennai Floods ................................................................ 44 Salient Findings ......................................................................................................................................... 44 El-Nino ........................................................................................................................................................ 45 Prime Minister Modi’s Israel Visit: Other Important Takeaways ................................................... 45 © 2017 GKToday | All Rights Reserved | 4 Current Affairs: July, 2017 [Date-wise Compendium] OCI card ..................................................................................................................................................... 45 Air Connectivity ......................................................................................................................................... 45 Israeli flower named after PM Modi ..................................................................................................... 45 Strategic partnership ................................................................................................................................ 45 Indian Cultural Centre ............................................................................................................................. 45 Israel India Innovation Initiative Fund (I4F) ....................................................................................... 45 EPFO signs Agreement with Five Banks ............................................................................................. 46 Salient Facts ............................................................................................................................................... 46 Employee Provident Fund (EPF) ........................................................................................................... 46 EPFO ............................................................................................................................................................ 46 US calls for new U.N. sanctions against N.Korea ............................................................................ 46 Salient Highlights ...................................................................................................................................... 46 Background ................................................................................................................................................ 47 India ranked 96th in FIFA Rankings .................................................................................................... 47 FIFA Rankings ........................................................................................................................................... 47 India to be base to eco...
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