Current Affairs : 23,July- 2017 – India bag two medals in high jump at World Para Athletics Championships:

    NATIONAL

Cabinet approves revision of Indian Community Welfare Fund guidelines:

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved revision of the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) guidelines.

    ICWF, set up in 2009, is aimed at assisting Overseas Indian nationals in times of distress and emergency in the most deserving cases on a means tested basis.

    The revised guidelines being made broad-based seek to expand the scope of welfare measures that can be extended through the Fund. The guidelines would cover three key areas namely Assisting Overseas Indian nationals in distress situations, Community Welfare activities and Improvement in Consular services. They are expected to provide Indian Missions and Posts abroad greater flexibility in swiftly addressing to requests for assistance by Overseas Indian nationals.


NGT allows redevelopment work around Qutab Golf Course:

    The stalled work to redevelop Qutab Golf Course in a posh South Delhi locality is all set to begin, with the National Green Tribunal lifting the stay order on the construction activity.     The green panel, which gave its go ahead to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to carry out the construction, however, put a condition that the work around the lakes in area would remain stalled.


India to host World Largest Conference on Cyber Space:

 

    India will host World’s Largest Conference on Cyber Space at the end of this year. Themed on Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace, the GCCS 2017 will take place on the 23rd and 24th of November, 2017 in Aero City, New Delhi.


Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway: Samruddhi Corridor to become ‘education hub’:

    The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has envisaged that the Maharashtra Samruddhi Corridor will become a centre for educational institutions, with the nodes being developed as townships for various institutes. The Samruddhi Corridor is a 700-km expressway connecting Mumbai with Nagpur.

Maharashtra

  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Chief Minister: Devendra Fadnavis
  • Governor: C. Vidyasagar Rao

Ministry of Rural Development to launch Aajeevika Grameen Express:     

    The Ministry of Rural Development will launch a new sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) which will be named as Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)”.

    The Government is implementing DAY-NRLM across the country in all States and Union Territories (except Delhi and Chandigarh). Under DAY-NRLM, till date, 34.4 lakh women SHGs have been promoted under the programme.


INTERNATIONAL

Dubai named UN city data hub for region:

    Dubai has been named the Local Data Hub for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region by the United Nations.

    The General Secretariat of the Dubai Executive Council and the World Council on City Data (WCCD) are currently in discussions to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would confirm the designation.


BANKING & BUSINESS

Karnataka Bank launches ‘Met Loan & Life Suraksha’:

    Karnataka Bank, one of the leading private sector lender, announced that the bank has launched Met Loan & Life Suraksha” (MLLS) for its customers. It is a single premium plan covering the loan liability of a customer.

    The bank also introduced ‘KBL MLLS’ app, which marks the celebration of 15 years of partnership with M/s PNB MetLife. This app is exclusively for the Karnataka Bank employees to instantly calculate the insurance cover and premium-based on loan liability of their borrowers.   

Karnataka Bank:

  • Headquarters: Mangalore
  • CEO: P Jayarama Bhat

APPOINTMENTS

Cong. makes Shinde general secretary incharge of Himachal Pradesh:

    The Congress appointed former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as its general secretary incharge of party affairs in Himachal Pradesh, replacing Ambika Soni.
Himachal Pradesh:

    • Capital: Shimla
    • Chief Minister: Virbhadra Singh
    • Governor: Acharya Dev Vrat

Donald Trump appoints loyalist Anthony Scaramucci new communications director:

    President Donald Trump has appointed long time supporter and smooth-talking Wall Street financier as his new communications director, prompting the most-known public face of his scandal-hit administration, Sean Spicer, to quit as the White House press secretary.


SPORTS

Chennai Open renamed to Maharashtra Open, to be held in Pune:

    India’s only ATP World Tour event will now be known as Maharashtra Open with owners of the event IMG (Reliance) shifting the tournament to Pune by signing a five-year deal with the MSLTA.

    Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) confirmed that IMG (R) has cancelled the contract which was extended till 2019 early this year.


India bag two medals in high jump at World Para Athletics Championships:

    India bagged two medals in the high jump at the World Para Athletics Championships in London. While Sharad Kumar won a silver medal, Varun Bhati bagged bronze medal in the T42 event.

British:

  • Currency: Pound sterling
  • Capital: London
  • Prime minister: Theresa May

AWARDS & HONOURS

Priyanka Chopra to be honoured at Toronto Film Festival Gala:

    The Toronto Film Festival is all set to honour Priyanka Chopra a day before it kicks off. According to the reports, the 35-year-old ‘Desi’ girl will be the guest of honour at the fundraiser event on September 6.

    Toronto will also be honouring the ‘Mary Kom’ star for her activism of devoting time to UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador and the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education.


Chennai doctor honoured in Goa:

    Chennai-based professor of psychiatry and leading specialist in neuro behavioural medicine, Dr. U. Gauthamadas was presented the ‘Most Trusted Neuro-psychiatrist of the Year’ Award at the

Rising Leadership Awards held in Goa.

Goa:

    • Capital: Panaji
    • Chief Minister: Manohar Parrikar
    • Governor: Mridula Sinha

  OBITUARY

Former MP and Congress leader Shivajirao Patil passes away:

    Senior Congress leader and father of actress Smita Patil, Shivajirao Patil, passed away in Mumbai after a brief illness. He was 92.

    Patil a former member of parliament and also a former member of the Maharashtra legislature and the state cabinet.


NCP state president Uzhavoor Vijayan passes away:

    Nationalist Congress Party Kerala State President Uzhavoor Vijayan passes away at Kochi. He was 60. He was under treatment in Kochi for liver related disease. He has been associated with NCP since 1999 and held different positions in the Party.

Kerala:

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor: P. Sathasivam

PM remembers Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandra Shekhar Azad on their birth anniversary:

    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has remembered Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandra Shekhar Azad on their birth anniversary.


‘Becker Wrecker’ Doohan passes away:

    Peter Doohan, who famously upset Boris Becker at Wimbledon, has died at the age of 56, Tennis Australia (TA) said.

    Dubbed ‘Becker Wrecker’ after defeating two-time defending champion Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, passed away from motor neurone disease diagnosed just nine weeks ago.


Current Affairs Quiz – 23, July  2017