Current Affairs 27, July – 2017 :  Madras HC makes Vande Mataram mandatory in schools, govt and  private offices


Big relief for UP builders as CM launches RERA portal:

    The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association (CREDAI) expressed great relief with the launch of online RERA registration platform, by chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. For the builders, this heralds going back to business as they would now be able to promote their upcoming projects officially, post RERA registration.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor: Shri Ram Naik

India will need $4.5 trillion by 2040 for infrastructure: Report

    According to its report `Global Infrastructure Outlook’, India has an infrastructure investment need of USD 4.5 trillion by 2040 to develop infrastructure to improve economic growth and community wellbeing, making it the second largest infrastructure market in Asia after China.

Madras HC makes Vande Mataram mandatory in schools, govt and  private offices:

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

PM Modi to inaugurate APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial in Rameswaram:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the former President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu today on the second death anniversary of the former President. Mr Modi will unveil a statue of Dr. Kalam and will hoist the National flag at the memorial.

    Mr. Modi will flag off Kalam Sandesh Vahini, an exhibition bus which will travel across the country and reach Rashtrapati Bhavan on 15th of October, which marks the birth anniversary of the former President.

Cabinet approves new wage code bill to ensure minimum wage across all sectors:

    Union Cabinet has approved the new wage code bill which will ensure a minimum wage across all sectors by integrating four labour related laws. The proposed legislation is expected to benefit over 4 crore employees across the country.

    The Labour Code on Wages Bill will consolidate the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. The new minimum wage norms would be applicable for all workers irrespective of their pay. At present, the minimum wages fixed by the Centre and states are applicable to workers getting up to 18,000 rupees pay monthly.

Maharashtra’s sex ratio dropped to 899 in 2016 from 960 in 2015: State Health Minister

    Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant informed the legislative assembly that the state’s sex ratio has dropped to 899 in 2016 from 960 in the previous year (number of girls per 1,000 boys).


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

Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar Scheme Launched in Punjab With Uber Bikes:

    The Punjab government launched Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar Scheme in collaboration with Uber Taxi App. This scheme is a part to provide jobs to unemployed youth in Punjab by providing vehicles at subsidized rates. Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar Scheme aims to create entrepreneurship opportunities for the youths.


  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Governor: V. P. Singh Badnore
  • Chief Minister: Captain Amarinder Singh


BRICS Youth Forum opens in Beijing:

    The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum opened in China to discuss youth development in the BRICS member-nations.

    Theme:Enhance BRICS Partnership, Promote Youth Development,” the three-day forum gathered 50 youth representatives working as civil servants, scholars, entrepreneurs, artists and journalists from BRICS countries.


  • Currency: Renminbi
  • Capital: Beijing
  • Prime minister: Li Keqiang
  • President: Xi Jinping   

New continent discovered under New Zealand, called Zealandia:

    New continent discovered under New Zealand, mostly submerged unknown continent beneath the South Pacific has been named as Zealandia.

New Zealand

  • Currency: New Zealand dollar
  • Capital: Wellington

National Aeronautics and Space Administration jets for first time will chase solar Eclipse:

    Scientists from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the first time are planning to chase the shadow of the moon using two of NASA’s WB-57F research jets during the upcoming total solar eclipse in the United States.


Inflation to rise to 4.4% in second half of 2017: Nomura report

    Retail inflation in India is expected to rise “noticeably” from “trough” in June to 4.4% in the second half of this year, driven mostly by food prices and the base effect, says a Nomura report.

SIDBI starts merchant banking operations for MSMEs:

    Small Industries Development Bank of India said it has started full fledged merchant banking operations to help medium and small enterprises (MSMEs) tap capital markets for their funding requirements. “The initiative would enhance access of MSMEs to capital markets including SME trading platform and institutional trading platform,” SIDBI said.

Microsoft launches Kaizala a ‘made for India’ app:

    Microsoft India has finally announced the launch of Kaizala a ‘made for India’ app for large group communications and work management.

    It is developed for organizations to offer communication, simple collaboration and complete task bringing together desktop users and mobile-only users who may be within or outside their organizations. It is powered by Azure Cloud platform. Kaizala is available in India as a free download on iOS and Android phones while ‘Kaizala Pro’ is available for Rs 130 per user per month.

Bank of India launches a new initiative for tackling bad loans:

    Bank of India (BOI) has launched a new initiative called Project Connect to tackle its problem of non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans. Dinabandhu Mohapatra, the new CEO of the bank launched Project Connect to help the bank in recovering from two consecutive years of huge losses.


Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB):

    Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India has been appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines. Shri Garg has been appointed in place of Former Secretary, DEA, Shri Shaktikanta Das.

Nitish Kumar Forms New Government In Bihar With BJP:

    Nitish Kumar ended his party, Janata Dal United or JDU’s mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance with Lalu Yadav’s RJD and the Congress to join hands with his former partner Bharatiya Janata Party. Nitish Kumar met Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to stake claim to form government.


  • Capital: Patna
  • Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar
  • Governor: Keshari Nath Tripathi


Kylie Masse wins 100m backstroke world gold in record time:

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


  • Currency: Canadian dollar
  • Capital: Ottawa

Srikanth Kidambi tops the list of highest earners in badminton for 2017:

    Srikanth Kidambi has surpassed women’s single player Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan to top the chart of the highest earners in badminton for 2017, earning a total of over 95 lakhs ($147,847.50). Sayaka Sato of Japan stands third overall followed by Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the fourth position.


CRPF To Celebrate 78th Raising Day – 27 July:

    The CRPF will celebrate its 78th Raising Day. The Central Reserve Police Force is the premier central police force of the Union of India for internal security.


Freedom fighter Kubersingh Saklecha passes away:

    Veteran freedom fighter and social worker Kubersingh Saklecha passed away at a hospital. He was 94. Born in 1923 in Raisen district’s Bareli tehsil, Saklecha took part in the country’s independence movement and also went to jail, the sources said.

Former freedom fighter K.E. Mammen dies aged 96:

    Freedom fighter K.E. Mammen, who had participated in the Quit India Movement, passed away. He was 96.

Dharam Singh, former Karnataka CM, passes away:

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  1. Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, passed away here on Thursday morning at a private hospital following a heart attack. He was 80.

    He was the 17th Chief Minister of the state. He headed the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government from May 2004 to February 2006.

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