Current Affairs 31 July, 2017 –  Centre to provide free Hepatitis-C vaccine from next year: Nadda


Centre to provide free Hepatitis-C vaccine from next year: Nadda

    Union Health Minister JP Nadda has announced that the government will provide Hepatitis C vaccine free from next year and it would help in tackling the liver related diseases.

First Solar India to divest 200 MW of solar assets to IDFC arm:

    The Indian arm of the US-based solar photovoltaic module major First Solar is set to divest about 200 MW of solar power assets in the country to IDFC Alternatives.

    These projects, located in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, have been executed by the company as an independent power producer.

Ministry of Health releases Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care:

    Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care (FPC) for improving newborn health.

    The guidelines will serve as a guiding document for those intending to introduce FPC in their facility as an integral part of facility based newborn care. The document also provides details of infrastructure, training, role of health care providers and steps in the operationalisation of FPC in the newborn care unit. The operational guidelines of FPC are for all stakeholders involved in the process of planning and delivering newborn care.


7th edition of SAARC artists camp & exhibition of paintings begins in Kathmandu:

    The 7th edition of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Artists Camp and Exhibition of Paintings has begun at Kathmandu. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Jitendra Narayan Dev inaugurated the event. Around 40 artists from SAARC member countries except Afghanistan taking part in the 4 day camp.


  • Prime minister: Sher Bahadur Deuba
  • Currency: Nepalese rupee
  • Capital: Kathmandu

South Korea to up THAAD Deployment After North Korea’s ICBM Test:

    South Korea will proceed with the deployment of four additional units of the US THAAD anti-missile defence system after North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

         The deployment of the additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) units had been delayed after the initial two units, after South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered an environmental assessment.


    • Currency: South Korean won
    • Capital: Seoul
    • President: MOON Jae-in\

World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Switzerland:

    The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opened in Switzerland, a ribbon-thin span nearly a third of a mile long that challenges hikers to proceed in places at nearly 28 stories above ground.


  • Capital : Bern
  • Currency: Franc


Canara Bank launches “CANDI”-its first digital branch in Bengaluru:

    Canara Bank has launched its first ‘Digital Banking Branch’ at Spencer Towers in MG Road, Bengaluru. The branch is reportedly titled “CANDI” and it will aim to provide an end-to-end digital experience to customers.

    As a part of its digital campaign, the bank has unveiled several customer friendly mobile apps. These innovations will enable customers to get most of the information related to their accounts without visiting the branch.

Canara Bank

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • CEO: Rakesh Sharma

SBI Cuts Interest Rate on Savings Account Deposits:

    SBI has introduced a new two-tier savings account interest rate system from July 31, 2017. On balances below Rs. 1 crore, the interest rate has been brought down to 3.5 per cent from 4 per cent. On balances above Rs. 1 crore, the bank will continue to offer 4 per cent.

    Further, the bank said that it had cut the MCLR (marginal cost of funds based lending rate) or its key lending rate, by 90 basis points effective January 1, 2017, on the strength of large inflows in savings and current accounts after demonetisation. And there has been signification outflow of CASA (current account and savings account) deposits or low-cost deposits since then, it added.


  • Headquarters: Mumbai   
  • CEO: Arundhati Bhattacharya

India among top nations with potential for digital payments: Digital Evolution Index:

        India has emerged strong, exhibiting a high potential in terms of digital payments and has been categorised under the “break out” segment among 60 countries, according to the Digital Evolution Index 2017.

The Fletcher School at Tufts University in partnership with Mastercard, unveiled the Digital Evolution Index 2017.


FinMin official Ravi Mittal appointed part-time member on IRDAI board:

    Ravi Mittal, who has joined as an additional secretary in the Ministry of Finance in place of Anil Khachi, is now a part-time member of the IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) board, a ministry source said.

    Mittal has replaced N S Rao at IRDAI, who is a joint secretary level officer.


Breakthrough Starshot successfully launch world’s smallest spacecraft:

    The smallest spacecraft ever launched are successfully travelling in low Earth orbit and communicating with systems on Earth. Known as “Sprites”, the miniature satellites are just 3.5cm x 3.5cm and carry radios, sensors and computers, with each device powered by sunlight and weighing just four grams.

    While nanosatellites known as CubeSats have previously been sent into space, such systems have a mass thousands of times that of the Sprites, weighing more than 1kg.

China produces gas from ‘flammable ice’ under South China Sea:

    China has successfully produced natural gas from methane hydrate, also known as “flammable ice“, in an experimental project in the South China Sea, the land and resources ministry.


India bags 24 medals at Jordan Open TT:

        India have bagged a rich haul of 24 medals at the Jordan Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament. The tally includes seven Gold, seven Silver and 10 Bronze medals. In the event held at Amman, India ended as the second best finishers.

Aditya, Suhaani win bronze at Asian School Chess Competition:

    Mumbai’s Aditya Patil and Suhaani Lohia have clinched bronze medals at the Asian School Chess Competition in China.     Aditya won the bronze medal in the Under-7 rapid championship that concluded in Panjin. Eighth-seeded Aditya finished in third place in the competition which had a total of 26 players from 10 countries.


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

Lewis Hamilton gives up third in Hungary as Sebastian Vettel wins:

    Sebastian Vettel hung on to win a tense Hungarian Grand Prix despite problems with his Ferrari and a valiant attack by title rival Lewis Hamilton.

Caeleb Dressel becomes first ever to win three gold medals in one night at worlds:

    The 20-year-old Caeleb Dressel established himself as America’s newest star of the pool, becoming the first swimmer to win three gold medals on a single night at either the worlds or the Olympics.

Odisha CM announces cash incentive for Dutee Chand & Jauna Murmu:

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced cash incentive of 5 lakh rupees each for two sprinters of the state, Dutee Chand and Jauna Murmu after they qualified for the World Athletics Championships.


    • Capital: Bhubaneswar
    • Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
    • Governor: S. C. Jamir


World Day against Trafficking in Persons: July 30th  

    World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is celebrated on every year on July 30th. UNODC’s theme is ‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’. This is especially important because of the links between conflict and trafficking and migrant smuggling.

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