DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: JULY 13, 2018
DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: JULY 13, 2018
Daily Current Affairs (July 13, 2018) like many other sections is inevitable and this also helps to score in the Banking awareness , Static GK and Financial Awareness sections. Remember, Banking Awareness and Static Awareness Questions are asked from the General Awareness section. This will also help you to ride your preparations for the forthcoming exams.
FSSAI launched national campaign ‘The Eat Right Movement’
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched national campaign ‘The Eat Right Movement’.
It aims to improve public health and combat lifestyle diseases. FSSAI also launched Eat Right tool kit and Safe and Nutritious Food at Workplace campaign.
This campaign has kick-started at a crucial time when India is becoming the diabetes capital of the world, cases of anaemia and micronutrient deficiencies are on the rise, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) accounting for 1 in 5 disease-related deaths.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
Headquarters: New Delhi
Chairman: Ashish Bahuguna
Uttar Pradesh grants Revenue Status to 3 forest villages under FRA, 2006
The Uttar Pradesh Government has granted Status of Revenue Village to three villages inhabited by the Tongia Scheduled Tribe in and around forests in Saharanpur district.
The Revenue Status means that these villages will come under the revenue department instead of forest department.
Kaluwala, Sodhinagar and Bhagwatpur were given the revenue status. The status was granted under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA).
Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath
Governor: Ram Naik
Indian Railways launches its first consolidated Bridge Management System
The Railways has launched its first consolidated Bridge Management System (IR-BMS), a web-enabled IT application to store data on its one lakh 50 thousand bridges. The Railways Minister Piyush Goyal launched the service in New Delhi.
The web-based platform will show the bridge master data, works data, information regarding inspection/monitoring and maintenance of the bridges and other essentials.
Mr Goyal also distributed awards to the Station Beautification competition. Balharshah and Chandrapur railway stations in Maharashtra from the Central Railway were awarded the first prize with cash rewards of Rs 10 lakh.
Maharashtra plans to launch ‘One farmer one transformer’ scheme
In order to reduce electricity losses, the Maharashtra government will next month launch a new scheme allocating one transformer per farmer. It was announced by Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.
The scheme, “one farmer one transformer”, will be unveiled on August 15. Two lakh farmers will be given electricity connection for high voltage distribution line which will ensure uninterrupted power supply.
Governor: C. Vidyasagar Rao
Chief minister: Devendra Fadnavis
GOI launches ‘Technology Challenge’ to eliminate human entry into sewers
The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a ‘Technology Challenge.
It will be Identifying solutions for cleaning of Sewerage Systems and Septic Tanks to promote suitable techniques for cleaning sewers and septic tanks.
The main aim of the challenge is to eliminate human intervention in the cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.
Andhra Pradesh Govt Launched “Anna Canteens”
The Andhra Pradesh government has launched its own ‘Anna’ canteens across the state.
As many as 60 ‘Anna’ canteens were opened across Andhra Pradesh in the first phase of the launch. The Akshay Patra Foundation will run these canteens.
Chief Minister Chandrababu naidu appealed to everyone to donate liberally to run the canteens so that more needy people could be provided food.
Chief minister: N. Chandrababu Naidu
Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan
Home Ministry institutes five Police Medals
Home Ministry has instituted five Police Medals to promote professionalism and excellence in service.
The awards scheme by the Government is also aimed at recognising the good work, boosting morale and inspiring the Security personnel.
The medals are Union Home Minister’s Special Operation Medal, Police Antarik Suraksha Seva Padak, Asadharan Aasuchana Kushalata Padak, Utkrisht and Ati Utkrisht Seva Medals and Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation.
All the medals will be minted and supplied by the Union Home Ministry and will be awarded each year by the Central or State police force/organizations.
PM Modi Inaugurates New Headquarter Building of ASI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new headquarters building of the Archaeological Survey of India in New Delhi.
The ASI’s new headquarters at Tilak Marg has been equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including energy efficient lighting and rainwater harvesting.
It will include a central archaeological library with a collection of about 1.5 lakh books and journals.
Portugal parliament approves new gender change law
The Portuguese parliament has approved a law that will allow citizens to change their gender and name from the age of 16 without a medical report showing “identity disruption”.
Portugal joins Denmark, Malta, Sweden, Ireland and Norway to become the sixth European country to grant the right to self-determination of transgender identity.
BANKING AND ECONOMY
Essar builds country’s largest iron ore handling unit in Vizag
Essar Vizag Terminal Ltd (EVTL) has commissioned its iron ore handling complex in Visakhapatnam, deemed to be India’s largest, built with an investment of Rs 830 crore.
This iron ore handling facility will have the fastest vessel turnaround time for iron ore among Indian ports. The cargo loading capacity of the unit has been upgraded to 24 MTPA.
The facility will support both export and coastal traffic, furthering the vision of the Sagarmala initiative.
Indian Army Signs MoU with SBI for Salary Package
The Indian Army has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Bank of India on defence salary package.
The first MoU between SBI and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was renewed on 23 February, 2015. This MoU will benefit a large number of serving and retired Army personnel who are having their accounts with SBI.
The signing-in ceremony was chaired by Adjutant General Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar and was attended by top officials of SBI headed by Shri PK Gupta, Managing Director (Retail and Development Banking), SBI.
HDFC Bank launches MF Transactions on Facebook Messenger
HDFC securities has announced launch of Mutual Funds transactional capabilities on Facebook Messenger through their virtual assistant, Arya.
A subsidiary of HDFC Bank, HDFC securities framed a theme called “The Pace of Innovation”.
The theme is structured to innovate and provide intuitive and relevant digital solutions to customers.
Apart from mutual fund investments, it facilitates a quick overview of total portfolio holding, getting the latest stock quotes and opening an account.
Airtel Payments Bank Gets RBI Nod To Resume Taking New Customers
Airtel Payments Bank has received requisite approvals from the Reserve Bank to begin taking new customers.
Also, Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI has allowed it to use the 12-digit unique identification number-based e-KYC
The development comes nearly seven months after Airtel along with Airtel Payments Bank came under fire for allegedly opening payments bank accounts of its mobile subscribers without their consent, and LPG subsidy worth crores was deposited into these accounts.
Airtel Payments Bank was the first company in India to receive a payments bank license from the Reserve Bank of India.
Airtel Payments Bank
CEO: Anubrata Biswas
Forbes Releases 2018 List of America’s Richest Self-Made Women
The Forbes has released its fourth annual list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. These 60 women, who have a record combined net worth of $71 billion, up 15% from $61.5 billion in 2017.
The minimum net worth needed to make this year’s list is $320 million, up from $260 million last year.
The top 3 Women are,
1.Diane Hendricks, ABC Supply – $4.9 billion
2.Marian Ilitch, Little Caesars – $4.3 billion
3.Judy Faulkner, Epic Systems – $3.5 billion
TCA Raghavan appointed as the Director General (DG) of ICWA
The former careered diplomat Dr. TCA Raghavan has been appointed as the Director General (DG) of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA).
He was selected by Governing Body and Governing Council of ICWA headed by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu.
Dr. Raghavan is Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1982 batch. He had served as India’s High Commissioner to Islamabad (Pakistan) and Singapore.
The Indian Council of World Affairs is a New Delhi based Indian think-tank. Established in 1943, it is devoted exclusively for the study of international relations and foreign affairs.
Hima Das gets India’s first ever track gold at IAAF World Championships
Hima Das has created history as she won India’s first ever track gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland.
Hima recorded a time of 51.46 seconds in the 400m race.
Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.
The other medal winners are — Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).
Indian Men’s Hockey team under Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)
The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has approved the Indian Men’s Hockey team, comprising 18 players selected for the Asian Games, as part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
This is first instance that entire team has been made beneficiary of the scheme as earlier only individual athletes from different sports were included as beneficiaries of the scheme.
Under this scheme, the hockey team will receive a monthly allowance of Rs.50, 000 per team member. The decision was taken in view of the recent improvement in the performance of the men’s hockey team under the newly appointed coach Harendra Singh.
Spiritual Leader Dada Vaswani Passed Away
The Spiritual leader Dada Vaswani has passed away. He was chief of Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune that is named after his uncle TL Vaswani. Acclaimed as a humanitarian, philosopher, educator, orator and non-sectarian spiritual leader, Vaswani was also known for promoting vegetarianism and animal rights.