Current Affairs 30, July – 2017 :  Maharashtra’s Women Commission To Ink Pact With United Nations Development Programme:

NATIONAL

Haryana bans liquid nitrogen with drinks, food:

    The Haryana government banned liquid nitrogen in drinks and food items.

    Haryana food and drugs administration department (FDA) commissioner Saket Kumar said any drink or food whose preparation involves the flushing or mixing of liquid nitrogen is harmful for people. He said the ban has been issued under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (Central Act 34 of 2006).

Haryana

  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar
  • Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki

Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launches “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2” in Mumbai:

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Minority Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here that the NDA Government has been working with commitment to “inclusive growth” and “Antyodaya” to ensure prosperity, security and dignity of the last person of the society.

At the launch of “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2” at Mumbai, Shri Naqvi said that Parsi community has immense contribution in nation building and Parsi community has been a “role model” for other communities for its culture and traditions.


Punjab govt launches ‘Care Companion Programme’:

Brahm Mohindra, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab launched its flagship health scheme “Care Companion Programme” (CCP) targeted at improving patient outcomes through better family engagement and education.


Rajasthan to set up eight business incubators:

Eight livelihood incubators will be established shortly in Rajasthan with the Centre’s assistance to provide self-employment opportunities to the youth.

Principal Secretary (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) Subodh Agrawal said the units would be set up in Jaipur, Udaipur, Alwar, Kota, Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jhalawar districts.

The incubators will also provide loans to the youth under various schemes of the Union and State governments. In addition to Rs. 1 crore each sanctioned for the installation of machinery at the incubators, the Centre will provide financial assistance for recurring expenditure.

Rajasthan

  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Chief Minister: Vasundhara Raje
  • Governor: Kalyan Singh

Maharashtra’s Women Commission To Ink Pact With United Nations Development Programme:

    Maharashtra’s women commission will ink an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for rescue and rehabilitation of women who are victims of sex trafficking, acid attack and domestic violence.

Maharashtra

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

Delhi Metro first to become 100% ‘green’:

    Delhi Metro has become the only completely ‘green‘ Metro system in the world for adhering to green building norms for its residential colonies.

    Energy consumption has increased by 700 per cent in the last four decades in the country and this will increase further three times by 2030.


Punjab becomes first state to sign MoU with a global diagnostic firm to fight hepatitis C:

    Punjab has become the first state in the country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a global diagnostic firm, “FIND”, to help it diagnose and then properly treat hepatitis C. Health minister Brahm Mohindra was present when the agreement was signed at a function to mark the World Hepatitis Day.

FIND – Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics.

Punjab

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

DRDO develops India’s first unmanned tank, MUNTRA; rolls it out of Chennai lab:

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed India’s first unmanned tank, which has three variants – surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats. It is called MUNTRA (Mission UNmanned TRAcked) and has been rolled out of the Chennai lab.


INTERNATIONAL

NSA Ajit Doval Meets Chinese Counterpart in Beijing:

    Ajit Doval is in China to attend BRICS top security officials meeting. The National Security Advisor, is to hold talks with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi on the ongoing Sikkim standoff. The meeting of security chiefs of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa ends.

China

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

Sri Lanka completes controversial US$1 billion port deal with China:

Sri Lanka sealed a billion-dollar deal to let a Chinese state firm take over a loss-making port in a move that has been opposed by unions and worries the island’s neighbours.

The long-delayed sale US$1.1 billion sale of a 70 per cent stake in Hambantota port, which straddles the world’s busiest east-west shipping route, was confirmed by Sri Lanka’s Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.

Srilanka

 

  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte

 

  • Prime minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe

BANKING & BUSINESS

Indian Overseas Bank goes live with Bharat Bill Payment system:

    Public sector Indian Overseas Bank has offered Bharat Bill Payment System, introduced by the National Payments Corporation of India, for its customers. BBPS is an integrated bill payment system that offers inter-operable online bill payments to customers.

    The services include online payments of electricity, telecommunication, DTH, water and gas bills. Indian Overseas Bank is one of the three public sector banks (apart from Bank of Baroda and Union Bank of India) to get the approval from RBI for providing the service.


RBI changes norms for appointment of auditors:

    An audit firm will not be eligible for appointment as statutory central auditor (SCA) of a bank for six years after completing its four-year tenure in that particular private or foreign bank.

    This follows the decision of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to modify the rest period in the appointment of SCAs by banks. Mandatory period of ‘rest’ extended to six years from two.


India is the world’s third-largest beef exporter, reveals report:

    India is the third-largest beef exporter in the world, accounting for 16% of the global exports, a report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation has revealed. Brazil tops the list of the world’s largest beef exporters, and Australia comes in second.


APPOINTMENTS

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi declared interim prime minister:

    Ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has named former federal minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the interim prime minister of Pakistan.

    Abbasi, who served as minister for petroleum and natural resources in Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet, will now serve for 45 days before the former PM’s brother and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif makes his way to the National Assembly and eventually gets elected as prime minister.

Pakistan

  • Currency: Rupee
  • Capital: Islamabad

AWARDS

Jhulan Goswami to be felicitated by Mohun Bagan at their annual awards ceremony:

    City football giants Mohun Bagan will confer former club captain and coach Subrata Bhattacharya with the prestigious Mohun Bagan Ratna award while India Women’s cricket team veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami will be given a special award at the club’s annual day programme in Kolkata.


SPORTS

India finishes sixth in world junior squash:

    India finished sixth overall in the girls’ team event of the 2017 WSF-World junior squash championship in Tauranga, New Zealand.

New Zealand


India beat Kazakhstan to win Division B of FIBA Women’s Asia Cup:

    The Indian women’s basketball team defeated Kazakhstan in a thrilling contest of the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 held at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

Most Valuable Player: Kelsey Griffin (Australia)

Kazakhstan

  • Currency: Kazakhstani Tenge
  • Capital: Astana

Shiva, Manoj , 3 other strike Gold at Czech Boxing Tournament:

    Indian boxers packed quite a heavy punch at the 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem, clinching five gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the event in the Czech Republic.

    World Championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa in 60 kg, former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar in 69 kg, Amit Phangal in 52 kg, Gaurav Bidhuri in 56 kg and Satish Kumar in +91 kg category claimed gold medals.
    Kavinder Bisht in 52 kg and Manish Panwar in 81 kg settled for silver medals. Earlier, Sumit Sangwan had claimed a bronze in 91 kg category after going down in the semifinals.


Bhanwala bags a men’s-junior double:

Anish Bhanwala bagged gold in the junior section and then beat Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar and Olympian Gurpreet Singh to the gold in men’s rapid fire pistol at the 17th all-India Kumar Surendra Singh shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.


BOOK & AUTHOR

Maha Guv, CM launch book ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’:

    Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu C. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis released the book ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’ at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. Union Minister Piyush Goyal was also present on the occasion.

    The book, among other things, includes transcripts of the first 23 episodes of Prime Minister’s monthly address on radio ‘Mann Ki Baat’.


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