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Current Affairs for 22nd July to 28th July 2017



Current Affairs for 22nd July to 28th July 2017



  1. At least 7 pilgrims, including 5 women, were killed in south Kashmir’s Anantnag on the 11th day of the Amarnath Yatra on 10th July, 2017 after terrorists fired on a bus in which they were travelling. Three policemen and 9 pilgrims were also injured in the attack.
  2. The Union Government has empowered the Army to directly procure critical weapons systems and military platforms to maintain combat readiness for short duration intense wars. The purpose of this new scheme is to maintain an optimum level to fight short intense wars following critical voids in capabilities of Army.
  3. The National Green Tribunal, NGT, has passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate River Ganga. It declared as ‘No-Development Zone’ an area of 100 metres from the edge in the stretch between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. The NGT, in its 543-page judgment, said, there shall be no dumping of waste of any kind within 500 metres from the edge of the River. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also declared that an environment compensation of Rs 50,000 will be imposed on anyone who dumps waste in the river.
  4. The Government has said that services provided by an educational institution to students, faculty and staff are fully exempt from GST. The Finance Ministry said, there are some reports that 18 per cent GST will be levied on annual subion and fees charged for lodging in hostels, which is not true.
  5. The Madras High Court has quashed the Tamil Nadu Government’s order reserving 85 percent of seats in Undergraduate medical courses for State Board students and only 15 percent for CBSE and other boards. Justice K. Ravichandra Babu passed the order on the plea moved by a CBSE student challenging the legality of state government’s order.
  6. The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it is taking steps to deal with the issue of child pornography in its entirety. The Government informed the court, around 3,500 websites hosting such content were blocked last month.
  7. President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2016. Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to formulate a law to punish social boycott. The presidential assent paves the way for the state to strictly enforce the law to deal with the scourge of social boycott with an iron hand.
  8. Indian scientists have discovered an extremely large supercluster of galaxies, which is as big as 20 million billion suns. Pune-based Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, IUCAA team of astronomers has named it Saraswati. IUCAA said, this is one of the largest known structures in the neighbourhood of the universe.
  9. Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has dedicated country's first solar powered DEMU train to the nation at an event in New Delhi. The 1600 Horse Power train with solar powered coaches has special battery bank for use during night hours. The train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. A total of 16 solar panels, each producing 300 watt, are fitted in six coaches.
  10. China’s most famous political prisoner, the Nobel laureate and democracy icon Liu Xiaobo, has died at the age of 61. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.
  11. India has contributed an additional one million dollars to a UN partnership fund launched to support sustainable development projects across the developing world. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said, India’s approach to cooperation can be summarised as Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, or the whole word is one family.
  12. US President Donald Trump has indicated that he can change his stand on Paris Climate accord. Addressing a joint press conference after talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, he said something can happen regarding the climate change deal. The US President has opened the door to a reversal of his decision barely six weeks after announcing that the United States will abandon the 2015 pact. Nearly 200 countries signed Paris agreement in December 2015 in an effort to combat global warming and help poorer countries adapt to an already-changed planet.
  13. The Wholesale inflation fell to 0.9 per cent in June this year as prices of food articles, including vegetables fell. The inflation figure is the lowest in at least eight months since the availability of data for the new 2011-12 base year series. Inflation based on the wholesale price index had stood at 2.17 per cent in May this year, and minus 0.09 per cent in June last year.
  14. Indian captain Mithali Raj has become first player in the history of women’s ODI cricket to score more than 6000 career runs. She also became all-time leading run-getter in women’s ODI. She achieved the record feat against Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match at Bristol.

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