Current Affairs Update - 18th July 2017
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NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY: 18 JULY 2017
- Mandela Day, celebrated on July 18, is an annual international day adopted by the United Nations.
- It is more than a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, it is a global movement to take his life’s work into a new era and change our world for the better. Mandela Day asks us all to “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
Parajuli to be Nepal' new SC Chief Justice
- The name of acting Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli was unanimously endorsed on Sunday by the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) for the post of Nepal's Supreme Court Chief Justice.
- Parajuli was summoned by the PHSC at its meeting today to conduct the hearing.
- Nepal's President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will now appoint him to the post, which he will continue to head till April 28 next year.
- A 39-point judiciary reform plan was presented by Parajuli during the meeting.
- Parajuli's name was sent to the PHSC for hearing by the Constitutional Council on June 29.
India tops countries hit by spam calls from banks, rival operators, others
- Troubled by spam calls from banks offering loans or rival operators doling out more data coaxing you to switch? You are not alone. India tops the list of countries most affected by spam calls, says a report.
- According to phone directory app Truecaller, India is ahead of countries like the US, Brazil, Chile and South Africa with an average user receiving over 22 spam calls a month.
- Compared to this, customers in the US and Brazil get about 20 spam calls a month, while in Kenya the average is about seven calls, Truecaller said in a report.
Maharashtra to get open schools to help reduce drop-out rate
- To arrest the number of drop-outs and increase literacy, the state’s school education department on Friday passed a resolution to start the Maharashtra Institute of Open Schooling (MIOS)
- Differently abled students, senior citizens and those pursuing folk arts and sports will be able to appear for class 5, 8, 10 and 12 equivalent exams even if they don’t go to a regular school.
- To arrest the number of drop-outs and increase literacy, the state’s school education department on Friday passed a resolution to start the Maharashtra Institute of Open Schooling (MIOS), which will have an easier syllabus, flexible exams, and skill-based subjects for those who cannot attend regular school.
Tata Motors develops country’s first Bio-Methane Bus
- Bio-CNG (bio-methane) bus at the Bio-energy programme, called ‘Urja Utsav’. This programme was organized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
- Tata Motors has designed and developed bio-methane engines (5.7 SGI & 3.8 SGI) for LCV, ICV and MCV buses. Displayed at the event were three engines, along with the lead model; Tata LPO 1613 with 5.7 SGI NA BS-IV IOBD-II compliant bus.
- The Tata LPO 1613, already in operation by PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited) was exhibited with bio-methane fuel at the event.
- According to Girish Wagh, Head, Commercial Vehicles Business, Tata Motors, “Tata Motors has been at the fore front in pioneering latest technologies and providing smart city solutions in the commercial vehicle industry."
Books & Authors
President of India to receive first copy of book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’
- The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will receive the first copy of the book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’ at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow (July 17, 2017).
- He will receive the first copy of this book from Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen who will formally release it.
- The book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’ is the academic and research work of scholars, educationists and practitioners from India and abroad.
- It aims to provide international and comparative perspectives on higher education and highlights issues being faced by Indian Universities. It has been complied by Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JGU University and is published by Oxford University Press.
Agreements / MoU
MobiKwik partners with Samsung Pay, customers can now make payment with a single tap
- The government has also introduced a number of schemes to promote adoption of e-payment methods like mobile wallets, debit/credit cards and Unified Payment Interface.
- Digital payments company MobiKwik has partnered Samsung Pay, under which consumers will be able to make payments with a single tap using select Samsung handsets.
- As part of the tie-up, MobiKwik wallet is now integrated with Samsung Pay Mini to enable one-tap payments at more than 1.4 million MobiKwik-powered merchants across the country, the digital payments firm said in a statement.
- MobiKwik's mobile wallet will also be available soon to Samsung Pay users, it added.
- "The future of digital payments in India will thrive only by collaborating with various ecosystem partners to drive acceptance. More than 55 million users and 1.4 million merchants will benefit from this association," MobiKwik Head of Growth Daman Soni said.
- There has been a massive growth in number of transactions using digital platforms in the country, especially after the government's move to scrap high-denomination notes in November.
- The government has also introduced a number of schemes to promote adoption of e-payment methods like mobile wallets, debit/credit cards and Unified Payment Interface (UPI).
MoU signed for promoting regional air connectivity in Bihar
- An MoU was signed today in presence of Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for promoting regional air connectivity in Bihar.
- Kumar expressed happiness over the scheme for promoting regional air connectivity and promised "the state government would provide concessions happily."
- Under regional connectivity Purnea, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Saharsa and Valmikinagar have been chosen in Bihar.
- Kumar laid emphasis for paying special attention on Gaya Airport and said promotion of Gaya Airport would provide convenience not only for Bihar but also those from northern part of neighbouring Jharkhand.
Sports / Awards & Honours
Garbine Muguruza beats Venus Williams to win first title in Wimbledon 2017
- Spain's Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title with a straight-set win over five-time champion Venus Williams.
- The 23-year-old saved two set points and won the last nine games in a 7-5 6-0 victory under the Centre Court roof.
- Muguruza denied the 37-year-old a first major title for nine years, which would have made her the oldest female Grand Slam champion in the Open era.
- It is 14th seed Muguruza's second Grand Slam title after her French Open triumph over Serena Williams in 2016.
Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to win record eighth men's singles titlein Wimbledon 2017
- After Roger Federer closed out a Wimbledon final that was more of a coronation than a contest with an ace, he sat in his changeover chair and wiped away tears.
- That is when it hit him: His wait for a record-breaking title number eight was over. Until then, Federer was not focused on the notion of winning the grass-court tournament more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877.
- All he had been concerned with, consumed with, was being healthy enough to compete at a high level and — he hoped — to win a title, regardless of what the total count would be.
- Capping a marvellous fortnight in which he never dropped a set, Federer won his eighth Wimbledon trophy and 19th Grand Slam championship overall by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in just one hour, 41 minutes on Sunday.
- "Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament. It will always be my favourite tournament," said Federer, who will turn 36 next month and is the oldest male champion at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968.
Lewis Hamilton delivers F1 driving masterclass to win British Grand Prix
- This week Lewis Hamilton has been riding a positively turbulent wave but that he has ended it by surfing serenely into the arms of an ecstatic and adoring crowd will feel like the ultimate vindication.
- He has shifted perspectives, momentum and secured a turnaround on many levels with a masterful and dominant pole to flag victory at the British Grand Prix.
- From being booed for missing the F1 demonstration in London last Wednesday his every turn of the wheel was cheered to the rafters at Silverstone.
- He had defiantly defended his decision to take a two-day holiday and miss the event in the British capital to prepare for this race and having delivered so emphatically his position looks stronger than ever.
Indian judokas bag 3 medals in Asian Cadet Championships
- India bagged three medals, including a gold in the just-concluded Asian Cadet Judo Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
- Thangjam Tababi Devi of Manipur won the yellow metal for India in the girl's below 44kg weight category, while Haryana's Simran clinched a bronze in the girl's below 40kg division.
- India's other bronze medal was bagged by Paramjeet of Haryana in the boy's below 90kg category.
- India fielded a 17-member contingent, which includes seven boys, eight girls and two coaches for the two-day event that concluded on Friday.
Misbah-ul-Haq awarded honorary life membership by Marylebone Cricket Club
- Former Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq was honoured with Honorary Life Membership by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for his services to the game.
- Misbah was presented with the membership at the Lord’s Cricket Ground during the rain-interrupted match between Afghanistan and the MCC XI earlier this week.
- The 43-year-old Misbah is the 22nd Pakistani to receive the honour and joins the likes of Mushtaq Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Javed Miandad.
- The last Pakistani to receive the honour was Ramiz Raja, who was awarded membership in 2015.
Harinder Pal Sandhu wins Victorian Open squash title
- India's Harinder Pal Sandhu continued his fine run by winning a second title in two weeks, beating top-seed Rex Hedrick of Australia 12-14, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7 in a 77-minute final of Victorian Open squash, a PSA Tour event, in Melbourne on Sunday.
- Sandhu, who had reached the final without dropping a game, ran into an opponent, who was ready for a long battle. The first game saw long rallies and Hedrick held his nerve to win it on extra points as the two mixed caution with aggression.
The ‘Final Five’ Score Big at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards held at Los Angeles, California
- It was all about slime, sports, and screaming kids at Thursday evening’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.
- Seattle Seahawks’ star quarterback Russell Wilson emceed the loud, spirited event, which featured tumbling basketball players, neon glow bracelets, and a slime mountain on which the Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond and L.A. Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan duked it out during one of the show’s myriad of obstacle course challenges.
- Odell Beckham Jr. wins award at 'Kids' Choice Sports Awards'.
- Odell Beckham Jr. has fans ranging from all ages, but he is especially popular with the younger generation.
- When the New York Giants star showed up to the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, he walked away with an award for the third straight year. Beckham won the award in the "Hands of Gold" category, describe as, "MLB, NFL and NHL athletes who have made the most unbelievable, highlight reel-worthy catches and incredible saves of the year."
Department of Culture fellowship for Pandit Nandakishore Kapote
- Kapote was earlier awarded with scholarships by the central government, cultural department of Maharashtra, Dr Ambedkar Dalit Mitra Award, Balgandharva Award by PMC, Nehru Award, among others.
- Internationally-acclaimed senior kathak dancer Pandit Nandakishore Kapote was recently conferred with a fellowship by the Department of Culture, Government of India. Kapote is the only male senior kathak dancer in the country to receive the honour.
- Through this fellowship, Kapote said he plans to carry out a detailed study on ‘Hand Gestures and Kathak Dance in Abhinaydarpan’. Kapote was earlier awarded with scholarships by the central government, cultural department of Maharashtra, Dr Ambedkar Dalit Mitra Award, Balgandharva Award by PMC, Nehru Award, among others.
Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40
- Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician who was the only woman ever to win a Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics, died on Friday. She was 40.
- The cause was breast cancer, said Stanford University, where she was a professor. The university did not say where she died.
- Her death is “a big loss and shock to the mathematical community worldwide,” said Peter C. Sarnak, a mathematician at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study.
- The Fields Medal, established in 1936, is often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. But unlike the Nobels, the Fields are bestowed only on people aged 40 or younger, not just to honor their accomplishments but also to predict future mathematical triumphs. The Fields are awarded every four years, with up to four mathematicians chosen at a time.