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Weekly Current Affairs 1st-7th July, 2016

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WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS 1st-7th July, 2016

1. “Exercise RIMPAC 2016” the multilateral naval exercise started in United States

  • The 25th edition of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 started in Pacific Ocean at Hawaii, United States from June 30, 2016 and continue till August 4, 2016
  • In it, 27 countries viz. India, the Philippines, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, etc, are participating
  • The RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, which provides a platform for multilateral operational interactions aimed at increased interoperability and development of common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations
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2. Rodrigo Duterte sworn-in as the new President of Philippines

  • Rodrigo Duterte, Maverick anti-crime candidate, sworn-in as the 16th President of the Philippines, after a landslide election victory in May 2016
  • He succeeded Benigno S. Aquino III and will have a tenure of 6 years

3. $ 201.50 million approved by World Bank (WB) for technical education quality improvement project in India

  • The World Bank Board has approved the $ 201.50 million for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP III) in India
  • The purpose of the project is to increase quality and equity in participating engineering education institutes and to improve the efficiency of the engineering education system in focus states
  • The maturity period for the project is 25 years with an additional 5 years grace period

4. India’s rank 35th in the World Bank’s 2016 Logistics Performance Index (LPI)

  • India has been ranked 35th out of 160 countries in the World Bank’s 2016 Logistics Performance Index (LPI)
  • India’s logistics performance at its key international gateways has improved in the last two years from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016, which will not only boost programs, such as Make in India, but also help in increasing trade
  • The list is topped by Germany, followed by Luxembourg and Sweden

5. The National Doctor’s’ Day is celebrated on July 1st

  • The National Doctor’s’ Day is celebrated every year on July 1 in India to honour the legendary physician and the 2nd Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy
  • This is a vital day for doctors as it provides them with an opportunity to reflect on their career and remind them about practicing the art and science of Medicine and Surgery in an ethical manner
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6. The Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR) is located in Telengana

  • The Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR) is located at Jannaram mandal of Adilabad district in Telangana
  • The reserve covers a core area of 892.23 sq km and a buffer zone of 1,123.21 sq km
  • It is home to many mammal species such as tiger, leopard, gaur, cheetal, sambar, nilgai, barking deer, chousingha, sloth bear, etc
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7. Gustaf Lodin is the newly appointed head of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

  • Major General Per Gustaf Lodin of Sweden is the newly appointed Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
  • He succeeded Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana
  • The UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbors, India and Pakistan, in Jammu and Kashmir and also reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations

8. Kerala state government has recently banned e-cigarettes

  • The Kerala Government has banned the manufacture, sale, marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes (or electronic cigarette) in the state, as its use could lead to cancer and heart diseases
  • With this, Kerala has become the 4th state in India to ban e-cigarette after Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka
  • E-cigarettes are handy devices that emit doses of vaporized nicotine
  • Nicotine is lethal, addictive and extremely harmful to children if they inhale or ingest it accidentally

9. India’s first integrated Defense Communication Network (DCN) has been launched in New Delhi

  • India’s first integrated Defense Communication Network (DCN) has been launched by Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi
  • The network will facilitate Indian Army, Indian Airforce, Indian Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process
  • The DCN is a strategic, exclusive, secure and state-of-the-art communication network and has a pan-India reach from Ladakh to the North East to island territories
  • It is built by HCL under a nearly Rs. 600 crore project and is capable of working on terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication and has also been fixed onboard different military vehicles

10. The Rapid Rural Police Response System (RRPRS) has recently launched in Punjab

  • The Rapid Rural Police Response System (RRPRS) has been launched by Punjab police to ensure prompt and effective police response in villages to counter any crime or law and order situation in just 20 minutes
  • Under this response system, any resident from rural area would only have to make a call on police helpline “100” for any kind of assistance from the police force
  • The new system would be available for 24×7 hours to respond to all kinds of emergencies or ‘call-for-help’ from the citizens of the State

11. India’s first Commercial Court & Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre has been opened in Chhattisgarh

  • India’s first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre has been opened at Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh
  • The complex has ultra-modern facilities like Video-conferencing, E-Court, E-Library, E-Filing and E-Summons
  • These facilities will help the investors in their commercial dealings

12. Lewis Hamilton has won the 2016 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton, a British Formula One racing driver from England, has won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix title of Formula One
  • It is his third title of the 2016 season after Monaco Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix

13. Elie Wiesel, who passed away recently, had won the Nobel prize in Peace

  • Elie Wiesel (87), the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights activist, has recently passed away in Manhattan, United States
  • He was best known for his major role in promoting Holocaust education and for perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust in the post-World War II era with his book “Night”, which was based on his experience as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps

14. Indian personality has been conferred with the 2016 Bharat Gaurav award

  • Neerja Bhanot, the senior flight purser on a Pan Am flight, has been conferred with the 2016 Bharat Gaurav Award in London, United Kingdom (UK) for her distinguished services to the nation and outstanding individual achievements
  • Neerja (22) gave up her life to save passengers during a terrorist hijack of a Pan-Am flight at Karachi international airport in Pakistan on September 5, 1986
  • The award was instituted by Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha, a Jaipur-headquartered NGO. Akhil and Aneesh Bhanot, brothers of Neerja, received the award at the Westminster Parliament building in London

15. “Mingle”, a social media banking platform for Facebook and Twitter users has been launched by SBI

  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently launched a social media banking platform for Facebook and Twitter users “SBI Mingle”, which will allow its customers to access various banking services via these social platforms
  • The customers have to register for this service through a simple one time registration process using either their account number or their ATM/Debit Card details
  • Currently, balance enquiry, mini statement, funds transfer within SBI as well as inter-bank and beneficiary management services are available for Facebook
  • On Twitter, using hashtags the customers can find out their account balance and view mini statements

16. The State Bank of India(SBI) has tied-up with Flipkart e-commerce firm to offer pre-approved EMI facility to shop online

  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently tied up with e-commerce giant Flipkart to offer new pre-approved Equated Monthly Installment(EMI) facility for SBI account holders
  • Under the tie-up, SBI will provide overdraft facility to its customers purchasing goods worth Rs. 5,000 and above on Flipkart for a tenor of 6, 9, and 12 months without any processing fees
  • The customer will be charged an interest for the purchase, which will be as per the bank’s personal loan policy
  • Personal loan interest (14%) will apply for the purchase

17. ‘MySpeed’ mobile app has been launched by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to measure mobile internet speed

  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently launched ‘MySpeed’ mobile app, which allow users to measure their internet speed on their smart phone and send results to a TRAI analytics portal
  • The application will also send coverage, data speed and network information along with device and location of the customer

18. Sudarshan Sen has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

  • Sudarshan Sen has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in place of N S Vishwanathan, who has been elevated as Deputy Governor at the central bank
  • Sen will look after Department of Banking Regulation, Department of Co-operative Bank Regulation and Department of Non-Banking Regulation
  • Earlier, he was in-charge of the Department of Banking Regulation
  • He also served as the Regional Director of Ahmedabad office of the RBI

19. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu  become the first Indian footballer to play in the UEFA Europa league

  • Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has become the first Indian footballer to play in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League
  • He achieved this feat when he plays for the Norwegian club Stabaek FC as the goalie against Connah’s Quay FC in a qualifying match in Rhyl, Wales
  • Previously, he made history by becoming the first Indian player to appear in a top-division European league game for Stabaek in Norwegian Tippeligaen, which is the Norway’s national league, in May 2016
  • The Europa League is a prestigious European club competition, only one rung below the Champions League

20. The Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Himachal Pradesh

  • The Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Sirmour district, Himachal Pradesh. The area is well recognized by its religious, aesthetic and cultural value
  • Renuka is an abode of temples of the mother-and-son duo of Renukaji and Lord Parshuram
  • It is home to leopard, samber, spotted deer, barking deer jackal, porcupine, blue jay, black partridge, hill crow, bulbul, green pigeons, etc

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21. Five % interest subsidy for farmers has been approved by Government of India (GoI) for FY17

  • The Government of India (GoI) will provide interest subvention of 5 % for all farmers for short term crop loans up to Rs 3 lakh for FY 17 (2016-17), provided they repay in time, or else a higher rate of 7% will be charged
  • Thus, farmers will have to effectively pay only 4% as interest. Beside this, an interest subsidy of 2 % has also been cleared for loans upto 6 months for small and marginal farmers who would have to borrow at 9 % for the post harvest storage of their produce For farmers affected by Natural Calamities, the interest subvention of 2 % will be provided to Banks for the first year on the restructured amount
  • The Interest subvention scheme is for public and private sector banks, cooperative banks, regional rural banks and NABARD for providing short term crop loan to farmers. Earlier, the subvention scheme was implemented by the Finance Ministry. It was transferred to the Agriculture Ministry in 2016

22. The Indravati National Park (INP) is located at Chhattisgarh

  • The Indravati National Park (INP) is located in Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh
  • It is also home to gaur (Indian bison), nilgai, blackbuck, chousingha (four-horned antelope), sambar, Indian muntjac, Indian spotted chevrotain, wild boar, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, dholes (wild dog), striped hyenas, etc

23. Prakash Javadekar is the newly appointed Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)

  • Prakash Javadekar is the newly appointed Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
  • He succeeded Smriti Irani
  • Previously, Javadekar was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change

24. The world’s largest Charkha has been set up at New Delhi

  • The world’s largest Charkha has been set up by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister Kalraj Mishra at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi
  • The 4-tones Charkha made from high-quality Burma teak wood is estimated to last for over 50 years
  • It is 9 feet wide, 17 feet tall and 30 feet long
  • The Charkha is a symbol of India’s glorious heritage and an inspiring reminder of freedom struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi

25. Rajasthan state has become the first Indian state to introduce minimum wages for part time workers

  • Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to introduce minimum wages for part time
  • As per the notification, it is now mandatory to pay 50 % of the prescribed a day minimum wage to a person who works for less than 4 hours in a day
  • With this notification, now part time workers come under the Minimum Wages Act 1948

26. Shiva Keshavan appointed as the president of the first-ever association for Indian Olympians “Olympians Association of India (OAI)”

  • The 5-time Olympian Shiva Keshavan has been appointed as the first President of the Olympians Association of India (OAI)
  • The OAI is the India’s first and only non-profit organization founded by Olympians viz. Shiva Keshavan (luge), Viren Rasquinha (hockey), Malav Shroff (sailing), Mary Kom (boxing), etc., for Olympians in India
  • It is directly affiliated to the World Association (WOA) under the International Olympic Committee
  • All Indian Olympians will be registered members and will contribute for the cause and at the same time mutually benefit from projects initiated by the OAI

27. Shankar Acharya committee has been constituted to examine the feasibility of a new financial year

  • The Dr. Shankar Acharya committee has been constituted by the Union Finance Ministry to examine the feasibility and desirability of having a new financial year
  • This could lead to changing India’s financial year from April-March to January –February or any other 12-month period
  • As per terms of reference, the 4-member committee will examine the merits and demerits of various dates for commencement of financial year including the existing dates
  • The panel will take into account the genesis of current financial year, suitability of financial year from point of view of correct estimation of receipts and expenditure of Central and State governments
  • The committee will submit its reports by December 31, 2016

28. India’s rank 91st in the 2016 Networked Readiness Index (NRI)

  • India has been ranked 91st out of 139 countries in the 2016 Networked Readiness Index (NRI)
  • The 2016 NRI index is a key component of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Information Technology Report 2016
  • The list is topped by Singapore, followed by Finland, Sweden, Norway and the United States
  • The index measures countries’ success in creating the necessary conditions for a transition to a digitized economy and society

29. The World Zoonoses day is observed on July 6th

  • The World Zoonoses Day is observed on July 6 every year to create awareness on zoonotic diseases, how to prevent them and what actions to take when exposed
  • The word “zoonoses” was derived from the Greek words zoon (animal) and nosos (ailment)
  • It is all about spread of infectious disease between species, sometimes done by a vector from animals to humans and from humans to other animals
  • As per the veterinary doctors, there are about 150 known zoonotic diseases and prominent among them are tuberculosis, cat scratch fever, tick paralysis, roundworms, hookworms, scabies and rabies

30. Venkaiah Naidu is the newly appointed Union Minister of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

  • Venkaiah Naidu is the newly appointed Union Minister of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B)
  • In addition to I & B ministry, he already holds the portfolio of Urban Development Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs
  • Earlier, the I&B ministry was with Union finance minister Arun Jaitley who also held it as an additional charge

Sources:  PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS 1st-7th July, 2016

31. The UNESCO Kalinga prize is related to Science

  • The UNESCO Kalinga Prize is given to a person(s) who make outstanding contribution to the interpretation of science and technology to the general public
  • It is in news recently because the Odisha government has decided to double the prize money of UNESCO Kalinga Prize-2017 from $ 20,000 to $40,000
  • The prize was established in 1951 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), with a generous grant from Mr Biju Patnaik, the founder-president of the Kalinga Foundation Trust
  • The biennial award is jointly financed by the Government of India through the Ministry of Science and Technology, Odisha government and Kalinga Foundation Trust

32. Indigenously built Tejas inducted into IAF

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted the first squadron of the indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas into its fleet
  • An induction ceremony to induct two Tejas aircrafts was held at the Aircraft Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bengaluru, which included a multi religious prayer
  • The crew members of the first squadron of Tejas, a multi-role supersonic single-engine aircraft designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

33. President Pranab Mukherjee presents BC Roy National Awards for 2008, 2009 & 2010

  • President of India, Pranab Kumar Mukherjee has  presented the Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy Award national awards for 2008, 2009 and 2010 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi
  • These awards were presented on the occasion of National Doctors’ Day observed on July 1 to pay honour and tribute to India’s most famous physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy

34. China fits final piece on world’s largest radio telescope

  • China has hoisted the final piece into position on what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, which it will use to explore space and help in the hunt for extraterrestrial life
  • The Five Hundred Metre Aperture Spherical Telescope, or Fast, is the size of 30 football fields and has been cut out of a mountain in the south-western province of Guizhou
  • The telescope, which has taken about five years to build, is expected to begin operations in September
  • Advancing China’s space programme is a priority for Beijing, with President Xi Jinping calling for the country to establish itself as a space power

35. SBI gets $625 mn from World Bank for solar power

  • State Bank of India (SBI) and the World Bank have inked agreements for a $625 million (around Rs 4,200 crore) facility to support grid-connected rooftop solar programme (GRPV) in the country
  • Through this initiative, at least 400 megawatt (Mw)  solar capacity will be created across the country
  • This will help SBI in financing GRPV projects at competitive rates and  will also catalyse the market and support the government to faster achieve its target to generate 40 gigawatt (Gw) of electricity from the widespread installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic panels

36. Linda Burney becomes first Indigenous woman elected to Australia’s lower house

  • Linda Burney, a former teacher has become the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives (lower house) of the Parliament of Australia
  • She achieved the feat after claiming victory in the marginal seat of Barton
  • She has won the seat as a candidate of the centre-left Labour Party in the national polls With this, she joins first Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt of the conservative Liberal Party who was elected in 2010

37. NASA’s Juno successfully enters Jupiter’s orbit

  • NASA’s $1.1 billion Juno spacecraft has successfully entered the orbit of Jupiter, the largest planet of the solar system
  • It was launched five years ago, and will study Jupiter’s composition, gravity, magnetic field and search clues about the planet’s formation
  • Juno will be the second spacecraft to orbit Jupiter, following the Galileo probe which orbited from 1995–2003

38. Nation pays homage to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his death anniversary

  • Nation pays homage to the veteran leader and great freedom fighter and administrator Babu Jagjivan Ram on his death anniversary today at Samta Sthal near Rajghat in New Delhi
  • His political legacy reminds us of the fervor, idealism and indomitable spirit of India’s political leadership that not only fought and won freedom for the country but also led the firm foundation for a modern democratic polity

39. Aditya Birla Fashion acquires global clothing brand Forever 21

  • Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail (ABFRL) has stated that it will acquire global clothing brand ’Forever 21’ in the Indian market for USD 26 million (around Rs. 175.52 Crore)
  • Forever 21 has a network of more than 700 stores worldwide. Its India operations reported a turnover of 262 crore rupees in 2015-16
  • Aditya Birla Fashion executed a business transfer agreement with Diana Retail, Franchise of Forever 21, and DLF Brands for an acquisition of the business undertaking of Diana Retail under the Forever 21 brand
  • With this, Forever 21 business will form part of ABFRL’s Madura Fashion & Lifestyle division

40. Centre appoints Thiruppathi as new AG of TN

  • The Centre has announced the appointment of R Thiruppathi Venkatasamy as Accountant General, economic and revenue sector audit, of Tamil Nadu with immediate effect
  • Prior to this, he was serving as the Senior Deputy Accountant General in Agartala, Tripura, an official statement said
  • A 2000 batch officer of Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Venkatasamy is an alumni of University of Minnesota (US) and hails from Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu

41. China inducts largest homegrown Y-20 military transport plane

  • China has inducted its largest indigenously-built transport aircraft, which is named as Y-20
  • Y-20 is a breakthrough in military aviation technology for the PLA that allows the world’s largest force to transport cargo and troops over long distances in diverse weather conditions
  • The Y-20 entering into service marks a crucial step for the Air Force improving its strategic power projection capability
  • It is also regarded as a major breakthrough in military aviation technology for the PLA which is more reliant on Russian-made planes so far

Sources:  PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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