Current Affairs on 10th July

Today’s Current Affairs 10th – July- 2018 – MyProgressCard

National News

  1. Indian Railways Introduces First Double Stack Dwarf Container Service
  • Under the guidance of Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways and Coal, in order to capture the lost traffic through new delivery model for domestic cargo, Indian Railways has introduced Double Stack Dwarf Container Services.
  • This freight train was flagged off from Western Railway’s Rajkot railway station on its maiden commercial run.

Indian Railways Introduces First Double Stack Dwarf Container Service

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  • This train was booked from the Reliance Rail Siding at Kanalus to Rewari in the state of Haryana; it was loaded with 82 containers of polypropylene granules.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Capital of Haryana – Chandigarh, Chief Minister – Manohar Lal Khattar Governor of Haryana – Kaptan Solanki

2. ISCF and ISCI Program Launched

  • Sh. Hardeep S Puri, MoS(I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has stated that Smart cities fellowship and internship program will provide the youth an opportunity to experience the aspects of Urban planning and governance.
  • Smart cities fellowship and internship program is intended to promote ‘Digital India’ and ease of living for India’s urban residents by promoting digital payments and encouraging Smart Cities to adopt innovative digital payments initiatives.
  • Sh.Puri launched several new initiatives under AMRUT and the Smart Cities Mission. These include:-
  1. The India Smart Cities Fellowship Program (ISCF)
  2. The India Smart Cities Internship Program (ISCI)
  3. The Smart Cities Digital Payments Awards 2018
  4. The ‘CITIIS’ challenge under the Smart Cities Mission and
  5. The Local Area Plan (LAP)/Town Planning Scheme (TPS) to be implemented in 25 cities on pilot basis under AMRUT.

Static/Current Implications:

  • AMRUT – Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation

3. Professor Sandeep Sancheti takes charge as president of AIU   

  • The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi, has appointed Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), as its 97th President.
  • The Association of Indian Universities not only promotes academic excellence nationally and internationally but also very much involved in cultural and sporting activities in the higher education domain.

Professor Sandeep Sancheti takes charge as president of AIU

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  • AIU currently has 720 members represented by Vice-Chancellors.

4. Vodafone-Idea merger gets govt.’s conditional approval

  • The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has conditionally approved the merger of Vodafone India with Idea Cellular, the largest M&A deal in the sector, which will displace Bharti Airtel from the No. 1 spot after over 15 years.
  • The conditions for approval include payment of Rs.7268 crore which is split between a bank guarantee of Rs.3342 crore to cover what Idea owes on account of one-time spectrum charges and cash of Rs.3926 crore by Vodafone towards the market price for non-auctioned airwaves.

Vodafone-Idea merger gets govt.’s conditional approval

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  • Upon the completion of the payment the department will transfer Vodafone India’s Mobile Services to Idea Cellular.

5. Microsoft & Rajasthan govt. sign MOU for digital training to 9,500 students

  • Microsoft has signed a MoU with the Rajasthan government to provide free digital training to 9,500 college students for one year.
  • Microsoft is going to run MS office specialist training programme in 50 government colleges in the state from August, 2018.

Microsoft & Rajasthan govt. sign MOU for digital training to 9,500 students

Image Credit: The Financial Express

  • It will also train educators from government colleges through the Microsoft Innovative Educator Programme, building capacity for innovative use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the classroom.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Capital of Rajasthan – Jaipur, Chief Minister – Vasundhara Raje, Governor – Kalyan Singh
  • CEO of Microsoft – Satya Nadella

6. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu becomes the first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign a MOU with Rwanda

  • Shri Venkaiah Naidu became the first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign a MOU with the visiting President of the Senate of the Republic of Rwanda, Mr. Bernard Makuza on his visit during 09 to 11, July 2018.
  • The three Senator delegation from Rwanda led by Shri Makuza is the first such a delegation exclusively from the Upper House of any country to visit India.

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu becomes the first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign

Image Credit: Janam TV National

  • The MOU signed is regarding the promotion of Inter- Parliamentary dialogue.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Capital of Republic of Rwanda – Kigali, Currency – Rwandan franc

7. Asian Development Bank approves 503-million US Dollar project of the lining of Son canal in Bihar

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) sanctioned a loan of USD 503-million for the lining project of the Son canal in Shahabad-Bhojpur region of Bihar state.
  • This project is expected to immensely benefit the agricultural sector of the region.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Headquarters of ADB –  Manila, Philippines, President – Takehiko Nakao
  • Capital of Bihar – Patna, Chief Minister – Nitesh kumar, Governor – Satya Pal Malik
  • Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister – Raj Kumar Singh

8. India, China agree to reduce tariffs on Chinese imports of Indian medicines

  • India and China have agreed to reduce the tariffs on Chinese imports of Indian medicines, particularly cancer drugs.
  • China has also agreed to increase imports of Indian medicines, particularly anti-cancer drugs, as a part of its move to broaden its trade relations amidst its on-going trade war with the United States.

India, China agree to reduce tariffs on Chinese imports of Indian medicines

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  • The agreement is expected to usher in great opportunities for India and other countries in the region.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Capital of China – Beijing, Currency – Renminbi
  • President of China – Xi Jinping

9. HCL gets government approval to set up SEZ in Andhra Pradesh

  • The commerce ministry agreed to HCL’s proposal of setting up an IT Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The estimated investment of the project is Rs.408.48 crore.
  • To boost the country’s exports and the manufacturing sector, the government in 2005 passed a law for SEZs, which contribute about 25 percent of the country’s total exports.

HCL gets government approval to set up SEZ in Andhra Pradesh

Image Credit: The Financial Express

  • There are 223 operational SEZs in the country, most of which are operational in states, including Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Static/Current Implications:

  • President & CEO of HCL Technologies – C. VijayaKumar
  • Minister of Commerce – Suresh Prabhu
  • Capital of Andhra Pradesh – Amaravathi,

Chief Minister – N. Chandrababu Naidu, Governor – E S L Narasimhan

10. First ever ‘India Tourism Mart’ to be hosted in New Delhi

  • The first ever India Tourism Mart (IMT) is proposed to be held in New Delhi from 16 September 2018. It will provide platform for all stakeholders in tourism and hospitality industries to interact and transact business opportunities.
  • It will be organized by Ministry of Tourism in partnership with Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH).

First ever ‘India Tourism Mart’ to be hosted in New Delhi

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  • Objective: To create annual Global Tourism Mart for India in line with major international travel marts being held in countries across the world.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Chief Minister of Delhi – Aravind kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor – Anil Baijal

11. ‘One farmer one transformer’: scheme launched to reduce electricity losses from Aug 15th

  • Maharashtra government launched a new scheme “one farmer one transformer”, in order to reduce electricity losses in the state.
  • The scheme will be unveiled on August 15.

‘One farmer one transformer’scheme launched

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  • Two lakh farmers will be given electricity connection for high voltage distribution line which will ensure uninterrupted power supply.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Capital of Maharashtra – Mumbai, Chief Minister – Devendra Fadnavis,

Governor – C. Vidyasagara Rao

New Appointments

12. Jeremy Hunt appointed as new UK Foreign Secretary

  • British PM Theresa May appointed Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary.

Jeremy Hunt appointed as new UK Foreign Secretary

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  • This appointment has come after Boris Johnson resigned from the post in protest at the government’s Brexit plan.

Static/Current Implications:

  • Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – Theresa May

International News

13. World’s oldest colours discovered by scientists from The Australian National University in Sahara desert in Africa

  • Scientists have discovered the oldest colors in the geological record, 1.1-billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa.
  • This was done by the team from The Australian National University (ANU).
  • The fossils range from blood red to deep purple in their concentrated form, and bright pink when diluted.

Obituaries

14. Actor Kavi Kumar Azad passed away at 46 due to heart attack

  • Popular actor Kavi Kumar Azad passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Actor Kavi Kumar Azad passed away at 46 due to heart attack

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  • Azad replaced actor Nirmal Soni as Dr Hathi in sitcom “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma”, who played the role for a year since the show’s inception, in 2009.

Review Questions

  1. Indian Railways Introduced the First Double Stack Dwarf Container Service. Where is the service flagged off from?

A. Rajkot
B. Jaipur
C. Jaisalmer
D. Ajmer

2. ISCF and ISCI Programs were launched by the ministry of Housing and Urban affairs recently to provide urban planning experience to youth. What does ISCF stand for?

A. India Smart City Fund
B. India Smart City Followers
C. India Smart City Financing
D. India Smart City Fellowship

3. ISCF and ISCI Programs were launched by the ministry of Housing and Urban affairs recently to provide urban planning experience to youth. What does ISCI stand for?

A. India Smart City Initiative
B. India Smart City Incorporation
C. India Smart City Internship
D. India Smart City Inheritance

4. Who has been appointed the President of Association of Indian Universities (AIU)?

A. Prof. P. B. Sharma
B. Dr. Sandeep Sanchethi
C. Dr. Uttam Dhillon
D. Chhaya Goel

5. Vodafone has merged with which of the following mobile network provider to become the largest mobile service operator in India?

A. Airtel
B. Jio
C. Idea
D. BSNL

6. Microsoft has signed MOU with which of the following states to provide free digital training to 9500 students?

A. Gujarat
B. Maharashtra
C. Rajasthan
D. Karnataka

7. Shri Venkaiah Naidu became the first ever chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign a MOU with which of the following countries senators to promote Inter- Parliamentary dialogue?

A. Republic of Congo
B. Republic of Ireland
C. Republic of Rwanda
D. Republic of China

8. Asian Development Bank has sanctioned USD 503 million loan for the regional development of which of the following states?

A. Madhya Pradesh
B. Jharkhand
C. Maharashtra
D. Bihar

9. Recently, India has approved the request of which of the following countries for the reduction of tariff on the imports of Indian medicines?

A. Pakistan
B. Russia
C. China
D. Sri Lanka

10. HCL has proposed to set up a new IT SEZ in which of the following states?

A. Andhra Pradesh
B. Karnataka
C. Tamil Nadu
D. Telangana

11. The first ever ‘India Tourism Mart’ is going to be held in which of the following cities to create annual Global tourism mart?

A. Mumbai
B. Kolkata
C. New Delhi
D. Ahmedabad

12. Which of the following states launched the scheme “one farmer one transformer”, in order to curb the power losses in the state?

A. Gujarat
B. Maharashtra
C. Rajasthan
D. Karnataka

13. Which of the following persons has been appointed the new UK Foreign Secretary?

A. Dominic Raab
B. David Lidington
C. Jeremy Hunt
D. Theresa May

14. Kavi Kumar Azad, who passed away recently due to cardiac arrest. What is his profession?

A. Singing
B. Dancing
C. Fashion Designing
D. Acting

15. Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest colors. 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments, extracted from rocks deep beneath which of the following desert?

A. Atacama Desert
B. Gobi Desert
C. Namib deserts
D. Sahara desert

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