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Current Affairs July 06, 2017

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India & Israel elevate their ties to strategic partnership   

current affairs,current affairs 2017, current affairs todayIndia and Israel have elevated their ties to a strategic partnership as New Delhi identified Tel Aviv as a major development and technological partner. Both nations agreed to combat growing radicalization and terrorism and expand co-operation in cyber security. The strong convergence emerged after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Benjamin Netynyahu completed official discussions. A joint statement issued after the talks in Jerusalem said, the two countries decided to set up a Technological Innovation Fund worth 40 million dollars. Both the countries also decided to co-operate in the field of space research. The Prime Minister called upon the industrialists from Israel to come and invest in the defence sector as India has opened up and has now allowed 100% FDI in this sector.

In a first, ‘White tiger’ spotted in Nilgiris      

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A photographer named Nilanjan Ray is believed to have spotted a rare ‘white tiger’ with a pale skin colour for the first time in the Nilgiris. The discovery has aroused interest among conservationists and forest officials. It is yet to be ascertained whether the white tiger is a true genetic mutant. The tiger which was spotted in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve does not seem to be albino and was found to be whitish with golden brown patches. As per the scientists, genetic mutation among tigers changes an amino acid responsible for the normal colour being formed, resulting in “natural polymorphism”. According to the scientists, white tigers lack pheomelanin, which is responsible for the red-yellow hue in the skin

Sanjay Kumar appointed new NDRF Chief    

current affairs,current affairs 2017, current affairs todaySenior IPS officer Sanjay Kumar was appointed as the Director General (DG) of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). He will succeed R K Pachnanda who was has taken charge as DG the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Sanjay Kumar is a 1985-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre. Prior to this appointment, he was director general of police (DGP) in Himachal Pradesh.

India hopes, G-20 summit will come out with actionable steps to counter terrors

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Counter-terrorism and economic reforms will be high on the agenda when the world leaders meet in Hamburg, Germany for the G-20 summit tomorrow. The heads of State and Government of 19 countries and European Union will be attending the 12th annual summit hosted by Germany. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leading a high level delegation at G-20 summit, which will also include NITI Aayog vice-chairman and India’s G20 Sherpa Arvind Panagariya. 

US says it will use military forces on N Korea if need be to stop its nuclear     prorgamme

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The United States has said that it will use its considerable military forces on North Korea if need be to stop North Korea's nuclear missile program. Describing the North's latest missile test as a sharp military escalation, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley said the US will table a new resolution against Pyongyang. She told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that North Korea's actions were quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution and the United States is prepared to defend itself and its allies.

UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting following North Korea's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile

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The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting after North Korea said it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The United States, which confirmed the launch, backed by Japan and South Korea, had requested the meeting. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the launch of the Hwasong-14 missile which is said to be capable of reaching Alaska. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the launch, warning that it constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation.

North Korea claims successful test of its first intercontinental missile   

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North Korea has claimed that it has successfully test-fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14 into waters near Sea of Japan. The claim was confirmed by United States. The launch appeared to be North Korea’s most successful missile test since its ballistic missile programme gathered pace in the late 1990s. The successful test also marks North Korea’s the final step in becoming confident and powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on Earth.

CGST won't apply on items not registered under trademark law

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The government today said 5 per cent Central GST will not apply to products that are not registered under the Trade Marks Act. Finance Ministry in a statement said CGST rate on supply of certain goods such as paneer, natural honey, wheat, rice and other cereals, pulses, flour of cereals and pulses is zero. However, supply of such goods, when put up in unit container and bearing a registered brand name would attract 2.5 per cent CGST. The clarification comes amid doubts being raised with regard to the meaning of registered brand name for the purpose of GST. 

Jammu and Kashmir Assembly adopts resolution for implementing GST in the         state

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Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today adopted a resolution for implementing the GST in the state by voice vote, amid protests by the National Conference and Congress. It was the only state left to implement the GST after all other states did so on first of July. The resolution moved by state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu yesterday called for a presidential order to safeguard the special status and exclusive taxation powers of the state. Moving the resolution he said, Article 370 of the constitution is not compromised in any way through this presidential order. State’s Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu said Goods and Services Tax in J&K will be under the ambit of Article 370. He assured adequate safeguards for the State’s Special Status and protecting Consolidated Fund and special taxation powers of the State Government saying all that is proposed to be incorporated into the Presidential Order for bringing J&K under the ambit of the new tax regime. He assured under no circumstances the State Government will amend the Section 5 of Constitution of J&K which gives it special taxation powers.

UDAY covers 97% of discom debt: Centre

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The Union Ministry of Power has announced that about 97% of the total outstanding debt of all state power distribution companies (discoms) has been covered under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). As on September 2015, the total debt of all state-owned discoms was Rs. 3.95 lakh crore. The 26 states and 1 UT which have joined the UDAY scheme accounted for total outstanding debt of Rs. 3.82 lakh crore. Hence, about 97% of the total outstanding debt of all State discoms has been covered under UDAY

Pankaj Advani-led Indian team thump Pakistan to claim title in Asian Team Snooker Championship      

current affairs,current affairs 2017, current affairs todayIndian team, led by ace cueist Pankaj Advani, demolished Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Bishskek, Kyrgyszstan. Advani teamed with Laxman Rawat, pieced a brilliant break of 83 to seal the first tie of the best of five final. Rawat also rose to the occasion with a clinical 73 break to win the frame. To complete a whitewash, the Indian pair maintained their superlative performance in the doubles tie. 
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