Thursday, 13 July 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - July 13, 2017

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PM asks all Chief Secretaries to ensure all traders register under GST before Aug 15

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged all Chief Secretaries to work expeditiously towards ensuring that all traders register under the GST regime and this task is completed before 15th of next month. Mr. Modi today chaired his twentieth interaction through PRAGATI - the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active governance and timely implementation. He also reviewed the situation arising out of floods and other natural calamities in the North-Eastern States. He assured the States of all possible help from the Centre.

Retirement age of doctors in paramilitary forces enhanced to 65 years

The retirement age of medical officers working in Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles has been enhanced to 65 from 60 years. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on the 12th July 2017. An official release said it will help in retention of officers in Specialist and General Duty Medical Cadre thereby helping in better patient care, and effective implementation of National Health Programmes for delivery of health care services.

NGT bans nylon, synthetic manja        

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed nationwide blanket ban on the use of kite strings (manja), made of nylon or any synthetic material on the grounds that it poses a threat to animals and humans. The judgement of Tribunal came on a plea filed by animal rights body People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and others.

Railways develop “Rail Cloud” to improve connectivity 
To ensure faster connectivity at a reduced cost, the Indian Railways has developed “Rail Cloud”, a virtual server with an inbuilt security system. The project took 53 Cr. to complete. The technology will improve storage space and availability of server space for optimum use. Rail Cloud will cover all areas like signal assets, hospital services, human resources, freight and logistics etc.

One of the biggest icebergs breaks away from Antarctica

One of the biggest icebergs ever recorded has just broken away from Antarctica. The giant block is estimated to cover an area of roughly 6,000 sq km; that's about a quarter the size of Wales. A US satellite observed the iceberg today while passing over a region known as the Larsen C Ice Shelf. Scientists were expecting this as they'd been following the development of a large crack in Larsen's ice for more than a decade. The rift's propagation had accelerated since 2014, making an imminent calving ever more likely. The more than 200m-thick tabular berg will not move very far, very fast in the short term. But it will need to be monitored. Currents and winds might eventually push it north of the Antarctic where it could become a hazard to shipping.

Trade talks between India and China deadlocked   

Trade talks between India and China remained deadlocked with neither side willing to offer concessions to end the impasse, official sources said. Recent bilateral talks on issues relating to farm products, which took place in the backdrop of the military standoff in the Doklam area of the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction, failed to make any headway, said the trade officials. China deferred taking a decision on the grant of market access to Indian rice, pomegranate, okra and bovine meat, while India opted to stick to its ban on imports of apples, pear, milk and milk products from China, the sources said. The details of the talks will soon be shared with the Embassy of India in Beijing, they added.
Brazil’s Lula da Silva convicted of corruption

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was found guilty of corruption and money laundering on Wednesday and sentenced to almost 10 years in prison, the highest-profile conviction yet in the sprawling graft investigation that has jailed dozens of Brazil’s elite. The decision by Judge Sergio Moro was widely expected, even by Silva’s own defense team, but was still stunning. The charismatic leader left office on Dec. 31, 2010, with sky-high popularity and is credited with pulling millions of Brazilians out of poverty and turning Latin America’s largest nation into an important player on the world stage. Brazil’s first working-class president will remain free while an appeal is heard, but he is now also the country’s first ex-president to be convicted in a criminal proceeding at least since democracy was restored in the 1980s.

Retail inflation hits "historically low" level of 1.54% in June  
Retail inflation hit a "historically low" level of 1.54 percent in June this year. Inflation had stood at 2.18 percent in May this year, and at 5.77 percent in June last year. PTI reports that Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has said that the inflation rate of 1.54 percent for June is historically low and reflects the firm and ongoing consolidation of macroeconomic stability. He said the last time that such inflation was seen, although according to a slightly different Consumer Price Index, was in 1999 and before that in 1978.
Growth in industrial output slows to 1.7% in May 2017  
Growth in the country's industrial output slowed to 1.7 percent in May this year, year-on-year. Industrial output had grown 8 percent in May last year. According to data released by the Central Statistics Office, mining sector output contracted 0.9 percent in May, while manufacturing sector output grew 1.2 percent. Output in the capital goods segment, considered a key indicator of investment, shrank 3.9 percent in May. But electricity generation expanded 8.7 percent in May.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft completes flyby over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Juno has successfully peered into the Jupiter’s giant storm known as the Great Red Spot. It became first space probe to complete flyby of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a massive storm (cyclone) measuring about 16,000 km in diameter. It is the largest known storm in the solar system.  It has been monitored since 1830 and has possibly existed for more than 350 years. 

India Women's Cricket Captain Mithali Raj becomes all-time leading run-getter in women's one-day internationals 

India Women's Cricket Captain Mithali Raj created history as she became the all-time leading run-getter in women's one-day internationals. She achieved the feat against Australia in the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup. Before the game against Aussie women, Mithali was 33 runs short of English cricketer Charlotte Edwards' 5992 runs in 191 matches. Mithali went past Charlotte's world record and she also became the first ever woman cricketer to touch the 6,000 ODI runs mark. The skipper surpassed the landmark in her 183rd ODI, taking 164 innings, 16 less than Charlotte.

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