Saturday, 15 July 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - July 15, 2017

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Seventy-three percent Indians trust Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, the highest in the world, says a global survey    
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD’s Government at a Glance report 2017 shows that India is one of the leading countries in terms of people with most confidence in their government. The report said 73 percent people have faith in the Narendra Modi government. It also said trust in government may lead to effectiveness of government and economic development. It also leads to greater compliance with regulations and the tax system, facilitates social and political consensus, enhances the acceptance of policies that call for short-term sacrifices by citizens, and mobilises citizen engagement to enable open and inclusive governance processes.

India’s first solar powered DEMU train launched    
Indian Railways has launched India’s first solar powered diesel multiple unit (DEMU) broad gauge train. It is 1600 Horse Power (HP) train with all solar powered coaches. The train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. It will replace an existing non-solar powered rake on the same route. The solar powered DEMU train has six trailer coaches, with 16 solar panels of 300 watts fitted in each of them. These solar panels have been manufactured under ‘Make in India’ initiative. The energy generated by these solar panels will be stored in batteries and will be used during the night.

Madras High Court quashes TN Govt Order 

The Madras High Court has quashed the Tamil Nadu Government's order reserving 85 percent of seats in Undergraduate medical courses for State Board students and only 15 percent for CBSE and other boards. Justice K. Ravichandra Babu passed the order on the plea moved by a CBSE student challenging the legality of state government's order. The petitioner submitted that powers to regulate admission to medical courses lies exclusively with the Medical Council of India as per the provisions of the Indian medical council act. The Advocate General of the State submitted that the State Government was still opposing the NEET and told the Court that two bills were passed in the State Assembly exempting students from Tamil Nadu from NEET and the same was pending for President's Assent.

India to host 8th International Theatre Olympics in 2018   

India for the first time will host 8th International Theatre Olympics, the greatest carnival of theatre in the world in 2018.  The 51-day carnival of theatre will begin on February 17, 2018. The mega international event will be organised by the National School of Drama (NSD) in coordination with the Union Culture Ministry. The 2018 Theatre Olympics will showcase best of the theatre productions from around the world. Besides, it will provide India an opportunity to showcase the richness and diversity of its culture to the world. It will host about 500 shows from across the world in 15 different cities across India including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai.

President gives assent to Maharashtra Social Boycott Bill    
President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2016. Maharashtra is the first state in the country to formulate a law to punish social boycott. The presidential assent paves the way for the state to strictly enforce the law to deal with the scourge of social boycott with an iron hand.

US President Donald Trump indicates he can change his stand on the Paris Climate deal

US President Donald Trump has indicated that he can change his stand on the Paris Climate accord. Addressing a joint press conference in Paris after talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, he said something can happen regarding the climate change deal. Mr. Trump is on a visit to France for Bastille Day. The US President has opened the door to a reversal of his decision barely six weeks after announcing that the United States will abandon the 2015 pact. Nearly 200 countries signed the Paris agreement in December 2015 in an effort to combat global warming and help poorer countries adapt to an already-changed planet. Trump, whose country is the world's second biggest producer of greenhouse gases after China, drew widespread criticism when he announced on 1st of June that he will quit the pact.

India ranks 116 out of 157 nations on 2017 SDG index  
India has been ranked low 116 out of 157 nations on the 2017 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index and Dashboard report released by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Bertelsmann Stiftung. The index assesses the performance of countries towards achieving the ambitious SDGs. It ranks countries based on their performance across the 17 SDGs.

BMW opens R&D centre in China, largest outside Germany      
BMW motors has opened a new research and development (R&D) centre in China, the largest outside of Germany. The centre will be set up in an area of over 40000 sq m and will be set up in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province. The centre will focus on new energy technology to establish a complete R&D and production chain in China. China has become the largest single market for BMW automotive vehicles. Earlier in May, the BMW assembly plant in Shenyang’s Dadong district began operations. 

Income tax department identifies over 5 and a half lakh people whose cash deposits, post note ban were not consistent with their tax profiles

Income tax department has identified 5 lakh and 56 thousand persons whose cash deposits post note ban were found inconsistent with their tax profiles. Finance Ministry said, another one lakh persons have been identified who did not disclose all bank accounts during e-verification in the first phase of Operation Clean Money. In the first phase, around 18 lakh persons had been identified for e-verification of large cash deposits, of which 9 Lakh 72 thousand people had submitted online response. Income Tax department had initiated Operation Clean Money on 31st of January for the e-verification of large cash deposits made during the period from 9th November to 30th December, 2016.

Wholesale inflation falls to 0.9% in June      
The Wholesale inflation fell to 0.9 percent in June this year as prices of food articles, including vegetables, fell. The inflation figure is the lowest in at least eight months--since the availability of data for the new 2011-12 base year series. Inflation based on the wholesale price index had stood at 2.17 percent in May this year, and minus 0.09 percent in June last year. 

Exports grow in June, but at a slower 4.39%

Export of goods grew for the ninth straight month in June, posting a 4.39 percent increase to $23.56 billion on continued demand for engineering goods, petro products and chemicals. However, exporters are concerned about the slackening pace of growth and a drop in exports across major sectors such as pharmaceuticals, leather and gems & jewellery. Imports posted an increase of 19 percent to $36.52 billion in June, with an increase in inward shipments of petroleum, crude, electronics, pearls and precious stones and machinery. Gold imports doubled to $2.45 billion.

India’s exports to take a hit as Qatar crisis deepens     
Indian exporters have started facing the heat from Qatar’s recent diplomatic crisis with Arab states — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Exporters foresee severe short-term challenges related to logistical and banking issues. “There are some short-term challenges arising out of the crisis due to logistical and banking issues. There may be some problems for shipments that are already in the pipeline,” said Ajay Sahai, Director General, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO). Two-way trade between India and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) touched $96.77 billion in 2016-17. Exporters are facing massive challenges as their shipments are stuck with shipping lines being stalled. 

Indian scientists discover supercluster of galaxies; Name it Saraswati

Indian scientists have discovered an extremely large supercluster of galaxies, which is as big as 20 million billion suns. Pune-based Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, IUCAA team of astronomers has named it Saraswati. IUCAA said today, this is one of the largest known structures in the neighbourhood of the universe. It is 4,000 million light-years away from Earth and roughly more than 10 billion years old.

President of India receives first copy of book President’s Lady

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of the book “President’s Lady” (Pranaber Preyosi) on his wife Late Smt. Suvra Mukherjee on 13th of July at a function held at Rashtrapathi Bhavan. The President has received the first copy of the book from Vice President of India, Mohd. Hamid Ansari. The author is Sangeeta Ghosh. The President said that Late Smt. Suvra Mukherjee was essentially a private person with a strong interest in music, particularly Tagore music and paintings. She confined herself to music, painting and writing and she tried to take Tagore music to a non-Bengali audience. 

Decks cleared for CSK and RR

After a gruelling two-year suspension, the BCCI officially cleared the decks for the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals on Friday. CSK marked the end of the exile with a vibrant social media engagement, sharing photos of its remarkable moments from the first eight editions in the league. And it naturally trended on Twitter for some time. “We received an email from the BCCI welcoming us back in the league. We are happy to be back,” said George John, Director, CSK Cricket Ltd. The BCCI released an official statement that read: “The BCCI on Friday welcomed the Indian Premier League franchises — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — back into the League. 

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