Sunday, 30 July 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - July 30, 2017

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Mixing of Liquid Nitrogen with drinks and food banned in Haryana     
The Haryana Govt has banned the mixing of Liquid Nitrogen in drinks and food in bars and hotels across the State, stating that liquid nitrogen is dangerous for humans. Liquid Nitrogen has the effect of quickly chilling glasses or drinks and gives a smoky effect to the items. Liquid Nitrogen can be extremely hazardous, causing frost bites and cryogenic burning thereby causing damaging of tissues in the human body. Liquid Nitrogen releases a large amount of gas and could potentially burst open the stomach.

UNDP to sign pact with Maharashtra Women Commission

The Maharashtra Women Commission is all set to sign a pact with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for rescue rehabilitation of women who are victims of sex trafficking, domestic violence, and acid attacks. The pact is all set to be signed in the next fortnight.

Delhi Metro to become the world’s first 100% Green Metro

It has been announced that the Delhi Metro will become the first Metro in the World to become 100% Green Metro. The Metro had already got the Green Certificate for its Phase III stations, sub stations, and depots. It has also received the Platinum rating for adherence to Green building norms in its 10 residential colonies. Delhi Metro has got new solar power facilities that produce 2.6 MW of power across the Metro Network.

Sagar Vani: An Integrated Information Dissemination System launched

The Union Ministry of Earth Science has launched Sagar Vani, an integrated information dissemination system on the occasion of its foundation Day. Sagar Vani is an integrated information dissemination system that will serve the coastal community, especially the fishermen community with the advisories and alerts towards their livelihood as well as their safety at sea. 

Gopalkrishna Gandhi seeks TV discussion with Venkaiah Naidu          

The Opposition’s vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi has written to Rajya Sabha TV seeking a panel discussion with the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu on the role of the Vice-President and their respective visions for India. This would, the letter said, not just enable members of Parliament — the electors for the vice-presidential poll — make an informed choice but also benefit viewers. “I request that the RSTV arranges for a panel discussion — a discussion, not a ‘debate’ — between the two contestants in the ensuing election for the position of the Vice-President of India and, inter alia, Chairman of Rajya Sabha,” Mr. Gandhi wrote.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi elected as Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been elected as Interim Prime Minister of Pakistan a day after Nawaz Sharif resigned following his disqualification by the Supreme Court. Pakistan media said the decision was taken during the party's consultative meeting in Islamabad today. Mr. Abbasi is a former Petroleum Minister and senior PML-N leader. He will head the government till Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif is elected as Member of Parliament to be eligible to become the Prime Minister.

Sri Lanka signs one billion dollar deal with China for the development of Hambantota port  

Sri Lanka has signed a 1.1 billion dollar deal with China for the control and development of the southern deep-sea port of Hambantota. The deal had been delayed by several months over concerns that the port could be used by the Chinese military. The government has given assurances that China will run only commercial operations from the port, on the main shipping route between Asia and Europe. Sri Lanka's government said money from the deal will help repay foreign loans. Under the proposal, a state-run Chinese company will have a 99-year lease on the port and about 15,000 acres nearby for an industrial zone.

South Korea to deploy four more units of THAAD anti ballistic missile system in response to North Korea's latest ICBM test  

South Korea said it will proceed with the deployment of four additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) units after North Korea’s latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The deployment of the additional units of anti ballistic missile defence system THAAD had been delayed after the initial two units, following South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordering an environmental assessment. The South Korea’s presidential Blue House said China has been notified of the move of speeding up the deployment. China has angrily objected to the THAAD deployment, saying it does little to deter the North’s missile threat while destabilizing regional security balance. It believes the THAAD’s radar can penetrate deep into its territory. Meanwhile, China has condemned North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile and urged restraint by all sides after the US and South Korea held a military exercise in response to the test.

Indian Overseas Bank goes live with Bharath Bill Payment System

Under the National Payment Corporation’s Bharath Bill Payment System, Indian Overseas Bank has become the third PSU Bank (after Union Bank of India and Bank of Baroda) to offer this facility to its customers. Bharath Bill Payment System is an integrated bill payment system that offers inter operable on line payment facility. The service provides for online payment of bills towards telecommunication, DTH, water, electricity and gas connections.

India is the third largest exporter of Beef in the World

As per the Agriculture Outlook (2017-2026) released by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD), India is the world’s third largest exporter of beef and will stay so for the next ten years as well. India exported 1.56 million tonnes of beef last year while it imported 363000 tonnes of beef last year. By the year 2026, Indian exports of beef would have reached 16% of the world’s beef exports.

NPCI gets RBI nod to operate Bharat Bill Payment System

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has received the final nod from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to function as the Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU) and operate the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS). The final clearance from RBI comes almost a year after NPCI launched the BBPS pilot project to make payment of utility bills easier. The pilot started in August 2016 with eight BBPS operating units that had received in-principle approval from RBI. The total number of Bharat Bill Payment Operating Units certified by NPCI now stands at 24. The certified units include 10 private sector banks, 3 public sector banks (Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India and Indian Overseas Bank), five cooperative banks and six non-bank biller aggregators.

ICICI Prudential Life asked to take over Sahara India Life Insurance Company     

Less than two months after appointing an administrator to manage the affairs of Sahara India Life Insurance (SILIC) and acting on a report from the official, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has directed ICICI Prudential Life Insurance to take over the life insurance business portfolio of the beleaguered SILIC effective July 31. “This order is binding on all persons concerned and shall have effect notwithstanding anything in the memorandum or articles of association of Sahara India Life Insurance Co. Ltd.,” the IRDAI said in a directive. IRDAI had, on June 12, appointed its General Manager (F&A-NL) R.K. Sharma as administrator for the Lucknow-based Sahara India Life Insurance.

29 July is International Tiger Day

The International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day is celebrated every year on 29 July to raise awareness for tiger conservation. The goal of observance of the day is to promote the protection and expansion of the wild tiger habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation. On this occasion, special programmes are being organized all over the globe by many international organisations including the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) etc.

Former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar conferred with Japanese honour

Former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar was conferred with the Japan’s Imperial Decoration ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award for his contribution to fostering Japan-India ties. Kumar had served as Special Envoy of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Japan during the visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan to India in December 2013 and contributed to the success of the visit.

India thrash Sri Lanka by 304 runs in Galle test  

On the 29th July 2017, India outclassed Sri Lanka by 304 runs in their opening Test at Galle, biggest overseas win in terms of runs, surpassing 279 run-victory against England at Leeds in 1986. For Sri Lanka, it was their biggest defeat in terms of runs, surpassing their 301-run loss against Pakistan in 1994. Earlier, the hosts finished their second innings at 245 in 76.5 overs. This was after India captain Virat Kohli struck his 17th Test hundred with India declaring their second innings at 240 for three. India took a huge first innings lead of 309 runs when the hosts were all out for 291 in reply to India’s 600 yesterday. Shikhar Dhawan was declared the Man of the Match. Ravichandran Aswin was given a special award for playing his 50th Test.

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