Important Current Affairs 10th July 2017 Daily GK Update with PDF

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  • Malabar naval exercise begins
    • US, Japanese and Indian navies have began Malabar Naval Exercise-2017 in Bay of Bengal, off the Chennai coast.
    • Aim of this exercise is to increase inter-operability amongst the 3 navies as well as develop common understanding for maritime security operations.
    • 16 warships including the world’s largest aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, more than 95 aircraft and 2 submarines are joining the drill.
  • Merger of Ministries
    • Government has merged the urban development and housing and urban poverty alleviation ministries.
    • It will now be known as Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
    • This is third time the ministries have been merged. With this merger, the government now has 51 ministries.
    • The merger will create synergy, better coordination and planning between housing and urban infrastructure projects.
  • International meet on social justice
    • A 3 day Babasaheb B.R. Ambedkar international conference on social justice will be held in Bengaluru from July 21 to 23.
    • Conference will unveil ‘Bengaluru Declaration’ outlining specific constitutional, institutional and policy responses to concerns of equity, freedom and democracy.
    • It also commemorates the 126th birth anniversary of the architect of Indian Constitution, B.R. Ambedkar.
  • No non-veg food on domestic flights
    • The national carrier Air India has stopped serving non-vegetarian meals to economy-class passengers on all domestic flights from mid-June this year.
    • However, non-vegetarian meals would continue to be served in business and executive class on domestic as well as international flights.
    • The decision was taken to cut wastage and cost, and to avoid mix-up of vegetarian with non-vegetarian meals.
  • Bharti Airtel launches Project Next
    • Bharti Airtel has launched “Project Next” to deliver all services across touch points in a seamless digital way.
    • The company plans to invest up to Rs 2000 crore over the next 3 years under the new project to launch new digital innovations.
    • Under the project, Airtel has launched a new version of MyAirtel App that makes the entire customer experience real time.
  • Citizenship for Myanmar Rohingyas
    • UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called for granting citizenship to Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority.
    • Grandi said granting citizenship is very crucial for achieving peace and development in the Rakhine state.
    • The Rohingya have long been denied citizenship, freedom of movement and basic rights in Myanmar, where they are often seen as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
  • Iraq declares victory over ISIS
    • Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has declared victory over Islamic State forces in Mosul after months-long of bitter fighting.
    • The city had been the last major urban stronghold Isis held in Iraq, and defeat there pushes the group back towards its insurgent roots.
    • Victory in Mosul is still both a strategic and symbolic milestone for Iraqi fighters backed by US-led coalition forces.
  • Apple to build second data center
    • Apple will build its 2nd data center in southern Denmark which will be powered entirely by renewable energy.
    • It is due to begin operations in 2019, will power Apple’s online services, including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.
    • Apple will invest around $920 million in the project.
    • The first data center in Denmark will begin operations this year.
  • Okinoshima gets World Heritage status
    • A sacred island in south-west Japan “Okinoshima” has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
    • Women are banned on the islands while men have to take off their clothes and undergo a cleansing ritual before setting foot on the island. Only 200 visitors are allowed each year.
    • Okinoshima is home to the Okitsu shrine, built in the 17th century to pray for the safety of sailors.
  • GST intelligence agency gets new chief
    • Senior bureaucrat John Joseph has been appointed as the Director General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DG GSTI).
    • Joseph is a 1983 batch officer of IRS, has worked in Finance Ministry’s important departments, including the DRI.
    • DG GSTI is the new name given to Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence, mandated to check service tax and central excise duty evasion.
  • Paperless banking services
    • Nepal SBI Bank, a subsidiary of SBI has launched its fully automatic digital banking services in Kathmandu.
    • Customers can avail the services from SBI Intouch Bank.
    • This is for the first time the SBI has expanded the paperless banking system outside India.
    • Paperless banking service has been launched to target potential younger customers who are exposed to digital technology.
  • Raninder Singh re-elected NRAI president
    • Raninder Singh has been re-elected as president of the National Rifle Association of India  for another 4 year term.
    • He defeated Shyam Singh Yadav, president of Uttar Pradesh Rifle Association with an overwhelming 89-1 margin.
    • He is an active trap shooter and has participated in ISSF World Cups and National Championships.
    • Raninder is the son of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
  • ASEAN countries for 2018 Republic Day
    • Centre is planning to invite leaders of 10 ASEAN nations for the Republic Day parade next year.
    • It is being seen as a major step towards the govt’s ‘Act East’ policy.
    • India & ASEAN are marking 25 years of dialogue partnership this year.
    • Move is particularly significant considering India’s current relationship with China. At least 4 of 10 ASEAN nations are involved in South China Sea dispute
  • Free Surgery Scheme
    • Delhiites who are unable to have surgeries at any govt hospital can now get free surgery in 48 private hospitals bill of which will be paid by Delhi govt.
    • Govt would facilitate 52 specified surgeries free of cost at private hospitals.
    • If a patient doesn’t get a date for surgery at a govt hospital within 1 month, hospital would refer him to private hospitals & govt would pay all the expenses.
  • India tops medal tally for first time
    • India have topped the medal tally for first time in the history of Asian Athletics Championships.
    • India ended on top with their highest ever medal haul of 29 medals pushing China to 2nd spot with 8 gold, 7 silver & 5 bronze.
    • India’s best came in 1985 Jakarta edition where they had won 22 medals.
    • China finished at 2nd position followed by Kazakhstan & Iran at 3rd & 4th position respectively.
  • First pregnant man gives birth to girl
    • Hayden Cross has become the 1st man in Britain to give birth after he put his sex transition on hold to get pregnant by a sperm donor.
    • He had been living legally as a man for 3 years and was already part-way through hormone treatment to transform from a woman to a man.
    • The girl was born on June 16 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
    • First man to give birth was Thomas Beatie in the US in 2008
  • Naresh Chandra passes away
    • Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, Naresh Chandra has passed away.
    • He passed away due to multiple organ failure at Manipal Hospitals in Goa.
    • Chandra had served as the Cabinet Secretary from 1990–92 and was the Indian Ambassador to the US from 1996 to 2001.
    • He was awarded India’s second highest civil awards, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2007.
  • Youngest winner of professional event
    • 14 years old amateur Atthaya Thitikul has become the youngest known winner of a professional golf tour event with victory at Ladies European Thailand Championship.
    • She defeated Ana Menendez of Mexico by 2 strokes to achieve this milestone.
    • She broke the previous record of Lydia Ko, who at 14 years and 8 months won her first professional event at New South Wales Open in 2012.
  • Wayne Rooney rejoins Everton
    • Manchester United record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton for an undisclosed fee after having spent 13 years at United.
    • Rooney departs Manchester United as the club’s all-time leading scorer with 253 goals in all competitions.
    • Rooney’s return comes as United look set to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
    • Rooney moved from Everton to United for 27 million pounds in 2004.
  • Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix
    • Mercedes’ Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas has won the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix.
    • Bottas finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who finished second and third respectively.
    • Vettel continues leading the Championship with 171 points, 20 points ahead of Hamilton.
    • This was the second victory of Bottas’ career.
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