Current Affairs

Weekly Current Affairs July 2018: 3rd Week

Banking and Financial Awareness:

  • HDFC securities launched Mutual Funds transactions on Facebook messenger through Arya.
  • Airtel Payments Bank Gets RBI Nod to resume Taking New Customers.
  • India has become the 69th shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Weekly Current Affairs July 2018: 3rd Week

Appointments

  • Dr. TCA Raghavan was appointed as the Director General (DG) of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA).
  • Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned from the UK government.
  • Mohammad Kaif Announces Retirement from Competitive Cricket.
  • Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, appointed as the 97th President of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  • Jeremy Hunt Appointed New UK Foreign Secretary after Boris Johnson resigned from the post.
  • Sun Pharma signs Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador for Revital H.

Obituary

  • Spiritual leader Dada Vaswani passed away.
  • Kannada poet M.N. Vyasa Rao passes away.
  • Senior journalist Kalpesh Yagnik passed away.

Honour, Awards and Ranks

  • Global Innovation Index (GII) 2018, India was ranked 57th among 130 countries, Top 3 countries are Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden.
  • India has become world’s sixth-largest economy according to updated World Bank figures on GDP for 2017.
  • Michael Ondaatje’s bestselling novel 'The English Patient' was announced as the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize.
  • Mukesh Ambani Dethrones Alibaba's Jack Ma as Asia's Richest Person. 

MOU’s, Agreement and Summits

  • India, Rwanda Sign MoU for Promoting Inter-Parliamentary Dialogue capacity building. 
  • Rwanda: 
    • Capital: Kigali
    • Currency: Rwandan franc
  • Indian Army sign MoU with State bank of India (SBI) on Defence Salary Package
  • For providing free digital training to 9,500 college students, Microsoft signed an MoU with the Rajasthan government.
  • To identify innovative ideas for improving the statistical system, International Round Table Conference On Data for New India Held in New Delhi, 

Important Dates 

  • NABARD Foundation Day: 12 July
  • International Malala Day: 12th July 
  • World Population Day: 11 July, the theme is 'Family Planning is a Human Right'.
  • World Youth Skills Day – 15 July

Important News- World

  • China launched two remote sensing satellites PRSS-1 and PakTes-1A of Pakistan on board of Long March-2C rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.
  • The 17th World Sanskrit Conference, inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, held at Vancouver, Canada.

Important News- India

  • Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar has announced that, Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main) and National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), will be held twice a year and over multiple days.
  • Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Hardeep Singh Puri was launched Global Housing Construction Technology Challenge as part of technology sub-mission of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) for accelerating PMAY-U’s target of providing ‘housing for all’ scheme.
  • For improving public health and combat lifestyle diseases, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched national campaign ‘The Eat Right Movement’.
  • World’s largest mobile manufacturing factory of Samsung to be inaugurated in Noida.
  • Indian Railways has launched its first consolidated Bridge Management System (IR-BMS).
  • The Ministry of Mines Narendra Singh Tomar, organized the 4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals at Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Business, Science and Technology

  • Samsung inaugurated the world’s largest mobile manufacturing unit in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  • For promoting suitable techniques for cleaning sewers and septic tanks, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoUHA) has launched "Technology Challenge: Identifying solutions for cleaning of Sewerage Systems and Septic Tanks" to eliminate human intervention in cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.
  • BSNL through its mobile app ‘Wings’ launched India’s first internet telephony service to make calls to any phone number, domestic or international.

Important News- States

  • Gujarat Government has granted religious minority status to Jews living in the state, and with this step Gujarat has become the third state in India to grant religious minority status to Jews after West Bengal and Maharashtra.
  • World’s first and cheapest clean drinking water project launched in Darbhanga, Bihar.
  • 69th Van Mahotsava inaugurated by Himachal Pradesh Governor.

Sports News

  • Angelique Kerber Wins Maiden Wimbledon Title.
  • Indian runner Hima Das created history by becoming the first-ever Indian woman to win an athletics gold in the women’s 400m event at the IAAF World U20 Championship in Tampere, Finland.
  • India’s gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched a gold medal in FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.
  • Indian lifter Jhilli Dalabehera has bagged the bronze medal lifted 167 kg in the 48 kg category, in the 2018 IWF Junior World Weightlifting Championships at Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Weekly Current Affairs July 2018: 3rd Week Weekly Current Affairs July 2018: 3rd Week Reviewed by Shweta Kashyap on July 17, 2018 Rating: 5

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