Current Affairs This Week (02-07-2017)

  • Communication satellite GSAT-17 launched from French Guiana
    GSAT-17, the country’s newly launched communication satellite, will soon join the fleet of 17 working Indian communication satellites in space and augment their overall capacity to some extent.
  • The highest cricket ground in the world
    At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world. It was built in 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.
  • Queen honours Indian anti-hunger activist
    Ankit Kawatra (25) bags Young Leaders Award for 2017 by Queen Elizabeth II for exceptional work towards solving hunger and malnutrition.
  • Trump appoints Indian-American as US Ambassador to Peru
    U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed Indian-American Krishna R Urs as the new US Ambassador to Peru.
  • Diamonds were first mined in India
    Initially, diamonds were only found in the alluvial deposits in Guntur and Krishna District of the Krishna River Delta. Until diamonds were found in Brazil during the 18th century, India led the world in diamond production.
  • China’s SAIC enters India, to produce cars by 2019
    SAIC Motor Corporation, China’s largest automobile company with annual revenue of $100 billion, has announced plans to enter the Indian market, which is projected to be among the top three automobile markets in the world by 2020.
  • Largest national park of India
    Hemis National Park in Jammu and Kashmir is largest national park of India with 4,400 square km. It is also the National Park located in highest altitude.
  • Highest Bridge in the world
    The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.
  • The only Manufacture Khadi Flag in India
    Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha (KKGSS) have exclusive rights and authorization to manufacture and supply the Flag of India. The sangha was established in 1957.
  • Women’s World Cup: India beat England
    It is India’s first win over England. India women’s cricket team launched their campaign at the ICC Women’s World Cup with a comfortable win over England.
  • NASA’s new space telescope to hunt for signs of alien life
    NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will search for signs of extraterrestrial life on Earth-sized planets of the recently discovered TRAPPIST planetary system, as well as on Jupiter’s moon Europa.
  • ISRO to bank on semi-cryogenic engine for heavy lift rockets
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has progressed to the testing of subsystems in the development of a semi-cryogenic engine for rockets with heavier payload capacity.
  • Facebook to livestream UEFA Champions League in America
    Fox Sports said on Tuesday that it has partnered with Facebook Inc to livestream UEFA Champions League matches during the 2017-18 season.
  • NASA’s quiter supersonic jet closer to reality
    NASA has achieved a significant milestone in developing a quieter supersonic passenger jet that can safely travel over land.
  • The largest freshwater lake in the world
    The largest freshwater lake in the world by volume is Lake Baikal in Siberia. Its deepest point is 1,637 meters and it holds about 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water. The largest freshwater lake by surface area is Lake Superior.
  • The largest Museum in India
    The Indian Museum is the largest and oldest museum in India. It was founded by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, in 1814.
  • IIT, Kanpur to confer D.Sc. on Usha
    The ‘Golden Girl’ of Indian athletics will soon be a Doctor of Science. The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, will award the degree to P.T. Usha at its 50th convocation in Kanpur.
  • World Shooting Championship: Yashaswini, Anmol strike gold
    Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Anmol provided a memorable finish to the Indian campaign by clinching the mixed team gold in air pistol in the Junior World Shooting Championship.
  • The Mysore Palace historical palace of Karnataka
    The Palace of Mysore is the official residence of the Wodeyars. A plan for constructing palace was given by the Maharaja Krishnarajendra Wodeyar IV to the British Architect Henry Irving, after 15 long years the Palace was complete in 1912.
  • K. Srikanth clinches Australian Open Superseries title
    Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth notched up his second successive Super Series title with a stunning straight-game triumph over reigning Olympic champion Chen Long in the Australian Open summit clash in Sydney.
  • China switches on world’s largest floating solar plant
    China switched on the world’s largest floating solar plant, offshore from the city of Huainan in the eastern Anhui province.
  • GST
    GST is scheduled to be launched on the 1st of July, and it is set to revolutionize the way we do our taxes. Goods & Services Tax is a comprehensive, multi-stage, destination-based tax that will be levied on every value addition.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
    The famous Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana National Park) in Rajasthan is one of the best bird sanctuaries in India and one of the finest bird parks in the world. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a protected sanctuary.
  • PSLV-C38 lobs 31 satellites into orbit
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched 31 satellites – 29 of them belonging to other countries through a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle).
  • The oldest bird sanctuary in India
    The Vedanthangal bird sanctuary is the oldest bird sanctuary in India, situated in Tamil Nadu.
  • WI-Fi
    Wi-Fi or WiFi is a technology for wireless local area networking with devices based on the IEEE 802.11 standards. Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance formed in 1999. Wi-Fi uses 2.4 gigahertz UHF & 5 gigahertz SHF ISM radio bands.
  • The most beautiful brackish water lake in Asia
    Chilka lake bird sanctuary is very popular among tourists,located near puri in Orissa. The chilka lake is the most beautiful brackish water lake in Asia and famous for a rich variety of birds.
  • Siril, Sri Krishna win at Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold
    Young shuttlers Siril Verma and Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli reached the pre-quarterfinals of the $200,000 Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold in the men’s and women’s singles competition.
  • World Team Chess: Adhiban stars in first win for Indian men
    Grandmaster B Adhiban beat Vladislav Kovalev to ensure a victory for India over Belarus in the third round of World Team Chess Championship.
  • UltraTech to invest ₹500-₹700 cr. in next two years
    The Aditya Birla Group’s UltraTech Cement completed the ₹16,189 crore acquisition, making UltraTech the fourth largest private cement company in the world and the biggest in India with capacity of 93 mtpa.
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