Current Affairs This Week (16-07-2017)

  • Minimum education qualification for cooperative body poll
    Rajasthan has become the first State in the country to lay down the minimum educational qualifications for contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies.
  • Vaccine shows protection against gonorrhea for first time
    Scientists from New Zealand – 1st time have claimed that vaccine can protect against sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea.They have found that Men B jab vaccine originally developed to stop an outbreak of meningitis B can protect.
  • Scientist create mini Saturns from charged liquid droplets
    Scientists from Northwestern University in the United States have created miniature versions of Saturn, complete with rings, by electrifying tiny droplets of fluids.
  • Okinoshima Island:Japan’s island gets UNESCO heritage tag
    Okinoshima Island,Japan’s men-only island was declared as UNESCO world heritage site.The island will be the 17th set of Japanese cultural assets to be granted this status & overall 21st in the list.Part of prefecture’s Munakata region.
  • Developed S-band Doppler Weather Radar commissioned in Kochi
    A state-of-the-art, indigenously developed S-band doppler weather radar (DWR) of India Meteorological Department (IMD) was commissioned at Palluruthy in West Kochi,Kerala.The S-band DWR is capable of predicting weather events.
  • Govt empowers Army to procure weapons for short intense wars
    The Union Govt has empowered the Army to directly procure critical weapons systems & military platforms to maintain combat readiness for short duration intense wars.Vice Chief of Army has been given financial powers to procure ammunitions.
  • CCEA approves SASEC Road Connectivity
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for upgradation and widening of 65 kms of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur.It will boost trade, commerce and tourism in the region.
  • Mithali Raj-1st to score 6000 runs in women’s ODI cricket
    Indian captain Mithali Raj (34) scripted history by becoming 1st player in the history of women’s ODI cricket to score more than 6000 career runs(ICC Women’s World Cup 2017).She also became all-time leading run-getter in women’s ODI.
  • International Rice Research Institute in Varanasi
    The Union Cabinet has approved establishment of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) set up a regional centre, a global rice research institute.It is also the largest non-profit agricultural research centre in Asia.
  • Juno spacecraft completes Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
    NASA’s unmanned spacecraft Juno has successfully peered into the Jupiter’s giant storm known as the Great Red Spot. It became first space probe to complete flyby of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
  • NGT bans nylon, synthetic manja
    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed nationwide blanket ban on the use of kite strings (manja), made of nylon or any synthetic material on the grounds that it poses a threat to animals and humans.
  • Karnataka Govt – Study legalities Separate State flag
    Karnataka Government has constituted a nine-member committee to study the possibility of designing a separate state flag and providing it a statutory standing.It will be headed by Principal Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture.
  • India to import crude oil from US for first time
    India,the world’s 3rd-largest oil importer,for the 1st time will import crude oil from the United States.The purchase comes after PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June 2017.Indian Oil Corp has bought 1.6 m barrels of US Mars crude.
  • Ahmedabad designated as India’s 1st World Heritage City
    The 600-year-old Walled City of Ahmedabad was declared World Heritage City by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO after it met in Karlow, Poland. It is 1st Indian city get the honour.Presents-architectural heritage from sultanate period.
  • Liu Xiaobo: The man China couldn’t erase
    China’s most famous political prisoner, the Nobel laureate and democracy icon Liu Xiaobo passed away.Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.
  • Government sets up new wing to provide intelligence inputs
    The Union Government has set up Directorate General of Analytics and Risk Management (DGARM), a new wing to provide intelligence inputs taking action against tax evaders.Set up will be under the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
  • DIPP to set up India’s first TISC in Punjab
    The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion will establish India’s 1st Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) at Patent Information Centre, Punjab.TISC will be set up under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s.
  • EBLM J0555-57Ab – Smallest-known star in the universe
    Scientists have discovered the smallest-known star in the universe slightly larger than Saturn in size which may possibly have Earth-sized planets with liquid water in its orbit.Star located about 600 light years away.
  • Twenty-five giant radio galaxies found
    Scientists has discovered the presence of a large number of what are known as giant radio galaxies (GRGs) across the universe. Its big enough to hold 33 copies of the Milky Way placed next to each other.200 new GRG candidates fond.
  • Apple’s first data centre in China to comply with cyber law
    US tech giant Apple today announced that it is setting up its first data centre in China, becoming the first company to comply with a new strict law that requires foreign firms to store Chinese users’ information within the country.
  • Indian scientists claim discovery of galaxy ‘Saraswati’
    For the 1st time in the country, a team of Indian scientists has claimed to have discovered an extremely large supercluster of galaxies,Saraswati in the universe.It is a very high concentration of galaxies in the universe & very rare.
  • Guruswamy Jayraman- “Order of Australia”
    Guruswamy Jayraman, a 69-year-old Indian-origin Glenwood resident, has been honoured with the highest civilian award “Order of Australia” in Australia for community work, the highest civilian award in Australia.
  • Srinivas Gokulnath-1st Indian to finish toughest cycle race
    Srinivas Gokulnath has the 1st Indian to complete the 4,900 kilometre Race Across America (RAAM) in solo category, which is the toughest cycle race in the world.He completed the race in eleven days, 18 hrs & 45 min, begin from California.
  • India topped-1st time in Asian Athletics Championships
    India clinched five gold,1 silver & 3 bronze.With that, India ended the championships on top with a haul of 29 medals which included 12 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze. Earlier, India’s best came way back in the 1985 with 22 medals.
  • Mangesh Tendulkar, the renowned cartoonist
    His cartoons especially about government offices and on traffic rules were famous. He was conferred with the president’s medal in 1980, Marathi Natya Parishad Award in 1993 & Pulotsav award in 2003 among several other honours.
  • World’s first saola breeding
    The world’s 1st centre for breeding Saola, a critically endangered hoofed mammal, will be constructed at Bach Ma National Park in Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam.Selected by IUCN for the construction of the world’s 1st saola breeding.
  • 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 train with all solar powered coaches.Train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana.
  • A mummy gets a new life, sans oxygen
    Princess Naishu’s mummy at the State Museum in Hyderabad just got a longer lease of life,after it was moved to a new oxygen-free glass housing. Custom-made by a German firm at cost of ₹58 lakh,case has a nitrogen generator & pH monitor.
  • July 10: 140 years of St John Ambulance
    The volunteers of St John Ambulance have helped millions of people deliver 1st aid since it was established on 10 July 1877,more than 70 years before the NHS.On its 140th anniversary.
  • World’s smallest reptile – Size of an ant
    A San Diego State biologist identify one of the world’s smallest reptiles a leaf chameleon.
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