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Current affairs Update from July 2 to 18th July 2017 for IAS & KAS Exam.

Section A: INDIA

  • Parties cannot issue whips to MPs, MLAs in Presidential poll: EC
  • EC to tally paper trail slips with EVMs in 5% booths in each assembly seat
  • Centre to set up Garib Nawaz skill development centres for minority youth
  • SC stays Uttarakhand HC order declaring Ganga, Yamuna as living human entities
  • SC asks govt. to demonstrate the gains of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
  • SC says jobs, admissions secured on fake caste certificates not valid
  • SC calls for transparency in selection of ECs
  • Move to de-notify certain roads does not violate orders: SC
  • Law Commission stresses on linking UID in compulsory registration of marriages
  • TERI ranked second among world’s climate think tanks
  • Aadhaar enrolment centres only at govt premises from September
  • Training programme ‘COMMIT’ launched for state govt. officials
  • IGNOU announces course fee waiver for transgender students
  • National Herald unveils new website
  • AIIMS to adopt 50 physically challenged old-age people
  • ASI bans selfie sticks at 46 site museums in India
  • Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile successfully test fired
  • Missing Advanced Light Helicopter’s wreckage located in Arunachal
  • IAF’s MiG-23 trainer aircraft crashes, pilots eject safely
  • India declares itself free from bird flu
  • National Doctors’ Day celebrated
  • Book “President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman” launched
  • No-detention policy in schools to end from 2018
  • Posting Andaman tribes’ videos on social media now punishable
  • NSG organises first International Aviation Security seminar
  • Regional Conference on Good Governance organised in Nainital
  • National Conclave on Drinking Water Quality organised
  • Achal Kumar Joti to succeed Nasim Zaidi as Chief Election Commissioner
  • Himachal Pradesh DGP appointed new NDRF DG
  • Hossain made WHO goodwill ambassador for autism in South Asia
  • Veteran journalist Ravinder Randev passes away
  • Former diplomat Nirupam Sen passes away at 70
  • Veteran Marathi actor-writer Madhukar Toradmal passes away
  • Lashkar commander Bashir Lashkari killed in encounter in Anantnag

 

Section B: INDIA & THE WORLD

 

  • India, Israel firms ink 12 strategic business MoUs on final day of PM Modi’s visit
  • PM Modi pays homage to Indian World War I heroes in Haifa
  • PM promises OCI cards for people of Indian origin in Israel despite military service
  • India, Israel sign 7 agreements during 2nd day of PM’s visit
  • PM meets 2008 Mumbai terror attacks survivor Moshe Holtzberg
  • PM Modi presents gifts to Israeli President
  • India to set up Cultural Centre in Israel
  • India, Israel to holds talks for an investment protection treaty
  • Report on revenue potential for Indian, Israeli startups released
  • PM Modi begins 3-day visit to Israel
  • Vietnam’s foreign minister visits India
  • India- Jordan Trade and Economic Joint Committee session held
  • Meeting of BRICS Education Ministers held in Beijing
  • UK launches ‘Grand Trunk Road’ project to mark 70th anniversary of India’s partition
  • 21st India-Myanmar National Level Meeting held in Myanmar
  • India gets good ranks on FSB’s reform report card to G20
  • Malabar war games to begin from July 10
  • Delhi Dialogue organised on ASEAN-India Relations
  • Money in Swiss banks: India slips to 88th place; UK on top
  • India contributes USD 500,000 to UN Peacebuilding Fund
  • Pakistan hands over list of 546 Indian prisoners to High Commission
  • Indian Ambassador to Peru appointed New York Consul General

 

Section C: WORLD

 

  • UNESCO puts Hebron on endangered heritage list
  • 122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons
  • G20 leaders pledge to eliminate all terror safe havens
  • Informal BRICS Leaders Meeting held in Hamburg
  • Saudi Arabia-led countries to continue restrictions on Qatar
  • Qatar hands response to Saudi-led demands to Kuwait
  • EU and Japan reach free trade deal
  • EU commission unveils migrant ‘action plan’ for Italy
  • Ivory Coast’s Comoe Park no longer endangered: UNESCO
  • North Korea claims first intercontinental ballistic missile launch
  • Philippine city of Marawi remains under IS siege
  • UN cuts peacekeeping budget by $570mn
  • UK to withdraw from international fishing arrangement
  • British universities press for change via #WeAreInternational campaign
  • Sri Lanka decides to grant greater autonomy to Tamils
  • Sri Lankan Army vacates land, harbour in Jaffna
  • Turkey scraps evolution from syllabus
  • European Parliament approves first ever EU-Cuba pact
  • Pak successfully test fires short-range ballistic missile Nasr
  • International Day of Cooperatives celebrated
  • Nearly half a million displaced Syrians return home: UN
  • Canada celebrates 150th birthday
  • French judge to lead UN Syria war crimes probe
  • Trump revives National Space Council, to be led by VP Pence
  • US ethics chief resigns after clashes with Trump
  • Priyanka Chopra becomes Academy member
  • Syrian President Assad appears on currency for first time in 17-year rule

 

Section D: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

  • Now, nuclear material can be traced even after they are moved
  • LHC identifies new particle
  • CSIR and Kendriya Vidyalayas to launch Jigyasa programme
  • India among 5 countries using wastewater for irrigation
  • Scientists decode how malaria parasites multiply
  • NASA developing first asteroid deflection mission
  • NASA’s Gemini North telescope sends Jupiter images
  • China’s new heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails

 

Section E: AWARDS

 

  • Pune’s Swayam Shikshan Prayog wins UNDP’s Equator Prize
  • IPS officer gets US government’s award for combating human trafficking
  • 2 Indian-Americans to be honoured with Great Immigrants award
  • Survivor of Mosul blast wins France’s journalism prize
  • CISF adjudged the best security service provider
  • Indian-American student wins National Speech and Debate Tournament
  • Sindhu bags ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ award
  • L&T Technology Services conferred with world quality congress award
  • Tata Steel bags PM’s trophy for best integrated steel plant

 

Section F: BANKING & FINANCE  

 

  • Services exempt From Rs. 2 lakh cash transaction limit notified
  • Banks liable to pay compensation to customers for online frauds: RBI
  • FSB praises Aadhaar for expanding banking reach and lowering cash use
  • RBI DG Acharya calls for transparent Public Credit Registry
  • SC asks govt. to allow deposit of scraped notes
  • RBI hikes investment limit in G-Secs for long-term FPIs
  • EPFO adds private sector banks to network
  • Forex reserves at record high of $386.53 billion
  • Digital payment up by 55% in 2016-17: NITI Aayog
  • PNB to block all Maestro debit cards from July 31
  • Karnataka Bank launches Image Debit Card
  • SEBI tightens norms for issuance of credit ratings

 

Section G: ECONOMY

 

  • Centre launches GST Rates Finder app
  • Companies liable to fine, jail term for not reprinting revised MRP on inventory post GST
  • CGST won’t apply on items not registered under trademark law
  • Home ministry gives security clearance to GSTN
  • 5% GST applicable on assistive devices, rehab aids
  • MRP after GST: Traders can show new price via stickers till 30 September
  • 22 States abolish check posts after GST rollout
  • Revenue Secretary busts 7 GST myths
  • launches scheme for IPR awareness
  • Booklet on self-reliance in defence production released
  • Direct Tax collections rise 14.8% in first quarter of 2017-18
  • Power Ministry launches app, portal for states to procure power
  • June services PMI grows to 8-month high on new orders
  • Exemption on service charge on train tickets till September 30
  • Subscriber base of landline down 4%, wireless up 11.5% in 2016: TRAI
  • Manufacturing PMI falls to 4-month low in June
  • 1 lakh firms de-registered for ‘dubious’ transactions
  • I-T dept notifies form for linking Aadhaar-PAN manually
  • Govt imposes 10% customs duty on imported mobile phones, parts
  • Textiles India 2017 concludes in Gandhinagar
  • July 1 to be observed as GST Day: CBEC

 

Section H: CORPORATE

 

  • India ranked 23rd on a list of 165 nations on Cybersecurity Index by ITU
  • Fastest 4G: Reliance Jio tops speed chart for consecutive months: TRAI
  • Karbonn rolls out India’s first BHIM-integrated smartphone
  • Delhi HC asks SpiceJet to pay Rs. 250 crore to previous owner
  • Google funds automated news project
  • Flipkart among MIT Technology Review’s 50 smartest companies globally
  • Samsung launches new version of fire-prone Galaxy Note
  • Nandan Nilekani, VC veteran team up, launch $100-m fund
  • Videocon Telecom launches CCTV brand ‘WallCam’
  • IOC launches 450-kg jumbo LPG cylinder ‘Mini Bulk’
  • Flipkart Fashion ventures into men’s private label with Metronaut
  • NMCE, Indian Commodity Exchange to merge
  • BookMyShow acquires Burrp
  • BYJU’s acquires TutorVista, Edurite from Pearson
  • France’s Danone to sell Stonyfield to Lactalis for $875 million
  • China’s SAIC Motor Corp to make cars in Gujarat
  • France to end sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040
  • Israel’s Elbit raises stake in India’s Alpha Design to 49%
  • Sanjiv Goenka becomes chairman of IIT-Kharagpur Board of Governors
  • Nasscom Foundation, NGO launch social sector fellowships
  • Wipro announces alliance with Israel Aerospace Industries
  • Wipro, Israel’s Ramot partner for joint research
  • ISB to study Aadhaar and its implications
  • MFIN re-elects Rakesh Dubey as its president
  • Volvo to go all electric with new models from 2019
  • Mahindra Telephonics to collaborate with Shachaf
  • Alibaba reveals Echo-like smart speaker
  • First direct Delhi-Washington Air India flight lands in US

 

 

Section I: STATES

 

  • Himachal amends Excise Act to allow hotels, bars to serve liquor on highways
  • French AFD approves 80 mn euros loan for hydro projects in HP
  • ADB, Centre ink pact for road revamp in Rajasthan
  • Haryana to set up youth centres named after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay
  • HC quashes appointments of four Haryana chief parliamentary secretaries
  • MP eyes Guinness World Record by planting 6 crore saplings
  • Foundation stone of country’s biggest Global Skill Park laid in Bhopal
  • PM Narendra Modi adopts Kakrahia village, his third in Varanasi
  • First maize based Mega Food Park to come up in Kapurthala
  • J&K Assembly passes GST resolution
  • Karnataka’s kambala Ordinance receives Presidential assent
  • Karnataka ‘Elevate 100’ scheme for start-ups
  • Green Skills Academy launched in Bengaluru
  • SC for opening ‘B’ vault of Padmanabhaswamy temple
  • Kerala CM launches G-Ride in Thiruvananthapuram
  • TN to launch Amma radio service, free rota virus vaccine plan
  • Samsung launches Smart Health Care initiative in TN
  • Nominated members sworn in Puducherry Assembly
  • President clears bill banning hookah bars in Gujarat
  • People will directly elect sarpanchs in Maharashtra
  • Maharashtra govt extends waiver scheme to farmers who took loans post 2008
  • Mamata announces ‘Shanti Vahini’ to maintain peace in Bengal
  • Nagaland declared as ‘disturbed area’ under AFSPA for 6 more months
  • High altitude passenger cable ropeway inaugurated in Sikkim

 

Section J: SPORTS

 

  • India wins four gold medals on day 2 of Asian Athletics Championships
  • India win two gold medals on day 1 of Asian Athletics Championships
  • 22nd Asian Athletics Championships inaugurated in Odisha
  • India thump W. Indies by 8 wickets in 5th ODI to clinch series 3-1
  • West Indies beat India by 11 runs in fourth ODI
  • India beat West Indies by 93 runs in third ODI
  • Germany win Confederations Cup football tournament
  • India rise to 96 in FIFA rankings, Germany replaces Brazil as top ranked nation
  • Barcelona court replaces Messi’s prison sentence with $290,000 fine
  • India beat Pakistan to win Asian Snooker Championship
  • CEAT becomes title sponsor for Ultimate Table Tennis
  • India win women’s doubles bronze in Australian Open TT
  • Pacquiao loses WBO welterweight title on points to Horn
  • Djokovic, Pliskova claim Eastbourne titles
  • Venkatesh Shetty wins Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally
  • Chess champion Kasparov back from retirement for US tournament

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Section A: INDIA

 

  • Cabinet approves pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit Program
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine launched under Universal Immunization Programme
  • National Training for Universal Screening and Control of 5 common NCDs launched
  • National Dengue Day observed
  • India ranks 154th on healthcare access and quality (HAQ)
  • National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR-2017) concludes
  • Amendment of the Ancient Monuments & Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 approved
  • NTRO now under Intelligence Act
  • Indian Army takes delivery of two M777 A-2 Ultra Light Howitzers
  • MRSAM firing at extended range from INS Kochi successful
  • Indian Navy foils piracy attempt on Liberian vessel in Gulf of Aden
  • Army’s ‘Exercise Thar Shakti’ concludes in Rajasthan
  • Joint HADR Exercise commences at Naval Station Karwar
  • India’s rank improves in International Tourist Arrivals
  • Legal Assistance Establishment launched
  • Cabinet changes law to evict squatters from government houses
  • WCD develops Standard Operating Procedure for tracing of missing children
  • WCD develops manual on treatment of juvenile convicts, aftercare
  • Election Commission calls Electoral bonds a retrograde step
  • Chitale Committee suggests measures for de-silting Ganga
  • Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service resumes after two weeks
  • All India Radio, Aligarh Muslim University sign MoU for programme production
  • Centre enhances subsidy amount to set-up Community Radio stations
  • NCERT to replace map depicting Aksai Chin as disputed area
  • Centre to open 94 new Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalyas
  • Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave dies at 60
  • Actress Reema Lagoo dies in Mumbai at 59
  • International Court of Justice stays the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav
  • Former Principal Information Officer I. Ramamohan Rao dies at 83
  • 36-year-old IAS officer found dead in Lucknow
  • DRDO chief S. Christopher gets one-year extension
  • Sunaina Singh takes over as VC of Nalanda University
  • Gujarat-based educationist Manoj Soni appointed UPSC member

 

Section B: INDIA & THE WORLD

 

  • Ujala Scheme for energy efficient LED bulbs launched in London
  • INS Darshak completes hydrographic surveys in Sri Lanka
  • India-Singapore navies commence Simbex-17
  • Indian warships visit Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • PM Modi, Palestinian President Abbas hold talks
  • Admiral Sunil Lanba attends maritime review in Singapore
  • Expanded India-Chile trade pact set to kick off
  • Cabinet approves agreement with Tajikistan on Customs Matters
  • India, Sweden to set up mechanism to facilitate investments
  • MoU with Australia in combating rerrorism and transnational organized crime approved
  • Defence faculty exchange agreement with Bangladesh approved
  • US approves chemical protective gear worth $75 million for Indian soldiers
  • Envoys of three nations present credentials to President of India

 

Section C: WORLD

 

  • Belt and Road forum organised in Beijing
  • Microsoft to pledge $5 mn to U.N. Human Rights Office
  • Azerbaijan destroys Armenia air defence system in disputed region
  • Amnesty International launches new global campaign ‘Brave’
  • Italian court upholds ban on Sikhs carrying kirpans
  • G20 Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meet to be held in Germany
  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrated
  • International Day of Families celebrated
  • Hillary Clinton launches new political action group
  • World Heritage-listed island most polluted place on Earth
  • Portugal wins Eurovision 2017 Song Contest
  • Financial leaders of G-7 pledges cooperation against cybercrime
  • WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Congo
  • Ferry between Russia, North Korea starts regular service
  • Former F.B.I. director Robert Mueller named special counsel for Russia investigation
  • Austria’s parliament bans full-face veil in public
  • China’s Yulin festival banned from selling dog meat
  • Japan approves law enabling Emperor Akihito to abdicate
  • WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from prison
  • President Emmanuel Macron names Edouard Philippe as French PM
  • Veteran journalist Javier Valdez killed in Mexico’s Sinaloa state
  • Oleg Vidov, Soviet actor who defected to US, dies at 73
  • Grunge rock pioneer Chris Cornell passes away at 52
  • Stanley Greene, award-winning US photojournalist, dies at 68
  • Former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto dies at 93

 

Section D: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

 

  • Indian Navy and Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad sign MoU
  • Scientists invent world’s first 3D-printed robot that can walk, climb obstacles
  • NASA awards USD 100,000 for 3D-printed space habitat challenge
  • SpaceX launches fourth GX satellite to enable fast mobile internet service
  • Australian scientists create world’s thinnest hologram
  • Climate change is turning Antarctica green
  • Tamil Nadu’s Rifath Sharook develops satellite for NASA

 

Section E: AWARDS

 

  • 2 Indians win ‘Green Oscars’ for conservation projects
  • Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni wins Dan David Prize
  • Chamling conferred with first BS Shekhawat award by President
  • Indian-American student wins National Geographic Bee contest
  • David Letterman bags Mark Twain Prize for American Humour

 

Section F: BANKING & FINANCE  

 

  • RBI advises banks to follow CERT-In instructions over ‘WannaCry’ attack
  • Govt proposes law to confiscate properties of fugitive economic offenders
  • RBI creates CFO post, invites applications
  • RBI liberalises tier-I presence in new bank branch policy
  • India ageing gradually; every 5th person to be 60+ by 2050
  • Yes Bank, Bureau of Energy Efficiency in PFI pact
  • India Grid Trust IPO oversubscribed 1.35 times
  • HUDCO makes strong debut on bourses; shares end 21% higher
  • Paytm to start payments bank operations from May 23
  • Disha Microfin gets final nod from RBI for setting up small finance bank

 

Section G: ECONOMY

 

  • GST Council finalises a 4-tier tax slab for services
  • Operation Clean Money portal launched by Finance Minister
  • Railways releases audit report on station cleanliness
  • Cabinet approves construction of 10 units of Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors
  • India to sign Multilateral Convention to implement tax treaty-related measures
  • Cabinet clears new coal linkage plan ‘Shakti’
  • Iraq replaces Saudi Arabia as top oil supplier to India in April
  • Centre asks states to lift stock limits on pulses
  • FDI inflows at $60.08 billion in 2016-17
  • UN revises downward India’s GDP growth for 2017
  • IT dept launches online facility to correct errors in PAN and Aadhaar
  • India ranks second in EY renewables list
  • Govt launches awards for CSR, nominations open till Jun 18
  • CCEA approves Industry-Academia collaboration for biopharmaceuticals
  • UDAN Funding: Govt brings down levy to Rs 5,000
  • India jumps 73 spots to 26th rank in World Bank’s power accessibility list
  • Forex reserves down $443.6 mn to $375.27 bn
  • FSSAI, GFSP to work together on food safety in South Asia
  • Ex-Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta convicted in coal scam case

 

Section H: CORPORATE

 

  • Mukesh Ambani in Forbes list of 25 ‘Global Game Changers’
  • Mukesh Ambani enters Light Reading’s ‘Hall of Fame 2017’
  • Sanjeev Gupta wins ‘CEO of the Year’ award at Platts Global Metals Awards
  • IIM-A’s agri-business management programme ranked no 1
  • IIM-K launches business incubator ‘LIVE’
  • Tata Group is India’s most valuable brand: Brand Finance
  • Italian regulator fines WhatsApp over $3 mn for sharing data with Facebook
  • EU fines Facebook $122 million over false information about WhatsApp buyout
  • Painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sells for $110 mn in auction
  • Picasso’s 1939 artwork sells for USD 45 million
  • Lenovo’s gaming brand ‘Legion’ enters India
  • Shobana Kamineni appointed new CII President
  • Vivek Oberoi gifts 25 flats in Thane to families of Sukma martyrs
  • Honda prices Africa Twin at Rs 12.90 lakh
  • CESC to split into 4
  • General Motors to stop selling cars in India, manufacture for exports only
  • ED takes over Mallya’s Rs 100-crore Maharashtra farmhouse
  • Reliance Jio gets TM Forum’s ‘Digital Service Innovator of the Year Award’

 

Section I: STATES

 

  • Delhi govt declares 89 villages as urban areas; to make land-pooling easier
  • Delhi gets its first ever fully air-conditioned bus stand
  • No bag day observed in UP govt schools
  • ‘Maa’ committee to check mid-day meal quality in UP schools
  • Kalibanga museum, famous for Harappan artefacts, reopens
  • BSF begins operation ‘Garam Hawa’ along Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan
  • Harappan civilisation: NASA, ISRO to inspect ‘oldest civilisation’ site in Haryana
  • Prabhu lays foundation stone for Char Dham rail link location survey
  • Ex-Maharashtra DGP Bhishmaraj Bam dies at 78
  • NHAI, TIDCO to develop Multimodal Logistics Park in TN
  • Veteran journalist C P Pradeep Kumar dies in Chennai
  • Country’s first ornamental fish park to come up at Chennai
  • Former Puducherry Chief Minister Ramassamy passes away
  • AP amends Act to appoint PV Sindhu as Group-1 officer
  • Kerala govt to distribute sanitary pads in schools
  • Kerala tops public affairs index (PAI)
  • West Bengal: CBSE, ICSE students will have to learn Bengali upto Class X
  • TMC wins municipal polls in 4 out of 7 municipalities
  • IIEST creates India’s first smart grid project
  • Controversial cleric Barkati sacked as head of Tipu Sultan mosque in Kolkata
  • Cabinet approves setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in Assam
  • Arunachal to set up Special Tiger Protection Force
  • Arunachal Pradesh govt launches Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yojana
  • Modi to open Dhola-Sadiya bridge, India’s longest, over Brahmaputra tributary
  • Pradeep Amat elected as Odisha Assembly Speaker
  • P K Deb elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed from Odisha

 

Section J: SPORTS

 

  • India finish with 10 medals at Asian Wrestling Championship
  • Anshu Jamsenpa becomes first Indian woman to climb Mt. Everest four times
  • Nepalese woman breaks world record for most Everest summits
  • Defender Sunita Lakra completes 100th international caps for India
  • Kerber back on top of WTA rankings
  • Nadal defeats Thiem to claim fifth Madrid Masters crown
  • Kenyan, Ethiopian athletes win Riga Marathon
  • Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix
  • Chelsea beat West Bromwich to clinch EPL title
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