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Latest Current Affairs of July 2018

The venue of 59th International Mathematical Olympiad held from July 4 to 14 at which India won 3 silver and 2 bronze medalsCluj Napoca, Romania
The new headquarters building of Archaeological Survey of India inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently is namedDharohar Bhavan
The Indian mountaineer who has become the second Indian to climb the highest volcano in the world, Mt Ojos del Salado located in South AmericaSatyarup Siddhanta
The book written by Michael Ondaatje which has won the Golden Man Booker Prize (Best of Man Booker Prizes) commemorating 50th anniversary of Man Booker PrizeThe English Patient
The country for which China has launched 2 remote sensing satellites named PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A from its Jiuquan Satellite Launch CentrePakistan
The Indian State which has become the third in the country to grant minority status to Jews (after West Bengal and Maharashtra)Gujarat
The city in Canada where 17th World Sanskrit Conference is being held from 09 to 13 July 2018 (inaugurated by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar)Vancouver
The place in Uttar Pradesh where the world's largest mobile phone factory was jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-inNoida
The legendary folk singer of Kumaoni language (Uttarakhand) who passed away on 07 July in PithoragarhKabutari Devi
The former Supreme Court judge who has been appointed the Chairman of National Green TribunalJustice Adarsh Kumar Goel
The place in Andhra Pradesh where UNESCO is setting up Design University for Gaming in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development BoardVisakhapatnam
The Australian captain who has broken his own record of highest individual score of 158 runs in T20i by scoring 172 runs against ZimbabweAaron Finch
The mobile app launched by Union Minister of Coal, Railways, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Piyush Goyal for reporting any activity taking place related to illegal coal mining like rat hole mining, pilferage etc. is namedKhan Prahari
The former Chief of Naval Staff who passed away on 02 July 2018Admiral JG Nadkarni
The well-known artist who has been awarded the Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government for her contribution to visual artsAnjolie Ela Menon
The new name of Agartala Airport as approved by the Union CabinetMaharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport
The three former cricketers who have been inducted in the ICC Hall of FameRahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and Claire Taylor
The team which has won the 2018 Dubai Kabaddi Masters' title defeating Iran in the finalsIndia
The team which has won the Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 defeating India in the finals at Breda, NetherlandsAustralia
The mobile app launched by the Chief Election Commissioner to enable citizens to report any violation of the model code of conduct during elections is namedcVigil

Golden Globe Race 2018

Non-stop circumnavigation of the earth

Occasion: To commemorate Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation.

Commenced: Les Sables d’Olonne harbour in France.

Details: Participants are to sail non-stop around the world via the five Great Capes and return to the harbour. They are allowed to use only boats and equipment available to Sir Robin in 1968. Hence no GPS etc is allowed.

Indian participant: Commander Abhilash Tomy of Indian Navy on his sailing vessel Thuriya built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Ltd at Goa.



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Institutes of Eminence

The Government has shortlisted Six Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) including 3 from Public Sector and 3 from Private Sector.

Public Sector:

  1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Maharashtra
  3. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Private Sector:

  1. Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation), Pune under Green Field Category
  2. Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani, Rajasthan
  3. Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka

In order to select the Institutions as IoEs, an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) comprising of Shri N. Gopalaswami (Chairman), Prof. Tarun Khanna, Prof. Pritam Singh & Smt. Renu Khatore was formed.


Important Days of July

International Day of Co-operatives: 01 July 2018

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1993

Theme: Sustainable Societies through Cooperation

World Population Day: 11 July 2018

Designated by: United Nations Development Programme

First observed: 1989

Theme: Family Planning is Human Right


National Doctors Day

Held on: 01 July 2018

Commemoration: Birth and death anniversary of Dr. BC Roy CM of West Bengal and an eminent physician

Theme: Zero tolerance for violence against health professionals and clinical establishments


IAAF U20 Championships 2018

Held from 10 Jul to 15 Jul 2018

Venue: Ratina Stadium, Tampere (Finland)

Medals Tally

#CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1.Kenya64111
2.Jamaica45312
3.United States38718
18.India1001

Note: Hima Das of Assam, India was the lone medal winner at the event becoming the first Indian to win a medal in a track event at similar championships. She ran 400m race at 51.46 secs to win the gold. Neeraj Chopra was the first Indian to win a gold at World U20 Championships which he did in 2016 in Javelin throw.


Ease of Doing Business Rankings 2018

Prepared by World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion

Rankings

#StateScore
1.Andhra Pradesh98.42
2.Telangana98.33
3.Haryana98.07
4.Jharkhand97.99
5.Gujarat97.96
6.Chhattisgarh97.36
7.Madhya Pradesh97.31
8.Karnataka96.40
9.Rajasthan95.68

Note: Ranks 10 to 15 are in Achievers category - West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.
Rank 16 to 18 are in the Fast Movers category - Himachal Pradesh, Assam and Bihar. The rest are in Aspirers category.


Project RAMA

RAMA stands for Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata

Project to be implemented by : Made in Space Inc (California based company)

Funded by : NASA

Aim: To turn asteroids into giant, autonomous spacecrafts which could fly into space outposts.


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Current Affairs Questions

1. Dhanraj Bhagat was a well-known -

  1. Sculptor
  2. Music Director
  3. Dancer
  4. Writer

2. Which company is the highest taxpayer among private companies?

  1. Infosys
  2. TCS
  3. HDFC Bank
  4. Reliance Industries

3. Shri Venkaiah Naidu became the first Vice-President in 76 years to sign an MoU with an international counterpart. He signed the MoU with Mr Bernard Makuza who is the President of the Senate of -

  1. Liberia
  2. Nigeria
  3. Rwanda
  4. Sudan

4. Cricketer Ahmed Shahzad who has been suspended for testing positive for doping plays for which country?

  1. Pakistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. South Africa
  4. England

5. At which of the following centrally protected monuments is photography not allowed for visitors?

  1. Taj Mahal
  2. Ajanta Caves
  3. Leh Palace
  4. All of the above