Latest Current Affairs of July 2017

The eminent Dhrupad maestro fo Dagar family who passed away on 30.07.2017Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar
The rocket capable of placing a low earth satellite in space, launched by Iran from Imam Khomeini Iranian Space Agency is namedSimorgh
The mobile phone App launched by the Ministry of Earth Sciences for timely dissemination of Ocean Information and Advisory Services that includes Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories, Ocean State Forecast (OSF), High Wave Alerts and Tsunami early warnings is namedSagar Vani
The place in Tamil Nadu where a memorial of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiRameshwaram
The mobile phone App for performance based maintenance of rural roads launched by the Ministry of Rural Development is namedAarambh
The Indian badminton player who has won the United States Open Grand Prix Gold defeating Parupalli Kashyap in the finalsHS Prannoy
The former Chairman of UGC, Padma Vibhushan awardee, scientist and educationist who passed away on 24 July 2017Prof. Yash Pal
The former Chairman of ISRO, Padma Bhushan awardee and the first Indian to be inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington who passed away on 24 Jul 2017Prof. U.R. Rao
The 1,00,000 ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier commissioned by the United States Navy is namedUSS Gerald R. Ford
The recruiting app launched by Google for small and medium sized business enterprises is namedHire
The new Chief Minister of Nagaland who has taken over from Shurhozelie Liezietsu TR Zeliang
The former Indian test cricketer who has been appointed the bowling coach of the Indian national cricket teamBharat Arun
Agaween village at which India has launched solar project with state-of-the-art technology for its electrification is located inEgypt
The company which has developed India's first bio-methane bus (bio-methane is produced out of bio-degradable materials like kitchen waste)Tata Motors
The Union Minister of Textiles who has been given the additional charge as Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani
The former Chief Minister of Sikkim who passed away on 16 July 2017Nar Bahadur Bhandari
The place in Uttar Pradesh where the establishment of International Rice Research Institute, South Asia Regional Center has been approved by the Union CabinetVaranasi
The Indian-origin Canadian YouTube star and actress known by her digital alias Superwoman, who has been chosen by the UNICEF as its newest Goodwill AmbassadorLilly Singh
The massive supercluster of galaxies (about 4 billion light years away and spreads over a great wall about 600 million light years across) discovered by a group of astronomers belonging to Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune, besides NIT, Jamshedpur and Newman College, Thodupuzha has been namedSaraswati
The Chinese literary critic, writer, poet, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who passed away on 13 July 2017Liu Xiaobo
The country to which India has granted a financial aid of 500,000 US dollars to enable it to fight the terror group ISISPhilippines
The country in which China has dispatched troops to establish its first overseas military baseDjibouti
The Indian woman cricketer who has become the first player to cross 6000 runs in the history of women's ODI during the ICC World Cup match against Australia (surpassing England captain Charlotte Edwards's 5992 runs)Mithali Raj
The State which has become the first in the country to fix minimum educational qualification for candidates interested in contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodiesRajasthan
The new coach of Indian cricket team who has been appointed to take over after the former coach Anil Kumble resigned in June 2017Ravi Shastri
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgia which has been removed from the list of WHS in dangerGelati Monastery
The airport which has ranked first in Customer Satisfaction among 49 airports in the country in the latest CSI survey conducted by an independent agency commissioned by the Airport Authority of India for the period of January-June 2017Raipur (Swami Vivekananda Airport)
The new tax payer service module compiling various tax tools, live chat facility, dynamic updates, and important links to various processes within the Income Tax Department in a single module is namedAaykar Setu
The joint military exercise conducted by the Navies of India, USA and Japan in the Bay of Bengal from 10 to 17 July 2017Malabar 17
The venue of G-20 Summit (12th meeting) held from 7 to 8 July 2017 Hamburg, Germany
The rank of India in the Global Cybersecurity Index released by International Telecommunication Union (the list is topped by Singapore, USA and Malaysia at 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively)23rd
The company with which the National Book Trust has launched the Har Haath Ek Kitaab scheme to enable people to buy and donate books to underprivileged childrenSnapdeal
The new Chief Election Commissioner who has succeeded Shri Naseem ZaidiAchal Kumar Joti
The Indian telecom company which has launched the Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) submarine cable system, (the longest 100Gbps technology based submarine system) with a length of over 25,000 km from Marseille, France to Hong KongReliance Jio
The state in which 6.6 crore trees were planted in just 12 hours in an attempt to break the record of 5 crore tree in 24 hours by Uttar PradeshMadhya Pradesh
The IPS officer currently serving as Police Commissioner in Rachakonda, Telangana who has been conferred the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes award by the US State DepartmentMahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat
The team which has won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup defeating Chile in the finals at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg (Russia)Germany
The new Attorney General of India who has taken over from Shri Mukul RohtagiKK Venugopal

Important Days of July

International Day of Co-operatives: 01 July 2017

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1993

Theme: Co-operatives ensure no-one is left behind

World Population Day: 11 July 2017

Designated by: United Nations Development Programme

First observed: 1989

Theme: Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations

World Youth Skills Day: 15 July 2017

Designated by: UNESCO

First observed: 2015

Nelson Mandela International Day: 18 July 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First observed: 2010

Theme: Action Against Poverty

World Hepatitis Day: 28 July 2017

Designated by: World Health Organisation

First observed: 2008

Theme: Eliminate Hepatitis

International Tiger Day: 29 July 2017

Designated by: St Petersburg Tiger Summit

First observed: 2010

Theme: Fresh Ecology for Tigers' Protection

World Day against Trafficking in Persons: 30 July 2017

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2014

Theme: Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons

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JIGYASA - Student-Scientist Connect Programme

Jigyasa is a student- scientist connect programme launched by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS). The focus is on connecting school students and scientists so as to extend student’s classroom learning with that of a very well planned research laboratory based learning. The Programme is expected to connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR targeting 100,000 students and nearly 1000 teachers annually.

The program will also enable the students and teachers to practically live the theoretical concepts taught in science by visiting CSIR laboratories and by participating in mini-science projects. The model of engagement includes:

  1. Student Residential Programmes
  2. Scientists as Teachers and Teachers as Scientists
  3. Lab specific activities/ On-site Experiments
  4. Visits of Scientists to Schools/Outreach Programmes
  5. Science and Maths Clubs
  6. Popular Lecture Series/ demonstration programme at Schools
  7. Student Apprenticeship Programmes
  8. Science Exhibitions
  9. Projects of National Children’s Science Congress
  10. Teacher Workshops
  11. Tinkering Laboratories

First Solar Powered DEMU

The Railways on 14.07.17 launched the country’s first solar-powered local train at Safdarjung in Delhi with a battery bank facility that ensures sufficient power even in the absence of sunlight.

The 1,600 horsepower train has been manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, its solar system and panels have been developed and fitted by the Indian Railways Organization of Alternative Fuel (IROAF). The IROAF has developed this system with a smart inverter, which optimises power generation on a moving train to cater to full load even during night hours with the help of a battery bank that ensures sufficient electricity.

The system reduces diesel consumption and the carbon signature of these commuter trains by reducing carbon dioxide generation by 9 tonnes per coach per year.

A solar-powered DEMU train with six trailer coaches will save about 21,000 litres of diesel, thereby saving Rs. 12 lakh every year, the Railways added.

Asian Athletics Championship 2017

Host city: Bhubaneshwar (Kalinga Stadium)

Mascot: Olly, the Olive Ridley

Medals Tally


Venue for 2019 games: Doha, Qatar

Wimbledon 2017

Gentlemen's SinglesRoger Federer (Switzerland)Marin Cilic (Croatia)
Ladies' SinglesGarbine Muguruza (Spain)Venus Williams (USA)
Gentlemen's DoublesLukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil)Oliver Marach (Austria) and Mate Pavic (Croatia)
Ladies' DoublesEkaterina Makarova (Russia) and Elena Vesnina (Russia) Chan Hao-ching (Chinese Taipei) and Monica Niculescu (Romania)
Mixed DoublesJamie Murray (UK) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland)Henri Kontinen (Finland) and Heather Watson (UK)

Note: Roger Federer won his 8th Wimbledon title (highest number of Wimbledon Genlemen's singles titles by any person).

IIFA Awards 2017

Best Film: Neerja

Best Director: Aniruddha Roy Choudhary for Pink

Best Actor: Shahid Kapoor (Udta Punjab)

Best Actress: Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab)

Best Music Direction: Pritam Chakraborty (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Muntra, India's first unmanned tank

Developed by: DRDO

Three variants: Muntra-S, Muntra-M, Muntra-N

Muntra-S: For unmanned surveillance

Muntra-M: For detecting mines

Muntra-N: For areas where there is nuclear radiation or bio-weapon risk

Women's Cricket World Cup 2017

Host: England and Wales

Dates: 24 June to 23 July 2017

Teams: Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan

Semi-finalists: Australia, England, India and South Africa

Winners and runners-up: England and India

Player of the series: Tammy Beaumont (England)

Most runs: Tammy Beaumont (England)

Most wickets: Dane van Niekirk (S Africa)

Captains: Mithali Raj (India), Heather Knight (England)

Most runs by an Indian: Mithali Raj

Most wickets by an Indian: Deepti Sharma

Venue for 2021 World Cup: New Zealand

Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

PMVVY is a Pension Scheme announced by the Government of India exclusively for the senior citizens available from 4th May, 2017 to 3rd May, 2018; The Scheme can be purchased offline as well as online through Life Insurance Corporation of India

Following are the major benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY):

  1. Scheme provides an assured return of 8% p.a. payable monthly (equivalent to 8.30% p.a. effective) for 10 years.
  2. Pension is payable at the end of each period, during the policy term of 10 years, as per the frequency of monthly/ quarterly/ half-yearly/ yearly as chosen by the pensioner at the time of purchase.
  3. The scheme is exempted from Service Tax/ GST.
  4. On survival of the pensioner to the end of the policy term of 10 years, Purchase price along with final pension installment shall be payable.
  5. Loan upto 75% of Purchase Price shall be allowed after 3 policy years (to meet the liquidity needs). Loan interest shall be recovered from the pension installments and loan to be recovered from claim proceeds.
  6. The scheme also allows for premature exit for the treatment of any critical/ terminal illness of self or spouse. On such premature exit, 98% of the Purchase Price shall be refunded.
  7. On death of the pensioner during the policy term of 10 years, the Purchase Price shall be paid to the beneficiary.

Minimum / Maximum Purchase Price and Pension Amount:

Mode of PensionMinimum Purchase PriceMaximum Purchase PriceMinimum Pension amountMaximum Pension amount
YearlyRs. 1,44,578/-Rs. 7,22,892/-Rs. 12,000/-Rs. 60,000/-
Half-yearlyRs. 1,47,601/-Rs. 7,38,007/-Rs. 6,000/-Rs. 30,000/-
QuarterlyRs. 1,49,068/-Rs. 7,45,342/-Rs. 3,000/-Rs. 15,000/-
MonthlyRs. 1,50,000/-Rs. 7,50,000/-Rs. 1,000/-Rs. 5,000/-

New President of India (14th)

Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Date of Birth: 01 October 1945

Place of Birth: Derapur (U.P.)

Governor of Bihar: From 16 August 2015 to 20 June 2017

To take office on: 25 July 2017

Global Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on July 7 despite opposition from nuclear powers. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favour with one country, NATO member, The Netherlands voting against. Singapore abstained.

None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons viz. the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel, took part in the negotiations or the vote. Even Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945 boycotted the talks as did most NATO countries.

The treaty will be open for signature to all States at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, and enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries.

National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination

National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) was launched by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare recently. The Strategic Plan gives year wise elimination targets in various parts of the country depending upon the endemicity of malaria in the next 5 years. The target year for elimination of malaria is 2027.

The National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) launched in 2016 outlined India’s commitment for eliminating malaria by 2030.

National Biopharma Mission

National Biopharma Mission is the first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in India. The program named Innovate in India (i3) will witness an investment of USD 250 million with USD 125 million as a loan from World Bank and is anticipated to be a game changer for the Indian Biopharmaceutical industry.

India has been an active player in the pharmaceutical industry and has contributed globally towards making life saving drugs and low cost pharmaceutical products accessible and affordable for those in need. Be it the Rotavirus vaccine, heart valve prosthesis or affordable insulin, India has been a forerunner in these and many more. Despite, these advances Indian biopharmaceutical industry is still 10-15 years behind their counterparts in the developed countries and faces stiff competition from China, Korea and others. The lacuna primarily exists due to disconnected centers of excellence, less focus on translational research and staggered funding. There was an immediate need felt to focus on consolidated efforts to promote product discovery, translational research and early stage manufacturing in the country to ensure inclusive innovation.

i3 is committed to addressing these gaps with a Mission to make India a hub for design and development of novel, affordable and effective biopharmaceutical products and solutions. The aim of the Mission is to Enable and nurture an ecosystem for preparing India’s technological and product development capabilities in biopharmaceuticals to a level that will be globally competitive over the next decade, and transform the health standards of India’s population through affordable product development.

The Mission to be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology will bring together expertise from national and international corridors to provide strategic guidance and direction to move promising solutions through the product development value chain. The program thereby stands unique in its approach as it becomes a cradle to innovate, co-create and co-facilitate scientific discoveries and offers young entrepreneurs an avenue to engage with the best in the industry.

UNESCO - World Heritage Sites

The following are the new additions to the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO

Cultural Properties

Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of SviyazhskRussia
Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian JuraGermany
Historic city of YazdIran
Kujataa Greenland: Norse and Inuit Farming at the Edge of the Ice CapDenmark
Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata RegionJapan
Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver-Zinc Mine and its Underground Water Management SystemPoland
The English Lake DistrictUnited Kingdom
Valongo Wharf Archaeological SiteBrazil
Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da MarCroatia, Italy, Montenegro
Historic city of AhmedabadIndia
Asmara, a modernist city of AfricaEritrea
Hebron/Al-Khalil, old townPalestine
Kulangsu, a historic international settlementChina
Mbanza Kongo, Vestiges of the Capital of the former Kingdom of KongoAngola
Temple Zone of Sambor Prei Kuk, Archaeological Site of Ancient IshanapuraCambodia
Khomani Cultural LandscapeSouth Africa

Natural Properties

Landscapes of DaurisMongolia and Russia
Los Alerces National ParkArgentina
Qinghai Hoh XilChina

Books in News

Pranaber Preyosi - Sangeeta Ghosh

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness - Arundhati Roy (featured in Man Booker Prize 2017 long list)

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Current Affairs Questions

1. When is the Chartered Accountants Day observed in India?

  1. July 5
  2. July 1
  3. July 3
  4. July 2

2. What is the official emergency number in the United Kingdom?

  1. 108
  2. 911
  3. 999
  4. 100

3. Which type of flower has been named after the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel?

  1. Chrysanthemum
  2. Marigold
  3. Dahlia
  4. Lotus

4. With which of the following fields was P Chandra Sekharan associated?

  1. Astronomy
  2. Astrology
  3. Photography
  4. Forensic sicence

5. Which country will host the Theatre Olympics in 2018?

  1. New Zealand
  2. Canada
  3. India
  4. China

6. With which of the following States is the Paika rebellion associated?

  1. Odisha
  2. Bihar
  3. Punjab
  4. Maharashtra

7. Where is the Al Aqsa mosque located?

  1. Jerusalem
  2. Istanbul
  3. Baghdad
  4. Mosul

8. Which High Court recently passed an order making it mandatory to sing Vande Mataram in all schools?

  1. Bombay
  2. Allahabad
  3. Madras
  4. Delhi

9. On which day is the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrated across India?

  1. July 23
  2. July 24
  3. July 25
  4. July 26

10. N Dharam Singh who passed away recently was the former Chief Minister of -

  1. Chhattisgarh
  2. Karnataka
  3. Bihar
  4. Himachal Pradesh

11. Evo Morales who recently declared his country's complete independence from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund is the President of -

  1. Bolivia
  2. Paraguay
  3. Chile
  4. Peru

12. Jeff Bezos, who briefly overtook Bill Gates to become the world's richest person is the founder of -

  1. Google
  2. Yahoo
  3. Amazon
  4. Apple