Latest Current Affairs of July 2016

The Indian model and actor who has become the first Asian to win the Mr World title in a pageant by the Miss World organisation in Southport, UKRohit Khandelwal
The High Court at which India's first e-court (paperless court) or formally known as Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) project has been openedHyderabad High Court
The place in Uttar Pradesh at which the Union Cabinet has given its approval for establishment of new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)Gorakhpur
The former Indian hockey player, (Arjuna award - 1981 and Padma Shri - 1986) who passed away on 20 July 2016Mohammed Shahid
The squash player who has won the 73rd National Squash Championship men's title defeating Harinderpal Singh Sandhu in the finalsSaurav Ghosal
The squash player who has won the 73rd National Squash Championship women's title defeating Joshna Chinappa in the finalsDipika Pallikal
The Indian boxer who has become the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion defeating Australian Kerry Hope at Thyagraj Sports complex in New DelhiVijender Singh
The new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh who has succeeded Nabam Tuki becoming currently the youngest Chief Minister in the countryPema Khandu
The state which has become the first in the country to set up a Happiness Department to ensure happiness in the lives of common peopleMadhya Pradesh
The captain of Pakistan's cricket team who has become has become the oldest captain to score a century surpassing Sri Lankan captain Somachandra de Silva's record of 1984Misbah-ul-Haq
The committee appointed by the Central Govt to tackle the shortage of pulses in India (to suggest ways to control the rising prices of pulses and hike in their MSP) is headed byArvind Subramanian
The exercise conducted by Mathura based 1 Corps to seamlessly effect crossings on river obstacle on the banks of Yamuna was code namedMegh Prahar
The Indian Navy's sailboat which returned to its home port after successful completion of voyage to Mauritius by India’s first all-women crewINS Mhadei
The new Prime Minister of United Kingdom who has taken over from David Cameron who resigned following the European Union membership referendum of 2016 Theresa May
The operation launched by the Indian Air Force to airlift 600 Indians in 2 C-17 Globemaster aircraft from war-torn South Sudan is named Operation Sankat Mochan
The Marine Commandos (MARCOS) base commissioned by Admiral Sunil Lanba at Visakhapatnam is namedINS Karna
The Gujarati writer, poet and critic who has been conferred the 51st Jnanpith Award by the President Shri Pranab MukherjeeRaghuveer Chaudhari
The nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu at which the second reactor with a capacity of 1000 MWe attained criticalityKudankulam
The state which has announced a 14.5 per cent tax on pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and tacos sold through branded outletsKerala
The first woman captain in the Indian Merchant Navy and master of oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya who has been chosen to be awarded the 2016 International Maritime Organization Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for her role in the rescue of seven fishermen in the Bay of BengalCaptain Radhika Menon
The South African writer, filmmaker and photographer who has been awarded the prestigious Caine Prize 2016 for his short story Memories We LostLidudumalingani Mqombothi
The eminent writer and author of books The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke etc. who has been chosen to be the Writer In-Residence from July 10 to 14 at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New DelhiAmitav Ghosh
The Indian gymnast who has been named a 'World Class Gymnast' by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) becoming the first Indian gymnast to receive the awardDipa Karmakar
The place in New Delhi where the world's largest Charkha (9 ft wide, 17 ft tall and 30 ft long) was inaugurated Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSMETerminal 3 of IGI Airport
The NASA spacecraft launched on August 5, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station which has entered the orbit of planet JupiterJuno
The Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer who passed away on 04 July 2016Abbas Kiarostami
The city in which India's first commercial dispute resolution centre and commercial court was inaugurated by Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman SinghRaipur
The social media banking platform launched by State Bank of India for Facebook and Twitter users to enable them to access a host of banking services on their Facebook or Twitter at their own convenience is namedSBI Mingle
The Indian badminton pair which has won the Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton Men's Doubles title defeating Adrian Liu and Toby Ng of Canada in the finals at Calgary (Canada)Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy
The Indian badminton player who has won the Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton Men's Singles title defeating Lee Hyun II of Korea in the finals at Calgary (Canada)B Sai Praneeth
India's first Integrated Defence Communication Network launched by the Central Govt to enable the army, air force, navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process has been developed byHCL Infosystems
The biennal international maritime exercise comprised of nations with an interest in the Pacific Rim region being conducted from the Hawaiian Islands and Pearl Harbour in the Pacific Ocean is namedRIMPAC 2016
The American writer and futurist and well-known author of best seller Future Shock who passed away on 27 June 2016Alvin Toffler
The squadron into which the indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has been inducted in the Indian Air Force has been namedFlying Daggers (45 Squadron)
The teacher education portal launched by the Union Govet with a vision to strengthen District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) and bring quality teachers into the Indian school education system is namedParishikshak

Important Days of July

World Population Day: 11 July 2016

Established by : United Nations Development Programme

Theme: Investing in Teenage Girls

First Observed in: 1989

World Youth Skills Day: 15 July 2016

Established by : UNESCO

Theme: Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment

First Observed in: 2015


Revised Dates under Income Declaration Scheme

(i) a minimum amount of 25% of the tax, surcharge and penalty to be paid by 30.11.2016; (ii) a further amount of 25% of the tax, surcharge and penalty to be paid by 31.3.2017; and (iii) the balance amount to be paid on or before 30.9.2017.

30.11.2016: A minimum amount of 25% of tax, surcharge and penalty to be paid

31.03.2017: A further amount of 25% of tax, surcharge and penalty to be paid

30.09.2017: Balance amount to be paid


TRI-NETRA

Ministry of Railways, Railway Board has initiated a proposal to install TRI-NETRA systems on locomotives for enhancing the vision of Locomotive Pilots in inclement weather.

TRI-NETRA stands for - Terrain imaging for diesel dRivers INfra-red, Enhanced opTical & Radar Assisted system.

TRI-NETRA system shall be made up of high-resolution optical video camera, high sensitivity infra-red video camera and additionally a radar-based terrain mapping system. These three components of the system shall act as three eyes (Tri-Netra) of the Locomotive Pilot.

TRI-NETRA is designed to see the terrain ahead of the running locomotive during inclement weather by combining the images captured by the three sub-systems and to create a composite video image which shall be displayed in front of the Loco Pilot on a computer monitor.


Recognition of Indigenous breeds by NBAGR

The ICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal recently recognised nine new breeds of livestock and poultry. The following is the list

AnimalBreedHome tract
CattleBadriUttarakhand
GoatTeressaAndaman and Nicobar Is.
GoatKodi AduTamil Nadu
SheepChevaaduTamil Nadu
SheepKendrapadaOdisha
PigTenyi VoNagaland
PigNicobariA & N Is.
PigDoomAssam
ChickenKaunayenManipur

UNESCO World Heritage Sites - New Inscriptions

The UNESCO recently included 21 sites in its World Heritage Site list of which 12 are cultural sites, 6 are natural sites and 3 are mixed sites.

Of the 21 sites 3 sites are in India.

Nalanda Mahavihara, Bihar

It comprises the archaeological remains of a monastic and scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE. It includes stupas, shrines, viharas (residential and educational buildings) and important art works in stucco, stone and metal.

Architectural Work of Le Corbusier

The architectural works of well-known architech Le Corbusier in Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan and Switzerland

The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier has been included in World Heritage Site list.

Khangchendzonga National Park

Located in Sikkim the park includes a unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga.


SWAYAM Prabha-Educational Contents through DTH

The Union Government has approved a project to launch the ‘SWAYAM Prabha’-a project for operationalising 32 Direct to Home (DTH) Television Channels for providing high quality educational content to all teachers, students and citizens across the country interested in lifelong learning. There will be new content of four hours every day, which would be telecast six times a day allowing the student to choose the time of his/her convenience.

The main features of SWAYAM Prabha would be as under:-

  1. Curriculum based course contents covering diverse disciplines such as arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities subjects, engineering, technology, law, medicine, agriculture etc.
  2. Covers all level of education: School education, undergraduate, postgraduate, engineering, out of school children, vocational courses and teacher training.

The 32 channels are proposed to be launched before September 2016. Initially the programmes will be in English but with the passage of time the programmes will be launched in regional languages also.


Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)

Launched by: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India

Fortnight: July 11 to July 23

Highlights of the programme

  1. ASHA workers to visit all households with children below five years of age for pre-positioning the ORS and explaining its benefits.
  2. All health facilities to have ORS corners which shall continuously demonstrate the way to prepare the ORS mixture. These corners will also administer ORS and Zinc to children who are in need of these during diarrhoea.
  3. The combination of ORS and Zinc has been found to be the most cost-effective intervention to prevent deaths due to diarrhea and has been recognised as one of the best practices globally.
  4. There are about 10 crore children below five years of age across the country. The target is to cover all the under-5 children.
  5. 23 national monitors to assess the efficacy of the activities.

UEFA EURO 2016

Venue : France

Mascot : Super Victor (a child superhero in French kit)

Opening song : "This One's for You" by David Guetta

Closing song : "Free Your Mind" by Maya Lavelle

Winners : Portugal

Runners up : France

Winner of the Player of the Tournament and the Golden Boot Award: Antoine Griezmann (France)

Silver Boot Award : Christiano Ronaldo (Portugal)


Wimbledon 2016

TitleWinnerRunner-up
Gentlemen's SinglesAndy Murray (U.K.)Milas Raonic (Canada)
Ladies' SinglesSerena Williams* (U.S.A.)Angelique Kerber (Germany)
Gentlemen's DoublesPierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (France)Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasseli (France)
Ladies' DoublesSerena Williams and Venus Williams (U.S.A.)Timea Babos (Hungary) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
Mixed DoublesHenri Kontinen (Finland) and Heather Watson (U.K.)Robert Farah (Columbia) and Anna-Lena Gronefeld (Germany)

*Serena Williams won her 22nd Grand Slam title equalling Steffi Graf's record


Networked Readiness Index 2016

Released by: World Economic Forum as a part of Global Information Technology Report 2016

No of countries: 139

The Networked Readiness Index represents a key tool in assessing countries' preparedness to reap the benefits of emerging technologies and capitalize on the opportunities presented by the digital transformation and beyond.

#Country
1.Singapore
2.Finland
3.Sweden
4.Norway
5.United States
59.China
63.Sri Lanka
87.Bhutan
91.India
110.Pakistan
112.Bangladesh

Logistic Performance Index 2016

Released by: World Bank

No of countries: 160

The Logistics Performance Index is an interactive benchmarking tool created to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their performance on trade logistics and what they can do to improve their performance.

#CountryScore
1.Germany4.23
2.Luxembourg4.22
3.Sweden4.20
4.Netherlands4.19
5.Singapore4.14
27.China3.66
35.India3.42
68.Pakistan2.92
87.Bangladesh2.66

Books in News

Who moved my interest rate by Duvvuri Subba Rao (former RBI Governor)

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh



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Current Affairs Questions

1. Which country observes its Independence Day on 04 July?

  1. Canada
  2. U.S.A.
  3. France
  4. Sri Lanka

2. Which of the following gives Bidhan Chandra Roy awards?

  1. Medical Council of India
  2. West Bengal
  3. Union Ministry of Health
  4. Indian Council of Medical Research

3. Rodrigo Duterte recently took over as the President of which of the following countries?

  1. Philippines
  2. Indonesia
  3. Malaysia
  4. Vietnam

4. Recently, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled that China's claims of historical rights over South China Sea (SCS) has no legal basis. Which country had initiated the case against China?

  1. Japan
  2. Indonesia
  3. Philippines
  4. Vietnam

5. Rajendra Agricultural University has been renamed Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University. In which state is the university located?

  1. Delhi
  2. Maharashtra
  3. Jharkhand
  4. Bihar

6. Which city of France witnessed a terror strike in which at least 84 people were killed by an attacker driving a lorry through a crowd?

  1. Paris
  2. Lyon
  3. Nice
  4. Nantes

7. Which company is the developer of the recently popular game Pokemon Go?

  1. Game Freak
  2. Niantic
  3. Maxis
  4. Rovio