Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 02 and 03′ 2017


  1. Writer preeti shenoy bags Indian of the year award

One of India’s top five highest selling women authors,Preeti Shenoy was honoured with the Indian of the Year award by the Brands Academy. Shenoy’s famous books include “It’s All In The Planets”, “Why We Love The Way We Do”, “It Happens For A Reason”, “The OneYou Cannot Have” and “34 Bubblegums And Candies” among others.

Other winners of the “Indian of the Year 2017” Award are Deepa Malik (Paralympics Gold Winner), Kavita Krishnamurty (Singer) and Ranveer Brar (Celebrity Chef and TV Host).

  1. Serbia lawmakers elect first woman Prime Minister Ana Brnabic

The Serbian parliament voted in Ana Brnabic, an openly gay woman,  as the country’s prime minister in a landmark move for the patriarchal conservative country and the entire Balkans region. The 41-year old Brnabic and her cabinet were backed by 157 MPs in the 250-seat parliament after being proposed by President Aleksandar Vucic.

Brnabic becomes Serbia’s first female prime minister and the first openly gay premier in the Balkans, where homophobia remains widespread. Serbia is home to about seven million people, most of them Orthodox Christians.

  1. Achal kumar jyoti is India’s new chief election commissioner, will take charge on july 6

Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti appointed as Chief Election Commissioner. AchalKumar Jyoti will take charge of the office on July 6.

Achal Kumar Jyoti replaces Nasim Zaidi, who retires on July 6th.64-year-old Jyoti was former Chief Secretary of Gujarat. Jyoti will have tenure of one year, when he will turn 65.

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia. Serbian dinar is the currency of Serbia.

  1. Shri R K Pachnanda takes charge as director general, ITBP

Shri R K Pachnanda, IPS takes charge as the new Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Shri Krishna Chaudhary, DG who retired on superannuation, handedover the customary baton to Shri Pachnanda in a function held at the Force HQ at CGO Complex. Shri Pachnanda is the 29th Chief of the ITBP.

He also served in all the major central paramilitary forces and agencies namely CRPF, CISF, BSF, NDRF, SPG, CBI and now the ITBP.

  1. Rajeev Pratap Rudy & Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid foundation stone of country’s biggest Global Skill Park

Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajeev Pratap Rudy and MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has laid the foundation stone of the country’s biggest Global Skill Park in Bhopal.

The 37-acre land has been allotted in Narela Shankari area of Bhopal for the Global Skill Park. The park will be constructed at a cost of 645 crore rupees. Training will be imparted to 1000 students every year by trainers of international standard. The park will function on the spirit of ‘With Industry -For Industry’.

  1. PM Releases Photo Book Titled “President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman”

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a photo book titled “President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman”, at an event in Rashtrapati Bhawan. He presented the first copy of the book to the President.

The book is a comprehensive photographic record of India’s 13th president. It covers Mukherjee’s presidency and documents his various roles, the statement said. Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Prakash Javadekar and Vijay Goel besides BJP veteran L K Advani were also present on the occasion.

  1. GST Council cuts tax rate on fertiliser to 5 % from 12 %

Fertiliser stocks such as Shiva Global Agro Industries, Khaitan Chemicals & Fertilizers, National Fertilizers and Gujarat State Fertilizers rallied up to 18% after the Goods and Services Tax Council lowered the rate on fertiliser from 12% to 5% and on tractor parts from 28% to 18%. The decision was taken on the eve of the mega launch of GST.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who heads the GST Council comprising representatives of states, said the decision to reduce the tax rate on fertiliser was taken because of apprehensions that price of the crop nutrient may go up.

  1. IGNOU has announced exemption of fees for its transgender students

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has announced exemption of fees for its transgender students of all programmes. Vice Chancellor Ravindra Kumar announced the initiative during the 22nd Prof G Ram Reddy Lecture.

The university holds the lecture on July 2 every year in the memory of the founding Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. G Ram Reddy. It invites eminent educationists and scholars to deliver lecture on higher education, especially in the open and distance learning domain.

  1. Madhya Pradesh sets record with plantation of 6 cr saplings in day

Madhya Pradesh sets new Guinness World Record by planting over six crore saplingsin 24 districts ofNarmadabasin in just 12 hours. Madhya Pradesh Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the plantation drive at Amarkantak of Anooppur district. Previously, Uttar Pradesh holds the record of planting five crore saplings in 24-hours.

  1. Telangana to have separate agriculture budget from next year

Telengana will have a separate budget for Agriculture from next year. This was decided after Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao met the Ministers and officials on Agriculture in Hyderabad yesterday. He said it has also been decided to enhance fund for agriculture sector.

Mr. Rao said the State will provide training of modern and scientific methods of farming to increase the farm output. He urged the farmers associations at various levels to organize cultivators.

  1. Biggest global skill park of India to be developed in Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan lays foundation of the India’s biggest Global Skill Park to be developed in Bhopal. This Park will be developed around 37 acresfor Rs. 645 crore. 1000 students will be imparted training every year in the park.

The trainers will be world-class. Trained students will be given placement in India as well as outside India at international level. The theme is – ‘With Industry, For Industry’.

  1. Mumbai’s ‘Vikrikar Bhavan’ renamed as ‘GST bhavan’

Vikrikar Bhavan’ the headquarters of Maharashtra government’s erst while Sales Tax department, was renamed as “GST Bhavan” as the new tax regime rolled out.

Maharashtra’s finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and minister of state for Finance Deepak Kesarkar attended the ceremony at the Bhavan, located in south Mumbai’s Mazgaon area.

  1. FINO becomes payments bank

FINO Payments Bank has commenced operations as a payments bank with effect from 30th June 2017 according to the Reserve Bank of India. FINO PayTech Ltd, Mumbai, was one of the 11 applicants which were issued in-principle approval for setting up a payments bank.

Besides FINO, the other applicants which have launched payment bank operations are Airtel M Commerce Services, Department of Posts and Paytm Payments Bank. Fino Paytech was founded on 13th July 2006 is headquartered at Mumbai.

  1. RBI report sees India’s economic growth rate at 7.3% in 2017-18

The Reserve Bank stated the ongoing accelerated reform initiatives like Goods and Sevice Tax and continuing political stability will push the economic growth scale to 7.3 per cent in terms of Gross Value Added -GVA in the current fiscal year (2017-18).

The Financial Stability Report 2017 released, going forward, reforms in FDI and real estate sector, implementation of GST, and revival in external demand are likely to contribute to a better growth outlook. According to the RBI report, GVA growth is expected to be higher at 7.3 per cent in 2017-18.

  1. NMCE, ICEX to merge creating Third Biggest commodity exchange

The National Multi-Commodity Exchange (NMCE) has decided to merge with the Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX), creating the third-largest commodity exchange in the country.

The merger — discussions for which had been going on for the past few months — was jointly announced on Monday by the two exchanges after the proposal was approved by the boards of both exchanges.

  1. India successfully test-fires short-range surface-to-air missile QR-SAM

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) added another feather to its cap, successfully test-firing the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from ITR Chandipur, off the Odisha Coast.

According to a statement issued by the DRDO, the technologies and subsystems incorporated in the missile met all the mission requirements. All the radars, Electro Optical Systems, Telemetry Systems and other stations have tracked the Missile and monitored all the Parameters.

  1. Iran to sign new IPC gas deal with total for south pars

Iran plans to sign a new contract to developits giant South Pars gas field with France’s Total and China’s CNPC. he first major Western energy investment since sanctions against Tehran were lifted, an Iranian oil ministry.

Iran, the third largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), plans to sign a new contract to develop its giant South Parsgas field with France’s oil firm named “Total” and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

  1. Indian shuttlers win singles, doubles titles in Ivory Coast International tournament

Ritika Thaker beat Simran Singhi in an all-Indian women’s singles final before the duo combined together to win the doubles title in the Ivory Coast International badminton tournament at Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Currency of this country is West African CFA franc.

Ritika and Simran paired together to beat the Nigerian duo of Zainab Momoh and Peace Orji 21-11, 21-14 in the women’s doubles final.

  1. Germany wins Maiden Confederations Cup

Chile had conceded just one goal in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and tournament before the final. That was against Germany and Lars Stindl was the goalscorer. The scoreline at the end of that match was 1-1.

They then conceded in the final of the tournament and that was against the same opposition and the goal scorer had the same name on the back of his shirt. Only this time,the scoreline read 1-0 in favour of Germany.

  1. Jehan Daruvala becomes 1st Indian to win FIA Formula 3 European Championship race

Jehan Daruvala became the first Indian driver to win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, claiming victory in Race 3 at the Nuremberg circuit.

The 18-year-old Mumbai driver’s success at this junior level, assessed for the potential to go on to higher echelons, comes 18 years after Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first Formula 1 driver, won in the British F3 Championship.

  1. Veteran Journalist Ravinder Randev passes away

Veteran journalist Ravinder Randev (82) passed away following a massive cardiac arrest. After serving in the Himachal Pradesh Education department for more than a decade, Randev joined the Vir Pratap daily newspaper as a staff reporter in 1972.

During his career as a journalist spanning over 45 years, he worked for the Dainik Tribune, The Indian Express, Uttam Hindu, Pioneer and National Herald. He was also associated with the PTI for the last 20 years.




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