Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 07′ 2017

  1. Indian-origin man awarded Australia’s highest civilian award

Guruswamy Jayraman, a 69-year-old Glenwood resident who migrated from Delhi to Australia in 1991, has been awarded Order of Australiafor community work, the highest civilian award in Australia.He works as a senior accountant with Woollahra Municipal Council for a living and has been devoting most of his spare time in community work for the last 25 years.

  1. Indian Ambassador to Peru appointed New York Consul General

India’s Ambassador to Peru Sandeep Chakravorty has been appointed as the head of the Indian consulate in New York. The 1996 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer will replace Riva Ganguly Das as Consul General in one of the busiest Indian diplomatic missions overseas. Chakravorty (47) was India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka, before being appointed as Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia.

  1. Kewal handa appointed Non-executive Chairman of Union bank

Kewal Handa was today appointed as non-executive chairman of Union Bank of India. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Handas appointment as non-official director/non-executive chairman of the bank, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said, without citing any details about him. Handa will hold the post for a period of three years.

  1. Odisha govt signs EOI with IAAF & AFI to establish High-Performance Academy

The Odisha government today signed an Expression of Intent (EOI) with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to establish a High Performance Academy in Bhubaneswar. The EOI was signed by Sports Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev and AFI president Adille Sumariwala and IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

  1. 7 July 2017: Global Forgiveness Day

Global Forgiveness Day is observed on July 07, 2017. It is a day to forgive, and a day to be forgiven! It was created in 1994 by the Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors. Forgiveness is the renunciation or cessation of resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offence, disagreement, or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution.

  1. India declares itself free from Bird Flu

India has declared itself free from Bird Flu (highly pathogenic Avian Influenza – H5N1 and H5N8) and notified it to the World Organisation for Animal Health.  The move will help it resume export of poultry products to the countries which had banned trade in such items early this year.

India had reported outbreaks of Avian Influenza at various epicentres in Delhi, Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), Rajpura (Punjab), Hissar (Haryana), Bellary (Karnataka), Allappuzha and Kottayam (Kerala), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Daman (Daman) and Khordha and Angul in Odisha during October 2016 to February 2017.

  1. Indus OS, Yes Bank to Launch OS-Integrated UPI Payment Platform

Domestic android-based mobile operating system Indus OS on Wednesday announced a partnership with Yes Bank to launch an OS-integrated UPI payment platform. Indian consumers will be able to use this platform through SMS, dialler interface and third party apps.

Indus OS is further working to link the platform with Aadhaar-authenticated OS to enhance the security of the framework. Integrating UPI into the mobile OS will help in creating multiple use cases for payments and spur the adoption of UPI in our country

  1. Siemens opens its first digital factory in India

Siemens has opened its first digital factory in India, also the third globally after one each in Germany and China, as the industrial conglomerate pitches smart facilities to small and medium scale enterprises in the country.  The German company hopes to use Mumbai’s digital factory as a showcase to sella range of plant automation equipment and software to Indian manufacturing units.

It aims to provide a comprehensive portfolio of hard ware and software products which enable comprehensive integration of data from development, production, and suppliers. The factory is situated on the out skirts of Mumbai is capable of producing more than 180 variants of low-voltage switchgear at the rate of one product every nine seconds.

  1. EPFO ties up with 5 banks to collect PF dues

Retirement fund body EPFO has inked pacts with five banks for collections of provident dues and to make retirement payments.  The tie-ups with Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank will help EPFO save around Rs 125 crore a year and expedite its investments as well as payment of benefits to its members.

Employers having bank account with these banks can now deposit PF dues directly in EPFO’s account using internet banking in real time basis instead of going through the aggregator mode.

  1. Trilateral Malabar exercise to kick off on july 10

The Malabar naval exercise involving Indian, American and Japanese navies will kick start on July 10 in the Bay of Bengal, amid China’s growing military assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea. A sizeable number of aircraft, naval ships and nuclear submarines of the navies of the three countries will be part of the annual exercise, considered a major war game in the region.

  1. India rise to 96th in FIFA rankings, second highest ever

As per the latest FIFA rankings updated on Thursday, India climbed four places to sit on the 96th position, the second highest ranking for the country ever. The FIFA World Rankings ranks the men’s national teams in association football. The rankings were first introduced in 1992. At present, Germany leads the ranking.Germany is followed by Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, and Switzerland in the rankings.

  1. Manpreet kaur, Govindan laxmanan win Gold in ASIAN athletics championships

India’s Manpreet Kaur claimed the gold medal in the women’s shot put, while defending champion Vikas Gowda failed to retain his title in the men’s discus throw event on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships at the Kalinga Stadium.  Manpreet, who won gold with a throw of 18.28 metres, will now focus on the IAAF World Championships in London next month.

She had booked her ticket for the Worlds in April, during the Asian Grand Prixin China, with a throw of 18.86m. Govindan Laxman in the men’s 5,000 meters and also won Gold Medal.


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