Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 15′ 2017


  1. Film Baahubali and ISRO honored at TIMES NOW ICICI Bank NRI of the Year Awards 2017

TIMES NOW and ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets, jointly hosted the fourth edition of ‘TIMES NOW ICICI Bank NRI of the Year Awards powered by Global Indian International School’

  1. Mukesh Kumar Jain appointed MD & CEO of Oriental Bank

Mukesh Kumar Jain was appointed as the managing director and chief executive officer of Oriental Bank of Commerce.

He is at present the executive director in Punjab and Sind Bank.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Jain’s appointment to the post for a period of three years

  1. IIT Madras Distinguished Alumnus, Professor Subra Suresh, named President of NTU Singapore

Professor Subra Suresh, a distinguished alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a native of Chennai, has been chosen as the fourth President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

Prof. Suresh will begin his presidency on 1 January 2018, when the current President Prof. Andersson retires.

  1. Delhi Police to be equipped with ‘super cop belt’

National capital police will be the first state police who will get ‘super cop belt,’ a specially designed belt, widely used by Police in UK, USA, Russia and para-military forces like CRPF, CISF, NSG etc.

Recently, Delhi Police has flouted a tender for 10,000 belts for its officers performing ground duties.

This belt will help cops to keep things like Gun, Mobile Pouch, Security Batten, Wireless Set Pouch & ammunition pouch.

  1. India ranks 116 out of 157 nations on SDG index

India is ranked 116 out of 157 nations on a global index that assesses the performance of countries towards achieving the ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Sweden leads the list, followed by Denmark and Finland. Among the G7 countries, only Germany and France can be found among the top ten performers.

The SDG Index and Dashboards Report produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that world leaders need to strengthen their joint efforts to realise the 17 global goals.

  1. Indian Railways launches first solar-powered DEMU train

In line with the Indian Railways ‘Solar Mission’ to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, Railways launched its first 1600 HP solar-powered DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) train from Safdarjung railway station

The train has six trailer coaches, with 16 solar panels fitted in each of them. The solar panels will power all the electrical appliances inside.

  1. Centre forms panel to enhance cyber-security framework of rural programmes

The central government has formed a panel of experts to suggest how to strengthen the cyber security framework of information technology (IT) support systems operated by the rural development ministry.

The panel, headed by Kiran Karnik, former head of Nassom, the IT sector’s apex association.

The panel also has the chief executive of the National Institute of Smart Governance and cyber security specialists.

  1. President Pranab Mukherjee receives first copy of book on his late wife

President Pranab Mukherjee has received the first copy of a book on his late wife, Suvra Mukherjee.

The book, ‘President’s Lady’ (Pranaber Preyosi), was released by vice president Hamid Ansari during a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on a day that marked the President’s wedding anniversary.

The book has been written by Sangeeta Ghosh.

  1. India contributes additional $1 million to UN partnership fund

India has contributed an additional million dollars to a UN partnership fund launched to support sustainable development projects across the developing world.

The India-UN Development Partnership Fund was set up last month as a partnership between India and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

  1. US House approves bill on defence co-operation with India

The US House of Representatives has passed a $USD 621.5 billion defence policy bill that proposes to advance defence cooperation with India.

An amendment in this regard, moved by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, beginning October 1 this year.

NDAA-2018 was passed by the House 344-81.

  1. July 15, 2017: World Youth Skills Day

On July 15, the world celebrates “Youth Skills Day” as a U.N. international day that was adopted by a resolution of the U.N. General Assembly.

Theme: Skills for the Future of Work

  1. France Celebrates Bastille Day

Bastille Day is a day of celebrations of French culture.

Many large-scale public events are held, including a military parade in Paris, as well as communal meals, dances, parties and fireworks.

The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. Many people in France associated it with the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy in the late 1700s.

  1. Model United Nations Regional Conference underway at Kathmandu

A Model United Nations Regional Conference is being held at Kathmandu. The event is organised by the US Embassy in partnership with the Youth Thinker’s Society.

Youths from 12 South and Central Asian countries including India are participating in 5 day conference.

The basic aim of the MUN is to provide a platform to young minds to channelise energy and resources for a more prosperous and peaceful world.

  1. Gurjar 2nd Indian to win gold at World Para Athletics C’ship

Para-athlete Sundar Singh Gurjar became only the second Indian to win a gold at the World Para Athletics Championships, winning one in javelin at the 2017 edition in London.

Gurjar, whose left hand is amputated, recorded a personal best of 60.36 metres to win in the F46 category. Rio gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia won a gold in 2013.



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