Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 22′ 2017

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  1. Sanjay Kothari appointed Secretary to President-elect Kovind

Sanjay Kothari, Chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board, has been appointed as Secretary to President-elect Ram Nath Kovind.

Senior journalist Ashok Malik has been named as Press Secretary to Kovind, said an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). Senior Gujarat-cadre forest service officer Bharat Lal will be Joint Secretary to Kovind.

Kothari, a 1978-batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, retired in June last year as DoPT secretary. He was in November 2016 appointed as the chief of the government’s head-hunter the PESB.

  1. Adobe names Shanmugh Natarajan as MD of India operation

Adobe Systems Inc. has appointed Shanmugh Natarajan as the managing director (MD) for Adobe Systems in India.

Natarajan, who was formerly the executive director, will continue to lead Adobe operations in India, in addition to his ongoing responsibility as vice president (engineering and digital media) at Adobe

Natarajan joined Adobe in 2008 and has been instrumental in leading product development of award-winning products like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash and Lightroom.

  1. Brenda Hale appointed UK Supreme Court’s first female Prez

Brenda Hale has been appointed as the first female president of the UK supreme court.

Lady Hale is a longstanding champion of diversity in the judiciary. She has previously said the court should be ashamed if it does not improve its record on the issue.

Hale’s appointment was announced alongside that of Jill Black, who, after promotion from the court of appeal, becomes the second female justice in the UK’s highest court.

  1. Ambika Soni to step down as Congress’ General Secretary

Congress general secretary Ambika Soni has resigned as in-charge of the party’s Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh units, citing health reasons.

Soni handed over her resignation to the Congress high command. However, she has said that she wants to continue working as a Congress MP.

MEA Spokesman Baglay appointed as Joint Secretary in PMO

Cabinet appoints former journalist Ashok Malik as Press Secretary to President

  1. Centre, Haryana Govt. ink pact to revive River Saraswati

The Centre and the Government of Haryana joined hands to revive the long lost River Saraswati and provide water to the drought-prone areas of India.

Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Dharmendra Pradhan and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar witnessed the signing of the ‘Memorandum of Agreement’.

  1. Jaitley releases National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

India’s National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP), which aims to reduce cargo release time for exports and imports as part of measures intended to boost trade, has been described by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) as a ‘best practice’ that other nations can adopt.

The WCO has emphasised the fact that as many as 51 of the 76 activities mentioned in the NTFAP “go beyond” the implementation requirements of the World Trade Organisation’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

  1. President of India Inaugurates Bicentenary Celebration of Paika Rebellion of Odisha

The President of India has inaugurated the “Bicentenary celebration of the heroic Paika Rebellion of Odisha, a valiant uprising of Paikas against the British rule” organised by the Ministry of Culture.

He stated that 40 years before the revolt of 1857, which was later termed as 1st War of Indian Independence against British Colonialism, a battle was fought under the leadership of Baxi Jagabandhu of Odisha.

The Paika uprising was in the nature of a rebellion by people of Odisha. It was aimed at upholding the rights of the Odia people and sovereignty of Odisha.

  1. India presents national review report on SDG implementation in UN

India has presented its national review report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the UN, underscoring that as the fastest growing major economy it is “uniquely placed” to deliver on its commitments.

India’s ‘Voluntary National Review Report on Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals’ was presented by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya at the United Nations high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2017.

  1. Russia, Hungary to host swim short-course world champ

Russia and Hungary will host two future editions of the world championships in short-course swimming.

Swimming’s world governing body, FINA, says Kazan will host in 2022 and Budapest in 2024. They beat bids from Hong Kong and Taipei City.

The 25-meter pool championships are staged every two years in December, and include hosting the FINA World Aquatics Convention.

  1. Dalal wins India’s 3rd medal at World Para Athletics

Karamjyoti Dalal extended India’s medal tally to three, at the World Para Athletics Championships 2017 by winning a bronze medal. In women’s F55 category of discus throw event, she managed 19.02m.

Dalal bounced back to form at the Fazaa International IPC International Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai where she bagged a gold.


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