Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 27′ 2017


  1. Subhash Chandra Garg has been appointed as Indias Alternate Governor

Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India has been appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines with effect from 12th July, 2017. Shri Garg has been appointed in place of Former Secretary, DEA, Shri Shaktikanta Das. 

  1. Uttarakhand records second highest tiger count in India

The count of tigers in Uttarakhand has gone up to 242 with an increase of 63 big cats this year.  Uttarakhand has two tiger reserves – the Corbett Tiger Reserve and the Rajaji Tiger Reserve. 

 The conservation of tigers and added that in terms of area and tiger population ratio, Uttarakhand is the number one state behind Karnataka which has 400 big cats.

  1. Punjab launches ‘Apni Gaddi Apni Rozgar’ scheme

The Punjab government has announced the launch of its flagship ‘Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar’ scheme by flagging off over 100 uberMOTO bikes. Under the scheme the state government will be providing commercial two wheelers and four wheelers to unemployed youth at subsidised rates. 

Though Uber will be able to operate easily with in Punjab, but it may not have a smooth ride with in the Chandigarh Central Region. Since Haryana is charging a high entry tax on commercial passenger vehicle.

  1. Madras HC makes Vande Mataram mandatory in schools, govt and private offices

The Madras High Court has ruled that ‘Vande Mataram’ must be sung schools, educational institutes and government offices.

Justice M V Muralidharan said that schools must be made to follow it at least once a week either on Monday or Friday, whereas, the national song must be sang in offices once a month.

  1. Government has implemented the “Seekho aur Kamao” scheme

Government has implemented the “Seekho aur Kamao” scheme which encourages the youth from minority communities to learn employment skills. The Minority Affairs Ministry has sanctioned over 460 crore rupees to cover more than two lakh seventeen thousand minority youth.

  1. Harshvardhan launches “Sagar Vani” – An Integrated Information Dissemination System 

Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Dr. Harshvardhan launched an app “Sagar Vani” on the occasion of Foundation Day of Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi.

ESSO-Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) under Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) provides ocean information services for the benefit of various user communities in the country.

  1. National Centre for Seismology launches ‘India Quake’ – An App for Earthquake Parameter Dissemination 

Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Dr. Harshvardhan launched an app “India Quake” on the occasion of Foundation Day of Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi. 

National Centre for Seismology (NCS) operates national seismological network with 84 stations. These stations are connected to NCS headquarter through VSAT for real time data communication.

A Mobile App has been developed by the NCS for automatic dissemination of earthquake parameter (location, time and magnitude) after the occurrence of earthquakes. The App will make information dissemination faster with no restrictions on the number of recipients.

  1. Bank of India banks on Project Connect to tackle bad loans 

Bank of India’s new chief has launched Project Connect, an initiative to revive the bank that has suffered huge losses for two consecutive years due to a sharp rise in bad loans. 

It is called Project Connect because the Connect between internal staff and clients is not as strong as it was in olden days. So, many accounts are poached by other banks,” Dinabandhu Mohapatra, MD & CEO of the state-owned bank .

  1. BRICS Youth Forum opens in Beijing

The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum opened to discuss the development of the youth in the countries of the grouping.

Themed ‘Enhance BRICS Partnership, Promote Youth Development’, the three-day forum gathered 50 youth representatives working as civil servants, scholars, entrepreneurs, artists and journalists from the BRICS countries.

Representatives will hold discussions on issues concerning youth policies and entrepreneurship, as well as the roles of BRICS youth in global governance, before formulating an action plan for the forum.

  1. Zimbabwe gives Mugabe power to appoint judges

 Zimbabwe’s parliament has passed a bill amending the constitution to give the president sweeping powers to appoint the country’s top judges without consulting any other institution.

If passed into law, the bill will give Robert Mugabe the sole responsiblity to appoint the chief justice and their deputy.

Under the 2013 constitution, the president could only appoint a chief justice from individuals recommended by the judicial services commission and after public interviews of the candidates.

  1. Microsoft has officially launched ‘Kaizala’ app

To enable businesses to become more productive, Microsoft India has officially launched ‘Kaizala – a ‘made in India’ app that has been designed for large group communications and work management, even for remote locations with 2G optimisation.

Powered by Azure Cloud platform, ‘Kaizala’ would help organisations seamlessly communicate, collaborate and complete tasks and bring together desktop users and mobile-only users who may be within or outside their organisations.

  1. Axis Bank acquires Snapdeal-owned mobile payments provider FreeCharge for Rs. 385 crore

Axis Bank Ltd has announced the acquisition of Snapdeal-owned mobile wallet FreeCharge in a Rs385 crore all-cash deal, strengthening its position in the payments space.

The move gives Axis Bank access to FreeCharge’s 54-million-plus customers, technology, human resources and the branding advantage that comes with an early mover.

  1. Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, passed away

Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, passed away. He was 80.

Mr. Singh was the 17th Chief Minister. He headed the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government from May 2004 to February 2006.

Born on December 25, 1936 at Nelogi village of Jewargi taluk in Kalaburagi district, Mr. Singh represented the Karnataka Legislative Assembly seven times without a defeat and was a member of the Lok Sabha from the Bidar constituency once (2009).



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