Daily Current Affairs – July 16 2018

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Daily Current Affairs – July 16 2018

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IMPORTANT DAYS

July 16 – World Snake day

  • Removing people’s fears and illusions about snakes is one of the aims of World Snake Day observed across the world on July 16.

NATIONAL

New Delhi

90th Foundation day of Indian Council of Agricultural Research

  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh congratulated scientists and officials of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) along with farmers from across India on ICAR’s 90th Foundation day and award ceremony function in New Delhi.

All the child care institutions should be registered and linked to CARA

  • The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has directed state governments to ensure that all the child care institutions should be registered and linked to Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) within the next one month.

Maharashtra

Inauguration of the MAHAGENCO Pipe Conveyor System

  • The Union Minister of Railways, Finance, Corporate Affairs and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal inaugurated the MAHAGENCO Pipe Conveyor System for coal transportation from cluster of mines of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL).

INTERNATIONAL

Iceland Fills US-Vacated Seat on UN Human Rights Council      

  • Members of the United Nations have unanimously elected Iceland to take a seat on the world body’s 47-member Human Rights Council.

India opens its largest visa centre in Bangladesh

  • India inaugurated its largest visa centre in the world in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to reduce the waiting time for applicants.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

PhonePe buys Zopper Retail

  • Flipkart-owned digital payments start-up PhonePe has acquired Zopper Retail, a hyper local point-of-sale platform for small and medium businesses.

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

New India Conclave

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Y4D New India Conclave in New Delhi.

Conference of Heads of AYUSH National Institutes

  • All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) under Ministry of AYUSH is organizing two days Conference of Heads of AYUSH National Institutes on 17th and 18th July 2018 at India International Centre, New Delhi.

8th India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting in Muscat

  • The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, today co-chaired 8th session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting (JCM).

SCHEMES

Sagarmala initiative

  • The Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS), a well-funded startup in skill development for maritime and shipbuilding sector has announced that its hi tech labs at Visakhapatnam are ready for starting orientation programmes for trainees.

‘I am not afraid of English’ programme

  • Haryana launches ‘I am not afraid of English’ programme for primary school students. The initiative aims at capacity building of teachers to enable them help students to read, write and speak in English right from class 1.

India BPO Promotion Scheme

  • Under the Centre’s India BPO Promotion Scheme Information Technology major Wipro is expected to start its BPO operations in Mysuru soon.

MOU, AGREEMENTS & CABINET APPROVALS

MoU with Mahametro for MRTS in Nagpur

  • Indian Railways signed MoU with Mahametro for introducing Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) in Nagpur.

DEFENCE

Successful Test Firing of Brahmos to Validate Service Life Extension

  • BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore, Odisha.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Nigerian Navy visiting India

  • Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, Chief of the Naval Staff, Nigerian Navy is visiting India from 16 to 19 July 2018 along with a four member Nigerian Navy delegation.

APP & WEBPORTAL

CIC App

  • The Central Information Commission (CIC) has launched a newly updated version of CIC bilingual Mobile app.

SPORTS

France win 2018 FIFA World Cup

  • France beat Croatia 4-2 in the Fifa World Cup 2018 finals and lifts its second world cup after 20 years.

Sahaj Grover retains SA Open title

  • Defending champion Sahaj Grover retained the South Africa Open chess title.

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