Daily Current Affairs of 26th July 2017
International Current Affairs
- The US House of Representatives today voted 419-3 to approve new sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential elections, despite President Donald Trump objecting to the legislation.
- The bill would also levy new sanctions against North Korea and Iran over the nations’ ballistic missile programs.
- To cut down the distance to the China border through Tawang by 10 km, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is going to construct 2 tunnels through Arunachal Pradesh’s Sela Pass.
- National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is going to visit China tomorrow to attend BRICS meeting in Beijing.
- Nation pays tribute to martyrs on 18th Kargil Victory Day (Kargil Vijay Diwas) today.
- Kargil Vijay Diwas is named after the success of Operation Vijay.
- This day is is celebrated on 26 July every year in honour of the Kargil War’s Heroes.
- On this day, 26 July 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders.
- The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days, ended on 26 July 1999.
- Kargil was India’s first televised war that enabled people across the country to see what was happening on the battlefield.
- Defence Minister, 3 service chiefs pay tribute to Kargil heroes at Amar Jawan Jyoti.
- Defense Minister : Arun Jaitley
- Chief of the Air Staff : Birender Singh Dhanoa
- Chief of the Army Staff : Bipin Rawat
- Chief of the Naval Staff : Sunil Lanba
- In a recent order, the Bombay Court held that a working woman who is “capable of maintaining and sustaining herself” should not be entitled to get maintenance from her estranged husband.
- Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today announced that they will soon give approval for the 20 world-class research and teaching institutions that will be called ‘Indian institutes of eminence‘.
- 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.
- Minister of Minority Affairs : Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
- In a bid to prevent harassment of women, the government has decided to make registration of marriages compulsory.
Science & Technology
- Adobe today announced that it will stop updating and distributing Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020.
- Flash technology was once one of the most widely used ways to watch videos and play games online.
- In recent years, browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari have been deprecating Flash in favour of its alternative HTML5.
- Former Chief Marketing Officer of furniture e-tailer Urban Ladder Sanjay Gupta has joined Uber as its Head of Marketing in India.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
- Private sector lender Axis Bank has reached an agreement to buy digital payments platform FreeCharge for ₹350-400 crore in cash from Snapdeal.
- Axis Bank and FreeCharge are likely to announce the deal this week.
- The board of online marketplace Snapdeal has accepted bigger rival Flipkart‘s revised takeover offer of $900-950 million.
- Flipkart’s offer is said to include Snapdeal’s marketplace business and Unicommerce, but not Snapdeal-owned app FreeCharge and logistics arm Vulcan Express.
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had stopped printing the ₹2,000 currency notesabout five months ago and has started printing the smaller denomination ₹200 notes.
- Around a billion new ₹200 notes will be in circulation next month.
- The Competition Commission of India today approved the merger of Vodafone India and Aditya Birla Group’s Idea Cellular.
- The $23 billion transaction will create India’s largest telecom company with a 35% customer and 41% revenue market share.
People in News
- Amid the prevailing tension in the Bihar Grand Alliance, state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post on Wednesday.
Books & Authors
- A book titled “Mandela’s Last Years” is in news due to controversies.
- This book has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his widow.
- The book revealed several undignified episodes at the end of Mandela’s life as well as family quarrels over his care and legacy.
- The book was written by : Vejay Ramlakan
- Published by : Penguin Random House
- Published on : 18th July 2017 (Mandela Day)
Sports Current Affairs
- India is going to host the Men’s World Boxing Championship for the first time in 2021 and the Women’s World Championship in 2018.
- Important Note : India has never hosted the men’s championship but played host to the 2006 women’s event.
- India will host its 1st WTA tournament in five years when the city of Mumbai stages the ₹80 lakh ($125,000) Mumbai Open in November.
- Important Note : Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association had recently bagged the hosting rights of Chennai Open which is India’s only ATP World Tour event, and re-branded it as “Maharashtra Open”, to be held in Pune.