Daily Current Affairs of 29th July 2017
International Current Affairs
- Today (29th July) is International Tiger Day.
- This day is an annual celebration to promote a system for protecting natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness for tiger conservation.
- This day was first observed in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost 50 years.
- The 2017 BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting was recently held at Chongqing (China).
- This meeting comes ahead of 2017 BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen, China in September 2017.
- The BRICS countries have agreed to work together to ensure stable employment and better quality of life for their people.
National Current Affairs
- Maharashtra government today announced that integrated coaching will not be allowed in the state from the next academic year.
- It will be compulsory to attend college lectures and attendance will be marked through bio-metric system.
- Note : Integrated coaching is an arrangement between colleges and coaching centres, in which students don’t need to attend college lectures.
- Maharashtra government also announced plans to make installation of GPS system mandatory in black-and-yellow taxis and autorickshaws.
- The parliament has passed The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 after it was approved by the Rajya Sabha.
- This bill aims at amending the Collection of Statistics Bill, 2008, which facilitates the collection of statistics related to social, economic, demographic, scientific and environmental aspects, by central, state and local governments.
- It also allows the appointment of statistics officers to collect information and contains provisions to ensure security of information.
- Hotels and food outlets, including restaurants, will have to declare the kind of oil or fat used in cooking each of the food items on their menus if a proposal by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is passed.
- FSSAI also wants to make it mandatory for restaurants to buy raw materials only from licensed or registered vendors.
- The Haryana government today banned the use of liquid nitrogen in drinks and food.
- Pakistan‘s ruling party has nominated Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the interim Prime Minister for a period of 45 days after Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from the position on Friday.
- The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) today appointed former Tamil Nadu Ranji team captain Sunil Subramaniam as the Administrative Manager of the Indian Cricket Team.
- Freedom fighter K.E. Mammen (96), who had participated in the Quit India Movement, passed away.
- He was a pacifist and adherent follower of Mahatma Gandhi
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
- Canara Bank, which has set an ambitious target of moving to ‘paperless’ futuristic banking, launched its first ‘Digital Banking Branch’ at Bengaluru.
- Titled ‘CANDI’, the branch will provide an end-to-end digital experience to customers.
- The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has adopted 3 Codex standards for pepper (black, white and green), cumin and thyme.
- It is for first time pepper, cumin and thyme, spices will have such universal standards.
- Important Points to Note :
- The adoption of Codex standards paves the way for universal agreement on identifying quality spices in various countries.
- It also set reference points and benchmarks for member-nations to align their national standards for spices with Codex.
Science & Technology
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed India’s first unmanned tank Muntra, which has three tested and validated remote-controlled variants – Muntra-S, Muntra-M, and Muntra-N.
- While Muntra-S has been developed for unmanned surveillance missions, Muntra-M is built for detecting mines, and Muntra-N will be deployed in areas where nuclear radiation or bio weapon risk is high.
- Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) launched the first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) — Shachi and Shruti at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat.
- These two NOPVs are the first warships to be launched by a private sector shipyard in India.
- Note : These ships are part of a five-ships being constructed for the Indian Navy under the P-21 project.