Daily Current Affairs of 2nd July 2017
International Current Affairs
- Today (2nd July) is World Sports Jounalists Day.
- This day was established by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in 1994 to mark the 70th Anniversary of it’s foundation.
- The UK Parliament has scrapped a requirement for male lawmakers to wear ties and jackets in the House of Commons, breaking a long-standing tradition requiring the MPs to wear ties as a part of rules governing conduct and courtesy.
National Current Affairs
- The Union Ministry of Science & Technology has launched National Biopharma Mission, a first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in India.
- Under this mission, the ministry also launched Innovate in India (i3) program to create an enabling ecosystem to promote entrepreneurship and indigenous manufacturing in the sector.
- Uttarakhand today banned begging, making it one of the twenty states and two union territories to have banned the practice.
- Following a High Court order, the state issued the notification that gives the police right to arrest people begging on the streets.
- The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Textiles India 2017 India’s first ever mega textiles trade fair at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
- The 3-day fair will showcase the nation as a global sourcing hub and investment destination for manufacturers world-wide.
- The Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension has launched a new training programme titled Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials.
- Objective of COMMIT : To improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on day-to-day basis.
- Mizoram recently celebrated the 31st anniversary of the signing of the historic Mizo peace accord.
- This Accord was signed by the Mizo National Front (MNF) leader Laldenga, Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalkhama, and Union Home Secretary R D Pradhan.
- The accord ushered in an era of peace after 20 years of violence and disturbance that hampered Mizoram.
- Senior IPS officer R K Pachnanda took charge as the new Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
- Important Points to Note :
- With this, he became the 29th Chief of the ITBP.
- With this appointment Pachnanda became the only IPS officer who has served in all the major central paramilitary forces and agencies – CRPF, CISF, BSF, NDRF, SPG, CBI and now the ITBP.
- Hong Kong’s new leader, Carrie Lam, was sworn in today by Chinese President Xi Jinping in a formal ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the territory to China by Britain.
- Note : With this, she became Hong Kong’s first female chief executive.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
- Mumbai’s ‘Vikrikar Bhavan‘ was today renamed as ‘GST Bhavan‘ after the Goods and Services Tax regime was rolled out last night.
- ‘Vikrikar Bhavan’ is the headquarters of Maharashtra government’s erstwhile Sales Tax department.
- Indian Railways is set to introduce ‘Economy AC coaches‘ in trains which will have fares lower than the existing third AC class.
- The trains with the new proposed three-tier class will be fully air-conditioned, and have the existing AC-3, AC-2 and AC-1 classes also.
MOUs & Agreements
- Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) an arm of the Indian Railways for commercial exploitation of rail land, has inked MoU with National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) for redevelopment of 10 railway stations across the country on global standards.
- The identified stations to be taken up initially by NBCC, a PSU of Urban Development Ministry for redevelopment are Tirupati, Nellore, Puducherry, Sarai Rohilla (Delhi), Madgaon, Lucknow, Gomtinagar, Kota, Thane (New) and Ernakulam.
- The MoU was signed in presence of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain.