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CURRENT AFFAIRS 30 JULY 2017

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Food banned in Haryana with mixture of liquid Nitrogen:
Haryana government has prohibited mixing of liquid nitrogen with any drink or food article announced on 29th of July 2017.
Important Points:
1. Liquid nitrogen is used at bars to quickly chill glasses, freeze ingredients or provide a smoky effect to drinks.
2. According to expert medical opinion, any drink or food article whose preparation involves mixing of liquid nitrogen is detrimental for humans, and  Liquid nitrogen could be extremely damaging to body tissue, causing frostbite and cryogenic burning on contact.


Maharashtra’s women commission sign a MoU with UNDP
Maharashtra’s women commission will sign MoU with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Important points:
1. It has been signed for rescue and rehabilitation of women who are victims of sex trafficking, acid attack and domestic violence.
Chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) is VijayaRahatkar

Delhi Metro first to become Completly ‘green’
Delhi Metro is the first Metro system to become completely green in the world announced on 28th of July 2017.
Some Facts:
1. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had earlier received the green certificates for its Phase-3 stations, depots, and sub-stations.
2. Delhi Metro has also secured the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms for its 10 residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
3. The DMRC also mentioned ‘Swachh Chetna – An Eco Club’, a joint initiative of the DMRC and Shri Ram School, Gurugram.

 DMRC:
♦ Chief executive: Mangu Singh,
♦ Headquarters: Metro Bhawan, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi.
♦ DMRC began operation on 24th Dec 2002

Punjab signs MoU with Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics(FIND)
The Punjab government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with theFoundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) on 28th of July 2017. The MoU was signed on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day.
 Important Points:
1. It is a global diagnostic firmto help the state diagnose and treat Hepatitis C patients.
2. The firm would provide rapid test kits for screening of high-risk patients, for disease like HIV, IVDU (Intravenous Drug Users).
3. The medicines for Hepatitis C, are being provided free of cost to Hepatitis C patients at state hospitals which have a market price of Rs 35,000-50,000 for full treatment.
4. According to estimates, there are around 6 lakh Hepatitis C patients in the state.
History of  Punjab:
♦ Gobindgarh Fort: Built in 1760s by the Bhangi Misi Rulers, Gobindgarh Fort or Gujar Singh Fort is a historic military fortress in the centre of the city of Amritsar.
♦  Rambagh Palace: Mainly known for its exclusive flower garden and a centrally located double storeyed building, Ram Bagh Garden is an important member of heritage travel destinations of Punjab.
♦ Sheesh Mahal: Built by Maharaja Narinder Singh in 1847, Sheesh Mahal is an awe-strikingly beautiful royal residence that tells about the princely stature of Punjab kings.
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) :
♦  Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
♦ Founded: 2003


INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

 BRICS National Security Advisors (NSAs) meeting held in China
BRICS National Security Advisors (NSAs) meeting was held on 27th and 28thJuly 2017, in Beijing, China.
1. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval represented India at this meeting.
2. This meeting is a major platform for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) countries to discuss and conduct cooperation in politics and security fields.
3. Discussions were held on topics including global governance, anti-terrorism, internet security and energy security, as well as major international and regional hotspot issues.


Sri Lanka, China sign $1.5 billion Hambantota port deal
On July 29, 2017, Sri Lanka’s government signed an agreement to sell a 70% stake in a $1.5 billion Hambantota port to China in a bid to recover from the heavy burden of repaying a Chinese loan obtained to build the facility.
Details about $1.5 billion Hambantota port deal between Sri Lanka and China:
1. The deal document was signed between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China Merchants Port Holding Co. in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2. According to the agreement, the Chinese company will invest $1.12 billion in the port, which sits close to busy east-west shipping lanes.
3. Two local companies whose shares will be split between the Chinese enterprise and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority will be set up to handle the port’s operations, security and services.
4. The Chinese company will be responsible for commercial operations while the Sri Lanka Ports Authority will handle security.


BANKING 

Indian Overseas Bank tie up with Bharat Bill Payment system
Indian Overseas Bank has offered the Bharat Bill Payment System(BBPS) which is introduced by the National Payments Corporation of India, for its customers.
Important Points:
1. Indian Overseas Bank is one of the three public sector banks (apart from Bank of Baroda and Union Bank of India) to get the approval from RBI for providing the service.
2. BBPS is an integrated bill payment system that offers inter-operable online bill payments to customers.
3. The services include online payments of electricity, telecommunication, DTH, water and gas bills.

IOB:
♦ Founded:10 February 1937
♦ Headquarters:Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
♦ MD& CEO: R. Subramania Kumar
♦  IOB Tagline: Good People to Grow With


BUSINESS

India is world’s third-biggest beef exporter: 
As per Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026 report released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OECD)India is the world’s third-biggest exporter of beef and is projected to hold on to that position over the next decade.
1. India exported 1.56 million tonnes of beef last year and is expected to maintain its position as the third-largest beef exporter over the next decade.
2. According to the OECD database, India imported 363,000 tonnes of beef last yearand the amount is projected to stay the same over the decade.It has been estimated that India will export 1.93 tonnes beef in 2026 which will account for 16% of global beef exports.


AWARDS 

Mohun Bagan Ratna annual award ceremony
Kolkata-based football club Mohun Bagan conferred prestigious Mohun Bagan Ratna award on former club captain and coach Subrata Bhattacharya, while Indian Women’s cricket team veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami was given a special award at the club’s annual day programme in Kolkata on July 29, 2017.
Other Awardees at Mohun Bagan Annual Awards Ceremony:

CategoryAwardees
Best Youth Football PlayerDeep Saha
Special Award for Mountaineer’sSheikh Sahabuddin and Kuntal Karar
Birth Centenary AwardLate Dinanath Roy
Special AwardLili Das for Athletics

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became world’s richest man:
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has become the world’s richest person with a fortune of over $90.5 billion announced on 27th of July 2017.
Important Notes:
1. At the start of 2017, Bezos was ranked fourth-richest in the world, behind Gates.
2. According to the Forbes magazine jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
3. Bezos owns around 17% of the equity of Amazon.The company also recently announced plans to acquire US grocer Whole Foods.

About Amazon
♦ Founded:5thJuly 1994
♦ Founder:Jeff Bezos.
♦ Headquarters:Seattle, Washington, U.S.


APPOINTMENTS 

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi appoints as Pakistan Prime Minister
Former Petroleum Minister and senior PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be appointed as the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Important Points:
1. According to the sources, the decision was made by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during an informal consultative meeting of the party.
2Nawaz Sharif resigned from the post of Pakistan prime minister following a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to disqualify him from office.
3. Abbasi would serve as the chief executive of Pakistan for 45 days.
About Pakistan
♦ Capital: Islamabad
♦ Currency: Pakistani Rupee
♦ Largest city: Karachi
♦ President: Mamnoon Hussain


ACQUISITIONS 

Lulu to acquire 100% of UAE’s Al Falah Exchange for Rs.95 crore
Lulu Exchange, a foreign exchange and remittance company, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent ownership of Al Falah Exchange Company in the UAE for Rs. 95 crore.
More details about Lulu Exchange’s acquisition of Al Falah Exchange:
1. This is a first of its kind large scale acquisition in the UAE, making Lulu Exchange the second largest player in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
2. With this acquisition, Lulu Exchange’s total branch count goes up by 30 branches to reach 73 in UAE and 170 globally.
3. The new acquisition would help Lulu Exchange consolidate its network of branches, thereby serving a much bigger customer segment.
4. Lulu Exchange is part of Lulu Group International established by Yusuff Ali, NRI businessman from Kerala. 
5. Launched eight years ago in Abu Dhabi, Lulu Exchange currently operates in Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Seychelles.
UAE :
♦ Capital: Abu Dhabi
♦ Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham


SCIENCE 

Muntra – country’s first unmanned tank, rolls out from the Chennai lab
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an unmanned, remotely operated tank named ‘Muntra’ which has three variants – surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats. 
1. Muntra has been developed and tested for the Army by Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) in Avadi, Chennai.
2. Muntra-S is India’s first tracked unmanned ground vehicle developed for unmanned surveillance missions .The vehicle has been tested and validated at Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan under dusty desert condition.


SPORTS

India finishes 6th in 2017 World Junior Squash
India finished 6th in the girl’s team event of the 2017 WSF-World junior squash championship on 29th of June 2017.
Important Points:
1. World Junior Squash held in Tauranga, New Zealand.
2. In the third match of the tie, Aishwarya Bhattacharya lost against Elle Ruggerio by 11-7, 11-5, 11-8.
3. Grace Doyle lost to Sunayna Kuruvillaby 11-7, 3-11, 7-11, 7-11.
4. USA beat India by 2-1 and Marina Stefanoni beat Akanksha Salunkhe by 11-2, 11-9, 11-4.
5. In the 2015 edition held in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, India had placed in  8th position.


 DAYS

International Tiger Day – July 29 2017
‘International Tiger Day’ is celebrated every year on 29th July. This year’s International Tiger Day was celebrated with the slogan ‘Fresh Ecology For Tigers’ Protection’.
Background Information:
The conference of the heads of 13 countries – where tigers are available – held at Saint Petersburg of Russia in 2010 took the decision to mark the world tiger day on July 29 every year.
i. The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.
ii. On this day, various events to raise awareness about tiger protection are organised in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal where the animal is found in large numbers.
iii. Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation too organised various programmes to mark the seventh World Tiger Day on July 29, 2017 in India.