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July 28, 2015

28th July 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (28th July) is World Hepatitis Day.
    • Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It can affect any individual of any age including children.
    • This day aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis (a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E)
  • World Hepatitis Day Themes
    • The theme of 2015- “Prevention of Viral Hepatitis”.
    • The theme of 2014 - “Hepatitis: Think Again”.
    • The theme of 2013 - “More must be done to stop this silent killer”.
    • The theme of 2012 - “It’s closer than you think”.
    • The theme of 2011 - “Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere. Know it. Confront it”.
    • The theme of 2010 - “This is hepatitis”.
  • Note : World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
    • Remaining Campaigns are
      • World Health Day, 
      • World Blood Donor Day, 
      • World Immunization Week, 
      • World Tuberculosis Day, 
      • World No Tobacco Day, 
      • World Malaria Day 
      • World AIDS Day
National Affairs
  • The Government has announced a seven-day state mourning in honour of former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
    • During the period of state mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all
      buildings throughout the country where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.
  • The government has announced that the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan will be renamed as APJ Abdul Kalam Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan in memory of the former president, who passed away yesterday.
    • Note : Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan is a unique concept developed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development that aims to inculcate a spirit of inquiry, creativity and love for Science and Mathematics in school children.
    • Under Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, the government schools will be mentored by Institutes like IITs/ IIMs/ IISERs and other Central Universities and reputed organisations through innovative programmes, student exchanges, demonstrations, student visits, etc to develop a natural sense of passion towards learning of Science and Maths.
  • Gujarat becomes first Indian state to make voting compulsory in local body polls.
    • The Government of Gujarat issued a notification on making voting compulsory for people of the state during elections to local self governing bodies.
    • The notification would mean that people have to compulsorily vote from now onwards during elections held for municipal corporations, municipalities, and all village panchayats.
  • The Maharashtra government has proposed exemption of small vehicles, including cars and utility vehicles, from toll tax on road projects over Rs 200 crore implemented on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.
New Appointments
  • Information Technology Secretary Ram Sevak Sharma was appointed as Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
  • Ashok Kumar Balyan has joined the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group as CEO - Oil & Gas Business.
  • Former agriculture secretary Ashish Bahuguna has been appointed as the Chairman of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Science & Technology
  • Google is bidding adieu to Google Plus, a social network that the American search engine had launched four years ago hoping it would become a serious rival to Facebook.

  • Suniti Solomon, founder of YR Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education passed away.
    • Dr. Suniti is credited with documenting the first evidence of HIV infection in India 1986 when she was working as professor of microbiology at the Madras Medical College.
  • Santasilan Kadirgamar, a veteran historian passed away.
    • An author of several publications, Mr. Kadirgamar is remembered for his work in 1980 on the history and impact of the short-lived Jaffna Youth Congress, which stood for egalitarian and democratic principles. 
    • His other works included “The Tamils of Lanka: Their Struggle for Justice and Equality with Dignity” and “The Left Tradition in Lankan Tamil Politics.”

  • Indian women's archery team earn Olympic quota for 2016 Rio Games with a 5-3 win over Germany.
  • Britain's Chris Froome won the 102nd edition of the Tour de France.
    • This is his second victory in the cycling marathon.

    Daily Current Affairs of July 2015

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