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July 15, 2017

15th July 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (15th July 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 15th July 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (15th July 2017) is World Youth Skills Day.
    • The United Nations General Assembly in November 2014, declared 15th July as World Youth Skills Day.
    • The 1st World Youth Skills Day was observed on 15th July 2015.
    • This day is celebrated all over the world to raise awareness about the issue of unemployment among youth.
    • Theme of World Youth Skills Day 2017 : “Skills for All
  • Indonesia today renamed part of the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea
    • Although Indonesia said it is a non-claimant state in the sea, it added that China's maritime boundary overlaps its exclusive economic zone around the Natuna islands. 
  • France has celebrated its 228th Bastille Day.
    • This is President Emmanuel Macron's first celebration as the President. 
    • Note : US President Donald Trump presided over the event as the guest of honour.
New Appointments
  • An 18-year-old ragpicker Bilal Dar has been appointed as Srinagar's civic ambassador
    • Dar will get a special uniform and vehicle to go and meet people and sensitise them about environmental issues, cleanliness and garbage disposal.
Science & Technology
  • Russian space agency Roscosmos today successfully launched 'Kanopus-V-IK' Earth-imaging satellite and 72 microsatellites into orbit on a single rocket. 
    • The microsatellites include 62 CubeSats developed by US and others made by Japan, Germany, and Canada.
    • Note : This comes after ISRO launched a world record 104 satellites at once earlier this year, breaking Russia's previous record of 37 satellites.
  • With 24.1 crore active users, India has overtaken the United States to become Facebook's largest country audience, according to data shared by the platform for July. 
  • Nepal will get Internet services through Chinese optical fibre starting next month, ending its reliance on India for the service.
  • France and Germany today announced plans to develop a "new generation" European fighter jet, in an effort to strengthen the European Union and increase cooperation between the two countries. 
    • Note : The two nations aim to come up with a joint roadmap by 2018 to replace the existing fleet of rival warplanes, which includes the Rafale and Eurofighter.
Awards & Honors
  • Actress Priyanka Chopra has been nominated at the Teen Choice Awards 2017 in the 'Villain' category for her Hollywood debut film 'Baywatch'. 
    • This is Priyanka's second nomination after she bagged one for her role in American television series 'Quantico' in 2016.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Finance Ministry has received around 90 applications for the post of RBI Deputy Governor as SS Mundra's three-year term is coming to end this month. 
    • Several private bankers have also applied for the post as the position was open to private sector. 
    • Note : This post will have a fixed salary of ₹2.25 lakh per month plus allowances.
  • The US House of Representatives has passed a $621.5 billion defence policy bill which includes proposals of boosting defence cooperation with India. 
    • US officials now have 180 days to develop a strategy on the cooperation between the countries. 
    • The proposal then needs to be passed by the Senate before US President Donald Trump signs it into a law.
  • Swami Vivekananda Airport of Raipur was ranked first in Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Survey among 49 airports in the country. 
    • It was followed by Udaipur (2nd), Amritsar (3rd) and Dehradun (4th) airports. 
  • India and European Union (EU) have established Investment Facilitation Mechanism (IFM) for EU Investments in India. 
    • The mechanism will allow for a close coordination between EU and India with an aim to promote and facilitate EU investment in India.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian Para-athlete Sundar Singh Gurjar became only the second Indian to win a gold at the World Para Athletics Championships, winning one in javelin at the 2017 edition in London today. 
    • Note : Rio gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia was the first Indian to win a gold in 2013.
  • 35 year-old Roger Federer has become the oldest men's singles Wimbledon finalist since 1974, after defeating Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals today. 
    • Now Federer will face first-time Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic in the final tomorrow.
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