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July 17, 2015

17th July 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (17th July) is World Day for International Justice (International Justice Day).
    • This day is celebrated throughout the world as part of an effort to recognize the emerging system of international criminal justice. 
    • July 17 was chosen to celebrate this day, because it is the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC). 
National Affairs
  • The joint survey between India and Bangladesh for exchanging 162 enclaves along the North Bengal border came to an end after around 61 thousand people residing in these enclaves put opinion to settle their citizenship.
    • The joint survey report is likely to be examined today.
    • The survey report will be reviewed by the officials of both the sides on next Monday.
    • According to reports, around 1,100 people residing at the Indian enclaves situated in Bangladesh have expressed their wish to come back to India, on the other hand, no interest has been shown from the Bangladeshi enclave situated in India, to go back to their native land.
    • Note : As per the land boundary agreement between the two nations, people residing in Indian enclave in Bangladesh can return to India from 1st August to 30th November 2015.
  • Indian Railways‬ has started collecting feedback from the public from this month to improve passenger amenities in running trains and stations. 
    • The feedback is being collected by IRCTC through Interactive Voice Response System with the number +91-139.
    • Under the system, traveling passengers are being contacted randomly on their mobile phones to gather feedback about the facilities provided by the Railways.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to late Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra on his birth centenary (100 years) celebrations  at General Zorawar Singh auditorium of Jammu University.
  • A proposal to redevelop about 400 railways stations in metros and major cities besides pilgrim centres and tourist spots was cleared by the government today.
  • The Union government’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has approved a proposal from the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) to set up the country’s first defence industrial park at Ottappalam.
    • The proposed park, which will be established as part of the Make in India, Make in Kerala project, will have modern common infrastructure facilities aimed at attracting component manufacturers in the defence industry. 
    • The Union government has agreed to bring it under the Modified Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (MIIUS).
Awards & Honors
  • Sunita Viswanath, an Indian American woman is among 12 faith leaders to be honoured as "Champions of Change" by the White House for their efforts in protecting environment and communities from the effects of climate change.
    • She the only Indian American in this list.
    • She has been selected for her work to encourage Hindus to take care of the environment.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed a special currency swap agreement with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
    • Under this arrangement, the Sri Lankan bank can draw up to $1.1 billion for a maximum period of six months.
    • Note : In March 2015, RBI had signed a Currency Swap Agreement with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for $400 million under the existing SAARC Currency Swap Framework within the overall limit of $2 billion.
  • The Government of India, Andhra Pradesh and the World Bank  have signed a pact for $250-million financial assistance regarding Andhra Pradesh Disaster Restoration Project which in turn will assist the state enrich its capacity to react promptly and efficiently within times of disaster.
New Appointments
  • Prashant Pathrabe,  a Maharashtra-based senior IIS officer has been given additional charge as Director of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
Business & Economy
  • The Government has extended the price caps to 39 more medicines including the drugs to treat diabetes and digestive disorders as part of its efforts to make medicines affordable in the country. 
    • Note : The price control list now covers over 500 drugs.
    • At present, the government caps prices of essential drugs based on the simple average of all medicines in a particular therapeutic segment with sales of more than 1 per cent.
    • In other cases, companies are allowed to hike prices by only up to 10 per cent in a year.
  • European Union approves an emergency loan of 7.8 billion dollars for Greece to meet its urgent repayment obligations.
Science & Technology 
  • 'INS Astravahini', an indigenously built Torpedo launch and recovery vessel (TLRV), was decommissioned today after almost 31 years in service. 
    • An auxiliary vessel of TLRV class, the ship was commissioned on November 5, 1984 at Visakhapatnam, the headquarters of Eastern Naval Command.
    • The only one of its class, the ship was extensively used by NSTL (Naval Science & Technological Laboratory) as a test platform to launch and recover experimental torpedoes prior to their induction into the Navy.

Daily Current Affairs of July 2015

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