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July 26, 2017

26th July 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (26th July 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 26th July 2017

International Current Affairs
  • The US House of Representatives today voted 419-3 to approve new sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential elections, despite President Donald Trump objecting to the legislation. 
    • The bill would also levy new sanctions against North Korea and Iran over the nations' ballistic missile programs. 
  • To cut down the distance to the China border through Tawang by 10 km, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is going to construct 2 tunnels through Arunachal Pradesh's Sela Pass
  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is going to visit China tomorrow to attend BRICS meeting in Beijing.
National Current Affairs
  • Nation pays tribute to martyrs on 18th Kargil Victory Day (Kargil Vijay Diwas) today.
    • Kargil Vijay Diwas is named after the success of Operation Vijay.
    • This day is is celebrated on 26 July every year in honour of the Kargil War's Heroes
    • On this day, 26 July 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders. 
    • The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days, ended on 26 July 1999.  
    • Kargil was India's first televised war that enabled people across the country to see what was happening on the battlefield. 
    • Defence Minister, 3 service chiefs pay tribute to Kargil heroes at Amar Jawan Jyoti.
      • Defense Minister : Arun Jaitley
      • Chief of the Air Staff : Birender Singh Dhanoa
      • Chief of the Army Staff : Bipin Rawat
      • Chief of the Naval Staff : Sunil Lanba
  • In a recent order, the Bombay Court held that a working woman who is "capable of maintaining and sustaining herself" should not be entitled to get maintenance from her estranged husband. 
  • Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today announced that they will soon give approval for the 20 world-class research and teaching institutions that will be called 'Indian institutes of eminence'. 
  • Government has implemented the “Seekho aur Kamaoscheme which encourages the youth from minority communities to learn employment skills.
    • The Minority Affairs Ministry has sanctioned over 460 crore rupees to cover more than two lakh seventeen thousand minority youth.
    • Minister of Minority Affairs : Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi 
  • In a bid to prevent harassment of women, the government has decided to make registration of marriages compulsory.
Science & Technology
  • Adobe today announced that it will stop updating and distributing Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020. 
    • Flash technology was once one of the most widely used ways to watch videos and play games online. 
    • In recent years, browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari have been deprecating Flash in favour of its alternative HTML5.

New Appointments
  • Former Chief Marketing Officer of furniture e-tailer Urban Ladder Sanjay Gupta has joined Uber as its Head of Marketing in India
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Private sector lender Axis Bank has reached an agreement to buy digital payments platform FreeCharge for ₹350-400 crore in cash from Snapdeal. 
    • Axis Bank and FreeCharge are likely to announce the deal this week. 
  • The board of online marketplace Snapdeal has accepted bigger rival Flipkart's revised takeover offer of $900-950 million
    • Flipkart's offer is said to include Snapdeal's marketplace business and Unicommerce, but not Snapdeal-owned app FreeCharge and logistics arm Vulcan Express.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had stopped printing the ₹2,000 currency notes about five months ago and has started printing the smaller denomination ₹200 notes.
    • Around a billion new ₹200 notes will be in circulation next month. 
  • The Competition Commission of India today approved the merger of Vodafone India and Aditya Birla Group's Idea Cellular
    • The $23 billion transaction will create India's largest telecom company with a 35% customer and 41% revenue market share. 
People in News
  • Amid the prevailing tension in the Bihar Grand Alliance, state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post on Wednesday.
Books & Authors
  • A book titled "Mandela's Last Years" is in news due to controversies.
    • This book has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his widow.
    • The book revealed several undignified episodes at the end of Mandela's life as well as family quarrels over his care and legacy.
    • The book was written by : Vejay Ramlakan 
    • Published by : Penguin Random House
    • Published on : 18th July 2017 (Mandela Day)
Sports Current Affairs
  • India is going to host the Men's World Boxing Championship for the first time in 2021 and the Women's World Championship in 2018
    • Important Note : India has never hosted the men's championship but played host to the 2006 women's event. 
  • India will host its 1st WTA tournament in five years when the city of Mumbai stages the ₹80 lakh ($125,000) Mumbai Open in November. 
    • Important Note : Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association had recently bagged the hosting rights of Chennai Open which is India's only ATP World Tour event, and re-branded it as "Maharashtra Open", to be held in Pune.
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