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July 22, 2018

22nd July 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (22nd July 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 22nd July 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a 5 day visit to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa from 23rd of this month.
    • In the first leg of his visit, Modi will reach Rwanda on the 23rd for a two day visit.
    • India will extend two lines of credit of USD 100ml each for agricultural sector and industrial sector. 
    • India will also give 200 cows to Rwanda during the visit as part of an initiative to foster brotherhood and prosperity.
    • The Prime Minister will depart from Rwanda to Uganda on the 24th where he will call on the President. 
    • He will have delegation level talks and will address Indian community and the parliament of Uganda. 
    • Two lines of credit worth USD 164ml will be extended to Uganda during the visit.
    • In the last leg of his visit, Modi will reach South Africa on the 25th to attend the 10th BRICS summit at Johannesburg. 
    • He will meet South African President.
    • Inclusive growth, global governance, health and vaccines, peace keeping, and sustainable development will be core agenda during the BRICS summit.  
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are going to meet on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg next week.
    • During this meet, both leaders will discuss the US’ trade war and its protectionist trade policy.
  • The 8th BRICS Health Ministers’ Meeting was held at Durban, South Africa.
    • Indian delegation was led by J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
    • In this meeting, he stated that India is committed to eliminating TB by 2025.
    • He also highlighted the accomplishments of India in the health sector.
  • Japan's parliament today passed a controversial law to legalise casino gambling paving way for up to three casino resorts to open. 
    • The law limits Japanese citizens to three casino visits per week and 10 per month out of concerns about gambling addiction. 
    • Further, admission will be free for foreigners while local residents will be charged a fee.
  • London has launched the 'Walking Action Plan' in a bid to make London the 'world's most walkable city'. 
    • The plan includes introducing new traffic signal technology to make it easier and safer to cross roads, among other provisions.
    • The move is aimed at reducing air pollution and improving health of the people by making streets more pedestrian-friendly. 
National Current Affairs
  • The Bihar government is going to grant reservation in promotions to employees belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) / Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories
    • The decision was based on the advice of the Union Personnel and Training Department after a Supreme Court order directing the same.
  • Authorities are planning to build a 4.5-km long, 10-storey high 'skyscraper bridge' by mid-2022 to connect Worli to Sewri in Mumbai
    • Five agencies will be involved in the planning and execution of the project, which will cost around ₹1,500 crore. 
Science & Technology
  • Elon Musk-led space startup SpaceX today launched the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite through it's Falcon 9 rocket.
    • Weighing over 7,000 kg, this is the world's heaviest commercial communications satellite .
  • Japanese screenwriter, director and producer Shinobu Hashimoto (100), who wrote some of Akira Kurosawa’s most famous films including Rashomon (1950), Ikiru (1952) and Seven Samurai (1954) passed away.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Goods and Services Tax Council has cut GST tax rates for 88 items including refrigerators, water coolers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, small-screen TVs.
    • The GST of these items have been shifted from 28% to 18% slab
    • Further, footwear costing up to ₹1,000 will now attract 5% GST, up from ₹500 earlier.
    • The Council has also brought video games from 28% to 18% GST slab rate.
    • The GST rate on lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles and mobile phones has been reduced from 28% to 18%.
    • The council has also reduced the tax rate on ethanol used to blend petrol and diesel to 5% from 18%. 
    • Furthermore, the GST on e-books has been reduced from 18% to 5% as a "green initiative."
    • Sanitary napkins, rakhis, and idols made of stone, marble, and wood have been exempted from GST. 
    • The GST on the supply of services by an old age home has been exempted which was 18% earlier. 
  • The government today indicated that 25% of the ATMs run by state-owned banks may be vulnerable to fraud as they are running on outdated software.
    • The government also informed the Parliament that the total number of functional ATMs constitutes nearly 89% of the total ATMs.
New Appointments
  • Senior advocate D C Raina has been appointed as Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian badminton player Lakshaya Sen bagged the Gold medal by defeating Indonesia’s top-seeded Kunlavut Vitidsaran in the final match of the Badminton Asia Junior Championship in Jakarta today.
  • India's  Muhammad Anas Yahiya won Gold medal at 400-meter race event in Czech Republic.
    • He completed the race in 45.24 seconds to break his own national record (45.31 sec) for the second time.
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