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July 29, 2018

29th July 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (29th 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 29th July 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today is International Tiger Day.
    • The day is held annually on 29th July to raise awareness for tiger conservation.
    • It was founded in 2010 at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit, with the aim to double the big cat population by 2022.
    • The goal of this day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation.
  • To counter Iran's military expansion in the region, the United States is planning to establish an "Arab NATO" force
    • The proposed security and political alliance, known as the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) will consist of the US, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan.
  • All 50 states of United States now allow Breastfeeding in public, with Utah and Idaho recently joining the rest of the country in legalising it.
    • Mothers will now not face public indecency charges and even fines levied by police on feeding their infants in public.
    • Note : Breastfeeding in public is legal in all of United Kingdom and Australia.
  • The Election Commission of Pakistan released the results of 11th General Elections over 56 hours after voting concluded.
    • Former cricketer Imran Khan's political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats.
    • However, Imran's party is still short of the simple majority of 137 seats required to form the government.
National Current Affairs
  • To control viral hepatitis C, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day (July 28). 
    • Aim of this programme : To combat viral hepatitis and reduce mortality and morbidity associated with it.
    • Note : This programme is part of National Health Mission, under which, expensive antiviral for hepatitis B and C infections will be made available free of cost at all government hospitals. 
  • To wipe out corruption, the Indian Railways has launched a new programme titled Mission Satyanishtha.
    • It was first of its kind event organised by any government organization in the country.
    • Main objectives Mission Satyanishtha :
      • To train every employee to understand need and value of ethics in personal and public life.
      • To deal with ethical dilemmas in life and public governance.
      • To help understand policies of Indian Railways on ethics and integrity and employee’s role in upholding same.
      • To develop inner governance through tapping inner resources.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bank of Baroda (BoB) are planning to introduce a performance-linked salary structure for the senior management.
    • As in Private Sector Banks, the salary will have fixed and variable components.
    • The salary structure, which will be only applicable to employees above the general manager level, will need the government's approval.
  • Digital payments major Paytm's parent company One97 Communications is going to build the Headquartes of Paytm at Noida's Sector 137
    • Spread across 10 acres, the new campus is expected to house more than 15,000 employees. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched 81 investment projects worth ₹60,000 crore in a record breaking event in Uttar Pradesh
    • While Reliance Jio Com and BSNL are investing ₹10,000 crore and ₹5,000 crore respectively for laying optical cable network in the state, Adani Power is investing ₹2,500 crore to lay the Ghatampur-Hapur transmission line.
  • Former Kerala Minister for Local Self Government Cherkallam Abdullah (76), died after a long term illness today.
    • He is a four-time MLA from Manjeswaram in Kasaragod district.
Science & Technology
  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has designated India as Nodal Centre for developing customized model to issue advance warning of floods to Asian countries, including Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.
    • The model will be called as Flash Flood Guidance System
    • Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) under Ministry of Earth Sciences will work to customize this weather model.
New Appointments
  • Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the national governing body for football in Brazil, reappointed Coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi (nicknamed as Coach Tite) until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
  • Mahesh Kumar Malani of the Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) has become the 1st Hindu candidate to win a general National Assembly seat in Pakistan
    • Note : Earlier this year, PPP's Krishna Kumari had become the 1st Hindu woman to be elected to Pakistan's Senate
Recent Committees in News
  • Insurance regulator Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has constituted a 16-member committee to examine motor third party insurance pricing aspects and make recommendations on the premium rates for 2019-20. 
    • Head of this Committee : P. J. Joseph
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma today won the 2018 Russian Open Men's Singles title by defeating Koki Watanabe of Japan. 
    • Complete Winners List of Russian Open 2018
      • Men's Singles : Sourabh Verma (India)
      • Women's Singles : Ho Yen Mei (Malaysia)
      • Men's Doubles : Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif (Malaysia) and Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub (Malaysia)
      • Women's Doubles : Chisato Hoshi (Japan) and Kie Nakanishi (Japan)
      • Mixed Doubles : Vladimir Ivano (Russia) and Kim Min-kyung (South Korea)
  • India's 1983 Cricket World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has been selected in the National Golf team to take part in the 2018 Asia-Pacific Senior Amateur Championship, which will be held from October 17 to 19 in Japan. 
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