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July 30, 2018

30th July 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (30th 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 30th July 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (30th July) is World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
    • This day was established by the UN General Assembly in the year 2013.
    • Aim of this Day : To raise awareness of the plight of victims of human trafficking and to protect their rights.  
    • Theme of World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2018 : ‘Responding to the trafficking of children and young people
  • The International Conference on strengthening economic ties between India and Vietnam was recently held at New Delhi.
    • Aim of this conference : To enhance the bilateral economic partnership in the fast approaching Asian Century for upholding economic prosperity not only in South-east Asia but the entire Asian region.
  • Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan today announced that he will take oath as Pakistan’s Prime Minister on August 11.
    • Note : His political party has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly (NA) after the July 25 elections, but it is still short of numbers to form the government on its own.
National Current Affairs
  • Delhi Metro recently became the 1st Metro system in the World to go Completely Green.
    • Delhi Metro has also secured the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms for its 10 residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
  • The Assam government has made it mandatory for its staff to take care of their elderly parents and differently-abled siblings who don't have an income source. 
    • Employees found neglecting their dependent parents and siblings will face a 10% and 15% salary cut respectively. 
    • The new law, the bill for which was passed in 2017, will be implemented from October 2.
  • Rajasthan will soon have its 1st ‘cow sanctuary’, a shelter for 10,000 bovines spread over an area of more than 220 hectares in Bikaner district.
    • Note : The state already has a ministry dedicated to the welfare of cows and last year (2017) it had announced a 10 per cent surcharge on stamp duty towards cow protection.
Science & Technology
  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman formally handed over two types of indigenously built high-power multi-fuel engines to the Army.
    • The engines manufactured by the Engine Factory Avadi (EFA) - A unit of Ordance Factory Board, Department of Defence Production - were fully indigenised for the 1st time under the center's 'Make in India' Programme.
MOUs & Agreements
    • Sri Lanka’s government signed an agreement to sell a 70% stake in a $1.5 billion Hambantota port to China in a bid to recover from the heavy burden of repaying a Chinese loan obtained to build the facility.
      • According to the agreement, the Chinese company will invest $1.12 billion in the port, which sits close to busy east-west shipping lanes.
      • The Chinese company will be responsible for commercial operations while the Sri Lanka Ports Authority will handle security.
    • Maharashtra’s women commission signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for rescue and rehabilitation of women who are victims of sex trafficking, acid attack and domestic violence.
    Recent Committees in News
    • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today formed a monitoring committee on the cleaning of the Yamuna and directed it to submit an action plan on the issue.
      • The committee should submit an action plan by September and a detailed report in the matter by December 31.
      • Members of the Committee :
        • B S Sajwan 
        • Shailaja Chandra 
    • Union Government has constituted High Level Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary to address issues of Stressed Thermal Power Projects
      • The committee has representatives from Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal and lenders having major exposure to the power sector.
      • It will look into various issues with view to stressed assets or non-performing assets in thermal power and maximise efficiency of investment including changes required to be made in fuel allocation policy, regulatory framework, mechanisms to facilitate sale of power, ensure timely payments, payment security mechanism. 
    Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
    • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) today hiked its Fixed Deposit (FD) interest rates for select tenures. 
      • FDs below ₹1 crore for 1 year to 2 years will now provide 6.70% interest as against 6.65% earlier while senior citizens will get 7.2%. 
      • For deposits from 2 years to 3 years, the interest rate has been revised to 6.75% from 6.65%.
    • The Iranian rial today plunged to a record low of 100,000 against the US dollar on the unofficial market, as the country faces US sanctions. 
      • The rial broke through the 50,000-mark in March. 
      • The currency lost half its value this year due to a weak economy, financial difficulties at local banks and heavy demand for dollars among Iranians.
    • Indian Army has awarded Rs. 100-crore contract for 81 high mobility 10×10 vehicles to India’s leading vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland
      • This is for first time Indian vehicle manufacturer will deliver heavy duty, high mobility vehicles for the launchers. 
      • This move will reduce dependency on imports.
    • India is going to procure National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II), an advanced air defence system at $1 billion from United States. 
      • This will be used to defend National Capital Region (NCR) from aerial attacks. 
    New Appointments
    • The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) today appointed Surendra Rosha as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for HSBC India.
      • He is currently working as HSBC’s Head of Financial Institutions Group (FIG) for Asia-Pacific.
      • He is going to replace Jayant Rikhye, who is taking a leave of absence for medical reasons.
    • The National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) appointed Arman Ali as its Executive Director (ED).
      • He will replace Javed Abidi on 1st October 2018.
    Sports Current Affairs
    • Neeraj Chopra, who became the 1st Indian to win gold in javelin throw at Commonwealth Games in April this year, won gold at the Savo Games in Finland today. 
    • Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton won Hungarian Grandprix 2018.
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