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India's communication satellite GSAT-17 successfully launched


  • Today, India's communication satellite ‘GSAT-17’ has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana.
  • This month this was the third satellite (1st- GSLV MkIII, 2nd- PSLV C-38) launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation).
  • GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3,477 kg carries payloads in Extended C-band, Normal C-band, and S-band to provide various communication services.
  • The Satellite carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.
  • The satellite will provide the continuity in services of aging two satellites and widen the country's horizon to mobile satellite services as well as to Antarctica areas.

Note: The GSAT series of geosynchronous satellites is a system developed by ISRO with an objective to make India self-reliant in broadcasting services.

New variety of groundnut developed by agro-scientists


  • A new variety of ‘groundnut’ has been developed by agro-scientists of the Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture Technology University (CSA), Kanpur.
  • According to the CSA scientist, the new variety of groundnut could be harvested in just three months after it is sown.
  • The summer variety is disease-free as pests cannot attack the crop because of high temperature in the atmosphere.


Indian-American Krishna R Urs appointed as new US Ambassador to Peru


  • Indian-American ‘Krishna R Urs’ has been appointed as the new US Ambassador to Peru.
  • currently, Urs is Charge d' Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
  • Krishna specialized in economic issues and developed extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America.


Centre makes linking of existing Aadhaar with PAN of taxpayers mandatory from 1st July


  • The Union Govt. has made mandatory to link existing ‘Aadhaar numbers’ with ‘Permanent Account Number’ (PAN) of taxpayers with effect from 1st July 2017.
  • The Government has also made quoting of the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar or the enrolment ID, must at the time of application of permanent account number (PAN).
  • Earlier, an amendment to tax proposals in the Finance Bill for 2017-18 had made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to check tax evasion through the use of multiple PAN cards.
  • Around 2.07 crore taxpayers have already linked their Aadhaar with PAN.
  • There are over 25 crore PAN card holders in the country while Aadhaar has been issued to 111 crore people.


Union govt. launches new bidding mechanism for mega oil and gas auctions


  • The Union Govt. has launched two key interventions, oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions.
  • Now, the auctions will be held under a new ‘Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy’ (HELP).
  • The new bidding mechanism will allow interested firms to bid for blocks of their choice at any time of the year with the help of National Data Repository.


Indian Vice-Presidential Election 2017 to be held on 5 August


  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the election for the post of Vice-President of India.
  • The election for the Vice President will be conducted through a secret ballot on 5 August 2017 where only members of both the Lok Sabha (545-MPs) and Rajya Sabha(245-MPs) will get to vote.


AP CM Naidu gives away Rs 50 lakh cash prize to shuttler Kidambi Srikanth


  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister ‘N Chandrababu Naidu’ gave away 50 lakh cash prizes and offered Group 1 post to Badminton Champion Kidambi Srikanth and Rs.15 lakh cash prize for his Coach ‘P. Gopi Chand’.
  • He also announced the allocation of 1000 square yards house site to the player in ‘Amaravathi’.
  • Naidu announced that a sports university would come up in Amaravathi and invited National Badminton Coach P. Gopi Chand to set up an academy in Amaravathi.


Maharashtra Govt issues govt resolution on loan waiver


  • The Maharashtra govt. has issued the government resolution for the farm loan waiver of 34,022 crore rupees.
  • The loans of all indebted farmers whose accounts went into default will be waived off with a cap of Rs. 1.5 lakh per farmer (till 30th of June,2016).
  • The farmers who have paid off their outstanding loans after 30th of June last year will get a blanket help of Rs. 25,000 from the state government only once.

Note:
  • Persons with the annual turnover of over 10 lakh rupees and those who are registered under Service Tax or VAT will be ineligible for loan waiver.
  • Retired persons excluding ex-servicemen whose monthly pension is 15,000 rupees or more are also not eligible.

India's First Blood Bank for Cattle to Come up in Odisha


  • Odisha is set to become the first state in the country to have a ‘blood bank’ for the cattle.
  • The blood bank would be established on the premises of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.25 crore.
  • The project cost would be funded by the Central government 60% and 40% would be funded by the Odisha state government.
  • The storage facility would come in handy for the veterinarians to save lives of the domesticated animals.


India becomes the first country to contribute one lakh US dollars to UN fund


  • India has become the first country to contribute one lakh US Dollars to a UN fund to help developing countries actively participate in the discussion of tax issues.
  • The UN Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (the UN Tax Fund) has received its first financial voluntary contribution from India.

Note: The UN Tax Trust Fund aims to support the work of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.

Sharjah named World Book Capital for 2019 by UNESCO


  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) city Sharjah has been declared the ‘World Book Capital’ for the year 2019 by UNESCO.
  • Sharjah has been chosen by an international committee of UNESCO experts for the quality of its literary and cultural activities, and its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the country.
  • Literary initiatives include the Sharjah International Book Fair, the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, and Knowledge without Borders, which established free home libraries for 42,000 Emirati families last year.
  • Sharjah will be rolling out a wide range of activities and event over the year.


Chinese Navy launches biggest new generation destroyer


  • China's Navy has launched its biggest new generation destroyer weighing 10,000 tons to become a global naval power at the Jiangnan Shipyard, Shanghai.
  • It is equipped with new air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship, and anti-submarine weapons.
  • The biggest naval destroyer was an addition to two aircraft carriers which China is in the process of deploying to compete with other naval powers liked the US and India.
  • The new aircraft carrier is expected to be operational by 2019.
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