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Nelson Mandela International Day observed globally

  • ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ celebrated every year on 18th July in honor of Mandela's birthday.
  • Nelson Mandela was the first elected president of a free South Africa.
  • The day is observed annually with the slogan ‘Take Action! Inspire Change’.
  • In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18th July as "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.


Smriti Irani takes additional charge of I&B Ministry

  • Today, textiles minister Smriti Irani has taken additional charge of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • The govt. also announced that Union Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar will serve as the new ‘Urban Development Minister’.
  • Earlier, Both the ministries were held by the Vice-Presidential candidate ‘M. Venkaiah Naidu’, who resigned from cabinet earlier in the day.


Lilly Singh appointed UNICEF’s Global Goodwill Ambassador

  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appointed Indian-origin Canadian YouTube star 'Lilly Singh' as ‘Global Goodwill Ambassador’.
  • Now, Singh will use her channel to show case the organization’s work and urge millions of her followers to work for children’s rights.
  • In 2017, she ranked 1st on Forbes Top Influencers List in the entertainment category.
  • A goodwill ambassador is a person who advocates for a specific cause on the basis of their notability.


SBI launches SBI Realty to assist home buyers

  • State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a one-stop integrated website 'SBI Realty' (www.sbirealty.in) for home buyers.
  • Customer will choose their dream home from 3,000 SBI approved projects spread across 13 states and Union Territories covering 30 cities including metros, semi metro, and towns.
  • This new website will help customers in identifying their dream house in reliable projects with higher credibility and goodwill in the market.
  • The website is developed by SBICAP Securities in association with PropEquity in terms of data support, project information.


J-K govt launches weekly festival at Dal Lake

  • Jammu and Kashmir (J-K) govt. has organized first ever weekly cultural program ‘Cultrue of Cruise' at Dal Lake to bring artists from various fields on one stage.
  • In the festival, the organizers would hold regular interactions with cross sections of the society and tourists who visit the lake to ensure broader discourse on cultural moorings of the state.
  • 'Dal' is a lake in Srinagar (Dal Lake is a misnomer as Dal in Kashmiri means lake), the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The urban lake, which is the second largest in the state, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir" or "Srinagar's Jewel".


Union Govt. launches low-cost indigenously developed hearing screening device for new borns

  • The science & technology ministry has launched a low-cost indigenously developed hearing screening device ‘Sohum’ for newborns.
  • The Sohum uses brain-stem auditory evoked response technology which is recommended as best screening choice.
  • The portable Sohum measures auditory brain waves via three electrodes placed on the baby's head.
  • SOHUM has been developed by School of International Biodesign (SIB), a startup M/S Sohum Innovation Labs India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Globally around 8,00,000 hearing impaired babies are born annually of which nearly 1,00,000 are born in India.


Tata Motors develops country’s first biomethane bus

  • Tata Motors rolled out the country’s first Bio-CNG (bio-methane) bus at a bio-energy program,‘Urja Utsav’.
  • The use of Bio-CNG will contribute in a positive manner to the Smart Cities proposition of keeping them clean.
  • The bio-methane engines could be used in LCV, ICV and MCV buses.
  • Tata Motors has pioneered the introduction of natural gas vehicles (CNG) in the country.


Tri-Nation Malabar Naval Exercise Concludes

  • The US, Japanese and Indian navies concluded the eight days 'Malabar Naval Exercise' aimed at achieving deeper military ties between the three nations near Chennai in the Bay of Bengal.
  • The naval exercise featured 95 aircraft, 16 ships, and two sub marines.
  • The aim of the exercise is to Increase interoperability amongst the three navies and develop the common understanding of procedures for Maritime Security Operations.
  • The Malabar exercise -2017 was the 21st edition of the exercise and conducted from 10th to 17th July 2017.
  • In 1992, Malabar Exercise began as an Indo-US bilateral naval drill and Japan had formally joined the exercise as a permanent participant in 2015.


Neel Joshi & Ananya Dabke win Dutch Open

  • Neel Joshi (boy) and Ananya Dabke (girl) bagged the under-15 (boys & girls) titles in the Dutch Open Junior Squash Championship in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • In the boy final, Joshi beat 5/8 seed Khalil Alhassan (England) 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6.
  • In the girl final, Ananya Dabke beat 9/12 Serena Daniel (US) 11-7, 11-4, 12-10.


Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One British Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes driver) won the Formula One British Grand Prix to reduce Sebastian Vettel’s (Ferrari driver) lead in the championship to just a single point.
  • The British Grand Prix is currently held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire in England.
  • Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton is a British Formula One racing driver who races for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team.
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