23 July 2016 - Current Affairs

Madhav Chitale committee constituted to prepare guidelines for desiltation of River Ganga 
The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a committee to prepare guidelines for desiltation of Ganga River. The four member committee will be headed by Madhav Chitale (Expert Member of NGRBA). The tenure of the committee would be for a period of three months.

CSIR-CMERI develops Solar Power Tree for generation of electricity from solar energy 
The Union Ministry of Science and Technology has launched ‘Solar Power Tree’, an innovative way to generate electricity by harnessing maximum solar energy in a limited space. It was launched by Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi

Legendary modern artist S H Raza passes away
Legendary modern Indian artist Syed Haider Raza passed away in New Delhi following a prolonged illness. He was 94. He was best known for popularising Indian concepts of art and iconography globally and was also building a towering legacy of modern art.

Ganesh Singh appointed Chariman of JPC for Land Acquisition Bill
BJP Lok Sabha member Ganesh Singh was appointed as Chairman of the Joint Committee of Parliament (JCP) to examine provisions of the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill, 2015. With this, Ganesh Singh replaces S S Ahluwalia who was appointed Minister of the State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs in the council of ministers reshuffle in July 2016. It should be noted that Minister cannot be appointed as member of any Parliamentary Committee.

Kerala Tourism wins two Gold Gongs at PATA Awards
The Kerala Tourism has won two Gold Gongs at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards in recognition of its trend setting marketing initiatives. Kerala Tourism won the awards in the Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media and E-Newsletter categories respectively. These two Gold Gongs will be presented at the PATA Gold Awards Luncheon and Presentation scheduled to be held on 9 September 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score double century outside India 
Indian test team captain Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to score a double century outside India. He achieved feat after scoring 200 runs against West Indies on second day of the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua, North Sound.

Facebook’s Internet drone Aquila passes first full-scale test
Social networking giant Facebook’s Internet drone named ‘Aquila’ has passed first full-scale test. This was the first time using the full-scale drone. The flight test was undertaken in Yuma, Arizona (US) and was only meant to last for 30 minutes. But the test went so well that the plane was kept flying for up for 96 minutes.

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