Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (09 July - 15 June) 2018: Download Now

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (09 July - 15 July) 2018: Download Now

Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (09 July - 15 July) 2018: Download Now

The One Liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred Weekly Current Affairs One Liners (09 July - 15 July) 2018: Download Now


BANKING & ECONOMY
  • According to latest World Bank figures on GDP of countries for 2017, India becomes the world’s sixth-biggest economy surpassing France to seventh place.
    • At the end of 2017, United States was the world’s largest economy with size of US $19.39 trillion, followed by China (US $12.23 trillion), Japan (US $4.87 trillion) and Germany (US $3.67 trillion).
    • India's gross domestic product (GDP) has been amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of 2017, as against $2.582 trillion for France.
  • State-run telecom firm BSNL through its mobile app 'Wings' has launched India’s first internet telephony service.
  • Airtel Payments Bank has received requisite approvals from the Reserve Bank to begin taking new customers.
  • India has been formally inducted as the 69th shareholder of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
    • EBRD, headquartered in London, United Kingdom, is a multilateral developmental investment bank.
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved Lining Project of Son canal in Shahabad-Bhojpur region of Bihar with an estimated cost of US $503 million (Rs 3272.49 crore).
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled the licence of Alwar Urban Co-operative Bank in Alwar, Rajasthan as it is not in a position to pay its depositors in full as and when their claims accrue, among other reasons.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in inaugurated the New Mobile Manufacturing Plant of Samsung at Noida.
  • Reliance Industries Limited has become India's largest payer of Goods and Services Tax (GST), Excise and Customs Duty, and Income Tax in the private sector.

NATIONAL NEWS
  • The Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) launched Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 (SSG 2018) in New Delhi to undertake ranking of states and districts on the basis of their performance attained on key quantitative and qualitative Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen (SBM-G) parameters.
  • National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) drafted fee regulations to put in place uniform fee framework to check frequent and arbitrary increases in school fees by unaided private schools.
  • The Union Govt has invited United States President Donald Trump to be the chief guest at 2019 Republic Day celebrations.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated the 171 km long Bansagar Canal Project to the nation in Mirzapur.
  • India becomes the Vice-Chair (Regional Head) of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from Jul 2018 to Jun 2020.
  • The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation launched fortnightly video contest "Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puruskar Pao" to engage with people of the country on the important issues of water conservation and water management.
    • The prize amount for first, second and third positions are Rs 25,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively.
  • The Union Finance Ministry hiked the threshold monetary limit for tax departments to file appeals to all three levels of appeal — Appellate Tribunals, High Courts, and Supreme Court.
  • The India-Korea Technology Exchange Centre, inaugurated by Giriraj Singh (Minister of State (I/C) MSME) and Hong Jong- hak (Minister of SMEs and Start-ups of Republic of Korea) at the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) premises in New Delhi.
  • Indian Railways launched its first consolidated Bridge Management System (IR-BMS), a web-enabled IT application to store data on its 1.5 lakh bridges.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new headquarters building of the Archaeological Survey of India in New Delhi.
  • Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoUHA) launched 'Technology Challenge: Identifying solutions for cleaning of Sewerage Systems and Septic Tanks' to promote suitable techniques for cleaning sewers and septic tanks to eliminate need for human entry in them. It aims to eliminate human intervention in cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.
  • India will organise it’s first-ever India Tourism Mart (ITM) for three days from Sept 16 to increase tourist footfalls.
  • The Western Ghats of India has bagged the 4th best tourist spot in Lonely Planet's top five "2018 Best in Asia" list.
    • Busan in South Korea topped the list followed by Uzbekistan and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).
  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched national campaign 'The Eat Right Movement' to improve public health and combat lifestyle diseases.
  • Union Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore sanctioned financial assistance of Rs. five lakh to National Level Archer Gohela Boro for her medical treatment.
  • Satyarup Siddhanta has become the second Indian mountaineer after Malli Mastan Babu to climb Mt Ojos del Salado in Chile, Argentina, the highest volcano in the world.
  • The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs announced that over 51 lakh houses have been approved under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) in the three years of its implementation.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is planning to upgrade National Information Security Policy and Guidelines (NISPG) to secure govt data and control access in order to prevent sensitive information making its way to internet.
  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) will launch Global Housing Construction Technology Challenge as part of technology sub-mission of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U).
  • The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) announced that two of India’s most popular competitive exams, Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main) and National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), will now be held twice a year and over multiple days.

STATE NEWS
  • The Odisha Govt constituted Heritage Cabinet to preserve the history and culture of Odisha.
  • The 4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals has been held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh for showcasing blocks, which will be auctioned by the states in FY 2018-19 to the potential investors.
  • The Maharashtra govt is planning to launch ‘One farmer one transformer’ scheme from Aug 15 to curb electricity losses.
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has given in-principle approval for the 39-crore rupees ‘Seema Darshan’ project for developing more infrastructure facilities.
  • Andhra Pradesh Govt launched 60 Anna Canteens across the state in the first phase to provide subsidised food to urban poor.
  • The 67th plenary meeting of North Eastern Council (NEC), chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, started at Shillong in Meghalaya.
  • Andhra Pradesh has topped the ease of doing annual business ranking of states and Union Territories by the World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
    • Telangana and Haryana are at the second and third positions, respectively.
  • Gujarat Govt granted religious minority status to Jews living in the state.
    • Gujarat is third state in India to grant religious minority status to Jews after West Bengal and Maharashtra.
  • At the age of 52, Anju Khosla has become the oldest Indian woman to complete an Ironman Triathlon – one of the toughest one-day sporting events.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 2428 (2018) to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, almost five years after ruinous civil war was started in infant country.
  • United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Antonio Guterres established first-of-its-kind panel on digital cooperation aimed at addressing concerns of cybersecurity threats and rise in hate speech.
    • The panel will be co-chaired by US philanthropist Melinda Gates and China-based Alibaba founder Jack Ma.
  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted Resolution 2427 aimed at providing legal framework for mainstreaming protection, rights, well-being and empowerment of children throughout the conflict cycle.
  • The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated the 17th World Sanskrit Conference (WSC) in Vancouver, Canada.
  • The 6th edition of biennial World Cities Summit (WCS-2018) started in Singapore with theme 'Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration'.
  • Facebook Inc. co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has overtaken Warren Buffett as the world’s third-richest person, further solidifying technology as the most robust creator of wealth.
    • It was announced by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
  • David Davis, who has been leading UK negotiations to leave the EU, has quit his role as Brexit Secretary.
    • Dominic Raab, who campaigned for Leave during the UK's 2016 EU referendum, has been promoted from housing minister to take over from Mr Davis as Brexit Secretary.

SCIENCE & DEFENCE
  • The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences announced that Century’s (2001 AD to 2100 AD) longest total lunar eclipse of 1 hour 43 minutes will occur on Jul 27-28, 2018.
  • Scientists from New Zealand performed world’s first-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on human to improve the field of medical diagnostics.
  • Indian Navy’s Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft Boeing P- 8I (Poseidon Eight India) from Indian Naval Ship (INS) Rajali has been inducted for the first time for participating in the 26th edition of RIMPAC-18, the Rim of the Pacific Multinational Naval exercise.
  • The mycological laboratory of the Department of Botany in Goa University has announced the discovery of a new pigment from local wild mushrooms that may help fight against cancer.
  • The Indian naval ship INS Sumitra has become the first-ever warship to enter port of Sabang in Indonesia.
  • India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned air vehicles (UAV) and light bullet proof vehicles (LBPV) will be set up by DCM Shriram Industries Group on the campus of Shriram Rayons in Kota.
  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a mobile help centre, Saathi to reach out to people undertaking annual pilgrimage to 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath.
  • China has successfully launched two remote sensing satellites PRSS-1 and PakTes-1A of Pakistan on board of Long March-2C rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.
  • Six global aircraft manufacturers responded Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Request for Information (RFI) to supply 110 fighter aircrafts to replace its ageing fleet of MiG-21s and MiG-27s, which are being phased out of service.

REPORTS & COMMITTEES
  • The Union Govt constituted a high-level task force under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha to identify various items and policy interventions to reduce dependence on imports.
  • The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) constituted a 10 Member Committee, headed by the Injeti Srinivas (Secretary of Ministry of Corporate Affairs), for review of the penal provisions in the Companies Act, 2013.
  • According to the recent study published by international journal Ecological Engineering, climate change is threatening the Nilgiri tahr.
  • According to the recent data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), factory output measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) slipped to seven-month low of 3.2% in May 2018.
  • According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) latest 'Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/ GM Crops in 2017' report, India with 11.4 million hectares (mh) has world’s fifth largest area cultivated under genetically modified (GM) crops in 2017.
    • United States has highest area under transgenic crops, at 75 mh followed by Brazil (50.2 mh) and Argentina’s (23.6 mh).
  • According to the recently released 11th edition of Global Innovation Index (GII) 2018 by Cornell University, INSEAD and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), India has been ranked 57th among 130 countries.
    • Switzerland topped the index followed by Netherlands, Sweden and UK.

APPROVALS & MOUS
  • The Rajasthan govt signed MoU with Microsoft to provide free digital training to 9,500 students of 50 government colleges in a year.
  • Indian Army signed MoU with State bank of INDIA (SBI) on Defence Salary Package
  • India and United Kingdom signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the sphere of Law & Justice and establishing Joint Consultative Committee.
  • India’s upper house of parliament Rajya Sabha and Senate of Rwanda signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue capacity building and cooperation.
  • Gujarat Govt’s Industries and Mines Department signed an MoU with Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) to strengthen trade, industrial relations.
  • The Odisha govt and Tata Trust will jointly spend Rs 1,000 crore for development of cancer care facilities in the State over the next 5 years.
  • Fertiliser cooperative major IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited) entered into strategic partnership with two leading South Korean firms to explore business opportunities in agri-machinery and farm credit sectors.
  • China clinched deal with India on reduction of tariffs (import duties) on Indian medicines including anti-cancer drugs.

APPOINTMENTS
  • Chairman of the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC): Shrimat Pandey
  • Director General (DG) of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA): Dr. TCA Raghavan
  • 97th President of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU): Dr. Sandeep Sancheti
  • MD & CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank: T Latha
  • Resignation of India Women’s Cricket Coach: Tushar Arothe

BOOKS
  • The book 'Aluminium: The Future Metal', authored by Tapan Kumar Chand, the CMD of NALCO, has been released by the Union Minister of Mines, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar.
  • The book 'Winning Like Sourav: Think & Succeed Like Ganguly' has been authored by Abhirup Bhattacharya.

AWARDS
  • The wartime love story by Michael Ondaatje, 'The English Patient' won the Golden Man Booker Prize at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre in London.

SPORTS
  • Sprinter Hima Das created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at the IAAF World Under- 20 Athletics Championships in Tempere, Finland.
  • Angelique Kerber won the 2018 women singles’ Wimbledon tennis tournament by defeating 7-time winner Serena Williams by 6-3 6-3.
  • The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs included entire Men's Hockey team of India under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
  • India’s ace squash player Dipika Pallikal has been appointed as Asia’s representative in the prestigious Athletes Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
  • Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will lead the 18-member Indian men’s hockey squad in the 18th Asian Games, which is scheduled to begin in Jakarta and Palembang from Aug 18.
  • Indian lifter Jhilli Dalabehera bagged the bronze medal in the 2018 IWF Junior World Weightlifting Championships at Tashkent.
  • India's premier gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.

IMPORTANT DAYS
  • Jul 15: World Youth Skills Day                                     
  • Jul 11: World Population Day- "Family planning is a human right"

OBITUARY
  • Veteran journalist & Dainik Bhaskar Group: Kalpesh Yagnik
  • Doyen of Psychiatry in India: Prof N N Wig
  • Spiritual leader: Dada Vaswani
  • Senior Congress leader & former Meghalaya Governor: MM Jacob


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