Exam Power : 03 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power : 03 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Maharashtra govt announces Kanya Van Samruddhi Yojana

The Maharashtra government has introduced a new scheme called 'Kanya Van Samruddhi Yojana'. The aim of the scheme is to empower women and promote tree plantation. The scheme was approved in the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

As per the scheme, farmers families with 2 girl children will be given 10 saplings of different varieties, including teakwood, mango, jackfruit, black plum, and tamarind for plantation.

The income from these trees will be utilized for safeguarding the future of the girls. The beneficiaries will also be helped under the horticulture scheme. It is expected that at least two lakh farmers families will benefit from the scheme every year.

Jharkhand to set up India's first Khadi mall

While addressing the 'Karigar Panchayat' organized by the Khadi Board at the Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Dasannounced that, within 15 days, land in the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) campus will be made available to the Khadi Board to develop the country's first Khadi mall.

People in the Jharkhand villages are talented and so far 1.13 lakh artisans have been registered to be trained to make goods as per the needs of the market.

Odisha government and RIMES signs MoU for effective disaster management

The Odisha government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES), an intergovernmental body registered under United Nations, for enhancing early warning system for effective management of all kinds of disaster in the state, including flood, drought, heat wave, lightning, and road accidents. It will be in force for 5 years with cost involvement of about Rs.8 crore.

The government also signed three more MoUs that would benefit the farmers and enhance their production. This agreement will enable the development and pilot implementation of decision support systems for automating risk assessment, advisory generation, and dissemination.

Mumbais Victorian and art Deco ensembles inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage site

UNESCO declared Mumbai's Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles as a World Heritage Site at the Unesco world heritage committee meeting in Bahrain. The Heritage enclave is located in South Mumbai’s historic core and comprises an urban ensemble straddling two heritage precincts of the Fort Precinct and Marine Drive Precinct. 

After this inscription, Mumbai now has three UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites making it the second city in India after Ahmedabad to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.

The three heritages are Elephanta, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the Victorian & Art Deco Ensembles.

Money in Swiss banks: India moves to 73rd place, UK remains on top

India has moved up 15 places to 73rd in terms of money parked by its citizens with Swiss banks in 2017, while the UK remains on top.

India had slipped to 88th place with a 44 per cent plunge in such funds during 2016, but the latest data from the Swiss National Bank (SNB) shows an increase of over 50 per cent during 2017 to CHF 1.01 billion (about Rs 7,000 crore).

Pakistan is now placed one place higher than India at 72nd position.

Irrfan Khan honoured with Icon Award at the London Indian Film Festival

Irrfan, who is undergoing treatment in London for a neuroendocrine tumour, accepted his award privately.

Richa Chadha won the Outstanding Achievement Award, while Manoj Bajpayee was also awarded an Icon Award.

British comedy 'Eaten By Lions' won this year's top prize, voted by the audience.

Rahul Dravid becomes the fifth Indian cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame

 Former Team India captain Rahul Dravid (45-year-old) has become the fifth Indian cricketer after Anil Kumble, Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi and Kapil Dev to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

He scored 24,208 runs in 509 international matches in his nearly 16-year-long playing career.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting and retired England woman wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor are also inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

Lee Chong Wei won Malaysian Open Badminton singles title

Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei has won the Malaysian Open Badminton singles title for a historic 12th time.

In the final match, he defeated Japanese shuttler Kento Momota in straight games 21-17 23-21 in 71 minutes.


  • Mixed doubles: Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong defeated Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping.

  • Women’s doubles: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi defeated Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan.

  • Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying defeated He Bingjiao.

  • Men’s doubles: Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda defeated Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe.

Janardan Singh Gehlot is elected as President of International Kabaddi Federation Chief

Janardan Singh Gehlot, an Indian sports administrator, was elected as the president of the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) for the next four years. The result was announced after the Annual General Congress (AGC) of the federation, conducted in Dubai, the UAE.

Observer and Director of International Affairs Olympic Council of Asia Vinod Tiwari was also present in the AGC of the IKF where 22 member countries participated.

Japan to open an International Arbitration Centre in Tokyo (IACT) in September 2018

Japan, in Tokyo, will open an international arbitration body specializing in intellectual property in September 2018, the first one in Asia with an aim to resolve the growing number of patent disputes in the region within a period of one year.

The International Arbitration Centre in Tokyo (IACT) will resolve disputes not only to Japanese companies but also to non-Japanese companies if both parties agree.

Brookings reported Nigeria has replaced India to become worlds largest poor population

India has lost its tag ‘World’s largest poor population’ to Nigeria. According to Brookings report, with the persistent decline in poverty, India is no longer a nation having the largest number of poor people in the world.

The study also highlighted that extreme poverty in Nigeria is growing by 6 people every minute, while it continues to fall in India.

According to the study, Nigeria has already overtaken India as the country with the largest number of extreme poor in early 2018, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo could soon take over the number 2 spot.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected Mexico's President

Obrador (64-year-old) has won the Mexico's presidency at the third attempt.

He promised to tackle violence and wipe out corruption across the Country.

Lopez Obrador will formally take power on December 1.

Present President of Mexico:- Enrique Pena Nieto.

Sources : The Hindu, ANI, TOI, Indian Express, HT,PIB, Economic Times

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