Exam Power : 07 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power : 07 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Election Commission of India launched Mobile App cVIGIL

he Chief Election Commissioner Shri. O.P. Rawat, along with the Election Commissioners Shri Sunil Arora and Shri Ashok  Lavasa launched a mobile app, called ‘Cvigil,’ which stands for “citizens’ vigil”, for citizens to report any violation during elections.

The app will be operational only where elections are announced.

The app was test on a pilot basis in Bengaluru.

The service is now being extended Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram for the upcoming assembly polls.

Madhya Pradesh government launches subsidised power scheme named Sambal

Under Sambal Yojana, the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families would be provided electricity at a cost of Rs 200 per month.

The scheme is expected to benefit 88 lakh families in the state.

♦ Objective:-

To make sure that all the households in Madhya Pradesh have power facility.

♦ Who are eligible for the Sambal scheme?

People who are not using air-conditioners, electric heaters and whose power consumption is below 1000 watts would be eligible for this scheme.

♦ Madhya Pradesh CM - Shivraj Singh Chouhan,

♦ Governor- Anandiben Patel.

Gujarat CM launched 'Poshan Abhiyan' to eradicate malnutrition

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched 'Poshan Abhiyan' - a statewide mission to eradicate malnutrition among children by providing them nutritious food through Anganwadi centres.

He also launched 'Purna' project to eliminate malnutrition among girls in the age group of 14 to 18, at an allocated cost of Rs 270 crore.

♦ Full form of PURNA - Prevention of Under Nutrition and Reduction of Nutritional Anaemia among Adolescent Girls.

♦ Nationwide Poshan Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Rajasthan on March 8this year.

Uttarakhand High Court declared animals to be 'legal persons'

A division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh bestowed the unique status on the animal kingdom while issuing a series of directions to prevent cruelty against animals.

The Uttarakahnd High Court in the past had given a similar right to river Ganga when it ordered that the river is a human entity and will enjoy all corresponding rights.

Rajasthan government approved 1 percent reservation for 5 communities, including Gujjars

This comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Jaipur on July 7.

The five communities who benefit from this order of the Rajasthan government are – Godia Lohar, Banjara, Gujjar, Raika and Gadaria.

Two separate orders have been issued by the state government – one for admission to educational institutions, and the other for government jobs.

Agartala airport rename as Mhaharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala

The Union Cabinet approved the proposal of renamingAgartala Airport in Tripura as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala

The decision comes in the demand of both the people of Tripura as well as Government of Tripura for paying tribute to Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore. 

Agartala Airport was constructed in 1942 on the land donated by Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore. Due to his initiative, an aerodrome at Agartala was constructed and it has now evolved into the second busiest airport in North East providing crucial air connectivity to Tripura.

Piyush Goyal launched the 'Khan Prahari' App and Surveillance system for unauthorised coal mining

Union Minister of Coal, Piyush Goyal launched the Coal Mine Surveillance & Management System (CMSMS) and Mobile Application ‘Khan Prahari’, which has been developed by CMPDI, Ranchi, a Subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL) and Bhaskarcharya Institute of Space Application and Geo-informatics (BISAG).

It aims to report, monitor and take suitable action on unauthorised coal mining activities.

For each complaint, the alert will go to the Coal India Offices, State Government Officers, District Magistrate and SP of the district.

ISROs first 'pad abort' test conducted successfully

The PAT (Pad Abort Test) was conducted at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

It marks the first step to qualify India’s indigenous Crew Escape System technology for launching astronauts into space.

The Crew Escape System is an emergency accident avoidance measure designed to quickly get astronauts and their spacecraft away from the launch vehicle if a malfunction occurs during the initial stage of the launch.

A prior critical experiment was carried out on December 18, 2014, when the CARE (Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment) capsule successfully demonstrated that it could survive atmospheric re-entry.

Vishwas Patel appointed as new Chairman of Payments Council of India

Vishwas Patel, Director, Infibeam Avenues Limited, has been appointed as new Chairman of Payments Council of India (PCI), the apex body representing the companies in the payments and settlement system.

PCI has also announced the appointment of Loney Antony, Managing Director, Hitachi Payment Services as its new Co-Chairman.

Reliance Jio to exchange old feature phones for new at 501 rupees

At the 41st Annual General Meeting of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, it has been announced that customers can now exchange their existing feature phones for a new JioPhone by paying ₹501.

This exchange offer, called 'Monsoon Hungama', will start from July 21, 2018.

The company also launched JioPhone 2, the successor to JioPhone and will be available at an introductory price of Rs 2,999, starting August 15.

The company also announced JioGigaFiber - a fixed line broad and GigaRouter.

JioPhone offers 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot.

Infosys ink pact with Siemens to develop advanced IoT solutions

Infosys signed a new partnership with Siemens PLM Software to develop applications and services for MindSphere, the open cloud-based IoT operating system from Siemens.   

This partnership will help the customers to improve competitiveness by leveraging the power of data generated by their devices.

The initial focus will be on customers in the manufacturing, energy, utilities, healthcare, pharmaceutical, transportation, and logistics industries

Four critically endangered species has been added in recovery programme by NWBL

National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has recently added four critically endangered species. The species are Northern River Terrapin, Clouded Leopard, Arabian Sea Humpback Whale and Red Panda. 

They were added into the center’s recovery Programme on the recommendation by Wildlife Division of Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).

The programme is one of the three components of the centrally funded scheme, Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (IDWH). It was started in 2008-09. So far, 17 species were identified under this recovery programme.

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

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