Exam Power : 08 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power : 08 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

International Day of Cooperatives celebrated on the 7th of July

The theme for the 2018 International Day of Co-operatives is "sustainable consumption and production of goods and services".

On December 16, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in resolution 47/90 "the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance".

July 7 is also celebrated as Global Forgiveness Day, Chocolate Day.

Uttar Pradesh orders plastic ban from July 15, third time since 2015

During a programme in Barabanki district, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced ban on plastic bags, cups and glasses across the state from July 15 onwards.

Maharashtra had banned the use of plastic from June 23.

The latest announcemnt came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing a plan to completely end the use of single-use plastic in India by 2022.

AAI to set up Civil Aviation Research Organization at Hyderabad

State-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) will set up Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad.

AAI has allocated Rs 1,200 crore for this project that will be spent over 12 years for research and development.

♦ Aim:- To solve growing air traffic and to enhance safety, capacity and efficiency of aircraft operations in India.

Blind Cheetah 3 robot designed by MIT can navigate obstacles climb stairs

Researchers from MIT have designed a four-legged robotcalled Cheetah 3 that can run, jump onto desks, and climb obstacle-laden stairs without visual sensors. The 40kg robot has been developed with two new algorithms to provide the robot with 'blind locomotion' capabilities.

Using those, the robot adjusts its movements and determines how much force to use to perform actions like stepping forward and pulling back and deals with unexpected forces like a kick.

The robot can also recover from adverse conditions like being shoved or yanked by relying on "feel" instead of cameras. It will be presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots, Spain in October

India to develop 'World's emptiest airport' in Sri Lanka

India would operate Sri Lanka’s loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, called the 'world's emptiest airport' due to a lack of flights.

This comes in the backdrop of China developing the Hambantota seaport project in Sri Lanka.

The airport, which was named after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, was built with the capacity to handle one million passengers a year, was officially opened in March 2013.

SC judge AK Goel appointed as New Chairman of National Green Tribunal

Supreme Court judge Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel was appointed as the Chairman of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for a period of 5 years.

He was the first Supreme Court judge from Haryana.

He replaces the acting chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim.

Justice Goel was appointed Supreme Court judge in July 2014.

About NGT:-

The NGT was established on October 18, 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources.

YES Bank gets SEBI nod to launch mutual fund business

India's fourth largest private sector lender, YES Bank received final regulatory approval from the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund business, named "YES Asset Management India Limited (YAMIL)".

YES Bank Director & chief executive officer:- Rana Kapoor

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail

Mr. Sharif was disqualified as Prime Minister in July 2017 by the Supreme Court over the purchase of high-end properties in London, worth over £200 million.

His daughter Maryam Nawaz was sentenced to seven years in jail and and son-in-law captain (retired) Safdar awarded one-year jail term.

The court also imposed a fine of £8 million on Mr. Sharif and £2 million on Ms. Maryam.

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

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