Exam Power : 17 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power : 17 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Ministry of Drinking water and sanitation launched Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 (SSG 2018) in the Delhi. An independent survey agency will conduct the survey in all districts and the results will be announced in the form of a ranking of all districts and states on the basis of quantitative and qualitative sanitation parameters.

The top-performing states and districts will be awarded on 2nd October 2018. The objective of SSG 2018 is to undertake a ranking of states and districts on the basis of their performance attained on key quantitative and qualitative SBM-G parameters.

Ministry of mines organized 4th National conclave on mines and minerals at Indore

Ministry of Mines organized the 4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan was the chief guest of the conclave. 

For the first time, the conclave had an exhibition in which States put up stalls to showcase their more than 100 mineral blocks which have been prepared to be put up on auctions during 2018-19. An app of NALCO–NAMASYA was also launched by the Ministers.

Mines ministers also held a roundtable conference with the industry leaders, in which several key issues related to statutory clearances were discussed.

PM Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for various development projects in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for important projects, cumulatively worth over Rs. 900 croresin Varanasi. The projects inaugurated were Varanasi City Gas Distribution Project, Varanasi-Ballia MEMU train, Panchkoshi Parikrama Marg, several projects under the Smart City Mission and Namaami Gange. The Prime Minister also laid the Foundation Stone for an International Convention Centre in Varanasi and Poorvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

The Prime Minister said that Varanasi is emerging as a center for medical science in the region. Banaras Hindu University (BHU) will work with AIIMS to develop a world-class health institute. He also appreciated the initiatives taken by the people and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh for tourism, and under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Mumbai based automaker unveiled India's first hypercar 'Shul'

At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Vazirani Automotive has unveiled India's first turbine-electric hypercar called 'Vazirani Shul'.

This car is propelled by four separate electric motors located beside every wheel, hence enabling torque vectoring.

It has a regenerative braking technology that transfers power to the battery whenever the brakes are applied.

Bihar to get world's cheapest clean drinking water

Sulabh International introduced the concept of 'Sulabh Sauchalya' in India, which is cost-effective innovative water project to provide the cheapest drinking water in the world, only in 50paisa/litre.

The first of such a water project was launched in Bihar's Darbhanga district, Haribol Pond.

The 'Sulabh Jal' project converts contaminated pond and river water into safe drinking water.

The total cost of installing this project would cost around Rs 20 lakhs.

The Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) and the French companies installed Rs 20-lakh pond-based water treatment plant in Madhusudan Kanti Village of North 24 Parganas district, located some 100 km from Kolkata.

Haryana top state in per capita revenue collection under GST

Haryana is also the fourth highest generator of e-way bills in the country. About 1.12 crore e-way bills were generated in Haryana between April 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

Haryana has widened the tax base by 82.22 per cent and logged 19 per cent hike in revenue collections.

Scientist RA Mashelkar proposed as Jio Institute Chancellor

Reliance Foundation has proposed the name of eminent scientist Raghunath A Mashelkar as the Chancellor of yet-to-be established Jio Institute.

He currently heads the National Innovation Foundation under the Department of Science and Technology, GoI.

Dipak C Jain, former director of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration in Bangkok, will serve as the Vice-Chancellor of the Institute.

Ishwar Sharma, 8 year old Indian Boy named 'British Indian of the Year'

 An eight-year-old Indian-origin schoolboy, Ishwar Sharma who is the under-11 UK national yoga champion has been named the "British Indian of the Year" in the Young Achiever category for his achievements in the field of Yoga.

He has won a gold medal representing Great Britain at the World Student Games 2018 in Winnipeg, Canada.

India becomes vice chair of Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation

India has become the Vice-Chair, Regional head, of the Asia Pacific Region of  World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July 2018 to June 2020. The underlying Theme of the Inaugural Ceremony is “Customs – Fostering Trade Facilitation”.

WCO represents 182 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade. 

The WCO has divided its Membership into six Regions. Each of the six Regions is represented by a regionally elected Vice-Chairperson to the WCO Council. Being the Vice Chair of the Asia-Pacific region of WCO, India will be able to take on the leadership role at the WCO.

Mohammad Kaif retires from competitive cricket


16 July 2018 Current Affairs:
Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif announced his retirementfrom all forms of competitive cricket. The 37-year-old Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India and will always be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 at the Lord's during the epic NatWest Trophy final in 2002. Kaif was the captain of Under 19 cricket team that won the U-19 World Cup in 2000 against Sri Lanka.

Almost 12 years after he last played for the Indian team in which he stood out as much for his acrobatic fielding as for his effective lower-order batting.  He finished his career with 7581 first-class runs with 15 hundreds across 129 matches. Kaif is already a cricket analyst and a respected Hindi commentator.

HSV1 virus linked to Alzheimers disease

Scientists have found evidence of a link between herpes infection and Alzheimer’s disease as well as the potential of antivirals in reducing the risk of the neurodegenerative disease. 

A study by Taiwanese epidemiologists shows that Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV1) which infects most humans in their youth or later and remains in the body for life in dormant form within the peripheral nervous system leads to an increased risk of developing the disease. 

Scientists believe that these safe and easily available antivirals may have a strong part to play in combating the disease in these patients.

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

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