Exam Power : 18 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power : 18 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Haryana Governor took additional charge of Himachal Pradesh

Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki was given the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh by President Ram Nath Kovind.

He would carry the functions of the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, in addition to his own duties, during the absence of incumbent Himachal Governor Acharya Devvrat, who is on leave.

World famous Rath Yatra celebrated in Odisha

Popularly known as the ‘Festival of Chariots’, Rath Yatra festival in honour of Puri’s Lord Jagannath is one of the most awaited festivals of Orissa and is falling on July 14.

This yatra is conducted from Jagannath temple to Gundicha  temple.

Apart from Indian, this festival attracts a large number of international tourists in Puri.

Haryana CM launched Paudhagiri Campaign

Under the campaign, 22 lakh students studying in Class 6th to 12th of all government and private schools in Haryana will plant a sapling each, during these three months of monsoon - July, August and September.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched this ‘Paudhagiri Campaign’ by planting a ‘maulsari’ sapling in Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex premises of Gurugram, to increase the green cover in the state.

PM dedicated Bansagar Canal Project to Nation in Mirzapur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Bansagar Canal Project to the Nation in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. This project will provide a big boost to irrigation in the region and will be greatly beneficial for the farmers of Mirzapur and Allahabad districts of Uttar Pradesh. In 2014 this project was made a part of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana.

The Bansagar Dam project is a joint venture of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. The total canal network under it is 171 km long. This project will benefit 1,70,000 thousand farmers of Mirzapur and Allahabad districts.

The Prime Minister also laid the Foundation Stone of the Mirzapur Medical College, besides inaugurating 100 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the State and dedicated a bridge over the River Ganga at Balughat

President Ram Nath Kovind clears Bill against witch-hunting

President Ram Nath Kovind give assent to the witch-hunting (Prohibition, Prevention, and Protection) Bill, 2015 that the Assam Assembly passed three years ago.

The Act prescribes a prison term of up to 7 years and up to Rs. 5 lakh in fine for calling a person witch. It also has provisions to come with Section 302 of the IPC, punishment for murder, if someone is killed after being branded a witch.

This Bill has rejuvenated the campaign of a barely literate 65-year-old woman against superstition that has claimed scores of lives.

India inaugurated World's largest visa centre in Bangladesh

To reduce the waiting time for VISA applicants, Home Minister Rajanth Singh, who is in Dhaka on a three-day visit inaugurated the world's largest visa centre along with his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan.

The new integrated state-of-the-art Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) spread in an 18,500 square feet commercial area at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka will replace all the existing centres (Motijheel, Uttara, Gulshan and Mirpur Road) in Dhaka in two phases.

Bangladeshis constitute one of the largest number of visitors from a single country to India. Last year, India issued 1.4 million visas to Bangladeshi nationals.

DRDO successfully test fired BrahMos Missile from Odisha

Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), and the Indian Army have test fired a supersonic BrahMos cruise missile under "extreme weather conditions", in Balasore district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha.

The missile - named after the Brahmaputra River in India and the Moskva River in Russia - is a derivative of the Russian-made P-800 Oniks over-the-horizon supersonic anti-ship cruise missile.

The missile’s range is estimated at around 300 to 400 kilometers.

BrahMos is considered one of the the world’s fastest cruise missile currently in operational use.

Ramesh Powar appointed as interim coach of India women's cricket team

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar to look after the Indian women’s cricket team till replacement for coach Tushar Arothe will be found.

The Indian womens Cricket team is scheduled to have a series in Sri Lanka in August.

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

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