Current Affairs – July 07, 2018


Civil Aviation Research Centre to come up in Hyderabad

A Rs.250-crore Civil Aviation Research Organisation (CARO) will come up within 18 months at Begumpet in Hyderabad. Laying the foundation stone for the CARO project to be implemented under the Airports Authority of India, Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said the focus of the center will be on pursuing interdisciplinary solutions to improve the civil aviation sector.
Suresh Prabhu constituency: Andhra Pradesh (Rajya Sabha)

 

Uttarakhand HC declares animal kingdom a legal entity with rights of a ‘living person’

The Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday declared the entire animal kingdom, including birds and aquatic animals, as a legal entity having rights of a “living person”, a year after according a similar right to Ganga and Yamuna that was subsequently stayed by the Supreme Court. A division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Lok Pal Singh said that in the past, various courts have given similar rights to corporations, Hindu gods, holy scriptures and rivers and in order to ensure the greater good and that to ensure the “greater welfare” of animals they need to be conferred with the status of “legal entity/legal person”.

Finance Ministry keeps Small Savings Schemes Interest Rates Unchanged for July-September Quarter

The government has kept the interest rates on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, unchanged for the July-September quarter. The move is aimed at matching the hardening interest rates in the banking sector. Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on a quarterly basis.
The Interest rates on different Small Savings schemes are as follows:

 

HDFC Bank most valuable bank in the emerging market outside China

HDFC Bank has gone past Russia’s Sberbank to become the most valuable bank in the emerging market outside China. HDFC Bank’s current market capitalization is $78.4 billion against Sberbank’s $74.4 billion. There are four lenders from India that now rank among the world’s 500 most valuable companies. HDFC Bank is followed by its housing finance cousin Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC), Kotak Mahindra Bank and State Bank of India.

 


India to operate Sri Lanka’s loss-making Mattala international airport as a JV

Sri Lankan Deputy Minister of Transport Ashok Abeysinghe stated this in parliament while answering an opposition query on whether the Mattala airport would be sold outright. Abeysinghe said India has expressed willingness to operate the airport as a Sri Lanka-India joint venture. “Despite making losses the airport would never be sold,” he said. Mattala airport, named after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, was a China-supported infrastructure project in his home district of Hambantota. The USD 210 million facility is dubbed the world’s emptiest airport due to a lack of flights.

 

Tokyo Unveils World’s First All-Digital Psychedelic Art Museum

At the MORI Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, a collaboration between the developer and art collective TeamLab, light and space is the art. Visitors navigate a maze of dark, empty rooms, stepping into or onto about 50 kaleidoscopic installations that are triggered by motion sensors and projected across every surface of the 100,000-square-foot exhibit space, waiting to be discovered. Without all the lights, the museum space would be a bunch of empty halls with black walls and carpeted floors.

 

Sunita Parmar creates history as she becomes the First Hindu Woman to contest Assembly Elections in Pakistan

Sunita Parmar (31), a resident of Islamkot Taluka, Tharparkar in Pakistan’s Sindh province, has given a voice to the minority by becoming the first Hindu woman to contest provincial assembly elections on July 25 in the Muslim-majority country. Parmar, a mother of three, belongs to the Hindu Meghwar community. Concerned about the issues of healthcare, clean drinking water, education and healthcare for women in Thar, she decided to file in her nomination papers as an independent candidate from PS-56.

 

Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 yrs in jail in a corruption case

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday in the Avenfield properties reference while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years. Nawaz’s son-in-law Capt Safdar was given a one year sentence. Moreover, the accused were also fined 8 million pounds. After setting three deadlines, on Friday the court finally announce the verdict.

 


Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel appointed as chairman of National Green Tribunal

Supreme Court judge Adarsh Kumar Goel, who retired on Friday, was appointed as the chairperson of National Green Tribunal. He is best remembered for passing the controversial judgment on diluting provisions of the SC/ST Act. The post of the chairperson of the green tribunal, which disposes of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources, had been vacant for the past eight months after Justice Swatanter Kumar retired on December 19 after completing his five-year tenure.

 

Manoj Kumar Pingua is acting MD of NFDC

The Ministry of broadcasting and Technology on 6th July appointed one of its joint secretaries Manoj Kumar Pingua as the acting Managing Director of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).

 


MS Dhoni 3rd Indian after Tendulkar and Dravid to play 500 internationals

MS Dhoni became only the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to play 500 international matches when he walked on the field for India’s second T20I against England in Cardiff on 6th July. Tendulkar holds the record for most international matches (664) while Dravid is 8th in the list with 509 matches.

 

Asian Games 2018: Rani Rampal to lead Indian women’s hockey team

Striker Rani Rampal will lead a strong 18-member Indian women’s hockey team at the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2. While the team will be led by Rani, who had successfully captained India to its ninth women’s Asia Cup title victory last year, experienced goalkeeper Savita has been named as the vice-captain.

Learn Two a Day:

Hemis National Park – Jammu & Kashmir
Baglihar Hydroelectric power plant – across Chenab river in Jammu & Kashmir

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