Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – July 28, 2018
West Bengal Assembly passes a resolution to rename West Bengal as ‘Bangla’
The West Bengal assembly on 26 July passed a resolution to rename the state as ‘Bangla’, but the process for final approval will be long drawn requiring an amendment to the constitution. The move is aimed at climbing the alphabetical sequence of state names in which West Bengal appears last in the list now, according to the state officials. The resolution said the state will be called Bangla in three languages – Bengali, English, and Hindi.
Indian Railways launches “Mission Satyanishtha” a program on Ethics in Public Governance
In first of its kind event held by any government organization, the Indian Railways organized a programme on Ethics in Public Governance and Launched “Mission Satyanishtha” at a daylong event held at National Rail Museum, New Delhi on 27 July. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, administered the oath to the officers and supervisors at the programme.
Justice BN Srikrishna committee submits data protection report
A committee headed by retired Supreme Court Judge Justice BN Srikrishna submitted its report on “Data Protection Framework” to Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Committee was constituted by the union government in July last year to deliberate on a data protection framework. Prasad said that the report submitted by the Justice Srikrishna Committee will be a milestone in the larger narrative of digital development.
Gurupriya bridge built in Maoist hinterland of Odisha dedicated to the nation
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently dedicated the much awaited Gurupriya bridge to the nation and announced a special package of Rs 100 crore for the people living in the Swabhiman Areas (formerly known as cut-off areas) in the Maoist hinterland of Odisha’s Malkangiri district. Built at a cost of Rs 187.25 crore in a record time of four years in Chitrakonda, the 910-meter long and 8.4-meter wide bridge provides a vital connectivity to 151 villages spread over eight panchayats with a population of 30,000 tribes that were cut-off from the mainland for the last five decades.
SoftBank partners Paytm to launch mobile payments service ‘PayPay’ in Japan
SoftBank Group Corp on Friday said it will launch a digital payments service in Japan and has partnered Paytm for the service. The service PayPay will be launched by SoftBank’s joint venture PayPay Corporation (with Yahoo Japan) in fall this year, SoftBank said in a statement.
Invest India and UAE Ministry sign MoU for technological cooperation
Invest India and the UAE Minister for Artificial Intelligence (AI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for India – UAE Artificial Intelligence Bridge on 27 July in New Delhi. This partnership will generate an estimated USD 20 billion in economic benefits during the next decade for both countries. The MoU will spur development across areas like Blockchain, AI and Analytics as data and processing will be a catalyst for innovation and business growth and serve as the backbone of more effective and efficient service delivery systems.
Ramakanta Rath conferred Odisha’s highest literary award
Eminent poet Ramakanta Rath was conferred with the state’s highest literary award Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman for 2018. Culture and Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda conferred the award to Rath at a special function organized by Odisha Sahitya Akademi.
World witnesses longest-ever ‘blood moon’ eclipse
The world is witnessing Blood Moon or total lunar eclipse, the longest of the 21st Century. The rare celestial event can be seen in its entirety from all parts of India. The century’s longest total lunar eclipse, which began on July 27, will last till the early hours of July 28. According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will last for close to one hour and 43 minutes, starting late at night and continuing till the early hours of July 28.
IIT-Madras launches Voice-Enabled Artificial Intelligence
geniSIGHTS, a startup founded by an Indian Institute of Technology Madras alumni, has launched ‘FLASH,’ a first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence-powered dashboard with voice support to enable businesses to process big data. It understands user’s voice commands and provides intelligence from analyzing data.
Meghalaya organizes ‘baby league’ to promote football
The recognition and growth of football in the Northeastern province of Meghalaya are growing gradually, and recently the state has also introduced `Meghalaya Baby League` to encourage tiny players to play football. Children in the age group of 4 to 13 years are participating in the league, which is a six-month-long event.
World Hepatitis Day – 28 July
Viral hepatitis B and C are major health challenges, affecting 325 million people globally. They are root causes of liver cancer, leading to 1.34 million deaths every year. Hepatitis B and C are chronic infections that may not show symptoms for a long period, sometimes years or decades. At least 60% of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C. Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030. WHO will focus on the theme: “Test. Treat. Hepatitis” for World Hepatitis Day 2018 events.
India hands over the cheque of 2.1 billion Nepalese rupees to Nepal
As part of India’s commitment towards Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction, both the countries had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for US$ 100 million grant to support the reconstruction of 50,000 private houses in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts in February 2016. Since March 2018, the Government of India is partnering with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for providing Socio-Technical Facilitation to housing beneficiaries in these districts to help them to ensure that their homes comply with Government of Nepal’s earthquake resilient norms.
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