Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – July 29-30, 2018
PM Modi attends ‘Transforming Urban Landscape’ event in Lucknow
The programme marks the third anniversary of three key government initiatives related to Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) AMRUT and the Smart Cities Mission. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that after the launching of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) AMRUT and the Smart Cities Mission in Uttar Pradesh, development has now become more systematic and well planned in the state.
Dharmendra Pradhan lays the Foundation stone for the permanent campus for National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) for Women in Mohali
The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan laid the foundation stone for permanent campus of National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) for Women at Mohali, Punjab on 28 July. This is the first NSTI Institute for Punjab and only one of its kind in India which is exclusively for women. The Minister also launched a unique Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) which would admit differently abled persons as well, also a first of its kind in India at Mohali.
Three-day VCs’ conference on research and innovation in higher education ends in Delhi
The Conference had six sessions on themes ‘promoting research and innovations’, ‘quality mandate and teachers training’, ‘digital initiatives’. The conference had open forums where all delegates freely interacted with the HRD Minister on the issues of higher education and deliberated over the actions required to achieve the quality education. The 65 universities/institutions made presentations on achievements and best practices related to the themes of the conference.
PM Narendra Modi lays a foundation of Mobile Open Exchange Zone at WTC Noida
Prime Minister Narendra Modi 29 July laid the foundation of India’s first Mobile Open Exchange Zone (MOX) at World Trade Centre, Noida, at a groundbreaking ceremony here which saw the launch of 81 investment projects worth over Rs 60,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier this year signed a MoU with World Trade Center, Noida, to develop a ‘tech zone’ as a nucleus of the Mobile Open Exchange Zone (MOX).
Govt sets up a panel to address stressed thermal power assets issues
Asserting that the stressed thermal power assets are a cause of concern for the country, the government recently decided to set up a high-level empowered panel under Cabinet Secretary. Pradeep Kumar Sinha, to resolve the issues and revive such assets. The panel will also have representatives from the ministries of railways, finance, power, coal and the lenders having major exposure to the power sector.
Rajasthan signs MoU for first cow sanctuary in the state
Rajasthan will soon have its first ‘cow sanctuary’, a shelter for 10,000 bovines spread over an area of more than 220 hectares in Bikaner district. The state government on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a private trust in this regard, during Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s visit to Bikaner.
ONGC presented with INFRA Icon Award
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has been bestowed with INFRA Icon Award in the ‘Global Energy’ category at the mid-day ‘INFRA Icons’. ONGC has received the top corporate level award in recognition of its valuable contribution in upgrading the country as a whole. The ‘INFRA Icons’, is an initiative by mid-day, designed to bring a change with trendsetters associated with the infrastructure of India.
Mohun Bagan Ratna for former India defender Pradip Chowdhury
Kolkata city football giants Mohun Bagan will confer the club’s highest honor, the Mohun Bagan Ratna, on former India international Pradip Chowdhury on 29 July, a statement from the club said. Chowdhury will be bestowed honored on anniversary of the club’s foundation day. Current Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul will be presented the Best Footballer award for the year 2017-18. Top-order batsman Sudip Chatterjee will bag the Best Cricketer of the year award while Sourav Das will be given the Best Youth Footballer for the season 2017-18. Rahim Ali will be conferred with a Special Award for his performance for the India U-17 team in the FIFA U-17 World Cup last year and the 2017-18 I-League.
Bajrang Punia wins 2nd consecutive international gold at Yasar Dogu International
In Wrestling, Bajrang Punia has won his second consecutive international gold while Sandeep Tomar had to be content with a silver medal at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey. Indian wrestlers returned with 10 medals, including seven by women, from the ranking event. Bajrang had won a gold at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia early this month. In the women’s competition, Pinki was the lone gold medallist in the 55kg category with her 6-3 win over Ukraine’s Olga Shnaider in the final. In the women’s 53 kg and 57 kg categories, Seema and CWG silver medallist Pooja Dhanda won silver. In the 62 kg, Sarita grabbed a bronze. In the three-player 72 kilogram category, Rajni settled for silver after finishing second. Sangeeta Phogat won bronze medals in their categories.
Sourabh Verma lifts Russian Open Badminton trophy
Ace Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma on 29 July lifted the Russian Open Badminton trophy at Vladivostok. In the title clash, Sourabh came back from a game behind to beat Japan’s Koki Watanabe, 18-21, 21-12, 21-17, and win his first title of the season. Sourabh had won the Chinese Taipei Masters in 2016 and finished runners-up at Bitburger Open the same year. However, in Mixed Doubles, the pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg, lost in the Final against the Russian-Korean team of Vladimir Ivanov and Min Kyung Kim 19-21 17-21 to settle for a runners-up finish.
International Army Games 2018 declared open in Moscow
The International Army Games 2018 at Patriot Park in Moscow region was declared open by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, an Army official said. Indian teams are taking part in two major competitions– Tank Biathlon event at Alabino ranges, Moscow region and Elbrus Ring competition in Caucasus mountains. The games are being held from July 28 to August 11 at 24 training grounds in seven countries namely Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, and Russia. It is for the first time that Armenia and Iran are co-hosting events of the Army Games. The opening ceremony was attended by Indian Ambassador to Russia, Pankaj Saran along with Indian attaches attended the ceremony.
World Badminton Championships kick off in China
World Badminton Championships kicked off in Nanjing, China on 30 July. Star Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have got first-round byes. Sindhu is seeded 3rd, while Saina has been placed 10th. In Men’s Singles, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, and Sameer Verma will open their campaigns later today. India will also be seen in action in the first round of Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles categories.
International Tiger day – July 29, 2018
It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit where leaders of 13 tiger range countries resolved to double its number in the wild by 2022. The slogan was ‘T X 2’. The estimates showed there to be 1,411, 1,706 and 2,226 tigers in 2006, 2010 and 2014 in India respectively.
International Day of Friendship – 30 July
Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples. To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.
World Day against Trafficking in Persons – 30 July
Almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide are children, according to the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released in December 2016 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Women and girls comprise 71% of human trafficking victims, the same report states. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), around 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally, and of these, a significant number are also trafficking victims.
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Badminton World Federation (BWF) headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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