Sunday, 16 July 2017

Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 16th July 2017

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Current-Affairs-Daily-GK-Update-16th-July-2017


i. The government has launched a GST training programme to skill around two lakh youths in six months to handle tax compliance issues like invoice making. The people would be trained under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

ii. The new training course would cater to the need of GST trained professionals to help businesses in areas such as registration and calculation of tax liability under the new tax regime.

Important Takeaways from the above News:
  • Rajiv Pratap Rudy is Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge).
  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
  • GST is a single tax on the supply of goods and services, right from the manufacturer to the consumer.

i. UNICEF appointed Indian- origin Canadian YouTube star Lilly Singh as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador at a special event in New Delhi.

ii. Lilly was in the capital to support UNICEF’s Youth4Change initiative, a programme for youth that brings them together to support their peers and communities in taking action on issues such as health, hygiene, child labour and gender equality.

Important Takeaways from the above News:
  • UNICEF stands for United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.
  • The Head office of UNICEF is in New York, US.

i. Senior advocate K K Venugopal’s name has been cleared for appointment as the Attorney General for India following the decision of Mukul Rohatgi to step down as the top law officer.

ii. The Law Ministry had recently referred the file relating to the appointment of Venugopal as the Attorney General.

i. The 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards was held in New York. Sonam Kapoor’s film Neerja won the best film award. Actor Shahid Kapoor earned the Best Actor award for his role in Udta Punjab, while Alia Bhatt won the Best Actor (Female) award for the same film.

ii. Here’s the complete list of the IIFA 2017 winners:
  • Best Film- Neerja
  • Best Director- AnirudhRoy Chaudhary for Pink
  • Best Actor (Male)- Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab
  • Best Actor (Female)- Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab
  • Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female)- Shabana Azmi for Neerja
  • Best Actor in Supporting Role (Male)- Anupam Kher for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
  • Best Debutant (Female): Disha Patani for M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
  • Best Debut (Male)- Diljit Dosanjh for Udta Punjab
  • Best Lyricist- Amitabh Bhattacharya for the song Channa Mere Ya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • Best Playback Singer (Male)- Amit Mishra for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • Best Playback Singer (Female)- Kanika Kapoor for Udta Punjab and Tulsi Kumar for Airlift
  • Best Music Direction- Pritam for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • Best Actor In Comic Role- Varun Dhawan for Dishoom
  • Myntra Style Icon Award- Alia Bhatt
  • IIFA Woman Of The Year- Tapsee Pannu

i. Central Railway has taken a step towards women empowerment by appointing an all-female work staff at the suburban Matunga station. Matunga station has now become the first such ladies special station.

ii. According to the official, women have been manning this station, which falls on the Central Railway, since the past two weeks. A total of 30 women staffers, including 11 booking clerks, five RPF personnel, seven ticket checkers are working under the supervision of station manager Mamta Kulkarni since last two weeks.

i. Garbine Muguruza of Spain came out with the spectacular performance as she defeated seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams in straight sets to clinch her maiden Wimbledon title.

ii. The 14th-seeded Spaniard defeated Williams 7-5, 6-0 in what eventually turned out to be a one-sided contest lasting one hour and 23 minutes on the Centre court.

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