Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 17th July 2017

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1. Roger Federer lifts a record 8th Wimbledon title beating Marin Cilic in Men’s singles

i. Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion with a straight-sets victory over Marin Cilic. Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title.
ii. The 36-year old Federer is also Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976. This was his 11th Wimbledon final and 29th title at the majors.
iii. With this victory, Federer also became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set in the entire tournament.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Roger Federer is from Switzerland.
  • Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world held in England.

2. India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu wins Victorian Open squash tournament by defeating Rex Hedrick

i. India's Harinder Pal Sandhu has won the second title in two weeks, beating top-seed Rex Hedrick of Australia in a 77-minute final of Victorian Open squash, a PSA Tour event, in Melbourne, Austraila.
ii. Third-seeded Sandhu had recently won the South Australian Open. In the Women’s PSA W10 final, Hong Kong’s Tsz-Ling showed every bit of her undoubted class in a straight games victory over fourth seed, Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Capital of Australia is Canberra.
  • Malcolm Turnbull is the PM of Australia.

3. Lewis Hamilton won Formula One's fifth British Grand Prix

i. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the fifth time – matching the record of Jim Clark and Alain Prost to cut Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to just a single point.
ii. They allowed Valtteri Bottas to grab second from Kimi Raikkonen to secure a Mercedes one-two, as Vettel trailed home seventh.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Valtteri Bottas who races for Mercedes stood second in the race.

4. I H Manudev wins 1st National Masters snooker tournament title

i. I H Manudev has won the first National Masters snooker tournament title in Chennai. Alok Kumar, a former national men’s champion, had been in fine form coming into the summit clash but found Karnataka’s Manudev a tough proposition.

5. MobiKwik Partnered with Samsung Pay Mini

i. Digital payments company MobiKwik has partnered Samsung Pay, under which consumers will be able to make payments with a single tap using select Samsung handsets.
ii. Samsung had unveiled a 'Mini' version of the platform that integrates UPI and mobile wallets to work on mid-range priced smartphones.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • CEO of Mobikwik is Bipin Preet Singh.
  • Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Seoul.

6. Five P Venture inks pact with Central Silk Board

i. Erode-based Five P Venture India Private Ltd and Central Silk Board (CSB) inked an agreement for development and commercialization of handloom silk products.
ii. This MoU signed at the first-ever mega trade fair for the textile sector organized by the Ministry of Textiles at Gandhinagar. This step will also help revive the heritage skills of the handloom weavers in Chennimalai belt.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Headquarter of Central Silk Board (CSB) is in Bengaluru.

7. Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli to be the new Chief Justice of Nepal

i.Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli will be the new Chief Justice of Nepal. The Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) unanimously endorsed Justice Parajuli’s name for the post of Chief Justice of Supreme Court.
ii. After endorsement by PHSC the President will now appoint him as the Chief Justice. He will head the Judiciary till April 28, 2018.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Capital of Nepal is Kathmandu.
  • Sher Bahadur Deuba is the newly appointed Prime minister of Nepal.

8. Shri R K Pachnanda takes charge as Director General, ITBP

i. Shri R K Pachnanda, an IPS officer, took charge as the new Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), recently.
ii. Shri Krishna Chaudhary, DG who retired on superannuation, handed over the customary baton to Shri Pachnanda. Shri Pachnanda is the 29th Chief of the ITBP.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Capital of Tibet is Lhasa.

9. Former Sikkim CM Nar Bahadur Bhandari passes away

i. Nar Bahadur Bhandari, one of the longest-serving chief ministers of Sikkim has died recently. Mr. Bhandari, a three-term former Chief Minister was 77 years old.
ii. He became the Chief Minister of Sikkim for the first time in 1979 on a Janata Parishad ticket and then again in 1984 and 1989 on a Sikkim Sangram Parishad ticket.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Capital of Sikkim is Gangtok.
  • The present Chief Minister Sikkim is Pawan Kumar Chamling.

10. Indonesia renames part of South China Sea

i. Indonesia has named waters in its exclusive economic zone that overlap with China’s expansive claim to the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea.
ii. The part of the renamed area falls in China’s “nine-dash line” waters extending hundreds of miles to the south and east of China’s island province Hainan.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • In 2011, the Philippines renamed the waters as the “West Philippine Sea” 
  • The Capital of Indonesia is Jakarta.

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