Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 18th July 2017

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i. Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela's birthday. 

ii. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Nelson Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all. 

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Mandela Day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009.
  • The first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. 
  • Nelson Mandela was the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

i. The spectacular Dal Lake here hosted first ever 'Culture of Cruise', a weekly cultural programme organised by the Jammu and Kashmir government aimed to bring artists from various fields on one stage. 

ii. The innovative programme series brings writers, performance artists, musicians, poets and academics together and offers a program of performances, workshops, talks, forums and debates.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Dachigam, Salim Ali and Hemis are the National Park in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • CM of Jammu and Kashmir is Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed.

i. Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen released a book titled "Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives" at Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Pranab Mukherjee, who received the first copy of the book.

ii. The book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’ has been compiled by Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JGU University and is published by Oxford University Press.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 and India's Bharat Ratna in 1999 for his work in welfare economics.

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the Information and Broadcasting portfolio to Smriti Irani. The Urban Development Ministry, which was also being handled by Naidu, has been given to Narendra Singh Tomar.

ii. This announcement came after BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu, who is the government's nominee for the position of Vice-President, resigned from his ministerial responsibilities.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Smriti Irani is also Textiles Minister in the Government of India. 
  • Narendra Singh Tomar is also the Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, and Housing and Urban Affairs

i. The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in association with the West Bengal government, will host Horasis Asia Meeting, a global business meet, in the city in November.

ii. The two-day business meet, starting November 26, will focus on sustainable business practices in various areas, including power and energy.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Shashwat Goenka is the President of ICC.

i. State Bank of India, the country’s largest commercial bank, has launched 'SBI Realty' - a one-stop integrated website for home buyers.

ii. SBI Realty will help customers to choose their dream home from 3,000 SBI approved projects across the country. These projects are spread across 13 states and Union Territories covering 30 cities, including metros, semi metro and towns. The site is developed by SBICAP Securities in association with PropEquity in terms of data support, project information. 

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Chairman of SBI is Smt. Arundhati Bhattacharya.
  • SBI is Headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

i. 131st edition of the Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament took place at  All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, the United Kingdom from 3rd – 16th July 2017. 

ii. It was played on grass courts, organised by the All England Lawn Tennis Club and the International Tennis Federation and is part of the ATP World Tour, the WTA Tour, the ITF Junior Tour and the NEC Tour. Here is the complete list of all the winners in different categories of Wimbledon 2017.

Men’s Singles
Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Marin Cilic (Croatia)
Women’s Singles
Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
Venus Williams (US)
Men’s Doubles
Lukasz Kubot (Poland) & Marcelo Melo (Brazil)
Oliver Marach (Austria) & Mate Pavic (Croatia)
Women’s Doubles
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) & Elena Vesnina (Russia)
Monica Niculescu (Romania) & Chan Hao-ching (Chinese)
Mixed Doubles
Jamie Murray (UK) & Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
Heather Watson (UK) & Henri Kontinen (Finland)

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