Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 19th July 2017

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1. TR Zeliang appointed as Chief Minister of Nagaland by Governor

i. TR Zeliang has been appointed as the Chief Minister of Nagaland by Governor PB Acharya. This will be the second term for Zeliang, his earlier term was from 2014 to 2017.
ii. Zeliang's appointment came after Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu and nine ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators failed to appear for the floor test.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Doyang Dam is situated in Nagaland.
  • PB Acharya is the Governor of Nagaland.

2. Maharashtra government approved revised policy of scheme to improve girl child ratio

i. The Maharashtra government has approved a revised policy of the 'Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree' scheme, according to which families who have a yearly income of up to Rs 7.5 lakh will be benefited. The scheme was launched by the state government on April 1, 2016, in place of 'Sukanya' scheme.
ii. It is aimed at improving the skewed girl child ratio, prevent sex determination and female foeticide, and support female education.
iii. Earlier provision: The 'Majhi Kanya Bhagyashree' scheme catered to girls from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and those whose annual income was up to Rs 1 lakh.
iv. Revised provisions: Families having an income up to Rs 7.5 lakh will be eligible for the scheme. After bearing the first girl child, if the mother or the father undergoes a family planning operation, a sum of Rs 50,000 shall be deposited in a bank in the name of the girl child. The scheme will be valid only if there are a maximum of two girl children born. In case a third child is born, the scheme shall become invalid for the first two as well.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Devendra Fadnavis is the CM of Maharashtra.
  • C. Vidyasagar Rao is the Governor of Maharashtra.

3. India & Sri Lanka sign MoU to develop village in Anuradhapura District

i. India and Sri Lanka have signed a MoU to develop a village in Anuradhapura District (in Sri Lanka) at a cost of 30 crores Sri Lankan rupees. The village in the name of a famous Buddhist monk Sobitha Thero, envisages construction of 153 new houses, a multi-purpose community building, internal water supply system and renovation of monk’s quarters & library.
ii. The project is in line with Government of Sri Lanka’s policy of rehabilitation of rural villages for economic development. It will benefit 153 families residing in the village.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu is the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka.
  • Maithripala Sirisena is the President of Sri Lanka.

4. Indians among top asylum-seekers, according to the International Migration Outlook 2017

i. According to the International Migration Outlook 2017 report on Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries, Indians are among top asylum-seekers in other countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Japan, and the United States of America.
ii. According to the report on OECD member-nations, top asylum-seekers to New Zealand between 2012 and 2016 were from China, India, Fiji, and Iraq. Among these, India and China were the largest source countries of asylum-seekers (11% and 9%), followed by Fiji (8%), Iraq (7%) and Pakistan (6%).

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was officially born on 30 September 1961. 
  • Angel Gurría is the Present Secretary-General of OECD. 
  • It is the 41st edition of International Migration Outlook 2017.

5. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice Presidential Candidate, Quits BJP And Government

i. M Venkaiah Naidu, the vice presidential candidate of the BJP-led ruling coalition, quit the government and BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, top ministers, and allies were by Mr. Naidu as he completed the formalities for joining the vice presidential contest.
ii. In preparation for his new role, 68-year-old Mr. Naidu quit his ministries. Smriti Irani will take additional charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Narendra Tomar will take charge of Urban Development.

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.

6. Australia and US jointly launched multimillion hypersonic missile – HIFiRE

i. The US and Australia have jointly test-fired a hypersonic missile capable of moving at a speed eight times faster than sound as part of a $54-million research project.
ii. The test was part of a project called the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program (HIFiRE) involving the US and Australian militaries, Queensland University, Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group.
iii. A hypersonic glider capable of moving at a speed eight times faster than sound has launched from a rocket range in the town of Woomera, South Australia.

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

7. US Navy tests world’s first Laser Weapons System

i. The U.S. Navy recently tested the world's first-ever active laser weapons system, which is now deployed and ready for war. The system has special materials that release photons and at the speed of light, it silently hits an object, burning it to a temperature of thousands of degrees.
ii. Each strike travels 50,000 times the speed of an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Admiral John Richardson is the Chief of Naval Officer of US Navy.

8. Bharat Arun appointed Team India bowling coach

i. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed Bharat Arun as the Indian Cricket team’s bowling coach.
ii. BCCI’s acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary announced that the cricket body has also decided to retain Sanjay Bangar as an assistant coach and R Sridhar as fielding coach till the 2019 ODI World Cup.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Ravi Shastri is the newly appointed coach of Indian Cricket team.
  • He has replaced Anil Kumble.

9. FIFA has lifted their ban on the Sudan Football Association

i. World football's governing body FIFA lifted the ban on the Sudan Football Association (SFA) imposed on it for the failure to abide by agreements mentioned in articles 14 and 19 of the FIFA statute.
ii. The SFA and its member officials are now eligible to benefit from the FIFA development program, course or training.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Mr. Bakri Hassan Salih is the present Prime Minister of Sudan.
  • The Capital of Sudan is Khartoum.
  • The President of FIFA is Gianni Infantino.

10. UK’s first woman Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill elected to key Parliament panel

Britain’s first woman Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill has been elected to an influential cross-party panel in the UK Parliament that examines the workings of the Home Office.
ii. The Labour MP, who won the Birmingham Edgbaston seat in the UK elections 2017, will be one of 11 MPs on the cross-party home affairs committee, which investigates the spending, policy and administration of the ministerial department.

11. UIDAI launches mAadhaar app on Android

i. UIDAI, which issues Aadhaar numbers, has launched mAadhaar app for mobile users that will allow users to carry unique identification profile on mobile.
ii. It allows users to carry their Aadhaar demographic information, i.e. name, date of birth, gender, address and the photograph linked with their Aadhaar number, on their smartphones.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Shri J Satyanarayana is the part time Chairman of UIDAI.
  • UIDAI stands for Unique Identification Authority of India.

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