Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 23rd and 24th July 2017

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1. Kiren Rijiju inaugurates RIWATCH Museum in Arunachal Pradesh

i. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has inaugurated the Research Institution of World Ancient, Traditional, Culture & Heritage (RIWATCH) Museum at Roing in Arunachal Pradesh. 
ii. Later, on the sideline of his visit to Roing, Rijiju also inaugurated the 235-meter long Chimari Bridge, which would serve as a life line between the National Highway 52 of Roing-Tezu. 

2. Meghalaya CM launches ‘Mission Football’ in Shillong

i. Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma launched ‘Mission Football’ at a grand ceremony at JN Sports Complex, Shillong recently.
ii. Mission Football is an initiative to help develop skills of football enthusiasts and develop young footballers for the country. It is a dedicated program for talent identification and nurturing of talents to develop national and international players.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Banwarilal Purohit is the present Governor of Meghalaya.

3. India to host Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017

i. India will host the fifth Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in November 2017. One of the largest cyber security conferences in the world, GCSS will be held in New Delhi.
ii. Union Minister for electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that prime minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the conference whose theme will be based on Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace.
iii. It is the first time ever that the Global Conference on Cyber Space is taking place outside Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Global Conference on Cyber Space is a prestigious international conference that aims at encouraging dialogue among stakeholders of cyberspace.
  • The conference was incepted in the year 2011.

4. India ranks 132 in Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index

i. India has ranked 132nd out of 152 countries on the inaugural “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index” released by international NGO Oxfam in association with Developmental Finance International.
ii. Sweden led the index while Nigeria remained the worst performer. Among India’s neighboring countries, China’s rank is 87; Pakistan fared worse than India at 146 while Bangladesh ranked at 148.

The top 5 countries in the list are-
1. Sweden
2. Belgium
3. Denmark
4. Norway
5. Germany

5. India, Bangladesh sign pact to connect both countries by waterways

i. India and Bangladesh have signed a pact to connect both the countries by waterways. The waterways will facilitate movement of passengers and goods between India’s northeast and West Bengal with Bangladesh.
ii. Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya stated in Agartala that infrastructure for the services would be set up along the major rivers in Bangladesh, West Bengal and the Brahmaputra in Assam.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Capital of Bangladesh is Dhaka.
  • Prime minister of Bangladesh is Sheikh Hasina.
  • Abdul Hamid is the President of Bangladesh.

6. Navy Chief Sunil Lanba begins tour of Mozambique and Tanzania

i. Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba had begun an eight-day-long two-nation tour of Mozambique and Tanzania with an aim of exploring new avenues of bilateral defence cooperation. Admiral Lanba, who also heads the powerful Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC), will visit first Mozambique.
ii. Later on his tour, Admiral Lanba will begin his five-day-long visit to Tanzania on July 26. He is scheduled to meet President of Tanzania John Magufuli, Defence Minister Hussein Mwinyi and other higher delegations. India and Mozambique have a Joint Defence Working Group (JDWG) for defence and security cooperation.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Capital of Mozambique is Maputo.
  • Filipe Nyusi is the President of Mozambique.
  • The Capital of Tanzania is Dodoma.
  • John Magufuli is the President of Tanzania.

7. World’s largest supercarrier USS Gerald R Ford commissioned in USA

i. US Navy commissioned world’s largest aircraft carrierUSS Gerald R Ford into the fleet. The commissioning ceremony was held at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia in presence of US President Donald Trump.
ii. USS Gerald R. Ford is the first ship in this new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy. The ship is named after the 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford and has been built by Newport News Ship Building Company. The massive 1,106-foot-long carrier is powered by two new generation nuclear reactors.

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

8. UK govt appoints Brenda Marjorie Hale as first female President of SC

i. The UK government appointed Brenda Marjorie Hale as the first female President of the Supreme Court, the senior-most judge of the country. Hale, 72, will take charge as the head of Britain’s top judging panel in September following the retirement of current President, Lord Neuberger.
ii. She has served as Neuberger’s deputy since 2013. Three new justices have also been appointed to the Supreme Court – Lady Justice Black, Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Lord Justice Brigg – who will take up the role when Lady Hale is sworn in officially as President on 2nd October.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Capital of UK is London.
  • The Prime minister of UK is Theresa May.

9. Raveesh Kumar to be next ministry of external affairs spokesperson

i. Raveesh Kumar, a 1995-batch IFS officer who is currently posted in Frankfurt, Germany as Consul General of India, is understood to be the next spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs.
ii. Kumar will replace Gopal Baglay, who was appointed the joint secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. The IFS officer started his career at the Indian Mission in Jakarta. It was followed by a stint in Thimphu and London.

10. ICC Women's World Cup final : India lose to England by 9 runs 

i. Indian eves lost to England by a narrow margin of nine runs in the ICC Women's World Cup final at Lord's in London. Chasing a target of 229, Indian middle-order collapsed like a pack of cards, being bowled out for 219 in 48.4 overs. 
ii. Opener Poonam Raut was top scored with 86, while Harmanpreet Kaur contributed 51. Earlier, Natalie Sciver's 51 and Sarah Taylor's 45 laid the foundation for England's decent total of 228 for 7. For England, it was their fourth Women's World Cup. 

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Captain of England women's cricket team is Heather Knight.

11. Former ISRO Chairman U R Rao passes away at 85

i. Eminent space scientist and former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Udupi Ramachandra Rao passed away due to age related ailments. He was 85.
ii. He was currently serving as the chairman of the governing council of the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad. Rao served as the chairman of ISRO for 10 years from 1984-1994.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The current chairman of ISRO is A. S. Kiran Kumar. 
  • Rao was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1976 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2017 for his contribution to Indian space technology.


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