Current Affairs Today 27th July 2018 | Current Affairs News

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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

The international festival of photography, will be held in Chennai

  • The second edition of the Chennai Photo Biennale (CPB), the international festival of photography, will be held from February 22 to March 24, 2019.
  • Synchronised with the art calender of Asia, the 30-day long festival would be held at 30 venues with 150 plus artists, 300 hours of programming and have 45 print exhibitions.

Lok Sabha passes Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2018

  • The Lok Sabha has passed the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018.  The Bill provides for the prevention, rescue, and rehabilitation of trafficked persons and seeks to establish National Anti-Trafficking Bureau to investigate trafficking cases.
  • It also provides for the setting up of Anti-Trafficking Units (ATUs) at e district level which will deal with the investigation, prevention, rescue, and protection of victims and witnesses.

Parliament passes Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018.

  • Parliament has passed Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 that aims to curb practice of evading criminal prosecution by economic offenders fleeing from country to evade clutches Indian law by remaining outside jurisdiction of Indian courts. The bill will replace an ordinance promulgated by President in April 2018.

The National Green Tribunal formed a monitoring committee on cleaning of the Yamuna

  • The National Green Tribunal formed a monitoring committee for Yamuna Rejuvenation Project.B S Sajwan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra has been appointed as members of the committee.
  • The committee has been asked to submit the report by December 31,2018. This decision was taken by a bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson A K Goel .
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National Green Tribunal (NGT) HeadquartersNew Delhi
National Green Tribunal (NGT) ChairpersonAdarsh Kumar Goel

IRDAI Forms Panel To Review 3rd Party Motor Cover Costs

  • Insurance regulator Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has constituted a 16-member committeeto examine motor third party insurance pricing aspects and make recommendations on the premium rates for 2019-20. IRDAI Member P.J. Joseph has been appointed as the Chairman of the committee.
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IRDAI HeadquartersHyderabad
IRDAI ChairpersonSubhash Chandra Khuntia

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

Imran Khan declares victory in Pakistan election

  • Pakistan’s cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan declared victory for his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) in the country’s general election.
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Pakistan CapitalIslamabad
CurrencyRupee
PMImran Khan

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE

West Bengal passes resolution to change name of state to ‘Bangla’

  • The ruling Trinamool Congress government placed a proposal in the state assembly to change the name of West Bengal to “Bangla” in all languages. The proposal will now be sent to the Home Ministry for approval, and the name of the state will be changed only if the Ministry approves it.
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West Bengal CapitalKolkata
CMMamata Banerjee
GovernorKeshari Nath Tripathi

West Bengal Assembly passes Lokayukta Bill

  • The West Bengal Assembly passed the West Bengal Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. Parliament of India. A bill to provide for the establishment of a body of Lokpal for the Union and Lokayukta for States to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Arunachal Pradesh to launch new health insurance scheme

  • The new Chief Minister’s Arogya Arunachal Yojana (CMAAY) will enable citizens to avail cashless health services in empanelled hospitals of Arunachal Pradesh. Once launched, the scheme will offer healthcare services of up to Rs. 5 lakh per family per year.
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Arunachal Pradesh CapitalItanagar
CMPema khandu
GovernorBD Mishra

Venkaiah Naidu is appointed as the Chancellor of Pondicherry University

  • Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu is appointed as the Chancellor of Pondicherry Central University by the President, Ram Nath Kovind,  in his capacity as Visitor of the university. The term of the Chancellor will be five years.
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Pondicherry CapitalPuducherry
CMV. Narayanasamy
Lt. GovernorKiran Bedi

Odisha CM Inaugurates Rs 300 Crore Irrigation Dam Project

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Rs 300 crore Rukura Medium Irrigation Dam project in Sundargarh district.
  • This project will irrigate 5,800 hectares of the agricultural field. Mr Patnaik stated that his promises to provide irrigation to an additional 10 lakh hectare of land ahead of 2014 elections, will be fulfilled by 2019.
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Orissa CapitalBhubaneswar
CMNaveen Patnaik
GovernorGaneshi Lal

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Wangchuk and Vatwani are among six winners of the Magsaysay award:

  • The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award established to perpetuate former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay’s example of integrity in governance, courageous service to the people, and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society.
PersonCountry
Phunsuk WangduIndia
Bharat VatwaniIndia
Youk ChhangCambodia
Maria de Lourdes Martins CruzEast Timor
Howard DeePhilippines
Vo Thi Hoang YenVietnam

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & MyGov Launches ‘Innovate India Platform’

  • R Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission and Arvind Gupta CEO, MyGov launched the “#InnovateIndia Platform”, a collaboration between the Atal Innovation Mission and MyGov, a citizen-centric platform of the Government of India.  The portal will serve as the common point for all the innovation happening across the nation.
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NITI Aayog ChairmanPM of India
Vice ChairmanRajiv Kumar

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE

The 2nd Young Superintendent of Police Conference held in New Delhi

  • The 2nd Young Superintendent of Police Conference will be organized by Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) with theme “Predictive Policing and Contemporary Challenges for Indian Police Forces” in New Delhi on July 26, 2018.
  • The purpose of the 2-day conference is to create awareness among young Superintendents of Police and Commandants regarding latest technologies in areas of Artificial Intelligence; Predictive Policing/ Crime Analytics/ Big data Analytics; Geospatial Technology; Cyber Crime; Surveillance Tracking & UAVs; CCTV Equipment, for effective delivery of Police Services to citizens.
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Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) HeadquartersNew Delhi

 Sixth India-UK Science & Innovation Council Meeting Held In New Delhi

  • The 6th India-UK Science & Innovation Council (SIC) meeting held in New Delhi discussed a range of issues on S&T cooperation between the two countries. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences & Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India and Mr. Sam Gyimah, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, UK led the Indian and UK delegations respectively.
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Minister of Science & TechnologyDr. Harsh Vardhan
ConstituencyChandni Chowk, Delhi

CURRENT SCHEMES AND PROGRAM

UNICEF International Children’s Film Festival in Kolkata

  • A bouquet of 32 offerings from 17 countries would be on show at the UNICEF 18th International Children’s Film Festival that began in Kolkata. The inaugural film Moana, produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, was screened after the festival was declared open by West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi at the Nandan film complex.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS AND AUTHORS

The book “The Dhoni Touch: Unravelling the Enigma That Is Mahendra Singh Dhoni” has been authored by Bharat Sundaresan

  • The book “The Dhoni Touch: Unravelling the Enigma That Is Mahendra Singh Dhoni” has been authored by Bharat Sundaresan. The author tracks down the cricketer’s closest friends in Ranchi and artfully presents the different shades of Dhoni-the Ranchi boy, the fauji, the diplomat, Chennai’s beloved ‘Thala’, the wicketkeeping Pythagoras-and lays bare the man underneath.
  • The 203-page tome is an exercise in finding out what makes Jharkhand’s universal hero remain an iceberg while the fires rage around him.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING

India ranks 11th in 2018 AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index

India has fallen out of top 10 destinations for Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in terms of its attractiveness according to 2018 Kearney FDI Confidence Index, in which it was ranked 11th, down from 8th in 2017 and 9th in 2016. The index was released by report published by global consultancy firm A T Kearney.

India ranks 6th Global Optimism Index

  • India was ranked 6th in the global optimism index with business optimism tepid in second quarter (Q2) of 2018. The index was released as part of Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR), a quarterly global business survey. The report was based on results of quarterly global business survey of 2,500 businesses in 32 economies. topped by Indonesia

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCHEMES AND PROGRAM

3rd edition of Kabira festival 2018 held in Varanasi

  • The 3rd edition of Kabira festival 2018 will be held in Varanasi on November 16 to celebrate the spirit of 15th-century mystic poet Kabir. The annual festival conceived by the Mahindra group and Teamwork Arts, will feature a two-day programme of music, literature, talks and city explorations.
  • The festival will reverberate with music, poetry, discussions and more. It will bring together incredible artists, writers and performers who have imbibed the essence of Sant Kabir.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARIRS

Veteran Sports Journalist Swapan Sarkar passed away

  • Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passed away due to diabetic complications. He was 67 years old. He worked for a number of dailies and was also the Delhi sports correspondent of Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) from mid-1990’s.
  • He was a regular in the Delhi sports circuit having covered events like 1982 Asian Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games along with tournaments like Nehru Cup, Federation Cup, Durand Cup and DCM.

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