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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12 JULY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 12 JULY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1. CM ARVIND KEJRIWAL LAUNCHES E-RTI, DELHI BECOMES 2ND STATE TO ACCEPT ONLINE APPLICATIONS
i. CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched e-RTI in Delhi and has become 2nd state to accept online application.
ii. Right to Information applicants would be able to register their queries online on the Delhi government’s new portal. The Aam Aadmi Party government had started training public information officers across departments in early 2016.
iii. As per the Delhi government, the e-RTI portal would start accepting applications for a total of 172 public authorities or government departments in the Delhi region.
iv. The Central government had urged the States to set up their own online application portals.
v. According to the Delhi government’s RTI statistics which cover the police, municipal corporations and other government departments in the Capital.

2. ESIC & DGFASLI SIGN MOU FOR COLLABORATION ON OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND PREVENTION OF OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES AND DISEASES
i. In the presence of Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment, A Memorandum of Understanding between ESIC and Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes for collaboration in the field of occupational health and prevention of occupational injuries and diseases signed in New Delhi.
ii. It will remain in force for a time period of three years. The MoU will help in spreading awareness for healthy working conditions, reduce the danger of diseases or injuries and provide good quality life for workers.
iii. The main focus of MoU is occupational health by establishing ‘DGFASLI-ESIC Occupational Health Training, Research & Development Centre’ at Regional Labour Institute, Faridabad.


3. ODISHA TO SET UP INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SPORTS CITY
i. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has announced to set up an international standard sports city announced.
ii. Kalinga International Sport City will be set up in Bhubaneswar and will be eligible to bid for most international competitions including Commonwealth and Asian games.
iii. The chief minister stated that the state will also have satellite stadia with world class infrastructure in Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela.
iv. The state government has also signed an expression of interest with the International Association of Athletics Federation and the Athletics Federation of India for setting up of a high performance academy inside the Kalinga Stadium.

4. NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF NITI AAYOG HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. The National Conference of Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories organised by NITI Aayog is held in New Delhi.
ii. It has been organized to further the spirit of cooperative and competitive federalism. It helps in measuring performance and progress of states and rank them appropriately to instill healthy competition among them.
iii. It will cover a wide range of issues and will focus is on best practices in social and economic sectors across states. The Various developmental indicators developed by NITI Aayog, in areas like health, education, water management and digital transformation are being discussed.
iv. Several interactive sessions also on issues including agriculture and health are also on the agenda.

5. INDIA TO BECOME LARGEST MILK PRODUCER IN 2026 – OECD & FAO REPORT
i. According to OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026, released by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, India will be the world’s largest milk producer by 2026 and will account for the biggest increase in wheat production globally.
ii. As per OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026, world’s population will increase from 7.3 to 8.2 billion over the course of the next decade with India and Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for 56% of total population growth.
iii. From 2017-2026, milk production in India will grow 49%; in 2026, India will be the world’s largest milk producer. Global production of wheat is projected to increase by 11% from 2017-2026, while the wheat area will increases by only 1.8%.

6. 36TH FOUNDATION DAY OF NABARD CELEBRATED ON JULY 11
i. Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley was the Chief Guest on the occasion of 36th Foundation Day of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, celebrated at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
ii. NABARD dedicated this day to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Self Help Group Bank Linkage Programme.
iii. Self Help Group Bank Linkage Programme is a pioneering initiative of Financial Inclusion by NABARD.

7. AXIS BANK, IIC PACT TO BOOST TRADE WITH LATIN AMERICA
i.  Axis Bank has announced a collaboration with Inter- American Investment Corporation that it will help traders boost relations between India and Latin America.
ii.  Axis Bank said it is the 1st Indian Bank to be a part of such a facility. It will facilitate trade with Latin America and the Caribbean in which Axis Bank will participate in the Trade Finance Facilitation Programme as a confirming bank.
iii. The collaboration aims to foster bilateral trade relations by allowing ease of transactions. The Inter-American Investment Corporation will be acting on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank.
iv. Through collaboration the Axis Bank will aim to strengthen international trade relations in the region.

8. FIVE STATES, PUDUCHERRY TO INK MOU WITH GEM
i. Five states and a union territory including Telangana and Gujarat would ink an MoU with Government e-Market for smart procurement of goods and services.
ii. As per the government the Memorandum of Understanding will ensure timely payment by state departments to the vendors registered on the GeM portal.
iii. The other states that will ink the agreement are Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and union territory Puducherry.
iv. GeM was launched by the commerce ministry to bring greater transparency and efficiency in public procurement. It has been made mandatory on GeM to make payment to the vendors within 10 days of receipt of goods and services.

9. IROAF SETS GOLD STANDARDS BY WINNING GOLDEN PEACOCK AWARD FOR ECO INNOVATION FOR YEAR 2017
i. Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel has set gold standards by winning Golden Peacock Award for Eco Innovation for the year 2017 for introducing eco friendly and cost saving Compressed Natural Gas based Dual Fuel 1400 HP Diesel engines on Diesel Electric Multiple Unit trains.
ii. The CNG based dual fuel 1400 HP engine used in DEMU trains developed by IROAF has successfully substituted diesel fuel with CNG up to 20%.
iii. This innovation will reduce emissions considerably by bringing down nitrogen oxides by 16%, CO2 by 6% and Particulate Matter by 18% besides achieving economy in fuel cost by 8%.

10. DEBI PRASAD DASH TAKES OVER AS DRI CHIEF
i. Debi Prasad Dash has taken over as the Director General of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.
ii. Dash was an officer of the 1985 batch of Indian Revenue Service (Customs). He was the acting head of the DRI for the past five months.
iii. He is a recipient of the President’s award for especially distinguished record of service and Merit award from the World Customs Organisation.
iv. He has earlier worked in the United Nations Security Council, New York, Commonwealth Secretariat, London and the Central Bureau of Investigation.

11. WORLD POPULATION DAY: JULY 11, 2017
i. World Population day is observed every year on July 11th to raise awareness of global population issues since 1989.
ii. Theme of World Population Day 2017 is ‘Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations‘
iii. Its aim is to raise awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.
iv. This year celebration coincides with the Family Planning Summit, the 2nd meeting of the FP2020–Family Planning 2020–initiative, which aims to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women by 2020.
v. Shri J P Nadda launches new family planning ‘Mission Parivar Vikas’ initiatives on World Population Day.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS
Q1. WHICH ENTITY HAS SIGNED A MOU WITH DIRECTORATE GENERAL FACTORY ADVICE SERVICE & LABOUR INSTITUTES FOR COLLABORATION ON OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND PREVENTION OF OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES AND DISEASES?
a)  Life Insurance Corporation of India
b)  NITI Aayog
c)  Employee’s State Insurance Corporation
d)  International Labour Organization
Q2. WHICH STATE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED TO SET UP AN INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SPORTS CITY IN THE STATE CAPITAL?
a)  Karnataka
b)  Odisha
c)  Kerala
d)  Goa
Q3. WHICH AMONG THE FOLLOWING BECAME THE 2ND STATE TO LAUNCH E-RTI PORTAL THAT WILL ENABLE CITIZENS TO FILE ONLINE RIGHT TO INFORMATION?
a)  Delhi
b)  Himachal Pradesh
c)  Madhya Pradesh
d)  Manipur
Q4. ACCORDING TO OECD-FAO AGRICULTURAL OUTLOOK 2017-2026, RELEASED BY ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS, WHICH COUNTRY WILL BE THE WORLD’S LARGEST MILK PRODUCER BY 2026?
a)  New Zealand
b)  Australia
c)  Denmark
d)  India
Q5. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS TAKEN OVER AS DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE DIRECTORATE OF REVENUE INTELLIGENCE?
a)  Mukul Kumar Nayak
b)  Debi Prasad Dash
c)  Prakash Chand Ghelot
d)  Rakesh Nath Dubey

ANSWERS: 

            1 - C    2 - B    3 - A    4 - D    5 - B

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