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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14 JULY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 14 JULY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1. SHRI J P NADDA LAUNCHES THE NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN FOR MALARIA ELIMINATION 2017-22
i. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda, launched the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) at a function in New Delhi.
ii. The Strategic Plan gives year wise elimination targets in various parts of the country depending upon the endemicity of malaria in the next 5 years. It is to be noted that National Framework for Malaria Elimination that was launched last year outlined India’s commitment for eliminating malaria by 2030.

2. DIPP TO SET UP INDIA’S FIRST TISC IN PUNJAB
i. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, signed an Institutional agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology in New Delhi to establish India’s 1st Technology and Innovation Support Center at Patent Information Centre, Punjab, under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s TISC program.
ii. The objective of the TISC is to stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights system in India to foster creativity and innovation, thereby promoting entrepreneurship and enhancing social, economic and cultural development.
iii. WIPO’s TISC program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services, helping them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their Intellectual Property Rights.


3. 22ND WORLD PETROLEUM CONGRESS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY
i. Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan visited Istanbul in Turkey  to represent India at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress International Conference.
ii. Theme for 22nd World Petroleum Congress was ‘Bridges To Our energy Future’.
iii. Mr. Pradhan chaired a ministerial session on the subject ‘Current Economic Strategies in Indian Oil and Gas Sector’ and a plenary session on ‘Supply and Demand Challenges for Oil, Gas and Products’.

4. MODEL UNITED NATIONS REGIONAL CONFERENCE BEGINS IN KATHMANDU, NEPAL
i. A Model United Nations Regional Conference is being held at Kathmandu, Nepal. Model United Nations, is an educational simulation activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.
ii. The event is organised by the US Embassy in partnership with the Youth Thinker’s Society.
iii. Youths from 12 South and Central Asian countries including India are participating in 5 day conference. The basic aim of the MUN is to provide a platform to young minds to channelise energy and resources for a more prosperous and peaceful world.
iv. The delegates are discussing a wide range of issues including environment and water security, promoting human rights of migrant workers, finance security, nuclear non-proliferation and countering youth radicalisation. The event is also providing an opportunity to youths to get familiar with the operations of UN conference and other agencies.
v. The conference simulate four UN committees-United Nations Environment Programme, Economic and Financial Committee, United Nations Security Council and United Nations Human Rights Council.

5. ANDHRA, TELANGANA AND GUJARAT TOP EASE OF DOING BUSINESS, SAYS NITI CEO AMITABH KANT
i. According to the NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat are the three best-performing states in “ease of doing business”.
ii. Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam are included worst in the rankings. The rankings are based on key development and social indicators across states and union territories during a national conference of Chief Secretaries.
iii. Based on availability of electricity in rural households the best-performing states are Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Punjab and Tamil Nadu, which have achieved 100% penetration.
iv. The bottom three are Bihar with 46% Nagaland with 45% and Jharkhand with 40%.
v. In nutrition, Kerala, Tripura and Goa are the best-performing states while Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Bihar are the worst.

6. VIJAYA BANK MD KISHORE SANSI GETS SKOCH AWARD
i. Kishore Sansi, Managing Director and CEO of Vijaya Bank, has been conferred the ‘Personality of the Year’ award by Skoch Consultancy Services.
ii. The award is part of the ‘Skoch Banking and Financial Leadership’ series. Past recipients of the award include C Rangarajan, Dilip Parekh and Nandan Nilekani.

7. JUSTICE VIKRAMAJIT SEN APPOINTED NEW BCCC CHAIRPERSON
i. The Board of Directors of Indian Broadcasting Foundation has appointed former Supreme Court judge, Justice Vikramajit Sen, as the new chairperson of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council. Justice Vikramajit Sen will hold the position for the next 3 years.
ii. Justice Vikramajit Sen, an alumnus of St Xavier’s School (Delhi) and St Stephen’s College (Delhi), earned his degree in Law from Faculty of Law, Delhi University.
ii. After a long tenure as a Judge of the Delhi high court, he was appointed chief justice of Karnataka High Court and elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India in 2012, an office he served till December 2015.

8. MITHALI RAJ CREATES HISTORY, BECOMES LEADING RUN-GETTER IN WOMEN’S ODIS
i. India Women’ Cricket Team Captain Mithali Raj scripted history as she became the all-time leading run-getter in women’s one-day internationals.
ii. Mithali, who is leading India at the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, overtook Charlotte Edwards after scoring her 34th run against Australia in Bristol.
iii. She reached the landmark in her 183rd ODI, taking 164 innings – 16 less than Charlotte.
iv. Mithali broke another record when she became the 1st player in the women’s game to reach 6000 ODI runs when she hit a six off Kristen Beams.
iv. Mithali made her ODI debut against Ireland in June 1999. So far, Mithali has scored 6028 runs with the help of five centuries and 49 half-centuries.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY AND PROMOTION, MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA WILL ESTABLISH INDIA’S FIRST TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION SUPPORT CENTER IN WHICH STATE?
a)  Haryana
b)  Punjab
c)  Andhra Pradesh
d)  Telangana
Q2. 22ND WORLD PETROLEUM CONGRESS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WAS HELD FROM 9TH TO 12THJULY, 2017 IN?
a)  Dubai, UAE
b)  Toronto, Canada
c)  Moscow, Russia
d)  Istanbul, Turkey
Q3. A MODEL UNITED NATIONS REGIONAL CONFERENCE IS BEING HELD FROM JULY 10, 2017 IN?
a)  Sydney, Australia
b)  Beijing, China
c)  Kathmandu, Nepal
d)  Islamabad, Pakistan
Q4. ACCORDING TO THE NITI AAYOG CEO AMITABH KANT, WHICH AMONG THE FOLLOWING ARE THE 3 BEST-PERFORMING STATES IN “EASE OF DOING BUSINESS”?
a)  Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Gujarat
b)  Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka
c)  Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat
d)  Maharashtra, Telangana and Gujarat
Q5. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW CHAIRPERSON OF BROADCASTING CONTENT COMPLAINTS COUNCIL?
a)  Justice Pankaj Lodha
b)  Justice Shankar Rawal
c)  Justice Vijay Mathur
d)  Justice Vikramajit Sen

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


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