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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23 JULY 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 23 JULY 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1. MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT TO LAUNCH AAJEEVIKA GRAMEEN EXPRESS YOJANA
i. The Ministry of Rural Development will launch a new sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission which will be named as “Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)”.
ii. As mentioned by Minister of State for Rural Development, Ram Kripal Yadav the main objectives of AGEY are to provide an alternative source of livelihoods to members of Self Help Groups under DAY-NRLM by facilitating them to operate public transport services in backward rural areas.
iii. This sub-scheme will be implemented in 250 blocks in the country on a pilot basis for a period of 3 years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.


2. INDIA TO HOST GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON CYBER SPACE 2017 – WORLD’S LARGEST CONFERENCE ON CYBER SPACE
i. India will be hosting the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space in 2017. It is one of the world’s largest 2- day conference on Cyber Space.
ii. The theme of Cyber4All is “An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace”. The theme of this conference reflects the changing architecture of India in the Digital space.
iii. The GCCS 2017 will take place on the 23rd and 24th of November, 2017 in Aero City, New Delhi. The GCCS 2017 will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.
iv. The 4th version of GCCS 2015 was held on April 16-17, 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands. It can help to provide vision of inclusive digital society for inclusive growth, education, healthcare especially for developing world.
v. Cyber security will be one of the major focus areas in GCCS 2017. The central government is in the process of setting up separate sector specific emergency response centres to ensure cyber security and strengthen technology infrastructure.
vi. GCCS will assemble and deliberate on issues relating to promotion of cooperation in cyberspace, norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace and to enhance cyber capacity building.

3. UN SELECTS DUBAI AS DATA HUB FOR MENASA REGION
i. The UN has selected Dubai as the data hub for the Middle East North Africa and South Asia region.
ii. The work is under process to prepare Dubai as the regional city data hub. Dubai has launched a series of comprehensive and integrated initiatives to mine and manage the city’s data.
iii. It will also serve as a dedicated platform for city-to- city learning and solutions transfer across metropolitan, national and global contexts.
iv. The designation will be part of a portfolio of local and regional data portals, analytics and reports to engage stakeholders and help to accelerate progress.
v. Dubai Data Establishment has worked to build sound city-wide data infrastructure in Dubai.

4. KARNATAKA BANK LAUNCHES “MET LOAN & LIFE SURAKSHA”
i. Karnataka Bank has launched a Met Loan & Life Suraksha” for its customers. It is a single premium plan covering the loan liability of a customer.
ii. This new product will be available across all the 769 branches of the bank for its borrower clients.
iii. The bank also introduced ‘KBL MLLS’ app, which marks the celebration of 15 years of partnership with M/s PNB MetLife.
iv. This app is entirely for the Karnataka Bank employees to instantly calculate the insurance cover and premium-based on loan liability of their borrowers.

5. TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL GALA TO HONOR PRIYANKA CHOPRA
i. The Toronto Film Festival is set to honour Priyanka Chopra. She will be the guest of honour at the fundraiser event.
ii. The Toronto Film Festival will begin from 7th to 17th Sept, 2017 in Canada. The TIFF gala is aimed at collecting funds that will be used for helping fund talent development programs to get more women behind and in front of the camera.
iii. Toronto will also be honouring the Mary Kom star for her activism of devoting time to UNICEF as a goodwill ambassador and the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education.
iv. Earlier, Chopra has represented her Bollywood movies such as Mary Kom and what’s Your Raashee in 2004 and 2009, respectively to the Toronto festival. She has also made her Hollywood debut in the movie Baywatch.

6. SANJAY KOTHARI APPOINTED SECRETARY TO NEW PRESIDENT RAM NATH KOVIND
i. Sanjay Kothari a Chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board, has been appointed as Secretary to President-elect Ram Nath Kovind.
ii. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by PM Narendra Modi, has cleared these appointments for an initial period of two years.
iii. Kothari, a 1978-batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, retired in June last year as DoPT secretary. He was in November 2016 appointed as the chief of the government’s head-hunter the PESB.
iv. Senior journalist Ashok Malik has been named as Press Secretary to Kovind. Malik is at present a Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation — a policy think tank.
v. Senior Gujarat-cadre forest service officer Bharat Lal will be Joint Secretary to Kovind.

7. BRENDA HALE APPOINTED AS UK SUPREME COURT’S FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT
i. Brenda Hale has been appointed as the 1st female president of the UK Supreme Court.
ii. It was announced on 21st of July and she will take up her position on 2nd October, when she will be sworn in as president.
iii. Hale joined the Supreme Court in 2009 and is among the last of the judges who can serve to 75. She became a judge before rules were changed in 1995 to make retiring at 70 mandatory.
iv. She was also the 1st woman and youngest person to be appointed to the Law Commission. In 1989, she was appointed Queen’s Counsel and in 1994 she became a high court judge.
v. In June 2013, she was appointed deputy president of the Supreme Court.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. THE MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT WILL LAUNCH A NEW SUB-SCHEME UNDER DEENDAYAL ANTYODAYA YOJANA – NATIONAL RURAL LIVELIHOODS MISSION WHICH WILL BE NAMED AS?
a)  Deen Dayal Grameen Express Yojana
b)  Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana
c)  Aajeevika Grameen Kalyan Yojana
d)  Aajeevika Grameen Sahayta Yojana
Q2. WHICH CITY HAS BEEN SELECTED BY UNITED NATIONS AS THE DATA HUB FOR THE MIDDLE EAST NORTH AFRICA AND SOUTH ASIA REGION?
a)  Dubai, UAE
b)  Cairo, Egypt
c)  Tunis, Tunisia
d)  Khartoum, Sudan
Q3. WHICH BANK HAS LAUNCHED “MET LOAN & LIFE SURAKSHA” FOR ITS CUSTOMERS, WHICH IS A SINGLE PREMIUM PLAN COVERING THE LOAN LIABILITY OF A CUSTOMER?
a)  Syndicate Bank
b)  ICICI Bank
c)  Vijaya Bank
d)  Karnataka Bank
Q4. WHICH COUNTRY WILL HOST THE FIFTH GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON CYBER SPACE IN NOVEMBER 2017?
a)  Israel
b)  Russia
c)  India
d)  China
Q5. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS SECRETARY TO PRESIDENT-ELECT RAM NATH KOVIND?
a)  Sanjay Kothari
b)  Vijay Rana
c)  Mrugesh Parihar
d)  Laxman Vijayan

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


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