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July Current Affairs

July 30: World Day against Trafficking in Persons
The United Nations (UN) World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed every year on July 30 to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, and promote and protect their rights. The 2017 theme of the day is “Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons”. 

IISER Scientists develop Gelator to remove oil from spills
Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram have developed gelator that can suck up oil and congeal it. The gelator is hydrophobic material that has property of oleilophilic (oil-loving) and takes up oil when it comes in contact with it. It can be used to recover marine oil spills with a simple, efficient and cost-effective method.

Haryana government bans use of liquid nitrogen in food and drink
The Haryana food and drugs administration department has banned flushing/mixing of liquid nitrogen with any drink or food article. The ban was imposed under section 34 of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSS), 2006.

National Mission for Clean Ganga approves 7 projects
The Executive Committee of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in its 4th meeting has approved seven projects in the sector of sewage infrastructure, ghat development and research.

Government launches Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 in Mumbai
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has launched Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 in Mumbai, Maharashtra under the Jiyo Parsi scheme. The Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 aims at containing the declining trend of population of the Parsi community and reverses it to bring their population above the threshold level.

India is world’s third-biggest beef exporter: OECD-FAO report
India is the world’s third-biggest exporter of beef. Brazil was ranked as the world’s top beef exporter followed by Australia. The report was released jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OECD).
29July : International Tiger Day
The International Tiger Day is celebrated every year on 29 July to raise awareness for tiger conservation. The goal of observance of the day is to promote the protection and expansion of the wild tigers habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation.

Sagar Vani: An Integrated Information Dissemination System launched
The Union Ministry of Earth Science has launched Sagar Vani, on the occasion of its foundation Day. Sagar Vani is an integrated information dissemination system that will serve the coastal community, especially the fishermen community with the advisories and alerts towards their livelihood as well as their safety at Sea.

Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care released
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care (FPC) for improving newborn health. The guidelines are for all stakeholders involved in the process of planning and delivering newborn care. 

NPCI gets RBI nod to operate Bharat Bill Payment System
The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has received final nod from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to function as the Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU) and operate the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS).

Former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar conferred with Japanese honour
Former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar was conferred with the Japan’s imperial decoration ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award for his contribution to fostering Japan-India ties. Ratan Tata was also conferred the decoration in the past.
Lok Sabha passes Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017
The Lok Sabha passed the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017 by voice vote. The Bill declares the IIMs as institutions of national importance. The bill seeks to empower these institutions to attain standards of global excellence in management, management research and allied areas of knowledge.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has resigned from his post after the Supreme Court disqualified him in the Panama Papers case. This is the third time Nawaz Sharif has been unable to complete his term in the chief executive’s office.

28 July: World Hepatitis Day
The World Hepatitis Day is being observed every year on July 28 around the world by World Health Organisation (WHO) to spread awareness about viral hepatitis. This year the theme of the Day is – “Eliminate Hepatitis”.

CAC adopts Codex standards for three spices
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has adopted three Codex standards for black, white and green pepper, cumin and thyme. It is for first time pepper, cumin and thyme, spices will have such universal standards. These standards were adopted at 40th session of CAC held in Geneva. 

Cabinet approves new wage code bill to ensure minimum wage across all sectors
The Union Cabinet has approved the Labour Code on Wages Bill which will ensure a minimum wage across all sectors by integrating existing labour related laws. The Labour Code on Wages Bill consolidates the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.

Cabinet approves revision of guidelines of Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme
The Union Cabinet has approved revision of guidelines of Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGB) Scheme with a view to achieve its intended objectives. The Union Government had launched SGB Scheme to develop a financial asset as an alternative to purchasing metal gold. The target of the scheme was to shift part of the estimated 300 tons of physical bars and coins purchased every year for Investment into ‘demat’ gold bonds.
Ministry of Earth Sciences Celebrates its 11th Foundation Day 
Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests & Climate Change Dr. Harshvardhan inaugurated the 11th Foundation Day of Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi the Minister also launched two Mobile Apps (i) ‘India Quake’ for dissemination of earthquake parameters and (ii) ‘Sagar Vani’ to disseminate ocean information and alerts to the user community in timely manner. 

Cabinet apprised JDI on Indo German-Centre for Sustainability
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has apprised Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) between on Indo German-Centre for Sustainability (IGCS). The JDI was concluded in May, 2017 during the fourth Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) between India and Germany in Berlin.

Government approves first housing project on private land under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has approved construction of 30,000 affordable houses in Maharashtra’s Sholapur district for the urban poor on private land under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

Parliament passes Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The parliament has passed The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 after it was approved by the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha has passed it earlier. The bill aims at amending the Collection of Statistics Bill, 2008, which facilitates the collection of statistics related to social, economic, demographic, scientific and environmental aspects, by central, state and local governments.

Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval for amendment of the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Order, 1954  
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for amendment of the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Order, 1954 by way of the Constitution (Application to Jammu & Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2017. 

Former freedom fighter K.E. Mammen passes away
Freedom fighter K.E. Mammen passed away due to age-related diseases in Neyyatinkara, Kerala. He was 96. He was a pacifist and adherent follower of Mahatma Gandhi. he participated in the Quit India Struggle. In recent years, he was an active social worker, forefront in the anti-liquor campaign in Kerala.

World’s first wind farm being built off Scotland coast
The world’s first full—scale floating wind farm is being built off the coast of Scotland in the North Sea. The wind farm, known as Hywind is a trial project which aims to bring power to 20,000 homes. The floating wind farm technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters that are too deep for the existing bottom—standing turbines particularly installed in shallow waters.

FSSAI bans stapler pins in tea bags from January 2018
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has banned the use of stapler pins in tea bags from January 2018. FSSAI ban order issued under Section (15) FSS Act, 2006 has deemed that any loose staple pin consumed inadvertently with tea may cause a serious health hazard.

Renowned academic Professor Yash Pal passes away
Globally renowned physicist, academic and higher education reformer Professor Yash Pal passed away in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. He was 90. He was known for his contributions to the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institution-builder. He was also one of the leading science communicators in India.

Government launches Aarambh mobile app for road maintenance  
The Union Ministry of Rural Development launched Aarambh mobile app for performance based maintenance contracting and community contracting for maintenance of rural roads. It was launched jointly launched by Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar and visiting ILO Deputy Director General (Policy) Deborah Greenfield.

CCEA approves selling 51% stake in HPCL to ONGC
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved sale of government’s 51.11% stake along with management control in HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum) to ONGC. HPCL will continue as PSU after the acquisition.

Former ISRO Chairman U R Rao passes away
Internationally-renowned space scientist and former chairman of ISRO, Udupi Ramachandra Rao passed at the age of 85 away in Bengaluru. He was awarded Padma Bhushan (1976) and Padma Vibhushan (2017). He is the first Indian space scientist to be inducted into the prestigious ‘Satellite Hall of Fame’ in Washington DC in 2013 and also first in ‘ International Astronautics Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame’ in Mexico’s Guadalajara in May 2016.

H S Prannoy wins US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton title
Ace Indian Shuttler H S Prannoy won the 2017 Yonex US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title. In the final match held at Anaheim, California, Prannoy defeated his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap 

USS Gerald R Ford: World’s largest aircraft carrier inducted by US
The United States (US) Navy officially inducted USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the world’s largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. It is the most advanced aircraft carrier in the world.

England wins 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup
England’s women’s cricket team won 2017 ICC World Cup title by defeating India by 9 runs at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. It was England’s fourth Women’s World Cup title. Tammy Beaumont of England was awarded Player of the Series title. 
Iran, Iraq ink pact on military cooperation
Iran and Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to step up military cooperation and the fight against terrorism and extremism. The MoU encourages promotion of interaction and share of experiences in the fight against terrorism and extremism, border security, training and logistical, technical and military support between both countries.

Spanish scientists discover novobiocin compound as anti-Zika drug
Researchers San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia, Spain have discovered novobiocin compound that could be used as a potential drug to fight the effects of a Zika virus infection. The novobiocin molecule (compound) was previously used in antibiotic drug to fend off “nosocomial” infections (those acquired inside a hospital).

India to host 2017 Global Conference on Cyber Space
India will host Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) 2017, the world’s largest conference on cyber space and related issues in New Delhi in November 2017. The theme for the GCCS 2017 is ‘Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace‘.

Government to launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana
The Union Ministry of Rural Development will launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY), a sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM). AGEY aims to provide an alternative source of livelihood to members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) by facilitating them to operate public transport services in backward rural areas.

Lok Sabha passes The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The amending measure inadequately qualified teachers as on March 31, 2015, working after enactment of the RTE Act, 2009 are being given last chance to acquire minimum qualifications within a period of four years i.e. by March 31, 2019 to hold their jobs as teachers.

Government launches Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana for senior citizens
The Union Finance Ministry has launched Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY), a pension scheme exclusively for senior citizens aged 60 years and above. Under this scheme, senior citizens will get a guaranteed interest of 8% for 10 years depending upon the investment made by them

Karamjyoti Dala wins bronze medal at World Para Athletics
India’s Karamjyoti Dalal has won bronze medal at the World Para Athletics Championships 2017 in the discus-throw.

President inaugurates Bicentenary Celebration of Paika Rebellion
President Pranab Mukharjee inaugurated the bicentenary (200th) celebration of Paika Rebellion (1817) of Odisha organised by the Union Ministry of Culture in New Delhi. Many scholars, researchers and historians have opined that the Paika Rebellion of 1817 was India’s first organized armed rebellion against British Raj.
India, Japan civil nuclear deal comes into force
The landmark India-Japan civil nuclear agreement came into force. In this regard, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar exchanged the diplomatic notes with the Japanese envoy to India to formalise the completion of the process. The India-Japan Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy was signed in Tokyo during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan in November 2016.

Meeting of Integrated Monitoring and Advisory Council held in New Delhi
It was chaired by Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan. IMAC is an inter-ministry monitoring and advisory body for policy formulation and implementation of ‘Roadmap to achieve target of 10% reduction in import dependency in oil and gas by 2021-22.

Government releases National Trade Facilitation Action Plan
The Union Government released the 76 point National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP). It was released by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. The NTFAP has been adopted by the National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF), reflecting Government’s commitment to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

Indian Navy’s second LCU Mark IV L52 ship launched by GRSE
Indian Navy’s second LCU (landing craft utility) Mark IV L52 ship built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata, was formally launched in Kolkata, West Bengal. The LCU Mark-IV vessels are designed for multipurpose amphibious operations jointly carried out Indian Navy and Indian Army to ensure maritime security of Andamans and Lakshadweep islands.

Indian Army inks MoU with DRDO to raise MRSAM defence system regiment
The Indian Army has signed MoU with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to raise one regiment of the advanced Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM) defence system. The MRSAM is an advanced, all weather, mobile, land-based air defence system. It can shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, aircraft, helicopters, drones, surveillance aircraft and AWACS aircraft. 

India to host 2017 Global Conference on Cyber Space
India will host Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) 2017, the world’s largest conference on cyber space and related issues in New Delhi in November 2017. The theme for the GCCS 2017 is ‘Cyber4All: An Inclusive, Sustainable, Developmental, Safe and Secure Cyberspace‘.

Government to launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana
The Union Ministry of Rural Development will launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY), a sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM). AGEY aims to provide an alternative source of livelihood to members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) by facilitating them to operate public transport services in backward rural areas.

Lok Sabha passes The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The amending measure inadequately qualified teachers as on March 31, 2015, working after enactment of the RTE Act, 2009 are being given last chance to acquire minimum qualifications within a period of four years i.e. by March 31, 2019 to hold their jobs as teachers.

Government launches Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana for senior citizens
The Union Finance Ministry has launched Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY), a pension scheme exclusively for senior citizens aged 60 years and above. Under this scheme, senior citizens will get a guaranteed interest of 8% for 10 years depending upon the investment made by them

Karamjyoti Dala wins bronze medal at World Para Athletics
India’s Karamjyoti Dalal has won bronze medal at the World Para Athletics Championships 2017 in the discus-throw.

Ram Nath Kovind elected as India’s 14th President
Former governor Ram Nath Kovind was elected as India’s 14th President. Kovind (NDA nominee) received 65.6% votes translating into 702,044 electoral college votes, while UPA candidate Meira Kumar managed to get 34.35% (367,314 votes). He will be only the second Dalit leader after RK Narayanan. He was an advocate by profession and had practiced in Supreme Court and Delhi High Court. He had served as an MP for two consecutive terms till 2006.

Union Cabinet approves Phase II of BharatNet project.
The Bharat Net Project is the new brand name of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) which was launched in October, 2011 to provide broadband connectivity to all 2.5 Lakh gram panchayats (GPs) through optical fibre.The Union Cabinet has extended the second phase of the BharatNet project that forms the backbone for the Union government’s Digital India initiative. The second phase aims at covering the remaining 1.50 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPS).

Environment Ministry approves Projects in 3 States under NAFCC
The Union Environment Ministry approved three projects for climate change adaptation in three states viz. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim for funding under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC). NAFCC is a flagship Scheme of Union Government launched in 2015 to provide 100% central grant to the State Governments for implementing climate change adaptation projects.

Lok Sabha passes Indian Institutes of Information Technology (PPP) Bill, 2017
The Lok Sabha passed the Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership (IIIT-PPP) Bill, 2017 to allow 15 IIITs established on a PPP model to grant degrees and get statutory status.

Union Cabinet nod for IWAI bond issue
The Union Cabinet gave its nod to Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to raise Rs.660 crore in bonds for extra budgetary resources (EBRs) in 2017-18. The World Bank has sanctioned a loan of $ 375 million (around Rs 2,421 crore) for Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) along with other sources. But still there is funding gap which may be bridged by raising bonds.

Union Cabinet approves draft bills to replace GST ordinances for J&K
The Union Cabinet approved promulgation of the Central Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu & Kashmir) Ordinance, 2017 and Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu & Kashmir) Ordinance, 2017. The ordinances extend the provisions of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 referred to as (CGST Act) and Integrated Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 referred to as (IGST Act) to Jammu & Kashmir to complete rolling out GST regime the Himalayan State.

Cabinet approves MOC in respect of tax matters between India and BRICS countries
The Union Cabinet has approved signing of Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in respect of tax matters between India and the BRICS countries namely, Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa Decision in this regard was taken at the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

UIDAI launches mAadhaar app for Aadhaar data on phone
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched ‘mAadhaar’, a new mobile application for syncing Aadhaar data on mobile phones. The app allows users to carry their unique Aadhaar information including name, date of birth, gender, address, and the linked photograph, on their smartphones. The app also allows users to lock or unlock biometrics data.

US imposes new sanctions against Iran over ballistic missile program

The United States has imposed new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile programme and for contributing to regional tensions. US certified that Iran is complying with the 2015 Nuclear Deal. The 2015 Nuclear Deal signed between Iran and P5+1 countries. aims to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.

TR Zeliang sworn in as 19th Chief Minister of Nagaland
Senior Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislator TR Zeliang (65) was sworn in as the 19th chief minister of Nagaland. He was administered oath to office and secrecy by Governor P.B. Acharya. Earlier Governor had dismissed the Shurhozelie Liezietsu government under Clause (I) of Article 164 of the Constitution after he failed to prove majority on the floor of the Assembly.

US Navy tests world’s first Laser Weapons System

United States Navy successfully tested the world’s first-ever active Laser Weapons System (LaWS). In the test, the LaWS deployed aboard the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship was able to destroy a drone in flight and moving targets on the Persian Gulf. USS Ponce is first ship in the world to be deployed with such advanced weapons system.

Supreme Court allows Centre to replace MCI oversight committee
The Supreme Court has allowed the Union Government to replace the oversight committee set up to supervise the functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a fresh panel of five eminent doctors. MCI is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India.The Supreme Court had set up the oversight committee court in May 2016 to oversee the MCI’s functioning for a period of one year.

UK’s first woman Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill elected to Home Affairs Select Committee
Britain’s first woman Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill was elected to Home Affairs Select Committee in the UK Parliament. She will be one of 11 MPs on the cross-party home affairs committee. Preet Kaur Gill had won the Edgbaston seat for the Labour party in the June 2017 snap general election. She also has been chosen to lead the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

SBI launches ‘SBI Realty’ portal for home buyers
India’s largest commercial bank State Bank of India (SBI) launched SBI Realty, a portal that will help home buyers to choose flats. It has been developed by SBICAP Securities in association with PropEquity.

Union Home Minister chairs High Level Committee meeting for Central assistance to Arunachal Pradesh 
The HLC approved the assistance of Rs. 103.30 crore in respect of Arunachal Pradesh, including Rs 81.69 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and Rs 21.61 crore from National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP). The Committee also approved the assistance of Rs. 28.60 crore in respect of Nagaland, including Rs 25.89 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) and Rs 2.71 crore from National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).

National Board for Promotion and Development of Yoga and Naturopathy constituted
The Ministry of AYUSH has constituted a National Board for Promotion and Development of Yoga & Naturopathy (NBPDYN) for regulation of education & practice of Yoga & Naturopathy.Also, Ministry of AYUSH has in association with Quality Council of India (QCI) has developed a scheme for voluntary certification of Yoga professionals.


India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu wins Victorian Open squash tournament
India's Harinder Pal Sandhu has won the second title in two weeks, beating top-seed Rex Hedrick of Australia in a 77-minute final of Victorian Open squash, a PSA Tour event, in Melbourne, Austraila. Sandhu had recently won the South Australian Open.

SOHUM: Indigenously developed low-cost hearing screening device for newborns launched
It has been developed by the School of International Biodesign (SIB) . The Sohum aims to make this battery-operated non-invasive screening device available across the country to  minimise or reverse the hearing loss damage. It is a low cost portable device which uses brain-stem auditory evoked response. 

National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination

The Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare for first time has unveiled National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Malaria Elimination (2017-22). It has set malaria elimination deadline as 2027, three years ahead of the global deadline. The plan aims to achieve universal case detection and full treatment of all confirmed cases.

President release Amartya's Sen book at Rashtrapati Bhavan
 The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of the book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’ from Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen. The book ‘Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’ is the academic and research work of scholars, educationists and practitioners from India and abroad.
GSI discovers millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals in Indian waters
Scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have discovered
the presence of lime mud, phosphate-rich sediments was discovered off Karwar, Mangaluru and Chennai coasts, gas hydrate in the channel-levee system of Mannar Basin off the Tamil Nadu coast, icro-manganese nodules around Lakshadweep Sea and cobalt-bearing ferro-manganese crust from the Andaman Sea.

Indonesia renames part of South China Sea
Indonesia has named waters in its exclusive economic zone that overlap with China’s expansive claim to the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea.The part of the renamed area falls in China’s “nine-dash line” waters extending hundreds of miles to the south and east of China’s island province Hainan.

Roger Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon title
Switzerland’s Roger Federer won 2017 Wimbledon title in the men’s single category by defeating Marin Cilic of Croatia.It was Federer’s record eighth Wimbledon title and overall 19th Grand Slam.

15 July: World Youth Skills Day
The World Youth Skills Day is observed globally on 15 July every year to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development. 2017 Theme is “Skills for All”. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had established World Youth Skills Day in November 2014 to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.

US House of Representatives passes Bill on defence co-operation with India
The United States House of Representatives has passed an amendment to National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA), 2018, defence expenditure bill to advance defence cooperation with India. NDAA needs to be passed by the US Senate before it can be sent to US President Donald Trump to sign into law.

India tops global index of countries with most confidence in their government: OCED Report
India has topped in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Government at a "Glance 2017" report, which  presents an index of countries that trust their governments the most . It states that Narendra Modi led NDA coalition has secured 73% trust of people, highest in the world. Canadian government ranked second with confidence of 62% and Turkey was in third place with 58% .

India, European Union establish Investment Facilitation Mechanism
India and European Union (EU) have established Investment Facilitation Mechanism (IFM) for EU Investments in India. The mechanism will allow for a close coordination between EU and India with an aim to promote and facilitate EU investment in India.

Union Cabinet approves Proposal to introduce the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill 2017
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to introduce a Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 which will provide a comprehensive resolution framework for financial sector entities to deal with bankruptcy situation in banks, insurance companies, and other entities.

India’s first solar powered DEMU train launched
Under ‘Make in India’ initiative, Indian Railways has launched its first solar powered diesel multiple unit (DEMU) broad gauge train of 1600 Horse Power (HP)  with all solar powered coaches. This  train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. It would result in the saving of 5.25 lakh litres of diesel per train and also help in reducing Carbon dioxide content .

India contributes additional $1 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund
India has contributed an additional $1 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund launched to support sustainable development projects across the developing world. The fund was set up in 9 June 2017 (on occasion of the World Oceans Day) as a partnership between India and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

Saraswati: Indian scientists discover supercluster of galaxies
A team of Indian astronomers from IIUCAA  and IISER, have identified previously unknown, extremely large supercluster of galaxies located in the direction of constellation, named “Saraswati”. A supercluster is a chain of galaxies and galaxy clusters. It bound by gravity consisting of tens of thousands of galaxies.

NGT bans nylon, synthetic manja
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered countrywide  blanket ban on the use of kite strings (manja), made of nylon or any synthetic material on the grounds that it poses a threat to animals and humans. The judgement of Tribunal came on a plea filed by animal rights body People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and others.

Indo-Sri Lankan Joint Exercise 
The IAF has recently participated in a joint exercise with Sri Lankan forces. At Colombo, joint para drops were carried out along with Sri Lankan troops. The Air Warrior Drill Team also displayed its immaculate coordinated weapons drill at Colombo. The team would arrive at Trivandrum on 14 Jul 17 after a very satisfying joint exercise. 

Raipur Airport Ranked First in Customer Satisfaction Index Survey 
Raipur’s Swami Vivekananda Airport was once again ranked first in Customer Satisfaction among 49 airports in the country. Raipur Airport achieved 4.84 score on a five point scale index in the latest CSI survey , followed by Udaipur, Amritsar and Dehradun airports which have scored 4.75, 4.74 and 4.73 respectively.

NGT declares 100m from edge of Ganga as No-development Zone
The National Green Tribunal has freshly  give stock of guidelines, measures, fines and direction to spruce River Ganga. The  100 km area  along the bank of Ganga which lies between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh has been declared ‘No-Development Zone’. This zone have to be turned into green belts.

Scientists discover smallest star known in the universe
The smallest star in the universe named as EBLM J0555-57Ab have been discovered by scientists from University of Cambridge,UK. The star was identified by SuperWASP, a planet-finding experiment run by several universities. EBLM J0555-57Ab is located about 600 light years away.

Government sets up new wing to provide intelligence inputs
The Union Government has set up Directorate General of Analytics and Risk Management (DGARM), a new wing to provide intelligence inputs taking action against tax evaders. It has been has been set up will be under the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). It will also do big data analytics for taxmen for better policy formulation.

DIPP to set up India’s first TISC in Punjab
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) will establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) at Patent Information Centre, Punjab. In this regard, DIPP has signed an Institutional agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology. The TISC will be set up under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.

India ranks 116 out of 157 nations on 2017 SDG index
India has been ranked low 116 out of 157 nations on the 2017 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index and Dashboard report released by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Bertelsmann Stiftung. Sweden secure the top position in index. In 2016 India's rank was 110th.

President gives assent to Maharashtra Social Boycott Bill.
President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2016. Maharashtra is the first state in the country to formulate a law to punish social boycott. The Bill terms social boycott as a crime and says anybody indulging in it would face imprisonment maximum upto 3 years and a fine of 1 lakh rupees or both.

Union Cabinet approves establishment of International Rice Research Institute in Varanasi
It will be named as IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) and will be set up at campus of National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DACFW) and IRRI, Philippines had inked MoA for setting up of Centre.Centre of Excellence in Rice Value Addition (CERVA) will be also established in Varanasi.

CCEA approves SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for enhancement and widening of 65 kms of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur. It will give road connectivity up to Thailand and Malaysia which will boost trade, commerce and tourism in the region. The project is being developed with Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) loan assistance under the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Investment Program. 

Indigenously developed S-band Doppler Weather Radar commissioned in Kochi 
The S-band doppler weather radar (DWR) is capable of predicting weather events such as storms and cyclones, other severe weather conditions occurring in 500-km radius from Kochi with increased accuracy. It has been manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BHEL) based on the indigenous technology provided by ISRO.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft completes flyby over Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
NASA’s  spacecraft Juno has successfully emerged into the Jupiter’s giant storm known as the Great Red Spot. The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is a massive storm (cyclone) measuring about 16,000 km in diameter. It became first space probe to complete flyby of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
Government empowers Army to procure weapons systems for short intense wars
The Union Government has empowered the Army to directly procure critical weapons systems and military platforms to maintain combat readiness for short duration intense wars. The purpose of this new scheme is to maintain an optimum level to fight short intense wars following critical voids in capabilities of Army.

India’s Mithali Raj becomes first to score 6000 runs in women’s ODI cricket
India's Women Cricket Caption Mithali Raj make history by establishing the record of scoring highest run in women's ODI, against Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match at Bristol. She is often called the Sachin Tendulkar of Indian women’s cricket. The previous record  was of Charlotte Edwards (5992) in 164 innings of England.

Rajasthan: First State to fix minimum education qualification for cooperative body poll
State government has amended State Cooperative Societies Rules, to frame rules to define minimum qualification. The minimum qualifications for the primary committee members will be class VIII, for district-level committees, it will be class X and graduation for the state level committee.
5 States, 1 UT ink MoU with Centre on Government e-Marketplace
Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh and Puducherry (UT)- These states/UT have signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) to join GeM initiative.
GeM is an Online Market platform to facilitate procurement of goods and services by various Ministries and agencies of the Government, under  the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D), Union Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

OECD-FAO: India to become largest milk producer in 2026
According to recently released OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026, India will be the world’s largest milk producer by 2026 and will account for the biggest increase in wheat production globally. FAO is Rome based specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger across the world. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is Paris based an intergovernmental economic organisation founded in 1960 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.

Union Cabinet approves JIN pact between India and Bangladesh
For the Promotion and Protection of Investment, union cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi given its approval for the Joint Interpretative Notes (JIN) on the Agreement between India and Bangladesh. This pact will impart clarity to the interpretation of the existing agreements between India and Bangladesh for the Promotion and Protection of Investments (BIPA).

World Population Day: 11 July
The World Population Day is observed across the world on July 11. It was first marked in 11 July 1990 and it aims at aims at increasing awareness the importance of family planning, maternal health, gender equality, poverty and human rights. 2017 theme: “Family Planning- Empowering People, Developing Nations”. 

President of India inaugurates ‘Ashiana Annexe’ in Dehradun 
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the ‘Ashiana Annexe’, in Dehradun, Uttarakhand which is basically constructed to accommodate officers and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan. It is composed of 12 low cost dwelling .These were constructed using cost and environment effective technique developed at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

“Historic City of Ahmadabad” declared as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Property 
Due to rich culture and architectural heritage, the walled city of Ahmadabad, situated on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River, successfully become the first Indian city, which got enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage list during the 41st Session of World Heritage Committee.

Aaykar Setu: New tax payer service module launched by Union Finance Ministry.
This application launched in mobile responsive android application and also in desktop version.
It compiles various tax tools, dynamic updates, live chat facility and important links to various processes within the Income Tax Department (ITD) in a single module.

Tamil Nadu reports first case of Zika Virus
Tamil Nadu has reported its first case of Zika virus, earlier WHO confirmed the first cases of Zika in in Ahmedabad. Zika virus is vector borne disease transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the same mosquito that transmits dengue. It is capable of causing serious birth defects called Microcephaly in which infants are born with abnormally smaller heads.

Vaccine shows protection against gonorrhea
Scientists from New Zealand claimed that vaccine can protect against the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea. They have found that Men B jab vaccine originally developed to stop an outbreak of meningitis B can protect from gonorrhoea.

Okinoshima Island: Japan’s men-only island gets UNESCO heritage tag
Okinoshima Island, Japan’s men-only island was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is ancient religious site in Japan that is considered sacred by the local Munakata Taisha. Women are strictly prohibited to enter in this island. Earlier, this island was an important window for foreign trade in Japan, forming trade route that linked to the Korean peninsula and China.

“JIGYASA”– Student-Scientist connect Programme
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with association with the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) would implement, JIGYASA a student- scientist connect programme, which was launched by the government in New De;lhi . The programme will connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR and will target 100,000 students and 1000 teachers every year.

India and Bangladesh have decided to construct bridge along Mizoram Border
To promote trade and enhance relationship between India and Bangladesh, the decision of constructing a bridge over the over Mizoram’s Khawthlangtuipui River was taken by the officials of both the countries at Tlabung town in Mamit district of Mizoram.

12th G20 Summit: Decision on removing terror funding.
The theme of the G-20 summit held in Hamburg, Germany was “Shaping an interconnected world”. All the member countries of G-20 summit consider acknowledge all possible substantial steps to eliminate terror activities. The leaders also cut a deal to facilitate rapid action and targeted exchange of information between intelligence, law enforcement and judicial authorities.

First Time Indian is planning to invite ten guests on forthcoming Republic day 2018.
India has planned to invite the ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as Chief Guests for 2018 Republic Day celebrations. ASEANS consists of 10-member countries- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

World Bank Report: India emerging as forerunner in fight against Climate Change
The World Bank admires India for progressively replacing coal energy with solar power as a source of energy and its efficiency initiatives provide uninterrupted electricity to its people by 2030. In COP-21 summit, the International Solar Alliance was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande as a union of countries with abundant sunlight.

India’s forex reserves at record-high of $386.53 billion
According to RBI, India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves have increased by $4.007 billion to touch a record high of $386.539 billion in the week that ended 30th June 2017. The components of India’s Foreign Exchange Reserves include Foreign currency assets (FCAs), Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), Gold and RBI’s Reserve position with International Monetary Fund (IMF).

122 Countries adopts historic global treaty to ban Nuclear Weapons 
The United Nations has adopted a historic global treaty banning nuclear weapons. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 members in favor. The Netherlands was the only country who voted against the treaty. The nine nuclear powers, namely, the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel neither took part in the negotiations nor cast their vote.

RBI limits Customer liability in Online Banking
RBI has issued directions on ‘Customer Protection – Limiting Liability of Customers in unauthorized Electronic Banking Transactions’. RBI has issued the revised directions amidst a recent increase in customer grievances related to unauthorized transactions.

India ranked 23rd in second Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI)
India has been ranked 23rd out of 165 nations in the second Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) that measures the commitment of nations across the world to cyber security. The Index has been released by the UN telecommunications agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Vietnam renews Indian Oil Deal
Vietnam has granted ONGC Videsh a two-year extension to explore oil block 128 in the South China Sea. The permission was first granted in the year 2006 which is due to expire in mid-June. The part of the oil block 128 is in the U-shaped ‘nine-dash line,’ the area which is claimed by China. The block is owned jointly by Vietnam’s state oil firm, Spain’s Repsol and Mubadala Development Co of the United Arab Emirates.

UNESCO puts Old City of Hebron on its heritage in danger list
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee acting on a proposal brought by Palestine has put the West Bank city of Hebron on its list of world heritage in danger.  This has made Israel angry and has triggered a new Israeli-Palestinian spat at the international body.

EPFO signs Agreement with Five Banks
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO)  has taken its maiden step to engage with private banks, namely, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank along with Bank of Baroda for the prospective of collection of provident fund dues from the employers and payments to its subscribers.

Sanjiv Goenka is appointed as IIT-Kharagpur chairman
RP Sanjiv Goenka Group Chairman, Sanjiv Goenka, has been second time named as the Chairman of the Board of Governors at IIT-Kharagpur, for three years. Sanjiv Goenka had served as a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry.

Manpreet Kaur and Govindan Laxman wins Gold in Asian Athletics Championship

Manpreet Kaur threw 18.28m to win a gold medal in the women’s shot-put event and Govindan Laxmanan has won a gold medal in the men’s 5000 meters in Asian Athletics Championships held at Kalinga Stadium of Bhubaneshwar.

US calls for new U.N. sanctions against N.Korea 
The United States has decided to present a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council aimed at imposing new sanctions on North Korea as it has successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). An emergency meeting of the UNSC was called by the United States, Japan and South Korea to agree on a response to the North Korea’s ICBM test

India becomes Fourth Largest Foreign Investor into UK
India has become the fourth largest foreign investor into the UK in 2016-17. India has lost its position as the third largest investor to France. India is sharing the fourth spot with Australia and New Zeeland. The UK had managed to attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects than ever before for 2016-17.

HRD Ministry: No Detention Policy to be removed from next Academic Year
The HRD Ministry has decided to remove the no-detention policy for students from the next academic year. Under the Right to Education Act, no child will be detained or held back in any class or expelled till the completion of elementary education covering classes 1 to 8.

Sanjay Kumar appointed new NDRF Chief
Senior IPS officer Sanjay Kumar was appointed as Director General (DG) of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). He will succeed R K Pachnanda who was has taken charge as DG the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). NDRF is India's elite disaster mitigation combat force established under The Disaster Management Act, 2005. It was established in 2006 and is headquartered in New Delhi. It functions under Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Seven Agreements are signed between India and Irsael
India and Israel have signed 7 agreements on areas including space, tech and agriculture during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. For India, Israel is the third largest source of arms after the US and Russia with a share of 7.2% between 2012 and 2016.

North Korea claims successful test of its first intercontinental missile
It is confirmed by the United States that North Korea has successfully test-fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). North Korea will be 8th nation in the world to successfully test ICBM. Other countries that have ICBM technology are US, Russia, China, UK, France, Israel and India.

UDAY covers 97% of DISCOM debt
The UDAY Scheme was launched by Union Power Ministry for the financial turnaround and revival package for electricity distribution companies of India (DISCOMs). The Union Ministry of Power has announced that about 97% of the total outstanding debt of all state power distribution companies (discoms) has been covered under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY).

MERIT app and e-Bidding portal for utilization of domestic coal in IPP Power Stations launched
Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal has launched the 'MERIT app (Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency)' and the e-bidding portal for offering an e-Bidding solution to States. The launch of the app and the portal is aimed at promoting the vision of 'Minimum Government and Maximum Governancee'through 'Speed, Skill and Scale'.

Indo-Thai joint military exercise Maitree 2017 begins in Himachal Pradesh
A joint military training exercise Maitree 2017 between Indian Army and Royal Thailand Army commenced at Bakloh in Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. The aim of 14 day long exercise is to build and promote closer relations while exchanging skills and experiences between the two armies.

India's TERI ranked second among world's climate think tanks
New Delhi-based The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) was ranked second among world's best climate think tank by the International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG). TERI is a non-profit research, policy research organization that conducts research work in the fields of energy, environment and sustainable development.

President approves ordinance allowing Kambala in Karnataka
The promulgated ordinance legalises Kambala, bullock cart races and bull runs as traditional sports involving animals.In pursuance of Article 213 of Constitution, President Pranab Mukherjee has approved the declaration of The Prevention of cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance by the Governor of Karnataka.

Achal Kumar Joti appointed as Chief Election Commissioner
He will be the 21st CEC and shall succeed Nasim Zaidi and will serve as CEC till 17 January 2018. A K Joti is retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and worked as the Secretary in the Industry, Revenue and Water Supply Departments in the State. He was also Gujarat Vigilance Commissioner.

Bhopal will going to have country’s biggest global park
Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajeev Pratap Rudi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan together laid foundation stone of the country’s biggest Global Skill Park, at  Narela Shankari area of Bhopal. It will be established with the collaboration of Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education and Education Services (ITEES).

India’s defence commitment to Bhutan
India and Bhutan agreed to cooperate closely with each other on issues relating to their national interests, under the 2007 India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty. Chinese Army entered the Doklam area (located at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan) and attempted to construct a road. Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) patrol had attempted to dissuade them from this unilateral activity.

Vice Presidential Election
Vice President Hamid Ansari’s term comes to an end on August 10, 2017. Election Commission of India (EC) has issued a notification regarding  the process of filing nominations for the vice presidential election. The officer of Vice-President is second highest public office in India. His main function is in the form of ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha.

ADB and India Sign $220 Million Loan Agreement for Improving Road Connectivity and Transport Efficiency on State Highways of Rajasthan 
The signatories to the loan agreement were Mr. Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India, and Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, who signed for ADB.

NMCE join with  ICEX  to create India’s third biggest commodity exchange by December 2017
The ICEX will hold a 62.8% stake, remaining share will be owned  by NMCE. The new exchange will offer a wide range of contracts, including bullion, oil, rubber, and other agri-commodities. It will also offer the world’s first diamond futures contract, which has already received in-principle approval from the marker regulator SEBI.

WHO declares end of Ebola epidemic in Congo
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the end of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans. It was first identified in 1976 in DRC in a village near the Ebola River. It killed four of the eight people infected in the central African country.

India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed quick reaction surface-to-air short range missile (QR-SAM)
The QR-SAM has been developed by DRDO and other establishments. It is an all-weather weapon system capable of tracking and firing. The missile has a strike range of 25 to 30 km and can engage multiple targets. The sophisticated missile was test fired from a truck-mounted canister launcher at Chandipur.

NASA developing first asteroid deflection mission
NASA is developing Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the first-ever mission that will deflect a near-Earth asteroid. The mission will help to test the systems that will allow mankind to protect the planet from potential cosmic body impacts in the future. The DART will be built and managed by the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

Shri Sanjay Gupta appointed as the Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Amritsar 
Shri Sanjay Gupta is the Editor in Chief of Dainik Jagran since 2014. He served as a Member of Board of Governors in Indian Institute of Management Lucknow  from 2004 to 2009. Recently Shri Gupta was also awarded with the AIMA Managing India Award in April 2017. 

India beats Pakistan by 95 runs in ICC Women’s World cup
Indian Women Cricket team fetches third successive victory in ICC Women’s World cup, under the captainship of Mithali Raj by beating Pakistan in Derby, Britain.

Germany bags 2017 Confederation Cup Football title
Germany, four-time FIFA World Cup winner won first FIFA Confederation Cup Football title by beating Copa America Champion Chile by 1-0 goals in the final match held at St Petersburg, Russia. Lars Stindl of Germany score the goal in the first half against the run of play.

Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF) for rhino protection to be raised by Assam
Assam Government is all set to improve safeguard of one horn rhinos by establishing SRPF. The procedure for the appointment for the cadre of the said force has already started, The staff for the force will selected from regional youths hailing from the outskirts areas of the Kaziranga national park.

Reliance Jio launches world’s longest 100Gbps submarine cable system
World’s longest Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) submarine cable system had been launched by Reliance  Jio. It spread over 25,000km from Marseille, France to Hong Kong and it will have 21 cable landings across Asia and Europe. Jio will continue to offer its customers the most exceptional high speed internet and digital service experience.

Mahesh Bhagwat conferred 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes Award
Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat, was conferred with the 2017 trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes Award by the Unites States Department of State. Mahesh Bhagwat is Police Commissioner of Rachakonda. He was paramount figure in anti-trafficking operations that have removed hundreds of victims from situations of trafficking

India -China Border Conflict 
Both countries have spread out  around 3,000 troops each at the Doko-La ,which lies at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan. The Doklam area  is close to propinquity of sensitive Chicken’s Neck, or the Siliguri Corridor, which is an highly contracted stretch of land that connects the north-eastern region to the rest of India. 

National Biopharma Mission is launched by Union Government
To stimulate biopharmaceutical development in India, the Union Ministry of Science & Technology has launched National Biopharma Mission along with innovate in India (i3) program, in collaboration with World Bank to create an enabling ecosystem to promote entrepreneurship and indigenous manufacturing in the sector.

KK Venugopal appointed as 15th Attorney General of India by President
Mr. Venugopal is a senior advocate , constitutional expert and served as Additional Solicitor General of India in the Morarji Desai’ government (1977-79). He had handled many high profile cases such as Mandal case, Ayodhya dispute and Babri Masjid  case. He is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.

IPS officer R K Pachnanda appointments as the new Director General of the ITBP
Mr. Pachnanda became the only IPS officer who has served in all the major central paramilitary forces and agencies – CRPF, CISF, BSF, NDRF, SPG, CBI and now the ITBP. He will be the 29th Chief of the ITBP. He wrote the book ‘Terrorism and Response to Terrorist Threat’ in 2001. 

New training programme COMMIT is launched for State Government officials by Union Government
The Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension has launched a new training programme Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials with the help of UNDP, to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on day-to-day basis.

Railways signed MoU with NBCC  to redevelop 10 railway stations
The recoganised stations to be taken up initially by NBCC, a PSU of Urban Development Ministry  for redevelopment are Tirupati, Nellore, Puducherry, Sarai Rohilla (Delhi), Madgaon, Lucknow, Gomtinagar, Kota, Thane (New) and Ernakulam.  RLDA is an arm of the Indian Railways for commercial exploitation of rail land.

Prime Minister  inaugurated textiles trade fair,  "Textiles India 2017", at Gandhinagar, Gujarat
The fair has been organised by Union Ministry of Textiles. It aims to explore opportunities and strengths of textiles and apparel manufacturing in India for global investors, and forge collaboration with global players in the textiles segment. Government has allowed 100% FDI in the Indian textiles sector under the automatic route.

President of India addresses special function in Parliament organized to launch GST 
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee graced a special function organized to launch the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the midnight of June 30- July1, 2017 in the Central Hall of Parliament House, New Delhi. 

Ankit Kawatra gets the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for 2017 by Queen Elizabeth II 
Ankit Kawatra established "Feeding India " organisation in 2014, which works in eliminating hunger and food wastage in India. It functions crosswise in  43 Indian cities with the help of 4,500 volunteers serving 8 million meals to the underprivileged people. The award was established by The Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust, the Royal Commonwealth Society and Comic Relief.

ADB executes USD 10 billion to support development of States in India
ADB President Takehiko Nakao during his 3-day visit to India state that  the bank is ready to meet immediate critical infrastructure needs of less developed states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh over a period of five years. As per the estimates of ADB, India is expected to grow by 7.4% in the current financial year and 7.6% in 2018-19.

31st Anniversary of Mizo Peace Accord Celebrated in Mizoram
The Mizo Accord was signed by the Mizo National Front (MNF) leader Laldenga, Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalkhama, and Union Home Secretary R D Pradhan. The accord presented in an era of peace after 20 years of violence and disturbance that hindered in Mizoram.

Sharjah  is entitled as World Book Capital by UNESCO for 2019
Sharjah became the 19th city to be labelled as World Book Capital by UNESCO  for its efforts to make books available to its entire population. Madrid (2001) was the first country to be named as Work Book Capital. New Delhi was chosen in 2003.Conakry is World Book capital  for 2017 and for 2018 it will be Athens.

India is all set to buy C-17 Globemaster Transport Aircraft from U.S.
The proposed sale of USD 366.2 is expected to improve the capability of India to meet current and future strategic airlift requirements as the country lies in a region prone to natural disasters. The aircraft will have a fully integrated electronic cockpit and advanced cargo delivery system.