Current Affairs Update – 25 July, 2017


Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 25 July, 2017. These are very important for the upcoming IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, NABARD Grade A & Other Exams.

Appointments
Ramnath Kovind takes oath as 14th President of India

  • Ramnath Kovind on 25 July 2017
    took oath as the 14th President of India. He was administered the oath of
    office by Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar at a special function in the
    Parliament.
  • After swearing-in ceremony of
    Kovind, he was given 21-gun salute. With this, Kovind has become the second
    Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan.
  • The ceremony was attended by
    outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister
    Narendra Modi and senior members of the Cabinet.
  • Kovind was elected as the
    President on 20 July 2017 after he defeated the Opposition parties’ nominee
    Meira Kumar by a huge margin.
News related to India & States
Union Government launches mobile app Aarambh for road maintenance

  • The Union Government on 24 July
    2017 introduced a mobile app Aarambh for road maintenance.
  • The app was launched by Narendra
    Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Drinking
    Water & Sanitation, and Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director General
    (Policy) of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
  • In addition, Tomar and Greenfield
    also launched a Concept Note and Guidance Note for Mobilizing Funds for
    Maintenance of Rural Road. The Concept Note outlines innovative ways, which can
    be adopted by the State Governments for mobilizing additional funds for road
    maintenance and presents some international best practices worldwide. 
  • Aarambh is a mobile phone based
    app for performance based maintenance contracting and community contracting for
    maintenance of rural roads.
  • The mobile phone app aims at use
    of Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping for making road
    inventories, condition surveys, and producing cost estimates and other relevant
    data for preparation and monitoring of annual road maintenance plans.
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BillionAbles App to help disabled find accessible public places

  • The Delhi-based start-up,
    BillionAbles has launched a new app called BillionAbles that aims to assist
    people with disabilities to find accessible restaurants, tourist locations and
    other public places across India.
  • According to the start-up’s
    founder, Sameer Garg, the app is India’s first lifestyle app for people with
    special needs. Sameer himself suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 19
    that left him with paralysed lower limbs. Voicing his struggle, Sameer said,
    “Over the years, I have struggled to find an inclusive environment, whether it
    is a workplace or public place.”
  • He further continued by saying
    that though currently a lot of organisations in India provide skill-based
    training, conduct accessible tours, run accessible cabs and provide facilities
    like ramps and washrooms, the information is not compiled and listed anywhere.
FSSAI bans stapler pins in tea bags from January 2018

  • The Food Safety and Standards
    Authority of India (FSSAI) on 24 July 2017 banned the use of stapler pins in
    tea bags.
  • The decision is effective from 1
    January 2018.
  • The FSSAI has deemed the use of
    stapler pins in tea bag a serious health hazard. The move is expected to affect
    the fast growing packaged tea business in the country.
  • In its order, FSSAI has stated
    that “The use of stapler pins in tea bags poses potential hazard to consumers
    since any loose staple pin consumed inadvertently with tea may cause a serious
    health hazard.” It went on to state that “The Food Authority, in exercise of
    the power conferred under Section (15) FSS Act, 2006, hereby directs the
    concerned food business operators to discontinue the manufacture, storage,
    distribution, sale and import of stapled tea bags by January 1, 2018.”
  • The Food Safety and Standards
    Authority of India has also directed all food safety commissioners to take
    action to prevent the use of unsafe packaging materials by companies and take
    up measures for enforcement of its order.
World News
World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

  • Construction began in July 2017
    on the world’s first full-scale floating wind farm, around 15 miles off the
    coast of north-east Scotland.
  • The Peterhead wind farm, known as
    Hywind, is a trial which will bring power to 20000 homes.
  • The wind farm will be lased with
    revolutionary technology that will allow wind power to be harvested in waters
    too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines.
  • The manufacturer of the world’s
    first full-scale floating wind farm is Statoil, which says that output from the
    turbines is expected to equal or surpass generation from current ones.
Sports News
India finishes 7th in Youth Commonwealth Games with 11 medals

  • The Indian contingent finished an
    impressive seventh in the recently-concluded 6th Youth Commonwealth Games at
    the Bahamas with a total tally of 11 medals including four gold, one silver and
    six bronze medals.
  • The six-day event was
    kick-started on 18 July with India grabbing four medals in Judo.
  • While Soni picked up India’s
    first gold medal by beating Australia’s Uros Nikolic in the 73kg category
    event, Ashish followed it up with a bronze medal in the 60kg category after
    defeating England’s Harry Zane-Prosser.
  • Among the girls, Antim Yadav and
    Rebina Devi Chanam won two bronze medals, defeating Bahamian Jasmine Russell in
    48-kg and Australia’s Saskia Jolande Brothers in 57-kg categories respectively.
  • In the boxing category, India
    grabbed four medals including one gold, one silver and two bronze. World Youth
    Champion Sachin Siwach defeated James Nathan Probert of Wales 4-1 to clinch the
    gold medal in the Light Flyweight (49 Kg) category.
  • The silver was won by girl boxer
    Jony in the Lightweight (60 Kg) category after losing 2-3 to Australia’s Ella
    Jade Boot in the finals.

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Mithali Raj named Captain of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team

  • India skipper Mithali Raj was on
    24 July 2017 named as the Captain of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team by the
    International Cricket Council (ICC). Besides Mithali, Harmanpreet Kaur and
    Deepti Sharma were the other two Indians included in the ICC’s team.
  • This is the second time that
    Mithali has been named in the Team of the tournament at a World Cup. She was
    first included in the team in 2009.
  • Mithali’s selection as the
    Captain came after she led India to the finals of the just-concluded ICC
    Women’s World Cup. Unfortunately, India lost to England just by nine runs in
    one of the most thrilling finals at the Lord’s.
  • Mithali scored a total of 409
    runs during the 30- day tournament. She was at her best in the quarter-final
    against New Zealand in Derby when she scored 109 to enter into the semifinals
    with a 186-run victory.
India to host men’s, women’s World Boxing Championships in 2021

  • The International Boxing
    Association (AIBA) has awarded to India next year’s women’s World Championship
    and the men’s 2021 World Championship.
  • This is the first time that India
    have been awarded the rights to host the men’s event while the women’s
    tournament will be held for the second time. The country had earlier hosted the
    women’s World Championship in 2006.
  • The announcement was made by the
    AIBA at the end of its two-day executive committee meeting here.
  • The sports world governing body
    also announced that the men’s World Championships will be held in the German
    city of Hamburg next month while Russia will host the 2019 edition.
Obituaries
Renowned Indian scientist Yash Pal passes away

  • Renowned Indian scientist and
    Padma Vibhushan awardee, Professor Yash Pal passed away at his residence in
    Noida in the National Capital Region of India on 24 July 2017. He was 90.
  • Though the cause of death is not
    yet known, he had reportedly recovered from cancer a few years ago. His last
    rites would be held at 3 pm this afternoon.
  • Known for his contributions to
    the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institution-builder, he was
    awarded India’s third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan in 1976 and
    India’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan in 2013.
  • In his later years, he became one
    of the leading science communicators of the country.
All of  the news were already published in our Current Affairs Portal.

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