Current Affairs Daily Updates July 30th 2016


Current Affairs
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APPOINTMENTS
1) Intex appoints Madhuri Dixit as brand ambassador for consumer durable products
Intex Technologies has appointed cinestar Madhuri Dixit as brand ambassador for its consumer durable products, including washing machines and refrigerators. The actor has been signed for a period of two years.
In addition to Madhuri, Intex already has many other stars as its brand ambassadors for other product categories. For the mobile phones, the brand has Farhan Akhtar as the national brand ambassador, Sudeep Sanjeev for Karnataka, Mahesh Babu for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Suriya for Tamil Nadu.
2) Shambhu Singh Yadav appointed Deputy Lokayukta of UP
Shambhu Singh Yadav, a retired IAS officer and secretary to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was appointed as the Deputy Lokayukta of the state. The governor today appointed Shambhu Singh Yadav as the new Deputy Lokayukta (Up-Lokayukta) of the state.
The government had recommended Yadav, a 1997-batch IAS officer, presently posted at the Chief Minister's secretariat on extension.
Yadav, considered close to ruling Samajwadi Party, had retired three years ago and served as special secretary to former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in the previous SP government in 2003.
3) Aruna Sundarajan made new Secretary of ministry of IT
The 1982 batch IAS officer of Kerala cadre, Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, currently Secretary in the Ministry of Steel has been appointed as Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology , Govt of India vice Smt Aruna Sharma on her appointment as Secretary, Ministry of Steel.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
1) AAAI confers Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 on Srinivasan Swamy
Srinivasan K Swamy, popularly known as Sundar, was conferred with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) on 29 July 2016.The award was bestowed on him in Mumbai.
2) National Tourism Awards for 2014-15 presented
Madhya Pradesh won the first prize in the category of Best State/Union Territory for Comprehensive Development of Tourism at the National Tourism Awards for 2014-15 awarded by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan at a function here today.
 Gujarat won the second prize in the category while the third spot went to Karnataka.
 Warangal in Telangana won the award for Best Heritage City while India City Walks for the Built Legacy of Mughals (Old Delhi Heritage Walk) and the Heritage Walk of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, were the joint winners of the award for Best Heritage Walk.
BUSINESS/ECONOMY
1) SEBI eases startup listing norms
To encourage listing of startups, Sebi on Friday proposed an easier framework that allows more investor categories, relaxed shareholding norms and reduced trading lot amount.
Sebi had mooted changes to the framework of Institutional Trading Platform (ITP), which has not seen much traction, though it was put in place in August 2015.
Seeking to widen the eligibility ambit for getting listed on ITP, Sebi has proposed increasing the category of eligible investors when it comes to shareholding before the listing.
2) BPCL acquires 21% stake in Fino Paytech
Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) has  picked up a 21 per cent stake in FINO PayTech for Rs 251 crore. BPCL has entered into an agreement for acquiring 21 per cent stake.
FINO PayTech is a payments technology solutions provider to banks, financial institutions & Micro Financial Institutions. It has been granted a in-principle approval by the Reserve Bank to start payments bank.
3) Government raises foreign shareholding cap in stock exchanges to 15%
The Union cabinet on Wednesday increased the foreign shareholding limit in Indian stock exchanges from 5% to 15%, as announced in the budget, bringing investments by foreign entities on par with those by domestic institutions.
In another decision aimed at encouraging private sector participation in defence manufacturing, the cabinet moved to cut the red tape around public sector defence companies forming joint ventures with private companies.
4) Oracle to Buy Cloud-Software Provider NetSuite for $9.3 Billion
Oracle Corp. agreed to pay $9.3 billion for a cloud-computing pioneer that counts Larry Ellison as a major investor, using its second-largest acquisition to try to catch up in a key area where it has lagged.
Oracle said it is paying $109 a share in cash for NetSuite Inc., a 19% premium to the company’s closing price Wednesday of $91.57.
The deal is raising questions about the role of Mr. Ellison, Oracle’s chairman, who is the biggest shareholder in both companies.
5) CBDT extends due date for filing of Income Tax Returns to 5th August, 2016
The due date for filing of Income tax returns by certain persons under the Income Tax Act is 31st July of the following year.
However, taking into consideration the strike by Public Sector Banks (PSBs) on Friday, 29th July, 2016 and the last date for filing of returns being a Sunday, 31st July, 2016, The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has decided to extend the last date for such returns which were due on 31st July, 2016 to 5th August, 2016. This extension would apply to taxpayers all over India except the state of J&K.
IMPORTANT DAYS OBSERVED
1) United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 observed
The United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2016 was observed across the world on 30 July 2016.
On this day, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched the campaign #igivehopeto show victims of human trafficking.
The day aims at raising awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, and promoting and protecting their rights.
2) International Day of Friendship 2016 observed globally
The International Day of Friendship was on 30 July 2016 observed across the world.
The Day is aimed at supporting the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
1) Clinton campaign 'hacked' along with other Democratic groups
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has been hacked as part of a larger cyber attack against Democratic Party institutions, US media report.
The latest hack follows two data breaches involving the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
US officials widely believe that the cyber attacks were committed by agents working for the Russian government.
Some fear that Russia may be trying to influence the presidential election.
2) Exercise Maitree 2016: Joint Indo - Thailand Military Exercise Culminates
The Indo - Thailand Military Exercise MAITREE concluded today at Krabi, Thailand. The exercise had commenced on 15 July 2016 under the aegis of the Royal Thailand Army. 90 soldiers of Indian Army and Royal Thailand Army had participated in the two week long Exercise.
The exercise included combined training, familiarization with weapons & equipment used by both the countries, analyzing groupings, drills and tactics while operating in counter terrorism environment and modalities for conduct of Area Domination operations in urban environment apart from operations like Cordon and Search, raids and Seek and Destroy Missions.
NATIONAL NEWS
1) First BRICS Employment Working Group meeting held in Hyderabad
The first-ever meeting of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) was held in Hyderabad, Telangana from July 27 to 28, 2016. The agenda of the two day meeting was to shape the agenda for labour and employment track in BRICS countries.
Highlights of meeting: BRICS member countries were able to reach a consensus on employment generation, social security agreement and networking of labour institutes. The meeting set the agenda to promote decent work and promote job creation between BRICS countries.
2) Haryana Government launches Pashudhan Bima Yojana
Haryana Government has launched Pashudhan Bima Yojana, an insurance cover scheme for cattle breeders in the state. It was launched by Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, O. P. Dhankar in Jhajjar.
Pashudhan Bima Yojana will provide insurance cover to cattle breeders in the state at different premium rates for different animals. Insurance cover will be provided at a premium of Rs 100 for cows, buffaloes, bulls, camels and at Rs 25 for sheep, goat and pig for a period of three years.
3) TVSN Prasad committee formed for exploring possible alternatives to Pellet Guns
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has constituted a seven-member expert committee for exploring possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons  on 26 July 2016.
The committee will be chaired by Joint Secretary (Police Modernisation) TVSN Prasad. It has been asked to submit its report within two months.
The committee was constituted to rethink on the use of pellet guns after its use by CRPF for crowd control in Kashmir was blamed for causing fatal injuries and blindness among protestors during the recent unrest.
4) Strategic Forces Command exempted from ambit of RTI
The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which forms part of the National Command Authority (NCA) has been added to the Second Schedule of the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005.
In this regard, Union Government has issued a notification mentioning SFC has been brought under sub-section (2) of Section 24 of the RTI.
The Section 24 of the RTI exempts security and intelligence establishments from its purview. Section 24 and Second Schedule of RTI.
5) Cochin Chamber launching Aadhaar-based e-certificate of origin
The Cochin Chamber of Commerce & Industry is launching an Aadhaar based e-Certificate of Origin service.
A certificate of origin, a critical document in the course of export, is issued to exporters by the Chamber of Commerce to avail duty benefits under Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) or prove from where the goods originated.
6) India to host international summit on tobacco-control
India will host a crucial global summit in November to eliminate the illicit trade of tobacco products in which delegates from 180 countries will take part.
The summit is scheduled from Nov 7-12 in Noida will aim “to eliminate illicit trade of tobacco products.
About 1,000-1,500 delegates from 180 countries are expected to participate in the summit. The percentage of tobacco-related cancers is 30.1 of the population as a whole.
7) India’s tiger population to double by 2022
Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on July 29 expressed hope that India, home to 70 per cent of world’s tiger population, would be able to double the number of wild cats by 2022 through “conservation and care”.
“India has 2,226 tigers spread out in over 17 states and 49 sanctuaries across the country,” Dave said.
“A healthy tiger is a symbol of healthy environment,” he said on the International Tiger Day.
In an official statement, Dave expressed hope that India will be able to double the population of tigers by 2022 by “conserving and caring for them.”
8) Home Minister Visits Flood-Hit Assam; 13 Dead, 18 Lakh Affected
Union home minister Rajnath Singh today visited Assam to take stock of the damage caused by the floods there. Assam is reeling under heavy flood which has affected at least 18 lakh people across 3,374 villages in 22 districts in the state.
Mr Singh, accompanied by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Minister for DoNER Jitendra Singh, will take stock of the situation in the districts of Nagaon and Morigaon besides the Kaziranga national park.
9) Centre sanctions nearly Rs 620 crore to UP as drought assistance
Nearly Rs. 620 crores have been sanctioned to Uttar Pradesh by the Centre as assistance for the recent drought situation in the state.
The Central Government also approved almost Rs. 80 crores for Rajasthan which was affected by hailstorm and Rs. 15 crores to Manipur which was affected by earthquake.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting in the national capital chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
10) HP govt signs MoU with NTPC, NHPC for hydro engineering college in Bilaspur
The establishment of the first hydro engineering college in Himachal Pradesh will boost regional development and provide more job opportunities, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said.
He was speaking at an event where anMoU was signed between the Himachal Pradesh government and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and National Hydel Power Corporation (NHPC) for setting up of the hydro engineering college in Bilaspur.
11) WB tourism department launches app
The West Bengal Tourism department has launched a mobile App based on its theme of ‘Experience Bengal’. Alongside information on places of tourist interest, the App would be loaded with other facilities like maps and directions.
The sight would be powered by information on each and district of the state and the various places that can be visited and activities that can be taken up. There would also be information on the various festivals of the state.
OBITUARY
1) RajjatBarjatya, MD and CEO of Rajshri Productions no more
RajjatBarjatya, MD and CEO of RajshriMedia, passed away on Friday (July 29) at a hospital in Mumbai. Cousin of filmmaker SoorajBarjatya, Rajjat took his last breath at 6:30 in the evening.
He had cancer and was admitted in Jaslok Hospital from last few days. According to media sources Rajjat suffered from lukaemia in the past and survived the same.
SPORTS
1) Weightlifting federation bans Russian team from Rio Olympics
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) became the second sports body to ban the entire Russian team from participating in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Russia’s track & field team had been excluded earlier.
Russia’s Sports Minister said 272 of the original 387 athletes selected had been cleared to complete in Rio. The Games get under way on 5 August.