Current Affairs Weekly Roundup: July 1st Week (1st to 7th)

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Current Affairs Weekly Roundup: July 1st Week (1st to 7th)
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
  • Ahmedabad’s nomination received huge support from around 20 countries.
  • K. Pachnanda, a 1983-batch IPS officer of the West Bengal cadre, took over as the 29th Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) chief succeeding Krishna Chaudhary.
  • SN Subrahmanyan will take charge as the CEO and MD of Larsen & Toubro.
  • Senior advocate K K Venugopal will succeed Mukul Rohatg IAS the Attorney General of India.
  • Senior diplomat Shamma Jain was appointed as India’s ambassador to Greece.
  • Current Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti will take charge as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) after Nasim Zaidi retires.
  • Infosys has appointed Sundaram as an independent director on the board of the company since chief executive Vishal Sikka took over three years ago.
  • Melwyn Rego takes charge as MD and CEO of Syndicate Bank
  • Realty firm Signature Global which is into development of affordable homes has roped in Bollywood actress Vidya Balan as brand ambassador for 2 years.
  • Tata Global Beverages Ltd appointed Tata Sons head N Chandrasekaran as Chairman with immediate effect.
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a French judge Catherine Marchi-Uhelto lead an international panel tasked with gathering evidence of war crimes in Syria’s six-year war.
  • Manish Jaiswal has joined Magma Housing Finance as its new Chief Executive Officer following the departure of its previous CEO Sachin Khandelwal.
  • Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) has re-elected Rakesh Dubey, chief of SV Credit line Private Ltd, as its president for the second term.
  • The UAE Exchange and Financial Services Ltd has applied for a universal banking license in India.
  • Shriram Capital (SCL) appointed Rajesh Laddha as its new managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO), effective from July 1.
  • Shri Sanjay Gupta, CEO & Whole Time Director, Jagran Prakashan Limited has been appointed as Chairman of the Society and Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Amritsar for a period of five years.
  • Cisco India and SAARC President Dinesh Malkani has resigned and put in his papers at the networking solutions giant to take on a leadership role at a start-up.
  • The President of Srilanka, Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Major General Mahesh Senanayake after promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General
  • Himachal Pradesh DGP Sanjay Kumar has been appointed as the new chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
  • Pradeep Kumar Rawat, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Indonesia.
  • Himachal Pradesh government appointed Somesh Goyal, a 1984-batch IPS officer, as the new director general of police (DGP).
  • Sanjiv Goenka has been renominated as the Chairman of IIT Kharagpur’s Board of Governors for a period of three years.
  • Kewal Handa was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Union Bank of India for the period of 3 years.
  • India’s Ambassador to Peru Sandeep Chakravorty has been appointed as the head of the Indian consulate in New York.
  • Walter Shaub, Director of the Office of Government Ethics, who prodded President Donald Trump’s administration over conflicts of interest, has resigned.
AWARDS
  • Former India defender Subrata Bhattacharyawill get this year’s Mohun Bagan Ratna award, played for Bagan from 1974 to 1990.
  • Mobile application for digitising vaccine logistics, eVIN, has won the prestigious GSMA Asia Mobile Award 2017 (AMO)in Shanghai for outstanding contribution to the UN’s sustainable development goals in Asia.
  • Indian origin boy Arnav Sharma, Aces Mensa Test, Scores 162 Points, Beats Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking In IQ:
  • Two Indian-Americans, Adobe Chief Shantanu Narayen and former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will be honoured with the prestigious ‘Great Immigrants’ annual award on US’s Independence Day.
  • Writer Preeti Shenoywins the Indian of the Year award. Other prominent winners included Deepa Malik,Kavita Krishnamurthy and Ranveer Brar.
  • Swayam Shikshan Prayog, a city-based NGO,has been awarded the United Nations Development Programme’s Equator Prizefor devising an ecologically sustainable agriculture model to combat the adverse impacts of drought.
  • J J Kapur, a Sikh Indian-American studentin the US has won this year’s National Speech and Debate Tournament, considered to be the most prestigious high school competition in the country.
  • Guruswamy Jayraman has been awarded Order of Australiafor community work, the highest civilian award in Australia.
BANKING & BUSINESS
  • Axis Bank has launched super bike loan. Under this loan, the bank will fund bikes with an engine displacement of over 500 cc with 95% of the cost.
  • Nokia has entered into a wide-ranging patent licensing and purchase deal with Xiaomi in cross licensing deal.
  • The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) signed an agreement with four private banks and Bank of Baroda for collection of provident fund dues from employers and payments to its subscribers.
  • Housing Development Finance Corp (HDFC) said it has exposure of Rs.909 crore in one of the 12 accounts referred by the RBI for resolution under the insolvency and bankruptcy code.
  • Public sector Indian Bank has revised its interest rates on foreign currency non-resident banking deposits (FCNR (B)),at 2.43% for deposits of one year and above.
  • Tata Power Company, through its joint venture company Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC has completed the construction of its 187 mw Shuakhevi Hydro Power Project in Georgia.
  • According to a report by BMI Research, India’s grow this expected to clock a real GDP growth of 6.9 %in this financial year.
  • Orient Green Power Company Ltd. (OGPL), has decided to sell the bulk of its biomass operations to, SVL Ltd., or its subsidiaries of 425 MW.
  • The Reserve Bank said the economic growth scale to 7.3 per cent in terms of Gross Value Added –GVA in the current fiscal year.
  • Reliance Jio Info Comm Ltd. announced the launch of the Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) submarine cable system, the longest 100 Gbps will stretch over 25,000 km from Marseille, France, to Hong Kong.
  • Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones raised USD 275 million through unsecured notes.
  • The government has imposed 10 per cent basic customs duty on mobile phones and certain parts with immediate effect to boost domestic manufacturing.
  • Delhi court has said pay a compensation of Rs. 20 lakh to the complainant in a cheque bounce.
  • SEBI places a new framework for consolidation in debt securities as part of its efforts to deepen the corporate bond market with ISINs code, which has 12 characters.
  • PNB Maestro debit cards holders will face a card block age if they fail to replace it with a more secure EMV chip based card by July 31.
  • Karnataka Bank has launched the ‘KBL-Image Debit Card’ to enable its cardholders to personalise the card with the image of his/her choice.
  • Oil Ministry announced that French energy giant Total is to sign aUSD 4.8 billion deal to develop an Iranian offshore gas field.
  • India has slipped to 88thplace in terms of money, 676 million  parked by its citizens with Swiss banks, while the UK remains on the top.
  • BBC and Sky Sports have agreed a five-year deal worth 1.1 billion pounds to broadcast England’s international and first-class matches played at home between 2020 and 2024.
  • FINO Payments Bank has commenced operations as a payments bank with effect from June 30
  • A monthly transaction on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has crossed the 1-crore mark in June 2016, just 11 months from its launch.
  • The National Multi-Commodity Exchange (NMCE) has decided to merge with the Indian Commodity Exchange(ICEX), creating the third-largest commodity exchange in the country with its total capital base will be Rs.553 crore.
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $220 million loan agreement meant on the State highways of Rajasthan.
  • An international body which focuses on climate policies has ranked The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) among the top think tanks in the world.
  • Microsoft India signed an agreement with National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) to offer Microsoft Aspire School Program (MASP) Pro Plus to over 55,000 member schools.
  • Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd(MDL), a Miniratna Schedule ‘A’ DPSU signed a  MoU for the financial year 2017-18with the Ministry.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has revised rules for foreign portfolio investments, increased the investment limits by foreign investors in government bonds by Rs.11,000 crore to Rs.2,42,000 crore.
  • A report by World Economic Forum (WEF) on the top thirty world’s most dynamic cities, stated that Bangalore topped the list.
  • Mid-sized microfinance institution Svatantra Microfin had launched an app, an end-to-end cashless solution called Saathi.
  • The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)approved bankruptcy proceedings against Mumbai based EPC firm Jyoti Structures under India’s new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC).
  • Drug major Sun Pharma and South Korean firmSamsung Bio Logics announced a long-term manufacturing agreement for Tildrakizumab to be used for treatment of the contract value is $55.5 million.
  • Aadhaar architect Nandan Nilekaniand Helion Venture’s Sanjeev Aggarwalhave launched an investment fund called Fundamentum with a corpus of $100 million
  • RBI released Rs.2,600 crore for the banking community in Telangana for lending to farmers in the on-going Kharif season.
  • Yes Bank signed a MoU in London with Santander to promote India-UK trade and business opportunities.
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing has approved a USD 329 million loan to build access roads to 4,000 villages in 33 Gujarat districts.
  • The retirement fund body EPFO’s investment in stocks through exchange traded funds (ETFs) would cross the Rs. 45,000-crore by the end of this fiscal.
  • India is ranked a high 23rdout of 165 nations in a global index that measures the commitment of nations across the world to cyber security.
  • Indus OS has partnered with YES Bank to launch OS-integrated UPI payment platform in India on SMS/ messaging, dialler interface, and on third party apps like WhatsApp.
  • South Indian Bank has tied up with PFG Forex for remittance facility for the benefit of Indian expatriates from Australia.  Under this arrangement, NRIs can enjoy cost-effective and fast remittance services
  • Kolkata-headquartered SREI Infrastructure Finance has signed a MoU with Russia’s Vnesheconom bank to create a $200 million IT and Innovation Fund.
  • Siemens opened its first digital factory in Kalwa, Thane. The factory is the first of its kind to be opened in India. It is also the third globally to sell a range of plant automation equipment and software to Indian manufacturing units.
  • Reserve Bank of India has capped the customer liability at Rs 25,000 if they report unauthorized transactions within 7 working days.
  • Canara, HSBC, Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance, has entered into an alliance with Dhanlaxmi Bank.
  • RBI has allowed systematically important NBFCto sell and market the New Pension Scheme(NPS) with asset size of Rs. 500 crore and above
  • The United Forum of Bank Unions has decided to observe July 19,the 48th anniversary of nationalization of major banks, as ‘Save public sector banks’
  • India is one among five countries using wastewater for irrigation, according to the study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters putting millions of lives at serious health risks.
DEATHS
  • Veteran journalist Ravinder Randev (82) passed away following a massive cardiac arrest.
  • Veteran Marathi actor-writer, theatre veteran Madhukar Toradmal passed away.
  • Nandakumar, former Controller of Printing of The Hindu Group, passed away here. He was 75.
  • Iconic French Leader Simone Veil who survived the Holocaust and led campaigns for the legalization of abortion in France in the 1970s, died.
  • Former Puducherry CPI legislator and veteran freedom fighter N Gurusamy died.
  • South Carolina-born musician John Blackwell is best known for his work as a drummer for Prince had died.
IMPORTANT DAYS
  • July 1: National Doctor’s Day
  • July 2: World Sports Journalists Day
  • July 3: International Plastic Bag Free Day
  • July 4: Independence Day of United States of America.
  • July 7: World Chocolate Day
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  • Indian and Israeli companies entered into agreements to bid jointly for defence contracts for the Indian military and locally build the systems under “Make in India”.
  • India has slipped by one spot to become the fourth-largest foreign investor into the UK and US remains on the top.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Yad Vashem Memorial and honoured the victims of the Holocaust. Israeli Chrysanthemum flower will now be called “MODI”.
  • Pham Binh Minh, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam called on Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan to achieve the target of $15 billion bilateral trade by 2020.
  • Defence Minister Arun Jaitley held talks with Vietnams Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh discussed defence cooperation between the two countries.
  • German MPs have voted to legalise same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to a vote.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a official order, extending ban on western food imports the counter-sanctions until the end of 2018
  • India partners with Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial administration in emphasising the need for a clear economic programme identifying specific areas.
  • Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhuhanded over as many as 16,000 books to the iconic Jaffna public library.
  • Alankrita Shrivastava’s “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” “lady oriented” by India’s censor board, will be the opening movie at the 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM).
  • Japan PM’s Shinzo Abe’s Party suffers historic defeat in Tokyo Poll, Popular Governor Yuriko Koike wins.
  • The world’s oldest emergency helpline 999completed 80 years of its existence in the U.K., with the Scotland Yard celebrating the “cornerstone”.
  • Saudi Arabia extends 48 hours deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade and extension to respond positively to their demands.
  • A new 2,000 Syrian Lira bank note with the face of President Bashar Assad will go into circulation, the Syrian Central Bank announced.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease(EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, both countries reaffirmed their support of the other in the fight against terrorism.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks with Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara on bilateral ties.
  • SpaceX’s Dragon cargo space craft returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS), bringing back the first Chinese experiment ever to visit the orbiting laboratory.
  • 5th Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Education was held on 5th July, at Beijing, China. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development.
  • India and Israel signed seven agreements in the fields of water, agriculture, space, including a $40 million joint fund for research and development in innovation.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that an Indian Cultural Centre would be set up in Israel.
  • Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening will preside over the jury of the upcoming 74th Venice Film Festival in Italy, ending an 11-year succession of male jury chiefs on the Lido.
  • Pakistan successfully tests fired short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile ‘Nasr’ with enhanced range from 60-70 kilometres and flight maneuver ability.
NATIONAL AFFAIRS
  • Jammu and Kashmir, the only state which failed to meet the June 30 timeline for the GST rollout, is likely to clear the legislation by July 6.
  • PM Narendra Modiwill attend 68th Chartered Accountants Dayfunction in New Delhi. It was established on 1949 under Chartered Accountants Act, 1949.
  • Mizoram Celebrates 31st Anniversary Of Mizo Peace Accord signed on June 30, 1986 in the state.
  • Narendra Modi’s visits Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad termed the Ashram as Mahatma Gandhi’s tap bhoomi or the land where he has enlightened the entire humanity.
  • Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated an exhibition of art works at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. He also received the first copies of two Coffee Table books from the Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi.
  • Maharashtra’s erstwhile Sales Tax headquarters ‘Vikrikar Bhavan’ was renamed as ‘GST Bhavan’ after the Goods and Services Tax regime was rolled out.
  • Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naid up-ledged to develop Pedaparupudi village in Krishna district as India’s smart village by the end of 2018.
  • The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, has started a special helpline for girl students to increase their enrolment. It has also opened a website (jeewomen.iitkgp.ac.in/) for the purpose.
  • Narendra Modi inaugurated Textiles India 2017, India’s first ever mega textiles trade fair, being held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • Rail Land Development Authority joined hands with National Building Construction Corporation for redevelopment of 10 railway stations across the country on global standards.
  • The Income Tax Department has introduced a one-page form for taxpayers to manually apply for linking their Aadhaar with PAN, apart from the available online and SMS facilities.
  • Telangana will have a separate budget for Agriculture from next year which was decided to enhance fund for agriculture sector.
  • Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI has asked States to ensure that all enrolments, shift to government or municipal premisesfrom external sites by September.
  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattarhas said the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) will create 10 lakh jobs in the country.
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated computerisation of PACS and launched RuPay Kisan Credit cards in the state.
  • Indian Railways to introduce new economy AC Coaches with fares less than normal 3AC tariff.
  • Madhya Pradesh sets record with plantation of 6 cr saplings were planted in 24 districts of Narmada basin in just 12 hours. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the plantation drive at Amarkantak of Anooppur district.
  • Union Minister Rajeev Pratap Rudilaid the foundation stone of the country’s biggest Global Skill Park in Bhopal with the support of ITEES with an estimated cost of 645 crore.
  • Dehradun’s University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)recently won an international aerospace contest of 40 teams held in the United States.
  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Trans Stadia in Ahmedabad. The multi-purpose sports complex also hosts a 20-000 seater state-of-the-art football stadium.
  • The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) announced exemption of fees for its transgender students of all programmes.
  • Vice Chancellor (VC) Ravindra Kumar announced the initiative during the 22nd Prof G Ram Reddy Lectureevent held in the university.
  • Karnataka has launched the ‘Yuva Yuga’ scheme to skill the youth with new-age technologies of 10 lakh skilled jobs,
  • Press Information Bureau, has launched a special page for the GST. The page on the PIB website was launched by Principal Director-General, A.  Frank Noronha.
  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched G-Ride, a digital ride sharing platform designed and deployed for the IT industry by the  IT companies in the state.
  • Assam government is going to raise a new Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF) for better protection of the one-horned rhinos in Assam.
  • Kambala— the traditional slush-track buffalo race cleared with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017, finally getting Presidential assent.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address 9th edition of Delhi Dialogue in New Delhi. The theme of the two day dialogue is “ASEAN-India Relations: Charting the Course for the Next 25 Years”.
  • The Delhi High Court directed the budget airline to pay Rs 250 crore as a cash deposit on or before August 31.
  • Indian Navy’s INS Vikramaditya will join Japan and U.S. counterparts in the annual Malabar war games in the Indian Ocean from July 10with a strong focus on Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
  • Haryana government would soon establish an environment-friendly transportation system in Gurugram on the lines of that in Poland. In the first phase, 75 to 100 electric buses would be operated.
  • Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched a month-long plantation drive to mark Van Mahotsav observed in the first week of July every year.
  • Air India is going to spread its wings in regional connectivity from Lucknow. The capitals of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, ATR -72 aircraft model will be used.
  • A 14-day joint military training exercise between India and Thailand started is conducting the yearly joint training exercise named “Ex Maitree 2017” from July 3 to July 17 at Bakloh in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has approved a Legislative Bill to ban the hookah bar in Gujarat. The cognisable offence would attract a maximum fine of Rs.50,000 and a jail term up to three years.
  • Royal Australia Navy (RAN) ship HMAS New castle arrived in Kochi on a four-day visit for interactions on issues of common interest to both navies.
  • The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated restored heritage buildings in Schedule ‘A’ of the President’s Estate.
  • The Telangana Police will set up 16 special task forces (STFs) in collaboration with different government departments to check food adulteration in the state.
  • Tamil Nadu will be launching Amma Health Radio Service to provide awareness messages on public health and On the vaccination front.
  • Uttar Pradesh is poised to join the ranks of eight operational metro rail projects already functioning in Indian cities, bagging the title of being Uttar Pradesh’s first functional metro line in the process.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will adopt Kakrahia, a village known for its wrestlers and wrestling arena sunder the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.
  • The 26 states and 1 UT which have joined the UDAY scheme account for total outstanding debt of Rs 3.82 lakh crore. So far, 86% of the restructurable debt has been revamped under the scheme.
  • India has become the 11th country to join the Customs And Border Protection (CBP) Initiative In United States.
  • Law Commission submitted its report titled “Compulsory Registration of Marriages” to Law Ministry. Also, suggest that linking Aadhar number to marriage registration certificate.
  • Karnataka government has launched the ‘Elevate 100’ scheme to identify and nurture innovative start-ups.
  • Punjab Cabinet approved the Punjab Goods Carriages (Regulation and Prevention of Cartelisation Rules), 2017, which bars goods carriage operators from forming cartels or unions in the State.
  • The government has set a target of constructing 57000 kilometers of roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) during 2017-18.
  • Youth Centres (‘Yuva Vikas Kendras’) to be set up in Haryana in RSS Icon Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay at a cost of about Rs 3 crore each.
  • The government has decided to do away with the no-detention policy for students Under the Right to Education Act, 2009,  covering Classes 1 to 8 from the next academic session
  • Maharashtra government has expanded the ambit of its loan waiver scheme to farmers who had taken loans after 2008. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis made the announcement during ‘Mi Mukhyamantri Boltoy’.
  • Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture and Tourism addressed the “Second Meeting of BRICS Culture Ministers” in Tianjin, China.
  • A sub scheme as a National Mission on Cultural Mapping and Road map with a Financial Outlay of Rs 469.40 crore for 2017-2020 has been approved under the umbrella of “Kala Sanskrit! Vikas Yojna“.
  • Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centres will be established in 100 districts of the country which will effectively ensure employment oriented skill development of youth belonging to Minority communities.
  • The Minority Affairs Minister felicitated candidates, belonging to Minority communities, selected in the prestigious civil services examination who got financial assistance under “Nai Udaan” scheme.
  • India has declared itself free from Bird Flu (highly pathogenic Avian Influenza –H5N1 and H5N8) and notified it to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
  • The Odisha government signed an expression of intent(EOI) with the IAAF and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for establishment of a high performance academy inside the premises of Kalinga Stadium.
  • The deadline for the national launch of direct benefit transfers for fertiliser subsidies has been set as January 1, 2018.
  • The government issued notification on higher allowances, including house rent allowance or HRA, under the 7th Pay Commission, on July 6for its 4.8 million employees and 5.2 million pensioners.
  • India’s tough anti-hijacking law comes into force which replaces a 1982-vintage law. The definition has been expanded to include death of “security personnel on board” or “ground support staff” as well.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book dedicated to the out-going President. ‘President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman’.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AFFAIRS
  • Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati have taken the first successful step in treating peripheral nerve damage which can result from traumatic injuries.
  • NASA is developing the first-ever mission that will deflect a near-Earth asteroid to protect the planet from potential cosmic body impacts.
  • The sharpest laser in the world has been created by German scientists Physikalisch and Technische Bundesanstalt with the light it emits able to travel 2 billion miles with a line width of only 10 milli Hertz (mHz)
  • The world’s most detailed scan of the brain’s internal wiring has been produced by scientists at Cardiff University, UK.
SPORTS
  • Maharashtra topped the medals tally while Karnataka won the overall championship in the 44th Glenmark junior National aquatic championship in Pune.
  • Manpreet Kaur made her Asian Athletics Championships debut a memorable one by winning the country’s first gold medal.
  • Vikas Gowda wins bronze medal in men’s discus throw event and Govindan Laxmanan won gold in the 5000 metres in Asian Athletics Championships.
  • India has moved four places up to the 96th position in the FIFA World ranking which was second best ranking behind 94th rank in 1996.
  • India’s leading cueist Pankaj Advani teamed up with Laxman Rawatto demolish Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker championship at the Kalinga Stadium in
  • India’s Shiv Kapur earned a ticket to his third British Open after winning one of the five final qualifying events held in England.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed, was officially named the captain of Pakistan’s Test The announcement was made by Shahryar Khan, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman.
  • The 22nd Asian Athletics Championships is to be inaugurated at Kalinga Stadium in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar.
  • Star striker CK Vineeth announced that he is leaving Bengaluru FCafter three successful seasons during which the club won numerous trophies including I-League and Federation Cup.
  • Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has tipped South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk to succeed him as track and field’s most dominant athlete.
  • Australia’s Jeff Horn stunned Filipino Manny Pacquiao wins the WBO world welterweight title at Lang Park.
  • MS Dhoni became the first Indian batsman to hit more than 200 sixes (322) in One Day International Cricket (ODI) and stands fifth on the all-time list.
  • India beats Pakistan by 95 runs in Women’s World Cup to record its third successive victory in the ICC Women’s World Cup.
  • Germany defeats Chile to win 2017 FIFA Confederations Cupfinal held in
  • Jehan Daruvala of Sahara Force India Academy created history by becoming the first Indian to win in the FIA F3 European Championship.
  • Venkatesh Shetty, riding an Aprilia SR 150 won the 28th edition of Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally in neighbouring Navi Mumbai.
  • Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra finished at fifth position in a 10-man elite field after a best effort of 67m at the prestigious Diamond League.
  • Sundaram Ravire mains the only Indian umpirein the ICC Elite Panel with the world body naming an unchanged line-up for the 2017-18 seasons.
  • Ritika Thaker beat Simran Singhiin an all-Indian women’s singles final before the duo combined together to win the doubles title in the Ivory Coast International badminton tournament at Abidjan.
  • DONEGAL were crowned Ulster senior champions for just the second time in their history with an eight-point victory over holders Monaghan in Clones, Ireland.
  • Novak Djokovic has won the Aegon Championship in Eastbourne by beating Gael Monfils in the final.
  • Pranjala won her first pro title, beating Giada Clerici in the final of the $15,000 of ITF women’s tennis tournament at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.
  • Danielle Kang captures first career win and Major title at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Aditi Ashok finished at T29 Olympia fields.