July 2016 Weekly One Liners: 1st Week (1st - 7th)

Dear readers, Welcome to Online Current Affairs July 2016 weekly one liners section. Here we are providing the one liners covering important event in Current Affairs in the First week of June, which is common for all the bank exams and other competitive exams!!!

1) Sameer Mon, the famous sprinter from Manipur, has recently won gold in 100 metre dash in 10.60 seconds at the 56th National Inter-state Senior Athletics Championships in Hyderabad. With this, he became the fastest male athlete in India.

2) The Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has recently launched NIVARAN portal, an online system for redressal of service related grievance of serving and former railway employees. This online system facilitates the employees to lodge their grievances and also monitor the progress.

3) The 25th edition of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 has started in Pacific Ocean at Hawaii, United States from June 30, 2016 and will continue till August 4, 2016. In it, 27 countries viz. India, the Philippines, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, etc, are participating.

4) Rodrigo Duterte, Maverick anti-crime candidate, has been sworn-in as the 16th President of the Philippines, after a landslide election victory in May 2016. He succeeded Benigno S. Aquino III and will have a tenure of 6 years.

5) The World Bank Board has approved the $ 201.50 million for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP III) in India. The purpose of the project is to increase quality and equity in participating engineering education institutes and to improve the efficiency of the engineering education system in focus states. The maturity period for the project is 25 years with an additional 5 years grace period.

6) India has been ranked 35th out of 160 countries in the World Bank’s 2016 Logistics Performance Index (LPI). India’s logistics performance at its key international gateways has improved in the last two years from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016, which will not only boost programmes, such as Make in India, but also help in increasing trade. The list is topped by Germany, followed by Luxembourg and Sweden.

7) Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere (86), the famous Marathi writer, has recently passed away in Pune, Maharashtra. He was known for his exhaustive research in folk literature and bhakti tradition of Maharashtra. His works include Vividh, Gangajali, Dakshinecha Lokdev Khandoba, History of Nath Sampraday, Sri Venkateshwara, etc.

8) Major General Per Gustaf Lodin of Sweden is the newly appointed Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). He succeeded Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana.

9) The Kerala Government has banned the manufacture, sale, marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes (or electronic cigarette) in the state, as its use could lead to cancer and heart diseases. With this, Kerala has become the 4th state in India to ban e-cigarette after Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

10) India’s first integrated Defense Communication Network (DCN) has been launched by Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi. The network will facilitate Indian Army, Indian Air force, Indian Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process.

11) The Rapid Rural Police Response System (RRPRS) has been launched by Punjab police to ensure prompt and effective police response in villages to counter any crime or law and order situation in just 20 minutes.

12) The first international film, arts and animal welfare festival “Animal-Human-Nature Continuum” has started at Liberty in Mumbai,India from July 1 and will continue till August 28, 2016. The focus of the unique festival is to highlight the relationship among animals, humans and nature. In it, over 150 films from more than 40 countries will be screened up.

13) India’s first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre has been opened at Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. The complex has ultra-modern facilities like Video-conferencing, E-Court, E-Library, E-Filing and E-Summons. These facilities will help the investors in their commercial dealings.

14) The State Bank of India (SBI) has signed agreements with the World Bank for a $625 million credit facility to support grid connected rooftop solar programme in India. This will help SBI in financing grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (GRPV) projects at very competitive rates.

15) The first meeting of the BRICS Working Group on “Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency” will be held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from July 4-5, 2016. In it, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries would make presentations on measures taken by them in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency.

16) The Union Sports minister Dr Jitendra Singh has recently granted Rs. 10 lakh to Olympic gold medallist Mohammed Shahid, who is undergoing treatment for serious liver and kidney disease at a hospital in Gurgaon. Shahid is known for his artistic stickwork and was a member of the Indian Hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

17) Lewis Hamilton, a British Formula One racing driver from England, has won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix title of Formula One. It is his third title of the 2016 season after Monaco Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix.

18) Sai Praneeth from India has won the 2016 Men’s Singles Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton tournament by defeating South Korean Lee Hyun-il in final by 21-12 21-10 at the Markin MacPhail Centre, in Calgary, Canada.

19) Elie Wiesel (87), the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights activist, has recently passed away in Manhattan, United States.

20) The 3rd edition of BRICS Urban Forum meeting 2016 will be host by Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from September 14 to 16, 2016. The conference will throw light on the challenges faced by the cities and the emergence of new urban spaces with rapid urbanization.

21) The 2nd edition of BRICS Youth Summit 2016 was organized at Guwahati, Assam from 1st to 3rd July, 2016. The 2016 theme is “Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges”.

22) Neerja Bhanot, the senior flight purser on a Pan Am flight, has been conferred with the 2016 Bharat Gaurav Award in London, United Kingdom (UK) for her distinguished services to the nation and outstanding individual achievements.

23) The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently launched a social media banking platform for Facebook and Twitter users “SBI Mingle”, which will allow its customers to access various banking services via these social platforms.

24) The world’s first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) ‘Super Fight League’ will be hosted by India from August 26 to October 1, 2016. The championship will have an equal stage for women as a total of 96 fighters will be involved in both men and women combined.

25) The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently tied up with e-commerce giant Flipkart to offer new pre-approved Equated Monthly Installment(EMI) facility for SBI account holders. Under the tie-up, SBI will provide overdraft facility to its customers purchasing goods worth Rs. 5,000 and above on Flipkart for a tenor of 6, 9, and 12 months without any processing fees.

26) Bengaluru para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has won 8 medals at the 2016 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) U-23 World Games in Prague, Czech Republic. He has bagged gold medals in 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, silver in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, and bronze in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.

27) The top seed doubles Indian pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy have won the 2016 Men’s doubles Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton tournament by defeating Adrian Liu and Toby Ng in the final by 21-8 21-14 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Canada. Both Attri and Reddy are the first Indian men’s doubles pair to qualify for the Rio Olympics 2016.

28) The recently released 2016 “State of the World’s Children” report is the annual flagship report of United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). As per the report, global under-five mortality rates have been more than halved since 1990 globally.

29) The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently launched ‘MySpeed’ mobile app, which allow users to measure their internet speed on their smart phone and send results to a TRAI analytics portal.

30) Sudarshan Sen has been appointed as the new Executive Director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in place of N S Vishwanathan, who has been elevated as Deputy Governor at the central bank. Sen will look after Department of Banking Regulation, Department of Co-operative Bank Regulation and Department of Non-Banking Regulation. Earlier, he was in-charge of the Department of Banking Regulation. He also served as the Regional Director of Ahmedabad office of the RBI.

31) India will host the 2016 meet of BRICS anti-narcotics heads on July 8, 2016 to discuss issues related to narco-terrorism and money laundering among the BRICS member-nations. The one-day meeting will be hosted by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the agenda of the high-level meeting is expected to revolve around illicit drug trafficking including diversion of precursors and chemicals, usage of new psychoactive substances, maritime drug trafficking, narco terrorism and drug money laundering.

32) Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has become the first Indian footballer to play in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League. He achieved this feat when he plays for the Norwegian club Stabaek FC as the goalie against Connah’s Quay FC in a qualifying match in Rhyl, Wales.

33) The Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) has become the first port in India to implement the logistics data bank tagging of containers. It is first of its kind facility, which will help importers/exporters to track their goods in transit through logistics data bank service.

34) The Government of India (GoI) will provide interest subvention of 5 % for all farmers for short term crop loans up to Rs 3 lakh for FY 17 (2016-17), provided they repay in time, or else a higher rate of 7% will be charged. Thus, farmers will have to effectively pay only 4% as interest.

35) Lidudumalingani, the South African writer, filmmaker and photographer, has won the 17th edition of prestigious Caine Prize 2016 for his short story “Memories We Lost”. The winning story explores mental health through the relationship of two sisters in a South African village, one of whom is schizophrenic and the other her protector.

36) Prakash Javadekar is the newly appointed Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). He succeeded Smriti Irani. Previously, Javadekar was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

37) The world’s largest Charkha has been set up by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister Kalraj Mishra at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi.

38) The Haryana Police has recently launched a 24-hour helpline “8284030455” for people to report incidents of the smuggling or slaughter of cows in the state, where cattle slaughter and beef sale are already banned.

39) The 4th edition of Woodpecker Environment and Wildlife Film Festival 2016 will begin at historic Gaiety Theatre in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh from July 7 and will continue till July 9, 2016.

40) Rajasthan has become the first Indian state to introduce minimum wages for part time. As per the notification, it is now mandatory to pay 50 % of the prescribed a day minimum wage to a person who works for less than 4 hours in a day. With this notification, now part time workers come under the Minimum Wages Act 1948.

41) The 5-time Olympian Shiva Keshavan has been appointed as the first President of the Olympians Association of India (OAI). The OAI is the India’s first and only non-profit organization founded by Olympians viz. Shiva Keshavan(luge), Viren Rasquinha (hockey), Malav Shroff (sailing), Mary Kom (boxing), etc., for Olympians in India.

42) The Dr. Shankar Acharya committee has been constituted by the Union Finance Ministry to examine the feasibility and desirability of having a new financial year. This could lead to changing India’s financial year from April-March to January –February or any other 12-month period.

43) India has been ranked 91st out of 139 countries in the 2016 Networked Readiness Index (NRI). The 2016 NRI index is a key component of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Information Technology Report 2016. The list is topped by Singapore, followed by Finland, Sweden, Norway and the United States. The index measures countries’ success in creating the necessary conditions for a transition to a digitized economy and society.

44) The Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti has recently launched the Namami Gange programme for cleaning of river Ganga from Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

45) The World Zoonoses Day is observed on July 6 every year to create awareness on zoonotic diseases, how to prevent them and what actions to take when exposed. The word “zoonoses” was derived from the Greek words zoon (animal) and nosos (ailment).

46) Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu is the newly appointed Union Minister of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B). In addition to I & B ministry, he already holds the portfolio of Urban Development Housing, Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs.

47) Dipa Karmakar from Tripura has become the first-ever Indian gymnast to be certified as “World Class Gymnast” by the International Federation of Gymnastics (IFG). The IFG is the governing body of competitive gymnastics and its headquarters is at Lausanne, Switzerland.

48) Abbas Kiarostami (76), the immensely acclaimed and influential Iranian writer-director, has recently passed away in Paris, France. He was the only Iranian ever to win the Palme D’Or at Cannes film festival.

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