1. 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. India has scored 58.6 .Top countries are Sweden (1st), Denmark (2nd), Finland (3rd), Norway (4th), Czech Republic (5th), Germany (6th), Austria (7th), Switzerland (8th) and Slovenia (9th).United States was ranked 42nd on the Index, Russia and China ranked 62nd and 71st respectively.
2. India has contributed an additional $1 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund launched to support sustainable development projects across the developing world. Already India had made an initial contribution of $1 million when the fund was created. The amount was allocated for the implementation of a project benefiting seven Small Island Developing States in South Pacific Ocean.
3. India’s first solar powered diesel multiple unit (DEMU) broad gauge train has launched by Indian Railways. The train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. It will replace an existing non-solar powered rake on the same route. It is 1600 Horse Power (HP) train with all solar powered coaches. These solar panels have been manufactured under ‘Make in India’ initiative. The energy generated by these solar panels will be stored in batteries and will be used during the night.
4. Scientists from Harvard Medical School for first time have encoded a small movie clip in the DNA of living bacterial cells by using the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.) gene-editing technique and then played it back. Scientists have found out that despite the genetic modification, the bacteria thrived and multiplied. The film stored in the DNA of bacteria was also well preserved and was intact even in new generation of bacteria.
5. July 15- The World Youth Skills Day is observed globally every year to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development. 2017 Theme is “Skills for All”.
6. India and European Union (EU) have established Investment Facilitation Mechanism (IFM) which will allow for a close coordination between EU and India with an aim to promote and facilitate EU investment in India.
7. For the third consecutive time in the past two years, Raipur’s Swami Vivekananda Airport was ranked first in Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Survey among 49 airports in the country. It has achieved 4.84 score on a five point scale index. It was followed by Udaipur (2nd), Amritsar (3rd) and Dehradun (4th) airports which have scored 4.75, 4.74 and 4.73 respectively.
8. India’s Sundar Singh Gurjar (21) won gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event at World Para Athletics Championships held in London, United Kingdom. Sundar Singh Gurjar hails from the Karauli district in Rajasthan.
9. The United States House of Representatives has passed an amendment to National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA), 2018, a $621.5 billion defence expenditure bill to advance defence cooperation with India. The amendment asks the State Department and Pentagon to develop a strategy to addresses common security challenges, the role of US partners and allies in India-US defence relationship, and role of the defence technology and trade initiative.
10. India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu (28) won the Victorian Open squash tournament by defeated Rex Hedrick of Australia held in Melbourne, Australia.
11. 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. Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) defeated Venus Williams to win her first Wimbledon title in the women’s single category. Łukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil) pair defeated Oliver Marach (Austria) and Mate Pavić (Croatia) pair to win 2017 Wimbledon title in Men’s Doubles category. Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina defeated Chan Hao-ching (Chinese Taipei) and Monica Niculescu (Romania) to win 2017 Wimbledon title in Women’s Doubles category. Jamie Murray (United Kingdom) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) defeated Henri Kontinen (Finland) and Heather Watson (United Kingdom) to win 2017 Wimbledon title in mixed Doubles category.
12. Scientists from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) have discovered the presence of millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals deep under the waters within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of peninsular India. They have confirmed the presence large amount of lime mud, phosphate-rich and calcareous sediments, hydrocarbons, metalliferous deposits and micronodules.
13. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has notified regulations for inspection and investigation of service providers registered with it. Under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) implemented by IBBI, service providers are insolvency professional agencies, entities, professionals and information utilities. The investigation authority has to serve a notice intimating the entity concerned about the probe at least 10 days in advance.
14. Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed super-stretchy and strong artificial (synthetic) spider silk, almost entirely composed of water. The fibres of the synthetic spider silk are spun from hydrogel, a soupy material which is 98% water. The remaining 2% of the hydrogel is made of naturally available silica and cellulose.
15. Former Sikkim CM Nar Bahadur Bhandari passed away.
16. Lilly Singh was appointed as the UNICEF’s Global Goodwill ambassador.
17. The only female medal winner of the Fields Medal bagged by Maryam Mirzakhani passed away.
18. NAZA’s New horiozon space craft unveiled new maps of Pluto and Charon
19. Farooq Abdullah ( former J&K CM )and PK Kunhalikutty ( Indian Union Muslim League) took oath as Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha on 17th July 201720.A group of researchers discovered a very distant galaxy, which is about 1000 times brighter than a milky way which was recently published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.