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Daily Current affairs for 29th to 31st July 2017 ( English )

1.   Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has resigned from his post after the Supreme Court disqualified him in the Panama Papers case. This is the third time Nawaz Sharif has been unable to complete his term in the chief executive’s office.
2.   The Lok Sabha passed the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017 by voice vote. The Bill declares the IIMs as institutions of national importance. The bill seeks to empower these institutions to attain standards of global excellence in management, management research and allied areas of knowledge. It also promises to grant administrative, academic and financial autonomy to these B-Schools and allow them to grant degrees.
3.  Sagar Vani, an integrated information dissemination system that will serve the coastal community, especially the fishermen community with the advisories and alerts towards their livelihood as well as their safety at Sea has been launched by the Union Ministry of Earth Science.
4.  Japan’s imperial decoration ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ award was conferred by Former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar for his contribution to fostering Japan-India ties during the visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan to India in December 2013, and contributed to the success of the visit in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Government.
5.  July 29 - the International Tiger Day was observed every year to promote the protection and expansion of the wild tigers habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation.
6.  The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has received final nod from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to function as the Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU) and operate the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS).
7.  Delhi Metro has secured the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms for its 10 residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) has become the world’s first completely ‘green’ Metro system for adhering to green building norms for its residential colonies.
8.  Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care (FPC) for improving newborn health has been released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. They will serve as a guiding document for those intending to introduce FPC in their facility as an integral part of facility based newborn care.
9.  Flammable ice (also known as methane hydrate or methane clathrates) is a natural gas consists of methane trapped within water crystals have successfully produced by China. It is the world’s largest natural gas resource is trapped beneath permafrost and ocean sediment where low temperature and moderate pressure combine to trap methane in this specific way.
10.   India’s first unmanned, remotely operated tank Muntra has rolled out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) at its Chennai lab. It has been launched in three variants Muntra-S, Muntra-M and Muntra-N for surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and biological threats.  It is also likely to be used in Naxal-hit areas.
11.   Sri Lanka has signed a US $1.1 billion deal to sell a 70% stake of the strategic Hambantota deep-sea port to China. The deal was signed between Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and China Merchants Port Holding Co. (CM Port).
12.   India is the world’s third-biggest exporter of beef according to recently released OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026 reportBrazil was ranked as the world’s top beef exporter followed by Australia.
13.   The Gelator, which is a  hydrophobic material that has property of oleilophilic (oil-loving) and takes up oil when it comes in contact with it have developed by the scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram. It can be used to recover marine oil spills with a simple, efficient and cost-effective method.
14.   Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2, which is  coming  under  Jiyo Parsi scheme ,  a Central Sector Scheme for containing population decline of Parsis has launched  by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Its main objective is to reverse the declining trend of Parsi population by adopting a scientific protocol and structured interventions. It aims to stabilize and increase the population of Parsis in India.
15.    The World’s smallest spacecraft  were successfully launched into low earth orbit by Indian rock et PSLV known as “ sprites “ . The six prototypes of Sprites were launched in June 2017 as part of the Breakthrough Starshot project designed to test technologies that would eventually be used for interstellar missions. They are smallest spacecraft that have managed to establish contact with ground stations. The mission was designed to test the performance of the Sprites’ electronics when in orbit. Sprites have been developed by researchers at Cornell University.
16.   Seven projects in the sector of sewage infrastructure, ghat development and research has approved  by the Executive Committee of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in its 4th meeting.Three projects each were approved in sewage sector in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Central Government will provide operation and maintenance cost for 15 years to all these six projects along with 100% central assistance.
17.   The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into 9 Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (UAPAs) with Indian taxpayers in July, 2017. With this, total number of APAs signed till date stands at 171 (Bilateral-12 and Unilateral-159).
18.   The Maharashtra government is planning to create cycle tracks through streets “streets with cycle track” project in order to encourage the use of bicycles to ease congestion and reduce air pollution.
19.   A team of researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard John A. Paulson  School of Engineering and Applied Sciences ( SEAS) have developed a  super strong , flexible bio-glue for wound healing without toxicity.
20.   The 2017 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix  was won by Sebastian Vettel of Germany ( Ferrari driver ) which was held at Hungaroring in Mogyoroid.
21.   Shehbaz Shariff  to succeed Nawaz Sharif as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
22.   Mohun Bagan  on 29th July 2017  conferred former club captain and coach Subrata Bhattarcharya with the Prestigious Mohun Bagan Ratna Award at the club’s  annual  day programme in Kolkatta. Jhulan Goswami( Indian women Cricket Team veteran pacer ) with a special award. Debabrata Das was honoured with Best Cricket player of the year award
23.   Four Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain announced their willingness to start a dialogue with Qatar if it agrees to show a willingness to stop funding terrorism
24.   India on 29th July 2017 defeated Kazakhstan  to clinch 2017 FIBA Women’s Asian Cup’s Division B title held at Kanteerava indoor stadium in BangaloreTo celebrate the win , the Basketball Federation of India ( FBI) announced a cash award of Rs. 10 lakh for the Indian Team . On the other hand Japan defeated Australia to clinch the Division A title.

25.   India and Pakistan will hold talks on two hydropower projects namely Kishenganga and Ratle under the 1960 Indus waters Treaty (IWT) at the world Bank Headquarters in Washington on 31st July 2017
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