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Daily Current affairs for 8th to 10th July, 2017 ( English )

1.  The Supreme Court held that government jobs or admissions secured under the reserved category by using forged caste certifications cannot be held valid or sustained in the eyes of law.
2.  The United Nations announced that the Member states will adopt a legally binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The treaty will be adopted on 7th July, 2017.It will be first multi lateral nuclear disarmament treaty to be concluded in more than 20 years .
3.  Aaykar Setu, a new tax payer service module was  launched by the Union Finance Ministry. It compiles various tax tools, dynamic updates, live chat facility and important links to various processes within the Income Tax Department (ITD) in a single module.
4.   For the first time will import crude oil from the United States. The purchase comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June 2017 when President Donald Trump had assured that US looks forward to export more energy products to India. The import of crude from US could become an alternative source for the Indian companies for the supply of heavy, high-sulphur grades as feed stocks, which typically sell at a lower cost relative to other oil types. 
5.  The Union Government has formed the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs by merging  the Ministries of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation .
6.  The 21st edition of the naval exercise – MALABAR, for the yaer 2017 has been kicked off near Chennai in Bay of Bengal. It is a trilateral naval Exercise  between India, Japan and United States (US) navies. The 8 day long Malabar 2017 exercise consists of both ashore and at-sea activities. One of the main goals of this edition of the exercise is “submarine-hunting”.
7. India will soon join Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC), a newly-constituted forum of central bankers and experts working towards promotion of a robust and transparent foreign exchange (Forex) market. The committee has been set up under guidance of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), an international financial organisation.
8. The four major digital initiatives  to push e-education has been launched  by President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of Guru Purnima.  They are Swayam, Swayam Prabha, National Academic Depository and National Digital Library. All these digital initiatives are operational under Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development.
9.  India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves have increased by $4.007 billion to touch a record high of $386.539 billion in the week that ended 30th June 2017 as per the report of RBI.
10.India has planned to invite the ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as Chief Guests for 2018 Republic Day celebrations. If invited Republic Day 2018 would be the first Republic Day event that will have so many leaders as the chief guests.
11. A student- scientist connect programme “Jigyasa, “has been launched by the government in New Delhi. The programme would be implemented by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in collaboration with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).
12.The World Bank has observed that India has made a sweeping commitment to solar power, innovative solutions and energy efficiency initiatives to provide round the clock electricity to its people by 2030. India is emerging as a frontrunner in the fight against climate change.
13.   India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu has defeated Rhys Dowling of Australia to win South Australian Open squash title. This will be Sandhu’s first PSA tournament victory in Australia.
14.   India and Bangladesh have decided to construct a bridge over Mizoram’s Khawthlangtuipui river (also known as Karnaphuli river) to facilitate trade and to improve communication between the two countries. The proposed bridge is expected to serve as an important link between India and Bangladesh. It would improve road connectivity between the two regions. The proposed bridge is also expected to strengthen the ties between the people of the two countries.
15.   In 12th G20 Summit held in Hamburg, responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for united action against terrorism and elimination of terrorist safe havens, the G20 countries strongly condemned all terrorist attacks worldwide and pledged greater coordination to counter the menace.
16.  The researchers have found that surface of Mars has chemical compounds called perchlorates that can wipe out living organisms.

17.The United Nations has adopted a historic global treaty banning nuclear weapons. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 members in favour. The Netherlands was the only country who voted against the treaty. Singapore abstained from voting.

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