26 July 2018 Current Affairs - MB Books Live

26 July 2018 Current Affairs
International conference on India-Vietnam economic ties held in New Delhi
An international conference on India-Vietnam economic ties was held in New Delhi.
Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Ton Sinh Thanh was present at the
inauguration of the international conference.
Objective: To enhance the economic ties with Vietnam and enable government’s Act East
i. Vietnam and India has extensive economic ties in oil exploration, agriculture,
manufacturing and defence .
ii. India will extend ties in services sector.
iii. Both nations have agreed on a trade target of USD 15 billion by 2020.
iv. As Vietnam is a member of ASEAN, it can help on the growth of India’s ties with other
ASEAN countries.

“Innovate India Platform”: a collaboration of Atal Innovation Mission & MyGov launched by
NITI Aayog
 “#InnovateIndia Platform”, a collaboration between the Atal Innovation Mission and MyGov
was launched by NITI Aayog.
Objective: To create and encourage a structured ecosystem for innovation in India.
i. It is a citizen centric platform of the Government of India to access the innovation in the
ii. In this platform, registration of both grassroots and deep-tech innovators at a national
level will happen.
iii. The users can View, comment, share, and rate the innovations in the platform.
iv. It has a leaderboard which is calculated based on the votes on each innovation.
v. Citizens can share their/organizations/someone else’s innovation on the platform by login
to the MyGov website.
vi. These innovations can be shared in social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook,
and Twitter.

The National Green Tribunal formed a monitoring committee on cleaning of the Yamuna.
The National Green Tribunal formed a monitoring committee for Yamuna Rejuvenation
Objective: To submit an action plan for cleaning of Yamuna.
i. B S Sajwan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra has been appointed as
members of the committee.
ii. The committee has been asked to submit the report by December 31,2018.
iii. This decision was taken by a bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT)
Chairperson A K Goel .
iv. State governments of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh has been asked to cooperate the
committee on this issue.

Convergence of Meghalaya Health Insurance Scheme with Ayushman Bharat approved by
Meghalaya Cabinet

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The Meghalaya Cabinet approved the convergence of phase 4 of Meghalaya Health Insurance
Scheme (MHIS) with the centre’s Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
i. Under this the health coverage has been increased to Rs. 5 lakh from previous Rs.2.8 lakh
per household excluding government employees.
ii. It would also cover investigations of sickness as well as treatment.
iii. This would benefit a total of 8.8 lakh families in the state.
Odisha CM inaugurated Rs 300 crore Rukura irrigation dam project in Sundargarh
Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Rs 300 crore Rukura Medium
Irrigation Dam project in Sundargarhdistrict.
i. The Rukura project, built at a cost of Rs 296 crore, is constructed over the Rukura nullah
in Bonai Sub-Division of Sundargarh district.
ii. It has a height of 26 metres, upper width of 6 metres, while the dam’s length is 1,133
metres and is built over 666 hectares.
iii. It has maximum flood discharging capacity is 1,442.50 cusecs. It has only one main canal,
and its length is over 10.872km.
iv. In the rabi season, it will irrigate 2,185 hectares, while during the kharif season, the dam
will irrigate 5,463 hectares.
v. Over all, this project will irrigate 5,800 hectare of agricultural field and Rs.300 crore has
been provided for the construction.

18th International Children’s Film Festival inaugurated in West Bengal; to start from
August 9 – September 30th, 2018
West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi inaugurated the 18th International Children’s Film
i. It will screen 36 films from 17 countries.
ii. Screening of one children’s film in every cinema hall of the state every month to be done.
iii. The festival was being organised by Cine Central in collaboration with the UNICEF.
iv. Screening of films will begin from August 9 to September 30th.
v. The inaugural film is Moana from the USA.

Karnataka surpasses Tamil Nadu to become top State in renewable energy: says
“Karnataka’s Electricity Sector Transformation” report by IEEFA
Karnataka has become the leading State for renewable energy in India, surpassing Tamil
Nadu, according to the report “Karnataka’s Electricity Sector Transformation” released by
the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).
i. Karnataka reached 12.3 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity in March 2018. 5 GW
capacity addition was done in 2017-18.
ii. 27% of Karnataka’s power generation comes from renewable energy. Also, Pavagada
industrial solar park that is developed in Karnataka, is said to be the second largest solar
development currently under construction in the world.
iii. The report also cites certain threats to solar energy in Karnataka like lack of transmission
network infrastructure and policies like repealing the zero wheeling charge order.
v. IEEFA has presented a model for Karnataka’s electricity supply and demand till 2027-28.
vi. IEEFA had predicted a doubling of economic activity in the upcoming decade with 7.8%
GDP. This will contribute to a 73% increase in electricity demand.
vii. IEEFA recommends increasing renewables from 46% of state capacity (27% of generation)
in 2017-18 to 60% of capacity (43% of generation).

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West Bengal Municipal Service Commission Bill introduced in the Assembly
The West Bengal government introduced the West Bengal Municipal Service Commission
Bill in the Assembly, for direct recruitment of personnel for various categories of posts and
services in the establishment of urban local bodies.
i. The bill was introduced by West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim.
ii. Implementation of this bill will enable the West Bengal Municipal Service Commission to
conduct recruitment for all the 8 municipal corporations, 115 municipalities and 18
development authorities in West Bengal.
iii. The Commission will have a chairman and 3 other members. It will operate under the
administrative control of West Bengal government in the urban development and municipal
affairs department.

Andhra CM lays foundation stone of Amaravati International Sports Complex in Vijayawada;
launches ‘Project Gandiva’
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone of
Amaravati International Sports Complex worth Rs 60 crore in Vijayawada.
i. The Amaravati International Sports Complex will be built on 8.9 acres of land. The
headquarters of the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) will be moved to this
ii. The Andhra Pradesh government has planned to develop Amaravati, Vizag and Tirupati
as sports cities. Andhra Pradesh government will spend Rs 54 crore and the Centre will offer
Rs 6 crore for this complex.
iii. The work has been allotted to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD). The project
would be completed in 10 months.
iv. Andhra Pradesh government is also implementing Panchajanya sports scheme to develop
sports in the state.
v. As per this scheme, 303 schools in Andhra Pradesh have been identified. Out of this, 100
schools will be offered basic infrastructure facilities.
vi. Chandrababu Naidu also launched ‘Project Gandiva’. As per this project, government will
choose students aged between 10-16 years and offer them international level facilities and
coaching with an aim to secure medals in Olympic Games in a period of 10 years.

Gajyatra” begins in Delhi on August 1 to raise awareness on conservation of elephants
From 1st August 2018, the “Gaj Yatra” exhibition will be conducted to raise awareness about
conservation of elephants at the Mandi House metro station in Delhi.
i. Gaj Yatra will be conducted for 2 months. It is conducted as part of India Habitat Centre’s
year-long multi-media festival on sustainable development named “Habitat Photosphere”.
ii. It is organised by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in collaboration with the Ministry of
Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
iii. It is curated by Alka Pande, an art consultant and cultural theorist. It will feature
illustrations on elephant, which is India’s national heritage animal.

IRDAI has constituted a 16-member committee for the first time to monitor third party
pricing and premium rates
For the first time a 16 member committee has been formed by Insurance regulator IRDAI.

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Objective: To examine motor third party insurance pricing and make recommendations on
the premium rates for 2019-20.
i. IRDAI member – P.J. Joseph is the chairman of the committee .
ii. Other members include 2 senior officials of IRDAI , one each from Centre’s Department of
Financial Services and Ministry of Road transport and Highways and 5 members from
general insurance companies.
iii. It also includes other members from All India Motor Transport Corporation (AIMTC), Bus
Operators Corporation of India, Federation of India Automobile Association, Consumer
Voice, General Insurance Council, Insurance Information Bureau of India (IIBI).
Invest India, Business France sign MoU to promote investment in the private sector
Invest India and Business France have signed an MoU to promote investment and
cooperation between startups of India and France.
Objective: To promote business and startup ecosystem between the two countries
i. Under the MOU, joint activities and exchange will take place in the French and Indian
private sector.
ii. It would promote direct foreign investment by providing practical investment information
to enterprises which would help in economic growth.

Four Indian-origin names including 3 women in list of Fortune’s 40 young influential people
Fortune released its The Ledger ’40 Under 40′ list and 4 persons of India-origin, including
three women have been named on it.
i. The Indian origin persons were:
  Rank                            Person                     Position in company
  4                               Dhivya Suryadevara         CFO of General Motors
  14                              Anjali Sud                 CEO of Vimeo
  24                              Baiju Bhatt                Cofounder and Co-CEO of
  32                              Anu Duggal                 founding partner of Female
                                                             Founders Fund
ii. Suryadevara, 39 , made historyby becoming GM’s first female CFO making it one of only
two Fortune 500 companies led by a female CEO and CFO after Hershey.
iii. The Top 5 ‘40 under 40’ are:
  Kevin Systrom and Mark Zuckerberg            1
  Logan Green, John Zimmer                     2
  Wang Xing                                    3
  Dhivya Suryadevara                           4
  Brian Chesky                                 5

Ramon Magsaysay Award: Two Indians Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk are among
six individuals declared winners
Two Indians Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk were named winners of 2018 Ramon
Magsaysay Award.
i. A total of 6 persons were declared winners of 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award.
ii. Bharat Vatwani is awarded for leading the rescue of thousands of mentally ill destitute
people and reuniting them with their families.

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iii. Sonam Wangchuk is awarded for his contribution in the field of education, culture and
progress of communities in remote northern India.
iv. Other winners of the award are:
     ▪ Youk Chhang from Cambodia
     ▪ Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz from East Timor
     ▪ Howard Dee from the Philippines
     ▪ Vo Thi Hoang Yen from Vietnam
v. The recipients of Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018 will receive a certificate, a medallion, and
a cash prize.
vi. They will be presented the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018 at an award ceremony that
will be held on 31st August 2018 at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines.

Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passes away
Sports journalist Swapan Sarkar died due to diabetic complications.
i. Swapan Sarkar was 67 years old. He was the Delhi sports correspondent of Ananda Bazaar
Patrika (ABP).
ii. Earlier, he had worked for Amrita Bazar Patrika, Northern India Patrika and Gujarat

India observes 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas on 26th July
The 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated throughout India to
commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1999 Kargil War.
i. Kargil Vijay Diwas honours the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for India in the 1999
Kargil War.
ii. On 26th July 1999, India won the Kargil War that was fought for more than 60 days.
Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year for three days till 26th July.
iii. Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations started on 24th July 2018 at the Drass War Memorial in
Kargil town in Jammu and Kashmir.
iv. Day 1: tributes were paid to martyrs by laying wreath at the memorial.
v. Day 2: veterans of the war and serving heroes shared their experiences during Kargil war
at an event.
vi. Day 3: main function of the wreath-laying ceremony was held.
vii. Also, a Bike rally was conducted by the Jungle War college in Kanker district of

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