Current Affairs – July 2014
1) To serve the tech-savvy customers, SBI opened 6 digital branches across India. sbiINTOUCH is the name given to these banks. These sbiINTOUCH branches will include instant account opening with personalised debit cards, instant loan approvals for education, car and home and remote expert advisors available via video links.
2) Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year – circling its star once every 704 days. In comparison to the planet named Kepler-421b, Mars orbits our Sun once every 780 days.
3) Bor Wild Life Sanctuary was notified as the 47th Tiger Reserve Forest of India and 6th of Maharashtra.
4) INS Sahyadri is an indigenously built guided missile stealth Frigate. It is taking part in RIMPAC 2014, a naval exercise in which 23 countries from the world over are participating.
5) The Indian Navy has got its largest-ever destroyer after the addition of the 163 metre-long vessel Kolkata (D63) to its arsenal. Kolkata (D63) is India’s first domestically built guided missile destroyer to feature a Western-style air search radar and stealth technology.
6) United States has named a mountain in Antarctica in honor of an eminent Indian-American scientist Akhouri Sinha, whose pioneering biological research expedition has provided critical data about animal populations.
7) NASA and Boeing have inked a USD 2.8 billion deal to develop a giant rocket which is set to be the largest and most powerful ever built, paving the way for manned missions to Mars.
8) London 2012 silver medalist Vijay Kumar will be the Indian flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games. Vijay Kumar was the best shooter at the London Olympics, winning silver in the rapid-fire pistol event.
9) The 2014 Commonwealth Games (officially the XX Commonwealth Games) will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.
10) Ishant Sharma has become the first Indian fast bowler to take seven wickets in the fourth innings in Tests. Javagal Srinath had taken 6 for 21 vs South Africa at Ahmedabad in 1996-97.
11) Germany won FIFA world cup, in the final Germany defeated Netherlands. Final match was played in Rio de Janeiro. Hosted by Brazil.
12) Novak Djokovic won in Wimbledon final defeating Roger Federer. In women’s category Petra Kvtova won the title.
13) India and Canada has signed an India-Canada Audiovisual Co-production Treaty with an aim to create jobs in both countries and boost tourism. This audiovisual treaty is the first of its kind for India and signed in Delhi. The treaty came into force on 1 July 2014 but the announcement was made on 9 July 2014.
14) Leading domestic drug makers Lupin, Unichem and Matrix Labs (now part of Mylan) have come under the scanner of the European Commission for curbing entry of the low-cost generic version of cardiovascular medicine Perindopril in the European Union (EU).
15) The verdict on the dispute regarding the delimitation of the maritime boundary between India and Bangladesh was delivered on 7th June, with a United Nations tribunal awarding Bangladesh 19,467 sq. km of the 25,602 sq. km sea area of the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali announced the content of the verdict of the long-standing dispute.
16) Dubai has unveiled plans to build the world’s first temperature-controlled city Mall of the World, an ambitious project spread over an area of 48 million sq ft, to attract tourists even during the scorching summer months.
17) President Mahinda Rajapaksa on July 17, directed a Commission of Inquiry appointed by him to probe the roles of Sri Lankan army and the rebel Tigers, during the nearly 30 year war, for alleged violation of international humanitarian law.
18) SS Mundra has taken charge as deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India. As a deputy governor of the central bank, he will be responsible for banking supervision, currency management, financial stability and rural credit. Now, RBI has four deputy governors– H R Khan, Urijit Patel, R Gandhi and S S Mundra.
19) The average life expectancy of Japanese women increased to 86.61 years in 2013 up from 86.41 years.
20) General Dalbir Singh Suhagtook charge as the new Chief of the Army Staff of 1.3 million strong Indian army. He succeeded out going General Bikram Singh whose tenure ended.
21) An autobiography of the Former External Affairs Minister and veteran Congress Party leader Natwar Singh was released. The Book titled “One Life Not Enough” was penned by kunwar Natwar Singh.
22) Dipa Karmakar (20) scripted history as she clinched bronze in the vault event in the Commonwealth Games 2014 at Glasgow, Scotland, by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast and second person of the country to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games.
23) The new Narendra Modi led government has taken up the task of comprehensive Financial Inclusion . It is projected to be achieved by August 2018 with basic banking accounts for everyone by August 2015. Comprehensive Financial Inclusion intends to make banking services accessible to every household in the country.
24) The world’s first malaria vaccine– RTS,S created by pharma company GSK, is expected to hit the markets by 2015. GSK has submitted a regulatory application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its malaria vaccine candidate, RTS,S.
25) Theodore VanKirk (93), also known as “Dutch,” who was the last surviving member of the crew that jettisoned an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, bringing an end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, passed away in Georgia.
26) A new web platform –www.mygov.nic.in– launched by PM Narendra Modi will now make it much easier for the common man and experts from different fields to reach out to the government with their ideas and suggestions.
27) The President of India appointed veteran BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Kaptan Singh Solanki (75) as the Governor of Haryana in place of Jagannath Pahadia whose tenure is over.
28) Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan (71) has been appointed as the horticulture ambassador of the state of Maharashtra. Big B, who is also the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, would be promoting the horticulture sector in Maharashtra.
29) Researchers have found a new species of ‘May Fly‘ in the southern Western Ghats of India.
30) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced the concept of “zero hour” at Cabinet meetings. The “zero hour” will be the free-wheeling discussions where ministers can bring up any issue they feel relevant for the Cabinet’s informal consideration.
31) A new scheme named ‘Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojna’ for holistic development of tribals has been launched by the government. The Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched the scheme for holistic development of tribal people and Rs 100 crore has been allocated for the scheme during the year 2014-15.
32) President Pranab Mukherjee presented Gandhi Peace Prize for 2013 to noted environmentalist and pioneer of the Chipko movement Chandi Prasad Bhatt for his contribution towards the environment and society through Gandhian philosophy.
33) Former Speaker of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and five-time MLA Keshari Nath Tripathi was sworn-in as the Governor of West Bengal. Tripathi, was administered the oath of office by the acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Asim Kumar Banerjee in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
34) Former Rajya Sabha member and veteran leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mr. Om Prakash Kohli was sworn in as Gujarat Governor. Mr. Kohli’s appointment follows the unceremonious exit of former Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal.
35) Sim Bhullar (21) has become the first player of Indian origin to join the National Basketball Association (NBA) after he inked a summer contract with the Sacramento Kings, a professional basketball team in the US.
36) Margaret Alva, the current Governor of Rajasthan, was sworn-in as the Governor of Goa. She was administered oath of office by Chief Justice of Bombay high court Mohit Shah.
37) India’s largest software services exporter, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) became the first Indian company to achieve a market capitalization of Rs 5 lakh crore.
38) The Council of Representatives of Iraq (Iraqi Parliament) in Baghdad elected Muhammad Fuad Masum of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party as the seventh President of Iraq.
39) A super typhoon named Neoguri was advancing north for Japan on July 7, 2014, set to lash the southern Okinawa archipelagoes with heavy rain and powerful winds before making landfall on Kyushu, Japan’s westernmost main island.
40) The flagship carrier of the East African nation of Ethiopia has named its newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner after India’s most famous monument- the “Taj Mahal”. This is the first time an airline has named an aircraft of its Dreamliner fleet after a historical or heritage site outside of Africa.
41) Contrary to the efforts across the globe to curb child labour, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize it from age 10. Country’s Congress approved the legislation, and Vice-President Alvaro Garcia inked it into law in the absence of President Evo Morales.
42) The 7th IBSA (India-Brazil-South Africa) Summit of 2015 will be hosted by India. The same was announced after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma in Brazil.
43) The World Population Day was observed across the world on July 11. The theme for year 2014 is “Invest in Young People today, to ensure a Bright Future“.
44) Famous British actress, Emma Watson, has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women – the United Nation’s organization devoted to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
45) CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development along with US based the Green Electronics Council launched Indian debut of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental-rating system for electronics.