Current Affairs 2017 (July)(English)

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31 July 2017

Which Indian sprinter was allowed to run in the upcoming London World Championships by the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS)?

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The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS), the top tribunal of international sports, allowed Indian sprinter Dutee Chand to run in the World Championships in London starting from August 4, 2017. Allowing Dutee’s participation, it also suspended the Hyperandrogenism Policy of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which had barred her from competition, by another two months. The policy bars female athletes who produced natural testosterone (male hormones) above permissible range from taking part in competitions.

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Who has been appointed as the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan for 45 days?

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The ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) selected Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to be the interim prime minister of the country. Abbasi would serve as the prime minister of Pakistan for 45 days. In the meantime, Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif would contest elections to make his way into the country's National Assembly.

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Indian Boxers won 8 Medals, including five Gold, at 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem. Where was the competition held?

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Indian boxers won 8 medals at the 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem held in the Czech Republic. The 8 medals include five gold, two silver and one bronze medal. World Championships bronze-medalist Shiva Thapa (60kg), former Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Manoj Kumar (69kg), Amit Phangal (52kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) claimed gold medals after winning their respective summit clashes.

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What is the rest period for an auditor firm after it completes its tenure of four years in a particular bank, as per a recent decision by RBI?

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to modify the rest period in the appointment of statutory central auditors (SCAs) by banks. As per the decision, an audit firm will not be eligible for appointment as statutory central auditor (SCA) of a bank for six years after completing its four-year tenure in that particular private or foreign bank. Hitherto, an audit firm, subject to its fulfilling the prescribed eligibility norms, was allowed to continue as the SCA for a particular bank for a period of four years, and, thereafter, it was compulsorily rested for a period of two years.

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Which life insurance company has been directed by the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to take over the Sahara India Life Insurance Company (SILIC)?

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Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) directed ICICI Prudential Life Insurance to take over the life insurance business portfolio of the beleaguered Sahara India Life Insurance Company (SILIC) effective July 31, 2017. The decision was taken after IRDAI’s appointed administrator R.K. Sharma, General Manager (F&A-NL), advised that the Lucknow-based SILIC’s governance system has failed in totality and the interests of the policyholders were at stake.

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Which country won the final of the Division ‘B’ of FIBA women’s Asia Cup held in Benguluru?

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Indian women basketball team defeated Kazakhstan with a score line 73-71 to win the final of the Division ‘B’ of FIBA women’s Asia Cup in Bengaluru, Karnataka. With this, India qualified for the Division ‘A’ for the next edition of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup. Similarly, in the Division ‘A’ final, the Australian women team defeated Japan to win the summit clash. The Most Valuable Player was awarded to Kelsey Griffin of Australia.

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Which country won the sixth World Junior Squash Championship held in Tauranga, New Zealand?

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India finished sixth overall in the girl’s team event of the 2017 WSF-World Junior Squash Championship in Tauranga, New Zealand. In the 2015 edition held in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, India had ended up in the 8th place. Egypt making a clean sweep in the championships went on to win men’s, women’s and overall title. They won the WSF-World Junior Squash Championship for the sixth consecutive time.

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Where will be the Junior World Wrestling Championship held in August 2017?

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A 24-member India team has departed to take part in the Junior World Wrestling Championship. The championship will be held in Tampere, Finland. The tournament will be held from August 1 to August 4, 2017. The team comprises eight members each in men's freestyle, women's wrestling and Greco-Roman categories.

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Book 'Mann Ki Baat - A Social Revolution on Radio' was launched recently. When was the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme started?

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The Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched the book "Mann Ki Baat - A Social Revolution on Radio" at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai. The book includes transcripts of the first 23 episodes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly address on radio 'Mann Ki Baat'. It has been brought out by BlueKraft Digital Foundation. It was launched on October 3, 2014.

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The Union Minister for Minority Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2” at Mumbai. When was the Phase-I of “Jiyo Parsi Publicity" launched?

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The Union Minister for Minority Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2” at Mumbai. “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-1” was initiated in 2013 for containing the declining trend of population of the Parsi community and reverse it to bring their population above the threshold level.

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30 July 2017

Name the prime minister of Pakistan who was disqualified by the country's Supreme Court over 'Panamagate' issue.

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan in a unanimous decision disqualified Nawas Sharif as the Prime Minister over “Panamagate”. Following this, Nawaz stepped down as the Prime Minister and named his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif for the post of Prime Minister. The court also ordered a criminal probe into the Sharif family over allegations stemming from the "Panama Papers" leaks of international offshore companies.

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Which country recently conducted a new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Test (ICBM) with a range of 10000 km?

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North Korea launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) for the second time in a month. The decision comes day after United States (US) Congress voted to impose new tougher sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The unusual test launch was North Korea’s 12th missile test in 2017 and second intercontinental ballistic missile in less than a month.

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Name the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who was made the dean of engineering school of prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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India-born academician Anantha Chandrakasan at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been named as the dean of its engineering school. Chandrakasan, the Vannevar Bush Professor and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) was in June 2017 named the dean of the MIT's School of Engineering.

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For which of the following Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) RBI has not set up a Supervisory College?

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up Supervisory Colleges for six Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) which have sizeable international presence. These banks are State Bank of India, ICICI Bank Ltd., Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank Ltd. and Punjab National Bank. 

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For improving the health of whom the Health Ministry has issued Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care (FPC)?

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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently released Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care (FPC) for improving newborn health. The guidelines will serve as a guiding document for those intending to introduce FPC in their facility as an integral part of facility based newborn care.

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Where was the Asian Youth & Junior Weightlifting Championships held in July 2017?

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India’s Lovepreet Singh won bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships at Kathmandu. He got third place in 105 kg men junior category. Lovepreet lifted 151 kgs in snatch and 180 kgs in clean and jerk to get the bronze. He lifted total 331 kgs. This is India’s fourth medal in the championships.

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Name the Bollywood actor who died recently at the age of 43.

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Bollywood actor Inder Kumar passed away early on July 28, 2017 due to heart attack. He was 43. Inder Kumar made his Bollywood debut with 1996 film Masoom and worked in over 20 films in a career spanning nearly twenty years. 

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Lok Sabha passed the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017 to give autonomy to IIMs. How many IIMs are operating in the country?

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The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017 was passed by the Lok Sabha to provide autonomy to 20 IIMs, the premier management schools in the country by restricting the government role in their functioning. The bill grants statutory powers to all the IIMs in their running including appointment of directors, faculty members besides giving them powers to award degrees instead of post graduate diplomas.

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