Daily Current Affairs - 14th Jul 2018

Canada announces it will assume command of new NATO training & capacity building mission in Iraq

  • Canada has announced that it will assume command of a new NATO training and capacity building mission in Iraq. the Canadian troops will be deployed in the Baghdad region to help Iraq build a more effective national security structure and improve training for Iraqi security forces.
  • Canada as part of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group is already contributing air power, medical support and help in training Iraqi forces since 2014.

First-Ever Colour X-Ray On A Human Performed In New Zealand

  • New Zealand scientists have performed the first-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on a human, using a technique that promises to improve the field of medical diagnostics. The new device, based on the traditional black-and-white X-ray, incorporates particle-tracking technology developed for CERN's Large Hadron Collider, which in 2012 discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle.
  • The CERN technology, dubbed Medipix, works like a camera detecting and counting individual sub-atomic particles as they collide with pixels while its shutter is open. This colour X-ray imaging technique could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses

Fortis accepts $584 million stake deal from Malaysia's IHH Healthcare

  • India based Fortis Healthcare Ltd has accepted an investment offer from Malaysia's IHH Healthcare Bhd. IHH will invest Rs.40 billion at Rs.170 per share in the company that operates about 30 private hospitals in the country. The offer is at a 19.5 per cent premium to Fortis' closing price. Recent developments in the healthcare industry made Fortis an attractive takeover target.
  • Manipal Health Enterprises Ltd, along with private equity firm TPG Capital, and KKR & Co-backed Radiant Life Care Pvt Ltd had also bid for stakes in Fortis.

Govt allows photography at all protected monuments except Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace and Taj Mahal

  • The Archaeological Survey of India issued an order allowing photography within the premises of protected monuments and sites, except the Ajanta caves in Maharashtra, Leh Palace in Jammu and Kashmir, and Taj Mahal in Agra.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India comes under the Ministry of Culture.
  • Director General: Usha Sharma
  • headquarters: New Delhi

Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Bangladesh to discuss security, cooperation in countering illegal activities

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh will embark on a three-day visit to Bangladesh. Home Minister and his Bangladeshi counterpart will hold talks on various issues including security, border management, cooperation in countering illegal activities and travel arrangements. The Rohingya issue is also expected to figure in the meeting.
  • During his stay in Bangladesh, Mr Singh will co-chair the 6th meeting of the India-Bangladesh Home Minister Level Talks.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Originto Plan Charging at Least $200,000 for Space Rides

  • Jeff Bezos' rocket company plans to charge passengers about $200,000 (roughly 1.36 crores) to $300,000 (roughly Rs. 2.05 crores) for its first trips into space next year. The company, based about 20 miles (32 km) south of Seattle, has made public the general design of the vehicle - comprising a launch rocket and detachable passenger capsule.

L&T bags contract to build India's tallest office building in Amaravati

  • Engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has bagged a prestigious project for the engineering, procurement and construction of Head of Department (HoD) office buildings at Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh. The project has to its credit of being the first Steel Diagrid project in India.
  • The order was awarded by the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) and the project is a fast track job to be completed within stringent timelines.

Mohammad Kaif announces retirement from competitive cricket

  • Mohammad Kaif announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket, almost 12 years after he last played for the Indian team. He is well known for his acrobatic fielding as for his effective middle-order batting.
  • He played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India and will always be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 at Lord’s during the epic Natwest Trophy final in 2002.
  • He was a part of the Indian team that reached the World Cup final in South Africa.

Nawaz Sharif, Daughter Maryam Likely To Be Arrested

  • Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, sentenced to jail for corruption, are likely to be arrested at the Lahore airport. Sharif was sentenced to 11 years in prison by an anti-corruption court in the Avenfield properties case, one of the three corruption cases against him following the Panama Papers scandal.
  • Nawaz Sharif's petition to transfer the remaining two corruption cases against him to another accountability court was dismissed.

Portugal parliament approves new gender change law

  • The Portuguese parliament approved a law that will allow citizens to change their gender and name from the age of 16 without a medical report showing “identity disruption”. With this law Portugal joins Denmark, Malta, Sweden, Ireland and Norway to become the sixth European country to grant the right to self-determination of transgender identity without the guardianship of a third party and without a diagnosis of identity disruption.
  • The law passed also prohibits surgical procedures on inter-sex babies, who are born with male and female reproductive organs, so that they can themselves choose their gender later in life.
  • Portugal:
  • President: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
  • Prime Minister: António Costa
  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Currency: Euro

QS World Ranking 2018: Only One Indian City Among 100 Best Student Cities

  • In the rankings for best student cities released by QS across the globe, only one Indian city featured. Mumbai features at the 99th place as one among the 100 best student cities. The rankings have dropped in comparison to 2017 when two Indian cities had made it to the list. In 2017, Mumbai was at 85th rank and New Delhi was at 86th
  • At the top of the list is London, followed by Tokyo and Melbourne at second and third place respectively. The top five cities are rounded off by Montreal and Paris at 4th and 5th rank.
  • In top 10, there are two German cities, Berlin and Munich at 6th and 7th place respectively. At 8th place is Zurich, Switzerland, 9th is Sydney, Australia, and Seoul, South Korea at 10th.
  • The cities were ranked on five parameters - Affordability, Employer Activity, Desirability, Student Mix, and Rankings

Reserve Bank makes it compulsory to incorporate purchaser’s name on the face of payment instrumentalities to prevent money laundering

  • The Reserve Bank of India has now made it compulsory to incorporate the purchaser’s name on the face of demand draft, pay order, banker’s cheques and other instruments. This is being done to address the concerns arising out of the anonymity and to prevent money laundering.
  • The RBI has issued a notification to this effect to the banks. This directive will come into effect from 15th of September this year.

Setting up a social media hub will be like creating a surveillance state, says SC

  • The Supreme Court took a strong note of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s decision to set up a social media hub for monitoring online data, observing that it will be like creating a surveillance state. The court said the government wanted to tap citizens’ WhatsApp messages and sought its response within two weeks.
  • Recently, the Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL), a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), floated a tender to supply a software for the project. Under the project, media persons would be employed on contractual basis in each district to be the eyes and ears of the government and provide real-time updates from the ground.
  • The platform is expected to provide automated reports, tactical insights and comprehensive work-flows to initiate engagement across digital channels.

Sindhu enters quarterfinals of Thailand Open

  • P V Sindhu has progressed to the quarterfinals with a straight-game win at Thailand Open World Super 500 tournament in Bangkok. She defeated Hong Kong's Yip Pui Yin with a 21-16 21-14 to set up a fight with USA's Sonia Cheah.
  • Parupalli Kashyap put up a brave fight before going down 18-21 21-18 19-21 to Japan's Kanta Tsuneyama, while fourth seed H S Prannoy also went down 18-21 14-21 to Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro to crash out of the tournament.

Wimbledon: Nadal & Djokovic to clash in Men's singles semi-finals

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia will clash in one of the highly anticipated Men's singles semi-finals. The other one will be played between Kevin Anderson of South Africa and John Isner of the US.
  • Serena Williams keeps her hopes alive after beating the German No 13 seed Julia Görges 6-2, 6-4 at Wimbledon to go into the final. She will face Angelique Kerber of Germany.