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Current Affairs of 17th July

Anjali Singh, Published On:17-Jul-2019


                       Current affairs

1.The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed by rajya sabha for establishing a Central University and Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.  

  • The universities would be set up in the next four years is assured by HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”.
  • The government has set aside ₹450 crore for the first stage of the Central University project against the total amount of ₹902.07 crore and ₹420 crore for Tribal University against an outlay of ₹836 crore. 
  • The Tribal University will offer research facilities in the fields of art, culture and technology to the tribal population

2.The awards has been opened up by the defence ministry to identify firms and individuals that excel in research, import substitution and exports to the private sector, which was previously restricted only to public sector units and the ordnance factory board

  • The decision was taken by defence minister Rajnath Singh under the ‘Make in India’ initiative is part of a series of reforms being carried out to encourage greater private sector participation, which includes mandatory outsourcing by state-owned units, opening up of test ranges and sharing of export queries to the Indian industry. 

3.One of the joint statutory auditors BSR Associates of IL&FS Engineering and Construction resigned with immediate effect. 

  • The auditor gave reasons such as non-payment of fees for the year ended March 31, 2018 and non-receipt of certain pending information and responses to the audit matters as requested for the audit for the year ended March, 2019, limited reviews for the quarter ended 30,2018 and December, 2018 and responses to quethe audit matters as requested for the audit for the year ended March, 2019, limited reviews for the quarter ended 30,2018 and December, 2018 and responses to queries raised by it. 

4.A new digital platform curated specially for MSMEs and self-employed customers is launched by ICICI Bank to undertake the business banking transactions digitally and instantly which is called ‘InstaBIZ’, it allows customers to avail over 115 products and services in a digital and secure manner on their mobile phone or internet banking platform. 

            Appointment and Resignation

5.Global beverages Coca­Cola declared top ­level changes in its India and southwest Asia unit with the appointment of Sarvita Sethi as vice-­president, M&A and new ventures and Harsh Bhutani as vice-­president, finance (CFO). 

  • Ms. Sethi, who was earlier VP finance, India and southwest Asia, in her new role will provide leadership to business incubation. 

6.Madhivanan Balakrishnan joined IDFC First Bank as chief operating officer, previously he was the chief technology and digital officer at ICICI Bank. 

  • After the merger of the recently licensed IDFC Bank and non-banking finance company Capital First, IDFC First Bank is formed and is expected to use Balakrishnan’s tech know-how to build a strong tech team 

                     Awards and Recognition

7.The Sangeet Natak Akademi announced Zakir Hussain, Jatin Goswami, Sonal Mansingh and K. Kalyanasundaram Pillai as Akademi Fellows or Akademi Ratnas and said they will be awarded for 2018. 

  • The Akademi selected 44 artists from music, dance, theatre, puppetry and overall contribution to performing arts for the Awards for 2018.


 8.The best known versatile bengali actor Swarup Dutta passed away.

  • The actor got his first break in Tapan Sinha's 'Apanjan' (1968). 


9.Grandmaster P. Iniyan hold second position in the Thailand open chess with seven wins and two losses from nine games. 

  • After winning the first two games, he loses the next two games. 
  • Iniyan had won the gold medal in under ­18, Commonwealth chess championship 2019.  

10.Rohan Bopanna and Smriti Mandhana got their Arjuna Awards after nearly a year.

  • Rohan Bopanna received his award from the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju 

11.Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu, Adarsh Singh and Vijayveer Sidhu won the junior men’s sports pistol gold for India with a total of 1738, which is ten points more than China.

  • India is on the top of the medals table with seven gold, seven silver and two bronze medals. China came second with five gold, three silver and five bronze.

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information bureau website

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