• Daily Current Affairs: 11th July, 2018

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    1. World Population Day 2018
      • World Population day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.
      • The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.
      • World Population Day 2018 observes the theme, "Family planning is a human right."
    2. 57th Global Innovation 2018
      • The Global Innovation Index (GII) has ranked India as the 57thmost innovative nation in the world.
      • The country has improved its ranking from 60th position last year.
      • India has been improving steadily since it was ranked 81st in 2015.
      • Switzerland ranked for 8th straight year.
    3. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu – First Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign an MOU
      • For the first time in 76 years since, Rajya Sabha has came into being, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a foreign counterpart for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue.
      • Shri Venkaiah Naidu, has, in the process, become the first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign such an agreement when he inked an MOU with the visiting President of the Senate of the Republic of Rwanda, Mr. Bernard Makuza.
    4. National Conclave on Mines and Minerals 2018
      • The 4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals will be held on 13th July, 2018 at Indore for showcasing blocks which will be auctioned by the states in FY 2018-19 to the potential investors.
      • Union Minister for Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said that it will carry forward the efforts of the Government for strengthening the mineral auction regime as well as help in expediting auctions and bring in greater participation from the stakeholders.
    5. Ease of Doing Business 2018
      • Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, released the final rankings of States in Ease of Doing Business in New Delhi.
      • The top rankers are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Haryana. Jharkhand and Gujarat stood fourth and fifth respectively.
      • DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the World Bank conducted an annual reform exercise for all States and UTs under the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP).
      • The aim of this exercise is to improve delivery of various Central Government regulatory functions and services in an efficient, effective and transparent manner.
    6. CIPET : Centre for Skilling & Technical Support (CSTS)
      • Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar inaugurated the CIPET:  Centre for Skilling & Technical Support (CSTS) at ITI Building and laid the foundation stone of new Central Institute of Plastics Engineering &Technology (CIPET) Building at Doiwala, Dehradun.
      • CIPET : CSTS, Dehradun is the 32nd CIPET centre in the country.
    7. India-Korea Technology Exchange Centre
      • The India-Korea Technology Exchange Centre was Inaugurated by the Minister of State (I/C) MSME Giriraj Singh and Minister of SMEs and Start-ups of Republic of Korea, Hong Jong- hak in New Delhi.
      • Speaking on this occasion, Giriraj Singh said that the purpose of the Technology Exchange Centre is to create a platform for micro, small and medium enterprises of India and Korea where they can be assisted to identify and exchange latest technologies, share management expertise, product development and technology applications for product development.
    8. ‘Two Classical Plays from India’ – A book released by Vice President
      • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the gathering after releasing the book ‘Two Classical Plays from India’, an English translation of Hindi plays written by well-known playwright Shri D.P. Sinha.
    9. 1st ‘India Tourism Mart’ in New Delhi
      • According to Tourism Minister, the first India Tourism Mart (ITM) 2018 will be organized at Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi from 16 to 18th September 2018.
      • The India Tourism Mart will provide a platform for stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industries to interact and transact business opportunities.
    10. First dwarf container service in Indian Railways
      • The Indian Railways has introduced a commercial service to run double-stack dwarf containers on trains to capture the lost traffic through a new delivery model for domestic cargo.
      • Key highlights:
        • The double-stack draft containers are shorter in size and are capable of running on electrified tracks.
        • To be precise, a double-stack container is 6 ft 4 inches in height.
        • Despite being smaller in size, the dwarf containers can hold a capacity of 30,500 kgs compared to regular containers.
        • The containers would enable the railways in the double-stack movement of cargo.
        • The freight train with the dwarf containers was flagged off for its maiden commercial run on July 7 from Western Railway’s Rajkot railway station.
    11. The Eat Right Movement – by FSSAI
      • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has unveiled ‘The Eat Right Movement’. It is built on two broad pillars of ‘Eat Healthy’ and ‘Eat Safe’.
      • It aims at engaging and enabling citizens to improve their health and well-being by making the right food choices and to cut down salt/sugar and oil consumption by 30% in three years.
    12. Religious Minority Status to Jews – by Gujarat Govt.
      • The government, thereon, mandated the Certificate issuing competent authorities to issue Religious Minority Status Certificate to the members of this community.
      • With this, there are now seven religious minorities in the state. The other six are – Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains.
      • Gujarat is the third state in India to grant Minority Status to Jews
        • With this, Gujarat became the third state in India to grant religious minority status to Jews after West Bengal and Maharashtra.
        • West Bengal had granted the Minority Status to Jews over a decade ago. The state had a Jewish population of 43 at that time.
        • Maharashtra had accorded minority status for Jews in 2017, prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Israel. The state is home to over 2000 Jews, making it the largest for a state.
    13. New wasp species discovered in the Amazon forests
      • From Peru, Venezuela and Colombia in the Amazon forests, 7 new wasp species of the genus Clistopyga were discovered.
      • The new wasp species are:
        • Clistopyga crassicaudata
        • Clistopyga kalima
        • Clistopyga panchei
        • Clistopyga taironae
        • Clistopyga nigriventri
        • Clistopyga splendida
        • Clistopyga isayae
    14. World Cities Summit 2018
      • The 6th edition of biennial ‘World Cities Summit’ was held in Singapore from July 8 to 12, 2018, with the theme of "Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration".
      • The summit will be held together with the Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.
    15. RIMPAC exercise 2018
      • Indian Navy’s P8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft from Indian Naval Ship (INS) Rajali has inducted at Hawaii for participating in the Rim of Pacific Multinational Naval exercise (RIMPAC-18).
      • RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise.
      • 26 countries will take part in the drill this year and will undertake tactical exercises, including anti-submarine warfare and maritime reconnaissance missions.
    16. International Conference on ‘Data for New India’
      • The Round Table Conference was inaugurated by D.V. Sadananda Gowda (Union Minister of Statistics & Programme) and was organised by Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI).
      • Objective:
        • To discover innovative ideas for improving the statistical system in India, taking cue from the best practices followed in advanced countries like Canada, UK and Australia.
    17. Western ghat is marked as the fourth best tourist spot – by  Lonely Planet
      • The Western Ghats, one of India’s Hottest Biodiversity Hotspots and UNESCO World Heritage site, has been marked fourth in the Lonely Planet’s top five ‘2018 Best in Asia’ list.
      • One of the flowering plant species, Neelakurinji(Strobilanthes kunthiana) which blooms once every 12 years and has started to bloom in the famed hill station of Munnar, has been mentioned in the report.
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