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Top 5 Current Affairs: 20 July 2017

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The IIIT PPP Bill, 2017 will declare the existing IIITs in Public Private Partnership as Institutions of National Importance with powers to award degrees.

US panel votes to impose tougher conditions on Pakistan to receive US aid

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A key US panel has voted to impose stricter conditions on Pakistan, compelling it to play a more active role in counter-terrorism efforts in order to receive aid from the US.

Union Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and Netherlands on cooperation in space technology

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It calls for setting up a Joint Working Group with members from Indian Space Research Organisation and the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) to work out the action plan for implementing this MoU.

Environment Ministry Approves Projects for Climate Change Adaptation in Three States

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The National Steering Committee on Climate Change has approved three Detailed Project Reports submitted by the Governments of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim for funding under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change.

Ram Nath Kovind elected as 14th President of India

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NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind crossed the winning margin to become the 14th President of India by beating opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

New giant ocean sunfish species discovered

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The new species, named as the hoodwinker (mola tecta), was discovered by an Australian researcher.

Google introduces recruiting app 'Hire' for businesses

7 hrs ago
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Hire makes it easy to identify talent, build strong candidate relationships and efficiently manage the interview process end-to-end.

Lok Sabha clears Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership Bill 2017

8 hrs ago
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The proposed Bill grants statutory status to the fifteen Indian Institutes of Information Technology in Public Private Partnership and declares them as Institutions of National Importance.

Fact Box: Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017

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Over 4.7 billion people are covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas.

Telangana launches 'Janahitha' for speedy redressal of public grievances

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The Telangana government has launched a special portal called 'Janahitha' to act as a single window for all grievances and their redressal management.

Indonesia bans Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir

9 hrs ago
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It is the first time in the reform era that the government had disbanded an organisation without due process of law.

UIDAI launches mAadhaar app for syncing Aadhaar data on mobile phone

11 hrs ago
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Once you register in mAadhar app, your Aadhaar card profile including phone number, address and other details get stored on the app.

Race to Raisina Hill ends today, as counting begins

13 hrs ago
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The Presidential poll counting will begin today, following which the fourteenth President of India will be announced. Numbers look to be stacked in favour of NDA nominee, Ram Nath Kovind.

Union Cabinet approves revision of Indian Community Welfare Fund guidelines

13 hrs ago
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The approved guidelines would cover key areas like improvement in Consular services, Assisting Overseas Indian nationals in distress situations and Community Welfare activities.

French Senate approves controversial anti-terror bill

13 hrs ago
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The Bill will now be sent to the lower house of the National Assembly for a vote in October 2017.

LK Advani receives Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions in Lok Sabha

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The awardees were selected by a jury headed by former Lok Sabha Speaker Shivraj Patil.

SC says Right to Privacy cannot be absolute right, State may have some power to put reasonable restriction on it

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Terming ‘right to privacy’ as “amorphous”, the Supreme Court held that privacy is not absolute and cannot prevent the state from making laws imposing reasonable restrictions on citizens.

Widely used malaria drug may shield foetuses from Zika infection

1 day ago
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Hydroxychloroquine is a medication used for the prevention and treatment of certain types of malaria.

Telangana government puts cap on weight of school bags

1 day ago
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The Telangana government has imposed a cap on the weight of bags carried by schoolchildren in order to prevent any resulting physical effect and anxiety disorder in students.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 July 2017

1 day ago
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The Apex court decided to seek legality of the right to privacy while hearing a bunch of petitions contending that the Aadhaar scheme, which requires the mandatory parting of biometric details, is a violation of the citizens' right to privacy.

SBI launches SBI Realty portal for home buyers

1 day ago
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BI Realty will help customers to choose their dream home from 3000 SBI-approved projects.

New plastic £10 note featuring this legendary author unveiled in UK

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The Bank of England has unveiled a new 10-pound plastic note featuring a portrait of Jane Austen, British novelist at the Winchester Cathedral, the place where she was buried.

In a first, Telangana to have eco-friendly bridges for movement of tigers

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The concept of building eco-bridges came up after visits by experts from the Wildlife Board of India and the Wildlife Institute of India. The experts were concerned about the large-scale destruction of forest along the corridor, which would result in cutting off tiger movement between TATR and Bejjur.

TR Zeliang appointed as Chief Minister of Nagaland

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Zeliang's appointment came after Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu and nine ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislators failed to appear for the floor test.

MP launches Shala Siddhi Prohatsan Yojana in 25000 government schools

1 day ago
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The Madhya Pradesh State Education Centre has started Shala Siddhi Prohatsan Yojana in 25 thousand schools of the state to encourage their best works.

India launches solar project to electrify remote village of Agaween in Egypt

1 day ago
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The project was inaugurated by India’s Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya and Major General Alla Fathi Abou Zeid, Governor of Matrouh.

Fact Box: Presidential Elections in India

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The election of the President is held in accordance with Single Transferable Vote system and the voting at such election is by secret ballot.

US Navy tests world’s first Laser Weapons System

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The United States Navy has successfully tested the world’s first-ever active Laser Weapons System (LaWS), which is now deployed and ready for attack.

UK’s first woman Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill elected to Home Affairs Select Committee

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Preet Kaur Gill, who won the Edgbaston seat for the Labour party in the 8 June 2017 snap general election, was elected to the Home Affairs Select Committee in the UK Parliament. She will be one of 11 MPs on the cross-party home affairs committee.

Researchers from IISER Kolkata develop flame-proof, rust-resistant material

1 day ago
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Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, have developed an organic-inorganic hybrid material which is water, fire and rust resistant.

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