Current Affairs in Short: 3 July 2018
The Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS) under the Government of NCT of Delhi has been ranked the ‘Best Dental College in India’ for the seventh year in a row. MAIDS outshone 310 dental colleges to become No 1 in dental education in India.
MAIDS ranked 'best dental college' in India
• The Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS) under the Government of NCT of Delhi has been ranked the ‘Best Dental College in India’ for the seventh year in a row.
• The evaluation was done on the basis of reports of independent rating agencies of Hansa Research, Drshti Strategic Research Services and Nielsen India.
• MAIDS outshone 310 dental colleges to become No 1 in dental education in India.
• The institute is the first and only dental hospital in India to be accredited by the National Accreditation of Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).
Palghar Fisherman selected for National Maritime Search & Rescue Award
• Milan Shankar Tare, a fisherman from Maharashtra’s Palghar district, has been selected for this year’s National Maritime Search and Rescue Award.
• A Coast Guard press release issued in Mumbai stated that the fisherman had saved the lives of 12 people from a sinking fishing boat named Shivneri in May 2018.
• Tare used his judgement to locate the distressed boat in the dark. He also alerted other boats to join the rescue operation off the Satpati coast.
• The award recognises Tare’s act of bravery at sea and selfless duty in sync with the highest traditions of maritime fraternity.
Spain’s Andres Iniesta retires from International football after World Cup loss to Russia
• Andres Iniesta, the elegant Spanish midfielder who was a symbol of Spain's golden generation, retired from international soccer following the team's loss to Russia in a penalty shootout at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2018.
• In addition to scoring the World Cup's winning goal in 2010, Iniesta had been key for Spain when it won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with its tiki-taka style modeled on Barcelona's ball-possession game.
• Overall, Iniesta played 131 matches for Spain.
Russia takes action against US at WTO on metals duties
• Russia has joined five other countries and the European Union to become the latest country to take action through the World Trade Organisation against the United States over the Trump administration's steel and aluminium duties.
• Moscow initiated a dispute complaint against the US over the 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum, by circulating the request among WTO members in Geneva on July 2, 2018.
• With the move, Russia joins China, India, the EU, Canada, Mexico and Norway in launching such a dispute compliant.
India's most potent missile Agni-V to be inducted soon
• India is in the process of inducting the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system - Agni-V - which will bring targets across China within its range and is expected to significantly bolster the country's military prowess.
• The missile system, with a strike range of 5,000 km and capable of carrying nuclear warhead is being inducted into the elite Strategic Forces Command (SFC).
• The missile is being inducted at a time when India's neighbourhood is witnessing evolving security threats.
• Very few countries, including the US, China, Russia, France and North Korea, have intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Ex-chief of naval staff Admiral JG Nadkarni passes away at 86
• Former chief of naval staff Admiral JG Nadkarni passed away at naval hospital in Mumbai on July 2, 2018. He was 86.
• Nadkarni was the Navy chief from December 1987 to November 1990.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of the Navy Chief by saying that he had served the nation with utmost diligence and was passionate about maritime history.
ICC to impose minimum six Tests or 12 ODIs ban on ball tampering offenders
• International Cricket Council (ICC) will impose a ban of minimum six Tests or 12 ODIs on ball tampering offenders as it has now been upgraded as a Level 3 offence as per it's new code of conduct.
• The decision was taken at its Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland on July 2, 2018.
• The ball tampering incident involving Steve Smith and David Warner has forced ICC to upgrade it as Level 3 offence, which will carry 12 suspension points.
Puducherry's first woman DGP assumes charge
• IPS officer Sundari Nanda on July 2, 2018 assumed charge as Puducherry Director General of Police, becoming the first woman to head the force in the Union Territory.
• A 1988 batch officer, she was transferred to Puducherry from the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
• Nanda succeeded S K Gautam, who has been transferred to Delhi.
Punjab government to recommend death penalty for drug peddlers
• Faced with criticism from several quarters over alleged spate of deaths due to drug overdose in the state, the Punjab state cabinet on July 2, 2018 decided to recommend to the Centre death penalty for drug peddlers and smugglers.
• The move was aimed to act as a deterrent to the heinous crime, which was destroying the lives of youth in Punjab and many other places.
• The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, which resolved to send a formal recommendation soon to the Union Government to this effect.
• The Chief Minister had called for the meeting to discuss the issue, particularly in the context of the recent spate of deaths due to alleged drug overdose and adulterated drugs in the state.
Major General completes Ironman Triathlon
• Major General V D Dogra has become the first Indian Army officer to complete the Ironman Triathalon event, considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world, in Austria.
• The Ironman Triathlon comprises three consecutive events 3.8 km swim, 180km cycling and 42.2 km marathon - all completed in a day without a break.
• The competitors have to complete the events in sequence within 17 hours to earn the title of 'Ironman'. The competition was held in the scenic town of Klagenfurt and it saw participation from over 3000 athletes.
• Major General V D Dogra completed the full Ironman at Klagenfurt in 14 hours and 21 minutes.
UN declares Colombia's Chiribiquete park as world heritage site
• The United Nations has placed Colombia's Chiribiquete national park on its list of world heritage sites.
• The park, which straddles the southern provinces of Caquetá and Guaviare, is the country's largest and has one of the highest rates of plant diversity in the northern Amazon.
• It is also famous for its table-top rock formations known as tepuis, which rise out of the forest.
• It is the ninth site in Colombia to be given world heritage status.
India clinch Kabaddi Masters title defeating Iran 44-26
• India clinched Kabaddi Masters title by defeating Iran 44-26 in the summit clash in Dubai on July 1, 2018.
• In a battle between the top two sides of the world, the three-time world champions did not give Iran any ground to recover with captain Ajay Thakur and youngster Monu Goyat leading the raid charts.
• The six-nation invitational tournament was organised by International Kabaddi Federation.
• India is the reigning world champions and they now hold the title of the Kabaddi Masters too. The team will now focus on the Asian games.
North Korea and South Korea reopen maritime communication channel
• North Korea and South Korea on July 1, 2018 reopened a maritime communication channel for the first time in 10 years with vessels from the two countries making radio contact for the first time in a decade.
• South Korea’s Defence Ministry said in a statement that a North Korean patrol boat responded immediately when the South Korean Navy contacted it through an international radio channel in the western sea.
• The Ministry said that the move showed the two Koreas were taking practical steps to uphold agreements made last month when their leaders decided to defuse military tensions in a gradual manner.
Muslim teacher translates 'Ramayana' into Urdu
• To spread the message of communal harmony and brotherhood, a Muslim teacher and author has translated the Ramayana into Urdu.
• Mahi Talat Siddiqui, a teacher who hails from the city, said that it took her two years to complete the work. She hoped more people from the Muslim community would now become aware of the goodness of Ramayana.
• Talat has written seven books including 'Yadon ke jharokon se', 'Adabi-sangam', 'Gantav ki aor', 'Mukhrit hote shabd' and 'Main bhi hazir tha wahan".
Chhattisgarh government to set up tribal museum in Naya Raipur
• The Chhattisgarh government will set up a tribal museum in the state's upcoming new capital Naya Raipur with a view to exhibit culture and tradition of scheduled tribes.
• This decision was taken on July 1 during a meeting of Chhattisgarh State Tribal Advisory Council chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh at New Mantralya in Raipur.
• The tribal museum will be built at the cost of Rs 27 crore in an area of around 22 acres in Naya Raipur and will be named after Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh, a freedom fighter from the state who had made a tremendous contribution in the freedom struggle of 1857.
• A Tribal Culture and Language Academy will also be set up in the state.
Gujjars entitled to 21 pc quota under OBC too: Rajasthan government
• The Rajasthan government has clarified that five castes, including Gujjars, under the most backward classes (MBC), are also entitled to the 21 per cent quota under the OBC category for admission to educational institutions and recruitment in government jobs in the state.
• The order, dated July 1 issued by the Department of Personnel (DoP), clarified that the most backward classes are entitled for the 21 per cent reservation under Other Backward Class (OBC) also.
• The five castes under the most backward class (MBC) include Banjara/Baldia/Labana; Gadia-Lohar/Gadalia; Gujjar/Gurjar; Raika/Rebari and Gadaria (Gaadri), who were initially enlisted in the OBC since 1994.
• The candidates of these five castes of MBC if not selected on the basis of merit in the general category will be considered first under the OBC (21 per cent) and then under the MBC (1 per cent) in admissions and recruitments.