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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 17 July to 23 July 2016

Jul 23, 2016 13:17 IST

The recap of the week covers important current affairs of the week like autobiography of NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a state with Happiness Department and Nalanda Mahavihara listed in UNESCO World Heritage List among others.

•    The BJP Lok Sabha member who has been appointed as the new Chairperson of Joint Parliamentary Committee examining the Land Acquisition Bill is – Ganesh Singh

•    The Lok Sabha recently passed a bill to establish a new National Institute of Technology in the state of – Andhra Pradesh

•    The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi recently unveiled a foundation stone for revival of a fertilizer unit located in – Gorakhpur

•    India’s Test team Captain who has become the first Indian Test Captain to score a double century outside India is – Virat Kohli

•    The Indian state that won two Gold Awards at the Pacific Asia Travel Association Awards is – Kerala

•    Facebook recently successfully completed test flight of its Internet drone. The name of the drone is – Aquila

•    The fourth edition of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival 2016 recently began in – Guwahati

•    The annual electronic music festival that recently commenced in Boom, Belgium is – Tomorrowland

•    The golfer that won the KGA women's Pro Championship held in Bengaluru is – Amandeep Drall

•    The veteran journalist associated with Marathi daily newspaper Tarun Bharat who died recently is – Anil Shinde

•    Meenakshi Lekhi has recently been appointed as the Chairperson of - Lok Sabha Privileges Committee

•    Former professional football player who has been appointed as the Manager of the football team of England is - Sam Allardyce

•    Suresh Angadi has been recently appointed as the Chairperson of - Parliament House Committee

•    The eminent Journalist and Doordarshan News Correspondent who passed away recently is - Sanjiv Thomas

•    The number of Public Sector Banks in India that have posted losses in the 2015-2016 financial year is – Fourteen

•    Rank of India in the inaugural Sustainable Development Goal Index released by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) – 110

•    This country topped the Sustainable Development Goal Index released by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) – Sweden

•    This organisation partnered with Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) of the United Nations - Bertelsmann Stiftung

•    The new HIV infections reported in the year 2015 as per the Global Burden of Disease Study of 2015 is - 2 lakh

•    Gita Gopinath was appointed as the financial advisor to - Chief Minister of Kerala

•    The former French cyclist, who rode in eleven editions of the Tour de France, who died recently is - Dominique Arnaud

•    The 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Unique Identification Authority of India is - Ajay Bhushan Pandey

•    As per WMO, global land and ocean average temperature for January 2016–June 2016 was - 1.05°C above the 20th century average

•    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fox News Channel who resigned in July 2016- Roger Ailes

•    Company that topped the 2016 Fortune 500 list of the world's biggest firms - Walmart

•    Indian Company that got the highest ranking in the 2016 Fortune 500 list of the world's biggest firms - Indian Oil Corporation

•    NDMC in July 2016 signed MoU to develop 12 sewage treatment plants with- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)

•    State that constituted a State Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (STAGI) in July 2016- Kerala

•    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved construction of a new dry dock within - Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL)

•    The Union Cabinet approved a proposal to introduce amendments to the bill in Parliament - Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015

•    Turkey’s President who declared a three-month state of emergency in the country in response to the failed coup that happened on 15 July 2016 is - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

•    The oldest and last litigant of the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri title suit, who died due to heart-related complications in the temple city of Ayodhya is - Hashim Ansari

•    The prolific Romanian actor, director and essayist and recipient of the title of "The oldest active theatre actor" on the planet by Guinness World Records who died recently is - Radu Beligan

•    The Hungarian biochemist, professor, Doctor of Biological Sciences (D.Sc.) and winner of a Széchenyi Prize who died recently is - Gyorgy Keri

•    The state has decided to distribute identity card along with Soil Health Cards to farmers is - Assam

•    The Union Cabinet approved the incorporation of Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) under the Companies Act, 2013 that will be under the administrative control of - the Ministry of Shipping

•    IMF in its revised global economic growth forecast for 2017 lowered world economy growth to what percent point from its previous report of April 2016 – 0.1 percent point

•    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs recently gave its approval for installation of Ghatampur Thermal Power Project through a Joint Venture Company named - Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Limited

•    Scientists have recently succeeded in sequencing the genes of - 6000-year-old barley seeds

•    The motto of the Election Commission of India for the year 2016 is - No voter to be left behind

•    The Election Commission of India recently launched NERP 2016 programme across the country. What is the full form of NERP is - National Electoral Roll Purification

•    Bill passed by the Union Cabinet in July 2016 to evolve a mechanism for social, economic and educational empowerment of the transgenders - Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016

•    India on 20 July 2016 signed the Air Services Agreement for the first time with - Mozambique

•    The actor who was appointed as the Digital Ambassador of Axis Bank’s new product named Multi-Currency Forex Card is - Purab Kohli

•    The former South Africa fast bowler who was appointed the Managing Director of 2019 World Cup is - Steve Elworthy

•    The first Indian to win the Mr World title is - Rohit Khandelwal

•    Nigerian journalist who won BBC World Service News Komla Dumor Award for 2016 is - Didi Akinyelure

•    The former Indian hockey player and part of the team that won gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, who died recently, is - Mohammed Shahid

•    The states three cadre IAS officers, for the first time have been empanelled in the rank of Union Secretary at a time - Odisha

•    Devotees of the temple can now offer donations to Lord Ganesha in the form of shares or stocks of listed entities in addition to traditional offerings in cash and gold - Mumbai's famous Siddhivinayak temple

•    The jail’s Directorate of Prisons and Correctional services provided a maiden platform to as many as ten jail inmates to fine-tune their musical skills is - Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

•    He was elected as President of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) - Imran Ansari, the state sports minister

•    He officially clinched the Republican nomination for the US President after a state-by-state vote at the Party Convention - Donald Trump

•    MPs of which country have backed in Parliament the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system - United Kingdom

•    A university of a country has announced that it will conduct the world's first Zika vaccine test on humans in the near future - Canada

•    Deputy Sports Minister of Russia who was suspended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after his name occurred in WADA report on the doping of Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics is - Yury Nagornykh

•    The state that has decided to celebrate the bicentenary (200 years) of the 1817 Paika revolt against the British Empire in 2017 - Odisha

•    The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012 that was passed by Rajya Sabha seeks to amend - Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) (CLPR) Act, 1986

•    The state assembly that passed the Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualifications) Amendment Bill 2016 to amend the Section 2 of the 1951 Act is - Kerala

•    The Ayurvedic medicine manufacturer that recently inked MoU with DRDO’s Defense Institute of High Altitude Research to promote cultivation of rare medicinal plants is - Dabur India Ltd.

•    The multinational telecommunications company that recently agreed to acquire the U.K. based semiconductor firm ARM Holdings is - Softbank

•    The winner of the 2016 MRF MoGrip FMSCI National Rally Championship for two-wheelers is - Abdul Wahid Tanveer

•    The rider who won the 5th Red Bull Romaniacs title is - Graham Jarvis

•    Indian-origin former Singapore President who was conferred with the Outstanding Member of the South Asian Diaspora award 2016- S R Nathan

•    Person appointed as the Vice-President-Finance for India and South West Asia of Coca-Cola in July 2016- Sarvita Sethi

•    India’s first e-court was opened in July 2016 at- High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad

•    Person appointed as the Chief Economist of World Bank in July 2016- Paul Romer

•    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered immediate banning of diesel vehicles more than 10 years old to deal with pollution in - Delhi

•    The state government has planned to create 400 hectares of new water area in private land in 2016 – Odisha

•    World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has called for a ban on all Russian competitors and officials at the upcoming Rio Olympics and other international sports on the basis of the Investigation Report of - Richard McLaren, the Canadian law professor

•    UNICEF in its release of 19 July 2016 said that almost a quarter of a million children are suffering from severe malnutrition and risk death in parts of - Borno state, North-East Nigeria

•    The Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016 that was passed by Parliament in July 2016 seeks to establish a Regional Centre for Biotechnology in - Faridabad, Haryana

•    The legendary singer of evergreen song "Kabhi tanhaiyon mein hamari yaad ayegi" who died after a prolonged illness is - Mubarak Begum

•    The Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of the Lodha Committee on reforms in BCCI including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above - 70 years

•    Uttar Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a skill development centre to help farmers with - The Netherlands

•    Wrist spinner who scaled the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings becoming the first Pakistani bowler to do so since Mushtaq Ahmed in 1996 is - Yasir Shah

•    Turkish President who said that he is ready to reinstate the death penalty if the people demand it and Parliament approves the necessary legislation, following the recent coup attempt - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

•    This country formally announced its wish to rejoin the African Union (AU) 32 years after leaving the organisation - Morocco

•    In Andhra Pradesh, the famous hill shrine of Tirumala Tirupati Devasathanam has made it official that it is compulsorily to produce Aadhaar card as identity proof by the devotees who wish to perform - ‘Anga Pradakshinam’

•    He was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and is also became the youngest Chief Minister in India - Pema Khandu

•    India’s boxing star Vijender Singh defeated him to lift the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title at Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi - Kerry Hope of Australia

•    The Turkish musician who was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova is - Kudsi Erguner

•    She clinched the 73rd Senior National Squash Championship in women’s segment - Dipika Pallikal

•    He clinched the 73rd Senior National Squash Championship in men’s segment - Saurav Ghosal

•    India’s site that was listed in UNESCO’s world Heritage sites in mixed category in July 2016 is - Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim

•    India’s site that was listed in UNESCO’s world Heritage sites in transnational category in July 2016 is - Complexe du Capitole, Chandigarh

•    The state that won the champion trophy in All India Electricity Board Kabaddi tournament is - Himachal Pradesh

•    System developed by Indian Railways for enhancing the vision of Locomotive Pilots in inclement weather in July 2016- TRI-NETRA system

•    Person appointed as the Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI) in July 2016- Guruprasad Mohapatra

•    Nelson Mandela International Day is observed every year on- 18 July

•    Website launched by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in July 2016 to facilitate two-way communication between the government and citizens- Transforming India

•    The country that called for a free trade deal with Britain following its exit from the European Union - Australia

•    Three veteran baul (sufi) singers were hacked in Chaudanga district of - Bangladesh

•    Russia plans to deploy one of its best air defense systems to Crimea in August 2016 that is - the S-400 Triumf

•    Britain's Foreign Office has relaxed its travel advice for Britons visiting Turkey following - a failed coup

•    The country that opened its border with Colombia for the second time in July 2016 to allow people to cross over to shop for basic foods and medicines is - Venezuela

•    A court of the country that ordered the Sunni Muslim-ruled country's leading Shia opposition group dissolved and its assets should be seized is - Bahrain

•    The state launched the facility of virtual and digital classrooms across 32 ITIs in the state on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day is - Maharashtra

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