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Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 4 July to 9 July 2016

Jul 9, 2016 19:05 IST

Jagranosh.com brings for its readers the current affairs recap of the week covering important events of the national and international importance in bulleted forms which will be immense help for the aspirants of IAS/PCS, Bank, SSC, MBA and other exams.

•    This State Government announced 14.5% fat tax on pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and tacos sold through branded outlets – Kerala

•    The 2nd Anti-Drug Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug Control Agencies of BRICS was held in – New Delhi

•    The Odisha Government decided to double the prize money of UNESCO Kalinga Prize to – 40000 US dollars

•    This European city hosted the 2016 NATO Summit 2016 – Warsaw in Poland

•    This Indian city is hosting the Woodpecker Environment and Wildlife Film Festival – Shimla

•    It is with this country India jointly announced MoUs/Programme in four areas of bilateral cooperation – South Africa

•    The noted music director who co-composed in many films with his uncle including Mahua and died in Mumbai is - Om Prakash Sonik

•    The leading global healthcare firm that inked a pact with the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) for manufacturing global pharma major Bristol-Myers Squibb’s daclatasvir tablets used for the treatment of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is - Zydus Cadila

•    Person re-elected as the Chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council on 8 July 2016- Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar

•    Person who resigned as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Microsoft in July 2016- Kevin Turner

•    India on 7 July 2016 signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in areas of drug trafficking, pulse trading and sports with- Mozambique

•    Paris-based startup acquired by Google in July 2016- Moodstocks

•    National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) on 7 July 2016 unveiled India’s first Centre of Excellence focused on Internet of Things (CoE- IoT) at- Bengaluru

•    South African writer who won the 2016 Caine Prize- Lidudumalingani Mqombothi

•    The country that signed the controversial “anti-terrorist” legislation adopted by the lower and upper houses of parliament in June 2016 is - Russia

•    The state that launched the second phase of Haritha Haram programme of government in the state is - Telangana

•    The state government that has decided to conduct a 'Smart Pulse Survey' for collecting socio-economic data of 1.48 crore households in the state is - Andhra Pradesh

•    The two ladies of which one can be the first woman Prime Minister of Britain after more than 25 years since Margaret Thatcher are - Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom

•    India has handed over 30 SUVs to the nation during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit is - Mozambique

•    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed the Mumbai Police Commissioner to probe preacher speeches of the person and submit a report. He is - Zakir Naik

•    India has set up an apparel training centre in which West African country to support textiles industry of the country - Nigeria

•    The first state in India to introduce minimum wages for part time workers is - Rajasthan

•    Debshankar Mukhopadhyay has recently been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of - Zee Learn

•    The 139th Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath commenced on 6 July 2016 in Puri, Odisha. The festival is celebrated for – 9 days

•    The former English cricketer who registered his name in Guinness Book of World Record for taking the highest catch of cricket ball is - Nasser Hussain

•    This Indian artistic gymnast was named a ‘Gymnaste de Classe Mondaile’ (World class gymnast) by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) – Dipa Karmakar

•    This bank launched India’s first full-fledged digital banking service for small-and medium enterprises – HDFC Bank

•    This Argentina and Barcelona footballer was sentenced to 21-months in prison for tax fraud by a Spanish court - Lionel Messi

•    Name of the operation that seeks to build border modelled after Israeli security mechanisms along Pakistan - Operation Chakravyuh

•    App launched by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 5 July 2016 for measuring real time mobile Internet speed of consumers - MySpeed

•    Platform launched by the State Bank of India (SBI) on 1 July 2016 for Facebook and Twitter users - SBI Mingle

•    India was placed at what position in the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) 2016 - 91st position

•    Person appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh in July 2016 - Deepak Singhal

•    Number of projects inaugurated by Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti under the Namami Gange Programme is - 231

•    The newly discovered species of tarantula (a big hairy spider) was named as Kankuamo Marquezi after - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the famed Colombian novelist and 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature winner

•    US placed Sanctions on Kim Jong-un and Other Top North Koreans for - Human Rights Abuses

•    The committee that was constituted to examine the desirability and feasibility of having ‘a new financial year’ will be headed by - Shankar Acharya, the former Chief Economic Advisor

•    India renewed its existing Agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit with which country that was signed on 29th July 2006 for a period of ten years with - Bhutan

•    The South African Paralympic gold medallist who was sentenced for six years for the murder of his girl friend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 is - Oscar Pistorius

•    The Iraqi Interior Minister who offered to resign after a massive suicide bombing in Baghdad earlier this week killed more than 200 people is - Mohammed al-Ghabban

•    The country inducted its largest indigenously-built transport aircraft Y-20 is - China

•    The scheme approved by the Union Cabinet for providing short term crop loan to farmers is - Interest Subvention Scheme

•    The online healthcare start-up that recently acquired diagnostic labs aggregator Medd is - 1mg Technologies

•    The Union Cabinet recently approved The High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016 to be introduced in the Parliament. The bill will facilitate the changing of the names of these two courts - Bombay High Court and Madras High Court

•    NASA’s spacecraft that recently entered Jupiter’s orbit to understand the origin and evolution of the planet IS – Juno

•    A three-day Woodpecker Environment and Wildlife Film Festival will begin on 7 July 2016 at historic Gaiety Theatre in - Shimla

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a four-nation tour to - Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya

•    The Maldives' foreign minister who quit the government over its hasty decision to implement the death penalty - Dunya Maumoon

•    Union Cabinet approved the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme to train 50 lakh apprentices by - 2019-20

•    The percent tax to be levied on goods brought to local areas for consumption after purchase under e-commerce – 6%

•    Union Cabinet approved redevelopment of seven General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) colonies in - Delhi

•    The Union Cabinet approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation with this country - Mauritius

•    World’s largest Charkha (spinning wheels) that was unveiled at Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), New Delhi is made of the teak wood brought from – Burma

•    Chariots of these are pulled during the world famous Rath Yatra in Puri - Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra

•    Clothing brand that was acquired by the Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail in July 2016- Forever 21

•    The Union Cabinet gave in-principle approval for setting up major gateway container port for Indian cargo in- Tamil Nadu

•    Critically acclaimed Iranian director who died recently and whose 1997 film Taste of Cherry won the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival- Abbas Kiarostami

•    Person appointed as the Accountant General of Tamil Nadu in July 2016- Thiruppathi Venkatasamy

•    The footballer who recently was conferred Shan-E-Mohammedan is - Prasun Banerjee

•    The first actress to play the role of Lois Lane in Superman who died recently is - Noel Neill

•    The Indian port that became first port in India to implement logistics data tagging of containers is - Jawaharlal Nehru Port

•    The Indian javeline thrower who set a new national record at the 56th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships is - Annu Rani

•    Noted scientist Madhav Dhekane recently took over as the Director of - ISRO Inertial Systems Unit

•    NASA recently gave its approval to New Horizons mission to investigate a mysterious object located deep in - Kuiper Belt

•    India’s first commercial dispute resolution centre and commercial court was inaugurated on 2 July 2016 at - Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh

•    To adopt comprehensive exploration of non fuel and non coal mineral resources, Union minister of steel and mines Narendra singh Tomar unveiled - the National Mineral Exploration Policy (NMEP)

•    Country’s largest two-wheeler maker that inked a wage settlement pact with its permanent workers at Gurgaon Plant, entailing a hike of 12500 rupees spread over three years is - Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL)  

•    World Bank on 1 July 2016 released the Logistics Performance Index 2016 titled - ‘Connecting to compete: 2016: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy’

•    India’s rank in Logistics Performance Index 2016 released by the World Bank is - 35

•    The country that topped the Logistics Performance Index 2016 released by the World Bank – Germany

•    The minister who was elevated to the rank of Cabinet Minister in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government is - Prakash Javdekar

•    Two athletes who ran the fastest 400 metres in the world in 2016 and made to the US team for the Rio Olympics at the American trials are- Allyson Felix and LaShawn Merritt

•    Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojna in - Madhya Pradesh at a function held in Shahdol

•    The director of Hollywood film The Wicker Man who died recently is - Robin Hardy

•    The Indian who has been posthumously conferred the Bharat Gaurav Award in London recently is - Neerja Bhanot

•    The Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner who passed away recently is - Elie Wiesel

•    The winner of the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix that was held recently in Spielberg, Austria is - Lewis Hamilton

•    The ministry which is hosting the first meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency is - Union Power Ministry

•    The first meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency commenced recently in - Visakhapatnam

•    The politician who served as the Prime Minister of France from 1988 to 1991 who died recently is - Michel Rocard

•    The men's doubles pair who won the 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton Men’s Doubles title is - Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy

•    The Indian badminton player who won the 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton Men’s Singles title is - B Sai Praneeth

•    The director of the Vietnam War classic The Deer Hunter who died at his Los Angeles home at the age of 77 is - Michael Cimino

•    The International Cricket Council (ICC) approved a change to the DRS (Decision Review System) playing condition relating to the LBW “Umpire’s Call that allow changes to the decision review system that will overturn - not-out LBW decisions

•    The state signed an MoU with China Fortune Land Development (CFLD) Company to develop a new industrial township in the state at an expense of 5 billion dollar – Haryana

•    She became the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Representatives (lower house) of Australian Parliament after claiming victory in the marginal seat of Barton - Linda Burney

•    The 2016 BRICS Youth Summit that concluded in Guwahati, Assam concluded on 3 July 2016 was held with theme - “Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges”

•    The country that banned online media from publishing unverified content, especially from the social media, after the country's internet regulator punished some major websites that fabricated stories this year is - China

•    The nation that received its first batch of Chinese military equipment as part of Beijing’s commitment to provide millions of dollars of assistance to help it in its fight against terrorism is - Afghanistan

•    The Reserve Bank of India on 1 July 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information” with - National Bank of Cambodia (NBC)

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