Top 5 Current Affairs: 1 August 2017

Aug 1, 2017 16:46 IST

US President Donald Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army medic 48 years later

Top 5 Current Affairs of 1 August 2017=

An Army medic who ran into danger to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump.

48 years after the selfless acts of bravery, James McCloughan is now nationally recognised. McCloughan said in a brief statement on the White House driveway after the ceremony that it was "humbling" to receive the medal. Now, 71 and retired, he pledged to do his best to represent the men he fought alongside as the caretaker of this symbol of courage and action beyond the call of duty.

SC bans use of five metals in firecrackers

The Supreme Court has imposed a ban on the use of five harmful metals including lead and mercury in firecrackers as they cause enormous air pollution. The five metals that were banned from use in the manufacturing of firecrackers include lithium, mercury, arsenic, antimony and lead. The decision was taken by a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur.

The order came after the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) Member Secretary told the top court that standards on air pollution caused by the bursting of firecrackers are yet to be laid down and the exercise would be completed by September 15.

Summer Olympics: Los Angeles agrees to host 2028 Games; Paris gets 2024

It’s final that Paris and Los Angeles will be hosting the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics respectively. This was formally announced after Los Angeles agreed to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. With this Los Angeles will be hosting the games for the third time since it first hosted in 1932. It last hosted Olympics in 1984.

Paris last hosted the Olympics in 1924 and had narrowly lost out to London for the right to host the 2012 Games.
2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

LPG prices to be hiked by Rs 4 per month

The government has ordered state-run oil companies to raise subsidised cooking gas, LPG, prices by Rs 4 per cylinder every month to eliminate all the subsidies by March 2018. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on 31 July 2017 said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

He informed that the government, in its order dated 30th May this year, has authorised the oil companies to increase the price by four rupees excluding tax per month. The order came into effect on 1st June this year. He said, it will be in effect till the reduction of government subsidy to 'nil', or till March next year, till further orders, whichever is earliest.

India-Bhutan new trade pact comes into force on July 29

The commerce ministry on 31 July 2017 said the new agreement on trade, commerce and transit between India and Bhutan which has come into force from July 29, will further strengthen economic ties between the two countries.

The agreement provides for a free trade regime between the countries and it also gives duty-free transit of Bhutanese goods for trade with third countries. It aims to strengthen the bilateral relations between India and Bhutan.

The bilateral trade relations between India and Bhutan are governed by this pact. The pact was last renewed on July 29, 2016, for a period of ten years.

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