Top 5 Current Affairs: 12 July 2017
The opposition party has placed Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, as opposition candidate for the Vide Presidential Election 2017.
Ravi Shastri, who earlier served the Indian Cricket team as Team Director from 2014 to 2016 and team manager in 2007, was named as the Head Coach of Indian Cricket team. He succeeds Anil Kumble, who resigned in June 2017 after the Champions Trophy by saying that his partnership with India captain Virat Kohli had become "untenable".
UNESCO adds German Caves with world's oldest known art to heritage list
Ancient caves located in south-western Germany’s Swabia Jura Region were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in July 2017. These caves are home to some of the world’s oldest art and archaeologists have discovered ancient instruments and carvings made from mammoth ivory including 40000-year-old figure known as the Venus of Hohle Fels. They are among the earliest known dwelling places of modern humans in Europe.
Rajasthan becomes first State to fix minimum education qualification for cooperative body poll
Setting an example in front of the country, Rajasthan in July 2017 laid down the minimum educational qualifications for contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies. With this, Rajasthan became India’s first state to fix minimum education qualification for cooperative body poll. In this regard, the Rajasthan Government amended State Cooperative Societies Rules, 2003. The State Cooperative Societies Rules, 2003, were amended for the purpose and notification was issued on 10 July 2017.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi named as Opposition’s Candidate for Vice Presidential Election 2017
Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was named as the Opposition candidate for the 2017 Vice-Presidential Election on 11 July 2017. His nomination was announced by Congress President Sonia Gandhi after eighteen parties jointly approved Gandhi as their vice presidential candidate in a meeting.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead: Syrian Observatory
Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had information from top IS leaders confirming Baghdadi's death. The monitoring group's director, Rami Abdel Rahman told news agency, AFP that they learned of the death on 11 July 2017. He said Observatory sources in Syria's eastern town of Deir al-Zor had been told by IS sources that Baghdadi had died "but they did not specify when.