Top 5 Current Affairs: 14 July 2017
With the death of Liu, the human rights movement in China and across the world has lost a principled champion who devoted his life to defending and promoting human rights and who was jailed for standing up for his beliefs.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the Government at a Glance 2017 report that presents an index of countries that trust their governments the most. The topmost rank in the global index was secured by India as around 73 per cent people have faith in Narendra Modi government. India which was placed at the top is followed by Canada in the second position as Justin Trudeau's government earned the confidence of 62 per cent of its people. The other three players in the top 5 are Turkey, Russia and Germany.
DIPP to set up India’s first TISC in Punjab
DIPP has signed an agreement with Punjab State Council for Science and Technology to establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC). This TISC will be established under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program. TISC aims at stimulating a dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and innovation.
China's Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo died
China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo died after battling with cancer while being in custody. The activist, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for subversion, died in a hospital in China aged 61.
After his death, Liu became the second Nobel Peace laureate who died in custody. The first one was Ossietzky who died in a Nazi concentration camp. His death in custody has pulled international criticism. China is facing international criticism for not allowing its most prominent dissident, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for terminal liver cancer.
Union Government forms Directorate to flag high-risk areas in Customs, GST
The newly constituted Directorate General of Analytics and Risk Management (DGARM) aims at providing intelligence inputs and do big data analytics for taxmen for better policy formulation and taking action against Goods & Services Tax (GST) evaders. The Directorate General of Analytics and Risk Management will function under the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) for data analytics and risk management.
Saraswati, a Supercluster of galaxies, discovered by Indian scientists
For the first time in the country, a team of Indian scientists has claimed that they have discovered an "extremely large supercluster of galaxies", Saraswati, in the universe. Saraswati, the supercluster of 43 galaxies, is located in the direction of constellation Pisces. This supercluster is one of the largest known structures in the nearby universe and is located some four billion light-years away from our planet, the Earth. It may contain the mass equivalent to over 20 million billion suns.