Top 5 Current Affairs: 26 July 2017
Madras High Court said if any person/organisation has a problem in singing or playing the Vande Matram than he/it shall not be forced to sing it, but they should provide valid reasons for not doing so.
India on 26 July 2017 celebrated the 18th Anniversary of ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’. On this occasion, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and three Chiefs of Services laid a floral tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate.
At Drass War memorial, in Jammu and Kashmir, the celebrations were started on 24 July 2017 during which various programs have been arranged.
Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrated on 26 July, commemorates India’s emphatic victory against Pakistan and honours the war heroes. On this day in 1999, the Indian Army successfully took control of posts at a treacherous high altitude and glaciated terrain across the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, after fighting for 60 days.
Madras High Court ruled that Vande Mataram should be sung in educational institutions and offices of Tamil Nadu. Issuing an order, the bench of Justice MV Muralidharan directed the public information department to upload the translated version of Vande Mataram in Tamil and English, thereby making it available on government websites and social media.
The national song will be translated into these two languages to make it easy for those for whom singing Vande Mataram in Sanskrit and Bengali is a difficult task. The decision was made to instil patriotism in citizens of the state.
A study published in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that the Indian summer monsoons have strengthened in the last 15 years over north central India. The study was conducted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The heightened monsoon activity has reversed a 50-year drying period during which the monsoon season brought relatively little rain to northern and central India. The researchers have found that, since 2002, this drying trend has given way to a much wetter pattern, with stronger monsoons supplying much-needed rain, along with powerful, damaging floods, to the populous north central region of India.
Kylie Masse of Canada has won the women's 100m backstroke gold in a new world-record time at the world aquatics championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The 21-year-old, Masse, clocked 58.10 seconds breaking Gemma Spofforth’s previous mark of 58.12 seconds from 2009 world championships in Rome, in the era of the now-banned neoprene suits. With this title Masse, who won a bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, also became Canada’s first ever woman world champion swimmer.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has constituted a selection committee to identify members and head of the National Anti-Profiteering Authority. The selection committee will be chaired by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha. The National Anti-Profiteering Authority is tasked with ensuring that benefits of lower tax rates under GST are passed on to consumers.
According to anti-profiteering rules, complaints received on not transferring benefits will be examined by a Standing Committee comprising officers from state and central governments and nominated by the GST Council.