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Current Affairs August 7, 2018

1. International Conference on Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling Inaugurated: NITI Aayog

  • NITI Aayog’s International Conference on “Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling:Policy Prescriptions” was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Nitin Gadhkari at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra.
  • Recycling will increase growth, create wealth, and generate employment.
  • The day long conference has 5 technical sessions on “Circular Economy in Material Recycling”, “Infrastructural Issues in Recycling Industry”, “Standardization and certification in Recycling Industry”, “Environmental Benefits of material Recycling”, “Financial and Taxation issues in Recycling Industry”.

2. Dr. Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates 64th Foundation Day Celebrations of Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi

  • The National Academy of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi(LKA), established in 1954 by the Education Minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, celebrated its 64th Foundation Day.
  • The event also witnessed the launch of a book on eminent artist Ganesh Pyne- ‘ A Painter of Eloquent Silence’ written by Pranav Ranjan Ray.'
  • The event was inaugurated by minister of State for culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma.

3. Parliament passes bill to provide death to child rape convict

  • The Parliament passed the criminal Law(Amendment) Bill, 2018 with the Rajya Sabha clearing it by a voice vote. The bill replaces the Criminal Law(Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21 this year
  • The punishment for gang rape of a girl below 16 years will invariably be imprisonment for the rest of life of the convict.
  • The Bill amends Indian Penal Code(IPC), Criminal Procedure Code, Protection of  Children from Sexual Offences and Indian Evidence Act.
  • Parliament has passed Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, prescribing death penalty to those convicted of raping girls below age of 12 years and making against sexual offences.

4. Women's Hockey World Cup: Netherlands win final to end Irish odyssey

  • Netherlands were crowned Women's Hockey World Cup winners for a record eighth time as a crushing 6-0 victory ended Ireland's fairytale tournament.
  •  Spain won the third place match by defeating Australia 3-1 and won their first World Cup medal. India finished the tournament at 8th position.
  • President of Hockey in  India is Rajinder Singh , Headquarters- new Delhi.

5. Ajay Data, first Indian in ICANN

  • "Ajay Data becomes the first Indian to be appointed as a member of country code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO).
  • Data has been appointed on the panel by nomination committee of ccNSO--one of the three policy making bodies at ICANN.
  • He is founder & CEO of Data XGen Plus and global leader in email linguistic services. He is creator of world’s first email address mobile app and email solution for IDN (Internationalized Domain Names) Domains.
  • ICANN stands for The Internet Corporation for Assigned names And Numbers

6. Saudi Arabia freezes trade relations with Canada

  • Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade with Canada and expelling its ambassador over its "interference" in the kingdom's domestic affairs.
  • The Saudi decisions were in reaction to Canada’s "blatant and unacceptable interference" in the domestic affairs of the kingdom, the ministry explained.
  • Saudi Arabia Capital – Riyadh , Currency – Saudi riyal
  • Canada Capital –Ottawa , Currency –Canadian Dollar

7. China successfully tests first hypersonic aircraft that can carry nuclear warheads

  • China announced that it has successfully tested its first hypersonic aircraft which could carry nuclear warheads and penetrate any current generation anti-missile defence system seen as a breakthrough in developing Cutting edge weapons.
  • The  Xingkong-2 - also called Starry Sky-2 - was fired at a target range in north-west China and tested for 10 minutes.
  • It is reported that Xingkong-2 is a flight vehicle which flies in the atmosphere and glides at high speeds using shockwaves generated by its own hypersonic flight with the air.
  • The hypersonic waverider flight vehicle was designed by state-run China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) in collaboration with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.




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