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Health Ministry releases Operational Guidelines for Family Participatory Care
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care (FPC). These guidelines are aimed at improving newborn health.
i. The guidelines will serve as a guiding document for those intending to introduce FPC in their facility as an integral part of facility based newborn care.
ii. It also provides details of infrastructure, training, role of health care providers and steps in the operationalization of FPC in the newborn care unit.

Punjab launches ‘Apni Gaddi Apni Rozgar’ scheme
The Punjab government has announced the launch of its flagship ‘Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar’ scheme by flagging off over 100 uber MOTO bikes.
Key Points:
i. Under the scheme the state government will be providing commercial two Punjab launches ‘Apni Gaddi Apni Rozgar’ schemewheelers and four wheelers to unemployed youth at subsidised rates.
ii. The scheme aims to generate job opportunities for youth and providing better mobile transport in Punjab.
iii. Uber is also ready to offer luxury vehicles for those who want to spend lavishly. Its focus is mainly on providing affordable products.
iv. Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar Scheme aims to create entrepreneurship opportunities for the youths
v. In its first phase the Uber bike taxis will run in Mohali, ludhiana, Zirakpur 
and Kharar regions of Punjab.
vi. The fares may depend up on the distance but they will be as low to Rs.15 and daily commuters would be best beneficiaries of Uber bike ApniGaddiApnaRozgar Scheme.
vii. Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar Scheme progress, the Punjab government targets to provide 1 lakh taxis, Commercial LCV’s and other vehicles to unemployed youth every year at subsidized rates.
viii. Under this scheme, Uber target is to create 10,000 entrepreneurial opportunities in one year and 45,000 in next five years.
About Uber
♦ Uber is an app through which you can avail taxi services.
♦ It provides transport facility from Uber Bikes to sedan cars and planning to include luxurious cars in its service as well.
♦ Uber India is currently operating in Delhi-NCR, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and many other cities of India.
♦ Headquarters : US


7th edition of SAARC Artists Camp & Exhibition of Paintings begins in Nepal
The 7th edition of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Artists Camp and Exhibition of Paintings has begun at Kathmandu on 28th of July 2017.
Key Points:
i. These events provides platform to artists to exchange ideas with fellow artists and help in creating special bonding among them and 40 artists from SAARC member countries except Afghanistan taking part in the 4 day camp.
ii. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Jitendra Narayan Devhas inaugurated the event.7th edition of SAARC Artists Camp & Exhibition of Paintings begins in Nepal
iii. The event is aimed to bring art and culture of member countries together. It strengthens people to people contact.
iv. The event is organised by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal and SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
v. These camps bring an opportunity to learn many things from artists of other countries and bring them closer to each other.
♦ The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia.
♦ Its member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


India among top nations with potential for digital payments’ – Digital Evolution Index
India has featured among 60 nations on Digital Evolution Index 2017, exhibiting a high potential in terms of digital payments.
i. On the Digital Evolution Index 2017, India has been categorised under the “break out” segment which refers to countries that have relatively lower absolute levels of digital advancement, yet remain poised for growth and are attractive to investors by virtue of their potential.
ii. The report outlined that India has been experiencing rapid strides of progress with an evolving payments landscape, catalysed by the government’s demonetisation decision.

Canara Bank launches “”CANDI””-its first digital branch in Bengaluru
Canara Bank has launched its first ‘Digital Banking Branch’ at Spencer Towers in MG Road, Bengaluru.
Key Points:
i. The branch is titled “CANDI” and its aim to provide an end-to-end digital experience to customers.
ii. It will enable customers to get most of the information related to their accounts without Canara Bank launches CANDI its first digital branch in Bengaluruvisiting the branch.
iii. The bank becomes the first in the public sector category to initiate artificial intelligence in banking.
iv. A humanoid has been introduced in the branch to addresses basic queries of customers on banking products and services.
v. It brings advanced technology to streamline services and improve efficiency.The branch offers a variety of tools and devices that include Customer On-Board Application.
vi. These options facilitate instant opening of Savings Bank account by the customer on his own using fingerprint, IRIS authentication, cheque book, mobile, Internet banking registration and many more features.
vii. An app-based token and queue management system are also provided by the bank to enable paperless appointment system with the help of cloud technology.
viii. It further offers Digital Challan to facilitate filling up challans digitally by customers at their own convenience for services like cash deposit, fund transfer, and cheque clearing.
ix. There is also a Digital Feedback System to gather feedback from customers on the services availed by them.
x. An interactive touch screen-based ‘Touch Banking’ is also installed in the branch to enable the customers with better understanding related to banking products like car loan, home loan, education loan.
About Canara Bank :
♦ Tagline Of Canara Bank: “Together We Can “.
♦ App Launched By Canara Bank: M-Wallet
♦ Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
♦ Chairman: Shri T. N. Manoharan
♦ MD & CEO: ShriRakesh Sharma


Japanese, Sri Lankan among Magsaysay award winners
A Japanese historian Yoshiaki Ishizawa, who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples and a Sri Lankan teacher Gethsie Shanmugam, who counselled war widows Japanese, Sri Lankan among Magsaysay award winnersand orphans to overcome their nightmares are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards.
i. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual award named after former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay.
ii. It is regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize and was first awarded in the year 1958.


Ravi Mittal appointed part-time member on IRDAI board
Ravi Mittal has appointed an additional secretary in the Finance Ministry in place of Anil Khachiis now a part-time member on the board of IRDAI announced on 30th July 2017.
Key Points:
i. According to Ministry source, Former finance secretary Sushma Nath is another part-time member on the IRDAI board.
ii. Mittal has replaced N S Rao at IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority ofIndia) who is a joint secretary level officer.
iiiMaruthi Prasad Tangirala, (Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service) officer has been appointed as an Executive Director (ED) at IRDAI.
iv. He is a 1990-batch IP&TAFS officer and his position will be equivalent to a joint secretary.
v. Tangirala has replaced Sriram Taranikanti, who is a 1992 -batch IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer.
vi. Suresh Mathur will be handling reinsurance portfolio at IRDAI as Executive Director.
viiMamta Suri, who has been working as a chief general manager (CGM) at IRDAI has now been promoted as ED and appointed in the same position at the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).
About IRDAI :
♦ Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) is an autonomous, statutary agency tasked with regulating and promoting the insurance and re-insurance industries in India
♦ IRDAI is a 10-member body including the chairman, five full-time and four part-time members appointed by the government of India.
♦ Headquarters:Hyderabad, Telangana
♦ Chairman:T.S. Vijayan


Breakthrough Starshot successfully launch world’s smallest spacecraft
Breakthrough Starshot, a Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s $100-million effort to explore the closest star system to our own, has launched the smallest-ever spacecraft into Breakthrough Starshot successfully launch world's smallest spacecraftorbit around Earth.
i. Known as “Sprites”, the miniature satellites are just 3.5cm x 3.5cm and carry radios, sensors and computers, with each device powered by sunlight and weighing just four grams.
ii. Scientists say, this latest development is an important precursor to an ambitious attempt to send space probes to planets beyond our solar system.
About Breakthrough Starshot:
♦ Announced last year by Stephen Hawking and Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner, who has put $100m into funding the project, Breakthrough Starshot’s goal is to develop chips with a weight of roughly one gram and fit them to a lightweight sail before propelling them through space with a 100-billion watt laser.


China produces gas from ‘flammable ice’ under South China Sea
According to the Land and Resources Ministry China has successfully produced natural gas from methane hydrate, also known as “flammable ice”, in an experimental project in the South China Sea (SCS).
Key Points:
i. Under the experiment, a drilling platform had produced a total of 309,000 cubic meters of natural gas from gas hydrate in 60 days.
ii. China has achieved theoretical, technological, engineering and equipment innovations and has made a historical breakthrough.
iii. The methane hydrate is highly flammable and energy-intensive fuel as one cubic meter of the compound can releases about 164 cubic meters of natural gas.
iv. Flammable ice consists of methane trapped within water crystals.Methane hydrate has been identified as a potential new gas source for China, with the South China Sea.
v. India, Canada and US are also believed to be looking at hydrates as an alternative energy source.
About South China Sea

♦ The South China Sea is a marginal sea that is part of the Pacific Ocean, encompassing an area from the Karimata and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwanof around 3,500,000 square kilometres .
♦ The South China Sea contains over 250 small islands, atolls, cays, shoals, reefs, and sandbars, many of which are naturally under water at high tide, and some of which are permanently submerged.


Caeleb Dressel becomes first ever Swimmer to win three gold medals in one night at worlds Championship
The 20-year-old American Swimmer Caeleb Dressel has become the first swimmer to win three gold medals on a single night at either the FINA World Swimming Championship or the Olympics.Caeleb Dressel becomes first ever Swimmer to win three gold medals in one night at worlds Championship
i. Caeleb Dressel accomplished this feat on July 29, 2017 at 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
ii. Dressel started with a victory in the 50-meter freestyle, came back about a half-hour later to nearly break Michael Phelps’ world record in the 100 butterfly, and closed the night by leading off a world-record performance in the mixed 400 freestyle relay.
iii. He now has six gold medals in the championships, putting him in position to tie Phelps’ record of seven at the 2007 Champonships in Melbourne, Australia.
Dressel even managed to overshadow Katie Ledecky, who won her fifth gold medal of the meet by cruising to victory in the 800 freestyle.

Peaty & Masse sets world record at 2017 World Aquatic Championship
1.Peaty sets world record in 50m
On July 25, 2017, Britain’s Adam Peaty broke the 50m breaststroke world record for the second time in a day as he reached the World Aquatics Championships final in Budapest, Hungary. In medal tally US topped with  39 medals(17 gold, 12 Silver and 10 bronze)
i. Adam Peaty is the defending champion. He won the semi-final in 25.95 seconds, becoming the first person to break 26 seconds record.
ii. Peaty has now broken the 50m breaststroke world record four times – the first in Berlin in 2014.He swam his 100m world record of 57.13 at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
2.Masse wins 100m backstroke world gold in record time
On July 25, 2017, Kylie Masse of Canada won women’s 100m backstroke gold in a new world-record time at the world aquatics championships.
i. Masse locked 58.10 seconds, breaking Gemma Spofforth‘s previous mark of 58.12 seconds from the 2009 championships.
ii. Kathleen Baker of the United States won silver, while Emily Seebohm of Australia won bronze.
Hungary :
♦ Capital: Budapest
♦ Currency: Hungarian forint

Manoj Kumar, Shiva Thapa strike gold in Czech Republic tournament
Indian boxers have bagged a total of 8 medals at the 48th Grand Prix at Usti Nad Manoj Kumar, Shiva Thapa strike gold in Czech Republic tournamentLabem in Czech Republic.
Key Points:
i. In the tournament out of the eight, five were gold medals. The three other medals are two silver and one bronze.
ii. The five gold medals for India were bagged by world championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa(60kg), former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar(69kg), Amit Phangal, Gaurav Bidhuri(52kg) and Satish Kumar(+91kg).
iii. The two boxers who finished with silver medals were Kavinder Bisht in the 52kg category and Manish Panwar in the 81kg category.
iv .Sumit Sangwan has awarded bronze medal at 91 kg.
v. Shiva who recently won a silver medal at the Asian Championships, also bagged a victory by 5-0 over Slovakia’s Filip Meszaros.
vi. Manoj had also claimed a 5-0 verdict against local David Kotrc.
vii. Manish had lost to Germany’s IbragimBazuev and bagged a silver medal.
viii. Amit, Kavinder, Gaurav, Shiva, Manoj, Sumit and Satish will be competing in the World Championships.


Maha Guv, CM launch book ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’
Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu (additional charge) C. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has released the book ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’ at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on 29th of July 2017.
Key Points:
i. The book includes transcripts of the first 23 episodes of Prime Minister’s monthly address on radio ‘Mann Ki Baat’.Maha Guv, CM launch book 'Mann Ki Baat - A Social Revolution on Radio'
ii. This book will enable citizens to read and understand Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and his ideas of development.
iii. Union Minister Piyush Goyal was also present on the occasion. He also said that ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is a new design of communication to reach people and it has truly worked as a revolution.
iv. PM Modi has chosen All India Radio as the medium for broadcasting his programme because it is the only medium which reaches 99% ofthe population of the country.
Heritage Sites of Maharashtra :
1) Ajanta Caves: Ajanta caves of Aurangabad, Maharashtra, are listed under UNESCO’s “World Heritage sites” as the Cultural Heritage sites of Maharashtra. It was in the year 1983 when this site was recognized by UNESCO.
2) Ellora cave: Ellora in Aurangabad district is another group of rock cut caves that are listed in cultural heritage sites of Maharashtra
3) Elephanta Caves: Elephanta caves consist of two groups. The first group consists of five Hindu caves and the second group consists of two Buddhist caves.


World Day Against Trafficking – July 30 2017
The United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2017 was observed on 30 July 2017 around the world.
Key facts:
i. Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex.
ii. The day aims at raising awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, and promoting and protecting their rights.
iii. The theme of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is ‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’.
iv. It highlights one of the most pressing issues of our time the large mixed migration movements of refugees and migrants.
v. This year the theme focuses on the significant impact of conflict and natural disasters, as well as the resultant, multiple risks of human trafficking that many people face.
vi. In 2013, the General Assembly held a high-level meeting to appraise the Global Plan of World Day Against TraffickingAction.
vii. The member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated 30th July as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
viii. It also addresses the key issue concerning trafficking responses: that most people are never identified as trafficking victims and therefore cannot access most of the assistance or protection provided.

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