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Indian Affairs 

UP to become first state transportation corporation to have vehicle tracking system

  • Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has become the first State transport corporation to have a vehicle tracking system for inter-city buses.
  • This has reduced accidents and deaths as drivers are cautious of crossing the speed limits.
  • UPSRTC is planning to introduce common bus travel card for passengers travelling to Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

President Inaugurated “Nakshatra Vatika” At Rashtrapati Nilayam Gardens

President Inaugurated “Nakshatra Vatika”

  • The President of India,Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a 2nd specialized garden  ‘Nakshatra Vatika’ on July 07,2015 at Rashtrapati Nilayam Gardens,Bolarum, Secunderabad.
  • The layout of ‘Nakshatra Vatika’ has been developed in various geometrical combinations of Sree Chakra of Vedic astrology on a 0.91 acre plot.48 trees/plants representing 09 Navgrahs,12 Rashi and 27 Nakshatra are present in the Garden.
  • The formation is square-shaped accommodating 9 squares to represent 9 Planets First inner circular band is divided in 12 small circles at parts of 30º each corresponding to the 12 Rashi (zodiac sign).
  • Outer circular band consists of 27 parts of 13º- 20’ each with small circles which represents each a Nakshatra,

Bangalore ranks 12th in list of world’s top 20 tech-rich cities

  • Bangalore has been ranked 12th in the list of top 20 technology-rich cities in the world, according to a survey conducted by global property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).
  • Bangalore has helped India debut on the ‘City Momentum Index’ Top 20 list – an annual survey carried out by JLL globally. Reinforcing the city’s status of being one of India’s premier technology centres, Bangalore figures at No. 12 in the Top 20 technology-rich cities globally
  • London, San Jose and Beijing are top three cities on the list.

 International Affairs 

Chinese navy commissions anti-submarine patrol aircraft

  • The Chinese navy has got a four-engine Gaoxin-6, anti- submarine aircraft developed and manufactured by Aviation Industry Corp of China based on the Y-8 transport plane.
  • It is China’s first large aircraft specifically designed for anti-submarine warfare, making the country the sixth nation that has the development capability for such a sophisticated plane till now developed by United States, Russia, Japan, the UK and France.

Solar impulse lands in Hawaii after flight from Japan

  • Solar impulse, an aeroplane powered only by sun has landed in Hawaii after making an epic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan.
  • Solar impulse set records of manned solar powered flight for distance covered (7200km)  and time(118 hrs).

About Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range experimental solar-powered aircraft project which will circle the earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power.

Meiji sites in Japan get world heritage status by UNESCO

Meiji sites in Japan get world heritage status by UNESCO

  • UNESCO has granted World Heritage status to more than 20 old industrial sites in Japan. These sites are considered as representative of Japan’s industrial revolution under Emperor Meiji (1868-1910).
  • This includes coalmines and shipyards that Japan says contributed to its transformation.
  • South Korea had opposed the world heritage status unless clear reference was made to the use of an estimated 60,000 labourers forced to work at seven of the sites during Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule over the Korean peninsula.

Appointments

Awards

Sports

Mayweather stripped of WBO welterweight belt

  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title which he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao in May.
  • The 38-year-old failed to pay the WBO a $200,000 (£128,000) fee to administer the fight by the 3 July deadline.
  • The World Boxing Organisation said it is against rules for boxers to hold world titles in multiple weight classes and that Mayweather had to indicate which weight division he would retain.

India Wins More Than 150 Medals At “World Police and Fire Games”

  • India has won a record 156 medals, including 89 gold and 50 silvers, in the World Police and Fire games held in the suburb of the American Capital.
  • Topping the tally Richa Mishra and Kulwinder Kaur bagged a combined 11 gold medals at the 2015.50-member Indian delegation competed in 7 categories:            Athletics,Wrestling,Boxing,Judo,Archery,Swimming,Shooting.
  • This is for the first time that the Indian contingent’s medal tally has crossed 100 and exceeding 3rd position holder Commonwealth Games. In 2013-India won 83 medals at Belfast,Northern Ireland.
  • US won by 1,777(700 golds),Canada finished second 430 medals.

Important Days

World Zoonosis Day observed on 6th July

  • World Zoonoses Day is observed every year on July 6 to emphasize and bring the problem awareness amongst people, and teach them to take right action
  • Zoonoses means an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans.
  • About 150 zoonotic diseases are known to exist.

Obituary

Actress Amanda Peterson dies at 43

  • Actress Amanda Peterson has died. She was 43.
  • She best known for her role in the romantic-comedy “Can’t Buy Me Love” opposite Patrick Dempsey in 1987.
  • She also appeared in films like Joe Dante’s “Explorers”, “The Lawless Land” (1988), and “Listen to Me” (1989).

Renowned Actress Diana Douglas passes away at 92

  • Veteran actress Diana Douglas has died. She was 92 years old.
  • She appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”, “ER” and “The West Wing”.
  • She was the mother of well-known actor Michael Douglas.