One Liners : 14 and 15 July || Current Affairs

• World Youth Skills Day – 15th July.

• Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

• India’s Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) project has won the World Bank’s internal award for exceptional performance in achieving many development goals.

• The Japan International Cooperation Agency is going to invest around ₹72 crore in Bengaluru to install smart signals that will reduce the waiting time by 30%.

• Australia has released a report on its Economic Strategy for India recommending that India should be put into its top three export markets and made the third largest destination in Asia for the country’s outward investment.

• Assam’s CM Sarbananda Sonowal has announced that Hima Das will be named the state’s sports ambassador.

• The Finance Ministry has conveyed to the RBI that it has no objection in allowing the Tehran-based Bank Pasargad to open its branch in India. Apart from the Iranian Bank, two South Korean banks, KEB Hana Bank and Kookmin Bank have also been approved to open branches.

• India’s trade deficit widened to its highest in over five years in June driven largely by a surge in oil imports.

• Haryana has topped other states in per capita revenue collection under GST and is also the fourth highest generator of e-way bills in the country.

• The Odisha Government constituted Heritage Cabinet headed by CM Naveen Patnaik to preserve the history and culture of Odisha.

• Archeological Survey of India has decided to allow photography within the premises of all centrally protected monuments/sites except Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace and Mausoleum of Taj Mahal, Agra.

• United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan. Under the terms of resolution, all member states must prevent arms and related equipment of all types from entering the country.

• SBI and NABARD have joined hands to provide collateral-free credit through Joint Liability Groups in Telangana. The two signed a MoU, along with seven NGOs from Nizamabad, Medak and Warangal districts, for the promotion and credit linkage of 2,000 JLGs during the current year.

• Madras High Court has ruled that mentioning father’s name in birth certificates is optional.

• The Union Government constituted a high-level task force to identify various items and policy interventions to reduce dependence on imports.

• South Africa has unveiled the MeerKAT radio telescope, slated to be the world’s largest and most powerful telescope on its completion in 2030. It will be integrated into an array of 3,000 dishes spread in a square-kilometre area. It is said to have 50 times better resolution than NASA’s Hubble space telescope.

• Andhra Bank has filed a bankruptcy petition against apparel retailer Provogue India at the National Company Law Tribunal for non-payment of dues.

• Angelique Kerber defeated seven-time champion Serena Williams in the women’s singles final to clinch her first-ever Wimbledon title.

• France defeated Croatia in the finals of Fifa World cup and Belgium got the third place by defeating England.

• MS Dhoni has become the first Indian wicketkeeper to take 300 catches in ODI cricket.

• National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has drafted fee regulations to put in place uniform fee framework to check frequent and arbitrary increases in school fees by unaided private schools. NCPCR is the country’s apex child rights body.

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