One Liners – 18th July || Current Affairs

• A draft amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules has proposed that driving licence and pollution control certificates can be carried in physical or digital form. The amendment further proposes that vehicles tracking systems and FASTags for electronic toll collection will be made mandatory for all commercial vehicles obtaining national permit.

• India has been elected new President of Asian Tug of War Federation. India’s Gautam Kaul won the prestigious post in the Federations’ Executive Committee elections held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

• India ranks 109th in overall 4G mobile internet speeds with an average download speed of 9.12 Mbps which is less than Pakistan (14.03), according to data speed tester Ookla. Qatar ranked first in the list followed by Norway.

• India’s first government-sponsored ‘Transgender Poets’ Meet’ was organized at Sahitya Akademi in Kolkata.

• Bihar govt. has raised the compensation amount to Acid Attack Victims from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, while victims below 14 years of age will receive 50% more compensation.

• Japan and European Union signed a free trade agreement thus eliminating tariffs on a majority of their products to enhance business between the two sides.

• Walmart has signed a five year agreement with Microsoft to use the company’s cloud services in retail.

• The UN Environment Programme has entered into a partnership with Google to monitor impacts of human activity on global ecosystems by using sophisticated online tools.

• Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has clinched a gold medal at the Sotteville Athletics Meet in France.

• Flipkart’s digital payment subsidiary PhonePe has acquired Zopper Retail, a hyperlocal Point of Sale platform for small and medium businesses.

• Reserve Bank of India has been applauded by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), for effectively using a targeted communication strategy for reaching out to the right audience in ‘short and simplified’ language.

• Government has decided to set up a committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Anil Swarup to suggest measures to strengthen National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS), building synergies between these two institutions and further strengthen them for empowering the youth.

• Nelson Mandela International Day – 18th July.

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