Here is an update containing all the important current affairs for 4th July 2017. You can download the Important Current Affairs 4th July 2017 with pdf capsule too.
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New chief election commissioner
- Centre has named Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti as the next Chief Election Commissioner of India.
- He will succeed Nasim Zaidi and will take charge as the CEC on July 6.
- He is an IAS officer of 1975 batch from Gujarat cadre and has served as chief secretary of Gujarat during Narendra Modi’s tenure as chief minister.
- He will be the 21st Chief Election Commissioner of India.
India successfully test-fires QRSAM
- India successfully test-fired an indigenously developed short range and Quick Reaction Surface to Air missile from Chandipur along the Odisha coast.
- The missile has a strike range of 25-30 km and is capable of engaging multiple targets.
- It has been developed by DRDO and other establishments.
- The missile was tested for 2nd time to evaluate the performance of its canister version.
President clears bill banning hookah bar
- President Pranab Mukherjee has approved a Legislative Bill to ban the hookah bar in Gujarat.
- Violation of this law will attract Minimum 1 year and maximum 3 year sentence, provision of Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 fine is also mentioned in this amendment.
- Most of the hookah bars in the state were running on the restaurant licence illegally and also selling products which are harmful to youngsters.
Chandra to be chairman of Tata Global
- Tata Global Beverages has appointed Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran as chairman of its Board with immediate effect.
- He will replace Harish Bhat as the chairman of Tata Global Beverages, the No. 2 tea player in the world.
- Chandrasekaran also chairs the Boards of several group operating companies, including Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Indian Hotels and Tata Consultancy Services.
Uhel to lead UN Syria war crimes probe
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Catherine Marchi-Uhel to lead an international panel tasked with gathering evidence of war crimes in Syria’s 6 year war.
- She has served as an international judge in Kosovo, Cambodia and at war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia.
- She currently works as the ombudsperson for a Security Council committee that deals with IS group & Al-Qaeda.
North Korea fires another missile
- North Korea has successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting anywhere in the world.
- The Hwasong-14 missile reached an altitude of 2,802km and hit its target precisely after flying for 933km in 39 minutes.
- It is a game-changing development in North Korea’s push to militarily challenge US.
- Weapons analyst says missile could be powerful enough to reach Alaska
Prime Minister Modi leaves for Israel
- Prime Minister Modi has left for Israel, the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish nation.
- He will discuss with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu the common challenges like terrorism and ways to boost economic ties.
- He will be in Israel till July 6 before travelling to Hamburg to attend a G-20 summit.
- This year marks 25 years of diplomatic relations b/w India and Israel.
India-Thailand military exercise begins
- A 14-day joint military training exercise between India and Thailand has started in Himachal Pradesh at Bakloh in Chamba district.
- Exercise Maitree 2017 is a continuation of a series of joint exercises between the Indian Army and the Royal Thailand Army.
- The aim of this exercise is to build and promote closer relations while exchanging skills and experiences between the two armies.
US celebrates its 241st Independence Day
- US will celebrate its 241st Independence Day on July 4, 2017.
- On that day in 1776, 13 British colonies in America signed the Declaration of Independence from Britain.
- The declaration was made through the adoption the Declaration of Independence, which was drafted by founding father Thomas Jefferson.
- The day is associated with patriotic displays, barbecues, picnics, fireworks and parades.
Kambala is now legal in Karnataka
- President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the bill passed by Karnataka Assembly to legalise traditional buffalo race ‘Kambala’.
- In February, Karnataka govt had passed a bill to legalise Kambala, the traditional buffalo race as well as bullock cart race in the state.
- Kambala is a folk sport, held traditionally under the auspices local land lords and households, in coastal Karnataka.
AFSPA in Nagaland extended
- Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been extended for 6 more months in Nagaland beginning June 30.
- According to home ministry, Nagaland is in such a disturbed & dangerous condition that use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.
- AFSPA has been in force in Nagaland for several decades and has not been withdrawn even after a framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015.
Additional excise duty removed
- Finance ministry has removed additional excise duty on tobacco, pan masala and cigarettes with effect from July 1.
- Revenue department also repealed its earlier central excise notification, which deals with excise duty rate on unmanufactured tobacco and chewing tobacco.
- Under the GST, Cess on pan masala has been decided at 60%, while in tobacco it will vary from 71-204%.
Talks to end Syrian conflict begins
- A fifth round of talks on ending the six year Syrian conflict began in Kazakhstan.
- A three-way meeting gathering the co-sponsors of the talks, Russia, Iran and Turkey is underway in Kazakhstan, aimed at cementing four conflict free areas agreed in May.
- While Syria has spoken in support of zones deal, the rebels have been far more pessimistic and slammed any Iranian involvement in the plan.
MP plants record 6.63 crore saplings
- Madhya Pradesh govt has claimed that record 6.63 crore saplings were planted on the banks of river Narmada as part of its river conservation efforts.
- The drive started at 7 am continued till 7 pm along the banks of the river covering 24 districts.
- Drive might find a place in Guinness World Records as the current record of planting max saplings in least time is 5 cr in 24 hours by UP.
ADB grants $220 mn for road connectivity
- Asian Development Bank has signed a $220 million loan agreement with India for improving road connectivity, transport efficiency & safety on state highways of Rajasthan.
- It is the 1st tranche of the $500 million Rajasthan State Highways Investment Programme, approved by ADB Board.
- It will enhance the capacity of state PWD in areas of road asset management, road safety and project management.
New CEO of Syndicate Bank
- Melwyn Rego, former chairman of the Bank of India, has been appointed as managing director and chief executive officer of the Syndicate Bank.
- Rego assumed the charge on 1 July.
- He had earlier served as deputy managing director of IDBI Bank, CEO of IDBI Homefinance and as its Head- International Banking Division spearheading the overseas initiatives of IDBI.
First asteroid deflection mission
- NASA is developing the first-ever mission that will deflect a near-Earth asteroid.
- It will help test the systems that will allow mankind to protect the planet from potential cosmic body impacts.
- Double Asteroid Redirection Test will be used to defend against a potential future asteroid impact.
- Target for DART is an asteroid that will have a distant approach to Earth in Oct. 2022 and in 2024
Pune NGO wins UN prize
- Pune based NGO, Swayam Shikshan Prayog has been awarded UNDP’s Equator Prize for devising an ecologically sustainable agriculture model to combat the adverse impacts of drought.
- Model advocates the use of bio-fertilizers & pesticides, preservation and exchange of local seeds, and a change in farming patterns.
- It is the only Indian organisation to win the award from more than 800 nominations.
WHO declares an end to Ebola outbreak
- World Health Organization has declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Announcement comes 42 days after the last confirmed Ebola patient tested negative for the disease for the 2nd time.
- This is DRC’s 8th outbreak of EVD since discovery of the virus in the country in 1976. The last one started in 2014 and killed nearly 50 people
BYJU’s acquires TutorVista and Edurite
- Online education startup BYJU’s has acquired TutorVista & Edurite from Pearson for an undisclosed amount.
- TutorVista is one of the largest online tutoring brands catering to school & college students in US while Edurite provides audiovisual content for CBSE classes VII-XII.
- BYJU’s is backed by investors, including IFC (World Bank Group member), Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Sequoia Capital.