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Important Current Affairs 21st July 2017

Important Current Affairs 21st July 2017

Current Affairs 21st July 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu Inaugurates Round Table Conference Ensuring Cyber Security on Indian Railways

Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated Round Table Conference on “Ensuring Cyber Security on Indian Railways”. 
●    Chairman, Railway Board, Shri A. K. Mital and other Railway Board Members and senior officials were also present on the occasion.
●    Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that Indian Railways is striding ahead on its mission of transformation. 
●    A lot of upgradation, modernisation & maintenance of Railways has been taken up in last three years & these processes involve use of technologies. 
●    Indian Railways has recently launched Rail Cloud Server, Rail Saarthi App, work for developing E.R.P. is also underway. With the exhaustive use of technologies, there are high chances of vulnerability.  
●    Indian Railways keeps conducting audits to ensure safety checks. Cyber Security is one of the top priorities. 
●    Therefore, idea of this roundtable is to bring all stakeholders on one platform to ensure that these discussions becomes effective results for cyber security.
●    During the discussions, ideas were exchanged on Cyber threats, Security incidents and Advanced solutions. 
●    The discussions helped in understanding the issues involved and create better awareness among all stakeholders. 
●    It also helped to provide effective solutions to deal with the Cyber Security threats to IT Systems on Indian Railways.


PPAs signed for first Wind Auction totalling 1050 MW 


Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal presided over the signing of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for purchase of 1050 MW of wind power under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)’s first Wind Auction Scheme here today. 
●    The PPAs were signed between PTC India Ltd., the trading company, and the successful wind power developers.
●    As per the PPAs signed, Mytrah Energy, Inox Wind and Ostro Kutch Wind Pvt. Ltd. would supply wind power of capacity 250 MW each. 
●    Further, Green Infra would supply 249.9 MW and Adani Green Energy 50 MW from their wind power projects through inter-state transmission system at a tariff of Rs. 3.46 per kWh discovered through the open and transparent competitive bidding process. 
●    PTC India has tied-up this wind power for sale to DISCOMS of a number of States. 
●    Under this, Uttar Pradesh would get 449.9 MW, Bihar 200 MW, Jharkhand 200 MW, Delhi 100 MW, Assam 50 MW and Odisha 50MW for meeting their Non-Solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO).

Union Government launches Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 21 July 2017 formally launched the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY). 
●    PMVVY is a pension scheme announced by the Union Government exclusively for the senior citizens aged 60 years and above. 
●    The scheme is available from 4 May 2017 to 3 May 2018.
●    The Scheme can be purchased offline as well as online through Life Insurance Corporation of India which has been given the sole privilege to operate this scheme.
●    The scheme provides an assured return of 8 per cent per annum and is payable monthly for 10 years.
●    The pension is payable at the end of each period during the policy term of 10 years, as per the frequency of monthly/ quarterly/ half-yearly/ yearly as chosen by the pensioner.
●    The scheme is exempted from Service Tax or GST.
●    In case of the survival of the pensioner till the end of the policy term of 10 years, the purchase price along with final pension instalment will be payable.

Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana for poors: Interest free loans on e-rickshaws, three-wheelers

The Union Ministry of Rural Development on 20 July 2017 announced that it will launch a new sub-scheme Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY) under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
●    The Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana aims to provide an alternative source of livelihoods to members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) under DAY-NRLM by facilitating them to operate public transport services in backward rural areas.
●    The sub-scheme will provide safe, affordable and community monitored rural transport services like e-rickshaws, 3 and 4 wheeler motorised transport vehicles to connect remote villages with key services and amenities including access to markets, education and health for the overall economic development of the area.
●    The Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana will be implemented in 250 blocks in India on a pilot basis for a period of 3 years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
●    The States have been informed about the number of blocks allocated to them to take up this sub-scheme in the pilot phases.
 

Current Affairs 21st July 2017: WORLD NEWS

Qatar issues decree to amend law on combating terrorism

Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, issued a decree on 20 July 2017, amending some provisions of a law on combating terrorism.
●    The decree establishes two national lists for individuals and terrorist entities and states out the requirements for being included on them.
●    The decree includes definitions for terms such as terrorist, crime, terrorist acts, terrorist entities, freezing of funds and financing of terrorism.
●    It also identifies procedures related to some terrorist activities.
●    The decree also states that individuals and entities accused of terrorist activities have the right to challenge the charges lodged against them before the court.
 

Current Affairs 21st July 2017: SPORTS NEWS

Harpreet's scored unbeaten 171. 

Indian women cricket team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur with her unbeaten knock of 171 off 115-balls helped India to storm into finals of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup of Cricket. 
●    To reach the finals of the world cup, India defeated the Australian women’s team by 36 runs at Derby in England on 20 July 2017.
●    Harmanpreet hammered 20 fours and seven towering sixes during her blistering knock at the strike rate of 148.69, which is next only to New Zealand’s Suzie Bates’ 160.00 (she scored 168 against Pakistan in 2009).
●    With this score, she also bettered her previous ODI best score of 107 runs. Harmanpreet’s blistering century of unbeaten 171 runs is the third highest individual score by any player in the world cup and fifth highest overall.

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