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Important Current Affairs 2nd August 2017

Important Current Affairs 2nd August 2017

Current Affairs 2nd August 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Cabinet approves MoU between India and BRICs countries to set up BRICS Agriculture Research Platform 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed among India and various BRICs countries for establishment of the BRICS Agriculture Research Platform.
●    During the 7th BRICS Summit held on 9thJuly 2015 at Ufa in Russia, Prime Minister Shri Modi proposed to establish BRICS Agriculture Research Centre which will be a gift to the entire world. 
●    The Centre will promote sustainable agricultural development and poverty alleviation through strategic cooperation in agriculture to provide food security in the BRICS member countries. 
●    In order to further intensify cooperation among BRICS countries in agricultural research policy, science and technology, innovation and capacity building, including technologies for small¬holder farming in the BRICS countries, an MoU on establishment of the Agricultural Research Platform was signed by the foreign Ministers of BRICS countries in the 8th BRICS Summit held on 16th October, 2016 at Goa.

Cabinet approves construction of doubling of line with electrification between Thiruvananthapuram and Kanniyakumari 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the construction of double line with electrification between Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu.
●    The total length of the line will be 86.56 km.  The estimated cost of the Project will be Rs.1431.90 crore and completion cost of Rs.1552.94 crore with 5% escalation per annum.
●    The project is likely to be completed in four years by 2020-21.  
●    The project will generate direct employment during construction for 20.77 lakh mandays.
●    The project would not only speed up the operation of goods and coaching trains, but also provide additional capacity for meeting the increase in traffic in future.

Jammu and Kashmir passes bill to implement GST in the state

GST became a fully national tax after the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly and legislative council passed the bill, even though the opposition expressed apprehension about the new tax regime. 
●    The state would send the bill to the President for concurrence and the 101 st amendment would be extended to J&K. 
●    Finance minister Haseeb Drabu assured that the state government would ensure enough safeguards and GST would not compromise on Article 370 and Section 5 of J&K constitution in any way. 
●    “If that happens, I will not return to this house,” Drabu said. 
●    Till now Article 370 was used only as an obstruction for whatever purpose, Drabu said and asserted on the need to use it as tool for empowering people of the state and not just as a defensive strategy. 
●    “Article 370 is being used as a tool to whip up political passions and draw political mileage. 
●    It is being used for creating fake controversies,” said Drabu, adding that J&K had acceded to India and India had not acceded to J&K.

Rajya Sabha passes Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Rajya Sabha on 1 August 2017 passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 that amends Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
●    The Bill extends the deadline for teachers to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment by 4 years.
●    The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on 22 July 2017.
●    The Bill states that the teachers who do not possess the minimum qualifications as on 31 March 2015 will acquire the minimum qualifications within a period of four years, that is, by 31 March 2019.
●    The teachers can get the prescribed qualification using the Swayam portal.
●    Teachers will also be provided practical experience by the respective states.

Indian Army develops app, Humraaz

The Indian Army has developed a mobile application named Humraaz. The app will allow serving soldiers to track details like postings and promotions.
●    Through the app 'Humraaz', soldiers can also view their monthly salary slips and the Form 16 and also download them.
●    The mobile app has been developed in-house by the Army and will be launched in the second week of August 2017. 
●    The app will allow prompt communication of information to junior commissioned officers and other personnel.
●    For security reasons, the installation of the application has been linked to verification of Aadhaar details.
●    The Aadhaar details will be verified with the Army database over National Information Centre cloud and Army personnel will get a one-time-password on their registered mobile number.

Current Affairs 2nd August 2017: SPORTS

Swimmer-Dressel grabs seventh gold to equal Phelps record

U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel equalled compatriot Michael Phelps's record of seven gold medals at a single world championships on Sunday.
●    Dressel secured his record-equalling feat as the United States won gold in the men's 4x100 metres medley relay, in which he swam the butterfly leg.
●    The 20-year-old had previously won individual gold medals in the men's 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, as well as in the men's 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m mixed freestyle and 4x100m mixed medley relays.
●    Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, won seven gold medals at the world championships in Melbourne 10 years ago.

Dhanraj Pillay conferred with Bharat Gaurav by East Bengal Football Club

Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay was on 1 August 2017 honoured with the 'Bharat Gaurav' by East Bengal Football Club on its foundation day. Bharat Gaurav is the highest award of the club.
●    On the other hand, the club presented lifetime achievement awards to Subhash Bhowmick, a member of the 1970 Asian Games bronze medal-winning national football team and Syed Naeemuddin, former national team coach.
●    Meanwhile, Gurwinder Singh bagged the Footballer of the Year award while Boddupalli Amit was adjudged as the Cricketer of the Year.
●    Pillay played a huge role in reviving the Indian Hockey team and performed brilliantly during his 15-year career.
●    He played a total of 339 matches for India, scoring 170 goals.

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