Here is an update containing all the important current affairs for 30th June 2017. You can download the Important Current Affairs 1st July 2017 with pdf capsule too.
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US honours Indian cop
- IPS officer Mahesh Bhagwat has won the U.S. government’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Hero award.
- He was awarded for his leadership in combating modern slavery in India, his role in elevating human trafficking as a government priority and his innovative approach to investigating cases.
- He has closed down 25 brothels in less than a year and rescued over 350 children forced into labour.
Highest GST rates in the world
- GST rates in India are highest in the world among the 140 countries that have implemented it so far.
- India has 4 tax slabs: 5%, 12%, 18% and 28% which makes it the country with highest GST rate going past Argentina that levies 27% tax on goods and services.
- India has chosen the Canadian model of dual GST as it has a federal structure.
- France was the first country to implement GST
India asks Pak for consular access
- India has once again asked Pakistan to grant full and early consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court.
- India also requested early consular access to Hamid Nehal Ansari who was caught for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2012.
- Jadhav has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage and sabotage activities.
31st anniversary of Mizo peace accord
- The 31st anniversary of the signing of the historic Mizo peace accord between the Union government and Mizo National Fron was celebrated in Mizoram.
- The Mizo Accord was signed on June 30, 1986 ushering in an era of peace after 20 years of violence and disturbance in the State.
- The signatories were Laldenga, leader of the movement, R. D. Pradhan, Home Secretary, and Lalkhama, Chief secretary.
Pachnanda takes charge as DG of ITBP
- Senior IPS officer R K Pachnanda took charge as the chief of the Indo-China border guarding force ITBP.
- Prior to his appointment, he was serving as the DG of National Disaster Response Force.
- He is a 1983-batch police officer of West Bengal cadre and was handed over the baton of about 90,000-personnel by outgoing Director General Krishna Chaudhary.
- He is the 29th Chief of the ITBP.
A Billion Colour Story
- A Billion Colour Story has walked away with the top prize, the audience award, at the 8th edition of the London Indian Film Festival.
- The film is directed by Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy and produced by Satish Kaushik.
- The film is a powerful plea for Hindu-Muslim unity and religious harmony.
- The film festival was held in London and Birmingham.
Pakistan bans JuD front
- Pakistan has banned Tehreek-e-Azaadi Jammu and Kashmir, a new front for Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa, as the international pressure on the country increases.
- TAJK gained prominence as a JuD front when it held pro-Kashmir freedom rallies and displayed banners & streamers across Pakistan on Kashmir Day.
- UN placed both JuD and FIF on its watch list in December 2008 and March 2012, respectively.
National Doctors’ Day
- National Doctors’ Day is celebrated on July 1 all across India to honour noted physician and the 2nd CM of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.
- He was born on July 1, 1882 and died on the same date in 1962, aged 80 years.
- National Doctors’ day is observed to emphasise on the value of doctors in our lives and to offer them our respects by commemorating one of their greatest representatives.
Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon
- Japan has revealed ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the Moon around 2030.
- This is the first time Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has said that it aims to send an astronaut beyond the International Space Station.
- JAXA plan would involve making use of NASA’s proposed Deep Space Gateway in cislunar space, which would serve as the jumping-off point for expeditions to the lunar surface.
Shamma appointed Indian envoy to Greece
- Senior diplomat Shamma Jain has been appointed as India’s ambassador to Greece.
- She will succeed M Manimekalai as Indian envoy in Greece.
- Shamma is a 1983-batch Indian Foreign Service officer and is currently serving as Indian envoy to Panama.
- She had earlier served as ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire and has served in Indian missions in Italy, Philippines, Washington DC, Turkey and Argentina.
GST Council cuts GST rate on fertilizers
- In order to give relief to farmers, GST Council has reduced the tax rate on fertiliser to 5% from the earlier 12%.
- Decision to reduce tax rate on fertiliser was taken due to apprehensions that price of the crop nutrient may go up.
- Council also decided to cut tax rate on exclusive parts of tractors from 28% to 18%.
- Council however did not reduce the rate of 18% on crop protection chemicals.
Great Immigrants Award
- Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen and former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will be honoured with the prestigious ‘Great Immigrants’ annual award on US’s Independence Day on July 4.
- They are among 38 immigrants to be honoured this year for their role in helping advance the Us’s society, culture and economy.
- Vivek Murthy was dismissed this year in April by the Trump administration.
$500,000 to UN Peacebuilding Fund
- India has contributed 5 lakh US Dollars to the UN Peace Building Fund.
- India has been a member of the Peacebuilding Commission since its inception in 2005 and has so far contributed $5 million to the Peacebuilding Fund.
- The fund was launched to support activities, actions, programmes and organisations that seek to build a lasting peace in countries emerging from conflict.
India’s first-ever mega trade event
- PM Modi inaugurated Textiles India 2017, India’s first ever mega textiles trade fair at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
- Event is organised by Union Ministry of Textiles, aimed at showcasing India as a global sourcing hub and investment destination.
- Event is expected to see participation from 2,500 international buyers over a 1,000 international & domestic exhibitors and several top fashion designers.
Infy names Sundaram Independent Director
- Infosys has appointed TVS Capital Funds Vice Chairman and MD D Sundaram as an independent Director of the company, with effect from July 14.
- The decision was taken on the basis of recommendations by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board.
- Sundaram is a fellow of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants, India and a Post Graduate in Management Studies.
eVIN wins GSMA Asia Mobile Award
- Health Ministry’s mobile app eVIN has won the GSMA Asia Mobile Award 2017 for outstanding contribution to the UN’s sustainable development goals in Asia.
- Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) is an online real-time vaccine logistics management system developed and implemented by Ministry of Health and UNDP.
- eVIN is presently being implemented across 12 states in the country.
New CEO & MD of L&T
- SN Subrahmanyan will take charge as the chief executive officer and managing director of Larsen & Toubro.
- The appointment marks a major change in leadership positions at L&T where Naik has served for over 52 years.
- Subrahmanyan is currently the deputy managing director and president of L&T.
- He will assume the new role of non-executive chairman for a period of 3 years beginning 1 October.
MRP, expiry dates now must on products
- Ministry of Consumer Affairs has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 to bring ecommerce companies and online marketplaces under its purview.
- Under these rules, ecommerce companies will have to display online the expiry dates and MRP of packaged consumer products.
- The companies will also have to display the country of origin on their online product pages.
Germany to fine social media firms
- Germany’s cabinet has approved a plan to fine social networks up to €50m if they fail to remove hateful postings quickly.
- Law gives social media networks 24 hrs to delete or block obviously criminal content and 7 days to deal with less clear-cut cases.
- Social networks will also have to publish a report every 6 months detailing how many complaints they received and how they dealt with them.
Jio launches submarine cable system
- Reliance Jio has announced the launch of Asia-Africa-Europe submarine cable system.
- It is the longest 100Gbps tech based submarine system that will stretch over 25,000 km from France to Hong Kong, with 21 cable landings across Asia and Europe.
- Jio provides Network Operations & Management for AAE-1 Cable System.
- It is a combined effort of telecom operators from Europe, Middle East & Asia.