Current Affairs July 24 to27
Sebastian Vettel wins 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix of Formula One (F1). This was his overall second victory of the season after Malaysian Grand Prix and first of Hungarian Grand Prix.
China launches two new Navigational Satellites into space
China launched two new navigational satellites into space as part of its domestic navigation system BeiDou (meaning Compass). The 18th and 19th satellites (of total constellation of 35 satellites) were successfully launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern Sichuan province. About BeiDou Satellite Navigation System BeiDou is 2nd generation of the Chinese navigational system seen as rival to the US’s Global Positioning System
Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana
Union Government launched Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DUGJY) in Patna, Bihar. The flagship scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an aim to provide 24×7 uninterrupted electricity supply to each rural household across the country by 2022. Facts about Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DUGJY) It focuses on feeder separation for rural households and agricultural purpose. Seeks to strengthen the distribution and sub-transmission infrastructure, including metering at all levels in rural areas. Major components of the new scheme: strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network, feeder separation, Metering at all levels including at input points, feeders and distribution transformers. It also seeks to strengthen Micro grid and off grid distribution network of rural electrification. Funds: The scheme has budgetary outlay of 76,000 crore rupees for implementation of the projects of which Union Government will provide grant of 63,000 crore rupees. It should be noted that, this scheme replaces Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY), which was launched by previous UPA government led by then PM Manmohan Singh.
Union Government constitutes All India Council of Sports
Union Government has constituted All India Council of Sports (AICS), as an advisory body to deliberate on matters relating to the development and promotion of sports in the country. Government will duly consider the advice rendered by this Council, but it will not be binding and obligatory on the government. Facts about All India Council of Sports (AICS) Composition: It will be headed by a president in the rank of Minister of State (MoS). It will include 4 Members of Parliament (MPs), coaches, experts, sports personalities, administrators and Director General (DG) of Sports Authority of India (SAI). Appointments: President and members, other than ex-officio members will be appointed by the Union Government. Meeting: It will meet from time to time i.e. at least once in a quarter of year to deliberate on matters related sports and games in the country. Functions: Popularize sports amongst the youth and increase its outreach to rural and tribal areas along with North East and Jammu & Kashmir, areas affected by Left Wing Extremism. Promote inclusiveness in sports with special focus on women, tribals and differently-abled. Prevent fraud of age and sexual harassment of women in sports along with drug abuse. Bring transparency, professionalism and good governance in functioning of National Sports Federations (NFS). Promote sports sciences and sports medicine and augment the sports infrastructure and ensure its proper utilization. Tackle the issues arising malpractices in competitive sports especially match fixing and early identification of sports talent and nurturing the identified tale
Union Government sanctioned 1000 crore rupees for Indo-Bangla Rail Link
Union GovernmentUnion Government sanctioned 1000 crore rupees for the laying of 15.06 km long tracks to connect Indian Railways with Bangladesh through the North East. The Indo-Bangla Rail link would be completed by 2017 and the entire route will be constructed by IRCON. Out of 15.06 km length connecting Agartala with Akhaura railway junction in Bangladesh, 3.7 km would comprise of elevated corridor. The completion of the project would reduce the distance from Agartala to Kolkata from 1650 km to 515 km and difficult hilly terrain could be avoided. It will also improve trade and commerce between the North-East region of India and Bangladesh and enhance people to people contact The project is the result of discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina during the Modi’s visit to Dhaka from 6 June to 7 June 2015.