Current Affairs of July 09, 2018 are stated as:-
1. NEET, JEE to be conducted online, twice a year:-
- The engineering and medical entrance exams JEE and NEET would now be conducted online and twice a year by the newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA), HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on July 7, 2018.
- The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET) will be held by the newly formed examination conducting agency, NTA.
- The NTA would conduct its first exam NET, which was till now conducted by the CBSE, in December.
- JEE (Mains) would be conducted twice a year, in January and April. NEET (UG) would be conducted in February and May.
- The NTA would also conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test(GPAT).
2. Himachal Pradesh banned the use of thermocol cutlery:-
- Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had announced the ban on the World Environment Day on June 5, but it was observed that it was still in use.
- The Himachal Pradesh government recently issued the fresh notification banning the use of thermocol cutlery including cups, plates, glasses, spoons or any other item in the state.
- The state government has set a deadline of three months for manufacturers to dispose of their stocks.
3. Mukesh Ambani reappointed as Reliance Chairman for 5 more years:-
- Mukesh Ambani, one of the board member of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) since 1977, was elevated as Chairman of RIL after the death of his father and group patriarch Dhirubhai Ambani in July 2012.
- Ambani will be paid an annual salary of Rs 4.17 crore and Rs 59 lakh of perquisites and allowances.
4. Israel approves new bill against polluting companies:-
- Regular citizens and NGOs will have the right to sue polluting companies in civil courts, as per a new bill proposal approved on July 8, 2018, by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation.
- The Israeli government hopes the new bill will put more pressure and deterrence toward big companies that do not care about the state supervision against pollution.
- Israel suffered two significant pollution disasters in nature reserves during recent years, where Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Co and Israel Chemical Ltd were held accountable.
5. Samsung opens the world's largest mobile factory in India:-
- Samsung has opened the world's largest mobile factory in Noida, India. The factory will be officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and be visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in on July 9, 2018.
- The Electronics facility will be inaugurated on a factory plot measuring 35-acre at Sector 81 in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
- Samsung is currently making 67 million smartphones in India and with the new plant being functional, it is expected to manufacture around 120 million mobile phones, nearly double the number.
6. South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits India:-
- South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Delhi, India for his four-day visit. He will visit the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a discussion on key issues such as the situation on the Korean peninsula, and ways to boost trade and defense cooperation.
- The discussion would also include India’s expectation to open new avenues for expanding the bilateral partnership, particularly in the economic domain. The two leaders will address an India-Republic of Korea CEO's roundtable.
7. Dipa Karmakar clinches a gold medal at gymnastics World cup:-
- Dipa Karmakar clinched the gold medal at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey. She scored 14.150 to win the top prize. She had topped the qualification with a score of 13.400. Dipa has created a history and she is now the first Indian gymnast to win a gold in a world level event.
- Earlier she had suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury after the Rio Olympics and had undergone surgery. She was initially confident of making a comeback at the Commonwealth Games but rehabilitation took more time than expected and she missed the Gold Coast event.
8. Indian scales world's highest volcano:-
- Satyarup Siddhanta has become the second Indian mountaineer after Malli Mastan Babu to climb Mt Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world.
- Ojos del Salado is a stratovolcano (a volcano built up of alternate layers of lava and ash)in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest active volcano in the world at 6,893 meters (22,615 ft).
- Satyarup is also set to be the first Indian to climb Mt Sidley, the highest volcano of Antarctica, which will help him realize the dream of scaling seven summits and seven volcanic summits.
- He skied the last degree to the South Pole and hoisted the Indian flag at - 40-degree centigrade.
9. Uday Kumar Varma appointed BCCC member:-
- Former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma has been appointed as a member of the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council, a self-regulatory body for general entertainment channels.
- Varma, a former IAS officer of 1976 batch from the Madhya Pradesh cadre, succeeds former information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, whose tenure at the BCCC has ended.
- The 13-member BCCC council, chaired by former Supreme Court judge Justice Vikramajit Sen, has actor Sharmila Tagore, theatre person Arundhati Nag and JNU professor Ira Bhaskar as some of its members, besides representatives of the National Commission for Women, National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the National Commission for Minorities, among others.
10. UK launched new visas for Indian scientists, academics:-
- The new UKRI Science, Research, and Academia scheme opened for researchers, scientists and academics from outside the European Union (EU) to come to the UK for up to two years. The scheme will be operated by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
- This Scheme is being added to the already existing Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) visa route.
- The Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) is the principal visa route by which professionals from outside the European Economic Area who wish to undertake training and work experience are able to come to the UK.