Current Affairs 10 July 2018

Current Affairs of July 10, 2018, are as follows:-

1. Satyarup Siddhanta becomes second Indian to climb 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.
  • Satyarup is also set to be the first Indian to climb Mt Sidley, the highest volcano of Antarctica.
  • Mount 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 metres (22,615 ft).

2. Tamil Nadu Assembly passes Lok Ayuktha Bill:-

  • Tamilnadu Assembly passed the Lok Ayuktha Bill that was introduced by State Administrative Reforms Minister D Jayakumar in the Assembly. 
  •  The Government has decided to establish Lokayukta to inquire into the allegations of corruption against public servants. 
  • The act will be called as the Tamil Nadu Lol Ayuktha Act, 2018. 
  •  The Chairperson and the members will be appointed by the State Governor on the recommendation of the Selection Committee. 

3. Jeremy Hunt appointed as new UK Foreign Secretary:-

  • British PM Theresa May appointed Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary. This appointment has come after Boris Johnson resigned from the post in protest at the government’s Brexit plan.
  • The appointment of Hunt, the long-serving health minister, sees a close May ally replace the maverick Johnson, and could alter the Brexit balance of May’s top ministerial team.

4. Martin Schwenk appointed as new MD and CEO of Mercedes Benz India:-

  • Schwenk will take charge from November 1 by replacing Roland Folger, who will assume a new position for Mercedes-Benz's Thailand and Vietnam markets.
  • Schwenk is currently the CFO of Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service Co. in China.

5. Dipika Pallikal to represent Asia in CGF Athletes Advisory Commission:-

  • India's ace squash player Dipika Pallikal has been appointed as Asia’s representative in the prestigious Athletes Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
  •  The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission is the body that represents and speaks on behalf of all Commonwealth athletes.

6. Institution of eminence status granted to IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, BITS Pilani:-

  • The Union Government has granted the Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) status to six institutions including 3 from Public Sector and 3 from Private Sector.
  • The decision was taken on the basis of the recommendations given by an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC). The committee in its report recommended selection of 6 institutions (3 from the public sector and 3 from the private sector) as Institutions of Eminence.

7. Indian cricketer K.L. Rahul moves to third in ICC T20 rankings:-

  • The 26-year-old Indian cricketer, K.L. Rahul reached a career-high third spot in the latest ICC T20 rankings. Rahul’s scores of 70, 101 not out, six and 19 in last four T20 matches have helped him move up nine places to a career-high third position.
  • Australian skipper Aaron Finch holds the first position and it followed by Pakistani batsman Fakhar Zaman.
  • Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli are the next highest-ranked India batsmen.

8. HCL gets government approval to set up SEZ in Andhra Pradesh:-

  • The commerce ministry has approved a proposal of HCL Technologies to set up a new IT Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, with a proposed investment of Rs 408.48 crore.
  • To boost India's exports and the manufacturing sector, the government in 2005 passed a law for SEZs, which contribute about 25 per cent of the country's total exports.

9. Michael Ondaatje’s ‘The English Patient’ voted as Best-ever Booker Prize winner:-

  • Michael Ondaatje’s ‘The English Patient’ was voted as the best-ever Man Booker Prize winner, celebrating five decades of this prestigious literary award.
  • The English Patient won the Booker Prize in the year 1992. The book was later adapted into a movie in 1996 that won nine academy awards.

10. Professor Sandeep Sancheti takes charge as president of AIU:-

  • Dr Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) has assumed charge as the 97th President of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi.
  • The AIU, which was founded in 1925 and initially known as the Inter-University Board of India, has currently more than 720 members represented by Vice Chancellors.
  • The AIU facilitates coordination and mutual consultation among Universities as well as acting as a liaison with Central and State governments.

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