Current Affairs 16 July 2018

Current Affairs of July 16, 2018, are as below:-

1. PV Sindhu finished as runner-up:-

  • World number three Sindhu lost the match 15-21, 18-21 in 50 minutes against the world number eight Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, in the final of the Thailand Open BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament in Bangkok.
  • Meanwhile, Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan won the men's singles title with a three-game victory against Tommy Sugiarto of  Indonesia 21-16, 13-21, 21-9 in the final.

2. Ramesh Powar named Indian women's cricket team interim coach:-

  • Former Indian off-spinner Ramesh Powar has been named as the interim coach of the Indian women's cricket team.
  •  Powar has been asked to coach the team by BCCI until they find a replacement for Tushar Arothe, who resigned as the coach of the women's team five months after being appointed. 
  • The Indian women's team will have a fitness camp from July 25 to August 3 in Bangalore and Powar has been asked to oversee the camp.
  • Powar will be involved in planning the camp along with Biju George, the assistant coach.

3. Haryana top state in per capita revenue collection under GST:-

  • Haryana is also the fourth highest generator of e-way bills in the country. About 1.12 crore e-way bills were generated in Haryana between April 1, 2018, and June 30, 2018.
  • Haryana has widened the tax base by 82.22 percent and logged 19 percent hike in revenue collections.

4. Scientist RA Mashelkar proposed as Jio Institute Chancellor:-

  • Reliance Foundation has proposed the name of eminent scientist Raghunath A Mashelkar as the Chancellor of yet-to-be established Jio Institute.
  • He currently heads the National Innovation Foundation under the Department of Science and Technology, GoI.
  •  Dipak C Jain, former director of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration in Bangkok, will serve as the Vice-Chancellor of the Institute.

5. Djokovic clinched his 4th Wimbledon title, 13th Grand Slam:-

  • Ex-world number one Novak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson to clinch his fourth men’s singles Wimbledon title and overall 13th Grand Slam.
  • Djokovic became the fourth player after Roger Federer (8), Pete Sampras (7) and Björn Borg (5) to win Wimbledon men's title four or more times in Open Era.

6. Union Government to launch the scheme to test sports ability of 2-3 crore children across the country:-

  •  The Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has said that the Central Government will soon launch an ambitious scheme to test sports ability of two to three crore children across the country. 
  • Addressing a function at Ahmedabad in Gujarat on July 16, 2018, the Minister said that around one thousand children will be selected every year under the physical capability mapping programme. 

7. Mohammad Kaif retires from competitive cricket:-

  • Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket.
  • The 37-year-old Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India and will always be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 at the Lord's during the epic NatWest Trophy final in 2002. Kaif was the captain of Under 19 cricket team that won the U-19 World Cup in 2000 against Sri Lanka. 
  • Almost 12 years after he last played for the Indian team in which he stood out as much for his acrobatic fielding as for his effective lower-order batting. 

8. Ravi Shankar Prasad unveils Goa IT Policy 2018:-

  •  Union minister for electronics, IT and law & justice Ravi Shankar Prasad unveiled the Goa IT Policy 2018 at the Inox complex in Panaji on July 15, 2018, on the final day of Goa IT Day celebrations.
  • The Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar was also present on the occasion.
  •  The Goa IT Policy focuses on infrastructure development, fiscal incentives, governance and human resource development. 
  • The policy offers special incentives for solar power-based units, internet subsidy and assistance for campus recruitment. 

9. Ishwar Sharma, 8-year-old Indian Boy named 'British Indian of the Year':-

  • An eight-year-old Indian-origin schoolboy, Ishwar Sharma who is the under-11 UK national yoga champion has been named the "British Indian of the Year" in the Young Achiever category for his achievements in the field of Yoga.
  • He has won a gold medal representing Great Britain at the World Student Games 2018 in Winnipeg, Canada.

10. Bihar to get world's cheapest clean drinking water:-

  • Sulabh International introduced the concept of 'Sulabh Sauchalya' in India, which is a cost-effective innovative water project to provide the cheapest drinking water in the world, only in 50paisa/ liter.
  • The first of such a water project was launched in Bihar's Darbhanga district, Haribol Pond.
  • The 'Sulabh Jal' project converts contaminated pond and river water into safe drinking water.
  • The total cost of installing this project would cost around Rs 20 lakhs.

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