Current Affairs of July 17, 2018, are as follows:-
1.ISRO scientists successfully test Vikas Engine:-
- ISRO said on July 17, 201,8 that it has successfully conducted a ground test of its high thrust version of the Vikas Engine that would improve the payload capability of the space agency's launch vehicles.
- The Vikas Engine is the workhorse liquid rocket engine used to power the second stage of the ISRO's trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
- It is also used in the second stage and also at the four strap-on stages of Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and in the twin-engine core liquid stage (L110) of GSLV Mk-III.
- During the test, the propulsion parameters were found to be "satisfactory" and "closely" matched the predictions.
2. Haryana CM launched Paudhagiri Campaign:-
- Under the campaign, 22 lakh students studying in Class 6th to 12th of all government and private schools in Haryana will plant a sapling each, during these three months of the monsoon - July, August, and September.
- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched this ‘Paudhagiri Campaign’ by planting a ‘maulsari’ sapling in Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex premises of Gurugram, to increase the green cover in the state.
3. India inaugurated World's largest visa center in Bangladesh:-
- To reduce the waiting time for VISA applicants, Home Minister Rajanth Singh, who is in Dhaka on a three-day visit inaugurated the world's largest visa center along with his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan.
- The new integrated state-of-the-art Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) spread in an 18,500 square feet commercial area at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka will replace all the existing centers (Motijheel, Uttara, Gulshan and Mirpur Road) in Dhaka in two phases.
- Bangladeshis constitute one of the largest numbers of visitors from a single country to India. Last year, India issued 1.4 million visas to Bangladeshi nationals.
4. Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri passes away:-
- Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri passed away on July 17, 2018, following a cardiac arrest at Sujoy Hospital in suburban Juhu, Mumbai. She was 62. The actress was in the hospital for the last 10 days.4
- She was suffering from a kidney ailment and had to go for dialysis every alternate day.
- Currently, she was seen playing the role of a grandmother in Star Bharat's ‘Nimki Mukhiya’ show.
5. Ramesh Powar appointed as interim coach of India women's cricket team:-
- Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar to look after the Indian women’s cricket team till replacement for coach Tushar Arothe will be found.
- The Indian women's Cricket team is scheduled to have a series in Sri Lanka in August.
6. India won 9 medals in World Junior Wushu Championships:-
- The Indian team bagged nine medals including four silver and five bronze in the 7th World Junior Wushu championships held in Brasilia, Brazil.
- In the Sanshou discipline, Babulu (42 kg, sub-junior), Saleem (56 kg, sub-junior), Savita (48 kg, junior) and Rohit (80kg, junior) won the silver medal, while Himanshu (56 kg, junior), Shruti (60kg, junior), Janhvi (52 kg, junior) claimed bronze medals.
- In the Taolu discipline, Karanjit Taijiquan and Karanjit Taijijian won two bronze medals.
7. Gujarat government launches measles-rubella vaccination drive:-
- The Gujarat government on July 16, 2018, launched a vaccination campaign to protect children from measles and rubella for which it has received a Rs 300 crore grant from the Centre.
- The campaign, which will last for five weeks, will seek to vaccinate 1.6 crore children between the age of nine months to 15 years across the state against measles and rubella.
- The state has got a 100 percent grant of Rs 300 crore for the campaign which its plans to implement on a mission mode.
8. DRDO successfully test fired BrahMos Missile from Odisha:-
- Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), and the Indian Army have test fired a supersonic BrahMos cruise missile under "extreme weather conditions", in Balasore district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha.
- The missile - named after the Brahmaputra River in India and the Moskva River in Russia - is a derivative of the Russian-made P-800 Oniks over-the-horizon supersonic anti-ship cruise missile.
- The missile’s range is estimated at around 300 to 400 kilometers.
- BrahMos is considered one of the world’s fastest cruise missile currently in operational use.