Current Affairs of July 18, 2018, are as follows:-
1. Neeraj Chopra wins gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet in France:-
- India's star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal at the International de Sotteville-Les-Rouen Meeting in France, beating a competitive field which included 2012 London Olympics gold-medallist Keshorn Walcott.
- He also won the gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year before breaking the national record with an 87.43m effort at the Doha Diamond League, where he finished fourth.
- Neeraj is a part of India's squad for the Asian Games 2018.
2. Nelson Mandela International Day observed:-
- The Nelson Mandela International Day was observed globally on July 18, 2018. The international day marks the 100th birth anniversary of Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary.
- The centenary year offers an occasion to reflect on Mandela's life and legacy and to follow his call to make the world a better place.
- The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating the 2018 Mandela Day to action against poverty, honoring Nelson Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
3. The UK topped Global Ranking of Nations' soft power:-
- In 2018 'Soft Power 30' index, published by UK-based strategic communications consultancy firm Portland and the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy, France placed second and Germany as third followed by the US.
- India does not figure on the list, but this year's report also features a chapter dedicated solely to Asia, listing 10 countries in the region, ranking India's soft power as eighth.
4. President Ram Nath Kovind approves Assam's Anti-Witch Hunting Bill:-
- President Ram Nath on July 17, 2018, approved the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention, and Protection) Bill, 2015, thus, converting it to an Act. The Bill was unanimously passed by the Assam assembly in 2015.
- The Bill seeks to fight the menace of the superstitious practice of witch hunting that has already claimed several lives in the last decade. It recognizes all cases of witch-hunting as non-bailable, cognizable and non-compoundable.
5. Scientists discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter:-
- Scientists have found 12 new moons orbiting around Jupiter, bringing its total number of moons to 79, the most for any planet in the solar system. One of the moons has been called a “real oddball” due to its tiny size.
- Scientists think the vast number of objects orbiting the planet is probably the result of collisions earlier in its life, which have been captured by Jupiter and now continue to orbit it.
6. India ranks 109th, stands behind Pakistan in 4G speeds:-
- According to data speed tester Ookla, India ranks 109th in overall 4G mobile internet speeds with an average download speed of 9.12 Mbps which is less than Pakistan (14.03 Mbps).
- Out of the list comprising 124 countries, Qatar ranked first in the list with 63.22 Mbps average download speed.
- Norway stood second in the list with 62.14 Mbps download speed.
7. BBC World Service launches its first Gujarati language television news bulletin:-
- The BBC World Service launched its first Gujarati language television news bulletin as part of an ongoing expansion drive in India.
- ‘BBC Samachar’ will broadcast live five days a week from Delhi and will air on the broadcaster’s partner station GSTV at 8 pm local time.
- The launch is part of a wider BBC World Service expansion, which has seen 12 new language services launched around the world over the last 12 months.
- Four new language services have already been launched online in India, these are Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, and Telugu.
- ‘BBC Samachar’ joins the Telugu TV bulletin ‘BBC Prapancham’ and the nightly Hindi TV news bulletin ‘BBC Duniya’.
8. LinkedIn hits 50 million users in India:-
- LinkedIn, World’s largest professional network platform has witnessed a remarkable growth of 50 million userbases in India. India is only behind the U.S. (150 million userbases) while China stands at third position with 40 million.
- LinkedIn was launched in India in 2009 with a user base of 3.4 million. It is observed that the company’s growth is largely driven by tier II, tier III cities instead of metros.
- Akshay Kothari, India head for LinkedIn, said the company is more focused on increasing blue-collared jobs availability. Besides, it is looking for regional language support on the platform.