Current Affairs of July 25, 2018, are as follows:-
1. Tata AIA Life appointed Rishi Srivastava as CEO & MD:-
- Srivastava will take over from current chief executive officer Naveen Tahilyani who takes over as the chief executive officer, group partnership distribution, AIA Group, Hong Kong.
- His appointment as CEO & MD of Tata AIA Life Limited is subject to regulatory approval from insurance regulator IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India).
2. Nineteenth Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations began:-
- Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year for three days from 24th July - 26th July at the Drass War Memorial in Jammu and Kashmir to commemorate India's emphatic victory against Pakistan.
- In India, the Kargil conflict is also referred to as 'Operation Vijay' (Hindi: विजय, literally "Victory") which was the name of the Indian operation to clear the Kargil sector.
3. Mars to make the closest approach to Earth in 15 years:-
- The red planet, Mars will make the closest approach to Earth in the last fifteen years on July 31, 2018. On that day, the two planets will be just 57.6 million kilometers apart.
- Before that, the red planet will be in opposition on July 26 when there will be a total lunar eclipse. That means Mars and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of Earth.
- However, a massive dust storm presently engulfing Mars is obscuring surface details normally visible through telescopes.
4. Dhoni highest income tax payer in Jharkhand:-
- Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the highest individual taxpayer in Jharkhand for the 2017-18 fiscal.
- Dhoni, the Indian wicket-keeper batsman paid Rs 12.17 crore income tax in 2017-18, as per Income Tax officials.
- They said that Dhoni had paid Rs 10.93 crore tax in 2016-17, but he was not the highest tax payer for that year.
5. Maruti Suzuki introduced Suzuki Connect Application to provide additional services to the customers:-
- Maruti Suzuki introduced Suzuki Connect Application. It aimed at giving customers access to services such as emergency alerts, vehicle tracking, and car assistance.
- It will be available for the company’s Nexa customers at a cost of Rs.9,999 for a three-year subscription.
- Once connected to the Nexa App on their smartphone, customers can experience features such as driving behavior analysis and the driving analytics report.
6. NCPCR team visits Mother Teresa's charity home in Ranchi:-
- A National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) team on July 24, 2018, visited Nirmal Hriday, the shelter home run by Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries of Charity after four babies who were allegedly sold from there were rescued.
- Rupa Verma, the chairperson of Ranchi Child Welfare Committee, informed that the members of NCPCR said they are probing all shelter homes in the country following the scam to find centers not following rules.
- Sister Konsalia, a nun of Nirmal Hriday, was arrested and during interrogation, she confessed to selling three children for money and giving away the fourth child.
7. New Zealand demands Australia to change its flag:-
- As the Flag of New Zealand looks similar to that of Australia, Acting New Zealand PM Winston Peters is demanding Australia to change their flag.
- Notably, the New Zealand flag was adopted 52 years before the Australian flag and was adopted in 1902, replacing the union jack. The Australian flag was adopted in 1954, after going through three previous iterations since 1901.
- Both the Australian and New Zealand flags are based on the British blue ensign.
8. Michael Ondaatje again named in Man Booker Prize list:-
- Sri Lankan-born Canadian author Michael Ondaatje has again made the Man Booker Prize list with his latest novel ''Warlight'', which tells the story of two orphans in London in the immediate aftermath of World War II.
- Ondaatje's "The English Patient," which won the Booker in 1992, was named a winner of the Golden Man Booker winner on July 8, a special award to mark Booker's 50th anniversary.
- 2018 Man Booker Prize includes six U.K. writers, three from the United States, and two each from Canada and Ireland.