Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the important Current Affairs for 23rd July, 2016. These are important for the upcoming UBI PO PGDBF and RBI Grade B 2016 Exams.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils foundation stone for revival of fertilizer unit at Gorakhpur
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 July 2016 unveiled the foundation stone for the revival of gas based Gorakhpur Fertilizer Plant at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
- The plant is implemented by Hindustan Urvarak Rasayan Limited, which is a joint venture between the Coal India Limited (CIL) and the NTPC Limited.
- The revival of the plant entails an investment of 6000 crore rupees in the equity pattern of 50 per cent each between both the Central Public Sector Enterprises.
Lok Sabha passes Bill to establish new NIT in Andhra Pradesh
- The Lok Sabha on 21 July 2016 passed the National Institute of Technology, Science, Education and Research (Amendment) (NITSER) Bill, 2016.
- The bill seeks to establish a new National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Andhra Pradesh as an institute of national importance under the NITSER Act, 2007 with an effect from August 2015.
Highlights of the Bill
- The Bill is in keeping with the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, which provides for a NIT for the state after its bifurcation as the existing NIT went to Telangana.
- It amends the NITSER Act 2007 so as to establish an additional NIT in Andhra Pradesh.
- 40 crore rupees have been allocated for the establishment of the new NIT in the current financial year.
- An outlay of 226 crore rupees has been made for the institute over the next three years.
Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score double century outside India
- India test team captain Virat Kohli on 22 July 2016 became the first Indian captain to score a double century outside India.
- Kohli scored 200 runs against West Indies on day two of the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in North Sound.
- With his double century, Kohli entered the list of visiting captains with highest scores in West Indies. The list includes name like Sir Leonard Hutton, Steve Waugh, Andrew Strauss and Ricky Ponting.
- It is the highest score by an Indian skipper away from home. Mohammad Azharuddin had scored 192 against New Zealand in Auckland in 1990.
Ganesh Singh appointed Head of Joint Parliamentary Committee for Land Acquisition Bill
- BJP Lok Sabha member Ganesh Singh on 22 July 2016 was appointed the new Chairperson of the Joint Committee of Parliament examining the Land Acquisition Bill.
- Singh replaced S S Ahluwalia, who became Minister of the State for Parliamentary Affairs in reshuffle of the council of ministers on 5 July 2016.
- After the appointment, Singh will have to move a resolution in the Lok Sabha seeking the seventh extension of the term of the panel.
Awards & Honors –
Kerala Tourism wins Gold at PATA Awards
- Kerala Tourism on 21 July 2016 won two Gold Gongs at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards.
- Kerala Tourism bagged the award in recognition of its trend setting marketing initiatives, which have given a boost to the state's profile as a must-visit destination.
- The awards were in the categories of Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media and E-Newsletter, which were grabbed by the successful Visit Kerala television commercial campaign and the popular Kerala Tourism E-Newsletter, respectively.
- The awards will be presented at the PATA Gold Awards Luncheon and Presentation on 9 September 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
- In 2015, Kerala Tourism was also awarded PATA Gold in the Heritage and Culture category for Muziris Heritage Project.
Facebook's Aquila Internet drone completes first test flight
- Facebook Inc on 22 July 2016 announced the successful completion of test flight of a solar-powered drone named Aquila.
- The social media giant believes that Aquila will help to extend Internet connectivity to every corner of the planet.
- The company ultimately hopes to have a fleet of Aquilas that can fly for at least three months at a time at 60000 feet and communicate with each other to deliver internet access.
Legendary artist S H Raza passes away
- Modern Indian artist S H Raza died here today following a prolonged illness.
- He was 94. Raza was suffering from old-age related ailments and was in the ICU of a private hospital for the last two months.
- An internationally acclaimed painter, Raza was honoured with the Padma Shri.
- He was elected as fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1983.