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Daily GK Dose July 15th 2018

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Daily GK Dose July 15th

1. India unveils world's largest visa centre in Bangladesh

Visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the world's largest state-of-the-art visa centre in Dhaka with modern facilities.

  1. Singh inaugurated the integrated centre at Jamuna Future Park (JFP) along with his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

2. Odisha constitutes 'Heritage Cabinet' to preserve culture

The Odisha government has constituted a 'Heritage Cabinet' to preserve the Odia language and the state's culture.

  1. The cabinet comprises eight members and will be headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
  2. It will also prepare policies and prepare and approve short-term and long-term plans.

3. MP govt to appoint girls as district Brand Ambassador

In Madhya Pradesh, in a first of its kind initiative, the state govt will appoint girls as a district Brand Ambassador who have  recorded significant achievements in any field under the Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao scheme.

  1. Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is a personal campaign of the Government of India that aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls.
  2. The scheme was launched with an initial funding of Rs 100 crore.

4. President inaugurates platinum jubilee celebrations of Institute of Cost Accountants of India

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India in New Delhi on July 14, 2018. 

  1. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that cost accountants play a substantial part in enhancing efficiency of processes – particularly in manufacturing – and of capital use.

5. PM inaugurates, lays Foundation Stone for various development projects in Varanasi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated, or laid  the foundation stone of important projects, cumulatively worth over Rs. 900 crore, in Varanasi.

  1. Among the projects inaugurated are the Varanasi City Gas Distribution Project, and the Varanasi-Ballia MEMU train.
  2. The foundation stone was laid for the Panchkoshi Parikrama Marg, and several projects under the Smart City Mission and Namaami Gange.
  3. The Prime Minister also laid the Foundation Stone for an International Convention Centre in Varanasi.

6. PM lays Foundation Stone for Poorvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, laid the Foundation Stone of the Poorvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

  1. Addressing  a large public gathering, he described the occasion as the start of a new chapter in the development journey of the State.
  2. The Prime Minister said that the 340 kilometer long Poorvanchal Expressway would transform the towns and cities that it passes through.

7. President nominates four members to Rajya Sabha

In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 80 of the Constitution of India, and on the advice of the Prime Minister, the President of India is pleased to make the following four nominations to the Rajya Sabha:

  1. Shri Ram Shakal: He is an eminent people’s leader and public representative from Uttar Pradesh, who has devoted his life for the welfare and well-being of the Dalit community. A farmer leader, he is widely respected for championing the cause of farmers, labourers and migrants. He has also been a three-time Member of Parliament, representing Robertsganj constituency of Uttar Pradesh.
  2. Shri Rakesh Sinha: A respected and widely read author, Shri Rakesh Sinha is the Founder and Honorary Director of the Delhi-based think-tank “India Policy Foundation.” A Professor of Motilal Nehu College of Delhi University, he is also currently a member of the Indian Council of Social Science Research. He is a regular columnist in a range of newspapers.
  3. Shri Raghunath Mohapatra: He is an internationally renowned authority on stone carving. Practicing since 1959, he has trained over 2000 students. He has contributed to the preservation of traditional sculpture and ancient monuments, and has worked on the beautification of the Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri. His famous works include a 6 feet high statue of the Sun God carved in grey sandstone, in the Central Hall of Parliament; and the Wooden Buddha, Buddha Temple, Paris.
  4. Smt Sonal Mansingh: She is among India’s foremost exponents of Indian Classical Dance. She has been performing Bharatnatyam and Odissi for over six decades. She is also a well-known choreographer, teacher, orator and social activist. She founded the Centre for Indian Classical Dances, in Delhi in 1977.

8. Belgium Beats England 2-0 to Finish Third in the World Cup

Belgium earned its highest World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 in the third-place match.

  1. Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored a goal each for the Belgians, who lost to France in the semifinals.
  2. England, which lost to Croatia in the semifinals, matched its best World Cup result — fourth in 1990 — since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966.

9. Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon

Angelique Kerber beat seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title and spoil the American's dream comeback.

  1. The German 11th seed, 30, beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion 6-3 6-3 to add this title to her 2016 Australian Open and US Open crowns.



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