Daily Current Affairs 12 July 2017: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 12 July 2017. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 12 July 2017. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 12 July 2017 Current affairs test.

National News

1. Arunachal, Andaman and Nicobar get exemption from SC highway liquor ban.

  • After Sikkim and Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar got full exemption from Sc liquor ban policy.
  • A Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar took note of the geographical quirks of Arunachal Pradesh and the islands and gave them exemption.

2.Renowned cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar passes away.

  • Renowned cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar passed away after illness, on Monday in Pune.
  • Iconic cartoons commenting on social issues such as increasing poverty, traffic woes, pollution, degradation of the environment, urban life, poor state of urban infrastructure and so on

3.India’s retail inflation hit record low of 1.54% in June.

  • India’s retail inflation in June hit record low of 1.54% according to government data.
  • This comes mainly due to Goods and Service Tax which prompted shops to destock and clear up inventory.

4.Museum dedicated to Former President Abdul Kalam to be opened in Thiruvananthapuram.

  • A museum dedicated to former President and renowned space scientist A P J Abdul Kalam will be opened in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Titled Dr Kalam Smriti International Science & Space Museum, will house personal memorabilia of the late President, a large number of very rare photographs and miniature models of rockets, satellites, and his famous quotes aimed at inspiring the youth.

International News

1.Microsoft unveils $10 billion plan to offer Internet through TV channels.

  • Microsoft has unveiled $10 billion plan to provide faster internet through TV channels in rural areas of US(United States)
  • Microsoft will use unused spectrum between TV channels called ‘white spaces’ to offer broadband internet to rural communities.

2.China moves to block Internet VPNs from 2018.

  • The government has ordered China’s three telecommunication companies to completely block Virtual Private Networks(VPNs) by 2018.
  • The move will completely block access to much of the global internet as part of maintaining communist party’s grip on power.
  • Interestingly china has blocked thousands of websites including Facebook, Google, Instagram and twitter.

3.US deploys advanced anti-aircraft missiles in Baltics first time.

  • As a deterrent to Russia in the flashpoint region, The advanced defense system has been brought to the Baltics first time by United States.
  • This comes after zapad exercise by Russia and Belarus, which NATO believes could increase Russian presence.

4.Iraqi troops strike with ISIS days after declaring victory.

  • Iraqi troops clashed with ISIS militants holding out in Mosul’s old city.
  • Interestingly this comes after Baghdad’s announcemt of victory over ISIS, which was considers as biggest defeat for the hardline Sunni group.

Business News

1 .Former Goldman Sachs banker Ned Segal named as twitter CFO.

  • Ned Segal, a goldman Sachs banker has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer at twitter. He will report directly to CEO Jack Dorsey.
  • He will take over from Anthony Noto, who was promoted to Chief Operating Officer(COO).

2.’Aaykar Setu’ new app launched by IT-dept to pay taxes on mobile.

  • Income Tax Department has launched new app named ‘Aaykar Setu’ to help citizens pay taxes on mobile .
  • This app will help users to understand direct taxes, pay taxes, apply for PAN, and even share grievances with right authorities.

3.Reliance stock hits 9 year high after revised tariff rates.

  • On revising tariff rates, The stock Reliance Industries, Parent company of Reliance Jio hit its nine-year high level.
  • The new plan entail reduced data and validity for the Telcos services.

Sports News
1. Mithali Raj becomes all-time highest run scorer in Women ODIs.

  • Mithali Raj, Indian women’s cricket team captain became all-time highest run scorer.
  • She achieved this milestone against Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup.

2.Chandimal, Tharanga named SL test and limited overs captain after Angelo Mathews resignation.

  • Following his resignation from all the three formats, Chandimal and Tharanga are named as Sri Lanka’s test and limited overs captain.
  • Angelo Mathews resigned after ODI series loss against Zimbabwe at home.

3. Tsotsobe handed eight-year ban for match fixing.

  • Convicted in 2015 match-fixing scandal South African test bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been ban for 8 years.
  • Notably Tsotsobe is the seventh player of SA to kicked out of the game for match-fixing.

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