Current Affairs: 15th July

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Current Affairs: 15th July

  • Union Cabinet has approved allocation of 12,000 crore rupees to Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).
  • Under Union Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
  • Funds will be used to
    • Impart skill training to 60 lakh youths
    • Certify skills of 40 lakh persons acquired non-formally.
  • India launched operation ‘Sankat Mochan’ to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in South Sudan’s capital Juba.
    • Undertaken by Indian Airforce
    • Plane: C-17 Globemaster (USA se imported)
  • Senior IPS officer Ashok Patnaik as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID).
  • What is NATGRID?
    • NATGRID is an ambitious counter terrorism programme.
    • It is an intelligence sharing network that collates data from databases of the various agencies and ministries and analyze to help track suspected terrorists and prevent terrorist attacks.
    • Like NIA( National Intelligence Agency) & NCTC ( National Counter Terrorism Center) , NATGRID is also an after-measure of 26/11 Mumbai event.
  • Union Cabinet has approved Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of 7290.62 crore rupees for the ongoing 1020 MW Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project (HEP) in Bhutan.
  • Peru has declared Zika outbreak as a health emergency across the northern half of the country after 102 people were infected with the virus.
  • What is Zika Virus?
    • Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which also also transmit 3 other vector-borne diseases Chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever.
    • Why name Zika: Because first identified in Zika Forest, Uganda.
  • Union government approved the revival of three defunct Fertilizer Units located at:
    • Gorakhpur,
    • Sindri
    • Barauni
  • The Centre announced an extension of a deadline under the Income Declaration Scheme, aimed at bringing undeclared income and assets into the tax net to, September 30, 2017.
  • Ban cash transactions of above Rs 3 lakh to curb blackmoney: SIT on Black Money
    • SIT on Black Money Head: MB Shah

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