Current Affairs – Today’s Headlines: July 17, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for July 17, 2021

INDIA

Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana launches ‘FASTER’ (‘Fast and Secure Transmission of Electronic Records’) to instantly transmit bail and other orders to jail authorities
– BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meeting held under India’s Presidency
– Centre notifies Godavari, Krishna river management boards to administer, regulate, operate and maintain projects listed on these two rivers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
– Kerala govt. to appoint dowry prohibition officers in all districts
– ‘Exercise Shield’ maritime exercise held between India, Sri Lanka & Maldives virtually
– SC lifts ban on disc jockeys imposed by the Allahabad High Court in UP
– Gujarat: PM inaugurates redeveloped Gandhinagar railway station and a newly-built five-star hotel above it
– UP: PM inaugurates convention centre called Rudraksh in Varanasi, constructed with Japanese assistance
– Uttarakhand govt. suspends Kanwar Yatra in view of the looming threat of the third wave of COVID-19
– NCW signs MoU with BP&RD (Bureau of Police Research & Development) for gender sensitisation of police personnel
– Surekha Sikri dies at the age of 75; won National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress thrice for Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995) and Badhaai Ho (2018)
– Gira Sarabhai, co-founder of National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, dies at 97
– 2 million Indian accounts banned during May-June to prevent harmful behaviour and spam: WhatsApp says in its first monthly transparency report
– India largest source of govt. info requests in July-December 2020, says Twitter in its transparency report; accounted for 25% of global volume

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– 8 new routes connecting MP to Maharashtra and Gujarat launched by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia under centre’s UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme
– Union Education Minister and Union Tribal Affairs Minister jointly launch School Innovation Ambassador Training Program (SITAP) for training teachers in tribal areas
– Digital Platform Kisan Sarathi launched to facilitate farmers to get ‘right information at right time’ in their desired language
– Power Ministry releases 9th Integrated Ratings of State Power Distribution Utilities and Rankings
– Union Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy R.K. Singh announces start of NEERMAN Awards, (National Energy Efficiency Roadmap for Movement towards Affordable & Natural Habitat) to encourage efficient building designs
– Bureau of Energy Efficiency organises conference “Aiming for Sustainable Habitat: New Initiatives in Building Energy Efficiency 2021”
– SBI-led consortium realises ₹792.11 cr. by sale of Kingfisher Airlines’ shares in Vijay Mallya case

WORLD

– Pakistan, Russia sign agreement for 1,100-km gas pipeline from Karachi to Lahore
– Afghanistan: Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Kandahar province
– APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) leaders agree to expand sharing and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines to fight the pandemic
– Lebanon’s PM-designate Saad Hariri steps down

SPORTS

– Nobel Peace Prize awardee Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh to receive Olympic Laurel in Tokyo on July 23

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