Current Affairs : 21 July 2016

Rohit Khandelwal becomes first Indian to win Mr. World title

  • Rohit Khandelwal has become the first Indian to win the coveted title of Mr. World at a grand ceremony at Southport Theatre, Floral Hall, The Promenade, South port U.K. 
  • Khandelwal has become the first Indian and Asian to win the Mr. World title at the competition. 
  • He received a cash prize of $50,000 on winning this celebrated title.

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Nigerian journalist wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

  • A Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure has won the second BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for 2016. 
  • Didi Akinyelure is a prime-time news anchor in Nigeria and presents business news for CNBC, which broadcasts across the continent.

Canada to conduct world’s first Zika vaccine test on humans

  • A Canadian university will conduct the world’s first Zika vaccine test on humans in the coming days. 
  • Development of the Zika vaccine has been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada. 
  • Until now, vaccines have been tested on mice.

All gram panchayats to be connected through OFC by 2018: Govt

  • All Gram Panchayats in the country will be connected through Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) by 2018. 
  • According to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prashad , centre plans to establish a network infrastructure by connecting all 2 lakh 50 thousand Gram Panchayats through OFC under Digital India Programme.

Chief Election Commissioner launches SVEEP portal in Hindi

  • Dr. Nasim Zaidi, Chief Election Commissioner of India , Mr. A. K. Joti and Mr. O.P. Rawat, Election Commissioners of India launched the “SVEEP Portal” in Hindi language. 
  • SVEEP Portal is a web based application, accessible to the Chief Electoral Officers and all other stakeholders and serves as a window for easy accessibility of various initiatives of the Commission.

India to host BRICS Policy Planning Dialogue on July 26 in Bihar

  • India will host the BRICS Policy Planning Dialogue on 26th of this month at Patna in Bihar. 
  • The discussion will take forward the Policy Planning talks initiated under Russia’s Shairmanship last year in line with this year’s theme of Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions.

Hockey legend Shahid passes away

  • Noted Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid (56-year) passed away due to multiple organ failure. 
  • Md. Shahid was the part of the Indian hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. 
  • He was known for his dribbling skills and was considered one of India’s greatest hockey players.

IMF cuts UK growth forecasts for next year after Brexit vote

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised downward its global economic growth forecast for next year after the British people voted to leave the European Union. 
  • The world economy will expand by 3.4% in 2017, down 0.1 % point from their April report.

Malcom Turnbull sworn in as Australia’s PM

  • Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia’s prime minister for another term after a narrow election victory with budget repair and a public vote on same sex marriage among his top priorities. 
  • He is the 29th and current Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Liberal Party.

Steve Elworthy appointed as the Managing Director of 2019 World Cup

  • Former South Africa fast bowler Steve Elworthy (51-year) has been appointed as Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. 
  • ICC Cricket World Cup will be held in England and Wales in 2019. 
  • Mr. Elworthy will also have an oversight of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

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