Current Affairs : 27 July 2016

Kargil Vijay Diwas : 26th July'

  • Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed on 26th July every year in honour of the Kargil War’s Heroes.
  • Today, Defence minister Manohar Parikar and three service chief paid homage to Kargil martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate in New Delhi.
  • On this day in 1999 that the Indian Armed Forces, as part of Operation Vijay, recaptured Indian posts in Kargil which had been occupied by Pakistan’s army.

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Budha Rashmi Mani appointed as DG of National Museum

  • Noted archaeologist Dr. Budha Rashmi Mani has been appointed as Director General (DG) of National Museum.
  • He has been appointed by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Mani will have tenure of three years or till attainment of age seventy.

First Water Metro of India launched in Kochi

  • Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan has launched Kochi water Metro project in Kochi, Kerala.
  • It is first ever Water Metro project in the country. It will be operational in two years.
  • The aim of the water Metro project is to provide water connectivity to people who are living between islands in the Kochi agglomeration area and the city.
  • It will be built at an estimated cost of 747 crores Rupees funded by German Development Bank (Kfw).

IRCTC offers Rs 10 lakh insurance cover for passengers

  • Booking tickets of Indian railway through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website can avail a travel accident cover of 10 lakh rupees at a premium of one rupee from September 2016.
  • According to the IRCTC Chairman-cum-Managing Director AK Manocha the insurance cover is besides the compensation given by the Railways in case of accidents to valid ticket holders.

Sangita Kalanidhi’ award for ace violinist Kanyakumari

  • An outstanding violinist Avasarala Kanyakumari will get the prestigious 2016 Sangita Kalanidhi Award. 
  • The executive committee of the Academy has unanimously chosen her for its coveted award.

Flipkart’s Myntra acquires Jabong $70 million

  • Indian e-commerce company Flipkart Ltd has acquired Jabong through its unit Myntra in a cut-price deal that values the online fashion store at $70 million. 
  • Jabong is an Indian fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal founded by Praveen Sinha,Lakshmi Potluri,Arun Chandra Mohan. 
  • Jabong portal sells apparel, footwear, fashion accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home accessories and other fashion and lifestyle products.

Ravichandran Ashwin becomes No 1 Test bowler

  • Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become the number one Test bowler again, after taking 7 wickets in the 1st Test against West Indies. 
  • He has returned to the top of the charts by replacing Pakistani leg spinner Yasir Shah. 
  • He moved one spot to achieve 876 rating points while Yasir slipped 4 positions.

Oldest elephant in Kerala set to enter Guinness World Records

  • Dakshayani, 86, is all set to enter the Guinness World Records as the oldest living elephant. 
  • The Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) - the owner of the elephant - has already written to the Guinness authorities staking claim to Dakshayani being the oldest living elephant in the world.

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