Current Affairs : 30 July 2016

Published on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal gets 2-year extension

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the re-appointment of A K Mittal as Chairman Railway Board (with effect from August 1, 2016) for a period of two years. 
  • Mittal is a 1976-batch officer of Indian Railway Stores Service.

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The European Union appoints chief Brexit Negotiator

  • The European Commission appoints has appointed Michel Barnier, as its Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc. He will take up his post on October 1. 
  • Barnier is former French Financial Services Commissioner. 
  • Earlier, he has served as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in French government. 
  • He had the reforms in the banking union, financial sector and digital single market in the EU.

International Tiger Day being observed today

  • International Tiger Day (29th July) is being celebrated world wide to raise awareness for tiger conservation and to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers. 
  • International Tiger Day was created in 2010 at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit with the aim to double the Tiger population by 2022.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton accepts US presidential nomination

  • Hillary Clinton ( 68-year) accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president with a message stressing the need to unite in order to confront the nation’s challenges. 
  • Clinton is the first woman ever nominated for president by a major US political party.

3rd India Education fair begins in Dhaka

  • 3rd India Education Fair has begun in Dhaka . 
  • Over 35 premier Indian educational institutions including schools, colleges, and technical institutes under one roof to provide educational opportunities to Bangladeshi youth. 
  • The event has been Inaugurated by Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Sringla.

Four new writers get Jananpith ‘Navlekhan’ award

  • Four new writers have got the Bharatiya Jnanpith’s 11th Navlekhan award for the year 2015 . 
  • Amlendu Tiwari (Parityakt), Balram Kawant (Sara Morila), Om Naagar (Nib Ke Chire Se) and Tasneem Khan (Yeh Mere Rahnuma). 
  • All awardees were chosen by a selection panel headed by senior writer and journalist Madhusudan Anand, comprising eminent literary figures Vishnu Nagar, Govind Prasad and Om Nischal.

West Bengal tourism department launches app

  • An android mobile app has been launched by West Bangal Tourism Department,aiming to attract the travelers across the world. 
  • This app is based on the theme of “Experience Bengal“. It would be loaded with facilities like maps and directions.

Russian Olympic team heads to Brazil for Rio Olympics

  • The Russian Olympic team has gathered at an airport in Moscow’s Sheremetevo airport to fly to Brazil for the Rio Olympics. 
  • A total of 106 Russian athletes from 7 sports had been excluded from the national team for the Rio Olympic Games over the doping scandal.

Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from international football

  • Germany football captain Bastian Schweinsteiger (31-year) has retired from the international football. 
  • He plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester United and the German national team. 
  • He was an instrumental player for Germany when they won the World Cup in 2014, scored 24 goals and earned 120 caps for his nation.

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