Who is the new Chief Election Commissioner of India ? Achal Kumar Joti
Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti was on July 4, 2017 elevated as the new Chief Election Commissioner of India, succeeding Nasim Zaidi on this post. Mr. Joti, a 1975-batch IAS officer will be the 21st CEC. He will remain CEC till January 17, 2018. He had joined the three-member poll panel as an election commissioner on May 8, 2015. He had served as the chief secretary of Gujarat and had been on various important administrative posts. A CEC or an EC can have a tenure of six years or hold office till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
Who has been elected 14th President of India ? Ram Nath Kovind
Ram Nath Kovind was on July 20, 2017 elected the 14th President of India, beating opposition joint candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar with an overwhelming majority of votes in his support. Mr. Kovind, the ruling NDA coalition’s candidate, secured 65·65 per cent of the total votes polled against Meira Kumar’s 34 per cent votes. Kovind received support outside the NDA coalition also. Prior to be declared the NDA choice for the President of India, he was the Governor of Bihar. Mr. Kovind, the second Dalit President of India after late President K.R. Narayanan, received 2930 votes with a value of 702044. Mr. Kovind was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar at a ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament on July 25, 2017.
Which is India’s first state to make a law against social boycott ? Maharashtra
Maharashtra became India’s first state to bring a law making social boycott a crime as the President of India gave his nod to The Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016. The Maharashtra Legislature passed the bill unanimously in 2016. The President gave his nod to the bill on June 20, 2017 to make it a law. The new law against social boycott proposes legal action against extra-judicial bodies like caste and community panchayats and prescribes a maximum punishment of three-year jail term.
What is India’s rank on the 2017 Sustainable Development Goals Index ? 116th
India has been ranked 116th position on the Global Sustainable Goals Index for 2017, released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. India secured 116th spot out of 157 nations on the index with a score of 58·1. The index assesses the performance of countries towards achieving the ambitious sustainable development goals.
Which City was declared India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City ? Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, the walled city in Gujarat founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the 15th century beat Delhi and Mumbai to become India’s first World Heritage City as the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO made the announcement on July 8, 2017 in Krakwo, Poland. There are 2,600 heritage sites and over two dozen ASI protected monuments and sites in the 5·5 km walled city area. After this UNESCO status, Ahmedabad has joined the club of UNESCO heritage cities like Paris, Cairo, Edinburg, Bhaktpur (Nepal) and Galle (Sri Lanka).
Which country topped the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) ? Singapore
Singapore emerged on top of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) for 2017 released by the UN tele-communications agency—The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in July 2017. Singapore topped the Index based on 165 nations with a score of 0·925. The United States of America and Malaysia secured second and third places respectively on the Index which measures the commitment of nations across the world to cyber security. India has been ranked 23rd on the Index with a score of 0·683. India has been placed in the ‘maturing category’ nations on the list on cybersecurity issue. It is the second edition of GCI.
Which country test-fired a short-range ballistic missile named ‘NASR’ ? Pakistan
Pakistan on July 5, 2017 test-fired a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile named ‘NASR’. Pakistan introduced the NASR missile for test with enhanced strike range from 60 km to 70 km.
Where was the G-20 Summit-2017 organized ? Frank-Walter Steinmeier
The Group-20 Summit, popularly known as G-20 was organized on July 7 and 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. ‘Shaping on Interconnected world’ was the theme of this year G-20 Summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Indian delegation at the summit. More than 20 heads of state or Government and representatives of international organizations met in Hamburg and shared their views on numerous international issues like climate change and Paris Pact, terrorism, open trade policies and unfair trade practices. It was the 12th edition of G-20 Summit
Which country created a ‘Super Ministry’ to combat terrorism ? Australia
Australia on July 18, 2017 created a ‘Super Ministry’ combining its security and law enforcement agencies including the domestic spy agency, Federal Police, border force etc. with an objective of taming the threat of terrorism more effectively. The Super Ministry will be headed by current immigration minister Peter Dutton. The portfolio will be modelled on the UK Home office.