Daily GK Update & Current Affairs: 14th July 2018
1. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launches Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018
- Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) has launched Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 (SSG 2018) in New Delhi, a rural cleanliness survey to rank all states and districts on basis of qualitative and quantitative evaluation.
- The objective of SSG 2018 is to undertake ranking of states and districts on basis of their performance attained on key quantitative and qualitative Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen (SBM-G) parameters.
- The rankings will be based on taking into account set of comprehensive cleanliness parameters.
2. Scientists perform world’s first 3D, colour X-ray on human body
- Scientists from New Zealand have performed world’s 1st-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on human. It has potential to improve the field of medical diagnostics.
- The new device is based on the traditional black-and white X-ray but incorporates particle-tracking technology called Medipix developed by European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
- The technology is being commercialised by New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging, linked to the universities of Canterbury and Otago which helped develop it.
3. Government launches Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puruskar Pao Contest on Water Conservation
- Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has launched fortnightly video contest “Jal Bachao, Video Banao, Puruskar Pao”.
- The contest aims to engage with people of the country on the important issues of water conservation and water management.
- For running this contest, Ministry has joined hands with MyGov portal (www.mygov.in). The contest will last till 4th November 2018 and three winners will be chosen every fortnight.
- In this contest, participants can make and upload videos by capturing efforts, significant contributions, best practices in the field of water conservation, water resource development and management and optimum water utilization in different parts of the country.
4. Ministry of Mines Organized 4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals
- The Ministry of Mines organized the 4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan was the chief guest of the conclave.
- For the first time, the conclave had an exhibition in which States put up stalls to showcase their more than 100 mineral blocks which have been prepared to be put up on auctions during 2018-19.
5. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Launches ‘Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018’
- The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launches the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018 (SSG 2018) in the Delhi.
- An independent survey agency will conduct the survey in all districts and the results will be announced in the form of a ranking of all districts and states on the basis of quantitative and qualitative sanitation parameters.
- The objective of SSG 2018 is to undertake a ranking of states and districts on the basis of their performance attained on key quantitative and qualitative SBM-G parameters.
6. ASI Lifts Ban On Photography At Protected Monuments
- The Archaeological Survey of India decided to allow photography within the premises of all centrally protected monuments/sites.
- However, the 3 monuments/sites in which the photography would not be permitted are Ajanta Caves and Leh Palace having paintings, and Mausoleum of Taj Mahal, Agra.
7. Odisha Government Constitutes Heritage Cabinet
- The Odisha Government constituted Heritage Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to preserve the history and culture of Odisha. Its aim is to spread and preserve history and culture of Odisha and enrich Odia language further.
- The Cabinet comprises eight members, including the Chief Minister. The other members are Ministers of Finance, Odia Language, Literature and Culture and Tourism, Handlooms, Textiles and Handicrafts, SC/ST Development, Higher Education, School and Mass Education and Electronics and Information.
8. Integrated Indian Visa Application Centre Inaugurated In Bangladesh
- A new integrated state-of-the-art integrated Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) was jointly inaugurated by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan at Dhaka’s Jamuna Future Park.
- Rajnath Singh is presently in Bangladesh on a three-day visit. He also inaugurated the Bangladesh-India Friendship building in Bangladesh Police Academy in Sardah.
9. Sushma Swaraj Embarks 2-Day Visit To Manama
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj embarked on a two-day visit to Manama, to co-chair the second High Joint Commission meeting with her Bahraini counterpart.
- During the visit, Mrs Swaraj will inaugurate the new Chancery building complex and address the Indian community. She will also hold meetings with the political leadership.
10. Century’s longest total lunar eclipse of 1 hour 43 minutes to occur on July 27-28
- Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has announced that Century’s (2001 AD to 2100 AD)longest total lunar eclipse of 1 hour 43 minutes will occur on July 27-28, 2018.
The entire eclipse will be visible from all parts of India.
- The partial eclipse of Moon will begin on July 27, 2018. Later, Moon will be gradually covered by Earth’s shadow and totality phase will begin on July 28 and the total eclipse will last up to 2h 43m.
11. Mohammad Kaif Announces Retirement From Competitive Cricket
- Mohammad Kaif announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket. The 37-year-old Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India and will always be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 at the Lord’s during the epic NatWest Trophy final in 2002.
- Kaif was the captain of Under 19 cricket team that won the U-19 World Cup in 2000 against Sri Lanka.