Current Affairs India - 18 July 2016

1. The Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of the Lodha Committee on reforms in BCCI including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 years of age from becoming its members. At the same time, the apex court left it to the Parliament to decide whether it should come under RTI and if betting on the game should be legalized.


2. Pema Khandu of the Congress took oath as the 10th chief minister of Arunachal on Sunday at the age of 37, becoming the youngest serving CM of the country. After taking oath, he also announced the formation of `Team Arunachal' to carry forward development works in the state.


3. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered immediate banning of diesel vehicles more than 10 years old in Delhi in order to deal with pollution in the national capital. The green panel has directed the Regional Transport Office, Delhi to cancel the registration of all diesel vehicles that are older than 10 years.


4. UNESCO has declared Nalanda Mahavihara as 33rd World Heritage Site in India. The ruins have large number of remains of stupas, shrines and viharas and important art works in stucco, stone and metal.


5. The Reserve Bank of India has set up a committee, headed by Executive Director of the RBI Sudharshan Sen, to study some issues related to financial technology and digital banking. The committee is expected to review and restructure the regulatory framework, based on the dynamics fast-developing Fintech.


6. Dipika Pallikal Karthik defeated defending champion Joshna Chinappa to regain the women's title in the 73rd Senior National Squash Championship in Mumbai while Saurav Ghosal created history by winning it for the 11th time in men-s category.


7. Indian boxing start who turned professional boxer recently, Vijender Singh, won the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title at the Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi after defeating former WBC European champion Kerry Hope. He took all 10 rounds to dismantle the 34-year-old Australian Hope and record his seventh straight win in the circuit.