Current Affairs India - 23-24 July 2016

1. India has been ranked at 110th position in the list of 149 nations in terms of Sustainable Development index formed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. The index is topped by the Sweden followed by Denmark and Norway.

2. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a pilot project of e-complaint system on an experimental basis in Pune post which the system will be launched across the state within 8 months.With this new system in place, Citizens can now register a police complaint online at any city police station from anywhere.

3. The Central Government has formed a committee, headed by the retired Justice Giridhar Malviya, to prepare Draft Bill on Ganga to deal with all the issues related to the River. The committee will submit its report within three months.

4. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has reformed the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) for Land Acquisition Bill and appointed Ganesh Singh as the Chairperson of the Joint Committee of Parliament to examine the Land Acquisition Bill. He replaced S S Ahluwalia, who became Minister of the State for Parliamentary Affairs in reshuffle of the council of ministers on 5 July 2016. 

5. Kerala Tourism has secured two Gold Awards at the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) awards for its trendsetting marketing initiatives. The two gold medals for 'Marketing Media' are in the categories of 'Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media' and 'E-Newsletter', which were won by the successful 'Visit Kerala' television commercial campaign and the popular Kerala Tourism E-Newsletter respectively.

6. The Central Government has appointed Ajay Bhushan Pandey as the Chief Executive Officer of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) with effective from this month. His role will be to deal with the legal cases involving privacy and parliamentary issues that Aadhaar has been embroiled in.

7. Famous Journalist and Doordarshan News Correspondent in Hyderabad, Sanjiv Thomas passed away. He was 59. He joined Doordarshan Hyderabad Kendra as a Research Officer in 1985 and served the Public Broadcaster as a News Correspondent since 1986.

8. Modern Indian artist S H Raza has passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 94. He is an internationally acclaimed painter and was awarded with the Padma Shri by the Indian government. He was elected as a fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1983.

9. India test team captain Virat Kohli has become the first Indian captain to score a double century outside India after he scored 200 runs during first test against West Indies.

10. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the IAAF Under-20 World Athletics Championship at Bydgoszcz in Poland and also created history this week by becoming first Indian Junior athlete to create a World Record. He created a new U-20 world record by throwing the javelin a distance of 86.48 m and broke the old mark of 84.69 metres held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais.