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Dear Readers, We are providing important currents affairs for IB Exam which will be scheduled to be held on 15th October 2017. Intelligence Bureau (Ministry of Home Affairs) has released the Admit card of ACIO exam 2017. Study all these current affairs and be better prepared for the IB ACIO Exam 2017. 

Current Affairs for IB Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO) Grade-II 2017:

JIGYASA – Student-Scientist Connect Programme Launched 
i. Jigyasa, a student- scientist connect program was officially launched in New Delhi. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to implement this program.

ii. Union Minister for Science & Technology is Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

First Edition of WINGS 2017 – “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”- Expanding Regional Connectivity Hosted in New Delhi 
i. The First edition of WINGS 2017 – “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”– Expanding Regional Connectivity was hosted in New Delhi by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The Plenary session was chaired by the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
India tops medal tally for first time in Asian Athletics Championships history
i. India has topped the medal tally for the first time in the history of Asian Athletics Championships. In a stunning show of dominance on the fourth and final day of competitions in Bhubaneshwar, India clinched five gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze.
ii. India pushed China to the second spot (20 Medals). China ended this edition with a tally of 8 gold, 7 silver, 5 bronze. Kazakhstan finished third (8 Medals) with 4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze while Iran ended on fourth with 4 gold and 1 bronze.

  • OLLY was the Mascot of the Championship.

President launches 3 digital initiatives over e-education
i. President Pranab Mukherjee has launched 3 digital initiatives in New Delhi to push e-education in the country.  The aim of the initiatives is to raise the Gross Enrollment Ratio in the higher education from 24.5 to 30 by 2020.

  1. SwayamMassive Open Online Courses, Swayam will host courses taught in classrooms from Class 9th to post-graduation, which can be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time.
  2. Swayam PrabhaSwayam Prabha is the platform of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting high-quality educational programmes 24X7 using GSAT-15 satellite.
  3. National Academic DepositoryNational Academic Depository will facilitate online verification of certificates. All the courses are interactive and available free of cost.

UNESCO declares Ahmedabad as world heritage city

i. Ahmedabad city has been declared as a World Heritage City at the 41st session of UNESCO’s world heritage committee being held at Krakow in Poland. Nomination of Ahmedabad was supported by close to 20 countries, including Turkey, Lebanon, Tunisia, Portugal, Peru and Kazakhstan.
ii. Out of total 287 world heritage cities across the globe, there were only two cities in the Indian subcontinent-

  1. Bhaktpur in Nepal 
  2. Galle in Sri Lanka
Important :-
  • Ahmedabad is the city in the state of Gujarat. The Sabarmati River runs through its center.
  • Vijay Rupani is the Chief Minister of Gujarat. 
  • UNESCO Headquarters based in Paris, France.
  • Irina Bokova Director-general of the UNESCO.
  • UNESCO stands for- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

World Population Day: 11 July
i. World Population Day is being observed globally on 11th July.
ii. The theme of this year is ‘Family Planning- Empowering People, Developing Nations’.
  • Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of United Nations.

Gujarat to get India’s first high-speed rail training centre
i. The country is set to get its first high-speed rail training center at Gandhinagar. The center will provide for advanced training modules on cutting edge technologies.
ii. While India’s first bullet train is proposed to hit the track in 2023, the training center is supposed to start operating by 2020.
  • Achal Khare is managing director of National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC). 

Indian scientists discover supercluster of galaxies ‘Saraswati’

i. For the first time in the country, a team of Indian scientists has claimed to have discovered an “extremely large supercluster of galaxies”, Saraswati, in the universe.
ii. The supercluster was discovered by Shishir Sankhyayan, a PhD student at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, Pratik Dabhade, IUCAA research fellow, Joe Jacob of the Newman College, Kerala, and Prakash Sarkar of the National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur.
Important Takeaways from Above News-

  • The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System.
President awards IIMB

i. President Pranab Mukherjee has awarded IIM Bangalore (IIMB) for making management education accessible to all through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
ii. IIMB is the national coordinator for management education on the government’s Swayam platform and has completed five MOOCs on the platform so far.

Railways launches India’s first solar-powered DEMU train

i. Indian Railways launched its first 1,600 HP solar powered Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) train with a unique facility of Battery Bank from Safdarjung station, New Delhi.
ii. A solar power DEMU train with six trailer coaches will save about 21,000 Litres of Diesel and thereby bring cost saving of Rs.12 Lac every year. 

K K Venugopal: new Attorney General

i. Senior advocate K K Venugopal’s name has been cleared for appointment as the Attorney General for India following the decision of Mukul Rohatgi to step down as the top law officer.
IIFA Awards 2017: List Of Winners

i. The 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards was held in New York. Sonam Kapoor’s film Neerja won the best film award. Actor Shahid Kapoor earned the Best Actor award for his role in Udta Punjab, while Alia Bhatt won the Best Actor (Female) award for the same film.
ii. Here’s the complete list of the IIFA 2017 winners:
  • Best Film- Neerja
  • Best Director- AnirudhRoy Chaudhary for Pink
  • Best Actor (Male)- Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab
  • Best Actor (Female)- Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab
  • Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female)- Shabana Azmi for Neerja
  • Best Actor in Supporting Role (Male)- Anupam Kher for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
  • Best Debutant (Female): Disha Patani for M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
  • Best Debut (Male)- Diljit Dosanjh for Udta Punjab
  • Best Lyricist- Amitabh Bhattacharya for the song Channa Mere Ya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • Best Playback Singer (Male)- Amit Mishra for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • Best Playback Singer (Female)- Kanika Kapoor for Udta Punjab and Tulsi Kumar for Airlift
  • Best Music Direction- Pritam for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
  • Best Actor In Comic Role- Varun Dhawan for Dishoom
  • Myntra Style Icon Award- Alia Bhatt
  • IIFA Woman Of The Year- Tapsee Pannu

Matunga becomes India’s first railway station run by women

i. Central Railway has taken a step towards women empowerment by appointing an all-female work staff at the suburban Matunga station. Matunga station has now become the first such ladies special station.
ii. According to the official, women have been manning this station, which falls on the Central Railway, since the past two weeks. A total of 30 women staffers, including 11 booking clerks, five RPF personnel, seven ticket checkers are working under the supervision of station manager Mamta Kulkarni since last two weeks.
Nelson Mandela International Day: 18th July

i. Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday.

ii. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all. 
  • The Mandela Day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009.
  • The first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. 
  • Nelson Mandela was the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

The Wimbledon 2017- Complete list of Winners

i. 131st edition of the Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament took place at  All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, the United Kingdom from 3rd – 16th July 2017. 
ii. It was played on grass courts, organised by the All England Lawn Tennis Club and the International Tennis Federation and is part of the ATP World Tour, the WTA Tour, the ITF Junior Tour and the NEC Tour. Here is the complete list of all the winners in different categories of Wimbledon 2017.
Men’s Singles
Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Marin Cilic (Croatia)
Women’s Singles
Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
Venus Williams (US)
Men’s Doubles
Lukasz Kubot (Poland) & Marcelo Melo (Brazil)
Oliver Marach (Austria) & Mate Pavic (Croatia)
Women’s Doubles
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) & Elena Vesnina (Russia)
Monica Niculescu (Romania) & Chan Hao-ching (Chinese)
Mixed Doubles
Jamie Murray (UK) & Martina Hingis (Switzerland)
Heather Watson (UK) & Henri Kontinen (Finland)

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