Current Affairs for SSC/MTS Exams

We’ve decided to provide “CURRENT AFFAIRS” of last ten months (From June onward). These notes will help you in GS/GK section a lot. We wish you all the very best for your upcoming exam.

President inaugurated ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival in Assam

i. The biggest river festival of India, Namami Brahmaputra, held in 21 districts of Assam.

ii. President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the festival on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, which is considered country’s only male river.
iii. The main purpose of the 5-day festival (31st March to 4th April) was to give a boost to the investment and tourism prospect in the state.

Mental Healthcare Bill passed in Parliament

i. Parliament passed the Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which provides healthcare and services to the people with mental illness and also decriminalizes suicide.

ii. The bill was passed by Rajya Sabha in August 2016. The Mental Healthcare Bill secured approval in Lok Sabha too, recently. On the clauses decriminalizing suicide, the bill states that a person who attempts suicide should be presumed to have severe stress, and shall not be punished.
iii. Under the Mental Healthcare Bill, the punishment for flouting of provisions will attract up to six months in prison or Rs 10,000 fine or both.

El Salvador becomes first country in the world to ban metals mining

i. El Salvador, Central America’s smallest nation, has become the first country in the world to ban metals mining nationwide.
ii. The new law, supported by 70 lawmakers, bans all exploration, extraction, and processing of metals both in open pits and mines.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks Sunita Williams’ spacewalking record

i. American astronaut Peggy Whitson made history when she floated outside the International Space Station (ISS).
ii. She broke the record for the most spacewalks by a woman. Whitson at the age of 57, is making her eighth career spacewalk, surpassing the record of seven previously held by American Sunita Williams.

iii. Ms. Whitson earned a doctorate in biochemistry and served as the first female space station commander in 2008.

Sachin Tendulkar launches own mobile app

i. Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched his Android and iOS app called ‘100MB’. The app has been developed by Pune-based technology firm JetSynthesys.
ii. The app allows users access to their personal social media account within the app and access to exclusive information and interaction with Tendulkar.

➧Points to remember-

The 5-day long Festival ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ begins in Assam
Inaugurated by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee
Prime Minister of Bhutan is Mr. Tshering Tobgay
Brahmaputra River is country’s only male river
Judiciary capital of Madhya Pradesh is Jabalpur
BRICS countries are members of New Development Bank (NDB)
Parliament passed the Mental Healthcare Bill 2016
Judiciary capital of Madhya Pradesh is Jabalpur
New Development Bank (NDB) is headquartered in Shanghai, China
BRICS countries are members of NDB.
El Salvador has become the first country in the world to ban metals mining
El Salvador is Central America’s smallest nation
Capital and largest city of El Salvador is San Salvador
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks Sunita Williams’ spacewalking record
She is making her eighth career spacewalk
She was the first female space station commander in 2008

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