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CURRENT AFFAIRS: JULY 15, 2018 By TINA MALHOTRA
MONOPOLY CASE 1.GOOGLE Google will be hit with a record European Union (EU) fine for using its Android smartphone system to fortify its search empire 2. INVESTIGATION The European Commission's competition chief Margrethe Vestager has been investigating Google for three years over complaints the company illegallyforces smartphone manufacturers to install its apps. 3. FINE AMOUNT The commission has the power to fine Google up to 10 per cent of its parent company Alphabet's annual turnover, or 9.5 bn euro (8.4 bn pound)
INDIA PAK 1. MILITARY DRILL BYSCO Militaries of India and Pakistan will be partof a mega anti-terror drill in Russia next month which is being organised by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) with an aim to expand cooperation among the member countries to deal with terrorism and extremism. 2. PEACE MISSION military officials of the SCO countries are likelyto deliberate on ways to enhance cooperation to stop spread of terrorist ideologies 3. ABOUT SCO the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001-Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Charter, formally establishing the organisation, was signed in June 2002 and entered into force on 19 September 2003
EMBARGO ON SOUTH SUDAN 1. UNSC The U.N. Security Council narrowly approved a U.S.-drafted resolution imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan imposes a travel ban and asset freeze on South Sudan's deputy defense chief for logistics, Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, and former chief of the Sudan People's Liberation Army, Paul Malong Awan. - VOTES: The resolution received the minimum nine yes" votes. The six other council members abstained- Russia, China, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Bolivia 2. SITUATION IN SOUTH SUDAN independence from neighboring Sudan in 2011-peace deal signed in August 2015
REVISED TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT 1. INDIA BANGLADESH India on July 15 signed a revised travel agreement with Bangladesh to ease visa restrictions for citizens from the neighbouring country. The agreement was signed between the two countries in Dhaka in presence of visiting Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan 2. NEW RTA Underthe Revised Travel Arrangement (RTA)-2018, freedom fighters and elderly Bangladeshi nationals will getfive year multiple visa from India 6th Home Minister-Level Talks between India and Bangladesh.
HIMENDER BHARTI " 1. SPECIES new ant species, discovered from the southern foothills of Pir Panjal Himalayas in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, was sent to him for peer-review before publication. 2. LEPTOGENYS BHARTII This species is named in honour of Dr. Bharti for his outstanding contribution to the Indian ants Dr. Himender Bharti from the Ant Systematics and Molecular Biology Lab in the Department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala Dr. Shahid Ali Akbar from the Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar -
WCO 1. INDIA AS CHAIR India has become the Vice-Chair (Regional Head) of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July, 2018 to June, 2020. The WCO has divided its Membership into six Regions. SIX REGIONS: Each of the six Regions is represented by a regionally elected Vice-Chairperson to the WCO Council 2, INAUGURAL EVENT To mark the assumption of Vice Chair, an event is being organised on Monday, 16th July, 2018 in New Delhi by Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) "Customs - Fostering Trade Facilitation.