Daily GK Update 7th July 2015 Current Affairs

1. India, Uzbekistan ink pacts to boost cooperation
i. India and Uzbekistan have inked pacts to boost cooperation between their foreign offices and in the field of culture and tourism.
ii. The agreements were signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan President had talks on key bilateral and regional issues.
iii. This visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of his first leg of strategic tour to 5 Central Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and Russia.

2. President inaugurated Nakshatra Vatika at Rashtrapati Nilayam Gardens

i. President Pranab Mukherjee on 6 July 2015 inaugurated Nakshatra Vatika at his official Rashtrapati Nilayam Gardens in Bolarum, Secunderabad. The vatika (garden) has plants representing planets, zodiac signs and stars.
ii. The layout of ‘Nakshatra Vatika’ has been developed in various geometrical combinations corresponding to the Sree Chakra of Vedic astrology on a 0.91 acre plot.

3. Mangaluru to host Konkani film festival

i. Mandd Sobhann, a Mangaluru-based organisation working on preserving and promoting the culture of the Konkani language, will organise a ‘Konkani Filmotsav’ in Mangaluru from July 10.
ii. In an attempt to clear the impression that not many movies are being produced in Konkani and to promote Konkani cinema, Mandd Sobhann and Tiatr Academy of Goa will conduct the Konkani Filmotsav from July 10 to 16. Seven Konkani movies will be screened during the week-long festival, he said.

4. Parag Sawant, 7/11 train blasts victim, dies after 9yrs in coma

i. Parag Sawant, who was injured in the 7/11 serial train blasts in Mumbai, died at PD Hinduja Hospital in Mahim after battling his injuries for nine years.
ii. Dr BK Misra, consultant neurosurgeon of the hospital, said 36-year-old Sawant, who was injured in the blast at Mira Road station, was brought to the hospital with severe head injuries.
iii. A total of 209 commuters were killed and another 700-plus injured in the most deadly attack on Mumbai's lifeline at Bhayander, Borivali, Jogeshwari, Khar Road, Bandra, Mahim and Matunga Road, while one unexploded bomb was found by police and defused at Borivali.
iv. Sawant, a resident of Bhayandar, is survived by his parents, wife and seven-year-old daughter. He was working as an assistant sales manager in a firm. His wife Priti has been given a job with the Indian Railways.

5. ISRO to launch five British satellites into orbit on July 10

i. In the heaviest ever commercial mission undertaken by ISRO and its commercial arm Antrix, the country’s workhorse the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will put in orbit five foreign satellites from the spaceport of Sriharikota on July 10
ii. With the overall lift-off mass of the five satellites amounting to about 1,440 kg, this mission becomes the heaviest commercial mission ever undertaken by Antrix/ISRO, the Indian space agency said.

6. 37 Bridges authored by Aamer Hussein
i. Book 37 Bridges and Other Stories authored by a noted Pakistani author Aamer Hussein book is a new collection of his stories. The book was released on 15 March 2015.
ii. The author through the book highlights the matter of identity with respect to both the Hindu and Muslim. Further, the book identifies itself with Hussein’s identity who is a British citizen born to a Pakistani father and an Indian mother both of whom later settled in Britain.


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