JULY 20, 2017 COMPLETE REFERENCE TO CURRENT AFFAIRS

  1. 10 year old Zion Harvey, the first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant, is now able to write, feed and dress himself. He underwent surgery to replace both hands in July 2015.
  2. According to U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record, only behind 2016.
  3. Rating agency Crisil said that banks may have to take a haircut of 60%, worth Rs. 2.4 lakh crore, to settle 50 large stressed assets with debt of Rs. 4 lakh crore which account for half of the Rs. 8 lakh crore NPA in the banking system as on 31.03.2017. The agency also estimated that banks have provisioned for about 40% of this exposure.
  4. BharatNet project deadline had been pushed to March 2019, actual deadline is March 2017.
    BharatNet project seeks to bring high speed broadband to all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats (GPs) through optical fibre. Centre had been able to lay optical fibre in nearly one lakh GPs, however only about 22000 GPs have been provided Internet connectivity.  Total estimated expenditure of Rs. 42,068 crore for the implementation of the project bank-rolled from the Universal service obligation Fund.
  5. Health Ministry and NITI Aayog have developed a framework to let private hospitals run select services within district hospitals, on a 30 year lease. The government will be allowing a single private partner or consortium of private partners to bid for space in district level hospitals. Under this Public Private Partnership (PPP), care for only three non-communicable diseases- Cardiac pulmonary and cancer disease care will be provided.
  6. T.R. Zeliang was sworn as the Chief Minister of Nagaland in the place of Shurhozelieetsu, who was sacked by Governor P.B. Acharya.

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