09.07.17 RAS current affairs




  • Despite SC ban, sterilization camps to be held in Rajasthan


  • A mega sterilization camp is being advertised to be held at Hanumangarh on World Population Day, July 11. Activists fear that such camps are being planned in other parts of the state too, although the poster that this reporter found was of Hanumangarh alone, with a schedule for sterilization camps in four different government facilities.


  • In September last year, the Supreme Court banned sterilization camps and asked the Centre to ensure better access to primary healthcare.


  • The posters advertising the mega sterilization camp in Hanumangarh too come with cash incentives – Rs1,400 to each woman, as “encouragement” and Rs2,000 to each man. Even those who refer people for such operations can expect a reward. There is something called a “prerak” reward for a person encouraging a young person who has “finished his family” to undergo the surgery – Rs200 for bringing a woman and Rs300 for bringing a man to undergo the procedure.



  • The schedule advertised on the poster says the camp on July 11 will be held at the Rawatsar community health centre. Similar operations will be conducted in different government facilities in the district on 10, 21 and 23 July.
  • Van Mahotsav on July 10 in Rajasthan
  • This year’s Van Mahotsav programme will be held on July 10 with full enthusiasm across the state, district, Block and Gram Panchayat level with a focus on water conservation.

  • Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan (MJSA-2) is being implemented in 4200 villages, to enhance water security and livelihoods resilience, in the water-scarce state. Under MJSA-2, besides creation of over one lakh water conservation structures, 60 lakh plants are to be planted to increase the green cover.


  • State-level Van Mahotsav would be held at Beed Govindpura in Jaipur district on July 10 at 10-30 am, where Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje would be the Chief Guest. Minister for Forest and Environment Gajendra Singh Khimsar, several senior officials and employees from Forest, Environment, Police and Civil administration would be present on the occasion.


  • 2017 G20 Hamburg summit.

  • The 2017 G20 Hamburg summitwas the twelfth meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20), which was held on 7–8 July 2017, at Hamburg Messe, in the city of Hamburg, Germany




  • To support free trade and open markets


  • Countries can use “legitimate trade defense instruments” to protect their companies if trade partners are taking advantage of them.


  • To fight terrorism by, among other things, pushing internet providers to detect and remove extremist content.


  • To make a renewed push to reduce excess steel production capacity — primarily in China.




  • To unanimously support the Paris agreement on climate change
  • To pursue United Nationssanctions such as asset freezes and travel bans against criminals smuggling people from Africa and the Middle Eastto Europe.


·       SBI in Nepal launches digital village initiative.


  • The State Bank of India has launched a digital village initiative in Nepal by installing a cash recycling centre.
  • The digital village initiative has been launched in Jarisingpouwa in Shankarapur Rural Municipality, 25 km east from Kathmandu.
  • The bank has also distributed 430 debit cards to the people of the locality, which is considered remote area due to the hill side location though it is not very far from Kathmandu city.
  • Solar street lights were also installed in the area. The SBI in Nepal also celebrated its 25 years of establishment on July 7




  • Sikkim row: China issues safety advisory for its citizens in India
  • China has issued a safety advisory for its citizens staying in or travelling to India, in the backdrop of the ongoing standoff between the troops of the countries near the Sikkim sector.

  • The advisory has asked Chinese citizens to pay attention to the security situation in India as well as to personal security.


  • Border troops from China and India have been locked in the standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road.


·              Govt to introduce new product pricing rules that bar sales over MRP.


  • From January 1, 2018, the price of a packaged goods would no longer depend on where you bought it – be it a local kirana store, a mall, a five-star hotel or an airport. The Consumer Affairs ministry has amended the rules that govern packaged commodities to this effect.
  • As per the amended Legal Metrology rules for packaged commodities that will come into effect from the next calendar year, the Centre has clarified that the retail sale price shall be the maximum retail price (MRP) inclusive of all taxes, with the provision to round off the price to the nearest rupee or 50 paise.


  • The new norms also require sellers to enhance the size of letters and numerals for making declarations about the packaged goods, such as their “Best before date, month and year” to indicate their shelf life, for making it easier for consumers.


  • Interestingly, for e-commerce marketplaces, declaring the month and year in which a commodity is manufactured or packed is not mandatory and if they fulfill certain conditions, they will not be held liable for whether the declarations were correct or incorrect. er for consumers to read vital information.



·       India emerging as front-runner in fight against climate change: World Bank.


  • India is emerging as a front runner in the global fight against climate change, the World Bank has said, noting that the solar power is gradually displacing coal as an energy source in the Country.


  • With nearly 300 days of sunshine every year, India has among the best conditions in the world to capture and use solar energy.


  • Indian government is setting ambitious targets that include 160 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar by 2022, the World Bank said that not only will this help hundreds of million people light their homes it will also enable children to study at night, provide families with refrigerators to preserve their food or TVs to entertain themselves.


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