Daily GK Update 16 July 2021, Daily Current Affairs 2021
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National (Current Affairs)
‘Bonalu’ festivities to begin in Telangana
- ‘Bonalu’ is a traditional folk festival celebrated every year in the Telugu month of Ashadham (falling in June/July), in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, and some other parts of Telangana state.
- The Bonalu festival was declared a ‘state festival’ by the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led government after the state’s formation back in 2014.
- The Bonalu festival involves scores of devotees offering the traditional ‘bonam’ (derived from Bhojanam, meaning meals) to the goddess Mahankali at 25 temples across the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Festivals of Telangana
- Sammakka Saarakka Jaathara
- Peerla Panduga
- Sri Kurumurthy Swamy Jathara
- Nagoba Jaatara.
Cabinet approves increase in DA and Dearness Relief from 17% to 28%
- The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an increase in the Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners to 28 per cent.
- This hike represents an increase of 11 per cent over the existing rate of 17 per cent of the basic pay/pension. The increased DA and DR rates will be effective from July 1, 2021.
Manduadih railway station renamed as Banaras
- The Manduadih railway station has been finally renamed as Banaras by the Northeastern railways (NER).
- The NER replaced the old signboard with the new one which read ‘Banaras’ after the Railway Board gave its nod for the new name. The process to change the station’s name started in 2019 when the former railway minister and the present governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Singh, put forth the request.
Note: List of Some Important Renamed Place
- Bhopal Metro Rail-Raja Bhoj
- Deoghar Airport (Jharkhand)-Atal Bihari Vajpayee Airport
- Agartala Airport– Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport
- Gwalior-Chambal Expressway -Atal Bihari Vajpayee Chambal Progressway
- Manduadih Station: ‘Banaras’ Station
- Hubli Railway Station: Siddharoodha Swamiji Railway Station
- Naugarh Railway Station: Siddharthnagar railway station
International (Current Affairs)
UAE becomes 1st Gulf nation to open embassy in Israel
- The United Arab Emirates on 17th July became the first Gulf nation to open an embassy in Israel, nearly a year after both countries signed an agreement to normalise diplomatic ties.
- The new mission is located in Tel Aviv Stock Exchange building. The ceremony was attended by new Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
Note: About UAE
- Capital: Abu Dhabi;
- Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham;
- President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan;
ISRO successfully conducts 3rd test on Vikas Engine for Gaganyaan Program
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully conducted the third long-duration hot test of the liquid propellant Vikas Engine for the core L110 liquid stage of the human-rated GSLV Mk III vehicle, as part of the engine qualification requirements for the Gaganyaan Programme.
- The engine was fired for a duration of 240 seconds at the engine test facility of ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.
Former Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain passes away
- Former president of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain passed away. He was 80.
- Mamnoon Hussain, who was born in Agra in 1940 and migrated with his parents to Pakistan in 1947, served as the 12th President of Pakistan between September 2013 and September 2018.
Veteran actor Ramakrishnan passed away
- Actor S. Ramakrishnan, who had starred in several Tamil serials and stage plays, died in the city . He was 71.
- He acted in several Tamil serials and his notable appearances were in Anandam, Cho’s Enge Brahmanan, Flight 172, Roja, Vazhkai, and Surya Vamsam, among other shows. Ramakrishnan also acted in films including Super Deluxe, Bhagawathi, Bharati and Bala.
National Award-winning Actor Surekha Sikri passed away
- National Award-winning actor Surekha Sikri has died in Mumbai of a cardiac arrest at the age of 75.
- The veteran actor’s career spanned theatre, films and television. Surekha Sikri made her debut with 1978 political drama film Kissa Kursi Ka and played author-backed roles across films in various industries.
- She received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress thrice, including Tamas (1988), Mammo (1995) and Badhaai Ho (2018).
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