Current Affairs July 2014

National Doctors’ Day Observed Across India on 1 July 2014

National Doctors’ Day was observed across India on 1 July 2014 to honour legendary physician Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.The celebrations highlight the contributions and value of medical fraternity in society. Bidhan Chandra Roy was born on 1 July 1882 in Patna and died on 1 July 1962. He was a legendary physician who also served West Bengal as its second Chief Minister from 1948 to 1962. The B.C. Roy National Award was instituted in 1976 for work in the area of medicine, politics, science, philosophy, literature and arts.

Malala Yousafzai Won Liberty Medal – 2014

Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai has been conferred on the 2014 Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia. She is the youngest recipient in the medal’s 25-year history. Polish Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was the inaugural recipient of the annual honour in 1989.  Since then, recipients of this award included Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Meghalaya Governor Takes Additional Charge of Nagaland

Meghalaya Governor Krishan Kant Paul  on 2 July took over the additional charge as the 18th governor of Nagaland following the resignation of Ashwani Kumar from the post on 25 June 2014.

Ram Naresh Yadav  Sworn In As Chhattisgarh Governor

Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav was sworn in as Chhattisgarh Governor on 2 July. Ram Naresh Yadav has taken over the additional charge of the Chhattisgarh state following the resignation of former Governor Shekhar Dutt.

Union Government Introduced Four New Vaccines

Union Government introduced four new vaccines as part of India’s Universal Immunization Programme (UIP). These include vaccines against rotavirus, rubella and polio (injectable), along with an adult vaccine against Japanese encephalitis. The adult vaccine against Japanese encephalitis will be introduced in districts with high levels of the disease (in 179 endemic districts in 9 states).The aim of introduction of these lifesaving vaccines is to ensure that the benefits of vaccination reach to all sections of the society, regardless of social and economic status.

DY Patil Appointed WB’s Acting Governor

President Pranab Mukherjee on 3 July appointed Bihar Governor Dr. D.Y. Patil as the acting Governor of West Bengal, following M.K. Narayanan’s resignation. The President has accepted the resignation of Shri M K Narayanan as Governor of West Bengal and has appointed Dr. D.Y. Patil, Governor of Bihar to discharge the functions of the Governor of West Bengal, in addition to his own duties.Narayanan resigned on June 30 after being prodded by the new NDA government to quit.

Japan Issued Multiple Entry Visas To Indians

Japan issued multiple entry visas for short term stay to Indians. The visas will allow Indian visitors to spend up to 15 days on a visit and the visas are likely to be valid for three years. The decision will increase the number of Indian tourists to Japan and improve convenience in business activities and further development of bilateral exchanges between the two countries.

Goa Governor B V Wanchoo Resigned

Goa Governor BV Wanchoo resigned from his post hours after he was quizzed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a witness in the AgustaWestland chopper deal scam. Earlier, the CBI had quizzed former West Bengal governor M K Narayanan in connection with the AugustaWestland chopper deal.

Four Indian Americans Honoured On US Independence Day 2014

Four India-born Americans were honoured on the eve of US Independence Day. They were honoured for their contributions to the US during annual Great Immigrants tribute held in New York, US. The Indian-Americans honoured were Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella, Comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi, Carnegie Mellon University president Subra Suresh and former president of the University of West Georgia, Beheruz Sethna. They were honoured along with 36 others.

Narendra Modi Inaugurated 240MW Uri-II Hydroelectric Project In J&K

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 240 megawatt Uri-II hydropower project in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir.This Uri-II project will be able to generate an estimated 1124 million units of hydel-energy annually from its four units of 60 MW each. The Uri-II project is the second power project on the Jhelum River in Uri area and is close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramullah district of the state.