Daily Current Affairs 8 July 2018: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 8 July 2018. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 8 July 2018. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 8 July 2018 Current affairs test.

National News

1. Prime Minister of Bhutan is on a three-day visit to India

  • Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgayis on a three-day visit to India
  • The aim of this visit is to discuss about economic cooperation and security ties.

2. The twin city of Amritsar

  • Thetford, a small town in the United Kingdom will be converted into a twin city of Amritsar.
  • This was done in the memory of the last king of the Sikh Empire, Maharaja Duleep Singh.

3. National Board of Wildlife has recommended that states use Section 144

  • Section 144, which prohibits the assembly of four or more people, during wildlife emergencies.
  • The provision will be used to “prevent people gathering in large numbers, which aggravates wildlife emergency situations”.

International News

1. United Kingdom to launch new visas to overseas scientists and researchers

  • The United Kingdom has launched new visas to overseas scientists and researchers, including Indians, to encourage growth of the country’s research sector.
  • This will enable them to work and train in the UK for maximum period of two years.

2. Virgin Galactic to launch its commercial space flights from Italy

  • Richard Branson-led commercial spaceflight Virgin Galactic has announced that it is going to launch its commercial space flights from Italy.
  • Partnered with Italian Space Agency-owned company Altec and Sitael,

3. 2nd meeting of the Joint Working Group on Tourism Cooperation

  • The 2nd meeting of the Joint Working Group on Tourism Cooperation between India and Nepal was concluded in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Both sides agreed to jointly promote Buddhist and Ramayana circuits and Adventure tourism.

Business News

1. GST Council to bring petroleum products under Goods and Services Tax (GST).

  • Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia announced that the GST Council is considering bringing petroleum products under Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • GST is an Indirect Tax which has replaced many Indirect Taxes in India.The Act came into effect on 1st July 2017; Goods & Services Tax Law in India is a comprehensive, multi-stage, destination-based tax that is levied on every value addition.

2. Manoj Kumar Pingua as the acting Managing Director of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).

  • Manoj Kumar Pingua as the acting Managing Director of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).
  • His appointment comes five months after previous MD Nina Lath Gupta was sacked.

3. Reliance is India’s largest payer of GST

  • Reliance is India’s largest payer of Goods and Services Tax (GST), Excise and Customs Duty, and Income Tax in the Private Sector.

Sports News

1. Bajrang Punia emerged champion at the Tbilisi Grand Prix

  • 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia emerged champion at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in the 65kg category.
  • He defeated Iranian wrestler Mehran Nasiri in the final in Georgia.

2. FIFA World Cup semi-finals

  • England defeated Sweden in the quarters today to reach the FIFA World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
  • In other Game Croatia defeated Host Russia to reach Semi Finals.

3. Rani Rampal is going to lead the 18-member Indian women’s hockey team

  • Striker Rani Rampal is going to lead the 18-member Indian women’s hockey team at the Asian Games 2018 to be held in Indonesia.
  • Goalkeeper Savita has been named as the vice-captain of the team.

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