The Daily Brief – 18th July, 2017

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  • United Kingdom’s first woman Sikh MP, Preet Kaur Gill, has been elected to Home Affairs Select Committee in the UK Parliament.

    Preet Kaur Gill
  • Smriti Irani has been given the Information and Broadcasting portfolio by PM Modi and Narendra Singh Tomar will be handling the Urban Development Ministry after M Venkaiah Naidu resigned from his ministerial responsibilities. He is the government’s nominee for the position of Vice President.
  • The National Strategic Place for Malaria elimination (2017-22) has been launched based on last year’s National Framework for Malaria Elimination which was spurred by World Health Organisation’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria, 2016-2030.
  • State Bank of India has launched SBI Realty, a platform to help home buyers choose flats from its 3,000 approved projects in India, spread across 30 cities.
  • TATA Motors launched India’s first Bio-CNG (bio methane) bus at the Urja Utsav, bio-energy programme, organized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • Reliance Industries Limited, led by Mukesh Ambani, passed the Rs. 5 lakh crore mark in market capitalization for the first time. TATA Consultancy Service was the first company to hit the Rs. 5 Lakh crore mark in July 2014.
  • Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a 3D printed soft silicone heart that resemble and functions like a human heart. It is the exact biological replica but can help save lives of people suffering from cardiac arrest or when the patient is awaiting a heart transplant.
  • 18th July is celebrated as Nelson Mandela International Day. The Nelson Mandela Foundation dedicated this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty.

    Today’s Quiz

    1. Who is UK’s first woman sikh MP?





    2. Which company launched India’s first Bio-CNG bus?





    3. Which was the 2nd company to pass the Rs. 5 lakh crore mark in its market capitalization?





    4. Who is the government’s nominee for the position of Vice President?





    5. What is the name of SBI’s new platform for home buyers?









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