Current affairs 9 July 2016 – Serena Williams won Wimbledon 2016

Important and Current Affairs of July 2016 of national and international importance for preparation of jobs in sector like IBPS, Banking, SSC,State and National Level Public Service jobs, IAS, UPSC and other exams.

  • Captain Radhika Menon became the first woman in the world to receive the Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for the year 2016 from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
  • Wimbledon 2016: Serena Williams, 34, beats Angelique Kerber . She won the match by 7-5, 6-3 in one hour 23 minutes, in front of a packed Centre Court crowd at All England Club.
  • Serena Williams equal Steffi Graf’s record 22 Grand Slam titesl. This marked her seventh Wimbledon title in nine finals, and 12th in the family with her elder sister – who lost to Kerber in the semis. Serena had previously won the Wimbledon titles in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015.
  • The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has constituted a cyber-cell to check the online abuse and harassment of women and children on social media platforms. Announcement in this regard was made by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi in New Delhi.
  • Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates the second anti-drug Working Group meeting of Heads of Drug Control Agencies of BRICS countries in New Delhi. BRICS, an association of five major emerging economies comprising of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 
  • Durban : Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation by sharing a train ride with his entourage in South Africa and said that he was privileged to retrace the Mahatma Gandhi’s journey. PM Modi boarded the train from Pentrich railway station to Pietermaritzburg in Durban.

 

  • Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said, The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has earned 7.45 per cent returns from its equity investments since August last year due to an uptick in the capital market. The EPFO started investing five per cent of its corpus in equities beginning August last year. It can invest up to 15 per cent in equity and its related instruments such as exchange traded funds.
  • The government has invited merchant bankers to help it sell minority stakes in 51 companies, including RIL, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and L&T, and is looking at exiting them within three years. The Specified Undertaking of UTI (SUUTI) has investments in these 51 listed as well as unlisted companies, like Hindustan Unilever, ITC Ltd, Jaiprakash Associates and a host of Tata Group firms. Government holds minority stake in these companies through SUUTI, which was formed in 2003 as an offshoot of erstwhile UTI, and is looking at selling them either through an OFS, block deal, bulk deal or regular sale through stock exchanges.

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