Current Affairs, News & Facts of 17 Jul 2014

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  • Urban population in the country has increased by more than 9 crore between 2001-11.  
    • Now 31.1% of the total population live in urban areas as against just 27.80% in 2001. 
    • The per capita water supply in Urban Areas is meagre 69 litres as compared to the prescribed 135 litres.
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  • Goa is to host the 127th edition of the 'Durand Cup' from October 28 to November 9, 2014.  
    • Founded in 1888, its the third oldest club cup competition in the world after the English and Scottish FA cups.
    • It is named after its founder Sir Mortimer Durand, a British India's Foreign Member of the time, the counterpart of the Foreign Secretary in London.
    • It was initially an exclusive military affair based in Shimla.
    • The venue was transferred to New Delhi from Shimla in 1940.
    • Its considered Indian counterpart to the FA Cup in England.
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  • Meet INS Kamorta: Nation's 1st indigenous warship - read more cat
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  • 4th National Awards for 'Technology Innovation in Petrochemical & Downstream Plastics Processing Industry' presented.  
    • The awards are conferred by the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers for technology innovation in the fields of 'Polymer Science'.
    • The award consists of a Shield, a Citation and a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh for the winner while the runner-up gets just the Shield and a Citation. 
    • A total of 23 awards under eight categories and three sub-categories were awarded.
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  • Rahul Dravid has been elected as the 47th member of Laureus World Sports Academy.   
    • The fourth-highest run scorer in Test cricket, with this, joins Steve Waugh and Ian Botham as the fellow panelist.
    • The Laureus World Sports Academy is a unique association of 47 of the greatest living sporting legends from sports as diverse as football, tennis, athletics, skateboarding and motor racing.
    • It employs the Laureus principle of using sport to effect positive social change by conducting numerous community development initiatives funded by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
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  • The total employment under the unorganized sector stands at 43.7 crore in the country as per the National Sample Survey Organization latest (2009-2010) report.
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  • Sun Pharmaceutical buys out US-based injectable company Pharmalucence Inc.   
    • The Indian pharmaceutical giant had also acquired Ranbaxy Laboratories for nearly $3.2 billion earlier this year.
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