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Current Affairs July 2019
Top Current Affairs for July 31, 2019
ITBP DG S S Deswal given NSG charge
- The Director-General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police S S Deswal has been given the additional charge of the NSG (National Security Guard).
- The current chief of NSG DG Sudeep Lakhtakia is retiring today. SS Deswal will hold this post until a successor is appointed.
- This commando force aka black cats was formed in 1984 as a federal contingency force to counter terrorists and hijack like situations.
WC Tarun Chaudhri; the first IAF pilot to complete wingsuit skydive jump
- Air force pilot Wing Commander Tarun Chaudhri becomes the first IAF pilot to do a wingsuit skydive jump.
- He achieved the feat on the Kargil Diwas celebrations at Air Force Station in Jodhpur.
- He had taken a jump from a Mi-17 helicopter from an altitude of 8,500 feet.
Pakistan opens 1000-year-old Shawala Teja Singh temple
- On the demand of local Hindus, the Pakistan government has opened Teja Singh temple which is believed to be 1,000-years-old.
- This Hindu temple located in Sialkot was closed since partition.
- The temple was closed as there was no Hindu population residing in that area. Renovation and maintenance work has been started by the government.
India and Russia sign Rs 1,500 crore deal to buy R-27
- In order to boost the Army morale and capabilities, the government of India has signed with Russia to acquire R-27 missiles.
- The deal is worth around Rs 1,500 crore. These air-to-air missiles will be equipped on the Su-30MKI combat aircraft to take on enemy aircraft at long ranges.
- The Central government has given powers to all the three forces to buy whatever equipment is required for safeguarding the borders with Pakistan.
Infosys launches Cyber Defence Center in Romania
- IT firm Infosys has launched a Cyber Defence Center in Bucharest, Romania.
- This center will provide end-to-end, real-time, 24/7 cybersecurity monitoring and protection services European and global businesses including security monitoring, management, threat hunting, security analytics, incident discovery, and response.
- All this will be handled and delivered by certified and highly skilled cybersecurity professionals under the country-specific regulatory requirements.
Israel approves new homes for Palestinians in West Bank
- The Israel government has approved the construction of new homes for local settlers and Palestinians
- Around 6,000 homes will be made for Jewish and 700 for Palestinians in the West Bank. The 60% area of the west bank is controlled by Israel whereas the Palestinians want all of the West Bank for a future state.
- This announcement has just arrived just before the Isreal Palestinian Peace plan meeting.
CCD appoints SV Ranganath as interim Chairman
- After the sad demise of Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha, the board has appointed SV Ranganath as the interim Chairman. Nitin Bagmane has been named interim Chief Operating Officer of the company.
- An executive committee is also being constituted which comprises Non-Executive Independent Director Ranganath, COO Bagmane and CFO R Ram Mohan.
- This committee will exercise the powers which were inherited previously with the Chief Executive Officer and the Administrative Committee constituted by the board in 2015.
Top Current Affairs for July 30, 2019
Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha goes missing
- The founder of Cafe Coffee Day VG Siddhartha has gone missing since Monday.
- He was last seen at the Netravati Dam site in Mangalore and said to be under huge loss and pressure as mentioned in a letter left behind.
- VG Siddhartha is the son in law of former Karnataka CM SM Krishna.
Odisha Rasgulla gets GI Tag
- A year after west Bengal got the GI tag for its version of Rasgulla in November 2017, Odisha has now received this registration for its own version of this sweet.
- Chennai based GI registry has given a formal certification to this sweet as “Odisha Rasgulla” which is associated with Puri Jagannath Temple.
- Though both states have received the GI tag for the same product, the tag recognizes two distinct varieties of the sweet, in terms of taste and texture.
Mumbai’s wettest July in 112 years: IMD
- A data has been released by the Climate Research and Services department of Indian Meteorological Department which reveals that Mumbai, Thane, and Pune have experienced heavy rainfall in July after a century.
- The data says that Mumbai had received 1500 mm rain in July 1907 whereas this year 1492 mm rainfall is already registered which is likely to surpass the previous benchmark.
- Thane and Pune have also got 1,975.6 mm and 827.7 mm rain respectively which is the highest July rain volume recorded in 118 years.
IN LCU L-56 commissioned into the Indian Navy Services
- India’s sixth indigenous Landing Craft Utility ship, IN LCU L-56 was commissioned in the Indian Navy at the ceremony in Visakhapatnam.
- This amphibious ship will transport and deploy armoured vehicles, main battle tanks, troops and equipment from ship to shore and vice-versa.
- This ship built by Kolkata based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd will be based at Andaman and Nicobar.
Earth Overshoot Day 2019
- Earth Overshoot Day also known as Ecological Debt Day represents the day when humanity reaches its limits of an ecological deficit spending.
- This day displays the level of environment overshot by the human population. This year it is observed on July 29.
- This campaign is run and calculated by the Global Footprint Network along with many nonprofit organizations.
Tourism ministry changes visiting hours of Ten historic monuments to attract tourists
- In order to attract more visitors, the tourism ministry has decided to change the timing of ten historic monuments for a period of three years.
- The monuments are Humayun’s Tomb and Safdarjung Tomb in Delhi, Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar, Dulhadev Temple in Khajuraho, Shekh Chilli Tomb in Kurukshetra, Group of Monuments at Pattadakal in Karnataka, Gol Gumbaj in Karnataka, Group of Temples in Maharashtra (Markanda), Man Mahal in Uttar Pradesh and Rani ki Baav in Patan Gujarat will be now open till 9pm.
- All these 10 monuments will be illuminated in the evening and hoped that this effort will attract more tourists.
5,645 electric buses sanctioned for 65 cities
- To popularise environment-friendly electric vehicles, 5645 electric buses have been sanctioned by an inter-ministerial panel which will operate in 65 cities.
- This will give momentum to the automobile sector and will help reduce air pollution
- The tax rates on e vehicles have already been reduced to 5% by the GST Council with effect from 1st of August.
UNICEF India appoints Hima Das as a first youth ambassador
- Asian Games gold-medallist sprinter India’s Hima Das was appointed as first-ever youth ambassador of UNICEF India
- Hima Das was the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in track event at IAAF World U20 Championships held in Tampere, Finland.
- UNICEF India along with central government works for the betterment of children of the country.
Top Current Affairs for July 29, 2019
Govt to Digitize all Waqf properties
- Recently the government has decided to digitise all the waqf properties across the country and has set a target to achieve it in the first 100 days by using the Geographic Information System mapping to achieve the target.
- This decision has been taken in the national conference of State and Union Territories waqf boards which was organised by the Central Waqf Council under Ministry of Minority Affairs.
- This move will improve the infrastructure and financial conditions of waqf boards which can be used for the welfare of the Muslim community and to prevent encroachment.
IIT Hyderabad develops eco-friendly solar cells
- In recent research, the scientists of IIT Hyderabad have developed solar cells which are low cost and environment-friendly. They have used a dye which is required in making of kumkum or vermilion.
- These solar cells are based on New Fuchsin dye with aqueous electrolyte and platinum-free counter electrodes.Generally Silicon is used in making solar cells but it comes with huge fabrication costs and expensive processing.
- Hence to limit the silicon use, the team started working on solar cells based on organic materials, which were supposedly inexpensive and easy to fabricate.
VK Johri appointed as next BSF DG
- IPS officer VK Johri has been appointed as the next Director-General of the Border Security Force.
- He will succeed Rajni Kant Misra.
- He is 1984 batch IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, currently serving as Special Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat.
Sudarsan Pattnaik Wins People’s Choice Prize
- India’s renowned sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik has won the People’s Choice Prize recently held International Sand Art Championship at Boston.
- Total of 15 sculptors participated in the competition. He wowed the American public with his sculpture that had the message of combating plastic pollution in oceans” Stop Plastic Pollution, Save Our Ocean”.
- His sculpture showed a turtle caught in a plastic bag and a fish with plastic trash in its body.
Man Vs Wild show to feature PM Narendra Modi
- For the first time ever, the PM of the country Narendra Modi is going to be featured on the popular TV show Man vs Wild.
- The host of the show Bear Grylls has recently announced the news. The show will be aired on DiscoveryIN on August 12 at 9 pm.
- This is being done to create awareness about animal conservation and environmental change.
India’s Vidisha Baliyan becomes the first Indian to win Miss Deaf World Title
- Muzaffarnagar’s Vidisha Baliyan has become the first Indian to win Miss Deaf World Title.
- Student of Asian Academy of Film & Television is also a former international tennis player and she has represented India in the Deaflympics and won a silver medal in it.
Top Current Affairs for July 27 & 28, 2019
Badri Narain Sharma re-appointed as NAA chairperson
- The government has re-appointed a 1985 batch IAS officer from Rajasthan, Badri Narain Sharma as the chairman of the National Authority.
- This three members authority ensures that consumers get the benefit of reduced prices under the Goods and Services Tax.
- Constituted in 2017, this authority can cancel the registration of any business entity which violates the benefit of lower taxes under the GST regime.
Meryl Streep to be honored with Tribute Actor Award
- The Oscar-winning star Meryl Streep will be honored the inaugural Tribute Actor Award on September 9 at Toronto International Film Festival which is a Tribute Gala fundraiser event.
- She has won an Emmy award for her performance in the HBO’s insanely popular drama series ‘Big Little Lies’.
- Meryl has received three Oscars for The Iron Lady, Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer.
Nepal invited for Gita Jayanti Mahotsav 2019
- The state government of Haryana has invited Nepal for this year’s ‘Gita Jayanti Mahotsav’ which will be held at Kurukshetra from December 3 to 8.
- Haryana has started celebrating this Mahotsav from past three years in which a country is invited to become a partner for the mega event every year.
- During this event, a seminar on Shrimad Bhagavad Gita will be organised on December 6 and devotees and scholars from Nepal can participate in it.
Guwahati to host Khelo India Youth Games next year
- Guwahati will host the third edition of Khelo India Youth Games scheduled from January 18-30, 2020 which are National level multidisciplinary grassroots games held for two categories- Under-17 years school students Under-21 college students
- More than 10,000 athletes and officials will participate in the event. The maiden edition was held in New Delhi whereas Pune hosted the second edition.
- An annual scholarship of INR 5,00,000 will be given to best 1000 players to prepare them for international sporting events for a period of 8 years.
Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters reach India
- India receives its first batch of four Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack helicopters from the US.
- Upon receiving the second consignment of four more helicopters, they will be moved to Pathankot Air Force Station for their formal induction in the IAF.
- These are the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter used by the US Army.
Dengue hits a record high of 18 years in Bangladesh
- Bangladesh is facing a Dengue outbreak in the country. Thee 1st case was detected in the country in 2000 and since then the number of cases has reached its highest level in the past 18 years.
- Directorate General of Health Services says that 10528 patients have been infected by the virus across the country.
- Till now 8 deaths have been reported but the exact numbers are likely to increase as the Data from all the hospitals is awaited.
Global Tiger Day
- The World celebrates 29th July as Global Tiger Day every year which is considered as the world’s most iconic species according to World Wildlife Fund.
- This day is observed to create awareness about tiger conservation and protection of the natural habitat of tigers whose population is only around 3,900 currently.
- On this day an agreement was signed by countries at Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia in 2010, to raise awareness about the decline of tiger population globally.
Mary Kom wins gold in President’s Cup
- India’s icon six-time world champion MC Mary Kom has registered another feather to her cap. She has claimed the gold medal in the 23rd President’s Cup.
- Simranjit Kaur has also grabbed gold in 60kg category in the tournament.
- The event was held in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia wherein the Indian boxers clinched nine medals comprised of seven gold and two silver.
Lt Gen Paramjit Singh is the New Director-General of Military Operations
- Known for having vast experience in counter-terror operations, Lt Gen Paramjit Singh has been appointed as the next Director-General of Military Operations of the Indian Army.
- Currently, he is a General Officer Commanding of the Army’s Nagrota-based XVI Corps and will take over as the new DGMO on October 15. He will look after various operations of the Indian Army including along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Lt Gen Paramjit Singh has served at Siachen Glacier and has conducted counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir, besides operations against the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
Top Current Affairs for July 26, 2019
Book on Former PM Chandra Shekhar released
- “Chandra Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics” book has been released by the PM Narendra Modi recently.
- Written by Shri Harivansh and Shri Ravi Dutt Bajpai, it is based upon former PM Chandra Shekhar’s life and ideologies.
- The first copy of the book was presented to Vice – President Shri Venkaiah Naidu.
New vine snake species found in the southern Western Ghats
- Researchers from Bangalore based Indian Institute of Science along with Chennai Snake Park and Bombay Natural History Society have discovered a new vine snake species ‘Proahaetulla antiqua’ in the southern Western Ghats.
- Believed to have evolved around 26 million years ago, it was first discovered in 2011and looks similar to Ahaetulla dispar which is a small-sized vine snake.
- The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change have jointly funded this research.
IIT Kharagpur team develops an app for elderly people
- Considered to be a big move in geriatric care, students of IIT Kharagpur has developed a one of a kind app named ‘CARE4U’.
- The app works on the network-based fall detection algorithm, which will inform the caregiver if the elderly person has fallen down. The app will automatically call the caregiver and emergency services with the exact location.
- It also detects emotions hence when the elderly opens the app, the phone takes his picture and a mood index is calculated.
Sale of FACT land to the Government of Kerala approved
- The sale of 481.79 acres of land held by the Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) Ltd. is approved by the union cabinet. This land will be sold to the Govt. of Kerala.
- This deal will help cash deprived FACT to reduce the bank borrowings. The company will be able to implement projects for enhancing fertilizer production and upgrading logistics / raw material handling facilities.
- This will boost the economy of Kerala and improve fertilizer availability to South India.
IBBI Amends Insolvency Professionals Regulations
- Bankruptcy Board of India has tightened norms which govern the insolvency professionals restricting their relatives from taking up employment for one year after completion of a resolution process.
- Under the law, these Insolvency resolution professionals would not be allowed to take up employment when they are already in an authoritative position.
- This law will be applicable from January 1, 2020.
Kargil Vijay Diwas 2019
- India celebrates July 26 as Kargil Vijay Diwas every year to mark India’s triumph over Pakistan on this day in 1999.
- This year marks the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas.
- Kargil War was a war fought between India and Pakistan in Kargil district of Kashmir and along Line of Control (LOC).
Scaly foot snail declared endangered due to deep-sea mining
- Found at only three hydrothermal vents in the Indian Ocean, the scaly foot snail has become the first animal to be declared endangered by deep-sea mining.
- This information has come from the International Union for Conservation of Nature who has made a Red List of endangered species.
- Researchers hope that this list will dissuade investors from funding mining projects and alert the policymakers for the impacts of deep-sea mining.
Top Current Affairs for July 25, 2019
Priti Patel has been appointed as the UK’s first Indian-origin Home Secretary
- Priti Patel has been appointed as first Indian-origin home secretary of the UK cabinet.
- An ardent supporter of Brexit, she was the most vocal critics of Theresa May’s strategy.
- She also represents the UK Parliament’s influential Foreign Affairs Committee.
Indian Navy gets Chetak helicopter ahead of schedule
- Bangalore based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has delivered two Chetak helicopters to the Indian Navy.
- HAL had signed a contract with the Indian Navy in 2017 according to which it was supposed to give eight helicopters i.e. two in august 2019 and six by August 2020.
- These helicopters are laced with the latest communication and navigation systems.
BP Kanungo to run monetary policy portfolio
- Post the resignation of Viral Acharya the RBI has assigned the post of Deputy Governor to BP Kanungo. He will be in charge of monetary policy and currency management portfolio.
- He would be the sixth member of the Monetary Policy Committee.
- Monetary policy controls the cost of very short-term borrowing, the money supply targeting inflation and the interest rate to ensure price stability in the currency.
RIL is highest-ranked Indian company on the Fortune 500 list
- The diversified conglomerate, Reliance Industries has toppled the state-owned IOC and become the top-ranked Indian company in the latest Fortune Global 500 list.
- The company has jumped 42 places and attained 106th position in the list.
- Indian Oil Corp is being registered at 117th rank. The other companies that have made into the list are ONGC, Rajesh exports, SBI and Tata Motors.
MS Dhoni to Begin Army Stint in Kashmir
- Ace Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni had been awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in 2011. He will join his battalion in Jammu and Kashmir to carry out duties with the troops.
- He will be taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty of the 106 Territorial Army battalion (Para) from July 31 to August 15.
- Dhoni has opted out of Indian cricket team’s tour of the West Indies to serve his battalion stationed in Kashmir valley.
Global Innovation Index 2019
- According to the 12th edition of Global Innovation Index 2019, Switzerland has registered itself as the world’s most innovative country.
- The other top four countries are Sweden, the United States of America, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
- India is ranked at 52 which is a few points up thaN the last year’s rank of 57.
Top Current Affairs for July 24, 2019
IMF projects India’s GDP growth rate as 7%
- Witnessing the subdued domestic demand, the International Monetary Fund has cut its projection for India’s economic growth to 7 per cent for the current fiscal.
- Without disclosing the details of muted domestic demand, the IMF hinted a slowdown in the auto industry in particular.
- Despite this projection, India will continue to be the fastest-growing economy in the world.
Biswabhushan Harichandan becomes the new Governor of Andhra Pradesh
- Biswa Bhusan Harichandan has taken the oath as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
- He is veteran of the BJP and has held minister post in Odisha previously.
- Biswabhusan Harichandan is the first governor of the state to assume office in the capital city after the bifurcation,
Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympic medals
- Tokyo Olympics organizing committee has revealed the medal designs for the next season. The medals are being designed by Junichi Kawanishi, the only one selected out of 400 professional designers.
- These medals are 85mm in diameter having the iconic five rings symbol, the official name of the games and the Greek goddess of victory Nike in front of the Panathenaic stadium.
- The medals are being made by the electronic devices donated by the public. Total 78.9 tonnes were accumulated which resulted in 32 kg gold, 3500 kg silver and 2200kg bronze extraction.
India all set to launch ‘IndSpaceEx’
- After the success of Mission Shakti, India is now set to launch first-ever space war exercise to prepare for future space wars.
- All the three forces will jointly work under the Ministry of Defence to conduct the drill and chalk down future plans for any such events.
- This exercise is named ‘IndSpaceEx’ and will be conducted on July 25-26, 2019.
Andhra Pradesh, the first State to Reserve 75% Private Jobs for Locals
- Andhra Pradesh has become the country’s first state to reserve jobs for local youths.
- The state government has passed the Andhra Pradesh Employment of Local Candidates Industries/Factories Act, 2019 which reserves 75% jobs in all the industries and factories running in the state.
- With this new law, company in association with the state government will train the people in case they don’t find the necessary skills in locals.
Income Tax Department celebrates Aaykar Diwas 2019
- The Central Board of Direct Taxes is celebrating 159th Income Tax Day today. The income tax was first introduced by SirJames Wilson on 24th July 1860 to compensate losses incurred by the British government.
- To mark this day various activities like grievance redressal and free legal aid are being organised across the country.
- The department has also launched “Kardaata e-SahyogAbhiyaan” to assist taxpayers in filing the returns and tax-related issues.
Mohun Bagan Ratna Award 2019
- Mohun Bagan Ratna awards will be presented to two-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player Keshav Dutt and former India football captain Prasun Banerjee on July 29.
- This is the first time that the club is conferring the award on a sportsperson from other disciplines.
- The 93 years old Keshav Dutt was a part of National Hockey team who has won gold medals twice and 64 years old Prasun Banerjee is an Arjuna award recipient who was a prominent midfielder of football
Top Current Affairs for July 23, 2019
National Broadcasting Day observed today
- The National Broadcasting Day is being observed across the country today.
- On this day first radio broadcast went on air in 1927 by the Indian Broadcasting company which was later named as All India Radio.
- AIR is one of the largest broadcasting companies in terms of language and cultural diversity.
IIT Madras students develop Agricopter
- Three scholars of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has developed Smart Agricopter drone which will eliminate manual spraying of pesticides in agricultural fields.
- This is a cost-efficient drone which will spray 10 times faster and with cent per cent efficiency. It will also identify crop health by using an imaging camera.
- They have also registered a patent for the same with an estimated cost of Rs 5.1 lakh.
Indian Navy commissions Dornier Aircraft Squadron
- Indian Navy commissions its fifth Air Squadron 313 in the squad in the ceremony held at Naval Air Enclave, Meenambakkam in the presence of senior dignitaries.
- It will enhance the defence monitoring capacity over many geopolitical regions like the Bay of Bengal, Palk Bay and North Eastern part of the Indian Ocean.
- It will operate from Chennai International Airport. It is multi-role Short Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft manufactured by HAL.
Ajay Bhadoo; new joint Secretary to the President
- Gujarat batch IAS officer Ajay Bhadoo has been appointed as the Joint Secretary to the President of India.
- Currently, he is the Municipal Commissioner of Vadodara.
- He has handled various senior positions in his working career of 19years. He was the former CEO and Vice Chairman of Gujarat Maritime Board and Chief Executive Officer of Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board.
Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane is the next Vice Chief of the army
- The Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane has been appointed as the next Vice Chief of the army.
- He will replace Lieutenant General D Anbu who retires on August 31.
- He has a proven record of successful achievements in the peacekeeping appointments in Jammu and Kashmir and Sri Lanka.
Amita Prasad, the new chairperson of Inland Waterways Authority of India
- Director-General, National Productivity Council, Ms Amita Prasad has been appointed as chairperson of Inland Waterways Authority of India in the rank and pay of secretary, shipping ministry.
- She replaces Shri Jalaj Shrivastava.
- She is an IAS officer of 1985 batch in Karnataka
Top Current Affairs for July 22, 2019
Anandiben Patel; new Governor of Uttar Pradesh
- Former Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel has been appointed as the new governor of UP.
- For the first time, the state will get a woman Governor since its inception in 1950.
- She will replace Ram Naik.
Shiva Thapa brings a first-ever gold medal for India at the President’s Cup boxing tournament
- Shiva Thapa becomes India’s first gold medallist at the President’s Cup boxing tournament held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
- He won his gold in the 63kg category.
- He is a four-time Asian Medallist.
Kerala to have India’s first space tech park
- Kerala government has decided to set up India’s first-ever space park in Thiruvananthapuram knowledge city.
- This will make the state a manufacturing hub for space-related technology. It will also have space museum named after former president APJ Abdul Kalam Azad.
- ISRO and VSSC will jointly invest in the centre.
Acharya Devvrat is the new Governor of Gujarat
- Acharya Devvrat has been appointed at the new Governor of Gujarat.
- He is the 20th Governor to serve the state.
- Acharya is known for his efforts in spreading awareness about girl education and Indian culture and Vedic values around the world. He took oath in Sanskrit.
NASA to send the first woman on Moon in 2024
- To mark the 50th anniversary of First moon landing, NASA is preparing to send “first woman and the next man” walk on the lunar surface.
- The name of the Mission would be Artemis which is named after the twin sister of Apollo said to be the Goddess of the Moon and the hunt.
- With this new mission, NASA plans to explore new regions and unlock the mysteries of the universe.
Chandrayaan 2 Launched successfully
- India’s most coveted Moon mission, Chandrayaan 2 took off today successfully.
- Chandrayaan-2 lifted-off by GSLV-Mark-III at 2.43 PM today.
- The flight duration of Chandrayaan-2 from the earth to the moon has been reduced from 54 days to 48 days by tweaking the flight path.
Eleventh Defence Expo to be held in Lucknow
- Lucknow is gearing up to witness the 11th biennial edition of DefExpo India-2020.
- With the theme, ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’, the event will focus on ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’.
- This expo provides a platform for Defence industry Original Equipment Manufacturers to exhibit their latest innovations and capabilities in the field to collaborate with Indian Defence industry.
- Delegations from all over the world will participate and witness India’s grandeur.
PV Sindhu bags silver at Indonesia Open
- World number five PV Sindhu has won her first silver medal of the year at the Indonesia Open recently.
- She missed her gold to world number four Akane Yamaguchi.
- Sindhu will now be playing Japan Open on July 23.
Top Current Affairs for July 20 & 21, 2019
ADB estimates 7 per cent growth in the economy for the current fiscal
- The recent report of the Asian Development Bank shows that the institution has reduced India’s growth forecast for the current financial year to 7%. as compared to an earlier estimate of 7.2%.
- This Manila-based multilateral institution has lowered the country’s forecast from 7.6% to 7.2% in April 2019 also.
- It cites moderate global demand and shortfall in domestic revenue as the reason.
India tops in ISSF Junior World Cup 2019 medals tally
- India has secured 10 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze and has topped the list of ISSF Junior World Cup with a total of 24 medals.
- Recently Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar won a gold in the men’s rifle in the tournament being held in Germany.
- His win has made India to top the medals tally.
Sachin Tendulkar in the ICC Hall of Fame
- Sachin Tendulkar has become the sixth Indian cricketer to join the list of ICC’s Hall of fame. The former cricketers who have already been made to this list are Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble.
- ICC Cricket Hall of Fame was launched on 2 January 2009 in Dubai in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations.
- The Hall of Fame has 8 women out of the 89 players.
Tata is India’s most valuable brand for 2019: Brand Finance report
- London based consultancy firm, Brand Finance has released its annual report called “Brand Finance India 100 2019”.
- The report states that Tata, with the brand value of $19.6 billion has become India’s most valuable brand for the second straight year in 2019. The brand value of Tata has now increased to 37%. TATA group as a brand represents autos, IT services, steel, and chemicals.
- Tata is followed by LIC with $7.3 billion and Infosys with $6.5 billion. The value of brands is calculated by the royalty relief approach which estimates likely future sales, brands strength & performance with its competitors.
5th International Police Expo
- International Police Expo for the year 2019 was held in New Delhi recently. It is the only exhibition where police representative of different countries can interact with each other.
- This expo allows them to explore new security technology, training, protection and rescue techniques for future business partnerships.
- Companies from Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Taiwan, China, the UK, the US, Malaysia, Germany, Australia, Poland and many other nations had participated and displayed the best-advanced technologies.
India will carry out military exercise ‘Hand in Hand’ with China
- Meghalaya will witness military exercise Hand in Hand between India and china scheduled this year.
- Both the countries will expand their military to military engagements with 100-120 troops participating in it.
- The aim of this exercise is to develop close relations between the armies so that they can counter the terrorism, provide humanitarian assistance and extend help in disaster relief operations.
Another gold for Hima Das
- Hima Das seems to be on the winning spree. She has clinched her 5th Gold medal in the Czech Republic.
- She ran for 400m and clocked her win in 52.09 seconds itself.
- The event was held at Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix.
Top Current Affairs for July 19, 2019
Tourism Ministry’s “Find the Incredible You” campaign wins PATA Gold Award 2019
- The campaign, The Incredible India “Find the Incredible You” by the Tourism Ministry of India has won the Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award 2019 in the “Marketing – Primary Government Destination” category. There were 198 entries from 78 organizations for the award.
- The campaign was released globally during 2018-19 in all forms of media.
- PTPA awards are given annually to tourism industry organizations and individuals making outstanding contribution towards successful promotion of travel industry throughout Asia Pacific Region.
Sarabjot Singh bags gold in ISSF Junior World Cup
- Sarabjot Singh scored 239.6 to bag the men’s 10m air pistol gold, country’s ninth yellow metal at the ISSF Junior World Cup.
- India remain top of the medal standings.
- There are around nine gold, nine silver and four bronze around 22 medals in total.
Tamil Nadu to get two new districts
- Tenkasi from Tirunelveli and Chengalpet from Kanchipuram are the new districts carved by the Tamil Nadu government recently.
- The total number of districts in the state are now 35.
- This has been done for better administration in both the districts.
Zimbabwe Cricket suspended from ICC
- ICC has suspended Zimbabwe cricket with immediate effect. Zimbabwe will be banned from all ICC tournaments including the upcoming T20 World Cup.
- Zimbabwe breached the ICC Constitution by failing to provide free and democratic elections and ensuring that there is no government interference in its cricket administration.
- Zimbabwe cricket will lose ICC funding as an aftermath.
India’s first ‘garbage cafe’ launched in Chhattisgarh
- Chhattisgarh municipal corporation has launched a Garbage Cafe scheme which provide food to the poor and homeless in lieu of plastic waste.
- That is,for 1kg plastic a person would get a full meal and for half kg he/she would get sufficient breakfast.
- The corporation is also working out on food and a place for homeless people absolutely free of cost.
Reliance acquires Hamleys for Rs 620 crore
- Reliance has completed the process of complete stake acquisition of the British toy retailer Hamleys Global Holdings Ltd (HGHL) for 67.96 million pounds.
- This deal has made Reliance a dominant player in the global toy retail industry.
- Founded in London in 1760, it is the world’s oldest retailers of toys. In 2015, it was acquired by China’s C.banner International in a GBP 100-million deal.
10th Jagran Film Festival begins
- 10th Jagran Film Festival was inaugurated by Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar at New Delhi.
- The festival will travel through Lucknow, Jamshedpur,Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Gorakhpur, Raipur, Indore and Bhopal and will culminate on September 29 in Mumbai.
- This film festival is an initiative by Jagran Prakashan Group which aims to create a culture of cinema appreciation and provide a platform that connects great content with audiences across the country.
Top Current Affairs for July 18, 2019
WHO declares Ebola as a public health emergency
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola Outbreak in Congo as an International public health emergency as it is likely to spread nearby cities and nations.
- Declared as deadly outbreak 11 months ago, this Ebola virus has killed over 1700 people in Congo since then.
- The public emergency is the highest level of alarm raised during the gravest of outbreaks. This is the fifth time in history that WHO has declared a public health emergency.
Chandrayaan 2 to be launched on 22nd July
- India’s most ambitious mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2, is all set and ready to take-off from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
- ISRO has declared that it will be now launched on July 22, 2019.
- Earlier the launch was called off due to the dropping pressure of helium in the spaceship.
ICJ stays execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav
- The International Court of Justice has put a stay on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution.
- ICJ has directed Pakistan to review and reconsider the death sentence order awarded to him on espionage and terrorism charges.
- The ICJ bench rejected all objections raised by Pakistan directed them to grant consular access to Jadhav in accordance with the Vienna Convention.
Nelson Mandela Day 2019
- Announced in 2009 by the UN, the International Nelson Mandela Day is being observed every year on July 18. This is the 100th year.
- This day is celebrated in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
- This day is celebrated to reflect his life and legacy and to follow his mission to make the world a better place.
INS Sagardhwani Flagged Off from Kochi
- INS Sagardhwani has set sail from Kochi for a scientific venture called ‘Marine & Allied Interdisciplinary Training and Research Initiative (MAITRI)’.
- The ship’s mission which was conceptualized by DRDO is in consonance with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Safety And Growth of All in the Region (SAGAR)’ to promote closer cooperation in socio-economic aspects, as well as greater scientific interaction.
- Prime objectives of the SAGAR MAITRI mission are data collection from the entire North Indian Ocean, focusing on the Andaman Sea and adjoining seas and establishing long term collaboration with eight IOR countries in the field of ‘Ocean Research and Development’.
IMF head Christine Lagarde resigns
- IMF head Christine Lagarde will be stepping down as its managing director.
- She has been appointed as the President of European Central Bank recently.
- A lawyer by profession, she was the IMF since 2011. She was also a part of the former French Cabinet.
Union Cabinet extends 15th Finance Commission’s term up to Nov 30
- The government has extended the term of 15th finance commission by November 2019. Earlier it was 30th October.
- This extension is being done to include funds for defense and internal security for the period of 2020-2025
- The 15th finance commission is headed by N.K. Singh.
International Justice Day observed on 17th July 2019
- Also known as International Criminal Justice Day, it is being celebrated throughout the world on July 17 to recognize the strengthening system of international justice.
- This day is the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998.
- The main objective of celebrating this day is to promote the rights of the victims.
Maharashtra Cabinet approves increased financial assistance to families of martyred
- The Government of Maharashtra has decided to increase the financial assistance given to the families of martyred soldiers.
- It has been increased by four-fold i.e the relatives of martyred soldiers will now get compensation of Rs 1 crore instead of Rs 25 lakhs.
- The assistance to partially disabled soldiers is also increased from Rs 15 lakhs to 60lakhs
Deepika Kumari bags silver in Tokyo Olympics
- India’s top-ranked woman archer Deepika Kumari clinched a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics 2019.
- This was Deepika’s first individual final in a world event.
- Earlier she had won a gold at the third stage of the World Cup in Salt Lake City in June 2018.
PT Usha nominated for IAAF’s Veteran Pin
- PT Usha has been nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ‘Veteran Pin’.
- Former athlete Usha was often called the “queen of track and field”. She won five gold medals — 100 metres(m), 200m, 400m, 400 m hurdles and the 4×400 m relay — besides a bronze in the Asian Games which were held at Jakarta in 1985.
- The award ceremony will be held in September during the opening of the 52nd IAAF Congress in Qatar.
Top Current Affairs for July 17, 2019
Bernard Arnault becomes the world’s second-richest person, Bill Gates third.
- Bloomberg has recently released a report stating that Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates has slipped to the third position in the list of world’s richest person having USD 107 billion net worth.
- Bernard Arnault’s has now become the world’s second-richest person. He is a French luxury goods tycoon. His net worth is USD 108 billion.
- Arnault derives most of his wealth from his holdings in Louis Vuitton.
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship awards
- Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain and dancer Sonal Mansingh have been selected for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship award in the field of performing arts.
- The two other personalities are dancer and choreographer Jatin Goswami and Bharatnatyam exponent K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai.
- Forty-four artists have been elected from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional, Folk, Tribal Music, Dance, Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution or scholarship in the Performing Arts. The awards will be conferred by the President Ram Nath Kovind at a special investiture ceremony.
‘Internet Saathi’ programme launched by Google India and Tata Trusts to empower rural women
- Internet Saathi programme, a digital literacy initiative of Google India and Tata Trusts, aimed at empowering women in rural India, reaches 2.6 lakh villages in 20 states.
- Two more states namely Punjab and Odisha have been added now where 21000 villages will be covered. The main focus is on educating women on how to use the Internet.
- In the four-year journey, they have trained 70,000 “Internet Saathis” who are driving awareness for issues like girl child education, menstrual hygiene and more.
HDFC Bank in collaboration with CSC launched credit card for village entrepreneurs and small traders
- HDFC Bank has partnered by Government of India owned Common Service Centre to launch ‘Small Business MoneyBack Credit Card’.
- This one-of-a-kind credit card is specially designed for small traders and village level entrepreneurs. This arrangement will make day to day banking services available to people in rural India who do not have access to formal banking.
- CSC acts as access points for delivery of various services and there are 3.6 lakh such centres operating across the country having around ₹70,000 crore worth of business transacted.
Uttarakhand to host First-ever Himalayan States Conclave
- Uttarakhand will be the host to the First-ever Himalayan States Conclave to be oragnized on July 28, 2019, with the main focus on sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan Region.
- The event will discuss the common issues like environmental protection, Himalayan culture and economic development.
- The key points adopted at the Himalayan conclave will be presented as a draft to the Niti Aayog to frame policies for the region’s development.
Madhya Pradesh begins its first international flight
- Air India launches its flight service to Dubai from Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport, Indore..
- The first Flight AI903 with 150 passengers took off to Dubai after a traditional inaugural function. It is a 162-seater A320neo aircraft which will fly three times a week i.e.Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
- The airline carrier, if get a good response on this route will make it a daily service.
Anusuiya Uikey appointed Governors of Chhattisgarh
- Sitting member of Rajya Sabha Anusuiya Uikey has been appointed as Governor of Chhattisgarh by the President of India.
- Replacing Anandiben Patel, she is the first tribal women to hold the post of Governor of Chhattisgarh since the formation of the state in 2000.
- She was previously holding the post of Minister of Women and Child Development in the Madhya Pradesh government.
Biswa Bhusan appointed as the governor of Andhra Pradesh
- Biswa Bhusan has been appointed as the new Governor for Andhra Pradesh. He will replace ESL Narasimhan who was in the role since December 2009.
- He was BJP President for Odisha from 1980 to 1988.
- Biswa Bhushan was also detained during the Maintenance of Internal Security Act among several other leaders during Emergency.
Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskars for the Year 2018
- The Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, the apex body of performing arts has selected 32 (Including one joint Award) artists of India who have made a mark as young talents in their respective fields of the performing arts for Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2018.
- The prize money is Rs 25,000/- which will be presented at a special ceremony by the Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi.
- The Music and Dance category has 8 recipients each, Theatre has 7 recipients and Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre and Puppetry also have 8 recipients.
Bhavna Tokekar wins 4 golds in powerlifting at Open Asian championships in Russia
- Bhavna Bhave Tokekar won four Gold medals at the Open Asian Powerlifting Championships of Amateur World Powerlifting Congress/World Powerlifting Congress at Chelyabinsk in Russia.
- She is a full-time homemaker and started weightlifting weight lifting just six years ago.
- Bhavna competed with 500 players in U67.5 Masters2 Category and won four Gold medals in full powerlifting raw and bench.
Top Current Affairs for July 16, 2019
Kiran More appointed as interim coach of USA cricket team
- Former India cricketer Kiran More has been appointed as the interim coach of the senior USA cricket team. He is currently holding the position of Director of cricket, USA since June this year.
- He replaces the head coach Pubudu Dassanayake.
- He was the chairman of the Indian selection committee and the wicketkeeping-consultant of Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
RBI imposed fine on SBI and Union Bank of India
- The Reserve Bank of India has imposed hefty fine on State Bank of India and Union Bank of India for violating certain regulatory guidelines.
- SBI is fined Rs.7 crore as it did not comply with the RBI’s directions on Income Recognition and Asset Classification (IRAC) norms, code of conduct for opening and operating current accounts and reporting of data on Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC), and fraud risk management and classification and reporting of frauds.
- Rs.10 lakh penalty is levied on Union Bank for non-compliance with the directions on the cybersecurity framework in banks issued by the RBI.
Kerala to get $250 million from The World Bank
- The World Bank has decided to offer a loan of $250 million to the Kerala Government for the Resilient Kerala project
- As the state has recently faced severe losses due to natural calamities, this amount will help to enhance the state’s resilience against the impacts of natural disasters and climate change.
- The agreement has already been signed between the Centre, state and the bank representatives.
15 July observed as World Youth Skills Day
- To raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development, the World Youth Skills Day is being observed globally every year on July 15 by the United Nations.
- The Day was introduced by the UN at its General Assembly on November 2014. As youth unemployment is one of the most significant problems in the world, hence the day encourages youth to celebrate the value of acquiring skills to achieve personal success and fulfilment. The 2019 theme for the day is Learning to learn for life and work.
- Currently, around 73 million young people are unemployed with 40 million joining the labour market each year requiring at least 475 million new jobs to be created over the next decade.
Agri-Business Incubation Centre started in Chhattisgarh
- An Agri-Business Incubation Centre has been set up by the Union Agriculture Ministry in Indira Gandhi Agriculture University of Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
- This is developed under the National Agriculture Development Scheme called Raftaar with the objective to make farming a remunerative economic activity by strengthening farmer’s effort, mitigating risk and promoting agribusiness entrepreneurship.
- Under the scheme, guidance, technology and infrastructure will be provided to youth and entrepreneurs for start-ups in different areas of agriculture.
Russia launched Proton-M rocket carrying the Spektr-RG space telescope
- The Russian space agency, Roscosmos in partnership with the German space agency DLR, has successfully launched Proton-M rocket carrying the Spektr-RG(Spectrum Roentgen Gamma) space telescope from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
- This will help the researchers to trace the large-scale structure of the Universe. Spektr-RG is expecting to detect around three million supermassive black holes during its service life.
- Spektr-RG will also identify a staggering number of new X-ray sources, such as the colossal black holes that reside at the centre of galaxies.
The merger of PSU Insurance Companies announced: National Insurance, Oriental India & United India
- National Insurance Company Limited, United India Assurance Company Limited and Oriental India Insurance Company Limited will soon be merged into a single insurance entity.
- The combined entity will become the largest non-life general insurance Indian company with a value of Rs 1.2-1.5 lakh crore. These 3 companies account for a total market share of around 35 per cent.
- Ernst and Young have been appointed as a consultant to carry out the merger in a consolidated way.
International Court slaps $5 bn penalties on Pak in Reko Diq case
- The World Bank court has imposed a penalty of five billion dollars on Pakistan for unlawful denial of a mining lease to a company for the Reko Diq project in 2011.
- The case has been pending since last seven years through Pakistan’s Supreme Court had terminated the deal in 2013 but the mining company said that it had invested over USD 220 million on Reko Diq.
- Reko Diq mine is famed for its vast gold and copper reserves having the world’s fifth-largest gold deposit.
3-month deadline to shut polluting industries across India: NGT
- The Central Pollution Control Board has been given three months deadline by the National Green Tribunal to shut down polluting industries coming under “critically polluted” and “severely polluted” areas within three months.
- It has also directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests to take steps for enforcement of action plan for improvement of the situation.
- A joint study was carried out by the CPCB and state pollution control boards in 2009-10 and many industrial clusters were notified as Polluted Industrial Areas. They were ranked depending upon the Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index scores.
Top Current Affairs for July 15, 2019
Kalraj Mishra appointed Himachal Pradesh Governor
- Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra has been appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
- He replaced Acharya Devvrat who has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Gujarat.
- Kalraj Mishra was the former minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in 2017.
Simona Halep bags Maiden Wimbledon Title
- Romanian tennis star Simona Halep defeated seven-time champion Serena Williams to bag the Wimbledon title for the first time in her career.
- Simona defeated Serena by 6-2, 6-2 to win the title.
- Halep earlier bagged French Open in 2018 and this is her second Grand Slam title.
First Global Conference for Media Freedom held in London
- London hosted the First Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019. The conference was structured around protection and prosecution, including impunity, national frameworks and legislation, building trust in media and countering disinformation and media sustainability.
- With the aim of improving media freedom across the world, a new Global Media Defence Fund was announced for which the UK government committed 18 million pounds.
- The new Global Media Defence Fund will be administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and will support, train and provide legal support to journalists in the most dangerous parts of the world.
Major oil giants of Assam inks agreement for City Gas Distribution network
- Assam Gas Company Limited, Oil India Limited and GAIL Gas Limited have signed an agreement for setting up a new company for implementing the City Gas Distribution (CGD) network.
- It is done in five districts namely Kamrup, Kamrup, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj of Assam, this joint venture is the result of the extension of the National Gas Grid Pipeline i.e. Urja Ganga Project.
- About 3,21,000 households will be connected with the PNG and 51 CNG stations will be set up at a cost of approximately Rs 1,200 crore.
India gets bronze at World Tour Platinum Australian Open
- The Indian table tennis pair of G. Sathiyan and Anthony Amalraj has won the bronze at the World Tour Platinum Australian Open.
- This was India’s first-ever medal in the Australian Open Platinum event.
- The duo had beaten the other Korean pair Jang Woojin and Lim Jonghoon, in the quarter-final and won 5-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-8.
Top Current Affairs for July 13 & 14, 2019
US-India bilateral trade to reach USD 238 billion by 2025
- According to the US India Strategic and Partnership Forum, the bilateral trade between the two countries could reach 238 billion Dollars by 2025 from the current 143 billion Dollars. The growth will occur if trade grows by an average 7.5 per cent each year as has been the trend for the last seven years.
- The US India Bilateral Trade Report estimates the bilateral trade could range between USD 283 billion to USD 327 billion at an annual average growth rate of 10 per cent-12.5 per cent (as witnessed in 2017 and 2018).
- This forum is committed to make the most powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India. The projection will boost economic affairs as India looks at becoming a 1Trillion economy by 2025.
Vikas Swarup appointed as the Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs
- Ministry of External Affairs has appointed senior diplomat, Vikas Swarup as Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs.
- He will look after consular, passport, visa and Overseas Indian affairs from August 1, 2019.
- A 1986-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, he is presently India’s High Commissioner to Canada.
SBI waives off the charges on NEFT, RTGS, and IMPS
- To promote the use of YONO, internet banking and mobile banking for doing NEFT and RTGS transactions without incurring any cost, the State Bank of India has decided to waive off the charges effective from 1st of July.
- This move has come after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decision to waive off the charges with an aim to move the country towards the less-cash economy as a part of Digital India campaign.
- The bank has also decided to apply the same on fund transfer using the Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) through mobile phones effective from August 1st.
Save Water Day observed in West Bengal on 12 July
- To raise awareness on water conservation, the West Bengal government had observed Save Water Day on 12 July.
- A march was conducted to mark the day. West Bengal CM, the state cabinet members, government officials, intellectuals, including writers, actors and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities participated in the event.
- The State government had dug nearly 1.5 lakh ponds in five years till 2016 under the Jal dharo Jal bharo’ scheme. Also, many check dams and irrigation canals have been constructed to prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity.
Anshula Kant appointed as MD and CFO of the World Bank Group
- Anshula Kant has been appointed as the new MD and CFO of The World Bank Group.
- The first woman CFO of the Bank, Anshula Kant will be responsible for financial and risk management operations.
- She is the former CFO of SBI and is having an expertise of more than 35 years in finance, banking and innovative use of technology.
England bags the World Cup Champions trophy
- England has created history by winning their first-ever World Cup as they won by one run in the nail-biting super over after the match was tied with New Zealand.
- Ben Stokes played a historic inning getting England from 71 to 241.
- New Zealand had won the toss and opted to bat first.
The launch of Chandrayaan-2 called off due to a technical glitch
- Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off due to a technical glitch in the launch vehicle system just an hour before its scheduled launch time.
- ISRO will announce a new date of launch shortly.
- India’s Chandrayaan 2 is the first such Moon mission in the world to land near the lunar South Pole to look for water and cold traps.
Meghalaya, the country’s first state to have a policy for Water Conservation
- The government of Meghalaya has approved the draft of water conservation policy making it the first Indian state to come up with such policy. The aim is to provide safe and hygienic water for various purposes like drinking, domestic, sanitation and livelihood development.
- To ensure smooth implementation of the policy, the state will constitute a ‘Water Sanitation Village Council’ at the village level. Various quality check and control procedures will be there to optimise the use of groundwater. Rainwater harvesting and other ways to conserve rainwater will be set up.
- Timely audit of state dams will be done by the Meghalaya State Dam Safety Organisation (SDSO) to identify any safety risks and avoid the adverse impacts.
Prasar Bharati and IIT Kanpur ties up for research collaboration
- To boost research activities in the broadcasting field, India’s largest public broadcasting agency Prasar Bharati has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
- The main areas of research are Direct to mobile broadcasting, Convergence of 5G, Artificial Intelligence Incubation Centre and internship for students of IIT.
- The MoU will remain in force for a period of five years.
Hima Das owns 3rd international gold, creates history
- Assam runner Hima Das has won the women’s 200m event for her third international triumph in 11 days at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet at Kladno, Czech Republic
- Hima clocked a much improved time of 23.43 seconds to win the gold. She has a personal best of 23.10 sec in 200m.
- In her first competitive 200m race of the year, she had clocked 23.65 sec on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland with a time of 23.97 seconds.
TVS Motor launches India’s first Ethanol-based motorcycle
- To reduce crude imports and air pollution, TVS Motor company has launched India’s first ethanol-based motorcycle TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100
- Priced at Rs 1.20 lakh, this motorcycle is equipped with a Twin-Spray-Twin-Port EFI technology has a peak power of 21 PS at 8500 rpm with a torque of 18.1 Nm at7000 rpm. The bike has an ascending top speed of 129 Kmph.
- This product is launched as the government plans to convert three-wheelers to Electric vehicles by 2023 and 2-wheelers below 150cc by 2025.
Top Current Affairs for July 12, 2019
Operation Thirst launched by Railways
- To catch hold of all the unauthorised packaged drinking water sellers in the railway premises, the Director-General of Railway Board had launched an all India drive named “Operation Thirst”.
- The police have arrested many such illegal vendors and huge stocks have been seized under the sections of 144 and 153 of the Railway Act.
- A total fine amount of Rs 6,80,855 has been collected by these offenders.
Cabinet approves the third phase of PMGSY
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the third phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to consolidate 1,25,000 km of roads.
- The estimated cost of the project is Rs 80,250 crore over the next five years. The third phase is scheduled to be completed by 2024-25.
- This third phase will evaluate thorough routes and major rural links to connect Gramin Agricultural Markets, higher secondary schools and hospitals.
Kerala govt to set up Non-Resident Keralites Investment company
- The Kerala Government has decided to form a Non-Resident Keralites Investment company in the state.
- The NRK’s will have 74 per cent stake and the Government will have a 26 per cent stake in the company.
- The objective of this company will be using NRI investments for implementing various infrastructure and development projects.
India raises 27.1 crore people from poverty
- According to the global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), India has elevated 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016.
- Poverty rate of India has reduced drastically from 55% to 28% in ten years.
- Developed in 2010 by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative and the United Nations Development Programme, this MPI uses different factors to determine poverty beyond income-based lists.
Ukraine inaugurates world’s largest movable metal dome
- Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskiy had inaugurated the world’s largest movable metal structure called the New Safe Confinement.
- This dome shelters the remains of the Reactor No. 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that had exploded and burned on April 26, 1986.
- The total cost incurred in building the structure is $1.7 billion which was sponsored by the European Bank and 45 other countries.
Taylor Swift tops the Forbes list of the Highest-Paid Celebrities 2019
- American singer Taylor Swift with an earning of $185 Million has topped the rankings of the Highest-Paid Celebrities 2019 in Forbes list.
- Kylie Jenner, Kanye West, Lionel Messi and Ed Sheeran makes it to the top 5 entertainers.
- Bollywood star Akshay Kumar with the earnings of Rs 270 crores scores 76th position.
Isha Kanth selected for an internship at the International Court of Justice
- 20 years old Isha Kanth has been selected for the prestigious two-month internship at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) based at The Hague.
- Currently, she is pursuing her graduation in law at London.
- The ICJ is the main judicial organ of the United Nations which offers internships for up to three months to students and professionals. ICJ selects only two students every year across the globe for an internship.
Sri Lanka declared measles free
- According to the World Health Organization, the last reported homegrown case of the virus was in May 2016 and hence they have announced Sri Lanka measles free.
- Measles is considered as one of the most contagious diseases because the virus can linger in the air for up to two hours after an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Sri Lanka’s had provided two doses of measles and rubella vaccines in the country’s childhood immunization program to ensure maximum coverage.
Top Current Affairs for July 11, 2019
World Population Day 2019
- World Population Day is being observed on July 11 every year.
- The objective behind celebrating this day is to spread knowledge about the global issue of rising population. This day is being observed since the last 30 years.
- In the recent findings of the Pew Research Center, it is projected that India will surpass China by 2100 in the population count.
Pro-Khalistan Group Sikhs for Justice Banned in India
- The government of India have banned the Sikh fundamentalists organization called as Sikhs for Justice, as they are indulging in anti-social activities prejudicial to the internal security of India.
- They claim to have the potential of disturbing peace and unity and integrity of the country.
- It is a Pro-Khalistani Group formed in 2007 headed by Avtar Singh Pannun and Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and are seen advocating a separate Khalistan state. The group’s primary objective is to establish an independent and autonomous country in Punjab.
France to impose a green tax on plane tickets from 2020
- The French government has decided to impose a tax of up to €18 on plane tickets for all outgoing flights from airports in France to help less-polluting transportation projects.
- For economy class, a tax of €1.5 will be imposed and for business-class travellers, higher tax will be applied. The move will take effect from 2020.
- This action is expected to bring in around €182 million a year which will be invested in greener transport infrastructures and projects.
Indian Army places an order for procuring Spike missiles
- Known for their precision targeting with an ability to pierce even bunkers, the Army has placed an order for procuring Israeli anti-tank Spike missiles.
- Deployable in both mountains and plains, these missiles can hit targets at a range of four kilometres.
- The Army is procuring these missiles as an act of operational preparedness i.e. situations like Pulwama attack. These missiles can be fired from vehicles, helicopters, ships and ground launchers and can be deployed even along the Line of Control.
Nabard to raise Rs 60,000 crore via non-convertible debentures this year
- The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has decided to raise long-term funds of Rs 60,000 crore through non-convertible debentures in the current financial year 2019-20.
- Nabard has assessed Rs 30,000 crore as its own requirements. The balance of Rs 30,000 crores would be utilised for the central government schemes in rural development and sanitation. The bank has already raised Rs 11,000 crore in the first quarter ended June.
- Nonconvertible debentures are unsecured bonds that cannot be converted to company equity or stock. They are fixed-income instruments usually issued by high-rated companies only.
Para-Athlete Toran Yadav Wins 3 Medals for India at World Wealth Yoga Festival and Championship
- Chhattisgarh para-athlete Toran Yadav has made the country proud by winning 3 medals at the 4th World Wealth Yoga Festival and Championship at Europe.
- The 19-year-old is practising yoga since the age of 9.
- He received two silver medals in the rhythmic pair and artistic pair and a bronze medal in athletic yoga.
Top Current Affairs for July 10, 2019
IAF gets a second lot of Chinook helicopters
- The Indian air force has received the second lot of 2 new heavy-lift CH-47F (I) Chinooks helicopters from American aerospace company.
- IAF had ordered 15 Chinooks along with 22 Apache attack helicopters. The first 4/ Chinooks was already received in February 2019.
- These are advanced multi-mission helicopters with the ability to deliver heavy payloads to high altitudes and can work in diverse, extreme conditions.
Shailesh Sadashiv Tinaikar appointed as the Force Commander of UNMISS
- Former Additional Director General Lieutenant General Shailesh Sadashiv Tinaikar has been newly appointed as the Force Commander of the UN mission in South Sudan.
- He is the recipient of very prestigious Vishisht Seva Medal and the Sena Medal awarded for his Distinguished Service with the army for over three decades.
- India is the second-highest troop contributor to UNMISS and has contributed with 2,337 troops deployed with the mission.
Arun Kumar is the new DGCA chief
- The additional secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Arun Kumar, has been appointed as the DGCA chief.
- He was heading the DGCA as an additional charge since May of this year.
- Arun Kumar is an IAS officer of 1989 batch of Haryana cadre.
RBI confirms ‘Utkarsh 2022’
- The Reserve Bank of India has finalised a three- year roadmap to improve regulation and supervision, among other functions of the central bank.
- Named as Utkarsh 2022, this medium-term strategy, plans to strengthen the regulatory and supervisory mechanism.
- An internal committee headed by outgoing Deputy Governor Viral Acharya is also formed to identify issues that needs to be addressed.
BCC and BRICS sign MoU to promote trade
- The Bharat Chamber of Commerce and the BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry have signed an MoU to promote trade and investments.
- They will work closely to foster trade, technological and industrial cooperation between West Bengal and BRICS countries.
- The BCC and the BRICS chamber will share trade-related information and exchange trade delegations among the five countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) of the group.
Deutsche Bank to pull out of global equities sales and trading
- Deutsche Bank has announced to pull out of global equities sales and trading with an aim to scale back investment banking.
- They will cut off 18,000 jobs for a global headcount of around 74,000 employees by 2022. The bank is said to be running under huge losses.
- This German bank may report a net loss of 2.8 billion euros in the second quarter of 2019.
Dutee Chand creates history, wins 100m gold in World Universiade
- The 23-year-old, National record holder Dutee Chand becomes the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal in the World Universiade.
- She has won the 100m dash event in Napoli in just 11.32 seconds.
- Dutee had won a silver each in 100m and 200m in the 2018 Asian Games.
Plan Bee of Northeast Frontier Railway bags Best Innovation Award
- Plan Bee an intiative of Northeast Frontier Railway bagged the best innovation award in Indian Railways for the 2018-19 fiscal.
- Plan Bee is an amplifying system that imitates the buzz of a swarm of honey bees to keep wild elephants away from railway tracks.
- As part of the award, NFR got a citation along with a cash award of Rs. 3 lakh.
Sunil Chhetri and Ashalata Devi wins top honours at AIFF Awards
- Sunil Chhetri, Indian men’s football team captain and women footballer Ashalata Devi bagged the AIFF Player of the Year awards by the All India Football Federation.
- Chhetri was awarded the men’s footballer of the year, while the title in the women’s category was won by Devi.
- Sahal Abdul Samad Kerala’s Blaster bagged the emerging player of the year award in the men’s category whereas Manipur’s Dangmei Grace was awarded the emerging player of the year award in the women’s category.
Top Current Affairs for July 09, 2019
Hyundai launches India’s first fully-electric SUV
- Hyundai Motor launches India’s first fully electric SUV that offers a range of 452 km in a single charge as per ARAI certification.
- With a quick charge DC socket, it can get 80% charged in 57 minutes. It has a CCS type II charging port.
- Hyundai is collaborating with IOCL to set up public chargers to ease the owners.
Rahul Dravid is the new Head of Cricket at NCA
- BCCI has appointed Rahul Dravid as the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) located in Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru, Karnataka.
- Rahul Dravid is currently working with India Cements and is being asked to take the position with immediate effect.
- Dravid will be responsible for all cricket-related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA. However, the tenure of appointment for Dravid has not been specified by BCCI.
Odisha government to give 10K allowance to Padma Shri awardees
- Odisha government has decided to extend an allowance of Rs 10,000 per month to Padma award winners of the state who are facing financial problem.
- The state culture department had made this proposal which was later approved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
- The state has a total of 84 awardees.
Coffee Table Book to commemorate 50 years of partnership with UNWFP launched
- Shri Narendra Singh Tomar has launched a Coffee Table Book today to commemorate five decades of partnership between the Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Ministry and the UN World Food Programme for addressing food and nutritional security in India.
- The Coffee Table Book showcases key milestones achieved by the Government of India in its efforts to make the nation free from hunger and malnutrition.
- It also captures the Green Revolution, the White revolution, improvements in livestock and dairy development and digitization of food safety nets.
DRDO tests Nag Missiles in Pokhran
- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in order to move nearer to the induction of the Nag anti-tank guided missiles into the army, carried out three successful test firings of the missiles in the Pokhran firing ranges.
- The test-firing of missiles was done during both day and night. Nag was one of the first five strategic missiles to be developed under the Integrated Missile Development Programme initiated in the 1980s. The other missiles developed under the project include the Agni, Prithvi, and Akash have been successfully inducted into the armed forces.
- With a range of 3 to 7 km, the Nag missile is an Indian third generation, all-weather, “fire-and-forget” anti-tank guided missile.
India’s Parupalli Kashyap bags silver medal in Canada Open Super 100 tournament
- Parupalli Kashyap, former Commonwealth Badminton Game champion bagged the silver medal in Canada Open Super 100 tournament. He lost China’s Li Shi Feng in the men’s singles summit clash in Calgary.
- Kashyap, who played very well last week, lost to Feng by 22-20 14-21 17-21 in the finals.
- Kashyap fixed a spot in the semifinals of the India Open early this year and the final finish at Canada Open is his best performance of the season.
LinkedIn appoints Ashutosh Gupta as country manager for India.
- LinkedIn, named Ashutosh Gupta as country manager for India.It is the second appointment made by LinkedIn for this position in the last 6 months.
- The previous country manager, Mahesh Narayanan, said he left LinkedIn to pursue other opportunities in the country’s fast-growing digital ecosystem.
- LinkedInis a social network for professionals and is owned by American technology company Microsoft.
Top Current Affairs for July 08, 2019
Global warming to melt the ice sheet by the year 3000: Study
- According to the Journal of Science Advances, the effects of global warming may melt the ice sheet of Greenland resulting in an increase in global sea level by the year 3000.
- The island could lose 4.5 percent of its ice, contributing up to 13 inches of sea level rise by the end of the century,
- Greenland’s ice sheet is vast, spread across over 660,000 square miles which is almost the size of Alaska and 80 percent as big as the US east of the Mississippi River.
First model village inaugurates in Sri Lanka
- As part of a housing project meant for war-affected people and estate workers, a model village has been built with Indian assistance in Sri Lanka.
- India will build 100 model villages consisting of a total of 2,400 houses all across Sri Lanka with Indian grant of Rs 1,200 million.
- The fully constructed houses will be handed over to the beneficiaries.
BSF launches operation ‘Sudarshan’
- A massive exercise has been launched by The Border Security Force (BSF) has named ‘Sudarshan’, to prevent the ‘anti-infiltration grid’ along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu.
- The exercise will witness the entire BSF’s senior field brass, thousands of troops and machinery being deployed in these forward areas.
- The operation will cover the entire over the 1,000-km length of the India-Pakistan International Border.
Saudi Arabia adopts Digital India in Haj
- Indian Haj mission in Saudi Arabia has adopted digital technology to reach out to a large number of pilgrims as part of Digital India initiative.
- An App called as Indian Haj Information System has been introduced to form a bridge with the pilgrims not only to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free Haj operation but also to receive grievances and feedback to improve the service.
- Currently, it is available in English, Hindi, and Urdu, other regional languages will be incorporated during the course of time.
Top Current Affairs for July 06 & 07, 2019
Jaipur, the Pink City makes an official entry in the UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Jaipur made an official entry in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites recently at the 43rd session of the Unesco World Heritage Committee.
- Founded in 1727 CE under Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the city shows an exemplary development in town planning and architecture inspired by the late medieval period.
- The city is associated with living traditions in the form of art and crafts that have national and international recognition.
Deep Space Atomic Clock to be launched by NASA
- NASA has created Jet Propulsion Laboratory called the Deep Space Atomic Clock, which is an ultra-precise device, about 50 times more stable than your average GPS satellite clock.
- The device uses mercury ions which helps space crafts navigate more autonomously by allowing the spacecraft to receive signals from Earth.
- SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket will take off with this deep space atomic clock.
International Day of Cooperatives
- The United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July. This year it was celebrated on July 6, 2019.
- Recent study shows that the cooperatives around the world are the main source of income for more than 279 million people which is almost 10% of humanity’s total working population.
- The aim behind celebrating this day is to increase awareness of cooperatives. This year the theme of International Day of Cooperatives is Coops 4 decent work, which will let the policymakers, civil society organizations and the public know how cooperatives contribute to a decent working environment.
New sovereign gold bonds to be sold at Rs 3,443 per gram
- The government has fixed the price at Rs 3,443 per gram for the new series of sovereign gold bonds (SGBs) which will be issued every month from June 2019 to September 2019.
- For all the purchases made by digital payments, a discount of Rs 50 will be given, hence, for such investors, the price of gold bond will be Rs 3,393 per gram. The objective to launch this sovereign gold bond scheme was to reduce the demand for physical gold and shift a part of the domestic savings, used for the purchase of gold, into financial savings.
- Investors can buy a minimum of one gram up to 500 gram per person in one fiscal year (April-March). For an individual and Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), the maximum limit is 4 kg and trusts and similar entities can buy 20 kg.
Iraq’s city of Babylon makes it to UNESCO’s Heritage list
- The ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon has been declared as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
- Iraq had been influencing since 1983 for the 4,000-year-old site famous for Hanging Gardens to be added to the United Nations’ prestigious list.
- This site was being constructed as a palace for Saddam Hussein and later was being used as a base for US troops.
1800 Bangladeshi Civil Servants to be trained by India
- India will be training Eighteen hundred Bangladeshi mid-career civil servants at the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) in Mussoorie between 2019-2025.
- In the fifth meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC), this Memorandum of Understanding was signed this year.
- These training provide an opportunity to share experiences of administration between civil servants of the two countries.
Top Current Affairs for July 05, 2019
Major Highlights of the Union Budget 2019 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Seetharaman
- The Custom duty on gold has been increased by 2.5%.
- Increase in special additional duty and road and infrastructure cess on diesel and petrol by Re 1/litre is proposed.
- Import of defence equipment is being exempted from basic customs duty.
- Individual having an annual income of Rs 2-5 crore and over 5 crores will be levied additional surcharge 3% and 7% respectively.
- Business establishments having an annual turnover of Rs 50 crore will have to offer a low-cost digital mode of payments to customers.
- TDS of 2% will be levied on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore a year.
- ITR can be filed by quoting Aadhaar. PAN card is no more mandatory.
- Income tax slabs remain unchanged. No tax will be charged for annual earning of up to Rs. 5 lakh.
- An additional tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on interest paid on housing loan for self-occupied house owners is also proposed. Hence, those purchasing affordable house will get tax relief up to Rs 3.5 lakh on interest paid.
- Additional income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on loans for Electric Vehicles is proposed.
- Government is planning to set up 10000 new farmer producer organisations to ensure farmers get a fair price for their produce.
Finance Minister also announced various New schemes
Pradhan Mantri Karam Yogi Maandhan Scheme
- In this scheme, the retail traders and small shopkeepers with annual turnover less than Rs. 1.5 crore will get Pension benefits.
- Enrolment for this scheme will require only Aadhaar, bank account and a self declaration.
Jal Jeevan Mission
- New Jal Shakti Ministry is set up to analyse water resources with the aim of local level management of demand and supply of water.
- The Jal Jeevan Mission will achieve the mission of Har Ghar Jal which is a piped water supply to all rural households by 2024.
New National Education Policy
- A new National Education Policy (NEP) will be brought to propose major changes in school and higher education.
- This policy will ensure better governance system and will focus on research and innovation.
The National Research Foundation (NRF)
- The National Research Foundation (NRF) will be made to fund, coordinate and promote research in the country.
- This adequately funded foundation will conduct independent research grants by various Ministries.
New Space India Limited (NSIL)
- A brand new public sector enterprise called New Space India Limited (NSIL) is being incorporated as a new commercial arm of the Department of Space.
- This will tap the benefits of various Research & Development projects carried out by ISRO such as commercialization of launch vehicles, transfer of technologies and marketing of space products.
National Sports Education Board (NSEB)
- To popularize sports at all levels a National Sports Education Board will be set up to develop sportspersons. .
- Government will expand Khelo India Scheme with necessary financial support.
TV Channel for Start-ups
- To support the new startups , the Government will start a new TV channel under Doordarshan bouquet of channels.
- This will help them grow in a better way. Channel’s name and programmers will be announced in due course of time.
India’s longest Electrified Railway Tunnel commissioned in Andhra Pradesh
- Andhra Pradesh gets India’s longest electrified tunnel.
- The South Central Railway had commissioned the tunnel of 6.6 km between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations. This new line will provide direct and viable connectivity between the South Coast and West Coast.
- The electrified tunnel is constructed in a horseshoe design with the help of New Australian Tunnelling Method. The cost incurred to construct this tunnel is ₹460 crore and It
US-India Strategic Partnership Forum to honour Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga, Wipro’s Azim Premji
- USISPF has announced the names of Wipro’s Chairman, Azim Premji, and Global Financial services company Mastercard’s CEO and President, Ajaypal Singh Banga for 2019 Global Excellence Award.
- The award will be presented to them by Jared Kushner, senior advisor to US president on the 2nd Annual Leadership Summit which will be held on 11 July in Washington, US.
- Azim Premji and Ajay Banga are being bestowed with this award for their contribution towards strengthening economic ties between the US and India.
Christine Lagarde is the new president of the European Central Bank
- The current Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde has been nominated as the president of the European Central Bank.
- With this appointment, she will become the 1st woman to lead powerful institution of European Central Bank, ECB.
- She has been with IMF since 2011 and will be stepping down two years before the end of her second five-year term.
Top Current Affairs for July 04, 2019
Henley Passport Index 2019; India ranks 86th, Japan at the top
- Henley and Partners’ annual passport index shows the most powerful passports in the world based on the number of countries a holder can go to without a visa or visa-on-arrival and permit.
- As per the recent report, India stands at 86th position whereas Japan and Singapore hold first position collectively as they allow visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 189 places.
- India’s current mobility score is 58 which means that Indian passport holders can visit 58 countries around the world without a prior visa.
India approaches 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
- To free humanity from poverty and put the planet back on the road to sustainability by 2030 all the countries are making their action plans. India is also following a holistic approach towards its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by launching various schemes.
- SDG Index Score for the Indian states ranges between 42 and 69 whereas it ranges between 57and 68 for Union Territories.
- Kerala and Himachal Pradesh are the leaders amongst all the states with a score of 69. And Chandigarh is leading with a score of 68 among the UT’s.
Jammu to organize its first ever investor summit
- The state government of Jammu & Kashmir have decided to organize its first-ever investor summit during the month of September-October this year.
- Apart from Indian Investors, the event will witness active participation from eight countries with the objective to attract investments and change the perceptions about the State.
- The government is focusing on tourism, horticulture, handicrafts, power, and manufacturing sector.
Tax revenue witness a dip in FY’19
- According to the recent economic survey, the ratio of gross tax to GDP has reduced to 10.9 percent in the current financial year. This is due to 16 percent shortfall of indirect tax revenues.
- Whereas, the corporate tax has shown good performance because of which the direct taxes increased by 13.4 percent.
- Earlier the Government had budgeted to collect Rs 11.50 lakh crore from direct taxes and Rs 7.43 lakh crore from GST.
Top Current Affairs for July 03, 2019
NALCO to get President’s award for excellent CSR
- Government has decided to felicitate the National Aluminium Company Limited with the most prestigious President’s award for utilization of Corporate Social Responsibility fund in social development.
- Aiming to promote the education of Girls of BPL families, the CMD of NALCO, Tapan Chand initiated a scheme “Aliali Jhia” in 2015.
- They adopt and promote poor and talented girls for education.
State Bank of India & NIIF ties up to offer financing solutions to the infrastructure sector.
- State Bank of India and India’s sovereign wealth fund along with National Investment and Infrastructure Fund have signed an MoU(Memorandum of Understanding) to provide financing solutions to the infrastructure sector.
- This tie-up will help in equity investments, project funding, bond financing, renewable energy support, and take-out finance for operating assets.
- During the last financial year, SBI had extended Rs 51 crore loans to fund various infrastructure projects.
Japan resumes commercial whaling
- After withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission, Japan resumed commercial whaling after three decades.
- Japan has joined Iceland and Norway as the only nations to allow commercial whaling.
- Japan started whale hunting in 1985 and have caught and killed nearly 17,000 whales since then.
Karnam Sekar; the new MD and CEO of IOB
- Former MD & CEO of Dena Bank Karnam Sekar has been appointed as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Indian Overseas Bank, replacing R Subramaniakumar.
- He is on Special Duty and Whole Time Director of IOB since April this year.
- He had also been the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Credit Officer of State Bank of India.
21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship 2019 to be held in Odisha
- Odisha government has decided to host the 21st Commonwealth Championship for from July 17-22, 2019 at the Jawaharlal Indoor Stadium in Cuttack.
- 14 associations, consisting of India, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Australia, Cyprus, South Africa, Nigeria, and Pakistan will participate in the tournament.
- The previous two Commonwealth Championships were held in India in 2013 and 2015.
IMD forecasts heavy showers in Mumbai
- Mumbai city is witnessing heavy rains which have left the city crumbling with water-logged streets, drowning cars, open manholes and people walking through the smelly dark deep water. It is the second-highest 24-hour rainfall in the last 45 years
- Due to the rain outrage, more than 10 houses near the Tiware dam in Ratnagiri was washed away leading to the death of over 20 people.
- As per the forecast of The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the city will have intermittent showers with isolated heavy rainfall.
Top Current Affairs for July 02, 2019
One Nation One Ration Card
- This is one of the most ambitious projects of the central government.
- Under the ‘One Nation One Card’ scheme, a beneficiary can buy subsidized food grains from any ration shop.
- The scheme will begin on 1 July 2020 before which the POS machines needs to be installed in all the ration shops across the country.
Campaign to eradicate AES launched in UP
- Uttar Pradesh government launches a large scale campaign to eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis disease.
- This is a state-wide campaign wherein the medical teams will go door to door in every village of the 75 districts of the state to create awareness.
- Many departments of the state especially health, rural development, primary education will work together to spread the word about these diseases.
Teachers reservation Bill gets a nod in Lok Sabha
- Reservations in Teachers’ Cadre Bill-2019 has been passed by the Lok Sabha today.
- In order to get direct recruitment of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Educationally Backward Classes and Economically Weaker Sections, this bill was extended for approval.
- This bill will allow filling of about 8,000 existing vacancies in 41 Central universities and also provide 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections from the general category.
Telecom Ministry forms a committee revive Telecom sector
- Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad formed a committee to revive the cash-deprived Telecom sector. The committee will be headed by Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan.
- The committee has to submit the report in 2 weeks time after revising all the previous recommendations provided by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
- The main focus of the committee will be on reducing various charges such as license fee, spectrum usage charge (SUC) and universal service.
Nagaland declared disturbed area for six more months under AFSPA
- Nagaland has been declared a “disturbed area” till December.
- This is due to The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without prior notice. This act is in force in the state for several decades now.
- The decision is in order to prevent and control killings, loot, and extortion which is taking place in various parts of the state.
Jal Shakti Abhiyan for Water Conservation Launched
- The Jal Shakti Abhiyan which is a campaign for water conservation and security is started by Union Jal Shakti Minister, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
- This two-phase campaign seeks citizen participation during the monsoon season. The first phase starts from 1st July 2019 to 15th September 2019 and the second phase will run from 1st October 2019 to 30th November 2019 for States receiving the North East retreating monsoons.
- Water-stressed districts and blocks will be given prime importance.
Top Current Affairs for July 01, 2019
National Doctor’s Day 2019 today
- National Doctor’s Day is observed every year to thank physicians and doctors for their dedicated services to patients. Its acknowledgment of their services and contribution towards the medical advancement in the country.
- The theme decided by IMA for 2019 is “Zero tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishment”. It will raise awareness about the violence happening with the doctors across India.
- Recently there was a lot of violence against the doctors in the country. This theme was created keeping in mind the safety and security of doctors during their working hours.
2 years of GST Today
- Celebrating two years of GST, the Government of India has organized an event on July 1.
- While addressing the event Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the two years of GST and the road ahead for the indirect tax regime.
- GST has transformed India into ‘One Nation, One Tax’ that binds the country into an economic union.
NS Vishwanathan reappointed as RBI’s Deputy Governor
- The reappointment of NS Vishwanathan as Deputy Governor of the RBI has been approved by the Appointment committee.
- His term would be of one year from July 4, 2019.
- Recently, RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya has resigned due to personal reasons. N S Vishwanathan is the senior most among the deputy governors.
India and Russia sign a deal to acquire anti-tank missile
- India has signed Rs 200 crore deal to acquire ‘Strum Ataka’ anti-tank missile from Russia for its fleet of Mi-35 attack choppers.
- This deal comes with the emergency clause wherein these missiles would be handed over to India within three months of signing the contract.
- This deal will help India to keep itself battle-ready in situations like the one post-Balakot aerial strikes.
ISALEX19 kicked off in Abu Dhabi
- The International Security Alliance (ISA) joint security exercise, ISALEX19 began in Abu Dhabi. The ISA was launched in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
- This exercise is to test the readiness of the different teams of the member countries and to evaluate the tools, strategies and procedures developed.
- The ISA comprises of nine countries that are the United Arab Emirates, France, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Kingdom of Spain, the Republic of Senegal, the Republic of Singapore, and the Slovak Republic.
Aparna Kumar becomes the first civil servant to achieve the 7 Summits challenge
- IPS officer Aparna Kumar becomes the first civil servant to achieve the incredible feat of completing ‘7 Summits’ challenge’.
- After succeeding in her third attempt, she hoisted India’s tricolor on Mount Denali in Alaska, the USA which is the highest peak of North America. The height of Mount Denali is at 20,310 ft.
- She is an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Dehradun Frontier DIG and the first woman IPS officer to reach the South Pole on January 13 after walking 111 kilometers. She has also scaled Antarctica’s highest peak Mount Vinson Massif followed by Mount Manaslu in Nepal.
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