DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 11 JULY 2019

National News

“Operation Thirst”  launched by RPF

i. RPF launched “Operation Thirst” to crack down selling of unauthorised Packaged Drinking Water in the railway premises. During the operation, 1371 persons were arrested for selling of packaged drinking water of unauthorised brands.

Extra Info-

  •  Union Minister for Railways: Piyush Goyal.

Government waives duty on products imported for nuclear plants

i. GoI has waived off basic customs duty (BCD) on products imported for nuclear plants. “All goods for use in generation of nuclear power” and “all forms of uranium ores and concentrates for generation of nuclear power” will now have to pay no basic customs duty.

International News

Ukraine inaugurates world’s largest Metal Dome

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i. Ukraine has inaugurated the world’s largest movable metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant. It is a 108-meter high dome which weighs 36,000 tonnes.

Extra Info-

  • Capital of Ukraine: Kyiv; Currency of Ukraine: Ukrainian Hryvnia.

Agreements

Defence Ministry signs MoU with IPFC and NRDC

i. Defence Ministry has signed an MOU with the Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell and National Research Development Corporation in connection to the mission Raksha Gyan Shakti.

ii. The MoU will bridge the capacity shortfall and provide a major fillip to the ongoing efforts of the Defence Ministry towards promoting a culture of Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights in the Defence industry.

iii. The aim of Raksha Gyan Shakti is to inculcate Intellectual Property culture in Indian defence manufacturing ecosystem.

Extra Info-

  • Union Defence Minister of India: Rajnath Singh.

Prasar Bharati and IIT Kanpur signs MoU for research collaboration

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i. Prasar Bharati and IIT Kanpur signed an MoU for research collaboration in newly emerging technologies and broadcasting-related areas in New Delhi

ii. The move is likely to boost research activities in the broadcasting field.

Extra Info-

  • CEO of Prasar Bharati:  Shashi Shekhar Vempati; Prasar Bharati HQ: New Delhi.
  • Established in: 23 Nov1997.

State News

MP Govt announces cow welfare fund, hikes Haj committee grant

i. Highlights of the state budget presented by Madhya Pradesh government:

  • Allocation of Rs 8,000 crore has been made to waive loans of 20 lakh farmers of the state.
  • The grants for the Madhya Pradesh Waqf Board and the Haj committee have been hiked.
  • A grant of Rs 132 crore has been proposed for the welfare of cows.

Extra Info-

  • Madhya Pradesh CM: Kamal Nath, Governor: Anandiben Patel.

Economy and Business News

ICSI launches UDIN to improve corporate governance

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i. The Institute of Company Secretaries of India has rolled out an initiative a Unique Document Identification Number to pursue heightened sense of self-governance and strengthen the practising side of company secretaries. 

ii. UDIN will provide ease of maintaining register of attestation and certification servicesThe ICSI functions under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Extra Info-

  • Union Minister of Corporate Affairs: Nirmala Sitharaman.

RBI panel moots changes in timings for foreign exchange market

i. Internal committee of the RBI has suggested that the foreign exchange market could function from 9 am to 9 pm. At present, the currency market works from 9 am to 5 pm. The panel suggested call money market timings could be extended till 6 pm instead of the 5 pm now.

ii. The extension of market timings is expected to provide benefits such as better pricing of post-market hours information/data, improved onshore price discovery and a possible shift of offshore volumes to onshore.

Extra Info-

  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

Appointments

MN Rao appointed DG of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard

i. The Central government appointed M Nageswar Rao, as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard. Rao will replace former CBI Chief Alok Verma.

LinkedIn appoints Ashutosh Gupta as country manager for India

i. LinkedIn has appointed Ashutosh Gupta as the new country manager for India operations. Gupta will replace Mahesh Narayanan, who was the country manager for India for period from January-June 2019.

Extra Info-

  • LinkedIn’s CEO: Jeff Weiner; HQ: California, United States.    

Summits & Conferences

36th Meeting of the Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC)

i. The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship organised the 36th meeting of the Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC) in New Delhi

ii. The 36th CAC meet under the chairmanship of Minister of MSDE, aims to meet the aspirations of the Indian youth who strive to gain on-the-job training and secure better opportunities for employment.

Extra Info- 

  • Minister of Skill development and Entrepreneurship: Mahendra Nath Pandey.

14th conference of Parties to be hosted by India

i. India will host the 14th conference of the parties from September 02 to 13 in Greater Noida. 197 countries are expected to participate in the conference.

ii. Three crucial issues in this conference are desertification, land degradation and drought. 

Extra Info-

  • Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar.

India-Myanmar: Exchange crucial information on drug trafficking

i. 4th Director General level talks between Narcotics Control Bureau (India) and Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (Myanmar) was held in New Delhi. 

ii. India and Myanmar have resolved to exchange crucial information relating to drug trafficking and precursors.

Extra Info-

  • Capital of Myanmar: Naypyitaw; Currency of Myanmar: Burmese Kyat.

Sports

Fergus Kavanagh to conduct camp for Indian hockey defenders

i. Fergus Kavanagh has been roped in to conduct a 7 day camp with Indian defenders at the Sports Authority of India Centre in Bengaluru

ii. He will be working closely with 14 Indian defenders identified by Hockey India.

iii. Kavanagh was part of the Australian dream team that won the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi and the 2014 World Cup in The Hague.

Gold medals for India in Commonwealth Championships

i. Rakhi Halder and Davinder Kaur has won a gold medal each in the senior women’s section of weightlifting in the Commonwealth Championships.

ii. Davinder Kaur has won the gold medal in women’s 59kg event. While Rakhi Halder has won the gold medal in the 64kg category. The Championship is taking place in Apia, Samoa.

Important Days

World Population Day: 11 July

i. The United Nations observes 11 July every year as World Population Day. This year’s World Population Day calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.

Extra Info-

  • United Nations Headquarters: New York, USA; Founded: 24 October 1945.
  • Antonio Guterres is the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Miscellaneous

Taylor Swift Topped 100 highest-paid Forbes Celebrity list

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i. Singer Taylor Swift has topped the Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list and emerged as the highest-paid celebrity with her 2019 estimated earnings of over USD 185 million. 

ii. Taylor Swift replaced Kylie Jenner. Jenner is now 2nd in the list.

iii. India’s Akshay kumar is placed 33rd in the list.

Isha Kanth bags ICJ internship programme

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i. Indian girl, Isha Kanth is one of the two persons in the world to have bagged an internship programme at the International Court of Justice.

ii. She has earlier worked in rural Bihar spreading awareness on the right to education and women empowerment among children belonging to the marginalised sections.

Extra Info-

  • Headquarters: The Hague (Netherlands); Established: June 1945.
  • President: Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia).

Obituaries

Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto passes away

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i. The legendary Brazilian musician and songwriter Joao Gilberto passed away. He was the pioneer of the lilting, melodious and famous music known as Bossa Nova.

 

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International News

North Korea revises the constitution

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ii. Earlier Kim ruled as a chairman of state Affairs Commission. The previous constitution stated that the chairman of SAC served as a Supreme Leader. 

Imp Info:

  • North Korea Capital: Pyongyang; Currency: North Korean won.

The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index

i. UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index. Highlights of the reports are:

  1. India’s MPI value reduced from 0.283 in 2005-06 to 0.123 in 2015-16.
  2. India has lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index.
  3. India and Cambodia has reduced their MPI values the fastest among the 10 selected countries for which changes over time were analysed.
  4. Gains for India according to the report:
  • deprivation in nutrition from 44.3% in 2005-06 to 21.2% in 2015-16.
  • child mortality dropped from 4.5% to 2.2%.
  • people deprived of cooking fuel reduced from 52.9% to 26.2%.
  • deprivation in sanitation from 50.4% to 24.6%.
  • people deprived of drinking water reduced from 16.6% to 6.2%.

Imp Info:

  • The administrator of UNDP: Achim Steiner.

Agreements

Kalyani JV gets missile kits order

i. A joint venture of a Kalyani group firm and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems has secured a $100 million contract for manufacturing 1,000 Barak-8 MRSAM missile kits.

ii. Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems will manufacture the kits at its production facility near Hyderabad and supply them to Bharat Dynamics for further integration. The product will be used by the Indian Army and the Air Force.

Imp Info:

  •  Capital of Israel: Jerusalem; Currency of Israel : Israeli New Shekel.

India hands over pre-fabricated houses to Myanmar

i. India handed over 250 pre-fabricated houses to Myanmar in Maung Daw for use of displaced returnees from Bangladesh. 

ii. The Indian government had taken up the project under its Rakhine State Development Programme for $ 25M for a period of five years.

Imp Info:

  • Capital of Myanmar: Naypyitaw; Currency of Myanmar: Burmese Kyat.

BCC signs MoU with BRICS chamber to promote trade

i. The Bharat Chamber of Commerce and the BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi, signed an MoU  for promoting trade and investments between the BRICS countries and the eastern part of India.

Imp Info:

  • BRICS Headquarters: Shanghai, China; President of BRICS: K V Kamath.
  • Members of the BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

State News

 Rajghat coal plant to be turned into solar park

i. The Delhi government has announced that the Rajghat thermal power plant will be officially shut and turned into a solar park. A 5,000 KW of solar power will be produced at the 45 acre plant site.

ii. The coal-based plant, whose current units were commissioned in 1989, has been lying in a shutdown mode from 2014. 

Imp Info:

  • Chief Minister of Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal; Lieutenant Governor of Delhi: Anil Baijal.

Appointments

Vikas Swarup appointed as Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs

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i. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner in Ottawa as Secretary (Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian affairs) in the Ministry of External Affairs with effect from 01.08.2019.

Imp Info:

  • Capital of Canada: Ottawa; Currency of Canada: Canadian dollar.
  • Minister of External Affairs: Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Summits & Conferences

First Global Conference for Media Freedom in London

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i. The first Global Conference for Media Freedom co-hosted by the UK and Canada in London.

ii. A three members Indian media delegation, including Prasar Bharati Chairman A.Surya Prakash, Rajya Sabha MP and journalist Swapan Dasgupta, and journalist and political analyst Kanchan Gupta, have attended the first Global Conference for Media Freedom.

Imp Info:

  • World Press Freedom Index 2019: Rank of India 140th out of 180.

USISPF second annual leadership summit held in Washington

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i. The US India Strategic and Partnership Forum 2nd annual leadership summit held in Washington. “US India Bilateral Trade Report” was released on the occasion.
ii. Some findings of the report are:

  • US India bilateral trade could reach USD 238 billion by 2025.
  • Sectors such as defence trade, commercial aircrafts, oil and LNG, coal, machinery and electronics are areas of potential growth.
  • The US-India trade balance has grown 3.8 per cent on an average in favour of India.

Imp Info:

  • President of United States: Donald Trump; Capital: Washington, DC.

19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting in London

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i. The 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting was held in LondonExternal Affairs Minister conveyed India’s stand at the meet.

Imp Info:

  • External Affairs Minister of India: S. Jaishankar.
  • UK Capital: London; Currency: Pound sterling.

Sports

4 gold medals for India in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships

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i. India has won 4 gold medals in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships held in Apia, Samoa. The Indian medallists are:

  • Men (Elite and junior): Achinta Sheuli has won 2 gold medals in the 73kg event.
  • Junior: Gulam Navi has won a gold medal in 67kg event.
  • Junior and youth: L. Sadananda Singh has won Bronze & Gold medals in the 73kg event.
  • Women (Elite): Manpreet Kaur has won silver medal in 76kg event.
  • Junior: R. Arockiya Alish has won a silver medal in 76kg event.

Mexico wins CONCACAF Gold Cup final

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i. Mexico defeated USA  to claim their eighth CONCACAF Gold Cup titleJonathan Dos Santos scored the winning goal in 73rd min for Mexico in the thrilling final.

Imp Info:

  • Capital of Mexico: Mexico City; Currency of Mexico: Mexican peso.

Miscellaneous

Film Divisions to launch documentary film club in Mumbai

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i. Film Divisions will launch documentary film club “KSHITIJ” in Mumbai. The club will be launched by Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in association with Indian Documentary Producer’s Association (IDPA).

ii. The acclaimed documentary film “Secret Life of Frogs” by Ajay & Vijay Bedi will be screened as the inaugural film. 

Obituaries

Soumendranath Kundu passes away

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i. Former Bengal and Railway leg-spinner Soumendranath Kundu passed away. Kundu was conferred the CAB Kartick Bose lifetime Achievement Award 2014.

ii. Kundu took 127 wickets in 30 First Class matches between 1958-59 and 1968-69. He also took 10 wickets in a match thrice.

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Agreements

Airtel Payments Bank to sell Bharti AXA Life’s term insurance

i. Airtel Payments Bank has partnered with Bharti AXA Life Insurance to offer a life term insurance plan. 

ii. The product, Bharti AXA Life (Point of Sale) Saral Jeevan Bima Yojana, is a pure life term insurance plan which is aimed at the under insured and uninsured segments in India.

Useful Info-

  • MD & CEO of Bharti AXA Life Insurance: Vikas Seth.
  • MD & CEO of Airtel Payments Bank: Anubrata Biswas.

AYUSH, MeitY ministries collaborates for digitisation of AYUSH sector

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i. The Ministries of AYUSH and Electronics and Information Technology have signed a MoU to collaborate on the digitization of the AYUSH sector.

ii. The ministry aims to digitize the entire AYUSH, leading to transformation in the field of health care delivery at all levels, along with greater research, education, delivery of various health care programmes and better drug regulations.

Useful Info-

  • Minister of State (Independent charge) of AYUSH Ministry: Shripad Yesso Naik.
  • Minister of Communications and Information Technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Delhi Police signs pact with SECI for rooftop solar energy systems

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i. Delhi Police has signed a pact with Solar Energy Corporation of India. Under this, the  SECI will support the implementation of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic systems on the establishments of Delhi police.

ii. The Delhi police will set up rooftop solar energy systems in over 200 of its buildingsacross the city.

Useful Info-

  • Chairman of SECI: Praveen Kumar.

Awards

Ajay Banga, Azim Premji to receive excellence awards from USISPF

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i. The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum has announced that Mastercard CEO and President Ajay Banga and Wipro Chairman Azim Premji will receive the 2019 Global Excellence Awards.

ii. This is the Second Annual Leadership Summit of USISPF.

iii. They have been honored with the awards for their significant contribution to strengthening economic ties between the US and India.

Business and Banking News

Ola gets green light for London taxi business

i. India’s biggest ride-hailing platform Ola Cabs, has received approval from London’stransport regulator to start private hire vehicles (PHV) in the capital city of the UK. 

ii. Ola will be the first ever platform to offer both PHVs and black cabs in the UK.

Useful Info-

  • CEO of OLA: Bhavish Aggarwal; Headquarters: Bengaluru.

‘Vasool So-Ft’ launched to digitize NPA recovery process

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i. Karnataka Bank Ltd has launched the web tool ‘Vasool So-Ft’ (Vasool So-Fast) for digitalising the Non Performing Asset recovery process of the bank.

ii. The digital tool for the recovery of stressed assets will provide an end to end digital solution. It will enable easy and faster processing, real time information and immediate decision making in the recovery area.

Useful Info-

  • MD & CEO of Karnataka Bank Ltd: Mahabaleshwara MS; Headquarters: Mangaluru.

Appointments

Ursula von der Leyen elected as next EU president

i. European Commission has elected Ursula von der Leyen as its new president

ii. She will replace Jean Claude Juncker. She has become the first woman to be elected to lead the EU’s executive arm.

Useful Info-

  • Headquarters of European Commission: Brussels, Belgium.

Miscellaneous

Duty Free shops at Dubai airports to accept Indian currency

i. Dubai Duty Free has announced that Indian Rupee will now be an accepted currency at all the retail outlets of the Dubai airport.  

ii. The move makes the Indian rupee the 16th international currency to be accepted at Dubai’s airports.

iii. Stores at the Dubai Airport will accept notes of various denominations, including 100s, 200s, 500s and 2000s.

First ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendra’ in Delhi and Vijayawada

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i. Unique Identification Authority of India has opened its first ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendra’ in Delhi and Vijayawada.  

ii. The Aadhaar card issuing authority has an ambitious plan to set up 114 such centresby the year end.

iii. These centres will provide the facility to apply for a new Aadhaar card or update the existing ones. These centres are similar to Passport Seva Kendras run by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Useful Info-

  • CEO of UIDAI: Ajay Bhushan Pandey; Founded: 12 July, 2016.

Sports News  

Arjen Robben announces retirement from football

i. Dutch winger Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35 after a 10-year spell with German giants Bayern Munich. 

ii. He has played 96 international matches for the Netherlands, scoring 37 goals, and starred in the team which reached the 2010 World Cup final.

 

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National News

India’s first Design Development Centre launched in Gujarat

i. India’s first Design Development Center ‘Fashionova’ was launched in the Textile city Surat.  

ii. The centre will promote the city in the field of the fashion design sector. 

iii. It will also fulfill the business needs from co-working space, technicians, expert advises to cognitive workshops and exposure to the industry.

Useful Info-

  • Gujarat CM: Vijay Rupani; Governor: Om Prakash Kohli; Capital: Gandhinagar.

Longest electrified railway tunnel in India commissioned

i. The South Central Railway has commissioned the longest electrified tunnel of India

ii. The tunnel which is between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations is 6.6 km long, is built at a total cost of ₹460 crore. 

iii. The horse shoe shaped tunnel is of 6.5 metres height with ballastless track and LED lighting provided at 10 metre intervals inside.

Army Chief releases Kargil Tribute Song

i. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has released a Kargil Tribute Song to honour, salute and pay homage to the Kargil martyrs and war veterans

ii. The song has been composed by eminent Hindi lyricist Sammer Anjaan and sung by Shatadru Kabir.

iii. The song was released as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas to be celebrated on 26th of July.

Agreements

Cabinet approves India-Maldives MoU for passenger, cargo services

i. The Union Cabinet has approved the pact signed between India and Maldives to start passenger and cargo services via sea route. 

ii. The MoU will pave way for ferry services between Maldives and India. The proposed ferry service would contribute in a big way to promote people to people contact and to boost bilateral trade.

Useful Info-

  • Capital of Maldives: Male; Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa.
  • President: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

CCMB and CDFD sign MoU to improve genetic disease diagnostics

i. An MoU has been signed between CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD). 

ii. The aim of the MoU is to enable better ways of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders.

State News

Tripura gets Rs 358 crore from GoI for road projects

i. The GoI has sanctioned an additional amount of Rs 358 crore for the construction of new roads in rural areas of Tripura.

Useful Info-

  • Capital of Tripura: Agartala, CM: Biplab Kumar Deb, Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki.

Hong Kong govt grants over $9 million for cyclone-hit Odisha

i. The Hong Kong government has approved over $9 million for relief and rehabilitation work in cyclone-hit Odisha. 

ii. The grants will benefit around 45,100 victims of “Fani cyclone” and will be used to provide hygiene kits, kitchen kits, water, education, household items and shelter kits.

Useful Info-

  • CM of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

Banking News

Punjab & Sind Bank sets up Cen-MARG

i. Punjab & Sind Bank has set up a centralised hub “Centralised MSME & Retail Group”. It will process retail and MSME loans for the better efficiency of branches in business acquisition. 

ii. The Cen-MARG has been envisioned to ensure qualitative improvement in credit appraisal, improved turnaround time, uniform documentation, and efficient monitoring.

Useful Info-

  • MD & CEO of Punjab & Sind Bank: S. Harisankar.

Ranks & Reports

India ranked 86th in the Henley Passport Index 2019

i. The Henley Passport Index 2019 have ranked the Indian passport on the 86th positionwith a mobility score of 58

ii. The score points out that Indian passport holders can access 58 countries around the world without a prior visa. Japan and Singapore holds the top spot with a score of 189.

iii. The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations including micro-states and territories. 

Miscellaneous

Nasscom, NSDC launch Global Cloud Computing challenge

i. Nasscom partners with National Skill Development Corporation to organise ‘World Skills India’s International Cloud Computing Challenge 2019’. 

ii. Ten countries including India are participating in the competition, along with New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Oman and Ireland.

iii. “WorldSkills India” is an NSDC initiative launched in 2011.

Useful Info-

  • President of NASSCOM: Debjani Ghosh.
  • Chairman of NSDC: A M Naik; MD & CEO: Manish Kumar.

 Iraq’s Babylon listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO

i. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has listed Iraq’s Babylon as a World Heritage Site

ii. Babylon is developed as a walled city of mudbrick temples and towers, constituting the Tower of Babel, and the Ishtar Gate. 

iii. The city was the centre of the ancient Babylonian empire more than 4,000 years ago.

Useful Info-

  • Capital of Iraq: Baghdad; Currency: Iraqi dinar.
  • Headquarters of UNESCO: Paris, France; Director General: Audrey Azoulay.

Important Days

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i. The United Nations observes first Saturday of July every year as International Day of Cooperatives.  

ii. The day is celebrated to increase the awareness of cooperatives. The event underscores the contributions of the cooperative movement in resolving the major problems addressed by the United Nations.

iii. Theme for 2019: COOPS 4 DECENT WORK.

Useful Info-

  • United Nations Headquarters: New York, USA; Founded: 24 October 1945.
  • Secretary General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.

 

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NATIONAL

PM Narendra  Modi launches plantation drive in Varanasi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a mega plantation drive in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Modi unveiled a tall bronze statue of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, outside the terminal building of the Varanasi Airport.
  • The plantation drive was launched at Harahua primary school Anand Kanan forest on the Panch Kosi Marg .
  • A total of 27 lakh saplings and trees were being planted with the help of farmers and residents to increase the green cover.

Extra Info:

  • Uttar Pradesh- Capital City (Lucknow) CM (Yogi Adityanath) Governor (Ram Naik)

Govt to invest 50 lakh crore rupees in railways by 2030

  • Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the government is eyeing investment of 50 lakh crore in railways by the year 2030 to make it the best in the world.
  • the rail infrastructure in the country increased by mere 30 per cent in the last 65 years due to the lack of adequate investment, while freight and passenger traffic increased by 1500 per cent
  • The entire Konkan Railway route from Mumbai to Mangaluru via Goa would be electrified at the cost of 11,000 crore rupees.

Extra Info:

  • Railway Minister- Piyush Goyal

Assam Govt to develop over three hundred tourist spots

  • Assam government has taken a step to develop 316 tourists spot in the state.
  • Managing Director of Assam Tourism Development Corporation Bhaskar Phukan announced that 150 crore rupees will be spent to develop these locations under Axom Darshan.

Extra Info:

  • Assam- Capital City(Dispur) CM(Sarbananda Sonowal) Governor(Jagdish Mukhi)

Central Govt to set up three CoE in Sports at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju has announced that central government is going to set-up three Sports Centre of Excellence in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The three centre of excellence will be for Martial Arts, Weight Lifting and Boxing. These centres will have a capacity of 300 sportspersons with residential facility.
  • The government will also set up 12 to 15 football stadiums with Astro-turf football pitches across the state in the next three years.
  • This year Arunachal Pradesh will host the North East Youth Festival.

Extra Info:

  • Arunachal Pradesh- Capital City (Itanagar) CM(Pema Khandu) Governor(B. D. Mishra)

Smriti Irani lays foundation stone of Govt Girl’s Degree College at Jagdishpur in Amethi

  • Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Textile Smriti Irani laid the foundation stone of Government Girl’s Degree College at Jagdishpur in Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh.

Extra Info:

  • Uttar Pradesh- Capital City (Lucknow) CM (Yogi Adityanath) Governor (Ram Naik)

CM Bhupesh Baghel inaugurates ‘Jan Choupal’ programme in Raipur

  • CM Bhupesh Baghel inaugurates ‘Jan Choupal’ programme in Raipur,Chattisghar.
  • Under this new ‘Jan Choupal program, public meetings will be held once every week to discuss the issues of the people.
  • The concept of ‘Jan Choupal’ has been taken from the practices of our ancestors in the village, who used to gather and solve the issues faced by them.

Extra Info:

Chhattisgarh- Capital City(Raipur) CM(Bhupesh Baghel) Governor(Anandiben Patel)

Telangana government has introduced the Miyawaki method of afforestation

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  • Under the Telangana ku Haritha Haaram (TKHH) Telangana government has introduced the Japanese Miyawaki method of afforestation to grow urban forests and expand the green cover as well as to meet the stipulated plantation target.
  • Telangana Ku Haritha Haram or Haritha Haram was launched by Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao on July 2015.
  • Miyawaki is a Japanese technique introduced by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, that helps build dense, native forests in a short time.

 Extra Info:

  • Telangana- Capital City (Hyderabad) CM (K. Chandrashekar Rao) Governor (E. S. L. Narasimhan.)

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Ola gets green light for London taxi business

  • India’s Ola Cabs received approval from London’s transport regulator to start private hire vehicles (PHV) in the capital city of the UK.
  • Ola UK Pvt. Ltd received a one-year carriage licence from TFL to operate “PHV vehicles” across London.
  • Ola would become the biggest threat to Uber in the UK, since it has raised far more capital than the rest of the app-based taxi operators
  • It is raised around $190 million to $280 million in funding Ola’s massive war chest of $3.8 billion.

Extra Info:

  • Ola first entered the UK in August 2018.
  • They got with licences to operate across south Wales.
  • It has a presence in 150 cities across India
  • It operations in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Ola: Ola Cabs, is an Indian origin online transportation network company.

  • Founded: 3 December 2010, Mumbai
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Founders: Bhavish Aggarwal, Ankit Bhati
  • CEO: Bhavish Aggarwal

Reliance Jio partners with Facebook to launch literacy drive MDigital Udaan” for first-time internet users in India

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  • Indian mobile network operator, Reliance Jio partnered with Facebook to launch a digital literacy initiative named “Digital Udaan”
  • The main aim is to empower first-time internet users with digital literacy and understanding of the Internet in real time.
  • Jio will engage with its users to help them learn about features of JioPhone, apps and Internet safety, including the use of Facebook.
  • The initiative is launched in nearly 200 different locations across 13 states.
  • It is expected to reach over 7,000 locations in the country.
  • Through this program, it has audio-visual training in 10 regional languages.

Extra Info:

Facebook:

  • Founded: February 2004
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States
  • CEO: Mark Zuckerberg

Tata Steel Kalinganagar included in WEF’s Global Lighthouse Network

  • Tata Steel Kalinganagar (TSK) has been included in World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Lighthouse Network.
  • TSK in Odisha’s Jajpur district is the first and the only Indian manufacturing plant to be included in the WEF’s Lighthouse Network.
  • The factories join a network of 16 existing lighthouses across multiple geographies and industries.

Extra Info:

Tata Steel:

  • Founded: 25 August 1907, Jamshedpur
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: T. V. Narendran

BANKING & FINANCE

Punjab & Sind Bank sets up centralised hub ‘Cen-MARG’ to process retail and MSME loans

  • Punjab & Sind Bank set up a centralized hub named “Centralised MSME & Retail Group” (Cen-MARG).
  • The purpose is to process retail and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) loans for better efficiency of branches in business acquisition.
  • It will ensure qualitative improvement in credit appraisal, improved turnaround time, uniform documentation, and efficient monitoring.
  • They will help branches focus better on lead generation for retail lending and MSME and enhanced customer service.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.

Extra Info:

Punjab & Sind Bank: Punjab & Sind Bank is a government-owned bank

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • MD & CEO: S Harisankar
  • Tag line: Where service is a way of life

APPOINTMENT & RESIGNATION

Dr.Nalin Shinghal appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL)

  • Nalin Shinghal appointed as its chairman and managing director for five years.
  • The appointment of Nalin Shinghal as chairman and managing director BHEL.

Extra Info:

BHEL: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited owned and founded by the Government of India, is an engineering and manufacturing company

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • CEO: Atul Sobti
  • Founder: Government of India

SPORTS

Virat Kohli retains top position among batsmen in latest ICC rankings

  • Team India skipper Virat Kohli has retained the top position among batsmen in the latest ICC rankings.
  • Rohit Sharma bridged the gap at No. 2 following his record five World Cup tons.
  • Babar Azam of Pakistan ranked third.

Extra Shots:

The International Cricket Council is the global governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa.

  • It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1989.
  • Founded: 15 June 1909
  • Chairperson: Shashank Manohar
  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • CEO: Manu Sawhney

 

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UNESCO report says, 1 in 4 children in Pakistan would be uneducated by 2030: UNESCO

•    According to the report by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) every one in four children in Pakistan will not be able to finish their primary education by 2030. 
•    Apart from that 50% of youth still not completing upper secondary education in Pakistan at the current rates.
•    UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development (SDG) emphasis on no one behind yet only four percent of the poorest 20 percent complete upper secondary school in the poorest countries compared to 36 percent of the richest.

Crime kills more people than armed conflict: UN Report

•    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published a study on homicides which states that people killed in homicides across the world are five times higher than those killed in armed conflicts and that the organised crime is responsible for 19% of homicides.
•    Globally, young men aged 15–29 years face the highest risk of homicide, with a rate of 16.6 per 100,000 males in that age group; while men aged 30–44 years face the second-highest risk, at 14.7 per 100,000.
•    About India, the report states that the overall homicide rate decreased by 10 per cent over the period 2009–2015, from 3.8 to 3.4 per 100,000 population.

Kim Darroch, UK ambassador to US, resigns

•    British ambassador to the USA, Kim Darroch, has resigned after series of leaked diplomatic information revealed he told 10 Downing Street that the Trump administration was “inept” and “clumsy.”
•    In a letter to Simon McDonald, the permanent under secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Darroch said he wanted to “put an end to speculation” about his position and remaining term as ambassador.
•    The resignation, which was announced by the UK Foreign Office, came after US President Donald Trump said that the White House would no longer deal with Darroch.

India’s lowest power-play score in WC2019

•    India scored 24/4 in the first 10 overs against New Zealand in the semi-final match. It is India’s lowest power-play score in this world cup.
•    Three top batsmen of Indian cricket team got out for 1 run each in India’s inning. Earlier, New Zealand scored 239 in first innings.
•    The previous lowest power-play score in 2019 World Cup was recorded by New Zealand (27/1) in the same match.

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National News

UAE Foreign minister arrives in India

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i. United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in India. He will hold talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to boost cooperation in key sectors such as trade and energy.

ii. The UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest energy supplier.

Imp Info-

  • President of the UAE: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Capital of the UAE: Abu Dhabi.
  • Currency of the UAE: Dirham.

Tata Steel Kalinganagar joins WEF’s Global Lighthouse Network

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i. Tata Steel Kalinganagar has been included in World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse Network. TSK in Odisha’s Jajpur district is the first and the only Indian manufacturing plant to be included in the WEF’s Lighthouse Network.

ii. Global Lighthouse Network is a community of manufacturers showing leadership in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to drive financial and operational impact.

Indian Haj mission adopts Digital India, equality of women

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i. Indian Haj mission in Saudi Arabia adopts Digital Indiaequality of women. It aims to reach out to a large number of pilgrims as part of the Government of India’s initiative of Digital India.

ii. The App ‘Indian Haj Information System‘ developed by the consulate will receive feedback and grievances from Hajis. Another app E-MASIHA will retrieve pilgrims’ health information to apply appropriate treatment whenever he or she visits Indian medical facilities during Haj.

Imp Info-

    • Saudi Arabia Capital: Riyadh, Currency: Saudi Riyal.

Agreements

ISRO ties up with Russian agency to select, train Indian astronauts

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i. Indian Space Research Organisation has signed a contract with Russia’s Glavkosmosfor selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts. 

ii. ISRO has planned to send two unmanned missions before the mission ‘Gaganyaan-1’.

Imp Info-

  • ISRO Director: K Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru, Established: 1969.

State News

Meghalaya fined Rs 100 cr for illegal coal mining

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i. The Supreme Court of India has directed the Meghalaya government to deposit the Rs 100 crore fine

ii. The fine was imposed by the NGT for failing to curb illegal coal mining with the Central Pollution Control Board.

Imp Info-

  • Meghalaya Capital: Shillong; Chief Minister: Conrad Sangma; Governor: Tathagata Roy.

Bonalu festival kicks off in Telangana

i. The annual Bonalu festival kicked off at the Jagadamba temple in historic Golconda Fort, Telangana. 

ii. Bonalu is celebrated every year in the state during the first month of the monsoon season.  Bonalu is the “state festival” of Telangana.

Imp Info-

  • CM of Telangana: K Chandrashekhar Rao; Capital of Telangana: Hyderabad.
  • Governor of Telangana: ESL Narasimhan.

J&K govt approves Aadhaar-linked payment for pension disbursal

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i. The Jammu and Kashmir government approves Aadhaar-linked payment mode for pension disbursal. 

ii. The aim is to distribute pension to the beneficiaries under various central and state sponsored schemes in order to ensure transparency and to avoid delay.

Imp Info-

  • Governor of Jammu & Kashmir: Satya Pal Malik.

Defence News

DRDO successfully tested Nag missiles in Pokhran

i. DRDO successfully tested Nag missiles in Pokhran ranges. The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA).

ii. The Nag Missile has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks.

Imp Info-

  • DRDO Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy, Established: 1958, Headquarters: New Delhi.

Operation ‘Sudarshan’ launched along the Pakistan border

i. BSF has launched the operation ‘Sudarshan’ to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration grid’ along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu. 

ii. It was launched on July 1 and will cover the entire 1,000-kms length of the India-Pakistan International Border.

iii. The Border Security Force is the primary force guarding this frontier as the ‘first line of defence’.

Appointments

Nalin Shinghal appointed CMD of BHEL

i. Nalin Shinghal has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. 

ii. He will replace Atul Sobti as the chairman and managing director of BHEL.

Harideesh Kumar appointed as Director of IBPS

i. B Harideesh Kumar has been appointed as director of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for a period of three years. Earlier, he was the Executive Director of Canara Bank.

Imp Info-

  • Chairman of IBPS: Rajkiran Rai G.

Books and Authors

 “Vivekadeepini” book released by the Vice President of India

i. The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has released the book ‘Vivekadeepini’ in ten languages. 

ii. It is a concise book of aphorisms that contains glimpses of India’s wisdom. The book will be published by Vedanta Bharati.

Sports

21st Commonwealth Table Tennis C’ship to be hosted in Odisha

i. Odisha will host the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship in  Cuttack, from July 17 to 22.

ii. The tournament has received entries from 14 associations, consisting of India, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Australia, Cyprus, South Africa, Nigeria, Pakistan.

Imp Info-

  •  CM of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor of Odisha: Ganeshi Lal.

U.S. wins FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019

i. United States wins FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 held in Lyon, France. 

ii. They defeated the Netherlands with a scrore of 2-0. This is the 4th world cup title for the US’s women football team.

Rohit Sharma records maximum hundreds in the single World Cup

i. Rohit Sharma has set a world record of maximum hundreds in the single World Cup. 

ii. He has become the first batsman in the world to score five hundreds in a single World Cup and break the record of Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakarra.

iii. He has also equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of the total number of World Cup hundreds.

Imp Info-

  • Venue of ICC World Cup 2019 : England and Wales.

4 Gold medals for India in Kutno Athletics Meet

Indian athletes have won 4 gold medals in the Kutno Athletics Meet held in Poland.

Following is the list of winners in the different categories:

  • Hima Das won the gold while V.K. Vismaya bagged the silver in the women’s 200m race.
  • Muhammed Anas won the gold in men’s 200 m race.
  • M P Jabir won the gold while Jithin Paul bagged the bronze medal in the men’s 400m hurdles.
  • P Saritaben (gold), Sonia Baishya (silver) and R Vithya (bronze) won the women’s 400 m race.

Canada Open Badminton: Li Shi Feng won the men’s singles title

i. Li Shi Feng has won the men’s singles title of Canada Open Badminton. He defeatedIndia’s Parupalli Kashyap in the title clash.

Copa America 2019: Brazil wins Title on home soil

i. Ten-man Brazil held on to win the Copa America on home soil despite Gabriel Jesus’s dismissal with a 3-1 victory over Peru. 

ii. Jesus scored the decisive goal after a penalty from Peru captain Paolo Guerrero canceled out Everton’s opener for hosts Brazil at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

iii. A last-minute penalty from substitute Richarlison sealed a win for Brazil which handed the South American giants their ninth Copa triumph and first since 2007.

World Youth Cup: Arinjeeta Dey wins silver medal

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i. Arinjeeta Dey, a 10-year-old girl, has won a silver medal in the World Youth Cup held in Umag, Croatia
ii. The tournament was organised by World Karate Federation affiliated to the International Olympic Association.

Imp Info-

  •  Capital of Croatia: Zagreb; Currency of Croatia: Croatian kuna.

 

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International News

Kyriakos Mitsotakis becomes Greece’s new PM

i. Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as the prime minister of Greece.

ii. Mitsotakis is the son of former prime minister Constantine Mitsotakis, one of the country’s longest serving parliamentarians.

Imp Info-

  • Capital of Greece: Athens, Currency: Euro.

 Sri Lanka inaugurates model village built with Indian assistance

i. Sri Lanka has inaugurated first model village built with Indian assistance. The village is a part of housing project meant for war affected people.

ii. India has partnered with the ministry of housing and construction and cultural affairs of Sri Lanka to build 100 model villages with Indian grant of Rs 1,200 million. 

Imp Info-

  • Capitals of Sri Lanka : Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte; Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee.

 Sharjah issues 1st permanent residency visa to Lalu Samuel

i. Sharjah’s first Golden Card visa was issued to an Indian expat businessman Lalu Samuel.

ii. The move is a part of the permanent residency system tailored for investors.

iii. The Golden Card is a 10-year long-term visa eligible for investors and entrepreneurs to engage them in the renaissance and development of the UAE.  

iv. Lalu Samuel is a Chairman and Managing Director of Kingston Holdings and Chairman of Sharjah Industry Business Group.

Imp Info-

  • Capital of UAE: Abu Dhabi; Currency: Dirham.

Agreements

 NHAI and NIIF Signs MoU for funding highway projects

i. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) signed an MoU for funding highway projects.

ii. The MoU is related to co-operation in formation of SPVs to execute the fund arrangement for large size road projects particularly green field projects to be executed by NHAI in future.

Imp Info-

  • Minister of road and highway: Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari.

State News

 316 tourist spots to be developed by Assam Govt

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i. Assam Tourism Development Corporation will spent 150 crore rupees to develop the 316 locations under Axom Darshan.

Imp Info-

  • Assam Capital: Dispur; CM: Sarbananda Sonowal; Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.

 10k monthly allowance to Padma Shri awardees by Odisha govt

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i. Odisha government has decided to give monthly allowance of Rs 10,000 to Padma award winners of the state facing financial problems. 

ii. The decision has been taken on the basis of the Culture Department’s report on the economic conditions of the Padma award winners of the state.

Imp Info-

  • CM of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor of Odisha: Ganeshi Lal.

Banking News

 RBI board finalises ‘Utkarsh 2022’

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i. The Reserve Bank of India board has finalised a three-year roadmap ‘Utkarsh 2022’.

ii. It is a three-year road map for medium term objectives to be achieved for improvingregulation and supervision of the central bank.

Imp Info-

  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

Defence News

 Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrives in Morocco

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i. Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at Tangier, Morocco. The visit is part of an ongoing Overseas Deployment by the Indian Navy to the Mediterranean Sea, Africa and Europe.

ii. On its departure, INS Tarkash will carry out a Passage Exercise at sea with ships of the Royal Moroccan Navy.

Imp Info-

  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Karambir Singh.

 India successfully tests a new version of Brahmos missile

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i. India has successfully tested the vertical steep dive version of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile. 

ii. Made in India ‘Brahmos Aerospace’ is also ready with a longer 500 km range version of the Brahmos missile that can be fired from Sukhoi 30 fighter jets.

iii. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture company owned by the governments of Indiaand Russia and its missiles are produced in India.

Imp Info-

  • CEO of BrahMos Aerospace: Sudhir Mishra.

Appointments

 Shailesh Tinaikar assumes charge as Force Commander of UN mission

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i. Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar of India assumes charge as Force Commander of United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

ii. Shailesh Tinaikar has been awarded the Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal for Distinguished Service.

Imp Info-

  • UN Secretary-General: António Guterres; Headquarters: New York, United States; Established: 24th October 1945.

 Rahul Dravid appointed NCA’s Head of Cricket

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i. BCCI has formally appointed Rahul Dravid as the National Cricket Academy’s Head of Cricket.

ii. Dravid will oversee all cricket related activities at NCA and will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and support staff at the NCA.

Sports

Magnus Carlsen won the 2019 Croatia Grand Chess Tour title

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i. Magnus Carlsen won the 2019 Croatia Grand Chess Tour title. He scored 8 points.

ii. Wesley So finished second with 7 points. India’s Viswanathan Anand ended up with 4.5 points and finished 11th.

 Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships

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i. 4 gold medals for India in Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championships.

ii. Following is the list of winners in the different categories:

  • Mirabai Chanu wins gold in the senior women’s 49 kg event.
  • Jhilli Dalabehra wins gold in the senior women’s 45 kg event.
  • Soroikhaibam Bindyarani Devi wins gold while Matsa Santoshi wins the silver medal in the senior women’s 55kg event.
  • Rishikanta Singh grabbed the gold in the senior men’s 55kg event.

 Vinesh, Divya wins gold at Wrestling Grand Prix of Spain

i. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat has won a gold medal in the 53kg category, while Divya Kakranhas won the gold medal in the 68kg category at the Grand Prix of Spain.

ii. Pooja Dhanda (57kg) has won a silver after losing the title clash to Russia’s Veronika Chumikova.

Imp Info-

  • Capital of Spain: Madrid; Currency of Spain: Euro.

Awards

 ‘Gully Boy’ wins NETPAC award in Bucheon film festival

i. Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar’s directorial ‘Gully Boy’ has won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award at the 23rd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in South Korea.

Imp Info-

  •  Capital of South Korea: Seoul; Currency of South Korean: South Korea won.