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Important Current Affairs 24th July

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Andhra Pradesh Becomes First State to Reserve 75% Private Jobs for Local Youths

• Andhra Pradesh became the first state to reserve jobs for local youth. The Andhra Pradesh Assembly passed the Andhra Pradesh Employment of Local Candidates in Industries/Factories Act, 2019.

• Industries/Factories Act, 2019 reserves 75% private jobs across all categories in industrial units, factories, joint ventures as well as the project that are in public-private partnership (PPP) mode.It reserves 75 per cent jobs in industrial units, factories, joint ventures and projects set up under public-private partnership mode.The new law states that if a company does not find the necessary skills in locals, then it will need to train them in association with the state government.

Around no company will be able to hide behind the excuse of not finding skilled local labourers.

• Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy agreed to provide quota in local jobs during his ‘padyatra’ in the state.  The government announced 1.33 lakh village volunteer jobs for unemployed youth in the state.Several states have put forth the idea of reserving jobs for locals. 

• Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath would bring in a law to reserve 70% jobs for locals where Congress came to power in December 2018.

INTERNATIONAL:

Nigeria set to host 2020 FIFA women U-20 World cup

• India and South Korea presented their bids for the 2020 U20 Women’s World Cup but India named the 2020 U17 Women’s World Cup host.The last FIFA event held in Nigeria .The 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup won by Switzerland.

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup:

It is an international association football tournament.It is organized by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association), for national teams of women under the age of 20. The tournament is held in even-numbered years.It was first conducted in 2002 in Canada. France hosted the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (9th edition). Japan emerged as a champion.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Income Tax Department to celebrate Aaykar Diwas 2019

• Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) will observe and celebrate the 159th Income Tax Day on 24th July, 2019. It was on 24th July, 1860 The Income Tax introduced for the first time in India by Sir James Wilson to compensate for the losses incurred by the British regime

• This incident took place during the first war of independence against British Rule. The week preceding the AaykarDiwas 2019 marked by various activities undertaken by the regional offices of the department across the country. Several field offices undertook a grievance redressal week to help redress pending grievances of the taxpayers.

• Some field stations made free legal aid available to taxpayers in conjunction with the local Tax Bar Association. Several field stations holding functions felicitating super senior tax payers for their contribution to nation building, while also recognizing the hard work put in by the officers and officials of the department in various designated areas of work.

• The department will launch a  “Kardaata e-SahyogAbhiyaan” The main aim is to assist and support taxpayers  and other stakeholders in enabling them to e-file their returns and discharge other tax related obligations.

Larsen and Tourbo Tech Company to partner with UTC for Collins Aerospace

• L&T Technology Services (LTTS) selected as a strategic partner by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) for Collins Aerospace.It is a subsidiary of UTC Collins Aerospace comprises former UTC Aerospace Systems, Rockwell Collins and BE Aerospace is one of the leading providers of intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defence industries.

• L&T Technology Services

L&T Technology Services is a long-standing engineering partner for UTC.

Collins Aerospace comprises of the former UTC Aerospace Systems, Rockwell Collins and BE Aerospace.

• It is one of the leading providers of intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industries. LTTS is a long-standing engineering partner for UTC.

They got 'UTC Supplier Gold' since 2015. LTTS recognized as UTAS Supplier of Year in April 2016. It is for its high-quality services and value creation.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

Mohun Bagan Ratna Award 2019: Keshav Dutt, Prasun Banerjee

• Keshav Dutt, Prasan Banerjee Chosen for Mohun Bagan Ratna Award 2019

Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player Keshav Dutt and former India football captain Prasun Banerjee will get this year’ MOHUN BAGAN Ratna Award on the annual celebration of Mohun Bagan Day on July 29.

About Mohun Bagan Ratna Award

Mohun Bagan Ratna Award is an award presented each year on Mohun Bagan Day to outstanding former players. Every year 29 July is celebrated as Mohun Bagan Day. It is on this day in 1911 the Mariners became 1st club to defeat a British club. First recipient was former captain Sailen Manna in 2001. Mohun Bagan Day to outstanding former players. First recipient was former captain Sailen Manna in 2001.

Keshav Dutt

The 93 year old Dutt, who played as a half-back, was part of National hockey team that won gold medals after India’s Independence– 1948 London Games.From where India won the 1st gold post-Independence and 2nd Olympic gold in 1952 Helsinki.He is one of the oldest surviving hockey Olympians of country.Prasun Banerjee .The 64-year-old Banerjee, was a prominent midfielder of his times. He is the younger brother of iconic footballer P.K. Banerjee.

SPORTS:

Shiva Thapa Becomes Indias First Gold Medallist in Kazakhstan Presidents Cup

• Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa became India’s first gold medallist at the President’s Cup boxing tournament in the finals in Astana, Kazakhstan

The newly-introduced Olympic category of 63kg. Thapa to fight Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin in the summit clash. Thapa lost to Safiullin in the Asian Championship semifinal.

• The silver medal won by woman boxer Parveen (60kg) got defeated by Rimma Volosenko.Thapa defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Argon Kadiribekuulu 4-1 in the last-four stage Sweety Boora (81kg) and Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) ended their campaign with bronze medals.

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Important Current Affairs of 23rd July

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Lok Sabha passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 22 July.

• Lok Sabha passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 22 July. The Bill amends the Right To Information Act. It aims at institutionalisation, streamlining and ease of delivery of services.

Aim:

• The Bill aims to give power to the Centre to set serving period and salaries of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners.

• The Centre can also specify the stature of information commissioners from the equivalent of election commissioners, with their salaries and service conditions.

• The Centre will be fully committed to transparency and autonomy of the institution. The Bill also gives rights to the Centre to reduce an equal amount to the pension of the mentioned officials.

INTERNATIONAL:

Boris Johnson elected as UK Prime Minister.

• Boris Johnson elected as the leader of Britain's governing Conservative Party.

He is declared as country's next Prime Minister. Johnson will formally take over as Prime Minister.

He succeeds Theresa May.

She got stepped down over her failure to get parliament to ratify her Brexit deal.

Johnson served as UK foreign minister and London's Mayor.

Theresa May

She is a British politician who has been Leader of the Conservative Party since 23 July 2019.

She is the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015

She served as an MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008.

She was Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 until 2019.

She is first elected to be the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead in 1997.

Boris Johnson

Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is a British politician

He is Leader of the Conservative Party since 23 July 2019.

He is selected as the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015

He is the member of MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

Sanjeev Kumar Singla is appointed as India's Ambassador to Israel.

• Senior diplomat Sanjeev Kumar Singla is appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to Israel.

The appointment was made confirmed this week Friday.

He is a 1997-batch Indian Foreign Service officer

He was serving as Private Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He got appointed to this particular post in the year 2014.

He will replace Pavan Kapoor who take charge as the Ambassador to Israel.

SPORTS:

Shane Lowry claimed the British Open 2019 at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland.

• Irishman Shane Lowry claimed the British Open 2019 at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland. It is his first major golfing title. He defeated Tommy Fleetwood and won the title. He is the second player from the country to claim the title. Earlier, the title was claimed by Padraig Harrington in 2007 and 2008.

He won USD1,935,000 which takes him to No.1 on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

British Open 2019:

British Open 2019 Championship is the 148th Open Championship. Events were held from 18-21 July at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. This was the second time the country was hosting as it has hosted for the first time in 1951.

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Important Current Affairs of 22th July

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Chandrayaan 2 to be launched from Sriharikota at 2:43 pm on July 22

• Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)planned to launch India's second mission Chandrayaan -2 to the Moon at 2.43 pm today on July 22

About Chandrayaan - 2

Chandrayaan-2 planned to go the Moon's south polar region. The main aim is to explore its main surface for the signs of water and to find out the new form of energy. The 978-crore cost spent while the launch process

The second launchpad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, in Andhra Pradesh. The countdown announced on Sunday. It is a 20-hour countdown. The launch began at 6.43 pm.

India's second Moon odyssey launched 11 years after ISRO's successful first lunar mission Chandrayaan 1

Union Minister Piyush Goyal to launch Global Innovation Index 2019

• Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal planned to launch the Global Innovation Index (GII) on July 24. The theme of the event is "Evaluating the Medical Innovation Scenario of the Next Decade."They will launch in the presence of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry.

• The launch of GII mainly shows the innovation rankings of economies and findings for this corresponding fiscal year. The 12th edition of GII with 129 countries under its observation. The GII measures innovation friendly are based on the environment of global economies.There are around 80 entries.

Aim:

The main aim is to highlight the role and dynamics of medical innovation to implement the future of healthcare and the potential impact on the economic growth.

The GII started to assess the innovation capabilities of national economies worldwide. The initiative will make to feel the countries facilitate innovation was done by INSEAD and World Business in 2007.

INTERNATIONAL:

The US and South Korean military exercises to be held in August despite warning from North Korea

• The 19-2 Dong Maeng (alliance) exercise, an annual military exercise between the US and South Korean military exercises, will be held in the month of August, despite the warning from North Korea.

• The announcement was made by Choi Jong-kun, the secretary for peace planning to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

• Earlier, the United States and South Korea had suspended a large-scale exercise and it also canceled a second exercise after the Singapore summit in June 2018.

• Reason:

The reason cited by South Korea is the exercise will affect the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) -U.S. working-level negotiations.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION:

Sanjeev Kumar Singla is appointed as India's Ambassador to Israel

• Senior diplomatSanjeev Kumar Singla is appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to Israel. The appointment was made confirmed this week Friday.

• He is a 1997-batch Indian Foreign Service officerHe was serving as Private Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

•  He got appointed to this particular post in the year 2014. He will replace Pavan Kapoor who take charge as the Ambassador to Israel.

Rajya Sabha MP D Raja appointed as CPI General Secretary

• Rajya Sabha member D Raja is appointed the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) He will replace Sudhakar ReddyHe stepped down due to health reasons Reddy got elected to the post thrice The decision to appoint Raja to the post of general secretary taken at the party's national council meeting.

• About CPI - Lok Sabha Elections

It is the second-largest party in Indian Politics

But they face a worse crisis in the electoral numbers at an all-time low.

The party got only two seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

The candidates who won the election belongs to Tamil Nadu.

SPORTS:

PV Sindhu wins her first silver medal of the year at Indonesia Open

• World number five PV Sindhu won her first silver medal of the year after finishing second at the Indonesia Open.

• The 24-year-old lost her first final of the year to world number four Akane Yamaguchi 15-21, 16-21 in 51 minutes on july 21.Sindhu will next play the Japan Open, which is scheduled to begin on July 23.

INDONESIA OPEN 2019:

The 2019 Indonesia Open was the fourteenth tournament of the 2019 BWF WORLD TOUR and also part of the INDONESIA OPEN championships, which had been held since 1982. This tournament was organized by  Badminton  Association Of Indonesia and sanctioned by the BWF

Prithu Gupta of Delhi selected as Indias 64th Grandmaster

• Delhi's Prithu Guptabecome India's 64th Grandmaster. He got Elo around 2500 points.He defeated IM Lev Yankelevich in the fifth round of the Portuguese League 2019.

• He received his first GM norm at the Gibraltar Masters.He achieved his second norm at the Biel Masters on the same year.

• He got the final norm at the Porticcio Open and finally achieved the required ELO points

Indian bodybuilder Ravinder Malik won Mr South Asia title

• Indian Body builder Ravinder Malik won Mr South Asia Title.There are around 91 bodybuilders participated in the championship.The competition is organised by South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports .

• The Federation under the auspices of Nepal Bodybuilding and Fitness Association.He won the overall champion of the 12th Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship in Kathmandu.

• He won this title under 80 kg category .He was one among the nine people who the title among the same 80 kg Category.

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Important Current Affairs 20th July

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The 10th edition of the Jagran Film Festival was inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar.

• Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 10th edition of the Jagran Film Festival. The Delhi chapter has been scheduled from 18 to 21 July at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.

Important Film personalities like actor Anil Kapoor, choreographer Farah Khan, film producer Shobu Yarlagadda, director Ketan Mehta and film critic Rajeev Masand were present at the inauguration.

In the first day of the film festival, there were two panel discussions in the Cinema Summit category, on:

♦ Future of Cinema and Breaking Language Barriers in Indian Cinema with Yarlagadda and Mehta

♦ Changing Landscape of Bollywood with Khan.

The festival will travel its way from Delhi through various places like Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Gorakhpur, Raipur, Indore and Bhopal. The festival will end on September 29 in Mumbai.

Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released Deeksharambh.

• Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released Deeksharambh, an UGC Guide to Student Induction Programme.

Deeksharambh:

Deeksharambh aims to help new students to adjust and feel comfortable in the new environment. It will also guide them to inculcate the ethos and culture of the institution and help the students to build bonds with other students and faculty members. It will also help them to expose to a sense of larger purpose and self-exploration.

Student Induction Programme:

UGC has planned to conduct awareness programmes and training programme for teachers in different regions of the country in order to spread awareness about Deeksharambh.

The programme intended to empower the aspirant learners to face the Competitive world with confidence, open new horizons of life leading to character building based on Universal Human values such as Truth, Righteous conduct, Love, Non-violence, Peace and assist in developing self awareness, compassion and oneness.

Tata becomes Indias most valuable brand for 2019 according to Brand Finance India 100 2019 report.

• According to the London-based consultancy Brand Finance annual report , “Brand Finance India 100 2019”, “

Tata” become India’s most valuable brand for the second straight year in 2019 the brand value of $19.6 billion.

The followed by LIC(Life Insurance Corporation) (2nd )with $7.3 billion and Infosys (3rd )$6.5 billion.

The  brand value of  Tata increased to 37% with $19.6 billion

It is the highest in the top 25 compared to $14.23 billion in 2018.

TATA group’s brand present across autos, IT services, steel, and chemicals.

Brand Finance, calculates the value of brands based on the ‘royalty relief approach estimates likely future sales that are attributable to a brand based on the royalty rate.It also ranks brands based on its strength & performance with its competitors.

About TATA group:

Founder: Jamsetji Tata

Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra,

Chairman : Natarajan Chandrasekaran

INTERNATIONAL:

Benjamin Netanyahu becomes the longest serving Prime Minister of Israel.

• Benjamin Netanyahu became the longest serving Prime Minister of Israel. He overthrew the record set by David Ben-Gurion, Israel's founding father and first leader. Netanyahu has spent 4,876 days,more than 13 years, in office as on 20 July, 2019. Netanyahu is the Israel's youngest-ever Prime Minister as won his first election in 1996, at the age of 46.

Israel:

President: Reuven Rivlin

Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

Capital: Jerusalem

Official languages: Hebrew

Currency: New shekel (ILS)

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Important Current Affairs of 19th July

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Jio overtakes Airtel to become India's 2nd largest operator by users.

• Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries' telecom unit Reliance Jio has overtaken rival Bharti Airtel to become India's second-largest operator by subscribers as of May. Jio ended the month with 32.3 crore wireless customers as against Airtel's 32.04 crore users, data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India showed. Vodafone Idea remained India's top operator with 38.76 crore customers.

Centre plans to introduce the Dam Safety Bill, 2019 in Parliament.

• The Centre plans to introduce the Dam Safety Bill, 2019 in Parliament after getting clearance from the Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The Bill aims to put in place a systematic procedure to ensure that India’s 5,600 dams are made and maintained safely.

• Provisions of the Bill:

• The Bill make provisions for the establishment of a National Dam Safety Authority as a regulatory body to implement the policy. The State Dam Safety Organisation will be manned by officers from the field dam safety.

• Implementation of the project:

• The CCEA has approved the Rs.1,600 crore for initiate the Dibang Multipurpose Project in Arunachal Pradesh, India’s largest hydropower project. The total cost estimated for the Project is Rs.28080.35 crore, which includes IDC&FC of Rs.3974.95 crore. The estimated completion period for the project sis 9 years from receipt of Government sanction.

• Reason why Centre is introducing now?

• The Bill have been introduced since 2010 in various edition in the State but has never been successfully passed. This is because, States have opposed at various times. Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Odisha have opposed the Bill and citied reasons that the introduction of the bill will encroach upon the sovereignty of States to manage their dams.

INTERNATIONAL:

Asia has 60% of hungry people in the world.

• Asia they are 820 million people enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year.

It is the third year of increase in a row.

This underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030

The edition of the annual ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’.

The ‘immense challenge’ to reach the target of zero hunger more than 820 million people worldwide.

There are about 820 million people to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year.

This underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030

AGREEMENTS AND MOUS:

US firm identifies 200 potential Indian partners.

• US defence manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation has identified 200 potential partners with which it could team up under the Make in India programme to manufacture defence equipment or components locally

• India is now a “major defence partner” of the US and the two countries are in talks on the “Industrial Security Annex” that will guide the sharing of technology with private entities. India has also been changing its defence procurement policy to assist defence manufacturing in India, and sharing of critical technology with India is becoming simpler

• Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures, a JV between Lockheed Martin and Tata group has already delivered 108 empennages for the C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft. TataAdvanced Systems Limited has manufactured 150 cabins for the S-92 helicopters.

AWARDS:

Sachin Tendulkar inducted into ICC Hall of Fame.

• Ex-India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, ex-South Africa pacer Allan Donald and ex-Australia Women pacer Cathryn Fitzpatrick have been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. Sachin is the sixth Indian cricketer after Anil Kumble, Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. Sachin played 664 international matches, scoring 34,357 runs.

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Important Current Affairs 18th July

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Cabinet approved the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

• The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 17 July 2019. The approval will place a greater emphasis on more time-bound resolution and lays down voting rules of the financial creditors.

Amendments:

• The amendments include mandating a deadline for the completion of the resolution process within 330 days, including all litigation and judicial processes. Votes of all financial creditors covered under Section 21(6A) shall be cast in accordance with the decision approved by the highest voting share of financial creditors on present and voting basis. The voting should be more than 50%.

• Another amendment allows for creditors who voted against the majority to receive a minimum liquidation value. This decision would have retrospective effect in cases where the resolution plan has not yet been finalised or has been appealed against. According to the amendment Bill, the resolution plan will be binding on all the stakeholders, including governments, to whom a debt is owed.

INTERNATIONAL:

Palau became the 76th country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

• Palau, an archipelago of more than 500 islands in Oceania, has become 76th signatory country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The agreement was opened for signature during COP22 at Marrakech, Morocco on 15 November 2016.

ISA member countries:

Countries which have signed agreement until now include India, United Kingdom (UK), Japan, France, Australia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), amongst others.

About International Solar Alliance (ISA):

ISA is a group of 122 solar resource-rich nations. It was jointly launched by India and France on November 2015. It is headquartered at campus of National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) in Haryana, India.

The  organisation aims to deploy more than 1,000 gigawatts of solar energy and mobilise over $1,000 billion into solar power by 2030 as per United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

It is expected that the inclusion of United Nation members to ISA will put solar energy in global agenda with universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

GoAir names former Airbus executive Miranda Mills as COO.

• Wadia Group-run budget carrier GoAir on Wednesday said it has hired former Airbus executive Miranda Mills as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). She will be reporting to the airline's Managing Director Jeh Wadia. Before joining GoAir, Mills worked with British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce as Chief Digital Officer and Director (Transformation), of the company's civil aviation vertical.

SPORTS:

16-year-old shooter Anish wins gold at ISSF Junior World Cup.

• India's 16-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala won gold at ISSF Junior World Cup in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event in Germany on Wednesday. Anish, who won his first ISSF Junior World Cup gold in 2018, finished with 29 points in the final, defeating Russia's Egor Ismakov by six points. India, with eight golds, are currently leading the medal tally.

Indian secured the first spot in the medal tally of Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship.

• Indian team secured the first spot in the medal tally of Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship 2019 held at Samoa, a country in Oceania. 37 Indian players participated in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Apia, Samoa. It won 35 medals including 22 golds, 10 silvers and 3 bronze medals in the youth, junior, and senior categories.

India also broke a total of 22 records in all 3 age groups in World, Asian, Commonwealth and National level as well as set a new junior record at Commonwealth and National level.

Top wins of India:

Mirabai Chanu  won gold in women’s 49 kg with a total lift of 191 kg. She is gold medalist at 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Khel Ratna awardee.

Jeremy Lalrinnunga  competing in 67 kg male event broke a youth world record with lift of 136 kg in snatch. This same lift also set new youth record at Asian,

Jhilli Dalabehera  won gold in women’s 45kg event. She set 6 records with a clean and jerk lift of 94 kg and total lift of 164 kg at Commonwealth (Senior and Junior) and Junior National level.

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports:

Founded on: 1982 as Asian Games

Renamed in: 1985 as Department of Youth Affairs & Sports, became Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2000

Headquarters: New Delhi, India

Minister responsible: Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State (Independent Charge)

The Ministry administers the Department of youth affairs and Department of Sports in India.

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Important Current Affairs of 17th July

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The Lok Sabha passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019

• The Lok Sabha  passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill aimed at establishing a Central University and Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh on July 12.

• The  government has allotted Rs.450 crore for the central university and Rs.420 crore for the central tribal university for offer research facilities in the fields of art, culture and technology to the tribal population.

Aim:

The Bill seeks to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009. It aims to Provide  higher educational and research facilities in tribal art, culture, and customs primarily to the tribal population of India. It also aims to provide quality of higher education and also promote avenues of higher education for the people of the state.The Tribal University provide research facilities in tribal art, culture and customs and advancement in technology to the tribal population of India.

First-ever Himalayan States Conclave to be hosted by Uttarakhand on July 28, 2019

• First-ever Himalayan States Conclave hosted by Uttarakhand on July 28, 2019

The main focus on sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan Region.

It will be held at Mussoorie.

• The event will discuss the common issues pertaining to states located in the Himalayan Region The main reasons are environmental protection, Himalayan culture and economic development.

• The administrators, specialists, the conclave host the Chief Ministers of the Himalayan states Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Nagaland.Rajiv Kumar, Vice President of Niti (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, will also be a part of the conclave.The key points adopted at the Himalayan conclave will be presented as a draft to the Niti Aayog. This will help to frame policies for the region’s development.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

HDFC Bank, CSC launch credit card for village entrepreneurs and small traders

• HDFC Bank and Common Services Centres (CSCs) launched a co-branded ‘Small Business Money-Back Credit Card’ For small traders and village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs). The credit card is designed for VLEs and VLE-sourced customers.

• The users give easy access to credit for their day-to-day business expenses, according to a statement.The card launched by HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri and CSC Chief Dinesh Kumar Tyagi. The personalized cards were handed out to a few women entrepreneurs.CSC as access points for delivery of various services and there are 3.6 lakh such centers operating across the country.

• Around ₹70,000 crore worth of business is transacted through the network of CSCs which apart from providing a platform for essential government and public utility services.It also delivers a range of social welfare schemes, financial services, education and skill development courses, health care, agriculture services and digital literacy.

• They entered into a pact in July 2018 .The bank offers various products and services in remote locations to VLEs enrolled with CSCs.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

Coca cola appoints Sarvita Sethi in M&A role

• Global beverages major Coco-Cola announced top-level changes in its India and southwest Asia unit. Sarvita Sethi is appointed as Vice president.

• M&A and New Ventures and Harsh Bhutani as Vice-president finance(CFO).

• About Sarvita Sethi

Sarvita Sethi become the first woman to head the company’s finances for the region, would now be vice-president, merger and acquisitions (M&A) and new ventures, for Coke’s India and Southwest Asia region.Her appointment in a newly created position is of significance.She is responsible for the firm’s crucial incubator, which involves conceptualising, developing and launching new products relevant to the market.

Biswa Bhusan Harichandan is appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh on july 15

• Biswa Bhusan Harichandan is appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh on july 15. Bhusan will take over from ESL Narasimhan, who has served as Governor for Andhra Pradesh since December2009.

BB Harichandran:

He is one of the leaders of the BJP in Odisha. A practising lawyer before coming into politics. Bhusan joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangha in 1971 and became its National Executive Member and its State General Secretary till the formation of Janata Party in 1977. He joined the BJP and was its President for Odisha from 1980 to 1988.

SPORTS:

India is to host the ISSF Combined World Cup from March 15-26, 2020

• India is to host the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Combined World Cup from March 15-26, 2020. The events will be held in New Delhi, India. ISSF finalised and approved the final dates of the events.

• The ISSF Combined World Cup includes events in rifle, pistol and shotgun. In 2020’s event of shooting, the World Cup provides golden platform to hit in Tokyo 2020 Olympics. India has hosted a World Cup in February 2019, which offered Olympic quota places for Tokyo.

• ISSF:

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) was founded on 1907. It is headquartered atMunich, Germany. The President of ISSF is Vladimir Lisinis. It governs the Olympic Shooting events in rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines, and of several non-Olympic Shooting sport events.

Vijayveer wins his 3rd gold at Junior Shooting World Cup

• Vijayveer Sidhutook his third gold medal of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. He combined with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to clinch the men's 25m pistol event. For Adarsh, it was his second gold of the competition.

• India maintained its top spot at the medal standings after day three with 7 gold 7 Silver and 2 Bronze in a total of 16 medals. China is second with 5 Gold 3 Silver and 5 bronze. 

• The day's second medal came in the men's 10m Air Rifle with the trio of Hriday Hazarika, Yash Vardhan and Paarth Makhija winning the team silver with a combined score of 1877.4.It was just 0.4 less than the gold-winning Chinese team's score.

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Important Current Affairs of 16th July

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Govt plans to set up 4,200 Ayush wellness centres in ongoing fiscal

• Ayush Minister Shripad Yesso Naik informed the Rajya Sabha that 2,500 new centres are planned to be opened within the first four months of the present government.

• The government also provided financial assistance to set up integrated Ayush hospitals in 85 districts across various states, and has plans to add more.

• The government is trying to modernise Ayush hospitals across the country and is increasing the number of doctors. It is also modernising postgraduate AYUSH medical colleges.

• The government provided around Rs 53,000 crore for Ministry of Health and Rs 1,686 crore for Ministry of Ayush for the last fiscal. Standing Committee asked to increase the budget for the Ministry of Ayush.Yadav asked the government to introduce NET like all-India entrance exam for tradition medical education.

INTERNATIONAL:

Alan Turing, who cracked Nazi code to win World War II, to appear on Bank of England note

• Mathematician Alan Turing, whose cracking of a Nazi code helped the Allies to win World War Two but who committed suicide after being convicted for homosexuality, will appear on the Bank of England’s new 50-pound banknote, the BoE said on Monday.

• Turing’s electro-mechanical machine, a forerunner of modern computers, unraveled the Enigma code used by Nazi Germany and helped give the Allies an advantage in the naval struggle for control of the Atlantic.

• His work at Bletchley Park, Britain’s wartime code-breaking centre, was credited with shortening the war and saving many thousands of lives.

• But he was stripped of his job and chemically castrated after being convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man. Homosexual sex was illegal in Britain until 1967.

World Bank planned to offer $250 million to

• World Bank would offer a credit of $250 million to the Kerala Government for the Resilient Kerala venture.

• The primary point is at improving the state's versatility against the effects of catastrophic events and environmental change in the wake of a year ago's floods.

• The World Bank as of late marked a $250 million credit consent to help Kerala upgrade its flexibility against catastrophic events and environmental change.Kerala

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

RBI imposed fine on SBI and Union Bank of India for violating certain regulatory guidelines

• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed fine on State Bank of India (SBI) and Union Bank of India for violating certain regulatory guidelines.

Fine on SBI:

RBI fined Rs.7 crore as SBI did not comply with the directions issued by the RBI 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.

• The central Bank held the reference to its financial position as on March 31, 2017 which revealed that the lender had violated those norms.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION:

FanMojo appointed Prithvi Shaw as its brand ambassador

• FanMojo has appointed Prithvi Shaw as its brand ambassador. FanMojo is a fantasy sports platform and it is owned by mobile tech company U2opia Global.

•  A lot of former as well as current cricketers including Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Virat Kholi and Murali Karthik have associated themselves with various Fantasy cricket league.

Prithvi Shaw:

Prithvi Pankaj Shaw is an Indian cricketer and former India national under-19 cricket team captain. His first international appearance was on 4 October 2018. He is the second-youngest Indian cricketer, after Tendulkar, to make a Test century and the youngest Indian to do so on Test debut.

SPORTS:

Sharath Kamal voted IOC Sportsperson of the Year

• Sharath Kamal voted the Sportsperson of the Year in the yearly Indian Oil Sports Conclave.

• Different chosen people were cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara, Grandmaster B Adhiban, hockey player Simranjeet Singh and table tennis player Manika Batra.

About Sharath Kamal:

 Sharath Kamal is an expert table tennis player from Tamil Nadu, India. He was among the five candidates for whom votes were surveyed by more than 60 first class sportspersons utilized with the oil major.

PV Sindhu to spearhead Indian campaign at Indonesia Open Badminton

• PV Sindhu won the Indian campaign at the Indonesia Open Badminton tournament beginning.The tournament took place at Jakarta.

• Sindhu will play her opening game against Japan's Aya Ohori tomorrow. Saina Nehwal will not take part in the tournament.Kidambi Srikanth is placed at 8th position.

 B. Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy are other Indians seen in action in the Singles.

• Srikanth face Japan's Kenta Nishimoto, Praneeth take on Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong. Prannoy meet second-seeded Chinese Shi Yuqi.Ashwini Ponnappa, N. Sikki Reddy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are among those will figure in the Doubles.

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Important Current Affairs 15th July

AGREEMENTS AND MOU'S:

Lok Sabha passes bill to strengthen anti-terror agency NIA.

• The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill 2019

• The bill had been passed with 278 members voting in its favour and six against it

• It also seeks to strengthen the powers of NIA in cases involving explosives and the responsibility in cases of human trafficking will be given to the investigation agency.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

SP leader Neeraj Shekhar resigns as Rajya Sabha member.

• Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar on Monday resigned as member of the Rajya Sabha and his resignation was accepted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu

• Shekhar, the son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, met Naidu and told him he is resigning voluntarily and not under any compulsion

• He had been a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh since November 26, 2014, and was due to retire on November 25, 2020

Kalraj Mishra appointed Himachal Pradesh Governor.

• Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra was Monday appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh

• replacing Acharya Devvrat, who has been transferred and appointed as the Governor of Gujarat.

• the appointments of Mishra and Devvrat will come into effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.

Former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar has been appointed as the deputy chief minister of Goa.

• Former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar has been appointed as the deputy chief minister of Goa. He sworn in as DCM on 15 July. He is among the four legislators inducted into the Goa cabinet.

The appointment came days after 10 Congress MLAs in Goa joined the BJP. Mr.Sawant reshuffled the Goa cabinet on 13 July. Three members of the ally, Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar, Rural Development Minister Jayesh Salgaonkar and Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, were dropped to accommodate the new members to the cabinate. The monsoon session of the Goa state Assembly began on 15 July.

Chandrakant Kavlekar:

Kavlekar is also known as Chandrakant 'Babu' Kavlekar. He is an Indian Politician from the state of Goa. He is a four term member of the Goa Legislative Assembly. On 11 July 2019 he left Indian National Congress and joined Bharatiya Janata Party.

SPORTS:

England win World Cup for first time for hitting more boundaries.

• England  won the World Cup for the first time due to hitting more boundaries after tied scores in World Cup history's first-ever Super Over forced a boundary count-back. The match went into Super Over wherein both the teams scored 15 each after hitting 241 runs apiece in their respective 50 overs. England scored 26 boundaries while New Zealand hit 17.

Sprinter Hima Das wins 3rd international gold.

• Sprinter Hima Das bagged her third international gold in two weeks after winning the women’s 200m event at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet in Czech Republic. Das clocked 23.43 seconds to win the event. Muhammed Anas also won gold in the men’s 400m event after clocking 45.21 seconds to finish first.

AWARDS:

SRK to be awarded honorary doctorate at Indian Film Fest of Melbourne.

• Australian University La Trobe will award actor Shah Rukh Khan with an honorary doctorate at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne on August 9. It's the first Australian University to award Khan with an Honorary Doctor of Letters

Padma Shri awardee Raghu Ram receives FRCS of Thailand.

• Popular breast surgeon and Padma Shri awardee P.Raghu Ram bagged with Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) of Thailand

The function held at the 44th annual congress of the Royal College in Pattaya

The theme of the function is  “ASEAN collaboration in value-based surgery”.

The highest recognition got by the Institute in recognition of  Raghu Ram’s bold vision coupled with an intense body of work

It paved towards significantly improving the delivery of breast healthcare in India. It helps in the recognition of his contribution in promoting the highest standards of surgical education in India through his association with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England.

It was conferred by professor Tanaphon Maipang, the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand.

Raghu Ram achieved the rare distinction conferred FRCS from six Royal Colleges include London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ireland, and Thailand & from the American College of Surgeons.

In 1995, he qualified to become a surgeon and he had 24 years of experience.

He also created awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

About Thailand:

♦ Capital: Bangkok

♦ Prime Minister: Prayut Chan-o-cha

Kaushik Gangulys Bengali film Nagarkirtan bags 4 awards including Best Feature Film at SAARC film festival 2019.

• The 9th edition of the SAARC( South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) festival 2019 in Colombo, Srilanka.

Bengali filmmaker Kaushik Ganguly’s film ‘Nagarkirtan’ won four awards (Best Director’, ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Original Score’) including ‘Best Feature Film’ at the festival.

The Best Actor award bagged to Riddhi Sen.

The Two other Indian films have won awards at the fest.

‘Na Bole Wo Haram’ bagged the ‘Best Short Film’ award directed by Nitish Patankar, while ‘Walking With the Wind’ received the Special Jury award directed by Praveen Morchhale.

About SAARC:

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic and geopolitical organization of eight countries.

They are primarily located in South Asia.

It is established on 8 December 1985.

Main Objectives: To promote and strengthen collective self-reliance among the countries of South Asia to contribute to developing mutual trust, understanding, and appreciation of one another’s a problem.

The member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

The Secretariat of the SAARC is in Kathmandu, Nepal

It is established on 16 January 1987.

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Important Current Affairs of 14th July

AGREEMENTS AND MOU’s:

India, US agree to address mutual trade concerns.

• India and the United States have agreed to further grow their economic relationship and address mutual trade concerns.

A US delegation led by Assistant Trade Representative Christopher Wilson held bilateral talks with a team of Indian officials headed by Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce.

The two sides discussed the broad contours of bilateral trade and commercial ties and agreed to continue discussions for achieving mutually beneficial outcomes.

The meeting was aimed at providing a new impetus to bilateral trade and commercial ties. It was in line with the mandate given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump during their meeting at Osaka in Japan last month on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

BL Santosh appointed BJP’s national general secretary of organisation.

• BJP president Amit Shah Sunday elevated party’s joint general secretary (organisation) B L Santosh as its general secretary (organisation)

• Santosh, an RSS ‘pracharak’ with experience of electoral politics, especially in Karnataka.

• Santosh was the party’s general secretary (organisation) for eight years in Karnataka before he was made a national office bearer in charge of southern states in 2014.

SPORTS:

Williamson registers most runs by a captain in a World Cup edition.

• New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has set the record for most runs by a captain in World Cup history. The 28-year-old took his tally of runs in 2019 World Cup to 549 after opening his account against England in the final on Sunday, breaking the record set by Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, who aggregated 548 runs in 2007 World Cup.

Mexico wins CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

• Mexico defeated USA to claim their eighth CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

Jonathan Dos Santos scored the winning goal in 73rd min for Mexico in the thrilling final.

The teams met five previous times in the Gold Cup final, but this year’s edition held additional value:

The Americans had a chance to reestablish confidence in a program haunted by its failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Mexico looked like the more dangerous team in the second half.

They finally broke through in the 73rd minutes.

Jonathan dos Santos scored off a back-heel pass from Raul Jimenez fountains of beer to fly upward in the pro-Mexico crowd.

The Americans created scoring opportunities early one of the positive trends through the tournament.

About CONCACAF

Founded    1963

Region    North America, Central America and the Caribbean(CONCACAF)

Number of teams    16

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