Current Affairs – July 09, 2019

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National - Current Affairs - July 09, 2019

‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme: U’khand among best performing states

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Uttarakhand has been adjudged as one of the country’s five best performing states in ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, a central scheme aimed at addressing declining child sex ratio and issues of women empowerment. The state will be felicitated, along with the other selected states, in recognition of its consistent performance in respect of sex ratio at birth, according to a letter from the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. Consistent performance in respect of SRB indicates that the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme is gaining ground, the letter added.


Bonalu festival kicks off at Golconda Fort

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The annual Bonalu festival kicked off on Thursday in the Hyderabad at the historic Golconda Fort. The festival was kicked off after Forest minister P Indrakaran Reddy, Telangana Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav and Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar offered a saree to Goddess Jagadambika in the temple at the fort. Bonalu is celebrated every year in a grand manner in the state during the first month of the monsoon season.


DRDO carries out three successful Nag missile tests in one day in Pokhran

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Moving closer toward the induction of the Nag anti-tank guided missiles into the Army, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday(July 07) carried out three successful test firings of the missiles in the Pokhran firing ranges.
The Defence Acquisition Council has last year approved the procurement of DRDO’s designed and developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at the cost of Rs 524 crore. The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA). The NAG missile is a third generation anti-tank guided missile, which has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during day and night.


BSF launches operation ‘Sudarshan’ to fortify Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu

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The Border Security Force (BSF) has launched a massive exercise, codenamed ‘Sudarshan’, to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration grid’ along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu. The exercise will see the entire BSF’s senior field brass, thousands of troops and machinery being deployed in these forward areas.
The operation was launched on July 1 and will cover the entire over the 1,000-km length of the India-Pakistan International Border. While Jammu shares about 485-km of the border with Pakistan, about 553-km of the front is in Punjab. It further runs down towards Rajasthan and Gujarat on India’s western flank.
The BSF is the primary force guarding this frontier as the ‘first line of defence’.


Vice President releases a book titled ‘Vivekadeepini’ in ten languages

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The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has released a book titled “Vivekadeepini”. It has been released in 10 languages. It is a book that contains facts and principles of spiritual leaders like Adi Shankaracharya and Swami Vivekananda. The original book is written by Sri Adi Shankaracharya in Prashnottara Ratnamalika (Questions and Answers). The conversion in different 10 languages has been done by Vedanta Bharati.


Indian Army to buy American Howitzer ammo for long-range accurate strikes

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Seeking to acquire the capability to hit enemy positions close to populated areas without causing collateral damage, the Indian Army is in the process of acquiring Excalibur guided long-range artillery ammunition which can strike targets more than 50 km away. The acquisition case is being processed under the emergency powers for procurement of weapon systems and ammunition to be war-ready in post-Pulwama attack-like situations.
The ammunition is being acquired for units deployed along the Line of Control where artillery shelling by Pakistan is a common feature. The Excalibur ammunition was developed in the US for improving the accuracy of the artillery shells in the war in Afghanistan which the Americans have been fighting for almost two decades now.


Business - Current Affairs - July 09, 2019

Govt fixes price for sovereign gold bonds at Rs 3,443 per gram

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The government has fixed the price at Rs 3,443 per gram for the new series of sovereign gold bonds (SGBs) opening Monday. The Centre in consultation with the RBI has decided to allow a discount of Rs 50 per gram from the issue price to those investors who apply online and the payment is made through digital mode, the finance ministry said in a statement.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on May 30 announced calendar for issuance of SGB for the first half of the current financial year. The bonds will be issued every month from June 2019 to September 2019, the RBI said in the statement.


Sovereign Gold Bond

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The sovereign gold bond scheme was launched in November 2015 with an objective to reduce the demand for physical gold and shift a part of the domestic savings, used for the purchase of gold, into financial savings.
Under the scheme, the bonds are denominated in units of one gram of gold and multiples thereof. The minimum investment in the bonds is one gram with a maximum limit of subscription of 500 gram per person per fiscal year (April-March).
The maximum limit of subscription is 4 kg for individual and Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) and 20 kg for trusts and similar entities per fiscal (April-March).
The annual ceiling includes bonds subscribed under different tranches during initial issuance by the government and those purchased from the secondary market.


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LinkedIn appoints Ashutosh Gupta as country manager for India

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Professional social networking platform LinkedIn July 8 said it has appointed Ashutosh Gupta as country manager for India, effective September 2, 2019. He replaces Mahesh Narayanan, who was the country manager for India from January 2019 to June 2019. Gupta had joined the company in 2013 to lead LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions (LMS) business in India and then moved to Singapore in 2016 to build LMS’ Online Sales Organisation (OSO) for the Asia Pacific and China, it said in a statement.


M Nageswar Rao appointed director general of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard

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The Central government on Friday appointed M Nageswar Rao, Additional Director of CBI as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard. As per the government order, he will continue to hold the post till superannuation in July 2020. Earlier, former CBI Chief Alok Verma was also given the same post. However, Verma declined to accept the role.


Sports - Current Affairs - July 09, 2019

Imran Tahir, JP Duminy Retire From ODI Cricket

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Imran Tahir and JP Duminy ended their One-day International careers with South Africa’s 10-run win over Australia, a consolation in the World Cup 2019, at Old Trafford on Saturday. In their last ODI appearance, Imran Tahir took a much crucial scalp of Australia captain Aaron Finch, while all-rounder JP Duminy contributed with 14 runs in South Africa’s famous win in Manchester.
Imran Tahir, the 40-year-old leg-spinner, concluded his ODI career with 173 wickets in 107 matches with the best figures of 7/45. JP Duminy, on the other hand, scored 5117 runs in 199 ODI matches at a strike-rate of 84.58. The off-spinner also claimed 69 ODI wickets with a career-best spell of 4/16.


Li Shi Feng defeats Parupalli Kashyap to won the Canada Open

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Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap’s impressive run at the Canada Open Super 100 tournament came to an end after he lost a three-game thriller to China’s Li Shi Feng in the men’s singles summit clash in Calgary. Sixth seed Kashyap, who has produced some gritty performances this week, fell short against Feng, going down 22-20, 14-21, 17-21 in the finals that clocked an hour and 16 minutes.
An Se-young from South Korea defeated Wang Zhiyi from China to clinch Women’s Singles in Canada Open 2019.


Copa America 2019: Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to clinch the title

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Brazil defeated Peru 3-1 to win their first Copa America title since 2007. Everton led the team to victory on Sunday, scoring a goal and setting up another to give Brazil their ninth Copa América trophy, and fifth at home. Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison also scored a goal each for Brazil, who have won the title every time they hosted the tournament. Everton was named player of the final and also finished as one of the tournament’s top scorers with three goals. Brazil’s veteran right-back Dani Alves was player of the tournament.


Poznan Athletics Grand Prix: Muhammed Anas won the gold in the men’s 200m race

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National record holder Muhammed Anas won the gold in men’s 200m race with a time of 21.18 seconds.
Star Indian sprinter Hima Das won her second international gold in women’s 200m with a top finish at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on July 07 and VK Vismaya won the silver medal.
M P Jabir won the gold in the men’s 400m hurdles in 50.21 seconds while Jithin Paul was third in 52.26 secs and won the bronze medal.
Indians swept the women’s 400m race through P Saritaben (52.77 secs), Sonia Baishya (53.73 secs) and R Vithya (53.73 secs).
In the shot put Tajinderpal Singh Toor bags, Bronze Medal.


IOC lifts Kuwait suspension, clearing nation to compete in 2020 Olympics

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Kuwait has been cleared to compete in the 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday it was lifting the suspension it imposed on the Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) four years ago. In a statement, the IOC said the KOC had successfully implemented “a roadmap agreed between all parties”. The announcement comes less than a week after Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Ahmad Al Sabah was elected President of the KOC.


International - Current Affairs - July 09, 2019

India to train 1800 Bangladeshi Civil Servants at Mussoorie

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Eighteen hundred Bangladeshi mid-career civil servants will be trained at the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) in Mussoorie between 2019-2025. The first batch of 30 civil servants leaving for a two-week long training program in Mussoorie paid a visit to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
The Bangladeshi civil servants are being trained at the National Centre for Good Governance based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in February this year in the Fifth meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission (JCC).


World’s largest burn and plastic surgery institute starts the journey

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The world’s largest burn and plastic surgery institute in Dhaka started functioning from July 04. Inaugurating the OPD of the institute yesterday Health and Family Welfare Minister of Bangladesh Zahid Maleque said about 6 lakh people suffer burn injuries in Bangladesh every year who will benefit from the institute.
Named Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute, the 500-bed hospital with 50 ICU and 12 operation theatres will provide advanced treatment to burn patients in Bangladesh. The institute has been built at a cost of over 500 crores Taka.


Sri Lanka inaugurates first model village built with Indian assistance

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A model village built with Indian assistance as part of a housing project meant for war-affected people and estate workers was inaugurated in Sri Lanka. India has partnered with the ministry of housing and construction and cultural affairs to build 100 model villages consisting of a total of 2,400 houses all across Sri Lanka with Indian grant of Rs 1,200 million (USD 17.5 million).
The first model village built with Indian assistance under the Model Villages Program was jointly inaugurated by Minister of Housing and Construction and Cultural Affairs Sajith Premadasa, former President Chandrika Bandaranayke Kumaratunga and Acting High Commissioner of India Shilpak Ambule at Ranidugama in Gampaha in Sri Lanka.


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