Current Affairs – July 16, 2019

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National - Current Affairs - July 16, 2019

Harsh Vardhan releases National Digital Health Blueprint

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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on July 15 released the National Digital Health Blueprint (NDHB), which aims to create a national digital health ecosystem, in the public domain and sought inputs from various stakeholders on its vision. The NDHB focuses on providing efficient and affordable health coverage through a wide range of data and infrastructure services by leveraging open digital systems that will ensure security and privacy of personal information, Vardhan said.


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Kalraj Mishra appointed Himachal Pradesh Governor, Acharya Devvrat shifted to Gujarat

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Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra was on July 15 appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, replacing Acharya Devvrat, who has been transferred and appointed as the Governor of Gujarat. Mr. Devvrat (60) was appointed as Governor of Himachal Pradesh in 2015. He will replace Governor of Gujarat O.P. Kohli, who retires on July 22.


Justice Sikri appointed as a judge in Singapore International Commercial Court

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Former Supreme Court judge, Justice AK Sikri, has been appointed as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court(SICC). The President of the Republic of Singapore has made the appointment of Justice Sikri with effect from August 1, a press note from Singapore Prime Minister’s office website said. His term will expire on January 4, 2021. Justice AK Sikri was recently appointed as the Chairperson of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA).


Sports - Current Affairs - July 16, 2019

Vinesh Phogat, Seema and Manju Kumari clinches gold in Yasar Dogu tourney

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Vinesh Phogat added to India’s medal tally in Yasar Dogu 2019 Ranking Series tournament in Istanbul, by clinching the gold medal in the 53kg category. The Indian wrestler won all her four bouts comprehensively (11-1, 7-0, 14-4, 9-5). Last week, she had bagged a gold in Grand Prix of Spain.
Earlier, Seema and Manju Kumari won a gold medal each in 50kg and 59kg category respectively. In the 50kg finals, Seema stopped Valeriya Chepsarakova of Russia from winning her second career Ranking Series title with a 3-2 win. Manju thrashed Katsiaryna Hanchar Yanushkevich of Belarus 13-2, in the 59kg finals.
In men’s wrestling, Rahul Aware won gold in the 61kg freestyle category, while Utkarsh clinched the bronze in the same weight division. Aware, an Asian bronze medallist, clinched his first career Ranking Series title with a tactical 4-1 victory over Munir Aktas of Turkey.


Awards - Current Affairs - July 16, 2019

Shah Rukh Khan to be conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Melbourne’s La Trobe University

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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is set to be honored with an honorary doctorate degree from Melbourne-based La Trobe University for his contributions and efforts towards underprivileged children, women’s empowerment through Meer Foundation and his achievements in the Indian entertainment industry.
Khan, who will be visiting Australia to attend the 10th edition of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) next month as its chief guest, said having his humanitarian endeavors recognized for the first time by the country was a great honor.


International - Current Affairs - July 16, 2019

World Youth Skills Day: July 15

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The World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) is observed every year on July 15 to encourage youth to celebrate the value of acquiring skills to achieve personal success and fulfillment. The day is important because rising youth unemployment is seen as one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike. The United Nations declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day in November 2014.
The theme for 2019 WYSD is “Learning to learn for life and work


Russia Launches Spektr-RG, a New X-Ray Observatory, into Space

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A Russian and European all-sky-survey satellite is safely in space following a successful launch on a Proton rocket on Saturday (July 13). The Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma mission, also known as Spektr-RG, is a joint project between the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, and the German space agency, DLR. Spektr-RG launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The spacecraft is expected to detect 100,000 galaxy clusters, 3 million supermassive black holes, tens of thousands of star-forming galaxies, the presence of plasma (superheated gas) and many more types of objects, according to Roscosmos.


Fuzhou (China) to host 2020 session of World Heritage Committee

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The city of Fuzhou (China) will host the next session of the World Heritage Committee in 2020. This decision concluded the work of the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku since 30 June. During this year’s session, the World Heritage Committee inscribed a total of 29 new sites on the World Heritage List (one in Africa, two in the Arab States, ten in the Asia Pacific region, 15 in Europe and North America and one in Latin America).


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