Current Affairs – July 19, 2019

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National - Current Affairs - July 19, 2019

INS Sagardhwani embarks on two-month-long ‘Sagar Maitri’ mission

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Marine Acoustic Research Ship INS Sagardhwani embarked on a two-month-long ‘Sagar Maitri’ mission from SNC Kochi. INS Sagardhwani was flagged off by Southern Naval commander Vice Admiral A.K. Chawla and Defence Research and Development Organisation chairman G. Satheesh Reddy. Indian Navy said that the objective of this mission is to promote cooperation in areas of ocean research among the Indian Ocean Rim countries.
Sagar Maitri is a unique initiative of the DRDO which aligns with the broad objective of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy declaration ‘Safety And Growth for All in the Region’ (SAGAR) to promote closer cooperation in socio-economic aspects as well as greater scientific interaction, especially in ocean research among Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) countries.

 

Tamil Nadu carves out two new districts taking the total to 35

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Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy (EPS) announced the creation of two new districts in Tamil Nadu by bifurcating Tirunelveli and Kanchipuram. The government will be carving Tenkasi out of Tirunelveli and Chengalpattu from Kanchipuram, he said. With the formation of two new districts, the number of districts in Tamil Nadu rises to 35. The last time a new district was created was in January 2019 when Kallakurichi was carved out of Villupuram district.

 

Maharashtra Hikes Aid to Kin of Martyred Jawans From Rs 25 Lakhs to Rs 1 Crore

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Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday approved a four-fold increase in financial aid for the families of martyred soldiers and a similar increase for injured soldiers. Currently, families of martyred jawans get Rs 25 lakh as ex-gratia, but they will now get Rs 1 crore. Similarly, jawans who suffer injuries get between Rs 8.5 lakh and Rs 15 lakh depending on the injuries. The amount has been raised to Rs 20-60 lakh.

 

`Internet Saathi’ programme to be expanded to Punjab, Odisha

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Google India and Tata Trusts said their Internet Saathi initiative, that aims to facilitate digital literacy among women in rural India, will be expanded to villages in Punjab and Odisha. Launched in July 2015, the Internet Saathi programme has so far trained 70,000 ‘Internet Saathis’, who have in turn impacted 2.6 crore million women in the country. In Punjab, the program will cover around 5,000 villages and in Odisha, the program will cover over 16,000 villages.

 

12 Indian beaches in the race to crest the ‘Blue Flag’ challenge

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The Union Environment Ministry has selected 12 beaches in India to vie for a ‘Blue Flag’ certification, an international recognition conferred on beaches that meet certain criteria of cleanliness and environmental propriety. These beaches are at Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Bhogave (Maharashtra), Ghoghla (Diu), Miramar (Goa), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Eden (Puducherry), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha), and Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands).
The Blue Flag Programme for beaches and marinas is run by the international, non-governmental, non-profit organization FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education). To achieve the internationally recognized highest standard for the purpose of beach management, planning and execution of projects for infrastructure development, cleanliness, safety and security services, these beaches have been identified for Blue Flag Certification in different States and Union Territories.

 

“Kargil: Untold stories from the War” Authored by Rachna Bisht Rawat released

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On the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War, a new book will revisit the freezing battlegrounds of the 1999 conflict through untold stories of its bravest soldiers. Titled, “Kargil: Untold stories from the War”, the book published by Penguin Random House, is authored by Rachna Bisht Rawat.
The book that is based on Rawat’s interviews with war survivors and martyrs’ families, will take the readers to the treacherous Himalayan mountains where some of the Indian Army’s bloodiest battles were fought. The war, which lasted for nearly three months, initiated in the May of 1999 in an effort to displace Pakistani soldiers from the peaks they had occupied on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC).

 

Business - Current Affairs - July 19, 2019

ADB trims FY20 growth forecast to 7% from 7.2%

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Asian Development Bank on Thursday lowered India’s GDP growth forecast to 7 percent for the current year on the back of fiscal shortfall concerns. “India is expected to grow by 7 percent in 2019 (FY20) and 7.2 percent in 2020 (FY21), slightly slower than projected in April because the fiscal 2018 outturn fell short,” ADB said in its supplement to the Asian Development Outlook 2019.
Earlier in April this year too, the Manila-based multilateral funding agency had forecast India’s growth for FY20 as 7.2 percent and for FY21 as 7.3 percent estimated.

 

ICICI Bank rolls out digital platform InstaBIZ for MSMEs

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Betting big on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and self-employed customers, private sector lender ICICI Bank announced the launch of a new digital platform named InstaBIZ, that would allow these segments to undertake their business banking transactions digitally and instantly. The platform called InstaBIZ offers over 115 products and services online through the mobile and internet banking channel, including instant overdraft facility of up to Rs. 15 lakh, business loans, easy bulk collection and payment of funds through multiple digital modes, automatic bank reconciliation and also undertake all export-import transactions.

 

Sports - Current Affairs - July 19, 2019

Hima Das Wins Fourth Gold in 15 Days

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Hima Das clinched her fourth gold of the fortnight as she won the 200m race with a creditable time in Tabor Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic. Hima won in 23.25 seconds through the race had a mediocre field and her compatriot VK Vismaya was second with a season-best 23.43. This was 19-year-old Hima’s fourth gold since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe.
In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the old Assam runner had clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds. On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic with a time of 23.43.

 

Muhammad Anas Gets Top Spot in men’s 400 m

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In men’s 400m, Muhammad Anas won in 45.40 seconds in a mediocre field while compatriots Tom Noah Nirmal came second with a season-best effort of 46.59. K S Jeevan was third in 46.60 and M P Jabir finished fourth in 47.16. On July 13 at Kladno, Anas had bettered his own 400m national record to clinch gold and qualify for the World Championships by clocking 45.21 seconds.

 

ICC Suspends Zimbabwe From International Cricket

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect due to violation of the body’s constitution which doesn’t permit government intervention. The suspension will see the ICC’s funding to Zimbabwe Cricket frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events.
The ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 (c) and (d) of the ICC Constitution which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and /or administration for cricket respectively.

 

Awards - Current Affairs - July 19, 2019

Sachin, Donald and Cathryn Fitzpatrick inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

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Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame alongside South African pace legend Allan Donald. Joining Tendulkar and Donald in the Hall of Fame was two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
Sachin has 34,357 runs across formats and is the only batsman to have 100 international hundreds under his belt.
The 52-year-old Donald is one of the finest bowlers to have played the game and had 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets to his credit before calling it quits in 2003.
Fitzpatrick is the second-highest wicket-taker of all time in women’s cricket with 180 ODI scalps and 60 in Tests. As a coach, she guided the Australian women’s team to three World Cup titles.
Sachin became the 6th Indian on the list after Bishan Singh Bedi (2009), Sunil Gavaskar (2009), Kapil Dev (2009), Anil Kumble (2015), Rahul Dravid (2018) – figures inside brackets indicate the year of induction.

 

Former athlete PT Usha nominated for IAAF’s Veteran Pin

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India’s track and field legend PT Usha has been nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) ‘Veteran Pin’ for her outstanding service to the sport. Usha is often called the “queen of track and field”. She won five gold medals — 100 meters (m), 200m, 400m, 400 m hurdles and the 4×400 m relay — besides a bronze in the Asian Games which were held at Jakarta in 1985. IAAF CEO Jon Ridgeon extended an invitation to the 55-year-old to attend the award ceremony during the opening of the 52nd IAAF Congress in Qatar in September.

 

Incredible India ‘Find the Incredible You’ campaign wins a global award for 2019

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The Incredible India’s “Find the Incredible You” campaign released globally by the Ministry of Tourism during 2018-19 has won the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award 2019 in the “Marketing – Primary Government Destination” category, said a government statement, adding that this year’s awards attracted 198 entries from 78 organizations and individuals worldwide. The “Find the Incredible You” campaign focuses on digital and social media and the promotion of niche tourism products of the country. As part of the 2.0 Campaign, the ministry produced five new television commercials which were aired globally in the television, digital and social media.
Notably, PATA Gold Awards are given to tourism industry organizations and individuals making an outstanding contribution towards the successful promotion of the travel industry throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

 

International - Current Affairs - July 19, 2019

Nelson Mandela International Day: July 18

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South Africa’s first black president, Nobel Prize winner and anti-Apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. Popularly known as Madiba, Mandela passed away in the year 2013, at the age of 95. Known for his sacrifice to re-write the history of generations of South Africans and the world, Mandela was a selfless man.
In order to celebrate his birthday, July 18 is celebrated as Nelson Mandela International Day or Mandela Day every year. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on July 18, 2010. However, other groups began celebrating Mandela Day on July 18, 2009.

 

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