Current Affairs – July 23, 2019

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National - Current Affairs - July 23, 2019

ISRO launches Chandrayaan-2 from Sriharikota

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The powerful booster GSLV-Mark-Three carrying 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 on-board zoomed into space at 14.43 hours by puffing out thick smoke and leaving trailblazers amidst thundering sound from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Carrying a “billion dreams” in a giant leap for the country’s ambitious low-cost space programme, the most complex and prestigious mission ever undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), if successful, will also make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and China to pull off a soft landing on the moon.
According to the statement, Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising an orbiter, lander, and rover, will be subjected to a series of orbit manoeuvres using its onboard propulsion system to take it to the vicinity of Moon over the next few weeks with the rover soft landing planned on September 7.
  • The total cost of the 3,850-kg Chandrayaan-2 mission is Rs 978 crore.
  • It will be the first Indian spacecraft to make a soft-landing close to the South Pole of the moon, which is not explored yet and sampled by any past mission. It is expected to take place on September 7, 2019.
  • This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon.
  • Once Chandrayaan-2 reaches to south pole region of the lunar terrain, India will become the fourth ever nation to have a soft-landing on the moon.
  • Other three nations are the United States, China, and Russia.


National Broadcasting day: July 23

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Every year on 23rd July India celebrates National Broadcasting day. On this day in 1927, the first ever radio broadcast in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station under a private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company. On 8th of June, 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio. Since 1927, radio has been an important part of people’s life in India.


LIC offering Rs 1.25 trillion by 2024 for highway projects

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As part of innovative modes of financing to meet India’s huge infrastructure appetite, insurance giant LIC has agreed to offer Rs 1.25 trillion lines of credit by 2024, to fund highway projects, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said. Keen on timely execution of the Rs 8.41 trillion ambitious Bharatmala project that aims to lay a grid of highways pan-India, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has been looking to harness various sources of finances including pension and insurance funds. “LIC has offered us Rs 25,000 crore in a year and Rs 1.25 trillion in five years They have agreed in principle. We will rope in these funds in highways construction,” Gadkari told.


MNRE issues norms to implement a scheme for farmers to boost solar energy

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued guidelines for the rollout of the Rs 34,422-crore PM-KUSUM scheme, which would encourage farmers to generate solar power in their farms and use the clean energy to replace their diesel water pumps. The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme entails setting up of 25,750-MW solar capacity by 2022 with the total central financial support of Rs 34,422 crore.
The scheme has three components. The Component-A provides for setting up of 10,000 megawatts of decentralized ground/ stilt-mounted grid-connected solar or other renewable energy-based power plants. The Component-B of the scheme provides for the installation of 17.50 lakh stand-alone solar agriculture pumps, while the Component-C envisages solarisation of 10 lakh grid-connected agriculture pumps.


Singapore’s GIIS to launch India’s first smart school campus in Pune

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The Singapore-headquartered Global Indian International School (GIIS) said it will launch India’s first SMART campus in Pune as part of its Rs 420 crore investments in education in India over the coming years. GIIS said the concept of an international award-winning SMART Campus, launched in Singapore in 2018, will be implemented at Hadapsar and Balewadi campuses with the aim of providing students with NextGen learning to hone 21st-century skills.


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M.M. Naravane to be next Vice-Chief of Army Staff

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Lieutenant-General M.M. Naravane, currently General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Army Command, has been appointed the next Vice-Chief of the Army Staff in a series of changes in the Army’s top brass. He will take over from Lt. Gen. D. Anbu when he retires on August 31. Lt.Gen. Naravane, the senior-most officer in the force after the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, is in line to succeed him on his retirement on December 30.


Sports - Current Affairs - July 23, 2019

Harmeet, Ayhika win as India complete golden sweep in C’wealth TT

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Harmeet Desai and Ayhika Mukherjee won the men’s and women’s singles titles as hosts India completed a clean sweep, claiming all the seven gold medals on offer at the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in Odisha. Harmeet, 26, beat favourite G Sathiyan 4-3 (9-11 6-11 11-5 11-8 17-15 7-11 11-9 in a hard-fought final to claim the men’s singles title. In women singles, Ayhika won her maiden gold in the championships, thrashing former national champion Madurika Patkar 4-0 (11-6 11-4 11-9 19-17).


Shiva Thapa Wins Gold For India At The President’s Cup

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Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa became India’s first gold medallist at the President’s Cup boxing tournament after getting a walkover in the finals in Astana. Making his international debut in the newly-introduced of 63kg, Thapa was to fight Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin in the summit clash, but his opponent had to withdraw due to an injury.


Adam Peaty wins 100m breaststroke gold at world championships

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Adam Peaty claimed the 100m breaststroke title at the world championships for the third time but was unable to break the record he set 24 hours earlier. Peaty became the first man to go under 57 seconds when he shattered his own world mark with a time of 56.88 in the semi-finals on 21st July in Gwangju, South Korea.


Manny Pacquiao wins WBA welterweight title

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Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao claimed the WBA welterweight championship after scoring a split-decision win against Keith Thurman. He ended the American Keith Thurman’s undefeated run at the MGM Grand, where two judges had the fight 115-112 in favour of the 40-year-old Pacquiao.


Ireland’s Shane Lowry Wins British Open

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Ireland’s Shane Lowry claimed a first major championship win with a dominant six-shot victory on 15 under par amid raucous scenes at The Open. The 32-year-old became only the second player from the Republic of Ireland to win the Claret Jug, after Padraig Harrington.


Awards - Current Affairs - July 23, 2019

Carnatic vocalist S. Sowmya chosen for Sangita Kalanidhi award

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Noted vocalist S. Sowmya has been chosen for the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy and she will preside over 93rd annual conference of the Academy to be held between December 12, 2019, and January 1, 2020. S Sowmya, a noted Carnatic vocalist, has won the Sangita Kalanidhi award. A PhD-holder from Madras University, Sowmya is known for her intellectual approach to music.
Sangita Kala Acharya awards will go to vocalists Seetha Narayanan and M.S. Sheela.
Nagaswaram player Vyasarpadi Kothandaraman and vocalist Rajkumar Bharathi will get the TTK awards while Aarti N. Rao will get the Musicologist Award.
All awards will be conferred during the Sadas of the Academy on January 1. The Nritya Kalanidhi award for Dance will be conferred on Priyadarshini Govind at the inauguration of the dance festival on January 3, 2020.


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