Current Affairs 17th July 2019 | Daily GK Update

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The General Awareness Section plays an important role in scoring well above cut off marks in any competitive exam. The Banking Awareness and Static Awareness questions asked in the General Awareness Section are based on Current Affairs mainly. So you need to prepare well this section to score good marks. Here is the Daily GK Update to get you acquainted with the top events that made the headlines today!

Daily-GK-Update-17th-July-2019

National News

1.  Govt to increase coal production to one billion tone by 2022-23



i. GoI plan to increase the total production of coal in the country to 1 billion tone by 2022-23. 
ii. Coal minister said that the gap between demand and supply of coal cannot be bridged completely as there is insufficient domestic availability of coking coal.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main:
  • Union Coal Minister of India: Prahlad Joshi.

2. Rajya Sabha passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019


i. The Rajya Sabha passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill aims the establishment of a Central University and Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.
ii. The total outlay for the Central University project is Rs 902.07 crore and for Tribal University is Rs 836 crore. The Tribal University will offer research facilities in the fields of art, culture and technology to the tribal population.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • Union HRD Minister of India: Ramesh Pokhriyal.
  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh: Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy; Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan.

3. Health Ministry to launch a "Jan Jagrukta Abhiyaan" in Delhi


i. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will launch a Jan Jagrukta Abhiyaan in Delhi to accelerate measures for prevention and control of Vector Borne Diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya.
ii. It will start from 17th to 19th July, 2019 in Delhi through active involvement of people’s representatives, officers from Government of India, Government of NCT Delhi, all three Delhi Municipal Corporations, New Delhi Municipal Council, Railways and Cantonment board and other stakeholders to combat malaria, dengue and chikungunya.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main:
  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare: Dr Harsh Vardhan.

4. National Digital Health Blueprint released


i. Union Health Minister released  National Digital Health Blueprint, bringing in the National Digital Health Eco-system that can ensure the availability of healthcare services on a wider scale.
ii. The objective is to establish state-of-the-art digital health systems, for managing the core digital health data, the infrastructure required for its seamless exchange.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main:
  • Union Health Minister of India: Dr Harsh Vardhan.

International News

5. China gifts warship 'P625' to Sri Lanka



i. China has gifted warship 'P625' to Sri Lanka. As a new member of the Lankan Navy, the 'P625' frigate will be mainly used for offshore patrol, environment monitoring and anti-piracy combats.
ii. The Type 053 frigate was commissioned into China's People's Liberation Army Navy in 1994 as the Tongling.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • China Capital: Beijing; Currency: Renminbi.
  • Sri Lanka Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte; Currency: Sri Lankan rupee.

Economy News

6. Centre cuts interest on GPF by 10 bps



i. Finance Ministry has cut the rate of General provident fund (GPF) by 10 basis points from 8% to 7.9%.
ii. During the year 2019-2020, accumulations at the credit of subscribers to the GPF and other similar funds shall carry interest at the rate of 7.9% with effect from July 1, 2019 to 30th September 2019.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Main:
  • Finance Ministry of India: Nirmala Sitharaman.

Agreements

7. Israel Aerospace signs $50 million deal with Indian navy



i. Israel Aerospace signs $50 million follow-up deal with Indian navy. Under the deal, Israel Aerospace Industries will provide complementary missile systems to the Indian navy and India's MDL Shipyard.
ii. The agreement also involves a range of maintenance and other services for sub-systems of Israel Aerospace's naval medium range surface-to-air missile.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Capital of Israel: Jerusalem; Currency: Israeli new shekel.

8. Broadband Readiness Index for Indian States and Union Territories


i. The Department of Telecom (DoT) and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) signed a MoU to develop a Broadband Readiness Index (BRI) for Indian States and Union Territories (UT). 
ii. The first estimate will be made in 2019 and subsequently every year until 2022.

9. India, Italy to set up fast-track mechanism


i. India and Italy have decided to set up a fast track mechanism to facilitate investors and companies.
ii. The meeting was attended by Ambassador of Italy to India, Lorenzo Angeloni and Secretary of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ramesh Abhishek. 
iii. The fast-track system in Italy aims to identify and solve problems faced by Indian companies and investors.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main:
  • DIPP HQ: New Delhi; DIPP Established in: 1995.

Appointments

10. Ursula von der Leyen elected EU commission president



i. Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the European commission’s first female President and the first German in the job for more than 50 years.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • European Union Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium.

11. Coca cola appoints Sarvita Sethi in M&A role


i. Global beverages major Coco-Cola announced top level changes in its india and southwest asia unit with the appointment of Sarvita Sethi as Vice president, M&A and New Ventures and Harsh Bhutani as Vice-president finance(CFO).

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Main:
  • CocaCola President and COO: Brian Smith.
  • Cocacola HQ: Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

12. President appoints Governors for Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh


i. President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Anusuiya Uikey as Governor of Chhattisgarh.
ii. Biswa Bhusan Harichandan has been named as Governor of Andhra Pradesh.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Main:
  • CM of Chhattisgarh: Bhupesh Baghel; CM of Andhra Pradesh: Jaganmohan Reddy.

13. Justice AK Sikri appointed as judge in SICC


i. Former Supreme Court judge, Justice AK Sikri, has been appointed as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial court (SICC).
ii. The President of the Republic of Singapore has made the appointment of Justice Sikri. It currently has 16 international judges as part of its panel.
iii. The SICC is a division of the Singapore high court and part of the Supreme Court of that country, designed to deal with transnational commercial disputes.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main:
  • Capital of Singapore: Pulau Ujong; Currency of Singapore: Singapore dollar.
  • President of Singapore: Halimah Yacob.

Awards

14. The Sangeet Natak Akademi announces winners for 2018



i. The General Council have selected 44 artists from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution /scholarship in the Performing Arts for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2018
ii. Some of the awardees are:
  • Zakhir Hussain, Sonal Mansingh, Jatin Goswami and K Kalyanasundaram Pillai have been selected in the Akademi Ratna category.
  • Diwan Singh Bajeli and Puru Dadhich have been selected for the Akademi Award 2018 in the field of Overall Contribution/Scholarship in the Performing Arts.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • The honour of Akademi Award has been conferred since 1952.
  • The honour of Akademi Fellow carries purse money of Rs.3,00,000 and Akademi Award carries Rs 1,00,000 , besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram.

15. Rohan Bopanna and Smriti Mandhana got Arjuna Award



i. Sports and Youth Affairs Minister conferred Arjuna Awards to tennis player Rohan Bopanna and Women cricketer Smriti Mandhana.
ii. Bopanna who won the Gold medal in tennis men's double category in Asian Games 2018 and Mandhana was the ICC women's player of the year 2018. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Main:
  • Sports and Youth Affairs Minister:  Kiren Rijiju.

Summits & Conferences

16. 13th Meeting of India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee


i. 13th meeting of the India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) was held in London. Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways and Secretary of State for International Trade of the UK participated in the meeting.
ii. The 14th meeting of the JETCO would take place in New Delhi in 2020.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways: Piyush Goyal.
  • Secretary of State for International Trade of the UK: Liam Fox.

17. India, Uzbekistan exchange views on combating terror financing


i. The 8th meeting of India-Uzbekistan Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism was held in New Delhi. The Joint Working Group reviewed threats posed by terrorist groups worldwide and in their respective regions including cross border terrorism.
ii. The meeting was co-chaired by Mahaveer Singhvi, the Ministry of External Affairs' Joint Secretary for Counter-Terrorism and Ambassador Farhod Azriev of Uzbekistan.


Sports

18. 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis C'ship begins



i. Odisha Governor inaugurated the 21st edition of Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship at the Jawaharlal Indoor Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha.
ii. The event will witness the top players from India, Australia, England, Malaysia, Scotland and Singapore among other nations competing for coveted titles.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

19. Vijayveer wins his 3rd gold at ISSF Junior Shooting World Cup


i. Vijayveer Sidhu picked up his third gold medal of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, combining with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to clinch the men's 25m pistol.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Main:
  • National Rifles Association of India President: Shri Raninder Singh.





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