Current Affairs 15th 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!

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1. France celebrates 14th july as its “National day”

i. The French government marked the national day on July 14th. The day is also known as Bastille Day. This is the 230th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison which took place in Paris on 14 July 1789.
ii. Armed forces from France and allied countries will march, drive, ride and fly over the central Champs Elysee.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • President of France: Emmanuel Macron; Capital of France: Paris.
  • Currency of France: Euro, CFP Franc.
2. Russia launches space telescope Spektr-RG

i. Russia launched a space telescope from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It was a joint project with Germany. The Russian space agency, showed a Proton-M rocket carrying the Spektr-RG taking off from the launch pad.
ii. The Spektr-RG, is a space observatory intended to replace the Spektr-R, known as the “Russian Hubble”, Spektr-R was launched in 2011 to observe black holes, neutron stars and magnetic fields. Its successor will take up similar duties.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Main:

  • President of Russia: Vladimir Putin; Capital of Russia: Moscow.
  • Currency of Russia: Ruble.

3. Over 30 lakh persons enrolled under “PM Shram Yogi Maandhan Scheme”

i. Under Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan Scheme”, total 30,85,205 persons have been enrolled. 
ii. This voluntary and contributory pension scheme is  benefited for unorganized workers. Under this scheme assures the minimum monthly pension of 3000 rupees to the beneficiaries after attaining the age of 60 years.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  •  Union Labour and Employment Minister: Santosh Kumar Gangwar.

4. Kiran More appointed USA cricket team’s interim coach

i. Former India wicket keeper-batsman Kiran More will take charge as the interim coach of the senior USA cricket team
ii. He will replace the head coach Pubudu Dassanayake.
iii. Kiran More was also appointed as the USA’s director of cricket in June 2019.

5. Kalraj Mishra appointed Himachal Pradesh Governor

i. President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Kalraj Mishra as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
ii. Acharya Devvrat has been transferred from Himachal Pradesh and appointed as the governor of Gujarat. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main:
  • CM of Gujarat : Vijay Rupani; CM of Himachal Pradesh: Jai Ram Thakur.
6. Chandrakant Kavlekar to be the new Deputy CM of Goa
i. Chandrakant Kavlekar to be the new Deputy Chief Minister of Goa. He will replace Vijai Sardesai as the deputy chief minister of Goa.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:

  • Chief Minister of Goa: Pramod Sawant; Governor: Mridula Sinha.

Summits & Conferences

7. 2nd formal discussion on holy Gurdwara of Kartarpur Sahib

i. 2nd formal discussion on holy Gurdwara of Kartarpur Sahib between India and Pakistan was held in Wagah.
ii. Agreements made in the discussion were:
  • Pakistan agreed to allow visa-free travel for the Indian passport holders and Overseas Citizenship of India card holders seven days a week.
  • 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara per day throughout the year.
  • The pilgrims will be allowed to travel as individuals or in groups and also on foot.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • Pakistan Capital: Islamabad; PM: Imran Khan; President: Arif Alvi.

8. Djokovic beats Federer to win fifth Wimbledon title

i. Serbian Novak Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon title after defeating Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer. 
ii. This is  Djokovic’s 16th Grand Slam and 5th Wimbledon title. He is now level with Bjorn Borg as a five-time Wimbledon winner.
9. Lewis Hamilton wins sixth British Grand Prix.

i. Lewis Hamilton made a thrilling victory in the Silverstone circuit to win his sixth British Grand Prix, his seventh victory in ten races in 2019 and the 80th win of his career.
10. Vinesh Phogat wins gold at Yasar Dogu International

i. India wrestler Vinesh Phogat has won her second consecutive gold in 53kg, at Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul. 
ii. Phogat beat her Russian opponent Ekaterina Poleshchuk in the final match to bag the gold medal.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • President of Wrestling federation of India: Brijbhushan Sharan Singh.
11. England scripts history, claims maiden ICC World Cup title 2019

i. England lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy 2019 at the Lord’s cricket stadium in London. 
ii. England defeated New Zealand with more number of boundaries in the Super Over thriller in the grand finale of ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy 2019.
  • Player of the tournament: Kane Williamson (New Zealand).
  • Player of the Match Award: Ben Stokes (England).
  • Highest run scorer of the tournament: Rohit Sharma (India).
  • Highest wicket taker of the tournament: Mitchell Starc (Australia).

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:

  • ICC Chairman: Shashank Manohar, Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • The 13th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup will be held in India from February 9 to March 26, 2023.
12. Sreeshankar wins gold at Tatyana Kolpakova International Athletics

i. M. Sreeshankar has won the long jump gold at the Tatyana Kolpakova International athletics. The tournament was held in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:

  • Capital of Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek; Currency of Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstani Som.
13. The Championships, Wimbledon 2019

i. The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known as Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts. The Championships, Wimbledon (2019) was the 133rd edition of the tournament.
ii. Here is the Complete List of Winners of the Wimbledon 2019 (with their Respective Countries):
Sl. No. Category Winner Runner Up
1. Men’s Singles N. Djokovic (Serbia) R. Federer (Switzerland)
2. Women’s Singles S. Halep (Romania)
Serena Williams


3. Men’s Doubles Juan Sebastian Cabal (Colombia) and Robert Farah (Colombia) Nicolas Mahut (France) and Edouard Roger Vasselin (France)
4. Women’s Doubles S W. Hsieh (Taiwan) and B. Strycova (Czech Republic) G. Dabrowski (Canada) and Y. Xu (China)
5. Mixed Doubles I. Dodig (Croatia) and L. Chan (Taiwan) R. Lindstedt (Sweden) and J. Ostapenko (Latvia)
Important Days

14. World Youth Skills Day: 15th July

i. The United Nations observes 15 July every year as World Youth Skills Day. 
ii. This year the UN’s observance of the World Youth Skills Day will shed light on the mechanisms needed to operationalize lifelong learning and raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Headquarters of United Nations: New York, USA; Founded: 24 October 1945.
  • Secretary General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.

15. IFFI’s Golden Jubilee Edition to be celebrated in Goa

i. The Golden Jubilee Edition of International Film Festival of India, will be held from 20th Nov till 28th November 2019 in Panaji, Goa. 
ii. President of Oscar Academy John Bailey and other eminent cinematographers and producers have been invited for the event. Russia will be IFFI partner in this edition.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • Minister for Information and Broadcasting: Prakash Javadekar.
16. Bangladesh ex-dictator H.M. Ershad passes away

i. Bangladesh’s former military dictator H.M. Ershad passed away. He became the president of Bangladesh in December 1983 and ruled the country till 1990.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • Bangladesh Capital: Dhaka, Currency: Taka, Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina.
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