Current Affairs 19th 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-19th-July-2019


National News


1.  INS Sagardhwani embarks on mission Sagar Maitri

i. INS Sagardhwani embarked on a two-month-long Sagar Maitri Mission-2 from Southern Naval Command in Kochi. INS Sagardhwani is an oceanographic research vessel of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
ii. Sagar Maitri is a unique initiative of the DRDO to promote closer cooperation in socio-economic aspects as well as greater scientific interaction, especially in ocean research among Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) countries.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • Chief of DRDO: G Satheesh Reddy.
2. Union HRD Minister launches “Deeksharambh”

i. Union Minister of Human Resource Development released UGC Guide to Student Induction Programme “Deeksharambh” in New Delhi.
ii. The guide to Student Induction Programme is to help new students adjust and feel comfortable in the new environment, inculcate in them the ethos and culture of the institution, help them build bonds with other students and faculty members, and expose them to a sense of larger purpose and self-exploration.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • Union Minister of Human Resource Development: Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

3. Lok Sabha passes Finance Bill 2019
i. The Lok Sabha has passed the Finance Bill, 2019 that will give effect to the proposals of the Central Government for the year 2019-20. 
ii. The Finance Bill contains tax proposals for the current fiscal. The proposed amendments will promote ‘Make in India’ and Startups. 

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

  • Union Finance Minister of India: Nirmala Sitharaman.

International News


4. European Union fines chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million

i. European Union has fined US based chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of “predatory pricing” to drive a competitor out of the market.
ii. Baseband chipsets are key components of mobile devices which enables it to connect to the internet. Qualcomm sold these products at a price below cost to key customers with the intention of eliminating a competitor.

Books & Authors


5. “Kargil: Untold stories from the War” Book released

i. “Kargil: Untold stories from the War”, the book published by Penguin Random House, is authored by Rachna Bisht Rawat.
ii. On the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War, a new book will revisit the freezing battle grounds of the 1999 conflict through untold stories of its bravest soldiers.
Agreements

6. BSE, Haryana govt sign pact to facilitate MSMEs raise capital

i. BSE has inked a pact with Haryana government to encourage and support state’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to raise capital.
ii. The Government of Haryana and BSE intend to facilitate SMEs in raising funds through BSE’s dedicated platform for SME’s “BSE SME” where small companies can list and raise productive capital, gain visibility and credibility vis-a-vis large corporates.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • Capital of Haryana: Chandigarh; Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar; Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya.
  • Managing Director & CEO of BSE: Ashish Kumar Chauhan.
7. Union Ministry signs MoU with Ministries of Ayush, Defence and Railways

i. Union Health Ministry has signed an MoU with Ministries of Ayush, Defence and Railways to strengthen the efforts towards a TB-Free India by 2025.
ii. Around 28 lakh people contract the disease every year in the country and four lakh people die every year.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main:
  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare: Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
8. GeM, SAIL signs pact to set up project management unit

i. Government eMarketplace and Steel Authority of India has signed an MoU to set up GeM Organizational Transformation Team – Project Management Unit (GOTT-PMU).
ii. With this MoU, SAIL has become the first public sector undertaking to establish GOTT PMU for transforming their procurement landscape and increasing their footprint on GeM.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:

  • CEO of Government e Marketplace (GeM): Radha Chauhan.
  • Chairman of SAIL: Anil Kumar Chaudhary.
9. Haryana govt signs pact with NSE for growth of MSMEs

i. National Stock Exchange has signed a pact with the Haryana government to help boost the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises sector in the state. As per the MoU:
  • NSE will support the Haryana government in enhancing the financing opportunities for MSMEs in the state, through listing on NSE’s SME exchange platform “NSE Emerge”.
  • Haryana government will explore the possibility of setting up a government-sponsored equity participation fund to invest in the fast growing SMEs in the state, on the exchange platform.

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

  • Capital of Haryana: Chandigarh; Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar; Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya.
  • Managing Director & CEO of NSE: Vikram Limaye.
10. Sri Lanka signs agreement with India to upgrade railway lines

i. Sri Lanka has signed an agreement with India to upgrade tracks in a key railway segment connecting the north and south at a cost of $ 91.26 million.
ii. This is the first time in 100 years that the 130 km-long-tracks, running from Maho town in the North Western Province to Omanthai in the Northern Province, are being upgraded.
iii. The contract agreement for concessional financing was signed in Colombo between the Government of Sri Lanka and IRCON International Ltd (India).


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

  • Chairman & Managing Director, IRCON: Sunil Kumar Choudhury.

State News


11. Cabinet approves  2,880MW hydel project in Dibang

i. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affair gave the approval to the 2,880 megawatts Dibang hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh, approving a Rs 1,600 crore pre-investment and clearance expenditure for the Rs 28,080.35 crore strategic project.
ii. The Dibang river is a tributary river of the Brahmaputra that originated and flows through the Mishmi Hills & northeast India from the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main 2019:
  • CM of Arunachal Pradesh: Pema Khandu.
  • Governor of Arunachal Pradesh: B. D. Mishra.

Awards


12. P T Usha nominated for IAAF Veteran Pin

i. Former Olympic track and field athlete P T Usha has been nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federations Veteran Pin  for her ‘long and meritorious service to the cause of World Athletics’. 
ii. She will receive the pin during the opening ceremony of the 52nd IAAF Congress in Doha.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main:
  • IAAF CEO: Jon Ridgeon.
13. Sachin Tendulkar 6th Indian to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

i. International Cricket Council has inducted India’s batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, South African pace legend Allan Donald and two-times World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick into the ICC’s Hall of Fame.
ii. Other Indians on the list are Bishan Singh Bedi, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid.
iii. Sachin Tendulkar has 34,357 runs across formats and is the only batsman to have 100 internationals hundreds under his belt.

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.

Ranks and Reports


14. Bimal Jalan panel report on surplus RBI reserves ‘finalised’

i. Bimal Jalan led six-member panel on Economic Capital Framework (ECF), formed by RBI has finalised its report on surplus RBI reserves. 
ii. The panel has recommended that surplus reserves held by the central bank should be transferred to the government in tranches over three to five years. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • RBI Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.
Sports

15. Sarabjot Singh wins gold medal in ISSF Junior World Cup

i. ISSF Junior World Cup, Sarabjot Singh shot a 239.6 to bag the men’s 10 metres air pistol gold.
ii. This is India’s ninth yellow metal at the event in Suhl, Germany.
16. ICC suspends Zimbabwe Cricket

i. International Cricket Council has suspended Zimbabwe for failing to ensure there is no government interference in its running of the sport.
ii. ICC funding has been withdrawn and the country will be barred from participating at ICC events. Zimbabwe’s Test status was suspended by the ICC in June 2004.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Main:
  • ICC Chairman: Shashank Manohar; ICC of Headquarter:Dubai, UAE.
  • The 13th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup will be held in India from February 9 to March 26, 2023.

Miscellaneous

17. Prakash Javadekar inaugurates 10th Jagran Film Festival

i. Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting inaugurated the 10th Jagran Film Festival in an event held at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi.
ii. He highlighted the importance and impact of cinema on life of people and termed that it is a medium which connects people.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main 2019:

  • Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting: Prakash Javadekar.
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