Current Affairs 1st August 2019 | Daily GK Update

Dear Aspirants,
Daily GK Updates being an integral part of the  General Awareness section that holds the ability to elevate your final score to a great extent. So, one should always aim for attempting all the questions with accuracy. With Adda247 read about the daily updates of the world which concerns aspirants preparing for the banking and insurance examinations. With these updates, you can find all the crucial events of the day assembled in a post so that the data becomes easily accessible. General Knowledge is never-ending so you will always be on your toes and grasp all you can on a regular basis. With the hope that this will prove beneficial for your exam preparations, here are the updates of 31st July 2019 to make you aware of the happening in the world around you. 



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1. India extends $500,000 assistance to Gambia

i. During the President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Gambia, India has promised to extend an assistance of USD 500,000 to Gambia. 
ii. The assistance will contribute in supporting the skill development and cottage industry projects in the West African country.
iii. India has also received an instrument of ratification of the International Solar Alliance framework agreement from Gambia. 
iv. The two countries has also signed a MoU on Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Clerk Mains:
  • President of Gambia: Adama Barrow; Capital: Banjul.
2. Dharmendra Pradhan launches Atal Community Innovation Centre

i. Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel has launched Atal Community Innovation Centre (ACIC) in New Delhi, to encourage the spirit of innovation at the community level.
ii. This initiative aim is to provide solution-driven design thinking to serve society. 
iii. Atal Innovation Mission has a key role to perform in order to achieve the target of five trillion dollar economy by 2025.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains 2019:
  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel: Dharmendra Pradhan.

3. Lok Sabha to become paperless from next session

i. Lok Sabha Speaker has announced that the Lower House will become paperless from the next session. 
ii. This move will save crores of rupees to the exchequer.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Speaker of Lok Sabha: Om Birla.
4. Cabinet approves ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow

i. Cabinet has approved the setting up of ISRO Technical Liaison Unit (ITLU) at Moscow in Russia. 
ii. The unit will collaborate with Space agencies and industries in Russia and neighbouring countries for mutually synergetic outcomes. 
iii. ITLU will support the ongoing bilateral programmes of cooperation in space technology and will act on behalf of ISRO.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Clerk Mains:
  • Chairman of ISRO: Dr K. Sivan; Headquarters: Bengaluru; Established: 1969.
5. Tarun Chaudhri becomes first IAF pilot to complete wingsuit skydive jump

i. Wing Commander Tarun Chaudhri has become the first Indian Air Force pilot to perform a wingsuit skydive jump. 
ii. Chaudhri achieved the feat during the Kargil Diwas celebrations at Air Force Station in Jodhpur.
iii. The jump was accomplished from a Mi-17 helicopter from an altitude of 8,500 feet. This is the first IAF Wing Suit Skydive Jump by a pilot who has flown and captained the same type of helicopter.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main 2019:
  • Chief of the Air Staff of IAF: BS Dhanoa.
                                             Banking/ Business

6. India Post Payments Bank to be converted into SFB

i. The postal department has decided to convert the India Post Payments Bank into a small finance bank
ii. This bank will provide micro credit at the doorsteps to individuals and SME’s. The postal department has also target the milestone of 1 crore accounts for IPPB in 100 days.
iii. India Post will partner with Common Service Centre to provide a suite of citizen centric services such as banking, remittance, insurance, DBT, bill and tax payments etc at post offices.

Rank and Report

7. London named the world’s best city for students

i. London has named the world’s best city for students for the 2nd consecutive year, beating Tokyo and Melbourne that came 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on a new worldwide ranking. 
ii.  According to the rankings, India’s best student city is Bengaluru (81st), followed by Mumbai (85th), Delhi at 113th and Chennai at 115th, out of a total of 120th cities in the list.
iii. The QS Best Student Cities Ranking compiled by global education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds highlights each city’s performance across different categories.

8. IFSG appoints Justice A.K. Sikri as ombudsman

i. The Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG), country’s self-regulatory industry body for the online fantasy sports gaming sector, announced the appointment of Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri as its ombudsman and ethics officer.
ii. Justice A.K. Sikri will be responsible for investigating queries/complaints raised by the users of the online fantasy sports gaming platforms.
9. Rakesh Asthana given additional charge of NCB

i. The Appointments Committee on Cabinet has given the additional charge of the post of Director General Narcotics Control Bureau to Rakesh Asthana
ii. He is presently serving as the Director General of Civil Aviation Security.


10. Former Cricketer Kapil Dev honoured with Bharat Gaurav Award

i. East Bengal club will officially start the centenary celebrations on its foundation day with a glittering ceremony at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.
ii. East Bengal club will be awarded India’s first cricket World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev with its highest honour, Bharat Gaurav
iii. Kapil is no stranger to football as he had donned the club’s colours in an exhibition match against Mohun Bagan in 1992.

11. Ruhan Rajput honoured with ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2019’

i. Ruhan Rajput, a renowned entrepreneur, co-founder and Director of Einfolge Technologies Pvt Ltd was awarded the prestigious Entrepreneur Award 2019 at New Delhi.
ii. Ruhan was acknowledged for his contributions and achievements in the business industry. His company, is one of the leading players in the knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) industry. 
iii. The company operates to provide comprehensive research, analysis and expert solutions to its clients.

12. DD News channel bagged Champions of Empathy Award

i. DD News is awarded with “Champions of Empathy Award” for spreading awareness about hepatitis. 
ii. Director General of DD News, Mayank Agrawal received the Award from Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
iii. DD News to aware people about various diseases and preventives by showing health related programmes, reports and policies that help to spread awareness towards health in society.
Summit & Conferences

13. Foreign Ministers from South East Asia attend 52nd ASEAN summit

i. Foreign Ministers from South East Asia are attending the 52nd ASEAN summit in Bangkok. 
ii. The annual meeting opened with a call from the host Thailand for deeper integration to expand trade and bolster prosperity in the region amid rising global challenges.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main 2019:
  • Minister of External Affairs: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
Science and Technology

14. IIT Hyderabad develops, eco-friendly solar cells using ‘kumkum dye’

i. Scientists at IIT Hyderabad have developed low-cost, environment-friendly solar cells by employing an off-the-shelf dye used to make kumkum or vermilion.
ii. The dye-sensitised solar cell (DSSC) is based on New Fuchsin (NF) dye with aqueous electrolyte and platinum-free counter electrodes, according to the research published in the Solar Energy journal.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Clerk Main:
  • Headquarters National Institute of Solar Energy: Gwal Pahari, Gurugram.

15. Former cricketer Malcolm Nash passes away

i. Former cricketer Malcolm Nash passed away. He was Glamorgan’s legendary left-arm bowler who took 993 first-class wickets in a 17-year career between 1966 and 1983. He became famous after Garfield Sobers hit him for six sixes in an over.

16. Ellyse Perry becomes first cricketer to reach 1000 runs, 100 wickets in T20Is

i. Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry became the first cricketer of either gender to reach the rare milestone of scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in the T20 format.

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