Current Affairs 2nd 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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National News

1. Jal Shakti Abhiyan

i. Union Jal Shakti Minister has launched a water conservation campaign ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ , with an emphasis on 1592 stressed blocks in 256 districts. 
ii. The campaign will run through citizen participation during the monsoon 1st July-15th September. An additional phase II will run from 1st October-30th November for states receiving the northeast retreating monsoons.
iii. The campaign will focus on five aspects: water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development, and intensive afforestation.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • Union Jal Shakti Minister of India: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

2. India to contribute USD 5M in 2019 to UN Palestine refugee agency

i. India has pledged to contribute USD 5 Million in 2019 to the UN Palestine refugee agency. 
ii. The Indian Government is assisting 150 Palestinian professionals every year under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • Palestine Capital: Ramallah & East Jerusalem.
3. High Powered Committee for ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture’

i. Prime minister has constituted a high powered committee of chief ministers for transforming Indian agriculture and raising farmers’ income.
ii. Maharashtra chief minister will be the convenor of the committee. The committee has been asked to submit its report within two months.
iii. The other members of the committee include:
  • H.D. Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister, Karnataka
  • Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Haryana
  • Pema Khandu, Chief Minster, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Vijay Rupani, Chief Minster, Gujarat
  • Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh
  • Kamal Nath, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh
  • Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister, Agriculture Rural Development and Panchyati Raj.
  • NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand will be the member secretary of the committee.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra : Devendra Fadnavis.
International News
4. New Zealand bans single-use plastic shopping bags

i. New Zealand has officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags. Under the new rules, thin plastic single-use shopping bags can no longer be supplied, but reusable carriers are allowed.
ii. Companies that break the ban will face heavy penalties, including fines of up to 100,000 New Zealand dollars.

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

  • New Zealand Capital: Wellington, Currency: New Zealand dollar.
5. ISALEX19 Exercise Kicks-off in Abu Dhabi

i. The International Security Alliance’s first Joint Exercise ISALEX19 started in Abu Dhabi.
ii. The exercise is hosted by the UAE Ministry of Interior (MoI).
iii. The exercise witnessed the participation of 50 representatives from law enforcement agencies of the International Security Alliance (ISA) countries.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:

  • Headquarters of International Security Alliance: Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Founded: February 2017.
6. AFSPA extended in Nagaland till december end

i. Ministry of Home Affairs have extended The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for another six months in Nagaland
ii. The Act is implemented with effect from June 30 and will be in force till December end.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:

  • Union Home Minister of India: Amit Shah.
7. NALCO to get President’s award for excellent CSR

i. National Aluminium Company Limited has been selected for President’s award for utilisation of Corporate Social Responsibility fund in social development.
ii. NALCO started a scheme “Aliali Jhia” in 2015 to promote the education of Girls of BPL families. NALCO is an Odisha based Navaratna Company.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:

  • Chairman cum Managing Director of NALCO: T.K. Chand.

8. Sports Journalists Federation of India 2019 Awards

Sports Journalists Federation of India 2019 Awards: 

  • SJFI Medal (Highest Honour): Prakash Padukone (Badminton).
  • Sportsperson of the Year Award: Pankaj Advani (Billiards and Snooker) and Bajrang Punia (Wrestling).
  • Emerging Talent of the Year Award: Saurabh Choudhary (Shooting).
  • Team of the Year Award: Vidarbha Cricket Team.

9. P.K. Purwar appointed as the CMD of BSNL

i. The GoI has appointed MTNL CMD P.K. Purwar as the  Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. He has been appointed for a period of three months starting July 1.
ii. He will replace Anupam Shrivastava as the CMD of BSNL.

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

  • Union Minister of Communications and Electronics & Information Technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad.

10. SBI, NIIF in pact for funding infrastructure projects

i. The State Bank of India has signed a memorandum of understanding with National Investment and Infrastructure Fund to boost availability of capital for infrastructure projects. 
ii. The scope of the agreement includes equity investments, project funding, bond financing, renewable energy support and take-out finance for operating assets.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:

  • SBI Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar, Headquarters: Mumbai, Founded: 1 July 1955.
  • MD & CEO of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund: Sujoy Bose.
Sports News  

11. Indian Pro Boxer Wins WBC Asia Title

i. Indian pro boxer Vaibhav Yadav has become the WBC Asia Silver Welterweight Champion. He defeated Thailand’s Fahpetch Singmanassak in the title bout held in Pattaya, Thailand.
ii. The fight was conducted by the Asian Boxing Council and approved by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Thailand Capital: Bangkok, Currency: Baht.

12. Professional motorcycle racer, Carlin Dunne passes away

i. Professional motorcycle racer, Carlin Dunne passes away. 
ii. He unfortunately suffered a fatal crash during Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype run at Pikes Peak Hill Climb. He was also known as “The King of the Mountain”.

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