Current Affairs 31st 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 for 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-31st-July-2019




National


1.AIM to launch new programme for Community Innovation

i. Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), is an initiative of NITI Aayog is all set to launch a new program for community innovation in New Delhi. 
ii. The Director of AIM Mission is R Ramanan. 
iii. The main purpose of this new initiative is to make innovation ecosystem socially inclusive as well as to ensure equitable distribution of infrastructure for innovation across the country to encourage the spirit of innovation.
iv. This new program has been specifically designed for underserved, unserved regions of Tier 1 or Metro cities, Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, Smart Cities, Aspirational districts, North-East, Jammu and Kashmir as well as the rural and tribal regions of India. 
v. This program will be jointly inaugurated by Union Minister of Human Resource and Development Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’  and Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main :
  • Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog: Rajiv Kumar, CEO of NITI Aayog: Amitabh Kant.
2. Dr Harsh Vardhan celebrates the 110th Annual Day of NCDC

i. Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the 110th Annual Day celebrations of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), at this occasion Union Health Minister inaugurated the laboratory complex (Lab 3) at NCDC and the new building of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main 2019:

  • Headquarter of NCDC: New Delhi; NCDC Established in : ‎1909.
3. ‘Pink coaches’ introduced by the Northest frontier railway

i. Indian Railways ‘Northeast Frontier Railway zone’ has started a unique initiative to earmark a special portion of the SLR coach with pink colour. 
ii. This is done to specially help the women passengers with better safety and security.
iii. 8 trains in Rangiya division of the Northeast Frontier Railway have begun operations with some pink coaches. 

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main 2019:
  • Headquarter of Northeast Frontier Railway zone: Maligaon, Guwahati.
International

4. South Asia Air Quality Tech Camp organised in Kathmandu

i. The U.S. Embassy in Nepal has organized a South Asia Air Quality Tech Camp in Kathmandu. 
ii.The aim of camp is to address political, social, and scientific facets of the problem and improve the ability of civil society, media, and other influencers to engage governments, empower the public and take action to improve air quality in South Asia.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Clerk Mains:

  • Nepal Prime Minister: K P Sharma Oli; Capital: Kathmandu.

                                             Banking/ Business

5. RBI relaxed norms for end-use of money raised through ECBs

i. The Reserve Bank of India has relaxed norms for end-use of money raised through external commercial borrowings for corporates as well as liquidity starved non banking lenders. 
ii. The liberalisation will be applicable to ECBs taken for working capital, general corporate purpose loans or repayment of rupee loans.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Governor of RBI: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai, Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.
6. Microsoft acquires data privacy & governance startup BlueTalon

i. Microsoft has acquired data privacy, governance service firm BlueTalon
ii. BlueTalon helps enterprises set policies for how their employees can access their data. BlueTalon works with leading Fortune 100 companies to eliminate data security blind spots and gain visibility and control of data.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • CEO of Microsoft : Satya Nadella.

Agreements


7. India signs deal to acquire R-27 Missiles from Russia

i. India has signed a deal worth around Rs 1,500 crore to acquire R-27 air-to-air missiles from Russia to be equipped on the Su-30MKI combat aircraft. 
ii. The R-27 missile is a medium-to-long-range air-to-air missile for MiG and Sukhoi series of fighter jets.
8. India, Mozambique sign 2 MoUs

i. India, Mozambique sign 2 MoUs to strengthen defence cooperation. 
ii. The two MoUs include an agreement on sharing white shipping information and another on co-operation in the field of Hydrography.
iii. The documents were signed following a meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Mozambican counterpart Atanasio Salvador M’tumuke. 
iv. Rajnath Singh is currently on his first official visit abroad as the Defence Minister to the African country. 
v. This is also the first time a Defence Minister has visited Mozambique.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Clerk Main 2019:
  • Prime Minister of Mozambique: Carlos Agostinho do Rosario.
  • Capital of Mozambique: Maputo.
Appointment

9. Rajiv Kumar appointed Finance Secretary

i. Rajiv Kumar, Secretary Financial Services in the Ministry of Finance, was designated as Finance Secretary. 
ii. Rajiv Kumar will replace Subhash Chandra Garg was shunted out of the Ministry and posted as Secretary, Ministry of Power.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main 2019:
  • Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs: Nirmala Sitharaman.


Awards

10. ‘Indian Woman of Influence Award’ received by Priya Priyadarshini Jain

i. Eminent fashionista, social entrepreneur and philanthropist Priya Priyadarshini Jain has been felicitated with the prestigious ‘Indian Woman of Influence’ award at the House of Lords, the United Kingdom Parliament, London.
ii. Priyadarshini Jain for it also marked the grand launch of coffee table book on ’50 most influential Indian women worldwide’ featuring her as one of the most prominent personalities from India.
Summit & Conferences

11. 22nd National Conference on e-Governance

i. The 22nd National Conference on e-Governance will be held in Shillong, Meghalaya. The theme of the conference is ‘Digital India: Success to Excellence’. 
ii. The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), in association with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Meghalaya government will organise the 22nd National Conference.
Obituaries

12. Former RBI Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn passes away

i. Former RBI Deputy Governor and Noted economist Subir Vithal Gokarn passed away. 
ii. He had the distinction of being the youngest RBI Governor at the time.
iii. Gokarn was also Chief Economist of Standard & Poor’s Asia-Pacific and Chief Economist of CRISIL. 
iv. He was appointed as Executive Director on the board of the IMF in 2015.
Sports

13. Prithvi Shaw suspended by BCCI for doping violation

i. Prithvi Shaw has been suspended by Board of Control for Cricket in India for 8 months for a doping violation. 
ii. Shaw was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules.
14. ICC names two new umpires in elite panel for 2019-20

i. The International Cricket Council has named Michael Gough of England and Joel Wilson of the West Indies in the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for 2019-20 season. 
ii. They will replace retired umpire Ian Gould and Ravi Sundaram who were part of the previous panel.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI 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.
15. Venugopal Rao announces retirement from all forms of cricket

i. Former India player and Andhra Ranji captain, Y. Venugopal Rao has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket
ii. He was the 2nd player to play for India from Andhra. He played for India in 16 ODIs and was also a member of the India under-19 World Cup-winning team in 2000.

16.  ICC launched the World Test Championship

i. The International Cricket Council has launched the inaugural World Test Championship thus setting the stage for a long tournament in red-ball cricket to determine the World Test Champion. 
ii. It can also be inferred as the ‘World Cup’ of red-ball cricket. Some important facts about the tournament:
  • The top 9 Test teams will compete in the 2-year long tournament.
  • Each team will play three home and three away series.
  • The top 2 teams at the end will compete in the ICC World Test Championship Final in the UK in June 2021.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI 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.
Miscellaneous

17. Infosys launches Cyber Defence Center in Romania

i. Infosys announced the launch of its state-of-the-art Cyber Defence Center in Bucharest, Romania. 
ii. The Defence Center is an expansion of services delivered through the Infosys Digital Innovation Center.
iii. The Center will provide end-to-end, real-time, 24/7 cybersecurity monitoring and protection services to support European and global businesses on their digital transformation journey.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main 2019:
  • Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Infosys: Salil Parekh.
18. Pakistan opens historic Hindu temple in Punjab

i. Pakistan has opened a 1,000 year old Hindu temple in eastern city Sialkot for worship for the first time since partition on the demand of the local Hindu community.
ii. The Shawala Teja Singh temple, located in city’s congested Dhaarowal locality, some 100 km from Lahore, is more than 1,000 years old, according to the book ‘History of Sialkot’ by the late Rashid Niaz.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main 2019:
  • Capital of Pakistan : Islamabad; PM of Pakistan: Imran Khan.
  • President of Pakistan: Arif Alvi.
19. Birth anniversary of Premchand being celebrated

i. The birth anniversary of a great novelist and celebrated storyteller Munshi Premchand is celebrated on 31 July every year. 
ii. He was born on 31st July 1880 in Lamhi Village near Varanasi.
iii. Premchand’s stories confront the truth of this society underlining the importance of truth, justice and loyalty. 
iv. His renowned stories includes ‘Kafan’, ‘Namak Ka Daroga’, ‘Panch Parmeshwar’, ‘Poos Ki Raat’ are timeless and ever relevant.
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