Current Affairs 8th 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. UAE Foreign minister arrives in India

i. United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in India. He will hold talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to boost cooperation in key sectors such as trade and energy.
ii. The UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest energy supplier.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • President of the UAE: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Capital of the UAE: Abu Dhabi.
  • Currency of the UAE: Dirham.
2. Tata Steel Kalinganagar joins WEF’s Global Lighthouse Network

i. Tata Steel Kalinganagar has been included in World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse Network. TSK in Odisha’s Jajpur district is the first and the only Indian manufacturing plant to be included in the WEF’s Lighthouse Network.
ii. Global Lighthouse Network is a community of manufacturers showing leadership in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to drive financial and operational impact.
3. Indian Haj mission adopts Digital India, equality of women

i. Indian Haj mission in Saudi Arabia adopts Digital India, equality of women. It aims to reach out to a large number of pilgrims as part of the Government of India’s initiative of Digital India.
ii. The App ‘Indian Haj Information System‘ developed by the consulate will receive feedback and grievances from Hajis. Another app E-MASIHA will retrieve pilgrims’ health information to apply appropriate treatment whenever he or she visits Indian medical facilities during Haj.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
    • Saudi Arabia Capital: Riyadh, Currency: Saudi Riyal.


4. ISRO ties up with Russian agency to select, train Indian astronauts

i. Indian Space Research Organisation has signed a contract with Russia’s Glavkosmos for selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts. 
ii. ISRO has planned to send two unmanned missions before the mission ‘Gaganyaan-1’.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:
  • ISRO Director: K Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru, Established: 1969.
State News

5. Meghalaya fined Rs 100 cr for illegal coal mining

i. The Supreme Court of India has directed the Meghalaya government to deposit the Rs 100 crore fine
ii. The fine was imposed by the NGT for failing to curb illegal coal mining with the Central Pollution Control Board.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Meghalaya Capital: Shillong; Chief Minister: Conrad Sangma; Governor: Tathagata Roy.
6. Bonalu festival kicks off in Telangana

i. The annual Bonalu festival kicked off at the Jagadamba temple in historic Golconda Fort, Telangana. 
ii. Bonalu is celebrated every year in the state during the first month of the monsoon season.  Bonalu is the “state festival” of Telangana.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Mains:
  • CM of Telangana: K Chandrashekhar Rao; Capital of Telangana: Hyderabad.
  • Governor of Telangana: ESL Narasimhan.
7. J&K govt approves Aadhaar-linked payment for pension disbursal

i. The Jammu and Kashmir government approves Aadhaar-linked payment mode for pension disbursal. 
ii. The aim is to distribute pension to the beneficiaries under various central and state sponsored schemes in order to ensure transparency and to avoid delay.

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

  • Governor of Jammu & Kashmir: Satya Pal Malik.

Defence News

8. DRDO successfully tested Nag missiles in Pokhran

i. DRDO successfully tested Nag missiles in Pokhran ranges. The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA).
ii. The Nag Missile has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI PO/Clerk Mains:
  • DRDO Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy, Established: 1958, Headquarters: New Delhi.
9. Operation ‘Sudarshan’ launched along the Pakistan border
i. BSF has launched the operation ‘Sudarshan’ to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration grid’ along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu. 
ii. It was launched on July 1 and will cover the entire 1,000-kms length of the India-Pakistan International Border.
iii. The Border Security Force is the primary force guarding this frontier as the ‘first line of defence’.

10. Nalin Shinghal appointed CMD of BHEL

i. Nalin Shinghal has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. 
ii. He will replace Atul Sobti as the chairman and managing director of BHEL.
11. Harideesh Kumar appointed as Director of IBPS

i. B Harideesh Kumar has been appointed as director of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for a period of three years. Earlier, he was the Executive Director of Canara Bank.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:
  • Chairman of IBPS: Rajkiran Rai G.

Books and Authors

12. “Vivekadeepini” book released by the Vice President of India

i. The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has released the book ‘Vivekadeepini’ in ten languages. 
ii. It is a concise book of aphorisms that contains glimpses of India’s wisdom. The book will be published by Vedanta Bharati.


13. 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis C’ship to be hosted in Odisha

i. Odisha will host the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship in  Cuttack, from July 17 to 22.
ii. The tournament has received entries from 14 associations, consisting of India, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Australia, Cyprus, South Africa, Nigeria, Pakistan.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For ESIC:
  •  CM of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor of Odisha: Ganeshi Lal.
14. U.S. wins FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019
i. United States wins FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 held in Lyon, France. 
ii. They defeated the Netherlands with a scrore of 2-0. This is the 4th world cup title for the US’s women football team.

15. Rohit Sharma records maximum hundreds in the single World Cup

i. Rohit Sharma has set a world record of maximum hundreds in the single World Cup. 
ii. He has become the first batsman in the world to score five hundreds in a single World Cup and break the record of Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakarra.
iii. He has also equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of the total number of World Cup hundreds.

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

  • Venue of ICC World Cup 2019 : England and Wales.
16. 4 Gold medals for India in Kutno Athletics Meet

Indian athletes have won 4 gold medals in the Kutno Athletics Meet held in Poland.
Following is the list of winners in the different categories:
  • Hima Das won the gold while V.K. Vismaya bagged the silver in the women’s 200m race.
  • Muhammed Anas won the gold in men’s 200 m race.
  • M P Jabir won the gold while Jithin Paul bagged the bronze medal in the men’s 400m hurdles.
  • P Saritaben (gold), Sonia Baishya (silver) and R Vithya (bronze) won the women’s 400 m race.

17. Canada Open Badminton: Li Shi Feng won the men’s singles title

i. Li Shi Feng has won the men’s singles title of Canada Open Badminton. He defeated India’s Parupalli Kashyap in the title clash.

18. Copa America 2019: Brazil wins Title on home soil

i. Ten-man Brazil held on to win the Copa America on home soil despite Gabriel Jesus’s dismissal with a 3-1 victory over Peru. 
ii. Jesus scored the decisive goal after a penalty from Peru captain Paolo Guerrero canceled out Everton’s opener for hosts Brazil at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.
iii. A last-minute penalty from substitute Richarlison sealed a win for Brazil which handed the South American giants their ninth Copa triumph and first since 2007.

19. World Youth Cup: Arinjeeta Dey wins silver medal

i. Arinjeeta Dey, a 10-year-old girl, has won a silver medal in the World Youth Cup held in Umag, Croatia.
ii. The tournament was organised by World Karate Federation affiliated to the International Olympic Association.

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

  •  Capital of Croatia: Zagreb; Currency of Croatia: Croatian kuna.
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