Current Affairs 23rd 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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1. SC Garg led panel’s report on legality of cryptocurrencies and blockchain

i. “Inter-Ministerial Committee” on legality of cryptocurrencies and blockchain has submitted its report to the Finance Ministry. The Committee recommends that:
  • All private cryptocurrencies, except any cryptocurrency issued by the state, be banned in India.
  • It has also drafted a law, the ‘Banning of Cryptocurrency & Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2019’, which mandates a fine and imprisonment of up to 10 years for offences.
ii. The committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg in 2017.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Mains:
  • Governor of RBI: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai, Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.
2. Indian Navy commissions fifth Dornier Aircraft Squadron

i. The Indian Navy commissioned its new Dornier Aircraft Squadron in Chennai. This is Indian Navy’s 5th Dornier Aircraft squadron.
ii. The Dornier squadron under Eastern Naval Command would strengthen Indian Navy’s efforts in maintaining constant surveillance and safe guarding maritime interests in the eastern seaboard of India.

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

  • Chief of the Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.
3. India to give scholarships to heirs of Muktijodhas

i. Government of India will provide 10,000 scholarships for heirs of the liberation war fighters of Bangladesh called ‘Muktijodhas’ over the next five years under the Nutan India-Bangladesh Maitree Muktijodha Sontan Scholarship Scheme.

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

  • PM of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina; Capital of Bangladesh : Dhaka.
  • Currency of Bangladesh: Taka.


4. Boris Johnson announced as Britain’s next prime minister

i. Boris Johnson will replace Theresa May as Britain’s next Prime Minister. 
ii. Boris Johnson, who was the face of the 2016 Brexit referendum, won the votes of 92,153 members of the Conservative party. Queen Elizabeth will formally appoint Johnson before he will enter Downing Street.


5. LIC offers Rs 1.25 trillion by 2024 for highway projects

i. Life Insurance Corporation of India has agreed to offer Rs 1.25 trillion Line of Credit by 2024, to fund highway projects
ii. LIC has offered Rs 25,000 crore in a year and Rs 1.25 trilion in five years. The borrowings will be in the form of bonds to be issued by the National Highways Authority of India.
iii. The Line of Credit will be used to fund the ambitious Bharatmala project.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main:
  • Chairman of LIC : M R Kumar.
  • Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways: Nitin Jairam Gadkari.
6. L&T Tech to partner UTC for Collins Aerospace

i. L&T Technology Services has been selected as a strategic partner by United Technologies Corporation for Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of UTC.
ii. Collins Aerospace is one of the leading providers of intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industries. 
iii. L&T Technology Services has been a long-standing engineering partner for UTC.

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

  • CEO of Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd: Sanjay Jalona.


7. New governors appointed to 6 Indian States

i. President Ram Nath Kovind has transferred 2 Governors and made 4 new appointments across 6 States. New appointments are as follows:
  • Madhya Pradesh: Lalji Tandon will replace Anandiben Patel.
  • Uttar Pradesh: Anandiben Patel will replace Ram Naik.
  • West Bengal: Jagdeep Dhankhar will replace Keshari Nath Tripathi.
  • Bihar: Phagu Chuhan will replace Lalji Tandon.
  • Nagaland: R.N. Ravi will replace P.B. Acharya.
  • Tripura: Ramesh Bais will replace Kaptan Singh Solanki.
8. M.M. Naravane to be next Vice-Chief of Army Staff

i. Lieutenant-General M.M. Naravane, has been appointed as the next Vice-Chief of the Army Staff. He will replace Lt. Gen. D. Anbu.
ii. He is currently serving as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Army Command. 

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

  • Chief of the Army Staff: General Bipin Rawat.
Science & Technology

9. NASA to send “first woman and next man” on Moon in 2024

i. U.S. space agency NASA prepares to send “first woman and next man” on Moon as part of its ambitious Artemis programme in 2024.
ii. NASA has marked the 50th anniversary of the historic first Moon landing.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main:
  • Headquarters of NASA: Washington DC USA; Founded: 29 July 1958.
  • Administrator of NASA: Jim Bridenstine.
State News

10. Andhra Pradesh first state to reserve 75% private jobs for locals

i. Andhra Pradesh has become the first state in the country to reserve jobs for locals. The Andhra Pradesh Assembly passed the Andhra Pradesh Employment of Local Candidates in Industries/Factories Act, 2019.
ii. Industries/Factories Act, 2019 reserves 75% private jobs across all categories in industrial units, factories, joint ventures as well as the project that are in public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main :
  • CM of Andhra Pradesh: Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
  • Governor of Andhra Pradesh: Biswabhusan Harichandan.


11. Keshav Dutt, Prasun Banerjee to be honoured with Mohun Bagan Ratna

i. Mohan Bagan club to confer awards  in Various Disciplines. The Awardees are:
  • Mohan Bagan Ratan: Keshav Dutt (Hockey).
  • Mohan Bagan Ratan: Captain Prasun Banerjee (Football).
  • Club felicitates Indian Peacer: Mohammed Shami (Cricket).
  • Lifetime Achievement award: Ashok Chatterjee (Football).
  • Best Football Player for the season 2018-19: Arijit Bagui (Football).
ii. On July 29 Mohun Bagan Club celebrates the ‘Mohun Bagan Day’. 
iii. Dutt will be the first sportsperson from outside the football fraternity to be bestowed with the Ratna. This is also the first time that there will be 2 Mohun Bagan Ratna recipients.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main:
  • Mohun Bagan Club Established in: 1889.
  • President of Mohun Bagan Club: Mr. Gitanath Ganguly.

Important Days

12. National Broadcasting day: 23 July

i. India celebrates 23 July every year as the “National Broadcasting day”. On this day in 1927, the first ever radio broadcast in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station under the Indian Broadcasting Company.
ii. On 8th of June, 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio. Currently, AIR is one of the largest public broadcasting organisations in the world.

13. John Isner wins Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

i. American tennis player John Isner wins Hall of Fame Tennis Championships title in Newport, Rhode Island. 
ii. This was his 4th Hall of Fame Tennis Championships title. He defeated Alexander Bublik in straight sets by 7-6, 6-3 at the grass-court event.


14. Australian tennis champion Peter McNamara passes away

i. Australian tennis champion Peter McNamara passed away. 
ii. McNamara won 5 singles titles and 19 doubles titles. He also won Wimbledon twice in 1980 and 1982.
15. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano who oversaw Iran deal dies

i. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano who oversaw Iran deal dies. He led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade and was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
ii. IAEA is a key U.N. agency, that regulates nuclear use worldwide since 2009.
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