Current Affairs 25th 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!



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1. GoM on sexual harassment at workplace reconstituted

i. GoI has reconstituted the Group of Ministers (GoM) looking after the issues of how to prevent sexual harassment at workplace and strengthen legal frameworks. The GoM will be lead by Home Minister Amit Shah.
ii. The other members of the reconstituted GoM are: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main 2019:
  • Union Minister of Home Affairs: Amit Shah.
2. DCC approves Rs 3,050 cr penalty on Airtel, Vodafone Idea

i. The Digital Communications Commission (DCC) approved the cumulative penalty of Rs 3,050 crore on Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea
ii. The penalty was imposed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for not providing points of interconnection to Reliance Jio when it entered the market.

State News

3. ADB sanctions Rs 1925 Cr for power projects in Tripura

i. Asian Development Bank has sanctioned Rs 1925 Cr project for up-gradation of power generation and distribution in Tripura.
ii. The project has been sanctioned for upgrading capacity of 63 MW Rokhia Project to 120 MW at an estimated cost of over 699 crore rupees and modernising Gumti Hydro Electric Project at an estimated cost of nearly 1225 crore rupees.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Clerk Mains:
  • President of ADB: Takehiko Nakao; Headquarters: Manila, Philippines.

4. Nishagandhi Sangeetha Awards conferred by Kerala Tourism

i. Kerala Minister of Tourism presented the inaugural Nishagandhi Sangeetha Puraskaram to musicians Parassala B. Ponnammal and T V. Gopalakrishnan in the Nishagandhi Monsoon Ragas Music Festival.
ii. Nishagandhi Sangeetha Puraskaram is Instituted by Kerala Tourism, the award carries ₹1.5 lakh in cash, citation and memento.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Clerk Main 2019:
  • Minister for Tourism of kerala: Kadakampally Surendran.
  • CM of Kerala: Pinarayi Vijayan; Governor of Kerala: P. Sathasivam.
5. India’s first dragon blood-oozing tree

i. Researchers discover Dracaena cambodiana, a dragon tree species in the Dongka Sarpo area of West Karbi Anglong district in Assam.
ii. This is for the first time that a dragon tree species has been reported from India. Dragon tree species whose sap turns bright red after coming in contact with air.

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

  • Capital of Assam: Dispur; CM of Assam: Sarbananda Sonowal; Governor of Assam: Jagdish Mukhi.


6. 6 firms honoured with CSR Journal Excellence Awards

i. 3rd Edition of the CSR Journal Excellence Awards honoured 6 firms for the best practices in Corporate Social Responsibility. 
ii. The theme of the event was ‘India First’. The winners of the awards are:
  • Tata Power won in the category “Education & Skill Training”.
  • ReNew Power won in the category “Women Empowerment & Child Welfare”.
  • YES Bank Ltd. won in the category “Health & Sanitation”.
  • Mahindra & Mahindra won in the category “Environment”.
  • Hindustan Zinc won in the category “Agriculture & Rural Development”.
  • Aditya Birla Capital Ltd. won in the category “Sports”.


7. Priti Patel appointed as Britain’s Home Secretary

i. Priti Patel has been appointed as Britain’s Home Secretary in the newly-unveiled Boris Johnson Cabinet
ii. She has become the Britain’s first Indian-origin Home Secretary.
8. Ajay Bhalla appointed as Home Secretary

i. Ajay Kumar Bhalla has been appointed Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
ii. Bhalla will take over as Home Secretary from incumbent Rajive Gauba. Bhalla is currently serving as Power Secretary.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO Main 2019:
  • Union Minister of Home Affairs:  Amit Shah.
Ranks and Reports

9. RIL’s becomes top-ranked Indian company in Fortune Global list

i. Reliance Industries ltd has jumped 42 places to become the highest-ranking Indian firm on the Fortune Global 500 list. 
ii. Reliance Industries replace Indian Oil Corporation. RIL’s present ranking in the list 106 and IOC’s ranking in the list 117.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Clerk Main 2019:
  • Founder of Reliance Industries Ltd: Dhirubhai Ambani.
  • CEO of Reliance Industries Ltd: Mukesh Ambani. 
Books and Authors

10. Lt Gn. Ranbir Singh releases a book on Fire and Fury Warriors

i. The coffee table book titled ‘Fire and Fury Corps – Saga of Valour, Fortitude and Sacrifice’, was released by Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh.
ii. This book showcases the courage and bravery of the Fire and Fury Warriors and portrays the rich heritage and ethos of the Indian Army.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For SBI Clerk Main 2019:
  • Chief of the Army Staff: General Bipin Rawat.
11. PM Modi releases book on former PM Chandra Shekhar

i. PM Narendra Modi releases book “Chandra Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics” is written by Deputy Chairman in the Rajya Sabha, Harivansh and Ravi Dutt Bajpai in New Delhi.
ii. Prime Minister also announced a museum for all former Prime Ministers of India, and invited their families to share aspects of their lives.


12. Cabinet approves merger of NIMH with ICMR-NIOH

i. Union Cabinet has approved the merger of National Institute of Miners’ Health with Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Occupational Health.
ii. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister said that the decision will help the company in reducing bank borrowings and implementing projects for enhancing fertilizers production capacity and upgrading logistics and raw materials.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For RRB NTPC/IBPS RRB Main :
  • Union Information and Broadcasting Minister: Prakash javadekar.

13. Virat Kohli maintains number one spot in ICC Test Rankings

i. International Cricket Council has released the latest rankings of teams and players in different categories.
1. Men’s Team Rankings:
  • India topped the Test Team Rankings.
  • England topped the One Day International Team Rankings.
  • Pakistan topped the T20 International Team Rankings.
2. Men’s Batting Rankings:
  • Virat Kohli (India) topped the Test Batting Rankings.
  • Virat Kohli (India) topped the ODI Batting Rankings.
  • Babar Azam (Pakistan) topped the T20I Batting Rankings.
3. Men’s Bowling Rankings:
  • Pat Cummins (Australia) topped the Test Bowling Rankings.
  • Jasprit Bumrah (India) topped the ODI Bowling Rankings
  • Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) topped the T20I Bowling Rankings.
4. Men’s All-Rounder Rankings:
  • Jason Holder (West Indies) topped the Test All-Rounder Rankings.
  • Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) topped the ODI All-Rounder Rankings.
  • Glenn Maxwell (Australia) topped the T20I All-Rounder Rankings.
Static/Current Takeaways Important For EPFO/LIC ADO 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.


14. ‘Blade Runner’ actor Rutger Hauer passes away

i. Dutch film actor Rutger Hauer, who specialized in menacing roles including a memorable turn as a murderous android in ‘Blade Runner’, passed away. 
ii. He won a supporting actor Golden Globe award in 1988 for ‘Escape from Sobibor.’ He was from Netherland.
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