Current Affairs, July 2019
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22nd July, Current Affairs:
• India's moon mission Chandrayaan 2
lifted off from its launch pad at Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota at 2:43 pm
today on GSLV-Mark-Three rocket. From the earth-bound orbit, Chandrayaan-2
will be navigated by the ISRO scientists to near the South Pole of the moon.
India would become the fourth ever nation to have a soft-landing on the
moon, once Chandrayaan-2 reaches the unexplored area.
• The Lok Sabha today passed a bill to amend the Right To Information (RTI) Act. A proposed amendment to Section 13 of the RTI Act seeks to empower the government to decide the term of the Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners, as opposed to the original term of five years or until the age of 65 (whichever comes sooner).
• Avengers: Endgame, the concluding chapter in a Marvel superhero saga from Walt Disney Co., toppled James Cameron's Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
• Akane Yamaguchi defeated PV Sindhu in the final to clinch the Indonesia Open 2019 title. Sindhu lost the final of the BWF Tour Super 1000 tournament 15-21 16-21 to the fourth seed.
20th July, Current Affairs:
• Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit,
the longest serving chief minister of Delhi, has died of a cardiac arrest.
She was 81. She served as Delhi chief minister for 15 years, between 1998
• President has appointed Governors for six states. Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandi Ben Patel will now be the new Governor of Uttar Pradesh while Lal Ji Tandon, who is the Governor of Bihar, has been shifted to Madhya Pradesh. Phagu Chauhan will be the Governor of Bihar replacing Lal Ji Tandon. Jagdeep Dhankhar has been appointed as the new Governor of West Bengal while Ramesh Bais is the Tripura Governor. Retired Intelligence Bureau special director N. Ravi, who was the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks, has been appointed as the Governor of Nagaland.
19th July, Current Affairs:
• The International Cricket Council (ICC),
in its Annual Conference meeting, decided to suspend Zimbabwe Cricket with
immediate effect. The suspension will see the ICC's funding to Zimbabwe
Cricket frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to
participate in any ICC events.
• Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame. Along with the batting icon, former South African fast bowler and two-time two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick were also inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
• The Protection of Human Rights(Amendment) Bill 2019 has been passed by voice vote in Lok Sabha today.
18th July, Current Affairs:
• India's lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 will
be launched on the 22nd of this month. The national space agency ISRO has
announced that it will be launched onboard the booster GSLV Mark-Three on
Monday, at 2:43 pm from the spaceport at Sriharikota.
• Star Indian sprinter Hima Das clinched her fourth gold in a fortnight as she won the 200m race in the Tabor Athletics Meet in Czech Republic.
17th July, Current Affairs:
• The International Court of Justice (ICJ)
has asked Pakistan to review its order of death sentence awarded to
Kulbhushan Jadhav, on charges of espionage and conspiracy against Pakistan.
• 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
• President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Rajya Sabha member Anusuiya Uikey as Governor of Chhattisgarh and Senior Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Biswa Bhusan Harichandan as Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
• The Union Cabinet has approved National Medical Commission Bill, 2019. The bill provides for setting up of a National Medical Commission in place of Medical Council of India and repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
• Parliament has passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today unanimously.
15th July, Current Affairs:
• Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO) has called off for today the launch of India's second mission to Moon
- Chandrayaan-2 onboard GSLV MkIII-M1 due to a technical snag.
• India wrestler Vinesh Phogat has won gold in the 53kg category at Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul.
• England lifted their maiden ICC World Cup cricket trophy beating New Zealand in the final that was decided via a Super Over in London. England's Ben Stokes is named player of the match in the final, while New Zealand's skipper Kane Williamson was adjudged player of the tournament.
• In Tennis, Serbian Novak Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon title after defeating Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in a match that lasted for more than four hours.
• Lewis Hamilton made a thrilling victory in the Silverstone circuit to win his sixth British Grand Prix, his seventh victory in ten races in 2019.
13th July, Current Affairs:
• Meghalaya became the first state in
India to ensure the conservation of water and have own water policy
following a nod given by the State Cabinet.
• Managing Director of State Bank of India, Anshula Kant has been appointed as MD and Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank.
• Simona Halep beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the women's singles final to wins the Wimbledon Women's single title.
• In Table Tennis, the Indian pair of G. Sathiyan and Anthony Amalraj won the bronze at the World Tour Platinum Australian Open.
12th July, Current Affairs:
• The Lok Sabha has passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by voice vote. The Bill seeks to establish two new universities- the Central University and the Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.
11th July, Current Affairs:
• World Population Day is being observed
• Six candidates, including Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko and Pattali Makkal Katchi's (PMK) Anbumani Ramadoss, were Thursday elected unopposed in the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu.
• Simona Halep became the first Romanian woman to reach the Wimbledon final after she defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.
9th July, Current Affairs:
• Mexico’s men’s soccer team won 2019
CONCACAF Gold Cup by defeating United States men with 1-0 in the final.
• Former world champion Mirabai Chanu wins gold on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship.
8th July, Current Affairs:
• Parliament has passed the Aadhaar and
Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today.
This bill will allow voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity for users
to open bank accounts and get mobile phone connection.
• Italy's Prosecco hills northeast of Venice, which have been cultivated for centuries, were added to the World Heritage list by the UN cultural organisation.
• The United States of America (USA) won FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 title after beating Netherlands by 2-0 in final at Lyon, France.
• Brazil wins the Copa America Cup football tournament 2019 after defeating Peru by 3-1 in the final.
6th July, Current Affairs:
• BJP's candidates - External Affairs
Minister S Jaishankar and the party's OBC Cell member Jugalkishore Thakor
have won both Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat.
• Rohit Sharma becomes the only batsman to scores five centuries in a single edition of the ICC World Cup.
• The Walled City of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The announcement was made after the 43rd Session of the UNESCO. The ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon has been also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5th July, Current Affairs:
• Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the first General Budget of Narendra Modi Government’s second term today. The Union Budget 2019-20 has levied the lower rate of 25 per cent corporate tax to all companies with annual turnover up to Rs 400 crore. However, 0.7 per cent big companies still fall outside this lower tax ambit. No change proposed for the personal income tax rate below 2 crores. However, Surcharge on individuals having taxable income from 2 crore - 5 crore and 5 crores and above to be enhanced, so that effective tax rate will increase by around 3% and 7% respectively.
4th July, Current Affairs:
• The world-famous Jagannath Rath Yatra
began at Puri in Odisha today.
• Indian sprinter Hima Das won the women's 200m gold, while national record holder shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor bagged a bronze in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.
2nd July, Current Affairs:
• Parliament has passed the Homoeopathy
Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it
• Rohit Sharma becomes first Indian cricketer to score 4 centuries in a World Cup. He also became only the 2nd batsman after Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara to score 4 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup.
• Indian pro boxer Vaibhav Yadav became World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia silver Welterweight Champion after winning the title bout held in Pattaya, Thailand.
1st July, Current Affairs:
• National Doctors' Day is celebrated
• At least 35 people have been killed and 17 injured in a bus accident in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.
• The iconic tennis championships Wimbledon 2019 start in London today.
• The entire state of Nagaland has been declared a "disturbed area" for six more months, till December-end, under the AFSPA.