Current Affairs for July 10, 2019

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BANKING AND ECONOMY

APPOINTMENTS

AWARDS

SPORTS

MISCELLANEOUS

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NATIONAL NEWS

  1. ‘Immunocontraceptive measures’ project has been launched by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) for population management of four species of wild animals — elephant, wild boar, monkey and blue bull (Nilgai).

 

  1. Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express is going to become the first railway to be run by private players after the bidding process for its operationalization commences.
  • Railway board (as part of its 100-day plan) is working on the proposal to hand it and one more train over to private players.
  • Tejas Express was introduced in 2016 (currently parked at Anandnagar Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh).

 

  1. Two new heavy-lift CH-47F (I) Chinooks helicopters (bought from Boeing, USA) have arrived at Mundra port in Gujarat for Indian Air Force.
  • IAF had ordered 15 Chinooks and 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters in 2015 from USA.

 

  1. INS Tarkash reached Tangier port in Morocco for a 3-day visit as part of the overseas development programme of Indian Navy.
  • Aim: – To strengthen relationship between India and Morocco.

 

  1. Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology- Pune (IITM) has developed an extended range prediction system.
  • Function: – It will monitor and predict forthcoming heat waves two to three weeks in advance.

 

  1. Haryana has launched ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ web portal so that farmers can self-report their land and crop details on this portal and get the benefits of several government schemes directly.

 

  1. Puducherry will operationalize the “Bicycle-Sharing Scheme” under Puducherry Smart City Development Plan.
  • It will be launched under public-private partnership model.

 

  1. Arunachal Pradesh assembly passed the following bills: –

Lokayukta Amendment Bill 2019

To amend the state Lokayukta Act 2014

GST Amendment Bill 2019

To amend the existing GST Act 2017

Municipal Corporation Bill, 2019

To establish a mechanism for constitution of municipal corporation

State Higher Education Council Bill 2019

 [No details are provided so far]

Protection of Medical Service Personnel and Medical Service Institution Bill 2019

 [No details are provided so far]

 

  1. Maharashtra has approved Rs 3500 crore for multi-modal integration project for all proposed metro stations during the 148th board meeting of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and also released the “Maha Metro Logo”.
  • Aim: – To enable smooth commutation.
  • Also, Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation will be financially aided for the construction of Kavdas Dam.

 

  1. Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Gurugram released a study on Size, composition and distribution of human resource for health in India: New estimates using National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) and Registry institutions’ data.

Tools

NSSO data of 2011-12; projected Human Resource for Health number for 2016; 2017 registry data of health professionals including Medical Council of India, India Nursing Council etc.

Findings

A. 29 health workers per 10,000 populations according to NSSO data are available.

B. 38 per 10,000 population are available according to registration data.

C. It is close to World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) minimum threshold of 22.8 health workers per 10,000 population.

State-wise

High: -Kerala and UTs

Low: -Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Bihar

 

  1. Recently, Ministry of Environment has given an in-principle approval to Atomic Minerals Directorate for exploration of Uranium (to boost India’s nuclear capacity) in the Amrabad Tiger Reserve, Telangana.
  • This pronounces prominent threat for the Tigers.
  • Exploration will be done in Amrabad and Udimalla region up to 76 km along with 7 km in the adjoining Nagarjunasagar Tiger Reserve in Andhra Pradesh.

 

  1. Bharat Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry have signed an MoU for promoting trade and investments between the BRICS countries and the eastern part of India, in particular.
  • Members of the BRICS are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
  • Now, both BCC and BRICS chamber can share information related to trade.

BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry: – It is parent organization which promotes commerce and industry in BRICS nations. It was founded in 2012 to promotion of trade and industries. It is a not for profit and non-governmental organization.

 

  1. India has built 250 pre-fabricated houses for Rohingya people in Rakhine, Myanmar under India’s ‘Rakhine State Development Programme’ (RSDP) for $25 Million for a period of 5 years.
  • In 2017, India and Myanmar signed a MoU for India’s ‘Rakhine State Development Programme’.

 

  1. India’s second mission to moon Chandrayaan- 2 has got delayed due to a technical glitch in the GSLV-Mk III launcher and the next expected date for launch is July 22.

 

  1. West Bengal has formed a “textbook review committee”, headed by educationist Jiban Mukhopadhyay to review the content of the school textbooks.

 

  1. Integrated Child Development Services was launched in 1975 to improve the status of nutrition and health of children.

 

  1. Ministry of Power has proposed to set up a Centre-State council, to be headed by Union Minister of Power (R K Singh), to resolve the electricity disputes between central and state governments as part of its 100 days vision plan.
  • Power is a subject matter of Concurrent list on which both centre and state both can take decisions.
  • A standing committee will be formed to assist the council (to be headed by Union Power secretary – Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla).
  • The council will also look into the amendment to Electricity Act, 2003 which requires consensus between Centre and states, among other things.

 

 18. For the first time, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel organized a “Jan Choupal” to address the grievances of public in a face-to-face gathering.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. USA has approved the sale of 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles (manufactured by Raytheon) and related equipment at an estimated value of $2.2 billion to Taiwan.

BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. CapitaLand Limited (Singapore) acquired Ascendas-Singbridge Pte. Ltd (owned by Temasek Holdings) for USD 8 billion.
  • The acquisition creates Asia’s largest real estate company with over $123 billion assets under management.

 

  1. Budget 2019:- Support to Electric Vehicles by giving deduction in income tax of Rs 1.5 lakh on interest taken for purchase of e-vehicles.
  • GST on e-vehicles will be reduced to 5% from 12%.

 

  1. Government plans disinvestment in 18 Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to raise at least Rs 15,000 crore.
  • Stake of the government will be reduced to 75%.

 

  1. India is going to issue the sovereign bonds for the first time in the foreign markets to raise $10 billion in foreign currency.
  • Sovereign Bonds are those bonds which are issued by the government of any nation.

 

  1. According to Ministry of Finance, banks have reported 44,016 frauds with a value of ₹1.85 lakh crore in the last 11 years since 2008-09.
  • 2016-17 witnessed the highest frauds in terms of the amounts involved, with ₹25,883.99 crore across 3,927 frauds.

 

  1. National Nutrition Mission/Poshan Abhiyan (launched in 2018) for which the Strategy was prepared by NITI Aayog with the goal of attaining “Kuposhan Mukt Bharat” or malnutrition-free India, by 2022.
  • Analysis of Current status of Poshan Abhiyan and the target it seeks to achieve: –

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Ashutosh Gupta has been appointed as the country manager for India of LinkedIn.

AWARDS

  1. Northeast Frontier Railway’s (NFR) Plan Bee, has won the ‘best innovation award’ in Indian Railways for the 2018-19 fiscal.
  • Plan Bee is an amplifying system which imitates the buzz of a swarm of honey bees to keep wild elephants away from railway tracks.

SPORTS

  1. Toran Yadav (a para-athlete) won three silver medals at 4th World Yoga Championship 2019 held at Sofia (capital of Bulgaria).

 

  1. Anahat Singh (from India) and Yuvna Gupta won the girls’ under-13 and 15 titles respectively in the European junior open squash championships held at Cologne, Germany.

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

  1. “War over Words: Censorship in India, 1930-1960” book has been written by Devika Sethi.
  • The book examines the role of censorship in pre and post-colonial India and the role it played in forming the modern-day India.

COMPLETE UNION BUDGET HAS BEEN COVERED IN THIS VIDEO: –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Axhr5DqNQs&t=948s

 

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