Current Affairs for July 15, 2019
BANKING AND ECONOMY
- Pakistan has allowed visa-free entry for Indian pilgrims to the Gurdwara of Kartarpur Sahib for one year, during the 2nd formal meet between India and Pak at Wagah.
- Visa-free travel for the Indian passport-holders and OCI card-holders will be allowed for seven days a week.
- Delhi government announced to grant ownership rights to around 7,200 families that got agricultural land in the mid-70s under the “20-point programme”.
- The programme was launched in 1975-76 where around 12,500 landless families in Delhi got land for cultivation.
- Water level in Marathwada Dams (Maharashtra) has fallen to 0.8% of the total capacity, and the number of water tankers deployed in the region has reached 2,191.
- Central government will open 82 medical colleges under a scheme run by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to set up medical colleges attached to district and referral hospitals.
- Fund of ₹7,507.70 crore has been released to States/UTs under the scheme.
- For the first time in nearly 3 decades, Jammu and Kashmir held the elections for the post of four office-bearers of the working journalists’ State unit – Kashmir Press Club – affiliated to the Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ).
- Shuja-ul-Haq was elected as the president, Moazum Mohammad as vice president and Ishfaq Tantray as general-secretary.
- “Museum on Prime Ministers of India” is being built at the Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi by Central Public Works Department (which has set a March 2020 deadline for completing it).
- Teen Murti Bhavan was the official residence of Jawaharlal Nehru and Nehru Memorial Museum and Library was set up in his memory on its premises as an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Culture.
- Ministry of Health has revised draft National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, to be presented to cabinet, under which the entrance exam of NEET for admission into post-graduate MD and MS programs will be eliminated.
- And, final score in MBBS exams will be the criteria for admission into PG courses.
- According to Ministry of Human Resource Development, 900 children fell ill in the last three years since 2016, after eating mid-day meals (nobody died).
- Ministry had received 35 complaints from 15 States and UTs regarding substandard food quality in the same period.
- Meghalaya has become the first state in India to approve its own state water policy to address the water issues in the state.
- The draft water policy aims to conserve the catchment areas of water bodies to prevent them from degradation.
- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had launched ‘LaQshya’ (Labour Room Quality Improvement Initiative) in 2018 to improve the quality of care in labour room, maternity Operation Theatre (OTs), Obstetrics ICUs and High Dependency Units.
- Beneficiaries: – Every pregnant woman and new-born babies in public health institutions.
- Quality Improvement in labour room and maternity OT will be assessed through National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS).
- Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has been reduced from 301 in 2001-03 to 167 in year 2011-13 (a decline of 45% in a decade).
- Botanical Survey of India has released the 1st comprehensive census of orchids named as the ‘Orchids of India: A Pictorial Guide’ which mentions that the total number of orchid species or taxa are 1,256 at present.
- Ministry of Agriculture has set up the ‘Agri Business Incubation Centre’ at Indira Gandhi Agriculture University of Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
- The Incubation Centre has been set up under the National Agriculture Development Scheme- RAFTAAR.
- The scheme aims to make promote agribusiness entrepreneurship by providing guidance, technology and infrastructure to start-ups in different areas of agriculture.
- RAFTAAR – Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied sector Rejuvenation
- India will facilitate trade between Bangladesh and Bhutan through its own Inland Waterways.
- Trade will be facilitated through the Brahmaputra as part of the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route.
- India will provide Rs 300 crore to Bangladesh to maintain the depth of water on this route for five years.
- 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be organised in partnership with Russia, in November, in Panaji, Goa.
- According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), more than 50% of Sharks and Ray species are at risk of extinction in the Mediterranean sea because of overfishing and plastic pollution.
- Russia launched a telescope Spektr-RG into space on a Proton-M rocket from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
- Aim: – To study the space in depth.
- Spektr-RG replaces Spektr-R (known as Russian Hubble) which was launched in 2011.
- Pakistan has laid the foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University (BGNU) at Nankana Sahib in the Punjab province of Pakistan.
- Aim: – to promote religious tourism in the state.
- This university is dedicated to first guru of Sikhs.
- Tropical storm ‘Barry’ has hit the coast of Louisiana, USA.
- Barry has become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season and it has downgraded into a tropical storm.
BANKING AND ECONOMY
- Malaysia’s De Raj Group AG has entered into a strategic partnership with Chennai-based O&G Skills India Ltd.
- Also, De Raj is planning to acquire O&G Skills to expand further in Asia-Pacific.
- Government capital expenditure is expected to slow by 30bps to 3.7% of GDP, while revenue expenditure is estimated to go up to 11.6% of GDP in FY20 (from 10.6% of GDP in FY19).
- Budget 2019: – Prices of petrol will rise by Rs 2.5 and diesel by Rs 2.3 after tax hike on oil imports.
- Re 1 per tonne customs or import duty has been levied on crude oil.
- India imports more than 220 million tonnes of crude oil and the new duty will give the government Rs 22 crore additionally.
- At present, the government does not levy any customs duty on crude oil.
- World Bank arbitration court has penalized Pakistan for over $5 billion for unlawfully denying mining lease for Reko Diq mine to Tethyan Copper Company.
- Reko Diq (Balochistan) mine is famous for its vast gold and copper reserves and is believed to have the world’s fifth largest gold deposit.
- Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB HQ- BEIJING, CHINA) will provide a $100 million (about Rs 700 crore) loan to L&T Infrastructure Finance Company (NBFC) for wind and solar infrastructure projects in India.
- This is the first time that AIIB is providing loan to an NBFC.
- Julie Sweet has been appointed as the CEO of Accenture and David Rowland has been appointed as its Executive Chairman.
- FanMojo (sports platform) appointed cricketer Prithvi Shaw as its brand ambassador.
- World Youth Skills Day is observed on July 15 by UN.
- National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has partnered with Tiktok to educate over 200 million users of Tiktok about the ongoing government’s skill development programs through an in-app campaign #Skills4All.
- BetterU (Global education-to-employment platform) has partnered with NSDC, to integrate NSDC’s current solutions and technologies.
- Theme for 2019: – “Learning to learn for life and work”.
- Dr P Raghu Ram has been conferred the Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand.
- Reason: – His efforts towards improving the delivery of breast healthcare in India.
- This is the highest recognition given by the Royal College during its 44th Annual Congress being held in Thailand.
- ICC World Cup 2019 (held in England and Wales) has been won by the England.
- Next World Cup will be hosted by India in 2023.
- Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles at Wimbledon Championship 2019 held in London.
- Simona Halep won the women’s singles.
- Lewis Hamilton won British Grand Prix at Silverstone, England for a record sixth time.
- Gold Medals to India at Tatyana Kolpakova memorial international athletics meet held at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Inderjeet Singh (shot put)
Vipin Kasana (javelin throw)
Mohammed Afsal (sprinter)
Tunlay Narzary (women’s shot put)
Vipin Kasana (Javelin throw)
Hima das (sprinter)
- Vinesh Phogat has won gold in 53kg at the Yasar Dogu International held at Istanbul, Turkey.
- Julian Alaphilippe has won the 13 stages of the 2019 Tour de France (a cycling tournament).
- Ankita Raina won the singles at ITF women’s tennis tournament 2019 held at Versmold, Germany.
- Boxer Vijender Singh Beniwal won his 11th consecutive win in US professional Boxing against Mike Snider of US in Newark, New Jersey.
- Amir Khan won the WBC international welterweight title held at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
- Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet 2019 was held at Kladno in Czech Republic.
- Hima Das won her fifth Gold medal in this month in 200 m sprint.
- Vipin Kasana, Abhishek Singh and Davinder Singh Kang took the top three spots in men’s javelin final respectively.
- MP Jabir also won Gold in 400-metre hurdles race.
- Archana, Lili Das, and Sahil Silwal also won gold medals.