Current Affairs for July 16, 2019







  1. Goa is soon going to have its own State Staff Selection Commission (SSSC) to bring more transparency in filling government vacancies.


  1. 12 beaches have been tagged with ‘Blue Flag’ certification by Ministry of Environment, as they meet the international criteria for cleanliness and environment friendly initiatives.
  • There are 33 criteria that must be met to qualify for a Blue Flag certification given by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Shivrajpur (Gujarat)

Bhogave (Maharashtra)

Ghoghla (Diu)

Miramar (Goa)

Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka)

Kappad (Kerala)

Eden (Puducherry)

Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu)

Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh)

Golden (Odisha)

Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands)


  1. Rajasthan High Court has become the first High Court in India to abandon the British practise of addressing judges as “My Lord” or “Your Lordship”.


  1. A Good Company and HypeAuditor data shows that 1.84 million fake accounts operate on Instagram in 82 countries of the world.
  • India has 16 million fake influencer accounts which costs $750 million to India.
  • USA, Brazil and India are the top three countries with maximum fake accounts.


  1. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has initiated clinical vaccine trials for people who live closer to TB patients.
  • Under the program, two vaccines- VPM 1002 and MIP will be shortlisted for Phase-3 trials.
  • Initially, the program will cover 12,000 households in Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.


  1. Ministry of Agriculture has proposed certain changes to PM Fasal Bima Yojana.




Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare


To provide crop insurance from pre-sowing to post-harvest period against the natural disasters (at premium rates of 2% for Kharif; 1.5% for Rabi; 5% for Horticulture and Commercial crops)


  1. A high-level committee (headed by Shri. J. Satyanarayana) has prepared the report called ‘National Digital Health Blueprint’.
  • Aim: – To create a National Digital Health Eco-system to support Universal Health Coverage, standards-based digital systems, and ensuring the security, confidentiality and privacy of health-related personal information.


  1. AIIMS– Centre for Dental Education and Research (CDER), along with Ministry of Health will conduct the largestOral Health Survey 2019’ nationwide.
  • It will collect data which will act as a ground for planning preventive and treatment strategies.



  1. Inland Waterways Authority of India’s (IWAI) ship, MV AAI has been flagged off the Dhubri river port in Assam to reach Narayanganj port in Bangladesh.
  • The ship is carrying 1000 MT of Bhutanese stone over river Brahmaputra, using Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route.


  1. China’s GDP growth has declined to 6.2% (against the 6.4% in Q1 of 2019) in the April-June 2019, its lowest level in nearly 30 years.
  • Reason :- US-China trade war.
  1. Scientist Alan Turing will feature on Euro 50 note of United Kingdom.
  • Turing is known for his code-breaking intelligence during the World War II, and for his immense contribution towards developing modern computing technologies.

  1. China will host the 44th session of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in 2020 in its city of Fuzhou.


  1. RBI has penalised State Bank of India with Rs 7 crore and Union Bank of India with Rs 10 lakhs for violating certain regulatory guidelines.
  • SBI violated the norms on Income Recognition and Asset Classification, code of conduct for opening and operating current accounts etc.
  • Union Bank is fined for non-compliance with the directions on the cybersecurity framework.


  1. Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. acquired 51% stake in Finesse International Design for ₹60 crore.


  1. India and Russia have agreed on a new payment method through their national currencies (rupees and rubles) for multi-billion-dollar defence deals.
  • Purpose: – To avoid risks created by the U.S. threat of sanctions and banking restrictions.
  • S-400 air-defence missile systems (which India is importing) will also be a part of this mechanism.


  1. SEBI has tightened liquidity norms for mutual funds to protect investors from credit risks arising out of defaults by borrowers.
  • Liquid (debt mutual) funds can now invest a maximum of 20% of their assets in a single sector as against the current limit of 25%, and must keep aside at least one-fifth of their assets in cash equivalents to meet sudden redemption pressures.
  • Currently, mutual funds have a ₹3.12 trillion exposure to NBFCs and housing finance companies.
  • India’s mutual fund industry stands at ₹25.93 trillion, which has to comply with the new sectoral caps from September 2020.
  • Mutual funds have an exposure of around ₹50,000 crore to loans against shares.
  • These securities will need to carry a cover of 4:1, which typically now stands at 2:1. 


  1. Former Supreme Court Justice AK Sikri has been appointed as an International Judge at Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC).
  • SICC works with Singapore Supreme Court to resolve transnational commercial disputes.


  1. Sharath Kamal has won the ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ award in the annual Indian Oil Sports Conclave.


  1. Shahrukh Khan has been chosen for the honorary doctorate from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Reason: – In recognition of his efforts to empower women and children.


  1. Nirmal Umashankar has won in the Senior category of JK Tyre-FMSCI National Karting Championship (X-30 class) held in Bengaluru.
  • In the Cadet (junior) section, Ishaan Madesh has won.


  1. Anahat Singh (girls’ under-13) and Neel Joshi (boys’ under-17) won titles in the Dutch junior Open squash tournament 2019, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


  1. Roberto Bautista Agut has climbed to 13 position in the latest ATP rankings (after Wimbledon). Novak Djokovic remains at top spot.
  • Women’s Tennis Association rankings: – 1. Ashleigh Barty, 2. Naomi Osaka, 3. Karolina Pliskova, 4. Simona Halep, 5. Kiki Bertens.


  1. Sei Young Kim has won the 59th Marathon Classic golf tournament (an LPGA tour) held at Pennsylvania, USA.



  1. Pernell Whitaker (American Boxer) has passed away.


  1. For the first time ever image of quantum ‘bell entanglement’ has been captured by physicists from University of Glasglow.
  • The study published in the journal of Scientific Advances.
  • Bell states, a concept in quantum information science, are specific quantum states of two qubits that represent the simplest (and maximal) examples of quantum entanglement.


  1. Malayalam cinematographer M J Radhakrishnan passed away.


  1. Rachna Bisht Rawat has authored the Kargil: Untold stories from the War.




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