Current Affairs for July 19, 2019

BANKING AND ECONOMY

IMPORTANT DAYS

AWARDS

SPORTS

MISCELLANEOUS

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NATIONAL NEWS

  1. Maharashtra’s first ever ethanol bio-refinery will be set up in Vidarbha’s Bhandara district at a cost of nearly ₹1,500 crore by Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL).
  • National Policy on Biofuels, 2018, targets increasing the percentage of ethanol in petrol and diesel to 20% in petrol and 5% in diesel by 2030.
  • Currently, it is at nearly 2% in petrol, while in diesel, biofuel is less than 0.1%.

 

  1. Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will become the only airline which will connect Japan directly with South India through Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Chennai International Airport.
  • The service on this route will be commissioned through Boeing aircraft in October.

  1. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has proposed a new draft plan to make engineering colleges customized to serve to the local industry needs.
  • AICTE has also proposed not to increase seats in civil engineering colleges from 2020.
  • In 2018-19, 2.71 million engineering seats were available.
  • It also recommends to set up 20 hubs where industry and academia can jointly work.

 

  1. High-Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for Transformation of Indian Agriculture (convened by Devendra Fadnavis) recommended to link funds given by Finance Commission to states, with the agriculture reforms.
  • Besides, it also suggested to scrap the Essential Commodities Act 1955.

 

  1. Ministry of Coal plans to increase the total production of coal to 1 billion tonne by 2022-23.
  • Coal production was around 730 metric tonnes in 2018-19.

 

  1. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched a public awareness campaign “Jagrukta Abhiyaan” in New Delhi.
  • Purpose: – To raise awareness about prevention and control of Vector-Borne Diseases like Malaria, Dengue, and Chikungunya.

 

  1. 8th meeting of India-Uzbekistan Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism was held in New Delhi.

 

  1. Cabinet has approved the Inter-Institutional Agreement between India and USA in the areas of regenerative medicine and 3D bioprinting, new technologies, exchange of scientific ideas/information and technologies, and joint use of scientific infrastructure.
  • This agreement will allow all qualified scientists and technologists to participate in the joint research projects, training programmes, conferences, seminars etc.

 

  1. Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019, that seeks to repeal 68 Acts in whole and makes minor amendments to two other laws, was introduced in Lok Sabha.

REPEALING CERTAIN LAWS IN WHOLE: The Bill repeals 68 laws that have been listed in the First Schedule of the Bill.  These include: (i) Beedi Workers Welfare Fund Act, 1976, and (ii) Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2001.

AMENDMENT OF CERTAIN LAWS: The Bill makes minor amendments to two Acts which relate to substitution of certain words. The two Acts are: (i) Income Tax Act, 1961, and (ii) India Institutes of Management Act, 2017.

 

  1. Lok Sabha passed the National Institute of Design Bill 2014 which seeks to declare National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, as an institution of national importance.

 

  1. 10th Jagran Film Festival was held at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi.

BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a loan of $250 million to Kerala for the Rebuild Kerala Initiative (after the floods of 2018).

 

  1. According to Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) white paper, India would need ₹5 lakh crore in the power sector over the next few years to fulfil the electricity demand of 1.8 lakh crore units by 2025.
  • CII also recommended to separate Central Transmission Utility from Power Grid Corporation of India.

 

  1. ICICI Bank has launched ‘InstaBIZ’ a new digital platform for MSMEs.
  • Purpose: – It will allow MSMEs, self-employed customers to carry out business transactions online.
  • It is the first digital platform which allows instant payment of GST using the challan number in a single click payment.

 

  1. Maitreesh Ghatak and Karthik Muralidharan, in their research paper, have proposed an alternative solution for transferring pension/subsidy to the poor through An inclusive growth dividend (IGD).
  • IGD would transfer the equivalent of 1% of per capita GDP, around ₹500, to every household in India (roughly ₹110 per citizen).
  • IGD can boost consumption of rural population by 10%.

IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. Nelson Mandela International Day is observed on July 18 by UN.
  • 2019 marks the 101st birth anniversary of Mandela (born on July 18, 1918).

AWARDS

  1. Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has announced following awards: –

Cricketer of the Year: Abhimanyu Easwaran

Gentleman cricketer of the year: Abhimanyu Easwaran

Best fast bowler: Mukesh Kumar

Best senior women’s cricketer: Deepti Sharma

 

  1. Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award 2019 has been conferred upon India’s campaign “Find the Incredible you” under the “Marketing – Primary Government Destination”

Award

Category

Receiver

PATA Grand Award 2019

Heritage and Culture Award

Sahapedia, India for its ‘India Heritage Walks’

PATA Gold Award 2019

Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media

Come Out and Play Campaign

PATA Gold Award 2019

Marketing Media – Consumer Travel Brochure category

Mice Chess Box and Cox & Kings Ltd.

SPORTS

  1. Matthijs de Ligt (Dutch footballer) has become the most expensive defender in the world when he signed for Juventus (football club) from Ajax for a fee of €75 million plus add ons.

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MISCELLANEOUS

  1. According to Lancet Series on Oral Health report, led by University College London, 3.5 billion people across the world are affected with oral diseases.
  • Oral diseases poses a major global public health burden.
  • In India, oral disorders are the most prevalent disease condition since past 30 years.
  • South Asian countries have the highest prevalence of ‘oral cancer’.

 

  1. Marc Batchelor (South Africa footballer) has passed away.

3. Johnny Clegg (South African musician) passed away at 66.

4. Jade Dernbach (England Cricketer) announced retirement.

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