Current Affairs for July 4, 2019

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BANKING AND ECONOMY

APPOINTMENTS

IMPORTANT DAYS

AWARDS

SPORTS

MISCELLANEOUS

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NATIONAL NEWS

  1. Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for granting Organised Group ”A” Service status to Group ”A” executive cadre officers of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).
  • It also extended the benefit of Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFFU) and Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG) at an enhanced rate of 30%.

 

  1. Prakash Javadekar (Minister of Information and Broadcasting) assessed the progress of National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) during a visit to the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune, Maharashtra.
National Film Heritage Mission
Launched2017
MinistryMinistry of Information and Broadcasting
PurposePreservation of the country’s Films

 

  1. For the first time, India will host the International Cooperative Trade Fair (IICTF) at Pragati Maidan, Delhi in October.
  • Purpose: To promote cooperative-to-cooperative trade and showcase India’s products and services from the sector to a global market.

 

  1. Rajasthan is going to set up a ‘Vedic education and culture board’ to aware future generations about Vedic culture, tradition and values.
  • In Feb, Ministry of Human Resource Development had approved to create India’s first national school board for Vedic education, called the “Bharatiya Shiksha Board”.

 

  1. Ministry of Commerce and Industry will set up a “cooperative sector export-promotion forum” (CSEPF) to double the exports from Rs 2.75 lakh crore to about Rs 7 lakh crore by 2024-2025.

6.Minister of Minister of Electronics and Information & Technology- Ravi Shankar Prasad informed Lok Sabha that Data Protection bill is under formulation.

Justice B N Srikrishna Committee
Formed2017
By Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
Purpose

To study the issues on data protection and frame Data Protection Bill

The committee has proposed the draft of ‘Personal Data Protection Bill 2018’

 

  1. National Green Tribunal had fined Meghalaya of Rs 100 crore for failing to curb illegal coal mining. The fine will be submitted to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
  • Supreme Court directed the state to hand over the illegally extracted coal to Coal India Ltd. for auction of coal.

 

  1. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) signed an MoU.
  • Purpose: – To search out better ways for diagnosis and treatment of human genetic disorders to reduce the cases of genetic disorders in India.

 

  1. Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal has informed Lok Sabha that all Unmanned Level crossings in the broad-gauge network has been eliminated.
  • Meaning: – Unmanned level crossing is a term for a road or any other pathway which intersects with a railway path and has no flagman or other safety measure to prevent crossing the path of an oncoming train.

  1. Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with IBM India Private Limited.
  • Aim: – To utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) and weather technology in agriculture in 3 districts- (Nanded) Maharashtra, (Rajkot) Gujarat, (Bhopal) Madhya Pradesh in the Kharif season 2019.
  • IBM’s Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture will provide information to farmers on weather forecast and soil moisture at free of cost basis.

 

  1. Buffalo Traders Welfare Association filed a petition against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 2017 rules claiming that the rules are promoting seizure of their cattle and transfer of their cattle to gaushalas.

  1. Jammu and Kashmir will host its first investor summit in Sept-Oct. 2019 in Srinagar (and a part in Jammu) to attract investment and counter perceptions about the State.

 

  1. Delhi government has launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana’ to facilitate smooth pilgrimage for citizens above 60 years of age.
  • Under it, the government will pay for pilgrimage of citizens (including their travel, stay, and food) to different places in India.

 

  1. Rajasthan had launched the ‘Baal Sabha’ program to conduct public gathering of the school students in villages, has now been extended to include elders of the villages.
  • On the suggestions of elders, quality standards of schools will be set.

 

  1. Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) audit report for 2013-18 on setting up small hydro projects on public-private partnership (PPP) basis, mentions that only 36.85 MW installed capacity was achieved as against the estimated installed capacity of 417.85 MW.
  • Reason: – Improper planning and inadequate monitoring.

  1. National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered Gujarat to deposit ₹75 crore in an ESCROW account on reports of high level of air pollution in Ahmedabad.

 

  1. Kerala’s first high security state-of-the-art prison was launched at Viyyur district of Thissur in Kerala.

 

  1. Central government has decided to form an “inter-disciplinary, high quality” research team to find out the cause of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) outbreak in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.

 

  1. UN Women’s report, “Progress of the world’s women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world”, shows the following results:

20. PM Samman Nidhi Yojana implementation so far:-

[DEATILED SCHEME IS COVERED IN GOVERNMENT SCHEME DOCUMENT]

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. WHO has released its first guideline on self-care interventions for health titled as “WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health”.
  • Its first volume focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • These guidelines aim to make individuals self-sufficient to cope up with disability and prevent diseases.

 

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio (Hollywood actor) along with Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth has decided to launch a new alliance called – “Earth Alliance” to tackle climate change.
  • DiCaprio will transform its existing ‘Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’ into Earth Alliance.

 

BANKING AND ECONOMY

  1. International Labour Organisation (ILO) released its report ‘Working on a Warmer Planet: The Impact of Heat Stress on Labour Productivity and Decent Work’ which mentions:

 

  1. Uttarakhand launched a new scheme called “One Time Settlement” scheme to recover Non- performing assets (NPAs) of co-operative banks that will be valid for 100 days-from July to October 2019.
  • In the last 25 years, the NPA of cooperative banks has accrued to Rs 392 crore out of which around Rs 21 crore have been recovered.

 

  1. RBI formed a working group , headed by Tapan Ray, to review the ‘regulatory and supervisory framework’ for Core Investment Companies (CIC).
  • CICs are the NBFCs which carry out the business of acquisition of shares and securities.

 

  1. CLP India is set to buy three power transmission assets from Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd (KPTL) and Techno Electric Engineering for Rs 3,275 crores.

 

  1. Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management acquired a Mumbai real estate asset for ₹750 crore from Mars Enterprises and Hospitality Ltd (owned by Sanjay Narang).

 

  1. The rate of long- term capital gains tax (LTCG) and short-term capital gains tax (STCG) will be 14.25% and 21.37% respectively.
  • Currently, the peak rate is 11.96 per cent and 17.94 per cent for LTCG and STCG, respectively.

 

  1. Comptroller General of Accounts report, shows that revenue from corporate and personal tax receipts was $11.25 trillion in FY19 (more than 12% growth from previously collected $10 trillion).
  • The target was $12 trillion revenue collection for FY19.
  • In the Interim budget Feb 2019, the target was $13.8 Trillion for FY19.

 

  1. Kerala extended the farm loan waiver debt limit to Rs 2 lakh from Rs 1 Lakh.

 

APPOINTMENTS

  1. Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated for the post of European Commission president by European Union (EU) (subject to approval by European Parliament).

 

  1. Rahul Gandhi resigned from the post of Congress President.

IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. World Vitiligo Day (WVD) is observed on June 25 to counter the misconceptions regarding thisskin disorder by creating awareness.
  • Theme for 2019:- “The Quality of Life of a Vitiligo Patient”.
  • Vitiligo is a skin disease which causes white patches on the skin due to lack of the skin pigment- melanin.
  • WVD headquarters are in Hanoi, Vietnam.

AWARDS

  1. Quantela Company won the ‘Technology Pioneers’ award given by World Economic Forum.
  • Reason: – It used their digital platform, Atlantis to provide optimum digital infrastructure information for cities and communities.

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SPORTS

  1. Indian Cricketer Ambati Rayudu announced retirement from all forms of cricket.

 

  1. USA’s women’s team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 held in France.

 

  1. All India Football Federation (AIFF) has approved I-League to continue for two more years.
  • Background: – AIFF was planning to give the status of National Football league to “Indian Super League” by seizing it from I-League.
  • I-League (Hero I-League) is currently, India’s top football league of men.

 

  1. World Shotgun Championship 2019 is being held at Lonato Del Garda, Italy.

 

  1. Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour is being held in Bengaluru.

 

  1. Cricketer Harman preet Kaur signed up for Lancashire Thunders (cricket club) for the 2nd consecutive season with the club in Kia Super League.

 

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MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Carlin Dunne (36 years), motorcycle racer passed away during the 97th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb after crashing his motorcycle.

  1. Lee Iacocca (Former Chrysler CEO) passed away at 94.
  • He released two books: his autobiography –“Iacocca-An Autobiography” (1984) and “Talking Straight” (1988).

  1. Kelvin Cinema Festival of Films- a 3-day festival of short films will be held in Shillong, Meghalaya in November.
  • It is named after Kelvin, one of the first cinema halls in the northeast (opened in 1926).

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