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  • The Lok Sabha passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019

    July 17, 2019
    The Lok Sabha  passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill aimed at establishing a Central University and Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh on July 12. The  government has allotted Rs.450 crore for the central university and Rs.420 crore for the central tribal university for offer research facilities in the fields of art, culture and technology to the tribal population.
    Aim: The Bill seeks to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009. It aims to Provide... Read More

    Coca cola appoints Sarvita Sethi in M&A role

    July 17, 2019
    Global beverages major Coco-Cola announced top-level changes in its India and southwest Asia unit. Sarvita Sethi is appointed as Vice president. M&A and New Ventures and Harsh Bhutani as Vice-president finance(CFO). About Sarvita Sethi  Sarvita Sethi become the first woman to head the company’s finances for the region, would now be vice-president, merger and acquisitions (M&A) and new ventures, for Coke’s India and Southwest Asia region. Her appointment in a... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Biswa Bhusan Harichandan is appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh on july 15

    July 17, 2019
    Biswa Bhusan Harichandan is appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh on july 15. Bhusan will take over from ESL Narasimhan, who has served as Governor for Andhra Pradesh since December 2009.   BB Harichandran: He is one of the leaders of the BJP in Odisha. A practising lawyer before coming into politics. Bhusan joined the Bharatiya Jana Sangha in 1971 and became its National Executive Member and its State General Secretary till the formation of Janata Party in 1977. He joined the BJP... Read More

    Foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak International University has been laid in Nankana Sahib in Pakistan's Punjab province

    July 17, 2019
    The foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak International University has been laid in Nankana Sahib in Pakistan's Punjab province  by Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar. It is the birth place of founder of Sikhism Baba Guru Nanak Dev. The cost estimated for the Varsity is over Rs. 258 crores spread over 10 acres  ahead of beginning of International Nagar Kirtan by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on July 25. This university would help promote religious tourism in Pakistan... Read More
    Category: International

    India is to host the ISSF Combined World Cup from March 15-26, 2020

    July 17, 2019
    India is to host the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Combined World Cup from March 15-26, 2020. The events will be held in New Delhi, India. ISSF finalised and approved the final dates of the events.
    The ISSF Combined World Cup includes events in rifle, pistol and shotgun. In 2020’s event of shooting, the World Cup provides golden platform to hit in Tokyo 2020 Olympics. India has hosted a World Cup in February 2019, which offered Olympic quota places for... Read More

    Justice AK Sikri appointed as the Judge of SICC

    July 17, 2019
    The Republic of Singapore Halimah Yacob appointed Justice AK Sikri as judge of the Supreme Court He served as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)  He was effect from August 1, 2019.
    His term will expire on January 4, 2021.
    SICC has 16 international judges. He retired on March 6, 2019. He served as Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, and Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
    He is appointed as a judge of... Read More

    The UKs new 50 pound note features codebreaker Alan Turing

    July 17, 2019
    Alan Turing, a crack code-breaker and visionary mathematician and set the foundations for artificial intelligence(AI) features on Britain's New £50 banknote.
    The new note will move to circulation by the end of 2021. The Bank of England issued new faces on Britain’s banknotes. A  thin, polymer paper flexible plastic film that is seen as more durable and secure. In 2016, the polymer £5 notes were put into circulation with Winston Churchill  In 2017,... Read More
    Category: International

    The US celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on July 16, 2019

    July 17, 2019
    The US celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on July 16, 2019. On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew lifted off in a Huntsville-designed Saturn V rocket for a historic visit to the moon.
    Inorder to mark the day, thousands of model rockets have been launched in Huntsville, Alabama. NASA Celebrated 50th Anniversary of Historic Moon Landing with Live TV Broadcast, Events. Apollo 11: Launch date: July 16, 1969 Launch site: Kennedy Space Center LC-39A Landing date: July 20,... Read More

    First-ever Himalayan States Conclave to be hosted by Uttarakhand on July 28, 2019

    July 17, 2019
    First-ever Himalayan States Conclave hosted by Uttarakhand on July 28, 2019  The main focus on sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan Region.
    It will be held at Mussoorie.
    The event will discuss the common issues pertaining to states located in the Himalayan Region  The main reasons are environmental protection, Himalayan culture and economic development. The administrators, specialists, the conclave host the Chief Ministers of the Himalayan states Uttarakhand,... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    HDFC Bank, CSC launch credit card for village entrepreneurs and small traders

    July 17, 2019
    HDFC Bank and Common Services Centres (CSCs) launched a co-branded ‘Small Business Money-Back Credit Card’  For small traders and village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs).
    The credit card is designed for VLEs and VLE-sourced customers.
    The users give easy access to credit for their day-to-day business expenses, according to a statement. The card launched by HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri and CSC Chief Dinesh Kumar Tyagi.
    The personalized cards were handed out to a few... Read More

    US bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

    July 17, 2019
    The USA banned visits by Myanmar's Army Chief and three other top officers due to their role in the "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya minority.
    The against Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing and the others after finding credible evidence they were involved in the violence two years ago that led about 740,000 Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo US is the first government to publicly take action with respect to the most senior leadership... Read More
    Category: International

    Vijayveer wins his 3rd gold at Junior Shooting World Cup

    July 17, 2019
    Vijayveer Sidhu took his third gold medal of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany. He combined with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to clinch the men's 25m pistol event. For Adarsh, it was his second gold of the competition. India maintained its top spot at the medal standings after day three with 7 gold 7 Silver and 2 Bronze in a total of 16 medals. China is second with 5 Gold 3 Silver and 5 bronze.   The day's second medal came in the men's 10m Air... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Rajya Sabha passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 16 July

    July 17, 2019
    The Rajya Sabha passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 16 July. The Bill aims to raise the threshold for an airport to qualify as major airport and inturn to reduce the tariff-fixing power of airport regulator to fewer airports.
    The approval of the Bill will make as many as 16 airports under the purview of AERA. All other airports will continue to be looked after by the Civil Aviation Ministry. The amendment of the Bill does not subserve... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    Bhutanese cargo was flagged off from Dhubri in Assam to Narayanganj in Bangladesh

    July 17, 2019
    Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) ship, in its first movement, that carried Bhutanese cargo was flagged off from Dhubri in Assam to Narayanganj in Bangladesh. It will sail over Brahmaputra River and the Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route. For the first time ever, an Indian waterway is being used for transport of cargo between two countries, using India for transit. Waterways between Bhutan and Bangladesh: Bhutan has been exporting significant quantity of stone to Bangladesh via land... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Google India's 'Internet Saathi' programme to empower rural women

    July 17, 2019
    Google India's 'Internet Saathi' programme aimed to empower rural women to use the Internet. They added two more states namely Punjab and Odisha.
    The programme reached 2.6 lakh villages in 20 states.
    A pilot project in 2015 along with Tata Trusts, 'Internet Saathi' programme The main focus is on on educating women on how to use the Internet.
    These women impart training to other women in their community and neighbouring villages. In the four-year... Read More

    IAF to host the 24 Hours Asia and Oceania Championships in 2020-21 in Bengaluru

    July 17, 2019
    The Indian Athletics Federation (IAF) has decided to host a 24 Hours Asia and Oceania Championships in 2020 and a 100 km Asia and Oceania Championships in 2021 in Bangalore. It aims to boost the ultra race in India. Sponsors: A team led by Nadeem Khan, the head of the IAU, inspected the facilities in Bengaluru as it will be hosting the two continental events. The 2 events will be sponsored by NEB Sports, which are coming to India for the first time.
    Ultra Race: The Ultra race is... Read More
    Category: Sports

    International Court of Arbitration has imposed a penalty of over $5 billion on Pakistan

    July 17, 2019
    International Court of Arbitration has imposed a penalty of over $5 billion on Pakistan as it unlawfully denied a mining lease to a company called Tethyan Copper Company for Reko Diq project in 2011. This penalty is one of the biggest in the history of cash-strapped Pakistan. Tethyan and Pakistan issue: In 2012, Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) filed claims for international arbitration to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of World Bank after the... Read More
    Category: International

    Zakir Hussain, Sonal Mansingh among 4 selected for Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships

    July 17, 2019
    Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain and dancer Sonal Mansingh are among the four eminent personalities have been selected for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships. They won the awards in the field of performing arts.
    The two other personalities are dancer and choreographer Jatin Goswami and Bharatnatyam exponent K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai.
    The decision on the names taken at the General Council meeting of the Sangeet Natak Akademi last month.   Forty-four artistes elected... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India, Italy to set up fast-track mechanism to facilitate investment

    July 17, 2019
    A fast-track system made by the companies and investors of India. Italy decides to make investment proposals in both countries. The main aim is to facilitate Italian companies and investors in India. Indian companies and investors in Italy decided to establish a fast-track system for companies and investors of both countries. The key objectives of the system in India to pave the way to identify and solve problems faced by Italian companies and investors with their operations in... Read More
    Category: International



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