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  • Anish Bhanwala won the gold medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol in the ISSF Junior World Cup 2019

    July 18, 2019
    Anish Bhanwala won the gold medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol competition in the ISSF Junior World Cup 2019 in Suhl, Germany. Bhanwala secured 584 and shot 29 in the final. He defeated Egor Ismakov. Russian Egor Ismakov won the silver medal with 23, while Germany’s Florian Peter bagged bronze with 19. India have so far won eight gold, seven silver and three bronze medals. Adarsh Singh and Agneya Kaushik came fourth and sixth respectively.
    In the women's 10m air pistol... Read More

    Cabinet approved the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019

    July 18, 2019
    The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 17 July 2019. The approval will place a greater emphasis on more time-bound resolution and lays down voting rules of the financial creditors. Amendments: The amendments include mandating a deadline for the completion of the resolution process within 330 days, including all litigation and judicial processes. Votes of all financial creditors... Read More

    Indian secured the first spot in the medal tally of Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship

    July 18, 2019
    Indian team secured the first spot in the medal tally of Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship 2019 held at Samoa, a country in Oceania. 37 Indian players participated in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Apia, Samoa. It won 35 medals including 22 golds, 10 silvers and 3 bronze medals in the youth, junior, and senior categories.
    India also broke a total of 22 records in all 3 age groups in World, Asian, Commonwealth and National level as well as set a new junior record at... Read More

    India and China both are exercising restraint in Doklam', Rajnath Singh ensures enhanced security along border with China

    July 18, 2019
    India and China bilateral pacts to ensure peace and tranquillity along the border. Rajnath Singh addressing the lower house of parliament, adding that both India and China were exercising restraint in Doklam. The complete restraint by the Armed Forces of India and China in Dokalam there was a month-long stalemate between the armed forces of the two countries in Dokalam in 2017. Relationship between India and China India and China were locked in a 73-day standoff in Doklam in the... Read More

    Palau became the 76th country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA)

    July 18, 2019
    Palau, an archipelago of more than 500 islands in Oceania, has become 76th signatory country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The agreement was opened for signature during COP22 at Marrakech, Morocco on 15 November 2016. ISA member countries: Countries which have signed agreement until now include India, United Kingdom (UK), Japan, France, Australia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), amongst others.
    About International Solar Alliance (ISA): ISA is a group of 122 solar... Read More

    Maharashtra Cabinet approved a four-fold increase in the financial assistance given to families of martyred and disabled soldiers

    July 18, 2019
    The Maharashtra Cabinet approved a four-fold increase in the financial assistance given to families of martyred and disabled soldiers hailing from the state on 16 July. Kin of martyred soldiers will now get Rs.1 crore. Previously, they were given Rs.25 lakh. The government will provide Rs.60 lakh to soldiers left 51-100% disabled, instead of the current Rs.15 lakh approved.
    The decision is applicable in respectory in January 1 2019. But rise in percentage is after the Pulwama attack on 14... Read More

    International Justice Day observed on 17th July

    July 18, 2019
    World Day for International Justice is known as International Criminal Justice Day or International Justice Day is observed annually on 17th July to recognize the emerging system of international criminal justice. World Day for International Justice 17th July is celebrated as World Day for International Justice. This day is the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998. The help of this treaty International Criminal Court (ICC) established.
    The Review Conference of the... Read More

    Ashleigh Barty, Novak Djokovic got top spot at World Tennis Ranking 2019

    July 18, 2019
    Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 2019 and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings 2019, Ashleigh Barty of Australia got the top position  Novak Djokovic of Serbia remained at world number one. Djokovic(32) retained top spots  They obtained 12,415 points. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 7,945points.
    He got 5th Wimbledon title 16th major grand slam title  Roger Federer got 3rd place in the tennis ranking with 7460 points. French Open champion, Ashleigh Barty got... Read More

    Saudi Arabia intercepts drone launched by Yemeni rebels

    July 18, 2019
    Saudi military intercepted a drone launched at the kingdom's southern border by Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. The drone launched by the Houthi rebels from Yemen's Governorate of Sanaa toward the Saudi city of Jizan. A Saudi-led coalition allied with Yemen's Government has been at war with the Houthis since 2015.
    The fighting killed tens of thousands of Yemenis, with Saudi-led airstrikes blamed for many civilian deaths. Al-Maliki announced the interception of three other... Read More

    Supreme Court form panel to frame emergency plan to save two Indian birds from extinction

    July 18, 2019
    The Supreme Court has formed a high powered committee to urgently frame and implement an emergency response plan for the protection of the two Indian birds, Great Indian Bustard and the Lesser Florican from extinction. The suddenn decline of the species has alarmed the nation. The court sought responses from the Centre and state governments where these two species of birds are prominently found. This comes after a plea of wildlife activists. It said that over the last 50 years, the population... Read More

    Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah maintains top spots in ICC ODI ranking 2019

    July 18, 2019
    The ODI (One Day International )rankings 2019 released by the ICC( International Cricket Council). Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah retained their top numbered position following the conclusion of the World Cup. Kohli topped the list with 886 points Then Rohit Sharma who obtained just five points behind Kohli.
    Babar Azam(Pakistan)got a 3rd position with 827 points.
    Faf du Plessis (820) of South Africa and Ross Taylor of New Zealand (817) on the 4th and 5th position... Read More

    Govt to increase coal production to one billion tone by 2022-23

    July 18, 2019
    Govt planned to increase coal production to one billion tone by 2022-23 The main aim is to increase the total production of coal in the country to one billion tone by 2022-23. The gap between demand and supply of coal cannot be bridged completely as there is insufficient domestic availability of coking coal.
    The added that all India raw coal production increased its production from over 462 Metric tonnes in 2013-14 to around 730 metric tonnes in 2018-19.
    The Minister asked members... Read More

    Air India launched its first flight service to Dubai from Madhya Pradesh's Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport

    July 18, 2019
    The state-run carrier, Air India, it first flight service to Dubai from Madhya Pradesh's Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport, Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Flight AI903 carried 150 passengers after a traditional inaugural function. Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani flagged off the flights along with local Parliamentarian Shankar Lalwani in the presence of former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, among others. Air India operates a 162-seater A320neo aircraft from Indore. It will fly... Read More

    Lok Sabha passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019

    July 18, 2019
    Lok Sabha passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019. This bill aims to allow NIA to probe terrorist acts against Indians and Indian interests abroad. The Bill seeks to give more power to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Aim: The Bill also aims to create Special Courts for trial of scheduled offences under Acts like Atomic Energy Act (AEA), 1962, and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 1967. Bill also seeks cyber-terrorism and offences related to... Read More

    India, Uzbekistan exchange views on combating terror financing

    July 18, 2019
    India and Uzbekistan exchanged their views on current counter-terrorism challenges at combating terror financing. The incident happened during the eighth meeting of India-Uzbekistan Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism here on July 16. The meeting co-chaired by Mahaveer Singhvi, the Ministry of External Affairs' Joint Secretary for Counter-Terrorism and Ambassador Farhod Azriev of Uzbekistan. The Joint Working Group reviewed threats posed by terrorist groups worldwide. The two sides... Read More

    SIDBI introduced web-based application system for contribution from FFS

    July 18, 2019
    Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) introduced a web-based application system for contribution from the Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS). The applications from various Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) accepted online and the status of the same shall be accessible to applicants. About Startup India  The Startup India initiative, launched by the Modi government in 2016. Around 30 percent (Rs 3,123.7 crore) of the Rs 10,000 crore corpus that was supposed to be deployed... Read More

    BSI reported that India hosts 1,256 species of orchid

    July 18, 2019
    A recent report by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) that India hosts 1,256 species of orchid. It also released the census containing photographs of 775 species of Orchids. This is the first time the report showed the importance of orchids in floriculture. The photographs included nearly 60% of all species. Orchids in India: The highest number of orchid species has been recorded from Arunachal Pradesh with 612 species. Sikkim has 560 species of Orchids. The richest, in terms of orchid... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Muthoottu Mini Financiers Ltd and HDFC ERGO entered Bancassurance Corporate Agency Agreement

    July 18, 2019
    India’s leading private sector general insurance company, HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company entered into a corporate agency partnership with Kerala based Muthoottu Mini Financiers Limited, a non-deposit taking systemically important NBFC(Non-Banking Financial Company) to provide comprehensive general insurance for the customers through its network branches. The association with Muthoottu Mini Financiers Ltd. is a milestone in our growth strategy.
    Their network will help us... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Union Government to build India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) at Pottipuram in Theni District, Tamil Nadu

    July 18, 2019
    Union Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) to set up at Pottipuram in Theni District, Tamil Nadu.
    Aim:  The main aim of the project is to set up a 51000 ton Iron Calorimeter (ICAL) detector  The detector is placed to observe naturally... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Justice AK Sikri is appointed as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)

    July 18, 2019
    Former Supreme Court judge, Justice AK Sikri is appointed as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). Justice Sikri will assume charge as an international judge with effect from August 1. His term will expire on January 4, 2021 Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC): SICC was officially launched on 5 January 2015.  SICC is established asa  part of Supreme Court of Singapore, and is a division of the Singapore High Court.... Read More

    Union Cabinet extends 15th Finance Commission's term up to Nov 30

    July 18, 2019
    The union cabinet approved the extension of the term of Fifteenth Finance Commission up to 30th November this year.
    This enables the commission to examine various comparable estimates for financial projections. The reforms and the new realities to finalise its recommendations for the period 2020-2025. The proper amendment to enable the Fifteenth Finance Commission to address serious concerns regarding the allocation of adequate, secure and non-lapsable funds. The Terms of Reference... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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