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  • The 10th edition of the Jagran Film Festival was inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar

    July 20, 2019
    Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 10th edition of the Jagran Film Festival. The Delhi chapter has been scheduled from 18 to 21 July at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.
    Important Film personalities like actor Anil Kapoor, choreographer Farah Khan, film producer Shobu Yarlagadda, director Ketan Mehta and film critic Rajeev Masand were present at the inauguration. In the first day of the film festival, there were two panel discussions in the... Read More

    Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released Deeksharambh

    July 20, 2019
    Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank released Deeksharambh, an UGC Guide to Student Induction Programme.
    Deeksharambh: Deeksharambh aims to help new students to adjust and feel comfortable in the new environment. It will also guide them to inculcate the ethos and culture of the institution and help the students to build bonds with other students and faculty members. It will also help them to expose to a sense of larger purpose and self-exploration. Student... Read More

    Tata becomes Indias most valuable brand for 2019 according to Brand Finance India 100 2019 report

    July 20, 2019
    According to the London-based consultancy Brand Finance annual report , “Brand Finance India 100 2019”, “ Tata” become India’s most valuable brand for the second straight year in 2019 the brand value of $19.6 billion. The followed by LIC(Life Insurance Corporation) (2nd )with $7.3 billion and Infosys (3rd )$6.5 billion. The  brand value of  Tata increased to 37% with $19.6 billion It is the highest in the top 25 compared to $14.23 billion in... Read More

    Benjamin Netanyahu becomes the longest serving Prime Minister of Israel

    July 20, 2019
    Benjamin Netanyahu became the longest serving Prime Minister of Israel. He overthrew the record set by David Ben-Gurion, Israel's founding father and first leader. Netanyahu has spent 4,876 days,more than 13 years, in office as on 20 July, 2019. Netanyahu is the Israel's youngest-ever Prime Minister as won his first election in 1996, at the age of 46. Israel: President: Reuven Rivlin Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu Capital: Jerusalem Official languages: Hebrew Currency: New... Read More

    Andhra Pradesh's Minister for Irrigation demanded Rs.13,113.76 crore for major, medium and minor irrigation in the State

    July 20, 2019
    Andhra Pradesh's Minister for Irrigation P.Anil Kumar demanded a fund of Rs.13,113.76 crore for major, medium and minor irrigation in the State Assembly on 18 July. He moved it in two separate demands, one for grant of Rs.12,236.86 crore for major and medium irrigation sectors and another Rs.876.91 crore for minor irrigation sector. The Andhra Pradesh State government aimed to create a new ayacut of 34.42 lakh acres. It plans to complete the ongoing major and medium irrigation projects. It... Read More

    Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched Jan Jagrukta Abhiyaan in New Delhi

    July 20, 2019
    The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched a special campaign named Jan Jagrukta Abhiyaan in New Delhi. The campaign was held from 17-19th July,2019. Jan Jagrukta Abhiyaan: The campaign aimed to sensitize and mobilise the community on measures for prevention and control of Vector Borne Diseases (VBDs). Vector-borne diseases ,like Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya, are illnesses that are caused by pathogens and parasites in human populations.  It also aimed to make the community a... Read More

    Andhra Bank rolls-out Al chatbot ABHi in Telangana

    July 20, 2019
    Andhra Bank launched its AI(Artificial Intelligence) interactive assistant called “ABHi” at a function in Hyderabad, Telangana. It uses new-age technologies include to understand the customer query  They fetch the relevant information from the possible knowledge base in a matter of milliseconds. ABHi is powered by AI startup Floatbot.ai (Bangalore)  They are in partnership with IT(Information Technology) company Netxcell Limited(Hyderabad). Customers will be able to... Read More

    Sri Lanka and IRCON International Ltd signed agreement to upgrade rail track

    July 20, 2019
    Sri Lanka and IRCON (Indian Railway Construction Company) International Limited, under the Ministry of Railways, signed $91.26 million agreement for the up gradation of 130 km rail track  The rail track is located between Colombo and Jaffna in Tamil majority northern province of Sri Lanka.
    It was signed by Sunil Kumar Choudhury, Chairman & Managing Director, Ircon International Limited, and L.P Jayampathy, Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka in the... Read More

    SEBI opposed Centres proposal to transfer surplus money to the Consolidated Fund

    July 20, 2019
    Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the capital markets regulator, has opposed the Centre's proposal to transfer surplus money to the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI).
    Reason Cited by SEBI: SEBI cited that agreeing the proposal would make it to compromise its autonomy and its ability to function effectively towards the progress and development of the Indian securities market. Centre's proposed amendment on SEBI Act: The government has also proposed an amendment to... Read More

    INS Sagardhwani starts on mission Sagar Maitri

    July 20, 2019
    Marine Acoustic Research Ship (MARS), INS Sagardhwan started its two-month-long second mission Sagar Maitri from Southern Naval Command in Kochi, Kerala.
    It flagged off by Southern Naval commander Vice Admiral A.K. Chawla and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chairman G. Satheesh Reddy.
    The main visit of  Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia would be initiating collaborative research programmes. Aim: To collect data from the entire North Indian... Read More

    Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launches AIFF Golden Baby Leagues handbook

    July 20, 2019
    Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launched the All India Football Federation's Golden Baby Leagues handbook 2019-20  The book is based on the sidelines of the Intercontinental Cup  The function took place in Ahmedabad .
    The launch marked the renaming of the 'AIFF Baby Leagues' to 'AIFF Golden Baby Leagues', with emphasis being laid for ages under 6 to under 12 both for girls and boys.
    The handbook is a guide to organise the Golden BabyLeague.
    The... Read More

    Cabinet approved the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019

    July 20, 2019
    The Union Cabinet approved the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019 on 17 July. The Bill aims to set up a medical commission in place of Medical Council of India (MCI). This Bill will repeal of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The NMC Bill is to be introduced in the current session of parliament.
    Provisions of the Bill: Transparency in fee: The Commission will regulate fee and all other charges for 50% seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities. The... Read More

    Rajnath Singh to inaugurate two bridge projects in Kathua and Samba districts of J&K

    July 20, 2019
    Union Minister Rajnath Singh visited Jammu and Kashmir.
    He pays to the Martyrs on the 20th anniversary of Kargil war  He will interact with troops and review situation along Line of Actual Control. The Defence Minister will inaugurate two bridge projects on the rivers Ujh in Kathua district and Basantar in Samba district of Jammu division.
    These two bridges are significant from the border point of view as well as connectivity for locals.
    The Defence accompanied by Minister... Read More

    India to be free of Tuberculosis by 2025

    July 20, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a social cause or an issue of human sensitivity as a mission.
    India fixed a deadline of 2025 for eradicating tuberculosis (TB) against the global deadline of 2030.
    The main aim of the government is to eradicate the disease. Union Health Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministries of Defence, Railways and Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) to eliminate TB from India by 2025. He also... Read More

    Hima Das won gold in the 200m event at a Tabor Athletics Meet in Czech Republic

    July 20, 2019
    Assam's Hima Das, the Indian Sprinter, won gold in the 200m event at a Tabor Athletics Meet in Czech Republic on 17 July. She clocked 23.25 seconds. This is her 4th win in 15 days. VK Vismaya won the silver and clocked 23.43 seconds. Muhammad Anas won gold in men's 400m and clocked in 45.40 seconds. Tom Noah Nirmal came second and clocked 46.59 seconds. K S Jeevan came third in 46.60 seconds and M P Jabir came fourth and clocked 47.16 seconds.

    IFS officer Vivek Kumar appointed private secretary to PM

    July 20, 2019
    Indian Foreign Service officer Vivek Kumar appointed as private secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet is mainly headed by the Prime Minister of India.
    Vivek Kumar who is currently working as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office. His appointment will come into effect from the day of the assumption of charge The tenure will be on the co-terminus basis on future orders.  

    Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame

    July 20, 2019
    Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian Cricketer, was inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame. He became the sixth Indian cricketer to join the list of international players. The former South African cricketer Allan Donald was also in the list.   Indian players in the list: The Indian former cricketers in the list are Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble. Sachin Tendulkar is the sixth and latest entrant on the ICC Hall of... Read More

    Delhi Traffic Police Launch New E-Payment System to Overcome Corruption

    July 20, 2019
    The new e-challan system and the e-payment gateway for the use of Delhi Traffic Police  The scheme was launched by the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik About the Scheme The E-challan devices are enabled with active GPS  The challaning officer and the violator can be logged and tracked to a particular geo-location.
    This is an important tool for evidence This tool is enabled to establish the credibility of the prosecution.
    The payment gateway mainly the citizens... Read More

    R K Singh reviewed first-ever Draft Plan for Power Distribution Sector

    July 20, 2019
    R K Singh, Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy has reviewed the first-ever Draft Distribution Perspective Plan for the power sector in India. The distribution sector to address all the people related aspects required for making the Power sector robust and resilient.
    The Minister directed officials should study the power sector ‘Reforms 2.0’. The efforts towards making a Distribution plan is aimed at sustaining the goal of 24X7 uninterrupted power... Read More

    Anusuiya Uikey was appointed as the Governor of Chhattisgarh

    July 20, 2019
    Anusuiya Uikey, a Senior  tribal BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh, was appointed as the Governor of Chhattisgarh on 16 July.
    Anusuiya Uikey replaces Anandiben Patel. Anandiben Patel is currently the Governor of Madhya Pradesh as well as she holds the charge as the Governor of Chhattisgarh. Anusuiya Uikey: Anusuiya Uikey is the first tribal to hold the charge of Governor of Chhatisgarh since the formation of the State. The state was formed in 2000. She is the vice-chairperson of the... Read More

    MHA launched Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) for 2018-2020

    July 20, 2019
    Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) launched a scheme ‘Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C)’ for the period 2018-2020.
    Aim: To combat cybercrime in India in a coordinated and effective manner. Components Names and Types There are I4C 7 components namely: National Cybercrime Threat Analytics Unit National Cybercrime Reporting Portal A platform for Joint Cybercrime Investigation Team National Cybercrime Forensic... Read More



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