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

    11 hours ago
    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. 

    The Bill seeks to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009. It aims to Provide  higher educational and research facilities in tribal art, culture, and customs primarily to the tribal population of India. It also aims to provide quality of higher education and also promote avenues of higher education for the people of the state.
    The Tribal University provide research facilities in tribal art, culture and customs and advancement in technology to the tribal population of India.

    #2. Coca cola appoints Sarvita Sethi in M&A role

    11 hours ago
    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 newly created position is of significance.
    She is responsible for the firm’s crucial incubator, which involves conceptualising, developing and launching new products relevant to the market.

    About Coco - Cola
    President and COO: Brian Smith.
    HQ: Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
    category: Business & Economy

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

    11 hours ago
    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 and was its President for Odisha from 1980 to 1988.

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

    11 hours ago
    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 and also portray country’s good image at international level. A motel of Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) has also been installed to promote religious tourism. 

    Reason for the University:
    Sikhs living in Pakistan demanded university of their religion Baba Guru Nanak at his birthplace in Nankana Sahib. The construction proposal of building university was 1st surfaced in 2003 during Punjab government of Pervaiz Elahi.
    category: International

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

    11 hours ago
    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 Tokyo.

    The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) was founded on 1907. It is headquartered at Munich, Germany. The President of ISSF is Vladimir Lisinis. It governs the Olympic Shooting events in rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines, and of several non-Olympic Shooting sport events.

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  • #1. Indians bagged 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze at Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet at Kladno

    1 day ago
    Indian athlete Mohammad Anas won gold in men’s 400m  and Hima Das won gold in women’s 200m event at Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet at Kladno in Czech Republic. Indians bagged 6 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.

    Mohammad Anas:
    Anas won  his own national record in men’s 400m race and clocked with an effort of 45.21 seconds. Earlier, he set the national record as he clocked 45.24 seconds which he recorded in 2018.  Anas finished nearly one second ahead of silver winner Omelko Rafal (46.19) of Poland.

    Hima Das:
    Hima Das timed 23.43 seconds to win gold while she has personal best of 23.10 sec in 200m. She won another gold in Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland and one more at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland. This is Hima Das 3rd international triumph in within 2 weeks. 
    The other gold winner in the event are:
    Archana in 100m (11.74 sec) 
    Lili Das in 1500m (4:19.05) 
    Harsh Kumar in 400m (46.76 sec) 
    Sahil Silwal in javelin throw (78.50m)
    Women’s 4×100 relay(45.81 sec)

    #2. Sharath Kamal voted IOC Sportsperson of the Year

    1 day ago
    Sharath Kamal voted the Sportsperson of the Year in the annual Indian Oil Sports Conclave.
    The other nominees were cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara, Grandmaster B Adhiban, hockey player Simranjeet Singh and table tennis player Manika Batra.
    About Sharath Kamal 
    Sharath Kamal is a professional table tennis player from Tamil Nadu, India.
    He was among the five nominees for whom votes were polled by over 60 elite sportspersons employed with the oil major.
    category: Sports

    #3. IFFI has been scheduled to be held from 20-28 November 2019 in Panaji, Goa

    1 day ago
    The Golden Jubilee Edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has been scheduled to be held from 20-28 November 2019 in Panaji, Goa. The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar announced the schedule regarding IFFI 2019.
    IFFI 2019 is to be organised jointly by the Directorate of Film Festivals and state-run Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) in Panaji. The celebrations in the year 2019 will mark the 50th edition of IFFI. Russia is to partner with IFFI.

    International Film Festival of India (IFFI):
    IFFI was founded in 1952. The film festival is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. IFFI is being organised in Goa since 2004 under the leadership of  Chief Minister of Goa. The International Film Festival of India became globally competitive after its 35th edition.

    To celebrate the golden jubilee, road shows are to be organised in 7 cities.  The event includes business exhibition  which will showcase the latest technology, film production and distribution and other aspects regarding films.  Students from Film and Television Institute of India and students from some other film institutes will be a part of IFFI.
    category: Indian Affairs

    #4. The French government celebrated the National Day on 14 July

    1 day ago
    The French government celebrated the National Day on 14 July. The day is also known as Bastille Day. The day marks the anniversary of storming of the Bastille prison  took place in Paris on 14 July 1789. On this day the French people wear blue, white and red, "tricolore" clothes or make-up and sing the French anthem.

    New Military Space:
    On this Day the French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the nation is to create a new national military space force command that would eventually be part of the country's air force.

    French National Day:
    Bastille was a prison that symbolizes of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th's Ancient Regime. The people captured the symbol and signaled the king that his power was no longer absolute; power should be based on the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers.
    The Bastille Day is a turning point of the French Revolution, that happened from 5 May 1789 - 9 Nov 1799. It is celebrated as the creation of the Sovereign Nation First Republic of France in 1792.

    President of France: Emmanuel Macron
    Prime Minister: Édouard Philippe
    Capital: Paris
    Currency: Euro, CFP Franc
    Official language: French
    category: Important Days

    #5. Partial Lunar eclipse tonight; Visible in India

    2 days ago
    A partial eclipse of the Moon occurs tonight and it will be visible in India.
    It begins at 1:31 am.
    The maximum partial eclipse will occur at 3:01 am 
    It is a little more than half portion of the Moon will be covered by the Earth's shadow.
    It will end at 4:30 am.
    The eclipse will be visible from beginning to end from all places in India.
    The extreme northeastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.
    It will also be visible in the region covering Australia, Africa, Europe except for northernmost Scandinavia and most of South America.

  • #1. West Bengal state government to construct 8.30 lakh houses under Banglar Bari project

    2 days ago
    The West Bengal state government has decided to construct 8.30 lakh houses for poor people living in the rural areas, under the Banglar Bari project. The houses will be constructed in the current financial year.
    In the 2018-19 financial year, 5.86 lakh houses have been built under the project, while in the current financial year, another 2.50 lakh houses will be set up. 

    Centre's involvement:
    The Ministry of Rural Development increased the financial allotment to the state government as it performed good in the last fiscal year. Around Rs.3.75 lakh will be allotted to construct each house under the project. 
    The district magistrates have been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries. The cost will be shared between the Central ans the State government. The centre will bear 60% and the state will bear 40%. The toilets will be constructed under Mission Nirmal.

    The area of the houses will be 25 sq metres. There will be one room, a kitchen, a balcony and a toilet in each. The beneficiaries from Jangalmahal will get Rs.1.30 lakh while their counterparts in other areas will get Rs.1.20 lakh.

    Banglar Bari project:
    The Banglar Bari project was introduced by the Bengal Government. It was launched in 2017. It aims to provide flats to people living below poverty line (BPL) in municipality areas. Under the project,  four-storied buildings in municipal areas will be built to ensure permanent shelter to people from financially weaker sections.
    State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) will handle the construction  process. Families headed by women and financially weaker families whose monthly income is less than Rs.10,000 will be given priority.
    The beneficiaries should apply to SUDA to get a flat under the project which will be verified by the Local municipalities. People under BPL category and who don’t have any concrete houses are eligible to apply.

    #2. TVS Motor launches Indias first Ethanol based motorcycle TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100

    3 days ago
    TVS Motor company launched India’s first ethanol-based motorcycle TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 
    Their main aim is to help reduce crude imports and reduce air pollution.
    It is available in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, 
    Karnataka at a price of Rs 1.20 lakh.
    It was first showcased in Auto Expo 2018 in Delhi.
    This motorcycle equipped with a Twin-Spray-Twin-Port EFI technology has a peak power of 21 PS at 8500 rpm with a torque of 18.1 Nm at7000 rpm. 
    The bike has an ascending top speed of 129 Kmph.
    The decision comes after the government plans to convert three-wheelers to EVs (Electric vehicles)by 2023 and 2-wheelers below 150cc (Cubic Centimeter)  by 2025.
    The motorcycle launched by Shri. Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri. Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, and Shri. Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motor Company.

    About TVS Motor
    Headquarters: Chennai
    CEO: K. N. Radhakrishnan
    category: Indian Affairs

    #3. Simona Halep won the Wimbledon Championship 2019 title

    3 days ago
    Simona Halep won the Wimbledon Championship 2019 title. She created Wimbledon history by becoming the first Romanian to win the Grand slam 2019 title. She secured 6-2, 6-2 and defeated seven-time champion Serena Williams.

    Champions of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships:
    The champions of various events are listed below:

    2019 Wimbledon Championships
    Date: 1-14 July
    Edition: 133rd
    Category: Grand Slam (ITF)
    Prize money: £ 38,000,000
    Surface: Grass
    Location: London, United Kingdom
    Venue: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club UK
    category: Sports

    #4. Meghalaya became the first Indian state to draft a water policy

    3 days ago
    Meghalaya became the first Indian state to draft a water policy to ensure water conservation, issues and protection of water resources in the State. The Meghalaya State Cabinet approved the draft on July 12, 2019. The approved policy intended to achieve sustainable development by  Meghalaya state government.

    The Water Policy, which was approved by the Meghalaya State government, aims to provide safe and hygienic water for various purposes like drinking, domestic, sanitation and livelihood development. The policy recognised water as a common pool resource for all residents of the state.
    It is hoped that the Water conservation will improve health and livelihood and reduce water vulnerability among the people. Implementing the policy will assure good governance for present and future generations through integrated water resources management and environmental sustainability.

    Features of the policy:
    Meghalaya State Dam Safety Organisation's (SDSO) safety audit of state dams at periodic intervals to identify the safety risks and mitigate the adverse impacts.
    The policy included measures such as construction of check dams to conserve rainwater, setting up of rainwater harvesting systems, and proper ways to control improper use of groundwater.
    State government committees will be formed at village level to address the issue of groundwater. With this, the participation of the community is expected as it is to reach to the villages.
    The State department will monitor the quality of the water to check if it has a high content of iron or if it's acidic.
    category: Bills & Acts

    #5. Chandrayaan-2 launch called off after technical snag in rocket

    3 days ago
    ISRO Scientists a few days to assess the seriousness of the problem.
    The launch in the current window of opportunity is available only till Tuesday (July 16). 
    The next launch date could be months later.
    A technical snag detected in the GSLV-MkIII rocket, less than an hour ahead of the scheduled launch aborted the planned flight of Chandrayaan-2, India’s first attempt at landing a spacecraft on the moon.
    They indicated that it could take up to a few days to assess the seriousness of the problem. 

    Reason for Call off
    The countdown to the launch stopped at 56 minutes ahead of the scheduled time after scientists detected a problem in the rocket. 
    ISRO did not specify it but there were indications that the problem was detected in the upper stage of the rocket having the cryogenic engine where liquid hydrogen fuel had been filled less than half an hour earlier.

    About GSLV MK - III
    GSLV-MkIII is the most powerful rocket built by ISRO 
    It is designed to carry heavier payloads, weighing up to 4000 kg, into the geosynchronous transfer orbit, 
    At least 35,000 km from the earth. 
    It is supposed to be the rocket for the future. 
    Two successful flights of GSLV Mk-III D1 in June 2017 that carried the GSAT-19, a communication satellite weighing more than 3000 kg.
    GSLV Mk-III D2 launched the 3423-kg GSAT-29 communication satellite.
    The proposed human mission to space, to be launched by 2022, 
    It is also planned to be carried on GSLV Mk-III rocket.

    About Chandrayaan - I
    Chandrayaan-1 and Mangalyaan, India’s first mission to Mars, launched in 2013, PSLV has a capacity to deliver payloads only up to 1500 kg in the sub-GTO orbits.
    PSLV has 48 successful launches
    It is not suitable for launching heavier payloads, like Chandrayaan-2 which weighed close to 4,000 kg.
    The mission initially slated to be launched last year but was postponed at least twice due to unavailability of a suitable window of opportunity to land on the moon.

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