Daily Current Affairs 8th & 9th July 2019

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Daily Current Affairs 8th & 9th July 2019

NATIONAL UPDATES

Longest electrified railway tunnel in India commissioned

  • The South Central Railway (SCR) has commissioned the longest electrified tunnel between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations.
  • The 6.6 KM long tunnel is built at a total cost of ₹460 crore.
  • The tunnel is part of the recently completed Obulavaripalli-Venkatachalam new railway line.

Centre decides to extend ESI Act to entire country by 2022

  • Government has decided to extend the ESI Act to the entire country by 2022.
  • Out of the total 722 districts, the ESI scheme has been extended to 541 districts.
  • Under the ESIC 2.0 programme, ESI scheme was extended in newly implemented areas.

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  • Employee State Insurance (ESIC) Act, 1948 enacted by Government of India.
  • The major objective of the Act was to provide certain benefits to employees in case of sickness, maternity and injury (during employment) and for providing other benefits in relation to the main objectives
  • ESI contribution reduced from 6.5 to 4 per cent.

Bi-cycle sharing scheme, to be introduced in Puducherry

  • Under Puducherry smart city development plan, a bicycle sharing scheme, is to be introduced in Puducherry in a couple of months.
  • The registered users or customers can use bicycles to hop from one place to another within the boulevard area.
  • For the scheme, 100 spots have been identified for cycle docking stations.
  • This scheme is one among the 22 prioritised schemes of the Puducherry Smart City Project for which about 194 crore rupees would be spent.

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  • Puducherry: Capital City (Pondicherry) CM(Velu Narayanasamy) Lt. Governor(Kiran Bedi)

Jaipur enters the UNESCO World Heritage Site list

  • The walled city of Jaipur has entered into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
  • Jaipur is well known for its iconic architectural legacy.
  • It has become the second city of the country to enter into the UNESCO World Heritage Site after Ahmedabad.

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UNESCO: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations (UN).

  • Headquartered: Paris, France
  • Director-General: Audrey Azoulay

UP Govt set target to become 1-trillion economy in coming years

  • Uttar Pradesh government has set the target to become one trillion dollar economy in coming years.
  • CM inaugurated annual workshop of regional agriculture science centres in Kumarganj Agriculture University at Ayodhya.

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  • Uttar Pradesh: Capital City (Lucknow) CM(Yogi Adityanath) Governor(Ram Naik)

INTERNATIONAL UPDATES

India, Myanmar to exchange crucial information on drug trafficking

  • 4th Director General level talks between Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) held in New Delhi.
  • India and Myanmar have resolved to exchange crucial information relating to drug trafficking and precursors.
  • Two-day bilateral meeting held between India and Myanmar to take coordinated and concerted actions against drug trafficking between the two countries.
  • The Indian delegation was led by NCB Director General Abhay while the Myanmar delegation was headed by CCDAC Joint Secretary Police Brigadier General Win Naing.

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  • Myanmar (Capital/Currency) – Naypyitaw/Kyat
  • President: Win Myint

India, Russia to hold Strategic Economic Dialogue tomorrow

  • The second India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue will be held in New Delhi tomorrow
  • The meeting will focus on six core areas of cooperation.
  • These include the development of transport infrastructure and technologies, agriculture and agro-processing sector and small and medium business support.
  • It will be held under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Deputy Minister of the Economic Development of Russia, Timur Maksimov.
  • The first India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue was held in St. Petersburg in November last year.

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  • Russia (Capital/Currency): Moscow/Ruble
  • Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev
  • President: Vladimir Putin

Sri Lanka inaugurated its first model village built with Indian assistance at Ranidu Gama in Gampaha

  • A model village built with the Indian assistance inaugurated in Sri Lanka for war-affected people and estate workers.
  • India partnered with the Ministry of Housing and Construction and Cultural Affairs to build 100 model villages.
  • India has undertaken more than 70 people-oriented development projects in various fields including health, education, housing, skill development, infrastructure and vocational training across Sri Lanka.
  • It also includes the largest University Auditorium in Ruhuna University in Matara in Sri Lanka. Around 20 such projects are currently under progress.

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  • Sri Lanka (Capital/Currency): Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte/Sri Lankan rupee
  • Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe
  • President: Maithripala Sirisena

CONFERENCE & SUMMIT

India to host 3rd edition of International Sunflower Seed and Oil Conference (lSSOC) on 19th &20th July 2019

  • Third edition of International Sunflower Seed and Oil Conference (lSSOC) 2019 will be held in Mumbai on 19th & 20th
  • The conference is hosted by Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA).
  • The global imports of sunflower oil is around 9.6 million tonnes.
  • India is the largest importer of sunflower oil with imports of about 2.8 million tonnes.

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  • International Sunflower Oil Association (ISOA)
  • Establishment: 2015 in Rome

APPOINTMENT & RESIGNATION

LinkedIn to appoint Ashutosh Gupta as country manager for India

  • LinkedIn, the professional social networking company decided to appoint Ashutosh Gupta as its new country manager for India.
  • He will replace Mahesh Narayanan.
  • He joined LinkedIn in 2013 to lead LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions (LMS) in India.
  • Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has over 630 million users globally and more than 57 million members in India.

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LinkedIn: LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented service that operates via websites and mobile apps.

  • Founded: 2002, Mountain View, California, United States
  • Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California, United States
  • CEO: Jeff Weiner

Shailesh Tinaikar assumes charge Force Commander of UN mission

  • Lieutenant General Shailesh Sadashiv Tinaikar of India assumes charge as Force Commander of United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
  • He has been awarded the Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal for Distinguished Service.

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The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international co-operation, and being a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

  • Founded: 24 October 1945, San Francisco, California, United States
  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
  • Secretary General: António Guterres (Portugal)

M Nageswar Rao appointed as Director general of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard

  • The Central government appointed M Nageswar Rao, Additional Director of CBI as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard.
  • He will continue to hold the post till superannuation in July 2020.

BANKING & FINANCE

RBI board finalised Utkarsh 2022 to improve regulation and supervision

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board has finalized Utkarsh 2022 aimed to improve regulation and supervision, among other functions of the central bank.
  • RBI’s Utkarsh 2022 will be in line with the global central banks’ plan to strengthen the regulatory and supervisory mechanism.
  • It is a three-year roadmap for medium term objectives.

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RBI: The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central banking institution, which controls the issuance and supply of the Indian rupee.

  • Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das (25th)

DEFENCE

BSF launches ‘Operation Sudarshan’ along the Punjab and Jammu border

  • The Border Security Force (BSF) has launched an exercise, code named ‘Sudarshan’, to fortify the ‘anti-infiltration grid’ along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu.
  • The operation was launched on July 1 and will cover the entire over the 1,000-km length of the India-Pakistan International Border.
  • Jammu shares about 485-km of the border with Pakistan and about 553-km of the front is in Punjab.

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  • The Border Security Force is the primary border defence organisation of India.
  • It is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces of India.
  • Founded: 1 December 1965
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Motto: जीवन पर्यन्त कर्तव्य (Duty Unto Death)

SPORTS

Arinjeeta Dey won a silver medal for India in World Youth Cup 2019

  • Karate girl, Arinjeeta Dey (Barasat, West Bengal) won a silver medal under the 12 category in the World Youth Cup 2019.
  • The competition was held in Umag, Croatia from July 1 to July 5, 2019.
  • It was organized by World Karate Federation affiliated to the International Olympic Association.
  • A total of 35 countries participated in this competition.

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  • Croatia (Capital/Currency) : Zagreb/Croatian Kuna
  • President: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovit
  • Prime Minister: Andrej Plenkovit

Vinesh Phogat won gold medal in the 53 kg category at the Grand Prix of Spain 2019

  • India’s top wrestler Vinesh Phogat won her first gold medal after shifting to 53kg category and she defeated Dutch rival Jessica Blaszka at the finals.
  • Divya Kakran claimed the top honours in the 68kg category.
  • The event held Grand Prix of Spain 2019 at Madrid, Spain.
  • India finished second with 130 points while Russia secured 165 points.

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  • Spain (Capital/Currency): Madrid/Euro
  • President: Pedro Sánchez

Brazil won the Copa America2019 title

  • Brazil won its first Copa America 2019 title since 2007 and it defeated Peru by 3-1.
  • The event was hosted by Brazil.
  • Player of the tournament: Dani Alves(Brazil)
  • The 2019 Copa América was the 46th edition of the Copa América, the international men’s association football championship.

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  • Brazil (Capital/Currency): Brasilia/Brazilian real
  • 38th President: Jair Bolsonaro

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