Daily Current Affairs


Daily Current Affairs
Daily Current Affairs 
Rajiv Kumar - Rajiv Kumar was designated as Finance Secretary. Rajiv Kumar will replace Subhash Chandra Garg.
Priya Priyadarshini Jain - Eminent Social entrepreneur and philanthropist Priya Priyadarshini Jain has been felicitated with the prestigious 'Indian Woman of Influence' award at the House of Lords, the United Kingdom Parliament, London.
V.K. Johri - IPS officer V.K. Johri has been appointed as the next Director General (DG) of Border Security Force (BSF). The order has been issued by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) that is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Vidisha Baliyan - Vidisha Baliyan, a 21 year old girl from Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar city, was crowned the Miss Deaf World 2019 title. The international beauty pageant was held in Mbombela, South Africa.
Gita Jayanti Mahotsav - Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has invited Nepal to be the partner country for this year's 'Gita Jayanti Mahotsav 2019' scheduled to be held at Kurukshetra
India Slipped from 7th Place - India has slipped down to the 7th place in the global GDP rankings of 2018, reveals data compiled by the World Bank. India recorded a GDP of $2.73 trillion in 2018, which is less than that of the UK and France, which had a GDP of $2.82 trillion and $2.78 trillion respectively in the same year. India had emerged as the fifth largest economy in 2017.
Supreme Court Strength Increased - Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to increase the strength of judges in Supreme Court from the present 31 to 34 including Chief Justice of India (CJI). At present Supreme Court has sanctioned strength of judges is 31 including the CJI. According to Article 124 (1) of Constitution of India, the strength of the Supreme Court is fixed as per the law.
Women Entrepreneurship Platform - WhatsApp has partnered with NITI Aayog, under the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) to announce its plan to support and promote women entrepreneurs in India. WhatsApp will also partner with the Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards 2019, flagship initiative of NITI Aayog.
National Conference on e-Governance - The 22nd National Conference on e-Governance will be held in Shillong, Meghalaya. The theme of the conference is 'Digital India: Success to Excellence'. 
R-27 Missiles - India has signed a deal worth around Rs 1,500 crore to acquire R-27 air-to-air missiles from Russia to be equipped on the Su-30MKI combat aircraft. The R-27 missile is a medium-to-long-range air-to-air missile for MiG and Sukhoi series of fighter jets.
Shawala Teja Singh temple - Pakistan has opened a 1,000 year old Hindu temple in eastern city Sialkot for worship for the first time since partition on the demand of the local Hindu community. The Shawala Teja Singh temple, located in city’s congested Dhaarowal locality, some 100 km from Lahore, is more than 1,000 years old.
KABIL - Khanij Bidesh India Ltd - KABIL, Khanij Bidesh India Ltd, a joint venture company will be set up soon to ensure a consistent supply of critical and strategic minerals to the Indian domestic market. KABIL will be set up in joint partnership between three Central Public Sector Enterprises including National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO), Hindustan Copper Ltd. (HCL) and Mineral Exploration Company Ltd (MECL). The equity participation between NALCO, HCL and MECL in the company is in the ratio of 40:30:30.
One nation one ration card - One nation one ration card scheme was launched on a pilot basis in four states- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Under the one nation one ration card scheme, families who have food security cards will be able to buy rice, wheat or any food grain at a subsidised price from any ration shop in the mentioned states. The ration cards will need to be linked with the Aadhaar Number to avail the service. The Union Government plans to extend the One nation one ration card scheme to all the states by August 2020 to enable the portability of the food security card.
Article 35 A - Mehbooba Mufti, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, warned the ruling government saying that any tinkering with Article 35 A would be akin to setting a powder keg on fire. There have been reports of the ruling government planning to review and repeal Article 35A. Article 35A provides special status to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and also defines the permanent resident status. The Article also bars non-permanent residents from settling permanently in the Valley.
Tiger Estimation Report - Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a census report of tigers in India. The report - ‘The Tiger Estimation Report 2018’ is a data about tigers in India. PM Modi said that India has already achieved the target of doubling the numbers of tiger population. Highest number of tigers have found in Madhya Pradesh (526), after that Karnataka has 524 and Uttarakhand is accommodating 442 tigers.
Commonwealth Games - The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) pulled out of the Commonwealth Games Federation general assembly meeting, to protest against the move of dropping shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games roster. The federation, instead, recommended the inclusion of three new sports - beach volleyball (men and women), women's T20 cricket and para-table tennis (men and women).
Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill - The Triple Talaq Bill or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 received President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent on July 31, 2019. The bill has now become a law. 
Man vs Wild episode - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be featured in the special Man vs Wild episode on the Discovery Channel with ace adventurer Bear Grylls. The episode was shot in Jim Corbett National Park and will air on August 12 at 9 pm.
7th Economic Census - The Government of India begins the 7th Economic Census from Tripura. Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) will conduct the census. It will be conducted after a gap of 5 years. The fieldwork is expected to be completed by December and the results at the national level is expected to be available by March 2020.
Kaiga Atomic Energy Station - Kaiga Atomic Energy station (Karnataka) sets a World Record in continuous operation of 962 days by Unit-1 of Kaiga Generating Station (KGS-1) among nuclear power plants of all technologies. KGS-1 (220 MW) in an indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) fuelled by domestic fuel which started commercial operation on November 16, 2000.
Official Team India Sponsor - The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that Bengaluru-based education and learning app Byju's, which is owned by Think and Learn Private Limited, has replaced Oppo India as the official Team India sponsor.
Khelo India Youth Games 2020 - The 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games 2020 will be held in Guwahati. It will be conducted in partnership with Indian Olympic Association (IOA), School Games Federation of India(SGFI) & Assam as host State.
Bank of China - The Reserve Bank of India allowed Bank of China to offer regular banking services in the country. In another notification, the RBI said the name of 'The Royal Bank of Scotland plc' has been changed to 'NatWest Markets Plc' in the Second Schedule.
Indian Army Launched e-cars - The Indian Army launched e-cars for use of its officials in New Delhi on August 1. The e-car initiative has been launched in partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) in a joint venture of the Central PSU’s under the Ministry of Power. The e-car launch is in line with government policies on environmental protection.
Rasagola - The rasagola, a popular dessert of Odisha, has received the geographical indication tag from the Registrar of Geographical Indication. The GI number 612 has been registered in favour of the Odisha Small Industries Corporation Limited.
BlueTalon - Microsoft has acquired data privacy, governance service firm BlueTalon. BlueTalon helps enterprises set policies for how their employees can access their data. 
Defence Cooperation - India, Mozambique sign 2 MoUs to strengthen defence cooperation. The two MoUs include an agreement on sharing white shipping information and another on co-operation in the field of Hydrography. Rajnath Singh is currently on his first official visit abroad as the Defence Minister to the African country. This is also the first time a Defence Minister has visited Mozambique.
Prithvi Shaw - Prithvi Shaw has been suspended by Board of Control for Cricket in India for 8 months for a doping violation. Shaw was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules.
Penalty on Prepaid Instrument - The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty on two online payment solutions providers ii. Mobikwik Systems and Hip Bar for non compliance of regulatory guidelines. Mobikwik Systems Private Limited has been slapped a fine of Rs 15 lakh while Hip Bar Pvt Ltd faced a fine of Rs 10.85 lakh.
India-Nepal Logistics Summit - Prime Minister of Nepal inaugurated India-Nepal Logistics Summit between India and Nepal in Kathmandu. The theme of the summit was “Transforming Logistics Landscape”. 
World Day Against Trafficking - United Nations observes 30 July every year as World Day Against Trafficking. On the 2019 World Day UNODC is focusing on highlighting the importance of Government action with a tagline: Human Trafficking: call your government to action.
Paramjit Singh - Lt Gen Paramjit Singh will be the next Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Indian Army.
Sudarsan Pattnaik - Padma Awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the People’s Choice Award at a prestigious sand sculpting festival in the U.S. Pattnaik was participating in the 2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival in Boston, Massachusetts. He won the People’s Choice Award for his sand sculpture ‘Stop Plastic Pollution, Save Our Ocean’.
S. Jaipal Reddy - Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy passed away.
World Hepatitis Day - World Health Organization observe 28 July every year as "World Hepatitis Day" to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis. The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus. The theme for 2019 is “Invest in eliminating hepatitis”. The host country for World Hepatitis Day 2019 is Pakistan.
Netherlands Banned Burqa - Netherlands imposed a ban on face-covering clothing on August 1. The new Dutch law bans Muslim women from wearing a burqa and niqab that covers their face in any public place including public transport, government buildings and at health and education institutions. However, it doesn’t apply to public streets.