Friday, July 5, 2019

Important Current Affairs 5th July 2019

Important Current Affairs 5th July 2019

Star Air records best OTP
  • Star Air, a scheduled commercial airline by Sanjay Ghodawat Group having its base at Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru has recorded the best On-Time Performance (OTP) of 89% since its inception.
  • It is the best achievement by a startup airline in the Indian commercial aviation sector.
  • Star Air is currently operating at five stations, Bengaluru, Hubballi, Belagavi, Ahmedabad, Tirupati
Damanganga-Pinjal River Linkage project
  • In Maharashtra, the state government has decided to inter-link rivers to solve the crisis of drought.
  • For Mumbai, the best option is the Damanganga–Pinjal river inter-linking project, which is seen as an ideal, long-term solution for Mumbai’s water needs.
  • This will fulfil Mumbai’s water needs till 2060.
A Global B2B Managed Marketplace – iConnect
  • iConnect Business Pvt Ltd has announced that it will soon launch iConnect, a global B2B managed marketplace for worldwide MSMEs to seamlessly trade with each other.
  • iConnect will be an end-to-end solution provider to trade across borders.
  • It will enable MSMEs to get access to import export data from 200+ countries, find genuine trade counterparts and trade service providers.
Bahrain & UK first to pilot new AI guidelines
  • Bahrain has announced it will pilot new guidelines for the procurement of Artificial Intelligence in the public sector.
  • It partnered with the UK government to help design the guidelines and assesses them in real-world conditions.
  • It is produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
  • By this Bahrain and UK became first in the world to do so.
Elavenil won silver medal in 10 m air rifle
  • India’s Elavenil Valarivan outshone everyone at the 30th World University Summer Games to score 630.8, a new university world record in the qualification stage.
  • She won a silver medal in 10m air rifle event at Napoli, Italy on 4 July 2019.
  • Elanevil finished ahead of Lin Ying-Shin and Lucie Brazdova in Qualification round to create the university record.
Sports News
  • Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali Khil achieved a rare feat as he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of the highest score by a teenager in the World Cup. With a 86-run innings, Khil broke the record of Sachin Tendulkar of scoring 84 runs in 18 years 323 days in the World Cup 1992 World Cup.
  • Dutch winger Arjen Robben announced he is ending his playing career at the age of 35.
Vladimir Putin signed a bill
  • Vladimir Putin has signed a bill suspending Russia’s participation in a pivotal nuclear arms pact with the United States.
  • The Russian president’s decree formalises his country’s departure from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
  • Russia has denied any violations and accused the US of breaking the accord.
UP govt promised piped water to households
  • UP CM Yogi Adityanath said that every household in the state will receive piped water within two years.
  • This project will start from Bundelkhand region by the end of August 2019.
  • As many as 15 rivers, which have gone dry, will also be rejuvenated in the coming months.
  • To make Ganga clean, committees have been constituted in the district near the bank of the river.
UP govt launched toll-free CM helpline 1076
  • The UP government launched a toll-free Chief Minister helpline number 1076.
  • It will enable people from across the state to register their complaints and will ensure a time-bound action on the complaints also.
  • The CM helpline number 1076 will work 24×7 and anyone from any part of the state can call on this number anytime.
  • The 500-seater call centre has been established for the helpline.
Rath Yatra celebrated in Bangladesh
  • In Bangladesh, the starting of Rath Yatra was celebrated at a number of places on 4 July 2019.
  • In Dhaka ISKCON and other religious bodies celebrated the Rath Yatra with several programmes in the city.
  • The centuries old Rath Yatra started from the Madhav Temple at Dhamrai in Bangladesh with devotees singing Kirtans in the praise of Lord Jagannath.
Dubai airport shops to accept Indian currency
  • Dubai Duty Free announced that Indian Rupee will now be accepted at all the retail outlets of the Dubai airport.
  • However, the change, if any, will be given back in Dirhams and not the Indian currency.
  • Notes of various denominations, including 100s, 200s, 500s and 2000s will be accepted.
  • The move makes the Indian rupee the 16th international currency to be accepted at Dubai’s airports.
Aadhar and Other Laws Bill passed
  • Lok Sabha passed Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
  • The Bill seeks to amend Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016.
  • It also seeks to further amend the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.
  • It proposes giving a child an option to exit from the biometric ID programme after 18 years.
Indian Medical Association Bill passed
  • Parliament has passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it on 4 July 2019.
  • Lok Sabha has already passed it.
  • The Bill seeks to supersede the Medical Council of India (MCI) for a period of two years with effect from 26 September, 2018.
  • The bill aims at ensuring transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education.
Rural sanitation coverage jumped to 99%
  • Under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), 9 crore 62 lakh individual household toilets have been constructed so far.
  • The sanitation coverage in the rural areas of the country has increased to more than 99%, which was over 38% on 2nd October 2014.
  • 632 Districts, 30 States, over 2.50 lakh Gram Panchayats and 5 lakh 67 thousand 498 villages have been declared open defecation Free.
Govt started review of Foreign Trade Policy
  • The Ministry of Commerce and Industry started an exercise to review the current Foreign Trade Policy.
  • The objective is to boost exports and domestic manufacturing and reduce the trade deficit.
  • The present Foreign Trade Policy was brought out on 1 April 2015 and is valid for five years, which ends on 31st March 2020.
  • A mid-term review was held in December 2017 after the introduction of GST.
Finance Minister presented first budget
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the first budget in the second term of the government, for the fiscal year 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha.
  • This is the first budget being presented by a woman Finance Minister.
  • From 1.85 trillion dollars in 2014, the economy has reached 2.7 trillion US dollars and we can very well reach 5 trillion dollars in the next few years.
Economic Survey projected 7% GDP growth
  • Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Economic Survey 2018-19 in both Houses of Parliament on July 5, 2019.
  • The survey projects GDP to grow at 7%  in 2019-20.
  • The Indian economy is expected to grow at 6.8% in 2018-19.
  • The theme of the survey is about enabling shifting of gears to sustained economic growth to achieve a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2025.
National Affairs
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the increase in the Minimum Support Prices, MSP for all Kharif crops for 2019-20 Season.
  • In Mizoram, drug abuse has gone up to an alarming level. The official record reveals that more than 300 people lost their lives last year in drug abuse related incidents.
June was hottest ever on earth
  • June was the hottest June ever recorded worldwide.
  • This is according to the data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service, implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.
  • The data showed that European temperatures were around 2 degrees Celsius hotter than normal, and globally Earth was 0.1 degree Celsius hotter than the previous June record in 2016.
Sitting while watching TV cause heart attack
  • A study, led by researchers at Columbia University in the United States, found that leisure-time sitting while watching TV was associated with a greater risk of heart disease and death.
  • Sitting for longer hours at work may not be as bad for the heart as sitting while watching television.
  • The research was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association
Miscellaneous I
  • Chief of Defence Force of Maldives National Defence Force, Major General Abdulla Shamaal is on a 3-day visit to India.
  • Merck Foundation in partnership with The First Lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo launched an inspiring children story of Kofi and Ama for children to strengthen family values of love and respect since young ages.
Miscellaneous II
  • National Cadet Corps (NCC) has undertaken a pan-India Mega Pollution Awareness Pakhwada (fortnight) from July 01-11 2019. The pakhwada aims to sensitise the people against various kinds of pollution and their effects.
  • The government said that the recruitment examination of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) will now be conducted in 13 regional languages in addition to English and Hindi.
Special Rhino Protection Force in Kaziranga
  • The Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF) is deployed across the Kaziranga National Park.
  • A first ever batch of 82 constables of a SRPF has been deployed in various parts of UNESCO World Heritage Site Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
  • This is the first time a special force that has been dedicated to keep a check on rhino poaching and related activities in the Kaziranga National Park.
Maharashtra ranked first in AMFFR Index
  • Maharashtra got first rank in NITI Aayog’s “Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index (AMFFRI)”.
  • The index ranks states based on the degree of reforms they have undertaken in agricultural marketing.
  • AMFFRI can have a score that can have minimum value “0”, the score implies no reforms and they have maximum value “100” implying complete reforms in the selected areas.
Hima Das won gold in women’s 200 m
  • Indian sprinter Hima Das won the women’s 200m gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.
  • National record holder shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor bagged a bronze.
  • Asian champion Toor won the men’s shot put bronze with a best effort of 19.62 metre.
  • KS Jeevan won the men’s 400-metre bronze in 47.25 seconds.

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