Daily Current Affairs - 20th Jul 2019

Arjun Bhati Wins Junior World Golf Championship

  • Fourteen-year-old Arjun Bhati represented India at the FCG CALLAWAY Junior World Golf Championship and bagged the first position against Taiwan's Jeremy Chen during the three-day final match in Palm Desert, CA.
  • Out of the 637 players from 40 counties that participated in the tournament, Arjun secured the first position for India.

Bulgarian lawmakers ratify US 1.3-bn deal to buy eight F-16 fighter jets from US

  • Bulgarian lawmakers have ratified a hefty 1.3-billion US Dollar deal to buy eight F-16 fighter jets from the US in the country's biggest military equipment purchase since the fall of communism three decades ago.
  • The deal with the US government, equivalent to 1.1 billion Euros, is for eight F-16 Block 70 multi-role fighters including six single-seaters and two double-seat jets. These will replace the NATO country's ageing Soviet-built MiG-29s.
  • US manufacturer Lockheed Martin produces the F-16s fighter jets.

IEA praises Ujjwala scheme for providing free cooking gas connection to poor

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Ujjwala scheme for providing free cooking gas connection to poor came in for praise from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Agency said it is a major achievement in improving the environment and health of women.
  • Launched by Modi on May 1, 2016, in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) aims to safeguard the health of women and children by providing free cooking gas (LPG) connection to poor families.

India's Asian Games silver in mixed relay event to be upgraded to gold

  • India are in line to get the Asian Games gold in 4x400 mixed relay as Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain, who was part of the gold winning team, has been handed a four-year ban for failing a dope test. The silver won by India's mixed relay team of Mohammad Anas, Hima Das, Arokia Rajiv and M R Poovamma at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year is set to be upgraded to gold.
  • Athletics Integrity Unit said that Adekoya's results between August 24, 2018 and November 26, 2018 will be disqualified. This also means that India's Anu Raghavan, who finished fourth in 400m hurdles, is in line for the bronze as Adekoya won the gold in the event.

India's forex reserves fall by USD 1.113 bn to USD 428.797 bn

  • According to the latest weekly RBI data, India's foreign exchange reserves declined by USD 1.113 billion to USD 428.797 billion in the week to July 12 - the first fall after four consecutive weeks of gains - due to a fall in foreign currency assets.
  • Foreign currency assets, which is a major component of the overall reserves, slipped by USD 1.11 billion to USD 399.697 billion.
  • The country's gold reserves remained unchanged at USD 24.304 billion.
  • The Special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund fell by USD 1.2 million to USD 1.450 billion.
  • The country's reserve position with the fund also declined by USD 1.5 million to USD 3.345 billion.

Indian Men & Women's teams win Commonwealth Table Tennis title

  • India made a record by winning gold in both men’s and women’s category in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship held in Cuttack.
  • The Indian men won the final match defeating England 3-2. The Indian women team defeated England 3-0 in final match.
  • The Indian women team won the gold for the first time in the history in the commonwealth games.

IndiGo clocks highest-ever quarterly net

  • IndiGo reported its highest-ever quarterly profit of Rs.1,203 crore for the quarter ended June, a 43 times jump over the same period last year. The airline’s revenue from operations stood at Rs.9,420.1 crore for the quarter, an increase of of 44.7% over the year-earlier period.
  • Its expenses rose 22% to Rs.8,277 crore. Passenger ticket revenue rose 46.4% to Rs.8,445 crore and ancillary revenue stood at Rs.902 crore, an increase of 32.2% over the year-earlier period.
  • IndiGo’s CEO Ronojoy Dutta

Joint working group to probe fund disbursal for Chinese projects in Bangladesh

  • Bangladesh and China have formed a joint working group to probe the extremely low level of fund disbursal for ongoing Chinese projects in Bangladesh.
  • China has so far disbursed less than 5 per cent of the promised 20 billion US Dollars for 27 projects for which agreements were signed during President Xi Jinping's Dhaka visit in 2016.
  • The working committee will review the projects and assess whether the projects for which loan agreements are yet to be signed still need Chinese funding.

Lok Sabha passes Protection of Human Rights(Amendment) Bill

  • The Protection of Human Rights(Amendment) Bill 2019 has been passed by voice vote in Lok Sabha. This amendment bill allows a Supreme Court judge besides the Chief Justice of India to be appointed the chairperson of National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) and increases the number of members from two to three.
  • The bill provides that a person who has been Chief Justice or Judge of a High Court will be the chairperson of a State Human Rights Commission.
  • It also seeks to reduce the term of office of chairperson and members of the NHRC and SHRC to three years from five years or till the age of seventy years, whichever is earlier.

Meghana Jakkampudi enters women's and mixed doubles semis at Russian Open

  • India's Meghana Jakkampudi progressed to the semifinals of the mixed and the women's doubles at the Russian Open BWF Tour Super 100 tournament, at Vladivostok, Russia.
  • Meghana paired up with Dhruv Kapila to beat Russian combination of Maksim Makalov and Ekaterina Riazantceva 21-3 21-12 in the mixed doubles.
  • Indian pair will clash with Indonesian seventh seeds Adnan Maulana and Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso in semifinals.
  • Indian pair will clash with Indonesian seventh seeds Adnan Maulana and Mychelle Crhystine Bandaso

NDRF deploys 124 teams in various parts of country to respond to any type of disaster emergency

  • The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 124 teams in the various parts of the country to respond to any type of disaster emergency, natural or man-made.
  • In view of monsoon season and as a part of proactive measures, 84 teams have been pre-positioned in 23 states at 71 locations as per the flood vulnerability profile of the states.
  • NDRF said, 40 teams have been permanently deployed in 27 Regional Response Centers (RRCs) for prompt response to any eventuality.
  • So far, NDRF have evacuated nearly 11,800 people in various flood prone areas of the country during this monsoon season. In addition to rescue work, NDRF teams have provided medical care to over 2,400 peoples in various states.

No proposal to cut fertilizers subsidies: Govt

  • The Union Government has said that there is no proposal to cut fertilizer subsidies. Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister DV Sadanand Gowda has said, over two lakh twelve thousand crore rupees have been paid subsiding by the government during last three years.
  • Urea is being provided to farmers at a statutorily notified Maximum Retail Price. The MRP of a 45 kg bag of Urea is 242 rupees per bag and the MRP of a 50 kg bag of Urea is 268 rupees.
  • The difference between the delivered cost of fertilizers at farm gate and net market realization by the urea units is given as subsidy to urea manufacturers and importers by the central government.

P V Sindhu to face Chen Y in semi-final of Indonesia Open

  • Ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu will play her semi final match against Chen Y of China at the Indonesia Open . Sindhu defeated Japan's N Okuhara in straight games 21-14, 14-07 in the quarter final. Chen Y defeated Zhang B of US 21-14, 21-17, 16-21 in quarter finals.

Piyush Goyal to launch Global Innovation Index on July 24

  • Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal will launch the Global Innovation Index, GII on 24th of this month in New Delhi. The GII has been a charter for assessing the innovation capabilities of national economies worldwide.
  • The launch of GII will reveal the innovation rankings of economies and the findings for this year.
  • This year’s theme is ''Evaluating the Medical Innovation Scenario of the Next Decade''.

Prashanth,Vardhan advance into doubles semis in Netherlands

  • Third seeded Indian pair of N Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Vishnu Vardhan advanced into doubles semi-final at the Dutch Open ATP Challenger in Amersfoort (Netherlands).
  • They defeated Netherlands pair of Gijs Brouwer and Jelle Sels 6-7 , 6-3, 10-2 in a quarterfinal encounter.

RIL reports slowest growth in 10 quarters, Q1 net at Rs.10,104 cr.

  • Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) reported a 6.8% growth in its first quarter net profit to Rs.10,104 crore, the slowest growth in 10 quarters, as lower gross refining margins (GRMs) and a sluggish petrochemical business continued to weigh on earnings, a trend partly offset by the growth in consumer businesses.
  • The profits came on the back of a 22.1% growth in revenues to Rs.1,72,956 crore, with the consumer business accounting for 32% of total revenues. RIL’s exports during the quarter fell 4.5% to Rs.50,158 crore.

Sanjivani Yadav handed two-year suspension for doping violation

  • India's long-distance runner Sanjivani Yadav has been handed a two-year suspension by the IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for a doping violation. She has won the 10,000m bronze at the 2019 Asian Championships and 5000m bronze in the 2017 edition.

Shooting Junior World Cup: Aishwarya Pratap Singh clinches gold in rifle 3-position event

  • In the Shooting Junior World Cup, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar clinched gold with a junior world record in the final of rifle 3-position event in Suhl Germany. Tomar with a score of 459.3 score beat Zalan Pekler of Hungary by 4.5 points for the gold.
  • India finished the ISSF tournament on top of the table with 10 gold, nine silver and five bronze for a total of 24 medals.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launches AIFF Golden Baby Leagues handbook

  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has launched the All India Football Federation's Golden Baby Leagues handbook 2019-20 on the sidelines of the Intercontinental Cup in Ahemadabad.
  • 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 Leagues aim to provide access to football in localities irrespective of gender, religion, economic background, or ethnic origin.

Tendulkar becomes 6th Indian to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame; Allan Donald, Cathryn Fitzpatrick also honoured

  • Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Hall of Fame alongside South African pace legend Allan Donald.
  • Joining Tendulkar and Donald in the Hall of Fame was two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
  • Thus Tendulkar became the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, after Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid.

US security aid to Pakistan will remain suspended: Report

  • A United States congressional report says security assistance to Pakistan will remain suspended pending decisive and irreversible action by the country against terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiyaba and Al-Qaeda operating from its territory.
  • In mid 2017, the US administration had announced that it would pause disbursement of USD 255 million in Foreign Military Finance (FMF). In January 2018 it also suspended a broader security aid to Pakistan.