Daily Current Affairs - 29th Jul 2019

Army’s first Integrated Battle Groups to be structured by end of next month

  • The concept of Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) which the Army plans to create as part of overall force transformation is close to implementation, a senior Army source said. IBGs are brigade-sized, agile, self-sufficient combat formations, which can swiftly launch strikes against adversary in case of hostilities.
  • Each IBG would be tailor-made based on Threat, Terrain and Task and resources will be allotted based on the three Ts.
  • Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat has recently initiated four major studies to undertake overall transformation of the force. These include restructuring of Army Headquarters; force restructuring which includes creation of Integrated Battle Groups (IBG); the cadre review of officers; and review of the terms and conditions of Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks.

Chandigarh receives affiliation from BCCI; To have its own cricket team

  • After nearly four decades, Chandigarh has finally received affiliation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, thus providing an opportunity for the city cricketers to play in BCCI tournament.
  • Following the development, Chandigarh cricketers, who were earlier forced to represent Punjab or Haryana to be able to play at the national or international level, can now directly represent the city.
  • Delhi is the only other Union Territory with BCCI affiliation.

Dengue cases reached highest level in Bangladesh

  • In Bangladesh, the number of Dengue cases has reached its highest level since the first case of the mosquito-borne infection was detected in 2000. According to the Directorate General of Health Services, so far 10,528 patients have been infected with Dengue.
  • Eight people have died in the current spate of Dengue outbreak.

Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win the Tour de France

  • Egan Bernal was crowned as the first Colombian to win the Tour de France and the youngest in more than a century after safely negotiating the 21st and final stage into Paris. Bernal’s victory at the Tour, fought over 21 gruelling days, marks arguably the highest achievement for Colombian sports.
  • He is the first rider from a Latin American country to win the Tour, and at 22 is the youngest champion in 110 years.

Former Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy passes away at 77

  • Sudini Jaipal Reddy, a former Union Minister and senior Congress leader passed away during the early hours on Sunday. He was 77-years-old.
  • In an illustrious career spanning over five decades, Jaipal rose to become the Best Parliamentarian, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Urban Development & Petroleum as well as Science and Technology at different points in time.

Govt to begin fieldwork for 7th Economic Census from Tripura

  • The Union government has begun the fieldwork for the seventh Economic Census (7th EC) on July 29, from Tripura.
  • The 7th EC is being conducted by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in 2019. The fieldwork in other States and Union Territories will be launched in August and September.
  • Economic Census is the complete count of all establishment located within the geographical boundary of the country. The economic census provides valuable insights into the geographical spread, clusters of economic activities, ownership pattern and persons engaged of all economic establishments in the country.
  • Six Economic Censuses have been conducted by the Ministry till date. The Sixth edition of Economic Census was conducted in 2013.

Himalayan States demand separate Ministry, green bonus

  • Himalayan States on Sunday came together at a conclave to demand a separate Ministry to deal with problems endemic to them and a green bonus in recognition of their contribution to environment conservation.
  • Ten out of 11 States took part in the conclave. It is for the first time that the Himalayan States have come on a single platform to take a unanimous stand on the issue of green bonus and demanded a separate Ministry to deal with problems unique to them.
  • The Himalayan States were also at a disadvantage because large swathes of land fell into eco-sensitive zones where all sorts of development activities could not be carried out.

IPS officer VK Johri appointed as next BSF DG

  • Senior IPS officer VK Johri has been appointed the next Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF). He will succeed Rajni Kant Misra who retires on August 31.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the proposal of the Union Home Ministry for the appointment of Johri as the chief of the paramilitary force.
  • Johri, a 1984-batch IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre.

Mary Kom, Simranjit Kaur win gold in President's Cup Boxing Tournament

  • Six-time world champion Mary Kom in 51kg category and Simranjit Kaur in 60kg category grabbed a gold each in 23rd President's Cup Boxing Tournament in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia.
  • Mary decimated Australian April Franks 5-0 in finals. Simranjit Kaur defeated Indonesia's Asian Games bronze medallist Hasanah Huswatun 5-0 in the final bout.
  • With this, Indian boxers finished their campaign in the Tournament with nine medals. The rich haul comprised seven gold and two silver.

Max Verstappen Wins Chaotic German Grand Prix

  • Red Bull's driver Max Verstappen has clinched the rain-hit German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. Verstappen now has the second title of the Formula One season. He held himself calm and composed in a race littered with crashes and safety cars.
  • Four-time former champion Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel claimed the second spot after starting from the rear of the grind.

Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy passes away

  • Incumbent Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly and former Chief Minister of the state Donkupar Roy died in Gurgaon. He was 64. Donkupar Roy - who headed the United Democratic Party (UDP)- was seen as one of the most influential politicians from the Khasi community.
  • He was also the longest serving legislator in the assembly.
  • Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma

PM KP Oli inaugurates India-Nepal Logistics Summit

  • Inaugurating India-Nepal Logistics Summit in Kathmandu, Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli has stressed upon smooth and quality logistics between India and Nepal. He said smart logistics plays a crucial role in making trade and transit arrangements easy, hassle-free and cost-effective.
  • He also said connectivity remains a topmost agenda in bilateral cooperation and many initiatives have been taken on crucial components of road, rail, inland waterways and air connectivity.
  • The theme of this summit was “Transforming Logistics Landscape”.

Vanishing wildlife: 22 species have gone extinct in India

  • According to the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), four species of fauna and 18 species of flora have gone extinct in India in the past few centuries. 18 species of plants — four non-flowering and 14 flowering — have gone extinct.
  • Among mammals, the cheetah (Acionyx jubatus) and the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensisi) are considered extinct in India.
  • India is home to 11.5% of all flora and 6.49% of all the fauna species in the world.

WHO says Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal & Thailand achieve Hepatitis B control

  • The WHO in its report has stated that Bangladesh along with Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand in South-East Asia Region has been able to achieve Hepatitis B control. The prevalence of the deadly disease has come down to less than one per cent among five-year-old children.
  • Preventing Hepatitis B infection in infancy substantially reduces chronic infections and cases of liver cancer and cirrhosis in adulthood.
  • According to WHO data viral hepatitis kills 4,10,000 people every year.

World powers try to save nuclear deal amid mounting tensions between U.S. and Iran

  • Diplomats from Iran and five world powers recommitted to salvaging a major nuclear deal amid mounting tensions between the West and Iran since the US withdrew from the accord and reimposed sanctions.
  • Representatives of Iran, Germany, France, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union met in Vienna to discuss the 2015 agreement that restricts the Iranian nuclear program.
  • Both diplomats said there was a general agreement to organize a higher-level meeting of foreign ministers soon.