Daily Current Affairs - 05th Aug 2019

Bangladesh dengue cases reach almost 25,000 as nationwide outbreak continues unabated

  • The dengue outbreak in Bangladesh continues unabated as the number of people infected with dengue this year reached almost 25,000 across Bangladesh till Sunday.
  • The death toll due to dengue has gone up to 18 though reports coming in from various parts of the country indicate a much higher number.
  • The Bangladeshi government has already stepped up efforts to control dengue in the country.

Biotechnology Department will scan 20,000 Indian genomes

  • The Department of Biotechology (DBT) plans to scan nearly 20,000 Indian genomes over the next five years, in a two-phase exercise, and develop diagnostic tests that can be used to test for cancer.
  • The first phase involves sequencing the complete genomes of nearly 10,000 Indians from all corners of the country and capture the biological diversity of India.
  • In the next phase, about 10,000 “diseased individuals” would have their genomes sequenced. These vast troves of data sets would be compared using machine learning techniques to identify genes that can predict cancer risk, as well as other diseases that could be significantly influenced by genetic anomalies.
  • While 22 institutions, including those from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the DBT would be involved in the exercise. The data generated would be accessible to researchers anywhere for analysis.

Cricket commentator Anant Setalvad passes away

  • Yesteryear cricket commentator Anant Setalvad has died in Mumbai last night. He was in his mid-80s. Setalvad had started his radio commentary stint in the pre-TV days and had shared the mike with the likes of former Test opener and ex-selection panel chief Vijay Merchant on All India Radio.
  • vad had started his radio commentary stint in the pre-TV days and had shared the mike with the likes of former Test opener and ex-selection panel chief Vijay Merchant on All India Radio.

Dortmund wins German Supercup

  • Borussia Dortmund stunned Bayern Munich 2-0 in the German Supercup final on the strength of goals by Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho.
  • The Supercup normally features the Bundesliga champions against the German Cup winners but as Bayern won both competitions in 2018-19 this game saw them against Dortmund, the Bundesliga runners-up.

Govt imposes restrictions under section 144 in Srinagar and some other districts of J&K

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the union government has imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC in Srinagar and some other districts with effect from midnight last night. According to an order, there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions in Srinagar district shall remain closed.
  • There is a complete bar on holding any kind of public meeting or rally.
  • The authorities have imposed night curfew in Kishtwar and Rajouri districts and Banihal area of Ramban district. Restrictions have also been imposed in Jammu, Reasi and Doda districts, besides Srinagar.
  • Governor of Jammu and Kashmir: Satya Pal Malik

India beat West Indies by 22 runs in second T-20

  • India defeated West Indies by 22 runs through Duckworth-Lewis method at Lauderhill in the US. With this win, the Men in Blue have gained a 2-0 unassailable lead in the three-match series.
  • Earlier, Rohit Sharma's knock of 67 runs off 51 balls enabled India to post the score of 167 runs in the allotted twenty overs after opting to bat first
  • Chasing 168, West Indies were at 98/4 in 15.3 overs, the match was stopped and the players were taken off the field due to rain. The players did not take the field, and India won the match by 22 runs.

India test-fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile

  • The Defence Research Development Organisation on Sunday successfully test-fired the indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur. These missiles with many state-of-the-art technologies engaged the targets at different ranges and altitudes.
  • This system is being developed for the Army with search and track on move capability with very short reaction time.
  • These systems are equipped with indigenously developed phased array radar, inertial navigation system, data link and radio frequency seeker.

Indian boxers end their campaign with six medals in Boxing

  • Indian boxers have ended their campaign at the Magomed Salam Umakhanov Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia with a rich haul of six medals. These comprised two gold, one silver and three bronze.
  • Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and India Open gold-medallist champion Neeraj (57kg), clinched gold medals.

ISRO releases first set of earth pictures captured by Chandrayaan-2

  • Space agency ISRO has released the first set of pictures of the earth, captured by Chandrayaan 2, the country's second Moon mission launched a fortnight ago. The pictures were captured by L 14 camera on board Chandrayaan II. The pictures show the earth in different colors.
  • The LI-4 camera onboard the lander Vikram of the spacecraft show the crystal clear and panoramic view of the earth, around which it is still revolving.

Lewis Hamilton wins F1’s Hungarian GP

  • Lewis Hamilton staged a thrilling fightback to catch and pass Max Verstappen for victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
  • Hamilton's eighth win of the season puts a headlock on the championship after a tense race-long battle between the drivers and their strategists at the Mercedes and Red Bull teams.

Sudan's military, protest leaders sign constitutional declaration

  • Sudan's ruling generals and protest leaders have signed a constitutional declaration that paves the way for a transition to civilian rule, a hard-fought agreement that came after a long period of negotiations following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in the wake of mass protests.
  • General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), and Ahmed Rabie, a protest leader, signed the declaration on Sunday.
  • The document builds on a power-sharing deal agreed to last month and provides for a joint civilian-military ruling body to oversee the formation of a transitional civilian government and parliament to govern for a period of a little more than three years until elections can be held.

Tenders cancelled to boost ‘Make in India’

  • Government tenders worth over Rs. 25,000 crore were either cancelled or modified and re-issued after the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) stepped in to change their conditions to promote ‘Make in India’ goods.
  • The move assumes significance as concerns have been raised by certain quarters about the restrictive and discriminatory clauses being imposed against domestic manufacturers and suppliers in tender documents for public procurement.
  • Under the Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order, it was envisaged that all central government departments, their attached or subordinate offices and autonomous bodies controlled by the Government of India should ensure purchase preference be given to domestic suppliers in government procurement.

Thailand Open: Satwiksairaj, Chirag 1st Indian doubles pair to win Super 500 title

  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 badminton tournament.
  • They beat World champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the summit clash of Thailand Open 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 in Bangkok to win the men’s doubles category.

Vinesh Phogat wins third successive gold in 53kg

  • India grappler Vinesh Phogat has bagged gold in women's 53kg category of the Poland Open wrestling tournament in Warsaw. She prevailed 3-2 over local wrestler Roksana in the final of the competition.
  • This was her third consecutive gold in the 53 kg category after winning Gold at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu International at Istanbul, Turkey last month.