Daily Current Affairs 20th July 2023
The US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership Ministerial Conference begins in New Delhi.
- A ministerial conference on the US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP) began in New Delhi on July 18 between Natural Gas and Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.
- While ensuring healthy growth rates between the two countries, the summit aims to represent a comprehensive vision for zero carbon in the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership.
The Indian Army has started an All Women Tri-Army Motorcycle Rally from New Delhi to Dras.
- To commemorate 24 years of victory over Pakistan in 1999 Kargil war in Ladakh and to express their indomitable spirit by prioritizing women, the Indian Army has launched the tri-army “Nari Sashaktikaran Women Motorcycle Rally” at the “National War Memorial” in New Delhi.
- It is significant that the Indian Army Chief General Manoj Pandey flagged off this grand rally on July 18, 2023.
Singapore’s passport has emerged as the world’s most powerful passport.
- Japan, which has held this position for many years, has been relegated to third place this year and Singapore’s passport has emerged as the most powerful passport.
- This means that all citizens of Singapore can travel visa-free to 193 out of 227 destinations around the world. It is notable that Henley & Partners, a global citizenship and residence consultancy based in London, produces this index annually.
Employment Working Group-EWG meeting begins in Indore.
- Under India’s G-20 leadership, the fourth and final Employment Working Group-EWG meeting of this segment began on July 19 in Indore in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The summit is slated to conclude with a meeting of all G-20 labor and employment ministers from July 19 to July 21.
- The meeting is aimed at finalizing and updating the Ministerial Declaration and outcome documents. Bhupender Yadav (Union Minister of Labor and Employment) is presiding over this public meeting.
Union Health Minister launches Global Food Regulatory Summit 2023
- Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the Global Food Regulation Summit 2023 in New Delhi on July 20.
- The conference is scheduled to be a two-day summit. The conference aims to create a global platform for regulators to improve regulatory frameworks through collaboration.
The opposition parties have formed an alliance called I.N.D.I.A. to face the Lok Sabha elections against the NDA.
- 26 opposition parties have come together to form the “Indian National Development Inclusive Alliance” (I.N.D.I.A) on 18th July 2023 to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections against the NDA.
- Mallikarjuna Kharge, the current national president of the Congress party, announced the alliance after a meeting of opposition parties in Bengaluru. It is also reported that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has chosen the name of this alliance.
Legendary cricketer Shane Watson has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Wolf777.
- The company has roped in legendary cricketer Shane Watson as its brand ambassador, aiming to enhance the sports platform’s collaboration between Wolf 777 and Watson and further its commitment to providing the best content to the company’s users.
- Wolf 777 is a top ranked sports website and with this appointment, it is reported that the company will advance to the next level by increasing the value of the company’s shares.
IPS officer Manoj Yadava has been appointed as the Chief of Railway Protection Force in July 2023.
- Senior IPS officer Manoj Yadava was appointed as the Director General of the Central Railway Protection Force (RPF) on July 19, 2023 by the Ministry of Personnel of India.
- A 1988-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from Haryana, he will succeed Sanjay Chander, who retires on July 31, and will hold the post till July 31, 2025.
Bimaljit Singh Sandhu has been appointed as a board member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Commission.
- Dr Bimaljit Singh Sandhu was appointed as a board member of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Commission by Governor Glenn Young on July 18, 2023.
- With this appointment, the board of directors will oversee the entire operations of the Health System, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and School of Medicine.
Ami Bera is the first Indian American Congresswoman to receive the “Champion of Healthcare Innovation Award”.
- Ami Bera, a physician in the US, has recently become the first Indian-American Congressman to receive the “Champion of Healthcare Innovation Award” from the Healthcare Leadership Council.
- The Health Leadership Council said the award was given to him for his support for high-quality, affordable health care in the country.
“Most Promising Technology Leader of 2023” Award given to Krishna Jadav.
- Krishna Jadhav, Chief Technology Officer at Cloud and Global Cloud Business Consultant, has won the “Most Promising Technology Leader of the Year” award at the Golden Glory Awards 2023 held recently in Mumbai.
- Companies that are on a path to critical success with extraordinary achievements and the award is given every year to honor the remarkable work of individuals.
G Square Company has received the “Best Integrated Prestigious REISA Award”.
- G Square Company, South India’s largest real estate promoter, has received the prestigious ‘G Square Company’ Award for ‘Best Integrated Township Chennai and ROTN’ at the Real Estate Infrastructure Summit (REISA).
- Notably, G Square City is Coimbatore’s first and only integrated giant smart megacity.
Primero Skills has been awarded India’s Best Social Impact Agency of the Year.
- Primero Skills has been awarded THSC’s Best Social Impact Company for the third time in a row in the last 4 years in July 2023.
- The Tourism and Hospitality Skills Council (THSC) has announced the award for its initiative to train 14,000 youth with 60% women for 282,000 hours.
Vinay Kumar Chaubey has been awarded the “Surya bhushan Award Award” for the year 2023.
- Commissioner of Police, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra, Vinay Kumar Choubey has been honored with the “Surya Bhushan National Award 2023” for the year 2023 for his outstanding work in public service.
- It is notable that this prestigious award has been given earlier to eminent personalities like former scientist Dr K Sivan, President Ram Nath Kovind and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Aruna Tanwar, a student of Chandigarh University, has won three gold medals in the Taekwondo Championship.
- Paralympian and student of Chandigarh University, Aruna Tanwar has won three gold medals for India at the three-day Taekwondo Championship in Australia.
- It is notable that he is currently ranked 4th in the world and has won three gold medals in the President’s Cup Para Taekwondo Championship and Australia Open Para Taekwondo Championship and Oceania Para Taekwondo Championship held in Australia in July 2023.
International Chess Day 2023
- International Chess Day is observed every year on 20th July to mark the founding of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924.
- There is no theme for this day and its goal is to make every person understand the comprehensive benefits of chess, according to the International Chess Federation.
International Moon Day
- International Moon Day (IMD) is celebrated every year on July 20 to commemorate the first human landing on the moon.
- The manned landing on the moon is still proud to be one of the greatest achievements in human history. Notably, American astronauts Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first humans to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.