Daily Current Affairs – July 25, 2019
ICMR launches forum to improve data collection and use
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s National Institute for Medical Statistics (ICMR-NIMS), in partnership with Population Council, launched the National Data Quality Forum (NDQF).
Suspected meteorite found in Bihar
A celestial object, weighing over 10 kilograms and having magnetic properties, was on July 24 brought to a museum in Patna on the instruction of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, two days after it was discovered in Bihar’s Madhubani district.
ADB sanctions about Rs 2000 Cr for power projects in Tripura
Asian Development Bank has sanctioned 1,925 crore rupees project for upgradation of power generation and distribution in Tripura. The project has been sanctioned for upgrading capacity of Rokhia Project and modernising Gumti Hydro Electric Project.
Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline further strengthens India-Nepal relations
The landmark Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline has been completed by Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). This is the first transnational petroleum pipeline from India and first South Asian oil pipeline corridor. It is also the first oil pipeline in Nepal
ISRO’s commercial arm launched 239 satellites in last 3 years
A total of 239 satellites were launched by ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation in the last three years, garnering revenue of Rs. 6,289 crore.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Facebook slapped with 5 billion US Dollar fine
US regulators formalized a record 5 billion US Dollar fine on Facebook for violating consumers’ privacy and one of the largest penalties ever assessed by the US government for any violation.
US and China to restart trade talks on July 30 in Shanghai
US and Chinese negotiators will restart trade negotiations in Shanghai July 30, “aimed at improving the trade relationship between the United States and China.
MoU, AGREEMENTS & CABINET APPROVAL
Cabinet approves merger of National Institute of Miners’ Health with ICMR-NIOH
Union Cabinet has approved the merger of National Institute of Miners’ Health with ICMR – National Institute of Occupational Health. This will help both the institutes in terms of enhanced expertise in the field of occupational health besides efficient management of public money.
IIT-Madras team wins an admirer in Elon Musk
Student innovators from IIT-Madras won tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s admiration with their design of a hyperloop pod at a SpaceX organised competition in Los Angeles.
Andhra Pradesh Governor
Sri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan took charge as new Governor of Andhra Pradesh in Rajbhavan in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. His oath was administered by the AP High Court Acting Chief Justice Justice C. Praveen Kumar.
Ajay Bhalla appointed new Home Secretary
A 1984 batch IAS officer and currently Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ajay Kumar Bhalla has been appointed Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Ministry of Home Affairs with immediate effect. He will take over as Home Secretary from incumbent Rajive Gauba.
Priti Patel appointed Britain’s first Indian-origin Home Secretary
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Indian origin Priti Patel as the country Home Secretary.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
PM releases the book “Chandra Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics”
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, released the book “Chandra Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics.” The book has been written by Shri Harivansh, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha; and Shri Ravi Dutt Bajpai.
RANKINGS & INDEXES
India Ranked 52ndin Global Innovation Index-2019
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, PiyushGoyal, launchedthe Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019 in New Delhi. India jumped five places to improve its position from 57th last year to 52nd in 2019.
Goa government seeks new dates for holding National Games
The Goa government has sought new dates for holding National Games. The IOA had recently fined the Goa government for frequently missing the deadlines to host the games in the last four years. The National Games were earlier scheduled to be held in March- April 2019, but were postponed to November on account of Lok Sabha elections, by-polls in the state and HSC examinations.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveil medals made from recycled electronics
Tokyo Olympic organisers unveiled medals designed to reflect the “energy” of athletes as the city marked a year to go until the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Games. They will be made from recycled materials collected from old electronics.