Current Affairs – July 14-15, 2019

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National - Current Affairs - July 14-15, 2019

Mahatma Gandhi to be ‘health ambassador’ for children in new ICMR initiative

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A new initiative that projects Mahatma Gandhi as ‘health ambassador’ to create awareness among school children for pursuing a lifestyle that ensures their well being has been launched by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
ICMR scientists and officers are visiting the schools for active interaction with children to raise awareness regarding values for good health. The initiative, called ‘Mission SHAKTTI’ (School-based Health Awareness, Knowledge Test and Training Initiative), was recently launched in collaboration with the National Gandhi Museum and Directorate of Education, Delhi government, to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.


Kalyani Rafael secures $100-mn order for Barak-8 missile kits

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Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) has secured a $100-million order from Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to supply 1,000 Barak-8 MRSAM missile kits for the Indian Army and Air Force, which, in turn, would be supplied to Bharat Dynamics (BDL) for further integration. Hyderabad-based KRAS is a 49:51 ratio joint venture between Rafael Advanced Systems and Kalyani Strategic Systems (KSSL), with the Indian partner holding 51%.


India to overtake Japan to become the 3rd largest economy in 2025

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India will this year overtake the UK to become the world’s fifth biggest economy, and is poised to surpass Japan to be the third largest in 2025, IHS Markit said in a report Friday. “IHS Markit estimates that India will overtake the UK to become the world’s fifth largest economy in 2019, and forecasts that Indian GDP will reach $5.9 trillion in 2025, surpassing Japanese GDP to make India the world’s third-largest economy,” the report said. Also, the size of the Indian consumer market is forecast to increase from $1.9 trillion in 2019 to $3.6 trillion by 2025.


Government waives duty on products imported for nuclear plants

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With rising focus on reducing dependency on carbon-based fuel for electricity generation, the government has waived off basic customs duty (BCD) for a clutch of products which are imported for nuclear power plants and allocated more funds in atomic energy research.
“All goods for use in the generation of nuclear power” and “all forms of uranium ores and concentrates for the generation of nuclear power”, which earlier attracted BCD of 7.5% and 2.5%, respectively, will now have to pay no such duty. The present installed nuclear power capacity of 6,780 MW is seen to reach 13,480 MW by FY25.


TVS launches India’s first ethanol-based motorcycle Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 at Rs 1.2 lakh

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With the government mounting serious pressure on the domestic two-wheeler industry to move away from fossil fuel vehicles and look at alternate energy, country’s third largest two-wheeler maker TVS motor company launched an ethanol-based version of its 200cc sports-bike Apache. At a price of Rs 1.2 lakh, this version costs about Rs 11,000 more than the comparable petrol variant. It is capable of running completely on ethanol and does not need to be blended with petrol at all. The bike will initially be available in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka.
Ethanol has been successfully used as an alternative to petrol in markets like Brazil and can be particularly helpful in India, which imports crude worth $128 billion annually. Around 10 percent of it – about $13 billion – is used by motorcycles alone.


Sports - Current Affairs - July 14-15, 2019

ICC CWC 2019 final: England script history, claims maiden World Cup title

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In the grand finale of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 19), England cricket team defeated New Zealand cricket team in the Super Over thriller to lift their maiden World Cup title at The Lord’s cricket stadium in London on Sunday. Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand had posted 241/8 in 50 overs in reply to which, England ended at the same score leading to the one-over eliminator at the Lord’s. In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler made 15 runs, and New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count.
  • ICC CWC 2019 Winner: England
  • ICC CWC 2019 Runner-up: New Zealand
  • Player of the Match Award: Ben Stokes (England).
  • Player of the tournament: Kane Williamson (New Zealand).
  • Highest run scorer of the tournament: Rohit Sharma (India).
  • Highest wicket taker of the tournament: Mitchell Starc (Australia).


Djokovic beats Federer to win fifth Wimbledon title in longest ever final

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Novak Djokovic saved two match points to clinch a fifth Wimbledon title and 16th major on 14th July, shattering Roger Federer’s bid to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the longest final ever played at the tournament. Despite being outplayed by the 37-year-old Swiss for large parts of the knife-edge encounter, the world number one triumphed 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 13-12 (7/3). At 4 hours and 57 minutes, it was the longest Wimbledon final ever played and settled by a final set tiebreak for the first time.


Simona Halep Beats Serena Williams to Win First Wimbledon Crown

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Simona Halep torpedoed Serena Williams’s latest bid to capture a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam on 13th July when she stormed to a sensational victory in a 56-minute Wimbledon final. The 27-year-old Romanian captured her second career major with a 6-2, 6-2 victory, adding a maiden Wimbledon to her 2018 Roland Garros triumph.


Hima Das Wins a 3rd Gold medal in Less Than Two Weeks; Mohammad Anas won gold

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Hima Das won the women’s 200m event for her third international triumph in less than two weeks at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic. In the women’s 200m race, Hima clocked a much improved time of 23.43 seconds to win the gold. This was her third international gold in 11 days. In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65 sec on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on 7th July with a time of 23.97 seconds.
  • Mohammad Anas bettered his own national record in men’s 400m race to bag a gold. The 24-year-old Anas clocked 45.21 as he won an easy race, finishing nearly one second ahead of silver winner Omelko Rafal (46.19) of Poland.
  • In men’s shot put event, national record holder Tejinder Pal Singh Toor managed a creditable best throw of 20.36m to win the bronze. He holds the national record of 20.75m.
  • In the women’s 400m, V K Vismaya clocked her personal best of 52.54 seconds to win the race. Saritaben Gayakwad was third with 53.37.
  • At this Czech Republic city of Kladno, the Indian trio of Vipin Kasana, Abhishek Singh and Davinder Singh Kang took the top three spots in men’s javelin final with efforts of 82.51m, 77.32m and 76.58m respectively.
  • The other gold winners are Archana in 100m (11.74 sec), Harsh Kumar in 400m (46.76 sec), Lili Das in 1500m (4:19.05), Sahil Silwal in the javelin throw (78.50m), women’s 4×100 relay (45.81 sec).
  • Rahul (1500m; 3:50.69), Jisna Mathew (400m, 53.76) and Gajanand Mistry (400m, 47.23) won silver medals while Rohit Yadav bagged a bronze in the javelin throw (73.33m).


Lewis Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix

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Helmet emblazoned all weekend with a union flag, Lewis Hamilton made sure he also had one held aloft as he ascended the top step of the podium after winning the British Grand Prix. Claiming victory for the adoring fans, at a Silverstone positively heaving with excitement, he wanted there to be no doubt that this one was for them.
Behind Hamilton and the contest with his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who was second, the battle between Red Bull and Ferrari threw up an epic scrap, one that has surely ended even the faintest hope Sebastian Vettel might have been harboring of making a fightback in the title fight.


Vijender Singh beats Mike Snider to clinch 11th consecutive victory

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Indian boxing star Vijender Singh remained an unstoppable force, clinching a Technical Knockout over the more experienced Mike Snider on his debut in the US professional circuit in Newyork. In what was to be a super middleweight eight-rounder on Saturday night, the 33-year-old from Haryana prevailed in four rounds for his 11th consecutive victory in the circuit. The triumph came in the second minute of the fourth round when Vijender cornered Snider with a flurry of straight punches, prompting the referee to stop the bout in the Indian’s favor. This was Vijender’s eighth knockout win in all.


Sathiyan-Amalraj win doubles bronze at Australian Open

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The Indian pair of G. Sathiyan and Anthony Amalraj ended their World Tour Platinum Australian Open with a bronze medal in the men’s doubles competition on 12 July. They went down 12-14, 9-11, 8-11 to the top-seeded Korean pair of Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu in the semifinals. This was the first ever medal for India in the Australian Open. The top Korean pair could not be pinned down despite being stretched in the first game. But credit must be given to the Indians who fought really well before going down.


Amir Khan wins WBC international welterweight title

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Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan clinched the WBC international welterweight title after knocking out Australian Billy Dib in the fourth round of his bout in the inaugural Super Boxing League. Khan was undoubtedly the stronger of the two as he landed a combination of punches right from the start, leaving his opponent on the floor with a left hook in the second round.


Awards - Current Affairs - July 14-15, 2019

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to be awarded the First Gandhi Mandela Peace Medal

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The ‘Gandhi Mandela Peace Initiative’ is an annual event brought together by Dr. Annurag Batra of Believe Foundation (India) and Tarina Patel of Dr. Ramanbhai Patel Foundation (South Africa) to celebrate the victory of Love over Hatred and celebrate 150 years of Gandhi and 100 years of Mandela’s inspirational lives.
In the first year three events will take place in New Delhi,(11th July), Mumbai, (12th July) and Ahmedabad, (13th July). The events will have a panel discussion on topics of Global Peace for youth, women, environment, health, gender sensitivity, arts and cinema with powerful keynotes delivered by great thought leaders of the current times.


Padma Shri awardee Raghu Ram conferred Thailand’s Royal College of Surgeons honorary fellowship

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Padma Shri awardee breast surgeon P Raghu Ram was conferred honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand, the highest recognition bestowed by the Institute. Raghu Ram is also the president-elect of the Association of Surgeons of India. The honour was conferred in recognition of Raghu Ram’s contribution in promoting the highest standards of surgical education in India through his association with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England.


International - Current Affairs - July 14-15, 2019

19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting For The Year 2019 Held In London

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The 19th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting (CFAMM) for the year 2019 was held at the Commonwealth’s headquarters in Marlborough House, London, United Kingdom (UK) on July 10, 2019. It was chaired by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as part of Britain’s term as the current Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth. External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S Jaishankar arrived in the UK to attend the 19th CFAMM. The meeting discussed the future strategy of the grouping. He was accompanied by other 52 member-countries of the Commonwealth at the meeting.


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