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July – 2019

 

Current Affairs for the month of - July

 

Economy

1.GST Council Lowers Tax Rate on Electric Vehicles to 5% from 12%

The Goods and Services Tax Council lowered tax on electric vehicles to 5 percent from 12 percent earlier. It also​​ reduced the tax rate on the EV chargers or charging stations to 5 percent from 18 percent.

2.India lifted 271 mn people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016: UN

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India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 & 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the period.

 

 

State

UP becomes No. 1 in implementation of Pradhanamntri Suraksha Bima Yojana

Uttar Pradesh has become No.1 in implementation of PM Suraksha Bima Yojana. 1.95 Cr people have been given insurance cover under the scheme till 31 Mar 2019. People can get accidental insurance cover of ₹ 2 L by paying a nominal premium of ₹ 12 annually.

In a first, Andhra Pradesh reserves 75 percent private jobs for locals

Andhra Pradesh became the first state to reserve 75% of jobs in private industrial units and factories for locals. The reservation would be implemented irrespective of whether the private entities get financial or any other help from the government.

Lucknow to host DefExpo India 2020

India’s mega defence exhibition ‘DefExpo’ will be held for the first time at Lucknow in 2020. The main theme of the event will be ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ and it will focus on ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’.

Kerala to set up India's first space tech park in Thiruvananthapuram

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The Kerala government will set up the country’s first space tech park at Thiruvananthapuram's Knowledge City. The move is aimed at making the city a manufacturing hub for space-related technology.

 

 

Others

Agri-Business Incubation Centre started in Chhattisgarh

An Agri-Business Incubation Centre has started in Chhattisgarh. It is set up under National Agriculture Development Scheme- RAFTAAR which aims to make farming a remunerative economic activity by strengthening farmer’s effort & promoting agribusiness.

Pink City Jaipur enters UNESCO World Heritage Site list

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Pink City Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, has made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.​​ The decision was taken at the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO at Baku in Azerbaijan

 

 

National

India’s 7th Economic Census begins from Tripura

India’s seventh Economic Census began from Tripura and a similar task would be launched in other States and Union Territories across the country next month. The IT- enabled economic census would be done by the Common Service Centres in each gram​​ panchayat.

India has achieved its 2022 target of tiger population in the country

India now has 2,967 tigers & growth in the 4th cycle of the Tiger Census has been a 33%. PM Modi released All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018 emphasising that India has achieved the target of doubling tiger population 4 years before deadline. Madhya Pradesh saw the highest number of tigers at 526.

Central government launches ‘LaQshya’

Government of India has launched ‘LaQshya’ (Labour room Quality improvement Initiative) to improve quality of care in labour room and maternity operation theatres in public health facilities. It’s a multipronged approach focused at Intrapartum and immediate postpartum period.

GoM on sexual harassment at workplace reconstituted

Govt has reconstituted the GoM looking after the issues of how to prevent sexual harassment at workplace & strengthen​​ legal frameworks with Amit Shah, replacing Rajnath Singh. Members are Nirmala Sitharaman, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ & Smriti Irani.

Lok Sabha passes Companies (Amendment) Bill

Lok Sabha gave its nod to the Companies (Amendment) Bill which seeks to tighten corporate social responsibility compliance and reduce the load of cases on the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

National Museum of Indian Cinema's news bulletin launched

A fortnightly bulletin of the National Museum of Indian Cinema, brought out by​​ the Films Division, was launched, with veteran film maker Jahnu Barua hoping that it will become a platform for movie buffs and other stakeholders.

 

Reliance Jio Becomes India's Top Telecom Services Provider

 

Cabinet approves ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at​​ Moscow

Cabinet has given nod to the setting up of ISRO Technical Liaison Unit (ITLU) at Moscow in Russia. ITLU will also support the ongoing bilateral programmes of cooperation in space technology and act on behalf of ISRO.

Lok Sabha passes Consumer Protection Bill

Lok Sabha passed the Consumer Protection Bill that seeks to establish the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) to protect and enforce consumer rights. The CCPA will take immediate action after a complaint is filed by consumers.

News: Others

Amit Shah to head panel on Air India disinvestment

Government reconstituted a GoMs tasked with working out the modalities for sale of Air India. It will be headed by HM Amit Shah including FM Nirmala Sitharaman, commerce & railway minister Piyush Goyal​​ & civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

 

International

Boris Johnson take over as Prime Minister of Britain

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Boris Johnson took over as Prime Minister of Britain. He succeeded Theresa May who resigned recently. He is expected to use the​​ opportunity to increase the number of women in full cabinet positions and boost the representation of ethnic minorities.

 

European Commission elects first female president

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German Defence Minister​​ Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as the European Commission's first female president. She will replace Jean-Claude Juncker. Her nomination was approved by 383 votes, 9 votes more than required to secure an absolute majority.

 

Google India's 'Internet Saathi' programme to empower rural women

Google India's 'Internet Saathi' programme aimed to empower rural women on how to use the Internet has added two more states -- Punjab & Odisha. The programme launched as a pilot project in 2015, along with Tata Trusts. It focuses on educating women on how to use the Internet.

New Zealand bans single-use plastic bags

New Zealand has banned single-use plastic shopping bags & introducing hefty fines for businesses that continue to provide them. Plastic pollution is a growing global concern, with a million birds & 100,000 plus​​ marine mammals injured or killed every year.

Japan officially resumes commercial whaling after more than 30 years

Japan resumed commercial whaling for the 1st time in more than 3 decades after Tokyo’s controversial decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission. With this, Japan joined Iceland & Norway as the only nations to allow commercial whaling despite the IWC moratorium.

WHO launches its first guidelines on self-care interventions for health

World Health Organization has introduced its​​ first guideline on self-care interventions for health named "WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health". Its first volume has focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

World’s largest burn and plastic surgery institute inaugurated in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ancient Babylon city named a World Heritage Site

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Ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. Iraq has been lobbying since 1983 for the 4,000-year-old site to be added to the UN's​​ prestigious list. The city was famous for its Hanging Gardens.

 

 

Business

Apple buys Intel's smartphone modem unit for $1 billion

Apple Inc took a major step toward supplying its own smartphone chips by purchasing the majority of Intel Corp's modem business in a deal valued at $1 billion. It is Apple’s second-largest ever after its $3.2 billion purchase of Beats Electronics in 2014.

WHO declares Sri Lanka a ‘measles-free’ nation

WHO declared that measles disease has been eradicated in Sri Lanka. The country’s​​ success demonstrates its commitment, and the determination of its health workforce & parents to protect children against measles.

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