“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value”.
 – Albert Einstein.

This post covers relevant news from national dailies and government releases for aspirants of examinations like UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. It is highly useful for both, revision and awareness purposes.

National Important Current Affairs – 13 July 2019

  • India has lifted 27.1 crore people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, the UN Development Programme said in its 2019 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index report.  Among the four poorest states— Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh — Jharkhand made the most progress. Bihar was still the poorest state in 2015- 16, with more than half of its population living in poverty. The poorest district is Alirajpur in Madhya Pradesh, where 76.5% of people are poor – the same as Sierra Leone in Sub-Saharan Africa.Multi-dimensional poverty defines poor on the basis of income, along with poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence.

    Incidence of multidimensional poverty halved in India due to faster progress among the poorest in the country, the report said.

  • Kerala Government decided to form a Non-Resident Keralites Investment company with 74% stake to be held by expatriate (or expat) to channelize investments from overseas Keralites for major infrastructure development in the state.
  • Union Health Ministry has issued an advisory to all states to fill up vacant posts of doctors and para-medical staff in hospitals to avoid excessive pressure on them and maintain global doctor-patient ratio. The Ministry has also asked the states to make a provision for providing extra monetary incentives to doctors and para-medical staff serving in remote areas. The Central government has also constituted a committee to examine various aspects of an uniform legislative framework to address the issue of assault on clinical establishments and doctors on duty.
  • Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) has bagged a $100 million order from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for the supply of 1,000 Barak-8 MRSAM missile kits to the Indian Army and Air Force.
    KRAS is a joint venture between Baba Kalyani-led Bharat Forge and Rafael.
    The missile kits will be supplied to state-run Bharat Dynamics for further integration.
  • The Supreme Court has taken note of the alarming rise in the number of rape incidents against children and said it will pass directions to ensure a concerted and clear national response against such acts. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, has decided to take suo motu cognisance of various reports of newspapers and portals on rising incidents of child rape. The bench appointed senior advocate V Giri as amicus curiae and asked him to assist it in framing guidelines.
  • In order to stop selling of unauthorised Packaged Drinking Water (PDW), the Railway Protection Force (RPF) recently launched ‘Operation Thirst’. It was launched by Railway Protection Force (RPF) as an all India drive to crackdown selling of unauthorised Packaged Drinking Water (PDW) in Delhi. During the operation, fines were imposed on those found guilty and many were arrested.

International Current Affairs Capsule – 13 July 2019

  • The US lawmakers passed a bill aimed at lifting the present 7 per cent country-cap on issuing Green Cards. This move would benefit thousands of highly-skilled Indian IT professionals. This law would considerably shorten the agonising wait of talented professionals from countries like India who have applied for permanent residency in the United States.
    Note : A Green Card allows a person to live and work permanently in the US.
  • Anshula Kant, managing director of the State Bank Of India (SBI) has been appointed as Managing Director (MD) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the World Bank.  As an MD & CFO, she will be responsible for financial and risk management of the World Bank Group, reporting to the President.  Her work will include oversight of financial reporting, risk management, and working closely with the World Bank CEO on mobilization of International Development Association (IDA) and other financial resources. IDA is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries.
  • France has became the 1st major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, with parliament passing the legislation in defiance of a probe ordered by President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs.
    The legislation, dubbed the GAFA tax (an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon) aims at plugging a taxation gap that has seen some internet heavyweights paying next to nothing in countries where they make huge profits.
  • Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe has made a perfect touchdown on a distant asteroid named Ryugu, around 300 million kilometres from Earth.
    It collected samples from beneath surface in an unprecedented mission that could shed light on origins of solar system.

Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 13 July 2019

  • India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to do away with charges on fund transfer using IMPS for internet banking and mobile banking customers from 1st August 2019.
    Note : SBI had waived off charges on NEFT and RTGS transactions through internet and mobile banking from July 1 after RBI decided to remove these charges.
  • India’s Retail inflation hit an 8-month high in June on higher food prices but stayed below the RBI’s medium-term target of 4% for an eleventh straight month. Annual retail inflation in June was 3.18%, up from 3.05% the previous month.  Food prices grew 2.17% during the month compared to 1.83% in May.
  • The Indian rupee, along with other Asian currencies, strengthened against the US dollar after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signalled that the US central bank could soon cut interest rates. The rupee gained 12 paise to end at 68.45, an 11-month high.

Sports Current Affairs – 13 July 2019

  • Indian men’s football team captain Sunil Chhetri and women’s footballer Ashalata Devi have bagged top honours at All India Football Federation (AIFF) 2018-19 Awards.
    Chhetri was named as Men’s footballer of the year, while Ashalata Devi won the Women’s footballer of the year title.
  • Indian weightlifter Ajay Singh has registered a new Commonwealth record in the clean and jerk category on his way to a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Championships in Apia. The 22-year-old, Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships bronze medallist, lifted 190kg while competing in the 81kg category at the event.
  • Simona Halep became the 1st Romanian woman to reach Wimbledon final after defeating Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina

 

“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 13 July 2019 “

Q1. What is the name of the first train of Indian Railways to be handed over to private players for operation?

(A) Tejas Express
(B) Shatabdi Express
(C) Karnataka Express
(D) Duronto Express

Q2. Government has planned to raise around Rs 10,000 crore from which tranche of CPSE Exchange-Traded Fund?

(A) 5th
(B) 6th
(C) 4th
(D) 7th

Q3. Toran Yadav, an Indian para-athlete has won 3 silver medals at 4th World Wealth Yoga Festival and Championship. He hails from which state?

(A) Maharashtra
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Assam
(D) Chhattisgarh

Q4. Who is the author of the book, “War over Words: Censorship in India, 1930-1960”?

(A) Devika Sethi
(B) Laxman Rao
(C) Manish Dubey
(D) Mohanlal Bhaskar

Q5. Which company launched the first electric SUV in India?

(A) Hyundai
(B) BMW
(C) Nissan
(D) Volkswagen

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