Current Affairs

Published on 9th July, 2019



 1. In Uttar Pradesh, State government launched a toll-free Chief Minister helpline 1076.

 2. Recruitment examination of Regional Rural Banks, RRBs will be conducted in 13 regional languages in addition to English and Hindi.

 3. Railways has set a target to install CCTV cameras in more than 7,000 coaches of mainline passenger trains by March 2021.

 4. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Economic Survey 2018-19 in both houses of Parliament.

 5. Yes Bank has acquired 9.47% stake in Eveready Industries.

 6. Shillong will host the Short film Festival, the Kelvin Cinema Festival of Films, from November 7 to 9, 2019. 

 7. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a working group to review the regulatory and supervisory framework for core investment companies (CIC).

 8. NASA has recently announced its New Frontiers program, called Dragonfly mission, to explore Saturn's largest moon - Titan. It's the only moon in our solar system that has an atmosphere.

 9. In Uttar Pradesh, the state government has launched a toll-free Chief Minister helpline No. 1076 that will enable people from across the state to register their complaints and will ensure a time-bound action on the complaints also. The CM helpline number 1076 will work 24x7 and anyone from any part of the state can call on this number anytime.

10. The South Central Railway (SCR) has recently commissioned the longest electrified tunnel of 6.6 km built at a total cost of Rs 460 crore between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations. The tunnel is part of the 113-km new railway line completed recently between Obulavaripalli– Venkatachalam – Krishnapatnam Port. The electrified tunnel is constructed in the shape of ‘Horse Shoe’ on New Australian Tunnelling Method.

 11. 'Whispers of Time' is written by Dr Krishna Saksena.

12. The headquarters of National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) is located in Hyderabad.

 13. The Government of India (GoI) has signed pact with IBM India for undertaking a pilot study to utilise Artificial Intelligence (AI) and weather technology solutions in agriculture in one district each in three states.

 14. National Doctor's Day (NDD) is observed every year on 1st of July.

 15. Damnganga-Pinjal river inter-linking project that will fulfill Mumbai’s water needs till 2060, is associated to Maharashtra.  

 16. The state of Maharashtra achieved first rank in NITI Aayog launched “Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index (AMFFRI).

 17. In Tamil Nadu, the Kanchi Athi Varadar festival has started in Kanchipuram from July 1, 2019. The temple of Varadar is in Kancheepuram. The deity is made of fig tree and hence the name Athi Varadar.

 18. The book titled "War over Words: Censorship in India, 1930-1960” has been authored by Devika Sethi, who teaches modern Indian history at IIT-Mandi.

 19. Under Puducherry smart city development plan, the Union Territory government has decided to introduce Bi-cycle sharing scheme in a couple of months. The registered users or customers can use bicycles to hop from one place to another within the boulevard area.

 20. Reliance Jio Infocomm has collaborated with Facebook to launch a countrywide digital literacy drive, christened as Digital Udaan, for its growing base of JioPhone users and other first-time internet users.

 21. The Punjab & Sind Bank has set up the Centralised MSME & Retail Group (Cen-MARG) for credit facilities at its head office in New Delhi.

 22. The Tata Steel Kalinganagar (TSK) is the first and the only Indian manufacturing plant to be included in the Global Lighthouse Network (GLN) of World Economic Forum (WEF).

 23. In Gujarat, India's first design development centre 'Fashionova' has recently launched in Textile city Surat to provide a platform to apparel business aspirants. It offers scope to fulfil all business needs from co-working space, technicians, expert advice to cognitive workshops and industry exposure.

 24. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas (KVD) on 26th of July 2019, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has released a Kargil Tribute Song at a function in New Delhi to honour, salute and pay homage to the Kargil martyrs and war veterans. The song has been composed by Mr Sammer Anjaan, renowned Hindi lyricist and sung by Mr Shatadru Kabir. The music has been composed by Mr Raju Singh.

 25. The current chief of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is Anil Manibhai Naik.

  • The ‘WorldSkills India’s International Cloud Computing Challenge 2019’ will be organized by NASSCOM in partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).

  • Ten countries including India are participating in the competition, along with New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Oman and Ireland.

 26. Senior CBI officer M. Nageswar Rao has been appointed as Director General of Fire Services, Civil Services and Home Guards. 

 27. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has been elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.

 28. B Harideesh Kumar has been appointed as director of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for a period of three years.

 29. Sarada Kumar Hota has been appointed as new Managing Director of National Housing Bank (NHB). 

 30. Karnam Sekar has taken charge as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) with effect from July 1. 

 31. India's first payments bank Airtel Payments Bank has partnered with Bharti AXA Life Insurance to offer a life term insurance plan.

 32. Karnataka Bank Ltd has launched the web tool – ‘Vasool So-Ft’ (Vasool So-Fast) – for digitalising the NPA (non-performing asset) recovery process of the bank.

 33. 1800 Bangladeshi mid-career civil servants will be trained at the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), Mussoorie between 2019-2025.

 34. India has successfully tested the vertical steep dive version of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile.

 35. SLR (Single Lens Reflex) has been reduced to 18.75%.

 36. Jammu and Kashmir government has approved Aadhaar-linked payment mode for disbursal of pension.

 37. Aadhaar can be quoted for cash transactions of more than Rs. 50,000.

 38. BSF launched exercise 'Sudarshan' to fortify anti-infiltration grid along Pak border in Punjab, Jammu.

 39. Assam government has taken a step to develop 316 tourists spot in the state. 

 40. Arunachal Pradesh will host the North East Youth Festival.

 41. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri at the Varanasi airport. 

 42. Second edition of Hero Intercontinental Cup has been started in Ahmedabad.

 43. Jaipur has made entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. (38th World UNESCO World Heritage Site).

 44. Ahmedabad became the first Indian city to get into the prestigious list in 2017.



 1. Italian former journalist David-Maria Sassoli has been selected as the new president of the European Parliament.

 2. International Monetary Fund approved a $6 billion, three-year loan for Pakistan to try to right the nation’s economy.

 3. The world's largest “Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute" has started functioning in Dhaka from 4th July 2019. The 500-bed hospital with 50 ICU and 12 operation theatres will provide advanced treatment to burn patients in Bangladesh. The institute has been built at a cost of over 500 crore Taka.

 4. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has recently released its report titled- Working on a 'Warmer Planet – The Impact of Heat Stress on Labour Productivity and Decent Work'.

 5. The United Nations’s Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (MSME) is observed every year on 27 June. The 2019 theme is 'Big Money For Small Business: Financing the SDGs'.

 6. The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) has selected Mastercard CEO and President Ajay Banga and Wipro Chairman Azim Premji for its 2019 Global Excellence Awards.

 7. After 18 years of research, the scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia and a team of Indian researchers have identified a new gene - called NAPRT1 - directly linked to schizophrenia.

 8. The scientists from 17 nations will take part in the year-long MOSAiC mission as they anchor the ship to a large piece of Arctic sea ice to study climate change.

 9. The historic walled city of Jaipur in Rajasthan has recently declared UNESCO World Heritage site at the ongoing 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at Baku, Azerbaijan.

 10. The ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

11. The International Co-operative Day (ICD) is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement observed on the first Saturday in July since 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance. The 2019 theme is “COOPS 4 DECENT WORK”.

 12. French lawmakers approve 3% tax on online giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook.

 13. Tunisia has banned the wearing of the niqab in government offices.

 14. 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO held at Baku, Azerbaijan.

 15. The ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


 1. Hima Das has won the gold medal in 200m race in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.

 2. FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Women’s Asia Cup 2019 (Division A) will take place in Bengaluru from September 24 to 29.

 3. Indian sprinter Hima Das clocked 23.65s to win gold in women's 200 metres at the 2019 Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland. Hima is the world junior champion and national record holder in 400m. This was Hima's first competitive 200m race of the year.

 4. Afghanistan Wicket-keeper batsman, Ikram Alikhil has achieved a rare feat as he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of the highest score by a teenager in the World Cup.

 5. Arinjeeta Dey, a village girl from West Bengal, has won a silver under-12 age group category in the 2019 World Youth Cup in Umag, Croatia.

  • The tournament was organized by World Karate Federation affiliated to the International Olympic Association.

  • A total of 35 countries participated in this competition.

 6. Indian team won the South Asia Basketball Association Zone under-16 basketball championship trophy, with victory over Sri Lanka in Dhaka.

 7. International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted Kuwait suspension.

 8. Brazil has won the 2019 Copa America title by defeating Peru.

 9. China's Li Shi Feng has won the men's singles title of Canada Open Super 100 tournament by defeating P Kashyap.

 10. United States has won the fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup title by defeating the Netherlands in Lyon, France.


 1. Congress leader and former MLA Gopal Bhandary has passed away recently. He was 66.

 2. Joao Gilberto, the legendary Brazilian musician and songwriter known as bossa nova, has passed away recently. He was 88. 

Published on 4th July, 2019



 1. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has operationalized the first Aadhaar Seva Kendra (ASK) in Delhi and Vijayawada.

 2. The headquarters of Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) is located in Hyderabad. The CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has signed Mou with CDFD to provide DNA-based diagnostic service to the public at lower cost and to develop newer diagnostic methods has been signed here.

 3. The autobiography titled “Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly” has been authored by Bollywood actor Anupam Kher.

 4. Manoj Kumar Nambiar, MD of Arohan Financial Services (AFS) has been elected as new chairman of Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN).

  • The MFIN is an industry association consists of 56 NBFC-MFIs (Non Banking Financial Company-Micro Finance Institutions) and 40 associates including Banks, SFBs (Small Finance Banks) and NBFCs. It is also the Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) for the regulated NBFC-MFI.

5. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted a 6-member committee, under the chairmanship of former secretary of MCA Tapan Ray, to strengthen the corporate governance framework of systematically important Core Investment Companies (CICs).

6. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis is the head of the high-powered committee of Chief Ministers (CMs) to transform Indian agriculture.

 7. Union Cabinet has given its approval for the MoU between India and Maldives for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea.

 8. Union Cabinet has given its approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Maldives on cooperation in the field of Health.

 9. Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for leasing out of three airports viz. Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Mangaluru of Airports Authority of India through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

 10. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between UPSC and the Civil Service Council of Mongolia to take forward the cooperation between the Commissions of the two countries.

 11. RBI has imposed a penalty of Rs 1.75 crore on four public sector banks, including PNB and UCO Bank, for non-compliance with KYC requirement and norms for opening of current accounts.

 12. Government has appointed MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited) Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) P. K. Purwar as the CMD of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited).


The 2nd edition of International Day of Parliamentarism (IDP-2019) is celebrated across the world on 30th June.

 2. The Indian passport has been ranked at the 86th position in the Henley Passport Index.

 3. United States has declared the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) as a global terrorist organization.


 1. Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu from Andhra Pradesh retired from all forms of cricket on July 3, 2019.

 2. Star Indian sprinter Hima Das won the women's 200m gold, while national record holder shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor bagged a bronze at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland.

3. She is the world junior champion and national record holder in 400m in 23.65s on her way to the 200m gold.


 1. Babu Narayanan (59), the popular Malayalam filmmaker, has passed away in Thrissur, Kerala on June 29, 2019.

 2. Birla Group patriarch Basant Kumar Birla passed away recently. He was 98. He was an Indian businessman of the Birla family.


Henley Passport Index

The Henley Passport Index (HPI) is a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom for their citizens. It started in 2005 as Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index (HVRI) and was modified and renamed in January 2018. The side provides a ranking of the 199 passports of the world according to the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

                         As of 29th March 2019, Singapore takes the top spot with a mobility score of 189 in conjuction with Japan and South Korea. The Indian passport has been ranked at the 86th position with a mobility score of 58.

Published on 3rd July, 2019



 1. The Uttar Pradesh government has launched massive door to door campaign “DASTAK” against Acute Encephellitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephallitis (JE) disease. The campaign, which was launched in association with UNICEF, will run from 1st to 31st July.

 2. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved a new initiative - Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE) to boost research culture in the country.

 3. In Jammu and Kashmir, the district administration of Rajouri has been launched a campaign called “Operation Khumaar” to make 312 panchayats tobacco-free.

 4. The book titled “A Prime Minister to Remember- Memories of a Military Chief” has been authored by former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar.

 5. Under the emergency provisions, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed an Rs 200 crore defence deal with Russia to acquire 'Strum Ataka' anti-tank missile for its fleet of Mi-35 attack choppers.

 6. Prime Minister has set up a High Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture’.

 7. The total gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection in the month of June stood at 99,939 crore rupees.

 8. Union Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, announced a campaign for water conservation and water security "Jal Shakti Abhiyan".

 9. Ministries of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) and Electronics and Information Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the digitization of the AYUSH sector.

 10. Parliament has given its nod to the resolution seeking extension of President Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for further period of six months with effect from 3rd July 2019.

 11. Tamil yeoman (Cirrochroa thais) has been officially declared as state butterfly of Tamil Nadu. These butterflies are also known as Tamil Maravan (which means warrior) and are endemic to Western Ghats.

 12. The State Bank of India (SBI) and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost the availability of capital for infrastructure projects.

 13. A team of herpetologists from the Forest Department and two NGOs — Help Earth and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) have discovered the Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) in Yazali area of the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh.

 14. West Bengal Cabinet has decided to give 10 per cent reservation in Education and Employment to the economically backward section people of the state.

 15. Government has decided to enhance the import limit on Tur Dal from two lakh metric tonne to four lakh metric tonne for the year 2019-20.

 16. India has pledged to contribute 5 million US Dollars in 2019 to the UN Palestine refugee agency.

 17. Bharti Airtel and Bharti Enterprises have injected about Rs. 325 crore in Airtel Payments Bank.

 18. N. S. Vishwanathan has been reappointed as RBI deputy governor for one year.


 1. The first-ever International Security Alliance (ISA)’s joint security exercise titled ‘ISALEX19’ has started in Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 2. The International Olympic Day (IOD) is celebrated every year on June 23.

 3. The first-ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) will be held in New Delhi between 11th to 13th October.

 4. First Ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) will be held at New Delhi from 11th to 13th October, 2019.

 5. New Zealand has officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags.

 6. The International Day of the Tropics is observed every year on June 29.

 7. Japan officially resumed commercial whaling after more than 30 years of limiting whale hunts to scientific purposes — a policy that still resulted in the deaths of hundreds of whales every year.

 8. The 6th edition of Exercise Garuda-VI has started between Indian and French Air Force from 1st of July 2019 at French Air Force Base - Mont-de-Marsan.

 9. NASA has selected Texas-based Southwest Research Institute to lead its PUNCH mission which will image the Sun.

  • This is a landmark mission that will image regions beyond the Sun’s outer corona.

  • Prof. Dipankar Banerjee, solar physicist from Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) is also a Co-Investigator of the PUNCH mission.

  • The acronym ‘PUNCH’ stands for “Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere”.

  • The PUNCH mission is focused on understanding the transition of particles from the Sun’s outer corona to the solar wind that fills interplanetary space. India is also planning to send up its own satellite Aditya-L1, a mission to study the Sun’s corona, and Prof. Banerjee is the co-Chair of the Science Working Group.

 10. EU leaders have nominated International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde to be the new president of the European Central Bank.


 1. 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship will be hosted in Odisha. The tournament is scheduled to be held at the Jawaharlal Indoor Stadium in Cuttack from July 17-22, 2019.

 2. Vaibhav Yadav became the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia silver welterweight champion in Pattaya, Thailand. 

 3. Dr. Narinder Batra, President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), has been elected as a member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 4. Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI) decided to confer its highest honour-the 'SJFI Medal'-to badminton stalwart Prakash Padukone.


 1. Santosh Rana (76), the veteran Naxalite leader, has passed away in Kolkata on June 29, 2019.

 2. Dr. Jaya Arunachalam (87), founder of Working Women’s Forum (WWF), has passed away in Chennai on June 29, 2019. She is best known for her social service contributions through WWF which she initiated in 1978.


 ICC Cricket World Cup - 2019

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, an international cricket tournament contested by men's national teams from the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is being hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019. The first match was played at The Oval while the final will be played at Lord's. It is the fifth time that the Cricket World Cup is being held in England and Wales, following the 197519791983 and 1999 World Cups.  

Published on 2nd July, 2019



 1. Arvind Kumar, a 1984 batch IPS officer from Assam- Meghalaya cadre, has been appointed as the new chief of the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

 2. For the 2019 kharif season, the West Bengal government has rolled out a free crop insurance scheme in collaboration with the Agriculture Insurance Company of India (AIC).

  • The scheme called Bangla Shashya Bima (BSB) is applicable for farmers in 15 districts - Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Bardhaman, Purba Medinipur, Malda, Hooghly, Nadia, Murshidabad, Cooch Behar, Birbhum, Purulia, Dakshin Dinajpur, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas.

  • Sarada Kumar Hota has been appointed as the new Managing Director of National Housing Bank (NHB) for a period of three years. Prior to this appointment, Hota was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Can Fin Homes.

 3. The 13th National Statistics Day (NSD-2019) is celebrated on 29th June at the National level in India with theme “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

 4. Aparna Kumar, a 2002 batch IPS officer from UP cadre, has created history by becoming the first civil servant and IPS officer to achieve the incredible and rare feat of completing ‘7 Summits’ challenge. She is also the first woman IPS DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully complete the South Pole expedition.

 5. The book titled ‘The New Delhi Conspiracy’ has been authored by Meenakshi Lekhi, a Lok Sabha MP from Delhi and a Supreme Court lawyer. It is co-authored by Krishna Kumar.

 6. The Haryana government has appointed 1983-batch IAS officer Keshni Anand Arora as the new Chief Secretary of the state


  1. The World Vitiligo Day (WVD) is observed every year on June 25. The 2019 theme ‘The Quality of Life of a Vitiligo Patient’ focuses on mental and medical journey of vitiligo.


 1. In Squash, India won gold as Veer Chotrani beat compatriot Yash Fadte to win the Under-19 title at the Asian Junior Championship in Macau, China.

  • With this victory, Veer became the third Indian to win the Asian trophy after Ravi Dixit and Vela Senthilkumar.

  • India finished the tournament with one gold, three silver and as many bronze medals.

 2. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix's title for the second year in a row. 

 3. India opener Rohit Sharma became the third-fastest batsman to reach 25 ODI hundreds, achieving the feat in 2019 World Cup match against England. The 32-year-old batsman took 206 innings to reach the milestone.

  •  South Africa's Hashim Amla is the fastest to reach 25 ODI hundreds (151 innings), while Virat Kohli took 162 innings to hit 25 ODI tons. 


 1. Abburi Chaya Devi (86), the popular Telugu fiction writer, has passed away in Hyderabad on June 28, 2019.

 2. She was active in literary circles since the fifties and even in her 70s, was still known as a creative feminist writer.

 3. Mohammed Baji (103), the eminent freedom fighter, has passed away at Sunari Sahi in Nabarangpur, Odisha.


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