Current Affairs : 13-07-2019 in English

Defence

  • On July 12, Indian Army has placed an order for Israeli anti-tank - Spike missile (Manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd).

Economy

  • Exim Bank has signed agreements for providing USD 124 million (over Rs 850 crore) loans to finance infrastructure and health care projects in - Papua New Guinea and Senegal.
  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) intend to raise this much amount from the domestic market in 2019-20 to fund its business growth and also support various government’s schemes - about Rs 55,000 crore.

International 

  • India flag off an inland waterways vessel, which is first of its kind movement, containing cargo from - Bhutan and Bangladesh.
  • Winner of the 'Best Corporate Actions Solution' Award at the 2019 Goodacre UK Systems in the City Financial Technology Awards in London - Dion Global Solutions (India).

National

  • Under Regional Rapid Transit System corridors project, India's first mega transit hub - Sarai Kalen Khan RRTS station.
  • According to the ‘Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2019’ report released by UNDP, India lifted these many people out of poverty during 2005-06 and 2015-16 - 271 million.
  • According to the ‘Global MPI 2019’ report, this state reduced multidimensional poverty from 74.9% to 46.5% in the ten years since 2005-06 which is very fast in the poorest region - Jharkhand.
  • A separatist organisation which banned by India on July 12- Sikhs For Justice (SFJ).
  • The Government of India has approved a project to build the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) at – Pottipuram, Theni District of Tamil Nadu.
  • Program which is under implementation with the objectives to make India a preferred education destination/hub for foreign students - Study in India.

Persons in News

  • Person who appointed as Secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs on July 12 - Vikas Swarup.
  • Author of ‘Narcopolis' - Jeet Thayil.
  • Author of the novel ‘The Book of Chocolate Saints' - Jeet Thayil.
  • Indian author who will make up a five-member judging panel for the 2020 International Booker Prizein London - Jeet Thayil.
  • Pilots who set a new world record for the fastest journey around the globe via the North and South poles, travelled 24,966 miles in 46 hours, 39 minutes and 38 seconds - Hamish Harding (London) and Colonel Terry Virts (NASA astronaut).

Sports

  • Australian bowler who broke the Glenn McGrath's 12-year World Cup record for most wickets in a single edition of the World Cup with 27th wicket - Mitchell Starc.
  • Indian weightlifter who smashed three records in a power-packed performance in the 67 kg category in the snatch category with a lift of 136kgs at the Commonwealth Championships 2019 - Jeremy Lalrinnunga.

Science and Technology

  • Prasar Bharati has signed an MoU for research collaboration in newly emerging technologies and broadcasting-related areas with - IIT, Kanpur.

General Knowledge

  • Bhutan – Capital: Thimphu; Currency: Bhutanese Ngultrum.
  • Bangladesh – Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Bangladeshi Taka.
  • France – Capital: Paris; Currency: Franc.
  • Prasar Bharati – Founded in: 1997; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Export–Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) was established in – 1982; Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • Papua New Guinea – Capital: Port Moresby; Currency: Papua New Guinean Kina.
  • Senegal – Capital: Dakar; Currency: West African CFA franc.
  • The International Booker Prize in the United Kingdom (UK) is sponsored by - Man Group.

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