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Current Affairs : 09-07-2020 in English

Defence

  • On 7 July, the Indian Coast Guard has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with this country in an effort to boost maritime relations - Indonesia.

Economy

  • This private organisation announced the 'Sahayata Initiative' to help distressed Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) - Wadhwani Foundation.
  • On 8 July, the Union Cabinet has approved the capital infusion for an overall value of Rs.12,450 crore in these three Public Sector General Insurance Companies - Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OlCL), National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) and United India Insurance Company Limited (UIICL).
  • London-based this company has invested $70 million in the Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF), promoted by the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and the UK government - BP.

International

  • This country has formally notified the United Nations (UN) of its decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) - USA.
  • First two countries in the World Health Organization South-East Asia region that eliminated rubella ahead of the 2023 target - Maldives and Sri Lanka.

National

  • India has further achieved a renewable energy capacity of over 87 gigawatts and saw an increase of 226 percent in the past - five years.
  • On 8 July, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and this tech firm announced a partnership aimed at providing digital skills to over 1 lakh youth over the next 12 months - Microsoft.
  • On 8 July, this person has inaugurated a three - day virtual conference themed ‘Be The Revival: India and a Better New World’, India Global Week 2020 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • On 8 July, the Union Cabinet has given its approval to a new pan India Central Sector Scheme-Agriculture Infrastructure Fund amounting for the duration FY2020 to FY2029 - Rs. One Lakh Crore.

Persons in News

  • First chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Authority, situated at Gujarat International Finance Tech City - Injeti Srinivas.
  • Chairperson of National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) - Justice B L Bhat (for the next three months, with effect from June 15).
  • Winner of the Jury award at the 34th World Architecture Community Awards 2020 - Architect Srijit Srinivas.
  • Winner of the prestigious PEN Pinter Prize 2020 - Linton Kwesi Johnson ("Living legend" poet-artist).

Sports

  • Winner of the F1 Austrian Grand Prix 2020 in Spielberg, Austria - Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes).
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that its new headquarters in ________ has been awarded the European 2020 US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership Award – Lausanne, Switzerland.

State Current Affairs

  • This state government has launched the “Nekara Samman Yojane” for providing aid to the weavers - Karnataka.
  • Maharashtra government decided to induct first-ever women Batallion of 1400 women personnel in - Katol, Nagpur.

Science and Technology

  • 'Yotta NM1', India’s largest, Asia’s largest and the World's second-largest Data Centre inaugurated at - Navi Mumbai’s Panvel region.
  • Mylab’s first machine that automates the processes of molecular diagnostic tests like RT-PCR tests for Coronavirus infection - ‘Compact XL’.
  • 'UV-Astra', a nano Ultra-Violet (UV) device that can kill viruses and bacteria, developed by - Anant Mittal and Shubham Yennawar (IIT-Guwahati students).

General Knowledge

  • The Paris Agreement dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation – Adopted: 12 December 2015; Effective: 4 November 2016.
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – Adopted: 9 May 1992; Effective: 21 March 1994.
  • National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) was registered as a society on - 12 August 2011.
  • Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was formally created in – 1927.

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