Current Affairs : 13-07-2020 in English

Economy

  • First domestic initial public offer (IPO) of an Indian company with a Chinese parent, launched by - Gland Pharma (Hyderabad) (promoted by China's Fosun Pharma).
  • For a short-term policy amid COVID-19 pandemic, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has authorised 30 general and health insurance companies to launch – Corona Kavach health insurance policies.

International

  • For the first time, the Indian Railways has sent loaded special Parcel train beyond the country borders to - Bangladesh.
  • Battalion of this country stationed with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has won an environment award 2020 – India.
  • An initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to help 1.3 billion global tobacco-users quit the habit during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – “The Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco”.

National

  • Online course for students to build innovative mobile apps, launched by the Atal Innovation Mission - ATL (Atal Tinkering Labs) App Development Module.
  • Winner of the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019, under Outstanding Accomplishment in Corporate Excellence Category - NTPC Ltd.
  • A Guinness World Record has been set by the fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation _____ as it was the world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey - 2018.
  • The first E-Lok Adalat of India has been inaugurated in - Chhattisgarh.

Persons in News

  • New Director (Operations) of Air India - Captain Rajwinder Singh Sandhu.
  • Winner of the Humanitarian Award 2020 of the Universal Record Forum World Records - Supriya Anoop.
  • Recipient of the 2020 Von Karman Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) - ISRO chief Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan.
  • Winner the IMC Ladies’ Wing Woman of the Year Award 2020 - Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (Biocon chairman).
  • Recipient of the National Award given by the Indian Medical Association for dedicated service during Covid-19 pandemic - Dr Trapti Katdare, Dr Zakiya Sayyed, Dr Sanjay Londhe.

Sports

  • Winner of the inaugural International Skating Union (ISU) Award for Most Valuable Skater for the 2019-2020 season - Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan).
  • New Officiating President of Hockey India, replacing Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad - Gyanendro Ningombam (Manipur).

State Current Affairs

  • Persons who will get the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Awards in the novel category for 2015 and 2016 respectively - Nityananda Panda and Laxmipriya Acharya.

Science and Technology

  • The clinical trials of the world’s first vaccine for the novel Coronavirus has been completed by - Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University in Russia.

General Knowledge

  • Largest moon of Mars – Phobos.
  • International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) – Founded: 16 August 1960; Headquarters: Stockholm (Sweden); Founder: Von Karman.
  • National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog - Founded: 01 January 2015; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Indian Medical Association (IMA) - Founded: 1928; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • International Skating Union (ISU) - Founded: 23 July 1892; Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Hockey India - Founded: 2009; Headquarters: New Delhi.
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