Current Affairs : 16-07-2020 in English

International

  • India and this nation have finalised a framework agreement on cooperation in the civil nuclear sector during their online summit on 15 July - European Union.
  • World’s first Skill-based semester-assist program for Mechanical, Automotive & Aerospace Engineers, was launched by - Skill-Lync (Indians founded).
National
  • This social media platform announced a partnership with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in India to expand its efforts towards handling disaster situations - Twitter.
  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) entered into a MoU with this PSU that will provide a platform for collaborative development and support for both the organizations to address the emerging airport business globally - Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
  • India’s first police force which draws civilians as domain experts in IT/Digital, Legal Forensics and Finance to give a high quality cutting edge to its investigation functions - Punjab Police.
  • First trans-shipment port of India - Vallarpadam Terminal of Cochin Port, Kerala.

Persons in News

  • Next Ambassador of India to Afghanistan - Rudrendra Tandon.
  • India's next envoy to Bangladesh - Vikram Doraiswami.
  • Author of the book, titled ‘A Song of India’ - Ruskin Bond.
  • New vice-president for private sector operations and public-private partnerships in Asian Development Bank (ADB) who will succeed Diwakar Gupta - Ashok Lavasa (Election Commissioner of India).
  • First Indian who received the British Society of History of Science’s (BSHS) prestigious John Pickstone Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the history of science and medicine in English - Dr. Shinjini Das (University of East Anglia).
  • This Indian and Lockheed Martin CEO Jim Taiclet will receive the USIBC Global Leadership Award 2020 - N Chandrasekaran (Tata group Chairman).

Sports

  • New interim chief executive officer (CEO) of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) - Hemang Amin.
  • Winner of the ‘Mohun Bagan Ratna’ Award 2020 - Gurbux Singh (Hockey) and Palash Nandi (former first-class cricketer).
  • Indian who remains second place in the ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen - Virat Kohli (First: Steve Smith).

Science and Technology

  • For the first time, from industrial waste cotton, a simple, environmentally friendly, low-cost, and sustainable supercapacitor electrode has been developed by the researchers working at the - International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), India.
  • World’s most affordable RT-PCR based COVID-19 diagnostic kit, developed by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi – “Corosure”.

General Knowledge

  • Bastille Day (14 July) is the National Day of – France.
  • United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) - Founded: 1945; Headquarters: New York, United States.
  • Turkmenistan - Capital: Ashgabat; Currency: Turkmenistan manat.
  • National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) - Founded: 2006; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Airports Authority of India (AAI) - Founded: 01 April 1995; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) – Founded: 1954; Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka.
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