Current Affairs : 24-07-2020 in English

Important Day

  • National Broadcasting Day – 23 July.

Defence

  • Defence Ministry has issued the formal Government Sanction Letter for grant of Permanent Commission (PC) to Women Officers in all ten streams of - Indian Army.
  • This nation’s Navy will get two Project 22350 frigates equipped with hypersonic weapons in 2025-2026 - Russia (Admiral Yumashev and Admiral Spiridonov).
  • Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla commissioned a 3 MW Solar Power Plant, a largest solar plant of Navy, at - Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala.

Environment

  • In a massive global study of the world's reefs, scientists from James Cook University (JCU, Australia) have found that ____ are 'functionally extinct' on nearly one in five of the reefs surveyed - Sharks.

International

  • According to the report by Washington-based Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), this nation's handling of nuclear materials remains the worst in the world - North Korea.
  • The General Council of the World Trade Organization has granted the status of observer to - Turkmenistan.
  • An agreement was signed between India and this country on 22 July for the establishment of Neighbourhood Fish Processing Plants at two of the islands in _____ - Maldives.

National

  • Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar virtually launched piloting of the _______ to enhance seamless movement of forest produce - National Transit Pass System.

Persons in News

  • Person who will be a honorary adviser to steering committee of the BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) for the BRICS CCI young leaders for 2020-2023 - Sahil Seth.
  • New Vice-Chairman of the security platform of International Union of Railways (UIC), Paris - Arun Kumar (Director-General of Railway Protection Force).
  • New managing director and chief executive officer of SBI General Insurance - Prakash Chandra Kandpal.
  • New Secretary East in the Ministry of External Affairs - Riva Ganguly Das.
  • Newly appointed directors on board of Hindustan Zinc Ltd - Anjani K Agarwal and Akhilesh Joshi.
  • Indian who inched to the fifth position in the Forbes’ real-time billionaires’ list (ahead of Warren Buffett) - Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Industries: Rs 13-trillion).

Sports

  • World's top-ranked Test all-rounder in the latest ICC ranking on 22 July 2020 - Ben Stokes (England).
  • Third spot in the latest ICC top Test all-rounder ranking - Ravindra Jadeja (India).

Science and Technology

  • China’s Mars mission and its first rover on the Red Planet - Tianwen-1.

General Knowledge

  • On 23 July 1927, the first ever radio broadcast in India went on air from - Bombay
  • On 8 June 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became - All India Radio.
  • Motto of All India Radio - Bahujan Hitaya, Bahujan Sukhaya.
  • All India Radio (AIR) - Founded: 23 July 1927; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • G20 (or Group of Twenty) was established on - 26 September 1999.
  • World's second largest zinc producer and largest producer of zinc, lead and silver in India - Hindustan Zinc Ltd (subsidiary of Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd).
  • International Union of Railways (UIC) – Founded: 17 October 1922; Headquarters: Paris, France.
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