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July 20, 2018

20th July 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (20th July 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 20th July 2018

International Current Affairs
  • India and the United States are going to hold the inaugural 2+2 dialogue led by India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their US counterparts in New Delhi on September 6. 
    • Note : The US earlier postponed the dialogue, which was supposed to take place in July, as their Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was due to travel to North Korea.
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today declared that Migrants do not have the unfettered right to choose their host nation.
  • US President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn to discuss several issues, including Ukraine and the Middle East.
    • Trump and Putin met earlier this week in Helsinki, Finland for their first bilateral talks. 
    • Trump had said that he looked forward to his second meeting with Putin to work on several issues, including Ukraine and the Middle East.
National Current Affairs
  • Lok Sabha also passed The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 to abolish the ‘no detention policy’ in schools. 
    • This Bill amends the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. 
    • The Act was having provision of no detention policy i.e. no child can be held back in any class until completion of elementary school (classes 1-8).
  • The Lok Sabha today passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018.
    • This bill aims to allow authorities to attach and confiscate properties of economic offenders who flee the country. 
    • Note : Cases where the total value involved in such offences is ₹100 crore or more, will come under the bill's purview.
Science & Technology
  • Messaging app WhatsApp has announced that it is testing a limit on forwarding messages to five chats at one time in India
    • It also announced that it will remove the quick forward button which is present next to media messages. 
    • This move comes in the wake of violent incidents triggered by the spread of fake news on the platform.
  • Noted Hindi poet and lyricist Dr Gopaldas Neeraj (93) passed away.
    • He was felicitated with the Padma Shri in 1991 and with the Padma Bhushan in 2007 for his contribution to literature. 
    • He wrote famous Bollywood songs 'Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo' and 'Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe'.
Awards & Honors
  • Repco Micro Finance Ltd, a non-banking finance company promoted by Repco Bank, has received Nabard 2018 Award for its service to Self-Help Group (SHG) linkage in Tamil Nadu for the fiscal year 2017-18.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India's biggest power producer NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) Limited has signed a term loan agreement with HDFC Bank for availing a loan of ₹1,500 crore. 
    • The loan is extended at an interest rate linked to 3-months marginal cost-based lending rate (MCLR) of the bank. 
    • The loan has a door-to-door tenure of 15 years and will be utilised to partly finance capital expenditure of NTPC.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) amongst BRICS Nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) on Regional Aviation Partnership Cooperation
    • The objective of MoU is to benefit BRICS countries from establishing of institutional framework to cooperate in field of civil aviation.
New Appointments
  • The union government has renewed the appointment of Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe as the Chairman of the technical and professional education regulator All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • Arman Ali was appointed as Executive Director of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP)
    • He is going to replace Javed Abidi in October 2018. 
Sports Current Affairs
  • India captain Virat Kohli today achieved a career-high 911 points to sit on Top of the ICC ODI rankings for Batsmen.
    • England batsman Joe Root stood at second place in the rankings list. 
    • Meanwhile, Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav broke into the top-10 for the first time.
    • Kuldeep is the second Indian and the fifth spinner to find a place in the 10 highest-ranked bowlers.
  • Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has become the first Pakistani and overall sixth batsman to smash a double century in men's ODI cricket history, achieving the feat against Zimbabwe today.  
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