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July 02, 2019

2nd July 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (2nd July 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 2nd July 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (2nd July) is World Sports Jounalists Day.
    • This day was established by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in 1994 to mark the 70th Anniversary of it's foundation.
  • Indo-French Joint Air Exercise Garuda-VI began today at Mont de Marsan in France.
    • Indian Air Force (IAF) and Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) are participating in this bilateral exercise.
    • The last edition of joint exercise between IAF-FAF was held in June 2014 at Air Force Station Jodhpur, Rajasthan. 
    • This year is the 6th edition of exercise which is taking place from 1 July to 12 July 2019.
    • Aim of this exercise : To enhance interoperability level of French and Indian crews in air defence and ground attack missions.
  • The United States Senate has passed National Defense Authorization Act  (NDAA) a legislative provision that brings India at par with America's NATO allies and countries like Israel and South Korea for increasing defence cooperation.
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has embarked on a 5-day visit to China
    • During this visit, she will attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) known as 'Summer Davos' in Dalian and subsequently leave for Beijing to hold bilateral talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping.
    • The Rohingya issue will come up as a major topic during her visit.
  • Beijing's 2nd international airport, shaped like a starfish, has been completed after nearly 5 years of construction, with operations set to begin on September 30. 
    • The new airport will be able to handle 72 million passengers a year by 2025, and 100 million by 2040. 
    • The building was designed by Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016.
  • Japan has resumed commercial whaling after a period of 31 years, but will stay within country’s exclusive economic waters. 
    • Since 1988 Japan had switched to so-called research whaling. 
National Current Affairs
  • Butterfly species Tamil yeoman (Cirrochroa thais) has been officially declared as state butterfly of Tamil Nadu
    • Uniformly orange in colour with a dark brown outer ring, Tamil Yeoman is among the 32 butterfly species found in the Western Ghats.
    • Other State Symbols of Tamil Nadu
      • State Tree : Palm
      • State Bird : Emerald Dove
      • State Flower : Gloriosa
      • State Animal : Nilgiri Tahr
  • Rajya Sabha passed Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 today.
    • This bill proposes to give quota in jobs and educational institutions to people living near the state's International Border.
  • The President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir has been formally extended for another 6 months after the Rajya Sabha approved the statutory resolution with effect from July 3.
    • Earlier on Friday, the Lok Sabha had approved the proposal to extend proclamation of President's Rule in the state. 
  • The Centre today announced over 35 crore LED bulbs have been distributed in the country till 28th of last month.
    • The LED bulbs distributed under UJALA scheme undergo a three-tier quality control checks to ensure that only high quality LED bulbs are distributed.  
    • UJALA - Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All
    • Power Minister : R. K. Singh 
  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today flagged off the 1st international flight connecting Guwahati and Dhaka at Borjahr airport in Guwahati. 
  • Centre has declared entire State of Nagaland a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of 6 more months under Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) with effect from 30 June 2019.
  • To eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease, the Uttar Pradesh government has launched a massive campaign called ‘Dastak’.
    • Dastak is a state-wide campaign against communicative diseases which will run from 1st to 31st July 2019. 
    • This campaign is part of a comprehensive Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy embraced by state government.
Recent Committees in News
  • The govt has constituted a High powered committee of Chief Ministers of several states for the transformation of Indian Agriculture.
    • The Committee will discuss measures for the transformation of agriculture and raising farmers' income. 
    • It will suggest the modalities for adoption and time-bound implementation of agriculture sector reforms.
    • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be the convenor of the committee, while the chief ministers of Karnataka, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have been included as members.
    • Union Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister will also be a member of the committee. 
    • Besides, NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand has been named the Member Secretary.
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Ministries of AYUSH and Electronics and Information Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi today to collaborate on the digitization of the AYUSH sector
    • The Ministry aims to digitize the entire AYUSH, leading to transformation in the field of health care delivery at all levels, along with greater research, education, delivery of various health care programmes and better drug regulations.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The second largest private sector lender ICICI Bank has cut its lending rates by 0.10 percent which will make all the loans cheaper.
    • The move comes weeks after it cut its deposit rates and amid calls for banks to quickly pass on the benefits of rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which stands at a full 75 bps since February.
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted a special drive today in connection with Bank fraud cases
    • 14 cases have been registered, involving 640 crore rupees of siphoned funds, against accused including various companies, their promoters, directors and bank officials.
    • The agency has carried out searches at over 50 places in 18 cities across 12 states and Union Territories. 
    • These include Delhi, Gurgaon, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Thane, Valsad, Pune, Palani, Gaya, Bhopal, Surat and Kolar.
  • The 1st-ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF), will be held in New Delhi between 11th to 13th October 2019. 
    • The initiative is a part of the Agriculture Export Policy 2018 which aims at doubling the agriculture export and integrating Indian farmers and agriculture products with global value chains.
    • The Trade Fair is aimed at promoting cooperative to cooperative trade within the country and abroad leading to enhanced rural and farm prosperity. 
    • The fair offers a huge opportunity for the industry and business houses from India and abroad to build alliances, product sourcing and interact with the primary producers of a wide range of products and service providers.
  • India has pledged to contribute 5 million US Dollars in 2019 to the UN Palestine refugee agency
    • It also voiced concern over the agency's financial situation and called for ensuring sustained financial support for its work.
  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the country has exceeded the 300-kilogramme limit on its enriched Uranium Reserves set by the 2015 nuclear deal.
    • Under the nuclear deal, Iran had agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for the lifting of sanctions.
    • Iran can stockpile no more than 300kg of low-enriched uranium. 
    • It is only permitted (until 2031) to produce low-enriched uranium, which has a 3-4 per cent concentration of U-235, and can fuel a power plant.
Science & Technology
  • The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad here has initiated Face Recognition (FR) system on a trial basis for passengers for entry into the aerodrome.
    • The trials which are being carried out under Centre's Digi Yatra programme started from July 1 and would continue till July 3.
Awards & Honors
  • Filmmakers Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and actor Anupam Kher are among the Indians invited to be members of the Oscars Academy
    • They would join 842 new members from 59 countries including Lady Gaga, Tom Holland and Adele.
New Appointments
  • V K Tyagi has assumed charge as Chief Vigilance Officer of Punjab National Bank (PNB). 
    • Prior to joining PNB, he was director in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) under the finance ministry.
Sports Current Affairs
  • With his fourth six against Bangladesh in World Cup today, opener Rohit Sharma took his tally of ODI sixes to 229, setting the record for most sixes hit by an Indian in ODI cricket
    • The 32-year-old overtook ex-captain MS Dhoni, who has smashed 228 sixes in ODIs.  

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