Gyaankosh – Current Affairs for the Month of July 2019 – Set 1

  • ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme will be available across the country from July 1, 2020. The scheme will allow portability of food security benefits according to which the poor migrant workers will be able to buy subsidised rice and wheat from any ration shop in the country as long as their ration cards are linked to Aadhaar.
  • As per Second Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for 2019-20, the Reserve Bank of India will stop imposing additional charges on Fund transfer through RTGS and NEFT systems from 1st July, 2019. This has been done to provide an impetus to digital funds movement.
  • Union Jal Shakti Minister has launched a water conservation campaign ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’, with an emphasis on 1592 stressed blocks in 256 districts. The campaign will run through citizen participation during the monsoon 1st July-15th September. An additional phase II will run from 1st October-30th November for states receiving the northeast retreating monsoons. The campaign will focus on five aspects: water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development, and intensive afforestation.
  • Maharashtra achieves first rank in NITI Aayog launched “Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index (AMFFRI)”. The index ranks states based on the degree of reforms they have undertaken in agricultural marketing.
  • Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor N S Vishwanathan has been given a one-year extension by the Government of India. Presently he is heading the Department of Banking Regulation of the Reserve Bank of India.
  • The Government of India has appointed MTNL CMD P.K. Purwar as the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. He has been appointed for a period of three months starting July 1. He will replace Anupam Shrivastava as the CMD of BSNL.
  • Anshula Kant, Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI) has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of World Bank. She will be first woman CFO of World Bank. She has been a Managing Director and member of the World Bank board since September 2018.
  • Deposits in bank accounts opened under Jan Dhan scheme have crossed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark. As per the latest finance ministry data, the total balance in over 36.06 crore Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana accounts was at Rs 1,00,495.94 crore as on July 3. The PMJDY was launched on August 28, 2014, with an aim to provide universal access to banking facilities to the people in the country.
  • India observe 1st July as the National Doctors’ Day. The day is celebrated to recognize the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities. National Doctor’s Day is also celebrated to honour the legendary physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Dr Roy was honoured with the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961.
  • 2nd anniversary of GST on 1st July 2019 is to be celebrated today as “Goods & Services Tax DAY “. The introduction of GST in the Indian economy has replaced a multi-layered, complex indirect tax structure with a simple, transparent and technology-driven tax regime.
  • The Indian and French Air Force has started Garuda VI exercise at Mont de Marsan in France. The exercise is scheduled to take place from 1 July to July 12, 2019, in France.
  • According to the Swiss National Bank (SNB), India has moved down one place to 74th rank in terms of money parked by its citizens and enterprises with Swiss banks. U.K. has retained its top position.
  • The Henley Passport Index 2019 has ranked the Indian passport on the 86th position with a mobility score of 58. The score points out that Indian passport holder can access 58 countries around the world without a prior visa. Japan and Singapore holds the top spot with a score of 189.
  • UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has listed Iraq’s Babylon as a World Heritage Site. Babylon is developed as a walled city of mud brick temples and towers, constituting the Tower of Babel, and the Ishtar Gate. The city was the centre of the ancient Babylonian empire more than 4,000 years ago.
  • Pink city Jaipur is designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. With Jaipur’s inclusion, the number of heritage sites across India that are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, has grown to 38, including 30 cultural properties, seven natural properties and one mixed site.
  • Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra begins in Puri, Odisha. The Rath Yatra marks the Journey of Lord Jagannath along with his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra from Jagannath temple to Gundicha temple. This journey covers a distance of around 17 km in Puri.
  • The French Parliament approved a law – Gafa Tax (acronym for Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple), the legislation will impose a 3% levy on sales generated in the country by non-tax paying giants. This would make France 1st major economy to impose a tax on internet heavyweights.  At present digital companies pay no tax in countries where they have large sales. The tax would be applied only to companies with global revenues in excess of €500 million and revenue of at least €25 million from UK activities.
  • Sri Lanka has become fifth country in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Southeast Asia region to eliminate measles. The other countries in the region which have achieved this feat are Bhutan, Maldives, DPR Korea and Timor-Leste.
  • United States wins FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 held in Lyon, France. They defeated the Netherlands with a score of 2-0. This is the 4th world cup title for the US’s women football team.
  • All India Football Association 2018-19 awards were bagged by Sunil Chhetri and Ashalata Devi.  Chhetri was named as Men’s footballer of the year, while Ashalata Devi won the Women’s footballer of the year title.
  • Dutee Chand, the Indian sprinter won gold medal in women’s 100m in World Universiade, 30th Summer University Games held in Naples, Italy. With this win she became the first Indian to do so. The 23-year-old Indian athlete clocked 11.32 seconds to win gold as she led the race from start to finish.
  • Simona Halep became the first Romanian to claim the title at the All England Club, while also being rewarded with a lifetime membership. She beat Serena Williams at Wimbledon Women Single Final by 6-2, 6-2 score at Centre Court.
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