Latest Current Affairs 02nd August 2019

J&K government issues advisory for Amarnath yatra pilgrims and tourists: Pakistan has been making various attempts to disrupt peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP sweeps three tier Tripura panchayat elections: In Tripura, ruling BJP has swept the three tier panchayat election securing 96.9 percent seats.

New Delhi asks Islamabad to provide unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav: India has asked Pakistan to provide unimpeded consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Union Health Minister meets resident doctors of various hospitals: A meeting between Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and a delegation of resident doctors of various hospitals was held in New Delhi on Friday.

EAM S Jaishankar holds bilateral meetings with his counterparts from various countries: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday held a series of bilateral meetings in Bangkok with his counterparts from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, and Timor Leste during which he discussed a host of key issues, including the fight against terrorism.

India gives strong message to US on Kashmir: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has made it clear to his American counterpart Mike Pompeo that any discussion on Kashmir with pakistan will take place bilaterally, if required.

Show of courage and dedication in Vadodara by Gujarat police: A heartwarming video of a Gujarat cop saving a baby from floods in Vadodara has gone viral.

Flood situation improves in Gujarat’s Vadodara: People of Vadodara breathed a sigh of relief as the rain stopped and the water started receding, bringing some relief to the residents.

Parliament passes Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill: The Parliament on Friday approved an amendment to the anti-terror law to give powers to the central government to designate an individual as terrorist and seize his properties.

Supreme Court: Mediation on Ayodhya land dispute fails: The Supreme Court ordered day-to-day hearing from 6th of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case after noting that the mediation proceedings to resolve the dispute amicably have failed.

SC asks Centre to decide by Aug 14 appointment of A A Kureshi as MP HC chief justice: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre to take a decision by August 14 on apex court collegium’s recommendation to appoint Justice A A Kureshi as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

J&K: 1 Army Jawan martyred during encounter in Shopian: In Jammu and Kashmir, one Army Jawan was martyred in a nocturnal encounter in Shopian in the wee hours on Friday.

India gives strong message to United States on Kashmir: India reiterates its stand saying that any discussion on Kashmir with Pakistan will take place bilaterally; External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar gives strong message to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in bilateral meeting in Bangkok.

President Kovind arrives in Guinea on the final leg of his 3- Nation state visits to West Africa: President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Guinea on Thursday on the third leg of his three-nation visit to the West African region.

Pakistan to provide consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav: Pakistan has finally complied with the order issued by the International Court of Justice at The Hague and granted consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Election Commission announces By-Polls to two Rajya Sabha seats: The Election Commission on Thursday announced by-polls to two Rajya Sabha seats, including the one vacated by Samajwadi Party’s Neeraj Shekhar who joined the BJP; The other seat is from Rajasthan where sitting BJP member Madanlal Saini passed away.

Parliament’s productive session continues with 17 more Bills to be passed: Productive session continues in Parliament with 17 more Bills to be passed; 19 Bills already passed by both houses; National Medical Commission Bill in Rajya Sabha with Amendments; Lok Sabha clears POCSO amendment Bill and Insolvency & Bankruptcy code.

Gujarat: 4 killed as unprecedented rain batters Vadodara: 4 feared dead as Heavy rains lead to flash floods in Vadodara in Gujarat; NDRF, Army and State Agencies rescue more than 4400 people.

Vice President releases book ‘The Dynamics of Indian Education’: Vice President M Venkaih Naidu released book “The Dynamics of Indian Education”,  written by Prof Rajput, in New Delhi.

ASEAN-INDIA ministerial meet: EAM Jaishankar holds key bilateral meetings: External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar has said ASEAN is a region of great importance for India. Speaking at ASEAN-India Ministerial Meet in the Thai capital Bangkok, the Minister said that India hopes to see a strong, unified & prosperous ASEAN playing a significant role in the emerging dynamic of the Indo-Pacific. He held a number of bilateral’s more.

Unnao Rape:  SC orders to transfers all 5 cases to Delhi: The Supreme Court took a stern stand on investigation in Unnao rape case. The apex Court ordered to transfer the trial of all five cases related to Unnao rape incident from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi. The Court also directed the UP government to pay Rs 25 lakh as compensation to the victim.

Parliament witnesses productive day: It was a busy day at the Parliament with both houses engaging in heavy legislative work and crucial bills being passed. Lok Sabha passed The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019, making laws on sexual crimes against children more stringent. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was also passed in the Lok Sabha. Strengthening laws against terror and terror related activities, the upper house discusses The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019. The lower house also gave nod to bill to amend arbitration law.

Basic strength of India-Nepal relationship is truth and mutual respect, says BJP’s Foreign Affairs Department In-charge: Bharatiya Janata Party’s Foreign Affairs Department In-charge, Dr. Vijay Chauthaiwala has said basic strength of India-Nepal relationship is truth and mutual respect.

US withdraws from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia: The US has formally withdrawn from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia.

United States, Russia walk away from Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty: A landmark arms control treaty that President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed three decades ago is dead, prompting fears of a new global arms race.

UN confirms re-opening of Rwandan border with Democratic Republic of Congo: In a presentation transmitted via video directly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations Ebola Emergency Response Coordinator confirmed that the African country’s border with Rwanda is now open.

North Korea test fires multiple launch rocket system: North Korea fired an unidentified short-range projectile twice making it country’s third weapons test in just over a week.

Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit, wounding three: At least three small bombs exploded in Bangkok rattling the Thai capital; Bangkok is currently hosting Southeast Asian security meeting with top diplomats from the India, United States, China, and other world powers.

Would intervene on Kashmir ‘if wanted’ by India, Pakistan: Trump: US President Donald Trump on Thursday said it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute but he was ready to assist if the two South Asian neighbours wanted him to help in resolving the decades-old issue.

United States imposes fresh tariffs on Chinese goods: United states to impose 10% tarriffs on 300 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods; President Donald Trump announces fresh tariffs from 1st September and says he looks forward to a comprehensive trade deal between the two countries.

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male ‘guardian’ approval: Saudi Arabia will allow women to obtain passports and travel abroad without approval from a male “guardian”, the government said Thursday, ending a longstanding restriction that drew heavy international criticism.

SC adjourns hearing on Mallya’s plea against confiscation of properties till Aug 13: Supreme Court has adjourned hearing on the fugitive economic offender Vijay Mallya’s petition to 13 August; the hearing has been adjourned as his Advcoate Fali Nariman is not well.

Sri Lanka: Tata Housing completes first phase of One Colombo Redevelopment Project: The first phase of the Slave Island Redevelopment Project, Metro Homes was inaugurated on Thursday and handed over to the beneficiaries by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe.

GST collection grows 5.8% to Rs 1.02 lakh crore in July: July GST collections rise 5.8% over the same month last year; Over Rupees one lakh crores collected as Gross revenue for the month with domestic component of GST from April to July growing by 9.2%.

Thailand Open: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty reach men’s doubles semifinals: In Tennis, World number six Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the ATP Washington Open quarter-finals yesterday by defeating Australia’s Jordan Thompson 6-3, 7-6.

World Cadet Wrestling competition: Sonam bags Gold for India: In the ongoing World Cadet Wrestling competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, Indian wrestler Sonam Malik won Gold in 65kg category; She beat Binbin Xiang 7-1 in the final.

IFFI celebrates Golden Jubilee; Postage Stamp Competition on International Film Festival of India (IFFI) started way back in 1952, is an ‘A’ grade film festival accredited to the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) and is one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals in Asia.

US scientists announce 3D heart printing breakthrough: Scientists in US have successfully built functional heart parts out of collagen using a 3D bioprinter, a breakthrough they say could one day create entire organs.

Health Minister appeals to protesting Doctors to end their strike: Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan on Friday met protesting doctors regarding National Medical Commission Bill in the National Capital; Resident doctors of AIIMS also attended the meet.

Incessant rainfall in Bhopal: Blessing in disguise: Poeple of Bhopal might be complaining of knee-deep water after four days of incessant rainfall, but they will thank this seasonal bounty next summer.

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male ‘guardian’ approval: Saudi Arabia will allow women to obtain passports and travel abroad without approval from a male “guardian”, the government said Thursday, ending a longstanding restriction that drew heavy international criticism.

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