Latest Current Affairs 22nd July 2019

NHRC Amendment Bill passed in RS; LS passes RTI Amendment Bill:Rajya Sabha passes Protection of Human Rights Amendment Bill 2019; Lok Sabha passes right to Information Amendment Bill after discussion; Lok Sabha discusses Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill.

Flood situation improves in Bihar and Assam:Flood situation improves in Bihar and Assam with let up in rain but the flood-affected continue to battle the odds; Reports of erosion of coastal areas emerge in rain-battered Kerala; Delhi-NCR lashed with heavy rain too.

Indian Navy Commissions Dornier Squadron INAS 313:The Navy commissions its fifth Dornier Aircraft Squadron – Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 313 in Chennai on Monday.

Karnataka CM seeks two days time for floor test :Karnataka CM HD Kumarswamy seeks two days time for the floor test after Assembly speaker says the vote will be  completed today; Speaker’s annoucement came after discussion with all parties; Supreme Court refuses urgent listing of the plea calling for the floor test to be held on Monday.

Parliament pays homage to Sheila Dikshit, Ram Chandra Paswan:Parliament pays homage to Sheila Dikshit and Ram Chandra Paswan; Lok Sabha discusses amendments to RTI Act; Rajya Sabha takes Human rights amendment bill for consideration and passing.

Nation celebrates successful launch of ‘fully indigenous mission’:As India launched it’s second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, congratulatory messages have started to pour in from across the country.

President, Vice President, PM Modi congratulate Team ISRO:President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Congratulated scientists for successful launch of Chandrayaan 2 launch. Prime Minister witnessed the moments Chandrayaan-2 lifted off the launchpad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. As the mission entered the desired orbit and the satellite was injected into its desired path, Prime Minister applauded the successful feat of ISRO.

Successful launch of Chandrayaan-2: India over the moon:Historic day for India as ISRO successful launches Chandrayaan-2; GSLV Mk-III injects the spacecraft into the Earth Orbit; the lander – Vikram – to land on Moon on the 48th day of the mission; India will become the first country to make a soft landing near the south pole of the moon.

Government presents 50 day report card:Ministry of Information and Broadcasting presents the 50 day report card and road map ahead of Modi Government 2.0, says Government has taken definite strides towards making India a 5 Trillion dollar economy in next 5 years.

8 Air Routes Made Functional Under UDAN Scheme: Centre:Eight routes under regional connectivity scheme UDAN have become functional since Friday, taking the total number of operational routes to 194, According Civil Aviation Ministry.

National Medical Commission Bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha today:National Medical Commission Bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday, the bill seeks to replace 63 year old Medical Council of India, expected to usher in sweeping changes in Medical education including elimination of NEET for PG courses.

Flood situation worsens in Kerala:Flood situation worsens in Kerala. Red Alert issued in 4 districts due to heavy rains. Situation in flood ravaged Assam and Bihar improves.

Kumaraswamy government fate likely to be decided on Monday:Voting in Karnataka assembly likely on Monday on Trust Motion on Chief Minister HDK Kumaraswamy. SC to hear Congress plea on validity of Whip. Congress-JDS government faces existential crisis after resignation of 15 MLAs withdrawal of support by two independents.

Chandrayaan-2 launched from Sriharikota:India’s rocket carrying an orbiter, lander and a rover in a stepped up moon mission to uncover lunar secrets launched into space successfully in its second bid from the Sriharikota launch pad on Monday.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan faces protests in United States:Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan faces protests in United States with protesters shouting ‘Free Balochistan’ slogans while addressing the resident Pakistanis.

Seizure of UK flagged oil tanker by Iran: May chairs COBRA meeting on crisis:The tension in the strategic waterway of the Gulf region has intensified after a British-flagged oil tanker was seized on 19th July and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz.

Sri Lanka extends Emergency for another month:Sri Lanka has extended by another month, the state of emergency imposed after Easter Sunday attacks.

India to give Ten thousand scholarships to heirs of liberation war fighters in Bangladesh:Government of India will provide 10,000 scholarships for heirs of the liberation war fighters of Bangladesh called ‘Muktijodhas’ over the next five years under the Nutan India-Bangladesh Maitree Muktijodha Sontan Scholarship Scheme.

Spate of Mob Lynching in Bangladesh:At least five people have been killed and 14 severely beaten since Saturday last in cases of mob lynching reported from various parts of Bangladesh.

Tear gas and rubber bullets fired as Hong Kong returns to chaos:Acrid clouds of tear gas wafted through the city’s densely packed commercial district as police battled masked protesters.

Mexico: 4 shot dead, 7 wounded in Acapulco bar near beach:Mexican authorities say gunmen have killed four men and wounded seven other people in a bar in the Pacific Coast resort city of Acapulco.

Japan’s ruling coalition secures upper house majority:Exit polls indicated Abe could even close in on the super-majority needed to propose constitutional revisions.

British PM to hold emergency meeting on seized tanker:British Prime Minister Theresa May to hold emergency Cabinet Meeting on Monday on the seizure of UK flagged Oil Tanker by Iran. Britain also writes to UNSC protesting the Iranian action.

Sensex loses 306 points, Nifty tanks by 82.10 points:The BSE sensex nosedived again on Monday by 306 points to close at an over two-month low; Bloodbath in HDFC twins and FMCG stocks couple with weak global trends also took their toll.

20 iron ore mines auctioned till date: Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan:The government Monday said 20 iron ore blocks having reserves of 583.057 million tonne (MT) have been auctioned till date.

F&O expiry, June quarter earnings to chart market direction in coming week:Benchmark equity indices Sensex and NSE Nifty ended the week in the red amid profit booking by foreign investors, mixed earnings and concerns over a slowdown in the economy.

LIC offering Rs 1.25 trillion by 2024 for highway projects, says Gadkari:As part of innovative modes of financing to meet India’s huge infrastructure appetite, insurance giant LIC has agreed to offer Rs 1.25 trillion line of credit by 2024, to fund highway projects, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

8 Air Routes Made Functional Under UDAN Scheme: Centre:Eight routes under regional connectivity scheme UDAN have become functional since Friday, taking the total number of operational routes to 194, According Civil Aviation Ministry.

My parents were not happy with my career choice: Benedict Cumberbatch:He maybe one of the biggest British stars in Hollywood, but Benedict Cumberbatch still feels he has let his parents down by becoming an actor.

You’re worth the fight: Camila Cabello on anxiety struggles:Singer Camila Cabello has opened up about her battle with anxiety and encouraged people to fight for themselves as they are “the most worthwhile one”. The singer, who has often talked about her struggles with mental health issues, shared a lengthy post on Instagram on Sunday.

Box office: ‘The Lion King’ rules with $185 million debut:Simba and Mufasa reigned supreme this weekend as Disney’s “The Lion King” dominated box office charts. Director Jon Favreau’s remake of the animated classic collected a massive $185 million from 4,756 North American theaters during its first three days of release.

NASA prepares to send ”first woman and next man” on Moon in 2024:As NASA marked the 50th anniversary of the historic first Moon landing, the US space agency is preparing to take its next giant leap with the ambitious Artemis programme that could see the “first woman and the next man” walk on the lunar surface.

Sci-tech Innovation Board serves as test field for new systems: Experts:The institutional innovations including the pilot registration-based IPO system and the new sponsorship system have made the Shanghai Stock Exchange sci-tech innovation board (STAR Market) a test field for China’s stock market, according to the experts.

Chandrayaan-2 launched from Sriharikota:India’s rocket carrying an orbiter, lander and a rover in a stepped up moon mission to uncover lunar secrets launched into space successfully in its second bid from the Sriharikota launch pad on Monday.

You’re worth the fight: Camila Cabello on anxiety struggles:Singer Camila Cabello has opened up about her battle with anxiety and encouraged people to fight for themselves as they are “the most worthwhile one”. The singer, who has often talked about her struggles with mental health issues, shared a lengthy post on Instagram on Sunday.

On World Brain Day, let’s learn natural ways to treat migraine:On World Brain Day, let’s know about migraine that affects over 20 per cent of people at some point in their lives.

U.S.: Residents cool down in sweltering heat wave: With a record-breaking heat wave intensifying over much of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast on Sunday, residents were doing whatever they could to keep cool.

Horses amaze Paris commuters:Performers on horseback roamed around a Paris train station on Sunday passing through a waiting bar and performing stunts to the delight of hundreds of passengers.

Japan: Two severely-disabled candidates win seats in upper house vote:Two wheelchair-bound candidates won seats in Japan’s upper house vote on Sunday, media projections showed, a sign of changing attitudes towards disabled people in a country where they have long been encouraged to stay in the shadow.

Ready, steady, slow – snails slug it out at racing world champs!:Over 160 snails slugged it out at the annual World Championships on Saturday (July 20).

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