Latest Current Affairs 24th July 2019

Heavy legislative business transacted in Parliament: Rajya Sabha passes Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 while Lok Sabha clears Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 and Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019; Home Minister Amit Shah says, Amendments to UAPA will keep anti-terror agencies two steps ahead of terrorists.

Hectic efforts on to form new government in Karnataka: Political developments pick up pace in Karnataka after HD Kumaraswamy’s resignation as CM; Series of meetings take place in BJP’s camp; BS Yeddyurappa says next course of action to be decided on the basis of central leadership’s guidance; Congress Legislature Party meets; Kumaraswamy doubts continuation of the coalition.

PM Modi releases book on Former PM Chandra Shekhar: PM Narendra Modi releases book “Chandra Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics”; Chandra Shekhar’s legacy applauded by top dignitaries; PM says coterie of people created adverse images of greats like Dr. Ambedkar and Sardar Patel.

Decrease in incidents of communal riots in the last 5 years: MoS Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Wednesday said that there has been noticeable decrease in incidents of communal riots in the last five years.

Lok Sabha discusses Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill: Lok Sabha discusses The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019; Rajya Sabha takes up The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Karnataka: BJP legislators to meet; Central leadership to discuss future course of action: With numbers in favour, BJP to hold legislature party meeting in Karnataka; Central leadership to discuss future course of action.

No question of third party mediation on Kashmir issue: Rajnath Singh: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tells Lok Sabha that there is no question of third party mediation on Kashmir issue; says Kashmir issue is a matter of our national pride.

Cross LoC Trade case: NIA carries out search operations at 6 locations: The National Investigation Agency has carried out searches at six locations in connection with the ongoing investigation in the Cross LoC Trade case.

India working on reducing sulphur content in shipping fuel, says Union Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya: Union Minister Mansukh L Mandaviya on Tuesday said India will have a greater voice at International Maritime Organization even as it is working towards complying with the IMO 2020 regulations on limiting sulphur content of bunker fuel.

Heavy rainfall predicted for Mumbai over next 2 days: After a week-long dry spell, heavy rains lashed Mumbai and neighbouring districts during the night and Wednesday morning, causing water logging in some areas and slowing down local trains and road traffic movement.

Boris Johnson to take over as Prime Minister of Britain: The new leader of Conservative party Boris Johnson will take over as Prime Minister of Britain today.

IMD predicts widespread rains in Northern India: Flood situation has improved in Bihar and Assam with let up in rain but the flood-affected people and regions continue to battle the odds.

PM Modi interacts with Divyang performers: Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment organised a cultural evening, ‘Divya kala Shakti- Divyangta mei Kshamta ka pradarshan’, at the Balyogi Auditorium in the Parliament Library Building on Tuesday.

Lok Sabha passes Motor vehicle Amendment Bill: The lower house of the Parliament passed The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Tuesday.

JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka falls: The Nataka in Karnataka finally coming to an end with the Kumarswamy government losing the trust vote.

Rain subsides in Kerala; Relief & Rehabilitation intensifies in Assam and Bihar: Rain subsides in Kerala, red alert withdrawn from all districts; Focus shifts to relief and rehabilitation in Assam and Bihar after heavy rains wreaked havoc.

Boris Johnson takes charge as United Kingdom Prime Minister: Change of Guard at 10 Downing Street; Boris Johnson takes charge after Theresa May demits office as Prime Minister; May wishes him the best in steering UK through Brexit; Johnson says the buck stops here; extends hand of friendship to EU, Ireland, Brussels; PM Modi congratulates Boris Johnson.

Nationwide Water transport worker strike suspended in Bangladesh: The nation wide strike of water transport workers of Bangladesh was suspended on Wednesday afternoon after a meeting between the worker’s union and the Directorate of Labour. This was announced by Bangladesh Water Transport Worker’s Federation president Md Shah Alam in Dhaka.

Motihari-Amelkhgunj Oil pipeline further strengthen India, Nepal relations, says Nepal’s Industry Minister: Nepal’s Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav has said Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline will be a strong foundation to further strengthen India Nepal relations.

40 terror groups operating in Pakistan: Imran Khan: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan admits there were 40 different terror groups operating in his country; says successive Governments in Pakistan did not tell the truth to United States.

Bombs recovered from two Public Place in Dhaka: Two bombs were found abandoned at two different locations in Dhaka last night.

Intense European heat wave roasts millions as all-time records tumble: A vast and intense heat wave is underway in Europe as an unusually strong area of high pressure, also known as a “heat dome,” tightens its grip across much of the continent.

U.N. says war in Yemen is “eminently resolvable”: The war in Yemen can be stopped because the warring sides still support a U.N. peace deal brokered in Stockholm last December.

Mark Esper sworn-in as Trump’s Defense Secretary: Mark Esper was sworn in the Secretary of Defense, ending the longest period by far that the Pentagon has been without a permanent top official.

European Union congratulates Boris Johnson: Theresa May congratulated Boris saying the need of the hour is to work together to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK and to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of government.

Income Tax Department raids in Rs 274 cr J&K Bank scam: In Jammu & Kashmir, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) through Income Tax Department carried out raids at offices and related places of  an unknown big Establishment in connection with raising loan worth over 270 crores while simultaneously diverting the same for the purpose not designated under terms & conditions laid out for the same.

Cabinet takes major decision benefiting sugarcane farmers: Union Cabinet takes major decision benefiting sugarcane farmers; approves creation of a 40 lakh metric tonne sugar buffer stock worth 1,674 crore rupees; gives nod to amendment in Aadhar and other Laws Act; to enable use of aadhar in state govt’s schemes.

FM Nirmala Sitharaman attends Income Tax Day event in New Delhi: Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday presided as Chief Guest over an event organised by the Income Tax Department celebrating the Income Tax Day in New Delhi.

15th Finance Commission meets representatives of Chhattisgarh PRIs: The Fifteenth Finance Commission meets representatives of Chhattisgarh PRIs.

Government extends deadline for filing of Income Tax returns till August 31: The government has extended the deadline for filing of Income Tax returns by individuals for financial year 2018-19 to 31st of August from 31st July.

159th Income Tax Day today: Today is the 159th Income Tax Day or Aaykar Diwas.

IMF lowers global growth forecasts predictions amid trade, Brexit uncertainties: The International Monetary Fund has lowered its forecast for global growth this year and next, warning that further US-China tariffs or a disorderly exit for Britain from the European union could further slow growth, weaken investment and disrupt supply chains.

National Games not in November, but May 2020: Goa CM: Hours after a Goa Minister announced that the much-delayed National Games would be held in the state in November, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that it will not be possible to organise them this year.

Japan Open: PV Sindhu advances to second round: Ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu kicked off her Japan Open campaign on an emphatic note as she registered a comprehensive victory over China’s Yue Han in her first-round clash of the $750,000 tournament.

Boxer Maxim Dadashev dies from head injuries sustained in fight: Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died at the age of 28 following injuries suffered in his IBF light-welterweight fight against Subriel Matias.

Japan Open: HS Prannoy stuns Kidambi Srikanth in first round: In an all Indian affair, HS Prannoy stunned Kidambi Srikanth, as he defeated him 13-21, 21-11, 22-20 in the first round of Japan Open on Wednesday.

Thailand Open: Bhagyabati Kachari enters semifinals: Bhagyabati Kachari in the 75kg category assured India of at least a bronze medal at the Thailand International Boxing Tournament by advancing to the semifinals in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Pre-season friendly: Chelsea beat Barcelona 2-1: Goals from Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley helped Chelsea beat Barcelona 2-1 in a pre-season friendly as Ernesto Valverde’s side kicked off their preseason with a defeat in Tokyo.

One year to go until Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Wednesday marks one year until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and organizers say the preparations for the summer showpiece are right on track.

ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli retains number one spot: India captain Virat Kohli has retained numero uno spot in the latest International Cricket Council Test batsmen’s rankings.

Rare Nike trainers sold for $437,500 in New York: A rare pair of Nike’s “Moon Shoe” designed by the sportswear giant’s co-founder has sold for a record-breaking $437,500, breaking the world auction record for a pair of sneakers, according to New York auction house Sotheby’s.

Facebook to pay record $5 billion U.S. fine over privacy violations: Facebook Inc will pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices and the social media giant will restructure its approach to privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

J&K: ITBP personnel practices Yoga on Amarnath Yatra’s Baltal route: Yoga is part of routine for ITBP jawans. Whenever possible, the Jawans do yoga at high altitude areas regularly to keep themselves physically and mentally robust.

PM Modi releases book on Former PM Chandra Shekhar: PM Narendra Modi releases book “Chandra Shekhar – The Last Icon of Ideological Politics”; Chandra Shekhar’s legacy applauded by top dignitaries; PM says coterie of people created adverse images of greats like Dr. Ambedkar and Sardar Patel.

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