01 July 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

01 July 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

01 July 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2019 begins in London today

  • The iconic tennis championships ‘Wimbledon 2019’ (133rd-edition) start in London today.
  • The grass court Major Wimbledon Tennis Championships is the third Grand Slam tournament of the year after the ‘Australian Open’ and the ‘French Open’.
  • The Swiss great Roger Federer will be playing his 21st consecutive Wimbledon.
  • The 2019 Wimbledon Championships is a Grand Slam tennis tournament which took place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom.
Winners List: 2018 Wimbledon Championships
S. No. 
Runner Up-
1.Men's SinglesNovak Djokovic (Serbia)Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
2.Women's SinglesAngelique Kerber (Germany)Serena Williams (USA)
 National Affairs

2. Nationwide Jal Shakti Abhiyan launched today

  • Today, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has launched ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ across the country to accelerate water harvesting and conservation measures.
  • The scheme is aimed at making water conservation and promotion of irrigation efficiency a mass movement through asset creation and communication campaigns.
  • Over 250 officers, including Additional and Joint Secretaries, have been appointed as in-charge of water-stressed districts in the country to plan ways to conserve the natural resource.
  • They have been appointed as Central Prabhari Officers of 255 water-stressed districts for coordinating the Jal Shakti Abhiyan.
  • These teams will visit identified blocks & districts and coordinate the implementation of various water harvesting and conservation measures.
Source: AIR News

3. Annual Amarnath Yatra begins today

  • Today, the annual Amarnath Yatra (46-day pilgrimage) was flagged off from both 'Baltal' and 'Pahalgam' routes in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Governor Satya Pal Malik (Chairman of Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board) attended traditional "Pratham Pooja" at the cave shrine.
  • Any person below the age of 13 years or above 75 years, pregnant women and medically unfit people are barred for taking the pilgrimage in south Kashmir.
  • Shri Amarnath Shrine Shrine Board has procured Group Accidental Insurance Policy with a cover of 3 lakh rupees for registered Yatris (three lakhs).
  • Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 12,756 ft, about 141 km from Srinagar and reached through Pahalgam town.
  • The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism.
Source: AIR News

4. Rajasthan CM inaugurates 5th & 6th Unit of Chabra Super Critical Thermal Power Station

  • Rajasthan Chief Minister ‘Ashok Gehlot’ has inaugurated 5th and 6th Unit of Chabra Super Critical Thermal Power Station in Baran district.
  • In Chhabra, 4 Units are already producing power with a capacity of 250 MW each.
  • These two new units are of capacity to produce 660 Megawatts power each and now the total capacity of this thermal power station has reached up to 2 thousand 320 MW.
  • This is the state’s First project based on Super Critical Thermal Power Technology and the estimated cost of this project is 9 thousand 550 Crore Rupees. 
  • This Project will not only meet out the power demand of the state but also it will make the state independent in the power production sector.
Source: AIR News
Important Days
5. 1st July: National Doctor's Day
  • The National Doctors’ Day is celebrated every year on 1st July in India to honour the legendary physician and the 2nd Chief Minister of West Bengal Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.
  • This is a vital day for doctors as it provides them with an opportunity to reflect on their career and remind them about practising the art and science of Medicine and Surgery in an ethical manner.
  • Dr Roy was honoured with the country's highest civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’.
Science & Defence

6. NASA announces 'Dragonfly' mission to explore Saturn's moon, Titan

  • The US space agency NASA has announced to launch a spacecraft in 2026 to explore the richly organic world of Titan.
  • A rotorcraft called 'Dragonfly' will arrive at the Saturn's moon in 2034, looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth.
  • It may lend clues to how life may have arisen on Earth.
  • Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system and is an icy world whose surface is completely obscured by a nitrogen-based golden atmosphere, four times denser than Earth's.

7. India signs Rs 200 Crore deal with Russia for ‘Strum Ataka’ anti-tank missiles

  • India has signed a deal with Russia for acquiring the ‘Strum Ataka’ anti-tank missiles.
  • The deal has been signed under the emergency clause as a result of which the missile would be delivered within a time of 3 months of the signing of the contract.
  •  The deal is worth around Rs 200 Crore.
  • The deal would give an added capability to the Mi-35 attack choppers to take out enemy tanks and other armored elements.
International Affairs

8. Abu Dhabi to host first ISA's joint security exercise ‘ISALEX19’

  • Representatives of 50 law enforcement agencies of the International Security Alliance are taking part in the first joint security exercise ‘ISALEX19’ in Abu Dhabi.
  • Joint Security Exercise will test the readiness of the different teams and to evaluate the tools, strategies and procedures developed jointly between member countries.
  • The participants include representatives from tactical teams, rapid intervention units, communications, civil defence, and explosive ordnance disposal, teams.
  • The International Security Alliance (launched in 2017) is an international working group to confront organised, transnational and extremist crimes in Abu Dhabi.
  • Now, the alliance comprises nine countries, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, France, Italy, Spain, Senegal, Singapore, and the Slovak Republic.
Source: AIR News
Books & Author

9. Former Navy Chief Sushil Kumar authors Book ‘A Prime Minister to Remember’

  • A Book titled ‘A Prime Minister to Remember: Memories of a Military Chief’ has been released.
  • The book has been written by Admiral Sushil Kumar.
  • The book is about the huge impact that the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had on the Armed Forces of India.
  • Former Navy Chief Sushil Kumar served with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (from 1998 to 2001) during challenging times of Kargil War, hijacking of IC 814 and Operation Parakram.
 Banking & Finance

10. Fund transfer through RTGS, NEFT set to get cheaper from today

  • From Today, Fund transfer through Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) systems have become cheaper after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided it will not impose any charges on such transactions.
  • RBI has also asked banks to pass on the benefits to customers from the same day.
  • The transaction cost comprises two components-RBI’s charges plus banks’ services charges based on the infrastructure cost they incur.
  • While the share of RBI’s levy goes away, bank charges would continue to exist.
  • The Real-Time Gross Settlement system is meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers, while the National Electronic Funds Transfer system is used for fund transfers of up to 2 lakh rupees.
  • After announcing its decision to waive all charges on fund transfer through RTGS and NEFT systems from today.
Honours & Award

11. ITBP DIG Aparna Kumar becomes the first civil servant to summit Mount Denali

  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Aparna Kumar (IPS officer - 2002 batch-UP cadre) has become the first civil servant to scale Mount Denali (in the third attempt), the highest peak in North America.
  • Currently, Ms Kumar posted as DIG, ITBP Northern Frontier at Dehradun.
  • She also became the first woman IPS DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully complete the South Pole expedition.

12. IIT Kanpur honours Gopichand with an honorary doctorate

  • On the occasion of their 52nd convocation, India's chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand was bestowed upon an honorary doctorate by IIT Kanpur.
  • The received the honour from former ISRO chairman and Chairman of Board of Governors of IIT Kanpur, Prof K Radhakrishnan.
  • Former President APJ Abdul Kalam and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are past recipients of the honour.

13. Achyutanand Sahu conferred with 'Narad Samman-2019’

  • Martyred Achyutanand Sahu (DD News cameraman) conferred with posthumously ‘Narad Samman-2019’.
  • Late Sahu was martyred in Naxal attack in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh in October last year, in the line of duty.
  • Even after having been shot, Achyutanand showed exemplary courage and set new standards in journalism.
  • The 2019 Narad Samman was given in total nine categories.
  • The award has been constituted in memory of the first-ever and the most eminent journalist-scholar of the universe, namely ‘Narad Maharishi’.
Source: DD News

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