Current Affairs Updates (26th,27th July 2019)

  • The amendment in RTI Act, which gives power to the government to decide the salary and service terms of statutory body head and its members, is approved by the government after Rajya Sabha passed the RTI Amendment Bill, 2019 by a voice vote. It was negated by 117 members voting against the motion and 75 members voting in favour.  It will amend Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005.
  • Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-Dhan Yojana (PM-LVMY) was launched by the Union labour and Employment ministry for retailers and small traders. This scheme provides a minimum monthly pension of Rs 3000/month to small shopkeepers, retail traders, and the self-employed people after they attain 60years of age. It is an extension of Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM).
  • The three armed forces of India (Army, Navy, and Air Force) conducted 1st ever simulated space warfare exercise called “IndSpaceEx” on July 25, 26, 2019. It was started in New Delhi. The 2-day exercise aims to assess requisite space and counter-space capabilities that are needed by India. It will also help India to better grasp strategic challenges in space that need to be handled.
  • The State Government of Uttar Pradesh(UP) has become number one in implementation of ambitious central government scheme Pradhanamntri Suraksha Beema Yojna. Totally 1.95 crores people have been given insurance cover under the scheme till 31 march 2019 in the state.
  • According to the study named “Moving Price Index 2019” conducted by relocation experts from Movinga(German online platform-based moving company),  Delhi is among the world’s cheapest cities to move to. Delhi was ranked 85th in terms of  individual relocation &  84th rank in family relocation on the Index, a study of 85 cities that takes a number of parameters into account as a foundation for its findings, including transportation, food and drink, phone bills, rent cost (temporary and permanent), storage fees and internet connection.
  • A partnership between NITI Aayog and WhatsApp has been announced to support the growth of the ecosystem to promote women entrepreneurs in India under the aegis of Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP).
  • IIT (Indian Institute of Technology ) Kharagpur students have developed an android-based app called ‘CARE4U’ aims to provide better elderly care practices. The app connects the elderly person to the caregiver.
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has approved the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA), which is formed as per the board’s new constitution to look after the interest of former players. Kapil Dev, Ajit Agarkar, and Shantha Rangaswamy will be the directors at ICA now until elections are held.
  • The President of Tunisia and the North African country’s first democratically elected leader, Beji Caid Essebsi passed away at the age of 92 in Tunis, Tunisia after suffering from a severe health crisis.
  • On July 26, 2019, the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated throughout India to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1999 Kargil War. This day marks the victory of Indian armed forces in Operation Vijay in 1999 & honors the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for India in the Kargil War. The theme for Kargil Vijay Diwas 2019 was “Remember, Rejoice and Renew”.
  • Jordan, an Arab country in Western Asia, opened its first Underwater Military Museum Dive Site, off its Red Sea coast.
  •  Apple and Intel have signed an agreement where Apple will acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion.
  • Beijing-based startup Interstellar Glory Space Technology, which is also known as iSpace, successfully launched the first commercial rocket of China named Hyperbola-1.
  • An e-learning platform, Byju’s will be the official Team India sponsor for a period of three years from 5th September 2019 until 31st March 2022.