Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge 14 July 2019

1. Tropical Storm Barry hits Louisiana in the US

In the United States, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana with wind and rain, building towards hurricane strength.

With the storm expected to blow ashore as the first hurricane of the season, National Guard troops and rescue crews were posted around the State with boats.Forecasters said the storm could unload 25 to 50 centimetres of rain across Louisiana.

2. Agri-Business Incubation Centre started in Chhattisgarh

An Agri-Business Incubation Centre has started in Chhattisgarh.

The centre has been set up by the Union Agriculture Ministry in the Indira Gandhi Agriculture University of Raipur.Agri-Business Incubation Centre is set up under the National Agriculture Development Scheme- RAFTAAR.Under the scheme, guidance, technology and infrastructure will be provided to youth and entrepreneurs for start-ups in different areas of agriculture.

3. Meghalaya becomes 1st state to ensure water conservation

Meghalaya became the first state in India to ensure the conservation of water and have own water policy following a nod given by the State Cabinet.

The draft policy was approved by the State Cabinet in a meeting chaired by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma.The objective of the policy is to recognize water resources as a common pool resource, to provide safe and hygienic water for drinking, domestic and sanitation and livelihood development to all residents of the state. It also aims at ensuring the protection and conservation of catchment areas of all water sources to prevent degradation of the quantity and quality of water sources.

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Governor: Tathagata RoyChief minister: Conrad Sangma

4. IBM acquired American software company Red Hat Inc

International Business Machines Corp has closed its $34 billion acquisition of software company Red Hat Inc.

IBM in October agreed to buy Red Hat, the company's biggest acquisition in its more than 100-year history.Founded in 1993, Red Hat specializes in Linux operating systems.

5. TVS launches India's first ethanol-based motorcycle Apache RTR 200 Fi E100

TVS motor company launched an ethanol-based version of its 200cc sports-bike Apache.

At a price of Rs 1.2 lakh, this version costs about Rs 11,000 more than the comparable petrol variant. It is capable of running completely on ethanol and does not need to be blended with petrol at all.The bike will initially be available in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

6. Kaushik Ganguly's 'Nagarkirtan' wins at SAARC film fest

Director Kaushik Ganguly's Bengali outing 'Nagarkirtan', a love story of a transwoman and a flautist, has won big at this year's SAARC film festival, bagging four awards.

At the ninth edition of the SAARC fest in Colombo, 'Nagarkirtan' was honoured with 'Best Feature Film', 'Best Director', 'Best Actor' and 'Best Original Score' awards.Two other Indian films have won awards at the fest.'Na Bole Wo Haram', a 20-minute film by debutant director Nitish Patankar, bagged the 'Best Short Film' award, while 'Walking With the Wind' by Praveen Morchhale received the Special Jury award for direction and story. 

7. Simona Halep wins women's singles title at Wimbledon Tennis

In Wimbledon Tennis, seventh seed Simona Halep has won the women's singles title of this year.

She defeated 11th seed Serena Williams in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. in the summit clash. In the Men's Singles title clash, eight-time champion Roger Federer will meet world number one Novak Djokovic.

8. Pardeep Singh creates new Commonwealth record in the clean & jerk category

Pardeep Singh created a new Commonwealth record in the clean and jerk category in the Commonwealth Championships in Apia (Samoa).

Pardeep, who is competing in the 109 kg category, smashed the record in the clean and jerk event by lifting 202 kg.Two-time Commonwealth Games medallist Vikas Thakur clinched the silver medal in the men's 96 kg event.India ended their campaign with a rich tally of 35 medals in the youth, junior and senior categories, breaking numerous national, Commonwealth, world and Asian records.

9. India wins three gold medals in Yasar Dogu Ranking series

India has secured three Gold Medals in the Yasar Dogu Ranking series wrestling tournament being held in Turkey.

Rahul Awaare in 61 Kg, Seema Bisla in 50 Kg and Manju Kumari in 59 Kg categories clinched the yellow metal.Utkarsh Kale secured a Bronze in 61 Kg category.Commonwealth and Asian Gold medal winner Vinesh Foghat in 53 kg category and Dipak in 86 kg competition have stormed into the finals.Sumit, Vicky and Sonba Tanaji will compete for the bronze medal.

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