Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge 16 July 2019

1. Congo confirms 1st Ebola case in the city of Goma

The Health Ministry Congo has confirmed the country’s first Ebola case in the city of Goma, home to more than 2 million people.

The regional capital in eastern Congo borders neighbouring Rwanda, which has been preparing for possible cases since an outbreak began nearly a year ago.The announcement marks a serious escalation of Congo’s Ebola crisis.The outbreak that started last August already is the second deadliest in history.More than 1,600 people in eastern Congo have died as the virus has spread in areas too dangerous for health teams to access.

Points to remember

Congo Capital: Kinshasa

Currency: Congolese franc


2. The high-level committee proposes to set up a National Digital Health Mission

A high-level committee formed by the government has proposed setting up of a National Digital Health Mission.

The report of the committee entitled 'National Digital Health Blueprint' was released by Health Minister Dr Harshavardhan in New Delhi.Both the Centre and state governments will be the owners and stakeholders in the new organisation.The proposal has been put in the public domain for suggestions from all stakeholders, including common people.


3. World Bank approves $250 million aid to Kerala to brace against natural disasters

World Bank will offer a loan of $250 million to the Kerala Government for the Resilient Kerala project.

The loan aimed at enhancing the state’s resilience against the impacts of natural disasters and climate change in the wake of last year’s floods.The announcement was made during “Rebuild Kerala: Development partners’ conclave,” a meeting of various funding agencies for rebuilding flood-ravaged Kerala

Points to Remember

Kerala CM: Pinarayi Vijayan

Governor: P. Sathasivam.


4. Kalraj Mishra appointed Himachal Pradesh Governor

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Kalraj Mishra as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh.

Acharya Devvrat has been transferred from Himachal Pradesh and appointed as the Governor of Gujarat.The appointments will take effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.


5. Ghana, Guyana, Pakistan pulled out of 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships

Ghana, Guyana and Pakistan pulled out of the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships beginning in Cuttack.

This brings the number of participating teams down to 12.The final list of nations that are competing includes Australia, Bangladesh, Cyprus, England, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, Singapore and Wales.


6. India bags 2 Gold medals at ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany

India bagged two Gold and one Silver medal in the Women's 10-metre Air Rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.

In the Individual section of the category, Elavenil Valarivan claimed the top honours with a total score of 251.6, while another Indian Mehuli Ghosh settled for a Silver with 250.2 points.India also clinched a Gold in the team section by creating a junior world record.


7. Indian youth boxers clinch 4 silver medals at Serbian Tourney

Indian youth boxers clinched four Silver and a bronze medal at the 37th Golden Glove of Vojvodina International Tournament held in Serbia.

Seloy Soy, Bilotson L Singh, Ajay Kumar and Vijaydeep fetched silver medals after going down in their respective final bouts.The tournament featured 22 countries, including India, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, and Kazakhstan.


8. India will host ISSF World Cup 2020

International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) approved India's application to host the ISSF World Cup stages.

The last edition of ISSF World Cup was held in Munich, Germany.The ISSF World Cup will be held in New Delhi from March 15 to 26 next year.


9. 1971 war hero Lt Gen Jacob, passes away

Lt Gen J F R Jacob (Retd), who negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka following the 1971 war, passed away.

Jacob, who was 92, breathed his last this morning after a prolonged illness.Born in 1923, Jacob is best known for his role in India's victory in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 and the liberation of Bangladesh.Jacob, then a Major General, served as the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army's Eastern Command during the war.

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