Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge 19 July 2019

1. Ebola outbreak declared a global health emergency in Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency of international concern.

The UN health agency made the announcement days after the virus was confirmed in Goma, a major regional crossroads in northeastern Congo on the Rwandan border.More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone.This is the fifth such declaration in history. Previous emergencies were declared for the devastating 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people.

2. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to attend BRICS foreign ministers' meet in Brazil next week

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from July 25-26 to participate in the Standalone meeting of BRICS' Foreign Ministers.

The Minister is expected to discuss amongst other issues, the preparation for the 11th BRICS Summit of the leaders to be held in Brasilia in November 2019.India attaches high importance to its engagement with BRICS and has continued to engage BRICS at the highest levels.BRICS Foreign Ministers meet twice annually.

3. MoU signed to eradicate TB by 2025

Union Health Ministry has signed an MoU with Ministries of Ayush, Defence and Railways to strengthen the efforts towards a TB-Free India by 2025.

Around 28 lakh people contract the disease every year in the country and four lakh people die every year. Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the TB will be completely eradicated from the country in the same way polio was.

4. WB govt to sign MoU with British Council to brush up spoken English skills of polytechnic students

The West Bengal government has decided to sign an MOU with the British Council for brushing up the English Speaking skills of the students studying in Polytechnic Colleges in the state.

The move is aimed to improve English speaking capacity for job seekers students.According to Technical Education Department sources, an enquiry to assess job readiness of students was conducted recently and communication in English was found as a major hurdle. At present, there are 148 Polytechnic Colleges across the state.

5. Haryana govt, NSE sign pact for growth of MSMEs

National Stock Exchange (NSE) has signed a pact with the Haryana government to help boost the growth of MSME sector in the state.

As per the memorandum of understanding, NSE will support the Haryana government in enhancing the financing opportunities for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the state, through listing on NSE's SME exchange platform, NSE Emerge.On the other hand, the Haryana government would facilitate the listing of MSMEs on NSE Emerge through financial assistance.

6. ADB cuts India’s GDP growth forecast to 7 per cent for FY20

Asian Development Bank lowered India's GDP growth forecast to 7 per cent for the current year on the back of fiscal shortfall concerns.

India is expected to grow by 7 per cent in 2019 (FY20) and 7.2 per cent in 2020 (FY21), slightly slower than projected in April.Earlier in April this year too, the Manila-based multilateral funding agency had lowered India's growth forecast for 2019 to 7.2 per cent from 7.6 per cent estimated previously.

7. ICC suspends Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect

The International Cricket Council, ICC has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect over violation of global body's constitution.

The current elected members of Zimbabwe Board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was a violation of relevant articles of ICC Constitution.This constitution doesn't allow any government intervention. As a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events.

Points to remember

ICC Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

CEO: Manu Sawhney

8. Sachin Tendulkar enters the ICC Hall of Fame 2019

Former Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar enters the elite list of ICC Hall of Fame, 2019.

Master Blaster Tendulkar was inducted during a ceremony in London along with South African bowler Allan Donald and Australia's Cathryn Fitzpatrick.Rahul Dravid was the last Indian to get included in ICC Hall of Fame.

9. P T Usha nominated for IAAF Veteran Pin

Former Olympic track and field athlete P T Usha has been nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Veteran Pin.

He also extended an invitation to the 55-year-old to attend the award ceremony during the opening of the 52nd IAAF Congress in Qatar in September.Usha's most memorable performance came in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she became the first Indian to reach the finals of the 400m hurdles but lost the bronze by one-hundredth of a second.

10. Sarabjot Singh wins India's ninth gold in ISSF Junior World Cup

In Shooting, extending India's domination at the ISSF Junior World Cup, Sarabjot Singh shot a 239.6 to bag the men's 10 metres air pistol gold.

This is India's ninth gold medal at the event in Suhl, Germany.Sarabjit's effort meant that India swept both the men's and women's 10 metres air pistol crowns with 14-year-old Esha Singh winning the women's event.After six days of top-class shooting and with one more day to go, India remains on top of the medal standings with nine gold, nine silver and four bronze for a total of 22 medals.

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