Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge 23 July 2019

1. National Broadcasting day: 23 July

National Broadcasting Day is observed every year on 23 July.

On this day in 1927, the first-ever radio broadcast in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station under a private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company.Since 1927, radio has been an important part of people's life in India.On 8th of June, 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio.

2. Chandrayaan-2 successfully launched

The powerful booster GSLV-Mark-3 carrying Chandrayaan-2 on-board zoomed into space at 14.43 from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

It placed the high-stake lunar probe into the designated highly elliptical orbit around the earth in just 16 minutes and 33 seconds.From the earth-bound orbit, Chandrayaan-2 will be navigated by the ISRO scientists to near the South Pole of the moon. It will be the first-ever soft-landing of a probe by India, that is expected to be on September 7.India would become the fourth ever nation to have a soft-landing on the moon, once Chandrayaan-2 reaches the unexplored area.Originally Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched on July 15th.Chandrayaan-2 has three-module spacecraft comprising an orbiter, lander 'Vikram' carrying rover 'Pragyan'.

3. Indian Navy Commissions Dornier Squadron INAS 313 at Chennai

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh commissioned the fifth Dornier squadron of the Indian Navy- Indian Naval Air Squadron 313 (INAS 313) at the Naval Air Enclave in Meenambakkam, Chennai.

The fifth Dornier squadron will help India track of the growing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean Region.The squadron will operate the indigenous Hindustan Aeronautical built maritime surveillance version multi-role Dornier 228 Short Range Maritime reconnaissance aircraft from Chennai airport.

4. Acharya Devvrat takes oath as new Governor of Gujarat

Shri Acharya Devvrat took the oath as a new Governor of Gujarat.

Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court administered the oath in presence of outgoing Governor Shri O.P. Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, and Speaker of the state Assembly Rajendra Trivedi along with other dignitaries.

5. Ajay Bhadoo appointed Joint Secretary to President

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Ajay Bhadoo as Joint Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Bhadoo, a Gujarat batch IAS officer is currently serving as the Vadodara Municipal Commissioner.He took charge of the Municipal Commissioner’s post in July 2018.

6. Lt Gen MM Naravane to be next vice-chief of Army Staff

The government has cleared the appointment of Lieutenant General MM Naravane as the next vice-chief of the Army staff.

Lieutenant General MM Naravane will take over Lt Gen D Anbu who retires on August 31. Lt Gen Narawane is currently heading the Eastern Command of the Army in Kolkata.Lt.Gen Naravane is headed to be the senior-most officer in the force after Army chief General Bipin Rawat retires on December 30.

7. Keshav Dutt, Prasun Banerjee chosen for Mohun Bagan Ratna

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Keshav Dutt and former India Football Captain Prasun Banerjee will be conferred the 'Mohun Bagan Ratna' during its annual day celebrations on the 29th of this month.

This is for the first time Mohun Bagan's executive committee has decided to confer their highest honour to a non-footballer.Mohun Bagan will also felicitate pacer Mohammed Shami, India's hat-trick hero of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, while Ashok Chatterjee will be given the Lifetime Achievement award.July 29 is celebrated as the 'Mohun Bagan Day' because on this day in 1911, the mariners became the first club to defeat a British club, East Yorkshire Regiment, and lift the IFA Shield.

8. Vocalist Sowmya to get Music Academy's 'Sangita Kalanidhi'

Well-known Carnatic vocalist S Sowmya was selected for the prestigious 'Sangita Kalanidhi' award this year by The Music Academy.

A PhD-holder from Madras University, Sowmya is known for her intellectual approach to music.Sowmya would preside over the 93rd annual conference of The Music Academy scheduled to be held from December 15 to January 1, 2020.

9. India tops medal tally at Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship

In Table Tennis, hosts India completed a clean sweep, claiming all the seven gold medals at the 21st Commonwealth Championships, which concluded in Cuttack.

Harmeet Desai and Ayhika Mukherjee won the men's and women's singles titles.Anthony Amalraj and Manav Thakkar claimed the men's doubles gold by stunning top seeds Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal 3-1. In women singles, Ayhika won her maiden gold in the championships, thrashing former national champion Madurika Patkar 4-0.Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Krittwika Sinha Roy defeated compatriots Sreeja Akula and Mousumi Paul 3-1 to claim the women's doubles crown.Indian paddlers topped the medals tally with seven gold, five silver and three bronze.England won two silver and three bronze medals.

10. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano passes away

Former Japanese diplomat and International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano die at 72.

Amano, who had wide experience in disarmament, non-proliferation diplomacy and nuclear energy, had been chief of the key U.N. agency that regulates nuclear issues worldwide since 2009. He was deeply involved in the years-long negotiations that led to the landmark Iran nuclear deal with world powers that restricted the country’s nuclear uranium enrichment. As Head of the IAEA, Amano also dealt with the aftermath of the devastating 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

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