Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge 26 July 2019

1. 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas: 26 July 2019

The 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas is being celebrated on 26 July 2019.

The day is named after the successful Operation Vijay in 1999 when India regained the control of the high outposts which had been stealthily taken over by Pakistan.The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days and ended with India regaining control of all the previously held territory.The central theme of this year's celebrations is ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’.

2. President Kovind to visit 3 West African nations from July 28

President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a week-long visit to three West African nations- Benin, The Gambia and Guinea- from July 28 to August 3.

India's diplomatic relations with Africa have undergone an unprecedented transformation in the last five years.This will be the first high-level visit for our Head of State from India to all the three countries in West Africa.

Points to remember

Capital of the above-mentioned countries are as follows

Benin: Porto-Novo

The Gambia: Banjul

Guinea: Conakry

3. INS Tarkash reaches St. Petersburg, to take part in Russian Navy Day Parade

Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at St. Petersburg in Russia to participate in the Russian Navy Day Parade.

It seeks to bolster the robust ties between the two countries.The ship was welcomed into the harbour by officials from the Russian Navy with a live performance by the Russian Naval Band.INS Tarkash will form part of the mobile column for the review by the President of the Russian Federation.

4. UP becomes No. 1 in implementation of Pradhanamntri Suraksha Beema Yojna

Uttar Pradesh has become number one in implementation of Pradhanamntri Suraksha Beema Yojna in the country.

1.95 crores people have been given insurance cover under the scheme till 31 march 2019.The implementation of this ambitious central government scheme started in the state from January 2018 under which people between the age group of 18 to 70 get an accidental insurance cover of rupees 2 lakh by paying a nominal premium of 12 rupees annually.

5. Apple acquires Intel's smartphone modem business for $1bn

Apple has announced the acquisition of chip-maker Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion.

Approximately 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. Intel will retain the ability to develop modems for non-smartphone applications, such as PCs, internet-of-things devices and autonomous vehicles. Apple has been working on its own chips for quite some time.Acquiring Intel’s technology could help the iPhone maker accelerate its plans.

6. Sunil Kumar given additional charge as MTNL chairman

State-owned MTNL’s director Sunil Kumar has been given additional charge of chairman and managing director of the company.

Kumar is currently Director (Human Resources and Enterprise Business) at MTNL and takes over from PK Purwar.Purwar was recently appointed the chairman and managing Director of BSNL.

7. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury appointed PAC Chairman

The leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was appointed as the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

In the last term, the post was held by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.The PAC has 15 members from Lok Sabha and 7 from Rajya Sabha.The term of office of members of the committee does not exceed one year at a time.

8. BCCI announces a new sponsor for team India

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a new sponsor for the Indian team.

BYJU'S will be taking over the sponsorship from OPPO.

The Indian team will be wearing the jersey with a new sponsor from September in the home series against South Africa.BYJU'S will be the official sponsor for the Indian team from September 5 to March 31, 2022.

9. India drops two places in FIFA rankings

The Indian football team slipped two places to 103rd in the latest FIFA rankings.

India lost two matches and drew one in the Intercontinental Cup earlier this month in Ahmedabad. It lost 2-4 to Tajikistan and 2-5 against eventual winners DPR Korea before playing out a 1-1 draw against Syria.The Indian team now lies at 18th among Asian countries. Iran (23rd) is at the top among Asian countries, followed by Japan (33), Korea (37), Australia (46) and Qatar (62).Overall, Belgium leads the chart, followed by Brazil, France, England and Uruguay.

10. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi dies

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country's first democratically elected leader, died at the age of 92.

He had been hospitalised with a severe illness in late June and was returned to intensive care.The veteran politician, the oldest head of state after Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, came to power in 2014.

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