Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 07 July 2019

1. International Day of Cooperatives: 6 July

International Co-operative Day is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement observed on the first Saturday in July since 1923.

The day is celebrated to increase awareness of cooperatives.2019 theme: COOPS 4 DECENT WORK

2. Indian Railways commissions longest electrified tunnel

South Central Railway has commissioned the longest electrified tunnel, measuring 6.6 Kms between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations.

It is part of the recently completed Obulavaripalli – Venkatachalam new railway line.The tunnel has been completed in a record time of 43 months.The construction of this tunnel paved the way to operate freight trains on Obulavaripalli - Venkatachalam - Krishnapatnam Port new railway line for a distance of 113 km.

3. India gets its 38th UNESCO World Heritage Site as Pink City Jaipur

The Walled City of Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, on made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

The announcement was made after the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, underway at Baku (Azerbaijan).The committee examined the nomination of the Walled City of Jaipur for inclusion in the World Heritage list.With this, India now has 38 World Heritage Sites, that include 30 cultural properties, 7 natural properties and one mixed site.

4. Army International Scout Masters Competition

The fifth edition of International Army Scout Masters Competition is being held at Jaisalmer Military Station under the aegis of Southern Command of Indian Army. 

The competition is a part of International Army Games and consists of five stages of competitions which will be conducted over a period of nine days from 06 August 2019 to 14 August 2019 at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. It is the first time that India has got an opportunity to host and participate in this prestigious event.Elite teams from eight participating countries including India will undergo a gruelling experience The other seven countries are Armenia, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.

5. New Space India Ltd. incorporated as a new commercial arm of Department of Space

New Space India Limited (NSIL) has been incorporated as a new commercial arm of Department of Space to tap the benefits of the Research & Development carried out by ISRO.

The Company will spearhead commercialization of various space products including the production of launch vehicles, transfer to technologies and marketing of space products.The Budget Estimates for the Department of Space for FY 2019-20 is Rs 12,473.26 crore as compared to the budget of Rs 11,200 crore in FY 2018-19.

6. Nasscom announces global cloud computing challenge

Nasscom partners with National Skill Development Corporation to organise ‘World Skills India’s International Cloud Computing Challenge 2019’.

Ten countries including India are participating in the competition, along with New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Oman and Ireland.“WorldSkills India” is an NSDC initiative launched in 2011 to provide a platform to the youth, along with industries and educators.

7. Army Chief releases Kargil Tribute Song

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has released a Kargil Tribute Song to honour, salute and pay homage to the Kargil martyrs and war veterans.

The song has been composed by eminent Hindi lyricist Sammer Anjaan and sung by Shatadru Kabir.The song was released as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas to be celebrated on 26th of July.

8. Christine Lagarde nominated as president of European Central Bank

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde was nominated as the president of the European Central Bank.

She announced to temporarily relinquish her responsibilities as head of IMF.The nomination means Lagarde will step down two years before the end of her second five-year term at the helm of the IMF.Lagarde would succeed Mario Draghi, whose term ends on October 31.

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