Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 09 July 2019

1. Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in as Greece's Prime Minister

Greece's new conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was sworn in after a sweeping election victory.

He rode to power on the promise of ending a decade of economic crisis his country has been battling.The win comes four years after Alexis Tsipras's leftist Syriza party swept to power promising an end to austerity.Tsipras's Syriza was in second place with 31.53%, according to official figures released.

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Capital: Athens

Currency: Euro

2. Iran exceeds Uranium enrichment limit set under 2015 nuclear deal

Iran has breached a uranium enrichment cap set by a troubled 2015 nuclear deal and warned Europe against taking retaliatory measures.

Iran has officially surpassed the 3.67 per cent Uranium enrichment limit set under the 2015 nuclear deal.The country had stopped complying with some elements of the 2015 nuclear deal (officially called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).Signed by China, France, Germany, European Union, Iran, Russia, the UK and the US, the JCPoA treaty was aimed at limiting Iran's civilian energy programme.

3. Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrives in Morocco

Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at Tangier, Morocco for a three-day visit.

The visit is part of an ongoing Overseas Deployment by the Indian Navy to the Mediterranean Sea, Africa and Europe.The visit seeks to strengthen the bonds of friendship between India and Morocco.INS Tarkash will carry out a Passage Exercise at sea with ships of the Royal Moroccan Navy.

4. DRDO successfully tests armour-piercing Nag missiles at Pokhran range

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) carried out three successful test firings of the Nag missiles in the Pokhran firing ranges.

The NAG missile is a third generation anti-tank guided missile, which has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks during day and night.The Defence Acquisition Council in 2018 had approved the procurement of DRDO-designed-and-developed NAG Missile System (NAMIS) at a cost of Rs 524 crore.

5. Two new heavy-lift Chinook helicopters for IAF arrive in Gujarat

American aerospace major Boeing has announced the arrival of two new heavy-lift Chinook helicopters for the Indian Air Force at the Mundra port in Gujarat.

The Indian Air Force has ordered 15 Chinooks and the first four helicopters arrived in February.The IAF had placed the order in 2015 along with 22 Apache attack helicopters.The advanced multi-mission helicopter will provide the armed forces unmatched strategic airlift capability.

6. Parliament adopts resolution levying 200% duty on Pakistani goods

Parliament has adopted a statutory resolution for levying 200 per cent duty on all goods originating in or exported from Pakistan.

The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha approved the amendment in the first schedule of the Customs Tariff Act in this regard.India had notified the basic customs duty to 200 per cent on all goods exported from Pakistan with effect from 16th of February this year.

7. NHAI Signs MoU with NIIF for funding highway projects

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) signed an MoU with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF).

NIIF is a fund promoted by the Government of India to give a boost to the infrastructure sector in the country.The MoU is related to co-operation in the formation of SPVs to execute the fund arrangement for large size road projects particularly green field projects to be executed by NHAI in future.

8. Rahul Dravid appointed as head of National Cricket Academy

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed former cricketer Rahul Dravid as the head of National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bengaluru.

Dravid will look after all cricket related activities at the NCA and he will be involved in mentoring, coaching, training and motivating players, coaches and the support staff at the academy.The former cricketer is also the head coach of India's under-19 and India A team.NCA was established in 2000 and, is a cricket facility of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for training young cricketers.

9. 'Gully Boy' wins NETPAC Award at BIFAN in South Korea

Indian film 'Gully Boy' has been recognised at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in South Korea.

The film directed by Zoya Akhtar was honoured with NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film.'Gully Boy' is inspired by the lives of Mumbai street rappers Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy.

10. Vinesh Phogat, Divya Kakran clinches gold at Grand Prix of Spain

India’s top wrestler Vinesh Phogat won her first gold medal after shifting to the 53kg category.

Divya Kakran also claimed the top honours in the 68kg category in Madrid at the Grand Prix of Spain. World Championship bronze medallist Pooja Dhanda (57kg) had to be content with silver after losing the title clash to Russia’s Veronika Chumikova.

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