Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 07 2019
1. Reliance Jio partners with Facebook to launch literacy drive MDigital Udaan” for first-time internet users in India
Indian mobile network operator, Reliance Jio partnered with Facebook to launch a digital literacy initiative named “Digital Udaan” . The main aim is to empower first-time internet users with digital literacy and understanding of the Internet in real time.
The initiative is launched in nearly 200 different locations across 13 states. It is expected to reach over 7,000 locations in the country. Through this program, it has audio-visual training in 10 regional languages
2. NASSCOM & NSDC launches “World Skills India”-lnternational Cloud Computing Challenge 2019
NASSCOM & NSDC launches Skills India”- International Cloud Computing Challenge 2019 from July (1st – 6th 2019) at NASSCOM Campus, New Delhi.
Main Aim: The initiative is aimed at recognizing the best practices from the world in the areas of cloud computing. The challenge initiated in the presence of the minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey.
3. International Chocolate Day,is an annual observance that occurs globally on 7 July
References to World Chocolate Day being observed on 7 July have been recorded as early as 2009. Celebration of the day includes the consumption of chocolate. Some references indicate that this day celebrates the introduction of chocolate to Europe in 1550.
4. Kuwait supports India in countering terror
Kuwait supports India in countering terror. Kuwait completes its two-year term as the non- permanent member in the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) played a major role at JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist and in UNSC condemnation of Pulwama terror strike.
They support India’s global ambitions including investments. In the 8543rd United Security Council meeting held on June 11, 2019. Kuwait proposed draft resolution 2474.
5. Ancient city of Babylon designated Unesco World Heritage Site
Iraq had been lobbying since 1983 for the 4,000-year-old site to be added to the United Nations’ prestigious list. The city was famous for its Hanging Gardens, which were among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The site has suffered in recent years – first from the construction of a palace for Saddam Hussein, and later from being used as a base for US troops. The UN World Heritage Committee met in Azerbaijan to decide on the latest sites to be given the honour – awarded to areas or landmarks considered important for the whole of humanity and protected by international treaties.
6. JK Bank appoints Rajni Saraf new CFO
Jammu and Kashmir Bank (J&K) on Saturday appointed Rajni Saraf as its chief financial officer as part of its succession planning.
“As part of its succession planning, J&K Bank today announced the appointment of Rajni Saraf as the chief financial officer (CFO) of the bank,” a spokesman of the bank said.
7. 20-year-old Disney star Cameron Boyce dies in his sleep
Actor Cameron Boyce, known for his roles in Disney’s ‘Descendants’ and its Channel show ‘Jessie’, passed away on Saturday.
The 20-year-old died in sleep “due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition,” Fox News cited ABC News. “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a Boyce family spokesperson said.
8. Dutch football star Arjen Robben announces retirement
Former Bayern Munich and Netherlands forward Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football.
The 35-year-old Robben, who was thought to be looking for a new club after playing his last game for Bayern in May, said Thursday in a statement, “I have decided to put an end to my career as a professional football player. It is without a doubt the most difficult decision I have had to make in my car.
9. Saudi Arabia adopts Digital India, equality of women in this year’s Haj
Indian Haj mission in Saudi Arabia has adopted digital technology to reach out to a large number of pilgrims as part of the Government of India’s initiative of Digital India.
With the introduction of Haj App, Indian diplomats in Saudi Arabia are trying to form a bridge with the pilgrims not only to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free Haj operation but also to receive grievances and feedbacks to improve the service.
10. Telecom giant BT and IISc set up R&D centre to focus on AI, cybersecurity
Telecom giant BT and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), on Thursday, said that they have started a new phase of UK-India joint research with the opening of a new collaborative research centre in Bengaluru. The centre would focus on the development of the next generation of cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), mobility and software engineering technologies.