Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 25 2019
1. Kristof Milak created a new world record in the 200 metres butterfly at the 2019 FINA world championship
Hungaian swimmer Kristof Milak created a new world record in the 200 metres butterfly at the FINA world championship 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea. He clocked 1:50.73. He broke the record set by Michael Phelps who clocked 1:51.51 in an event in Rome 2009.
Milák is a swimmer from Hungary. He won the world championships gold in South Korea. He is is currently holding the world record in 200m butterfly.
2. Virat Kohli maintains number one spot in ICC Test Rankings
International Cricket Council released the latest rankings of teams and players in the different categories. The players are
Men’s Batting Rankings:
Virat Kohli (India) – Topped the Test Batting Rankings.
Virat Kohli (India) – Topped the ODI Batting Rankings.
Babar Azam (Pakistan)- Topped the T20I Batting Rankings.
3. PayPal opens new centre in Hyderabad, to have around 100 techies
American digital payments firm PayPal announced expansion of its India footprint with the launch of third global technology centre. PayPal India house involves 100 engineers across roles including risk management and operations. Their main is to provide cutting-edge digital payments solutions to customers around the world. The expansion follows the acquisition of fraud prevention platform Simility in 2018.
4. RIL becomes highest-ranked Indian company on Fortune Global 500 list
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) becomes highest-ranked Indian company on Fortune Global 500 list. It has jumped 42 places and was ranked 106 this year. In this year’s list, RIL replaced Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) which ranked 117 as top-ranked Indian company.
5. New India-UK bilateral scheme launched on Pilot basis
UKEIRI Mobility Programme: Study in India, a new India-UK bilateral scheme has been launched on pilot basis to support Britain’s universities to collaborate with Indian partners to facilitate United Kingdom (UK) students to visit India during their studies. UKERI stands for ‘UK-India Education Research Initiative.
6. India jumps 5 places to 52nd rank in global innovation index 2019
India improved its ranking in the global innovation index by five places to 52nd in 2019 from 57th position last year, according to a report released. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal released the Global Innovation Index (GII) rankings here. The GII rankings are published annually by Cornell University, INSEAD and the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and GII Knowledge Partners.
7. Kargil Vijay Diwas, is celebrated in India on 26 July
On this date in 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistan. The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days, ended on 26 July and resulted in loss of life on both the sides.
This day is celebrated in the Kargil–Dras sector and the national capital New Delhi, where the Prime Minister of India pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate every year.
8. Priti Patel Appointed UK’s First Indian-Origin Home Secretary
Priti Patel, an ardent Brexiteer who was among the most vocal critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, took charge as Britain’s first Indian-origin Home Secretary in the newly-unveiled Boris Johnson Cabinet.
Priti Patel had been a prominent member of the “Back Boris” campaign for the Conservative Party leadership and was widely tipped for the plum post in his frontline team.
9. IAS Officer Ajay Kumar Bhalla Appointed Next Union Home Secretary
Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla was appointed Officer on Special Duty in the Home Ministry and he will take over as the new Union Home Secretary succeeding Rajiv Gauba when he retires on August 31.
According to an official order, Bhalla, a 1984 batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, will join the MHA with immediate effect and continue to function as OSD till Gauba retires for smooth transition of the charges.
10. Gujarat tops in solar rooftop installations
In the area of solar rooftop installations, Gujarat has stood first in the country with total 261.97 megawatts (MW) of installed rooftop solar capacity as on July 23, 2019. As per the Central government data, total rooftop solar installations in India is 1700.54 MW.
Responding to a question raised by MP Parimal Nathwani in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy and Power R K Singh informed that Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have solar rooftop installations at 198.52 MW and 151.62 MW respectively.
11. Bandhan Bank Appoints SBI’s Sanjeev Naryani As Head Of Business
Bandhan Bank Ltd., which reported a net profit of Rs 701 crore in the June quarter of 2019-20, has appointed State Bank of India’s Sanjeev Naryani as its head of business. At SBI, where he worked for 32 years, Naryani was handling the lender’s real estate and housing business as a general manager. At Bandhan Bank, he will lead the private lender’s branch banking, wholesale banking, agri-business,
12. Li Peng: Former Chinese premier known as ‘Butcher of Beijing’ dies at 90
Li died evening in Beijing of an unspecified illness. He served in several top positions in China in the 1980s and 1990s. But he was best known as the “Butcher of Beijing” for his role in the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1989. Soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed civilians.
13. Asian Development Bank sanctions Rs 1,925 cr power project in Tripura
Asian Development Bank (ADB) sanctioned a Rs 1,925 crore project for up-gradation of power generation and distribution in Tripura, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma.
The amount was recently sanctioned to the Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limited (TSECL) after the state government had sought the ADB’s assistance, Dev Varma who is also the power minister.