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Latest Current Affairs 02nd July 2019

PM addresses Inaugural Session of Assistant Secretaries (IAS Officers of 2017 batch): PM addresses Inaugural Session of Assistant Secretaries (IAS Officers of 2017 batch); PM urges young officers to bring new vision, new ideas and fresh approaches to problems, during their stint as Assistant Secretaries.

Assam Delegation of MLAs visits Dhaka, Bangladesh: A delegation of five MLAs from Assam led by the Minister of State, Independent Charge, Urban Development, Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Assam Pijush Hazarika visited the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Centre’s move to transform agriculture: Centre sets up high powered committee to transform agriculture, the committee headed by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis also includes Chief Ministers of six states, will submit its report in two months.

Legislative work in full swing during Monsoon Session of Parliament: Parliament passes two key bills for Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks political parties for supporting the bills cutting across party lines, praises home minister Amit Shah for his speech on Jammu and Kashmir.

Mumbai battles heavy rain: Rain Fury shuts down the maximum city as it gets the highest rain in a decade over two days period, local train services halted, public holiday declared.

Sri Lanka: Former Defence Secy, Police Chief arrested over negligence to prevent Easter Sunday attacks: Former Defence Secretary and Police Chief have been taken into arrest on Tuesday for their negligence to prevent Easter Sunday attacks. Both were taken into arrest by a team of CID officers while they were admitted in hospitals in Colombo on health grounds.

Lankan Prez accuses international organizations of interfering on death penalty issue: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena accused some international organizations including European Union (EU) of interfering with Sri Lanka on the death penalty issue.

Hong Kong: Protests intensify as police fire tear gas on the crowd: In Hong Kong, protests intensify as police use force to evict protestors who stormed Parliament.

Trump signs $4.6 billion border bill: Trump signs $4.6 billion border bill. The bill is to provide better conditions for illegal immigrants at the border and for migrant children held at shelters in the country’s interior. Majority of money will be for ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’.

Crude oil prices rise on OPEC meeting surprise: In 176th meeting of OPEC conference held on Monday in Vienna, the group agrees to extend supply cuts until March 2020. OPEC to extend current 1.2 mn barrel/day output cuts for the next 9 months.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina reaches China: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has embarked on a five-day visit to China.

Iran announces breach of the nuclear deal by enriching over 300kg of uranium: Iran toughens its stand, exceeds its stockpile of uranium in a breach of the 2015 nuclear deal. Trump warns Iran while UN asks Iran to respect the terms of the nuclear agreement.

N.S. Vishwanathan reappointed RBI deputy governor for one year: Vishwanathan on Monday was reappointed as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

Core sectors’ output up 5.1% in May on strong growth in steel, electricity: Steel and electricity output increased by 19.9% and 7.2%, respectively.

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Crude oil prices rise on OPEC meeting surprise: In 176th meeting of OPEC conference held on Monday in Vienna, the group agrees to extend supply cuts until March 2020. OPEC to extend current 1.2 mn barrel/day output cuts for next 9 months.

Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 23 runs: On Monday, Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by 23 runs in their World cup match.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs; Qualifies for SF: India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs; seal a spot in the Semi-finals; the result puts Bangladesh out of the race.

Wimbledon Tennis: 15-year-old beats Venus Williams: Biggest upset in the history of the tournament, 15-year-old Cori Gauff beats five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, becomes the youngest player to win a match at the premier tournament.

George R.R. Martin slams ‘toxic’ fans over ‘GoT’ finale backlash: The insanely popular HBO show ‘Game of Thrones’ concluded with its eighth season, which left many fans so disappointed that they created a petition to remake it. Creator George R.R. Martin has finally spoken about the backlash which the series received.

Anurag Kashyap, Anupam Kher, Zoya Akhtar invited to join the Academy: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a list of new members and invited four Indian film personalities – Anurag Kashyap, Anupam Kher, Zoya Akhtar, and Ritesh Batra, to join the organization.

Academy invites new members, achieves gender parity in 2019: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscars, gender parity, invites, members, women, people of color.

First battery-powered cruise ship sails for the Arctic: The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said on Monday.

Scientists conclude cigar-shaped interstellar object not an alien spaceship: After investigating the nature of a mysterious and apparently cigar-shaped object called ‘Oumuamua spotted in 2017 speeding through our solar system, astronomers remain uncertain over how to classify it but are confident it is not an alien spaceship.

Xi sends a congratulatory letter to World New Energy Vehicle Congress: Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory letter to the 2019 World New Energy Vehicle Congress held Tuesday in Boao, south China’s Hainan Province.

Weight loss support helps people with fatty liver disease: People who have fatty liver disease related to being overweight may get the disease under better control when they get lots of support to lose weight, a research review suggests.

Electronic cigarettes damage brain stem cells: Study: US researchers have found that electronic cigarettes, often targeted at youth and pregnant women, produce a stress response in brain stem cells.

After-school programs may provide psychosocial benefit to children with obesity: After-school programs led by adults may help in improving the quality of life, mood and self-worth of a child who is overweight or obese, a study has found.

Hindu devouts in India take holy dip ahead of solar eclipse: Hindu devouts gathered on the banks of a confluence of holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati and took a holy dip ahead of the solar eclipse on Tuesday.

4,000-year-old pyramid in Egypt opens to the public: Egypt’s 4,000-year-old Lahun pyramid has opened its doors to the public for the first time, displaying a network of passageways and an ancient burial chamber.

Updated: July 3, 2019 — 10:57 am
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