15th July National & International Current Affairs

1. As per Performance Grading Index 2017-18, which state has been ranked best among states and Union territories in the field of education? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Chandigarh has been ranked best among states and Union territories in the field of education and is followed by Kerala and Gujarat, according to HRD Ministry report. Of five domains enlisted under the Performance Grading Report (PGI), Chandigarh was able to maintain its position among top slots in three domains As per the Performance Grading Index 2017-18, Arunachal Pradesh is the least performing state and has been ranked 36 on the index As per report Kerala is the state with highest literacy rate followed by Lakshadweep and Mizoram About PGI: The PGI indicators are divided into two categories – outcomes and governance processes. The first category is divided into four domains — learning outcomes, access outcomes, infrastructure and facilities and equity outcomes — and the second category is about the governance processes which cover attendance, teacher adequacy, administrative adequacy, training, accountability and transparency. Each indicator has been given either 20 or 10 points.

2. World Youth Skills day is observed on:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The United Nations, at its General Assembly in November 2014, declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day. WorldSkills is proud to be part of a global recognition and promotion of skills. UNESCO’s theme for WYSD 2019 is- Learning to learn for life and work The World Youth Skills Day is traditionally organized by Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, together with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), ILO (International Labour Organisation) and Office of Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

3. Which of the following becomes first NBFC to get $100 million loan from AIIB? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral development bank headquartered in Beijing, has provided a $100-million loan to L&T Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (LTIF), a subsidiary of L&T Finance Holdings Ltd and a leading non-bank financier of renewable energy in India. With this deal L&T Finance Holdings embarks as AIIB's first loan first loan to a non-banking finance company (NBFC).

4. Recently Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya sworn in as the Governor of 😕 (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Note: Article-153: There shall be Governor for each State: Provided that nothing in this article shall prevent the appointment of the same person as Governor for two or more States He is also serving as governor of Nagaland

5. In which year National Investigation Agency (NIA) was formed? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is a central agency established by the Indian Government to combat terror in India. It acts as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency. The agency is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states. The Agency came into existence with the enactment of the National Investigation Agency Act 2008 by the Parliament of India on 31 December 2008 The founding Director-General of NIA was Radha Vinod Raju Current chief of NIA: Y. C.Modi Note: Recently National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill-2019 was passed in Lok sabha. The proposed amendment to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act-2008 aims to provide the probe agency with powers to investigate scheduled offences such as human trafficking; circulation of fake currency; manufacture and sale of prohibited arms; and cyber-terrorism. It also allows for the creation of special courts for adjudicating such crimes. The bill also seeks to allow the NIA jurisdiction over scheduled offences committed outside India, subject to international treaties and the domestic laws of other countries. A special court in New Delhi will preside over such cases.

6. Dera Baba Nanak Sahib is located in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Kartarpur Corridor is a proposed border corridor between the neighbouring nations of India and Pakistan, connecting the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib (located in Punjab, India) and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur (in Punjab, Pakistan).

7. The book "Great Minds of India" is penned by:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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West Bengal Governor Kesri Nath Tripthi released the Bengali version of the famous book "Great Minds of India" penned by an acclaimed author Salil Gewali of Shillong, Meghalaya,

8. The second India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue (IRSED) will be held in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The second India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue (IRSED) 2019 was held in New Delhi. Aim: The bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The various fields was chaired by Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman of India’s think tank, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, and Russia’s Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Timur Maksimov

9. Which of the following is working to develop the first domestically produced military ‘swarm drones? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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HAL and a private Bengaluru-based startup NewSpace Research and Technologies, is working to develop the first domestically produced military ‘swarm drones. The drones have a name - ALFA-S or Air-Launched Flexible Asset (Swarm).

10. As per 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) which state showed the greatest improvement? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, which was released last week, confirmed that India’s poverty reduction programmes are on the right track. The report said that incidence of multidimensional poverty almost halved between 2005-06 and 2015-16, climbing down to 27.5%, indicating that the number of poor people in the country fell by more than 271 million within 10 years. Among states, Jharkhand showed the greatest improvement, with Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Nagaland slightly behind. Multidimensional poverty defines poor not only on the basis of income, but also on other indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence. The poorest district is Alirajpur in Madhya Pradesh, where 76.5% of people are poor – the same as Sierra Leone in Sub-Saharan Africa. India’s progress in reducing multidimensional poverty has happened thanks to investments in key areas. The country reduced deprivation in nutrition from 44.3% in 2005-06 to 21.2% in 2015-16. Child mortality dropped from 4.5% to 2.2%; deprivation in sanitation from 50.4% to 24.6%; people deprived of cooking fuel from 52.9% to 26.2%; and those deprived of drinking water from 16.6% to 6.2%.

11. Which state will host Women Startup Summit? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Seeking to promote women entrepreneurship in a big way, the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) is hosting the Women Startup Summit on August 1, in association with the Indian Women Network floated by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), at the Integrated Startup Complex, Kochi.

12. Kalu police station was ranked the best police station in the country. It is located in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released the rankings of police stations for the year 2018. It covered 15,666 police stations. 20% weightage was assigned to the police station's infrastructure and citizen feedback on the performance of the police personnel posted at the police station and they were evaluated on the basis of crimes against women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes & property related offences. The scores were calculated based on the number of FIRS (First Information Reports) chargesheeted within 60 days. The Kalu police station in Bikaner district of Rajasthan was ranked the best police station in the country. The Campbell Bay police station in Nicobar district of Andaman & Nicobar Islands ranked second. Farakka police station in Murshidabad, West Bengal was ranked third

13. First Global Conference for Media Freedom was held in:? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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First Global Conference for Media Freedom 2019, hosted by the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada, was held in London, UK.

14. Who among the following has been named as the new Chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Amit Agarwal, Amazon India Senior Vice-President and Country Head named as the new Chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). He succeeds Rajan Anandan Dhruv Shringi, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Yatra appointed as the Vice Chairman of IAMA He succeeds Deep Kalra, Founder and Group CEO of MakeMyTrip.

15. Which of the following movie won Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award at Shanghai International Film Festival? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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At the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival, Director Bijukumar Damodaran received the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award for the film, Veyil Marangal (Trees Under the Sun). This is for the first Indian film to win a major award at the festival.

16. Which of the following city is constructing a road using plastic waste for the first time ever? ? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) is constructing a road using plastic waste for the first time ever. The road is constructed from Gomti Nagar Police Station to Indian Institute of Management (IIM) under a pilot project by LDA in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

17. Which of the following company launched India’s first ethanol-based motorcycle? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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TVS Motor company launched India’s first ethanol-based motorcycle TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 Their main aim is to help reduce crude imports and reduce air pollution. It is available in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka. It was first showcased in Auto Expo 2018 in Delhi.

18. Annu Rani is associated with which of the following sports? (Kalyansir OnlineIAS.com)

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Indian javelin thrower Annu Rani has bagged a bronze medal at the Ostrava Golden Spike Athletics meet in the Czech Republic

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