06th July 2019 Current Affairs

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UNESCO releases State of the Education Report for India 2019 in New Delhi

  • On July 3, 2019, the first 2019 report of “State of the Education Report for India 2019: Children with Disabilities”has released by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) at an event in New Delhi.
  • The Report, which will be an annual publication, highlights accomplishments and challenges with regards to the right to education of children with disabilities (CWDs).
  • An analysis of data between 2014 and 2017 also shows that total enrolment of CWDs falls with each successive level of schooling. For example, between 2014-15 and 2016-17, the number of CWDs at primary level dropped from 15,67,633 to 13,52,162.

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About UNESCO

Headquarters: Paris, France

Founded: 16th November 1945, London, United Kingdom

Head: Audrey Azoulay

The sanitation coverage in the rural areas jumped to 99% from 38% in 2014: Jal Shakti ministry

  • Government today said, under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), nine crore 62 lakh individual household toilets have been constructed so far.
  • In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria said, the sanitation coverage in the rural areas of the country has increased to more than 99 per cent, which was over 38 per cent on 2nd October 2014.
  • He said, 632 Districts, 30 States, over 50 lakh  Gram Panchayats and five lakh 67 thousand 498 villages have been declared open defecation Free.

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About Swachh Bharat Mission

Launch year: 2014

Launched by (prime minister): Narendra Modi

Location: New Delhi

India to get the first e-Vehicle Charging Highway by March 2020

  • By March 2020, India could get its first electric vehicle highway corridors.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations are expected to come up along the Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways by 2020.
  • The combined stretch of the corridors on the Yamuna Expressway (between Delhi and Agra) and the National Highway 48 (between Delhi and Jaipur) will be 500 km, and 18 charging stations will be set up near toll plazas on the two routes, the official said.
  • The e-corridors are proposed to be the first under the Ease of Doing Business Programme (EODB) of the Advance Services for Social and Administrative Reforms (ASSAR), a private entity which is supported by the central government, an official engaged in the project said.

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About Yamuna Expressway

Length: 165.5 km

Constructed: 09th August 2012

Existed: 9 August 2012–present

The Indian Army releases special tribute video to commemorate 20 years of ‘Operation Vijay’

  • To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat released a Kargil Tribute Song’ to honour, salute and pay homage to the Kargil martyrs and the war veterans who sacrificed and fought for the country to the uphold the honour, pride and integrity of the country.
  • Aimed at remembering their sacrifice, rejoicing the victory’ and renewing the pledge to protect the country the 5 minutes 54 seconds long video featured Bollywood stars and families of the martyrs who laid down their lives in the Kargil War.
  • Featuring Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Olympic bronze medallist boxer Mary Kom, actors Salman Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Anupam Kher, Kangana Ranaut and Suniel Shetty the song titled ‘Tujhe Bhulega Na Tera Hindustan’ has been written by renowned Bollywood lyricist Sameer.

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About Indian Army

Motto: “Service Before Self”

Founded: 01st April 1895, India

Headquarters: New Delhi

Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind

Hong Kong Govt donates over $9 million to cyclone” Fani”-hit Odisha

  • The Hong Kong government has approved over $900,000 for relief and rehabilitation work in cyclone-hit Odisha that could benefit around 45,100 victims.
  • ‘Very severe cyclonic storm’ Fani battered Odisha in May and killed 64 people and damaged more than five lakh dwelling units in the state’s coastal districts.
  • Three grants totalling 7.032 million Hong Kong dollars (about $902,278) from Hong Kong’s Disaster Relief Fund to three agencies has been approved for the cyclone victims in Odisha.

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About Odisha

Capital: Bhubaneswar

Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

Governor: Ganeshi Lal

Elavenil Valarivan clinched women’s 10m Air Rifle silver medal in the 30th Summer Universiade Games 2019

  • Three-time junior World Cup medallist Elavenil Valarivan bagged a silver medal in the 30th World University Summer Games in the 10m Air Rifle event in Napoli, Italy, with a final score of 249.
  • The 19-year-old, who is a product of Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation’s Project LEAP, had qualified for the finals with a new university record score of 630.8 in the qualification rounds ahead of Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin (629.8) and Lucie Brazdova (628.1) of Czech Republic.
  • However, in the final, Brazdova managed to shoot 1.3 points more than the Indian to clinch the gold medal.

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About Italy

Capital: Rome

Currency: Euro

International Day of Cooperatives 2019 observed on July 06th 2019

  • United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July and this year it was observed on July 6, 2019.
  • Its aim is to create awareness of cooperatives and promote international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace.
  • The theme for 2019 is “Coops 4 decent work”.
  • International Day of Cooperatives is going to observed with the theme “COOPS 4 DECENT WORK”.
  • The United Nations (UN) has called upon the world community saying, “On 6 July 2019, join us as we celebrate a future in which human development and social justice are priorities.

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About UN

Founded: 24th October 1945

Headquarters: New York

Founders: United States, India, Venezuela, United Kingdom etc.

World Zoonoses Day 2019 observed on July 06th

  • Millions of people across the globe every year fall prey to the diseases like swine flu, bird flu, cat scratch fever, rabies, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, cowpox, Ebola, SARS, hantavirus, anthrax, monkeypox, etc. these diseases are known as zoonotic diseases.
  • This type of diseases is spread to people through contact with animals. When the climate is warmer, it tends to create a change in the behavior of vectors (animals who harbor dangerous pathogens like virus and bacteria).
  • When the climate sets in, one is more prone to the risk of zoonotic diseases than ever. The day has been observed since 1885 to mark the day Louis Pasteur administered his first rabies vaccine.

As per Greenpeace India, Six Indian metros are hotspots of air pollutant nitrogen oxide

  • Several Indian cities, including the national capital are major hotspots for rising levels of nitrogen oxide, a dangerous pollutant which contributes to the formation of ozone, an analysis has revealed.
  • Ozone is a deadly gas — even short duration exposure can worsen respiratory conditions and asthma and lead to emergency hospital admission.
  • It is not directly emitted from any source, but is formed from reaction between gases in the air under the influence of sunlight and high temperature.
  • An analysis by environmental NGO Greenpeace India said that as per satellite data, transport and industrial clusters are giving rise to the country’s worst Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) hotspots like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad which have high vehicular population and diesel consumption.

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About Ozone

Formula: O3

IUPAC ID: Trioxygen

Molar mass: 48 g/mol

Density: 2.14 kg/m³

Boiling point: -112 °C

Chhattisgarh CM inaugurated ‘Jan Choupal’ program to hold public meetings

  • On July 3, 2019, The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Bhupesh Baghel has inaugurated the ‘Jan Choupal’ program in Raipur, Chhattisgarh for holding public meetings once every week to discuss the issues of the people.
  • “The concept of ‘Jan Choupal’ has been taken from the practices of our ancestors in the village, who used to gather and solve the issues faced by them.
  • The people can come and discuss their issues and we will do the needful to resolve them.

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About Chhattisgarh

Chief minister: Bhupesh Baghel

Governor: Anandiben Patel

Districts: 27

Tripura gets Rs 358 Cr of a special grant from Centre for road projects

  • The Centre has sanctioned an additional amount of Rs 358 crore for construction of new roads in rural areas of Tripura, an official said Friday.
  • Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 15 and had demanded an additional fund of Rs 358 crore for speedy completion of the works.
  • “This amount was demanded for completion of long-term projects which were left unfinished in the state. Even though the previous Left Front government did not have funds to spend, they started the projects.

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About Tripura

Capital: Agartala

Chief minister: Biplab Kumar Deb

Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki

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