1. Mexico won CONCACAF Gold Cup final
Mexico beat USA to claim their eighth CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
- Jonathan Dos Santos got the winning goal in 73rd min for Mexico in the thrilling final.
- The teams met five previous times in the Gold Cup final, but this year’s edition held additional value:
- The Americans had a chance to reestablish confidence in a program haunted by its failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
- Mexico looked like the more dangerous team in the second half.
- They finally broke through in the 73rd minutes.
- Jonathan dos Santos made a back-heel pass from Raul Jimenez fountains of beer to fly upward in the pro-Mexico crowd.
- The Americans created scoring opportunities early one of the positive trends through the tournament.
- Founded: 1963
- Region: North America, Central America and the Caribbean(CONCACAF)
- Number of teams: 16
2. Twitter banned religion-based dehumanizing tweets
Twitter is one of the most important parts of day-to-day life. This helps a lot of people to check the live updates when they are updated instantly.
- The dehumanization on the religious reason is one of the frequent instances on social media.
- Twitter is the land for such religion-based dehumanizing conducts.
- Twitter expanded its rules against hateful conduct to include language on its platform that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion.
- Actually, the main aim of the twitter is to primary focus is on addressing the risks of offline harm, and research shows that dehumanizing language increases that risk.
- Twitter asked for feedback from different communities and cultures to ban hateful content based on religion.
3. West Bengal government celebrated Save Water Day on 12 July
West Bengal government celebrated Save Water Day on 12 July. The Day intends to raise awareness on conservation on water. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee associated in a march on July 12.
March on 12 July:
West Bengal CM, the state cabinet members, government officials, intellectuals, including writers, actors, and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities participated in the march. It started from Jorasanko
- Thakurbari, the ancestral home of Rabindra Nath Tagore in north Kolkata, to the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road, a distance of around 4 km.
- The State government had dug nearly 1.5 lakh ponds in five years till 2016 in the state under the water conservation program of ‘Jal dharo Jal bharo’.
- In West Bengal, many check dams were formed and irrigation canals have been rejuvenated to prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity.
4. Anshula Kant is appointed as next MD and CFO of the World Bank Group
The World Bank Group announced that Anshula Kant, an Indian national, has been appointed as its next MD and CFO on 12 July.
Anshula Kant is the first woman CFO of the Bank. She will be responsible for financial and risk management. She will be working with Kristalina Georgieva, the Bank’s CEO, to mobilize financial resources.
- Anshula has more than 35 years of expertise in finance, banking, and innovative use of technology. She previously worked as CFO of the State Bank of India.
- Ms. Kant holds an Honours degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College and a postgraduate degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.
5. Indian pair got a bronze medal in the World Tour Platinum Australian Open 2019
The Indian pair, G. Sathiyan and Anthony Amalraj, won a bronze medal in the World Tour Platinum Australian Open 2019 in the men’s doubles competition on 12 July. This was the first ever medal for India in the Australian Open.
They secured 12-14, 9-11, 8-11 and lost to the top-seeded Korean pair of Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu in the semifinals.
Australian Open 2019:
- Held on: 11–14 July
- Tournament: Australian Open
- Held at: Geelong, Australia
The 2019 ITTF World Tour is the 24th season of the International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) professional table tennis world tour.
The tournaments in the 2019 tour are of two tiers:
- World Tour Platinum
- World Tour
6. Prasar Bharati signed MoU with IIT Kanpur for research collaboration
India’s largest public broadcasting agency, Prasar Bharati signed an MoU(Memorandum of Understanding) with IIT, Kanpur(Indian Institute of Technology)
- Its objective is to research new emerging technologies and research support in the broadcast-related areas in New Delhi.
- This will help in boosting research activities in the broadcasting field.
- The areas of cooperation which includes Direct to mobile broadcasting, Convergence of 5G, Artificial Intelligence(AI), Incubation Centre and internship for students of IIT, Kanpur at Prasar Bharati.
- Affiliation with IIT, Kanpur on Research and Development and Innovation is very important as it is the basis of the largest public broadcaster
- The main objective is to develop and shape the future with emerging technologies.
- The MoU will be effective from today and will be applicable for a period of five years.
- Institutions can increase the term in written form through mutual agreement.
About Prasar Bharati:
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- CEO: Shashi Shekhar Vempati
- Founded: 23 November 1997
- Chairman: Dr. A. Surya Prakash
7. CCEA cleared for the launch of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-lll (PMGSY-III)
PM led-Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved for the launch of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-lll (PMGSY-III). It involves consolidation of through Routes and Major Rural Links connecting habitations to Gramin Agricultural Markets (GrAMs) to consolidate 125,000 Km road length in the states.
- The project will be implemented from 2019-20 to 2024-25.
- The states will have to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) before launching of PMGSY-III in the respective states.
- This agreement is for providing adequate funds for maintenance of roads constructed under the PMGSY post-5-year construction maintenance period.
- The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was launched by the Govt. of India to provide connectivity to unconnected Habitations as part of a poverty reduction strategy. Under the programme about 1.67 lakh unconnected Habitations are eligible. This involves the construction of about 3.71 lakh km of roads for New Connectivity and 3.68 lakh km. under upgradation.
- Finance Minister announced the PMGSY-III scheme in the Budget Speech for the year 2018-19. The CCEA in its meeting held on August 9, 2018, approved a continuation of PMGSY-I and II beyond 12th Five Year Plan and covering of balance eligible habitations under PMGSY-I by March 2019, PMGSY-II, and habitations under identified left wing extremism (LWE) blocks.
The estimated cost of Rs.80,250 crore. The funds would be shared in the ratio of 60:40 between the Centre and state for all states except for eight northeastern and three Himalayan states. The Centre will share Rs.53,800 crore and the state will share Rs.26,450 crore. Also for Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand the ratio will be 90:10.
A total of 599,090 Km road length has been constructed under the scheme since inception till April 2019, including of PMGSY-I, PMGSY-II and Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Area (RCPLWEA) scheme.
8. Govt. banned on Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) for its alleged anti-national activities
The Central government has banned the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a Pro-Khalistan group for its alleged anti-national activities.
- It was involved in tackling the activities of India’s integrity and directed towards sovereignty.
- It was turned under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for its alleged anti-national activities. UAPA is an Indian law which is aimed at effective prevention of illegal activities.
About Sikhs for Justice (SFJ):
- SFJ is a US-based Pro-Khalistani group that was formed in 2007. It is headed by Avtar Singh Pannun and Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.
- The internal group of SFJ includes 8 to 10 people. But it has online support is close to 2 lakh.
- The organization fights for the establishment of an independent and sovereign country in Punjab.
- It obtained prominence only in the last 5 years as it started advocating a separate Khalistan state. For this purpose, it also started an online secessionist campaign, ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Indian Railways has launched an all-India drive called Operation thirst. The operation aims to crub the sale of unauthorized packaged drinking water. In Delhi, under the drive, RPF clamped down on vendors selling unauthorized package drinking water between July 8 and July 9. Three such cases were found in the city.
Under Operation thirst, more than 1,371 people were arrested and over 69,294 bottles were seized by RPF. The bottles were seized under section 144 and section 153 of the Indian Railway Act. Many stalls on platforms which were found selling of PDW bottles of brands were found to be not authorized by Indian Railways.
Operation across India:
The operation was launched in all major railway stations across the country to curb the menace of unauthorized Packaged Drinking Water inside railway stations. Across India people were arrested for selling illegal packaged water in trains and on railway stations.
The drive was held in peak summer season because the packaged drinking water sales are the highest in that period.
10. Kaushik Ganguly’s ‘Nagarkirtan’ won at SAARC film fest
Director Kaushik Ganguly’s Bengali outing ‘Nagarkirtan’, a love story of a transwoman and a flutist, has won big at this year’s SAARC film festival, bagging four awards.
- At the ninth edition of the SAARC fest in Colombo, ‘Nagarkirtan’ was praised with ‘Best Feature Film’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Original Score’ awards.
- Two other Indian films have won awards at the fest.
- ‘Na Bole Wo Haram’, a 20-minute film by debutant director Nitish Patankar, bagged the ‘Best Short Film’ award, while ‘Walking With the Wind’ by Praveen Morchhale received the Special Jury award for direction and story.