1. Keshav Dutt, Prasun Banerjee was chosen for Mohun Bagan Ratna
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Keshav Dutt and former India Football Captain Prasun Banerjee will be awarded the ‘Mohun Bagan Ratna’ during its annual day celebrations on the 29th of this month.
- This is for the first time Mohun Bagan’s executive committee has determined to confer their highest honour to a non-footballer.
- Mohun Bagan will also compliment pacer Mohammed Shami, India’s hat-trick hero of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, while Ashok Chatterjee will be given the Lifetime Achievement award.
- July 29 is observed as the ‘Mohun Bagan Day’ because on this day in 1911, the mariners became the first club to defeat a British club, East Yorkshire Regiment, and lift the IFA Shield.
2. Vocalist Sowmya will get Music Academy’s ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’
Well-known Carnatic vocalist S Sowmya elected for the prestigious ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award this year by The Music Academy.
- A PhD-holder from Madras University, Sowmya is distinguished for her intellectual approach to music.
- Sowmya would manage over the 93rd annual conference of The Music Academy scheduled to be held from December 15 to January 1, 2020.
3. Lt Gen MM Naravane is ready to be next vice-chief of Army Staff
The government has freed the appointment of Lieutenant General MM Naravane as the next vice-chief of the Army staff.
- Lieutenant General MM Naravane will take over Lt Gen D Anbu who withdraws on August 31.
- Lt Gen Narawane is currently heading the Eastern Command of the Army in Kolkata.
- Lt.Gen Naravane is directed to be the senior-most officer in the force after Army chief General Bipin Rawat retires on December 30.
4. Acharya Devvrat was sworn as new Governor of Gujarat
Shri Acharya Devvrat took the promise as a new Governor of Gujarat.
Acting Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court administered the oath in presence of outgoing Governor Shri O.P. Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, and Speaker of the state Assembly Rajendra Trivedi along with other dignitaries.
5. 23rd July as National Broadcasting day
National Broadcasting Day is celebrated every year on 23 July.
- On this day in 1927, the first-ever radio broadcast in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station under a private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company.
- Since 1927, radio was an important part of people’s life in India.
- The Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio on 8th of June, 1936.
6. Ministry of Defence introduced Ujh bridge and Basantar bridge in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu & Kashmir respectively
Ministry of Defence has inaugurated two important bridges in the international borders in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu & Kashmir. The bridges were constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). It was inaugurated by the Defence minister Rajnath Singh. The bridges have been built under the Project Sampark.
The project aims for the smooth mobility of the security forces in border areas. The construction of the bridges is vital for the Army for deployment on border areas.
About the bridges:
Ujh bridge is located in the Kathua district of Jammu & Kashmir. It is of length 1,000m and is the longest bridge constructed by the BRO. The cost spent on the construction of the bridge was Rs.50 crore. The bridge has been built on Parole-Korepannu-Rajpura road over Ujh river.
Basantar bridge is located in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir. It is of the length of 617m. The cost of the Basantar bridge was Rs.41.7 crore. The bridge was built on Rajpura-Madwal-Pangadur-Phulpur road over Basantar river.
Border Roads Organisation (BRO):
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) was established in May 1960. It is headquartered at New Delhi. It functions under the Ministry of Defence. BRO aims to meet the strategic needs of the armed forces. It develops and maintains the Operational Road Infrastructure of General Staff in the Border Areas. It also contributes to the social and economic development of the Border States.
7. Boris Johnson selected as UK Prime Minister
Boris Johnson elected as the leader of Britain’s governing Conservative Party.
He is declared as country’s next Prime Minister. Johnson will formally take over as Prime Minister.
- He succeeds Theresa May.
- Theresa May got stepped down over her failure to get parliament to ratify her Brexit deal.
- Johnson worked as a UK foreign minister and London’s Mayor.
- She is a British politician who was Leader of the Conservative Party since 23 July 2019.
- She is the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015
- She worked as an MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008.
- She was Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 until 2019.
- She is first selected to be the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead in 1997.
- Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is a British politician
- He is elected as the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015
- He is the member of MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008.
8. World Bank to continue supporting Andhra Pradesh with more than $ 1 billion program
The World Bank withdrew a loan proposal for Amaravati project continues to support Andhra Pradesh with an over one billion USD program.
The program mainly covers the health, agriculture, energy and disaster management sectors.
The main aim is to improve the living standards of citizens in tune with the Sustainable Development Goals.
- This involves a new $328 million support to the state’s health sector
- The World Bank’s statement dropped a 300 million USD loan proposal for the Amaravati Sustainable Infrastructure and Institutional Development Project.
- The Government of India (GoI) withdrew its request to the World Bank for financing the proposed Amaravati Sustainable Infrastructure and Institutional Development Project.
- The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors informed that the proposed project is no longer under preparation following the government’s decision.
- The government solicits World Bank assistance for funding the flagship Navaratnalu program.
9. Amarnath Yatra crossed last year’s mark of 2.85 lakh in 22 days
Jammu & Kashmir Amarnath Yatra has crossed last year’s mark of 2 lakh 85 thousand.
- This record got done in the last 22 days. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) officials started over 2 lakh 85 thousand 3 hundred Yatris had darshan of Shivling at the Holy Cave Shrine.
- The total number of pilgrims who visited Holy Cave Shrine was 2,85,006. Yatris was air evacuated for immediate specialized treatment. The 46 days Yatra concludes on August 15 coinciding with Raksha Bandhan and Shravan Purnima.
About Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board
- Lord Shiva is remarkably popular not only amongst Indians people of other nationalities.
- The Shrine is operated by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), that was constituted by an Act of the Jammu & Kashmir State Legislature in 2000.
- The Amarnathji Shrine Board is liable for the better management of the Shri Amarnathji Yatra,
- It is aided by a Chief Executive Officer who is a senior IAS officer and eight distinguished Board Members.
10. MHA approved and launched a lightweight bulletproof jacket Bhabha Kavach
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) launched a lightweight bulletproof jacket Bhabha Kavach, which was especially for the paramilitary Forces and Indian armed forces. It was launched at International Police Expo 2019 held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
About Bhabha Kavach:
- The lightweight bulletproof jacket was indigenously generated by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI).
- The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre’s (BARC) carbon nanomaterial was scattered on the hard armor plate.
- It implements the toughness and tenacity that is needed to slow down and trap a bullet as it passes through the plate.
- It was built from layers of high-density, high-tenacity polyethylene.
- It has a warranty of 5 years with a protection level of NIJ III+ (National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Ballistic Levels Protection Level III).