1. 29th July as Global Tiger Day
Global Tiger Day is celebrated across the world on 29 July.
- This day is observed every year to create awareness about tiger conservation and protection of the natural habitat of tigers.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will issue the results of the fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation in New Delhi.
- India leads the All India Tiger Estimation every four years.
2. Sudarsan Pattnaik has won the Peoples Choice Award at the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival
Sudarsan Pattnaik, the Indian sand artist and Padma Awardee, won the People’s Choice Award at the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival in Boston, US. He won the award for his sand sculpture ‘Stop Plastic Pollution, Save Our Ocean’. Pattnaik was among the top 15 sand artists who were selected from across the world to participate in the Sand Sculpting Festival.
Pattnaik’s sand sculpt:
Pattnaik’s sand sculpt was cast with a turtle caught in a plastic bag and a fish with plastic trash such as slippers, bottles, and glass inside its body.
The tail of the fish is lead into the mouth of a human, to signify how plastic pollution in the oceans is adversely impacting human beings also when they consume seafood.
The statue/image highlighted the problem of plastic pollution that spoils the oceans and supported the urgent need to take action to save oceans and planet.
3. Uttar Pradesh Assembly Fagu Chauhan was sworn as new Bihar Governor
Fagu Chauhan, a six-time member of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in as the 29th Governor of Bihar.
- He was determined the oath of office by Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Amreshwar Pratap Shahi.
- Fagu Chauhan has got the assembly elections in 1996 and 2002.
- Mr. Chauhan got for the fifth time in May 2007 on the BSP symbol he joined the BJP and won the assembly election for the sixth time from the same seat in March 2017.
- The function took place at the Raj Bhavan.
- He succeeded Lalji Tandon who has taken charge as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
- Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and several other leaders were present during the ceremony.
4. PM Narendra Modi issued the All India Tiger Estimation Report
All India Tiger Estimation Report 2019 was released by PM Narender Modi. The massive tiger census is conducted every four years. India now has 2,967 tigers. The growth in the 4th cycle of the Tiger Census has been 33%. PM Narendra Modi, who released the figures of the tiger estimation and also he says that India has obtained the target of doubling tiger population before the deadline, that is 2022.
India achieved its target:
According to the survey taken in 2006, the recorded figure of the tiger was 1,411. In the St.Petersburg Summit held at Russia in 2010, India vowed to double the growth rate of tigers. In 2014, the population of tigers in India was 2,226. According to the latest Tiger census report, it rose to 2,967, that is 33%, in 2018. India has doubled the tiger population and has achieved its target for 2022.
Also, in 2014, the number of protected areas was 692, the number grew to more than 860 in 2019. The number of community reserves was 43 in 2014 and it was to more than 100 in 2019. The recent census indicates that tiger numbers have been increasing continuously.
5. Priya Priyadarshini Jain awarded with Indian Women of Influence award
Eminent fashionista Priya Priyadarshini Jain awarded with the prestigious “Indian Women of Influence” award at the House of Lords, The United Kingdom Parliament, London.
About Priya Priyadarshini Jain
She is among the others featured in the coffee table book on ‘50 most influential Indian women worldwide’
- She emphasizing top Indian women like former Indian president Pratibha Patil, Nita Ambani, MP Caroline, Hema Malini, Shilpa Shetty.
- The award acknowledged the power of Indian women residing in different parts of the world and it is conferred by the Barons of the UK parliament.
6. IPS officer VK Johri elected as next BSF DG
IPS officer VK Johri has been appointed as the next Director-General of Border Security Force.
- Mr. Johri, a 1984-batch Indian Police Service officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, is presently serving as the Special Secretary in RAW, under the Cabinet Secretariat.
- He will take over the charge of the BSF from incumbent Rajni Kant Mishra.
7. Pink coaches launched for women by the Northeast Frontier Railway zone
Indian Railways Northeast Frontier Railway zone inaugurated an initiative to bring a special portion of the SLR coach with pink color.
- It is mainly interjected in order to bring women passengers with better safety and security.
- This special color will help the women passenger to easily identify the coach in rush hours.
- Around eight trains in Rangiya division of the Northeast Frontier Railway has begun operations with some pink coaches.
- Section 58 of the Railways Act, 1989 provides for earmarking of accommodation for female passengers in trains.
- Indian Railways planned to provide second class accommodation for women in the second Class-cum-Luggage-cum Guard’s Coach (SLR).
- SLR coaches with especially Pink colored portion for lady passengers were placed into operation by the Rangiya Division of NFR in passenger trains bearing number 55817 / 55818, 55803 / 55804 and 55809 / 55810
- They are moved between New Bongaigaon and Guwahati.
- This new initiative of the government will enhance the security of women.
- There are six trains between New Bongaigaon and Guwahati and two trains between Rangiya and Murkongselek have begun operations with the pink-colored coaches.
8. World Hepatitis Day observed on 28 July
World Hepatitis Day observes on 28 July every year. The Day intends to raise awareness about the disease which causes inflammation of the liver.
- The first World Hepatitis Day was observed in 2008.
- It was declared by the World Hepatitis Alliance. But in May 2010, the World Health Assembly changed the day to 28 July.
- The day has been observed since 2010. Study says that the disease claims around 1.4 million lives every year. In 2004, the Patient groups of European and Middle Eastern observed the day as International Hepatitis C Awareness Day.
- A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the second major killer infectious disease is Hepatitis, first being tuberculosis.
The 2019 theme for the day is ‘Invest in eliminating hepatitis’. The theme is fixed by the World Health Organization every year. This year the World Hepatitis Day was hosted by Pakistan. All the global events related to the day were held in Islamabad on 27-28 July 2019.
9. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury selected as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla appointed Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
The other members elected to the committee from Lok Sabha are Jayant Sinha, Ajay (Teni) Misra, Satya Pal Singh, Subhash Chandra Baheria, Sudheer Gupta, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Vishnu Dayal Ram, Jagadambika Pal and Ram Kripal Yadav (all BJP), T R Baalu (DMK), Rahul Ramesh Shewale (Shiv Sena), Rajiv Ranjan Singh (JD-U) and Balashowry Vallabbhaneni (YSR Congress Party) and Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD).
- There are a total of 22 members
- It included 15 members from Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament. There are 7 members from Rajya Sabha
- The upper house of the Parliament headed by a member from the opposition since 1967.
10. Max Verstappen got crazy German Grand Prix
Max Verstappen secured German Grand Prix with Mercedes’ Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton.
- The extraordinary race of constantly changing fortunes, multiple pitstops and endless drama, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel started from the last place.
- The race was decreased by three laps after the safety car had led the field away before a standing start.
- Valtteri Bottas crashed out with six laps remaining to leave the gap between the two unchanged at 39 points after 11 of 21 races.
Mercedes, empty-handed in their 200th start and in what looks likely to be the last German Grand Prix