In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 19th July 2021 in detail.
1. Haryana will implement the “One Block, One Product” plan.
- The Haryana government will soon establish the “One Block, One Product” initiative to develop and promote small companies in rural regions, according to Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala.
- The state government wants to connect every block of the state with some sort of industrial vision under the initiative, and he said that the government is working quickly on it.
2. A shareholder agreement between Zurich Airport and NIAL for the development of Noida Airport has been signed.
- In Lucknow, the Zurich Airport International inked a shareholder agreement for the development of the Noida International Airport with the Uttar Pradesh government company NIAL. The Noida International Airport is being constructed at Jewar, about 70 kilometres from Delhi.
- The deal was signed by Arun Vir Singh, CEO of Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL), and Christoph Schnellmann, CEO of Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL).
3. The first monk fruit farming project in India gets underway in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.
- The Council of Scientific Research and Industrial Technology-Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) in Kullu has brought the Chinese ‘monk fruit,’ which is known for its qualities as a non-caloric natural sweetener, for field experiments in Himachal Pradesh.
- Three years after the CSIR-IHBT acquired its seeds from China and nurtured them in the house, field experiments have begun.
4. IIT-Madras develops an artificial intelligence programme to detect cancer-causing mutations.
- Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have created a mathematical model based on Artificial Intelligence to detect cancer-causing changes in cells.
- The programme employs a relatively new methodology of leveraging DNA composition to identify genetic changes linked to cancer growth, which is difficult to achieve with current methods.
5. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ITRA and the Gujarat government to enhance Ayurveda education.
- The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda and the Gujarat government signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the teaching system in all fields of Ayurveda.
- All institutes on the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) campus in Jamnagar have been brought under the umbrella of ITRA, which is the only institution within the Ministry of AYUSH to be designated as an Institute of National Importance (INI).
6. Google Cloud expands its presence in the country with the addition of a second cloud area.
- To service customers in India and Asia-Pacific, Google Cloud has opened a new cloud zone in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region). This is the second Google Cloud region in India, following Mumbai, and the tenth in Asia-Pacific.
- According to Thomas Kurian, chief executive officer of Google Cloud, the need for a second cloud region in India derives from the significant growth in demand for capacity construction, disaster recovery solutions, and low latency.
7. To improve regional connection, the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan will join a quad group.
- The US, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan have reached an agreement in principle to build a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform aimed at improving regional connectivity.
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8. The Bank of Maharashtra and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
- The Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support ongoing developmental initiatives in Maharashtra related to priority sector loans.
- Farmers, farmer producer organisations, joint liability groups, self-help groups, rural artisans, weavers, agri-preneurs, agri start-ups, micro, small and medium companies in the State will all benefit from the MoU.
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9. RiskIQ, a cybersecurity startup, has been purchased by Microsoft for $500 million.
- RiskIQ, a San Francisco-based provider of cybersecurity services such as malware and spyware monitoring and mobile app protection, has agreed to be acquired by Microsoft.
10. Chhattisgarh has set up Olympics Selfie Points to encourage Indian athletes to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
- People in Chhattisgarh are showing their support for Indian athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Selfie spots have been set up at four prominent locations in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, to encourage Indian athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
- Selfies can be taken at these locations and shared on Facebook with the hashtag Cheer for India. Aside from that, the Sports Authority of India and the Indian Olympic Association have prepared an online quiz.
11. Lewis Hamilton will be the British Grand Prix winner in 2021.
- After overcoming a 10-second penalty for a first-lap accident that delayed the race and sent title contender Max Verstappen to the hospital, Lewis Hamilton celebrated a record eighth British Grand Prix victory.
12. At the ICC’s 78th Annual General Meeting, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Switzerland were inducted as new members.
- At its 78th Annual General Meeting, the International Cricket Council welcomed Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Switzerland as new members.
- Mongolia and Tajikistan are the 22nd and 23rd Asian members, respectively, while Switzerland is the 35th European member, bringing the ICC’s overall membership to 106, including 94 Associates.
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13. Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Laureate from Bangladesh, will receive an Olympic Laurel at the Tokyo Olympics.
- Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient from Bangladesh, will receive the Olympic Laurel for the second time at the Tokyo Games, according to the International Olympic Committee. Yunus will be honoured for “his vast contribution in sport for development,” as his pioneering microlender has been recognised for reducing poverty around the world.
- According to the IOC, the Olympic Laurel was established five years ago to recognise efforts in culture, education, peace, and development via sport.
14. The UNDP Equator Prize 2021 has been awarded to two Indian organisations.
- According to the United Nations Development Fund, Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company Limited and Snehakunja Trust are among the ten awardees of the renowned Equator Prize for their contribution in the field of conservation and biodiversity (UNDP).
- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) presents a biennial prize to highlight community efforts to decrease poverty through biodiversity protection and sustainable usage.
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15. PM Modi gets the first copy of Shri Guru Gobind Singh’s Ramayana.
- The first copy of “The Ramayana of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji,” penned by the late Baljit Kaur Tulsi, mother of famed lawyer KTS Tulsi, was presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- The Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts is the publisher of the book.
16. In a new book, former RBI governor Bimal Jalan traces India’s economic history.
- The India Story, a new book by former RBI governor Bimal Jalan, focuses on India’s economic history and tries to provide lessons for the country’s political economy in the future.
- Jalan offers the concept of implementing long-standing political and economic changes across the country, referencing the post-2014 political context and the BJP-led majority government.
17. Khemlata Wakhlu’s book “A Kashmiri Century: Portrait of a Society in Transition”
- A Kashmiri Century is a one-of-a-kind book that dives into the human side of life in the Valley, a facet that is frequently overlooked in cold political treatises on Kashmir. It provides a rare peek into the lives of Kashmiris—both Hindus and Muslims—and how they centred their lives on the simple pleasures of life, despite the tremendous changes that have occurred over the previous century.
18. Nelson Mandela International Day is observed every year on January 18th.
- Nelson Mandela Worldwide Day is an annual international day commemorating Nelson Mandela’s birthday, which falls on July 18th each year. The United Nations announced Mandela Day in November 2009, and the first UN Mandela Day was commemorated on July 18, 2010.
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