DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS : July 18 & 19, 2019

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Assam Govt. to plant sapling spread over 1000 km across NH

  • The Assam Government is to plant sapling spread over one thousand kilometres across the National Highways.
  • State Forest and Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya announced that this initiative is being taken to improve green coverage in the state.
  • The National Highway Authority of India has sanctioned the plantation at 810 kilometres area.
  • Mr Suklabaidya said that efforts are on to take the sanction of the remaining areas within this work. A variety of saplings will be planted near the national highways.

Google India’s ‘Internet Saathi’ programme to empower rural women

  • Google India’s ‘Internet Saathi’ programme aimed to empower rural women on how to use the Internet has now added two more states, Punjab and Odisha.
  • With this, the programme has now reached 2.6 lakh villages in 20 states.
  • Launched as a pilot project in 2015, along with Tata Trusts, ‘Internet Saathi’ programme focuses on educating women on how to use the Internet.
  • These women, in turn, impart training to other women in their community and neighbouring villages.
  • In the four-year journey, trained 70,000 “Internet Saathis” are using the Internet to drive positive change in their communities and have already benefited over 2.6 crore fellow women.

‘Internet Saathi’ Incharge: 

  • Neha Barjatya, Chief Internet Saathi, Google India
  • Raman Kalyanakrishnan, Head of Strategy at Tata Trusts

CCEA approves 2880 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Cabinet Commitee on Economic Affairs, CCEA has approved 2880 Megawatt Dibang Multipurpose Project in Arunachal Pradesh at the cost of 1600 crore rupees.
  • This will be the highest dam in the country with a height of 278 metres, once completed.
  • The estimated completion period for the project will be nine years. On completion, Arunachal will get 12 per cent free power from the project.

Union Cabinet has approved National Medical Commission Bill, 2019

  • The Union Cabinet has approved National Medical Commission Bill, 2019. The bill provides for setting up of a National Medical Commission in place of Medical Council of India and repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956.
  • The features of the bill include, the Common final year MBBS Exams will be known as National Exit Test which would serve as Licentiate Exam, for entrance to Post Graduate medical course and as screening test of foreign medical graduates.
  • The Commission will regulate fee and all other charges for 50 percent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities.
  • These measures will ensure a transparent admission process and also bring down admission fee.


Govt to increase coal production to one billion tone by 2022-23

  • There is a plan to increase the total production of coal in the country to one billion tone by 2022-23, Coal minister Prahlad Joshi informed the Lok Sabha.
  • The gap between demand and supply of coal cannot be bridged completely as there is insufficient domestic availability of coking coal.
  • All India raw coal production has increased its production from over 462 Metric tonnes in 2013-14 to around 730 metric tonnes in 2018-19.
  • 14 dedicated corridors are being developed for the transportation of coal and plans are being made to improve transportation of coal through conveyor belts.


Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed arrested in Pakistan

  • Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jama’at-ud-Da’wah Chief Hafiz Saeed was today arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
  • Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
  • The US Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and since 2012, has offered a 10 million US dollars reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.
  • Under international pressure, Pakistani authorities had launched investigations into matters of the JuD and LeT regarding their holding and use of trusts to raise funds for terrorism financing.

Enormous potential for growth in relations with India: US

  • There is enormous potential for growth in its relations with India and trade issues can be resolved due to friendly ties.
  • State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus was talking to reporters in Washington when she was asked whether the Trump administration was satisfied with the recent visit of two Office of US Trade Representative (USTR) officials to New Delhi for trade talks.
  • Last week, a US delegation headed by Assistant USTR for India Christopher Wilson was in New Delhi for a meeting with Indian officials. After the talks, India said the engagement was constructive.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met US President Donald Trump in Osaka on the sidelines of G20 Summit last month.

FB needs ‘very high standard’ for Libra coin: US Treasury

  • US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has declared Facebook must meet a very high standard before it moves ahead with its planned digital currency, Libra.
  • US regulators have already expressed concerns to the social media giant about the plan for a global cryptocurrency, noting that these kinds of virtual coins have in the past been associated with money laundering and illicit activities.
  • Whether they are banks or non-banks, they are under the same regulatory environment.
  • Facebook last month unveiled its plans for Libra, widely regarded as a challenger to bitcoin.
  • Expected to launch in the first half of 2020, Libra is designed to be backed by a basket of currency assets to avoid the wild swings of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
  • The US Treasury welcomes responsible innovations that can improve the efficiency of the financial system but added that the overriding goal of US is to maintain the integrity of the financial system and protect it from abuse.

International Court of Arbitration has imposed a penalty of over $5 billion on Pakistan

  • International Court of Arbitration has imposed a penalty of over $5 billion on Pakistan as it unlawfully denied a mining lease to a company called Tethyan Copper Company for Reko Diq project in 2011. This penalty is one of the biggest in the history of cash-strapped Pakistan.
  • In 2012, Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) filed claims for international arbitration to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of World Bank after the Pakistan government rejected a leasing request from company in 2011.

International Court of Arbitration:

  • The International Arbitration Court is an institute that arbitrates international commercial disputes. It is a part of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
  • ICC headquarters is in Paris, France. The court consists of more than 100 members from about 90 countries.


HDFC Bank, CSC launch credit card for village entrepreneurs and small traders

  • HDFC Bank and Common Services Centres (CSCs) launched a co-branded ‘Small Business Money-Back Credit Card’ for small traders and village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs).
  • The credit card is designed for VLEs and VLE-sourced customers. The users give easy access to credit for their day-to-day business expenses, according to a statement.
  • The card launched by HDFC Bank MD Aditya Puri and CSC Chief Dinesh Kumar Tyagi. The personalized cards were handed out to a few women entrepreneurs.
  • CSC as access points for delivery of various services and there are 3.6 lakh such centers operating across the country.


Founded: August 1994

Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Chairperson: Shyamala Gopinath

Managing Director: Aditya Puri


European Commission elects first female president

  • German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as the European Commission’s first female president.
  • The 60-year-old German Minister called for a united and strong Europe, after being elected.
  • Leyen’s nomination was approved by 383 votes, a narrow margin of just nine votes over the required 374, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France yesterday. There were 327 votes against her and 22 abstentions.
  • Von der Leyen was nominated to become the first woman in Brussels’ top job last month by the leaders of the bloc’s 28 member states, to the annoyance of many MEPs.

Justice AK Sikri appointed as the Judge of SICC

  • The Republic of Singapore Chief Halimah Yacob appointed Justice AK Sikri as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). He served as judge of the Supreme Court.
  • He was effect from August 1, 2019. His term will expire on January 4, 2021. SICC has 16 international judges. He retired on March 6, 2019.
  • He served as Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, and Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
  • He is appointed as a judge of the Delhi High Court in the year 1999. He is appointed as the Chairperson of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA).

Christine Lagarde resigns as managing director of IMF

  • International Monetary Fund, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has resigned ahead of a decision on her nomination to become head of the European Central Bank, ECB.
  • Her resignation has been accepted by the IMF Executive Board, which will come into effect from 12 September.
  • If the European Council approves Ms Lagarde’s ECB nomination, she will become the central bank’s first-ever female leader, responsible for the Euro and the monetary policy of the eurozone.
  • The former French cabinet minister has been heading the IMF since 2011.


Zakir Hussain, Sonal Mansingh among 4 selected for Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships

  • Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain and dancer Sonal Mansingh are among the four eminent personalities who have been selected for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships in the field of performing arts. 
  • The two other personalities are dancer and choreographer Jatin Goswami and Bharatnatyam exponent K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai.
  • The artistes include, Mani Prasad in Hindustani Vocal, Tarun Bhattacharya for Hindustani Instrumental – Santoor, Radha Sridhar for Bharatanatyam, Akham Lakshmi Devi for Manipuri, Rajiv Naik for Playwriting and Malini Awasthi in Folk Music.
  • The 44 artistes include three joint awards. The awards will be conferred by the President Ram Nath Kovind at a special investiture ceremony.


India is to host the ISSF Combined World Cup from March 15-26, 2020

  • India is to host the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Combined World Cup from March 15-26, 2020.
  • The events will be held in New Delhi, India. ISSF finalised and approved the final dates of the events.
  • The ISSF Combined World Cup includes events in rifle, pistol and shotgun. In 2020’s event of shooting, the World Cup provides golden platform to hit in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
  • India has hosted a World Cup in February 2019, which offered Olympic quota places for Tokyo.


  • The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) was founded on 1907. It is headquartered atMunich, Germany. The President of ISSF is Vladimir Lisinis. 

Deepika Kumari clinches silver in Tokyo Olympic test event

  • India’s top-ranked woman archer Deepika Kumari today clinched a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games test event after going down to 18-year-old Korean An San in straight sets.
  • Ranked fourth in the qualification round, Deepika found the going tough against the second seed, which produced fine shooting including a flawless third set to clinch the match 6-0 in her favour.
  • The Indian women’s team are yet to qualify for the next year’s Olympics but Deepika said the exposure will help. This was Deepika’s first individual final in a world event since she won a gold at the third stage of the World Cup in Salt Lake City in June, 2018.
  • In the men’s category, India had a forgettable outing with country’s top-ranked Atanu Das making a second round exit, losing to Bae Jaehyeon of Korea 4-6. Army duo of Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav lost in their respective first round matches.

Vijayveer wins his 3rd gold at Junior Shooting World Cup

  • Vijayveer Sidhu picked up his third gold medal of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, combining with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to clinch the men’s 25m pistol event, for Adarsh, it was his second gold of the competition.
  • India maintained its top spot at the medal standings after day three with 7 gold 7 Silver and 2 Bronze in a total of 16 medals won so far. China is second with 5 Gold 3 Silver and 5 bronze.
  • The day’s second medal came in the men’s 10m Air Rifle with the trio of Hriday Hazarika, Yash Vardhan and Paarth Makhija winning the team silver with a combined score of 1877.4, which was just 0.4 less than the gold-winning Chinese team’s score.
  • Junior world champion Hriday, however, endured heartbreak in the 10m Air Rifle individual competition as he slides down to fourth finishing on a score of 207.3.
  • Russian Grigoril Shamakov won gold with a score of 250.0.


Nelson Mandela International Day History: July 18

  • On every year July 18th is observed as Nelson Mandela Day seeks to celebrate the political and social achievements of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
  • Mandela, who spent three decades in prison for his political activism, became the first black president of the Republic of South Africa in 1994.
  • Nelson Mandela International Day was designated by the United Nations and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 2009.
  • It is celebrated on Mandela’s birthday, July 18th, in an effort to recognize the impact of Mandela’s values and his contribution to humanity.   Mandela passed away in December of 2013 at the age of 95.
  • His presidency ended the long-standing apartheid in which whites ruled over blacks and saw the birth of democracy and equality among all citizens.
  • He was also active in combatting poverty, encouraging land reform, expanding health services, supporting education and setting an example of peace, anti-racism and human rights adherence for other nations.


Two new districts to be formed in Tamil Nadu; taking total to 35

  • In Tamil Nadu, two new districts are going to be formed, taking the total number of districts in the state to 35.
  • Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy announced Tenkasi District would be carved out of Tirunelveli and Chengalpet District would be established by splitting Kanchipuram district.
  • Later, state Revenue Minister R.B.Udhayakumar told the Assembly, creating a few more districts by splitting bigger revenue units is being considered.
  • He hinted that a new district with Kumbakonam as its headquarters would be announced very soon.

10th Jagran Film festival inaugurated in New Delhi

  • Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 10th Jagran Film festival at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi.
  • Jagran Film Festival, JFF is an initiative by the Jagran Prakashan Group towards creating a culture of cinema appreciation and an honest and sincere attempt create a platform that connects great content with audiences across the country.
  • Last year, with over 18 towns, 400 screenings, 18 cinema appreciation workshops, the festival directly touched over an audience of over 55 thousand people and the media coverage of Jagran puts the reach of JFF well beyond 50 million people across India.

Union Government to build India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) at Pottipuram in Theni District, Tamil Nadu

  • Union Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) to set up at Pottipuram in Theni District, Tamil Nadu.
  • The main aim of the project is to set up a 51000 ton Iron Calorimeter (ICAL) detector
    The detector is placed to observe naturally occurring atmospheric neutrinos at the end of an approximately 2 km long tunnel in a mountain.
  • It is the first neutrino detector in India. This will decrease the noise from cosmic rays that is ever-present over-ground and will outnumber the rare neutrino interactions even in a detector as large as ICAL.
  • It will measure cosmic rays and neither release any radiation nor radioactive substance.

Supreme Court form panel to frame emergency plan to save two Indian birds from extinction

  • The Supreme Court has formed a high powered committee to urgently frame and implement an emergency response plan for the protection of the two Indian birds, Great Indian Bustard and the Lesser Florican from extinction. The sudden decline of the species has alarmed the nation.
  • The court sought responses from the Centre and state governments where these two species of birds are prominently found.
  • This comes after a plea of wildlife activists. It said that over the last 50 years, the population of the Great Indian Bustard has recorded a decline of over 82% and the population of the Lesser Florican has been reduced by 80%.

Great Indian bustard:

  • The great Indian bustard is a large ground bird with a height of about one metre. The species is critically endangered.
  • The reason for its decline is hunting and loss of its habitat. The species is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 of India.

Lesser florican:

  • The lesser florican is endemic to India. The species is endangered. 
  • These bustards are found mainly in north western and central India during the summer but are found more widely distributed across India in winter.

Union Cabinet extends 15th Finance Commission’s term up to Nov 30

  • The union cabinet approved the extension of the term of Fifteenth Finance Commission up to 30th November this year.
  • This enables the commission to examine various comparable estimates for financial projections.
  • The reforms and the new realities to finalise its recommendations for the period 2020-2025.
  • The proper amendment to enable the Fifteenth Finance Commission to address serious concerns regarding the allocation of adequate, secure and non-lapsable funds.
  • The Terms of Reference plans to ensure an assured allocation of resources towards defence and internal security imperatives.

Amendment of Fifteenth Finance Commission

  • The Fifteenth Finance Commission constituted by the President on 27th November 2017. The report on the basis of its Terms of Reference by 30th October.
  • It covers a period of five years from 1st April 2020. The constitution of the Commission in the backdrop of various budgetary reforms introduced by the Centre in the past four years.
  • The replacement of the Planning Commission by NITl Aayog and removal of the distinction between Non-Plan and Plan expenditure.


First ever use of Indian waterway to transport Cargo from Bhutan to Bangladesh

  • In the first ever use of an Indian waterway to transport cargo from Bhutan to Bangladesh via India, a shipment of stone aggregates was today formally received at Narayangunj by the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Riva Ganguli Das, along with Ambassador of Bhutan to Bangladesh Sonam T. Rabgye.
  • The Indian cargo ship MV AAI carrying stone aggregates from Bhutan arrived in Narayanganj in Bangladesh on Tuesday through the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route.
  • The stone aggregates were transported by trucks from Phuentsholing in Bhutan which is 160 kms from Dhubri jetty in Assam before being shipped to Bangladesh through Brahmaputra.
  • The transport of cargo through this route will cut short travel time by 8 to 10 days, and reduce transportation cost by 30 per cent. It will also be a more environment friendly mode of transport.

Saudi Arabia intercepts drone launched by Yemen rebels

  • Saudi military intercepted a drone launched at the kingdom’s southern border by Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.
  • The drone launched by the Houthi rebels from Yemen’s Governorate of Sanaa toward the Saudi city of Jizan.
  • A Saudi-led coalition allied with Yemen’s Government has been at war with the Houthis since 2015.
  • The fighting killed tens of thousands of Yemenis, with Saudi-led airstrikes blamed for many civilian deaths.
  • Al-Maliki announced the interception of three other Houthi drones launched at Saudi cities near Yemen’s border.

Saudi Arabia

Currency: Saudi riyal

Capital: Riyadh

Palau became the 76th country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA)


  • Palau, an archipelago of more than 500 islands in Oceania, has become 76th signatory country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
  • The agreement was opened for signature during COP22 at Marrakech, Morocco on 15 November 2016.

ISA member countries:

  • Countries which have signed agreement until now include India, United Kingdom (UK), Japan, France, Australia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), amongst others.

International Solar Alliance (ISA):

  • ISA is a group of 122 solar resource-rich nations. It was jointly launched by India and France on November 2015. It is headquartered at campus of National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) in Haryana, India.
  • The organisation aims to deploy more than 1,000 gigawatts of solar energy and mobilise over $1,000 billion into solar power by 2030 as per United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Former Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrested in LNG case

  • Pakistan’s anti-graft body today arrested former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a multi-billion-rupee case related to the award of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import contract.
  • Abbasi, who served as the prime minister from August 2017 to May 2018, had reached Lahore from Islamabad to hold a press conference but was arrested before reaching the venue of the event.
  • The NAB was probing alleged corruption in the award of contract to import LNG from Qatar by Abbasi when he was minister for petroleum and natural resources in the cabinet of former premier Nawaz Sharif.
  • Three-time prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif is already serving seven years imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Mills case. Opposition Pakistan Peoples’ Party’s co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari is also in NAB’s custody in fake bank accounts case.


Muthoottu Mini Financiers Ltd and HDFC ERGO entered Bancassurance Corporate Agency Agreement

  • India’s leading private sector general insurance company, HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company entered into a corporate agency partnership with Kerala based Muthoottu Mini Financiers Limited.
  • A non-deposit taking systemically important NBFC (Non-Banking Financial Company) to provide comprehensive general insurance for the customers through its network branches.
  • The association with Muthoottu Mini Financiers Ltd. is a milestone in our growth strategy. Their network will help us establish our grip, especially in the southern part of our country.
  • This alliance marks a reaffirmation of our commitment towards our customer’s financial well-being by providing them with comprehensive insurance solutions.


  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: Mr. Ritesh Kumar
  • Executive Director: Anuj Tyagi

SIDBI introduced web-based application system for contribution from FFS

  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) introduced a web-based application system for contribution from the Fund of Funds for Start-ups (FFS).
  • The applications from various Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) accepted online and the status of the same shall be accessible to applicants.

Start-up India 

  • The Start-up India initiative, launched by the Modi government in 2016. Around 30 percent (Rs 3,123.7 crore) of the Rs 10,000 crore corpus that was supposed to be deployed over the 14th and 15th Finance Commission cycles.
  • The FFS (Fund of Funds for Start-ups) was set up at SIDBI. They contribute to various Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs).
  • It is registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), which in turn extends funding support to start-ups.


India permits 1,239 tonnes raw sugar export to US

  • The government has permitted the export of 1,239 tonnes raw sugar under its tariff-rate quota (TRQ) to the US, which enables shipments to enjoy relatively low tariff.
  • TRQ is a quota for a volume of exports that enter the US at relatively low tariffs. After the quota is reached, a higher tariff applies on additional imports.
  • The additional quantity of 1,239 tonnes of raw cane sugar to be exported to US under TRQ up to September 30, 2019 has been notified.
  • The country enjoys duty-free sugar exports to the US for up to 10,000 tonnes annually under preferential quota arrangement.


Maharashtra Cabinet approved a four-fold increase in the financial assistance given to families of martyred and disabled soldiers

  • The Maharashtra Cabinet approved a four-fold increase in the financial assistance given to families of martyred and disabled soldiers hailing from the state on 18 July. Kin of martyred soldiers will now get Rs.1 crore.
  • Previously, they were given Rs.25 lakh. The government will provide Rs.60 lakh to soldiers left 51-100% disabled, instead of the current Rs.15 lakh approved. 
  • The decision is applicable in respectory in January 1 2019. But rise in percentage is after the Pulwama attack on 14 Feburary. The approval makes the families of martyred soldiers need not come to government office for aide.
  • Also, the jawans who sustained injuries were getting between Rs.8.5 lakh and Rs.15 lakh, depending on severity of injuries. This amount has now been increased to Rs.20-60 lakh.
  • If a jawan is martyred, one-time compensation has now been increased to Rs.1 crore. If disability ranges from 1 to 25% Rs.20 lakh will be provided.
  • If disability ranges from 26% to 50% Rs.34 lakh will be provided. If disability is as severe as 51% to 100% Rs.60 lakh will be provided.


Ministry of Health signed MoU with Ayush, Defence and Railways to eradicate TB by 2025



  • Union Health Ministry has signed a MoU with Ministries of Ayush, Defence and Railways to strengthen the efforts towards a TB-Free India by 2025.
  • Around 28 lakh people contract the disease every year in the country and four lakh people die every year.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, TB will be completely eradicated from the country in the same way polio was.


Sachin Tendulkar inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

  • Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame alongside South African pace legend Allan Donald.
  • Joining Tendulkar and Donald in the Hall of Fame was two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
  • The 46-year-old former right-hand batsman is regarded as the greatest to have played the game along with Sir Donald Bradman and remains the top run-accumulator in both Tests and ODIs.
  • Tendulkar, who retired in November 2013, scored 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 in ODIs, both of which remain records. He is the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.


Sarabjot Singh wins India’s ninth gold in ISSF Junior World Cup

  • In Shooting, extending India’s domination at the ISSF Junior World Cup, Sarabjot Singh shot a 239.6 to bag the men’s 10 metres air pistol gold. 
  • This is India’s ninth yellow metal at the event in Suhl, Germany.
  • Sarabjit’s effort meant that India swept both the men’s and women’s 10 metres air pistol crowns with 14-year-old Esha Singh winning the women’s event yesterday.
  • After six days of top-class shooting and with one more day to go, India remain on top of the medal standings with nine gold, nine silver and four bronze for a total of 22 medals.

ICC suspends Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect

  • The International Cricket Council, ICC has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect over violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government intervention.
  • The current elected members of Zimbabwe Board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was a violation of relevant articles of ICC Constitution.
  • The ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of the article which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and/or administration for cricket.
  • The Croatia, Morocco and Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing to be non-compliant.

Indian secured the first spot in the medal tally of Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship

  • Indian team secured the first spot in the medal tally of Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship 2019 held at Samoa, a country in Oceania.
  • 37 Indian players participated in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Apia, Samoa.
  • t won 35 medals including 22 golds, 10 silvers and 3 bronze medals in the youth, junior, and senior categories.
  • India also broke a total of 22 records in all 3 age groups in World, Asian, Commonwealth and National level as well as set a new junior record at Commonwealth and National level.

Top wins of India:

  • Mirabai Chanu won gold in women’s 49 kg with a total lift of 191 kg. She is gold medalist at 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Khel Ratna awardee.
  • Jeremy Lalrinnunga competing in 67 kg male event broke a youth world record with lift of 136 kg in snatch. This same lift also set new youth record at Asian.
  • Jhilli Dalabehera won gold in women’s 45kg event. She set 6 records with a clean and jerk lift of 94 kg and total lift of 164 kg at Commonwealth (Senior and Junior) and Junior National level.