Current Affairs 08 July, 2019


1. Krishna Saksena is the author of the book 'Whispers of Time'.
  • The book titled 'Whispers of Time' has been authored by Dr Krishna Saksena. The story witnesses three generations in the author's long life of 90 years in which she found a great difference. If the first was too strict and severe in clinging hard to traditions, the second had softened down to new values of love and helpfulness. In a way it was a beautiful world of togetherness. But this world soon dwindles into a world of selfishness and deceit.
  • The series of events are developed in a powerful manner that makes the novel both real and revealing.
  • The book has recently unveiled by Smriti Zubin Irani, the Union Minister of Textiles & Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD), at India International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi.
2. Bonalu festival kicks off in Telangana
  • The annual Bonalu festival kicked off at the Jagadamba temple in historic Golconda Fort, Telangana.
  • Bonalu is celebrated every year in the state during the first month of the monsoon season.  Bonalu is the "state festival" of Telangana.
Foot Notes:
About Telangana
  1. CM : K Chandrashekhar Rao
  2. Capital : Hyderabad.
  3. Governor : ESL Narasimhan.
3. DRDO successfully tested Nag missiles in Pokhran
  • DRDO successfully tested Nag missiles in Pokhran ranges.
  • The system includes a third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile, the NAG, along with the Missile Carrier Vehicle (NAMICA).
  • The Nag Missile has top attack capabilities that can effectively engage and destroy all known enemy tanks.
Foot Notes:
About DRDO
  1. DRDO Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy
  2. Established: 1958
  3. Headquarters: New Delhi.
4. Operation 'Sudarshan' launched along the Pakistan border
  • BSF has launched the operation 'Sudarshan' to fortify the 'anti-infiltration grid' along the Pakistan border in Punjab and Jammu.
  • It was launched on July 1 and will cover the entire 1,000-kms length of the India-Pakistan International Border.
  • The Border Security Force is the primary force guarding this frontier as the 'first line of defence'.
Foot Notes:
About BSF
  1. Headquarters: New Delhi
  2. Founded: December 1, 1965
  3. Motto: Duty Unto Death
  4. Director General: Rajni Kant Mishra
  5. Motto: जीवन पर्यन्त कर्तव्य (Duty Unto Death)
5. "Vivekadeepini" book released by the Vice President of India
  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has released the book ‘Vivekadeepini’ in ten languages.
  • It is a concise book of aphorisms that contains glimpses of India’s wisdom. The book will be published by Vedanta Bharati.
6. Theme of the International Day of Cooperatives 2019 was Coops 4 decent work.
  • United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July and this year it was observed on July 6, 2019.
  • It's aim is to create awareness on cooperatives and promote international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace.
  • The theme for 2019 is "Coops 4 decent work". It is the 25th United Nations International Day of Cooperatives and the 96th International Cooperative day. It was celebrated for the first time in July 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).
7. World Youth Cup: Arinjeeta Dey wins silver medal
  • Arinjeeta Dey, a 10-year-old girl, has won a silver medal in the World Youth Cup held in Umag, Croatia.
  • The tournament was organised by World Karate Federation affiliated to the International Olympic Association.
Foot Notes:
About Croatia
  1. Capital: Zagreb
  2. Currency : Croatian kuna
8. Uttarakhand was named among best performing states in ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme
  • Uttarakhand has been adjudged as one of the country’s five best performing states under the National Programme Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme aimed at addressing declining child sex ratio and issues of women empowerment.
  • As per the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, the State received this recognition for its consistent performance in respect of sex ratio at birth.
  • In addition to Uttarakhand, Haryana has bagged three awards, including one state-level and two district-level awards, for consistent performance in respect of the sex ratio at birth (SRB).The two districts of Haryana which won the award are Bhiwani and Mahendragarh.
Foot Notes:
About Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme
  1. BBBP scheme was launched on 22 January 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  2. It is a joint initiative of Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
9. World’s largest burn and plastic surgery institute inaugurated in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • On July 4, 2019, The world’s largest burn and plastic surgery institute named Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute started its functioning in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Outpatient Department (OPD) of the institute was inaugurated by the Health and Family Welfare Minister of Bangladesh Zahid Maleque.World’s largest burn and plastic surgery institute.
  • It is a 500-bed hospital with 50 Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and 12 operation theatres. It will provide advanced treatment to burn patients in Bangladesh.
  • It was built at a cost of over 500 crore Taka.
Foot Notes:
About Bangladesh
  1. Capital: Dhaka
  2. Currency: Bangladeshi taka
  3. Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
10. Gold medals for India in Kutno Athletics Meet
  • Indian athletes have won 4 gold medals in the Kutno Athletics Meet held in Poland.
  • Following is the list of winners in the different categories:
  • Hima Das won the gold while V.K. Vismaya bagged the silver in the women’s 200m race.
  • Muhammed Anas won the gold in men’s 200 m race.
  • M P Jabir won the gold while Jithin Paul bagged the bronze medal in the men’s 400m hurdles.P Saritaben (gold), Sonia Baishya (silver) and R Vithya (bronze) won the women’s 400 m race.
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