CURRENT AFFAIRS 18TH JULY

Kerala gets $250 million loan for disaster management

Pinarayi Vijayan shook hands with Junaid Ahmad, World Bank’s India Director, to push the partnership, called as ‘Resilient Keyrala Initiative’, into its deployment phase. State partnership, according to the bank, is an instrument to have long term investment in the Indian state.

Prithvi Shaw becomes the Brand Ambassador of FanMojo

FanMojo has appointed Prithvi Shaw as its brand ambassador. FanMojo is a fantasy sports platform and it is owned by mobile tech company U2opia Global. A lot of former as well as current cricketers including Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni, Virat Kholi and Murali Karthik have associated themselves with various Fantasy cricket league.

India will host The International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup 2020

The International Shooting Sport Federation has approved India’s application to host the ISSF World Cup stages. Secretary-General of ISSF Alexander Rater wrote a letter to Raninder Singh, president of the National Rifle Association of India, which states: “ISSF Executive Committee approved the dates of the 2020 ISSF World Cup stages.”

Anusuiya Uikey has been appointed as Governor of Chhattisgarh

Rajya Sabha member Anusuiya Uikey has been appointed as Governor of Chhattisgarh and Senior Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Biswa Bhushan Harichandan appointed as Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Anusuiya Uikey is a sitting member of Rajya Sabha.

Shahrukh Khan will receive an honorary doctorate from Melbourne-based La Trobe University

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is set to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Melbourne-based La Trobe University for his contributions and efforts towards underprivileged children, women’s empowerment through Meer Foundation and his achievements in the Indian entertainment industry.

Palau has become the 76th country to join International Solar Alliance

Palau, an archipelago of over 500 islands in Oceania, on Tuesday became the 76th signatory country to join the International Solar Alliance. Countries which have signed the agreement until now include India, France, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Japan, amongst others.

The 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO will be held in Fuzhou

The 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO will be held in Fuzhou, Fujian province of China in 2020, said Abulfas Garayev, chairman of the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Baku.

Elavenil Valarivan has won gold medal in 10m air rifle at the Junior World Cup

Elavenil Valarivan beat compatriot Mehuli Ghosh to win the individual gold in a one-two finish for India in women’s 10m air rifle competition of the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany Monday. Elavenil won the 10m air rifle gold with a total score of 251.6 while Ghosh got the silver with 250.2 points. Oceanne Marianne Muller from France took home the silver.

United States has imposed a fine of $5 Billion on Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a penalty of $5 billion on Facebook following an year-long probe into the company’s privacy practices that began after reports of Cambridge Analytica, a United Kingdom based political consultancy firm accessing the personal information of 87 million Facebook users without their permission, came into light. FTC’s probe focused on whether the data sharing violated a 2011 agreement between Facebook and the federal agency.

India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) will take place in New Delhi

The next India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) will take place in New Delhi next year, according to a joint statement of the 13th JETCO meeting held here on July 15.


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