18-22 July 2019 Current Affairs

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Posted on Jul 22, 2019 07:23 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) The WHO on 17 July 2019 declared the Ebola outbreak in which African country as a global health emergency? – Congo (The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 17 July 2019. During the second week of July 2019, the first Ebola case was confirmed in Goma, a major regional crossroads in northeastern Congo on the Rwandan border with an international airport. This city has a population of around 2 million. A declaration of a global health emergency often brings greater international attention and aid, along with concerns that nervous governments might overreact with border closures. This is the fifth such declaration in history)

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2) Indian Parliament on 17 July 2019 passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that provides a big push for India’s national security. What is the most important power that this bill provides to the NIA? – It provides for expansion of NIA’s jurisdiction to investigate offences committed outside India (The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to expand the agency’s jurisdiction to investigate offences committed outside India, such as the Easter day bombings in Sri Lanka. The bill also proposes three major amendments to the NIA Act of 2008)

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3) Who was appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 July 2019? - Vivek Kumar (Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Vivek Kumar was appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kumar, a 2004 batch IFS officer, is currently working as a Director in the Prime Minister's Office. He will be succeeding Sanjeev Kumar Singla, who has been appointed India's ambassador to Israel)

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4) How many years of nationalization of 14 banks were completed on 19 July 2019? – 50 years (Exactly 50 years back on 19 July 1969 the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi nationalized 14 banks and thus the Central Govt. virtually took over the banking system in its own hand. These 14 banks together controlled 85% of bank deposits. In 1980 six other banks were nationalized)

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5) Who were appointed new Governors of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh by the Union Govt. on 16 July 2019? - Biswa Bhusan Harichandan and Anusuiya Uikey (BJP's Biswa Bhusan Harichandan and Rajya Sabha MP Anusuiya Uikey were made Governors of the states of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively by the Union Govt. on 16 July 2019. Harichandan took over from incumbent Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan who was additionally handling Andhra Pradesh. Uikey succeeded Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, who took the additional charge of Chhattisgarh following Balram Das Tandon's death)

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6) The Union Government on 20 July 2019 shifted whom as the new Governor of Uttar Pradesh? – Anandiben Patel (Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel was on 20 July 2019 shifted to Uttar Pradesh where she replaced Ram Naik. Her place will be filled by Bihar Governor Lal ji Tandon. Phagu Chauhan replaced Tandon as Bihar governor. Ramesh Bais has been appointed as the governor of Tripura. Noted lawyer and former Janata Dal MP Jagdeep Dhankhar was appointed as the West Bengal governor while former interlocutor on Naga talks R N Ravi has been appointed as Nagaland governor)

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7) Which two new districts were carved in Tamil Nadu, as was announced by the state government on 18 July 2019? - Tenkasi and Chengalpattu (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on 18 July 2019 announced that two new districts, Tenkasi and Chengalpattu, would be carved out of Tirunelveli and Kancheepuram respectively. With these two, the total number of districts in the state has reached 35)

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