23-26 July 2019 Current Affairs

Andhra Pradesh | Boris Johnson | Home Secretary | Priti Patel | RBI | Li Peng | Kargil Vijay Diwas |

Posted on Jul 26, 2019 09:08 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Which state on 22 July 2019 became the first in India to reserve 75% jobs in private sector for locals? – Andhra Pradesh (Andhra Pradesh on Monday became the first state to reserve jobs for local youth after the assembly passed the Andhra Pradesh Employment of Local Candidates in Industries/Factories Act, 2019. This act reserves 75% jobs in industrial units, factories, joint ventures and projects set up under public-private partnership mode. It also puts the government under obligation to provide training to eligible local candidates)

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2) Who took over as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 24 July 2019? – Boris Johnson (Conservative leader Boris Johnson took over as the new British Prime Minister on 24 July 2019. Earlier he was chosen the new leader of the Conservative Party as he defeated his rival Jeremy Hunt in the election for new party leader. Johnson defeated Hunt by 92,153 votes to 46,656. He replaced Theresa May whose tenure ended on the same day as she tendered her resignation to the Queen)

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3) Who were appointed the new Home Secretary and Economic Affairs Secretary respectively by the Union Govt. on 24 July 2019? - Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Atanu Chakraborty (1984 batch IAS officer Ajay Kumar Bhalla was appointed the new Economic Affairs Secretary. He replaced Rajive Gauba. On the other hand Gujarat cadre IAS officer Atanu Chakraborty was appointed the new Economic Affairs Secretary. He replaced Subhash Chandra Garg who will be the new Power Secretary)

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4) On 23 July 2019 who took charge as Britain’s new Home Secretary and thus became the first-ever Indian-origin person to occupy this post? – Priti Patel (Priti Patel, an ardent Brexiteer who was among the most vocal critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, on 23 July 2019 took charge as Britain’s first Indian-origin Home Secretary in the newly-unveiled Boris Johnson Cabinet. 47-year old Priti is a Gujarati-origin politician and is a prominent guest at all major Indian diaspora events in the UK)

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5) Who took over as the new Defence Secretary of the United States of America (USA) on 23 July 2019? – Mark Esper (US Army veteran Mark Esper was sworn in as US' Defence Secretary (Defence Minister) on 23 July 2019 following confirmation by the Senate. Esper succeeded James Mattis, who resigned in December last year following differences with US President Donald Trump over the withdrawal of American troops from Syria)

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6) Who was assigned to run the monetary policy portfolio of the RBI, as was announced was by the RBI on 24 July 2019? - BP Kanungo (The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has assigned Deputy Governor BP Kanungo to run the monetary policy portfolio after the resignation of fellow Deputy Governor Viral Acharya. Kanungo, who will retain his currency management portfolio, would become the sixth member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). Acharya had earlier announced his resignation from the RBI and his resignation came into effect from 23 July 2019)

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7) China's former premier Li Peng, who passed away on 22 July 2019, had been country Premier in which years? – From March 1988 to March 1998 (Li Peng was the fourth Premier of People’s Republic of China and was in office from 25 March 1988 to 17 March 1998. He was regarded as a staunch supporter of the ruling Communist Party's iron-fisted clampdown on the pro-democracy student protests at the Tiananmen Square in 1989 and was hence also called “Butcher of Beijing”. Peng was in Communist Party’s Politburo till 2002. He was 90)

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8) Which anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was observed on 26 July 2019? – 20th (20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was observed on 26 July 2019. Exactly 20 years ago on 26 July 1999 India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistan in the Kargil area of Jammu & Kashmir state. The operation to take over these outposts was named Operation Vijay in which Indian armed forces lost 527 of its soldiers)

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