27-31 July 2019 Current Affairs

Supreme Court | Plantation Record | Tiger Census | Apple-Intel | Subir Gokarn |

Posted on Aug 05, 2019 06:07 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) During July 2019, the Union Cabinet increased the strength of the judges of Supreme Court by how many percent? – 10% (The Cabinet approved increasing the number of Supreme Court judges by 10% that effectively increased the number of judges of the apex court from 30 to 33. After including the Chief Justice of India, the strength of the SC will reach 34)

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2) In which African country more than 200 million trees were planted on a single day during July 2019? – Ethiopia (Ethiopians planted more than 200 million trees on 29 July. The ambitious initiative of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed aims to help restore the country’s landscape, which is fast being eroded by deforestation and climate change. Ethiopia is in the midst of a tree planting campaign in which it aims to plant 4 billion trees between May and October 2019)

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3) According to the results of a tiger census made public on 29 July 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi what is the total tiger population in the country? - 2,967 (India has 2,967 tigers, a third more than in 2014, according to results of a Tiger Census made public by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Madhya Pradesh saw the highest number of tigers at 526, closely followed by Karnataka (524) and Uttarakhand (442). Chhattisgarh and Mizoram saw a decline in tiger population and all other States saw a “positive” increase. It is worth mentioning that the tiger population had came down to as low as 1,411 in 2006)

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4) Which company is acquiring smartphone modem business of Intel for $1 billion, as was announced during July 2019? – Apple Inc. (Apple and Intel have signed an agreement for Apple to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion. Approximately 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals)

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5) Noted economist Subir Gokarn, who passed away on 30 July 2019, was the Deputy Governor of the RBI during which years? – 2009-2012 (Subir Gokarn was the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from November 2009 to January 2013. Earlier he was the Chief Economist of global rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) Asia-Pacific from August 2007. He passed away on 30 July 2019 at the age of 59)

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6) Which city was ranked India’s best city for students in the global ranking agency QS’ (Quacquarelli Symonds) latest Best Student Cities Ranking 2019? – Bengaluru (Bengaluru topped the rankings among Indian cities in QS’ latest Best Student Cities Ranking 2019 that was released on 31 July 2019. It was ranked 81 globally out of 120 cities. The other top Indian cities include Mumbai (85), Delhi (113), and Chennai (115). Globally, London emerged the world’s best student city for the second consecutive year, followed by Tokyo and Melbourne)

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