1-12 July 2020 Current Affairs

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1) During June 2020 the Indian Railways (IR) created history as it joined and ran three trains carrying more than 1500 tonnes in an 'Anaconda' formation. Which zone of the IR carried out this formation? - South East Central Railway (The South East Central Railway (SECR) a three-in-one freight service 'Super Anaconda' train that had 177 wagons and three electric locomotives with a 6000 HP capacity each. This train ran through the Bilaspur and Chakradharpur divisions. This achievement was a first of its kind in the entire world and will also boost the ambitious mission of Green India as a latest green initiative over Indian Railways)

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2) Which 2 countries became the first from South-East Asia region to eliminate both rubella and measles, as was announced by the WHO during July 2020? – Sri Lanka and Maldives (The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 8 July 2020 announced that Sri Lanka and Maldives have been successful in eliminating rubella and measles. The two countries thus became the first two countries from South-East Asia region to eliminate both the viral diseases. The WHO verified this as there is no evidence of endemic transmission of the measles and rubella viruses for over three years in the two countries)

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3) Asia’s largest solar power project was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 July 2020. This 750-mw is situated at which place in Madhya Pradesh? – Rewa (Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 July 2020 dedicated Asia’s largest solar power project, the Rewa solar power project in Madhya Pradesh, to the nation. The new 750 MW Solar Power plant Project has been set up at Rewa, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The plant consists of three solar power generating units, each having a capacity of 250 MW and each located on a 500 hectare plot of land, which is situated inside a Solar Park)

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4) Who was appointed as the new Prime Minister of France by President Emmanuel Macron during July 2020? - Jean Castex (Jean Castex, a career civil servant who coordinated the strategy to ease France's coronavirus lockdown was on 3 July 2020 appointed new Prime Minister of France by President Emmanuel Macron. He was presently the Mayor of Prades and had served as an adviser on social affairs in former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's cabinet. He replaced Edouard Philippe who resigned from the post earlier)

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5) Indian Railways achieved which milestone for the first time in its operation on 1 July 2020? - 100% punctuality in operations of passenger trains (For the first time in the history of Indian Railways (IR), all trains achieved 100% punctuality on 1 July 2020. IR disclosed that the previous best was 99.54% on 23 July 2020 with one train getting delayed)

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6) Who was appointed as the next Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations during July 2020? - Indra Mani Pandey (Senior diplomat Indra Mani Pandey was on 1 July 2020 appointed as the next Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva. Pandey, a 1990 batch Indian Foreign Service officer is presently serving as an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He succeeded Rajiv K. Chander)

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7) Which was the first Formula One Grand Prix event of the 2020 season, the final of which was held on 5 July 2020? – Austrian Grand Prix (Austrian Grand Prix was the first F1 Grand Prix event of the 2020 season, as the season went into tail-spin due to the global covid-19 pandemic. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas won the race with teammate and F1 defending champion Lewis Hamilton finishing at the fourth position. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc finished second with McLaren's Lando Norris at third, his first podium finish)

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8) Which iconic aircraft will become history in 2 years as was disclosed during July 2020? – Boeing 747 (According to media reports, Boeing Co. will roll out the last 747-800 out of a Seattle-area factory in about two years. Boeing 747, the large long-range 4 engine aircraft was launched in 1970 and it shrank the world with its capacity and speed. But as airlines shifted their focus on more economical planes 747’s demand plummeted due to high operational costs and affordability)

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9) Which state claimed that it has become the first state where all houses have LPG connections? – Himachal Pradesh (Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on 6 July 2020 announced that Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in India where cent per cent households have LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) connections. The state achieved this ambitious target with the help of the of Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna that focuses on homemaker women that collect fuel wood and cooking food on traditional challah thus affecting their health)

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10) Which company reported a net loss of Rs. 73,878 crore for 2019-20, the highest ever annual loss by any Indian firm? - Vodafone Idea (India's third-largest telecom operator Vodafone Idea reported a net loss of Rs. 73,878 crore for 2019-20. This is the highest ever annual loss ever reported by an Indian company. However, the loss includes provision for Supreme Court-mandated statutory dues, which amount to Rs. 58,300 crore)

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