Read the July 19, 2023 Daily Current Affairs to stay informed about the latest happenings. This article provides a summary of the day’s important news
Welcome to the July 19, 2023 edition of Daily Current Affairs. In this article, we will cover the significant events and developments from various fields that took place on this day.
July 19, 2023 Daily Current Affairs
Universal Postal Union to Evaluate UPI for Cross-Border Remittances
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) will assess the use of UPI for cross-border remittances using the global postal network. The Director General of UPU, Mr Masahiko Metoki, met with Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT and Railways, to discuss India’s successful digital transformation of post offices and financial inclusion through UPI and IPPB. The UPU plans to explore integrating UPI with cross-border money remittance through postal channels and replicate India’s model in other countries.
ECI Introduces Digital Time Vouchers for Political Parties’ Election Campaigns on Doordarshan & All India Radio
The Election Commission of India (ECI) will issue digital time vouchers to political parties for campaigning on Doordarshan and All India Radio during elections. This new online system eliminates the need for physical collection of vouchers, reflecting the Commission’s commitment to leveraging technology for a better electoral process. The scheme, established in 1998, ensures equitable access to government-owned electronic media for campaigning. The introduction of an IT-based platform streamlines the process, making it more efficient and accessible for political parties.
Reopening of PLI Scheme for Textiles: Applications Invited for MMF Apparel, Fabrics, and Technical Textiles
The Ministry of Textiles has reopened the PLI Portal until August 31, 2023, to invite fresh applications for the PLI scheme in the textile industry. The scheme covers MMF apparel, MMF fabrics, and technical textile products. The terms and conditions mentioned in previous notifications and guidelines remain applicable.
Indian Navy Receives LSAM 7: First MCA Barge Delivery Boosts Operational Capabilities
The Indian Navy has received the first Missile Cum Ammunition (MCA) Barge, LSAM 7 (Yard 75), built under the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” initiatives. The barge, constructed by M/s SECON Engineering Projects Pvt Ltd, Visakhapatnam, is classified by the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and has a 30-year service life. It supports the “Make in India” initiative and will aid in the transportation and handling of articles and ammunition for Indian Navy ships.
India and US Launch Grant Program on Quantum Technologies and AI for Transforming Lives
India and the United States have launched a call for proposals on Critical and Emerging Technology, focusing on Quantum Technologies and Artificial Intelligence. The initiative aims to transform lives by impacting healthcare, agriculture, climate change, and more. The move follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, emphasizing bilateral comprehensive and global strategic partnership. The meeting between US Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm and Indian Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh discussed bilateral collaboration and marked the launch of the grant program.
The program aims to support joint US-India technology innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives that are commercially viable and socially relevant. It encourages public-private collaborations, high-performance computing development, and investments in AI and quantum technology. The call for proposals will be open until August 31, 2023, promoting sustainable development goals for both countries.
Opposition Parties Form Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) to Contest 2024 Lok Sabha Election
Opposition parties in India have formed the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha election against the NDA. The alliance plans to establish an 11-member coordination committee and a secretariat in Delhi to develop campaign strategies and a common minimum program. Notable leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Mamatha Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, Nitish Kumar, Sharad Pawar, Udhav Thakarey, and Lalu Prasad, were present at the opposition leaders’ meeting in Bengaluru.
Argentina’s Defence Minister Visits India for Potential Tejas Mark-1A and LCH Prachanda Deal
Argentina’s Defence Minister, Jorge Tayna, is visiting India and is expected to discuss a possible deal for indigenous fighter aircraft Tejas Mark-1A and LCH Prachanda worth Rs 8675 crore. Argentina has shown interest in Tejas jets and helicopters manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Tejas has attracted attention from several countries, including Malaysia, Australia, Egypt, America, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Malaysia has already decided to buy Tejas MK-1A to compete with China’s JF-17.
Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy Passes Away: Prime Minister Modi Expresses Grief
Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, aged 79, passed away due to throat cancer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep grief and recalled their interactions as Chief Ministers. Chandy served twice as Kerala’s Chief Minister and won 11 consecutive elections. He held the record for the longest-serving member of the State Legislative Assembly. The Congress party mourns his loss and acknowledges his leadership and energy.
India-GCC Buyers Sellers Meet in Dubai: Boosting Trade Relations and Showcasing Innovation in Food and Beverages
The India-GCC Buyers Sellers Meet in Dubai aims to boost trade relations and highlight innovation in the food and beverage industry. The event, organized by the Trade Promotion Council of India, facilitates collaborations between 38 Indian companies and 140 importers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Dubai’s strategic location as a re-export hub and the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between India and GCC countries contribute to the success of the event. Participants can expect a diverse range of innovative food and beverage products from India, creating opportunities for valuable business connections.
Indian Captain Rohit Sharma Rules Out Drastic Changes in Playing XI for Second Test Against West Indies
Indian captain Rohit Sharma stated that there won’t be drastic changes in the playing XI for the second Test against the West Indies. He acknowledged the lack of clarity due to potential rain but expressed confidence in the current team. Rohit praised the performance of youngsters like Yashasvi Jaiswal and emphasized the importance of role clarity for the players. He also expects a strong comeback from the West Indies in the historic Test match between the two teams.
Junior Boys’ and Girls’ National Football Championships Return in 2023-24: Dates, Teams, and Venue Revealed
The junior boys’ and girls’ national football championships will be held in September. The boys’ event will take place from September 5 to 15, while the girls’ event will start on September 20 and end with the final on September 30. The tournaments will have 16 teams participating, and the matches will be held in Bhubaneswar. The 2023-24 edition will mark the return of the BC Roy Trophy. Mizoram won the boys’ championship in the previous edition, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli emerged as champions in the junior girls’ competition.
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