Current Affairs 19 July 2018

Current Affairs of July 19, 2018, are as follows:-

1. LS passes a bill to end no detention policy in schools:-

  • A bill to amend the Right to Education (RTE) Act to abolish the 'no detention policy' in schools was passed in the Lok Sabha on July 19, 2018.
  • The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (second amendment) Bill, 2017 will be at the discretion of the states whether to continue with no detention or not.
  •  The states will decide at what level and who will conduct the examination.
  • Under the current provisions of the RTE Act, no student can be detained till class 8 and all students are promoted to the next grade.

2. Indian junior women's hockey team beats Belgium at U 23 tournament:-

  • The Indian junior women’s hockey team defeated Belgium(2-0) at the Under-23 six-nations tournament. This is its third consecutive win at the tournament. Sangita Kumari and Salima Tete found the target.
  • Meantime, the junior men’s team was held 1-1 by Belgium in its third round-robin match. Mohammad Umar from India and Syril Frying from Belgium found the target.

3. RBI plans to issue new Rs. 100 notes in violet color:-

  • RBI will issue new ₹100 notes in a smaller size than the previous version and with violet color as the base. This note will reportedly feature the picture of Rani-Ki-Vav (the Queen's Stepwell), which is in Gujarat's Patan, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • RBI is likely to release these notes in August or September and all ₹100 notes issued by it earlier will remain valid.
  • The Dewas-based Bank Note Press has started printing the new 100 rupee note.

4. Tenth Edition Of Delhi Dialogue Begins In New Delhi:-

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will deliver the keynote address of the two-day event.
  • The theme of which is, 'Strengthening India-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation'.
  • To find a common ground and expanding the scope of cooperation between India and ASEAN nations.
  • The Delhi Dialogue is a premier annual event to discuss politico-security, the economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).
  • The event has been held annually since 2009 many political leaders, policy makers, senior officials, diplomats, think tanks and academicians from various countries participate in the discussions pertaining to ASEAN-India relations.

5. Rajya Sabha Chamber becomes Wi-Fi-enabled:-

  •  The Rajya Sabha Chamber has become Wi-Fi-enabled. Announcing this in the House during the Zero Hour, Chairman M Venkiah Naidu said members can now browse all the government websites including that of Parliament. 
  • The Speaker of the House said that the facility is accessible on all the mobile phones, tablets, Laptops. 
  • He also congratulated Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of State Ahluwalia and NIC engineers, who have completed the work in a short span of time.

6. Amazon is the second company To Hit $900 Billion Valuation After Apple:-

  • Amazon company crossed $900-billion market cap for the first time in its history becoming only the second company after Apple to achieve this milestone. 
  • Amazon sold over 100 million products during its Prime Day sale.  Apple is currently the world's most valuable company with a market cap of $935 billion.

7. Google fined $5 Billion By EU In Android Antitrust Case:-

  • The European Union (EU)regulators slapped Alphabet-owned Google with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system. 
  • According to the EU, Google's parent company favored its own services by forcing smartphone makers to pre-install Google apps Chrome and Search in a bundle with its app store. 

8. Seven new Medal Events Added To Beijing Winter Games 2022:-

  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games and set a timetable to add new sports to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
  • The next season of the Olympics will include Women’s monobob,  Big Air freestyle skiing for men and women, Mixed team events in short track speed skating, Ski jumping, Ski aerials, and Snowboardcross.
  • The IOC plans to make interim decisions on the Paris preferences at an October 2019 meeting in Milan, then review again after seeing how other sports perform at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • The IOC was created by Pierre de Coubertin, on 23 June 1894, Demetrios Vikelas was its first President, and The first Summer Olympics organized by the IOC was held in Athens, Greece.

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