Top News Headlines by GKToday – 13 July 2019


  • India reduced poverty rate from 55% to 28% in 10 years between 2005/6 and 2015/16: UN’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) report
  • 2,896 posts of scientist lying vacant in 70 institutes under Science & Technology Ministry: Govt
  • Lok Sabha passes Bill for establishment of a Central University and a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh
  • ‘Save Water Day’ observed by the West Bengal government
  • Diplomat Vikas Swarup appointed as Secretary, Overseas Indian Affairs
  • Well-known Malayalam cinematographer M. J. Radhakrishnan dies in Thiruvananthapuram
  • MODEL TENANCY ACT- Will facilitate regulation of rent; Draft placed in public domain by Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, comments invited till August 1; Sets a maximum of two months’ rent as security deposit, a 3-month notice for raising the rent and appointment of rent authorities


  • BSE Sensex: 38,736.23 (–86.88), NSE Nifty: 11,552.50 (–30.40)
  • Industrial growth, measured in terms of IIP (Index of Industrial Production), declines to 3.1% in May
  • Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based retail inflation rises to 3.18% in June
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves increased by US$ 2.23 billion to US$ 429.91 billion in the week ended July 5
  • SBI Managing Director Anshula Kant appointed MD and CFO of World Bank
  • TVS Motor launches ethanol-powered bike Apache RTR 200 at Rs 1.2 lakh
  • RBI finalises three-year roadmap named ‘Utkarsh 2022’ to improve regulation and supervision
  • Hyundai launches electric SUV Kona at ₹3 lakh
  • Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) gets $100 million contract for manufacturing 1,000 Barak-8 MRSAM missile kits
  • KRAS is a JV of India’s Kalyani group (51%) and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems (49%)


  • ‘Nagarkirtan’ (Bengali) wins ‘Best Feature Film’ award at the SAARC film festival in Colombo
  • US: Tropical Storm Barry moves towards New Orleans
  • Turkey receives first batch of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system
  • External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar attends Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting in London, calls for re-induction of Maldives as member country
  • India and Pakistan failed to improve the situation in Kashmir: UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR)
  • Film producer Artur Brauner, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor, dies in Berlin aged 100


  • World Tour Platinum Australian Open Table Tennis: India’s G. Sathiyan and Anthony Amalraj wins bronze in men’s doubles
  • Mexico defeat hosts US 1-0 in Chicago to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup football tournament of countries in North America, Central America and the Caribbean
  • Viswanathan Anand becomes mentor for the Indian edition of, a US-based chess platform


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