Top News Headlines by GKToday – 19 July 2019


  • Ayodhya land dispute: SC allows mediation process to continue, seeks outcome report by August 1
  • Parliament passes New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019, with the Rajya Sabha approving it by a voice vote
  • INS Sagardhwani, an oceanographic research vessel of DRDO, embarks on 2-month-long SAGAR-MAITRI Mission-2 from Kochi
  • 10th Jagran Film festival starts at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi


  • Punjab govt. to extend reservation for sportspersons, wards of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims in private medical colleges
  • Andhra Pradesh: World Bank decides not to fund ‘Amaravati Sustainable Capital City Development Project’ initiated by former CM Chandrababu Naidu
  • Andhra Pradesh cabinet decides that the government would run liquor shops in the state
  • Telangana Assembly passes Bill increasing retirement age of teaching faculty in govt. medical colleges and others from 58 to 65
  • Tamil Nadu: P. Rajagopal, founder of Saravana Bhavan restaurant group, dies in Chennai at 72
  • Tamil Nadu: 2 new districts — Tenkasi and Chengelpet – would be created taking total number of districts to 35
  • IIT Madras launches first-of-its-kind tech MBA programme for undergraduates
  • Gujarat: Former Congress MLAs Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala join BJP


  • BSE Sensex: 38,897 (–318), NSE Nifty 11,597 (–91)
  • ADB cuts growth outlook for India to 7.0% in 2019 (FY2020) and 7.2% in 2020 (FY2021)
  • Former CEA Arvind Subramanian sticks to claim of India overestimating GDP growth during 2011-16
  • Govt makes anti-money laundering law stricter, widens definition of ‘proceeds of crime’
  • Centre should link grants to states with the reforms in the agriculture sector says ‘High-Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for Transformation of Indian Agriculture’
  • CCI approves Nippon Life Insurance’s acquisition of up to 75% stake in Reliance Nippon Asset Management
  • Purnendu S. Mishra takes over as new Member Traffic (MT), Railway Board
  • Care Ratings sends its MD and CEO Rajesh Mokashi on leave after a complaint to SEBI


  • Nelson Mandela International Day observed on July 18
  • G7 Finance Ministers agree on a plan to fix minimum level of taxation for digital companies such as Facebook and Google
  • Ship carrying cargo from Bhutan arrives in Bangladesh through India via the Brahmaputra river
  • Hilary Swank to be honoured with the Leopard Club Award at the 2019 Locarno International Film Festival
  • Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’ by WHO
  • Boeing to pay $50 million compensation to 737 MAX crash victims’ families
  • Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman jailed for life by US Court


  • Former Indian athlete P. T. Usha nominated for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Veteran Pin
  • Tabor Grand Prix Athletics in Czech Republic: Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m gold in 45.40s, Hima Das (23.25s) win women’s gold


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