Top News Headlines by GKToday – 20 July 2019


  • Centre and Assam govt. move SC seeking extension of the July 31 deadline for finalisation of NRC (National Register of Citizens)
  • Indian Army conducts summer user trials of 3rd Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile NAG at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges
  • IFS officer Vivek Kumar appointed private secretary to PM Narendra Modi
  • India’s new Ambassadors: Upender Singh Rawat: Panama; Sanjeev Kumar Singla: Israel


  • Lok Sabha passes Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019
  • Now a Supreme Court judge besides CJI can be appointed Chairperson of NHRC
  • Number of members of NHRC increased from two to three
  • At least one of 3 members of NHRC should be a woman


  • S&P BSE Sensex: 38,337.01 (–560.45), NSE Nifty: 11,419.25 (-177.65)
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves decline by USD 1.113 billion to USD 428.797 billion in the week to July 12
  • International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol praises Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA) to start first direct flight from South India to Japan connecting Tokyo to Chennai – from Oct 27
  • Chennai-based Laxman Muthiyah wins $30,000 reward from Instagram for spotting a flaw in the photo-sharing app


  • Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy awarded honorary doctorate by Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom organised in Washington
  • US blocks sale of Turkish-made T129 ATAK helicopter gunships to Pakistan
  • AB InBev to sell Aussie brewer CUB (Carlton & United Breweries) to Asahi of Japan for USD 11.3 bn
  • S. House votes to block Trump administration from selling billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia
  • 33 killed in an arson incident in an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan
  • The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) adds more than 7,000 animals, fish and plants to its endangered ‘Red List’


  • 15-year old Prithu Gupta becomes India’s 64th Grandmaster, crossing the Elo threshold of 2500 points
  • ICC inducts Sachin Tendulkar, Allan Donald in its Hall of Fame list
  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Friday launches AIFF’s Golden Baby Leagues handbook 2019-20 for 6-12 years age group
  • Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in Cuttack: India win both men’s and women’s team titles beating England (3-2) and Singapore (3-0) respectively
  • North Korea beat Tajikistan 1-0 in final to win Intercontinental Cup football tournament in Ahmedabad


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