Top News Headlines by GKToday – 21 July 2019

NATIONAL

  • Three-time Delhi CM and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passes away at 81
  • New Governors: Anandi Ben Patel: UP, Lal Ji Tandon: MP, Phagu Chauhan: Bihar, Jagdeep Dhankhar: West Bengal, Ramesh Bais: Tripura, R. N. Ravi: Nagaland
  • Rajya Sabha MP D Raja to take over as General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) after incumbent S Sudhakar Reddy resigned
  • J&K: Defence Minister visits Kargil War Memorial at Dras
  • J&K: Defence Minister inaugurates 1 km long Ujh bridge in Kathua district, 617.40 m long Basantar bridge in Samba district
  • Next Generation Sequencing (NSG) facility inaugurated at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad by Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan
  • Kerala Tourism organises ‘Monsoon Ragas’ music festival in Thiruvananthapuram from July 20 to 24

SKILL CENTRES

  • 2 Skill Centre of Excellence (CoE)s to be set up in UP with joint collaboration between State and Central Government
  • Centre of Excellence for Plumbing to be set up in Greater Noida, Centre of Excellence for Services Sector to be set up Varanasi

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

  • Eight more routes start operations under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN: Mysore-Hyderabad, Mysore-Goa, Mysore-Cochin and Kolkata-Shillong.
  • Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Limited (ABIPBL) Saturday announces winding up of its business
  • All lanes at toll fee plaza on national highways will be ‘FASTag lanes’ from December 1
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code: Union Cabinet approves new deadline of 330 days for completion of the corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP)

INTERNATIONAL

  • Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confiscate British tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking ‘international maritime rules ‘
  • US launches ‘Operation Sentinel’ to improve surveillance in Middle East waterways
  • Italy: Mount Etna volcano erupts on Sicily, closing two airports in Catania
  • China’s space lab Tiangong-2 re-enters the earth’s atmosphere
  • Cesar Pelli, architect of Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, dies aged 92

SPORTS

  • Shiva Thapa wins gold for India in men’s 63 kg at the President’s Cup boxing tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Algeria defeat Senegal 1-0 in final to win the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Cairo
  • 2018 Jakarta Asian Games: India’s silver in 4×400 mixed relay event (Mohammad Anas, Hima Das, Arokia Rajiv & M R Poovamma) to be upgraded to gold after disqualification of Bahrain for doping
  • Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) suspends 23-year-old Sanjivani Jadhav, bronze winner in women’s 10,000m at the 2019 Asian Championships, for 2 years for doping

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