Top News Headlines by GKToday – 23 July 2019

NATIONAL

  • Chandrayaan-2 successfully launched by GSLV-MkIII-M1 from Sriharikota (AP); is aimed at landing a rover on unchartered Lunar South Pole
  • Parliament passes Protection of Human Rights Amendment Bill to expedite the process of appointment of chairperson and members of NHRC and states’ rights bodies
  • Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh commissions Navy’s fifth Dornier squadron, Sea Eagles, in Chennai
  • Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane appointed next vice chief of Indian Army
  • IIT-Madras students develop ‘Agricopter’ to eliminate manual spraying of pesticides in agricultural farms
  • Arun Kumar Roy, 3-time member of the Bihar Assembly and 3-time MP for Dhanbad, dies at 84
  • RTI BILL
  • Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed by Lok Sabha with 218 members voting in its favour and 79 against it
  • Bill allows Central govt. to notify the term of office for Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (ICs)

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

  • BSE Sensex 38,031 (–306), NSE Nifty: 11,337 (–82)
  • Lucknow to host 11th biennial edition of DefExpo-2020 from February 5 to 8, 2020, main theme: ‘India: the emerging defence manufacturing hub’

INTERNATIONAL

  • Ukraine: Servant of the People party of President Vladimir Zelensky wins absolute majority in parliamentary elections
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano dies at the age of 72
  • NAM Ministerial Meeting held in Caracas, Venezuela
  • ‘Avengers: Endgame’ ($2.790.2 billion) topples James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ ($2,789.7 billion) to become the highest-grossing film of all time.

SPORTS

  • Two-time Olympic gold medallist Keshav Dutt (hockey) and former India Football Captain Prasun Banerjee selected for ‘Mohun Bagan Ratna’ award
  • Winners of 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in Cuttack: Men Singles: Harmeet Desai, Women Singles: Ayhika Mukherjee, Men Doubles: A. Amalraj & Manav Thakkar, Women Doubles: Pooja Sahasrabudhe & Krittwika Sinha Roy
  • American John Isner beats Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in final 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 to win Men’s Singles title at ATP grass court tennis at Newport, Rhode Island
  • Former Wimbledon doubles champion Peter McNamara of Australia dies at the age of 64

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