Top News Headlines by GKToday – 4 July 2019

NATIONAL

  • SC directs Meghalaya govt. to deposit the Rs 100 crore fine imposed on it by the NGT for failing to curb illegal coal mining with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
  • Gujarat Assembly passes bill to ban manufacture, sale, import and advertisement of electronic cigarettes in the state
  • Delhi Police signs MoU with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to set up rooftop solar energy systems in over 200 of its buildings across the city
  • CSIR-CCMB inks MoU with CDFD to improve understanding of human genetic disorders. CDFD-Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics; CCMB-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

  • BSE Sensex: 39,839.25 (+22.77), NSE Nifty: 11,916.75 (+6.45)
  • MSP of paddy hiked by Rs 65/quintal to Rs 1,815 for the 2019-20 crop year
  • Govt has eliminated Unmanned Level Crossings in whole broad-gauge network: Railway Minister
  • RBI constitutes a working group headed by Tapan Ray to review the regulatory and supervisory framework for core investment companies
  • Centre signs agreement with IBM India for undertaking a pilot study to utilise Artificial Intelligence (AI) and weather technology solutions in agriculture
  • US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) selects MasterCard CEO and President Ajay Banga and Wipro Chairman Azim Premji for its 2019 Global Excellence Awards
  • Larsen and Toubro (L&T) categorised as promoter of IT firm Mindtree after acquiring 60% stake
  • Facebook India launches VC Brand Incubator to help SMBs grow digital presence
  • ITC launches new corporate campaign ‘Sab Saath Badhein’
  • Basant Kumar Birla: Century Textiles and Industries Chairman dies in Mumbai at 98
  • Prof S. Sampath Iyengar: Renowned authority on taxation laws dies at the age of 68

INTERNATIONAL

  • Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen appointed new President of the European Commission
  • Italy’s David Sassoli elected President of European Parliament
  • Lee Iacocca, the US car industry legend who created the iconic Ford Mustang and saved Chrysler from bankruptcy, dies at the age of 94
  • MacKenzie Bezos, wife of the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos for 26 years, gets a whopping $38 billion in world’s biggest divorce settlement with the Amazon founder and CEO
  • IMF MD Christine Lagarde to step down, take charge as new President of the European Central Bank.
  • IMF appoints economist David Lipton as interim leader, replacing Lagarde

INF TREATY

  • Russia formally suspends Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty
  • INF limited medium-range missiles and concluded by Russia and the United States in 1987

SPORTS

  • ICC World Cup: England (305/8 in 50) beat NZ (186/10 in 45) by 119 runs at Chester-Le-Street, enter semifinal
  • 33-year old Ambati Rayudu announces retirement from cricket after playing in 55 ODIs and scoring 1694 runs

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