Current Affairs This Week (07-07-2019)

  • New Zealand bans Single-Use Plastic shopping bags
    New Zealand has officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags with effect from 1 July 2019. It has also introduced hefty fines for businesses that continue to provide them. As per United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) more than 80 countries have already introduced similar bans.

 

  • WBC Asia: Indian Pro Boxer Vaibhav Yadav wins
    Indian pro boxer Vaibhav Yadav became World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia silver Welterweight Champion after winning the title bout held in Pattaya, Thailand.

 

  • Tamil yeoman: now Tamil Nadu’s State Butterfly
    The southern State formally notified this by an order on lines of the State Tree (Palm), Bird (Emerald Dove), Flower (Gloriosa) and Animal (Nilgiri Tahr).

 

  • Donald Trump becomes 1st president to enter North Korea
    United States President Donald Trump became 1st sitting US president to set foot in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (or North Korea) when he met its leader, Kim Jong Un, in Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North Korea and South Korea.

 

  • SDG Dashboard launched by Statistics Ministry
    Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) launched India’s first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) dashboard in a bid to effectively track country’s progress on Agenda 2030 adopted by UN. It was launched on occasion of National Statistics Day (on June 29) which marks birth anniversary of Prof. P C Mahalanobis.

 

  • 30 June: International Day of Parliamentarism
    It marks day of establishment of Inter-Parliamentary Union, the global organization of parliaments in 1889. It was established by United Nations General Assembly in 2018 by adopting n its resolution A/RES/72/278.

 

  • 1 July: GST Day
    This year marks the 2nd anniversary of implementation of historic tax reform of Goods & Services Tax.First GST Day was celebrated on 1 July 2018, as to mark the first anniversary of new indirect tax regime i.e. Goods and Services Tax (GST).

 

  • Aparna Kumar 1st IPS Officer to complete 7 Summits Challenge
    Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and DIG Frontier in Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Aparna Kumar recently scaled North America’s Highest Peak Denali (20,310 feet) in Alaska, USA. With this she became 1st civil servant to climb the rare mountain. She scaled this summit in her 3rd attempt.

 

 

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