CURRENT AFFAIRS CAPSULE – 20 JULY 2019
- July 20, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- The French parliament approved a law dubbed as Gafa Tax (an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon). The legislation will impose a 3% levy on sales generated in the country by non-tax paying online giants, making France the first major economy to impose a tax on internet heavyweights. The tax would be applied only to companies with global revenues in excess of €500 million and revenue of at least €25 million from UK activities.
- A high-level committee formed by the government has proposed setting up of a National Digital Health Mission. The report of the committee titled ‘National Digital Health Blueprint’ was released by the Health Minister Dr. Harshavardhan in New Delhi. Both the Centre and state governments will be the owners and stakeholders in the new organisation.
- The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will not allow new conventional disciplines with low employment potential from the academic year 2020-21 and will permit only emerging fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Block chain, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Data Sciences, Cyber Security, and 3D Printing and Design.
- Taiwan’s Latisha Chan and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig clinched the Wimbledon mixed doubles’ title in a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on 14th July, 2019. In women’s singles, Simona Halep of Romania defeated seven-time Wimbledon Champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title.
- On 14th July, 2019, Pakistan agreed to give a year-long visa-free access to Indian pilgrims to visit the holy Gurdwara of Kartarpur Sahib. It was agreed to allow visa-free travel for the Indian passport-holders and OCI card-holders seven days a week. Throughout the year, 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara per day. The pilgrims will be allowed to travel as individuals or in groups and also on foot.
- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are set to hold their second informal summit in Varanasi on October 12th, as part of a fresh drive to energise ties, following the meeting between the two leaders last month in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.
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Q1. Which among the following countries is the first to impose a tax on internet heavyweights?
Q2. Who released the report titled ‘National Digital Health Blueprint’?
- Health Minister Dr Harshavardhan
- President Ram Nath kovind
Q3. Who won the Wimbledon 2019 women’s singles?
- Serena Williams
- Simona Halep
- Naomi Osaka
- Caroline Wozniacki
Q4. How many pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara per day?
Q5. Where will the 2nd informal summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi be held?
- New Delhi