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Daily current Affairs : 30th july 2019

22nd National Conference on e-Governance 2019 to be held at Shillong on 8-9, 2019

The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), in association with Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India and the State Government of Meghalaya will organize the 22nd National Conference on e-Governance 2019 on 8-9th August 2019 at Shillong, Meghalaya. This is the first time the event is being organized in the North-Eastern region of the country. This Conference provides a platform to disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable e-Governance initiatives to provide end-to-end Digital Services, exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success. This was announced in a press conference addressed by Shri P. S. Thangkhiew, Chief Secretary, Government of Meghalaya, Shri V. Srinivas, Additional Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, at Shillong today.  The 22nd National e-Governance Conference at Shillong is part of the DARPG’s 100 days initiatives in the new Government.

The theme of this Conference is “Digital India: Success to Excellence”.

Lok Sabha Passes the Code on Wages Bill, 2019

The Lok Sabha today passed The Code on Wages Bill, 2019. While opening the discussion for consideration and passing of the Bill,  Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that it is a historic Bill which aims to transform the old and obsolete labor laws into more accountable and transparent ones which is need of the hour. As many as 17 present labor laws are more than 50 years old and some of them even belong to the pre-independence era.

Parliament passes the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019

Parliament today passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019.

Expressing satisfaction over this landmark moment, Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fulfilling his commitment and ensuring that a law is made to ban Triple Talaq.

San Francisco Bay Area tops Women Entrepreneur Cities Index 2019; Bengaluru top Indian city

Dell has released the Women Entrepreneur Cities Index 2019 in which San Francisco Bay Area has topped. Singapore is the top Asian city at the 21st rank. Bengaluru ranked at 43 is the top Indian city followed by Delhi at 50. The ranking measures a city’s ability to attract and support high potential women entrepreneurs.

President Kovind becomes first Indian head of state to visit Benin
President Ram Nath Kovind on his three nations tour Benin, The Gambia, and Guinea. He has reached Benin and has become the first Indian head of state to Benin.

ICC officially launches World Test Championship
International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially launched the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC).
The World Test Championship will be held with the top 9 test teams playing against each other over the next 2 years starting from August 01, 2019. For this 71 Test matches will be played across 27 series. After this, the two top teams will play the finals for World Test Championship (WTC) in June 2021 in the UK.
The top nine teams that will play the World Test Championship are Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies. Each series counts for 120 points, distributed over the number of matches in a series. 

BRICS Foreign Affairs Ministers Meet held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs 2019 was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BRICS consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The Ministers agreed to further deepen BRICS three-pillar-driven cooperation in the areas of economy, peace and security and people-to-people exchanges. India was represented by Shri VK Singh the Union Minister of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Bandhan Bank appoints Siddhartha Sanyal as chief economist
Siddhartha Sanyal has been appointed as the chief economist at Bandhan Bank. He will be the head of research and will spearhead the bank’s research and business strategy. MD and CEO of Bandhan Bank- Chandra Sekhar Ghosh 

VK Johri Appointed as New Director General of BSF
IPS officer VK Johri has been appointed as the next Director General (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF). Presently he is the Special Secretary in the external intelligence agency RAW. He will take over as the DG of BSF from August 31, 2019, from incumbent Rajni Kanti Mishra as Mishra will retire on that day.

LS speaker constitutes 5 parliamentary committees
Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla has constituted 5 committees the name of which and its head is as under:
Public Accounts Committee (PAC)– Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Committee on Public Undertakings – Meenakshi Lekhi
Estimates Committee– Girish Bapat
These three panels comprise the financial committees that are considered as “trustees” of Parliament in keeping a strict watch over the public expenditure.
Committee for Welfare of SC/ST– Kirit Solanki
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes– Ganesh Singh

Indian Federation of Sports Gaming appoints Justice AK Sikri as ombudsman
Justice (retired) A K Sikri has been appointed as the ombudsman and ethics officer of the Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG). Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG) is India’s first self-regulatory industry body for the online fantasy sports gaming sector. 

Maharashtra Police launches AMBIS for crime detection
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched the Automated Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS) which is a special digitized policing system to identify and track down criminals.
Under AMBIS, a digital database of criminals consisting of their fingerprints, irises, palms, and facial features will be prepared, which will help to track a criminal having a single criminal record.
The system is said to be first-of-its-kind in the country and Maharashtra.

CISCO partners Google for ‘gestation’ to roll out free, high-speed WiFi zones in India
Networking company CISCO has partnered with Google for its ‘gestation’ project that provides access to free and high-speed WiFi at public locations across the country. Under the partnership, Cisco is providing the network infrastructure and about 25 locations already live in Bengaluru and another 200 locations will go live in the next 2-3 months in the city. Google Station is currently at close to 1,000 locations in India and has over eight million monthly active users across India.

Ellyse Perry became the first cricketer to reach 1000 runs, 100 wickets in T20Is
Australia's all-rounder cricketer Ellyse Perry has become the first cricketer of either gender to reach the rare milestone of scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in the T20 format.

Former Meghalaya CM, Donkupar Roy passes away
The Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy has passed away at the age of 64. He was a former Chief Minister of Meghalaya.