- Subhash Chandra Garg, who was the former finance secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) has now been appointed as the new Power Secretary. He will be succeeded by Atanu Chakraborty as the new Finance Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs.
- On July 25, 2019, Apple and Intel signed an agreement where Apple will acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion. 2,200 Intel employees will join Apple, along with intellectual property, equipment and leases. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter (December) of 2019.
- On July 25, 2019, Beijing-based startup Interstellar Glory Space Technology, which is also known as iSpace, successfully launched the first commercial rocket of China named Hyperbola-1. It is capable of carrying satellites into orbit. It launched two satellites into orbit from Jiuquan, a state launch facility in the Gobi desert. The 20-metre (66-foot) rocket designed by iSpace reached an altitude of 300 kilometres (186 miles).
- Iran test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile inside its borders- Shahab-3. It is derived from a North Korean missile called the Nodong-A and can fly 1,150 to 2,000 kilometers, or up to 1,242 miles, depending on the variant. The test came amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West (US), mainly regarding the safety of commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz.
- Researchers from Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru have discovered new vine snake species named Proahaetulla antique (member of the Ahaetuliinae family), believed to have evolved around 26 million years ago in the southern Western Ghats. The common name suggested for these individuals is ‘keeled vine snake’. Vine snakes get their names due to their slender bodies and vine-like appearances. In India particularly there are 4 species of commonly distributed vine snakes, and another one was discovered in Odisha recently.
- Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar is associated with shooting. She recently clinched the gold in the 50m Rifle 3×40 Men Junior with a junior world record 459.3 score in the final. The earlier world junior record of 458.7 was shot by Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic in the Beijing World Cup in April 2019.The other record breakers are Udhayveer Sidhu ,Vijayveer and Adarsh broke record in 25m Standard Pistol Men Junior Team. Udhayveer shot 575 in the event to lead a clean sweep for India as Adarsh Singh (568) and Anish Bhanwala (566) won silver and bronze respectively. Udhayveer combined with Adarsh and his twin Vijayveer Sidhu won a team gold in the event with a combined effort of 1707, a junior world record. Shreya Agrawal, Mehuli Ghosh and Elavenil Valarivan won gold in 10m Air Rifle Women Junior Team with a junior world record score of 1883.3.
- On July 26, 2019, The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) withdraws Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) general assembly meeting to be held in Rwanda in September 2019.
- Shooting is dropped out from the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games(CWG). The CWG Federation left out shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Games in its Executive Board meeting on June 2019. It recommended the inclusion of three new sports(beach volleyball (men and women), women’s T20 cricket and para-table tennis (men and women)).By removing shooting from 2022 CWG, the medal ranking of India will go down and the total number of medals won will also come down from 66.
- Five wrestlers were selected at KD Jadhav stadium, for Senior Wrestling Championship 2019 which is the first phase to earn a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games was held at K.D Jadhav wrestling stadium, New Delhi.
- Selection for Senior Wrestling Championship 2019 which is the first phase to earn a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games was held at K.D Jadhav wrestling stadium, New Delhi. 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Bajrang Punia got selected in the 65kg weight category to participate in the Senior Wrestling championship. The other players selected were Ravi Kumar (57kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Mausam Katri (96kg) and Sumit (125kg) i. Selection for 74kg weight category and four other non Olympic freestyle category (61kg,70kg,79kg,92kg) will be held in the second week of August.
- Senior Wrestling championship to be held in Barys Arena, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
- A 19year-old swimmer Kristof Milak of Hungary broke men’s 200 metres butterfly world record to win the gold medal.
- 18th FINA (Federation Internationale de notation) World swimming championships 2019 held in Gwangju, South Korea.
- An e-learning platform, Byju’s will be the official Team India sponsor for a period of three years from 5th September 2019 until 31st March 2022. Byju’s will now be seen on the Indian team jersey from September 15 when India starts its South Africa tour. In March 2017, Oppo had won the sponsorship rights for Rs 1,079 crore for a period of five years. (till March 2022). Now it took the decision to quit as it finds the value at which it acquired the rights in the year 2017 to be extremely high. BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket)will keep receiving the same amount from Byju’s also, so that there is no loss throughout the deal which runs till March 31, 2022.
- Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, aged 35, retired from One Day International (ODI) cricket after the first game of the three-match series against Bangladesh which began on July 26, 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He had retired from test cricket in 2011. He made his ODI debut in 2004.He is the third-highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 335 wickets in 219 innings behind Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399), both from Sri Lanka. He was Sri Lanka’s highest wicket-taker in the ICC (International Cricket Council) Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 with 13 wickets from 7 innings.
- On July 25, 2019, The Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu released book titled ‘New-Age Technology and Industrial Revolution 4.0’ in New Delhi. It is authored by Rajya Sabha Member, Dr Narendra Jadhav. The launch was co-hosted by The Dialogue, a Delhi based think-tank which works on the intersection of technology, society and public-policy. The book is published by Konark Publishers. It examines various dimensions of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and analyses the intersection of technology with society and explores the policy response towards enabling a balancing act between the opportunities and challenges posed by the fourth industrial revolution
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