July 2009 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs July 2009: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of July 2009 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Former India skipper and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar and Union Minister for Heavy Industries Vilasrao Deshmukh were on Tuesday elected unopposed as vice-presidents of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
  • The government is understood to have approached industrialist Ratan Tata to head an advisory board of the ailing Air India.
  • The government on Tuesday appointed Pradeep Kumar, currently the secretary in the department of Defence Production, as the Defence Secretary.
  • The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has named alleged arms smuggler Selvarasa Pathmathan as its new chief to succeed Velupillai Prabhakaran, who was slain along with the entire rebel leadership in Sri Lanka two months ago.
  • Seasoned diplomat Nirupama Rao will take over as the new foreign secretary on Saturday at a time when India's diplomatic relations with Pakistan are going through a critical phase.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Jay Chaudhuri, general counsel and senior policy adviser to North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, has been honoured with a top award by the National Association of Attorneys General for his efforts in protecting children from online predators on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.
  • Pro-democracy Myanmar leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been felicitated with Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation.
  • Educator, director, actor and activist Manjula Kumar has been awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation's Fellowship of Peace Award.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • India and the United States on Monday night reached an End-Use Monitoring pact on defence equipment and technology, as they vowed to push their strategic ties with Washington giving an assurance that its policy on enrichment and reprocessing technology will not affect New Delhi.
  • United States President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Monday signed a landmark deal in Moscow committing the two Cold War rivals to a new, legally binding arms-control treaty and resume military cooperation, as they promised to 'reset' their damaged bilateral ties.
Top Entertainment Current Affairs
  • Industrialist Anil Ambani on Wednesday made his debut in Hollywood film production, roping in ace directors Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider for a joint venture where he would initially pump in Rs 4,000 crore (Rs 40 billion).

Top India Current Affairs
  • Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram on Wednesday declared the regional hub of elite National Security Guards at Hyderabad operational, and dedicated it to the service of the nation.
  • The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has compiled a list of the top 10 military spenders in 2008.India, which is ranked 10 in the list, is being touted as the most important single country market for weapons in the near future. It spent $30 billion (about Rs 1,50,000 crore) on military purchases in 2008.
  • The Indian Institute of Astrophysics will set up a camp at Anji in China to conduct experiments on July 22, when a total solar eclipse will occur informed Professor Siraj Hasan, director of Bangalore based IIA.
  • The Centre on Tuesday said it has approved Rs 7,800 crore under a road connectivity plan and a special infrastructure scheme in Left-wing extremism affected states in the Eleventh Five Year Plan.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was reluctant to address the Parliament -- on the Indo-Pakistan joint statement issued at Sharm el-Sheikh -- the Prime Minister's office has clarified that both the PM and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will speak on the subject.
  • Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Wednesday that the number of testing laboratories has been increased from two to 18 and hoped that India will be able to develop the vaccine ahead of other nations. 'We can now get the testing facility in 18 laboratories instead of two,' Azad said in response to a calling attention motion on the matter in Rajya Sabha.
Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • A 14-member Indian crew on board a country-made vessel hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden have been rescued in a joint operation by Indian and French warships, the Navy said on Thursday.
  • Former Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Maleeha Lodhi has ridiculed the recent fears of the Obama administration and the US Congress that the Taliban when they gained control of the Swat Valley -- since recaptured by the Pakistani military -- would get a hold of the country's nuclear arsenal.
  • The Indian Navy is all set to join the global elite club when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh formally launches the indigenously-built nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant at the naval dockyard of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.
  • Eleven persons, including four women, were arrested and a small quantity of cocaine was seized from them during a raid at an apartment in south Mumbai's Colaba area on Sunday,
  • Ambassador Howard Schaffer, a 36-year-old veteran of the US Foreign Service and author of the acclaimed book titled The Limits of Influence: America's Role in Kashmir, has said that President Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate in US history to mention Kashmir in a presidential campaign.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Syed Abdullah Bukhari, former Imam of Jama Masjid in New Delhi, passed away on Wednesday following prolonged illness.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • An ethnic Indian activist on Sunday launched a new multi-racial political party to champion the rights of marginalised sections, two months after his release from detention under Malaysia's draconian internal security law.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • Former Republican United States vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday announced that she will resign as Alaska's governor, fuelling speculation that the charismatic leader will seek presidency in 2012.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajya Sabha member Su Thirunavukkarasar has decided to resign from the party and the upper House of the Parliament as he is all set to rejoin the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
  • E Sreedharan, managing director of the Delhi Metro Corporation,sent his resignation letter to the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit citing 'moral responsibility' for the collapse of a metro pillar in which five persons were killed on Sunday.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Australia moved with ruthless professionalism on Saturday towards victory in the first Ashes Test against England before rain brought a premature end to the fourth day.
Top Summit Current Affairs
  • US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cozied up to each other at a summit of the G8-G5 groupings at L'Aquila in Italy.
Top World Current Affairs
  • Almost 4,000 United States Marines, backed by helicopter gun ships, are attempting to regain control of the volatile Helmand River valley in southwestern Afghanistan, which currently is occupied by the Taliban.
  • Pakistan on Monday termed the induction of an indigenously-built nuclear-powered submarine by India as a 'destabilising step' and said it was capable of defending itself in the face of all such regional challenges.
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