Current Affairs in Short 09 July 2019
India lodged a strong protest with the UN rights office over its report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Two-day bilateral meeting between India and Myanmar
• The 4th Director General Level Talks between Nardotics Control Bureau, India and Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control. (CCDAC), Myanmar on drug trafficking and related matters were held recently.
• The Indian delegation was led by Sh. Abhay, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) while the Myanmar delegation was headed by Pol. Brig. Gen. Win Naing, Joint Secretary, CCDAC, Myanmar, Commander of Drug Enforcement Division.
• The two- day bilateral meeting from 9th to 10th July ,2019 meeting being organized to take coordinated and concerted actions against drug trafficking between the two countries.
Serena Williams Fined USD 10,000 for Damaging Wimbledon Court
• Serena Williams was fined USD 10,000 by the All England Club for damaging one of Wimbledon's courts with her racket prior to the start of the tournament.
• Fabio Fognini was also fined USD 3,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after a rant during his third round defeat to Tennys Sandgren.
• Nick Kyrgios was fined USD 8,000 in total from separate unsportsmanlike incidents in his first and second rounds.
India slams UN rights body’s report on Kashmir
• India lodged a strong protest with the UN rights office over its report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that it is merely a continuation of the earlier “false and motivated” narrative and ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
• Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first-ever report on Kashmir and in an update of that report it claimed that “neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised”.
• Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the update of the report of the OHCHR is merely a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative on the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
India’s first fully electric SUV launched
• Hyundai Motor launched India’s first fully electric SUV in the national capital. The SUV will offer a range of 452 km/charge, according to ARAI certification.
• An 80% charge can be achieved in 57 minutes with DC quick charger, using the CCS type II charging port.
• Hyundai is collaborating with IOCL to set up public chargers. Four such charging stations are coming up soon in the selected cities.
Hubble, Spritzer paired-up to find chemical signatures of an exoplanet
• Hubble and Spitzer, joined their (metaphorical) telescope hands for the first time to seek out chemical 'fingerprints' of an exoplanet 12.6 times the size of Earth.
• The telescopes are equipped with tools to study chemical fingerprints in light signals from the exoplanet using a process known as spectroscopy.
• Scientists believe that this planet may have heavier elements like oxygen and carbon, too, but its atmosphere is dominated with hydrogen and helium, much closer in composition to the Sun.