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Current Affairs in Short: 15 July 2019

India's ace sprinter Hima Das claimed her third international gold after she won the top spot in women's 200m event at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet held at Kladno.

Jul 15, 2019 17:52 IST

Hima Das wins 3rd international gold within two weeks

•    India's ace sprinter Hima Das claimed her third international gold after she won the top spot in women's 200m event at the Kladno Memorial Athletics Meet held at Kladno.
•    In the women's 200m race, Hima clocked a much improved time of 23.43 seconds to win the gold. She has a personal best of 23.10 sec in 200m.
•    Mohammad Anas bettered his own national record in men's 400m race to bag gold. Anas' earlier national record time stood at 45.24 seconds which he recorded last year.

Foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University laid in Pakistan

•    A university dedicated to Guru Nank Dev at his birth place after Pakistan Punjab’s chief minister Sardar Usman Buzdor laid the foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University (BGNU) at Nankana Sahib.
•    This university would help promote religious tourism in Pakistan and also portray country’s good image at international level.
•    The decision to construct BGNU came after Sikhs living in Pakistan demanded university after name of founder of their religion Baba Guru Nanak at his birthplace.

Kartarpur Corridor: India-Pak Agree for visa-free entry to 5,000 daily

•    India and Pakistan to allow for a visa-free Kartarpur corridor to operate daily with a limit of 5,000 pilgrims per day.
•    Recently, an eight-member Indian delegation crossed the border to hold senior-level on the Kartarpur corridor talks with a Pakistani delegation for the second time after a gap of four months.
•    The press release issued by India also noted that “progress was made in finalising the draft Agreement with regard to the modalities”.

World Bank fines USD 5.8 billion on Pakistan

•    A World Bank arbitration court has ordered the Pakistani government pay damages of USD 5.8 billion to Tethyan Copper, a joint venture between Chile’s Antofagasta Plc (ANTO.L) and Canada’s Barrick Gold (ABX.TO), the Chilean miner.
•    Tethyan Copper discovered vast mineral wealth more than a decade ago in Reko Diq, at the foot of an extinct volcano near Pakistan’s frontier with Iran and Afghanistan.
•    The company said it had invested more than USD 220 million by the time Pakistan’s government.

Switching to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty: Study

•    Switching to renewable energy sources from fossil fuels can help reduce carbon emissions but at the expense of increased energy inequality, claims a study.
•    The study published in the journal 'Energy Research & Social Science.' The study of 175 nations from 1990 to 2014 supports previous claims by researchers who argue that renewable energy consumption may be indirectly driving energy poverty.
•    Energy poverty is when a household has no or inadequate access to energy services such as heating, cooling, lighting, and use of appliances due to a combination of factors like low income, increasing utility rates, and inefficient buildings and appliances.