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Facts- 19th July

1. Google Cloud announces second ‘Cloud Region’ in India

  • Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware.
  • CEO: Sundar Pichai
  • Founded: 4 September 1998, Menlo Park, California, United States
  • Headquarters: Mountain View, California, United States

2. Pegasus phone tapping

  • Pegasus is spyware developed by the Israeli cyberarms firm NSO Group that can be covertly installed on mobile phones running most versions of iOS and Android. The 2021 Project Pegasus revelations suggest that current Pegasus software is able to exploit all recent iOS versions up to iOS 14.6.

Israel

  • Prime minister: Naftali Bennett
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • President: Isaac Herzog

3. Zurich Airport signs shareholder agreement with NIAL for upcoming Noida Airport

  • The two directors being added to the board are NIAL CEO Arun Vir Singh and UP Civil Aviation Director Vishak Iyer.
  • Zurich Airport is the largest international airport of Switzerland and the principal hub of Swiss International Air Lines. It serves Zürich, Switzerland’s largest city, and, with its surface transport links, much of the rest of the country.

4. Two dams collapse in China

  • Currency: Renminbi
  • Capital: Beijing
  • President: Xi Jinping
  • Official language: Mandarin

5. WHO plan for next phase of research in COVID origin excludes role of cold chain, frozen foods

WHO

  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded: 7 April 1948
  • Director General: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

6. US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form new quad group

  • The establishment of the new quad group is critical given China’s intention to expand its Belt Road Initiative (BRI) to Afghanistan.
  • The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a multibillion-dollar initiative established by Chinese President Xi Jinping when he took office in 2013, intends to create a network of land and maritime connections connecting Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf area, Africa, and Europe.

7. Lewis Hamilton roars back to win British GP

  • The British Grand Prix is a Grand Prix motor race organised in the United Kingdom by the Royal Automobile Club. First held in 1926, the British Grand Prix has been held annually since 1948 and has been a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship every year since 1950.
  • Most wins (drivers): Lewis Hamilton (7)
  • Most wins (constructors): Ferrari (16)
  • First held: 1926

8. Viswanathan Anand wins Sparkassen Trophy

  • The event was played as part of the “No-Castling” Chess devised by the Russian GM.
  • Castling is not allowed in this format in an effort to make the game more interesting.
  • Castling is a special move to protect the king and activate the rook. It is the only time in chess a player can move two pieces in one move.
  • The Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting is an elite chess tournament held every summer in Dortmund, Germany. Dortmund is an invite-only event, with the exception that one slot at Dortmund is awarded to the winner of the annual Aeroflot Open in Moscow.

10. Two communities from India bag the prestigious Equator Prize 2021

UNDP

  • The United Nations Development Programme is the global development network of the United Nations.
  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
  • Founded: 22 November 1965, United States

11. The Indian Story by Bimal Jalan

  • Published by Rupa, the book will be released on 21 July on ‘SoftCover’, The Print’s online venue to launch select non-fiction books.
  • A former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Member of Parliament from 2003 to 2009, Bimal Jalan has held several government positions throughout his career, such as finance secretary and chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister.