9 July 2019 Daily Current Affairs Analysis


9th July 2019 Daily Current Affairs:

 

Hima Das wins Gold in Women’s 200m:

  • Indian sprinter Hima Das clinched gold in Women’s 200m race with a top finish at Kutno Athletics Meet held in Poland. India’s VK Vismaya bagged silver in 24.06 seconds.
  • Hima Das, clocked 23.97 seconds to clinch gold at Kutno Athletics Meet.
  • This was Hima’s 2nd competitive 200m race of the year and also her 2nd international gold.
  • In her 1st competitive 200m race of 2019, the Assam runner Das who has a personal best of 23.10s had clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold in Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, which was also held in Poland.
  • Hima is national record holder in 400m.
  • She is reigning world junior champion.

 

Pakistan facing severe economic challenges: IMF

  • Pakistan is facing "significant economic challenges" due to a weak and unbalanced growth and that its economy is at a critical juncture where it needs an ambitious and bold set of reforms, the IMF has said.
  • Cash-strapped Pakistan, which currently has a currency reserve of less than USD 8 billion -- enough to cover only 1.7 months of imports -- approached the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) in August 2018 for a bailout package after the Imran Khan government took over.
  • IMF has formally approved the USD 6 billion loan to Pakistan, which is facing "significant" economic challenges on the back of "large" fiscal and financial needs and "weak and unbalanced" growth.
  • Recently, the IMF approved the 13th bailout package for Pakistan since the late 1980s.
  • The latest bailout package is worth USD 6 billion, of which USD 1 billion is to be disbursed immediately and the rest in the next three years.
  • Pakistan has so far received billions in financial aid packages from friendly countries like China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the current fiscal year.

 

 

Dragonfly Mission of NASA:

  • The Dragonfly mission is expected to be launched in 2026 and it will arrive at Titan in 2034. NASA has announced a new mission to Saturn’s moon Titan.
  • NASA plans to launch an unmanned nuclear-powered drone, Dragonfly as early as 2026 to search for life on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
  • NASA has announced budget of $1 billion for the unique mission.
  • The plutonium-powered rotorcraft, Dragonfly, is expected to travel billions of kilometer to search for signs of microbial alien life on Saturn’s moon Titan, while navigating its earth-like gravity and aerodynamics in the process.
  • Dragonfly mission is a part of NASA’s New Frontiers program, which includes a series of space exploration missions, which are being conducted with the purpose of researching several of the Solar System bodies, including the dwarf planet Pluto.
  • The New Frontiers programme also includes Pluto probe New Horizons, Jupiter probe Juno and OSIRIS-Rex asteroid mission.

 

Brahmos Missile test:

  • India is now the only country in the world to integrate long-range missiles onto fighter jets after the BrahMos missile was test-fired from a Sukhoi 30 aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
  • India has successfully test-fired a vertical deep dive version of BrahMos, the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile, that can now change the dynamics of conventional warfare.
  • The upgraded version of the missile with enhanced range of up to 500 km is also ready, thanks to Indi’s inclusion in MTCR.
  • India is now the only country in the world to integrate long-range missiles onto fighter jets after the BrahMos missile was test-fired from a Sukhoi 30 aircraft of the Indian Air Force. 
  • Brahmos missile, which cruises at almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8, is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on the Su-30 fighters. 
     

Iran boosts its Uranium enrichment:

  • Iran announced it will shortly boost its uranium enrichment above 67% cap set by a 2015 nuclear deal, a major breach likely to draw a tougher reaction from President Donald Trump who has pressured Tehran to renegotiate the pact.
  • In a sign of heightening tensions, France, Germany and Britain — all parties to the deal — expressed concerns over Tehran’s decision.
  • In a live news conference, senior Iranian officials said Tehran would keep reducing its commitments every 60 days, unless European signatories of the pact protect it from the U.S. sanctions imposed by President Trump.
  • “We are fully prepared to enrich uranium at any level and with any amount,” said a spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation.