Current Affairs in Short: 17 July 2019

Sangeet Natak Akademi awards - 2018 announced

    Sangeet Natak Akademi has been selected Sonal Mansingh, Zakhir Hussain, K Kalyanasundaram Pillai and Jatin Goswami for Akademi Ratna category for the year 2018.
    44 artists from the field of Traditional/Folk/Tribal Music/Dance/Theatre, Music, Dance, Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution have been selected.
•    Three joint awards are also included in these 44 awards. These awards will be conferred by President of India Ram Nath Kovind at a special ceremony.

Kids will be given eggs at home: Chhattisgarh Govt.

•    Chhattisgarh government announced that if parents have issues with serving eggs in mid-day meals at the school, authorities should arrange to serve eggs to the students whose families have no objection at home.
    School education department suggested this year that eggs or food item with equivalent nutrition value should be served to the students.
    However, students who don’t eat eggs will be provided Soya Milk, protein crunch, fortified pulses etc.

First female President of European Commission

•    Germany's Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as the First female President of the European Commission by the European Parliament.
•    Von der Leyen has resigned from the post of Germany's Defence Minister to take over the new role at the European Union's executive body.
•    She will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker who is set to step down on October 31.

Bill Gates overtaken by Arnault as world’s second richest person

    A report released by Bloomberg said that Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates is no longer the world's second-richest person as his wealth was surpassed by French luxury goods tycoon Bernard Arnault's wealth.
•    Now, Gates is the world's third-richest person with USD 107 billion as compared to second-richest person Arnault's USD 108 billion wealth.
•    Arnault derives most of his wealth from his holdings in Louis Vuitton owner LVMH.

Maharashtra Govt. raised aid for martyrs' kin to Rs. 1 crore

•    The Maharashtra Cabinet approved an increase in the financial assistance given to families of martyred and disabled soldiers hailing from the state.
•    Kin of martyred soldiers will now get Rs. 1 crore as opposed to the current Rs.25 lakh assistance.
    The government will provide Rs. 60 lakh to soldiers left 51-100% disabled, instead of the current Rs. 15 lakh.

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