• India has pledged to contribute USD 5 Million in 2019 to the UN Palestine refugee agency.  The Indian Government is assisting 150 Palestinian professionals every year under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme. 
  • New Zealand has officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags. Under the new rules, thin plastic single-use shopping bags can no longer be supplied, but reusable carriers are allowed.Companies that break the ban will face heavy penalties, including fines of up to 100,000 New Zealand dollars.
  • The Department of State of USA has designated the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA)and Hizballah operative Husain Ali Hazzima as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The USA has also blamed the organizations for the attacks on Chinese assets amid an ongoing civil war like situation in Pakistan’s biggest province Balochistan.
  • The U.S. Senate has passed a legislative provision National Defense Authorisation Act  for India. The act will bring India at par with America’s NATO allies which will increase U.S.-India defence cooperation in the Indian Ocean in the areas of humanitarian assistance, counter terrorism, counter-piracy and maritime security. 
  • Dubai Duty Free has announced that Indian Rupee will now be an accepted currency at all the retail outlets of the Dubai airport. The move makes the Indian rupee the 16th international currency to be accepted at Dubai's airports.
  • Nasscom partners with National Skill Development Corporation to organise ‘World Skills India’s International Cloud Computing Challenge 2019’. “WorldSkills India” is an NSDC initiative launched in 2011.
  • UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has listed Iraq's Babylon as a World Heritage Site. Babylon is developed as a walled city of mudbrick temples and towers, constituting the Tower of Babel, and the Ishtar Gate. 
  • United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in India. He will hold talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to boost cooperation in key sectors such as trade and energy.The UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest energy supplier.
  • Indian Haj mission in Saudi Arabia adopts Digital Indiaequality of women. It aims to reach out to a large number of pilgrims as part of the Government of India’s initiative of Digital India.The App 'Indian Haj Information System' developed by the consulate will receive feedback and grievances from Hajis. Another app E-MASIHA will retrieve pilgrims' health information to apply appropriate treatment whenever he or she visits Indian medical facilities during Haj.
  • Sri Lanka has inaugurated first model village built with Indian assistance. The village is a part of housing project meant for war affected people.India has partnered with the ministry of housing and construction and cultural affairs of Sri Lanka to build 100 model villages with Indian grant of Rs 1,200 million. 
  • Sharjah's first Golden Card visa was issued to an Indian expat businessman Lalu Samuel. The move is a part of the permanent residency system tailored for investors.The Golden Card is a 10-year long-term visa eligible for investors and entrepreneurs to engage them in the renaissance and development of the UAE.  
  •  France will impose green tax up to €18 on plane tickets from 2020. The move aims to fund less-polluting transportation projects.
  • Sri Lanka  has become fifth country in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Southeast Asia region to eliminate measles. The other countries in the region which have achieved this feat are Bhutan, Maldives, DPR Korea and Timor-Leste.
  • Ukraine has inaugurated the world's largest movable metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant. It is a 108-meter high dome which weighs 36,000 tonnes.
  • North Korea has revised its constitution to make Kim Jong Un as official head of state, a promotion that could help normalise the isolated country’s diplomatic relations with the rest of the world. Earlier Kim ruled as a chairman of state Affairs Commission. The previous constitution stated that the chairman of SAC served as a Supreme Leader. 
  • India handed over 250 pre-fabricated houses to Myanmar in Maung Daw for use of displaced returnees from Bangladesh. 
  • India and Russia bilateral co-operation to the next level in the field of space, including assistance in India’s maiden human space flight mission ‘Gaganyaan’. 
  • In the United States, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana. President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in Louisiana.
  • The Independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes. The umpires have the ability to override the computer, which considers a pitch a strike when the ball bounces and then crosses the zone.
  •  The French government marked the national day on July 14th. The day is also known as Bastille Day. This is the 230th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison which took place in Paris on 14 July 1789.
  •  Russia launched a space telescope from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It was a joint project with Germany. The Russian space agency, showed a Proton-M rocketcarrying the Spektr-RG taking off from the launch pad.
  • U.S. celebrates the Apollo 11 mission’s 50th year anniversary. In the celebrations, new statues of Astronaut Neil Armstrong were unveiled and an education centre was dedicated to him in Ohio, US.
  • U.S.'s Federal Trade Commission have approved a $5 billion penalty to be levied on Facebook. The penalty have been approved to settle a probe into the social network’s privacy and data protection lapses. It would be the largest penalty ever imposed by the FTC for privacy violations.
  • Pakistan Punjab’s chief minister laid the foundation stone of Baba Guru Nanak University at Nanakana Sahib. 
  • China has gifted warship 'P625' to Sri Lanka. As a new member of the Lankan Navy, the'P625' frigate will be mainly used for offshore patrol, environment monitoring and anti-piracy combats.
  • India and Italy have decided to set up a fast track mechanism to facilitate investors and companies.The fast-track system in Italy aims to identify and solve problems faced by Indian companies and investors.
  • Palau, an archipelago of over 500 islands in Oceania, became the 76th signatory countryto join the International Solar Alliance.The International Solar Alliance is a group of 121 solar resource-rich countries with headquarters in Gurugram, India. 
  • European Union has fined US based chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of "predatory pricing" to drive a competitor out of the market.
  • Government of India will provide 10,000 scholarships for heirs of the liberation war fighters of Bangladesh called 'Muktijodhas' over the next five years under the Nutan India-Bangladesh Maitree Muktijodha Sontan Scholarship Scheme.
  • A new India-UK bilateral pilot scheme, the UKEIRI Mobility Programme: Study in Indiawas launched by Universities UK International (UUKi) and British Council India. It aims to generate up to 200 opportunities for undergraduate students at UK universities to visit India by March 2021.
  • Pakistan announced that it will send its first astronaut to space in 2022. It will be using close ally China's satellite launching facilities to execute the mission.
  • Beijing-based startup "Interstellar Glory Space Technology" also known as iSpacesuccessfully launched the china’s first commercial rocket. The 20 m (66-foot) rocket designed by iSpace named Hyperbola-1 reached an altitude of 300 kilometres (186 miles). The rocket is capable of carrying satellites into orbit.