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Current Affairs
The Cannes Film Festival 2021 concluded on 17 July
2021. The jury, presided by Spike Lee, presented the
awards at the Closing Ceremony. Julia Ducournau won
the Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or, for her film
Titane, making her the second woman ever to win the
award. The first was Jane Campion in 1993.
This year’s Cannes had a wide range of films, from Wes
Anderson The French Dispatch to Julia Ducournau’s
Titane, and Leos Carax’ Annette. Jodie Foster and
Marco Bellocchio won the Honorary Palme d’Or.
Here is the list of Cannes 2021 winners in key
categories:
• Palme d’Or: Julia Ducournau for Titane (France)
• Grand Prix (TIE): Ashgar Farhadi for A Hero (Iran)
and Juho Kuosmanen for Compartment No.6
(Finland)
• Best Director: Leos Carax Annette (France)
• Best Actress: Renate Reinsve for Worst Person in
the World (Norway)
• Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones for Nitram (US)
• Best Screenplay: Hamaguchi Ryusuke and
Takamasa Oe for Drive My Car (Japan)
• Jury Prize (TIE): Shared by Nadav Lapid for Ahed’s
Knee (Israel) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul for
Memoria (Thailand)
• Best First Film: Antoneta Kusijanovic for Murina
(Croatia)
• Best Short Film: Hong Kong’s All The Crows In
The World Tang Yi
• Short Film Palme d’Or: Tian Xia Wu Ya by Tan

Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad
Yunus will receive the Olympic Laurel at the Tokyo
Games, the second time the trophy will be awarded.
Yunus, whose pioneering micro-lender has been hailed
for cutting poverty across the globe, will be honoured
for “his extensive work in sport for development. The
81-year-old economist-turned-globe-trotting celebrity
speaker won the Nobel in 2006. He will be given the
award at the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony on July 23.
About the Olympic Laurel:
The Olympic Laurel was created five years ago to
recognise endeavours in culture, education, peace and
development through sport. It was given for the first
time at the 2016 Rio Games to Kenyan former
Olympian Kip Keino, who opened a children’s home, a
school and an athletes’ training centre in his home
country.
About the Muhammad Yunus:
• Yunus founded the Grameen Bank in the 1980s
and shared the Nobel Prize with the micro-lender.
His initiatives include the Yunus Sports Hub, a
network of social enterprises that promote
development through sports.
• Yunus has faced legal troubles in recent years after
he was sacked in 2011 as head of Grameen Bank.
His supporters say he has been targeted by
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who
accused him of “sucking blood” from the poor with
high-interest rates



The Monthly Current Affairs | July
The Most Important Current Affairs July 2021
Cabinet Reshuffle: 43 leaders take oath as ministers
The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expanded its council of ministers. The names in the
cabinet reshuffle include several new entrants as well as existing ministers who will be reassigned. The swearing-in
ceremony of 43 Ministers was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 7, 2021. In total, 15 Ministers were inducted
into the Union Cabinet and 28 Ministers were inducted as Ministers of State. This is the first cabinet reshuffle since
the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) retained power in 2019.
The Union Cabinet can have 81 members, as per the rule. There were 53 ministers in PM Modi’s cabinet but a series
of them, including Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, resigned hours before the names were announced.
PM Modi will continue to head the following – Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department
of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; All important policy issues; and All other portfolios not allocated to any
Minister.
New Cabinet Ministers 2021
New Cabinet Ministes Portfolios
Narayan Rane Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Sarbananda Sonowal Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Minister of AYUSH
Virendra Kumar Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
Jyotiraditya Scindia Minister of Civil Aviation
Ramchandra Prasad Singh Minister of Steel
Ashwini Vaishnaw Minister of Railways; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and
Information Technology
Pashu Pati Kumar Paras Minister of Food Processing Industries
Kiren Rijiju Minister of Law and Justice
Raj Kumar Singh Minister of Power; and Minister of New and Renewable Energy
Hardeep Singh Puri Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs
Mansukh Mandaviya Minister of Health and Family Welfare; and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
Bhupendra Yadav Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Labour and
Employment
Parshottam Rupala Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
G Kishan Reddy Minister of Culture; Minister of Tourism; and Minister of Development of North
Eastern Region
Anurag Singh Thakur Minister of Information and Broadcasting; and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
SI. No Ministers of State
(Independent Charge) Ministry
1 Rao Inderjit Singh
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and
Programme Implementation;
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning; and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
2 Dr Jitendra Singh
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Science and
Technology;
Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences;
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office;
Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;
Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and
Minister of State in the Department of Space
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New Ministers of State
Ministers of State Minister of State In
Pankay Chaudhary Ministry of finance
Anupriya Singh Patel Ministry of commerce and industry
Satya Pal Singh Bhagel Ministry of Law and Justice
Rajeev ChandrasekharMinistry of skill development and entrepreneurship: and Ministry of electronics
and information technology
Shobha Karandlaje Ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare
Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Dardhana Vikram Jardosh Ministry of textiles: and Ministry of Railways
Meenakshi Lekhi Ministry of external affairs: and Ministry of culture
Annapurna Devi Ministry of education
A Narayanaswamy Ministry of Social Justice in power meant
Kaushal Kishore Ministry of housing and urban affairs
Ajay Bhatt Ministry of defence: and Ministry of tourism
BL Verma Ministry of development of North Eastern region: and Minister of cooperation
Ajay Kumar Ministry of home affairs
Chauhan Devusinh Ministry of communications
Bhagwanth Khuba Ministry of new and Renewable Energy: Ministry of chemicals and fertilisers
Kapil Moreshwas Patil Ministry of Panchayati Raj
Pratima Bhoumik Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Subhas Sarkar Ministry of Education
Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad Ministry of Finance
Rajkumar Ranjan Singh Ministry of external affairs: and Ministry of education
Bharati Pravin Pawar Ministry of health and family welfare
Bishweswar Tudu Ministry of tribal affairs: Ministry Ministry of Jal Shakti
Shantanu Thakur Ministry of ports, shipping and waterways
Munjapara Mahendrabhai Ministry of women and Child development: and Ministry of AYUSH
John Barla Ministry of minority affairs
Dr L Murugan Ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying; minister of information and
broadcasting
Nisith Pramanik Ministry of home affairs: and Ministry of youth affairs and sports
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President Kovind appoints new Governors for eight states
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has appointed new Governors for eight states. The new governors have been
appointed for states including Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Tripura, Jharkhand, Mizoram and
Himachal Pradesh. While some of the current governors have been transferred to new states, in some others new
appointments have been made.
Complete list of new governors:
SI.no State New Governor
1. Karnataka Thawarchand Gehlot
2. Madhya Pradesh Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel
3. Mizoram Dr. Hari Babu Kambhampati
4. Himachal Pradesh Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar
5. Goa P.S. Sreedharan Pillai
6. Tripura Satyadev Narayan Arya
7. Jharkhand Ramesh Bais
8. Haryana Bandaru Dattatraya
Wimbledon Championships 2021: Complete List Of Winners
In the men category, Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final, 6-7(4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, to
win his sixth Wimbledon title and 20th Grand Slam trophy. With this win, he has equalled his total major men’s
singles titles record with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with each of them winning 20 titles.
In women’s category, Ashleigh Barty of Australia beat Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic), 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, to
win her first Wimbledon women’s singles title on July 10, 2021. The 25-year-old Barty is the first Australian woman
to win the Wimbledon singles title in 41 years since Evonne Goolagong, who claimed her second All England Club
title in 1980.
Here is the Complete List of Winners in Different Categories:
S. No. Category Winner Runner Up
1. Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Matteo Berrettini
2. Women’s Singles Ashleigh Barty (Australia) Karolína Plíšková (Czech Republic)
3. Men’s Doubles Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos
4. Women’s Doubles Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina
5. Mixed Doubles Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart
About the Wimbledon:
• Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, which also includes the Australian Open, the
French Open and the US Open.
• The tournament is held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877.
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Cannes Film Festival 2021 winners list
announced
The Cannes Film Festival 2021 concluded on 17 July
2021. The jury, presided by Spike Lee, presented the
awards at the Closing Ceremony. Julia Ducournau won
the Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or, for her film
Titane, making her the second woman ever to win the
award. The first was Jane Campion in 1993.
This year’s Cannes had a wide range of films, from Wes
Anderson The French Dispatch to Julia Ducournau’s
Titane, and Leos Carax’ Annette. Jodie Foster and
Marco Bellocchio won the Honorary Palme d’Or.
Here is the list of Cannes 2021 winners in key
categories:
• Palme d’Or: Julia Ducournau for Titane (France)
• Grand Prix (TIE): Ashgar Farhadi for A Hero (Iran)
and Juho Kuosmanen for Compartment No.6
(Finland)
• Best Director: Leos Carax Annette (France)
• Best Actress: Renate Reinsve for Worst Person in
the World (Norway)
• Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones for Nitram (US)
• Best Screenplay: Hamaguchi Ryusuke and
Takamasa Oe for Drive My Car (Japan)
• Jury Prize (TIE): Shared by Nadav Lapid for Ahed’s
Knee (Israel) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul for
Memoria (Thailand)
• Best First Film: Antoneta Kusijanovic for Murina
(Croatia)
• Best Short Film: Hong Kong’s All The Crows In
The World Tang Yi
• Short Film Palme d’Or: Tian Xia Wu Ya by Tang Yi
• Special Jury Mention for Short Film: Ceu de
Agosto by Jasmin Tenucci
This year’s jury, with Spike Lee as president, consisted
of director Mati Diop, director Maggie Gyllenhaal,
writer-director Jessica Hausner, songwriter Mylène
Farmer, director Mélanie Laurent, writer-director
Kleber Mendonça Filho, actor Tahar Rahim, and actor
Song Kang-ho.
Bangladesh Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus
to get Olympic Laurel
Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad
Yunus will receive the Olympic Laurel at the Tokyo
Games, the second time the trophy will be awarded.
Yunus, whose pioneering micro-lender has been hailed
for cutting poverty across the globe, will be honoured
for “his extensive work in sport for development. The
81-year-old economist-turned-globe-trotting celebrity
speaker won the Nobel in 2006. He will be given the
award at the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony on July 23.
About the Olympic Laurel:
The Olympic Laurel was created five years ago to
recognise endeavours in culture, education, peace and
development through sport. It was given for the first
time at the 2016 Rio Games to Kenyan former
Olympian Kip Keino, who opened a children’s home, a
school and an athletes’ training centre in his home
country.
About the Muhammad Yunus:
• Yunus founded the Grameen Bank in the 1980s
and shared the Nobel Prize with the micro-lender.
His initiatives include the Yunus Sports Hub, a
network of social enterprises that promote
development through sports.
• Yunus has faced legal troubles in recent years after
he was sacked in 2011 as head of Grameen Bank.
His supporters say he has been targeted by
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who
accused him of “sucking blood” from the poor with
high-interest rates.
RBI allows loans up to Rs 5 cr to other banks'
directors
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has overhauled rules for
extending loans to directors of other banks and
relatives of directors. As per the amendments, the
central bank has allowed banks to extend personal
loans up to ₹5 crores to directors of other banks and
directors' relatives other than spouses without board
approval. The earlier limit for such loans was ₹25 lakh.
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The regulations apply to directors, including the
Chairman/Managing Director, of other banks, any firm
in which they are interested as a partner or guarantor,
or any company in which they hold substantial interest
or is interested as a director or as a guarantor. Personal
loans refer to loans given to individuals and consist of
consumer credit, education loans, loans given for the
creation or enhancement of immovable assets like
houses, and loans given for investment in financial
assets, such as shares, debentures, etc.
Sophie Ecclestone, Devon Conway win ICC
Player of the Month Award
England Left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone has been
named as ICC Women Player of the Month for June.
She is the second English female to win the title after
Tammy Beaumont, who was awarded the title in
February 2021. In Men’s category, New Zealand opener
Devon Conway has bagged ICC Player of the Month
for June. He became the first New Zealand player to
win the award after an astounding first month in Test
cricket.
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the
World 2021 Report
The annual UN-FAO report titled “The State of Food
Security and Nutrition in the World 2021” states that
between 720 and 811 million people in the world faced
hunger in 2020, which is around 161 million more than
in 2019. The report was jointly produced by the UN
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the
International Fund for Agricultural Development
(IFAD), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World
Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health
Organization (WHO).
Key facts and figures
• Number of hungry people in 2020 in the World:
between 720 and 811 million
• Asia: 418 million (More than half of world hunger
population)
• Africa: 282 million (One-third)
• Latin America and the Caribbean: 60 million
• Nearly 2.37 billion people did not have access to
adequate food in 2020, an increase of 320 million
people over 2019.
• Children under 5 affected by stunting (low heightfor-age): 22.0 percent (149.2 million)
• Children under 5 affected by wasting (low weightfor-height): 6.7 per cent (45.4 million)
• Children under 5 who are overweight (high weightfor-height): 5.7 per cent (38.9 million)
• Percentage of women of reproductive age affected
by anaemia: 29.9%
• Percentage of infants aged below 6 months who
were exclusively breastfed: 44%
AR Rahman launch Tokyo Olympics cheer
song “Hindustani Way”
Singer Ananya Birla has teamed up with music maestro
AR Rahman to launch a cheer song for Indian sports
personalities as they gear up for Tokyo Olympics.
Titled “Hindustani Way”, the song has been sung by
Ananya and composed by Rahman. Minister of
Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur also
present in the launch of the song.
The video of the song follows a family from 1996 to the
present day as they cheer for Indian sports personalities
across different Olympic seasons. The video features
archival footage from Atlanta (1996), Athens (2004),
Beijing (2008), London (2012), Rio (2016) and some
exclusive training footage of this year’s contingent. The
archival footage features winning moments of Leander
Peas, Vijender Singh, Abhinav Bindra, Mary Kom,
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, PV Sindhu and Sakshi
Malik, among others.
Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrated on 26th July
Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on July 26
since the year 1999, to mark India’s victory over
Pakistan in the Kargil conflict. This year nation is
celebrating the 22 years of victory in the Kargil war. It
was in 1999 that a high altitude mountain war broke out
along the peaks of Kargil near the Line of Control, the
de-facto border that divides Kashmir between the two
nations.
History of Kargil War:
• The Kargil War was fought between May-July of
1999 in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir
along the Line of Control (LoC) in which India got
the victory.
• The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days,
ended on 26 July.
• On this date in 1999 Pakistan army taking
advantage of the melting snow and betraying the
bilateral understanding of both the nations (that the
post would remain unattended during the winter
season) took command of the high outposts of
India.
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• Pakistan army refused the claims that its soldiers
were involved in the war and claimed that they
were the rebels from Kashmir itself, but the
ammunition, identity cards, rations stores and other
evidence prove that the Pakistan army was behind
this cowardly act.
Operation Vijay:
• The operation was launched by the Indian Army
twice in Indian history. The first Operation Vijay
was launched in 1961 that led to the capture of Goa,
Anjediva islands and Daman and Diu.
• The second operation was launched in 1999. Both
the operations were of huge success. However, the
Kargil Vijay However, the Kargil Vijay Diwas is
marked on the culmination of Kargil war.
• July 26 is celebrated as “Kargil Vijay Diwas” every
year to mark the successful completion of
“Operation Vijay” that ended the 3-month war
along the Line of Control. Nearly 490 Indian army
officers, soldiers and jawans were martyrs during
the course of the battle.
Operation White Sea:
The operation White Sea was also launched during the
Kargil war, 1999. During the operation, the Indian Air
Force jointly acted with Indian Army to flush out
regular and irregular troops of the Pakistani army.
Dholavira inscribed on UNESCO World
Heritage List
A Harappan-era metropolis, Dholavira in Gujarat has
been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Now Gujarat has three world heritage sites,
Champaner near Pavagadh, Rani ki Vav in Patan and
the historic city of Ahmedabad. Dholavira is now the
40th treasure in India to be given.
The ongoing 44th session of the World Heritage
Committee of UNESCO has already given India a new
world heritage site in the form of the Rudreswara/
Ramappa Temple in Telangana, which dates back to
the 13th century. This session of the World Heritage
Committee is being chaired from Fuzhou in China.
14 Tiger Reserves of India get (CA|TS)
Recognition
From India, 14 tiger reserves have received the
accreditation of the Global Conservation Assured
Tiger Standards (CA|TS), on the occasion of
International Tiger Day on July 29, 2021. The National
Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) recognized the
‘BaghRakshaks’ for their efforts in protecting Tigers and
forests. The NTCA’s quarterly newsletter STRIPES was
also released during the event.
The 14 tiger reserves of India that have received
prestigious global accreditation from CA|TS are:
• Mudumalai and Anamalai Tiger Reserves, Tamil
Nadu
• Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka
• Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Kerala
• Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, West Bengal
• Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh
• Valmiki Tiger Reserve, Bihar
• Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
• Satpura, Kanha and Panna Tiger Reserves, Madhya
Pradesh
Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards (CA|TS)
• CA|TS has been agreed upon as an accreditation
tool by the global coalition of Tiger Range Countries
(TRCs) and has been developed by tiger and
protected area experts.
• Officially launched in 2013, it sets minimum
standards for effective management of target
species and encourages the assessment of these
standards in relevant conservation areas.
• CA|TS is a set of criteria that allows tiger sites to
check if their management will lead to successful
tiger conservation.
• The Global Tiger Forum (GTF), an international
NGO working on tiger conservation, and World
Wildlife Fund India are the two implementing
partners of the National Tiger Conservation
Authority for CATS assessment in India.
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Banking and Financial Current Affairs
• The oldest commercial bank in the country, State
Bank of India, SBI, is celebrating its 66th year on
1st July. SBI descends from the Bank of Calcutta
founded in 1806 through the Imperial Bank of India.
• ICICI Bank has launched India’s most
comprehensive banking solutions for medical
doctors. Titled as ‘Salute Doctors’, the solution
offers customized banking as well as value-added
services for every doctor, beginning from a medical
student to a senior medical consultant to an owner
of a hospital or a clinic.
• HDFC Bank launched a SalaamDilSey initiative to
show gratitude to doctors for their tireless service
during the pandemic, to pay tribute to doctors
across the country. SalaamDilSey encourages one
and all to take a moment to acknowledge and
celebrate the contribution of doctors and provides a
platform to show their gratitude to doctors, who are
bravely fighting the pandemic, at the risk of their
own lives.
• Axis Bank has inked a multi-year deal with
Amazon Web Services (AWS) to power the digital
transformation programme of the country’s thirdlargest private sector bank. As part of the
agreement, Axis Bank with help of AWS will build
a portfolio of new digital financial services to bring
advanced banking experiences to customers,
including online accounts that can be opened in 6
min & instant digital payment. This will help the
bank increase customer satisfaction by 35 per cent
and lower costs by 24 per cent.
• The Reserve Bank of India imposed a penalty of Rs
25 lakh on Punjab and Sind Bank for noncompliance with certain provisions of directions on
‘Cyber Security Framework in Banks.
• Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has become the
second most-valued listed public sector bank (PSB)
with a market capitalisation of over Rs 50,000 crore.
As Street discounts privatisation of the state-owned
lender, its shares have appreciated nearly 80 per
cent on the BSE in the past one month. IOB stood
with an m-cap of Rs 51,887 crore, pushing PNB (Rs
46,411 crore) and BOB (Rs 44,112 crore) to third and
fourth position, respectively, as per data available
on BSE.
• The Reserve Bank of India has announced a change
in Government securities auction methodology for
benchmark securities. They noted in the latest
update that on a review of market conditions and
market borrowing program of the government, it
has been decided that benchmark securities of tenor
2-year, 3-year, 5-year, 10-year, 14-year tenor and
Floating Rate Bonds (FRBs) will be, henceforth,
issued using the uniform price auction method. For
other benchmark securities i.e. 30-year and 40-year,
the auction will continue to be multiple price-based
auctions, as hitherto. The above arrangement will
continue till further review, note the bank.
• The country's third-largest private lender Axis
Bank has signed MOU with the Indian Army
offering a defence service salary package under its
"Power Salute" initiative. The Defence service
salary package will offer different benefits to all
ranks of army officers. The benefits of the MoU will
cover both serving Defence personnel as well
Defence pensioners.
• The RBI has imposed penalties on SBI, Bank of
Baroda, IndusInd Bank, Bandhan Bank and 10
other lenders for contravention of various
regulatory norms, including on lending to NBFCs.
The penalty imposed on the 14 banks totals Rs 14.5
crore, with a maximum Rs 2 crore fine on Bank of
Baroda.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched ‘the
RBI Retail Direct’ scheme for retail investors,
through which they can directly buy and sell
government securities (G-Secs), both primary and
secondary. The bond-buying window was opened
to increase retail participation in G-Secs and
democratize ownership of G-Secs beyond the
managers of pooled resources such as banks and
mutual funds. The date of commencement of the
scheme will be announced later.
• The Reserve Bank of India has imposed restrictions
on Mastercard Asia/Pacific Private Limited for
adding new domestic customers from 22nd July
2021. MasterCard will not be allowed to add
customers, be it for debit, credit or pre-paid cards
onto its network as the entity has failed to comply
with the directions on Storage of Payment System
Data.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled the
licence of Dr Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar Urban
Co-operative Bank Ltd, Nilanga, Latur, as it does
not have adequate capital and earning prospects.
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• The Federal Bank has launched “FEDDY”, an
Artificial Intelligence-powered virtual assistant to
help customers with banking-related queries
anytime. The bank said while most of the similar
AI-powered virtual assistants are available only on
its website, FEDDY can be accessed via Alexa,
Google Assistant and WhatsApp.
• State Bank of India (SBI) has selected “Paisalo
Digital” as the National Corporate Business
Correspondent of the Bank for financial inclusion
by providing banking services through kiosks. The
signing of the Service Level Agreement and other
formalities shall be done shortly. Paisalo is tapping
into the Rs 8 lakh crore market opportunity of
small-ticket loans for India’s 365 million unbanked
population.
• ICICI Bank has announced the launch of a cobranded credit card with Hindustan Petroleum
Corporation Limited (HPCL) to enable users to get
benefits and reward points for using multiple credit
cards in one. Named, ‘ICICI Bank HPCL Super
Saver Credit Card’, the card offers best-in-class
rewards and benefits to customers on their
everyday spends on fuel as well as other categories
including electricity and mobile, departmental
stores like Big Bazaar and D-Mart, and e-commerce
portals, among others.
• Banking and financial services major, Goldman
Sachs has opened a new facility in Hyderabad as
part of its commitment to expand its global centre
for engineering and business innovation in India.
Hyderabad is emerging as a key investment
destination for banking & financial service.
• The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has
introduced Arogya Rakshak, a non-linked, nonparticipating, regular premium, individual, health
insurance plan. The plan provides fixed benefit
health insurance cover against certain specified
health risks.
• HDFC Ltd has got a loan of $250 million from
International Finance Corporation (IFC), the
investment arm of the World Bank Group, to be
used by India’s largest housing finance company
for green housing. Green housing is regarded as a
luxury market in the country but has climate
benefits. Its partnership with HDFC would help
change perceptions about the market. At least 25
per cent of the funding is for green affordable
housing.
• The Reserve Bank of India is currently working on
a phased implementation strategy for its own
digital currency, Central Bank Digital Currency
(CBDC), and will launch it in the wholesale and
retail segments soon. India is already a leader in
digital payments, but cash remains dominant for
small-value transactions. RBI is currently examining
the scope of CBDCs, the underlying technology, the
validation mechanism, distribution architecture and
degree of anonymity etc.
• Paytm Payments Bank has become the first bank
in the country to achieve the milestone of issuing 1
crore FASTags. According to the National
Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), over 3.47
crore FASTags were issued by all banks together till
the end of June 2021. Paytm Payments Bank (PPBL)
now has close to 28 per cent share as FASTag issuer
bank. In the last 6 months alone, PPBL has
equipped over 40 lakh commercial & private
vehicles with FASTags.
• The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a
monetary penalty of Rs 5 crore on private sector
lender Axis Bank. The penalty has been imposed in
the exercise of powers vested in RBI under the
provisions of section 47 A (1) (c) read with section
46 (4) (i) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (the
Act).
• The Reserve Bank of India has accorded its
approval to the Government of the Union
Territory (UT) of Ladakh to acquire 8.23 per cent of
the paid-up equity capital of Jammu and Kashmir
Bank Ltd as on the date of enforcement of Jammu
and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 ( October 31,
2019).
• The Reserve Bank of India has cancelled the licence
of Madgaum Urban Co-operative Bank Limited,
Margao, Goa, as the bank with its current financial
position would be unable to pay its present
depositors in full.
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Economy Current Affairs
• According to the data released by the Reserve Bank
of India, India reported a current account surplus
of 0.9% of GDP in FY 21. In FY 20 there was a
current account deficit of 0.9%. The reason for the
Current Account Surplus in FY21 is a sharp
contraction in the trade deficit to US$ 102.2 billion
from US$ 157.5 billion in 2019-20. India has seen a
Current account surplus for the first time in 17
years.
• GST collection dipped below Rs 1 lakh crore in
June after staying above that mark for eight
consecutive months. Centre mopped up Rs 92,849
crore GST for the month of June of which CGST is
Rs 16,424 crore, SGST is Rs 20,397 crore, IGST is
Rs 49,079 crore (including Rs 25,762 crore collected
on import of goods) and Cess is Rs 6,949 crore
(including Rs 809 crore collected on import of
goods.
• Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
has decided to include Retail and Wholesale trade
as MSMEs but only for the limited purpose of
Priority Sector Lending. This means that these
segments of businesses can now take loans under
the Priority Sector Lending arrangement under the
MSME category. According to the Retailers
Association of India (RAI), this will give retail
micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) the
support they need to survive, revive and thrive.
• Fitch Ratings has revised its GDP growth projection
for India in 2021-22 (FY22) to 10%. Earlier it has
projected the same at 12.8%. The reason for this cut
is the slow recovery post-second wave of COVID19.
• NTPC Ltd., India’s largest power generator is set to
construct the country’s single-largest solar
photovoltaic project at Rann of Kutch region in
Khavada, Gujarat. The solar power park will have a
capacity of 4.75 Gigawatt (Gw)/4750 MW. The
project will be constructed through NTPC’s
renewable energy arm, NTPC Renewable Energy
(NTPC-REL).
• Adani Group led by Gautam Adani has completed
the takeover of ‘Mumbai International Airport’
from the GVK group. With this takeover, Adani
group has become the top company in terms of
airport infrastructure companies in India.
• The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has approved an increase in the
Dearness Allowance to Central Government
employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners to 28
per cent. This hike represents an increase of 11 per
cent over the existing rate of 17 per cent of the basic
pay/pension.
• The wholesale price-based inflation eased
marginally to 12.07 per cent in June as crude oil
and food items witnessed some softening in prices.
Retail inflation remained above the RBI’s comfort
level of 6 per cent for the second straight month at
6.26 per cent in June.
• The government notified a hike in the foreign direct
investment limit in pension fund management to
74% from 49% under the national pension system
(NPS). This step is opening doors for experienced
foreign partners in this space and facilitating more
competition in the fledgling segment. Pension Fund
Regulatory &Development Authority (PFRDA)
Act links the FDI ceiling in the insurance sector.
• The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has
downgraded India’s economic growth forecast for
the financial year 2021-22 (FY22) to 10 per cent, in
its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) Supplement
for July. Earlier this was estimated at 11%. Further,
ADB has projected the GDP growth rate for FY2022
(2022-23) to 7.5 per cent from the earlier projection
of 7 per cent.
• The Care Ratings agency has estimated the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of India to be
in the range of 8.8 to 9 per cent in the current
financial year, that is 2021-22 (FY22). The country’s
economy had contracted by 7.3 per cent in fiscal
2020-21.
• The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has
sharply cut India’s economic growth projection by
300 basis points, from 12.5 per cent to 9.5 per cent
for the financial year 2021-22 (FY22). The
downward revision in the GDP growth rate is due
to a lack of access to vaccines and the possibility of
renewed waves of coronavirus. For FY23 (2022-23),
IMF has estimated the gross domestic product
(GDP) of India at 8.5 per cent, which is 160 basis
points higher than its earlier projection of 6.9 per
cent.
• The central government's fiscal deficit stood at Rs
2.74 lakh crore or 18.2 per cent of the full year's
Budget estimate at the end of June, according to
data released by the Controller General of Accounts
(CGA). The fiscal deficit at the end of June 2020 was
83.2 per cent of the Budget Estimates (BE) of 2020-
21.
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Business Current Affairs
• Flipkart has launched Shopsy, an app that will
enable Indians to start their online businesses
without any investment. Flipkart aims to enable
over 25 million online entrepreneurs by 2023 with
the help of Shopsy. Users of Shopsy will be able to
share catalogues of a wide selection of 15 crore
products offered by Flipkart sellers.
• Paytm has announced the launch of Postpaid Mini,
small-ticket loans that will give users the flexibility
to access loans ranging from Rs 250 – Rs 1,000, in
partnership with Aditya Birla Finance Ltd. The
product is an extension of its Buy Now, Pay Later
service, driving affordability amongst those new to
credit.
• Amazon has launched its first Digital Kendra in
India in Surat, Gujarat. Amazon Digital Kendra
was inaugurated by Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister
of Gujarat. Digital Kendras of Amazon are centres
that will provide micro small and medium
enterprises (MSMEs) the opportunity to learn
about the benefits of e-commerce.
• Max Bupa Health Insurance, a standalone health
insurer, has entered into a bancassurance
partnership with Axis Bank, the country’s thirdlargest private sector bank. This partnership will
help provide comprehensive health insurance
solutions to Axis Bank’s employees and customers.
• Microsoft has reached a deal to acquire RiskIQ, a
San Francisco-based provider of cybersecurity
services, including malware and spyware
monitoring and mobile app security. RiskIQ’s
services and solutions will join Microsoft’s suite of
cloud-native security products, including Microsoft
365 Defender, Microsoft Azure Defender, and
Microsoft Azure Sentinel.
• Razorpay has acquired artificial intelligence (AI)-
based risk analysis platform TERA Finlabs,
marking its third acquisition since inception.
Bengaluru-based TERA Finlabs provides risk
management software, along with customized
credit offerings to make lending more affordable for
consumers and profitable for lenders.
• The standalone health insurer Max Bupa Health
Insurance has rebranded itself as ‘Niva Bupa
Health Insurance. This development comes after
the company’s promoter, Max India, which owned
51 per cent of the insurer sold its stake to True
North in February 2019 for Rs 510 crore.
• Three of India’s biggest private lenders – ICICI
Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank have taken
stakes in the blockchain financial technology firm
IBBIC Pvt Ltd. HDFC Bank and Axis Bank invested
₹5 lakh each for the shares. ICICI Bank also said it
has subscribed to 49,000 fully paid-up equity shares
of face value ₹10 each of IBBIC constituting 5.44
per cent of the issued and paid-up share capital. It
paid ₹4.9 lakh for the shares.
International Current Affairs
• The World Bank has announced additional funding
of $8 billion for Covid-19 vaccines, for developing
countries. With this, the total financing available for
the Covid-19 vaccine reaches $20 billion. Earlier the
World Bank had announced $12 billion for the
same. This funding will be used over the next 18
months till 2022 end.
• Following a 70-year effort, China has been awarded
a malaria-free certification from WHO – a notable
feat for a country that reported 30 million cases of
the disease annually in the 1940s. China is the first
country in the WHO Western Pacific Region to be
awarded a malaria-free certification in more than 3
decades. Other countries in the region that have
achieved this status include Australia (1981),
Singapore (1982) and Brunei Darussalam (1987).
• Haiti President, Jovenel Moise was assassinated
and his wife wounded in an attack at their home,
the interim prime minister announced an act that
risks further destabilizing the Caribbean nation
beset by gang violence and political volatility.
• A sandcastle in Denmark has entered into new
Guinness World Record for being the tallest
sandcastle in the world. The triangular-shaped
sandcastle has been built in the town of Blokhus in
Denmark. It stands at a height of 21.16 metres (69.4
feet). This new structure is 3.5m taller than the
previous record held by sandcastle measuring 17.66
m in Germany in 2019. Dutch creator, Wilfred
Stijger, was assisted by 30 of the world’s best sand
sculptors.
• Ethiopia’s ruling Prosperity Party was declared the
winner of last month’s national election in a
landslide, assuring a second five-year term for
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
• Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on
13th July became the country’s Prime Minister for
the fifth time. His appointment is in line with the
ruling issued by the Supreme Court on 12th July to
make way for his claim to the premiership,
replacing incumbent K P Sharma Oli.
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• China has officially begun the construction of the
world’s first commercial modular small reactor
‘Linglong One’ at the Changjiang Nuclear Power
Plant in the country’s Hainan Province. The project
is based on China National Nuclear Corporation’s
(CNNC’s Linglong One (ACP100) technology.
• The United Arab Emirates has became the first
Gulf nation to open an embassy in Israel, nearly a
year after both countries signed an agreement to
normalise diplomatic ties. The new mission is
located in Tel Aviv Stock Exchange building. The
ceremony was attended by new Israeli President
Isaac Herzog.
• Singapore has unveiled one of the world’s largest
floating solar panel farms. The project is part of
efforts by the country to meet a goal of quadrupling
its solar energy production by 2025 to help tackle
climate change.
• The US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan
have agreed in principle to establish a new
quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on
enhancing regional connectivity. The parties
consider long-term peace and stability in
Afghanistan critical to regional connectivity and
agree that peace and regional connectivity are
mutually reinforcing.
• According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah,
Saudi Arabia, women can now register for the
annual Hajj pilgrimage without a male guardian
(marham). In registration guidelines of Hajj for
domestic pilgrims, the ministry highlights, women
do not need to require a male guardian to register
and could do registration along with other women.
Women wishing to perform Hajj will have to
register individually.
• Russia has successfully test-fired its new S-500 air
defence missile systems, from a southern training
range, Kapustin Yar, on July 20, 2021. It hit a highspeed ballistic target as planned. The S-500 missile
system is under development by the Almaz-Antey
Air Defence Concern. After tests are successfully
completed the first S-500 systems which are also
named the Triumfator-M and Prometheus will be
placed at an air defence unit outside the city of
Moscow.
• China unveiled a maglev train capable of a top
speed of 600 kph. The maximum speed would
make the train, self-developed by China and
manufactured in the coastal city of Qingdao, the
fastest ground vehicle globally. Using
electromagnetic force, the maglev train “levitates”
above the track with no contact between body and
rail. China has been using the technology for almost
two decades on a very limited scale.
• Rural teacher-turned-political novice, Pedro
Castillo became the winner of Peru’s presidential
election after the country’s longest electoral count in
40 years. Castillo, whose supporters included Peru’s
poor and rural citizens, defeated right-wing
politician Keiko Fujimori by just 44,000 votes.
• Ariel Henry has formally assumed the post of
Prime Minister of Haiti. He assumed the role of the
leader of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation
in a ceremony in the capital Port-Au-Prince.
• Sweden has ratified the framework agreement for
the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and is now a
member of the global platform, which is an
initiative of India aimed at promoting renewable
energy and sustainable development.
• The United Kingdom is now reporting an outbreak
of norovirus. Public Health England (PHE) recently
issued a warning regarding Norovirus. England has
recorded 154 cases of norovirus in the country. An
increase in norovirus cases in educational settings
has been reported.
• The Philippines has become the first country in the
world to get approval for the commercial
production of genetically modified “golden rice”, a
variety of rice enriched with nutrients to help
reduce childhood malnutrition.
• The historic Paseo del Prado boulevard and Retiro
Park of Madrid, in Spain, has been granted the
status of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The wide
tree-lined Paseo del Prado, in the centre of the
Spanish capital, is home to prominent buildings
such as the Prado Museum.
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• Singapore’s Sunseap Group, plans to spend 2
billion dollars to build the world’s largest floating
solar farm and energy storage system in
neighbouring Indonesian city Batam, which will
double its renewable power generation capacity.
The floating photovoltaic system is expected to
have a capacity of 2.2 gigawatts (peak).
• The Sitio Burle Marx site, a landscape garden in
Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro has been added to
UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. The
garden features more than 3,500 species of plants
native to Rio and is considered a laboratory for
botanical and landscape experimentation.
• Billionaire businessman Najib Mikati was
appointed as Lebanon’s new prime ministerdesignate following binding parliamentary
consultations with President Michel Aoun. He ran
virtually unopposed, receiving 72 votes, with
former ambassador Nawaf Salam receiving just one
vote. Forty-two MPs voted blank, and three MPs
did not vote at all.
• Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid won
the Presidency of the 76th Session of the United
Nations General Assembly (UNGA). This is for the
first time in the history of the United Nations (UN),
Maldives will hold the office of President at the
UNGA.
National Current Affairs
• Digital India initiative has completed its six years
on 1 July 2021. Digital India is a government’s
flagship scheme to transform India into a digitally
empowered society and knowledge economy. It
was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
on 1 July 2015. In the past 6 years, the government
has launched many digital initiatives like Direct
Benet Transfer, Common Services Centres,
DigiLocker and mobile-based UMANG services.
• President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation
stone for Ambedkar Memorial and Cultural Centre
in Lucknow. The cultural centre will come up at
5493.52 sq meter nazool land in front of Aishbagh
Eidgah in Lucknow and have a 25-ft high statue of
Dr Ambedkar.
• The Government of India has decided to bring
Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) under the
finance ministry. DPE was earlier under the
Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public
Enterprises.
• The government has created a Ministry of
Cooperation to boost the Indian cooperative
movement and give a fillip to the indigenous
enterprises. The new ministry of Cooperation will
work to realise the vision of “Sahkar se Samriddhi”
and will provide a separate administrative, legal
and policy framework to boost the cooperative
movement in the country.
• Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry
and Dairying, Giriraj Singh has launched the
Online Course Mobile App “Matsya Setu”. The app
was developed by the ICAR-Central Institute of
Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIFA),
Bhubaneswar, with the funding support of the
National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB),
Hyderabad.
• KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission)
has launched Project BOLD (Bamboo Oasis on
Lands in Draught), a first-of-its-kind exercise, to
create bamboo-based green patches in arid and
semi-arid land zones. It is the first of its kind
exercise in India which was launched from the
tribal village Nichla Mandwa in Udaipur,
Rajasthan.
• Union Minister for Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal
‘Nishank’ has launched NIPUN Bharat
programme. The aim of the NIPUN programme is
that every child in India gets foundational literacy
and numeracy (FLN) by the end of Grade 3, by
2026-27. NIPUN stands for National Initiative for
Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and
Numeracy.
• The Union Minister for Road Transport and
Highways, Nitin Gadkari, inaugurated India’s first
private Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility plant
at Nagpur in Maharashtra.
• Delhi University will have a ‘Bangabandhu Chair’
to foster a better understanding of developments in
Bangladesh. An MoU was signed between the
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and
Delhi University in Dhaka to set up this Chair at
Delhi University.
• India and Nepal have signed a Letter of
Exchange(LoE) to revise the 2004 India-Nepal Rail
Services Agreement (RSA). The revised agreement
allows all authorized cargo train operators to utilize
the Indian railway network to carry Nepal’s
container and other freight – both bilateral between
Indian and Nepal or third countries from Indian
ports to Nepal.
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• External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has unveiled
a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Georgia at a
prominent Tbilisi park.
• Home Minister Amit Shah has inaugurated a
research-based centre of excellence at National
Forensic Science University in Gandhinagar,
Gujarat. The research-based centre of excellence at
the National Forensic Science University in
Gandhinagar will help our youths to become free
from the addiction of drugs and narcotics.
• Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has launched
BHIM-UPI QR-based payments in Bhutan will
further strengthen the cooperation between the two
neighbouring nations. With the launch in Bhutan,
the payment infrastructures of the two countries are
seamlessly connected and will benefit tourists and
businessmen from India who travel to Bhutan.
• Union Minister Piyush Goyal has been appointed
as the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha. His
appointment is effective from July 06, 2021. He will
succeed Thawar Chand Gahlot, who has taken
charge as the Governor of Karnataka.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the
International Cooperation and Convention Centre
“Rudraksh”, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The centre
will become an attractive destination for
conferences and pull in tourists and
businesspersons to the city.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the
nation on July 15, 2021, on the occasion of World
Youth Skills Day 2021 and the 6th anniversary of
the Skill India Mission. In his address, Prime
Minister highlighted “Skill development of the
youth of new generation is a national need and a
huge foundation for self-reliant India”.
• In order to facilitate farmers to get ‘right
information at right time’ in their desired
language, a digital platform namely ‘KisanSarathi’
was launched jointly by Narendra Singh Tomar,
Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. This
initiative of KisanSarathi empowers farmers with
technological interventions to reach farmers in
remote areas.
• The government has decided to set up the Indian
Institute of Heritage at Noida, Gautam Buddha
Nagar. This will impact higher education and
research in the field of rich Indian heritage and its
conservation, leading to Masters and PhD courses
in History of Arts, Conservation, Museology,
Archival Studies, Archaeology, Preventive
Conservation, Epigraphy and Numismatics,
Manuscriptology as well as conservation training
facilities to in-service employees and students of the
institute.
• The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in
its 36th Executive Committee has approved new
projects for the rejuvenation of six rivers in
Uttarakhand. According to the Central Pollution
Control Board (CPCB), there are a total of nine
polluted stretches in Uttarakhand and six of them
are in the Udham Singh Nagar district on various
tributaries or small rivers such as Bhela, Dhela,
Kichha, Nandor, Pilankha and Kosi.
• The Government of India has extended the
duration of the ‘Stand Up India Scheme’ up to the
year 2025. The scheme was launched by the Prime
Minister on 05 April 2016 to facilitate loans to
Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and women
borrowers, to promote entrepreneurship among
them.
• The government approved the Bio-Diversity
Management Plan (BDMP) worth Rs 18 crore for
Marwah Forest Division to be funded by Chenab
Valley Power Project (CVPP)as a ’ component of
Environment Management Plan (EMPY) in respect
of diversion of Forest Land for commissioning of
Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Power Projects.
• Signifying the strong bonds between India and
Bangladesh, Indian Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria
reviewed the Passing Out Parade and
Commissioning Ceremony at Bangladesh Air Force.
This was the first instance when any foreign chief
was invited to review the Parade as the Chief Guest.
• Union Home Minister, Amit Shah along with chief
minister Conrad K. Sangma inaugurated the muchawaited Greater Sohra Water Supply Scheme at
Sohra in East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya. The Greater
Sohra Water Supply Scheme was conceptualised by
the Meghalaya government and an amount of Rs.
24.08 cr was sanctioned by the DoNER ministry in
2019 under North East Special Infrastructure
Development Scheme (NESIDS).
• The Union Government has decided to set up a
National Centre of Excellence for Animation,
Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics for creating a
world-class talent pool in India to cater to the
Indian as well as a global industry. It will be set up
in collaboration with the Indian Institute of
Technology, Bombay.
• The Centre is setting up the Garima Grihas for
transgender persons are with the help of
community-based organizations. Minister of State
for Social Justice and Empowerment A.
Narayanaswamy informed Lok Sabha, 12 pilot
shelter homes have been initiated with the aim of
providing safe and secure shelter to transgender
persons.
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• The centre has announced 27% reservation for
OBCs and a 10% quota for students from the
economically weaker sections (EWS) for
undergraduate and postgraduate medical and
dental courses under the All-India Quota (AIQ)
scheme. Under the AIQ scheme, 15% of seats at the
UG level and 50% seats at the PG level are kept
domicile free in government medical and dental
colleges against which students from other states to
are offered admission while the rest of the seats are
kept only for students from within the state.
• The Ministry of Science and Tech will set up a firstof-its-kind Centre of Excellence in the
Northeast.The project for establishing the Centre for
Bio-Resources and Sustainable Development was
sanctioned by the Department of Biotechnology. It
is the region’s first own Technology Resource
Centres and the proposed Centre aims to address
technological growth as its objective.
• PM Modi has launched multiple educational
initiatives including the Academic Bank of Credit
that will provide multiple entries and exit options
for students in Higher education. Academic Bank of
Credit is envisaged as a digital bank that holds the
credit earned by a student in any course.
States Current Affairs
• Researchers have discovered Black-bellied Coral
snakes in the forests of Uttarakhand for the first
time in history. The snake is related to the Elapidae
family and Sinomicrurus genus. Its scientic name
is S. nigriventer. It was found in the Bhadraj Block
of Benog Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) in the
Mussoorie Forest Division. There are currently 107
species of coral snakes in the world. In India, only
seven coral snake species are found.
• Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan
Reddy has launched the ‘YSR Bima’ scheme with
new guidelines, where the government itself will
directly pay the insurance amount to the family of
the deceased to make the insurance claims easier. In
order to support 1.32 lakh families through the
YSR Bima scheme, the State government allocated
Rs 750 crores for the year 2021-22. In the last two
years, the State government had spent Rs 1307 crore
for YSR Bima.
• Tirath Singh Rawat has offered to resign from his
post. Tirath Rawat is in Dehradun where he met
Governor Baby Rani Maurya and submitted his
resignation. Meanwhile, the BJP has named Union
Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar as the
central observer for Uttarakhand. Tirath Rawat took
oath as Uttarakhand's CM on 10 March, replacing
Trivendra Singh Rawat.
• The Gujarat Maritime University has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the
International Financial Services Centres Authority
(IFSCA) in GIFT City to set up the Gujarat
International Maritime Arbitration Centre
(GIMAC).
• Kerala government has proposed to have its own
over-the-top (OTT) platform. The state government
has planned to launch it by November 1. The State
government’s proposed foray into the online
content streaming space with the launch of an overthe-top (OTT) platform is a cultural intervention,
rather than something prompted by the market or
revenues.
• The Karnataka state government has decided to
develop 46 Kempegowda heritage sites located in
Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara,
Chikballapura, and Tumakuru districts, in a bid to
promote tourism. According to Chief Minister B S
Yediyurappa, the sites identified to be in three
circuits would be developed at a cost of Rs 223
crore for promoting tourism.
• A passenger train Rajdhani Express from Assam’s
Silchar railway station has reached the
Vaingaichunpao railway station in Manipur for a
trial run, putting the state on the Indian Railways
map. The train covered the distance of 11 km
between the two northeastern stations, with railway
officials onboard.
• India’s first cryptogamic garden, with around 50
different species grown, has been inaugurated in
Deoban area of Dehradun in Uttarakhand. The
garden is situated at a height of 9,000 feet and is
spread over an area of three acres. Located in the
district’s Chakrata town, the garden was
inaugurated by social activist Anoop Nautiyal.
• The Assam Cabinet has announced the creation of
an independent department to protect and preserve
the “faith, culture and traditions of tribes and
indigenous communities” of the state. The new
department would ensure that the state’s
indigenous population gets to preserve their faith
and traditions, while also providing requisite
support to them.
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• Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has
launched a population policy that aims to
incentivise couples who do not have more than two
babies. Stating that population control is related to
awareness among masses and poverty, Adityanath
said every community has been taken care of in
Population Policy 2021-2030.
• The country’s first ‘Grain ATM’ has been set up as
a pilot project in Gurugram, Haryana. It is an
automatic machine, which works just like a bank
ATM. This machine has been installed under the
‘World Food Programme’ of the United Nations
(UN), and is called the ‘Automated, Multi
Commodity, Grain Dispensing Machine’.
• Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa has
unveiled the Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi scheme2021. This will serve as a bridge between public
transport and daily commuters. The scheme aims to
reduce travel time and inconvenience in reaching
bus, railway and metro stations. It will allow
people, partnership firms and companies to
participate.
• ‘Bonalu’ is a traditional folk festival celebrated
every year in the Telugu month of Ashadham
(falling in June/July), in the twin cities of
Hyderabad and Secunderabad, and some other
parts of Telangana state.
• The Andhra Pradesh government announced a
10% reservation for the Kapu community and
other Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) for
appointments in the initial posts and services in
State government in accordance with the
Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019.
• The Kerala government's campaign
'Mathrukavacham' to vaccinate all the pregnant
women in the state against COVID-19 infection was
inaugurated at the district level recently. Spot
registrations for vaccination of pregnant women
would be carried out at various government
hospitals.
• The Maharashtra state government has launched
the new Electric Vehicle Policy-2021. The policy
announced by the State Environment Minister,
Aaditya Thackeray aims to accelerate the adoption
of Battery Electric Vehicles in the country. The new
EV policy introduced in Maharashtra is a revision of
the 2018 policy.
• The ‘monk fruit’ from China, which is known for its
properties as a non-caloric natural sweetener, was
introduced for field trials in Himachal Pradesh by
the Palampur-based Council of Scientific Research
and Industrial Technology Institute of Himalayan
Bio-resource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) in Kullu.
• The Haryana government will soon introduce the
‘One Block, One Product’ scheme, to encourage
and promote small industries in the rural areas.
Under the scheme, the state government plans to
connect every block of the state with some
industrial vision and the government is working
expeditiously on this scheme.
• The Kunariya village of Kutch district in Gujarat
has come out with a unique idea of holding Balika
Panchayat. Young females aged between 10 to 21
years contested elections for this unique Panchayat
which will take up issues pertaining to adolescent
girls and women in the village.
• Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to
issue educational documents using blockchain
technology. Forgery of documents is a serious
concern for various educational and other
institutions. Many steps are being taken to avoid
forgery along with verification of documents.
• The Assam State Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa
Sarma has assured jobs for all National Games
medalists of Assam from now on. He also
mentioned that all those who won medals in
National Games so far for Assam would be given
Sports Pension by the State Government. He
hoped that this decision would help the
sportspersons of the state.
• Perumkulam, in Kollam District, has been
bestowed with the title Kerala’s first ‘Book
Village’. This claim to fame results from years of
concerted efforts aimed at encouraging the habit of
reading. Perumkulam is a small village in
Kulakkada near Kottarakkara in Kollam district.
• Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao
will launch his government’s new Dalit
empowerment scheme, now christened Dalita
Bandhu, on a pilot basis from the Huzurabad
assembly constituency. The scheme, which was to
be called Dalit Empowerment Scheme, has now
been renamed as Dalita Bandhu scheme. As part of
the scheme, eligible Dalit families would be given
Rs 10 lakh in cash directly to their accounts. The
sanctioned amounts will be deposited in the bank
accounts of eligible beneficiaries.
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• In the state of Madhya Pradesh, the cities of Orchha
and Gwalior have been selected by UNESCO under
its ‘Historic Urban Landscape Project.’ This project
was started in the year 2011.
• Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa has
announced his resignation from the top post on July
26, 2021, when his government completed two years
in the state, after being elected to power in 2019.
• The chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma
has laid the foundation stone of a bamboo industrial
park at Manderdisa Village, Dima Hasao. The
project will be implemented with Rs 50 crore from
the DoNER ministry.
• The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) legislature party
has unanimously elected Lingayat MLA Basavaraj
S Bommai as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka.
The 61-year-old will succeed BS Yediyurappa, who
resigned on July 26, 2021. He will be sworn in as the
23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka on July 28, 2021.
• Puri has become the first city in India where
people can avail high-quality drinking water
directly from the tap on a 24-hour basis. It has
enabled the people of Puri to collect quality
drinking water directly from the tap. Henceforth,
people need not have to store or filter drinking
water.
• The Indore city of Madhya Pradesh, or the cleanest
city of India, has become the only city from the
country to be selected for International Clean Air
Catalyst Programme. The project will be operated
for a period of five years to purify the air in the city
with the cooperation of Indore Municipal
Corporation and Madhya Pradesh Pollution
Control Board.
• Karnataka has become the first state in the country
to provide one per cent reservation for the
‘transgender community in all the government
services. The government submitted a report to the
High Court in this regard informing that a
notification had already been issued after amending
the Karnataka Civil Service (General Recruitment)
Rule, 1977.
• The Kerala Police launched a new initiative called
the Pink Protection project for the protection of
women in public, private and digital spaces. The
Pink Protection project aims to prevent dowryrelated issues, cyber-bullying & humiliation in
public places. It has 10 components, one of which is
activating the existing Pink Police Patrol system,
named Pink Janamaithri Beat.
• In order to promote AYUSH in Madhya Pradesh
and to link it with employment, the government has
made the ‘Devaranya’ scheme. The scheme has been
made to provide employment to the people living
in the tribal areas of the state. A complete value
chain for the production of AYUSH medicines will
be developed in the state through Devarnya Yojana.
Self-help groups will also play an important role in
this work.
• The Rajasthan government's industries
department and the Rajasthan State Industrial
Development and Investment Corporation
(RIICO) have launched the 'Mission Niryatak
Bano' campaign to promote aspiring exporters in
the state.
Schemes/Committees
• The central government has set up a 25-member
development council for the cement industry
under Dalmia Bharat Group CMD, Puneet Dalmia.
The council will suggest ways to eliminate waste,
obtain maximum production, improve quality,
reduce costs and promote standardization of
products. Dalmia is the chairman of the council. Its
members include Shree Cement Ltd MD HM
Bangur, The India Cements Ltd Executive President
Rakesh Singh; Birla Corporation Limited CEO
Pracheta Majumdar; J.K. Cement Ltd Deputy
Managing Director Madhavkrishna Singhania, and
JSW Cement Ltd CEO Nilesh Narwekar.
• The Central Government has formed a ninemember panel for the development of an Open
Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), designed
to curb digital monopolies. This ONDC project is
initiated by the Department of Promotion of
Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the
Ministry of Commerce and Industry and will be
implemented by the Quality Council of India (QCI).
• The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has
formed a seven-member working group, to look
into the compensation package for the domestic
players and the other aspects of domestic cricket.
The main focus of the group will be the
remuneration of domestic players for the previous
season wherein tournaments were cancelled, due to
COVID-19.
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• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of
Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘National AYUSH
Mission (NAM)’ for another five years. The scheme
will now be implemented from April 01, 2021, to
March 31, 2026. The Centre has allocated Rs. 4607.30
crore (Rs 3,000 crore as Central Share and Rs.
1607.30 crore as State Share) for the scheme to be
invested over five years.
Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU)
• The Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial
Management (AJNIFM) and Microsoft announced
a strategic partnership to build an AI and emerging
technologies centre of excellence at AJNIFM. The
collaboration seeks to explore the role of cloud, AI
and emerging technologies in transforming and
shaping the future of public finance management in
India.
• Digital payments platform PhonePe has partnered
with Flipkart to launch a contactless ‘Scan and Pay’
feature for Flipkart’s pay-on-delivery orders. Using
PhonePe’s QR code solution, the Flipkart
customers who earlier opted for cash on delivery
can pay digitally through any UPI app at the time of
delivery.
• The tourism ministry signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with Yatra to strengthen and
enable the tourism and hospitality industry. The
event was organised under an arrangement
between the Ministry of Tourism and the Quality
Council of India (QCI), where the MoU for the
Tourism Ministry Yatra tie-up was signed.
• Razorpay has partnered with Mastercard to launch
‘MandateHQ’. It is a payment interface that will
help card-issuing banks to enable recurring
payments for their customers. It must be noted that
the Reserve Bank of India had issued a framework
for processing e-mandates on recurring online
transactions. The product by Razorpay is a step in
this direction.
• Nepal has signed a USD 1.3 billion deal with India,
to develop a 679-megawatt Lower Arun
Hydropower project, located between
Sankhuwasabha and Bhojpur districts in eastern
Nepal. As per the deal, India’s state-owned Satluj
Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), will develop the 679-
megawatt hydropower project in the neighbouring
Himalayan nation.
• The union territory of Ladakh organic, the
administration of Ladakh, signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) with the Sikkim State
Organic Certification Agency (SOCCA). A
tripartite MOU has been signed between Ladakh
and SSOCA regarding the implementation of
Prampragat Krishi Vikas Yojana and Mission
Organic Development Initiative (MODI) in the
Ladakh region with the aim to convert Ladakh into
organic by 2025.
• The Indian Academy of Highway Engineers
(IAHE) under the Ministry of Road Transport and
Highways has inked an agreement with the
University of New South Wales, Australia for
setting up a Centre for Advanced Transportation
Technology and Systems (CATTS) in Noida, Uttar
Pradesh.
• Ambuja Cement Foundation has joined hands with
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural
Development (NABARD) for implementation of its
employability through skill initiative project’s
second phase.
• Qatar Airways and the International Air Transport
Association (IATA) announced that Qatar Airways
will become the first airline in the Middle East to
join the IATA Turbulence Aware platform.
• Bank of Maharashtra has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with National Bank for
Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) to
boost ongoing developmental initiatives linked to
priority sector lending in Maharashtra. It is on a
collaborative approach to enhance rural prosperity
through the convergence of institutional lending &
ongoing development initiative.
• The Indian Navy has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with Kotak Mahindra for
salary accounts of all its personnel – both serving
and retired. The bank will reportedly offer special
salary account benefits to the Indian Navy like
enhanced complimentary personal accident
insurance cover, special education benefit for
children, and additional girl child benefit, and
attractive rates and zero processing fees on
personal loans, home loans and car loans.
• U GRO Capital, a non-bank financier, and stateowned Bank of Baroda have partnered for colending to the micro, small and medium enterprise
(MSME) sector. Under the co-lending programme
Pratham, Bank of Baroda and U GRO will together
disburse loans worth Rs 1,000 crore to MSMEs.
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• Dvara E-Dairy Solutions, a portfolio company of
Dvara Holdings has launched an artificial
intelligence (AI) led digital tag ‘Surabhi e-Tag’ to
identify cattle based on muzzle identity. This will
be used for cattle insurance products offered in
partnership with IFFCO Tokio General Insurance.
• The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has
signed an MoU with the Centre for Development
of Advanced Computing C-DAC to train the
manpower of the force in advanced technologies
and undertake joint projects. The MoU aims at
augmenting the technical capabilities of CRPF by
training its manpower in advanced areas like the
Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity, AI, etc.
• Maruti Suzuki India Limited has announced a
partnership with Maharashtra’s Savitribai Phule
Pune University to train youth in automobile retail.
The aim is to offer a customised three years
“Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Retail
Management” course to students. The three-year
curriculum will comprise one-year classroom
training followed by two-year on-the-job training at
Maruti Suzuki authorised dealerships.
• Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL),
has signed a ten-year partnership with the company
IBM to set up the ‘Airport in a Box’ platform. The
partnership is designed to help Bangalore
International Airport Limited (BIAL) improve its
productivity, automate its information technology
services, increase operational flexibility to handle
future growth in passenger traffic and reduce costs.
• Intel in collaboration with the Central Board of
Secondary Education (CBSE), Ministry of
Education, announced the launch of the AI For All
initiative with the purpose of creating a basic
understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) for
everyone in India.
Appointments/Resignations (National &
International)
• The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
(ACC) has extended the tenure of NITI Aayog
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant, by
one year till June 30, 2022. This is for the third time
that Kant’s tenure has been extended. Mr Kant was
first appointed as the CEO of the federal policy
think tank on February 17, 2016, for a fixed twoyear term.
• Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari will be the new
Vice Chief of Indian Air Force succeeding Air
Marshal Harjit Singh Arora. Air Marshal
Chaudhari is currently serving as commander-inchief of the IAF’s Western Air Command (WAC)
that looks after the security of the country’s air
space in the sensitive Ladakh sector as well as
various other parts of north India. Air Marshal
Arora retired from service and Air Marshal
Chaudhari is likely to take charge of the new
assignment.
• Satish Agnihotri has taken over charge as
Managing Director, National High-Speed Rail
Corporation Ltd. He comes with more than 20 years
of experience in the implementation of mega rail
infrastructure projects. He has worked as Chairman
& Managing Director, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited
(RVNL), a schedule ‘A’ CPSE under the Ministry of
Railways for close to 9 years.
• Veteran advocate Kalyan Narayan Bhattacharjee
has been appointed as the new Lokayukta in
Tripura. He has been appointed to the post for three
years w.e.f. July 1. The Lokayukta Act has been in
force in Tripura since 2008 and in 2012, the first
Lokayukta was appointed in Tripura.
• The Union Minister for Road Transport and
Highways & MSME, Nitin Gadkari, virtually
inaugurated India’s first and only paint made from
cow dung, under the brand name ‘Khadi Prakritk
Paint’.
• Indian-American, Neha Parikh, has been appointed
as the CEO of Waze, a crowd-sourced GPS
navigation app and a subsidiary of tech giant
Google.
• Jim Whitehurst has announced he is stepping
down as the president of IBM. Whitehurst’s
resignation is being seen as one of the several
management moves IBM announced.
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• N Venudhar Reddy, an Indian Information Service,
IIS Officer of 1988 batch took charge as Director
General of All India Radio.
• The Indian Army has named one of its firing ranges
in Kashmir after Bollywood actress Vidya Balan.
The Vidya Balan firing range is situated at Gulmarg
in the Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir.
• The International Cricket Council (ICC) has
discontinued the services of Manu Sawhney as the
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with immediate
effect. The decision was taken by the ICC Board
during its meeting. Geoff Allardice will continue as
Acting CEO supported by the Leadership Team
working closely with the ICC Board.
• Federal Bank shareholders have approved the
motion to re-appoint Shyam Srinivasan as the
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of
the lender for a period of three years. His
reappointment will come into effect from
September 23, 2021, to September 22, 2024.
• Twitter has named Vinay Prakash as the Resident
Grievance Officer (RGO) for India, as per the
information updated on its website. Users can
contact Vinay Prakash using an email ID listed on
the page. Earlier the US-based company had
announced the appointment of California-based
Jeremy Kessel as the new Grievance Officer for
India.
• Eric Garcetti will succeed Kenneth Juster who
served as ambassador to India during the Trump
administration.Mr Garcetti has been mayor of Los
Angeles since 2013, is a former intelligence officer
from the U.S. Navy and a Rhodes Scholar.
• As part of Vietnam’s efforts to deepen cooperation
with various states, Industrialist N.S. Srinivasa
Murthy based in Bengaluru has been appointed as
Honorary Consul General of Vietnam for
Karnataka.
• Indian Olympic Association has appointed retired
IPS officer B K Sinha will perform the dual role of
Security as well as Press Attache of the country’s
contingent at the Tokyo Games, which begins on
July 23. Sinha is a former Haryana DGP and also a
recipient of the President’s Police Medal.
• The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced the
appointment of the Union minister for minority
affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi as the deputy leader
of the House in the Rajya Sabha. Naqvi takes over
from Piyush Goyal who has been elevated as the
leader of the house in the Upper House.
• Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
(MoRTH) Secretary, Aramane Giridhar (IAS) has
been given additional charge of the Chairman of
the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Present NHAI Chairman, Sukhbir Singh Sandhu
has been appointed the new Chief Secretary of
Uttarakhand. He took over as NHAI Chainman in
October 2019.
• The joint secretary of the Finance Ministry, Rasmi
Ranjan Das has been appointed to the UN tax
committee as a member for the term period 2021 to
2025. Das is among the tax experts from around the
world who has been appointed as a member of the
UN tax committee.
• Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL Technologies Ltd,
and its chief strategy officer has tendered his
resignation as managing director, as well as a
director, on completing 76 years of age. Nadar will,
however, continue to guide the company in the
capacity of chairman emeritus and strategic adviser
to the board for five years. Vijayakumar, president
and chief executive officer, has been appointed as
the managing director for five years.
• Senior IPS officer Nasir Kamal has been appointed
the Director-General of the Bureau of Civil
Aviation Security (BCAS).
• Lulu Group chairman, M A Yusuff Ali has been
appointed as the Vice-Chairman of Abu Dhabi
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI).
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the
crown prince of Abu Dhabi & Dy. Supreme
Commander of UAE Armed Forces issued a
resolution to form a new Board of Directors for Abu
Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(ADCCI).
• Border Security Force (BSF) Director General (DG),
Rakesh Asthana has been appointed as the Delhi
Police Commissioner, with immediate effect. His
appointment comes just three days before his
superannuation on July 31, 2021.
• Property consultant Colliers has appointed Ramesh
Nair as the chief executive officer (CEO) for India
and managing director, market development, for
Asia.
• Bharat Bill Payment System has appointed former
PayU and Airtel Payments Bank executive Noopur
Chaturvedi as its new chief executive officer.
Chaturvedi, prior to this appointment, was the
country head for small and medium businesses at
PayU.
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Ranks and Reports
• India has been ranked as the 10th best country in
the world in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI)
2020, released by International Telecommunication
Union (ITU). The GCI 2020 is the fourth edition of
the annual index and ranked 194 countries. The GCI
measures the commitment of countries to
cybersecurity at a global level.
• India stands at the 20th spot among the top 100
countries that have been ranked in the Global
Startup Ecosystem Index 2021 by Startup Blink.
Like last year, the US, the UK, Israel, Canada and
Germany are in the top five spots this year too and
continue their lead.
• NewsOnAir Radio Live-stream Global Rankings
was released recently ranking countries where All
India Radio (AIR) live-streams on the NewsOnAir
app are most popular. In the latest Rankings of top
countries in the world (excluding India) where All
India Radio Live-streams on NewsOnAir App are
most popular, Fiji has jumped from 5th position to
2nd, while Saudi Arabia has made a comeback in
the top 10. Kuwait and Germany are new entrants,
while France and New Zealand are no more in the
top 10. The United States continues to be number
1.
• Rajasthan schools rank last in the Gender Parity
Index (GPI) at the higher secondary level when
compared with the rest of the country, reveals the
Unified District Information System for Education
Plus (UDISE+) report 2019-20, which analyses
trends in school education in the country.
• India has the highest number of under-vaccinated
or unvaccinated children worldwide at 3.5 million,
an increase of 1.4 million from 2019, amid the
pandemic outbreak.It also noted that over 3 mn
zero-dose children in 2020 lived in India. At nearly
4.4 million, South Asia recorded highest number of
children having failed to receive routine vaccination
in the past 10 years.
• Thirty-five per cent of India’s tiger ranges are
outside protected areas and human-animal conflict
affects over 75 per cent of the world’s wild cat
species, according to a WWF-UNEP report. The
report “A Future for All – A necessity for HumanWildlife Coexistence”, examined rising humanwildlife battle, and has discovered that marine and
terrestrial protected areas solely cowl 9.67 per cent
globally.
• The Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced
Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru, has been
placed in the top 50 institutions worldwide for
advances in materials science by the prestigious
Nature Index. The list which includes 18 institutes
from China, 12 from the United States and two from
the United Kingdom places the JNCASR in the 23rd
position globally among universities and
institutions as part of its ‘50 Rising Institutions’ list.
The centre is also the only Indian institute on the list
and shares the privilege with others such as
Shanghai Jiao Tong University which is in the first
place.
• India has scored 90.32 per cent in the 2021 UN
Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade
Facilitation. India’s score was 78.49 per cent in
2019. The overall score of India is found to be
greater than many OECD countries including
France, UK, Canada, Norway, Finland. India is the
best-performing country when compared to the
South and South-West Asia region (63.12%) and the
Asia Pacific region (65.85%). The overall score of
India is even greater than the average score of the
EU.
• India has entered the top ten list of agricultural
produce exporters in 2019 with a significant share
within the export of rice, soya beans, cotton and
meat, according to a World Trade Organisation
(WTO) report on trends in world agricultural trade
in recent 25 years. In 2019, India ranked ninth with
a share of 3.1% in global agricultural exports.
Earlier this place was New Zealand. While the US,
which topped the list in 1995 (22.2%), was
overtaken by the European Union in 2019 (16.1%).
Brazil maintained its ranking as the third-largest
exporter, increasing its share from 4.8% in 1995 to
7.8% in 2019. China climbed from the sixth spot in
1995 (4%) to fourth in 2019 (5.4%).
Sports Current Affairs
• Indian-origin American Abhimanyu Mishra has
become the youngest-ever chess Grandmaster in the
world. At 12 years, four months and 25 days, he
obliterated the long-standing record held by Sergey
Karjakin, who was 12 years and seven months old
when he attained the title. Three years ago, India’s
R Praggnanandhaa had almost surpassed him but
missed the opportunity by a whisker.
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• Indian wrestler Sumit Malik was banned for two
years by the sport's world governing body UWW
after his B sample also returned positive for a
prohibited stimulant.
• Top para high-jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu
was named the flag-bearer of the Indian
contingent in the Tokyo Paralympics, which begins
on August 24.
• Karsten Warholm, a 25-year-old athlete from
Norway, broke the long-standing world record in
the 400m hurdles during the Bislett Games. Earlier
the record was held by American hurdler Kevin
Young for 29 years. His mark of 46.78 seconds was
set at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, which
was finally broken with an official time of 46.70
seconds by Warholm.
• India captain Mithali Raj became the highest rungetter in women’s cricket across formats, overtaking
former England skipper Charlotte Edwards.
Mithali became the world’s most prolific batter in
women’s internationals, overtaking Edwards’
10,273 runs. Suzie Bates of New Zealand is third
with 7849 runs. Stafanie Taylor (7832) and Meg
Lanning (7024) round up the top five.
• Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian
Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, the ninth race of
the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.
Verstappen won the race ahead of Mercedes-AMG’s
Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Lando Norris. Lewis
Hamilton – Bottas’ teammate and Verstappen’s
challenger for the 2021 Drivers’ championship –
came home in fourth place.
• MC Mary Kom, the six-time world boxing
champion, and Manpreet Singh, the men’s hockey
team skipper, will be India’s flag-bearers at the
opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics,
announced Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
Bajrang Punia, a silver medallist at the 2018 World
Wrestling Championships, will be the flag-bearer at
the closing ceremony on August 8.
• Veteran England fast bowler James Anderson has
added another feather to his cap as he completed
1000 wickets in first-class cricket. Anderson
achieved the rare feat during Lancashire’s County
Championship clash against Kent in Manchester.
Anderson is the leading wicket-taker among pacers
in Test cricket. In 162 Tests, the England great has
claimed 617 wickets at an average of 26.67 with 30
five-fors and three 10-wicket match hauls.
• The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
released a financial grant of Rs 100 crore to the
Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), which will
be used to build India’s second-largest cricket
stadium. The facility, which will be second to the
recently inaugurated Narendra Modi Stadium in
Ahmedabad, is set to be built in Jaipur. The
construction of the new stadium is likely to be
completed within 24-30 months from
commencement.
• Women’s Asian Cup in India will be held in
Mumbai and Pune after the Asian Football
Confederation dropped Bhubaneswar and
Ahemdabad as venues to minimise the travelling
time for participants and ensure an “optimum
environment” for a bio-secure bubble. The Mumbai
Football Arena at the Andheri Sports Complex and
the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi,
Pune have been chosen as the new venues.
• The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has
decided to grant recognition to WAKO India
Kickboxing Federation as National Sports
Federation (NSF) for promotion and development
of the Kickboxing sport in India. To be fully
included and accepted in the Olympic movement is
important for the recognition and development of
the sport of kickboxing.
• Lionel Messi-led Argentina beat Neymar’s Brazil
1-0 to win the Copa America final match, held at
the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. With this
win, Lionel Messi has secured his first major
international trophy. The 2021 Copa America was
the 47th edition of the annual international men’s
football championship organised by South
America’s football ruling body CONMEBOL.
• Bangladesh cricketer Mahmudullah Riyad has
announced his retirement from Test cricket in the
middle of Bangladesh’s one-off Test match against
Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club.
Mahmudullah made his Test debut in 2009 during
Bangladesh’s tour of the West Indies.
• Indian-American Samir Banerjee has won the
Wimbledon Junior Men`s title at Number 1 Court.
He defeated Victor Lilov of America by 7-5, 6-3 in
the Junior Men`s finals to lift the trophy at All
England Club.
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• The state government of Haryana will organise the
Khelo India Youth Games 2021 in February 2022.
Earlier the sports show was scheduled to be held
from November 21 to December 5, 2021, but has
been shifted due to the possible third wave of
Covid-19 pandemic and keeping in mind that
Khelo India Youth Games 2021 are to be held in the
Under-18 category.
• The European Championship final pits England
and Italy against each other. Italy won 3-2 on
penalties. Italy, one of the most decorated teams in
the world, have ended a few years of trophy
drought. England, on the other hand, we’re in
uncharted territory.
• Portugal captain and modern-day great Cristiano
Ronaldo won the Euro 2020 Golden Boot after
finishing as the top-scorer in the tournament.
Despite playing just four games, Ronaldo clinched
the top honours as he scored five goals.
• The Badminton World Federation has allotted the
BWF World Championships to India for 2026. This
will be the second time that India will host the
premier tournament, which is held every year
except for the Olympic year. India had hosted the
BWF World Championships in Hyderabad in 2009.
• Deepak Kabra has become the first Indian to be
selected for judging the gymnastics competition of
the Olympic Games, a life goal achieved for the
man who knew he wouldn’t have made it there as
an active gymnast because of his not-so-strong
fundamentals.
• Pakistan captain Babar Azam has altered the record
books with the century he scored against England
during the third ODI at Edgbaston. The Pakistan
captain reached his 14th ton in his 81st ODI innings.
Former South Africa opening batsman Amla had
previously held the record who took 84 innings to
reach this feat. Warner had taken 98 innings to get
his 14th ODI ton while Kohli took 103 innings.
• The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has
nominated Gokulam Kerala FC to represent India in
the AFC Club Championship 2020-21. The winners
of the Women League compete in the tournament
but since it will not be held, the national federation
nominated the champions of the fourth edition.
• Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain), won the
British Grand Prix 2021, for a record-extending
eighth time. The event was held on July 18, 2021, at
the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom.
• The International Cricket Council (ICC) inducted
Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Switzerland as
members at its 78th Annual General Meeting.
Mongolia and Tajikistan as the 22nd and 23rd
members of the Asia region. Switzerland is
Europe’s 35th member. With the ICC now
comprising 106 members in total, including 94
associates.
• Viswanathan Anand defeated Vladimir Kramnik to
win the Sparkassen Trophy at Dortmund. Anand
needed only a draw in the final game of the NoCastling Chess event, and he got it in 40 moves.
• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has
voted the Australian city of Brisbane as the host
city for the 2032 Summer Olympics and
Paralympic Games. Brisbane is the third Australian
city to host the Olympic Games after Melbourne in
1956 and Sydney in 2000.
• Young wrestlers Aman Gulia and Sagar Jaglan
emerged as the new world champions in their
respective categories as India dished out an
impressive show on the second day of the Cadet
World Championship 2021 at Budapest, Hungary.
• Madhya Pradesh shooter, Rubina Francis has set a
world record at the ongoing Para Sport Cup in
Peru. She has won gold in the 10-metre air pistol
para-event for women. Scoring 238.1 points, she
went past the world record of Aysegul Pehlivanlar
of Turkey. This win also secured her the quota for
India at the Tokyo Summer Paralympics 2020.
• The Indian Olympic Association has roped in
Adani Group as a sponsor for the Indian contingent
at the ongoing Tokyo Games. IOA secretary
general Rajiv Mehta, who is in Tokyo, announced
the development.
• Mirabai Chanu won the silver medal in
weightlifting and became the first Indian to win an
Olympic medal at the 2020 Tokyo Games in the
Women's 49kg category. China's Hou Zhihui
clinched the gold medal.
• Yang Qian of China took gold in the women’s 10m
air rifle final to secure the first gold medal of the
2020 Summer Games at the Asaka Shooting Range
on 24th July. Anastasiia Galashina of Russia won
silver, while Nina Christen of Switzerland won the
bronze medal.
• Indian Wrestler Priya Malik has won a Gold Medal
at the 2021 World Cadet Wrestling Championship
in Budapest, Hungary.
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• Japan’s Yuto Horigome has won the first-ever
skateboarding competition at the Olympic Games,
taking gold in men’s street event at the Ariake
Urban Sport in Tokyo. Yuto overcame a shaky start
to pocket the gold with 37.18 points. Kelvin Hoefler
of Brazil won silver in the men’s street skating
competition, while Jagger Eaton of the United
States clinched the bronze.
• Japan’s Momiji Nishiya became one of the
youngest individual Olympic champions in
history when she won the inaugural women’s
skateboarding gold at the age of 13 years and 330
days. Rayssa Leal (13 years and 203 days) of Brazil
won silver and Funa Nakayama (16 years) of Japan
clinched the bronze. The youngest gold medalist
was Team USA’s Marjorie Gestring at the 1936
games in Berlin. Gestring, only 13 years and 268
days old at the time, won gold in the women’s
diving competition.
• Vantika Agarwal has won the National Women
Online Chess title. She scored 9.5 points from 11
rounds. Arpita Mukherjee of West Bengal took the
second spot and Tamil Nadu’s Sreeja Seshadri
secured the third spot in the competition.
Summits And Conferences
• The 7th edition of the Indian Ocean Naval
Symposium (IONS), concluded in France on July
01, 2021. The biennial event was hosted by the
French Navy at La Réunion from 28 June to 01 July
2021. From India, Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief
of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy, participated in the
inaugural session of the event virtually. France is
the current chair of the Symposium, which assumed
the Chairmanship on 29 June 2021 for a two-year
tenure.
• Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan
Harichandan inaugurated the two-day
International Education e-Conference. The
Conference held on the theme of Holistic Education
for Excellence in Life.
• The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
inaugurated and addressed the CoWin Global
Conclave, virtually. The global meet was
participated by representatives from 142 countries.
The Conclave was jointly organized by the Ministry
of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Ministry of
External Affairs (MEA) and National Health
Authority (NHA) with an objective to extend the
Co-WIN platform as a digital public good to the
world.
• Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs,
Nirmala Sitharaman participated virtually in the
Third G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank
Governors (FMCBG) Meeting under the Italian
Presidency. The two-day meeting saw discussions
on a wide range of issues including global economic
risks and health challenges, policies for recovery
from the CoVID-19 pandemic, international
taxation, sustainable finance and financial sector
issues.
• All BRICS countries have agreed to the STI-led
BRICS Innovation Cooperation Action Plan (2021-
24) proposed by India during the 12th meeting of
the BRICS S & T Steering Committee. Indians have
proposed plans to share the experience of each
other’s innovation ecosystem and promote
networking between innovators and entrepreneurs.
• The Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
inaugurated and addressed the World Universities
Summit as Chief Guest. The Union Education and
Skill Development Minister Shri Dharmendra
Pradhan also addressed the summit. The Summit
was organized by O.P. Jindal Global University,
located at Sonipat, Haryana. The theme of the
summit was “Universities of the Future: Building
Institutional Resilience, Social Responsibility and
Community Impact”.
• The G20 Environment Ministers’ Meeting 2021 is
one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of
the G20 Leaders Summit 2021, which will be hosted
by Italy in October 2021. The 2021 G20, under the
Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad,
interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet,
Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to
take the lead in ensuring a swift international
response to the COVID-19 pandemic – able to
provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics,
therapeutics and vaccines – while building up
resilience to future health-related shocks. India was
represented by a delegation led by Hon’ble Union
Environment Minister, Bhupender Yadav and
include Minister of State, Ashwini Kumar Choubey
and senior officers of the Ministry of Environment,
Forest and Climate Change.
• Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh is on a three-day visit
to Dushanbe, Tajikistan from July 27-29, 2021 to
attend the annual meeting of the Defence Ministers
of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
member states. During the annual meeting, defence
cooperation issues among SCO member states will
be discussed and a communique is expected to be
issued after the deliberations. Raksha Mantri will
also meet his Tajikistan counterpart Col Gen Sherali
Mirzo to discuss bilateral issues and other issues of
mutual interest.
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• Uzbekistan has hosted a high-level International
Conference titled “Central and South Asia:
Regional Connectivity. Challenges and
Opportunities” at Tashkent. The conference was an
initiative of the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat
Mirziyoyev. It was attended by President of
Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Ministers from Central
Asian, West Asian and South Asian countries,
including Minister of External Affairs of India Dr.
S. Jaishankar.
Awards & Recognition
• Freelance filmmaker Deepti Pillay Sivan’s most
touted documentary, “Decoding Shankar” about
the life and career of the celebrated musician
Shankar Mahadevan, recently won the Best Film
Award in the Documentary section (Best
Biographical) at the Toronto International Women
Film Festival, 2021.
• The Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar, the national
award instituted in memory of late poet laureate
Kuvempu, has been awarded to renowned Odia
poet Dr. Rajendra Kishore Panda for the year 2020.
The prestigious award carries a cash award of Rs 5
lakh, a silver medal, and a citation.
• Invest India has been awarded the world’s most
innovative Investment Promotion Agency 2021 by
OCO Global. OCO Global is a leading authority on
foreign investment and offers a range of economic
development services, products, and unique
company assessment tools.
• Korean Air has been announced the winner of one
of the most prestigious honours in the aviation
industry: Air Transport World’s (ATW) 2021
Airline of the Year. This year’s award is even more
meaningful to Korean Air, as the global industry
has been suffering from the unprecedented crisis
caused by COVID-19.
• Indian economist Kaushik Basu has been awarded
the Humboldt Research Award for Economics. The
award was conferred on him by Professor Dr HansBernd Schäfer of Bucerius Law School in Hamburg,
Germany. A former chief economist of the World
Bank, Basu is currently a professor of Economics at
Cornell University. He also served as the
Government of India’s chief economic advisor from
2009 to 2012. Basu is also a recipient of the Padma
Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India.
• The Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed a
contract with the Ministry of Defence for the
manufacture and supply of Akash missiles to the
Indian Air Force (IAF). The total worth of the deal
is around Rs 499 crore.
• Hyderabad’s hunger activist Syed Osman Azhar
Maqsusi, who has been feeding thousands of
people every day as part of his food drive ‘Hunger
Has No Religion’ was awarded a top UK award
recently.
• Journalist and playwright Omchery N N Pillai has
been selected for the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam
(BKS)’s Literary Award for 2021. BKS president P
V Radhakrishna Pillai, general secretary Varghese
Karackal and literary wing secretary Firoz
Thiruvathra announced the award.
• The Telangana State Cooperative Apex Bank
(TSCAB) has been adjudged the best State
Cooperative Bank in the country while Karimnagar
District Cooperative Credit Bank (DCCB) was
adjudged the best DCCB in South India by the
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural
Development (NABARD).
• Aadhimalai Pazhangudiyinar Producer Company
Limited and Snehakunja Trust are among the 10
awardees of the prestigious Equator Prize 2021 for
their work in the field of conservation and
biodiversity. The UNDP gives a biennial award to
recognize community efforts to reduce poverty
through the conservation and sustainable use of
biodiversity.
• Director Payal Kapadia’s, “A Night of Knowing
Nothing” won the Oeil d’or (Golden Eye) award
for best documentary at the 74th Cannes Film
Festival. The Mumbai-based filmmaker’s first
feature bagged the prestigious prize in a formidable
field made up of 28 documentaries presented across
various sections of the festival.
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• Former India and Mohun Bagan shot-stopper
Shibaji Banerjee, who famously denied Brazil’s
legendary football player Pele from scoring a goal
in an exhibition match in 1977, will be conferred
with Mohun Bagan Ratna posthumously.
• Cachar Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli
received the National Silver SKOCH Award a few
days ago for ‘Pushti Nirbhor’ (nutrition-dependent),
a convergence project on transformation and
development entailing setting up Nutri-gardens at
houses in Dinnathpur Bagicha village. The village is
near the India-Bangladesh border in the Katigorah
circle of the Cachar district.
• Senior India defender, Sandesh Jhingan was
named the AIFF men’s Footballer of the Year 2020-
21 season. It is the first time that the towering
central defender has received the AIFF Player of the
Year award, having won the Emerging Player of the
Year Award in 2014.
• While midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam was
picked as the Emerging Player for the year award
for 2020-21. The 20-year-old Suresh, who made his
Blue Tigers debut earlier this year against Oman,
was part of the Indian side that competed at the
FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.
• Indian Women’s National Team Forward,
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Footballer of the Year 2020-21.
• World No. 1 para shuttler Pramod Bhagat was
named Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year at
Indian Sports Honour for 2019.
• Indian-origin British author, Sunjeev Sahota is
among the 13 authors longlisted for the prestigious
2021 Booker Prize for fiction for his novel ‘China
Room’, alongside Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro
and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers.
• Vaidehi Dongre, a 25-year-old girl from Michigan,
has been crowned Miss India USA 2021 at the
beauty pageant. Arshi Lalani from Georgia was
declared the first runner up and North Carolina’s
Mira Kasari was declared the second runner up.
Dongre, who has majored in international studies,
won the ‘Miss Talented’ title in the pageant for
giving a flawless performance of Indian classical
dance from Kathak.
• The Maharashtra Bhushan Selection Committee
chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has
unanimously selected legendary playback singer
Asha Bhosle for the prestigious award.
• Graphic artist Anand Radhakrishnan has won the
prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award,
considered the Oscars equivalent of the comics
world. The Eisner Awards are given out annually
and the award won by Radhakrishnan "Best
Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)" recognises
the creator of a graphic novel’s art and images.
Important Days
• The National Postal Worker Day is marked every
year on July 1 globally in recognition of the
contribution made by postal workers in our society.
The day is a unique opportunity to say ‘thank you
not only to postmen but also to all delivery
personnel, as online shopping has become a lifeline
for many of us.
• National Chartered Accountants Day or CA Day is
celebrated on July 1 every year. This day is
celebrated to commemorate the finding of the
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
by the parliament of India in 1949. Every year on
the day of the establishment of the ICAI, CA Day is
celebrated to honour the Chartered Accountant.
• The National Doctors’ Day is organized on 01 July
annually in India by the Indian Medical
Association (IMA). The day is celebrated to honour
the great physicians and help us understand the
importance of doctors in our lives and value them,
to offer them our respects by commemorating one
of their greatest representatives.
• World Sports Journalists Day is observed globally
on 2nd July every year. The day aims to
acknowledge the work of sports journalists & to
encourage them to do better at their work. Sports
journalists help millions of people in the world to
receive information on various sports.
• The World UFO Day (WUD) is held on July 2 every
year globally. It is a day dedicated to the existence
of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) by the
World UFO Day Organization (WUFODO).
• The United Nations celebrates the International
Day of Cooperatives every year on the first
Saturday of July to increase awareness of
cooperatives. In the year 2021, the International Day
of Cooperatives will be celebrated on 3rd July with
a focus on the contribution of cooperatives to
combating climate change. This July 3rd, the
International Day of Cooperatives (#CoopsDay)
will be celebrated as “Rebuild better together”.
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• World Zoonoses Day is held every year on July 6 to
raise awareness of the risk of zoonotic diseases.
Zoonoses are infectious diseases (virus, bacteria
and parasites) that can spread from animals to
humans, and vice versa, either with direct contact
with animals or indirectly, vector-borne or foodborne. It was on July 6, 1885, when Louis Pasteur
successfully administered the first vaccine against
Rabies virus, which is a zoonotic disease.
• World Chocolate Day or International Chocolate
Day is observed on 7th July every year. The day
celebrates the existence of chocolate in our lives. It
is marked by eating chocolates and sharing with
dear ones.
• National Fish Farmers’ Day is celebrated every
year on 10 July, by the Department of Fisheries,
Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and
Dairying in association with the National Fisheries
Development Board (NFDB).
• World Population Day is observed globally on 11th
July every year. This day is observed to raise
awareness among people about the impact of a
growing population and issues including gender
equality, the importance of family planning,
poverty, maternal health, human rights, etc. This
year theme of World Population Day 2021: “the
impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on fertility”.
• The United Nations has declared 12th July as World
Malala Day to honour the young activist, Malala
Yousafzai. Malala Day is commemorated, the
birthday of Malala Yousafzai to honour women and
children’s rights around the world.
• United Nations celebrates World Youth Skills Day
globally on 15 July every year. The theme of World
Youth Skills Day 2021 is “Reimagining Youth
Skills Post-Pandemic”.
• The World Day for International Justice, (also
known as Day of International Criminal Justice or
International Justice Day), is celebrated globally on
July 17 to support and recognize the work of the
International Criminal Court (ICC).
• The United Nations observes 18 July every year as
Nelson Mandela International Day. The day
acknowledges Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the
struggle for democracy internationally and the
promotion of a culture of peace throughout the
world. Nelson Mandela Day is an occasion for all to
take action and inspire change.
• Science Exploration Day (also called Moon Day) is
marked every year on 20 July. It was on this day in
1969 that Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin
became the first humans to land on the Moon’s
surface. The origins of Space Exploration Day date
back to man first walking on the moon, with the
day itself first observed to commemorate this
historic event during events held in the early 1970s.
• The International Chess Day is celebrated annually
on July 20, since 1966, to celebrate one of the most
ancient and most popular games in history that
promote fairness, equality, mutual respect and
understanding among nations. It was on this day
that the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was
founded, in 1924.
• National Broadcasting Day is observed on 23rd
July every year, to celebrate the radio, which has
been an important part of people’s life in India, both
as an easy medium of entertainment along with the
news. On this day in 1927, the first-ever radio
broadcast in the country went on the air from the
Bombay Station under the Indian Broadcasting
Company.
• The World Federation of Neurology (WFN)
celebrates World Brain Day on every July 22,
focusing on a different theme each year. The theme
for this World Brain Day is “Stop Multiple
Sclerosis”. World Brain Day advocates early
diagnosis of this condition that can help improve
the quality of life of the patient.
• The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
observed the 161st Income Tax Day (also known as
Aaykar Diwas) on 24 July 2021. In India, the Income
Tax Day is celebrated every year on July 24, as it
was on 24 July 1980 that Income Tax was
introduced for the first time in India by Sir James
Wilson.
• The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), observed
its 83rd Raising Day on 27 July 2021. CRPF is
India’s largest Central Armed Police Force, under
the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs
(MHA).
• The International Day for the Conservation of the
Mangrove Ecosystem (or World Mangrove Day) is
celebrated annually on 26 July. The day is
celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of
mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and
vulnerable ecosystem” and to promote solutions for
their sustainable management, conservation and
uses.
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• World Health Organization is observed on 28th July
every year as “World Hepatitis Day”. This day is
celebrated to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis,
an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of
health problems, including liver cancer. This year
theme of World Hepatitis Day 2021 is ‘Hepatitis
Can’t Wait’.
• World Nature Conservation Day is observed on
28th July every year. The main objective of
celebrating this day is to raise awareness about
protecting nature and adopting best practices for
conserving our natural resources. The Earth is
supplied a limited amount of properties that we all
rely upon each day like water, air, soil and trees.
• Global Tiger Day or International Tiger Day is
observed on 29th July every year to raise awareness
about the declining population of wild cats and
making efforts to conserve them. This year marks
the 11th International Tiger Day. The theme/Slogan
for the 2021 International Tiger Day celebration is
“Their Survival is in our hands”.
• United Nations observes 30 July every year as
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The
2021 theme for World Day Against Trafficking in
Persons is Victims’ Voices Lead the Way.
• International Day of Friendship is observed globally
on 30th July. This day is celebrated to mark the
importance of friends and friendship in life. The
day also advocates the role that friendship plays in
promoting peace in several cultures across the
world.
• World Ranger Day is observed every year on 31
July to commemorate the Rangers killed or injured
while on duty and to celebrate the work that
Rangers do to protect the world’s natural and
cultural heritage.
Defence Current Affairs
• Israeli defence electronics company Rafael
Advanced Defense Systems has unveiled Sea
Breaker, a 5th generation long-range, autonomous,
precision-guided missile system, which can
precisely target sea and land targets up to a range of
300 kilometres.
• Indian Navy warship conducted military drill with
South Korean vessel in the East China Sea. The
Navy partnership exercise is aimed at enhancing
interoperability and facilitating the exchange of best
practices with partner navies in the maritime
domain. Indian Navy’s indigenous ASW Corvette
INS Kiltan undertook the exercise with Republic of
Korea’s Ship ROKS Gyeongnam, a Daegu-class
frigate, on June 28.
• India’s 1st indigenous drone defence dome
‘Indrajaal’ has been developed by Hyderabadbased Grene Robotics. As per the company, the
drone defence dome – ‘Indrajaal’ is capable of
autonomously protecting an area of 1000-2000 sq
km against aerial threats. It protects the area by
assessing and acting on aerial threats such as
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and LowRadar Cross Section (RCS) targets.
• Indian Army chief General MM Naravane will
embark on an official visit to the United Kingdom
(UK) and Italy, during which he will be meeting his
counterparts and the senior military leadership of
these countries. The highlight of the visit will be
Gen Naravane’s inauguration of the Indian Army
Memorial in the famous town of Cassino, Italy. In
the Battle of Monte Cassino during World War II,
over 5,000 Indian soldiers laid down their lives
while fighting to save Italy from fascist forces.
• The Army inducted the first production lot of 12
Short Span Bridging System (SSBS)-10m, designed
and developed by the Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO) in association
with Larsen & Toubro Limited, the production
agency.
• On the occasion of the birthday of Captain
Gurjinder Singh Suri, who died during the
operation “Birsa Munda” in 1999, the Indian Army
inaugurated a war memorial in memory of Captain
in Gulmarg near the Line of Control (LOC).
Lieutenant Colonel (Col), Tej Prakash Singh Suri
(Retd), father of Captain Gurjinder Singh Suri,
MVC (Posthumous) was also present on the
occasion. Gurjinder Singh Suri was later awarded
Maha Vir Chakra (Posthumous).
• Ministry of Defence has implemented SPARSH
(System for Pension Administration Raksha), an
integrated system for automation of sanction and
disbursement of defence pension. This web-based
system processes pension claims and credits
pension directly into the bank accounts of defence
pensioners without relying on any external
intermediary.
• Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tabar recently
participated in military exercises with the frontline
frigate of the Italian Navy. INS Tabar joined Italian
Navy and entered Port of Naples on July 3 as part
of the ongoing deployment in the Mediterranean.
Commanding officer Captain Mahesh Mangipudi
called on senior officers of Prefect of Naples
Authority, regional Italian navy headquarters and
coast guard headquarters during the stay.
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• Indian Navy received the 10th anti-submarine
warfare aircraft P-8I from the US-based aerospace
company Boeing. The Defence Ministry had signed
a contract for eight P-8I aircraft in 2009. However,
later in 2016, it signed a contract for four additional
P-8I aircraft. The remaining two aircrafts are
expected to be delivered in the last quarter of 2021.
• Top defence officials from India, Sri Lanka and the
Maldives participated in a virtual trilateral tabletop
exercise "TTX-2021". The exercise focused on
maritime crimes like curbing narcotics and
assistance in maritime search and rescue in the
region. The two-day exercise, TTX-2021 aimed at
enhancing mutual understanding and exchange of
best practices procedures for countering common
transnational crime was coordinated by the
Maritime Warfare Centre, Mumbai.
• Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli hands over
Fifteen 12.7 mm M2 NATO Stabilized Remote
Control Gun to Indian Navy & 10 to Indian Coast
Guard. It is manufactured with the transfer of
technology agreement from Elbit Systems, Israel.
• The Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested
indigenously developed third-generation ManPortable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM)
for its minimum range. The missile was launched
from a man-portable launcher integrated with a
thermal site, and all the mission objectives were
met.
• The Defence Research & Development
Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the
New Generation Akash Missile (Akash-NG), from
Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha.
The Akash missile system has been developed by
the DRDO’s laboratory in Hyderabad in
collaboration with other wings of the premier
defence research organisation. The Akash-NG
weapon system is a surface-to-air missile that can
strike targets at a distance of around 60 km and fly
at a speed of up to Mach 2.5.
• Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has flagged in the
Indian Army’s skiing expedition that was
conducted in the Himalayan mountain ranges
between March 10 and July 6. The expedition,
called ARMEX-21, was flagged off at Karakoram
Pass in Ladakh on March 10 and culminated at
Malari in Uttarakhand on July 6 covering 1,660 km
in 119 days.
• The United States Navy has handed over the first
two Sikorsky MH-60R multi-role helicopters to the
Indian Navy at Naval Air Station in North Island,
San Diego. The Indian Navy is procuring 24 MH60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) manufactured
by Lockheed Martin under foreign military sales
from the US government at an estimated cost of $2.4
billion.
• Indian Naval Ship Talwar is participating in
Exercise Cutlass Express 2021, being conducted
from 26 July 2021 to 06 August 2021 along the East
Coast of Africa. The exercise is an annual maritime
exercise conducted to promote national and
regional maritime security in East Africa and the
Western Indian Ocean.
• The 12th Edition of the Indo-Russia joint military
exercise called ‘Exercise INDRA 2021’ will be held
at Volgograd, Russia from 01 to 13 August 2021.
The exercise will entail the conduct of counterterror operations under the United Nations
mandate by a joint force against international terror
groups.
• The 36th edition of CORPAT between India and
Indonesia is being held on 30 and 31 July 2021, in
the Indian Ocean region. The Indian Naval Ship
(INS) Saryu, an indigenously built Offshore Patrol
Vessel and Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Bung Tomo
is undertaking coordinated patrol (CORPAT).
Science and Technology
• Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has
given its nod to the Parliamentary Standing
Committee on Education to provide technical
assistance for satellite TV classrooms in the
country to bridge the learning gap due to COVIDinduced lockdown. ISRO scientists have appeared
before the Parliamentary Standing Committee for
Education and made a detailed presentation about
the proposed satellite TV classroom for students.
• India-origin woman Sirisha Bandla will travel to
the edge of the space aboard ‘VSS Unity’ of Virgin
Galactic, which is scheduled to fly off on July 11
from New Mexico. This is significant as she will be
the third woman of Indian origin to go to space
after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams.
• Hyderabad-based pharma player Laurus Labs has
received a licence from the Defence Research &
Development Organisation (DRDO) for
manufacturing and marketing Covid-19 drug 2-
Deoxy-D-Glucose (2-DG) in India. The licence to
Laurus Labs has been granted by DRDO as part of
efforts to make the drug affordable and accessible to
patients.
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• Facebook has announced a set of publishing and
subscription tools named Bulletin, aimed to
promote independent writers in the US. The
bulletin will include support focused on the
creation of content, monetisation and audience
growth. It also aims to integrate its existing tools to
support writing and audio content — from podcasts
to Live Audio Rooms in one place.
• IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation
(IITM-PTF) and Sony India Software Centre Pvt Ltd
have joined hands to organise a national-level
hackathon named ‘SAMVEDAN 2021 – Sensing
Solutions for Bharat’. With this hackathon, the
foundation aims to inspire citizens to use IoT Sensor
Board in order to solve India-specific problems of
societal interest.
• The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is
getting back into launch activity fully at Sriharikota
spaceport with the planned orbiting of geo imaging
satellite GISAT-1 onboard GSLV-F10 rocket on
August 12. GISAT-1 will be placed in a
Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10 and,
subsequently, it will be positioned in the final
geostationary orbit, about 36,000 km above earth’s
equator, using its onboard propulsion system.
• The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has
successfully conducted the third long-duration hot
test of the liquid propellant Vikas Engine for the
core L110 liquid stage of the human-rated GSLV Mk
III vehicle, as part of the engine qualification
requirements for the Gaganyaan Programme.
• Google Cloud has announced the launch of its new
Cloud Region in Delhi NCR, for customers and the
public sector in India and across the Asia Pacific.
With the new region, the customers operating in the
country will benefit from lower latency and higher
performance of their cloud-based workloads and
data.
• Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Researchers has developed an Artificial
Intelligence-based Mathematical Model called
‘NBDriver’ to identify cancer-causing alterations in
cells.
• The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar has
developed a first-of-its-kind Oxygen Rationing
Device called AMLEX, to save the oxygen which
otherwise gets wasted unnecessarily, and in turn,
increase the life of medical oxygen cylinders three
folds. The device will supply a required volume of
oxygen to the patient during inhalation and will trip
when the patient exhales carbon dioxide.
• Billionaire Jeff Bezos has made a short journey to
space, in the first crewed flight of his rocket ship,
New Shepard. He was accompanied by Mark Bezos,
his brother, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pioneer of
the space race, and an 18-year-old student. They
travelled in a capsule with the biggest windows
flown in space, offering stunning views of the Earth.
On this flight was the oldest person who has been
to space, Wally Funk and the youngest, student
Oliver Daemen.
• Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K)
has launched the first technology innovation hub to
find cybersecurity solutions for anti-drones
technologies, intrusion detection systems, blockchain and cyber-physical systems. As many as 13
start-ups and 25 research and development
principal investigators were selected after a
rigorous application process.
• Xiaomi Corp. has become the world’s second
biggest smartphone maker over the past quarter
following an 83 per cent jump in shipments,
according to preliminary estimates by Canalys. This
marks the first occasion that Xiaomi, the Chinese
maker of everything from rice cookers to gaming
monitors, has broken into the top two, historically
dominated by Samsung and Apple.
• The US space agency NASA has selected Californiabased SpaceX to provide launch services for Earth’s
first mission to conduct detailed investigations of
Jupiter’s moon Europa. The mission called ‘Europa
Clipper mission is scheduled to be launched in
October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from
Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.
• Google-parent Alphabet will launch a new robotics
company, Intrinsic which will focus on building
software for industrial robots. The segment comes
out of X, Alphabet’s Moonshot factory that houses
futuristic firms such as Waymo, Wing and Verily.
• For the first time, astronomers have uncovered
evidence of water vapour in the atmosphere of
Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. This water vapour forms
when ice from the moon’s surface sublimates that
turns from solid to gas. Scientists used new and
archival datasets from NASA’s Hubble Space
Telescope to make the discovery, published in the
journal Nature Astronomy.
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• India’s first Rapid electronic Covid-19 RNA Test kit
that allows self-testing at home called
‘COVIHOME’ has been developed by a research
group at the Indian Institute of Technology
Hyderabad. The kit has been validated by the
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and can
be used to check for Covid-19 trace at the comfort of
home.
Books & Authors
• The book titled "Nathuram Godse: The True Story
of Gandhi's Assassin" by Mumbai-based journalist
Dhaval Kulkarni will be published by Pan
Macmillan India in 2022. A biography of
Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi's infamous
assassin, situates the man and his most defining act
in the larger context of modern Indian history and
contemporary society and politics.
• A book titled “Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of
India’s First Women in Medicine” has authored by
Kavitha Rao. This book recovers the stories of
India’s first women doctors, often ignored by
history. In this excerpt from Kavitha Rao’s ‘Lady
Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women
in Medicine, the story of Rukhmabai Raut.
• A book titled ‘The Fourth Lion: Essays for
Gopalkrishna Gandhi’ authored by Venu Madhav
Govindu and Srinath Raghavan. The book consists
of twenty-six essays contributed by individuals
drawn from various walks of life and from across
the globe.
• A new book titled “The Light of Asia” authored by
Jairam Ramesh is a biography of an epic bio-poem
on the Buddha. Ramesh, the author, Member of
Parliament, former Union Minister, and Congress
leader, digs deep in his new book to bring out the
fascinating story behind the epic 1879 poem, “The
Light of Asia” by Sir Edwin Arnold, that took the
world by storm and in some ways, brought the
Buddha’s story to the world at the turn of the last
century.
• Kareena Kapoor Khan has announced her new
book titled Kareena Kapoor Khan's Pregnancy
Bible. The actor has also called it her 'third child.
She shared her experience while writing the book.
She was seen wearing a red slip dress as she kept
her hair loose parting it in the middle. She was seen
bare feet standing near the kitchen countertop.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the
first copy of “The Ramayana of Shri Guru Gobind
Singh Ji” which is written by the late Baljit Kaur
Tulsi—the mother of noted lawyer KTS Tulsi. The
book is published by the Indira Gandhi National
Centre for Arts.
• A new book titled ‘The Art of Conjuring Alternate
Realities: How Information Warfare Shapes Your
World’, authored by Shivam Shankar Singh and
Anand Venkatanarayanan. The Book is Published
by HarperCollins.
• A book titled “The Struggle Within: A Memoir of
the Emergency” authored by Ashok Chakravarti.
He is an economist who has been providing policy
advice to countries, mainly in the African region,
for the past forty years. He is currently Senior
Economic Advisor to the Government of
Zimbabwe, based in Harare.
• A book titled “The Great Big Lion” drawn and
written by child prodigy Chryseis Knight. This
book is a story about a lion and two children. It
talks about friendship, inclusivity, wildlife
conservation and the world of imagination. The
book was published by Penguin Random House
India’s “Puffin” imprint.
• Vice President M. Venkaih Naidu has received a
book entitled ‘Urdu Poets and Writers – Gems of
Deccan’ authored by senior journalist, J.S.
Ifthekhar. Mr Naidu commended the author for the
book which traces the rich literary and cultural
traditions of the Deccan.
• Former RBI governor Bimal Jalan writes a new
book titled ‘The India Story’. The book focuses on
India’s economic history and aims to provide
lessons for the future of India’s political economy.
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• BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal”s book on the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has now
been translated into the Chinese language. “RSS:
Building India Through SEWA”, which talks of
RSS”s history, ideology and policies, and their
subsequent impact on the nation, was brought out
by Har-Anand Publications in 2019. The Chinese
translation is by Jack Bo.
• Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has
announced his autobiography, “The Stranger In
The Mirror”. He has co-written the book with
noted author Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta.
• Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has
released a book titled ‘Palleku Pattabhishekam’
authored by former MP Yalamanchili Sivaji. This
book is based on rural India and agriculture.
• Former RBI Governor, Duvvuri Subbarao has
unveiled a book ‘Bank With A Soul: Equitas’
authored by Dr. C K Garyali.
• Former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa has
come out with a book titled “An Ordinary Life:
Portrait of an Indian Generation.” In this book,
Ashok Lavasa narrates about his father, Udai Singh,
and his own experience on how his father’s
principles served as a moral compass in his life, and
can in ours too. Ashok Lavasa resigned as election
commissioner in 2020 to become vice-president of
the Asian Development Bank.
Miscellaneous Current Affairs
• Lieutenant Governor J&K, Manoj Sinha has
launched the “HAUSLA- inspiring her growth”, a
comprehensive programme for Catalysing Women
Entrepreneurship in UT. The priority of the
government is to reduce the gap between women
and men entrepreneurs, in a systematic manner and
to encourage women who are currently engaged in
various professions so that they too can become a
part of the ‘Hausla’ program.
• J&K Chief Secretary, Arun Kumar Mehta,
inaugurated SDRF first Battalion’s 24×7 mental
health helpline ‘SUKOON’ at its headquarters. This
initiative, launched by SDRF First Battalion
Kashmir in collaboration with Mission Youth J&K
and Tourism department, will guide the caller to
avail services of clinical psychologists, therapists,
counsellors and psychiatrists.
• On July 1, India’s oldest running newspaper,
Mumbai Samachar, will enter its 200th year. The
Gujarati newspaper, with its office located in an
iconic red building at Horniman Circle in Mumbai’s
Fort area, was first published in 1822. It was
founded by a Parsi scholar Fardoonji Murazban,
who had experimented with various other
publishing options before landing on this successful
print run.
• A group of scientists who discovered two new
species of jumping spiders from the Thane-Kalyan
region named one of them after the brave police
constable Tukaram Omble who lost his life in the
26/11 terror attacks. The species is called ‘Icius
Tukarami.’
• The LG Manoj Sinha formally put an end to a 149-
year-old biannual tradition of shifting offices
between summer capital Srinagar and winter
capital Jammu. The administration served notice to
employees to vacate the ‘Darbar Move’ related
accommodations in three weeks in Jammu and
Srinagar. Administration cancelled the residential
accommodation of “darbar move” employees in
Jammu and Srinagar, implying the employees will
remain stationed in either Jammu or Kashmir.
• The government has extended the superannuation
age of IPO-bound LIC Chairman, M R Kumar, to
up to 62 years by making amendments to the Life
Insurance Corporation of India (Staff)
Regulations, 1960. The changes made in the rules
will be called the Life Insurance Corporation of
India (Staff) Amendment Rules, 2021, according to
a government notification dated June 30, 2021.
• The 52nd edition of the International Film Festival
of India (IFFI) will be held in Goa from 20th -28th
November 2021. The regulations and poster for the
52nd IFFI were released by Hon’ble Minister of
Information and Broadcasting Shri Prakash
Javadekar. On the occasion of the birth centenary of
the maestro of Indian cinema Shri Satyajit Ray, the
“Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award for
Excellence in Cinema” has been instituted from
this year to be given at the IFFI every year starting
from this year.
• Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has
launched India’s first FASTag or Unified Payments
Interface (UPI)-based parking facility to reduce the
time for entry and payment. The facility was
launched at the Kashmere Gate metro station. As
part of the Multi-Model Integration (MMI)
initiative, dedicated Intermediate Public Transport
(IPT) lanes for autos, taxis and r-Rickshaws were
also inaugurated at the station.
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• Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station also
known as Bengaluru City Railway Station has
become the first railway station in India with a
movable freshwater tunnel aquarium. The state-ofthe-art aquarium has been jointly opened by the
Indian Railway Stations Development
Cooperation Limited (IRSDC) in collaboration
with the HNi Aquatic Kingdom.
• The United Nations’ World Meteorological
Organization, recognised a new record high
temperature for Antarctica. On February 6, 2020,
the Esperanza station (the Argentine research
station in Trinity Peninsula) experienced 18.3
degrees Celsius.
• National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has
announced a significant addition of the original
camera negative of Rajkumar Hirani's 2014 film
'PK' in its collection. The filmmaker handed the
negatives over to Director NFAI, Prakash Magdum,
in Mumbai. The National Film Archive of India was
established as a media unit of the Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting in 1964.
• National Research Centre on Yak (NRCY) in West
Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh has tied up
with the National Insurance Company Ltd. for
insuring Himalayan Yak. The insurance policy
would shield the yak owners against the risks posed
by weather calamities, diseases, in-transit
mishaps, surgical operations and strikes or riots.
• India’s and Asia’s first National Dolphin Research
Centre (NDRC) will come upon the bank of the
Ganges in the premises of Patna University.
Around 1,455 dolphins have been sighted during a
survey conducted in 2018-19 in the river Ganga by
the teams of experts.
• Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has launched a
mobile application, called CPGRAMS to lodge
grievances using artificial intelligence (AI) and
machine learning tools. The Raksha Mantri was
briefed that this AI-powered application will
automatically handle and analyse the complaints of
the people and would reduce human intervention,
save time and bring more transparency to their
disposal.
• The Manduadih railway station has been finally
renamed as Banaras by the Northeastern railways
(NER). The NER replaced the old signboard with
the new one which read ‘Banaras’ after the Railway
Board gave its nod for the new name. The newly
painted signboards were put up with Banaras
written in Hindi, Sanskrit, English, and Urdu.
• Indian Port Rail and Ropeway Corporation Ltd
(IPRCL) has prepared a Detailed Project Report or
DPR for the pod taxi service between Noida
Airport at Jewar and Film City. There are plans to
run a driverless taxi between the two destinations.
This will cost about Rs 862 crore, according to the
detailed project report (DPR) submitted to the
Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development
Authority (Yeida).
• The ‘Common High Court for the Union Territory
of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of
Ladakh’ has been officially renamed as the ‘High
Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.’ The
order was notified by the Union Ministry of Law
and Justice, Department of Justice.
• Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), India’s largest oil
firm, will build the first ‘green hydrogen’ plant of
the country at its Mathura refinery, to meet the
growing demand for both oil and cleaner forms of
energy. This will be the nation’s first green
hydrogen unit. Previously, projects have been
announced to produce ‘grey hydrogen’ using fossil
fuels such as natural gas.
• The UN’s cultural agency UNESCO has voted
narrowly to remove Liverpool’s waterfront from its
list of world heritage sites, citing concerns about
overdevelopment, including plans for a new
football stadium. At committee talks chaired by
China, 13 delegates voted in favour of the proposal
and five against, just one more than the two-thirds
majority required to delete a site from the global
list.
• The world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge was
opened to the public in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It
was developed by MX3D, a Dutch robotics
company, in collaboration with a consortium of
experts, and represents a major milestone for 3Dprinting technology. The 12-metre-long steel
structure will be a ‘living laboratory’ that will
capture and transmit data on its health in real-time
to show how it changes over its lifespan. The length
of the bridge is nearly 40 feet. It is a 6-ton stainless
steel structure.
• The Kakatiya Rudreswara Temple, (also known as
the Ramappa Temple) at Palampet, Mulugu district,
near Warangal in Telangana has been inscribed on
UNESCO’s World Heritage list, during the 44th
session of the World Heritage Committee of
UNESCO. With this latest induction, there are 39th
World Heritage Sites located in India.
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• A consignment of ‘Raja Mircha’, also referred to as
King Chilli or Bhoot Jolokia, from Nagaland, has
been exported to London for the first time. Naga
king chilli is constantly on the top five in the list of
the world’s hottest chillies based on the Scoville
Heat Units. It got a GI tag in 2008. It was declared
the hottest chilli pepper in the world by Guinness
World Records in 2007.
• The Centre has accredited a total of 236 academies
across the country under Khelo India Scheme for
the training of the Khelo India Athletes. Under this
scheme, 360 Khelo India Centres and 24 Khelo India
State Centres of Excellence have been notified.
Under the State Level Khelo India Centre Scheme,
the Ministry has decided to establish 1,000 Khelo
India Centres across India.
• Flora Duffy triumphed at the triathlon in Tokyo,
and that means Bermuda is officially the smallest
country to ever celebrate a Summer Olympic gold
medal. The 33-year-old triathlete blew away the 56-
woman field with a time of 1:55:36 to earn gold in
her fourth Olympic appearance.
• Kandla Sez or KASEZ is the First Green SEZ to
achieve the IGBC Green Cities Platinum Rating
for Existing Cities. The efforts of the KASEZ team
were applauded, especially noting the fact that this
was accomplished in the Bhuj region where water
conservation and afforestation are critical
interventions.
Obituaries
• Editor of ‘Sudharma’ Sanskrit Daily, K.V. Sampath
Kumar has passed away. He, along with his wife,
was selected for the Padma Shri honour from the
Government of India in 2020 for his contribution to
the field of Literature & Education. He has also
received several awards like the Siddarudha award,
the Shivaratri Deshikendra Media award, the
Abdul Kalam award and others.
• Filmmaker Raj Kaushal, who directed movies like
“Shaadi Ka Laddoo” and “Pyaar Mein Kabhi
Kabhi”, passed away. He was married to actor-TV
presenter Mandira Bedi. Apart from direction,
Kaushal had also produced filmmaker Onir’s 2005
acclaimed drama “My Brother… Nikhil”, starring
Sanjay Suri and Juhi Chawla. His last directorial
was the 2006 thriller, “Anthony Kaun Hai?”,
starring Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Dutt.
• Former Indian footballer M Prasannan has passed
away. A gifted midfielder of the 1970s, he shared
the dressing room with stalwarts of Indian football
like Inder Singh and Doraiswamy Natraj. He
played for Kerala, Maharashtra, and Goa in
Santosh Trophy National Football Championship.
• Donald Rumsfeld, the two-time defence secretary
and the one-time presidential candidate whose
reputation as a skilled bureaucrat and visionary of a
modern US military was unravelled by the long and
costly Iraq war, died recently. Rumsfeld is the only
person to serve twice as Pentagon chief. The first
time, in 1975-77, he was the youngest ever.
• Legendary Bollywood actor Mohammed Yusuf
Khan, known professionally as Dilip Kumar
passed away at 98. He was popularly known as the
tragedy king of Bollywood. He was last seen in the
1998 film Qila. He was the first actor to win the
Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 1954 and won it a
total of 8 times. He and Shah Rukh Khan jointly
hold the record for most Filmfare trophies.
• Ace filmmaker Richard Donner, best known for
helming the original ‘Superman’ film, ‘Lethal
Weapon’ film series and ‘The Goonies’, has passed
away. The 91-year-old filmmaker was at the
forefront of some of the most popular genres in the
history of mainstream cinema: the superhero movie,
the horror flick, the buddy cop romps.
• Two-time Olympic gold medallist in hockey,
Keshav Datt passed away. He was part of India’s
historic feat at the 1948 Olympics where they beat
home team Britain 4-0 at the Wembley Stadium in
London to win the first gold post Independence.
• Senior Congress leader and former Himachal
Pradesh Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh, has
passed away. The veteran politician was the 4th and
longest-serving Chief Minister of Himachal
Pradesh. He served as the Chief Minister of the state
six times, from April 8, 1983, to March 5, 1990,
December 3, 1993, to March 23, 1998, March 6,
2003, to December 29, 2007, and then for the sixth
time from December 25, 2012, to December 26,
2017.
• Veteran Indian Ayurveda practitioner, Dr P.K.
Warrier, who was the most respected name in
Ayurveda across the world, has passed away. He
was 100. He was the chief Physician and Managing
trustee of Arya Vaidya Sala, a healthcare centre
located in Kottakkal, Kerala, and known for its
heritage and expertise in Ayurveda.
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• Former Indian cricketer, Yashpal Sharma, who was
a member of the Indian team that won the 1983
Cricket World Cup, has passed away. He
represented India in 37 Tests and 42 ODIs. He was a
middle-order batsman, who played during the
1970s and 80s.
• The renowned American professional wrestler, Paul
Orndorff, who is best known with his nickname
Mr. Wonderful, has passed away. He was one of
professional wrestling’s biggest stars of the 1980s
and was famous for his appearances with the World
Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World
Championship Wrestling (WCW).
• Three-time national award-winning actress
Surekha Sikri has passed away. The three-time
National Award winner is best known for her
performances in ‘Tamas’, ‘Mammo’, ‘Salim Langde
Pe Mat Ro’, ‘Zubeidaa’, ‘Badhaai Ho’ and daily
soap ‘Balika Vadhu’.
• Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist,
Danish Siddiqui, has passed away, after he was
killed in a clash while reporting a fight between
Afghan troops and the Taliban in Spin Boldak
district of Kandahar province in Afghanistan on
July 13, 2021.
• Former president of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain
passed away. Mamnoon Hussain, who was born in
Agra in 1940 and migrated with his parents to
Pakistan in 1947, served as the 12th President of
Pakistan between September 2013 and September
2018.
• Renowned theatre personality and litterateur,
Urmil Kumar Thapliyal has passed away.
Thapliyal worked all through his life for the revival
of nautanki and popularising theatre. The veteran
was associated with Darpan, the 50-year-old
popular theatre group of the state capital. He also
had long innings with the All India Radio.
• Gira Sarabhai co-founder of the National Institute
of Design has passed away. The pioneer of design
education in the nation has played a vital part in
establishing several other institutions and also
made remarkable contributions in the field of art
and architecture.
• Noted Carnatic Classical Violinist ‘Kalaimaamani’
Sikkil Shri R Bhaskaran passed away. He started
learning the Violin at the age of 11 from Thiruvarur
Shri Subba Iyer and later trained under Mayuram
Shri Govindarajan Pillai. He was an ‘A” Grade
Artist of AIR and has served for nearly 2 decades in
Chennai radio Station from 1976 to 1994.
• Bhageerathi Amma, the oldest woman in India to
take the equivalency exams, has passed away due
to age-related ailments. She was 107-years-old.
Amma, who hailed from the Kollam district of
Kerala, decided to continue her education at the age
of 105.
• Former England and Derbyshire bowler, Mike
Hendrick has passed away. He played a major role
in two of England’s Ashes-series victories and took
87 wickets in 30 Tests for his country between 1974
and 1981. Hendrick, who took 770 wickets in 267
first-class matches and 35 wickets in 22 ODIs, was
also the first professional coach of Ireland.
• Bangladesh’s legendary folk singer, Fakir Alamgir
has passed away due to complications from
COVID-19. He was born on February 21, 1950, in
Faridpur, Alamgir began his music career in 1966.
• The well-known southern actor Jayanthi, has
passed away due to age-related ailments. She
started her acting career in 1963 and had starred in
over 500 films that span across five languages
including Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and
Hindi. She was fondly known as ‘Abhinaya
Sharadhe’ meaning the ‘Goddess of acting’, in the
Kannada film industry.
• Legendary Indian badminton player Nandu
Natekar, who became the first Indian to win the
international title in 1956, has passed away. He
won over 100 national and international titles for
India in his career spanning 15 years. He was the
recipient of the first Arjuna Award, instituted in
1961.
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Static Takeaways
• World Bank Headquarters: Washington, D.C.,
United States.
• World Bank Formation: July 1944.
• Sweden Capital: Stockholm; Currency: Swedish
krona.
• European Space Agency is an intergovernmental
organization of 22 member states;
• European Space Agency was established in 1975
and headquartered in Paris.
• Philippines President: Rodrigo Duterte.
• Philippines Capital: Manila.
• Philippines Currency: Philippine peso.
• China Capital: Beijing.
• China Currency: Renminbi.
• China President: Xi Jinping.
• Paisabazaar Founded: 15 December 2011;
• SBI Headquarters: Mumbai.
• SBI Founded: 1 July 1955.
• ICICI Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
• ICICI Bank Tagline: Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka.
• The tagline of HDFC Bank: We understand your
world.
• Amazon Founded: 5 July 1994.
• Flipkart headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka.
• Central Vigilance Commission Formed: February
1964;
• Central Vigilance Commission Headquarters: New
Delhi.
• Central Bureau of Investigation Headquarters: New
Delhi;
• Central Bureau of Investigation Founded: 1 April
1963.
• Twitter formed: 21 March 2006.
• Headquarters of Twitter: San Francisco, California,
United States.
• WhatsApp Founded: 2009;
• (Mar 2019–);
• WhatsApp Headquarters: Menlo Park, California,
United States;
• WhatsApp Acquisition date: 19 February 2014;
• WhatsApp Parent organization: Facebook.
• NITI Aayog Formed: 1 January 2015.
• NITI Aayog Headquarters: New Delhi.
• Indian Airforce founded: 8 October 1932.
• Indian Airforce Headquarters: New Delhi.
• Ukraine President: Volodymyr Zelensky;
• Ukraine Capital: Kyiv;
• Ukraine Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia;
• US Capital: Washington, D.C.;
• US President: Joe Biden;
• US Currency: United States Dollar.
• Turkey President: Recep Tayyip Erdogan;
• Turkey Capital: Ankara;
• Turkey Currency: Turkish lira;
• Azerbaijan Capital: Baku;
• Azerbaijan Prime minister: Ali Asadov;
• Azerbaijan President: Ilham Aliyev;
• Azerbaijan Currency: Azerbaijani manat.
• Israel Prime minister: Naftali Bennett;
• Israel Capital: Jerusalem; Currency: Israeli Shekel.
• Indian Navy Founded: 26 January 1950.
• International Telecommunication Union
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland;
• International Telecommunication Union Founded:
17 May 1865;
• Headquarters of BCCI: Mumbai, Maharashtra;
Founded: December 1928.
• Inter-Parliamentary Union Headquarters: Geneva,
Switzerland.
• Inter-Parliamentary Union Founded: 1889.
• Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Headquarters: New Delhi.
• International Sports Press Association of
Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
• KVIC Founded: 1956;
• KVIC Headquarters: Mumbai;
• Haiti Capital: Port-au-Prince;
• Haiti Currency: Haitian gourde;
• Haiti Continent: North America.
• Denmark Capital: Copenhagen.
• Denmark Currency: Danish krone.
• Headquarters location of Phonepe: Bengaluru,
Karnataka.
• Razorpay Founded: 2013;
• (May 2014–);
• Razorpay Headquarters location: Bengaluru;
• Mastercard Headquarters: New York, United States.
• Axis Bank Headquarters: Mumbai;
• Axis Bank Founded: 1993;
• Punjab and Sind Bank Founder: Vir Singh;
• Punjab and Sind Bank Founded: 24 June 1908;
• Indian Overseas Bank Headquarters: Chennai;
• Indian Overseas Bank CEO: Partha Pratim
Sengupta;
• Indian Overseas Bank Founded: 10 February 1937,
Chennai.
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• RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters:
Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.
• Paytm HQ: Noida, Uttar Pradesh;
• Paytm Founded: 2009.
• IBM Headquarters: Armonk, New York, United
States.
• All India Radio Founded: 1936;
• All India Radio Headquarters: Sansad Marg, New
Delhi.
• DRDO Headquarters: New Delhi.
• DRDO Established: 1958.
• AIR is the National Public Radio Broadcaster of
India. Since 1956 is officially known as Akashvani.
• Founded in 1936, it is a division of Prasar Bharati.
• LIC Headquarters: Mumbai;
• LIC Founded: 1 September 1956.
• ISRO Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka.
• ISRO established: 15 August 1969.
• Facebook Founded: February 2004;
• Max Bupa Health Insurance Headquarters: New
Delhi, India;
• Max Bupa Health Insurance Founded: 2008.
• ICC Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates;
• ICC Founded: 15 June 1909;
• Federal Bank Headquarters: Aluva, Kerala;
• Federal Bank Founded: 23 April 1931.
• Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina;
Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.
• President of Bangladesh: Abdul Hamid.
• Prime Minister of Georgia: Irakli Garibashvili
• Georgia Capital: Tbilisi;
• Georgia Currency: Georgian lari.
• Bhutan Capital: Thimphu;
• Bhutan Prime minister: Lotay Tshering;
• Bhutan Currency: Bhutanese ngultrum.
• Ethiopia Capital: Addis Ababa;
• Ethiopia Currency: Ethiopian birr.
• Nepal Capital: Kathmandu;
• Nepal Currency: Nepalese rupee;
• Nepal President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
• China Capital: Beijing;
• China Currency: Renminbi;
• China President: Xi Jinping.
• UAE Capital: Abu Dhabi;
• UAE Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham;
• UAE President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
• Israel Prime minister: Naftali Bennett;
• Singapore Currency: Singapore dollar;
• Capital of Singapore: Singapore;
• PM of Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong.
• NTPC Founded: 1975.
• NTPC Headquarters: New Delhi, India.
• Headquarters of Boeing: Chicago, United States.
• Boeing Founded: 15 July 1916.
• Badminton World Federation Headquarters: Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia;
• Badminton World Federation Founded: 5 July 1934.
• United Nations Population Fund Headquarters:
New York, United States
• United Nations Population Fund Founded: 1969.
• Saudi Arabia Capital: Riyadh;
• Saudi Arabia Currency: Saudi riyal.
• Russia President: Vladimir Putin.
• Russia Capital: Moscow.
• Russia Currency: Russian Ruble.
• China Capital: Beijing;
• China Currency: Renminbi;
• China President: Xi Jinping.
• Peru Capital: Lima;
• Peru Currency: Sol.
• Haiti Capital: Port-au-Prince;
• Haiti Currency: Haitian gourde;
• Haiti Continent: North America.
• NABARD Founded: 12 July 1982;
• NABARD Headquarters: Mumbai.
• Kotak Mahindra Bank Establishment: 2003;
• Kotak Mahindra Bank Headquarters: Mumbai,
Maharashtra;
• Bank Of Baroda Headquarters: Vadodara, Gujarat,
India;
• IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Headquarters:
Gurugram;
• IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Founded: 2000.
• Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
Headquarters: Mumbai;
• Microsoft Headquarters: Redmond, Washington,
United States.
• (Oct 2018–);
• Goldman Sachs Headquarters: New York, New
York, United States;
• Goldman Sachs Founded: 1869.
• LIC Headquarters: Mumbai;
• LIC Founded: 1 September 1956;
• Indian Olympic Association Founded: 1927.
• National Highways Authority of India Founded:
1988;
• National Highways Authority of India
Headquarters: New Delhi.
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• All India Football Federation Founded: 23 June
1937.
• All India Football Federation Headquarters:
Dwarka, Delhi.
• World Wide Fund for Nature, Headquarters: Gland,
Switzerland;
• UNEP HQ: Nairobi, Kenya.
• World Chess Federation Headquarters: Lausanne,
Switzerland;
• World Chess Federation Founded: 20 July 1924,
Paris, France;
• Indian Oil Corporation Headquarters: Mumbai;
• Indian Oil Corporation Founded: 30 June 1959.
• UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
• UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.
• Central Board of Direct Taxes Established: 1924;
• Central Board of Direct Taxes Headquarters: New
Delhi.
• Max Bupa Health Insurance Headquarters: New
Delhi, India;
• Max Bupa Health Insurance Founded: 2008.
• Netherlands Capital: Amsterdam; Currency: Euro.
• ISA Headquarters: Gurugram;
• ISA Founded: 30 November 2015;
• ISA Founded: Paris, France;
• Stockholm is the capital of Sweden;
• The krona is the official currency of Sweden;
• The current PM of Sweden is Stefan Lofven.
• Prime minister of United Kingdom: Boris Johnson.
• Capital of the United Kingdom: London.
• Philippines President: Rodrigo Duterte.
• Philippines Capital: Manila.
• Philippines Currency: Philippine peso.
• Indonesia Capital: Jakarta;
• Indonesia Currency: Indonesian rupiah.
• President: Jair Bolsonaro;
• Capital: Brasilia;
• Currency: Brazilian real.
• Capital of Lebanon: Beirut.
• The currency of Lebanon: Lebanese pound.
• President of the Maldives: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih;
• Capital of Maldives: Male; Currency of the
Maldives: Maldivian Rufiyaa.
• Central Reserve Police Force Headquarters: New
Delhi, India.
• Central Reserve Police Force Formed: 27 July 1939.
• Central Reserve Police Force Motto: Service and
Loyalty.
• Maruti Suzuki Founded: 1982, Gurugram;
• Maruti Suzuki Headquarters: New Delhi.
• IBM Headquarters: Armonk, New York, United
States.
• Intel Founded: 18 July 1968;
• Intel Headquarters: Santa Clara, California, United
States;
• International Finance Corporation Founded: 20 July
1956;
• International Finance Corporation Headquarters:
Washington, D.C., U.S.
• Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd Founded: 1 October
1938;
• Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd Headquarters:
Srinagar.
• IMF Headquarters: Washington, D.C. U.S.
• HCL Technologies Founded: 11 August 1976.
• HCL Technologies Headquarters: Noida.
• Colliers Headquarters: Toronto, Canada;
• Colliers Founded: 1976, Australia.
• Tajikistan Capital: Dushanbe;
• Tajikistan Currency: Tajikistani somoni;
• Tajikistan President: Emomali Rahmon;
• Tajikistan Official language: Tajiki.
• Headquarters of NASA: Washington D.C., United
States.
• NASA Founded: 1 October 1958.
• SpaceX Founded: 2002.
• SpaceX Headquarters: California, United States of
America.
• Google Founded: 4 September 1998, California,
United States.
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States and their Chief Ministers & Governors:
Sr. No. State Chief Minister Governor
1 Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Biswa Bhusan Harichandan
2 Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu Brig. (Dr.) B. D. Mishra
3 Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma Prof. Jagdish Mukhi
4 Bihar Nitish Kumar Phagu Chauhan
5 Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel Sushri Anusuiya Uikey
6 Goa Pramod Sawant P.S. Sreedharan Pillai
7 Gujarat Vijaybhai R. Rupani Acharya Dev Vrat
8 Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar Bandaru Dattatraya
9 Himachal Pradesh Jairam Thakur Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar
10 Jharkhand Hemant Soren Ramesh Bais
11 Karnataka Basavaraj S Bommai Thaawarchand Gehlot
12 Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan Arif Mohammed Khan
13 Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel
14 Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray Bhagat Singh Koshyari
15 Manipur N. Biren Singh Dr. Najma Heptulla
16 Meghalaya Conrad Kongkal Sangma Satya Pal Malik
17 Mizoram Pu Zoramthanga Dr. Kambhampati Haribabu
18 Nagaland Neiphiu Rio R. N. Ravi
19 Odisha Naveen Patnaik Prof. Ganeshi Lal
20 Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh V.P. Singh Badnore
21 Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot Kalraj Mishra
22 Sikkim PS Golay Ganga Prasad
23 Tamil Nadu MK Stalin Banwarilal Purohit
24 Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan
25 Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb Satyadeo Narain Arya
26 Uttar Pradesh Yogi Aditya Nath Smt. Anandiben Patel
27 Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami Baby Rani Maurya
28 West Bengal Mamata Banerjee Jagdeep Dhankhar
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Union Territories and their Chief Ministers & Lt. Governors:
Sr. No. Union Territory Chief Minister Lt. Governors & Administrators
1 Andaman and Nicobar Island Admiral D K Joshi (Lieutenant Governor)
2 Chandigarh Shri.V.P. Singh Badnore (Administrator)
3
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and
Daman and Diu Shri Praful Patel (Administrator)
4 Delhi Arvind Kejriwal Shri Anil Baijal (Lieutenant Governor)
5 Jammu and Kashmir Shri Manoj Sinha (Lieutenant Governor)
6 Lakshadweep Shri Praful Patel (Administrator)
7 Puducherry N. Rangaswamy Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan (Addl. Charge)
(Lieutenant Governor)
8 Ladakh Shri Radha Krishna Mathur (Lieutenant
Governor)
Union Ministers in News in month of July 2021
Sr No Ministry Union Minister
1 Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Narayan Rane
2
Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Minister of
AYUSH Sarbananda Sonowal
3 Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar
4 Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia
5 Minister of Steel Ramchandra Prasad Singh
6
Minister of Railways Minister of Communications and Minister
of Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw
7 Minister of Food Processing Industries Pashu Pati Kumar Paras
8 Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju
9 Minister of Power and Minister of New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh
10 Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Housing
and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri
11 Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Chemicals
and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya
12 Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and
Minister of Labour and Employment Bhupendra Yadav
13 Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala
14 Minister of Culture Minister of Tourism and Minister of
Development of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy
15 Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Youth
Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur
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Heads of various organizations in News in month of July 2021
Sr No Head of Organization Name of Person
1 World Bank President David Malpass
2 Paisabazaar Founders Naveen Kukreja, Yashish Dahiya
3 SBI Chairperson Dinesh Kumar Khara
4 ICICI Bank MD & CEO Sandeep Bakhshi
5 MD and CEO of HDFC Bank Sashidhar Jagdishan
6 Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy
7 Chief Executive Officer of Twitter Jack Dorsey
8 WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart
9 WhatsApp Founders Jan Koum, Brian Acton
10 NITI Aayog Chairperson Narendra Modi
11 Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
12 Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh
13 International Telecommunication Union Head
Secretary-General Houlin Zhao
14 Secretary of BCCI Jay Shah
15 President of BCCI Sourav Ganguly
16 Inter-Parliamentary Union President Gabriela Cuevas Barron
17 Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary-General Martin Chungong
18 President of ICAI CA Nihar N Jambusaria
19 International Sports Press Association of
President Gianni Merlo
20 KVIC Chairperson Vinai Kumar Saxena
21 CEO of Phonepe Sameer Nigam
22 Razorpay CEO Harshil Mathur
23 Mastercard President Michael Miebach
25 Axis Bank MD and CEO of Axis Bank Amitabh Chaudhry
26 MD & CEO of Punjab and Sind Bank S Krishnan
27 Indian Overseas Bank Founder M Ct M Chidambaram Chettyar
28 Paytm Founder & CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma
29 Amazon CEO Andrew R Jassy
30 IBM CEO Arvind Krishna
31 Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy
32 ISRO Chairman K Sivan
33 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
34 Max Bupa Health Insurance CEO Krishnan Ramachandran
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Sr No Head of Organization Name of Person
35 ICC Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja
36 ICC Chairman Greg Barclay
37 Federal Bank Founder K P Hormis
38 NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Shri Gurdeep Singh
39 President and Chief Executive Officer of
Boeing David L Calhoun
40 Badminton World Federation President Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen
41 United Nations Population Fund Executive
Director Natalia Kanem
42 Chairman of NABARD G R Chintala
43 Kotak Mahindra Bank MD & CEO Uday Kotak
44 Bank Of Baroda Chairman Hasmukh Adhia
45 Bank Of Baroda MD & CEO Sanjiv Chadha
46 U GRO Capital’s Managing Director Shachindra Nath
47 IFFCO Tokio General Insurance CEO Anamika Roy Rashtrawar
48 Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
CEO Mukesh Kumar Surana
49 Microsoft CEO and Chairman Satya Nadella
50 Goldman Sachs CEO David M Solomon
51 LIC Chairman M R Kumar
52 Indian Olympic Association President Narayana Ramachandran
53 All India Football Federation President Praful Patel
54 World Chess Federation CEO Geoffrey D Borg
55 Indian Oil Corporation Chairperson Shrikant Madhav Vaidya
56 UNESCO Head Audrey Azoulay
57 Google CEO Sundar Pichai
58 Central Board of Direct Taxes chairman Jagannath Bidyadhar Mohapatra
59 Max Bupa Health Insurance CEO Krishnan Ramachandran
60 ISA Director-General Ajay Mathur
61 CRPF director general Kuldiep Singh
62 Maruti Suzuki CEO Kenichi Ayukawa
63 IBM CEO Arvind Krishna
64 Intel Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger
65 Intel Founders Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce
66 International Finance Corporation Executive
Vice President & CEO Makhtar Diop
67 Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd CEO R K Chhibber
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Sr No Head of Organization Name of Person
68 IMF Managing Director and Chairman Kristalina Georgieva
69 IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath
70 HCL Technologies CEO C Vijayakumar
71 The Asia Pacific CEO of Colliers John Kenny
72 Colliers CEO Jay S Hennick
73 NASA administrator Bill Nelson
74 SpaceX founder & CEO Elon Musk
75 CEO of Intrinsic Wendy Tan White
76 Google Founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin
77 Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai


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