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New visa agreement between Maldives & India comes into force

  • The new visa agreement between Maldives and India has come into force.
  • The agreement will provide a liberal visa policy for Maldivians seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India.
  • The visa deal will allow Maldivian businessmen and tourists to stay in India for 90 days without a visa.
  • The agreement was reached during the visit of Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to India last December.
  • India has also extended 1.4 billion US dollars in the form of budgetary support to fulfill the socio-economic development programmes
Maldives Capital Malé
Maldives Currency Rufiyaa
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih


Tamil Nadu’s Erode Turmeric Gets GI Tag

  • The tag is a name or sign used on products that correspond to a specific location and prevents misuse of the popularity of the products by others.
  • After an eight-year-long process, Erode turmeric finally got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Geographical Indication Registry.
  • Erode turmeric is a rhizome, both finger and bulb obtained from the Erode local cultivar.
  • Erode turmeric cultivar is called ‘Chinna nadan’.that turmeric is one of the oldest spices used in India
Tamil Nadu Capital Chennai
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palanisamy
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit

India’s first LGBTQ clinic and HIV treatment centre inaugurated in Mumbai

  • The country’s first HIV treatment centre and holistic clinic for the for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community has been inaugurated in Mumbai.
  • A patient gets tested at India’s first holistic LGBTQ clinic and community-based HIV clinic at Humsafar Trust, Santacruz, Mumbai.
  • The centre will give free counselling and provide Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART).
  • ART is the use of HIV medicines to treat the infection, and is recommended for everyone who is infected with virus and delays the progression of the disease.

Delhi Government established high-level committee to reform higher education

  • The Delhi government’s Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), a think-tank that advises the government on key issues, has set up a 17-member high-level committee to “reform higher education” in the capital.
  • The panel, to be chaired by DDC vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah, will recommend goals, metrics, policies, and actionable plans for reforming Delhi’s higher education system within a year
  • Nalanda 2.0, a non-profit policy think tank with a mission to make India’s higher education system world class, is the knowledge partner of DDC on this initiative
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Governor Anil Bijal


Bank of Baroda launches creche/daycare facility for children of employees

  • Bank of Baroda has become one of the first public sector banks to launch a crèche/child daycare facility for children of its employees.
  • After launching such a facility at its Mumbai corporate office in Bandra Kurla Complex which houses some 1500-plus employees, the bank intends to roll out more of them at its head office in Vadodara.
  • This initiative is designed to help employees save time and reduce stress of finding the right care for children in the age group of 6 months to 6 years.
  • Bank of Baroda will bear 60% of the cost every month for each employee, while 40% will be taken care by the parents
Bank of Baroda Headquarters Vadodara, Gujarath
Bank of Baroda Tagline India’s International Bank
Bank of Baroda CEO P S Jayakumar

SEBI lifts foreign investment cap on corporate bonds

  • Markets regulator SEBI withdrew the 20 percent limit on investments by Foreign Portfolio Investors in corporate bonds of an entity.
  • In June last year, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had mandated that no Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) shall have an exposure of more than 20 percent of its corporate bond portfolio to a single corporate
  • The central bank in February lifted the restriction in view of market feedback.
SEBI Headquarters Mumbai
SEBI Chairman Ajay Tyagi


UN founded University of Peace confers Honorary Doctorate on Vice President of India

  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University for Peace founded by the United Nations Organisations (UNO) for his contribution “to the Rule of Law, democracy and sustainable development in India”.
  • He received the degree of ‘Doctor Honoris Causa’ from the Dean of the University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • The University for Peace is an intergovernmental organization with university status, founded by United Nations General Assembly in 1980.


A K Misra appointed as new ASRB chief

  • Aditya Kumar Misra, veterinary professor and former Vice Chancellor of GB University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, has been appointed as the new Chairman of Agricultural Scientific Recruitment Board (ASRB)
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Misra, who would hold the new position till January 5, 2022

Rakesh Makhija appointed as Axis Bank non-executive chairman

  • Private sector lender Axis Bank has appointed Rakesh Makhija as its non-executive chairman for a term of 3 years, with effect from July 18.
  • He will replace Sanjiv Misra, whose term as the bank’s non-executive (part-time) chairman expires on July 17
  • Makhija was an Independent Director on the board of Axis since October 2015.
Axis Bank Headquarters Mumbai
Axis Bank CEO Amitabh Chaudhry
Axis Bank Tagline Badhti Ka naam Zindagi

C Lalsawta sworn in as Mizoram’s first Lokayukta chairman

  • Retired IAS officer C. Lalsawta was sworn in as the first Chairman of the newly constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram
  • Governor Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office to Mr. Lalsawta
  • Lalsawta is a 1981-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer and had been in government service for more than 40 years. 


India ranks 11th in gold holding

  • India, which is the world’s largest consumer of gold, has the 11th largest gold reserve, with the current holding pegged at 607 tonnes, as per the latest report by the World Gold Council (WGC).
  • The US (8133.5 tonnes) is on top, followed by Germany on Second
  • Whereas, International Monetary Fund (IMF) is included and is third on the list with total gold reserves of 2,814 tonnes.
  • Pakistan, with its gold reserves of 64.6 tonnes, occupies the 45th position.
World Gold Council Headquarters London, UK


Microsoft’s Project accelerates India’s Swachh Bharat e-learning portal

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA)has partnered with Microsoft India to use the platform Project Sangam of Microsoft on its Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal.
  • With this partnership, the MoHUA has increased the features on the Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal.  With this now MoHUA has now trained more than 110,000 municipal functionaries on best sanitation practices across 4,000 plus cities in India.
  • The Sangam platform was designed to train municipal functionaries of state sanitation missions, city managers – engineers, administrators, field supervisors and sanitation workers with an aim to equip, assess, measure and accredit training of these officers.
  • It also provided video-based learning for users who have low-bandwidth supporting offline learning for the Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal.
Minister of  Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Hardeep Singh Puri
Constituency Uttar Pradesh, Rajya Sabha

Japan announces Rs. 22 lakh for Kolkata museum

  • The Japanese government announced a donation of some Rs. 22 lakh ($31,800) to the Rabindra Bharati Museum, in a bid to strengthen historical and cultural ties with India.
  • To refurbish the Japan Gallery of the museum, a MoU will be signed between the Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Masayuki Taga, and the Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury.
  • Tagore, Asia’s first Nobel Prize recipient, visited Japan in 1916, 1924 and 1929, renewing relations between the countries as India’s leading cultural ambassador.

Internet of Things India Congress 2019 to be held in Bengaluru

  • The 4th Internet of Things (IoT) India Congress, an event which will see digital technology leaders converge to discuss and explore business opportunities in mainstreaming IoT, will be held in Bengaluru on August 22-23, 2019.
  • The IoT India Congress 2019 will include tracks on segments such as healthcare, manufacturing, telecom, smart cities, energy, retail, cyber security, skills and development, IoT Standards, legal and regulatory, and agriculture.
  • A new addition at the event ‘Future Tech Spotlight’, will provide a glimpse of technology trends in the next 5 to 10 years


WWE Kurt Angle announced his retirement from wrestling

  • WWE Hall of Fame inductee Kurt Angle announced his retirement from wrestling, saying that his match at the WrestleMania 35 will be his last.
  • Angle made his comeback to the WWE after almost 11 years when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. Following his return Angle was subsequently named the General Manager of WWE Raw.

Momota 1st Japanese man to win title in All England Badminton Championships

  • Japan’s reigning world champion Kento Momota won a maiden All England Open Badminton Championships title as Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-ying failed with her bid to win three in a row.
  • Momota is the first male Japanese winner ever, with the men’s singles stretching back to 1900.
Events Winners Runners
Men’s Singles Kento Momota Viktor Axelsen
Women’s Singles Chen Yufei Tai Tzu Ying

Men’s Doubles

Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan Aaron Chia and Soh Woo Yik

Women’s Doubles


Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yifan

Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara

Olympic champion Liu Hong breaks 50km race walk world record

  • Rio Olympics race walk champion Liu Hong broke the 50km world record and became the first woman to dip under the four-hour mark at an event in Haungshan.
  • Liu, who won the Olympic distance 20km gold in Rio, clocked three hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds for the longer race,clipping more than five minutes off the previous record (4:04:36) set by compatriot Liang Rui in Taicang last year.
  • She also won the 20km gold at the 2011 and 2015 World Championships.

Upamanyu Dutta clinches bronze medal in Asian Open Laser Sailing Championship

  • Young sailor Upamanyu Dutta bagged the bronze medal in the Laser Standard race for men in the Asian Open Laser Sailing Championship which concluded in Singapore.
  • Nethra Kumanan of Chennai achieved a creditable 4th position in the Laser Radial event for women.
  • Dutta aggregated a total of 56 points to finish behind Thailand’s Keerati Bualong (28 points) and Nicholas Bezy (47 points) of Hong Kong.

Gymnast Dipa Karmakar was selected as Barbie role model 

  • Dipa Karmakar was selected as Barbie role model & was presented with a one-of-a-kind doll by Barbie as the company celebrates its 60th anniversary.
  • Barbie decided to honour 20 different role models across 18 different countries, and celebrate their unique achievements and capabilities.
  • Women like the first Indian gymnast to compete at the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar.
  • The first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam, Naomi Osaka.
  • Italian chef Rosanna Marziale who pioneered techniques that earned her the nickname, ‘queen of mozzarella’.
  • From firefighters to pilots, Barbie has represented various professions and thus inspired young girls to believe that they can be whoever they want to be


Veteran Hindi Newsreader Vinod Kashyap passed away

  • Veteran Hindi Newsreader Vinod Kashyap has passed away following a prolonged illness. She was 88.
  • The veteran newsreader started her career in Radio as a drama artist.
  • She served for All India Radio about 30 years


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