Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (01st to 07th July 2020)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 1st week July 2020. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI Clerk 2020 and other competitive exams can make use of it.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DAYS

International Day of Parliamentarism

  • The United Nations General Assembly designated June 30 as the day to celebrate International Day of Parliamentarism in 2018

National Doctors’ Day

  • India celebrates the national doctor’s day every year to pay tribute to the contributions of doctors across the country.
  • This year’s theme for the occasion is ‘Lessen the mortality of Covid-19’ and includes spreading awareness about hypoxia and aggressive therapy.

National Postal Worker Day 

  • On July 1, National Postal Worker Day is marked in recognition of postal workers across the world

Chartered Accountants Day

  • Chartered Accountants Day or CA Day is celebrated on July 1 every year to commemorate the finding of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) by the parliament of India in 1949.

World UFO Day

  • The World UFO Day is celebrated by some on June 24 and by others on July 2.
  • The World UFO Day is celebrated to create awareness about Unidentified Flying Objects and alien life forms.

National Anisette Day

  • National Anisette Day is observed on 2nd July every year and is popular in Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France.

World Sports Journalists Day

  • Every year July 02 is celebrated as World Sports Journalists Day or International Sports Journalists Day.

Independence Day USA

  • Independence Day USA is celebrated on 4 July. United States Independence Day is also known as the Fourth of July or the Fourth.

International Day of Cooperatives

  • The United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is observed every year on the first Saturday of July. This year the International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on July 4, 2020 . This year thetheme is Cooperatives For Climate Action

World Zoonoses Day

  • World Zoonoses Day is held every year on July 6. The day commemorates July 6, 1885, when Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against Rabies virus, a zoonotic disease.

 World Chocolate Day

  • World Chocolate Day (also known as International Chocolate Day) is an annual observance taking place globally on 7th July

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

PM Modi extends Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for a further five months till November-end for distributing free foodgrains to the poor.

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment  launches Nasha Mukt Bharat

  • Nasha Mukt Bharat: Annual Action Plan (2020-21) for 272 Most Affected Districts’ was e-launched by Shri Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking”

HRD Minister launches World’s first ever online B.Sc. degree in Programming & Data Science

  • Human Resources and Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank virtually launched World’s first ever online B.Sc. degree in Programming and Data Science. The programme has been prepared and offered by the Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Madras

Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates Continuous Galvanized Rebar Production Facility in Punjab

  • Union Minister of Steel Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated Continuous Galvanized Rebar Production Facility at  Mandi Gobindgarh in Punjab.

46 million girls went missing in India, says UNFPA report

  • One in three girls missing globally due to sex selection, both pre- and post-natal, is from India — 46 million out of the total 142 million, according to the UNFPA’s State of the World Population 2020 report released.
  • The figure shows that the number of missing women has more than doubled over the past 50 years, who were at 61 million in 1970.

Union Minister, Shri Giriraj Singh launches the first edition of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Newsletter “Matsya Sampada”

  • Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh launched the first edition of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Newsletter “MATSYA SAMPADA” published by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India and the Operational Guidelines of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY).

MoRTH prepares blueprint for scheme of cashless treatment of motor accident victims

  • The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has prepared a blueprint for implementing the scheme of cashless treatment of motor accident victims. The scheme also includes creation of a Motor Vehicle Accident Fund.

Private Train Operations Likely To Begin By April 2023

  • Private train operations in the country will begin by April 2023, and the ticket fares in these trains will be competitive with airfares on similar routes.

Govt clears Defence acquisition worth Rs 38,900 Cr

  • Defence Acquisition Council ( DAC) in its meeting accorded approval for Capital acquisitions of various platforms and equipment required by the Indian Armed Forces. Proposals for an approximate cost of 38900 Crore rupees were approved.
  • The meeting chaired by Defence minister Rajnath Singh focused on indigenous design and development. These approvals include acquisitions from Indian Industry amounting to 31130 Crore rupees.

Drug Discovery Hackathon jointly launched by Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan and Ramesh Pokhriyal

  • Human Resources and Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan jointly launched the Drug Discovery Hackathon 2020. It is an online competition and anybody from anywhere in the country or world can participate.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announces a new category of awards titled ‘Prerak Dauur Samman’ as part of Swachh Survekshan 2021

  • Puri announced a new category of awards titled ‘Prerak Dauur Samman’ as part of Swachh Survekshan 2021.
  • The Prerak Dauur Samman has a total of five additional sub- categories –Divya (Platinum), Anupam (Gold), Ujjwal (Silver), Udit (Bronze), Aarohi (Aspiring) – with the top three cities being recognized in each.

Govt sanctions Rs 4,000 cr under Atma nirbhar programme to improve infrastructure for Food Parks in K’taka

  • Karnataka Agriculture Minister B C Patil informed that Central Government has sanctioned 4,000 crore rupees under Atma nirbhar programme to improve infrastructure for the Food Parks in the state.

AIR to broadcast its first-ever ‘News Magazine’ programme in Sanskrit

  • The All India Radio (AIR) will broadcast its first- ever ‘News Magazine’ programme in Sanskrit which will have news from the world of Sanskrit and prominent developments of the week, a statement stated. The programme titled, ‘Sanskrit Saptahiki’

India to add 60 GW renewable energy capacity in 5 yrs

  • India is expected to add only 60GW of renewable energy capacity in the next 5 years, according to Bridge To India’s India Renewable Energy CEO survey report 2020.

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister launches toolkit for Swachh Survekshan 2021

  • Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched the toolkit for Swachh Survekshan-2021, the sixth edition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Centre Approves Rs 574 Crore Annual Plan For National Highway In Jammu And Kashmir

  • The central government has approved an annual plan worth Rs 574.16 crore for national highway works in Jammu and Kashmir for 2020-21.

PM Modi launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge

  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Aatmanirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world class Apps in their respective categories.

Indian Railways to transform itself as ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030

  • Indian Railways is taking decisive steps to transform itself as a ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030. It is endeavouring to be self reliant for its energy needs by utilising its vacant land for renewable energy projects.

Kolkata Port Starts new Shipping service from Kolkata to Bangladesh’s Chittagong port

  • A new shipping service to augment Indo-Bangla trade was inaugurated between SMP (Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port) Kolkata and Chittagong port at Kolkata Dock

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MoSE

  • Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment: Thaawar Chand Gehlot
  • Constituency: Madhya Pradesh

Ministry of Human Resource Development:

  • Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’: Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Haridwar
  • Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State

Ministry of Steel:

  • Dharmendra Pradhan, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Madhya Pradesh
  • Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State

United Nations Population Fund:

  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • Head: Natalia Kanem

Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

  • Giriraj Singh, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Begusarai
  • Pratap Chandra Sarangi: Minister of state

Indian Railways

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairman: VK Yadhav

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge)
  • Constituency: Uttar Pradesh

MoRTH

  • Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Minister of Shippingand MSME: Nitin Gadkari
  • Constituency: Nagpur, Maharashtra
  • CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

India-Bangladesh form 50:50 Joint Venture Company for LPG business in Bangladesh

  • India and Bangladesh signed an agreement for the formation of a 50:50 Joint Venture Company (JVC) for LPG business in Bangladesh.
  • The agreement was signed between the  IOC Middle East FZE, Dubai, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and RR Holdings Ltd., Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, the holding company of Beximco LPG of Bangladesh.

World Bank approves US $500 mn budgetary support for Pak to tackle Covid-19

  • The World Bank (WB) has approved US $500 million in budgetary support for Pakistan to address the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Germany to become first major economy to phase out coal, nuclear power

  • German lawmakers have finalized the country’s long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn’t ambitious enough and free marketers criticise as a waste of taxpayers’ money. Bills approved by both houses of parliament envision shutting down the last coal-fired power plant by 2038

ADB Becomes Observer Of Network For Greening The Financial System

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has joined the central banks and supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an observer.

Indian Coast Guard & Indonesia Coast Guard sign MoU to boost maritime relations

  • In a significant step towards bolstering the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Indonesia, a MoU has been signed between the Indian Coast Guard and Indonesia Coast Guard.
  • This will enhance collaborative and cooperative engagements in the domains of maritime law enforcement, maritime search and rescue and marine pollution response.

World food price index rises in June, first increase in 2020: UN

  • World food prices rose in June to post their first increase of 2020 and mark a slight rebound after the sharp falls triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations food agency stated.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 93.2 points last month, up 2.4 per cent on May.

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Bangladesh:

  • Prime Minister:Sheikh Hasina
  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka

Germany:

  • President: Frank-Walter Steinmeier
  • Capital: Berlin
  • Currency: Euro

Asian Development Bank:

  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Masatsugu Asakawa

Indonesia:

  • Capital: Jakarta
  • Currency: Indonesian rupiah

FAO:

  • Headquarters: Rome, Italy
  • Head: Qu Dongyu

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

HDFC Bank launches ”e-Kisaan Dhan” app for farmers

  • HDFC Bank launched ”e-Kisaan Dhan” app for farmers across India to access a bouquet of agricultural and banking services on their mobile

RBI launches inflation expectations survey; to gather responses over telephone amid pandemic

  • The Reserve Bank of India has launched the inflation expectations survey of households and responses of the participants will be gathered over telephone in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The RBI has been regularly conducting the survey to elicit subjective views of the households on price movement across various cities of the country. The results of the survey are used as inputs for monetary policy.

World Bank approves $750 mn emergency response fund for India’s MSME sector

  • The World Bank approved a $750 million loan to support increased flow of finance into the hands of India’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

RBI announces special liquidity scheme for NBFCs and HFCs through SPV

  • The government of India has approved a scheme to improve the liquidity position of NBFCs/HFCs through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to avoid any potential systemic risks to the financial sector. To be eligible under the scheme, RBI laid out the conditions

HDFC Bank launches instant auto loan product

  • HDFC Bank announced its plans to offer instant auto loans called ZipDrive to its customers in 1,000 cities.

ICICI Bank launches instant loan facility against mutual funds

  • ICICI Bank has launched a facility that enables retail customers to get loan of up to 1 crore instantaneously by pledging their holdings in both debt and equity mutual funds.

Kotak Mahindra Bank, Innoviti tie up to offer EMIs

  • Kotak Mahindra Bank and Innoviti Payment Solutions announced that they have collaborated to offer equated monthly instalments (EMI) billing options on Kotak debit cards swiped on Innoviti POS terminals.

PFS secures Rs.300-cr term loan from SBI to fund biz plans

  • PTC India Financial Services Ltd (PFS) has secured a300 crore term loan from State Bank of India, to meet its business growth needs.

Equitas Small Finance Bank Limited launches Video KYC Account

  • Equitas Small Finance Bank Limited ,the largest small finance bank in India in terms of number of banking outlets as of March 31, 2019 becomes one of the leading banks in the country to launch video KYC account

Irdai committee to examine Surety Bonds for road contracts

  • Insurance regulator Irdai has formed a panel under G Srinivasan, director, National Insurance Academy, to assess the suitability of the Indian insurance industry or any other sector to offer Surety Bonds for road contracts in the country.

Public, Private Sectors banks sanctioned loans worth over Rs 1.10 lakh cr under Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme

  • Public and Private Sectors banks have sanctioned loans worth over one lakh ten thousand crore rupees so far under Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme. Out of which, more than 52 thousand 200 crore rupees have already been disbursed.

NPCI to set up Rs.500-crore data centre to handle digital transactions

  • The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) will set up a ‘Smart Datacentre’ in Hyderabad with an investment of 500 crore.

Union Bank revamps Insurance distribution channels post amalgamation

  • Public sector lender Union Bank of India has revamped its distribution network for insurance products after amalgamation and expanded the number of insurers whose policies it would sell to nine.
  • The outlets of bank will offer Insurance products of three life insurers; four general insurers and two standalone health insurers. Expansion of insurance distribution channel will help the bank increase insurance penetration.

Karur Vysya Bank partners with Star Health Insurance

  • The Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) has entered into a tie-up with Star Health and Allied Insurance to provide health insurance products to its customers.

SBM Bank India partners with Mastercard to facilitate cross-border transactions, remittances

Government of Mauritius-promoted SBM Bank India and global payments technology major Mastercard have joined hands to facilitate cross-border payments and remittances services.

India First Life to Offer Exclusive COVID-19 and Hospital Cash Cover to Bank of Baroda Credit Cardholders

  • India First Life Insurance Company Limited (India First Life), promoted by Bank of Baroda and Union Bank of India, has associated with BOB Financial Services Limited (BOB Financial), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Baroda, to offer a unique group insurance covering that provides financial support upon hospitalisation or on COVID-19 diagnosis.

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HDFC Bank

  • CEO: Aditya Puri
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Tagline: We Understand Your World

Reserve Bank of India:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata
  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das

World Bank

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • President: David R. Malpass

ICICI bank

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO): Sandeep Bakhshi

Kotak Mahindra Bank:

  • CEO: Uday Kotak
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

SBI

  • Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1 July 1955

Equitas SFB

  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • Shri Arun Ramanathan (Part-time Chairman) Mr. Vasudevan P N (MD & CEO)
  • Founded: 2007

IRDAI

  • Founded: 1999
  • Headquarters: Hyderabad
  • Chairperson: Subhash Chandra Khuntia

NPCI:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Non-Exe Chairman: Biswamohan Mahapatra
  • MD & CEO: Dilip Asbe

Union Bank Of India:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: Rajkiran Rai G

KVB

  • Headquarters: Karur
  • CEO: K Venkataraman

Star Health Insurance

  • Founded: 2006
  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • CEO: V. Jagannathan

 SBM Bank

  • CEO: Parvataneni Venkateswara Rao
  • Headquarters: Port Louis, Mauritius

Mastercard

  • CEO: Ajaypal Singh Banga
  • Headquarters: New York, United States

 India First Life Insurance Company:

  • CEO: R. M. Vishakha
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

Fever Network launches ‘Happiness Partner’ initiative to help SMEs amid pandemic

  • Fever Network, house to the country’s most popular radio stations, Fever FM, Radio Nasha and Radio One has recently gone live with its latest campaign – ‘Your Happiness Partner’

Carlyle Group to acquire 25% stake in Airtel’s data centre biz for $235 mn

  • US-based Carlyle Group will invest $235 million (approximately Rs 1770 crore) for approximately 25 per cent stake in Nxtra Data Ltd, an arm of Bharti Airtel engaged in the data centre business.

Fitch slashes India’s growth projection from 9.5% to 8% for FY22

  • Fitch Ratings cut India’s growth forecast for 2021-22 fiscal to 8 per cent from 9.5 per cent projected last month. It retained its projection of Indian economy contracting by 5 per cent in the current fiscal.

India’s GDP may contract by 6.4% in FY21: Care Ratings

  • Care Ratings revised India’s GDP growth forecast for the current financial year to (-) 6.4 percent as economic activity continues to be under restriction. The rating agency, in May, had projected a decline in GDP growth of 5-1.6 percent in FY21.

SERB launches ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ scheme to strengthen scientific research mechanism

  • The Science and Engineering Research Board has launched a new scheme called ‘Accelerate Vigyan’ to provide a single platform for research internships, capacity building programs and workshops across the country.

Intel Capital to invest Rs 1,894 cr in Jio Platforms

  • Reliance Industries Limited and Jio Platforms Limited announced that Intel Capital will invest Rs. 1,894.50 crore in Jio Platforms at an equity value of Rs. 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of Rs. 5.16 lakh crore. Intel Capital’s investment will translate into a 0.39% equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis.

CBSE partners with Facebook for curriculum on digital safety, augmented reality

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Facebook have partnered to launch curriculum on “digital safety and online well-being” and “Augmented Reality” for students and educators.

Ola in pact with PhonePe for digital payments on ride-hailing app

  • India-based mobility platform Ola announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with digital payments platform PhonePe.

Deutsche Bank, Google in multi-year partnership for cloud services

  • Deutsche Bank stated it has agreed a strategic, multi-year partnership with Google to give the German lender access to cloud services and drive innovation in technology-based financial products for clients.

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Fitch Ratings:

  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • CEO: Paul Taylor

Care Ratings:

  • Headquarters: India
  • Founded: 1993

Science and Engineering Research Board:

  • Secretary: Prof Sandeep Verma
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Intel Capital:

  • Founder: Avram Miller
  • Headquarters: Santa Clara, California,U.S

CBSE

  • Headquarters location: Delhi
  • Founded: 1962
  • Chairperson: Manoj Ahuja

Facebook

  • CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
  • Headquarters: California, United States

Phonepe:

  • CEO: Sameer Nigam
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

Ola:

  • CEO: Bhavish Aggarwal
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

Deutsche Bank:

  • CEO: Christian Sewing
  • Headquarters: Frankfurt, Germany

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATES

Char Dham Yatra 2020 begins in Uttarakhand

  • Char Dham Yatra 2020 began in Uttarakhand.The four sacred Char Dham sites – Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri – shall open for the devotees.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath launches piped water project ”Har Ghar Jal” for Bundelkhand region

  • Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath launched the ambitious piped water project ”Har Ghar Jal” that means water to every house for Bundelkhand region

Capgemini partners with Maharashtra govt, BMC to support their fight against Covid-19

  • Capgemini, a French multinational corporation, announced that as part of its global Social Response Unit activities, it would extend its support to the Government of Maharashtra and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) efforts.

Goa govt allots land to 49 MSME units to set up India’s first maritime cluster

  • The Goa government has allotted land to a consortium of 49 Goan MSME units for setting up a maritime cluster aimed at creating world class facilities for ship building.

“Dream Kerala project” announced for rehabilitation of Keralites returning from abroad

  • Kerala has announced “Dream Kerala project” for rehabilitation of the Keralites returning from abroad and for the overall development of the State.
  • The project aims, not only, the rehabilitation of returnees but also, using their skill and knowledge for reviving the State.

Ashadhi Ekadashi celebrated in Maharashtra

  • Ashadhi Ekadashi, one of the most significant festivals in Maharashtra which also marks the culmination of the pilgrimage undertaken by the Warkaris (devotees of Lord Vitthal) from different parts of the state on their feet to travel hundreds of kilometres to reach temple town Pandharpur in Solapur district.

Andhra Pradesh CM inaugurates cancer care centre at GGH in Guntur

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister S. Jagan Mohan Reddy remotely inaugurated a comprehensive cancer care centre jointly set up by the State government and the NATCO Trust at the Government General Hospital (GGH) in Guntur, from his camp office.

Karnataka govt launches portal to connect job seekers and employers

  • Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa launched ‘Skill Connect Forum’, a portal that connects job seekers with employers on a common platform.

Delhi government launches Paudhe lagao, Paryavaran Bachao

  • The campaign Paudhe lagao, Paryavaran Bachao is launched with an aim to reduce air pollution by increasing green cover in the national capital Delhi.

Odisha Launches ‘Balaram’ Yojana To Provide Crop Loan To Landless Farmers

  • The Odisha government launched ‘Balaram Yojana’ to provide crop loans to landless farmers. Under the new scheme the landless cultivators will get loans through joint liability groups (JLGs).

TN CM orders Rs 3,000 stipend for junior lawyers

  • Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami announced a monthly stipend of Rs 3,000 to newly enrolled junior lawyers for two years to help them overcome financial difficulties in pursuit of their profession.

Himachal Pradesh to provide tap connections to all rural households by 2022

  • Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat discussed the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Himachal Pradesh with Chief Minister Jairam Thakur through video conferencing. Himachal Pradesh is planning 100% coverage by August 2022, ahead of national goal by 2024.

Delhi government to set up a COVID-19 war room to monitor the situation in the national capital

  • The Delhi government will set up a ‘COVID-19 War Room’, which will 24×7 monitor the city’s fight against then ovel coronavirus, and suggest measures to effectively deal with the prevailing situation.

Jharkhand launches immunization drive for 44K kids of migrant workers

  • The Jharkhand Health Department identified the children during an intensive door-to-door

Manipur CM N Biren Singh launches web portal to share COVID-19 related stories, activities

  • Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh launched a website (www.manipurcovidstories.org) to share COVID-19 related stories and information in the state.

Chhattisgarh government to buy cow-dung at Rs 1.5 per kg, scheme begins from July 20

  • The Chhattisgarh government will procure cow-dung at Rs 1.5 per kilogram from July 20 under the scheme ‘Gaudhan Nyay Yojana’ launched on June 25.

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa launches Weavers Sammaan Yojana

  • Karnataka Chief Minister S.Yediyurappa launched Weavers Sammaan Yojana. Under this scheme, 19,744 handloom weavers in the state will get annual financial assistance of two thousand rupees through Direct Benefit Transfer.

MP: ‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ campaign started in order to attract tourists

  • In Madhya Pradesh, in order to attract tourists to the tourist places of the state; ‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ means waiting for you campaign has started on social media platforms.

Delhi LG Anil Baijal inaugurates world’s largest COVID Care Centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas

  • The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, ITBP started the operations at Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre, Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur. Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal inaugurated this Centre, which is the largest of its kind in the world with over ten thousand beds.

Jaipur to get world’s 3rd largest cricket stadium, With capacity of 75,000

  • One of the world’s largest cricket stadiums with a seating capacity of 75,000 and costing a whopping Rs350 crore will soon come up on the outskirts of Jaipur. This will be the third largest stadium after the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad and the Melbourne cricket stadium, Motera has a seating capacity of 1.10 lakh while the Melbourne stadium can host 1.02 lakh people.

Bihar govt to provide food grains under mid day meal scheme

  • Bihar government has taken the decision to provide food grains under mid day meal scheme and cash to over two crore children of primary and middle schools across the state during lockdown and  summer vacation period. Every enrolled student will get the  benefit of this scheme.

PM Modi to unveil Asia’s largest solar plant in MP

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation Asia’s largest 750 MW Rewa Ultra-Mega Solar plants in Madhya Pradesh via video conferencing on 10th of July.

Delhi Government launches LEAD portal to make online learning easy

  • Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has recently an education portal, Learning through E-resources made accessible for Delhi (LEAD), as a product of Delhi Government. With this portal, students would easily be able to access study material from sources like CBSE and NCERT online.

UT Ladakh Admn launches Ladakh Food Security Scheme

  • The Administration of UT of Ladakh launched the Ladakh Food Security Scheme (LFSS), with effect from July 1, 2020 in the Union Territory of Ladakh. With the implementation of the LFSS, the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES) of the erstwhile State of J&K is discontinued

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UP

  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

Capgemini:

  • CEO: Paul Hermelin
  • Headquarters: Paris, France

Goa:

  • Capital: Panaji
  • Chief minister: Pramod Sawant
  • Governor: Satya Pal Malik

Kerala:

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan

Maharashtra:

  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Chief Minister: Uddhav Thackeray
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari

Andhra Pradesh:

  • Capital: Amaravati, Hyderabad
  • Chief Minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan

Karnataka:

  • Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Capital: Bengaluru (Executive Branch)
  • Governor: Vajubhai Vala

New Delhi

  • Chief minister: Arvind Kejriwal
  • Governor: Anil Baijal

Odisha

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

TN

  • Chief minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami
  • Capital: Chennai
  • Governor: Banwarilal Purohit

Himachal Pradesh:

  • Capital: Shimla, Dharamshala
  • Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya
  • Chief Minister: Jai Ram Thakur

Jharkhand

  • Capital: Ranchi
  • Chief minister: Hemant Soren
  • Governor: Draupadi Murmu

Manipur

  • Capital: Imphal
  • Chief minister: N. Biren Singh
  • Governor: Najma Heptulla

Chhattisgarh

  • Chief minister: Bhupesh Baghel
  • Governor: Anusuiya Uikey
  • Capitals: Raipur

Madhya Pradesh:

  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  • Governor: Lalji Tandon

Rajasthan:

  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • Chief minister: Ashok Gehlot

Bihar:

  • Capital: Patna
  • Governor: Phagu Chauhan
  • Chief minister: Nitish Kumar

Ladakh:

  • Capital: Leh, Kargil
  • Lieutenant Governor: Radha Krishna Mathur

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

NLC India, CIL sign pact to form JV to develop 5,000 MW solar, thermal power assets

  • NLC India stated it has signed a pact with state-owned CIL to form a joint venture (JV) to develop 5,000 megawatts of solar and thermal power assets across the country.

Maharashtra Government and UK India Business Council Extend MoU to Foster Sustainable Business Relations Between UK And India

  • The UK India Business Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), the premier industrial infrastructure development agency of the Government of Maharashtra.

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NLC India

  • Headquarters: Neyveli, Tamil Nadu, India

Coal India

  • CEO: Anil Kumar Jha
  • Headquarters: Kolkata

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: P. Anbalagan, IAS

CURRENT AFFAIRS: ACQUISITIONS AND MERGERS

Adani Transmission acquires Alipurduar Transmission from KPTL for Rs.1,286 crore

  • Adani Transmission Ltd (ATL) has acquired Alipurduar Transmission Limited from Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd (KPTL) for an enterprise value of Rs.1,286 crore.

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Adani Transmission Ltd:

  • CEO: Anil Kumar Sardana
  • Headquarters: Ahmedabad

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPS AND PORTALS

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs launches PM SVANidhi Portal

  • Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Housing & Urban Affairs, launched the Beta version of PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi “PM SVANidhi” Portal in presence of officials from States/UTs, Banks, Payment aggregators and other stakeholders.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju launches NADA app to help athletes stay updated on banned substances

  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju unveiled National Anti-Doping Agency’s first mobile app to provide information about prohibited substances and their inadvertent use, calling the initiative an important step towards dope-free sports.

Ezetap launches app to help government bodies collect spot fines

  • Payment solutions company Ezetap announced the launch of an app which it stated would enable government bodies and municipal corporations to accept payments of spot fines easily.

India’s Vice President launches social media super app ‘Elyments’

  • India’s first social media super application, Elyments, was launched by the Vice President of India, Venkiah Naidu.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

MoU signed between Indianoil, NTPC Ltd, and SDMC for Waste to Energy plant in Delhi

  • A MoU was signed on Waste to Energy plant at Okhla, Delhi, between Indian Oil, NTPC Ltd and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). The ceremony was witnessed by the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Shri RK Singh, Minister of State (I/c) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, and Shri Anil Baijal, Lt. Governor of Delhi.

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National Anti-Doping Agency

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • CEO: Navin Agarwal

NTPC:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairman & MD: Gurdeep Singh

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION

Gudni Johannesson Re-elected as President of Iceland

  • Incumbent president of Iceland, Gudni Th. Jóhannesson, won his second four-year term in  presidential election.

Lakshmi Vilas Bank appoints CFO Hariharan K 

  • Lakshmi Vilas Bank appointed Hariharan K as Chief Financial Officer.
  • The appointment is effective from June 30.

Shrikant Madhav Vaidya takes over as Indian Oil Chairman

  • Shrikant Madhav Vaidya has taken over as the Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. He will also be the Chairman of Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd, a stand-alone refining subsidiary of Indian Oil and Indian Oil tanking Ltd, another joint venture providing ‘terminalling’ services.

Government extends Union Bank of India CEO Rajkiran Rai’s term by another two years

  • The government has extended the term of Rajkiran Rai G as Managing Director and of Union Bank of India by two years till May-end 2022.

Shri Ravinder Bhakar assumes charge as CEO, CBFC

  • Shri Ravinder Bhakar, has taken over as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Central Board of Films Certification (CBFC).

Chola MS General Insurance appoints V Suryanarayanan as new MD

  • Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company announced the appointment of V Suryanarayanan as its new Managing Director

Nigar Johar Becomes Pakistan Army’s First Female Lieutenant General

  • Pakistan Army has appointed a Nigar Johar as lieutenant general for the first time.
  • Major General Nigar Johar, who got the coveted post of a three-star general, has also been appointed as the first female surgeon general of the Pakistan Army

Indra Mani Pandey appointed as India’s Permanent Representative to UN

  • Senior diplomat Indra Mani Pandey has been appointed as the next Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva.

Sanjay Kapoor takes over as President of Hyderabad Management Association

  • Sanjay Kapoor takes over as President of the Hyderabad Management Association (HMA) for 2020-21 along with other office-bearers.

Prof Sanjay Dwivedi appointed Director General of IIMC

  • Professor Sanjay Dwivedi was appointed as the Director General of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).

Karnam Sekar retires as Indian Overseas Bank MD & CEO

  • Public sector Indian Overseas Bank’s (IOB) managing director and chief executive Karnam Sekar retired on June 30.

2 Agricultural experts from India named by UN chief to scientific group for 2021 food summit

  • Prof Rattan Lal of Ohio State University and Dr Uma Lele of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) are among the Scientific Group Members named by UN President Guterres.

Shashank Manohar steps down as ICC chairman, Imran Khwaja to take interim charge

  • ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar stepped down from the post after two-year tenures.
  • Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja will assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson until a successor is elected.

Axis Bank appoints LIC MD Suseel Kumar on board as non-executive member

  • Axis Bank appointed Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) managing director T C Suseel Kumar on its board as non-executive member.

SP Kochhar appointed DG of Cellular Operators Association of India

  • Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has appointed SP Kochhar as its new Director General (DG), after Rajan Mathews quitting the position, after a decade of service.

Jean Castex named French PM after Edouard Philippe resignation

  • French President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex, as the country’s new prime minister.
  • Castex replaces Edouard Philippe, who resigned as the country’s prime minister

NHAI chairman Sukhbir Singh Sandhu gets six months extension

  • Senior bureaucrat Sukhbir Singh Sandhu was given a six months extension, till mid January next year, as the chairman of National Highways Authority of India.

Gujarat’s Zoya Khan becomes the first transgender operator of the Common Service Centre in India

  • Zoya Khan from the Vadodara district of Gujarat became the first transgender operator of the Common Service Centre in India. She aims to uplift the transgender community by making them digitally literate.

Taj Mukarrum assumes charge as Director (Finance) of Power Grid

  • State-owned Power Grid Corporation stated M Taj Mukarrum has assumed charge as its Director (Finance).

Bharti Airtel COO Ajai Puri appointed COAI Chairman

  • The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) announced the appointment of Ajai Puri, Chief Operating Officer (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel as its Chairman for the year 2020-21.

Injeti Srinivas appointed chairman of IFSCA

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Injeti Srinivas as chairman of the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA).

Luxury Ride signs Sukhbir Singh as brand ambassador

  • Luxury Ride, the chain of pre-owned, multi-brand luxury car showrooms, has signed singer Sukhbir Singh as its brand ambassador

Sijo Kuruvilla George appointed to Centre’s committee on science and tech policy

  • The founding CEO of Startup Village and founder of Re-think Foundation, Sijo Kuruvilla George, has been selected as member of Central Government’s Expert Committee on Science and Technology Policy.

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Iceland

  • Capital: Reykjavik
  • Currency: Icelandic Krona

LVB

  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • MD and CEO: Subramanian sundar

Indian oil:

  • Chairperson:Shrikant Madhav Vaidya
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Union Bank Of India:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: Rajkiran Rai G
  • Tagline :Good People to Bank with

CBFC

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Chairperson: Prasoon Joshi

Chola MS General Insurance:

  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • MD: V Suryanarayanan

Pakistan:

  • Capital: Islamabad
  • Currency: Pakistani rupee
  • Prime Minister: Imran Khan

United Nations:

  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
  • Secretary general: António Guterres

IIMC

  • Headquarters: New Delhi

ICC

  • CEO: Manu Sawhney
  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Axis Bank:

  • CEO: Amitabh Chaudhry
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

COAI

  • Chairperson: Ravinder Takkar
  • Founded: 1995
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

France

  • Capital: Paris
  • Currencies: Euro

NHAI

  • Founded: 1988
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

SC

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • CEO: Dinesh Tyagi

Power Grid Corporation:

  • Headquarters: Gurgaon, Haryana, India
  • Kandikuppa Sreekant: Chairman & MD

Cellular Operators Association of India:

  • Founded: 1995
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Director General: Rajan S. Mathews

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONORS

Mon District Administration conferred SKOCH Awards in Nagaland

  • In Nagaland, Mon District Administration has been conferred the SKOCH Awards under three different categories at the 65TH SKOCH Summit.

India’s AI enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk wins two global awards

  • India’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled MyGov Corona Helpdesk has bagged two awards at the Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI and Emerging Technology, CogX 2020.

Kritika Pandey Wins 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for India

  • Kritika Pandey’s short story, The Great Indian Tee and Snakes has won the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Earlier in June, the story had been adjudged the regional winner from Asia.

Mint bags best ‘Newspaper Front Page Design’ award at WAN-IFRA’s 19th Asian Media Awards

  • Mint has bagged the best ‘Newspaper Front Page Design’ award at WAN-IFRA’s 19th Asian Media Awards.

Delhi Girl Freya Thakral Receives Prestigious Diana Award for Positive Contribution to Society

  • Thirteen-year-old Freya Thakral, a student from The British School, New Delhi, has been bestowed with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award. She has been added to the roll of honours on Princess Diana’s birthday – July 1, 2020.

Sunflame recognised as ‘ET Iconic Brand of India 2020’

  • Sunflame, one of the leading companies in India for Kitchen Appliances has been recognised as one of the ‘Iconic Brands of India 2020’ by The Economics Times, for their constant efforts in building brand trust and loyalty amongst Indian households.

Elton John becomes second artist to be honoured with commemorative coin by Royal Mint

  • Elton John became the second artist to be honoured by Britain’s Royal Mint with a commemorative £1,000gold coin paying tribute to the decorated British singer-songwriter.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING

RIL only Indian company on global list of 100 firms that prospered during the pandemic

  • Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries (RIL) is the only Indian company to feature on a list of businesses that prospered during the Coronavirus enforced lockdown.

Bangladesh moves 7 places up on SDG Index

  • Bangladesh has moved 7 places up in the latest Sustainable Development Index (SDG) for the year 2020.
  • Among 166 countries for which the SDG index was prepared, Bangladesh stands at the 109th position compared to the 116th position in the year 2019. India stands at 117th place.
  • Sweden is placed at the top of the index with an overall score of 84.7 while Bangladesh has a score of 63.5.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson becomes Instagram’s highest-paid celebrity

  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has dethroned Kylie Jenner as Instagram’s highest-paid celebrity.

 India among top 5 nations in e-waste generation: Report

  • India is among the top five e-waste generating countries in the world besides China, the US, Japan and Germany, according to a report

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Former RBI governor Patel pens book on dealing with NPA issue ‘Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver’

  • Urjit Patel, who resigned as governor of the Reserve Bank of India in December 2018, will release a book later in July.
  • Titled ‘Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver’, Patel’s book focuses on Indian banking’s bad loans crisis, its causes and how he dealt with it as the RBI governor.

Maruti Suzuki chairman R C Bhargava pens book “Getting Competitive: A Practitioner’s Guide for India”

  • Maruti Suzuki chairman R C Bhargava penned a book “Getting Competitive: A Practitioner’s Guide for India”. The book is published by HarperCollins India

The Meaning of India by Sahitya Akademi Award-winning writer Raja Rao was republished

  • The Sahitya Akademi Award-winning writer Raja Rao published a selection of his non-fiction writings — decades-long deliberations on metaphysics, religion, his meetings with world leaders such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi and André Malraux and his interpretation of what India stood for — in an anthology titled The Meaning of India.

His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography by Tenzin Geyche Tethong

  • His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography by Tenzin Geyche Tethong has been announced by Roli Books.
  • Tethong has served in the Holiness’ Private Office from 1963 to 2006 and was revered as an integral part of his circle.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

NBRI Lucknow sets up ‘Advanced Virology Lab’ for testing COVID-19

  • The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, has established an “Advanced Virology Lab” for testing COVID-19. The facility has been developed based on the guidelines of the Indian Council Medical Research (ICMR), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

AIIMS partners IIT-Delhi to launch app for patients needing plasma therapy

  • AIIMS with the help of IIT-Delhi students have developed a mobile application to track real-time COVID-19 patients in the hospital, who can become potential plasma donors 28 days after recovery along with those who have been discharged.

IIT Gandhinagar develops AI based tool to detect Covid-19 from chest X-ray

  • Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based deep learning tool for detection of Covid-19 from Chest X-ray images.

IIT-Roorkee researchers develop sterilizing system for personal belongings

  • IIT-Roorkee has developed a disinfection box that can be used for sterilizing a wide variety of personal belongings including medical equipment, Personal Protection Equipment, apparels among others, against coronavirus.

IIT Kanpur develops virtual classroom system ‘Mobile Masterjee’

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur has developed an innovative virtual classroom aid titled ‘Mobile Masterjee’.

ICMR aims to launch indigenous Covid-19 vaccine by August 15

  • Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR is planning to launch indigenous Covid-19 vaccine for public use by the 15th of August after completion of all clinical trials. ICMR has partnered with Bharat Biotech International Limited to develop this path breaking, Covid-19 vaccine called ‘Covaxin’.

Surviving core of Jupiter-like planet spotted near distant star: Research

  • A rocky planet 39 times as massive as Earth has been spotted orbiting a distant star at breakneck speed, with astronomers concluding it may be the surviving core of a planet once perhaps larger than Jupiter that was stripped of its gaseous atmosphere. The planet, called TOI-849b

Australian scientists discover ancient underwater Aboriginal sites

  • Australia’s first underwater archaeological sites off its west coast dating to more than 7,000 years ago will help with the understanding of the cultural and technology development of its first peoples, according to scientists.

UoH-based start-up develops physical distancing monitoring tool

  • A start-up firm based at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has developed a tool for monitoring social distancing in a location with large footfalls.
  • MAVEN LABS, a start-up firm based at the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) at the UoH, has come up with the tool – SudRz (Sanskrit, meaning – keen-sighted)

Phobos, the closest and biggest moon of Mars, imaged by MOM: ISRO

  • Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard Mars Orbiter Mission has imaged Phobos, the closest and biggest moon of Mars, on 1st July when MOM was about 7200 km from Mars and at 4200 km from Phobos.

Launch of Russia’s next-generation Glonass-K Satellite set for August

  • The launch of Russia’s next-generation Glonass-K navigation satellite from the Plesetsk space center, which was postponed several times before, is now planned for August, a space industry source told Sputnik.

IIT-M develops nano-coated filter for COVID warriors

  • A nano-coated filter for healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients has been developed by researchers at IIT-Madras. The filter’s coating properties are optimised for efficient removal of sub-micron sized dust particles in the air.

DRDO to set up research cell at IIT-Hyderabad

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will establish a research cell at Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H)

Israel conducts surprise launch with Ofek 16 satellite

  • The Israeli government and Israel Aerospace Industries conducted a previously-unannounced launch of a reconnaissance satellite using a Shavit-2 rocket to deploy the Ofek 16 satellite into low Earth orbit

BDL signs licence agreement with DRDO for Akash Missile Weapon System

  • Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed License Agreement and Transfer of Technology with DRDO (DRDL) for Akash Missile Weapon System (Indian Army Variant)

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National Botanical Research Institute:

  • The National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) is a research institute of CSIR in Lucknow. It is engaged in the field of taxonomy and modern biology

ICMR:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Secretary & Director General: Dr. Balram Bhargava

Australia:

  • Prime minister: Scott Morrison
  • Capital: Canberra
  • Currency: Australian dollar

DRDO:

  • Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman, DRDO
  • Head Quarters: New Delhi

Israel

  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Currency: Israeli Shekel
  • Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

 BDL

  • HeadQuarters: Hyderabad, Telangana

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE

India and Japan conduct naval exercise amid tensions with China

  • The Indian and Japanese navies have reportedly conducted an exercise in the Indian Ocean amidst ongoing India-China border tensions in Ladakh.

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Japan:

  • Prime minister: Shinzō Abe
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Currency: Japanese yen

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

Lt. Col. Bharat Pannu creates history by securing a podium place at the first edition of Virtual Race Across America

  • Col. Bharat Pannu, a serving Indian Army Officer created history by successfully securing a podium place at the first edition of the Virtual Race Across America (VRAAM) 2020 and became the first Indian ever to win a podium place at an international ultracycling race.

India Tennis Star Sumit Nagal Wins PSD Bank Nord Open in Germany

  • India tennis star Sumit Nagal defeated German Daniel Masur in straight sets to win the PSD Bank Nord Open in Berlin (Germany).

African Cup of Nations postponed from January next year to 2022

  • The Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided next January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon has been postponed by one year and will now take place in

Ravindra Jadeja named India’s ‘most valuable player’ of 21st Century

  • India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was named as the country’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) of the 21st century by

Badminton: Lin Dan retired at 36

  • Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan announced his retirement aged 36.
  • It means that Lin, who won gold at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games, will not compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which have been pushed back to next year because of coronavirus.

Quinton de Kock named men’s Cricketer of the Year in CSA’s virtual awards

  • White-ball skipper Quinton de Kock was named the men’s ‘cricketer of the year’ at Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) annual awards ceremony, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sports Ministry to launch TOPS for junior athletes soon

  • Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said his government will soon launch Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for junior athletes in the country with an aim to produce Olympic champions by 2028.

Tamil Nadu’s G Akash becomes India’s 66th chess Grandmaster

  • Tamil Nadu’s G Akash became the country’s 66th chess Grandmaster while his statemate M Pranesh and Goa’s Ameya Audi earned International Master titles.

Valtteri Bottas wins F1 Austrian Grand Prix after Hamilton suffers penalty

  • Valtteri Bottas has struck the first blow in the 2020 season, winning the Austrian Grand Prix from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, as Lewis Hamilton was demoted from a second place finish on the road to P4 after a five-second penalty for contact with Alex Albon – handing McLaren’s Lando Norris his first F1 podium for finishing P3.

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CAF

  • Headquarters: Egypt
  • President: Ahmad Ahmad

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARY

Carl Reiner, longtime comedy legend passes away

  • Carl Reiner, the writer, actor, director, producer and comedy legend whose many decades’ worth of credits — including “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The 2000 Year Old Man” passed away. He was 98.

Rudolfo Anaya, ‘godfather’ of Chicano literature passes away

  • Rudolfo Anaya, a writer,has passed away at 82.
  • He has helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel Bless Me, Ultima.

Delhi Police inspector and gallantry award winner Sanjeev Kumar Yadav passes away

  • A Delhi Police inspector, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav posted with its anti-terrorist squad (ATS) (Special Cell), passed away of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Former speaker of Mizoram legislative assembly Upa Rokamlova passes away

  • In Mizoram, former speaker of the state legislative assembly Upa Rokamlova passed away. He was 79.

Former West Indies cricketer Everton Weekes passes away

  • Everton Weekes, who formed one of the famous threeWs” of West Indian cricket as part of a formidable batting lineup for more than a decade, has died. He was 95.

Veteran IIC librarian, poet and author Kaul passes away at 79

  • A noted library and information specialist, author, poet, and bibliographer, Dr Hari Krishen Kaul passed away after battling with Covid-19 for two weeks. He was 79.

Former executive director of NID Professor Vikas Satwalekar passes away

  • Alumnus and former executive director of the National Institute of Design (NID), Professor Vikas Satwalekar passed away.

Award-winning Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan dies at 72 in Mumbai

  • Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in Mumbai.

Former beauty queen Ibidunni Ighodalo passed away due to cardiac arrest

  • Former beauty queen Ibidunni Ighodalo, passed away at the age of 39

Veteran journalist Bishnu Prasad Kumar passes away

  • Veteran journalist Bishnu Prasad Kumar, who had covered the Bangladesh Liberation War and the turbulent Naxalite movement in the 70s, passed away.

Goa councillor Pascoal DSouza passes away of coronavirus infection

  • Pascoal DSouza,councillor of the Mormugao Municipal Council in Goa passed away due to COVID-19.

Earl Cameron: British film and TV star actor passes away aged 102

  • Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to forge a successful career in British film and television, has passed away aged 102.

Tollywood producer Pokuri Rama Rao passes away due to coronavirus

  • Telugu film producer Pokuri Rama Rao passed away due to COVID-19. He was 65.

Nick Cordero, Broadway actor who battled COVID-19 passes away

  • Broadway actor Nick Cordero, after contracting the coronavirus, has passed away. He was 41.

Oscar-winning Italian film composer Ennio Morricone passes away

  • The Oscar-winning Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has passed away at the age of 91.
  • He wrote music for more than 500 films.
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