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National – Across the India:
1. Maharashtra Government has accorded minority status to Jews in the state.
This decision was taken as per the provisions of the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission Act, 2004.
Decision in this regard was taken at the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai.
With this, Maharashtra becomes second state in the country to accord minority status to Jews after West Bengal.
2. The Assam Government has launched a unique initiative ‘Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra’ to link primary schools to high schools to colleges.
Initially, it will be launched at in Sivsagar district of the state and later will be implemented across the state.
The purpose of the programme is to change the mindset of the teachers, as in some places in states teachers of a school considered it below their dignity to teach the lower level students.
3. The Punjab government has launched a special fund “Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund”.
It was raised to provide free treatment for patients affected by Hepatitis C.
With this initiative, Punjab became the first Indian state to provide free treatment to confirmed cases of Hepatitis C.
The fund will have an initial corpus of 20 crore rupees.
This fund will provide all the residents of Punjab affected by Hepatitis C free treatment.
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International – Across the Globe:
1. 2016 World Investment Report has been released.
As per the report, India ranks 10th in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) inflows.
As per the report, India’s FDI inflows have increased to 44 billion dollars in 2015 as compared to 35 billion dollars in 2014.
Top 10 Countries are United States, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, Canada and India.
1. The BCCI has suspended and issued show-cause notices to the top Goa Cricket Association officials.
They were were arrested for alleged misappropriation of organization funds.
GCA president Chetan Desai and secretary Vinod Phadke, who are also part of important committees of BCCI, along with treasurer Akbar Mulla were arrested earlier this week by police for alleged misappropriation of Rs 3.13 crore belonging to the organization.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Virginia Raggi, a leading member of the populist anti-corruption Five Star Movement (M5S) was elected as Rome’s first female mayor.
She is also the first candidate from that party, M5S to be elected to Rome’s mayoralty.
A lawyer and local councilor, Raggi was elected to the post in the Italian capital after winning 67% of the vote in a runoff ballot against the Democratic Party’s (PD) Roberto Giachetti.
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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and India Ports Global Private Limited (IPGPL) have signed a MoU.
The MoU was signed for implementation of additional works on the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP) in Myanmar.
As part of the MoU, both signatory parties will be implementing three additional works on the KMTTP at the estimated to cost 476 crore rupees.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. State-run banking behemoth SBI has been named in a ‘Hall of Shame’ list of 158 banking and financial institutions globally that have invested billions of dollars in companies making cluster bombs.
State Bank of India (SBI) is the only Indian entity on the list, which includes global giants like JP Morgan, Barclays, Bank of America and Credit Suisse.
They invested over $28 billion in seven producers of cluster munitions between June 2012 and April 2016.
Science & Technology:
1. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is going to test indigenously developed scramjet engine technology based on air-breathing propulsion in July 2016.
The test will be conducted on test platform named Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota.
The test platform ATV will comprise a scramjet engine hitched to a two-stage sounding rocket (RH- 560).
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1. Guda Anjaiah, noted Telangana poet and lyricist passed away following a brief illness at Ragannagudem, Telangana. He was 61.
He played a key role in Telangana statehood movement by penning several songs which later found their way into films.
He was awarded with Sahithya Bandu Ratna award (1986), Rajini Telugu Sahithi Samithi Award (1988), Telangana Sahithya Puraskaram (2015) etc.
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