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National – Across the India:

 

‘Prashikshak’ 1. The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has launched ‘Prashikshak’- an online teacher education portal for District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs).

 

It was launched by the Union HRD minister Smriti Irani in New Delhi.

It seeks to strengthen DIETs and bring quality teachers into the school education system.

 

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2. The Union Railway Ministry has launched Nivaran portal.

 

It’s an online system for redressal of service related grievance of serving and former Railway employees.

 

3. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the newly constructed headquarters of Jharkhand’s special anti-Maoist force ‘Jharkhand Jaguar’ in Jharkhand’s capital city Ranchi.

4. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a new scheme Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana.

 

The aim is to provide education loan at 1 % interest to students for pursuing higher studies.

2016 Human Capital Index (HCI)5. India was ranked at 105th position out of 130 countries globally on the 2016 Human Capital Index (HCI).

 

It was released in the World Economic Forum (WEF) report by Geneva-WEF in the Chinese city of Tianjin at its Annual Meeting of New Champions which is also known as `Summer Davos’ summit.

Top 10 Countries in 2016 HCI: Finland (1st position), Norway (2nd), Switzerland (3rd), Japan (4th), Sweden (5th), New Zealand (6th), Denmark (7th), Netherlands (8th), Canada (9th) and Belgium (10th)

Commercial Court

6. India’s first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre was inaugurated at Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh.

 

It was inaugurated by State Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh along with Supreme Court judge Madan B. Lokur.

It has ultra-modern facilities like e-Court, e-Library, e-Filing, Video-conferencing and e-Summons.

 

7. Punjab Government has launched Rapid Rural Police Response System (RRPRS).

 

The aim is to ensure prompt and effective police response in 12,000 villages across the state.

8. The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of a new AIIMS at Bhatinda, Punjab under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).

 

It will provide super specialty health care to the population while creating a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region.

new Ministers of State

9. Nineteen new Ministers of State (MoS) were inducted in the Union Council of Ministers in a major expansion.

 

These new ministers were administered oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

This was the second expansion of the NDA government led by PM Narendra Modi. Of the 19 new ministers, 17 are from the BJP, one each from Apna Dal and RPI.

 

10. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) at Nhava Sheva in Raigad District of Maharashtra has become the first port in India to implement logistics data bank tagging system of containers.

 

The first of its kind system has been launched as part of ‘Ease of Doing Business’ initiatives implemented at JNPT Port.

It focuses on document, time and cost reduction for the benefit of trade.

 

11. India is going to host meet of the heads of anti-narcotics agencies of BRICS nations to discuss issues related to narco-terrorism and money laundering.

 

This meet will be held ahead of the eighth annual Summit of BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa nations scheduled in October 2016.

National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme

 

12. The Union Cabinet has approved a National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS).

 

It will provide apprenticeship training to over 50 lakh youngsters in order to create more jobs.

It also have an outlay of 10,000 crore rupees and a target of training 50 lakh apprentices by 2019-20.

 

 

13. The Union Cabinet has approved a long-term contract with Mozambique for import of pulses by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

It aims to promote the production of Tur (Pigeon Peas) and other pulses in Mozambique by encouraging progressive increase in the trading of these pulses.

 

14. The Union Cabinet has given its in-principle approval for setting up a Major port at Enayam near Colachel in Tamil Nadu.

 

On completion the port will become country’s 13th major port.

The project seeks to make India a trans-shipment hub for the global East-West maritime trade route.

BRICS countries

 

15. The second anti-drug working group meeting of heads of anti-narcotics agencies of BRICS countries began in New Delhi.

 

It was held to discuss issues related to narco-terrorism and money laundering.

It has been organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India.

 

16. Agriculture Minister has launched an online portal designed to monitor the functioning of nearly 645 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), known as farm-science centres, spread across the country.online portal

 

It will provide information related to all schemes, market development, and weather updates, besides advisory to farmers.

It will also facilitate online monitoring of KVKs.

 

17. As per Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the government will carry out a drive to clean ten iconic places in the country as part of a pilot project under the Swachh Bharat mission.

 

The places which have been selected are as follows: -

1. Vaishno Devi temple (Jammu and Kashmir)

2. Taj Mahal (Uttar Pradesh)

3. Tirupati temple (Andhra Pradesh)

4. Golden Temple (Punjab)

5. Ajmer Sharif (Rajasthan)

6. Jagannath temple (Orissa)

7. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Maharashtra)

8. Manikarnika Ghat (Uttar Pradesh)

9. Meenakshi Temple (Tamil Nadu)

10. Kamakhya Temple (Assam)

Kendrapara sheep

 

18. The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) has conferred rare and singular species genetic recognition tag to the threatened breed of Kendrapara sheep found in Odisha.

 

It has received registration number INDIA_SHEEP_1500_KENDRAPADA_14042.

It became the 42nd sheep breed in India to receive such tag.

The genetically rare status will help to boost conservation effort to protect these domesticated threatened sheep.

 

19. India’s first Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things (CoE– IoT) was launched in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

 

National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) launched

The centre was launched at NASSCOM’s Startup Warehouse in Bengaluru to encourage start-ups to come up with tech solutions centered on Internet of Things (IoT).

 

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20. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched a nationwide Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) to check child diarrhoeal deaths.

 

The IDCF drive was launched by Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda in New Delhi.

It will be observed from 11th to 23rd July, 2016 across the country.

UIDAI

 

21. The Union Government has notified the UIDAI (Terms and Conditions of Service of Chairperson and Members) Rules, 2016 to give legal status to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

 

These rules have been framed as per provisions of Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.

 

22. The Supreme Court has ordered the restoration of former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh.
23. The Union Cabinet has approved the revival of three fertilizers defunct Fertilizer Units in Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni.

 

The three fertilizers units are as follows:

(i) Barauni (Bihar) unit of Hindustan Fertilizers Corporation Limited (HFCL)

(ii) Urea unit of Fertilizer Corporation India Limited (FCIL) at Sindri (Jharkhand)

(iii) Urea unit of FCIL at Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh)

 

24. The Union Cabinet has extended numerous facilities to persons from minority communities of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh namely Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Parsis and Christians staying in India on Long Term Visa (LTV).

 

It was decided by Union Cabinet Meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

 

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana25. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for allocation of Twelve thousand crore rupees to Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

 

The funds will be used to impart skill training to 60 lakh youths and certify skills of 40 lakh persons acquired non-formally.

 

26. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the disinvestment of 15% paid up equity of National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC).

 

It was decided by CCEA meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Nalanda Mahavihara

 

27. The ruins of ancient Nalanda Mahavihara (also known as old Nalanda University) of Bihar has been included in the Tentative List of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

 

It comprise the archaeological remains of monastic-cum-scholastic from the 5th century BC to the 13th century AD. It located near Patna, state capital of Bihar.

 

28. Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India to have ‘Happiness Department’ that will work as knowledge resource centre on the subject of happiness on the lines of Bhutan.

 

Indian Railway29. Ministry of Railways, Railway Board has initiated a proposal to install TRINETRA systems on locomotives.

 

This is for enhancing the vision of Locomotive Pilots in inclement weather.

TRI-NETRA stands for – Terrain imaging for diesel dRivers INfra-red, Enhanced opTical &Radar Assisted system.

 

30. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched the facility of virtual and digital classrooms across 32 ITIs in the state on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day.
31. Kerala started observing Ramayana month in the temples.

 

In Malayalam it is termed as the Ramayana Masam. The Ramayana Month starts with the commencement of Malayalam month ‘Karkidakam’.

During this month the temples and homes of the state recites Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu written by medieval devotional poet Thunjath Ezhuthachan for the 30 days. Ezhuthachan is regarded as the father of Malayalam literature.

Karkkidakam (July – August) is the last month of Malayalam calendar and is considered as month of rain and scarcity (Panjamaasom).

 

India’s first e-court

32. India’s first e-court (paperless court) was opened at High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad which is the common high court for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

 

It was inaugurated by Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur who heads the e-Committee of the Supreme Court.

 

33. Majority of glaciers in India including Gangotri are retreating (melting) at varying rates ranging from 5 to 20 metre per year due to global warming.

 

It was announced by Minister of State (independent charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in Lok Sabha in a written reply.

 

34. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for construction of a new dry dock within the existing premises of Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).

 

35. The cabinet approved the establishment of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

 

It was decided under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), said an official statement.

According to the cabinet, the cost of the project will be Rs 1,011 crore.

 

36. Indian railway is likely to start voluntary passenger insurance scheme from September by charging a minimal premium of less than Rs 10 per ticket from travelers for an insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh in case of death or permanent disability caused in train accident.

 

Cochin Shipyard Limited
37. The Cabinet Committee has given its approval for construction of a new dry dock within the existing premises of Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL).

 

This big sized dry dock is a critical requirement of CSL to promote ship building and is a step in the direction of “Make in India” initiative of the Government.

 

38. The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced that launch of National Electoral Roll Purification (NERP) 2016 programme across the country.
39. India has been ranked a low 110th out of 149 countries on Sustainable Development index (SDI).

 

Top 10 Countries are Sweden (1st), Denmark (2nd), Norway (3rd), Finland (4th), Switzerland (5th), Germany (6th), Austria (7th), Netherlands (8th), Iceland (9th) and United Kingdom (10th).

 

40. Red CorridorThe Union Government is planning to redraw Red Corridor by reducing the number of Maoist affected districts by about a fifth.

 

In this regard, approximately 20 of the 106 districts which have been described as being Maoist-affected and are part of the Red Corridor may be removed from the list.

 

41. The India’s first Green Rail Corridor was inaugurated on the 114-km long Rameshwaram-Manamadurai stretch in Tamil Nadu.

 

The Green Rail Corridor ensures zero toilet discharge on rail tracks as part of its commitment to clean environment under the ‘Swachh Rail-Swachh Bharat’ initiative.

United Nations’ Trust Fund

 

42. India has contributed US 100,000 dollars in support of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

 

With this India became the first country to make a contribution to the fund and to start UN fund for sex abuse victims.

 

Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival
43. The fourth edition of the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival commenced in Guwahati.

 

It pays homage to the rich culture of northeast India and is dedicated to the film fraternity of the region.

Himayat Programme

44. The Union Government has approved nearly 1,600 crore rupees for Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) under skill development initiative ‘Himayat’ programme.

 

Under it, youths from both rural and urban areas of J&K would be imparted with training in various job-intensive vocational courses over the next three years.

CSIR

45. The Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR) was ranked world’s 12th best government institution out of 746 institutions.

 

These institutes were ranked by a prestigious Scimago Institutions Rankings Report based on various parameters including the research performance, innovation and social impact.

 

BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG)

47. The first-ever meeting of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) was held in Hyderabad, Telangana from July 27 to 28, 2016.

The agenda of the two day meeting was to shape the agenda for labour and employment track in BRICS countries.

 

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International – Across the Globe:

 

Exercise RIMPAC 201

1. Exercise RIMPAC 2016, the Pacific military exercise, began on 30 June 2016 at Hawaii.

 

It will cover the Hawaiian Island and southern California.

The theme of RIMPAC 2016 is Capable, Adaptive, Partners.

26 nations including India, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise that is scheduled from 30 June to 4 August 2016.

 

BRICS Youth Summit

2. The second BRICS Youth Summit was held in Guwahati, Assam from 1st July 2016 to 3rd July 2016.

 

The theme of the summit was “Youth as bridge for intra-BRICS exchanges“.

The summit focused on enhancing people-to-people contacts of BRICS member states viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

It also adopted the ‘Guwahati BRICS Youth Summit 2016 Call to Action’ and urged the youth from the five member nations to come together for working towards this goal.

 

Charkha

3. The world’s largest Charkha was unveiled at the Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in New Delhi.

 

It was unveiled by the Union Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj Mishra to remind India’s timeless heritage and the values of sustainability and harmony that it stands for.

It is made from high-quality Burma teak wood. It weighs four-tones and is 9 feet wide, 17 feet tall and 30 feet long.

 

training centre in Nigeria

4. India has set up an apparel training centre in Nigeria to support textiles industry of the West African country.

 

This is a first of its kind centre in Nigeria set up in partnership with their government.

The aim is to support and catalyze the initiative of Nigeria in realising the objectives to rebuild the cotton and textile value chain and address the need for the skilled workforce for domestic as well export-oriented apparel industry in the West African region.

 

5. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Hague, the Netherlands has rejected China’s claims to economic rights across large swathes of South China Sea.

 

The ruling came from an arbitration tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) which both China and Philippines have signed.

 

6. The first direct bus service between Pokhara (Nepal) and New Delhi (India) was launched to connect South Asia’s two important cities.

 

The bus service was flagged off by Nepal Home Minister Shakti Bahadur Basnet and India’s ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae from Pokhara (Nepal’s famous tourist spot).

 

Zika outbreak

7. Peru has declared Zika outbreak as a health emergency across the northern half of the country after 102 people were infected with the virus. 

 

The 90-day health emergency was declared to prevent the spread of the disease.

So far 34 cases of disease (principally transmitted by mosquitos) were detected in pregnant women.

 

 

8. The Union Government has started the operation ‘Sankat Mochan’ to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in South Sudan’s capital Juba.

 

Sankat Mochan in Hindi means reliever from troubles.

The operation is being undertaken by Indian Air Force (IAF) and will be headed by Union Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs General (Retd.) VK Singh.

 

11th ASEM9. The eleventh edition of Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) or ASEM2016 began in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. 

 

The theme of the Summit is ‘Partnership for the Future through Connectivity‘.

World leaders including from the leaders of 51 member countries and the representatives of European Union and Asian are attending the two day summit.

Asia-Europe Meeting Summit

 

10. The eleventh edition of the Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) or ASEM2016 has issued Ulaanbaatar Declaration.

 

The declaration has reaffirmed ASEM’s commitment for greater partnership through informal political dialogue and initiatives in economic and socio-cultural fields.

It also has expressed its commitment for united fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

 

11. The Lifeline Express, the world’s first hospital on a train of Indian Railways has completed 25 years of service to the poor and underprivileged masses of rural India.

 

To mark the occasion and celebrate the success of the train a function was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

 

12. UNESCOlisted Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex and Sikkim’s national park home to the world’s third highest peak Mount Khangchendzonga among its World Heritage Sites, approving all three nominations linked to India this session.

 

India now has 35 sites in the prestigious UNESCO list.

 

13. Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch have arrived at Port Kelang on a four day visit, as part of deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea and Western Pacific.

 

Laval University

14. Researchers from Laval University based in Quebec City, Canada are going to conduct the world’s first Zika vaccine test on humans.

 

They are first international researchers team in the world to complete all of the steps in the regulatory process for the test.

The development of the Zika vaccine has been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada.

Until now, vaccines have been tested on mice.

 

15. According to latest UNCTAD estimates, globally, the electronic commerce, or ecommerce, market is worth around $22.1 trillion.

 

China is the world’s largest business-to-consumer (B2C) ecommerce market, both in terms of sales and in number of online shoppers, followed by the US and Japan.

India, the 10th largest market in terms of buyers, was ahead of Brazil and Russia in per capita ecommerce spend, the report said.

 

16. Seven Indian companies have made it to the latest Fortune 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in terms of revenue with the retail giant Walmart topping the global rankings.

 

Seven Indian companies The seven companies are:

Indian Oil Corp – 161st position

RIL – 215th position

SBI – 232nd position

Bharat Petroleum – 233rd position

Hindustan Petroleum – 234th position

Tata Motors – 226th position

Rajesh Jewelers – 423rd position

The overall list was topped by retail giant Walmart with revenue of $482,130 million.

 

17. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in the country.

 

The emergency was declared in response to the failed coup that happened on 15 July 2016.

 

18. According to the industry’s representative body Nasscom, the Global software major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the top employer in the Indian IT industry.

 

The list is followed by Infosys, Cognizant and Wipro respectively.

 

19. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared Brazil free of measles, after no case of the disease was registered in the year 2015.

The WHO had worked along with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to eradicate the disease.

 

20. The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands has ruled against Antrix Corporation in the case with Devas Corporation over sharing of spectrum on satellites.

 

Sports:

 

1. The Argentina women’s team has claimed a record seventh International Hockey Federation (FIH) Champions Trophy title with a 2-1 win over reigning World and Olympic champions, the Netherlands, in the final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

 

Various titles given as follows:

Best player: Carla Rebecchi (Argentina)

Best junior player: Maria Granatto (Argentina)

Best goalkeeper: Joyce Sombroek (Netherlands)

 

2. Sanjeev Rajput, Ace Indian shooter has won the silver medal in men’s 50-metre rifle 3 position event of the ISSF World Cup held in Baku, Ajerbaijan.

 

 He shot 456.9 points to win the silver medal.

 

2016 Rio Olympics3. Amul, India’s largest food products marketing organization has become the official sponsor of Indian contingent to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

 

Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells its product under the brand Amul has inked an agreement with Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

Amul will use its famous tagline, Amul Doodh Pita hai India to cheer the Indian contingent.

 

4. The Union Sports Ministry has granted recognition to Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).

 

It was granted after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced temporary lifting of suspension on it.

This recognition gives a huge confidence boost to the several para-athletes who have qualified for 2016 Rio Paralympics.

 

 

5. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has become the first from the country to play in the Europa league competition.

 

Sameer Mon, the veteran sprinter of India, won gold in 100 meter dash in 10.60 seconds at the 56th National Inter-state Senior Athletics Championships in Hyderabad.

Austrian Grand Prix title

 

6. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) has won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix title of Formula One.

 

It was his third title of the 2016 season.

Rankings:-

1st position: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) of Mercedes.

2nd position: Sebastian Vettel (Germany) of Ferrari.

3rd position: Daniel Ricardo (Australia) of Red Bull.

4th position: Felipe Massa (Brazil) of Williams.

5th position: Romain Grosjean (France) Haas.

Top Teams: Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and William.

 

7. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian football player to play in UEFA Europa League.

 

B Sai Praneeth

8. B Sai Praneeth, Ace Indian shuttler has won the 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton title in the men’s singles category.

 

In the final match played at Calgary Praneeth defeated Lee Hyun II of South Korea by 21-12, 21-10 score.

 

 

9. Niranjan Mukundan, Para swimmer has won eight medals at the Niranjan Mukundanrecently-concluded IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) U-23 World Games held in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

Of the 8 medal’s Niranjan bagged three gold medals in 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events.

He won two silver medals in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, and three bronze medals in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.

 

2016 Wimbledon Championships

10. The 2016 Wimbledon Championships was held from 27 June to 10 July 2016.

 

It was the 130th edition of the championships and the 49th edition in the Open Era.

The tournament had taken place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom.

 Know the Winners

Men’s Singles Title - Andy Murray

Women’s Singles Title - Serena Williams

Men’s Doubles Title - French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut

Women’s Doubles Title - US pair of Serena Williams and Venus Williams

Mixed Doubles Title - Henri Kontinen (Finland) and Heather Watson (United Kingdom) pair

 

11. Portugal has won the 2016 UEFA European football championship (Euro Cup 2016) by defeating host France.

 

It was Portugal’s first UEFA European Championship title.

Various Awards given are as follows:

Golden Boot: Antoine Griezmann (France) – 6 goals, 2 assists

Silver Boot: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 3 goals, 3 assists

Bronze Boot: Olivier Giroud (France) – 3 goals, 2 assists

Young Player of the Tournament: Renato Sanches (Portugal) – aged 18

 

Harika Dronavalli

12. Harika Dronavalli, India’s Chess Grand Master has won the Fide Women’s Grand Prix trophy in Chendu, China.

 

It was her maiden career GP title.

She won this title by defeating Russia’s Olga Girya.

 

13. Vijender Singh, the boxing star from India clinched the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title at the Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi.

 

To win the title he defeated former WBC European champion Kerry Hope.

 

14. Court of Arbitration for SportThe Court of Arbitration for Sport today dismissed a Russian appeal against a ban imposed by athletics governing body the IAAF over state-run doping, barring the country’s track and field team from the Rio Games.

 

The International Olympic Committee had said the CAS ruling will help shape its decision on whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games.

 

15. Lewis HamiltonMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) has won the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix title of Formula One.

 

It his overall fourth Hungarian Grand Prix title after winning it in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013.

Thus he holds record of most wins with 5 wins.

 

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16. Indian shooter Manavaditya Rathore has won the trap bronze medal in the Champion of Champions match at the Junior World Cup in Porpetto, Italy. Manavaditya won the bronze medal in trap event.

 

Anant Naruka also won a bronze medal in the Champion of Champions in skeet event of the Junior World Cup.

 

International Cricket Council (ICC)

17. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has selected Muttiah Muralitharan, Karen Rolton, Arthur Morris and George Lohmann to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

 

They will be presented with commemorative caps to honour their contribution to the game of cricket in order to mark their induction.

 

Awards & Recognition:

 

Viswanathan Anand

1. World Champion Viswanathan Anand was conferred the “Honoris Causa” Doctor of Science by Indian Institute Of Technology (IIT) during its 49th convocation ceremony.

 

He was bestowed with the degree by NITI aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya.

He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92.

In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sports person to receive the award.

 

Dr. BC Roy national awards

2. President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday presented the Dr. BC Roy national awards for 2008, 2009 and 2010 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

 

These awards were presented on the occasion of National Doctors’ Day observed on July 1 to pay honour and tribute to India’s most famous physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.

The awardees are as follows:

2010: Nikhil C. Munshi, O.P. Kalra, Tejinder Singh, Subash Gupta, Amrinder Jit Kanwar, Rajendra Prasad and Glory Alexander’

2009: H. Sancheti, Renu Saxena, Atul Kumar, A.K. Kriplani, Kanan A. Yelikar, H.S. Bhanushali, G.V. Rao, Moti Lal Singh, C.N. Purandare and C.V. Hari Narayan.

2008: Rajeshwar Dayal, Mammen Chandy, Neelam Mohan, Rohit V. Bhatt, Mohan Kameswaran, Harsha Jauhari, Gopal H. Badlani and Yash Gulati.

 

 

Lidudumalingani 3. Lidudumalingani, South African writer, filmmaker and photographer has won the 17th edition of prestigious Caine Prize 2016.

 

He was bestowed with this prestigious award for his short story “Memories We Lost”.

4. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 51st Jnanpith Award on renowned Gujarati writer and litterateur Dr.Raghuveer Chaudhari at a function in New Delhi. 

 

He was awarded with India’s highest literary honour carrying a cash prize, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati for the year 2015.

He has authored more than 80 books and some of his notable novels include Amrita, Venu Vatsala, Uparvas, Purvarang and Laagni Samjyaa Vinaa Chuuta Padvanu.

 

5. Aditya Puri, the chief executive and managing director of the second largest private sector lender HDFC Bank, has been ranked as the best banking CEO in Asia by the investor community.

 

Captain Radhika Menon

6. Captain Radhika Menon was selected for the 2016 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

 

She has been selected for the prestigious award for her role in the rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal in June 2015.

She is also the first female to receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

 

Didi Akinyelure

7. Nigerian journalist and presenter Didi Akinyelure has won the second   BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

 

As part of the award, she will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September 2016.

It will provide her opportunity to gain skills and experience by attending a course with BBC Academy.

 

Rohit Khandelwal 8. Indian actor, model, television personality Rohit Khandelwal won the prestigious 2016 Mr. World title.

 

With this he became first Indian and first Asian to win the Mr. World title.

Fernando Alberto Alvarez Soto (Puerto Rico) was named the first runner-up and Aldo Esparza Ramirez (Mexico) was named the second runner-up.

 

9. Kerala Tourism has secured two Gold Awards at the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) awards in recognition of its trendsetting marketing initiatives.

 

The two gold medals for ‘Marketing Media’ are in the categories of ‘Travel Advertisement Broadcast Media’ and ‘E-Newsletter’, which were clinched by the successful ‘Visit Kerala’ television commercial campaign and the popular Kerala Tourism E-Newsletter respectively.

 

10. Avasarala KanyakumariRenowned violinist Avasarala Kanyakumari from south India was selected for the prestigious 2016 Sangita Kalanidhi Award.

 

She becomes first female violinist chosen in the history of this prestigious award.

 

11. Two Indians, social activist Bezwada Wilson and musician TM Krishna, have won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016.

 

Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016

The other 6 awardees are:

Bezwada Wilson (India)

Thodur Madabusi Krishna (India)

Conchita Carpio Morales (Philippines)

Dompet Dhuafa (Indonesia)

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (Japan)

Vientiane Rescue (Laos)

 

Mohun Bagan Ratna (jewel)

12. The Mohun Bagan FC has conferred club’s highest decoration Mohun Bagan Ratna (jewel) on legendary Indian Footballer Syed Nayeemuddin.

 

Now, he became 16th recipient of the prestigious award which is bestowed upon person for making seminal contribution to the success of the club.

13. The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award on famous adman Srinivasan K.Swamy.

 

Mergers & Acquisitions:

 

1. E-commerce major Flipkart and Royal Enfield have entered into collaboration.

 

Flipkart will sell complete range of accessories of Royal Enfield.

 

Google acquired Moodstocks

2. Search Giant Google acquired Moodstocks, a startup based out of Paris that develops machine-learning based image recognition technology for smartphones.

 

Moodstocks’ on-device image recognition software for smartphones will be phased out as it joins Google.

3. Mahindra Aerostructures, a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra have bagged a Tier 1 supplier contract to supply airframe parts for Airbus’s AS565 MBe Panther helicopter.

 

With this, Mahindra Aerostructures becomes the first Indian company to receive a direct manufacturing contract from Airbus (European aviation major) as a Tier 1 supplier.

 

Yahoo

4. US internet firm Yahoo is being acquired by American telecom giant Verizon Communications for $4.8bn (32000 Crore) in cash.

 

Yahoo will be combined with AOL, another faded internet star, which Verizon bought last year.

 

5. According to theGlobal payments leader SWIFT, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank have become the first domestic lenders to sign up for its global payments innovation initiative, which already has over 70 other leading banks globally.

 

Myntra has acquired Jabong

6. Flipkart’s unit Myntra, has acquired Jabong from Global Fashion Group to become India’s biggest fashion shopping destination.

 

This acquisition will strengthen Flipkart Group’s position in Fashion and Lifestyle segment to compete with Amazon Fashion in India.

 

 

Appointments & Resignations:

 

1. D. K. Hota has been appointed as Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) with effect from July 1.

 

Prior to assuming his office, he was the Director (HR) on the board of the company.

 

2. M V Dhekane, Noted scientist has assumed the office of Director of ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).

 

Earlier he also had held various significant positions in ISRO at VSSV such as Deputy Director, Control, Guidance & Simulation Entity, Chief Controller and Associate Director (R&D).

 

3. Sudarshan Sen has been as Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

 

He will replace NS Vishwanathan who was elevated as Deputy Governor of RBI.

 

Tathagata Roy
4. Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has sworn in as the acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.

 

He has been given the additional charge of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh during the leave of absence of incumbent Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa.

 

5. Sanjay Gupta was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL).

 

Sushila Karki

6. Sushila Karki has become the first woman Chief Justice of Nepal after taking oath of office and secrecy at a special programme organized at the Presidential Residence, Sheetal Niwas.

 

She will head the judiciary till June 6, 2017.

The oath was administered by President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

 

7. Ashok Patnaik, senior IPS officer has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) by Union Government.

 

He will succeed Raghu Raman, the first CEO of NATGIRD.

The post was under the additional charge of former special secretary Ashok Prasad till January 2016.

 

8. KVR Murthy was appointed as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of the Jute Corporation of India Limited (JCIL).
9. Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi senior IAS officer has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

 

Pema Khandu

10. Pema Khandu was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar.

 

Governor Tataghata Roy administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to him.

 

Malcolm Turnbull

11. Malcolm Turnbull was sworn as Prime Minister of Australia for second term after a narrow victory in the federal election.

 

He became the 29th Prime Minister of the country.

He was administered oath to the office by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Australia.

 

12. Senior IAS officer Guruprasad Mohapatra was appointed as Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI).

 

Prior to this appointment he was working as Joint Secretary in Union Ministry of Commerce from the past two years.

 

13. Senior IAS officer A. B. P. Pandey was today appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

 

UIDAI issues Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number that serves as a proof of identity and address anywhere in the country.

 

National Museum14. Former Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official Dr. Budha Rashmi Mani was appointed as Director General (DG) of National Museum.

 

He is also serving as the General Secretary of the Indian Archaeological Society (IAS). He edits the journal Puratattva of IAS.

 

15. BJP leader and New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi has been appointed as the chairperson of the Committee of Privileges of the Lok Sabha.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

16. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been named as the face and brand ambassador of the Craig McDermott International Cricket Academy (CMICA).

 

CMICA is a leading, state of the art private cricket and educational sports academy in Australia.

 

17. The European Union (EU’s) executive has appointed Michel Barnier, as its Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc.

 

He is former French Financial Services Commissioner.

 

Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale18. Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court.

 

He succeeds Justice D.Y. Chandrachud whowas appointed judge of Supreme Court.

 

 

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Economics & Banking GK:

 

1. India Post opened up the ongoing scheme of customized printing of ‘My India PostStamp’ for individuals and corporate also.

 

Under the scheme an individual or a corporate entity can get their photo or logo printed inside the postage stamp at a price of 12 lakh rupees.

As per reports, this time there will be 5000 sheets comprising 60000 postage stamps.

These stamps can be used for general postal mail.

 

2. The Union Government has decided to enhance financial powers of its Ministries, Departments for appraisal and approval of Non-Plan Schemes or Projects.

 

Union Finance Ministry has issued a notification in order to expedite appraisal and approval process in the Union Government Ministries and Departments.

 

3. HDFC Bank launched SME Bank, touted as India’s full-fledged banking service for small and medium enterprises (SME).

 

The new entity would allow clients access full bouquet of services instantly on 24×7 basis over personal computers or mobile phones.

 

4. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EuroInternational Monetary Fundpean Union (EU) has created significant uncertainty.

 

It will dampen growth in the near term, particularly in the UK, but with repercussions for Europe and the global economy.

IMF predicts that macroeconomic and financial market impacts in the UK and EU due to Brexit will radiate outward across the globe.

 

5. State Bank of India (SBI) has signed an agreement with the World Bank worth 4,200 crore rupees ($625 million).

 

The aim is to support its grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (GRPV) programme.

The programme also aims at improving the investment climate for solar PV, and increase the ease of doing rooftop business.

 

6. The State Bank of India (SBI) launched SBI Mingle, a social media banking platform for Facebook and SBI MingleTwitter users.

 

It will allow SBI’s customers to access various banking services via these social platforms.

To avail services from this platform, customers will have to register for it through a simple one time registration process using either their social account number or their ATM/Debit Card details.

 

7. The State Bank of India (SBI) has signed a MoU with the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) at IIT Bombay to promote innovation by start-ups in the financial sector.

 

The SINE is IIT Bombay’s technology business incubator to promote innovation by startups in the financial sector.

 

India and the Asian Development Bank8. India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a 100 million dollars loan agreement.

 

The MoU was for irrigation projects, drainage system and water management in Vennar sub-basin of Cauvery delta in Tamil Nadu.

It will improve water management and strengthen embankments of 6 major irrigation water channels in Vennar system.

 

Reserve Bank of India9. The Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to exchange up to 20 pieces of soiled currency notes with a maximum value of Rs. 5,000 over the counter free of charge in an effort to improve customer service.

 

However, if the number of notes to be exchanged is more than 20, banks can levy service charge.

 

10. The fourth tranche of the Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGB) scheme opened for subscription.

 

It is government securities denominated in grams of gold that offers an alternative to holding gold in physical form.

 

11. According to Standard & Poor’s (S&P), an International credit rating agency, the growth rate for India in the next two years will be 8%.

 

This is much higher than forecast of other international agencies.

IMF has forecast 7.4% growth in the next two years.

 

12. The All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) has named 5,610 willful defaulters, who collectively defrauded public sector and private sector banks in India of a staggering amount of Rs. 58,792 crore as on March 2016.

 

Group of 20

13. The Finance Ministers from the Group of 20 (G-20) major economies have pledged to boost the global economy, which is showing a weak recovery.

They expressed concern about Britain’s plan to leave the European Union and how Brexit will affect the world’s economy.

 

14. The RBI has imposed penalties of Rs 5 crore and Rs 3 crore on PSU lenders Bank of Baroda and Punjab National Bank, respectively.

 

15. The Centre has published the implementation notification of the 7th Pay Commission, stating that central government employees will get the revised pay from August.

 

Indian Stock Exchanges

16. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for raising foreign shareholding limit from current 5% to 15% in Indian Stock Exchanges.

 

It will help in bringing the investment limit of foreign entities at par with that of domestic institutions.

 

Bills – New & Amendments:

 

1. The Union Cabinet has given its approval to The High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016.

 

The Bill will change names of the High Courts based on the nomenclature cities they are located.

The Bill facilitates changing of the names of ‘Madras High Court as Chennai High Court’ and ‘Bombay High Court as Mumbai High Court’ respectively.

 

2. The Parliament has passed the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016.

 

It was passed to provide statutory status to the existing Regional Centre for Biotechnology in Faridabad, Haryana.

 

3. The Supreme Court has accepted major recommendations of Lodha Committee on reforms in BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), the world’s richest cricketing body.

 

4. The Rajya Sabha unanimously passed Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012.

 

5. The Bill seeks to amend the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 to widen the scope of the law against child labour and stricter punishments for violations.

 

6. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for introducing amendments to the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

 

Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016

7. The Lok Sabha has passed Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 of opening six new IITs.

The Bill seeks to amend the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 to add six new IITs as institutions of national importance.

 

8. The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the GST (goods & services tax) constitutional amendment Bill in order to incorporate suggestions made by states.

 

The Lok Sabha has passed comprehensive Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015 to curb domestic black money.

 

Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 20169. The Lok Sabha passed the Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

 

The bill seeks to amend the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 which provides Lokpal (at Centre) and Lokayukta (at States) statutory backing to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for related matters.

 

10. The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which forms part of the National Command Authority (NCA) has been added to the Second Schedule of the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005.

 

11. The Parliament has passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 after it was approved by the Rajya Sabha.

 

The bill provides for establishment of funds under the public accounts of the Centre and State levels for compensatory afforestation.

 

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):

 

1. The World Bank Group has signed an agreement with the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

 

It was signed to collaborate on increasing solar energy use around the world with the goal of mobilizing $1 trillion in investments by 2030.

The ISA is a group of 121 countries led by India and is headquartered in India.

 

2. Telecom-to-energy conglomerate Reliance Industries (RIL) and India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) have signed Subscription and Shareholders’ Agreement to set up payments bank.

 

As per the agreement, RIL will be the promoter with a 70 per cent equity contribution in the payments bank and SBI as joint venture will have 30 per cent equity contribution.

 

3. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has inked a MoU with Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) to check misleading advertisements in the food and beverages sector.

 

India and Tanzania

4. The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tanzania in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy.

 

The MoU will facilitate structured frame work for the cooperation between both countries for the promotion of Indian Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy in Tanzania.

 

5. The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mauritius in the field of Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation.

 

The MoU will encourage cooperation between both countries in the field of rural development and capacity building on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

 

India and Mozambique 6. India and Mozambique have signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in areas of drug trafficking, pulse trading and sports.

 

These MoUs were signed between two countries at Maputo, Mozambique in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique.

 

7. India and South Africa have signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) and agreements in four areas of bilateral co-operation.

 

Signed agreements are:

MoU on Tourism

MoU on Grass root innovation (Science and Technology)

MoU on Information and Communication technology (ICT)

MoU in Programme of Cooperation in Arts and Culture.

 

 

8. India and Tanzania have signed five agreements to accelerate bilateral ties between both nations.

 

 Different areas in which MoU signed, are as follows:

 Establishment of Vocational Training Centre at Zanzibar.

 Visa waiver agreement for Diplomatic/Official passport holders.

 Cooperation in the field of water resource management and development.

Line of Credit (LoC) of US 92 million dollars for rehabilitation and improvement of water supply system in Zanzibar.

 Joint Action Plan (JAP) between National Small Industries Corporation of India (NSIC) and Small Industries Development Organization Tanzania (SIDO).

 

State Bank of India 9. Bangladesh and India have signed an agreement for the construction of a 1,320 megawatt (MW) coal fired power plant near Sundarbans.

 

The agreement was signed between Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt) Limited (BIFPCL), the joint venture enterprise and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

 

Tata Advanced Systems Ltd 10. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) and US-based Bell Helicopter have signed a deal to jointly develop the helicopter market in India.

 

The MoU will help in to supporting India’s aviation and defence modernization initiatives with an emphasis on ‘Make in India’.

 

11. The Union Cabinet has approved the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016.

 

It will protect transgenders from discrimination.

Through this Bill the Union Government has evolved a holistic mechanism for the social, economic and educational empowerment of marginalized transgenders community.

 

12. The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has signed Statement of Intent (SoI) with tech giant Intel India to set up Atal Tinkering laboratories (ATL) under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

 

The aim of Atal Tinkering laboratories is to cultivate adaptive learning and innovation skills among young minds in the country.

 

13. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed seven unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with Indian taxpayers to reduce tax litigation.

 

The Union Cabinet has approved signing of the Air Services Agreement between India and Mozambique.

 

14. The Union Cabinet has apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Tunisia for strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Digital Economy.

 

15. The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post-facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Switzerland for cooperation in skill development.

 

16. India and Japan have signed a Social Security Agreement (SSA) and will come into force on 1 October 2016.

 

The SSA will benefit Indian and Japanese professionals and skilled workers working in each other’s country and will also boost bilateral business linkages.

 

17. Federal Bank has signed an agreement with Reliance Jio Money for one-click payment service.

 

This arrangement will help customers retain cash in their account and use it only when a transaction is made unlike other instances where a wallet will require the user to maintain balance exclusively in the wallet.

 

18.Indian Railway Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has joined hands with the State Bank of India.

 

The agreement was to chalk out a detailed plan for promotion of rail ticketing activities, including internet ticketing and unreserved ticketing system.

 

19. Vodafone M-Pesa, a mobile phone-based money transfer service, has tied up with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).

 

The motive of the agreemto enable consumers pay their electricity bills instantly.

Poseidon-8I (P8I)20. India has signed a defence deal with United States worth over $1 billion.

 

The MoU is to purchase four additional  long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft.

 

21. The Union Cabinet has approved Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between India and Cambodia to boost trade and business.

 

The Treaty seeks to promote and protect investments in either country with the objective of increasing bilateral investment flows.

 

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Science & Technology:

 

1. Ballistic missile Barak-8  Barak-8 was successfully tested from Balasore district of Odisha.

 

The missile was launched from test fired from launch pad no-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.

The Barak-8 is India’s new surface to air missile which is developed jointly with the Israel.

 

 

2. The first squadron of indigenously designed and manufactured Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas was inducted into Indian Air Force (IAF)

.

State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over the first two Tejas aircrafts to IAF as part squadron at the Aircraft System Testing Establishment in Bengaluru.

 

3. India’s first integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) was launched by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in South Block, Delhi.

 

It will enable India Army, Air force, Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process.

 

4. Scientists for the first time have found clear evidence that the thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal.

 

Ozone layer in the atmosphere’s stratospheric layer comprises of Ozone (O3), an allotrope of oxygen.

It plays important role in blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the Sun.

 

HD 131399Ab 5. A team of international astronomers for the first time have sighted a Jovian planet orbiting a triple star system.

 

The planet has been named as HD 131399Ab.

It was sighted by team of astronomers led by University of Arizona using the SPHERE instrument on European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope in Chile.

 NASA’s Juno spacecraft

 

6. NASA’s Juno spacecraft has successfully entered into the orbit of Jupiter on 4th July 2016 and started orbiting solar system’s most massive planet.

 

The spacecraft was launched by NASA as part of its New Frontiers program in 2011 to study Jupiter’s composition, gravity field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere.

Juno will have mission life of 20 months from July 2016 to Feb 2018.

 

 

7. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has given its approval to extend New Horizons mission to investigate a mysterious object deep in the Kuiper Belt.

 

It will investigate a mysterious object known as 2014 MU69 located deep in the Kuiper Belt.

 

8. Researchers from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium have built a super-sensitive electronic nose comprising of chemical sensors metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

 

It has ability to detect pesticides and nerve gas in very low concentrations by analyzing their chemical makeup.

 

9. The second unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), India’s largest nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu became operational.

 

The 1,000 Megawatt (MW) capacity plant attained criticality after the second unit became operational.

Now the power generation of Unit 2 will be stepped up to full capacity of 1000 MW in phases and will be synchronized with the grid.

 

State Bank of India

10. Indian Navy has commissioned INS Karna, an independent base of Marine Commandos (MARCOS) at Bheemunipatanam Naval Base, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

 

It was commissioned by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba at the commissioning ceremony held at Bheemunipatanam Naval Base.

 

11. The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully conducted proof firing tests of Armament system for 155 mm x 52 calibre New Advanced Towed Artillery Artillery Gun System (ATAGS).

 

12. The Union Government has launched Transforming India Website (www.transformingindia.mygov.in).

 

It is a repository for sharing the impact of various governance initiatives with citizens in real-time.

It was launched by the Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi.

 

13. The Union Commerce Ministry has launched an e-marketplace portal for online purchase of goods and services by various central government ministries and departments.

 

It was launched by the Union Minister of State (MoS) Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi.

 

14.Aquila Social networking giant Facebook’s Internet drone named ‘Aquila’ has passed first full-scale test.

 

This was the first time using the full-scale drone.

 The flight test was undertaken in Yuma, Arizona (US) and was only meant to last for 30 minutes.

But the test went so well that the plane was kept flying for up for 96 minutes.

 

15. AG600China has completed the production of the world’s largest amphibious aircraft dubbed as the AG600.

 

It was unveiled by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in the southern port city of Zhuhai.

 

16. Brazilian scientists have identified Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito infected by the Zika virus as another type of Zika-transmitting mosquito.

 

17. Scientists are working towards storing digital data in the base sequence of DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid).

Thus they are seeking to make the genetic material capable to store data for long time in durable format as an archive data for the future.

 

18. The Government of Karnataka has set-up a dedicated start-up cell for speeding up the implementation of the initiatives under its start-up policy.

 

This is the first time in India that a government has come up with a dedicated Start-up.

 

IMD19. The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has announced that India Meteorological Department (IMD) will use supercomputer to forecast India’s annual summer monsoon.

 

The forecast made by a supercomputer will be based on a dynamical monsoon model and will be operational from year 2017.

 

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Important Dates:

 

1. The World Population Day is observed across the world on July 11.World Population Day

The motive was attention on the urgency and importance of population issue.

2016 Theme was “Investing in teenage girls”.

It focuses on the empowerment of teenage girls.

 

World Youth Skills Day 2. The World Youth Skills Day is observed globally on 15th July every year to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.

 

The aim is to create more awareness on training and the development of skills for the youth of today and to create better employment opportunities for the youth.

2016 Theme for celebrating the day was “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment”.

 

Nelson Mandela International Day 3. Nelson Mandela International Day was observed across the world on 18 July 2016 to honour the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).

 

The day is aimed at inspiring individuals to take action to help change the world for the better.

4. Kargil Vijay Diwas is observed on 26 July every year in honour of the Kargil War Heroes.

 

On this day, 26 July 1999, India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders.

 

World Hepatitis Day5. The World Hepatitis Day is being observed every year on July 28 around the globe to spread awareness about viral hepatitis.

 

The aim is to encourage diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Hepatitis.

2016 Theme was “Elimination” that focuses on elimination of hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030

 

Death:

 

1. Dr. Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere, renowned Marathi literary scholar passed away after prolonged illness in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 86.

 

He was an Insightful scholar who has unraveled the Cultural linkage between the past and the present through his path-breaking literally research.

 

Alvin Toffler

2. Alvin Toffler, the Famous author of Future Shock, passed away on in Los Angeles, United States. He was 87. 

Toffler’s book Future Shock outlines people’s anxiety at the pace of social change in the 1960s.

 

3. Om Prakash Sonik, noted music director passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra after a brief illness. He was 77.

 

He was composer part of the Sonik-Omi duo consisting of Master Sonik (a blind music director) and his nephew Omi.

 

4. Noted Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid passed away due to multiple organ failure in Gurugram, Haryana. He was 56.

 

 Mohammed Shahid

Mohammed Shahid was a member of the V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a Gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

His biggest contribution to the game of Hockey was the ‘half push- half hit’.

It was a stroke he used to hit the ball using the same grip used to dribble the ball.

He also received Arjuna Award (1981) and Padma Shri (1986).

 

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5. Legendary playback singer Mubarak Begum passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra after a prolonged illness. She was 80.

 

She is known for her singing scores of songs, duets and ghazals for Bollywood,mainly during the 1950s-1970s.

 

6. Former French cyclist Dominique Arnaud has died at the age of Dominique Arnaud60, after a hard-fought battle with cancer, his family announced.

 

Arnaud took part on 11 occasions in the Tour de France and won three stages of the Vuelta a Espana, reports Efe.

 

 

7. Former India International footballer Marto Gracias passed away in Marto GraciasMumbai on Sunday evening following a cardiac arrest. He was 75.

 

The striker is best remembered for his performance in the 1967 Merdeka Cup in Kuala Lumpur, where he scored four goals.

 

 

 

8. Arundhati Ghose, an eminent diplomat passed away at the age of 76.Arundhati Ghose

She was India’s ambassador to the UN and played a decisive role in India’s negotiations on Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

She had served in a number of positions including in Indian Missions in Austria, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, South Korea and Egypt.

She was also the first Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Offices in Geneva.

Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao

 

9. Dr. Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao, famous agricultural scientist passed away in Hyderabad, Telangana following a brief illness. He was 89.

 

He is famously known as “Father of Hybrid Sorghum”.

He is also famous for his basic and applied research in breeding and agronomy of several dryland crops.

 

Mahasweta Devi10. Eminent author and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal after a multi-organ failure. She was 91.

 

Her writings had mainly focused on the marginalized communities in the country and served as the voice of the oppressed and downtrodden.

 

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