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National – Across the India:
1. The 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.
2. 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.
3. India has contributed US 100,000 dollars to the 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
Haryana Government has launched Pashudhan Bima Yojana, an insurance cover scheme for cattle breeders in the state.
Pashudhan Bima Yojana will provide insurance cover to cattle breeders in the state at different premium rates for different animals.
International – Across the Globe:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
1. Mercedes 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.
2. 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.
3. 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:
1. Renowned 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.
2. Two Indians, social activist Bezwada Wilson and musician TM Krishna, have won the prestigious 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)
3. 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.
4. The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award on famous adman Srinivasan K.Swamy.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
1. 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
3. According to the Global 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.
4. 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. 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.
2. BJP leader and New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi has been appointed as the chairperson of the Committee of Privileges of the Lok Sabha.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court.
He succeeds Justice D.Y. Chandrachud who was appointed judge of Supreme Court.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. 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.
2. The RBI has imposed penalties of Rs 5 crore and Rs 3 crore on PSU lenders Bank of Baroda and Punjab National Bank, respectively.
3. The Centre has published the implementation notification of the 7th Pay Commission, stating that central government employees will get the revised pay from August.
4. 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 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Science & Technology:
1. China 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.
2. Brazilian scientists have identified Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito infected by the Zika virus as another type of Zika-transmitting mosquito.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed across the world on 30 July.
The aim is to raise awareness of the plight of victims of human trafficking and to protect their rights.
1. Former India International footballer Marto Gracias passed away in Mumbai 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.
2. Arundhati Ghose, an eminent diplomat passed away at the age of 76.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
Important Abbreviations used in the Article
|CSIR||Council of Scientific Industrial Research|
|PMSSY||Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana|
|BEWG||BRICS Employment Working Group|
|TCS||Tata Consultancy Services|
|WHO||World Health Organisation|
|PCA||Permanent Court of Arbitration|
|AAAI||Advertising Agencies Association of India|
|ASI||Archaeological Survey of India|
|GST||Goods & Services Tax|
|SFC||Strategic Forces Command|
|BIT||Bilateral Investment Treaty|
|MoES||Union Ministry of Earth Sciences|
|CTBT||Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty|
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