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Current Affairs Today – 12th and 13th July 2020

NEWS AT A GLANCE

  1. July 12 was declared by the United Nations as World Malala Day on July 12, 2013 to honour the young activist, Malala Yousafzai.
  2. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Qatar-based Education Above All (EAA) Foundation have signed an agreement to carry out $100 million in joint projects to put out-of-school and at-risk children into quality primary education.
  3. Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched the Central Armed Police Forces-CAPFs nationwide tree plantation drive.
  4. Chhattisgarh government has organised the first e-Lok Adalat of India amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual hearings were conducted through video conferencing under the e-Lok Adalat along with its live streaming.
  5. MP government will now run a Roko -Toko (रोको टोको) means stop and campaign for those who do not wear masks.
  6. The Nagaland government has banned the import and sale of dog meat in the State.
  7. In Uttar Pradesh, Swarms of Locusts have caused severe damage to crops at various places in the state.
  8. In Jammu and Kashmir, District Development Commissioner Anantnag KK Sidha inaugurated “One Nation One Ration Card” at Food Civil Supplies & Consumer and Public Distribution (FCS & CAPD) sale outlet at Nai Basti in Anantnag
  9. The first-ever Bus Service in history was started on 10th July 2020 for the people of Swabhiman Anchal (located in Malkangiri district of Odisha).
  10. Lee Hsien Loong has become the Prime Minister of Singapore after the ruling People’s Action Party won the General Elections held in the country.
  11. The Incumbent President of Poland- Andrzej Duda has secured a victory in the 2020 Presidential Election of Poland on 12th July 2020.
  12. The fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 has entered the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey.
  13. Jharkhand government signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with HDFC Bank to provide digital payment solutions to the state’s transport department.
  14. The United States-based Multinational Corporation-Qualcomm has informed on 12th July 2020 that it has invested Rs 730 crore in Reliance Industries’ subsidiary company- Jio Platforms.
  15. The World Health Organization (WHO) has set up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.
  16. NTPC Ltd has been awarded with the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019. The central PSU under Ministry of Power has been awarded under Outstanding Accomplishment in Corporate Excellence Category.
  17. Arunachal Pradesh filmmaker Kezang D Thongdok has bagged the Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2020 for a short documentary “Chi Lupo“.
  18. Institute for Human Development (IHD), an Indian non-profit institution conferred with ‘Development Marketplace Award 2020:Innovations to Address Gender-Based Violence’ from World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) for the project alcohol, intimate partner violence and household economy: an assessment of liquor ban in Bihar.
  19. The Hockey India Executive Board has named former chief executive officer (CEO) of Manipur Hockey, Gyanendro Ningombam, as the new Officiating President of Hockey India.
  20. United States (US) based Aerospace Company Boeing, has delivered the last 5 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Air Force Station, Hindan, Uttar Pradesh.
  21. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the Styrian Grand Prix 2020, held on 12 July 2020 in Spielberg, Austria.
  22. “ATL App Development Module” has been launched by the NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) for school students nationwide.
  23. The book titled ‘A Song of India’ authored by Ruskin Bond to be released on July 20, 2020, which will mark the 70th year of the author’s literary career.
  24. Veteran Gujarati journalist, columnist, writer and political analyst Nagindas Sanghvi passed away in Surat
  25. Renowned Punjabi and Hindi film and television actor Ranjan Sehgal, who acted in the film Sarbjit, has passed away due to multiple organ failure. He was 36.
  26. One of the most senior and popular cartoonist of Gujarat, Avad Bin Hassan Jami, has passed away in Jamnagar. He was 77.
  27. Actress, model and singer Divya Chouksey has passed away after battling cancer.
  28. A member of the England 1966 World-Cup winning team, Jack Charlton passed away.
  29. The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given its approval to ‘Itolizumab’ injection for the treatment of COVID-19 patients with restricted emergency use only in case of moderate to severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) patients.
  30. The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia’s Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology has successfully completed the Human Clinical Trials.

NEWS IN DETAILS

IMPORTANT DAYS AND THEMES

Malala Day Observed on July 12

  • July 12 was declared by the United Nations as World Malala Day on July 12, 2013 to honour the young activist, Malala Yousafzai.
  • July 12 also marks the birth anniversary of Yousafzai, the Pakistani human rights activist, and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
  • On her 16th birthday, falling on 12 July 2013, Yousafzai delivered speech at the UN to call for worldwide access to education of women and children.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

ADB, Education Above All Foundation agree to work together for quality Primary Education for out-of-school children

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Qatar-based Education Above All (EAA) Foundation have signed an agreement to carry out $100 million in joint projects to put out-of-school and at-risk children into quality primary education.
  • The two organizations will implement projects in up to 10 countries to ensure that at least 320,000 out-of-school children, including refugees and internally displaced children, realize their right to a quality primary education.
  • The 10 countries initially selected for projects are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

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ADB: Asian Development Bank

  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Masatsugu Asakawa
  • Membership: 68 countries

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Union Home Minister Amit Shah launches CAPFs nationwide tree plantation drive

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched the Central Armed Police Forces-CAPFs nationwide tree plantation drive.
  • Under this drive, saplings were planted by the jawans of Central Armed Police Forces in Chhattisgarh.
  • The personnel of BSF, CRPF, ITBP and CISF – deployed in Chhattisgarh for Anti-Naxal operations, planted saplings in their respective campuses as well as in their places of deployment.
  • By planting saplings, paramilitary forces are also playing their role in preserving and promoting the environment as well as to check the pollution and save the Earth.
  • All the CAPFs will undertake a drive in their respective organisations to achieve the collective target of planting more than 1.35 crore saplings by this month.

 STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

Chhattisgarh Government organises India’s first e-Lok Adalat

  • Chhattisgarh government has organised the first e-Lok Adalat of India amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual hearings were conducted through video conferencing under the e-Lok Adalat along with its live streaming.
  • The “e-Lok Adalat” was organized by the High Court and Chhattisgarh State Legal Services Authority and was inaugurated by P R Ramchandra Menon, the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court.
  • The “e-Lok Adalat” were organized in order to bring relief to people and to reduce the pendency of cases amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • During the “e-Lok Adalat”, over 3,000 cases were heard in around 200 benches of 23 districts across the state.

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Chhattisgarh:

  • Statehood Day: November 1, 2000
  • Capital: Raipur
  • Chief Minister: Bhupesh Baghel
  • Governor: Anusuiya Uikey
  • Literacy Rate: 60.21%
  • National Park: Indravati (Kutru) National Park, Kanger Valley National Park, Guru Ghasi Das (Sanjay) National Park

MP govt to run ‘Roko -Toko’ campaign for those who do not wear masks

  • MP government will now run a Roko -Toko (रोको टोको) means stop and campaign for those who do not wear masks.
  • As the Use of masks is mandatory in all public places in the state.
  • Now selected voluntary organizations will provide masks to the people who do not wear masks in public places and will charge an amount of Rs 20 per mask from the concerned.
  • The collector will select voluntary organizations in the district for this work.
  • The number of persons available ,credibility and efficiency of the organization will be taken into consideration while making the selection.
  • Collectors will make available suitable places to these organizations for the distribution of masks.
  • The selected organizations will be provided 100 masks created under ‘Jeevan Shakti Yojana’ on credit.

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Madhya Pradesh:

  • Statehood Day: November 1, 1956
  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chauhan
  • Governor: Lalji Tandon (Additional Charge- Anandiben Patel)
  • National Park: Bandhavgarh NP, Fossil NP, Kanha NP, Madhav NP, Panna NP, Pench NP, Sanjay NP, Satpura NP

Nagaland govt bans import and sale of dog meat in the State

  • The Nagaland government has banned the import and sale of dog meat in the State.
  • Commercial import and trading of dogs and dog markets, and commercial sale of dog meat in markets and dine in restaurants will be banned in the state.
  • Any person found violating the order shall be liable to be punished under Section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

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Nagaland:

  • Statehood Day: December 1, 1963
  • Capital: Kohima
  • Chief Minister: Neiphiu Rio
  • Governor: N Ravi
  • State formed in: December 1, 1963
  • Literacy Rate: 80.11%

Locust swarms cause severe damage to crops in UP

  • In Uttar Pradesh, Swarms of Locusts have caused severe damage to crops at various places in the state.
  • Agriculture department ed farmers regarding the locusts and people are taking various steps to save crops from the attacking insects. a swarm of locusts that reached Sitapur district  has caused a big loss to crops  in  various villages of 10 blocks under four Tehsils  – Misrikh, Maholi Mahmudabad, and  Bisawan .

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Uttar Pradesh:

  • Statehood Day: January 26, 1950
  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Literacy Rate: 67.68%
  • Nation Park: Dudhwa National Park

J&K: ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme inaugurated in Anantnag

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, District Development Commissioner Anantnag KK Sidha inaugurated “One Nation One Ration Card” at Food Civil Supplies & Consumer and Public Distribution (FCS & CAPD) sale outlet at Nai Basti in Anantnag
  • The move is aimed at providing ration to the card holders at any place of the country. On the occasion, some migrant labourers of Uttar Pradesh were provided one month ration from the said sale outlet who has already been Aadhaar linked.
  • As per the scheme of the central government, the registered card holder is entitled to get ration for his family or for the persons residing at any place.

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Jammu & Kashmir:

  • Capitals- Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)
  • Lt Governor- Girish Chandra Murmu
  • National Parks: City Forest (Salim Ali) National Park, Dachigam National Park, Hemis National Park, Kishtwar National Park
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Baltal-Thajwas WLS, Changthang Cold Desert WLS, Gulmarg WLS, Jasrota WLS, Karakoram (Nubra Shyok) WLS etc

Odisha’s Swabhiman Anchal gets First-Ever Bus Service

  • The first-ever Bus Service in history was started on 10th July 2020 for the people of Swabhiman Anchal (located in Malkangiri district of Odisha).
  • The Bus Service was flagged off by MLA of the Chitrakonda Vidhan Sabha constituency.
  • The bus will be operated by Odisha Government’s-Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC).
  • At 9 am from Malkangiri (District Headquarter) the bus will leave for Jodamba (in Swabhiman Anchal) every day, the return bus will leave Jodamba at 6 pm every day.
  • The distance between Malkangiri and Jodamba is 190 Km.

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Odisha:

  • Statehood Day: January 26, 1950
  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • National Park: Bhitarkanika NP, Simlipal NP

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Lee Hsien Loong becomes Prime Minister of Singapore

  • Lee Hsien Loong has become the Prime Minister of Singapore after the ruling People’s Action Party won the General Elections held in the country.
  • PAP won 83 of the 93 seats contested in General Election. With this, Lee Hsien Loong has won a fourth term as the Prime Minister of Singapore.
  • Lee Hsien Loong is the 3rd Prime Minister of Singapore.
  • The People’s Action Party is the ruling party in Singapore since independence in 1965.
  • The General Elections held in Singapore are the only elections in South-East Asia, undertaken amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Singapore (Capital/Currency): Singapore/ Dollar

  • Prime Minister: Lee Hsien Loong

Andrzej Duda wins the 2020 Presidential Election

  • The Incumbent President of Poland- Andrzej Duda has secured a victory in the 2020 Presidential Election of Poland on 12th July 2020.
  • Andrzej Duda’s current term will expire on 6th August 2020, with this win, he will continue as the President of Poland for another five-year term.
  • The First Round of the 2020 Election for the Presidential post in Poland was conducted on 28th June 2020.
  • The Second-Round election was conducted on 12th July 2020.

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Poland (Capital/Currency): Warsaw/ Polish złoty

  • President: Andrzej Duda
  • Prime Minister: Mateusz Morawiecki

RANKS AND INDICES

India’s 2018 Tiger census sets new Guinness World Record for being largest camera trap wildlife survey

  • The fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 has entered the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey.
  • The country now has an estimated 2967 tigers as per the latest census.
  • With this number, India is home to nearly 75 percent of the global tiger population and has already fulfilled its resolve of doubling tiger numbers, made at St. Petersburg in 2010, well ahead of the target year of 2022.
  • Camera traps were placed in 26,838 locations across 141 different sites and surveyed an effective area of 1 lakh 21 thousand 337 square kilometres.
  • From the photographs, 2,461 individual tigers were identified using stripe-pattern-recognition software.

 AGREEMENTS AND MOU SIGNED

Jharkhand Govt signs MoU with HDFC to Offer Digital Payment Solutions to its Traffic Dept

  • Jharkhand government signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with HDFC Bank to provide digital payment solutions to the state’s transport department.
  • The MoU was signed in the presence of Transport Secretary K Ravi and the bank’s Circle Head, Abhishek Kumar.
  • The Digital solution solution will enable the traffic police to equip themselves with Point of Sale (POS) machines to collect traffic- related penalties.
  • The traffic rules violators can also use this online payment facility to pay a fine.

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Jharkhand:

  • Capital: Ranchi
  • Chief Minister: Hemant Soren.
  • Governor: Draupadi Murmu

HDFC Bank

  • CEO: Aditya Puri
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: August 1994, India
  • Parent organization: Housing Development Finance Corporation

ACQUISITION & MERGER

Qualcomm becomes 12th Foreign Investor in Jio Platforms in Last Three Months

  • The United States-based Multinational Corporation-Qualcomm has informed on 12th July 2020 that it has invested Rs 730 crore in Reliance Industries’ subsidiary company- Jio Platforms.
  • Rs 730 crore of investment will translate to 0.15 percent of an equity stake for Qualcomm in Jio Platforms.

Complete list of Investors of Jio Platforms

S.No

Investor

Investment Amount (in crores)

Stake Bought

1 Facebook, Inc. Rs 43,573.62 9.99%
2 Silver Lake Partners Rs 5,655.75 1.15%
3 Vista Equity Partners Rs 11,367.00 2.32%
4 General Atlantic Rs 6,598.38 1.34%
5 KKR Rs 11,367.00 2.32%
6 Mubadala Rs 9,093.60 1.85%
7 Silver Lake Partners (additional investment) Rs 4,546.80 0.93%
8 Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Rs 5,683.50 1.16%
9 TPG Rs 4,546.80 0.93%
10 L Catterton Rs 1,894.50 0.39%
11 PIF Rs 11,367.00 2.32%
12 Qualcomm Rs 730 0.15%

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RIL

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Chairman & Managing Director: Mukesh D. Ambani
  • Founder: Dhirubhai Ambani
  • Founded: 8 May 1973, Maharashtra

Qualcomm

  • Headquarters: San Diego, California, United States
  • CEO: Steven Mollenkopf
  • Founded: July 1985, San Diego, California, United States
  • Founders: Irwin M. Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi, Adelia A Coffman, Klein Gilhousen, Andrew Cohen, Harvey White, Franklin Antonio

RECENT COMMITTEES IN NEWS

WHO sets up independent panel to review its handling of COVID-19 pandemic

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has set up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.
  • The panel will be co-chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
  • The co-chairs will select the other members.
  • The decision to form the panel has been taken by WHO following strong criticism by US President Donald Trump, which accused the WHO of being China-centric.
  • The panel will provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health ministers in November and present a substantive report in May 2021.

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WHO:

  • Heads: Tedros Adhanom, Soumya Swaminathan, Jane Ellison
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded: 7 April 1948
  • Parent organization: United Nations Economic and Social Council

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL  AWARDS

NTPC wins CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2019

  • NTPC Ltd has been awarded with the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019. The central PSU under Ministry of Power has been awarded under Outstanding Accomplishment in Corporate Excellence Category.
  • It has also secured Commendation for Significant Achievement in Corporate social responsibility (CSR) category.
  • NTPC has been rewarded for its sustainability practices such as Girl Empowerment Mission (GEM) to benefit school going girls from underprivileged background to support in their overall development; Contractors’ Labour Information Management System (CLIMS) through which payment to contract labourers are being paid on the last day of the month at project sites.

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NTPC

  • Founded: 1975
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  • Owner: Government of India
  • Organization type: State-owned enterprise
  • Purpose: Electricity generation and distribution natural gas exploration, production, transportation and distribution

Kezang D Thongdok bags Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2020

  • Arunachal Pradesh filmmaker Kezang D Thongdok has bagged the Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2020 for a short documentary “Chi Lupo“. Chi Lupo, documented by Kezang D Thongdok is a short documentary on honey hunting.
  • Chi Lupo sketches the tradition of honey hunting practised in the Shertukpen community in which “Chi” means honey while “Lipo” means hunters.
  • This age-old tradition of honey hunting is slowly slithering away with each passing day.

IHD India Receives ‘Development Marketplace Award 2020’

  • Institute for Human Development (IHD), an Indian non-profit institution conferred with ‘Development Marketplace Award 2020: Innovations to Address Gender-Based Violence’ from World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) for the project alcohol, intimate partner violence and household economy: an assessment of liquor ban in Bihar.
  • Apart from India, other 8 non profit organizations from various countries have received this award.

APPOINTMENTS IN NEWS

Hockey India Names Manipur’s Gyanendro Ningombam as new Officiating President

  • The Hockey India Executive Board has named former chief executive officer (CEO) of Manipur Hockey, Gyanendro Ningombam, as the new Officiating President of Hockey India.
  • The decision was taken during an Emergent Executive Board meeting held on 10 July 2020, following the resignation of Mohd Mushtaaque Ahmad as the president of the Hockey India on 7th July citing personal and family commitments.
  • Ningombam had served as the CEO of Manipur Hockey between 2009 to 2014,. He has also served as the vice president of the sports governing body till 2018.

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Hockey India:

  • President: Mushtaque Ahmad
  • Founded: 20 May 2009
  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Sport: Field hockey
  • Affiliation: International Hockey Federation (FIH)
  • Affiliation date: 2011

DEFENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS

IAF Received Last 5 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from US Aerospace company Boeing

  • United States (US) based Aerospace Company Boeing, has delivered the last 5 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Air Force Station, Hindan, Uttar Pradesh.

Highlights:

  • This final 5 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters were part of a deal that was signed by Indian Government & Boeing in the year 2015 to deliver 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
  • These Apaches were deployed at the Leh air base amid stand-off with China in Ladakh.
  • AH-64E Apache is equipped with the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems.
  • It has an improved Modernized Target Acquisition Designation System
  • The helicopter provides day, night and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capability.

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Boeing:

  • Headquarter :Chicago, United States (U.S.)
  • Director : Robert A. Bradway

SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Lewis Hamilton Wins Styrian Grand Prix 2020

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the Styrian Grand Prix 2020, held on 12 July 2020 in Spielberg, Austria.
  • It was the second race of the 2020 Formula One World Championship and the first running of the Styrian Grand Prix.
  • Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Finland) finished second while Max Verstappen ( Red Bull- Belgium) was third.

WEBPORTALS & APP IN NEWS

NITI Aayog launches “ATL App Development Module”

  • “ATL App Development Module” has been launched by the NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) for school students nationwide.
  • These modules have been launched in collaboration with Indian startup Plezmo.
  • ATL App Development Module seeks to sharpen the skills of school students and converting them from App users to App makers in the coming times.
  • These modules will enable the young innovators to build mobile Apps in various Indian languages.
  • Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) is also seeking to train school teachers in order to build capacities and acumen for App Development.
  • This has been expected to become one of the largest App learning and development initiatives at a school level in any country.

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NITI Aayog

  • Website: niti.gov.in
  • Formed: 1 January 2015
  • Objectives: Foster involvement and participation in the economic policy-making process by the State Governments of India
  • Jurisdiction: Government of India
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Narendra Modi

BOOKS & AUTHORS

A Book Titled ‘A Song of India’ Authored by Ruskin Bond to be Released

  • The book titled ‘A Song of India’ authored  by Ruskin Bond  to be released on July 20, 2020, which will mark the 70th year of the author’s literary career.
  • The book is the 4th instalment in his memoir series(a written record of a person’s own life and experiences).
  • The book portrays his unknown life before he became a successful author. It is published by Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House India.
  • The book is about the 16 year old Ruskin Bond and about his struggles to start the writing journey.

OBITUARY

Veteran Gujarati journalist, columnist, writer Nagindas Sanghvi passes away at 100

  • Veteran Gujarati journalist, columnist, writer and political analyst Nagindas Sanghvi passed away in Surat yesterday.
  • He was 100 and suffering from acute asthma.
  • Sangvi was conferred Padma Shri award in the year 2019. He was in teaching at Bhavan’s College Andheri from 1951 to 1980.
  • Later he moved to Ruparel College, Mahim and Mithibai College, Vile Parle for teaching political science. He had written many books on Mahatma Gandhi, Gujarat and other subjects.

TV Actor Rajan Sehgal, who also starred in Sarabjit, passes away of multiple organ failure at 36

  • Renowned Punjabi and Hindi film and television actor Ranjan Sehgal, who acted in the film Sarbjit, has passed away due to multiple organ failure. He was 36.
  • He had also worked in television shows such as ‘Savdhan India’ and ‘Crime Patrol’.
  • Apart from featuring in Bollywood films like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda starer ‘Sarbjit’ in 2016, the actor also worked in many Punjabi movies.

Renowned Gujarati Cartoonist Avad Bin Hassan Jami passes away at 77

  • One of the most senior and popular cartoonist of Gujarat, Avad Bin Hassan Jami, has passed away in Jamnagar. He was 77.
  • He was popularly known as “Jami”.
  • His cartoons were regularly published in leading Gujarati daily newspapers and news magazines for more than two decades.
  • Jami was a drawing teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jamnagar and became a full time cartoonist after retirement.

Actor-Singer-Model Divya Chouksey passes away due to Cancer

  • Actress, model and singer Divya Chouksey has passed away after battling cancer.
  • Divya was one of the contestants in the Miss Universe India pageant in the year 2011.
  • Later she got featured in several music videos, TV shows, and a few films.
  • She made her Bollywood debut with the 2016 film ‘Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara’.
  • Divya also became a singer with her single titled ‘Patiyaale Di Queen.’

World Cup-winning footballer Jack Charlton passes away

  • A member of the England 1966 World-Cup winning team, Jack Charlton passed away.
  • He was also an integral part of the great Don Revie-managed Leeds United side that won the 1969 League title and the 1972 FA Cup.
  • He made a club record 773 appearances for Leeds United over a 23-year period as a player, becoming one of the all-time great central defenders in the game.
  • He was awarded the Republic’s most distinguished award, honorary Irish citizenship, in 1996.

MISCELLANEOUS

‘Itolizumab’ Injection gets DCGI Approval for Treatment of Moderate to Serve ARDS Patients

  • The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given its approval to ‘Itolizumab’ injection for the treatment of COVID-19 patients with restricted emergency use only in case of moderate to severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) patients.
  • DCGI has made it clear that written informed consent of the patient will be required by the authorities before administrating the Itolizumab injection.
  • The approval by the DCGI was given after satisfactory outcomes during the clinical trials conducted by the Expert Committee from All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on COVID-19 patients.

Itolizumab

  • Itolizumab is an anti-CD6 monoclonal antibody injection that is being used in India for the treatment of Psoriasis.
  • Bengaluru based biopharmaceutical company- Biocon Limited is the developer and the manufactures of the Itolizumab injection.

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DCGI: Drugs Controller General of India is a department of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization of the Government of India responsible for approval of licences of specified categories of drugs such as blood and blood products, IV fluids, vaccines, and sera in India.

  • Headquarters location: New Delhi

Russia’s Gamalei Institute’s COVID-19 Vaccine becomes the First in the World to Complete Human Clinical Trials

  • The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia’s Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology has successfully completed the Human Clinical Trials.
  • The trials on volunteers were conducted from 18th June 2020 at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.
  • At Sechenov University, the Director of Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology has informed that the First Group of Volunteers will be released on 15th July 2020 while the Second Group of Volunteers will be released next Monday (20th July 2020).

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Russia (Capital/Currency): Moscow/ Russian Rouble

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