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Current Affairs Today – 31st July 2020

NEWS AT A GLANCE

  1. International Day of Friendship is observed globally on 30th July.
  2. Digital wallet company, MobiKwik has launched “mpay.me” UPI link service that allows users to send and receive money from any UPI payment app.
  3. Biocon Ltd, a global biopharmaceuticals company, announced that the board of its subsidiary Biocon Biologics India Limited has approved a primary equity investment by Tata Capital Growth Fund.
  4. Union Government has extended the deadline for filing income tax returns for 2018-19 fiscal by two months till 30th of September.
  5. The central government is working on a single window portal which will reduce the time for businesses to get clearances; further increasing India’s ranking in the ease of doing business.
  6. Phase Five of the Vande Bharat Mission is scheduled to start from the first of August.
  7. The Tamil Nadu government has passed an order to rename three metro rail stations in Chennai after three late Chief Ministers of the State.
  8. Jammu and Kashmir Government has established 12 AMRIT Pharmacies across the Union Territory to reduce Out of Pocket Expenditure for consumers.
  9. The Indian Railways has recently installed automatic lighting systems at three railways stations in Madhya Pradesh. The
  10. The Kerala government announced a new Entrepreneurship Development Programme to address the issues of shortage of working capital and availability of credit faced by start-ups and small entrepreneurs in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  11. The third and final mission to the red planet of the month lifted off on Thursday 30th July at 17:20 IST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
  12. The High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das jointly inaugurated the reconstructed Sree Sree Joykali Matar temple at Natore with the State Minister of ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
  13. Andhra Pradesh government and Amazon partner to train, assist women entrepreneurs to make toys and other items, and help them market the products.
  14. The Competition Commission it has approved Adani Power’s proposed purchase of 49 percent stake in Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd (OPGC).
  15. Guinness World Records honoured Indian math genius, Shakuntala Devi, with the long-overdue record title for ‘fastest human computation’, four decades after she achieved the feat.
  16. Dubai-based Indian-origin author Avni Doshi is among the 13 authors longlisted for the prestigious 2020 Booker Prize for her debut novel Burnt Sugar, alongside double Booker winner Hilary Mantel for The Mirror and The Light.
  17. The investment & wealth management subsidiary of Paytm, Paytm Money has appointed Varun Sridhar as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company.
  18. Hardik Satishchandra Shah has been appointed the Private Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on co-terminus basis.
  19. ICRA has appointed N Sivaraman as its new managing director and group chief executive officer for three years.
  20. Veteran Indian domestic allrounder, Rajat Bhatia has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  21. World Athletics has approved the new dates on July 30 for the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships Minsk 2020 and World U20 Championship Nairobi 2020.
  22. Stuart Broad joined one of cricket’s most exclusive clubs when he took his 500th Test wicket as England completed a series-clinching win over the West Indies at Old Trafford.
  23. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS), Kolkata, an autonomous research Institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India has developed “AJO-Neo”, a No-touch and Painless device for non-invasive screening of bilirubin level in new-borns.
  24. Researchers from Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H), in collaboration with the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), have developed an efficient method to derive ‘activated carbon electrode’ material from corn husk for high-voltage supercapacitors.
  25. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Nagpur in collaboration with IIT Jodhpur and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Nagpur has indigenously designed & developed a model for effective tracking and monitoring of COVID-19 positive and suspect patients.
  26. Guwahati Development Department Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya inaugurated city’s first manhole cleaning robot to ensure minimal human involvement to clean the sewers.
  27. Ayush Minister, Shripad Naik on July 30 chaired a webinar of AYUSH/health ministers of all the states and UTs in order to review the centrally sponsored scheme of National AYUSH Mission and the operationalization of AYUSH Health & Wellness centres.
  28. Folk musician and Padma Shri awardee, Sonam Tshering Lepcha passed away. He was 92.
  29. Veteran Bollywood actor Kumkum passed away. Her real name was Zaibunnissa.
  30. Malayalam actor, Anil Murali passed away.
  31. Marathi actor Ashutosh Bhakre allegedly died by suicide by hanging himself at his home in Nanded town in the Marathwada region.
  32. Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) will relocate ultraviolet (UV) tunnels, installed for sanitisation of passengers’ baggage at the departure forecourt to avoid the long queue and reduce the waiting time of passengers at the airport premises.

NEWS IN DETAILS

IMPORTANT DAYS AND THEMES

International Day of Friendship observed on 30th July

  • International Day of Friendship is observed globally on 30th July.
  • This day is celebrated to mark the importance of friends and friendship in life.
  • The day also advocates the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in several cultures across the world.
  • In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the International Friendship Day with an aim to forge a strong bond of friendship of people of various countries irrespective of race, colour, gender, religion, etc.

BANKING & FINANCE 

MobiKwik launches personal UPI payment link mpay.me

  • Digital wallet company, MobiKwik has launched “mpay.me” UPI link service that allows users to send and receive money from any UPI payment app.
  • This single link created using mpay.me can be shared anywhere to send and receive money and will work seamlessly on mobile as well as desktop.
  • Through mpay.me, users will now be able to generate their own mini personal payment gateways using their phone numbers.
  • Users can share it with anyone over chat, SMS, email, etc to collect payments.

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MobiKwik

  • Founded: April 2009
  • CEO: Bipin Preet Singh
  • Headquarters location: Gurugram
  • Area served: India
  • Founders: Bipin Preet Singh, Upasana Taku

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Tata Capital Growth Fund to invest Rs 225 crore in Biocon Biologics

  • Biocon Ltd, a global biopharmaceuticals company, announced that the board of its subsidiary Biocon Biologics India Limited has approved a primary equity investment by Tata Capital Growth Fund.
  • Tata Capital will invest Rs 225 crore for a 0.85 percent minority stake in the biosimilar business, valuing Biocon Biologics at an equity valuation of Rs 26,250 crore and an enterprise valuation of Rs 30,400 crore.

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Biocon Ltd

  • CEO: Arun Suresh Chandavarkar
  • Founder: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
  • Founded: 1978
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

Tata Capital

  • CEO: Rajiv Sabharwal
  • Headquarters location: Mumbai
  • Parent organization: Tata Group
  • Founder: Praveen Kadle

Govt extends deadline for filing income tax returns for FY 2018-19 till Sep 30

  • Union Government has extended the deadline for filing income tax returns for 2018-19 fiscal by two months till 30th of September.
  • To further ease compliances for taxpayers, it extended the due date for filing of Income Tax Returns from 31st of July 31 to 30th of September 30.

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Central government to set up single-window clearance for business

  • The central government is working on a single window portal which will reduce the time for businesses to get clearances; further increasing India’s ranking in the ease of doing business.
  • Single Window System is completely digital and provides for unified and integrated business procedures.
  • Portal will be undertaken soon.
  • With six states on board, it will showcase five lakh hectares of land that has already been identified.
  • This will allow online viewing of land available for companies, from their distant offices, precluding the need to frequently visit the offices of land-owning agencies.

Phase 5 of Vande Bharat Mission to start from August 1

  • Phase Five of the Vande Bharat Mission is scheduled to start from the first of August.
  • A total of 792 flights which include 692 international flights and 100 domestic flights have been scheduled under this phase to repatriate Indians from 23 countries.
  • These include GCC countries, US, Cananda, UK, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Israel, and Kyrgyzstan.

 STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

Tamil Nadu government to rename three metro rail stations in Chennai after late Chief Ministers

  • The Tamil Nadu government has passed an order to rename three metro rail stations in Chennai after three late Chief Ministers of the State.

According to the order

  • Alandur metro will now be Aringar Anna Alandur Metro,
  • Central will be renamed as Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MG Ramachandran Central Metro and CMBT metro as Puratchi Thalaivi Dr J Jayalalithaa CMBT Metro.
  • Earlier, the State had renamed the Central Railway Station after the late three-time CM MGR.

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Tamilnadu

  • Capital: Chennai
  • Chief Minister: Edappadi K.Palanisamy
  • Governor: Banwarilal Purohit
  • Chief Justice of Madras High Court: Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani
  • National Park: Guindy NP,Gulf of Mannar Marine NP, Indira Gandhi (Annamalai) NP,             Mudumalai NP, Mukurthi NP.

Jammu and Kashmir government establishes 12 AMRIT pharmacies

  • Jammu and Kashmir Government has established 12 AMRIT Pharmacies across the Union Territory to reduce Out of Pocket Expenditure for consumers.
  • These stores provide branded drugs and implants surgical and disposable at affordable prices.
  • These pharmacies offer an inventory of more than 5,200 drugs, implants, surgical disposable and other consumables besides ensuring availability of generic and lifesaving branded drugs is its prime objective.

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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

Indian Railways installs automatic lighting systems at three railways stations in Madhya Pradesh

  • The Indian Railways has recently installed automatic lighting systems at three railways stations in Madhya Pradesh. The Railways plan to scale up the project to cover more stations on its network.
  • Railways have installed these automatic lighting systems at Jabalpur, Narsinghpur and Bhopal railways stations of Madhya Pradesh, which fall under the West Central Railway zone.
  • As soon as trains will arrive at the railway station, the lights of the platform will light up automatically at 100 percent capacity and as soon as the train leaves, 50 percent lights on the stations will turn off.
  • Due to this, more than 100 units of electricity are being saved daily at big stations like Bhopal and Jabalpur, which will lead to money-saving.

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Madhya Pradesh:

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

Kerala announces new Entrepreneurship Development Programme

  • The Kerala government announced a new Entrepreneurship Development Programme to address the issues of shortage of working capital and availability of credit faced by start-ups and small entrepreneurs in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The aim of the programme to identify 2,000 entrepreneurs per year and plans to launch 1,000 new small and medium ventures every year for the next five years, creating 5,000 new ventures.
  • The programme will be implemented through the Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC), which will provide loans up to 90 per cent of the project cost subject to a maximum of rs 50 lakh at 10 per cent interest.

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Kerala:

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor: Arif Mohammed Khan
  • Festivals: Onam, Vishu, Thrissur Pooram, Nehru Trophy Boat Race
  • National Parks: Anamudi Shola National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park, Periyar National Park,Silent Valley National Park
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Aralam WLS, Chimmony WLS, Idukki WLS, Periyar WLS, Wayanad WLS, Peppara WLS, Neyyar WLS, Kurinjimala WLS, Malabar WLS etc

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

NASA launches Mars rover

  • The third and final mission to the red planet of the month lifted off on Thursday 30th July at 17:20 IST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
  • After covering a huge distance of 300 million miles the Mars Perseverance Rover is expected to land on 18th February 2021.
  • The main objective of the Mars Perseverance Rover is to search for signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for a possible return to Earth.

Mars Perseverance Rover:

  • It contains a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers.
  • The plutonium-powered, six-wheeled rover will drill down and collect tiny geological specimens that will be brought home in about 2031 in a sort of interplanetary relay race involving multiple spacecraft and countries.
  • The overall cost more than $8 billion.

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NASA

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Founder: Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Founded: 1 October 1958, United States
  • Preceding agency: NACA (1915–1958)
  • Deputy Administrator: James Morhard

300-year-old Kali temple reconstructed with Indian support in Bangladesh

  • The High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das jointly inaugurated the reconstructed Sree Sree Joykali Matar temple at Natore with the State Minister of ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
  • The temple was built approximately 300 years back in the early 18th century by Shri Dayaram Roy
  • The MoU for the reconstruction of the temple at Lalbazar, Natore was signed in 2016. The Government of India provided a grant assistance of Taka 97 lakh for the reconstruction of the historic temple under its High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP).

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Bangladesh (Capital/Currency): Dhaka/Taka

  • Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina
  • Official Language: Bengali

AGREEMENTS AND MOU SIGNED

Andhra Pradesh government and Amazon partner to train, assist women entrepreneurs

  • Andhra Pradesh government and Amazon partner to train, assist women entrepreneurs to make toys and other items, and help them market the products.
  • This initiative will come under Amazon’s ‘Saheli’ programme to empower women by making them entrepreneurs.
  • Under this initiative women in Andhra Pradesh will be trained in making toys and other products, and will be given marketing facilities to sell the products.
  • An Amazon Centre of Excellence will be set up in one of the 30 skill development college (SDCs).

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Andhra Pradesh:

  • Capital: Amravati
  • Chief Minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
  • Governor:  Biswabhusan Harichandan
  • Literacy rate: 67.4%
  • National Park: Sri Venkateswara National Park, Sri Venkateswara National Park, Papikonda National Park

Amazon:

  • CEO: Jeff Bezos
  • Founder: Jeff Bezos
  • Founded: 5 July 1994, Bellevue, Washington, United States

CCI clears Adani Power’s 49% stake buy in Odisha Power Generation Corporation

  • The Competition Commission it has approved Adani Power’s proposed purchase of 49 percent stake in Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd (OPGC).
  • Adani Power announced acquiring US-based The AES Corporation’s 49 percent stake in OPGC for USD 135 million (around Rs 1,019 crore).
  • OPGC operates a 1,740 MW thermal power plant at Banharpalli in Jharsuguda district, Odisha.
  • Odisha government holds 51 per cent stake in OPGC.

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Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd (OPGC)

  • Founded: 1984
  • Headquarters: Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
  • Owner: Government of Odisha
  • Organization type: State-owned enterprise
  • Purpose: Electricity generation
  • Power stations: Ib Thermal Power Station

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

Guinness World Records finally awards certificate to Shakuntala Devi for ‘fastest human computation’

  • Guinness World Records honoured Indian math genius, Shakuntala Devi, with the long-overdue record title for ‘fastest human computation’, four decades after she achieved the feat.
  • The fastest human computation is 28 seconds and was achieved by Shakuntala Devi by successfully multiplying two randomly selected 13-digit numbers, at Imperial College London, UK, on June 18, 1980.
  • The certification was received by Anupama Banerji, daughter of the late mathematician. Banerji said she was barely 10 when her mother made the world record.

Indian-origin author Avni Doshi on 2020 Booker Prize longlist

  • Dubai-based Indian-origin author Avni Doshi is among the 13 authors longlisted for the prestigious 2020 Booker Prize for her debut novel Burnt Sugar, alongside double Booker winner Hilary Mantel for The Mirror and The Light.
  • The book is about a young woman, Antara, coming to terms with her mother Tara’s memory loss, and trying to make sense of their shared past.

APPOINTMENTS IN NEWS

Varun Sridhar elected as the CEO of Paytm Money

  • The investment & wealth management subsidiary of Paytm, Paytm Money has appointed Varun Sridhar as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company.
  • He will replace former MD and CEO Pravin Jadhav who resigned from the startup due to differences with the management of Paytm.

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Paytm:

  • Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  • Founded: August 2010, Noida
  • CEO: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  • Headquarters: Noida
  • Parent organization: One97 Communications

Hardik Satishchandra Shah becomes new Private Secretary to PM Modi

  • Hardik Satishchandra Shah has been appointed the Private Secretary (PS) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on co-terminus basis.
  • He is currently serving as a Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Before moving to the PMO last year, he worked as the PS to Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar.

ICRA appoints N. Sivaraman as MD and Group CEO

  • ICRA has appointed N Sivaraman as its new managing director and group chief executive officer for three years.
  • He succeeds former MD and Group CEO Naresh Takkar.
  • The post has been left vacant for one year after the termination of Naresh Takar in August 2019.

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ICRA:

  • Headquarters: India
  • CEO: Naresh Takkar
  • Owner: Moody’s Corporation
  • Founded: 1991

SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Allrounder Rajat Bhatia announces retirement

  • Veteran Indian domestic allrounder, Rajat Bhatia has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • He started his career with Tamil Nadu in 1999-2000 but played most of his cricket for Delhi.
  • Bhatia has also been a regular in the IPL having played for Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiants.

World Athletics approve new dates for postponed series due to COVID-19 pandemic

  • World Athletics has approved the new dates on July 30 for the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships Minsk 2020 and World U20 Championship Nairobi 2020.

New Dates:

  • As per the World Athletics, the World U20 Championship Nairobi 2020 will now be held from August 17 to 22, 2021, one week after the Tokyo Olympics Games.
  • According to the competition’s rules, athletes who will be aged between 16-19 years as on December 31, 2021, will eligible to compete in the games.
  • World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships Minsk 2020 has been rescheduled for 23-24 April 2022 in Minsk, Belarus.
  • The World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Yangzhou 2022 has also seen a small date change by moving back one week from March 20, 2022, to March 27, 2022.

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World Athletics:

  • Headquarters: Monaco
  • President: Sebastian Coe
  • Founded: 17 July 1912, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Membership: 214 member federations
  • Nominations: Shorty Industry Award for Best Use of Emojis
  • Type of business: Sports governing body

Stuart Broad becomes 7th bowler to take 500 Test wickets

  • Stuart Broad joined one of cricket’s most exclusive clubs when he took his 500th Test wicket as England completed a series-clinching win over the West Indies at Old Trafford.
  • The 34-year-old became fourth pacemen to reach the landmark when he had opener Kraigg Brathwaite plumb lbw for 19 on the fifth day of the third Test.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CURRENT AFFAIRS

SNBNCBS develops a No-touch and Painless device for non-invasive screening of bilirubin level in new-borns

  • N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS), Kolkata, an autonomous research Institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India has developed “AJO-Neo”, a No-touch and Painless device for non-invasive screening of bilirubin level in new-borns.
  • SNBNCBS hosted a Technical Research Centres (TRC) funded by DST and in scientific collaboration with Nil-Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata.

AJO-Neo:

  • AJO-Neo is based on non-contact and non-invasive spectrometry-based techniques for the measurement of neonatal bilirubin level as an alternative of total serum bilirubin (TSB) test without limitations of other available bilirubin meters.
  • The device is reliable in measuring bilirubin levels in preterm, and term neonates irrespective of gestational or postnatal age, sex, risk factors, feeding behaviour, or skin color.
  • The device is found to deliver an almost instantaneous report (about 10 seconds) to a concerned doctor, who is sitting 10,000 km away from the point of care.

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DST: The Department of Science and Technology is a department within the Ministry of Science and Technology in India.

  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Founded: May 1971
  • Subsidiary: National Innovation Foundation – India

IIT-Hyderabad develops electrodes from corn husk

  • Researchers from Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H), in collaboration with the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), have developed an efficient method to derive ‘activated carbon electrode’ material from corn husk for high-voltage supercapacitors.

AIIMS Nagpur develops smart wristband to track COVID-19 positive patients

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Nagpur in collaboration with IIT Jodhpur and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Nagpur has indigenously designed & developed a model for effective tracking and monitoring of COVID-19 positive and suspect patients.
  • This device is in the form of a smart wristband.
  • This wristband can provide mobile free operation, using a geo-fencing technology which will provide real time warning on any breach in quarantine zone.
  • The wristband, in addition, will provide real time, objective and reliable data of vitals of the wearer like the temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate and the oxygen saturation, so that the quarantined person will get a health alarm thus helping them seek early medical help.

Guwahati gets Northeast’s first manhole cleaning robot ‘BANDICOOT’

  • Guwahati Development Department Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya inaugurated city’s first manhole cleaning robot to ensure minimal human involvement to clean the sewers.
  • Guwahati is the first city in the entire Northeast region to get a manhole cleaning robot.
  • Named ‘BANDICOOT’, the automatic sewer cleaning device has been procured by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) along with six Skid Steer Loaders (mini loaders) from JCB.
  • The BANDICOOT robot was developed by a Start-up India company called Genrobotics under the Make in India initiative, funded by CSR of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL).

WEB PORTALS & APP IN NEWS

Ayush Minister Shripad Naik reviews National Ayush Mission, launches a dedicated web-portal

  • Ayush Minister, Shripad Naik on July 30 chaired a webinar of AYUSH/health ministers of all the states and UTs in order to review the centrally sponsored scheme of National AYUSH Mission and the operationalization of AYUSH Health & Wellness centres.
  • During the occasion, Shripad Naik also launched a dedicated web-portal for the National AYUSH Mission for submitting Utilization certificates, State Annual Action Plans, information related to DBT, Physical & Financial Progress Report, etc.
  • The objective of this web portal is to bring transparency and ease of doing work with the use of IT applications, as per the policy of the government.

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Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy

  • Founded: 9 November 2014, India
  • Officeholder: Shripad Naik (MOS independent charge)
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Jurisdiction: India

OBITUARY

Sonam Tshering Lepcha, Padma Shri awardee passes away

  • Folk musician and Padma Shri awardee, Sonam Tshering Lepcha passed away. He was 92.
  • He started his career as a soldier.
  • He travelled to various parts of Sikkim and complied a wide range of Indian folk and traditional Lepcha songs and played folk music on All India Radio in 1960.
  • He was highly reverred in Sikkim, where he spent much of his time for his role in the revival of Lepcha culture, which is an indigenous one in Sikkim.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of folk music.

Veteran Bollywood actor Kumkum passes away

  • Veteran Bollywood actor Kumkum passed away. Her real name was Zaibunnissa.
  • She has featured in over 100 Hindi films like Mother India, Kohinoor, Ek Sapera Ek Lootera, Naya Daur, Ujala, Raja Aur Runk, Lalkar, Aankhen, Geet, among others.
  • Kumkum also starred in the first Bhojpuri film “Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo” in 1963.
  • Some of the popular songs featuring Kumkum include “Kabhi aar, Kabhi paar” and “Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi’.

Malayalam actor Anil Murali passes away

  • Malayalam actor, Anil Murali passed away.
  • He made his silver screen debut with Kanyakumariyil Oru Kavitha in 1993.
  • He went on to star in over 200 movies across Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu film industries.

Marathi Actor Ashutosh Bhakre passes away

  • Marathi actor Ashutosh Bhakre allegedly died by suicide by hanging himself at his home in Nanded town in the Marathwada region.
  • He was 32.

MISCELLANEOUS

Delhi airport set to relocate UV sanitisation tunnels

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