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Current Affairs Today – 5th and 6th July 2020

NEWS AT A GLANCE

  1. The Union Bank of India has expanded its insurance distribution channels after the amalgamation of Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank with it with effect from April 1, 2020.
  2. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is setting up its own ‘Smart Datacentre’ in Hyderabad, Telangana, at an investment of Rs. 500 crore.
  3. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) on 13th May 2020. ECLGS was announced as a part of the AtmaNirbhar Bharat Package for supporting the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.
  4. Through video conferencing, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the 750 MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Plant on 10th July 2020.
  5. Indian Railways is taking decisive steps to transform itself as a ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030.
  6. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal inaugurated the 1000-bedded Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre and Hospital (SPCCCH) at Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur area, located at Air Force land near airport in Delhi.
  7. The Administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh launched the Ladakh Food Security Scheme (LFSS) and the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was discontinued.
  8. In order to attract tourists in the state, the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has started a social media campaign.
  9. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched Dhanvantri Rath to take Non-COVID healthcare services to peoples’ doorsteps amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  10. Odisha government has launched ‘Balaram Yojana’ to provide crop loans to landless farmers. Under the new scheme, the landless cultivators will get loans through joint liability groups (JLGs).
  11. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated a programme under which the State Government of Uttar Pradesh has set a target to plant more than 25 crore sapling across the state.
  12. Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa launched Weavers Sammaan Yojana today. Under this scheme, 19,744 handloom weavers in the state will get annual financial assistance of two thousand rupees through Direct Benefit Transfer.
  13. All households in the state of Himachal Pradesh have access to LPG Gas Connection, making Himachal Pradesh the first state in the country to achieve the goal set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch of Ujjwala Yojana for providing a cooking gas connection to every household in the country.
  14. The Karnataka government has set up a toll-free round-the-clock helpline to lodge complaints about hospitals refusing to accept suspected coronavirus cases.
  15. The Manila, Philippines based Asian Development Bank (ADB) has joined the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an observer on 23 June 2020.
  16. As per the 2020-21 World Bank’s Country Classification based on Income level, Nepal’s economy has moved to a higher category to become a Lower-middle Income economy while Sri Lanka’s economy has moved to a lower category to become a Lower-middle Income economy.
  17. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published the report, COVID-19 and Tourism: Assessing the Economic Consequences stating that the World Tourism sector could lose around 1.2trillion USD or 1.5% of the Global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) because of the 4months lockdown due to global pandemic situation.
  18. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has partnered with social media giant Facebook to launch free and comprehensive training program in virtual mode for teachers and students of its affiliated schools.
  19. The Indian Railways and RailTel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for installation of an IP-based video surveillance system at 6,049 railway stations across the country.
  20. In Afghanistan’s Capital City Kabul, on 5th July 2020, 5 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed under the High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) programme.
  21. Marathi writer and playwright Ratnakar Matkari will be posthumously honoured with the Natvarya Prabhakar Panshikar award for lifetime contribution to theatre by the Maharashtra government.
  22. A 13-year-old student of the British School New Delhi, Freya Thakral has received the 2020 Diana Award for her “Recycler App”.
  23. Telecom industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has appointed Bharti Airtel chief operating officer for India and South Asia, Ajai Puri, as its new Chairman for 2020-21.
  24. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of the tenure of senior bureaucrat Sukhbir Singh Sandhu as the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for a period of six months, beyond July 21, 2020, up to January 21, 2021.
  25. The Rajasthan Government appointed Rajeeva Swarup the current Additional Chief Secretary (Home) as the new Chief Secretary (CS) of Rajasthan replacing incumbent D.B. Gupta in the bureaucratic reshuffle amid COVID-19 pandemic.
  26. Lt Col Bharat Pannu, a serving Indian Army Officer has created history by successfully securing a podium place at the first edition of the Virtual Race Across America (vRAAM) 2020.
  27. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan mission, of the ISRO, has captured the image of the closest and biggest moon of Mars, named Phobos.
  28. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established a 1000 bed facility in 12 days adjacent to the office of Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) on Ulan Bator Road near Domestic Terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport.
  29. Indian Institute of Technology Madras Researchers have developed a nano-coated filter media for healthcare workers treating COVID-19 Patients.
  30. Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries has launched a video conferencing app, JioMeet, with unlimited free calling facility. It is a close competitor of US-owned Zoom app.
  31. The Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has launched the new fully online process of Classification and Registration of MSME enterprises from 1st July, 2020.
  32. Honorable Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, launched an indigenous social media app ‘Elyments’ on 5th July 2020, through video conferencing.
  33. The government of Delhi has launched an online education portal named LEAD (Learning through E-Resources Made Accessible for Delhi) which will provide over 10,000 instructional material and course content for the students of classes 1 to 12.
  34. Resident doctors of AIIMS with the help of IIT-Delhi students have developed a mobile application to track real-time Covid-19 patients in the hospital, who can become potential plasma donors 28 days after recovery along with those who have been discharged.
  35. Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog launched Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge for Indian tech entrepreneurs and Startups.
  36. Former RBI governor, Urjit Patel has written a book titled ‘Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver’ will be releasing later this month.
  37. Legendary batsman Everton Weekes, the last of the famed West Indies ‘Three Ws’, died at the age of 95 and was hailed as “a founding father” of the sport in the Caribbean.
  38. Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has launched its brand campaign titled ”It’s Between You” in India on 4th July 2020, highlighting the core belief that when privacy is deeply felt people can communicate as their ‘true selves using Whatsapp.’
  39. From 4th July 2020, All India Radio (AIR) FM news channel will be broadcasting it’s first-ever news programme in Sanksrit language for 20 minutes duration.
  40. In a significant stride to augment Indo-Bangla trade, Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port (SMP), erstwhile Kolkata Port Trust, started a new service between Kolkata Dock System (KDS) and Chattogram through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route.

NEWS AT A GLANCE

BANKING & FINANCE 

Union Bank revamps Insurance distribution channels post merger

  • The Union Bank of India has expanded its insurance distribution channels after the amalgamation of Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank with it with effect from April 1, 2020.
  • Now the bank will offer Insurance products of three life insurers, four general insurers and two standalone health insurers.
  • Prior to amalgamation Union Bank was distributing insurance products of one life insurer, 3 general insurer and one stand-alone health insurer, under corporate agency tie-up agreements.
  • They were SUD Life Insurance Co Ltd, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, New India Assurance Co Ltd and Chola M.S. General Insurance Co Ltd and Religare Health Insurance Co Ltd.
  • Post-amalgamation, the bank has decided to continue corporate agency agreement with India First Life Insurance Company Limited and LIC of India under Life Insurance segment, United India Insurance under General Insurance segment and Manipal Cigna Health Insurance under Health Insurance Segment.

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Union Bank of India

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: Rajkiran Rai G.
  • EDs: Gopal Singh Gusain & Manas Ranjan Biswal
  • Owner: Government of India
  • Founded: 11 November 1919

NPCI to set up Rs 500-crore Smart data centre in Hyderabad to handle digital transactions

  • The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is setting up its own ‘Smart Datacentre’ in Hyderabad, Telangana, at an investment of Rs. 500 crore.
  • The foundation stone for this Tier-IV data centre was laid by Telangana Information Technology and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao at Narsingi village in Hyderabad.
  • The Smart Data Centre is being constructed by L&T and will be built with an Internet of Things (IoT) based building- management system that will have eight layers of security, conforming to top global standards of data centres.
  • The centre will protect the systems from natural calamities, ensuring smooth processing of data and further enhance acceptance infrastructure for digital payments so as to encourage customers towards digital transactions.

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NPCI

  • Headquarters location: Mumbai
  • Founded: 2008
  • Number of employees: 1,000
  • Type of business: Section 8 Company
  • Founders: Reserve Bank of India, Indian Banks’ Association

Loans worth over Rs 1.10 lakh crore sanctioned by Banks under ECLGS until 1st July

  • Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) on 13th May 2020. ECLGS was announced as a part of the AtmaNirbhar Bharat Package for supporting the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.
  • As of 1st July 2020, Public Sector Banks and Private Banks across the country have sanctioned loans worth over Rs 1.10 lakh crore under ECLGS. Out of this Rs 1.10 lakh crore sanctioned, more than Rs 52000 crore of the loan amount has been already disbursed until 1st July.
  • Out of the Rs 52000 crores that have been disbursed, Public Sector Banks have disbursed Rs 33,000 crore.
  • This Rs 33,000 crore was disbursed to around 12, 59,000 MSMEs across the country.
  • To around 1, 45,000 MSMEs were disbursed the remaining Rs 19,000 crore by Private Banks.

ECLGS

  • ECLGS ensured that the credit required by the MSMEs for restarting their businesses.
  • Under ECLGS, banks were incentivized so that credit of up to Rs 3 lakh crore can be provided to MSMEs and businesses across the country. As per estimation by the Government, the Rs 3 lakh crore will enable more than 30 MSMEs and businesses across the country to meet their operational liabilities required for restarting the business.
  • National Credit Guarantee Trustee Company (NCGTC) will be providing a 100 percent guarantee for the loans sanctioned by the banks under the ECLGS.

NATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

PM to Inaugurate Asia’s Largest Solar Plant on 10th July

  • Through video conferencing, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the 750 MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Plant on 10th July 2020.
  • This was informed on 5th July 2020 by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
  • To date, the 750 MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project is the largest single-site solar power projects in India and also in Asia.

Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project

  • The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project is located in Gurh Tehsil of Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district. It is spread over 1,590 acres of land.
  • For the successful implementation of the Power Project, a Joint Venture Company between Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikash Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) was set up.
  • The name of the Joint Venture Company is Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL).
  • The entire cost of the Solar Power Project is worth around Rs 4000 crore.
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the transaction adviser for the Solar Power Project.
  • On 31st January 2018, the World Bank Group has approved a loan of USD 30 million (approx Rs 225 crore) for the internal infrastructure of the project.
  • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is an institutional customer of the 750 MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project. 24 percent of the power generated by the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Plant will be supplied to Delhi Metro.

Indian Railways to transform itself as ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030

  • Indian Railways is taking decisive steps to transform itself as a ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030.
  • It is endeavoring to be self-reliant for its energy needs by utilizing its vacant land for renewable energy projects.
  • Railways are committed to utilize solar energy for meeting its traction power requirements and become a complete ‘Green mode of transformation.
  • The Railways Ministry has decided to install solar power plants on its vacant unused lands on mega scale.
  • The use of solar power will accelerate Rail Minister Piyush Goyal’s mission to achieve conversion of Indian Railways to ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Railway.
  • The present demand of Railways would be fulfilled by the solar projects being deployed, making it the first transport organization to be energy self-sufficient.
  • This would help in making Railways green as well as Atma Nirbhar.

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Ministry of Railways

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Government department executive: Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board;
  • Founded: March 1905
  • Departments: Indian Railways, Railway Board, MORE
  • Officeholders: Piyush Goyal (Minister), Rajen Gohain (Minister of State)

 STATE CURRENT AFFAIRS

India’s Largest COVID-19 facility ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID19 Hospital in Delhi becomes operational

  • Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal inaugurated the 1000-bedded Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre and Hospital (SPCCCH) at Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chhatarpur area, located at Air Force land near airport in Delhi.
  • It is the largest COVID-19 facility in India and has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in a record time of 12 days.
  • The hospital will operated by medical team of doctors, nurses and support staff from Armed Forces Medical Services.
  • The facility has 250 intensive care units (ICU) beds and the capacity to house and treat 10,000 coronavirus patients at the same time.
  • Apart from this, DRDO has decided to name all the different wards of new Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital in Delhi after the Indian Army troops who lost their lives in the Galwan valley clash last month.

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Delhi:

  • Governor: Anil Baijal
  • Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal

UT Administration of Ladakh launched “Ladakh Food Security Scheme”

  • The Administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh launched the Ladakh Food Security Scheme (LFSS) and the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was discontinued.
  • The introduction of the LFSS will benefit around 6101 families under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana in addition to the 43,916 beneficiary families covered under the MMSFES.
  • The food grains will be provided to all the category of beneficiaries of LHSS at the same price of the food grains provided to the beneficiaries of the Priority Household (PHH) and Non-priority Households (NPHH) scheme of J&K.
  • Under this scheme, beneficiaries of AAY will be provided 5 kg of food grains per member over and above the National Food Security Act (NFSA) entitled scale of 35 Kgs per family, providing a maximum of 50 Kgs (NFSA+LFSS) per family.

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Ladakh:

  • Lt Governor: Radha Krishna Mathur
  • Commissioner Secretary: Rigzin Samphel
  • Divisional Commissioner Ladakh: Saugat Biswas

‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ Social Media Campaign by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board

  • In order to attract tourists in the state, the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has started a social media campaign.
  • The name of the campaign is ‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ meaning ‘waiting for you’.
  • The campaign will be conducted by describing the characteristics of the tourism destinations in Madhya Pradesh through photographs and videos.
  • Through the campaign, the tourism board aims to establish the confidence back in the tourism sector by offering tour packages to the tourists that are specially designed by keeping in mind safe travel, stay, and excursion for prevention from COVID-19 infection.
  • Recently, the Tourism Development Corporation of Madhya Pradesh has also started food home delivery services in 3 cities of the state by following all safety standards required for prevention from Novel Coronavirus infection.
  • The home delivery service is conducted through a mobile application in order to keep the restaurants and hotels under the Corporation functional amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

AMC launched Dhanvantri Rath to take Non-COVID healthcare services to doorsteps in Ahmedabad

  • Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched Dhanvantri Rath to take Non-COVID healthcare services to peoples’ doorsteps amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The aim is to ensure that non-COVID essential services related to diabetes, blood pressure, heart ailment, etc., are also provisioned to people who cannot visit the hospitals as many of them were not operating the OPDs.

Highlights:

  • Dhanvantri Rath is a mobile van that provides non-COVID essential healthcare services to the doorsteps of the people in the city.
  • These vans have an Ayush Doctor, paramedic, and nursing staff along with a local Medical Officer from the Urban Health Centre of AMC.
  • So far, AMC has deployed 120 Dhanvantri Raths across Ahmedabad and it has successfully conducted over 4.27 lakh OPDs consultations.
  • The mobile vans carry all essential medicines including ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines, vitamin supplements, basic testing equipment along with pulse Oxymeter.
  • The deployment of Dhanvantri Raths has had a substantial impact on COVID-19 management also, as several hidden cases could be identified in time.

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AMC:

  • Headquarters location: Ahmedabad
  • Deputy Mayor: Dineshbhai Makwana
  • Mayor: Bijalben Patel
  • Municipal Commissioner: Mukesh Kumar, IAS
  • Chairperson of Standing Committee: Amolbhai Bhatt
  • Jurisdiction: Ahmedabad

Odisha Govt launches ‘Balaram Yojana’ to provide crop loan

  • Odisha government has launched ‘Balaram Yojana’ to provide crop loans to landless farmers. Under the new scheme, the landless cultivators will get loans through joint liability groups (JLGs).
  • Under ‘Balaram’ scheme, the government has set a target to provide farm loans to 7 lakh landless farmers in the next two years.
  • While the Institute on Management of Agricultural Extension (IMAGE) will coordinate to implement the scheme at the state level, the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) will coordinate at the district level.
  • It has set aside Rs 1,040 crore for the purpose. In rural and small towns, around 7,000 branches of several banks and Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies will coordinate the implementation.
  • The interest rate and subsidy on the loan amount will be decided as per the guidelines of the State farm loan rules.
  • The scheme comes in collaboration with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Odisha:

  • Statehood Day: 1st April 1936
  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor :Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik

U.P Chief Minister Inaugurates ‘Mission Vriksharopan-2020’

  • The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated a programme under which the State Government of Uttar Pradesh has set a target to plant more than 25 crore sapling across the state.
  • The name of the mega plantation programme is ‘Mission Vriksharopan-2020’. Yogi Adityanath planted 3 saplings at the Kukrail Reserve Forest’s Harishank ari Vatika in Lucknow to inaugurate the Mission Vriksharopan-2020.
  • He planted saplings of a Banyan tree, Ficus Virens and Ficus Religiosa.
  • Under the Programme, in plantation sites, geo-tagging will be done. Apart from environmental plants (those reduce environmental pollution), saplings of medicinal, shady, fodder and fruit yielding plants have been disturbed across the 75 districts of the state. Saplings include the likes of Pipal, Neem, Sahjan, Jamun, Mulvari etc.
  • A total species of 201 varieties of saplings will be planted under the programme.
  • The mega plantation programme will also focus on biodiversity conservation for which saplings will be planted across the banks of river Ganga and its tributaries.

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Uttar Pradesh:

  • Statehood Day: 24th January 1950
  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • State formed in: 24 January 1950
  • Literacy Rate: 67.68%

Karnataka launches Weavers’ Sammaan Yojana

  • Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa launched Weavers Sammaan Yojana today. Under this scheme, 19,744 handloom weavers in the state will get annual financial assistance of two thousand rupees through Direct Benefit Transfer.
  • The State Government has allocated 10.96 crore rupees under the programme. There are 40,634 handloom weavers registered with Seva Sindhu software.
  • Out of them 37,314 applications for financial assistance have been approved.
  • Chief Minister said that all the eligible handloom weavers will be given financial assistance under Weavers Sammaan Yojana.

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Karnataka:

  • Statehood Day: 1st November 1956
  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Chief Minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Governor: Vajubhai Vala
  • National Park: Anshi NP, Bandipur NP, Bannerghatta NP, Kudremukh NP, Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarahole) NP.

Himachal Pradesh becomes First State in India to have LPG Gas Connection in Every Household

  • All households in the state of Himachal Pradesh have access to LPG Gas Connection, making Himachal Pradesh the first state in the country to achieve the goal set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch of Ujjwala Yojana for providing a cooking gas connection to every household in the country.
  • This was announced on 6th July 2020 by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur.
  • Apart from the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the scheme of the Himachal Pradesh State Government ‘Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojana’ has also played an important role for achieving the 100 percent household cooking gas connection in the state.

Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojana

  • The Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojana was launched back in May 2018 for providing LPG gas connection to households that were left out under the Ujjwala Yojana of the Central Government.
  • All households in the state of Himachal Pradesh were eligible under the Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojana, except for households having pensioner, or any any member of the household employed with the state or central government, households with income taxpayers.

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Himachal Pradesh:

  • State formed on: 25 January 1971
  • Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya
  • Chief Minister: Jai Ram Thakur
  • Official language: Hindi
  • Literacy Rate: 83.78%

Karnataka Govt Sets Up Helpline for Complaints on Hospitals Denying Covid-19 Treatment

  • The Karnataka government has set up a toll-free round-the-clock helpline to lodge complaints about hospitals refusing to accept suspected coronavirus cases.
  • If denied admission, the patient can call 1912. It is a 24×7 helpline number. Whoever calls the number will get immediate relief.
  • Reminding people that at least 50 per cent beds in the private hospitals are reserved for COVID-19 patients under state government’s quota to treat them free of cost.

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Karnataka:

  • Statehood Day: 1st November 1956
  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Chief Minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Governor: Vajubhai Vala
  • National Park: Anshi NP, Bandipur NP, Bannerghatta NP, Kudremukh NP, Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarahole) NP.

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

ADB Becomes Observer for the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS)

  • The Manila, Philippines based Asian Development Bank (ADB) has joined the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) as an observer on 23 June 2020.
  • ADB’s inclusion as Observer will help the institution to fulfill its corporate strategy, ‘the Strategy 2030’, particularly in tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability; fostering regional cooperation and integration; and strengthening governance and institutional capacity.

 NGFS

  • NGFS was launched at the Paris One Planet Summit on 12 December 2017.
  • It is a group of central banks and supervisors willing to share best practices and contribute to the development of environment and climate risk management in the financial sector, while mobilizing mainstream finance to support the transition toward a sustainable economy.

Other Observers of NGFS

  • The other NGFS Observers are World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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ADB:

  • Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
  • President: Masatsugu Asakawa
  • Founded: 19 December 1966
  • Purpose: Economic development
  • Membership: 68 countries

Nepal becomes Lower-Middle Income Economy while Sri Lanka slips to Lower-Middle Income Economy

  • As per the 2020-21 World Bank’s Country Classification based on Income level, Nepal’s economy has moved to a higher category to become a Lower-middle Income economy while Sri Lanka’s economy has moved to a lower category to become a Lower-middle Income economy.
  • Every year, the World Bank classifies countries into four income groups- (i) Low (ii) Lower-Middle (iii) Upper-Middle (iv) High Income.
  • This classification of the economies of countries across the world is updated on the 1st of July every year by the World Bank.
  • The classification of a country is done by using the Atlas Method by the World Bank.
  • World Bank is using the Atlas Method since 1993 to estimate the size of an economy. Under the Atlas Method, Gross National Income (GNI) of a country is converted into the current U.S. Dollars.
  • As per the 2020 Classification, India remains a Lower-Middle Income country.

RANKS AND INDICES

Tourism Sector Could Lose 1.2 Trillion USD Due To Covid Pandemic: UNCTAD Report

  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published the report, COVID-19 and Tourism: Assessing the Economic Consequences stating that the World Tourism sector could lose around 1.2trillion USD or 1.5% of the Global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) because of the 4months lockdown due to global pandemic situation.
  • It is estimated that the global loss could rise to $2.2 trillion or 2.8% of the world’s GDP if the current situation in international tourism continues for eight months.
  • A 12 months break in international tourism is estimated to create a loss of 3.3trillion UDS or 4.2% of Global GDP in the worst case scenario.
  • It is estimated that for every $1 million lost in international tourism revenue, a country’s national income could decline by $2 million to $3 million.
  • The developing countries are predicted to suffer the steepest GDP losses, in the best case scenario, Jamaica and Thailand could lose 11.0 % and 9.0 % of GDP respectively and Kenya, Egypt and Malaysia could lose over 3.0% of the tier GDP.

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UNCTAD

  • Headquarters location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Head: Mukhisa Kituyi
  • Founder: United Nations General Assembly
  • Founded: 30 December 1964
  • Parent organizations: United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Secretariat

 AGREEMENTS AND MOU SIGNED

CBSE partners with Facebook to launch free virtual training program for teachers and students

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has partnered with social media giant Facebook to launch free and comprehensive training program in virtual mode for teachers and students of its affiliated schools.
  • The first phase of the training program is scheduled from August 2020 to November 2020.
  • The registration process for the first phase of the training program will be held from 6th to 20th July 2020.
  • Schools have to online nominate their teachers and students for the training programs.
  • The participants will also receive a joint e- certificate from CBSE and Facebook on successful completion of the course.

Details about the teachers training program

  • Topic for teachers training program – Augmented Reality
  • Total teachers to participate – 10,000
  • Date of launch of Teachers training program – 10th August 2020

Details about the students training program

  • Topic for students – Digital Safety and online well- being.
  • Total students to participate – 10,000
  • Date of launch of Teachers training program – 6th August 2020

Phase II

  • In the second phase, CBSE will introduce the training program on digital safety and augmented reality for 30 thousand students in each category.

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CBSE:

  • Headquarters location: Delhi
  • Founded: 1962
  • Parent organisation: Ministry of Human Resource Development
  • Affiliations: 21,499 schools (2019)
  • Chairperson: Manoj Ahuja, IAS
  • Type of business: Government

Indian railways and RailTel signs MoU to provide video surveillance at 6,049 stations across country

  • The Indian Railways and RailTel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for installation of an IP-based video surveillance system at 6,049 railway stations across the country.
  • This is a part of Digital India initiative.

Highlights:

  • The Video Surveillance System (VSS) will be provided by RailTel, a public sector undertaking.
  • The VSS will work in 6,049 stations under A1, A, B, C, D and E of Indian Railways.
  • The Scope includes integration of existing standalone CCTV networks of the railways into VSS systems for centralised monitoring.
  • Railtel has provided CCTV cameras at the entry and exit points of 54 railway stations to facilitate the running of Shramik trains.
  • The video recorded from the CCTV cameras will be stored for 30 days for analysis and investigation purposes.
  • The cameras are covered with inclusion analytics and facial recognition systems.

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Indian Railways:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal

 RailTel:

  • Head Office: New Delhi
  • Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) : Puneet Chawla

5 MoUs Signed between India and Afghanistan for Developing Educational Infrastructure

  • In Afghanistan’s Capital City Kabul, on 5th July 2020, 5 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed under the High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) programme.
  • The 5 MoUs consisted of Tripartite Agreements that were signed between the Government of India, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Economy and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education.
  • The MoUs are as per the commitments of the Government of India in taking forward the bilateral relationship with Afghanistan.
  • In the last 2 decades, development projects worth USD 3 billion have been undertaken by India at Afghanistan.
  • The 5 MoUs signed on 5th July 2020 is worth USD 2.6 million.
  • These funds will be used towards the development of educational infrastructure in 5 provinces of Afghanistan.
  • The provinces are Kapisa, Farah, Nuristan, Parwan and Badakhshan.

HICDP Programme

  • This programme was signed in the year 2005 under which the Government of India has committed to providing financial support to more than 550 HICDP across Afghanistan. The financial support extended under HICDP was of USD 200 million.
  • To date, under the support of the programme, 587 HICDP have been completed across various provinces of Afghanistan.

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

Writer Ratnakar Matkari to get Maharashtra state govt award posthumously

  • Marathi writer and playwright Ratnakar Matkari will be posthumously honoured with the Natvarya Prabhakar Panshikar award for lifetime contribution to theatre by the Maharashtra government.
  • The award comprises a cash prize of Rs five lakh, citation and a memento.
  • Matkari was selected for the award for the year 2019- 20 by a committee headed by culture minister Amit Deshmukh.

India’s Freya Thakral wins “The Diana Award 2020”

  • A 13-year-old student of the British School New Delhi, Freya Thakral has received the 2020 Diana Award for her “Recycler App”.
  • She developed this App to connect users with waste-handlers as a measure to help the ragpickers of Delhi.
  • Her recycler App is a web-based mobile application which connects the users with waste handlers.
  • The service through the app is provided in the south Delhi region with plans to extend to the other parts with an aim to transform the lives of the ragpicker community.
  • Diana Award:
  • The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of Princess Diana, to recognise the social works and humanitarian efforts of youngsters across the United Kingdom (UK) and around the world.
  • The award is given on July 1st to commemorate the birth anniversary of Princess Diana.

APPOINTMENTS IN NEWS

Airtel’s Ajai Puri appointed Chairman of telecom body COAI, Jio’s PK Mittal appointed vice-chairman

  • Telecom industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has appointed Bharti Airtel chief operating officer for India and South Asia, Ajai Puri, as its new Chairman for 2020-21.
  • Puri has replaced Vodafone Idea CEO Ravinder Takkar as the chairman of the COAI on rotation basis.
  • Apart from this, Reliance Jio President P K Mittal has been appointed as the vice-chairman of the industry body.

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Airtel:

  • CEO: Gopal Vittal
  • Founder: Sunil Bharti Mittal
  • Founded: 7 July 1995, India
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Parent organizations: Bharti Enterprises (64%), Singapore Telecommunications Limited (36%)

Centre Extends Tenure of Sukhbir Singh Sandhu as NHAI Chairman for 6 Months Till January 2021

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of the tenure of senior bureaucrat Sukhbir Singh Sandhu as the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for a period of six months, beyond July 21, 2020, up to January 21, 2021.
  • Sandhu, a 1988 batch IAS officer of Uttarakhand cadre, took charge of the post in October 2019.

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NHAI:

  • Founded: 1988
  • Sector: Indian National Highway System
  • Purpose: Development and maintenance of national highways
  • Jurisdiction: India
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairman: Sukhbir Singh Sandhu

Rajeeva Swarup was appointed as the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan

  • The Rajasthan Government appointed Rajeeva Swarup the current Additional Chief Secretary (Home) as the new Chief Secretary (CS) of Rajasthan replacing incumbent D.B. Gupta in the bureaucratic reshuffle amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Rajeeva Swarup

  • Swarup, who worked in deciding the guidelines for the enforcement of lockdown in Rajasthan since 25th March 2020 will be retiring in October 2020?

Other Appointments:

  • Rohit Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) of Medical & Health, is appointed as Additional Chief Secretary (Home) replacing Swarup.
  • Akhil Arora, Principal Secretary (PS) (Social Justice & Empowerment) is appointed as the Principal Secretary (Medical & Health).
  • Subodh Agarwal, ACS (Industries), is posted as the ACS (Mines & Petroleum).
  • Samit Sharma, Bhanwar Lal Mehra and Prem Chand Berwal are posted as Divisional Commissioners of Jodhpur, Bikaner and Bharatpur respectively.
  • Antar Singh Nehra, District collector, Bundi, is appointed as the Collector and magistrate of Jaipur.
  • ACS Venkateshwaran, ACS (reforms and coordination) is appointed as the Chairman of Rajasthan Revenue Board.

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Rajasthan:

  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Statehood Day: 30th March 2020
  • Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • Literacy Rate: 66.11 %

SPORTS CURRENT AFFAIRS

Lt Col Bharat Pannu Secures Podium Position At VRAAM 2020

  • Lt Col Bharat Pannu, a serving Indian Army Officer has created history by successfully securing a podium place at the first edition of the Virtual Race across America (vRAAM) 2020.
  • With this, he has become the first Indian ever to win a podium place at an international ultra-cycling race.
  • Pannu is an army officer posted with the Army’s Aviation Test Team.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CURRENT AFFAIRS

ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission captures image of Mars’ biggest moon ‘Phobos’

  • The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan mission, of the ISRO, has captured the image of the closest and biggest moon of Mars, named Phobos.
  • The image was taken on July 1, 2020, by the Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard MOM, when the MOM was about 7,200 km from Mars and 4,200 km from Phobos.
  • The Spatial resolution of the image is 210 m.
  • Phobos is largely believed to be made up of carbonaceous chondrites.
  • Stickney, the largest crater on Phobos along with the other craters (Shklovsky, Roche & Grildrig) are also seen in this image.

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ISRO:

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
  • Founded: 15 August 1969
  • Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan
  • Subsidiary: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

DRDO develops 1000 Bed Hospital for Treatment of COVID-19 patients in 12 Days, Wards Named after Indian Army Soldiers

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established a 1000 bed facility in 12 days adjacent to the office of Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) on Ulan Bator Road near Domestic Terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport.
  • The facility will be providing treatment and care for the COVID-19 positive patients. On 5th July 2020, Rajnath Singh (Union Defence Minister) Dr Harsh Vardhan (Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare) and Amit Shah (Union Home Minister) visited the facility for reviewing the preparedness. The facility is named Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital.
  • The facility is named Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital.
  • The wards at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital are named after the Indian Army Soldiers who have lost their lives on 15th June 2020 during the violent clash at Galwan Valley with the Chinese.
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the ventilator ward are named after Indian Armed Forces Commissioned Officer Colonel Bikkumalla Santosh Babu.

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DRDO:

  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Motto: बलस्य मूलं विज्ञानम्; “Strength’s Origin is in Science” (Sanskrit)
  • Founded: 1958
  • Employees: 30,000 (5000 scientists)
  • Minister responsible: Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence
  • Subsidiaries: Gas Turbine Research Establishment, Defence Scientific Information & Documentation centre

IIT Madras Researchers Develop Nano-coated Filter for Healthcare Workers Treating COVID-19 Patients

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras Researchers has developed a nano-coated filter media for healthcare workers treating COVID-19 Patients.
  • This filter has applications not only in healthcare but also has defence applications and other places where air filtration of submicron particles is required.
  • This nano-coated filter media has been fabricated by a nylon-based polymer coating on cellulose paper and was developed through the electrospinning process.
  • The coating properties are optimized for efficient removal of sub-micron sized dust particles in the air.
  • The nano-coated filter media is in the process of being field tested in practical applications. Upon validation through field trials, it will be recommended for bulk manufacturing through industry collaborations.
  • This project was a collaborative effort with faculty from various departments of IIT Madras including Prof. Raghuram Chetty from Department of Chemical Engineering and Prof. Saravana Kumar from Department of Engineering Design.

WEBPORTALS & APP IN NEWS

Reliance launches unlimited free conferencing app JioMeet

  • Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries has launched a video conferencing app, JioMeet, with unlimited free calling facility. It is a close competitor of US-owned Zoom app.
  • The JioMeet video conferencing app is available to work across Android, iOS, Windows, macOS and web since July 2 after beta testing.
  • JioMeet supports HD audio and video call quality and allows up to 100 participants at a time.
  • It offers features like screen sharing, meeting schedule feature and more.
  • Unlike Zoom, it does not impose a 40-minute time limit.
  • Calls can go on for as long as 24 hours, and all meetings are encrypted and password-protected.

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Reliance

  • CEO: Mukesh Ambani
  • Owner: Mukesh Ambani
  • Founder: Dhirubhai Ambani
  • Founded: 8 May 1973, Maharashtra

MSME Ministry launches new portal for registration of MSMEs under the name Udyam Registration

  • The Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) have launched the new fully online process of Classification and Registration of MSME enterprises from 1st July, 2020.
  • For this, the Ministry has launched a new portal called Udyam registration, which will felicitate online, paperless and self-declaration based registration.
  • No documents or proof are required to be uploaded for registering an MSME.
  • An enterprise that will be registered using the new process will be known as Udyam and its Registration Process will be known as ‘Udyam Registration’.

Vice President Venkahiah Naidu Launches India’s First Social Media Super App ‘Elyments’

  • Honorable Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, launched an indigenous social media app ‘Elyments’ on 5th July 2020, through video conferencing.

Highlights:

  • Elyments is a first Made-in-India social media super-app, developed by Bengaluru-based software company, Sumeru Software Solutions Pvt Ltd, in close competition with similar platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram.
  • India has more than 500 million social media users, but most of these social media platforms are owned by companies outside India, which creates doubt regarding the privacy of data and data ownership.
  • The initiative is a step forward towards becoming Aatma Nirbhar Bharat and also boosting the economy of the country.

Features of Elyments

  • The app combines the features of popular social media apps and presents it on a single unified app.
  • Social media Terms such as – contacts, friends, and followers – have all been brought together in Elyments.
  • With end-to-end encryption, Elyments ensures that user’s data remains safe from prying eyes. All the servers are hosted in India, thus providing a fast and breezy experience.

It will provide basic facilities like

  1. Audio/Video conference calls
  2. Private/ Group chats
  3. Secure payments via Elyments Pay
  4. Public profiles that users can Follow/Subscribe
  5. Curated commerce platform to promote Indian brands
  6. Regional voice commands
  • Elyments is available in more than eight Indian languages.
  • It can be downloaded from all app stores and Google Play Stores across the world.
  • The app has already seen downloads of over 200,000 times.

Delhi Government launches LEAD portal for easy access to school study material

  • The government of Delhi has launched an online education portal named LEAD (Learning through E-Resources Made Accessible for Delhi) which will provide over 10,000 instructional material and course content for the students of classes 1 to 12.

Highlights:

  • Through the LEAD portal, students would easily be able to access study material, textbooks, and course content as per the syllabus of the CBSE, NCERT and Delhi government’s curriculum online.
  • It will include digital QR coded textbooks, explanatory videos, practice questions and evaluation.
  • The LEAD portal has been developed by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT).
  • The Delhi government will connect this portal with the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s (HRD) online portal, DIKSHA for teaching and training material.

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Delhi:

  • Governor: Anil Baijal
  • Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal

AIIMS, IIT-Delhi develop app to provide real-time information on plasma therapy donors for COVID-19 patients

  • Resident doctors of AIIMS with the help of IIT-Delhi students have developed a mobile application to track real-time Covid-19 patients in the hospital, who can become potential plasma donors 28 days after recovery along with those who have been discharged.
  • The app named COPAL-19 has details of patients who have already been discharged from AIIMS, those currently undergoing treatment and their blood groups so that patients who require plasma therapy can get it in time without any hassle.

Meity-NITI launches Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App

  • Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, Niti Aayog launched Digital India AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge for Indian tech entrepreneurs and Startups.
  • The aim is to build a Digital India and using Digital Technologies for building an AatmaNirbhar Bharat.

Highlights:

  • The main objective is to support and build a strong ecosystem for Indian Apps.

It will run in 2 tracks namely

  • Promotion of Existing Apps
  • Development of New Apps
  • The focus of the Track 1 App Innovation Challenge is to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world-class Apps in their respective categories.

Track 1 has the following 8 broad categories:

  1. Office Productivity & Work from Home
  2. Social Networking
  3. E-Learning
  4. Entertainment
  5. Health & Wellness
  6. Business including Agritech and Fin-tech
  7. News
  8. Games
  • The Innovation Challenge has been made available on innovating .mygov.in/app-challenge from 4th July 2020.
  • Track 2 of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge is yet to be launched. It aims to seek to identify Indian startups/entrepreneurs/companies and encourage them with ideation, incubation, prototyping, and roll out of applications.
  • The track will run for a longer course of time, details of which shall be provided separately.

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Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

  • Officeholder: Surinderjeet Singh Ahluwalia (Minister of State)
  • Departments: Indian Computer Emergency Response Team
  • Founded: 19 July 2016
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Jurisdiction: India

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

Former RBI governor U. Patel pens book ‘Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver’

  • Former RBI governor, Urjit Patel has written a book titled ‘Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver’ will be releasing later this month.
  • The book focuses on the non-performing assets (NPAs) issue that has afflicted Indian banking in recent years.
  • It is published by Harper Collins India. Patel’s book description says that sovereigns do not need to earn or save before spending money.
  • They can either print or borrow.
  • Patel worked with a ‘9R’ strategy which would protect depositors’ savings, rescue the banks and protect them from “unscrupulous racketeers”.
  • Books or memoirs written by two of his immediate predecessors, Raghuram Rajan and D Subbarao had shed light on various subjects like the RBI’s autonomy, interest rates or its stance on demonetisation.

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Harper Collins Publishers India Ltd.

  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Founded: 1991
  • Parent organization: News Corp

OBITUARY

West Indies cricket legend Everton Weekes passes away

  • Legendary batsman Everton Weekes, the last of the famed West Indies ‘Three Ws’, died at the age of 95 and was hailed as “a founding father” of the sport in the Caribbean.
  • In his career, Weekes played 48 test matches and made 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61 per innings.
  • That included a world-record five consecutive centuries in 1948, scores of 141 against England in Jamaica, followed by scores of 128, 194, 162 and 101 in India.
  • In his next innings, he made 90 when he was run out.

MISCELLANEOUS

WhatsApp Launches its 10-week long brand campaign ”It’s Between You” in India

  • Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has launched its brand campaign titled ”It’s Between You” in India on 4th July 2020, highlighting the core belief that when privacy is deeply felt people can communicate as their ‘true selves using Whatsapp.’

60-second ads

  • Under the campaign, two 60-second ads have been created, showcasing stories about how Indians are using Whatsapp to communicate in a secure manner with their closest relationships.
  • Both the short films highlight how the features of Whatsapp like texts, video calls or even a voice message (which is end-to-end encrypted) help replicate in-person conversations.
  • WhatsApp collaborated with Indian Bollywood director Gauri Shinde and advertising agency BBDO India to create the two sixty seconds ads.

10 weeks long campaign

  • The campaign will run for 10 weeks in India on a number of national and regional television channels and digital platforms.
  • These films will be available in English and seven regional languages that include Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati, Marathi and Kannada.

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WhatsApp

  • Initial release date: 3 May 2009
  • Developer(s): WhatsApp Inc. (Facebook, Inc.)
  • Written in: Erlang
  • Size: 137.5 MB (iOS); 22.88 MB (Android)
  • Owner: Facebook
  • Original authors: Brian Acton, Jan Koum

AIR starts its First-Ever Sanskrit News Programme ‘Sanskrit Saptahiki’

  • From 4th July 2020, All India Radio (AIR) FM news channel will be broadcasting it’s first-ever news programme in Sanksrit language for 20 minutes duration.
  • All India Radio has named the news programme ‘Sanskrit Saptahiki’.
  • Sanskrit Saptahiki will be broadcasted every Saturday.
  • Repeat broadcast will be available on Sundays.

The news program will have the following components:

Sukti:

  • This will be the opening segment. It will be in the form of a shloka, a quote from Sanskrit literature will be explained in this segment as a shloka

Prasang:

  • A story from Indian epics, history or from the art and culture field of India

Saptahiki:

  • Top news of the week

Sanskrit Darshan:

  • News from the world of Sanskrit

Gyan Vigyan:

  • An interview with a prominent Sanskrit language literate

Ek Bharat- Shreshtha Bharat:

  • Sanksrit to Hindi translation of five commonly used words

Anvikshiki:

  • This will be the closing segment in which with focus on India’s culture and tradition, Major historical events of the week will be covered

‘Vaartavali’ completed 5 years of continues broadcast

  • On 4th July 2020, DD News has completed the 5 years of the continuous broadcast of Sanskrit News Magazine ‘Vaartavali’.
  • The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi congratulated DD News for the completion of the successful 5 years.

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AIR:

  • Motto: Bahujanahitaya Bahujanasukhaya / बहुजनहिताय बहुजनसुखाय
  • Founder: Government of India
  • Founded: 1930, India
  • Headquarters location: New Delhi
  • Owner: Prasar Bharati

New shipping service between Kolkata Port & Chattogram begins

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