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Gujarat Government launches Rs 1,369 crore ” At One Click” online cash aid

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched an online cash aid initiative titled ”At One Click” for micro small and medium enterprises and textile industries in the state. The state government has announced total of Rs 1,369 crore in aid for around 13,000 MSMEs in Gujarat under the program.


India among Switzerland‟s top-3 partners for info exchange on tax matters: Global Forum

India figures among the top-three countries getting detailed information from Switzerland about bank accounts and beneficiary ownership of entities established by their residents in the Alpine nation, according to the latest study by OECD”s Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes. The latest peer review by the Global Forum, referring to the period from July 2015 to June 2018, named India

among the top-three jurisdictions to which Switzerland provided information on request. The other two countries were France and Germany.


World Bank Sanctions $400 Million to Enhance Namami Gange Programme

The World Bank and the Government of India on Tuesday signed a loan agreement to enhance support for the Namami Gange Programme that seeks to rejuvenate the Ganga river. The USD400 million operation comprises a loan of USD381 million and a proposed guarantee of up to USD19 million. The agreement for the USD381 million loan was signed

today by Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Qaiser Khan, Acting Country Director (India), on behalf of the World Bank. The guarantee instrument will be processed separately.


Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as Malawi president

Malawi‟s opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in as the southern African country‟s new president after winning the re-run of a hotly disputed election.




President Kovind appoints UP Guv Anandiben Patel to take additional charge of MP

President Ram Nath Kovind  has appointed Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel to discharge the functions of the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. In addition to her duties, Anandiben Patel will look after the work of Madhya Pradesh during the absence on leave of Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Lal Ji Tandon.



India, World Bank sign loan agreements for housing sector in Tamil Nadu

The government of India, government of Tamil Nadu and the World Bank signed legal agreements to help low-income groups in the state of Tamil Nadu get access to affordable housing. The legal agreements were signed for two projects – $200 million First Tamil Nadu Housing Sector Strengthening Programme and $50 million Tamil Nadu Housing and Habitat Development Project – to strengthen the state‟s housing

sector policies, institutions, and regulations.



National Doctor‟s Day

National Doctor‟s Day celebrated every year on July 1st to thank physicians and doctors for their dedicated services to patients. The day honors the contribution and dedication of the doctors in the worst of times. The theme of National Doctor‟s Day 2020 is „Lessen the mortality of COVID-19‟.


MP Govt launches „Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya‟ campaign

Madhya Pradesh government has launched “Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya” over a virtual platform to take care of academic regularity of the students during the Lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme will start on 6th July 2020.




Swiggy introduces digital wallet in partnership with ICICI Bank

Users choosing Swiggy Money can avail instant refunds and use the money for easy checkouts and hassle-free payment processing on future food orders.




Gudni Th. Johannesson re-elected as President of Iceland Gudni

Th. Johannesson has been re-elected as the President of Iceland. He has won his second four-year term as the president of Iceland in the presidential elections held recently. He won the presidential elections with 92% of the popular vote which the secondlargest win in Icelandic presidential elections. While his counterpart Gudmundur Franklín Jónsson was only able to win 6.5% of the votes.


Shrikant Madhav Vaidya takes charge as IOC Chairman, succeeds Sanjiv Singh

Shrikant Madhav Vaidya on Wednesday took charge as the new chairman of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).

Prior to his elevation, Vaidya was the Director (Refineries) on the IOC Board, since October 2019. He succeeds Sanjiv Singh, who has superannuated from the services of the Corporation on June 30.



Indra Mani Pandey Appointed India’s Permanent Representative To UN In Geneva Seasoned diplomat Indra

Mani Pandey has been appointed as India’s next Permanent Representative to the United

Nations and other international organisations in Geneva. Mr Pandey, a 1990-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving as an additional secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).


Popstar Beyonce honored with BET 2020 Humanitarian Award

Popstar Beyonce has been honored with the BET 2020 Humanitarian Award for her longstanding philanthropic work with her BeyGOOD Foundation, including her recent COVID-19 relief efforts such as #IDIDMYPART, a mobile testing initiative. The award was presented by the former First Lady Michelle Obama.


Ravindra Jadeja named India‟s „most valuable player‟ by Wisden India  all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was named as the country‟s „Most Valuable Player‟ (MVP) of the 21st century by Wisden. He made his debut in 2009 and represented India in 49 test matches, 165 ODIs and 49 T20Is as of 2020.



Karnataka govt launches portal to connect job seekers and employers Called „Skill Connect Forum‟ the portal connects job seekers with employers on a common platform. Any individual can register by uploading details of their qualification, skill sets and other details, employers would also register on the portal which then matches the requirement and availability.



Hollywood comedy legend Carl Reiner passes away .

Writer, director, actor and comedy legend Carl Reiner passed away of natural causes at an age of 98.




PM extends “Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana” till November 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the nation. This is the Prime Minister‟s 6th address to the people of India since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in the country. India will enter into the Unlock 2 phase from 1st July onwards, the guidelines for which have been released by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29 June 2020 itself.

Important Announcements by the Prime Minister:

  • Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November, an extension to cost over Rs 90 thousand crores. Over 80 cr people to get free food grain till Diwali and Chhath pooja.
  • Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 20 crore accounts have received 31,000 crores in their Jan Dhan Accounts.
  • PM urges the citizens to take the pledge of Vocal for Local and work for the betterment of the society and country at large.
  • One Nation One Ration Card will be implemented on whole India. This will especially benefit those people who leave their native-place, native-state to find work in some other state.


Stressed NBFCs, HFCs seek about ₹10,000-cr financing support under special liquidity scheme

RBI has provided funds for the scheme by subscribing to government-guaranteed special securities issued by a trust set up by SBI Capital Markets Limited.





World Bank to Give $ 750 Million Support to Small Biz, Lauds Govt’s MSME Support Package

The $ 750 million support is in addition to the $ 2 billion funding that the World Bank has already announced for the social and health sector. This takes the total lending to India due to COVID-19 to $ 2.75 billion within three months.



Jean Castex becomes new French PM after Edouard Philippe resigns

French President Emmanuel Macron has named Jean Castex, who coordinated France‟s reopening strategy after the coronavirus lockdown, as the country‟s new prime minister. 



Indian author Kritika Pandey declared overall winner of 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Indian author Kritika Pandey was declared the overall winner of the 2020

Commonwealth Short Story Prize, for her story The Great Indian Tee and Snakes.




HDFC Bank to offer „ZipDrive‟ online instant auto loans HDFC Bank offers instant car loans to existing customers through an initiative called “ZipDrive” in 1,000 cities. This solution gives the customer with a pre-approved loan offer to avail an auto loan through net banking or via assistance from the bank‟s phone banking team. It is a technology-enabled loan product where credit assessment

is done by banking software.




IRDAI forms panel to mull surety bonds, to be headed by G Srinivasan

Insurance regulator IRDAI has constituted a working group to study the suitability of insurers offering surety bonds for contractors.

Headed by G. Srinivasan, director, National Insurance Academy, the group comprises senior executives of public and private insurers as well as officials of IRDAI. It has three

months to submit the report.


V Suryanarayanan appointed new MD of Chola MS General Insurance after S. S. Gopalarathnam retires Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company has announced the appointment of V Suryanarayanan as its new managing director.





Pulitzer winner Siddhartha Mukherjee, Prof Raj Chetty among „2020 Great Immigrants‟ honourees

Two renowned Indian-Americans who have contributed towards the efforts in mitigating the COVID-19 health crisis are among the 38 immigrants honoured by a prestigious American foundation ahead of US Independence Day commemoration this year.



“The Future of Higher Education” released virtually by M Venkaiah Naidu

The Vice President of India, Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu virtually released a book titled

Future of Higher Education – Nine Mega Trends”, during an event hosted by ICT Academy.The book has been authored by CA V Pattabhi Ram, Author, Public Speaker, and Teacher.



New Zealand cancels 2021 APEC summit New Zealand has cancelled

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2021, due to the COVID19 pandemic. This summit to be held in Auckland, New Zealand.




SOLV partners with Standard Chartered Bank to launch credit card for MSMEs

SOLV, a B2B digital platform for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), has launched a credit card tailor-made for the MSME segment, in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank, India.




World‟s e-waste unsustainable, says UN report citing China, India and US

A UN-led report released found that the world dumped a record 53.6 million tonnes of ewaste last year. Just 17.4% was recycled. The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report found that China, with 10.1 million tonnes, was the biggest contributor to ewaste, and the United States was second with 6.9 million tonnes.


Russian President Vladimir Putin records resounding victory in presidential polls

President Vladimir Putin has won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade, as Russians voted overwhelmingly to endorse the country‟s political status quo.


HDFC Bank launches ‘e-Kisaan Dhan‟ app for farmers’e-Kisaan Dhan‟

It will provide value-added services like mandi prices, latest farming news, weather forecast, information on seed varieties, SMS advisory, e-pashuhaat, Kisan TV, and more.




India to add 60 GW renewable energy capacity in 5 yrs: Report

India is expected to add only 60GW of renewable energy capacity in the next 5 years, according to Bridge To India‟s India Renewable Energy CEO survey report 2020. This is very low, at 12GW per annum. The government wants to achieve 175GW by 2022 and 50GW by 2030.  India‟s utility scale solar capacity was 32.2GW and wind capacity

was 37.6GW as on 31 March 2020.


“Getting Competitive: A Practitioner‟s Guide for India” authored by R C Bhargava released

The Chairman of Maruti Suzuki, RC Bhargava has authored the book “Getting Competitive: A Practitioner‟s Guide for India” from his experience as a policymaker and a leading industrialist.




Former RBI governor Patel pens book „Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver‟

Former RBI Governor, Urjit Patel, has written a book titled „Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver‟, which is likely to be released on 31 July 2020. The book is focuses on the non-performing assets (NPAs) issue that has afflicted Indian banking in recent years, its causes and Patel‟s efforts as the RBI Governor in dealing with it


Equitas Small Finance Bank launches video KYC account

Equitas Small Finance Bank Limited has launched video KYC account.’The customer has to submit their Aadhaar and PAN details on the video call for bank to verify,’ the lender said



Tamil Nadu‟s G Akash becomes India‟s 66th chess Grandmaster

Tamil Nadu‟s G Akash became the country‟s 66th chess Grandmaster while his statemate M Pranesh and Goa‟s Ameya Audi earned International Master titles.




Paytm to acquire general insurance firm Raheja QBE for $76 million

Paytm, India‟s most valuable startup, announced that they have reached an agreement to acquire insurance firm Raheja QBE, a joint venture between Rajan Raheja Group and QBE Insurance for a sum of $76 million as the financial services startup looks to tap the nation‟s booming insurance market.


CM Uddhav Thackeray launches Maha Jobs portal to make employment opportunities available in state

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray launched the state government‟s MahaJobs portal that aims to make available job opportunities to the „sons of the soil‟ or domiciled persons.


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launches super app „Elyments‟ India‟s first social media super application, Elyments, was launched by Vice

President Venkaiah Naidu. The app was created by more than 1,000 IT professionals who came together for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of the Art of Living. The app which is available in eight languages already has over 100,000 downloads on the Google Play

Store. The Elyments team said the app has been created with user‟s privacy as priority. The

data is stored in India and it will not be shared with a third party without consent from users.


MP: ‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ campaign started in order to attract tourists

In Madhya Pradesh, in order to attract tourists to the tourist places of the state; ‘Intzaar Aap Ka’ means waiting for you campaign has started on social media platforms. The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has been inviting tourists by describing the characteristics of each tourist destination in an attractive way with that tagline on social media platforms. Madhya Pradesh Tourism board is inviting tourists for safe outing during the monsoon season at various religious, natural and archaeological tourist places of the state like Mahakaleshwar, Pachmarhi, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Amarkantak and other tourist places.


YES Bank launches „Loan in Seconds‟ for instant loan disbursement

YES Bank has launched a digital solution, “Loan in Seconds” for instant disbursement of retail loans. The account holders identified by the bank can avail this quick loan disbursal facility without any document.


Maldives, Sri Lanka eliminate measles and rubella ahead of 2023 deadline

The Maldives and Sri Lanka have become the first two countries in the region to have eliminated both measles and rubella ahead of the 2023 deadline.





Deutsche Bank and Google to form strategic global partnership to drive a fundamental transformation of banking  Deutsche Bank and Google Cloud have agreed to join forces and form a strategic partnership that aims to redefine how the bank develops and offers its financial services.




A Book Titled „Mahaveer:The Soldier Who Never Died‟ Authored by A.K. Srikumar & Rupa Srikumar Amid the rising tensions between India and China, the award winning author A.K.

Srikumar along with his wife, Rupa Srikumar, has come up with a novel titled „Mahaveer: The Soldier who never died‟ that tells the tale of the Indo-Chinese battle of Nuranang in 1962.


Karur Vysya Bank partners with Star Health Insurance  The Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) has entered into a partnership with Star Health and Allied Insurance Co to provide a wide range of health insurance options to its customers. Karur Vysya Bank, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Announce Strategic Partnership


Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) on Wednesday entered into a corporate agency partnership with Bajaj Allianz Life one of India’s leading life insurance companies, to offer life insurance solutions to the bank’s customers.Through this partnership, the bank will provide Bajaj Allianz Life’s value-packed life insurance solutions to its customers and enable them to achieve their life goals in a planned manner. Bajaj Allianz Life through its

affordable and new-age life insurance solutions will empower the bank’s new and existing customers to avail the living benefits of life insurance.The insurer’s products will be available at the bank’s 780 branch offices spread across India.


Fino Payments Bank launches ‘Bhavishya’ savings account for minors

Bhavishya, a subscription-based savings account, can be opened by paying a nominal amount. The bank will initially introduce the Bhavishya savings account in UP, Bihar, and MP and gradually in other states.



It Reflects Patriotism: Mamata Banerjee Launches “Self Scan” App


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday launched a mobile application, developed by the state’s information technology department, to scan documents and said it reflects patriotism.The state government’s “Self Scan” app came days after the Centre banned 59 Chinese mobile applications and amid a call for boycott of Chinese goods.



Bangladesh launches “Digital Haat” for sacrificial animals

Digital Haat„ platform has been launched by the government of Bangladesh for online sale and purchase of sacrificial animals ahead of the festival of Eid-Ul-Azha. The platform has been launched to save the cattle farmers and traders from financial loss amid the Corona pandemic. It also aims to avoid crowding in order to stop further transmission of the COVID-19 in the country.

Sijo George appointed to Centre‟s committee on STIP 2020 Sijo Kuruvilla George has been appointed to the Central Government‟s committee on

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 (STIP 2020). He is a founding CEO of Startup Village and founder of Re-think Foundation. With this, he has become the part of the eight-member panel which is led by Harkesh Mittal, who also heads the Department of Science and Technology.


Assam to Upgrade Dehing Patkai Forest to National Park, Environmentalists Push for Area Expansion

One of the biggest conservation challenges in 2020 was to protect the biodiversity in Dehing Patkai sub-tropical rainforest of Assam against coal mining industries, and it has finally turned out to be a good year for the Wildlife Sanctuary that would soon be upgraded to a

„National Park‟.



India JLL’s Global Realty Transparency Index improves by one, ranked 34th India’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index

Ranking has improved by one notch to 34 on the back of regulatory reforms, better market data and green initiatives, according to property consultant JLL.

India was ranked 35th in the index during 2018 bi-annual survey, while the country was at 36th position in 2016 and 39th in 2014.



India Ranked 117th in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index 2020

The Sustainable Development Report 2020 has been released. It comprises the SDG Index and Dashboards for all UN member states. The report has been prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. As per the report, Sweden topped the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index 2020, followed by Denmark and Finland. India has been

ranked 117th in the index with overall score of 61.92. The score can be depicted as the percentage of SDG achievement.


India Ranked 31st in INFORM Risk Index 2020

In accordance with the “INFORM Report 2020: Shared evidence for managing crises and disasters” released by research centre INFORM, operating under the European Commission (EU). The report has analyzed 191 countries. The report ranked the countries based on “INFORM Risk Index” which has been topped by Somalia with an inform risk

of 8.9.


India ranks eighth for cancer preparedness among 10 Asia-Pacific countries: EIU

India was ranked eight for providing cancer treatment to its patient among ten nations in the Asia-Pacific region. It needs to work on the quality of treatment and has to address the complexity of the preparedness levels.



IRDAI forms panel for creation of „Indian Pandemic Risk Pool


The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has formed a working group to study and make recommendations on formation of an “Indian Pandemic Risk Pool”. The panel has been tasked to examine the possibility of addressing the different risks which have arised out of a COVID-19 pandemic with the help of a “Pandemic Risk Pool”. These risks includes Business Interruption losses without concurrent Material damage loss, loss of employment would result in huge losses much beyond the capacity of Government /Insurers /Reinsurers.

RBI: Tamil Nadu tops market borrowings among States

According to data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Tamil Nadu has raised ₹30,500 crores in the fiscal 2020-21 and has topped market borrowings among States in the country. Tamil Nadu, which has accounted for 17% of the borrowings done through the issue of bonds (known as state development loans), has been followed by Maharashtra ₹25,500 crores (14%), Andhra Pradesh ₹17,000 crores (9%) and Rajasthan ₹17,000 crores (9%).


Flipkart signs MoU with Karnataka govt to Promote local art, craft and handloom Homegrown e-commerce marketplace Flipkart has signed an MoU with Karnataka MSME and Mines department to promote the states arts, crafts and handloom sectors by bringing them on to e-commerce and providing market access.


World Population Day


World Population Day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The theme for this year is “How to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now” amid the coronavirus pandemic.



IRDAI gives its nod to Insurance companies to launch corona Kavach Health Insurance Policies

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has allowed 29 general and health insurers to launch short-term „Corona Kavach’ health insurance policies. The policy will cover medical expenses occurred due to coronavirus disease.  The insurance regulator said that it has designed a standard Covid specific product addressing basic health insurance needs of insuring public with common policy wordings

across the industry. The sum insured amount of the policy ranges between fifty thousand rupees to five lakh rupees.  This policy can be availed by persons between the age of 18 to 65 years. People can avail the Corona Kavach policy for Self, spouse, parents, parents-in-law and dependent children up to 25 years of age.


Gyanendro Ningombam replaces Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad as new Hockey India president

Hockey India has appointed Manipur’s Gyanendro Ningombam as its new officiating president after Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad stepped down from his post owing to his personal reasons and family commitments. The decisions to accept Mushtaq’s resignation and appoint Ningombam in the role were announced following an Emergent Executive Board meeting of Hockey India Executive Board.

Indian Railways will be the largest Railway in world to have 100 per cent electrification by 2030:

Piyush Goyal Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that Indian Railways will be the largest Railway in the world to have 100 per cent electrification replacing diesel. He expressed hope that it will be the world’s first Green Railways running on 100 per cent clean energy by 2030. Addressing the India Global Week-2020, he said, the government has

opened up for bidding for additional 151 trains inviting private participation so the passengers can enjoy world-class facilities and high speed journeys.


Lewis Hamilton wins Styrian Grand Prix 2020

Lewis Hamilton started in pole position and held the lead throughout as he won Austria‟s Styrian Grand Prix.



MasterCard to invest ₹250 cr to help Indian SMEs amid COVID-19 crisis

The investment, which is over and above the USD 1 billion committed for the Indian market till 2025, will be focussed on helping small businesses go digital. Investment is part of a global commitment of USD 250 million (roughly ₹1,875 crore) following the COVID-19 pandemic


Elon Musk is the „best‟ paid CEO, Apple CEO Tim Cook at 2nd spot


Tesla CEO Elon Musk grabbed the top spot in the list of highest paid CEOs in US in 2019 while Apple CEO Tim Cook ranked second in the list created by Bloomberg. As per the Bloomberg Pay Index, Musk made $595.3 million in 2019 making him the highest paid CEO.Meanwhile, Tim Cook made $133.7 million in 2019 from Apple. While Alphabet chief Sundar Pichai took the eight spot with $86.2 million in 2019, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

was at the ninth spot with a total compensation of $77.3 million.


MP Govt Begins ‘Mera Ghar Mera Vidyalaya’ Scheme To Facilitate Students

Trying to facilitate learning among public school children amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Madhya Pradesh government has started Mera Ghar Mera Vidyalaya Scheme. Under the Mera Ghar-Mera Vidyalaya Scheme, children can now sit for classes in their homes. The scheme aims to provide students with a school-like atmosphere at home. After the launch of the scheme, several teachers and staffers of the schools were seen delivering

books and study material to the children


Sebi rejigs advisory committee on mutual funds

The 20-member advisory committee on mutual funds is headed Usha Thorat, former deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), a latest Sebi update showed




Priyanka Chopra Chosen Ambassador for Toronto International Film Festival

Priyanka Chopra on Wednesday took to Instagram to announce that she has been invited to be an ambassador to the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). PeeCee, who starred in the American television show Quantico and Hollywood flicks like Baywatch and Isn’t it Romantic?, shared the news with her fans along with a long note.


Sachin Awasthi honoured with Global Humanitarian Award 2020

Sachin Awasthi has been honoured with the “Top Publicist” award in the Global Humanitarian Awards 2020, through webinar took place in London. Sachin Awasthi is a person who organised a 5-day long clean Ganga awareness journey which was begun from Haridwar to Varanasi, it‟s also called as Vande Gange Swachhata Jan Jagran Yatra.



Snapdeal‟s Kunal Bahl to lead CII‟s e-commerce committee

Confederation of Indian Industry said Snapdeal‟s Co-founder & CEO Kunal Bahl has taken over as the Chairman of its e-commerce committee for the year 2020-21.




Hockey Legend Ashok Kumar to be Conferred with Mohun Bagan Lifetime Achievement Award

Ashok Kumar, a key member of India‟s 1975 World Cup-winning hockey team, will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award by city‟s iconic club Mohun Bagan on the occasion of its foundation day in a virtual ceremony in the wake of the COVID-19  pandemic.


Madhya Pradesh tops in implementing PM Svanidhi scheme

Madhya Pradesh has topped among the other states in the implementation of PM Street Vendor‟s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi). The scheme is presently benefiting the beneficiaries of 378 urban bodies of the state. Till now 8,70,330 street vendors have registered under the scheme, out of which 1,76,000 street vendors have been issued the identity cards and vending certificates. Part from this, 15,500 cases have been approved in

the state along with interest free loan of around 15 crore 50 lakh.


Stephen King‟s new book „If It Bleeds‟ released in India

Stephen King is back with his new book titled, If It Bleeds which is published by Hachette India, the story centers around a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School.




India in partnership with Chile & UN‟s FAO Co-Hosted Event, “On the road to the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021”


India and Chile joins the Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) of the United

Nations(UN) and co-hosted the official launch of 2021 International Year of Fruits and

Vegetables, the side event of 2020 High-level Political forum – “On the road to the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021.


Qatar to host FIFA World Cup 2022

Fifa announced the match schedule for World Cup 2022, to be held from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar.

The Al Bayt Stadium will be the stage for hosts Qatar to kick off the tournament on Monday, 21 November 2022. The group stage will last 12 days and, with four matches per day.


N Chandrasekaran & Jim Taiclet to receives Global Leadership Award 2020

Tata group chairman, Natarajan Chandrasekaran and Chief Executive Officer and President of Lockheed Martin, Jim Taiclet to receive the US-India Business Council(USIBC) Global Leadership Award 2020.



Neela Satyanarayan, Maharashtra’s first woman Election Commissioner, passes away at 72

Former IAS officer and Maharashtra’s first woman Election Commissioner Neela

Satyanarayan passed away today.  The 72-year-old breathed her last at Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai. The 1972 batch IAS officer was admitted to the hospital after she was diagnosed with COVID-19.

SportsAdda signs former Australian pacer and legend Brett Lee as brand ambassador

SportsAdda, the Indian news and information website for cricket, football, and kabaddi, has signed former Australian fast bowler and cricket legend Brett Lee, as its brand ambassador.




CM Pema Khandu releases book “The Tangams: An Ethnolinguistic Study Of The Critically Endangered Group of Arunachal Pradesh”

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu released a book on ethno-linguistic study of Tangams, an Arunachal tribe whose language is critically endangered as per the

UNESCO. The book titled „The Tangams: An Ethnolinguistic Study Of The Critically Endangered Group of Arunachal Pradesh‟ was published by Centre for Endangered Languages (CFEL) under Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University.

India ranks 3rd in global manufacturing locations among 48 countries

China, the US retain the top two positions, while India has moved one place higher to rank third, property consultant Cushman & Wakefield said in its Global Manufacturing Risk Index report.



Ashwini Kumar Tewari named new SBI Cards MD & CEO

SBI cards and Payment Services has appointed Ashwini Kumar Tewari as its new Managing Director and chief executive officer, nominated by parent State Bank of India, with effect from August 1, 2020 for a period of two years. This appointment follows the resignation of present MD&CEO, Hardayal Prasad who quit from the directorship of the company owing to his voluntary retirement from the State Bank of India, the company said.

RBI approves reappointment of Shyam Srinivasan as Federal Bank MD & CEO

Reserve Bank of India has approved the reappointment of Shyam Srinivasan as the MD & CEO of the Federal Bank.



Global Skills Index 2020: India stands at 34th position

According to Coursera report title „Global Skill Index‟, Within the data science domain, India ranks at 51 globally (lagging) and 12 among APAC countries in data science overall. Within the data management competency, India ranks at 58 globally (only slightly better than Nigeria (0 per cent) and the Philippines (2 per cent) and

15 among APAC countries in data management skills at 3 per cent skills proficiency (lagging)”.


SAP appoints Kulmeet Bawa as president and MD of Indian subcontinent

Bawa will be responsible for guiding businesses in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to adopt  a digital-first mindset, SAP said.




Suraj Kade Marda Nahi‟, New book on Udham Singh by Akademi awardee Baldev Singh Sadaknama Sahitya Akademi Award winner Baldev Singh Sadaknama has written another book shedding light on historic perspectives. „Suraj Kade Marda Nahi‟ (sun never dies) is on the life of Udham Singh, whose 80th death anniversary will fall on July 31.



“The Endgame”- authored by S Hussain Zaidi released


Crime writer, S Hussain Zaidi has penned a new novel “The Endgame” which talks of politics, betrayal, and unimaginable terror. The book has been published by HarperCollins India.


Indian Railways to launch 1st set of private trains by 2023, all 151 by 2027

As part of the plan for private trains, the railways has planned to introduce 12 trains in 202223, 45 in 2023-2024, 50 in 2025-26 and 44 more in the next fiscal, taking the total number of trains to 151 by the end of FY 2026-2027.




P Praveen Siddharth appointed as PS to President of India

A 2001-batch, Indian Revenue Service officer, P Praveen Siddharth has been appointed as the new personal secretary to the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. Siddharth is already serving as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the President‟s Secretariat. He will replace Vikram Singh, who has now been appointed Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Shipping.


Morissana Kouyate and Marianna Vardinoyannis wins 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize

Guinean doctor Morissana Kouyate and Marianna Vardinoyannis of Greece are the winners of the 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize. The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has made the announcement of the winners of the award which recognizes persons who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity.


Prakash Javadekar hails KURMA mobile app towards conservation of Indian turtles

Union Environment and Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar hailed the KURMA mobile application as a unique tool for tracking and reporting Indian turtles. Commending the unique approach he said such initiatives highlight the vital role of citizen participation towards conservation of the rich flora and fauna of the country.

The Mobile Application, KURMA, was launched on 23rd May this year on the occasion of World Turtle Day. The citizen science initiative aims at conservation of turtles and tortoises.


Chhattisgarh govt launches „Mukhyamantri Suposhan Yojana‟ to combat malnutrition in state  Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel launched Mukhyamantri Suposhan

Abhiyan with an aim to tackle the menace of malnutrition and anemia. The CG Mukhyamantri Suposhan scheme will benefit mothers and children. The scheme will be implemented by the Women and child welfare department of the state.


Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launches PNB‟s campaign to distribute face masks & sanitizers  Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched Punjab National Bank‟s campaign to distribute face masks and sanitizers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in New Delhi. The Bank is distributing such material in 662 districts throughout the country.




ICC Men‟s T20 World Cup postponed to 2022

The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed the ICC Men‟s T20 World Cup in Australia 2020 has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The ICC also decided to postpone two other ICC Men‟s events to support the current rescheduling, including Men‟s T20 World Cup 2022 and World Cup 2023.


Aditya Puri highest paid banker for FY20 with Rs 18.92 cr in remuneration

 HDFC Bank Managing Director Aditya Puri has emerged as the highest paid banker among the top lenders for FY 2019-20, with a 38 per cent jump in salary and perquisites to Rs 18.92 crore.


Arnab Chaudhuri to receive Toonz Media Award

The „Legend of Animation‟ award instituted by the Toonz Media Group (TMG) as part of the Animation Masters Summit (AMS) 2020 – Digital Edition will be posthumously conferred to the legendary animation director Arnab Chaudhuri. The award is being presented for his invaluable contribution to the animation and entertainment industry of India.


Karur Vysya Bank appoints Ramesh Babu Boddu as MD & CEO

Boddu’s three-year tenure is effective from the date of taking charge. In January this year, Karur Vysya Bank had said that Managing Director and CEO P R Seshadri has resigned citing personal reasons.



Jon Rahm wins PGA Memorial to seize world No 1 ranking

Jon Rahm became the first Spaniard since Seve Ballesteros in 1989 to hold golf’s world number one ranking, fending off a late challenge Sunday to win the PGA Tour’s Memorial tournament. Rahm holed out an amazing 31-foot chip shot at the par-3 16th and, despite a two-stroke penalty that turned it from a birdie to a bogey, took a three-

stroke victory over American Ryan Palmer that boosted him over Rory McIlroy atop the rankings.


Greta Thunberg won a $1.15M humanitarian prize

Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg win the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity from 136 nominees from 46 different countries.



PayU rolls out UPI AutoPay feature for recurring payments up to ₹2,000

With this integration, PayU merchants can offer UPI AutoPay feature to all customers and automate the collection of recurring payments.With UPI AutoPay, customers can create, approve, modify, pause as well as revoke auto-debit mandate on the ‘mandate’ section of their UPI-enabled application

LIC signs agreement with UBI to distribute latter‟s policies

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and Union Bank of India, after its amalgamation with Corporation Bank and Andhra Bank, have announced a corporate agency agreement to distribute LIC policies.


Sumit Deb appointed as new CMD of NMDC

 Sumit Deb has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC). Deb is presently serving as Director (Personnel) in the NMDC. His tenure as the CMD of NMDC would be applicable till 28 February, 2023. He will succeed N Baijendra Kumar as the CMD of NMDC who will retire as CMD on 31st July 2020.


SBI General Insurance appoints PC Kandpal as MD & CEO

A seasoned banker, PC Kandpal, has more than 33 years of experience with SBI.





India successfully tests fires ATGM “Dhruvastra”

India has successfully conducted flight tests of its indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile „Dhruvastra‟. The flight tests were conducted from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. „Dhruvastra‟ is an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) which has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is a helicopter version of „Nag Helina‟


China launches its 1st independent mission to Mars

China has successfully launched “Tianwen-1” its first independent mission to Mars. A Long March 5 rocket carrying the spacecraft ignited at the Wenchang Space Launch

Site in south China‟s tropical Hainan province. China had launched an orbiter destined for Mars on a Russian rocket in 2011, but the mission failed because the rocket malfunctioned.


South Korea’s First Military Satellite Launched

 South Korea’s first-ever military communications satellite has been successfully launched by private operator SpaceX, Seoul said Tuesday, as it looks to build up its defence capabilities. The ANASIS-II is intended to enhance the South’s ability to defend itself against the nucleararmed North, which invaded in 1950.


EU approves biggest green stimulus in history with $572 Billion plan

European governments approved the most ambitious climate change plan to date, agreeing to pour more than 500 billion euros ($572 billion) into everything from electric cars to renewable energy and agriculture. At a marathon five-day summit in Brussels, heads of government reached a deal on an unprecedented economic rescue plan and seven-year budget for the region worth €1.8 trillion ($2 trillion). The plan is part of Europe‟s bid to become the world‟s

first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

 Nicaragua becomes the 87th Country to sign ISA agreement

Nicaragua has become the latest country to join the International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement, an initiative led by India to promote sustainable energy. With this, Nicaragua has become the 87th country to sign the agreement.

Turkmenistan gets observer status in World Trade Organization

Turkmenistan has been granted Observer status by the World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council. Turkmenistan has become the last former Soviet republic to establish formal ties with the trade body



Kannan C S Warrier receives 2019 National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Research in Forestry

Coimbatore-based Kannan Warrier, , Senior principal of Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB) scientist gets Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education‟s National Award of Excellence for outstanding research in forestry, including conservation of endangered sacred groves in the Alappuzha district of Kerala.


„One-stop‟ scheme to fast-track investments launched in Rajasthan

A “one-stop shop” scheme approved in Rajasthan is set to fast-track investments and help revive industries in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic by giving as many as 98 types of clearances under one roof to the potential investors through the Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP). The new scheme will expedite all the processes for investment proposals above ₹10 crore.

„The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris‟ Book written by Mark

Honigsbaum Mark Honigsbaum is a medical historian, journalist, and author has released his new book titled „„The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris‟.


Delhi government approves scheme for doorstep delivery of ration

Kejriwal said the entire process will take 6-7 months to be implemented. Doorstep delivery of ration, which covers over 17 lakh beneficiaries, was a key in the AAP manifesto in Delhi elections


India Business Council to host India Ideas Summit 2020

India Business Council will host the 45th India Ideas Summit 2020 on July 22nd. The Summit convenes business and government leaders for discussions on the future of the U.S.-India Partnership and the trends shaping globalization, trade and investment, and the future of work in the COVID-era and beyond. This year‟s focus is on “Building a

Better Future”.

Sonu Sood launches app to help migrants find job opportunities

Sonu Sood has launches a free of cost online platform called ‘Pravasi Rojgar’, for migrant workers which will provide all the necessary information and right linkages to find jobs. ‘Pravasi Rojgar’ will also be offering specific job training programmes like spoken English.


Oxford COVID-19 vaccine early trial shows positive result, India to start trial next month

Oxford’s vaccine is designed to reduce disease and transmission. The potential vaccine is already in large-scale phase III human trials




Airtel Payments Bank partners NSDC to train rural youth

Airtel Payments Bank Ltd and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) have collaborated in order to train and skill young people in rural areas on financial services and helping them in finding jobs and become entrepreneurs in the sector. The collaboration has an objective to design & conduct focused skill development programs

for rural youth and enabling them to adopt the tools to boost online banking and digital financial services.


PhonePe partners with ICICI Lombard to offer hospital daily cash benefit

PhonePe, country‟s digital payments platform, in partnership with ICICI Lombard, has announced the launch of hospital daily cash benefit under „Group Safeguard Insurance‟, a sachet-based group insurance product.





Amazon Pay ties up with Acko to sell auto insurance

Digital payments major, Amazon Pay has launched vehicle insurance in partnership with Bengaluru-based startup Acko General Insurance. Amazon Pay, which is the payments unit of Amazon India, will help customers purchase insurance effortlessly and Amazon Prime members will get extra benefits including additional discounts.


Partha Pratim Sengupta becomes new MD & CEO of IOB

Government of India has appointed Partha Pratim Sengupta as the new Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB). He will replace Karnam Sekar, who retired from the post of the MD and CEO at IOB on June 30, 2020. Sengupta has been appointed upto a date of attaining the age of

superannuation, December 31, 2022, or until further orders.


AIIMS Nagpur launched smart wristband to tracks Covid-19 patients

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Nagpur has designed and developed a „smart wristband‟ for effective tracking and monitoring of Covid-19 positive and suspect patients. The new device, a wristband is designed in collaboration with IIT Jodhpur and IIT Nagpur looks to overcome the limitations of existing online mobile apps used for tracking and monitoring coronavirus patients.

Largest Solar Power Plant of Indian Navy Commissioned in Ezhimala

Largest Solar Power Plant at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala has been commissioned by the Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla. It is a 3 MW Solar Power Plant which has been set-up in line with the Indian Government‟s initiative of „National Solar Mission‟ which aims to achieve 100GW of solar power by 2022.


Jordan Henderson wins 2020 FWA Footballer of the Year award

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been named the Football Writers‟

Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year for the 2019-20 Premier League season.l  The Reds midfielder played a central role as the Anfield club stormed their way to the Premier League title, their first English top-flight crown in 30 years.



Kashmir Saffron Gets Geographical Indication Tag

Saffron grown in Kashmir has received the geographical indication (GI) tag, with Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu saying that it is a major historic step in bringing the valley’s brand on the global map. The Union government issued a certificate of GI registration for the saffron grown in the Kashmir Valley, an official spokesperson said.


RBI signs documents to extend $400 mn currency swap facility to Sri Lanka: Indian mission

RBI signs documents to extend USD 400 mn currency swap facility to Sri Lanka: Indian mission.




Reliance Industries Market Cap Rises to Rs 13 Lakh Crore, Breaks into Top 50 Most Valued Firms Globally  The market cap of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Thursday rose to Rs 13 lakh crore, making it the first Indian company to achieve the feat. The company has gained a market cap of Rs 2 lakh crore over the last month.

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s company has broken into the top 50 most valued companies globally after it became the first company with market capitalisation of over Rs 13 lakh

crore. The oil-to-telecom conglomerate is ranked 48th in market cap globally, according to stock market data.


Khelo India Youth Games 2021 to be Held at Panchkula in Haryana, Dates to be Announced Next Year

The fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games will take place next year in Panchkula, Haryana, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announced in an online session on Saturday.



World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis, a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The theme for this year is “Hepatitis-free future”.



Flipkart launches hyperlocal delivery service in Bengaluru

Walmart Inc.-owned Flipkart launched a 90-minute hyperlocal delivery service for groceries and electronic products, among other items, in a challenge to Amazon Fresh, which offers two-hour delivery of groceries.


Paytm Money appoints Varun Sridhar as new CEO

Paytm Money, the subsidiary of One97 Communications Ltd which operates Paytm, has appointed Varun Sridhar as its new CEO.




SS Motivation Founder & CEO Sunil ydv SS Honored with Karamveer Chakra Award of United Nations and ICONGO

Founder of SS Motivation, World record holder Sunil ydv SS was honoured with

Karamveer Chakra Award” by Global Fellowship Award instituted by United Nations and International Confederation of NGO (iCONGO) at the ReX ConcLIVE hosted in IIT Delhi.



ICRA names Sivaraman as new MD and Group CEO

The board of directors of ICRA Ltd has appointed N Sivaraman as the Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of the credit rating agency for three years with effect from August 10, 2020.Currently he‟s with the IL&FS group.


Jin Liqun re-elected president of AIIB

The board of governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), elected Jin Liqun for a second term as President.



Govt launches weather forecast app ‘Mausam’ with access to radar images: Details here

The application is now available on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store for download. Apart from weather forecasts, users can access radar images and be proactively warned of impending weather events.



Hichem Mechichi becomes new Prime Minister of Tunisia

Tunisia‟s interior minister, Hichem Mechichi has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of the country. He succeeded Elyes Fakhfakh, who resigned over allegations of a conflict of interest. He has a month to form a government.



Gold jewellery: Deadline for mandatory hallmarking extended

After the new norms come into effect, jewellers will be allowed to sell only 14, 18 and 22 carats of gold jewellery.



Booker Prize 2020: Indian-origin writer Avni Doshi in the longlist of 13 writers

The longlist features names like Hilary Mantel, Anne Tyler and Column McCann.


Jamie Vardy wins Premier League‟s Golden Boot award

Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy has bagged the Premier Leagues Golden Boot football award after netting 23 goals across the 2019/20 season. He beat Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22 goals), Southampton Danny Ings (22 goals), and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling (20 goals) to scoop the prestigious individual award.


India‟s first solar ferry “Aditya” wins Gustave Trouve Award

India‟s first solar-powered ferry, Aditya has won the prestigious Gustave Trouve Award for Excellence in Electric Boats and Boating. The ferry was adjudged the world‟s best electric boat in the category of ferries designed for paid passenger service.

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