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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

World Zoonoses Day – Observed on July 06

  • World Zoonoses Daycommemorates the work of French biologist Louis Pasteur; on 6 July 1885, Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against rabies, a zoonotic disease.
  • This year’s World Zoonoses Day theme is “Let’s Break the Chain of Zoonotic Transmission”.
  • This year, a new assessment offers ten recommendations on how to prevent and respond to future pandemics. A zoonosis is an infectious disease that has jumped from a non-human animal to humans.
  • Zoonotic pathogens may be bacterial, viral or parasitic, or may involve unconventional agents and can spread to humans through direct contact or through food, water or the environment.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Health Ministry launches ‘COVID GuruKool’ 

  • The Health Ministry has launched COVID GuruKool, an informational video series on its social media platforms.
  • It is aimed at disseminating authentic information on COVID-19 pandemic and it’s vaccination program.
  • Leading public health experts, policy makers, doctors, scientists and health professionals will participate in the series and will help in sensitization of people towards Covid appropriate behaviour and bust the myths around the vaccines.

About video series:

  • A web series is a series of scripted or non-scripted online videos, generally in episodic form, released on the Internet, which first emerged in the late 1990s and became more prominent in the early 2000s.

DPIIT inaugurates the project on Open Network for Digital Commerce

  • Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry has initiated a project on Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).
  • The task has been assigned to the Quality Council of India (QCI).

About ONDC:

  • ONDC aims at promoting open networks developed on open-sourced methodology, using open specifications and open network protocols independent of any specific platform.
  • ONDC is expected to digitize the entire value chain, standardize operations, promote inclusion of suppliers, derive efficiencies in logistics and enhance value for consumers.
  • An advisory council has been constituted to advise the Government on measures needed to design and accelerate adoption of ONDC.
  • The members of the Advisory council include RS Sharma, CEO, National Health Authority, Nandan Nilekani, non-executive Chairman of Infosys and Arvind Gupta, Co-founder and Head, Digital India Foundation.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Italy: Indian Army chief to inaugurate war memorial for Indian soldiers 

  • During his four-day visit to the UK and Italy, Indian Army Chief Manoj Naravane will inaugurate the Indian Army Memorial at Cassino in Italy, about 140 km away from Rome.
  • The memorial commemorates over 3,100 Commonwealth servicemen who took part in the effort to liberate Italy in World War II.
  • Apart from this, 900 Indian soldiers were also commemorated on this memorial.
  • As per the Ministry of Defence, during the four-day visit, he will be meeting his counterparts and senior military leaders of these countries with an aim of enhancing India’s defence cooperation.
  • His visit to the United Kingdom is scheduled for two days (July 5 and 6) during which the COAS will interact with the Secretary of State for Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of General Staff and other dignitaries.
  • In the Battle of Monte Cassino during World War II, over 5,000 Indian soldiers laid down their lives while fighting to save Italy from fascist forces.
  • Nearly 50,000 Indians were enlisted for Italy’s liberation between September 1943 and April 1945.
  • About war memorial:
  • The Memorial’spurpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war or on operational service and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Its mission is leading remembrance and understanding of Australia’s wartime experience.

About Italy:

  • Italy, a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine.
  • Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins.
  • Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.
  • President: Sergio Mattarella
  • Capital: Rome
  • Currency: Euro

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Goa state govt launches Tika Utsav 1.2

  • Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that the Government is now launching Tika Utsav 1.2 from 5th July, which will emphasize on the administration of the 2nd dose of vaccine to those who have completed 84 days.
  • “However, all persons above 18 plus can walk-in to get either first or second dose during this drive at any of the venues.
  • The public may contact their local representative/health officials for the timetable of the venue in their locality”.
  • Goa Government had extended the COVID-induced curfew till July 12.
  • According to the new guidelines issued in view of the decline in the daily count of coronavirus cases, the state government has eased certain restrictions and permitted shops across Goa to open from 7 am to 6 pm.

About Goa:

  • Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea.
  • Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda.
  • Capital: Panaji
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • Chief minister: Pramod Sawant
  • National Parks: Mollem National park.

J&K LG unveiled Golf Training Academy in Srinagar

  • Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched a golf training academy here and said the Jammu and Kashmir administration has made the sport accessible to the common man and it is no longer a game of the elite only.
  • The academy was launched at the Kashmir Golf Club.
  • He stated the restoration work of the historic Golf Course after the 2014 floods has been done in the best way while maintaining its originality.
  • With best-in-class golf courses, Jammu and Kashmir aspires to be the golfing capital of the country, he added a similar golf academy with national-level training facilities will be launched in Jammu soon.
  • Sinha mentioned that at least 17 national-level sports events would be held in Jammu and Kashmir this year so that the youth get an opportunity to showcase their talent.

About J&K:

  • Jammu and Kashmir was a state of India from 1954 to 2019, constituting the southern and southeastern portion of the larger Kashmir region, which has been the subject of a dispute between India, Pakistan and China since the mid-20th century. 
  • The state of Jammu and Kashmir was accorded special status by Article 370 of the Constitution of India.
  • At the same time, a reorganization act was also passed, which would reconstitute the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. 
  • The reorganization took effect from 31 October 2019.
  • Capital: Jammu(winter), Srinagar(Summer)
  • Lieutenant Governor: Manoj Sinha
  • National Parks: DachigamNational Park, Salim Ali National Park, Kazinag National Park, Kishtwar High Altitude National Park.

Maharashtra government planning to appoint ‘Marathi language officers’ 

  • The Maharashtra government is planning to appoint “Marathi language officers” to increase use of state language at the district level to address complaints that the Marathi language is not being used properly in administrative activities, minister Subhash Desai mentioned in the Legislative Council, July 5.
  • The Maharashtra Official Languages Act was passed in 1964, but Desai warned the Legislative Council that it lacked the required clarity.
  • Desai introduced the Maharashtra Official Languages (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which amends the Maharashtra Official Language Act.
  • Both the Assembly and the Council voted in favour of the bill.
  • Desai went on to say that he had received multiple complaints and that it had been discovered that Marathi was not being adequately utilized by various authorities and corporations in the state.

About Maharashtra:

  • Maharashtra is a state in the western peninsular region of India occupying a substantial portion of the Deccan Plateau.
  • Maharashtra is the second-most populous state in India as well as the third-most populous country subdivision in the world.
  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • Chief minister: Uddhav Thackeray
  • National Parks: ChandoliNational Park, Gugamal National Park, Nawegaon National Park, Pench (Jawaharlal Nehru) National Park, Sanjay Gandhi (Borivali) National Park, Tadoba National Park

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

Flipkart partners with PhonePe 

  • Digital payments platform PhonePe  stated it has partnered withFlipkart to enable pay-on-delivery service for the e-commerce major’s orders.
  • PhonePe’s dynamic QR code solution will enable customers who earlier opted for ‘cash on delivery’ to pay digitally through any UPI app at the time of delivery.
  • This will help reduce personal contact while ensuring safety and drive contactless payments for customers who are traditionally more comfortable with cash on delivery.

About PhonePe:

  • PhonePe is an Indian digital payments and financial services company headquartered in Bangalore, India.
  • PhonePe was founded in December 2015, by Sameer Nigam, Rahul Chari and Burzin Engineer.
  • The PhonePe app, based on the Unified Payments Interface, went live in August 2016.
  • PhonePe is 100% safe and secure.
  • It is powered by Yes Bank.
  • All payments happen over secure banking networks and the app does not store any user data or passwords.
  • All you need to do for every transaction is enter your MPIN.
  • Parent organization: Flipkart
  • CEO: Sameer Nigam
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

About Flipkart:

  • Flipkart is an Indian e-commerce company, headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, and incorporated in Singapore as a private limited company.
  • CEO: Kalyan Krishnamurthy
  • Parent organization: Walmart

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING NEWS

Indian Overseas Bank became the second most-valued public lender

  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has become the second most-valued listed public sector bank (PSB) with a market capitalization of over Rs 50,000 crore.
  • As Street discounts privatization of the state-owned lender, its shares have appreciated nearly 80 per cent on the BSE in the past one month.
  • On a closing basis, the bank’s market cap was Rs 51,887 crore at the end of trading, surpassing its peers Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bank of Baroda (BOB).
  • While IOB crossed BoB, it beat PNB in market value, and expanded the lead the next day.

About IOB:

  • Indian Overseas Bank is a major Indian government owned bank.
  • It is under the ownership of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India based in Chennai, India, with about 3,400 domestic branches, about 6 foreign branches and a representative office.
  • Founded in February 1937 by M. Ct
  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • CEO: Partha Pratim Sengupta
  • Tagline: Good People to Grow With

NABARD approved Rs 388 crore under RIDF for Odisha

  • NABARD has sanctioned an assistance of Rs 388 crore for Odisha under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for setting up four mega piped drinking water supply projects.
  • The sanctioned amount would also be used for construction or up-gradation of 20 village roads across 15 districts in the state.
  • The four mega projects will come up in Koraput district (covering Boipariguda block), Balasore district (covering Nilgiri block), and Malkangiri district (covering Malkangiri and Kalimela blocks).
  • These projects are intended to provide 70 LPCD (litre per capita per day) clean, safe, hygienic potable drinking water at the consumer end through a functional household tap connection(FHTC) with eight hours of supply in the project area.

About RIDF:

  • The RIDFwas set up by the Government in 1995-96 for financing ongoing rural Infrastructure projects.
  • The Fund is maintained by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

About NABARD:

  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is an apex regulatory body for overall regulation and licensing of regional rural banks and apex cooperative banks in India.
  • It is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

Tripura: KN Bhattacharjee appointed as new Lokayukta  

  • Veteran advocate Kalyan Narayan Bhattacharjee has been appointed as the new Lokayukta in Tripura.
  • He has been appointed to the post for three years with effect from July 1.
  • The Lokayukta Act has been in force in Tripura since 2008.
  • Bhattacharjee is the third Lokayukta in the state and the first to hold the post as a lawyer.
  • In 2012, the first Lokayukta was appointed in Tripura.
  • Former Gujarat and Guwahati High Court judge Pradeep Kumar Sarkar was the first Lokayukta in the state.
  • He had discharged his responsibility till 2018.
  • He was replaced that year by Subal Baidya, a former judge of the Calcutta and Andhra Pradesh High Courts.
  • He resigned from the post in 2020.
  • Since then, the post of Lokayukta was lying vacant.

About Tripura:

  • Tripura is a hilly state in northeast India, bordered on 3 sides by Bangladesh, and home to a diverse mix of tribal cultures and religious groups.
  • In the capital Agartala, the imposing Ujjayanta Palace is set among Mughal gardens, and Gedu Mia’s Mosque has white marble domes and towers.
  • South of the city, Neermahal summer palace sits in the middle of Lake Rudrasagar and blends Hindu and Islamic architectural styles.
  • Capital: Agartala
  • Governor: Ramesh Bais
  • Chief minister: Biplab Kumar Deb
  • National Parks: Clouded LeopardNational Park, Bison National Park

Airtel Business appointed Harish Laddha as CEO 

  • Airtel Business, the B2B unit of Bharti Airtel (Airtel), India’s premier communications solutions provider, has announced the appointment of Harish Laddha as CEO, Emerging Business.
  • Harish will report to Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business.
  • Harish will be responsible for identifying and leveraging growth opportunities in emerging categories such as the Small and Medium Business (SMB) segment.
  • He will lead a dedicated team to bring to market highly differentiated offerings for these emerging segments.

About Harish Laddha:

  • Harish Laddha is an alumni of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from MIT, Pune.
  • Harish has over 25 years of rich experience, across Ingram Micro, Tata Communications and Tech Pacific.
  • In his last role as the Executive Director, India Sales, Ingram Micro, he was responsible for driving a US$ three billion plus annual revenue stream.
  • Prior to leading Sales, he was the Director for Ingram’s Cloud Business in India, wherein he built the business from ground up.

About Bharti Airtel:

  • Bharti Airtel Limited, also known as Airtel, is an Indian multinational telecommunications services company based in New Delhi, India.
  • It operates in 18 countries across South Asia and Africa, as well as the Channel Islands.
  • CEO: Gopal Vittal
  • Founder: Sunil Bharti Mittal

Gaganjot Singh appointed as President of Michelin India and two other regions

  • French tyre major Michelin stated it has appointed Gaganjot Singh as the President of Africa, India and the Middle East region.
  • Singh, who will be based out of Pune, succeeds Marc Pasquet who has been called for other functions in the Michelin Group.
  • In his ten year association with Michelin, Singh has held various leadership roles in finance, sales, and other commercial functions across Asia, Africa and Europe.
  • Since 2019, he served as Global Business Model Leader Large Fleets within the Long Distance Transportation Business Line.

About Michelin:

  • Michelin is a French multinational tyre manufacturing company based in Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France.
  • It is the largest tyre manufacturer in the world before Bridgestone and larger than both Goodyear and Continental.
  • Headquarters: Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • CEO: Florent Menegaux

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Hyderabad’s hunger warrior Azhar Maqsusi honoured with UK award

  • Azhar Maqsusi, a social activist from the city, whose initiativeHunger Has No Religion’ by Sani Welfare Foundation feeds about 1,500 people every day in five cities across the country was granted the United Kingdom Commonwealth Points of Light Award
  • The award recognizes outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community.

About United Kingdom Commonwealth Points of Light Award:

  • UK Points of Lightare outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community.
  • Every weekday, the Prime Minister recognizes an inspirational volunteer with the Point of Light award.
  • These awardsare made by Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth, to thank inspirational volunteers across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

ISKCON monks bag the award at Tagore International Film Festival

  • A short film titled Monks on Mission made by a team of young monks at ISKCON Gurugram won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 24th monthly season of Tagore International Film Festival (TIFF).
  • The film has been automatically nominated for the prestigious Sun of the East Award, and is based on the Covid-aid programme initiated by ISKCON temple at Gurugram in the second wave.
  • The 11-minute film is written and conceptualized by monk Padasevan Bhakta Das, directed by HG Rambhadra Das, President, ISKCON Gurugram, and the editing, shooting, and sound design was done by Pankaj Shyam, who was a Freelance Graphic Designer before becoming a monk.
  • A total of seven monks — Aradhya Gaur Das (lead), Sri Nitai Das, Sevya Giridhari Das, Parmatama Hari Das, Rakesh Roshan, and Rahul Jhanghu, along with Padasevan in a small role — have acted in the film.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU’s AND AGREEMENTS

Tourism Ministry signs MoU with Yatra.Com 

  • The Ministry of Tourism has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with Com to strengthen the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.
  • The primary objective of this MoU is to provide extensive visibility to accommodation units, which have self-certified themselves on System for Assessment, Awareness and Training for the Hospitality Industry- SAATHI on the OTA platform.
  • The MoU also outlines both parties to encourage Units to register on NIDHI and thereby on SAATHI and encourage local tourism Industry with appropriate safeguards for curbing spread of COVID-19.
  • The Tourism Ministry in a statement mentioned that the idea is also to gather more information on accommodation units in order to gain actionable insights and design evidence based and targeted policy measures and to promote safe, honourable and sustainable tourism.

Ministry of Tourism:

  • The Ministry of Tourism, a branch of the Government of India, is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules, regulations and laws relating to the development and promotion of tourism in India.
  • Officeholder: Prahlad Singh Patel

About Yatra.com:

  • com is an Indian online travel agency and travel search engine.
  • It is based in Gurugram, Haryana.
  • It was founded by Dhruv Shringi, Manish Amin and Sabina Chopra in August 2006.
  • CEO: Dhruv Shringi
  • Headquarters: Gurugram

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

Co-WIN Global Conclave : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Addresses

  • On July 05, 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the CoWin Global Conclave virtual meet of representatives from 142 countries.
  • The Global Conclave was jointly organized by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and National Health Authority (NHA) with an objective to extend the Co-WIN platform as a digital public good to the world.

Purpose :

  • To share India’s learnings and experiences with regards to planning, strategizing and executing the world’s largest vaccination drive through Co-WIN.
  • The CoWin platform is being made open source and available to any and all countries to combat COVID-19.
  • Fifty countries including Mexico, Canada, Uganda, Nigeria are interested in adopting CoWIN to run their inoculation drives.

About Ministry of Health & Family Welfare :

  • Founded: 1976
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Health Minister : Harsh Vardhan
  • Minister of State : Ashwini Kumar Choubey
  • Agency Executive : Rajesh Bhushan

About Ministry of External Affairs :

  • Founded: 2 September 1946
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Minister of External Affairs : Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
  • Minister of State : V. Muraleedharan

 Note :

  • NHA’s CEO : Dr RS Sharma

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Ministry of Heavy Industries launches 6 tech innovation platforms for globally competitive manufacturing

  • On July 02, 2021, The Central Government launched 6 technology innovation platforms that will focus on the development of technologies for globally competitive manufacturing in India.
  • The platforms have been developed by IIT Madras, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT), Automotive Research Association of India(ARAI), BHEL and HMT in association with IISc Bangalore.
  • Over 39,000 experts, students, industries, institutes, and labs have already registered on these platforms.

About International Centre for Automotive Technology :

  • Headquarters : Manesar, Gurugram
  • Founded: 2006

About Automotive Research Association of India(ARAI) :

  • Founded: 1966
  • Headquarters: Pune
  • Director : Dr. Reji Mathai

About Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises :

  • Union Minister :  Prakash Javadekar
  • Minister of State : Arjun Ram Meghwal

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS 

A New Book Titled ‘Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine Authored By Kavitha Rao

  • On July 12, 2021, Author Kavitha Rao’s new book titled Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine will be released.
  • The book will be published by Amazon-backed Westland Books.

About the Book :

  • In the book, the author recovers the stories of India’s first women doctors, often ignored by history.
  • The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine, the story of Rukhmabai Raut.

About Rukhmabai :

  • Rukhmabai was an Indian physician and feminist.
  • She is best known for being one of the first practicing women doctors in colonial India as well as being involved in a landmark legal case involving her marriage as a child bride between 1884 and 1888.

About the Author :

  • Kavitha Rao is an experienced freelance journalist, who’s worked with renowned organizations like The Economic Times. 
  • She is also the co-author of the book Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Journalism.

Book Titled Nathuram Godse: The True Story of Gandhi’s Assassin Authored by Dhaval Kulkarni

  • A biography of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse will be titled ‘Nathuram Godse: The True Story of Gandhi’s Assassin Authored by Mumbai-based journalist Dhaval Kulkarni will be released in 2022.
  • The book will be published by Pan Macmillan India.
  • Kulkarni has previously authored books like “The Cousins Thackeray: Uddhav, Raj and the Shadow of Their Senas” and “The Bawla Murder Case: Love, Lust and Crime in Colonial India”.

About the Book :

  • The Book will bring to light hitherto unknown aspects of Godse’s life and times, his ideologies and motivations while revealing the complex factors that led to an assassination that would permanently alter the course of India’s history.
  • The book will be a deep-dive account and delve into the cataclysmic chain of events both before and after Gandhi’s murder

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Norwegian star Karsten Warholm Breaks 29-year Old 400m Hurdles World Record

  • On July 01, 2021, Norwegian star Karsten Warholm broke the 400m men’s hurdles world record, by clocking 46.7 seconds at the Bislett Games in Oslo.
  • The previous record was held by American athlete Kevin Young, he clocked 46.78 secs, was set at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

About Karsten Warholm :

  • Karsten Warholm is the world record holder in the 400 m hurdles.

Achievements :

  • In March, Warholm won eight gold medals in the Norwegian Youth Indoors Championships in 2013.
  • At the 2013 World Youth Championships in July, he won gold in the boys.
  • In July, he won silver in the 400 m at the 2015 European Junior Championships with a time of 46.50 s.
  • He has won gold in the event at the World Championships in 2017 and 2019, as well as the 2018 European Championships.

2021 Austrian Grand Prix : Max Verstappen Wins 

  • On July 04, 2021, Max Verstappen won the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix.
  • In second place was Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Valtteri Bottas followed by Lando Norris.
  • This is the 3rd Consecutive & fifth win of Verstappen in the 2021 Formula One season.

About Max Verstappen :

  • At the age of 17 years, he became the youngest driver to compete in Formula One.
  • At the age of 18, he won the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix on his debut for Red Bull Racing, becoming the youngest-ever driver and the first Dutch driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix.
  • On 2021, Max Verstappen wins, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Monaco Grand Prix, French Grand Prix, Styrian Grand Prix & Austrian Grand Prix.

About Austrian Grand Prix :

  • The Austrian Grand Prix is a Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile sanctioned motor racing event.

About Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile :

  • Headquarters : France
  • President: Jean Todt
  • Founded: 20 June 1904
  • FIA consists of 246 member organisations in 145 countries worldwide.

Recent News :

  • In June 2021, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the Styrian Grand Prix 2021 held at Spielberg, Austria. Followed by Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton & Valtteri Bottas finished 2nd & 3rd Place.
  • On 23 May 2021, Verstappen became the first Dutch F1 driver to lead the World Championship, after winning  the Monaco Grand Prix.

Tokyo Paralympics: Mariyappan Thangavelu named India’s flag-bearer  

  • On July 02, 2021, Top para high-jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu was named the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent in the Tokyo Paralympics.
  • The decision was taken at the executive committee meeting of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI)
  • Thangavelu had won the 2016 Rio Paralympics T-42 high jump gold.
  • He is the only the 3rd Indian to win a gold medal in Paralympics

Note :

  • Tokyo Paralympics begin on 24 August 2021 & ends on 5 September 2021
  • Para-Athletics Chairman : R Satyanarayana

About Mariyappan Thangavelu :

  • Mariyappan Thangavelu hails from Salem district in Tamil Nadu & he is an Indian Paralympic high jumper.
  • In October 2018, he was named as the flag bearer for the 2018 Asian Para Games held in Jakarta.
  • On 7 December, he was offered a Group A post as a coach with the Sports Authority of India.
  • He is India’s first Paralympian gold medalist since 2004.

Achievements :

  • He represented India in the 2016 Summer Paralympic games held in Rio de Janeiro in the men’s high jump T-42 category, winning the gold medal in the finals.
  • On 25 January 2017, Government of India announced “Padma Shri” award for his contribution towards sports
  • In 2017, he was also awarded the Arjuna Award, second highest Indian sporting honour, including a cash award of 5 lakh.
  • 25-year-old  Mariyappan Thangavelu was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in the year 2020 by the Government of India.

About Paralympic Committee of India :

  • Founded : 1992
  • President: Rao Inderjit Singh
  • Secretary General : Shri. Chandrashekar .J

Daily CA On July 04 & 05 :

  • Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurated (through virtual mode) six Technology Innovation Platforms which will focus on development of technologies for the globally competitive manufacturing in India.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone for a memorial and cultural centre dedicated to B.R. Ambedkar in Lucknow.
  • The Rajasthan Cricket Academy noted it will construct the world’s third-largest cricket stadium in Jaipur with capacity for 75,000 spectators at estimated cost of Rs.300 crore.
  • The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education will launch the National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat). It will be launched virtually by Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
  • The Ayurveda dataset on CTRI Portal will be launched online by Ayush Minister Kiren Rijiju. The Minister will also launch four more Portals, all developed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS).
  • Union Health Ministry’s National Telemedicine ServiceeSanjeevani has crossed another milestone by completing 7 million (70 lakh) consultations.
  • India joined the G20-OECD inclusive framework deal that seeks to reform international tax rules and ensure that multinational enterprises pay their fair share wherever they operate.
  • China was certified as malaria-free by the World Health Organization, following a 70-year effort to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease.
  • India received 2600 kilos of delicious mangoes from Bangladesh as a memento of friendship between the two neighbouring countries.
  • Two term MLA from Khatima in Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of the State along with an 11-member cabinet,in Dehradun.
  • In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA), is planning to install 5,000 Solar Power Pumps under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) scheme in J&K in the first phase out of which 2,500 pumps will be installed in the current fiscal.
  • Doda, July 03, Model Anti Rabies clinic (Animal Bite clinic) has been made operational in Government Medical College, Doda for prevention and management under national Program for Rabies control (NRCP).
  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced inclusion of retail and wholesale trade under MSMEs as per which they will also now get the benefit of priority sector lending under RBI guidelines.
  • The Reserve Bank of India  imposed a penalty of Rs 25 lakh on Punjab and Sind Bank for non-compliance with certain provisions of directions on ‘Cyber Security Framework in Banks’.
  • Satish Agnihotri, a 1982 batch IRSE officer (retired) took charge as the new Managing Director of the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHSRCL), which is looking after the works of the high-speed rail corridors.
  • Blackstone backed EPL (formerly known as Essel Propack) has appointed FMCG veteran and former Diageo chief Anand Kripalu as MD and Global CEO.
  • Crystal Palace has confirmed Patrick Vieira as the club’s new manager on a three-year deal that will take the Frenchman through to 2024 at Selhurst Park.
  • The government has extended the superannuation age of IPO-bound LIC Chairman to up to 62 years by making amendment to the Life Insurance Corporation of India (Staff) Regulations, 1960.
  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has declared ‘Invest India’ as winner of the 2020 United Nations Investment Promotion Award in a ceremony at its headquarters in Geneva. The Award recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements of the world’s best-practice investment promotion agencies.
  • India’s first indigenous drone defence dome called “Indrajaal”, has been developed by Hyderabad-based technology R&D firm Grene Robotics.
  • Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has introduced a fifth-generation long-range autonomous precision-guided missile system called Sea Breaker.
  • On June 30, 2021, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan released the book Janaksuta Sut Shaurya written by Dr. Gauri Shankar Sharma.
  • On June 29, 2021, Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri introduced a translated version of 10 peerless collections of Modern Indian Literature to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary General Vladimir Norov at the SCO secretariat in Beijing.
  • Indian wrestler Sumit Malik who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics within the 125kg freestyle class,has been banned for two years by the world wrestling governing body United World Wrestling (UWW) & it is effective from July 03, 2021.
  • On July 02, 2021, The Ministry of Youth affairs & Sports has decided to grant recognition to WAKO India Kickboxing Federation as National Sports Federation (NSF) for promotion and development of the Kickboxing sport in India.
  • On July 01, 2021, Former Indian national team midfielder M Prasannan passed away.

Daily CA On July 06 :

  • World Zoonoses Daycommemorates the work of French biologist Louis Pasteur; on 6 July 1885, Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against rabies, a zoonotic disease. This year’s World Zoonoses Day theme is “Let’s Break the Chain of Zoonotic Transmission”.
  • The Health Ministry has launched COVID GuruKool, an informational video series on its social media platforms. It is aimed at disseminating authentic information on COVID-19 pandemic and it’s vaccination program.
  • Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry has initiated a project on Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC). The task has been assigned to the Quality Council of India (QCI).
  • During his four-day visit to the UK and Italy, Indian Army Chief Manoj Naravane will inaugurate the Indian Army Memorial at Cassino in Italy, about 140 km away from Rome. The memorial commemorates over 3,100 Commonwealth servicemen who took part in the effort to liberate Italy in World War II.
  • Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that the Government is now launching Tika Utsav 1.2 from 5th July, which will emphasize on the administration of the 2nd dose of vaccine to those who have completed 84 days.
  • Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched a golf training academy here and said the Jammu and Kashmir administration has made the sport accessible to the common man and it is no longer a game of the elite only. The academy was launched at the Kashmir Golf Club.
  • The Maharashtra government is planning to appoint “Marathi language officers” to increase use of state language at the district level to address complaints that the Marathi language is not being used properly in administrative activities, minister Subhash Desai mentioned in the Legislative Council, July 5.
  • Digital payments platform PhonePe  stated it has partnered withFlipkart to enable pay-on-delivery service for the e-commerce major’s orders. PhonePe’s dynamic QR code solution will enable customers who earlier opted for ‘cash on delivery’ to pay digitally through any UPI app at the time of delivery.
  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has become the second most-valued listed public sector bank (PSB) with a market capitalization of over Rs 50,000 crore.
  • NABARD has sanctioned an assistance of Rs 388 crore for Odisha under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for setting up four mega piped drinking water supply projects. The sanctioned amount would also be used for construction or up-gradation of 20 village roads across 15 districts in the state.
  • Veteran advocate Kalyan Narayan Bhattacharjee has been appointed as the new Lokayukta in Tripura. He has been appointed to the post for three years with effect from July 1.
  • Airtel Business, the B2B unit of Bharti Airtel (Airtel), India’s premier communications solutions provider, has announced the appointment of Harish Laddha as CEO, Emerging Business. Harish will report to Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business.
  • French tyre major Michelin stated it has appointed Gaganjot Singh as the President of Africa, India and the Middle East region.
  • Azhar Maqsusi, a social activist from the city, whose initiativeHunger Has No Religion’ by Sani Welfare Foundation feeds about 1,500 people every day in five cities across the country was granted the United Kingdom Commonwealth Points of Light Award
  • A short film titled Monks on Mission made by a team of young monks at ISKCON Gurugram won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 24th monthly season of Tagore International Film Festival (TIFF). The film has been automatically nominated for the prestigious Sun of the East Award, and is based on the Covid-aid programme initiated by ISKCON temple at Gurugram in the second wave.
  • The Ministry of Tourism has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with Com to strengthen the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. The primary objective of this MoU is to provide extensive visibility to accommodation units, which have self-certified themselves on System for Assessment, Awareness and Training for the Hospitality Industry- SAATHI on the OTA platform.
  • On July 05, 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the CoWin Global Conclave virtual meet of representatives from 142 countries.
  • On July 02, 2021, The Central Government launched 6 technology innovation platforms that will focus on the development of technologies for globally competitive manufacturing in India.
  • On July 12, 2021, Author Kavitha Rao’s new book titled Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine will be released. The book will be published by Amazon-backed Westland Books.
  • A biography of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse will be titled ‘Nathuram Godse: The True Story of Gandhi’s Assassin Authored by Mumbai-based journalist Dhaval Kulkarni will be released in 2022. The book will be published by Pan Macmillan India.
  • On July 01, 2021, Norwegian star Karsten Warholm broke the 400m men’s hurdles world record, by clocking 46.7 seconds at the Bislett Games in Oslo.
  • On July 04, 2021, Max Verstappen won the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix. In second place was Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Valtteri Bottas followed by Lando Norris. This is the 3rd Consecutive & fifth win of Verstappen in the 2021 Formula One season.
  • On July 02, 2021, Top para high-jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu was named the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent in the Tokyo Paralympics.

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